University of Kansas: Student Building Project

by Linda Schmid

The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design teamed with S-5! to create this annual student-led, design-build project.  S-5! donated the snow retention and solar attachments for the 432 Indiana Street House, which is the 16th consecutive LEED Platinum project completed by Studio 804, a hands-on learning program at the University of Kansas for graduate students in their final year of studies seeking a Master of Architecture degree. 

Founded in 1995 by Professor Dan Rockhill, each year students design, procure, and execute a complete house in just nine months.

The 1,800-square-foot home and adjacent 500-square-foot accessory dwelling unit is located in the historic Pinkney Neighborhood, one of the oldest in the city of Lawrence, Kansas. It is a short walk to parks, the Kansas River and the cultural vibrancy of downtown Lawrence. It is a perfect location to appreciate the history of Lawrence while addressing the future of sustainable living. 

“Each year, we complete a house or a university-related commercial building, alternating between standing seam roof and flat roof projects,” Rockhill said. “For each metal roof project, we incorporate S-5

“Normally, we prefer a pitched roof form and a high gable roof to take advantage of the full interior height without interruption to the floor plan, so directly attaching the PVKIT to the standing seams makes our job quite easy in comparison to the alternative flat roof system, which requires a fairly expensive support system. Integrating into the standing seam saves us thousands of dollars, and S-5! is quick and easy to install.”

The students had clearly defined sustainability goals and set out to achieve LEED platinum status with a solar PV mounting system that provided a simple, economical and penetration-free method for attachment of modules to the roof. The students reached out to S-5! as they were familiar with the products utilized on previous Studio 804 metal roof projects.

S-5! donated its PVKIT direct-attachTM solar mounting system to mount a 16-panel solar array of Q-Cell Q.Peak Duo 400W modules to the 24-gauge matte black standing seam metal roof. The system is expected to offset approximately 85% of the homeowner’s energy consumption. S-5! also donated its ColorGard snow retention system — custom-designed and engineered for this project to mitigate any potential rooftop avalanches which could cause harm to residents or property below.

The light-gauge metal was sourced from Clark Dietrich and its fasteners were from Simpson Strong-Tie. 

The Details:

Building Size: 1,800 square foot home, 500-square-foot ADU

Light Gauge Steel: ClarkDietrich 

Fasteners: Simpson Strong-Tie

Nail Gun Nails: Southern Carlson

Solar Clips: S-5! 

Snow Retention System: S-5! 

Solar Panels: Renvu Solar & Enphase

Countertops: Richlite 

Steel Cross Ties: Cleveland City Forge

Polyiso Insulation: ATLAS Roofing

Insulation: Applegate Greenfiber

WRB Walls and Vapor Barrior: 475 High Performance Building Supply Intello Interior

Siding: Nichiha

Weather Barrier: Vapro Shield

Under-slab: Stego Industries

Silicone: Tremco

Appliances: Fisher & Paykel

Energy Recovery Ventilator:
Broan NuTone

Registers: Kul Grilles

Electric Gear: Schneider Electric

Fans: Matthews Fan Company

Switches and Outlets: Leviton

Doorbell: Spore 

Lights: Sunlite Science & Technology

Electric Controls: Lutron

Decking: Black Locust Robi 

Sinks: Kohler

Fluid Flashings: Prosoco, Inc.

Bath: Shluter Systems

Windows: Quaker

Shades (windows and doors): Gordon’s

Curtin Wall Extrusions: Tubelite

Locks: Emtek

Garage Door: Amarr

Hardware: Linnea-Home

Doors: Oregon Door

Skylights: VELUX

Steel Coatings: STEEL-IT

Drywall: National Gypsum Company

Paint: Sherwin Williams

Interior Glass: Tristar

Bathroom Fixtures: Duravit

Driveway Pavers: Oldcastle APG

studio804.com

RB

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