The Minnesota National Guard Armory in Pine City, Minn., is using dynamic glass from SAGE to help improve the effectiveness of soldier training in the facility.
The 1976-built Armory, home to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 94th Calvary (1-94 CAV) Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, recently underwent a major renovation to upgrade the facility’s aging infrastructure. The Armory installed SageGlass® in its assembly hall to control the sun’s glare and heat, as well as to provide advanced daylight control capabilities for times when the squadron needs to darken the facility for training and presentation purposes.
The renovation was designed by SJA Architects in Duluth and the windows installed by National Window Associates in Spring 2012. During this time the squadron, known by its nickname The Bulldogs, was deployed in the Middle East to support Operation New Dawn.
“SAGE is an excellent company to work with,” said David Carisch, president of National Window. “They provide good communication and professional response. Their glass was easy to install and the electronic connections were problem free. We look forward to working with SageGlass in the future.”
SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that maximizes daylight and outdoor views in buildings while controlling glare and heat gain. The glass can tint or clear manually or automatically to save energy and help keep building occupants continuously comfortable throughout the day.
In the assembly hall, SageGlass uses light sensors to automatically self-tint throughout the day in response to changing sun conditions. When needed, the squadron can also manually activate SageGlass to dim the assembly hall.
“The Pine City Armory is part of a growing trend with government facilities that are increasingly implementing advanced building systems, like SageGlass, to improve both energy efficiency and operational effectiveness,” said Derek Malmquist, vice president of marketing at SAGE. “We’re proud our technology is used in support of our service men and women.”
About SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.
SAGE Electrochromics is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced dynamic glass that can be tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass controls the sunlight and heat that enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and well-being. SageGlass can reduce a building’s cooling load by 20% and HVAC requirements up to 30%. It is a smarter, more elegant solution than conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades, blinds and louvers. Now celebrating its 10th year anniversary shipping commercial SageGlass, the company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered near Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window industry.” SAGE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris, the world’s largest building materials company.