Richland Two Institute of Innovation

Set in a suburban community, the Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) is a visionary mixed-use center for learning and public life. This 213,000-square-foot facility strikes an industrial tone while warmly hosting school district administrative offices, a branch of the county library, a conference center, a café and commercial kitchen – and serves as a public high school providing experiential instruction in technology and entrepreneurship to students in their junior and senior years. An exemplar in sustainability and cost-savings, the building includes rooftop photovoltaics, a solar thermal water heater and a wind turbine. 

SunGuard® SNX 51/23 low-E glass on clear helps reduce unwanted solar heat gain and demand on air conditioning systems. The glass lends a subtle blue hue to the building’s exterior and provides plenty of light to classrooms, corridors and shared public spaces. While zones for young students are securely defined, a glazed central lobby slices through the roofline to deliver shared light and sightlines across people of all ages, stages and sectors in this inspiring community hub.  

Richland Two Institute of Innovation

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Written by Martin Kolecki

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