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Portfolio: Sustainability Founders Hall Academic Building Project University of North Texas at Dallas Founders Hall Academic Building, Dallas Client University of North Texas Architect Overland Partners | Architects Design team Tim Blonvkist, FAIA; Jim Shelton, AIA; Rick Archer, FAIA; Bess Swantner; Brad Bailey; Scott Adams; Adam Bush, AIA; Karin Shelton Contractor Beck Group Consultants 4B Technology Group (IT/AV/Data); Accessibility Unlimited (ADA); Blum Consulting Engineers (MEP); EJES, Inc. (civil); Hughes Associates (fire/life safety); JQ (structural); Lam Partners (lighting); Project Cost Resources (cost); Linda Tycher & Associates (landscape); Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates (envelope); Worrell Design Group (food service); Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams (acoustics/ noise/specialty lighting) Photographer Jeffrey Totaro Photography

Founders Hall at the University of North Texas at Dallas campus is a multipurpose academic building that addresses current needs for the students, faculty, and staff, while allowing the campus to expand its curriculum and services. Designed by Overland Partners, the first floor of the 108,000-sf building contains public functions such as a library, open reading room, lecture theater, computer lab, large multipurpose spaces, and food service. Public spaces on the ground floor are configured to have a strong relationship with exterior seating and collaborative areas facing the courtyard. The upper floors of the building are made up of classrooms and faculty offices. A primary goal for the building was to promote interaction between faculty and students. This was achieved by locating offices, classrooms, and open study areas adjacent to one another and opening up sectional views through the floors. Sustainability features include light wells that maximize quality daylight in collaborative spaces, classrooms, and offices and sunshade devices that protect south- and west-facing glazing from heat gain while allowing filtered light into offices and classrooms. The roof is an active, visible component, shading the building, generating energy via photovoltaic panels, and collecting rainwater for irrigation. Additionally, heat is reduced by using reflective coatings or garden roofs. The building is LEED Gold certified.

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Site Plan 1 Courtyard 2 Classroom 3 Multi-Purpose 4 Chiller 5 Porch 6 Computer Lab 7 Offices 8 Service Desk 9 Stacks 10 Library 11 Lecture Theatre 12 Restroom 13 Cafe 14 Food Court


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concrete materials: Redi Mix; masonry units: 6

Acme Brick Co. (ROC Construction); metal materials/rail-

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ings/decking: Azteca Steel; waterproofing: Polyguard


Products (LS Decker); building insulation/gypsum/acoustical and wood ceilings: Integrated Interiors; roof/deck insulation : Johns Manville; exterior insulation : DOW (ROC




Construction); siding: PAC-CLAD; metal doors: Curries; Wood doors: VT Industries; entrances/metal windows: Kawneer; glass: Oldcastle Glass; tile : DalTile; terrazzo: American Ter-

razzo; paints: Sherwin Williams; interior ADA signage: T.O.L. Sign & Graphics; food service equipment : Oswalt Equipment Co.; window treatments: JS Wilkes; solar energy systems: Meridian Solar; software: DC CADD; contract furnishings: Wilson Office Interiors



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