Carlow University Raises the Curtain (Wall) Windows on University Commons Project

The news media is invited to cover the installation of the curtain wall windows in Carlow University’s University Commons Project on Thursday, June 25.

University Communications For Immediate Release
Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations June 22, 2015
412.578.2095 (phone)
412.260.6807 (cell)
412.578.2080 (fax)

University Commons Project’s Curtain Wall Windows Will Reduce Glare and Heat Gain, as well as Energy Use

Pittsburgh, Pa. – When Carlow University’s new curtain wall windows begin to be installed on Thursday, June 25, (weather permitting) it will mark the most visible aspect of Carlow University’s commitment to a “green” building for its University Commons project.

The curtain wall uses an advanced window technology called SageGlass to improve energy efficiency, maximize natural daylight and preserve a visual connection to the outdoors. SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, is electronically tintable dynamic glass that tints or clears automatically in response to changing sun conditions.

The University Commons’ curtain wall faces due south, presenting a significant heat gain and sun glare challenge. SageGlass manages the sunlight and heat entering the building, reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and productivity. It controls sunlight and glare without having to use mechanical shades, blinds or other obstructions, maintaining permanent outdoor views throughout the day. These eco-friendly features are helping Carlow achieve LEED Certification status for the University Commons project.

Carlow’s University Commons project involves the complete renovation of the 82,500 square foot building, formerly named Grace Library.  The library will still be named for Sister Regis Grace, the Sister of Mercy who was the first academic dean and the acting president for the first 22 years of what was then Mount Mercy College, but will take up less space because much of the library’s collection now can be accessed digitally. With more space available for other use, the building will become the center of campus life and learning at Carlow.

The University Commons is on schedule to open in August 2015, prior to the start of classes for the fall of 2015.  A grand opening celebration is being planned for September 15, 2015.

The architect for the project is the Pittsburgh firm of MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni Architects, Inc.  The general contractor is Massaro Corporation.  R.J. Bridges of Bridgeville, Pa., is the local supplier of SageGlass, and Specified Systems Inc. will be the installing contractor.

For more information on SageGlass, please visit


Editor’s Note:  The news media is welcome to cover the installation of the curtain wall windows. Because inclement weather could disrupt the installation, it is requested that members of the media call first to be certain that the windows are being installed as planned.  In addition, construction has tightened the number of available parking spaces near the construction.  Please call Drew Wilson on his cell phone – 412.260.6807 to be certain of both parking and that the work is proceeding as planned.

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Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Carlow University is a comprehensive master’s institution dedicated to learner-centered education at the collegiate levels and at the elementary school level in the Campus School of Carlow University.

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