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SageGlass Completes Dynamic Glass Installation at North Central College’s New State-of-the-Art Science Center

SageGlass dynamic glass controls sunlight to create a comfortable educational environment that encourages collaboration and interdisciplinary learning and discovery

Aug. 23, 2017

SageGlass®, manufacturer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, announced the completed dynamic glass installation on the west façade of the new Science Center at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. SageGlass dynamically controls sunlight to provide students and faculty with a comfortable educational environment that fosters interdisciplinary learning and discovery.

SageGlass was installed on the exterior of all three floors of the façade. By controlling sunlight to optimize daylight, outdoor views and comfort while preventing glare, fading and overheating, SageGlass creates a more comfortable and productive learning environment.

North Central College leadership selected SageGlass for its state-of-the-art technology and ability to reduce reliance on overhead electrical lighting and HVAC systems, which will result in long-term energy savings.

“As part of our Brilliant Future Campaign, the addition of the new Science Center will allow North Central College to maintain its 156-year tradition of excellence while providing our students with an innovative facility conducive to collaboration and student success,” said Troy Hammond, president of North Central College. “Due to SageGlass’ ability to prevent heat gain and glare, this facility will serve as a comfortable, modern space that unites our Science Division and promotes interdisciplinary exploration.”

The 125,000-square-foot center features 34 laboratories; 15 classrooms; an auditorium; 19 student gathering spaces; 53 faculty and staff offices; and a greenhouse. The facility will also include a dedicated space for exercise science and pre-health programs as well as a grab-and-go café and a large flexible meeting space for conferences and other special events.

“We have consistently found a connection between comfortable day lit environments and enhanced student performance in educational facilities,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “By installing our dynamic glass at North Central College, we are pleased to help create a learning environment where students can thrive, collaborate and perform at their best.”

North Central College completed this project in partnership with architect Holabird & Root and glazing contractor Glass Solutions.

About North Central College

North Central College, founded in 1861, is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Just 30 minutes from Chicago's Loop, the campus is located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois-rated by Money magazine as among the nation's "Best Places to Live" and by Chicagoans as the most desirable town to live. With more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence; a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service; a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation; and a caring environment with small classes. Visit www.northcentralcollege.edu and discover what it means to #BeCentral.


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.


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 352 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 68 countries

More than 170,000 employees



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