WUSM/BJC Mid-Campus Center
St. Louis, Missouri
Ventana designed, manufactured, and installed the exterior wall systems at the new Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Modern in design, with an emphasis on glass and natural wood, the building includes two high-definition broadcast studios and accommodates student project teams in 42 breakout rooms and 30 open spaces, all with glass walls overlooking a four-story atrium that is the central gathering spot.
The façade consists of approximately 27,000 square feet of custom, unitized curtain wall including around 10,000 square feet of glazed-in ACM, as well as close to 3,500 linear feet of vertical and horizontal sunshades. A key element of the project is the leaning curtain wall on the north elevation where Ventana installed 27 foot tall steel strongback mullions at each vertical in the atrium to transfer the loads imposed by the curtain wall back to the building structure. The 1-1/8 inch thick clear, insulated glass lites were provided by Viracon. The high-performing glass features a 1/2 inch deep argon-filled interspace with stainless steel spacers and Viracon’s VE-2M low-E coating on the number two surface for enhanced performance. All tempered lites were heat-soak tested in order to minimize the risk of breakage due to nickel sulfide inclusions in the glass and the typical 1/4 inch outboard lites were replaced with 3/8 inch outboard lites in order to provide a façade with a flatter appearance.