Etched channel glass highlights university center

Photos by Lon Harding Photography, Eugene, Ore., courtesy of Azusa Pacific University.

The basics: The $42 million, 70,000-square-foot Segerstrom Science Center at Azusa (Calif.) Pacific University features a striking façade of channel glass. Etched into the glass of the west and south sides of the center are the words, "In the beginning, God created," along with other words that appear in Genesis, such as water, earth, sky, land, birds and trees, according to an APU release. The facility is on track for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification, according to an October 2009 article from R&D Magazine.

The players: Architect, AC Martin, Los Angeles; glass supplier, Bendheim Wall Systems, Passaic, N.J.; contract glazier, Corona Aluminum Co., Riverside, Calif.; maximum efficiency point tracking engineer, Glumac, Los Angeles; civil and structural engineering, Brandow & Johnston, Los Angeles.

The glass: 10,700 square feet of Lamberts channel glass installed in both double-glazed and single-glazed openings. The glass is P26/60/7 504 Rough Cast, Safety Glazing Certification Council-certified tempered and 100-percent heat soak tested or annealed. The thermal insulation material was TIMax, a woven fiberglass product. The Bendheim Wall System frame is finished in Arcadia Silver.