Educational facility designs continue to evolve to meet the need to provide bright, comfortable spaces that are also safe. Architects are using glazing products in exterior and interior settings to bring natural lighting deep into the buildings. These applications help enhance learning, improve energy performance, and keep occupants safe.

From K-12 to higher education, glass products can help give schools a unique aesthetic combined with various other performance features. Here’s a look at a few recent installations our readers shared with us.

Buddy and Joni Minett Elementary School, Frisco, Texas

Architect: Stantec

Glazier: Royal Glass Company, Denton, Texas

Glazing Supplier: Ballistic Glass and Armor Solutions

Exterior of a brick school with large glass windows; an overhead awning covers a courtyard area.
The Buddy and Joni Minett Elementary School in Frisco, Texas, photo credit: Royal Glass Co.

Keeping kids safe was a top priority of the newly built Buddy and Joni Minett Elementary School in Frisco, Texas. Designed by Stantec’s Dallas operations and completed in 2022, the school features SchoolSafe Premium from Ballistic Glass and Armor Solutions. The company says the glazing is engineered to be forced-entry resistant and to withstand extensive physical abuse. According to the company, the glazing meets ASTM F1233, Standard Test Method for Security Glazing Materials and Systems, and passed UL Ballistic Resistance Level 1.

Installed by Royal Glass Company, the glass is 9/16 inches overall and went into a US Aluminum storefront system.

 

McMaster University, Peter George Centre for Living and Learning, Hamilton, Ontario

Architect: Diamond Schmitt
Contract Glazier: TAGG, Burlington, Ontario

Glazing Supplier: Walker Glass, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®

Blue glass towers are located on the right and left sides of low-rise white building.
McMaster University’s Peter George Centre for Living and Learning, photo by Phillip Castleton

McMaster University’s Peter George Centre for Living and Learning is the largest building on the Hamilton campus. Architects Diamond Schmitt worked to design a welcoming and comfortable space for students and staff. Those efforts included managing sightlines and daylighting with custom acid-etched glass to create a sense of home and community.

Schmitt developed two custom halftone dot patterns that are etched onto the first surface of the glass and calibrated to look almost transparent from inside the building. Outside, they appear opaque. While the first surface etched treatment was mainly for human considerations, it has the added benefit of deterring bird strikes.

 

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