Great Glazing: University of Miami’s Frost School of Music

The basics: The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami utilizes electronically tintable glass to offer students a more comfortable and creative environment for music making while also achieving aggressive energy-efficiency goals. The new LEED Platinum-pending facility has over 40,000 square feet of acoustically engineered and daylight-optimized teaching spaces.

“The goal was to create a highly sustainable, state-of-the-art facility for teaching, learning, performing and recording music, as well as provide a beautiful gateway at the campus’ edge. To that end, the facility employs a light-harvesting, energy-efficient design that requires less than half the energy of comparable buildings,” said Alex Rodriquez, architect at HOK.

The players: Architect, HOK and Yann Weymouth; glass manufacturer, Cardinal Glass Industries; glass fabricator, SAGE Electrochromics; contract glazier, Harmon Inc.

The glass and systems: Arrays of triangular SageGlass dynamic glass windows framed in white concrete walls give the façade its distinctive visual statement. While the triangular shape of the units helped enable HOK’s distinctive window design, SageGlass also supports the unique light-harvesting design of the indoor space where each room is a “floating box” within a box, with no two rooms sharing walls, floors or ceilings to provide optimal acoustics for music creativity. The units used for the Frost School of music are comprised of laminated-insulating-laminated construction.