Deerfield Academy Balustrades and Skylights / 2007


Deerfield academy is a coeducational independent secondary boarding and day school set in historic Massachusetts. The buildings architecture is designed to generate an atmosphere that piques curiosity and fosters learning. The school includes a 3-story Science Commons, whose balustrades and skylights were designed to echo the movement of celestial bodies and to strengthen interconnections between spatial changes.

Front was engaged by the facade contractor to provide design and engineering for the glass floor and balustrade assembly that forms a continuous light box along 3 stories of open circulation around an atrium.  Front designed a hardware free system deploying new adhesive techniques, in addition to engineering and specifying all necessary materials. Assistance was provided to the contractor in order to procure the specialty glass products and remain within budget. Front also designed and engineered a very large insulated horizontal glass lens element including installation method engineering required given the unusual size and application.