Glass globe highlights Louisiana research facility

Photo by William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products

The basics: A custom glass and aluminum lighted "globe" is the central design element of the $27 million, 70,000-square-foot Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise facility at the Research Park of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The structure was created as a custom skylight, rises nearly six stories and reaches 47 feet at its widest diameter.

The players: Architect, Architects Beazley Moliere; Lafayette, La.; installing contractor, J.B. Mouton Builders, Lafayette, La.; skylight manufacturer, Super Sky Products Inc., Mequon, Wis.; skylight glass fabricator, Viracon Inc., Owatonna, Minn.; skylight finisher, Linetec, Wausau, Wis.

The glass and systems: The glass area in the custom skylight product spans 7,815 square feet and comprises clear, laminated, heat-strengthened lites featuring two, cool white polyvinyl butyral interlayers. The laminated glass provides hurricane impact-resistance for the coastal zone and presents a cloudy, translucent appearance that is illuminated to enhance the visual effect. The metal is finished in 204-R1 clear anodize.