WINDGATE CENTER OF ART AND DESIGN
LITTLE ROCK, AR
- Size: 64,000 Square Feet
- Construction Cost: $20.3 Million
- Completion Date: 2018
- Services: MEPFP Design, Structural Design, Construction Administration
Bernhard TME provided MEPFP, structural design services, and construction administration for a new fine arts building. The 64,000 square foot building houses the University’s visual arts, applied arts, art history, and studio arts programs. The facility includes classroom and office space, an 80-seat lecture hall, a reception venue, and two art galleries. One half of the building is comprised of industrial high bays designed for applied design programs, like sculpture, metalsmithing, and furniture design. Each bay has outdoor studio space that allows students to work on larger pieces.
The classroom building’s structural design is steel framed with composite beams and girders supporting concrete slabs on composite metal deck at upper level elevated floors and standard steel bar joists at the multi-roof levels. It’s foundation include a conventional shallow foundation at the lower walkout basement level and drilled piers and grade beams at the higher grade level, all with the same bearing strata. The industrial high bay building is a single story, pre-engineered metal building structure with rigid frames spaced at 24 feet with interior spans exceeding 50 feet to minimize conflicts with workspace layout. It is supported on drilled piers and grade beams throughout, with the exception of a concrete retaining wall that is utilized along the west and south exterior column lines and wall. The interior structural components of the building remain exposed as an architectural feature of the space.
The building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The building’s mechanical systems include an air-cooled, high efficiency chiller and a variable primary chilled water system. Three energy recovery air handling units located on the roof serve the facility’s HVAC. The heating water system is a primary-secondary heating water loop with high efficiency, condensing boilers. The building’s electrical distribution system is connected to the campus’s existing distributed generation network.
Bernhard TME’s lighting design team worked with the architecture team to incorporate quality lighting. One of the team’s goals was to create a lighting layout inspired by the art that would be created in the building. Abstract patterns of light were used to guide occupants into the building’s galleries and work spaces. The lighting for the gallery spaces was carefully designed so that individuals viewing art would not see their own shadows on the artwork itself. Similarly, in the art studios and classrooms lighting was designed to prevent the artists’ shadows from being cast on the work. Flexibility of lighting was another key consideration in the design because faculty need the ability to manipulate light in order to challenge the students’ capabilities. The project incorporated LED lighting with energy efficient lighting controls, exceeding energy code requirements by nearly 50 percent.
Access and security control were another key component of the project. The building is open and accessible to students 24/7. As a result, exterior doors are equipped with card access packages. The building also has a camera system throughout and emergency phones located in the building and on the site. Additional parking lot and sidewalk light fixtures were added to increase visibility near the building.