Great Glazing: WMS Boathouse

The basics: The two-story, 20,000-square-foot WMS Boathouse, a rowing training and boat storage facility, is home to the Chicago Rowing Foundation and North Park University’s women’s rowing team in Chicago’s Clark Park. The building’s roof design, which mirrors the motion of crew members rowing, features an alternating truss system with ventilation windows that draw the southern light into the building and provide sufficient ventilation and abundant daylight. The high-performance glazing warms the floor slab in the winter to minimize energy use. The project is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification.

The players: Architect, Studio Gang Architects; general contractor, Schaefges Brothers Inc.; glass fabricator, Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions; contract glazier, CAD Contract Glazing; glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries; metal framing systems supplier, Tubelite Inc.

The glass and systems: Studio Gang Architects specified oversized panels of Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 62/27, which offers 62 percent visible light transmission, a 0.27 solar heat gain coefficient and a light-to-solar gain ratio of 2.30. The product also features a neutral exterior appearance, so that buildings still reap the performance benefit without a dark or overly reflective look. Tubelite supplied 400 Series curtain wall and its T14000 storefront system with wide-stile doors for the Boathouse project.