VCU and the ICA are committed to building a greener and more sustainable campus. We spoke with the ICA’s Interim Director of Facilities, Installation, and Exhibition Design Michael Lease to explore the positive environmental impact of key construction materials and the site’s landscape.
One of the most visible green elements will be the zinc panels that cover the exterior of the Institute for Contemporary Art’s building, at the Markel Center. There are several reasons why using zinc is environmentally friendly. First, it’s 100% recyclable; it can be used again and again. Second, it resists corrosion. Third, it is a natural fungistat, reducing the risk of mold, mildew, and fungus, and the need for fungicides, which can pollute storm water runoff and stress local habitats. A structural benefit of the zinc paneling is its physical flexibility for some of the building’s curved walls, particularly the section along Broad that will span more than two stories. To get a sense of how the Markel Center might look, check out the new Riverside Museum of Transport in Glasgow, UK, designed by Zaha Hadid. (more…)