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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: Mosaic June 2009

Dane County Regional Airport

Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Architect: Architectural Alliance
Contractor: Tri-North Gilbane JV and Boldt Construction

During the master planning phase, the owner and design team agreed upon an overriding motto: Architecture in the service of Community. A design aesthetic and material palette immediately familiar to the American Midwest was chosen for the present and future projects.

The design team endeavored to integrate Federal mandates and green measures in a seamless fashion. While the benefits may not be consciously apparent, the owner is experiencing substantial energy, operational and maintenance related savings.

Key sustainable features include the following:

  • Re-using an existing building is a preferred sustainable practice. The design team implemented the existing masonry and concrete shell into the overall design.

  • Existing construction demolition waste was separated and either re-installed into the new facility or provided to the local material reprocessing centers. 97% (in excess of 1,000,000 pounds) of construction waste was recycled and thus diverted from landfill disposal.

  • All new electrical systems utilize energy efficient fixtures universally controlled with daylight and occupancy sensors.

  • A thermal storage ice-making facility produces ice in the evenings when electrical utility rates are reduced, and naturally melted during the day to provide chilled water to meet the cooling demands for the entire facility.

  • The payback period for this system is seven years.

  • In-floor radiant hydronic heat provides a consistent thermal comfort zone without excessive forced air movement and related air quality issues.

  • The majority of construction products were extracted/manufactured within 500 miles of project site thus minimizing transportation costs and impacts.

  • High efficiency building systems are fully commissioned.

  • Daylighting technologies: fritted, low E, high performance glazing, roller shades and sunscreens.

  • Low VOC, mold resistant, high recycled content and durable construction materials/finishes/ assemblies were used throughout.
  • 275,000 square feet of white membrane roof was installed to reduce the heat island effect.


Photography: Maxwell MacKenzie

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