Kankakee Community College

The Project

Kankakee Community College’s two-story, 18,350 square foot North Extension Center (NEC) cost $5.5 million and anchors the college’s new satellite campus in downtown Bradley, Illinois. The building envelope, which was the determining factor for NEC achieving an extremely high LEED rating and certification, was made with Kingspan insulated metal panels (IMPs). In August 2014, the North Extension Center earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It was the first building in Kankakee County to earn this rating.

The exterior walls of the building were created with Kingspan Designwall 2000 insulated metal wall panels to maximize thermal efficiency, as well as providing a stylish solution that could be erected quickly.

Bradley, Illinois, USA
Designwall 2000

A First Class Solution

Demonica Kemper Architects of Chicago designed the KCC NEC, and its Design Director, Greg Spitzer, identified three primary benefits of specifying Kingspan products: “Aesthetic appeal, insulating properties, and how they can be used to quickly form one complete exterior system.” According to Spitzer, Kingspan products will become a more standard cladding material on commercial buildings in the future. “Definitely yes,” he said. “Insulated metal panels will continue to gain popularity though their economy and versatility, as well as the single point of responsibility on the exterior skin application.”


A Class Act on Sustainability

There were several features of Kingspan Designwall 2000 IMPs that contributed to the LEED point total and Path to Net-Zero Energy targets of the KCC North Extension Center. They weigh only 3 pounds per square foot, which reduces transport and installation energy. IMPs are simple to detail and attach, reducing schedules and installation errors.

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