Design professionals tasked with replacing rooftop skylights on commercial or institutional buildings have the opportunity to enhance the building appearance, upgrade energy conservation performance, and improve building occupant experience while remedying water penetration, air infiltration, and condensation problems common with older systems. Achieving these objectives is viable, but the replacement design process is multifaceted.
Architects have a range of options to help achieve daylighting balance in educational institutions. Glass selection provides soft, even light distribution and can be specified in a range of bird friendly textures, performance coatings, and insulation options. Architects strive to design education buildings in a north-south orientation to help achieve proper daylight balance.
Vandalia Tower in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently completed a renovation to meet the modern needs of its commercial, nonprofit and artistic tenants, and the approval of the State Historic Preservation Officer and National Park Service.
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