Bowie State University, Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing
Bowie State University wanted a new home for their STEM and nursing department that would engage students, promote collaboration, and offer program flexibility. Primarily clad in curtain wall and featuring a three-story, elliptical multipurpose “Icon,” the Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing gives the campus a view of the innovative research and learning happening within. SGH consulted on the building enclosure design, which focuses on building energy performance and daylighting.
SGH consulted on the design of the building enclosure, including the curtain walls, opaque wall systems, below- and above-grade waterproofing, skylights, and roofing. Highlights of our work include the following:
- Reviewed the proposed design and provided recommendations to improve performance and air/water barrier continuity
- Evaluated the unitized curtain wall system, which features glazing with adjustable tint or terra-cotta sunshades to decrease energy usage and optimize daylighting
- Developed details to integrate the various enclosure systems, including the transition from the roofing to the Icon’s curved curtain wall, and maintaining a continuous barrier below the rooftop greenhouse
- Observed construction and performance testing of on-site mockups and as-built exterior wall systems
- Helped the contractor improve drainage around the skylights
- Provided construction phase services, including reviewing contractor submittals and observing ongoing construction to compare with project requirements
Building Enclosures | Performance & Code Consulting
Facades & Glazing | Roofing & Waterproofing | Energy & Sustainability
Fontbonne Academy, a secondary girls’ school, experienced several flooding events on the campus and adjacent roadway. SGH investigated the flood issues at the campus and developed strategies for mitigating future damage.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Building NW21
When MIT personnel observed large cracks in the interior plaster finishes and binding interior doors at Building NW21, the university asked SGH to investigate the cause of the distress.