About this Project
Arkansas is known as the “natural state” and the University of Arkansas is keeping it that way! The new Art + Design District phase I is a LEED Silver project. Green building best practices were followed from the beginning. The building was constructed at the site of a former foundry and metal shop. Materials from the former establishment were carefully sorted during demolition and reused in the new building. Everything from repurposed metal to ground concrete for a ground cover made this site almost refuse-free.
Translucent polycarbonate panels for LEED
As part of the LEED certification, daylighting is used wherever possible to conserve electricity used by artificial lights. The Art + Design building includes more than 13 translucent polycarbonate panels supplied by Crystal Structures. The panels are 3′ wide x 18′ tall. Used instead of glass windows, these panels provide the artists and designers in the building with natural, diffused lighting to work with without harsh glares.