Great Glazing: Ent Center for the Arts at UC-Colorado Springs

Ent Center for the ArtsPhotos by Tom Kessler

Ent Center for the ArtsThe basics: The new Ent Center for the Arts is the first purpose-built performing and visual arts center on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ 550-acre campus. Designed to encourage and support working relationships with cultural organizations in the community and to provide direct public access to performances, exhibits and classes, the 92,000-square-foot facility consolidates the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, which had previously been spread across six campus venues. The complex features four performance spaces, as well as a new home for the Gallery of Contemporary Art. Project goals included high-performance glass that preserved the site’s expansive views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

The players: Architect, Semple Brown Design; general contractor, J.E. Dunn; contract glazier, El Paso Glass; glass manufacturer, Vitro Architectural Glass; glass fabricator, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope; metal systems supplier, Morin Corp. (metal panels)

The glass and systems: Vitro Architectural Glass supplied Solarban 90 solar control, low-emissivity glass for the curtainwall system to maximize the building’s energy efficiency while meeting the architect’s aesthetic goals.

“We placed a high priority on transparency and neutrality for glazing,” says Bryan Schmidt of Semple Brown. “We wanted a product that would allow for views to the exterior without too much tint in the glass. Similarly, we wanted the activities within the building to be apparent from the exterior.”

Morin Corp. provided over 170,000 square feet of Galvalume panels on all sides of the building.