This ambitious project for CSU is a new student center powered by green energy. The model is built as a cross-section to highlight the many different design elements that keep this structure as a temperature controlled building. The largest element is the Katabatic Tower which collects wind and passes the air though a water mist to cool it before it enters the building. The model highlights nineteen different way that this building is environmentally friendly.
These include using sustainable materials to solar cells as well as more engineering intensive elements like the thermal mass walls and trench ducts. There is also a bike repair shop and electrical charging station for the low energy commuters. Obviously a building like this needs funding and approvals especially for a State University. They commissioned our model as an economical way to show off the many unique elements of this forward looking design.