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Bucksport architects win national recognition

Posted May 30, 2013, at 10:31 a.m.
Last modified May 30, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.

MONTREAL, Canada, and BUCKSPORT, Maine  – Lewis& Malm Architects of Bucksport and Unicel Architectural have won an Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) Magazine Excellence in Design Award 2013 for daylighting‐centered design that includes the use of louvers‐within‐glass, solar sun tubes and exterior sun-shading products at the Woolwich Central School.

EDC Magazine’s Excellence in Design Awards recognize commercial and government buildings, institutional and educational facilities, and single‐family residences that demonstrate a clear commitment to green building and sustainable design.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the industry for revamping Woolwich School into a noteworthy example of sustainable design,” said project architect, Richard Malm of Lewis & Malm Architecture in Bucksport, in a press release. “Together with school officials, we shared a common vision to leverage sunlight for a more student‐friendly learning environment that supports green initiatives. The resulting facility puts students first, ramps up energy efficiencies and creates an esthetically pleasing architectural environment.”

Environmental Design + Construction Magazine is the official national magazine for LEED construction, and annually selects the top green construction projects for their commitment to green building and sustainable design. Each project must exhibit a variety of environmental building criteria as determined by a panel of judges comprising EDC staff members and industry professionals. Lewis & Malm and Unicel were recognized in the “Educational – Renovation” category.

Other winners included the Sun Carrier Omega office building in Bhopal, India; The Rechler Equity Corp. headquarters in Plainville, N.Y.; The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa.; The Boston University Center for Educational Services in Boston; and the Hupolito Garcia Federal Building and Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas.

To help manage the impacts of sunlight, Lewis & Malm selected integrated cord‐free louvers and outrigger sun-shading devices designed to filter sunlight into the building while minimizing the impacts of solar heat gain and glare. In addition, daylight monitors automatically shut off electrical lighting when adequate light levels are reached to reduce energy consumption. Each classroom on all three floors has exterior windows as well as solar skylight tubes evenly distributing day lighting throughout the classroom. Day lighting can be turned on and off with a wall switch.

“Exposure to daylight is proven to help students improve on test scores and boost attendance,” said Jean‐François Couturier, CEO of Unicel Architectural in a press release. “Together with Lewis & Malm, we needed to come up with innovative ways to make better use of regional sun paths and light. Daylight is now harnessed throughout the facility with louvers, sunshades, and solar tubes to help reflect light into classrooms and create optimal day-lit conditions for students and teachers.”

The school recently completed its 66,000-square-foot, $16.2 million addition and renovation project spanning Pre‐K through Grade 8. The new Woolwich Central School opened in September 2012 on the site of the former school on Nequasset Road, Woolwich. The project was in the planning stages since 2006.

Sam Coplon of Bar Harbor is the Landscape Architect for the project. Eero Hedefine of Ellsworth is the Civil Engineer. Ledgewood Construction of South Portland is the contractor. RSU1 of Bath is the owner. Bartlett Design of Bath was the lighting designer,and Hewitt & Whitney of Winthrop was

the mechanical engineer.

For more information on the EDC Excellence in Design Awards, view YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KC0nPVFmFE&feature=youtu.be php

To read the Woolwich Central School project case study, visit: http://unicelarchitectural.com/en/specialty‐glazing‐case‐studies‐Woolwich.php

 

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