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Visual Arts Facility

Project Info

University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming
80,000 sf
Completed in 2012

LEED Platinum

The new 80,000 sf Visual Arts Facility brings together students and faculty members with the resources necessary to facilitate their exploration in the fine arts. The Department supports the creative, aesthetic and cultural development of students within the University community and serves the cultural and educational needs of the State. It is dedicated to preparing its graduates to assume leadership positions in their professional lives while maintaining an inner commitment to the aesthetic standards of their chosen discipline.

The new facilities incorporate state-of-the-art technology, providing a safe environment for all users, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and accommodating for community outreach. The building includes facilities for art history, ceramics, sculpture, painting, small metals, printmaking and digital media. LEED Platinum certified, the building adheres to the President’s Commitment for Climate Change.

The Visual Arts Facility received Honorable Mention in the 2012 AIA Portland 2030 Challenge Awards, in recognition of its significant sustainable design achievements.

Sustainable Design Highlights:
Sustainable Design Highlights:

  • On-site large solar thermal array to produce hot water for building heating reduces the need for steam from the coal-fired plant.
  • Low impact materials including low- or no-VOC paints, adhesives, and carpeting were used throughout the building.
  • Over 20% of the materials used in construction were extracted and manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the site.
  • Many art making processes are enhanced by the controlled use of natural light. In the VAF, daylight is both an essential energy efficiency strategy and a key form giver to the building. The building was oriented and shaped through a process of studying the way the sun interacts with the interior spaces, simultaneously distributing reflected light while eliminating solar gain.
  • The VAF is the first campus building to use evaporative cooling instead of relying on the University's central plant chilled water system, saving the University thousands in energy costs every year.

    The VAF achieves a 58% reduction in energy consumption, and is LEED Platinum certified.
  • Awards

    AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project
    Honorable Mention, AIA Portland COTE 2030 Challenge Award