University of Texas at Dallas Student Services
Architect: Perkins + Will
Installation Contractor: Dee Brown
After learning stone was not a possibility for use on this project, Perkins + Will came to Boston Valley Terra Cotta asking if we could make a terra cotta louver that would look like Texas limestone and be capable of installation in a post-tension cable and cantilevered system. Boston Valley accepted the challenge and the results of the design are simply stunning. Curtainwall Design Consulting designed a hanging system for these “floating louvers” and worked with Boston Valley to define the specifics for the louvers. The angle and density of the louver pattern was designed to provide a shading system from the harsh Texas sun, thus reducing radiant heat gain. With small post-tension rods running continuously through the louvers, Boston Valley had to ensure tight tolerances across the 60” segments so that all units would line up and reflect light properly once installed. As an exceptional display of the potential of terra cotta louvers to be used in an aesthetic and energy conscious design, this building was awarded the first national AASHE/USGBC Innovation in Green Building Design Award in 2011.
82 sills, 246 panels, nearly 10,000 lin. ft. of louvers and custom end caps on post tensioned cable application