ELSON S. FLOYD CULTURAL CENTER
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Pullman, WA, USA
Inspired by the native Palouse Prairie landscape, the building’s curved walls and overlapping roof pay homage to the rolling hills and topography of the area. Large panes of glass and no 90° angles, a tight timeline and strict state energy codes all added complexity to this unique installation.
3D models addressed the curved rooflines and walls from planning to execution. The Kawneer 1600 SS Curtain Wall System with screw spline joinery was segmented and shop-fabricated off-site. Fiberglass pressure plates enhanced thermal performance, as did the roadblock capabilities of Kawneer’s AA®425 Thermal Entrances.
Our expert systems provide strong connectivity and support to the intentionally organic, undulating shape, while also meeting high standards of energy efficiency, inspiring design and smooth construction. The LEED Gold® project offers the community awe-inspiring architecture that celebrates heritage and cultural acceptance.