Great Glazing: Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, University of Texas

The basics: The interior of the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex at the University of Texas is highlighted by coordinated channel glass and decorative architectural glass. Architects wanted to provide private spaces within the lab without compromising light distribution and the feeling of space. Channel glass in varying opacities and textures met the challenge.

The players: Architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; general contractor, Austin Commercial; contract glazier, Austin Glass & Mirror Inc.; glazing systems supplier, Bendheim Wall Systems

The glass and systems: Architects selected Bendheim Wall Systems’ tempered P26/60/7 profile Lamberts channel glass in Piccolo texture for the project. The fine, corduroy-like Piccolo pattern defines the floor-to-ceiling, straight and curved partitions in the open-plan and private offices, distributing light, providing the necessary privacy and creating a sense of movement in the space. Bendheim’s matching Clear Corduroy architectural glass is featured in the faculty offices’ sliding walls and partitions. Bendheim also supplied the I-41 Interior Frame System for both straight and curved sections of the building.