Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, Flad Architects, Photography Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

The Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, KIRC, is an over 140,000 square-foot building on the UWM campus designed by Flad Architects. Completed in 2015, the building was the first new construction on campus in two decades. The building houses the college’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments.

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, Flad Architects, Photography Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
Photography © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

The Gold compliant structure utilizes ALPOLIC® fire-retardant panels in silver and custom terra cotta finishes. As representatives at describe, “…the building brings together a stunning variety of design elements – multilayered façades, complex angles, tapered canopies, vertical columns, horizontal grilles, extensive glazing and more.”

further describes, “Tying it all together are two principal colors and textures: warm terra cotta tiles imported from Germany complemented by ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant materials in a sleek silver finish. ALPOLIC® materials in a secondary, custom color are used on soffits and other exterior details to match the terra cotta tiles. Inside, ALPOLIC® materials in the metallic silver finish adorn balconies, stairwells and ceilings.”

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, Flad Architects, Photography Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
Photography © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Fabricated by John W. McDougall Co. Inc., the project utilizes 52,000 square feet of ALPOLIC®/fr BSX Silver and 3,200 square feet in a custom COT Terra Cotta. utilized their color-matching abilities to provide an exact color match to the architect’s intended terra cotta finish. Each finish is infused with Lumiflon resin technology, supplied by Sherwin-Williams. The addition of resin allows for unparalleled gloss and color retention, ensuring the panels achieve longevity and sustainable performance.

Since its construction, the project has received three of Wisconsin’s InBusiness Magazine 10 Design Awards in 2016: Best New Development or Renovation – Education, Best Green-Built Project and Project of the Year.

Photography © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these <abbr title="HyperText Markup Language">HTML</abbr> tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*