Colorado State University’s Morgan Library Uses SageGlass for Expansion

  • July 3, 2012
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Colorado State University’s Morgan Library Uses SageGlass for Expansion

Colorado State University Morgan Library

Morgan Library, ‘The Cube’, courtesy of Colorado State University

Morgan Library, the nucleus of Colorado State University, has undergone massive renovation to bring students more study space and cultivate collaborative research and learning. CSU gave the contract to Studiotrope, a Denver-based architecture firm. They were charged with the challenging task of building “The Cube”, a modern two-story, 4,500 sq. foot all-glass building.

One of the stipulations when conceiving plans to make this expansion was a requirement for the building to achieve at least LEED Silver accreditation. Designing a building that is LEED certified is always a challenge, but adding in the fact that one must work with the thermal vulnerabilities of glass is even more difficult.

Student comfort, energy efficiency and sustainability, as well as maintaining the transparency of an open and secure campus were crucial factors during the design process. Additionally, the commons area houses a digital production studio where high-quality content can be produced, so the building required effective solar glare control for optimal results.

Studiotrope took all of this into consideration when determining that a high-tech glazing technology like SageGlass was the most appropriate choice for the project. SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that amplifies sunlight and outdoor views in buildings while regulating glare, heat retention, and energy consumption.

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SageGlass Technology, Courtesy of Sage

Because there is a strong western exposure, especially late in the day in Colorado, SageGlass only seemed fitting due to its ability to darken or lighten on demand. This aspect, and its automatic light sensors, would ensure the most comfort for students and faculty. It would also facilitate the most comfortable environment during events, movie-watching, or other activities that are light-sensitive.

Sage Electrochromics, Inc., producers of SageGlass, is the leading manufacturer of electronically tintable glass that improves the way people experience daylight in buildings. Their goal is to bring as much light in to a building as possible without the glare, and without compromising a view of the outdoors.

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