Metro-North's Newest Maintenance Shop Featuring Kalwall Wins International Award For Design Excellence
New York State's Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Croton-Harmon Locomotive and Coach Shop was designed for employee safety and comfort, as well as energy and operational efficiency. Now it has been recognized as the best in the world, as the facility was honored by the Brunel Awards Jury in the competition hosted by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the International Union of Railways (UIC), which jointly announced the winners from 11 nations that have been recognized for design excellence in the 2011 Edition of the Brunel Awards International Railway Design Competition.
A modern, translucent wall panel system gives the main shop the aesthetic look of a high-end office complex rather than an industrial complex. The Kalwall translucent system lets in natural daylight, allowing shop lights to dim automatically to save electricity. "Energy efficient roofing with skylights also allows the building to use 20% less energy than similar buildings." The Brunel Awards were created in 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of England's Great Western Railway designed by the renowned British architect and engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Subsequently, the competition has been held at three-year intervals rotating among the Watford Group member nations. The last time it was held in the U.S. was 1994. Visit MTA for more details.
Kalwall® is the world leader in advanced technology daylighting. High-performance translucent fenestration systems with energy-efficient advancements, including R-20 (0.5 U-value) with Nanogel® and other options, which surpass all other technologies. Either as part or all of the walls or roof of any building – or even as an entire, freestanding structure – Kalwall provides a more predictable, better quality, usable natural light with superior energy efficiency. An exclusive Daylight Modeling service allows you to consider the specific impact of daylighting as you explore the impact of design variations and options to achieve the desired lighting levels. No other service allows you to accurately judge the results of your design in a highly accurate and informative simulation.
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