Project of the Month

Glass Brings Daylight, Transparency and Comfort to San Francisco High School

Transparency and daylighting were important to architect EHDD when designing San Francisco’s industrial arts-focused Lick-Wilmerding High School. To achieve aesthetic and performance desires, they worked with Solarban® 70 glass from Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) for new skylights and a curtainwall addition to the existing building.

The new third-story curtainwall, with its mullion-less silicone joints, rests lightly on top of the historic building below and integrates with the existing mid-century curtainwall. For added thermal performance, the architect added interior acrylic glazing to the older system.

The design provides daylit hallways and break-out spaces to help promote collaboration and interaction. The glazed curtainwall addition and new skylights served as a way to bring more daylight into the interior, which was restricted in height by the city’s historic preservation guidelines. Following the renovation, the building posted an occupant survey satisfaction score of 94% based on air quality, acoustic quality, lighting and thermal comfort.

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