KIMBALL HALL’S GREEN
FLOORS PAVED IN LEED GOLD
ith a flexible interior design that promotes
engineering and scientific partnerships, golden
days lie ahead for the renovated Kimball Hall.
That’s appropriate because the U.S. Green
Building Council has certified Kimball Hall’s
floors 2 through 5 as LEED Gold.
This marks Cornell’s 18th LEED certified project, but the
first on the changing face of the Engineering Quad. Kimball
Hall was the first of several engineering buildings to undergo
a major renovation as part of the college’s master plan.
Engineering was in desperate need of wet laboratory space to
accommodate the growth in biological, chemical and materials
research across the college.
Kimball Hall began the project with a complete renovation
of the top two floors of the building. Its roof now sports a
solar energy wall whose dark metal panels contain ventilation
ductwork. On cold days, ventilated air is pre-heated by the sun
and distributed through the building, reducing energy use.
A schematic diagram showing how Kimball Hall’s solar wall works. Kimball Hall’s solar wall.
WKimball Hall’s exterior facade was insulated, and curtain walls with integrated sun shading were installed on every floor. Taking advantage of natural lighting, 90 percent of the workspace has window views, reducing the need for electricity
by one-fifth. The state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems
reduce the building’s energy use by nearly one-third.
Architectural design firm Payette incorporated locally-sourced and recycled materials into the project. About 55
percent of the building’s materials and furnishings are
regionally manufactured. Of the wood products in Kimball
Hall, most have been certified by the Forest Stewardship
Council as being sustainably managed and harvested.
Aside from the LEED Gold certification, Kimball Hall
received the Renovated Laboratory of the Year award from
R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design. The project team was
honored during the Laboratory Design Conference, April 25-27,
in Houston. The magazine also detailed the renovation project
in its June issue.
By Blaine Friedlander