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SageGlass Installs Dynamic Glass at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Jun. 1, 2016

SageGlass®, manufacturer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, recently installed 2,800 square feet of SageGlass at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s (MSP) Terminal 1-Lindbergh as part of its north security checkpoint project.  

Because the checkpoint faces east, employees in this area would experience an uncomfortable glare at certain times of the day. SageGlass was chosen for its ability to control sunlight to optimize daylight, outdoor views and comfort while preventing glare and heat gain. Travelers will enjoy a more comfortable atmosphere, which includes views of the outdoors and natural daylight.


“SageGlass plays an important role in solar control, both for energy conservation and for the quality of the indoor environment,” said Greg Maxam, Director of Sustainable Design at Alliiance. “Passengers benefit from daylight and views, but direct solar penetration can be controlled. This means better working conditions for security personnel, which in turn leads to a better travel experience. SageGlass is an innovative technology that is helping us transform the 50-year-old terminal building to better serve the next generation of travelers.”

More than 400,000 landings and takeoffs occur at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport each year. In 2015, the airport served more than 36 million travelers, making it 16th in North America in terms of the number of passengers served annually. With that volume, it was critical to find an elegant design solution that would make the airport more enjoyable and comfortable for travelers and employees alike.

“We all know that traveling can often be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “Studies continue to indicate sunlight helps people feel more relaxed and productive. With SageGlass, the facility can harness the benefits of sunlight and redefine the airport experience, making it more comfortable for both travelers and TSA personnel.”

SageGlass completed phase one of the project in partnership with architect Alliiance, general contractor Sheehy Construction Company and glazing subcontractor W.L. Hall Company.



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 well-being. Unlike conventional sun controls, such as mechanical window shades or blinds,

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. Ready to look again? 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 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 more than 150 locations in North America and approximately 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. 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 Alliiance

Alliiance is a firm of planners, architects and interior designers which has been uniting people and place through design since 1970. Representing individuals working together, in partnership – side- by- side, face- to- face, eye to eye. Alliiance. Find them at alliiance.us.