We continue to maintain our commitment to educating and engaging future generations of architects and designers by partnering with universities and student architect organizations. Through these partnerships, we hope to help provide insight and real-world knowledge to rising architects looking to find solutions to everyday building challenges. Some of our partnerships include university organizations that work to match architectural and design students with local needs as well as programs that seek to solve energy and environmental challenges. These include:

Studio 804, Inc.
In Kansas, Kawneer has partnered with Studio 804, Inc., a nonprofit providing real-world design opportunities for students entering the final year of their master of architecture program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture. Designed by students, the Ecohawks Research Facility, which was dedicated June 8, 2013, focuses on alternative energy for transportation and aids in the research, fabrication and refurbishment of electric vehicles. The building, designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®*) platinum standards, features a glass façade utilizing reclaimed glass with Kawneer windows and framing sized to fit the glass. The glazed high-bay fabrication spaces will allow visitors to view research progress and maximize visibility and solar gain.

Purdue University
At Indiana’s Purdue University, Kawneer is involved in  multifaceted research projects in the new Ray Herrick Living Labs building expansion, which was dedicated November 8, 2013. The project includes four research classrooms called “living labs.” The Ray W. Herrick Laboratories is a hub of industry-oriented research in areas ranging from advanced automotive technologies to “smart” buildings. Three of the research classrooms have a high-performing dual-skin curtain wall donated by Kawneer, with the fourth containing a single curtain wall. All labs will be continuously monitored to observe the effect of the curtain wall on occupants and other conditions, including daylighting and heat buildup.

Auburn University’s Rural Studio
Kawneer continues to work with Auburn University’s Rural Studio, part of the School of Architecture. Designed to give students a more hands-on educational experience while helping improve the living conditions in rural Alabama, the studio works on several projects throughout the area; glazing installation was recently completed on the Greensboro Boys and Girls Club recreation center. Kawneer donated its Trifab™ 451T Framing System and 350 Medium Stile Entrances to the project, which was designed by students.


Trifab™ is a trademark of Kawneer Company, Inc. and Alcoa Inc.
*LEED is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.