|Number of Floors||2|
|External Gross Area||127,000 Sq ft|
|Facilities Services Provided||
|Wastewater Administrative Offices|
|Environmental Administrative Offices|
|Water Quality Lab|
|Human Services and Aging Administrative Office|
|Emergency Medical Services (MEDACT) Administrative Office|
Read more about the project and the building in the official press release.
How Kira is Made
Cargill Dow converts corn sugar into a high-performance polymer called polylactide (PLA). Cargill Dow spins the PLA into Ingeo® fiber.
Interface Fabrics Group weaves the fiber into the yarn it uses to manufacture Kira. Interface has thoroughly analyzed every dye and chemical. Interface also uses sustainable manufacturing processes driven primarily by hydroelectric power. The production and use of Kira can result in significantly less greenhouse gases.
Kira is mechanically compostable for crops, such as corn. To make the compost, Kira is mixed with sawdust and organic material then heated. Amazingly, the composting process takes just three days.
Kira functions exactly as polyester synthetic fibers, with no sacrifice in quality or performance. It can
be used on panels and Ethospace® tiles, as well as
flipper doors, tackboards, and screens.
Kira’s performance matches that of petroleum-based
polyester products. Insects and mold will not attack it.
It’s naturally stain-resistant, and doesn’t hold odor.
Kira also doesn’t wilt in humid conditions, and it dries quickly.
Kira has no petroleum content. This is significant in an era of rising energy prices. Also, there is no petroleum to extract before composting/recycling.
Corn kernels are used to make PLA fibers. It takes about 4.5 ears of corn to make one pound of PLA. Using corn does not affect food supplies
PLA is usedin the medical field for surgical sutures, staples, bone pins, and screws; they degrade in the body so they don’t need to be surgically removed.
Other PLA uses include garden waste bags, clothing, diapers, and bedding.
For more information about Kira textile, visit www.hermanmiller.com/CMF
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