Glass-clad library can handle the northern exposure

May 02, 2008 |

Built on a long, narrow finger of land that juts 4.5 miles into the Kachemak Bay, the 17,200-sf Homer (Alaska) Public Library is constantly subjected to extreme wind loads that plague the small seaside community. To combat the high winds without giving up the breathtaking views, architect ECI/Hyer Inc., Anchorage, specified thermally broken curtain wall, windows, doors, and framing, including Kawneer's 1600 Wall System 1, 8225TL Isolock windows, 360 Insulclad Entrances, and Trifab VG 451T framing. The high-performance products allowed the design team to create a light-filled community reading room (pictured) and incorporate abundant daylight throughout the facility without sacrificing thermal efficiency. In addition, to control solar heat gain, the team incorporated two rows of 1600 SunShades into the curtain wall system. The facility is LEED Silver certified from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first municipal building to earn the designation in Alaska.

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