Skylight, Sunshine and Studies

There was a monumental renovation at the University of Michigan. The School of Kinesiology (Kraus Hall) includes classrooms, laboratories, academic and career advising offices, collaboration spaces, and more. They are now all in one amazing location, right in the heart of central campus. For the first time in the school’s history, faculty, students, staff, and research are together under one roof. A roof that includes a Texlon® ETFE skylight.

Natural Light? Floods Through the ETFE Skylight

Kraus Hall, with it’s 480 qm ETFE skylight, allows for natural light to flood the atrium. This is important with the cold Ann Arbor winters that the students and faculty experience each year. The building acts as a centerpiece for the campus, and a home base for the Kinesiology students. The skylight includes 10, three layered, ETFE cushions, with special print on the exterior layer of the skylight.

Sustainability? LEED Gold Certified

Not only does the building create a new, and exceptional space, but it does it with sustainability in mind. Therefore, in 2021, the building was LEED Gold certified.

At Vector Foiltec, we provide services such as; design, engineering, fabrication, installation and maintenance.  As experts in small or large scale projects, we have complete in-house competence and understanding of not only the ETFE system but also the needs of the client. For more information about other projects that Vector Foiltec has completed, visit our project overview.

ETFE Skylight, white steel structure and a light-blue sky
Look up: an ETFE skylight.
ETFE Skylight, white steel structure and a light-blue sky
An open and inviting space at Kraus Hall, covered by ETFE


Date 2021
Location Ann Arbor Michigan, USA
Sector Education
Size 480 m²
Structure Steel
Type Roof/Skylight
Architects The Ballinger Company

Expert Contact

Mark Nolan
Pre-Construction Manager US

Images Copyright: Brad Feinknopf/OTTO

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