Kimmel Center renovation featuring SageGlass by Saint-Gobain wins Construction Excellence Award
Dynamically tinting SageGlass ceiling caps striking new garden terrace 'sky room', taming the sun while preserving the viewMay. 12, 2014
Dynamically tintable SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain, was a key contributor in transforming a sweltering indoor open terrace in Philadelphia’s iconic Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts into an elegant, revenue-generating glass-enclosed event space. Now that project has generated an award for its builder at the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) 16th Annual Construction Excellence Awards.
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden Terrace sits atop the Perelman Theater at the highest elevation under the Kimmel Center’s soaring 150-foot-high barrel-vaulted glass roof. Enclosing the formerly open terrace in glass keeps event noise from disturbing other Center activities. Using Saint-Gobain’s SageGlass dynamic glass enabled a tint-on-demand ceiling for the new enclosure that preserves views of the city skyline while managing heat and glare issues, ensuring guest comfort.
The new terrace enclosure was designed by BLT Architects and its renovation carried out by Haverstick-Borthwick Company. The project garnered an Outstanding Achievement Award from the GBCA in the category of Best Industrial/Institutional Project under $10 Million. Established in 1891, the GBCA is the Philadelphia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.
SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain, is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass manages the sunlight and heat that enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and well-being. It can reduce a building’s cooling load by 20% and HVAC requirements up to 30%. It is a smarter, more elegant solution than conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades, blinds and louvers. With SageGlass you can control sunlight and glare without shades or blinds while maintaining the view and connection to the outdoors. SageGlass is manufactured in Faribault, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window industry,” and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris, the world’s largest building materials company.
In 2015, Saint-Gobain is celebrating its 350th anniversary, 350 reasons to believe in the future. Backed by its experience and its capacity to continuously innovate, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance and building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2014 sales of $54.6 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has over 180,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit https://www.saint-gobain.com/en and the twitter account @saintgobain