Lane Pralle (MArch 2020, Architecture) is the recipient of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium ARCC King Medal for excellence in Architectural and Environmental Research. Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is given to one student per ARCC member college, school, institute, or unit. Selection of recipients is at the discretion of the individual member institutions, but is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.
Lane Pralle was nominated for the award by Ulrike Passé and Rob Whitehead, Associate Professors of Architecture at Iowa State University, for his work as a graduate student under their guidance.
In response to the increasing risk of natural disasters, the Iowa National Guard and Iowa State University have teamed with SunCrate, an Iowa company to design a disaster relief system dedicated to serve as extension of the Army Core of Engineers facilities as an operations control sub-unit. As part of this larger project with a solar power crate currently under construction, Lane Pralle worked as a Graduate Research Assistant under the supervision of Rob Whitehead and Ulrike Passe to design a solar powered operation crate for emergency response. He conducted a case study review and evaluated a standard shipping container for human occupation using energy analysis of upgraded scenarios in Sefaira. Consecutively, a variety of iterations were designed and modeled and tested in order to optimize the interior comfort levels of the shipping container throughout the calendar year. Environmental control strategies for achieving thermal comfort include a Heat Recovery Ventilation system, operable windows, insulation, and high efficiency lighting. The crate integrates a roof-mounted photovoltaic array tied to a backup inverter for off-grid energy production and storage for up to 7 days of autonomous power. Interior program for the units is minimized to increase flexibility for client use. Standard furniture and equipment include a folding desk with power supply, small appliances for food and water storage, and cabinetry for power tool and utility storage. Environmental analysis shows optimized shipping container unit with rooftop solar array in combination with integrated HVAC and passive design strategies will achieve net-zero annual energy use. The project will provide a modular framework designed as a kit of parts for a custom solution built for various climatic regions.
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