Education campus within a regeneration project on the outskirts of Milan.
Eckersley O’Callaghan has been appointed as the Facade Engineer for a new educational campus within a broad urban regeneration project in an old industrial area, currently in a state of decay. The project involves designing a 5-story flagship building and renovating two large industrial structures.
The project’s primary objective is to achieve LEED Gold certification, emphasising sustainability and environmental responsibility. Eckersley O’Callaghan’s Facade Engineering group collaborated on the project, providing an integrated approach from the concept phase to detailed design, resulting in a strong tender package.
The detailed design of the bespoke shading system for the flagship building involved various analyses, including natural frequency analysis to minimize resonant frequencies and vibrations. Implementing an installation strategy for the external shading system and planning future temporary disassembly techniques for facade glazing replacement posed significant challenges. To streamline the installation process, the system will be manufactured off-site as modular panels, with efforts made to conceal joints between modules.
Developing an Access & Maintenance strategy for the facade behind the shading system was a crucial aspect of the design. Our solution involves an 800mm cavity to facilitate routine cleaning operations and glazing replacement by abseilers.