Discovery Center earns LEED with high-performance window system


The basics: The 30,000-square-foot renovation of the Discovery Center of Springfield (Mo.) earned a Gold rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program from the U.S. Green Building Council thanks in part to its high-performance glass and windows. The project is the first to earn LEED Gold in southwest Missouri, according to officials at Boyd Aluminum, the window supplier.

The players: Architect, H Design Group, Springfield, Mo.; general contractor, Dewitt and Associates Inc., Springfield; glazing contractor, Architectural Materials, Springfield; window manufacturer, Boyd Aluminum, Springfield; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.

The glass and systems: Boyd Series 2300 Project Out thermally broken windows with 2 3/8-inch system depth and Boyd Series 2200 Fixed thermally broken windows with 2 3/8-inch system depth, featuring 1 inch insulating units with VE-2M low-E coating.