Kalwall Featured in Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club Award-winning Project
The Nancy P. Anschutz Center’s Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club is a beacon of light in a neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, that has more than its share of underserved youth. The complex, in fact, was built on land that once housed a shopping center devastated by gang-related arson in 2008.
And if the Vickers Boys & Girls Club truly is a beacon of light for the 250 at-risk young people it serves on a daily basis, then Kalwall is helping illuminate that message of hope.
Kalwall translucent wall panels are a featured design element in the recreation room and the gymnasium, providing the beautiful and welcoming day-lit space that is helping make the facility what John Arigoni, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, calls “truly the best and safest facility we’ve built in 52 years.”
The Anschutz Center and the Vickers Boys & Girls Club, designed by OZ Architecture, earned the Mayor’s Design in 2014, and is the fourth ground up project for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver that has involved Kalwall. Approximately 1,800 square feet of Kalwall panels were used in the gymnasium and 450 square feet in the recreation room.
“Kalwall was a perfect fit for the project on many dimensions,” said Brent Powers of Powers Products in Denver, the region’s Kalwall distributor. “Diffuse natural daylight provides an ideal environment for the youth development activities that take place daily in both the gym and recreation room.”
The Boys and Girls Club was also keenly interested in the ability to save on electricity and HVAC costs through use of this highly insulated system. Kalwall panels delivered, producing a U factor of .23 with a light transmission of 20 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.28.
Kalwall® has been setting the industry standard for diffuse natural lighting systems since it was introduced globally at the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels and, again, at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Much has changed since then, but the beauty, efficiency and ruggedness of Kalwall systems have not. Neither has Kalwall’s commitment to fine craftsmanship, custom work and continuing advances in technology. Kalwall is recognized for its innovations in window designs that provide a more predictable, better quality of usable natural light with superior thermal properties and best in industry solar heat gain control.
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