Projects | Kankakee Readiness Center and AASF gets LEED Silver Certification
In November 2017, Bailey Edward’s Army National Guard Readiness Center and Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) in Kankakee, Illinois was completed. The facility’s progressive architecture is an open tribute to the soldiers who use it, but the backbone of the building is its sustainable design. A programming goal from day one was the pursuit of LEED certification, and this past month, Bailey Edward received notice from the U.S. Green Building Council that the Kankakee Readiness Center and AASF officially achieved LEED Silver Certification.
While environmental sustainability was taken into consideration every step of the way in the process of creating the facility, perhaps the most notable was the use of an in-depth daylight study that launched many of the design initiatives. The striking south façade of the Readiness Center and AASF is composed of glass and colored poly-carbonate (PC) panels that mirror a soldier’s digital camouflage. The PC panels allow the optimum amount of light in while controlling the air conditioning usage. Furthermore, 84% of regularly occupied spaces have access to daylight without glare, made possible by solar-tubes bringing natural light into the interior spaces and shading devices to prevent direct sunlight glare.
The Readiness Center and AASF was also tested for air-tightness, which measures the air-flow leakage of the building resulting in heating or cooling loss. This test proves the efficiency of the high performance exterior wall system. Read more about the significance of the air-tightness test here.
Overall, the sustainable solutions implemented by Bailey Edward will reduce energy costs by 32.2 percent. This visionary building stands as a symbol for the National Guard, and it is all the more impressive because of its dedication to sustainability.