Rowan University's New Holly Pointe Commons Strives for Inclusivity and Sustainability, Relies on Wausau's Windows
GLASSBORO, NJ The grand opening of Holly Pointe Commons welcomed more than 1,400 students to the new, $145 million residence hall on Rowan University's campus in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Designed and constructed with accessibility and sustainability goals, the facility meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is targeting LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Supporting the project's performance criteria and condensed construction schedule, Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided nearly 1,500 window units to glazing contractor Newman Glass Works.
Rowan's vice president for student life and dean of students, Richard Jones, said, "Our students love that Holly Pointe Commons is a gateway to campus. The complex has a progressive, forward-thinking design that speaks to who we are as a University. Its unique design gives students the ability to be their authentic selves and to be part of learning communities that are so critical to their success."
Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, the 303,000-square-foot building showcases a modern aesthetic and serpentine-shaped footprint. Standing 75 feet high, Holly Pointe Commons includes a four-story and a seven-story building interconnected by a study bridge. Its faÃ§ade is constructed of metal panels and Wausau 2250i INventâ„¢ Series windows.
On the new student residence, Newman Glass Works installed a combination of fixed and operable units. To help ensure that fresh air and a connection with the outdoors are made accessible to people with limited physical abilities, Wausau's project-out windows comply with the university's ADA requirements where specified. This means the windows are laboratory-proven capable of operating with one hand, using a force of 5 pounds or less, to unlock, open, close and lock, without tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist.
Maintaining Wausau's reputation for industry-leading high performance, no reductions in air, water or structural performance were necessary in laboratory testing of Wausau's accessible windows. "We also were able to provide the same look across all hardware options, and to maintain the same sightlines for both the fixed and operable windows," said Green.
Beyond accessibility and aesthetics, a polyamide thermal barrier within the 2.5-inch aluminum framing enhances the performance of each window. Further contributing to the project's sustainability goals, the aluminum used to produce Wausau's window systems is a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition.
Linetec provides the thermal improvement services for all of Wausau's aluminum products, as well as the finishing. Many of the window units showcase dual color finishes with Bright Silver on the exterior and Medium Gray on the interior. The remainder was painted in Medium Gray on both surfaces. All of the aluminum framing members were finished in a three-coat, metallic, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin based, liquid paint.
As a recognized, environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints' volatile organic compounds (VOCs) content using a 100 percent air capture system and safely destroys the VOCs with a regenerative thermal oxidizer. Linetec then re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line.
Applied under Linetec's stringent factory-controlled processes, these finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association's (AAMA) 2605 industry standards, as well as minimize buildings' maintenance costs and maximize long lifecycles.