The Forum is a 3,000 square-foot addition to Marvin Hall, home of the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning. It will contain a commons space and 120-foot lecture hall. Studio 804, the KU Department of Architecture's graduate-level design-build class, designed the building and began construction in the Fall of 2013.
The highly sustainable, heavy timber-frame addition is wrapped in an innovative ventilated facade. Western red cedar louvers will project the rooms from the sun when the building is in cooling mode. Photovoltaic panels will provide a source of renewable energy, and other features include an underfloor plenum, energy efficient LED lighting, and rainwater harvesting.
Please see http://www.theforumku.info to see recent construction photos, to learn more about the project, Studio 804, and how to donate to this privately-financed project.