Health research facility brings sustainability to Pennsylvania community

“The building faces southwest with ground-to-sky curtain wall–a way of cutting down on energy use by using as much daylighting as possible. Inside spaces have daylight sensors connected to dimming ballasts that dim or turn off lights when they’re not needed. The daylight sensor at each zone adjusts the lighting.”— Steven Gastright, project architect, Ewing Cole

The basics:

Since its opening in March 2007, the $21 million Geisinger Center for Health Research, Danville, Pa., achieved U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification. The center addresses national health issues and improvement of health care in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Architects designed the 63,000-square-foot building to maximize natural daylight, reducing dependency on electrical lighting and providing window views for more than 90 percent of the office space.

The players:

Architect, Ewing Cole, Philadelphia; general contractor, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa.; glazing contractor, King Glass, Exeter, Pa.; glass fabricator, Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif.; curtain wall/window wall fabricator, Kawneer North America, Norcross, Ga.

The glass and systems:

South-facing curtain wall and north-facing narrow vertical punched windows contain 1-inch-thick insulating, low-E tinted glass, tempered where required. Kawneer supplied 1600 Wall System 1 and 1600 Wall System 2, Trifab VersaGlaze 450 framing on the interior, and 350 Tuffline entrances on 1600 Wall System 2.