Glass Key Contributor to Awarded School Project in Charleston

The design of a new school in historic Charleston on the South Carolina coast earned Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects (SMHa) multiple awards—thanks in part to the project’s glass.

Guardian SunGuard SNX 62 27 - Buist Academy - photo by Bob MikrutBuist Academy, a K-8 school, recently earned an Honor Award from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) South Carolina Chapter, as well as the Best Design Award for the CEFPI Southeast Region. It was also granted a 2014 Founders Award from the Historic Charleston Foundation and the 2014 Brick in Architecture National Bronze Award, Renovation/Restoration.

Guardian Industries supplied SunGuard SNX 62/27 glass for the building’s exterior. Glass, brick and cast stone make up the façade of the three-story, 68,000-square-foot structure, which complements the adjacent original school building, simultaneously renovated by SMHa. The new building has the capacity for 500 students and includes a cafeteria, gymnasium and media center.

“SMHa specifying SunGuard SNX 62/27 glass for Buist Academy’s new building is a great example of how the most advanced architectural glass can fit into projects that must comply with environmental and historic preservation guidelines,” says Chris Dolan, director of marketing, North America, Guardian. “Triple silver products are great choices for architects and designers wanting to deliver abundant daylight and manage solar heat at the same time.”

Charleston Glass Company installed the glass, which was fabricated by independent Guardian Select fabricator Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®.