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“A UNIQUE AND TREASURED CULTURAL INSTITUTION…”
Kerr-Greulich Engineers Inc. relished the opportunity to design and engineer systems for the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) is a unique and treasured cultural institution that reaches over 45,000 Kentuckians a year with innovative educational programs that augment traditional school programs and put a premium on fostering creativity. LASC’s mission is to use art and science to inspire children and adults. More than 6,000 schoolchildren from 21 Kentucky counties take field trips to the center each year and LASC offers more than 400 classes and workshops, plus frequent community events.
This project more than doubled the LASC facility size and adds a 65-seat planetarium/auditorium, a digital arts center, a recording studio, a children’s art gallery, more classrooms and meeting space, and a guest artist’s studio. As well as a “teaching kitchen” for uses as varied as teaching neighbors to prepare and preserve the food they grow in their gardens and classes in chocolate sculpture. A “magic carpet” walkway, which includes outdoor sculptures, will tie the campus together.
- Designed as a LEED-certified project
- Geothermal HVAC design
- Thematic lighting design
- Daylight harvesting reduces energy consumption
- HVAC designed to mitigate ambient sound levels
- Rainwater collection and low flow plumbing fixtures minimize wastewater and runoff