Launch Slideshow

Lux Art Institute

Lux Art Institute

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    Jim Brady

    Lux Art Institute

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    Mix-Ready concrete pigment in "Outback"

    Davis Colors
    www.daviscolors.com
    Pigment comes in a bag that disintegrates during mixture, leaving no additional waste and ensuring an even spread of colors
    • Mix-rate calculator shows how much pigment is needed for desired color
    • One to five pounds of mix are added per 94 pounds of cement
    • Works with Portland cement, fly ash, silica fume, lime, and other cement materials, but not with aggregate or sand
    • Custom colors achieved by mixing available colors

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    795 silicone building sealant in charcoal

    Dow Corning
    www.dowcorning.com
    One-part, cold-applied silicone cures to medium modulus silicone rubber • Can move 50 percent in either direction
    • 32 ppi peel strength and 45 psi tensile strength
    • Water resistant
    • 12 standard colors plus custom options

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    Royal Flush II Pendent Concealed fire sprinklers

    Tyco
    www.tyco-fire.com
    Quick- and standard-response sprinklers with a 5.6 K-factor
    • Flat cover plate conceals the sprinkler
    • Cover can be removed without shutting down and draining the system
    • Vertically flexible up to 1/2 inch
    • Optional air and dust seal keeps a drop ceiling sealed off from the main spac

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    Enviroseal 20 sealant

    BASF
    www.basf.com
    Clear, water-based, 20 percent silane penetrating sealer for horizontal or vertical spaces
    • Protects against moisture and chloride intrusion
    • Can be applied to concrete, hard-burnt brick, stucco, brick pavers, and unglazed tiles
    • Concrete applications include architectural, exposed aggregate, glass-fiber reinforced, and precast
    • Does not alter surface appearance
    • USDA compliant for nonfood contact areas
    • Water repellent

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    Interior paint

    Frazee Paint
    www.frazee.com
    Paint options include low VOC, water soluble, and low odor, in a variety of finishes
    • Envirokote is the greenest line of Frazee paints, with zero VOCs
    • Green Seal certified in flat, eggshell, and semigloss formulations
    • 100 percent acrylic and antimicrobial to protect paint film
    • Dries to the touch in one hour, and to recoat in four to five hours

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    4133 surface-mounted pocket roller shades

    MechoShade Systems
    www.mechoshade.com
    Surface mount hides the roller
    • 2-inch closure for manual shade or 3-inch opening for motorized shades
    • Pocket measures 5 inches high and 4 3/4 inches deep
    • Optional pocket end cap
    • Can be used with a variety of fabric options

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    WRDA 64 concrete admixture

    Grace Construction Products
    www.na.graceconstruction.com
    Low water content with an 8 to 10 percent reduction makes the concrete stronger and more plastic
    • Contains no calcium chloride
    • Weighs approximately 10.1 pounds per gallon
    • Ideal for concrete with fly ash or other pozzolans
    • Used in ready-mix plants, block and concrete product plants, and lightweight and prestressed concrete work

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    Sikafl ex-15LM sealant

    Sika Sarnafil
    www.sikaconstruction.com
    Low-modulus, one-component sealant
    • Nonsag elastomeric sealant with polyurethane base
    • Can be used in EIFS systems and for moving joints in vertical systems • Capable of positive 100 percent and negative 50 percent joint movement
    • Tack-free in three to six hours; fully cured in seven to 10 days
    • Cut and tear resistan

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    TREMDrain drainage board

    Tremco
    www.tremco.com
    Two-part, prefabricated drainage material and protection board
    • Made of polystyrene core with a nonwoven, needle-punched polypropylene filter fabric
    • Water passes to core but soil particles are blocked
    • Gives high-capacity flow to the drainage system
    • Part of Tremco’s drainage system
    • Vertically installed
    • Requires a minimum compacted-soil backfill of 6 inches

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    Yosemite Series landscape lighting

    B-K Lighting
    www.bklighting.com
    Uses T6 metal halide lamps in 35 watts or 70 watts
    • Clear, tempered glass lens is factory sealed
    • Class A powder-coat finishes in eight standard colors plus many premium options
    • Uses B-K’s Interchangeable Optics Modules, which allow for spot, flood, or wall-wash reflectors
    • Seven ballast options in two voltages
    • Three cutoff accessories
    • No internal condensation

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The Lux Art Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental art, is creating a new home for itself in Encinitas, Calif., at the edge of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve—a rare untouched coastal wetland in San Diego County. This sensitive landscape provided both the appeal and the challenge of building on the steep four-acre site.

Santa Monica–based Renzo Zecchetto Architects designed the institute's new building to nestle into the hillside with minimal impact. The building—which houses a visiting artist residence and studio—is the first step in a larger project. A second phase will include a museum and administrative building. The entire project is slated for LEED certification.

Architectural gestures such as the four periscopelike concrete light scoops and a cantilevered roof that folds over the entrance are designed to maximize energy efficiency. The north-facing scoops bring daylight into the studio, while the cantilevered roof protects offices from southern and western sun exposure and heat gain. A large barn door in the studio slides open to provide natural ventilation, reducing the need for mechanical systems. Photovoltaic panels will be added in phase two, further reducing the building's energy demands.

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Renzo Zecchetto Architects

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    Renzo Zecchetto
    Principal
    Renzo Zecchetto Architects
Energy conservation drove Renzo Zecchetto's material choices and led him to search for local manufacturers. “We design for green in the long run,” he says. “We assess the life span of the building, not the capital investment.” Zecchetto looks carefully at the energy consumption of the products that he specifies. “It is important to utilize materials in their natural state,” he explains. “Raw concrete, solid-state lighting, UV glass, and no paints, chemicals, or solvents.”

