Channel glass, sunshades highlight UCSB Engineering II building


Photos by University of California Santa Barbara 

The basics: Innovative glass and glazing elements enclose the new 13,000-square-foot addition to the Engineering II, building 503, at the University of California Santa Barbara. The project was designed to achieve Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, and features a corner of channel glass around a conference room, and windows with high-performance glass and sunshades. The space houses the Solid State Lighting and Energy Center, the Materials Department, a Chemical Engineering classroom, and offices for the Institute for Collaborative Technologies.

The players: Owner, The Regents of the University of California, University of California Santa Barbara; architect, Studios Architecture, Los Angeles; general contractor, Viola Inc., Oxnard, Ca.; channel glass supplier, Bendheim Wall Systems, Passaic, N.J.; glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich.; contract glazier, Wolf CGS Inc., Arroyo Grande, Calif.; window supplier, All Weather Architectural Aluminum, Vacaville, Calif.; curtain wall and sunshade supplier, United States Aluminum Corp., Waxahachie, Texas.

The glass and systems: 1,460 square feet of exterior, vertical, double-glazed channel glass—P26/60/7 Clarissimo with a low-emissivity coating in five openings, and 504 Rough Cast in one opening. The channel glass is in a Bendheim Wall Systems SF60 frame with Kynar Classic Bronze finish. The project also features aluminum windows, Series 451 storefront, Series 3150 and 3250 curtain wall systems, and Series 3600 sunshade sun control systems. The vision glass is SunGuard SuperNeutral 54, with 54 percent visible light transmission and 0.28 solar heat gain coefficient.