Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver On Track for LEED Gold Certification

The Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver is on track to receive LEED gold certification with the help of a Kawneer curtainwall. The Kawneer 1600 SS Unitwall™ curtainwall helped the building reach maximum daylighting and recycled materials used also boosted the LEED certification.

The architects, klipp Architecture Planning Interiors, chose the use of glass and a curtainwall to make one side of the courthouse representative of the transparency of justice.

“Due to the intricate and complex design of the wall, Kawneer was brought in to meet with the architect to prioritize the requirements for the curtain wall. After seeing the design, we partnered with Trainor Glass to develop a proprietary strategy that would help us create a custom product for the project,” said Patrick Murray, major project sales representative for Kawneer. “We make it a priority to do everything we can to turn a design into reality. Light is the lead character in the building. The way the wall blends into the surrounding substrate and the fact that all the angles and bends of the wall diffuse light on the interior to provide a glow rather than a glare is exquisite.”

 “Because the design called for a curtainwall on a tilted plane, and to create the illusion of floating, it had to be top-hung from a secondary steel structure,” said Bill Trainor, project manager with Trainor Glass.

The five-story, 317,000-square-foot courthouse was the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Denver Honor Award for design excellence.

(Note: All photos provided by and © Frank Ooms Photography )