The NYPCC has been providing outpatient services to children, adolescents and adults since 1974 with the mission of improving the quality of life for individuals with behavioural and emotional challenges. The use of Kalwall reflects this mission by bringing proven health benefits to building occupants. Two new floors clad in Kalwall translucent sandwich panels serve as a symbolic, signature feature, glowing softly at night and creating an illuminated neighbourhood landmark.
Diffuse natural light bathes the interior of the Center’s upper spaces to create a calming atmosphere that has a profound effect on physical and mental states. Kalwall’s full-spectrum daylight was chosen by the architects - Bromley Caldari Architects - to improve mood, mental awareness and visual clarity, leading to a decrease in eyestrain, headaches and insomnia.
Taking advantage of daylight modelling technology, the translucent building envelope helps reduce shadows, hotspots and glare throughout the building while meeting target light levels. It provides broad line-of-sight protection to patients within, while still providing a view to the outdoors through unitized windows. Finally, the Kalwall system boosts energy savings by reducing reliance on artificial lighting and providing superior thermal properties to control HVAC loads.
As a lightweight, modular system, Kalwall allows for rapid and cost-efficient installation, requiring minimal manpower, substructure and time on site. Interiors are pre-finished with Kalwall, eliminating the need for drywalling, painting or other work. Its surface is easily cleaned with soap and water. Kalwall systems have a decades-long lifespan with technology that does not fail like insulated glass and exceeds stringent energy codes for future-proofed construction. The NYPCC will be a beacon of community hope for generations to come.
Features and Benefits of Kalwall:
- Translucent structural sandwich panel
- Glare-free for balanced daylighting
- Superior thermal performance
- Energy and electricity saving
- Low maintenance
- Safety and security through visual privacy
- Durable and graffiti / vandal resistant
- Hurricane, explosion venting and blast rated options
|Panel: ||2.75˝ | 70 mm |
|Grid core: ||shoji |
|Exterior FRP: ||crystal |
|Interior FRP: ||white |
|System finish: ||aluminium #79 |
|U-Value: ||.14 | .78 Wm2K |
|Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: ||.15 |
|Visible Light Transmission: ||.09 |