Green renovation at UPenn residence hall

Photo by Matt Wargo, Architectural & Interior Photography, Philadelphia. 

The basics: The 100,000-square-foot King's Court English House Residence Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, originally built in 1915, underwent a major fa├žade renovation in 2009, making it the most environmentally friendly and sustainable residence hall on the campus, according to a Wausau Window and Wall System release. The renovation included a green roof and more than 150 energy-efficient windows. The student residence is seeking a Silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The players: Architect, Runyan & Associates Architects, Philadelphia; general contractor, Intech Construction, Philadelphia; glazing contractor, GMI Contractors Inc.; Bristol, Penn.; glazing systems manufacturer, Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wis.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minn.; glazing systems finisher, Linetec, Wausau, Wis.

The glass and systems: Viracon low-E VE1-2M, low-emissivity, insulating glass, in Wausau's 3250iH Heritage Series casement windows with charcoal-colored, aluminum mesh screens, and a 3.25-inch-deep aluminum frame. The frames feature clear anodized, VOC-free coating from Linetec.