"...Senior Project Architect and Manager Dennis Elledge said the signature design element of the new LARC facility at LU is a collection of “tree glass” feature windows designed for the north and south building facades.
“These large windows will contain an window mullion and glass design to represent a grove of linden trees, indigenous trees from which Lindenwood University got its name,” said Suzanne Lercel, project designer....the unique hues of glass including shades of green, blue and gray comprise the windowed tree imagery, according to Lercel. “The tinted changes in hues are subtle and sophisticated, with the objective of creating a grove of trees that occupants can identify amidst the natural backdrop of existing trees on the site,” she said."
Another special feature is the “magic glass” technically known as electrochromic glass, also known as smart glass or electronically switchable glass, an innovative and modern building glass that can be used to address glare and heat gain in glass openings. “The unique characteristic of electrochromic glass is that it is able to provide variable sunlight control through the presence of solar sensors,” said Elledge. “It controls the sun, glare and heat but still allows individuals inside the facility to see outside clearly.” The “magic glass,” according to Elledge, stops a large amount of the heat that would normally radiate through the glass, and it also minimizes harmful ultraviolet rays at the same time. “The LARC is one of the first structures in the Midwest to be fitted with this type of solar technology,” he added.