The recently completed Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing at Bowie State University includes 25,000 square feet of SageGlass. The electrochromic glass was used on portions of the curtainwall façade and throughout the Bowie, Md.-based facility’s “Beacon,” a three-story multipurpose space.
The project aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The state-of-the-art Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing will catalyze Bowie State University’s efforts to expand the use of collaborative hands-on teaching models and continue to position the University at the edge of innovation in STEM education and undergraduate research,” says Bowie State University president Mickey L. Burnim. “Its innovative design provides an optimal learning environment for students and faculty to engage in transformational interdisciplinary learning and instruction.”
Tidewater Glazing installed the glass for the Perkins + Will-designed building. The university also partnered with the University of Maryland Service Center and Clark Construction.
According to Sage, the dynamic glass “tints on-demand, allowing professors to customize solar control. It also tints automatically via light standards.”
The 149,000-square-foot facility features flexible classrooms, research and instructional laboratories, and a natural sciences greenhouse. The Center will also include a nursing simulation wing and increase the University’s capacity to enroll nursing students.
“We believe that providing students with a daylit environment, free from heat gain and glare, is essential to ensuring strong academic performance,” saysAlan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “By utilizing SageGlass at the new Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing to create a more comfortable learning and collaboration space for students, Bowie State is demonstrating its continued commitment to the success of its students.”