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Solution

Bowie State University, Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing

Bowie, MD

Completion

2017

Awards

2019 Innovative Project of the Year - New Construction, Schools, USGBC National Capital Region
Bowie State University, Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing

Photo by Hall+Merrick

Bowie State University, Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing
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.

Scope | Solutions

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

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