True to this philosophy, Zecchetto specified cast-in-place concrete and plaster walls with integral color. Other products integrate recycled materials: The teak panels on the building's exterior are embedded with recycled plastic, and the concrete masonry unit (CMU) blocks in the basement are composed of aggregate salvaged from demolished roads.

“There are a lot of incredible materials nowadays: composites, countertop materials like CaesarStone, cement fiber boards,” says Zecchetto. Getting information from manufacturers is critical, but given the current eco trend, it can be tough to sort green from greenwash. A keen awareness of all the sustainable processes that go into construction, from the fuel needed for transportation to high-efficiency lightbulbs, will set the course of future green building. At the edge of the San Elijo Lagoon, these small moves add up to an environmentally responsible building in keeping with the Lux Art Institute's mission.

Project: Lux Art Institute
Location: Encinitas, Calif.
Client: Lux Art Institute
Architect: Renzo Zecchetto Architects, Santa Monica, Calif.
Project Manager: Campbell-Anderson & Associates
Civil Enginner: Aquaterra Engineering
Landscape Designer: California's Own Native Landscape Design
Structural and M/E/P Engineer: TMAD TAYLOR & GAINES
Size: 4,090 square feet
Costs: $1.9 million

PRODUCT SPECS

Exterior

Underground pipe and fittings
Diamond Plastics Corp.
dpcpipe.com

Underground pipe and fittings
Ferguson Enterprises
ferguson.com

Underground pipe and fittings
Fast Fabricators
fastfab.com

Underground pipe and fittings
Tyler Union
tylerunion.com

Underground pipe and fittings
Christy's
tchristy.com

Rebar
Minshew Brothers Steel Construction

Concrete
Palomar Transit Mix Co.

WRDA 64 concrete admixture
Grace Construction Products
na.graceconstruction.com

Concrete
California Portland Cement Co.
calportland.com

Concrete pigment
Davis Colors
daviscolors.com

CMUs
RCP Block & Brick
rcpblock.com

CMU rebar
BlueLinx Corp.
bluelinxco.com

CMU grout ready-mix concrete
Robertson's
rrmca.com

Structural steel
Steel Dynamics
steeldynamics.com

Below-grade waterproofing HDPE/bentonite sheet membrane
Tremco
tremco.com

TREMDrain drainage board
Tremco
tremco.com

Fiberglass insulation
Owens Corning
owenscorning.com

Four-ply gravel-surfaced fiberglass built-up roof
Johns Manville
johnsmanville.com

Metal lath
Western Metal Lath
wmlinc.com

Exterior cement stucco
LaHabra Stucco
lahabrastucco.com

Fiber-reinforced stucco base
LaHabra Stucco
lahabrastucco.com


Windows and Doors

Wood-veneered door
Pacific Architectural Wood Products

Glazing
Tierra Glass Co.

Dorma 5000 Series exit device
Dorma
dorma.com

JT 08 exterior door hardware
Dorma
dorma.com

LM Series exterior door hardware
Dorma
dorma.com

RTS88 exterior door hardware
Dorma
dorma.com


Finishes

Ceramic tile
Waterworks
waterworks.com

Glass tile
Walker Zanger
walkerzanger.com

Countertops
CaesarStone
caesarstone.com

4133 surface-mounted pocket roller shades
MechoShade Systems
mechoshade.com


Plumbing and Fixtures

Toilet-paper dispenser
Bobrick
bobrick.com

Stainless steel grab bar
Bobrick
bobrick.com

Paper towel dispenser/waste receptacle
Bobrick
bobrick.com

Recessed toilet seat cover dispenser
Bobrick
bobrick.com

K-3519 toilet
Kohler
kohler.com

017109 toilet
Duravit
duravit.com

K-2210 lavatory bowl
Kohler
kohler.com

Commercial Line lavatory bowl
VitrA
vitra-usa.com

12200 lavatory
Cabano
cabanobath.com

786-E3-665 faucet
Chicago Faucets
chicagofaucets.com

K-515 bathtub
Kohler
kohler.com

1109.14BP drinking fountain
Haws Corp.
hawsco.com

Water heater
Bradford White Corp.
bradfordwhite.com


Paints and Coatings

Interior paint
Frazee Paint
frazee.com

Enviroseal 20 concrete sealer
BASF
basf.com

Silicone building sealant
Dow Corning
dowcorning.com

Sikaflex-15 LM
Sika Corp.
sikacorp.com


HVAC

Infinity 96 gas furnace
Carrier Corp.
carrier.com

Infinity 17 air conditioner
Carrier Corp.
carrier.com

Slot air diffuser
Titus
titus-hvac.com


Lighting

SN strip fluorescent lighting
Lightolier
lightolier.com

LC downlight
ERCO
erco.com

FD16 downlight
Indy Lighting
indylighting.com

ES-1 wall light
Louis Poulsen Lighting
louispoulsen.com

Yosemite and Saratoga landscape lighting
B-K Lighting
bklighting.com

Track lighting
ERCO
erco.com

LC Lens wallwasher
ERCO
erco.com

Reef 360 bollard
Simes
imes.it


Fire Protection

Royal Flush II fire protection
Tyco International
tyco.com

Horizontal sidewall sprinklers
Tyco International
tyco.com