Great Glazing: Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore
The basics: The new John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore features several innovative façade systems that include a unitized curtain wall with high-performance glass, a glass rainscreen, automatic exterior venetian blinds, sunshades and signage. National Enclosure Co. served as the glazing contractor for the 190,000-square-foot design-assist project, which is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
The players: Architect, Behnisch Architekten; general contractor, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; contract glazier, National Enclosure Co.; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries; glass fabricator, fritted glass, Viracon.
The glass and systems: The building has three main façade types—the office-classroom system, the library system, and the atrium system. The office-classroom façade features a custom unitized curtain wall with vision glass, operable vent, and composite metal panel infills. A glass rainscreen system is offset from the exterior face of the building by 8 inches, and supported by custom brackets. The library façade features custom unitized curtain wall with silkscreened vision glass, spandrel glass and operable vent infills. The atrium façade is a custom site-built curtain wall supported by architecturally exposed structural steel. The façade features vision glass, operable vent infills, and an exterior brise soleil sunshade system. NEC provided its HVU curtain wall system for the project.