Saint-Gobain announced SageGlass will be included in expansion plans for the Mall of America in Minneapolis, which are expected to be completed by next summer.

The new entrance to the mall features a 3,500-square-foot rotunda skylight comprised of more than 300 lites of SageGlass. According to the company, it will enable the mall to control the sun without resorting to shades, blinds or other devices that would have curtailed natural daylight.

“Our objective was to maximize natural light and comfort for our guests,” says Rich Hoge, vice president of operations for Mall of America. “With SageGlass, we can control the amount of sun so that it is cool and comfortable in the mall whether it is nine degrees or 90 degrees outside.

“We’ll also benefit from energy savings without having to block daylight with blinds or shades, which would have also been a challenge for us to clean and maintain in such a large, elevated skylight.”