- Channel (U-Shaped) Glass
- Textured Glass
- New Construction
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Completion Year
- Approx. Surface Area
- 40,000 sq. ft.
- Schwartz Silver Architects, Boston, MA with Eskew & Dumez & Ripple, New Orleans, LA
- BHN Corporation, Memphis, TN
Schwartz/Silver Architects literally turned Bendheim’s channel glass around to deliver a striking new look using the unique material. The innovative channel glass rainscreen façade features approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of glass. Most of the flanges face outward, adding texture to the façade. There are 2-inch gaps between the channels, and the glass cladding sits approximately 6 inches off a layer of waterproof aluminum. The system creates a durable and dependable protection against wind-driven moisture. It has survived multiple hurricanes, including Katrina, Rita, and Ike, without damage.
The Shaw Center contains an art museum, two theaters, an art studio, and a gallery space. It owes its existence to the efforts and generosity of The Arts Block LLC, a joint venture of state and local government, local arts organizations, Louisiana State University, and the private sector. Located a block from the Mississippi River, the complex serves as a dramatic addition to the revitalization of downtown Baton Rouge. It is the first project to feature Bendheim 504 Rough Cast channel glass in Louisiana.
Awards & Recognitions
- AIA National Honor Award, 2008
- Honor Award – AIA New England Regional Council, 2005
- Honor Award – AIA Gulf States Regional Council, 2005
- Higher Education Award, Citation for Design – Boston Society of Architects (BSA)/AIA, 2005
- Award for Design – Boston Society of Architects (BSA)/AIA, 2005
- Louisiana Contractor’s Best of 2005 Judges’ Award in Construction