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SageGlass Installs Dynamic Glass at Bowie State University’s New Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing

SageGlass dynamic glass controls sunlight to create a comfortable, productive learning environment and collaborative event space.

Jun. 9, 2017

SageGlass®, manufacturer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass,  announced the completed installation of 25,000 square feet of dynamic glass at the new Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing at Bowie State University on portions of the curtain wall façade and throughout “The Beacon,” a three-story multipurpose space. SageGlass dynamically controls sunlight to provide students and faculty with a comfortable learning environment and collaborative event space. The project is aiming to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

By controlling sunlight to optimize daylight, outdoor views and comfort while preventing glare, fading and overheating, SageGlass creates a more comfortable, productive learning environment conducive to cognitive thinking, thanks to unobstructed views of the outdoors. The dynamic glass tints on-demand, allowing professors to customize solar control. It also tints automatically via light standards. By blocking sunlight on hot days, SageGlass will help dramatically reduce energy demand in the building.

“The state-of-the-art Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing will catalyze Bowie State University’s efforts to expand the use of collaborative hands-on teaching models and continue to position the University at the leading edge of innovation in STEM education and undergraduate research,” said Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim. “Its innovative design provides an optimal learning environment for students and faculty to engage in transformational interdisciplinary learning and instruction.”

The 149,000-square-foot facility features flexible classrooms, state-of-the-art research and instructional laboratories, and a natural sciences greenhouse to foster collaboration across academic programs and support the University’s strategic initiative to enhance teaching in the sciences and cutting-edge research. The Center will also include a nursing simulation wing and increase the University’s capacity to enroll nursing students.

“We believe that providing students with a daylit environment, free from heat gain and glare, is essential to ensuring strong academic performance,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “By utilizing SageGlass at the new Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing to create a more comfortable learning and collaboration space for students, Bowie State is demonstrating its continued commitment to the success of its students.”           

Bowie State University completed this project in partnership with the University of Maryland Service Center, Perkins + Will, and Clark Construction. 

About SageGlass®

SageGlass® is the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass and is transforming the indoor experience for people by connecting the built and natural environments. Electronically tintable SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, dynamically optimizes daylight and manages temperature – all while maintaining unobstructed views of the outdoors. With SageGlass, building occupants can comfortably experience the biophilic benefits of the outdoors, including stress reduction, enhanced creativity and an improved sense of wellbeing.

SageGlass allows architects to elegantly solve solar control challenges without sacrificing aesthetics and design. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, SageGlass is backed by 350 years of building science expertise that only the world leader in sustainable environments can provide. Visit www.SageGlass.com, @Sage_Glass and Facebook.com/SageGlass.


About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people all over the world. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to The Statue of Liberty and The World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement.

In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a material difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain has approximately 150 locations in North America and more than 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.8 billion in 2016. Experience our innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.


 About Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.


€39.1 billion in sales in 2016

Operates in 67 countries

More than 170,000 employees



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