Not only was Pioneer Hall the first "green" building on the Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) campus, it was also the first project in the northeastern and mid-Michigan areas to earn Silver certification under the LEED® Green Building Rating System™, thanks in part to curtainwall units manufactured by Tubelite Inc.
Originally built in 1977, Pioneer Hall houses SVSU's science, engineering and technology colleges. At less than 46,000 square feet, the building was badly in need of additional space to accommodate a growing student body. In late 2005, SVSU officials made the decision to expand and renovate the building.
Led by the architectural firm Wigen, Tincknell Meyer & Associates and general contractor Spence Brothers, the $16 million project began in 2006 and was completed the following year. Pioneer Hall's 30,000-square -foot addition melded state-of-the-art laboratories, offices and gathering spaces into the building's existing footprint. The renovation included upgrading materials in both of the building's two floors and redesigning the layout of the teaching, learning and administrative spaces to take advantage of the natural light provided by the window and curtainwall systems.
Glazing contractor Calvin & Co, Inc. installed Tubelite's 400 Series curtainwall. Designed for low- and mid-rise applications, the curtainwall's aluminum framing is manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. The system's recycled content, high-performance glass for optimized energy performance and thermal comfort, regionally manufactured materials, daylight and views, and low-maintenance, clear anodize finish all contributed toward the building's sustainability goals and LEED Silver certification.
Recognizing the design and building team's efforts, Pioneer Hall was honored in the Environmental Category by the Michigan chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America with a 2008 Build Michigan Award.
Pioneer Hall; Saginaw Valley State University; 7400 Bay Road University Center, Saginaw, Mich.
Owner: Saginaw Valley State University; Saginaw, Mich.
Architect: Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates; Saginaw, Mich.
General contractor: Spence Brothers; Saginaw, Mich.
Glazing contractor: Calvin & Com., Inc.; Flint, Mich.
Curtainwall system – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Mich.
Curtainwall system – glass fabricator: PPG Industries; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Curtainwall system – aluminum finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wis.
Photos: Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates; Saginaw, Mich.