Newhouse III at Syracuse University

Officials from the Syracuse University School of Public Communications decided to relay one of the most important constitutional messages to its students architecturally. The school’s Newhouse III building that opened in September features the First Amendment on the glass entry façade.

The amendment is incorporated into a striking silk screen design on the glass wall that highlights the phrases “freedom of speech,” “right to assemble” and “of the press.” Some words rise up 6 feet on the façade.

Arch Deco Glass, Columbus, Ohio, supplied the silk-screened glass. The remainder of the 16,800-square-foot curtain wall features glass with a ceramic frit from Viracon of Owatonna, Minn.

Wausau Window and Wall Systems of Wausau, Wis., supplied its unitized 7250 Series for the curtain wall.

“To alleviate some of the headaches associated with customized, complex systems and time-critical projects, our unitized systems streamline this process by pre-fabricating the various components into large, pre-assembled units that can be crane-lifted from the truck and quickly installed on the building,” says Ken Robbins, Wausau regional sales and marketing manager.

Ajay Glass Co. of Rochester, N.Y., installed the glass, as well as 28 sections of aluminum sun shades to improve daylighting and thermal performance of the building.

A matching glazing system was used on the glass-enclosed walkway that connects Newhouse III to the existing Newhouse I and II buildings in the School of Public Communications.

Polshek Partnership Architects of New York served as the project architects. Linetec of Wausau supplied the interior and exterior finish for the frames.