Partnership with Purdue University Provides Useful Testing Grounds

Kawneer is dedicated to developing high-performing building solutions that address real-world design and building challenges. Through our partnership with Indiana’s Purdue University, we recently had the opportunity to sponsor the High Performance Buildings Conference in July. The annual conference hosted more than 750 attendees, and approximately 410 technical papers were submitted. Among the submissions were Purdue student and faculty papers based on analysis using Kawneer-outfitted research pods. Purdue students swept the top three awards at the conference.

“Our ongoing association with Herrick Laboratories is a great example of our commitment to education and progress. It underscores the Alcoa Advantage at work: talented people exchanging innovative ideas, and partnerships that will advance our business for generations to come,” said Bill Hooper, director of product development for Kawneer.

We began our collegiate partnership with Purdue University by sponsoring three living laboratory research pods. Our collaboration with the university has developed into a multi-faceted research project in the Ray Herrick Living Labs building expansion. The project includes four research classrooms called “living labs.”

“These unique spaces are classroom-sized working offices where researchers are able to experiment with new systems and concepts,” Hooper said. “Over the course of the year, researchers will observe the effect of Kawneer’s curtain wall on occupants and assess conditions like daylighting, heat buildup and air exchange.”

Beneficial to both parties, the monitoring allows Kawneer to gather feedback and data to apply to future material production while giving the Herrick Laboratories a state-of-the-art facility.