Earth, Energy and Environment Center at the University of Kansas
The “Earth, Energy and Environment Center” (EEC) project planned by Gould Evans was opened in April 2018. The outstanding project on the campus of the University of Kansas was designed to meet all the requirements of a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. It functions as a central point for all energy and environmental research. The Slawson Hall and Ritchie Hall have been designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and commitment from students, faculty and external partners. The approx. 135,000 square meter complex is designed for several scientific fields, including geology, physics, and chemistry.
With transparency as a design strategy, the EEEC breaks open historical academic silos and offers a more integrated approach to student learning. In designing the facade, Gould Evans again relied on NBK as a partner for the realization of the ceramic facade. The materials used evoke the geological history of the State of Kansas. The ceramic facade laid in patterns gives the building lightness. In addition, domestic limestone forms the basis for both buildings.
The terracotta facade supports the multiple award-winning Design of Gould Evans and makes the building a real eye-catcher. The use of the natural building material also does justice to the context of the building. Terracotta as an ecological facade material offers the highest structural properties and allows an almost unlimited variety of designs.
As part of the EEC project, ceramic facade elements from the TERRART®-MID product range were used to clad the building. To ensure privacy and sun protection in front of the windows, the architects also opted for TERRART®-Baguette terracotta rod elements, which were installed in lamellar fashion in front of the windows.
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Check out this video about this great project on Youtube.