Posted in projects on August 4, 2015 8:28 am EDT

Architectural Glass with Intuition

Glass specification allows a Colorado congregation to comfortably and affordably make the most of a mountain view.

Steamboat Christian Center, Steamboat Springs, Colo. Images courtesy of View Dynamic Glass.











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By Rachel Hayes

“About one-third of our attendees would wear sunglasses during service....”

—Julie Lewis, Creative Arts Director, Steamboat Christian Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

Breathtaking views of rolling pine trees and snowcapped mountains and closeness with God’s creation in all its glory are a few of the ideas that first come to mind when one encounters Steamboat Christian Center—a facility built of rough-hewn logs and set in picturesque Steamboat Springs, Colo. But for years, the congregation on the other side of that picture window lived with distracting glare and uncomfortable heat—trade-offs for the beautiful view and connection with nature.

“We tried so many different things for six years. [We] tried curtains and put up ugly shades, but we didn’t want to obstruct our view,” says Julie Lewis, creative arts director and wife of Lead Pastor Troy Lewis. “About one-third of our attendees would wear sunglasses during service.”

Solar solution

Relief finally came when a church member and glazier by trade encountered View Dynamic Glass at a conference. “Our windows are 45 feet tall and the tinting options we’d seen were always outrageously expensive with tinting [that] wasn’t variable enough,” says Lewis. “The View product was affordable with a full range of tints, so we went for it.”

View Dynamic's architectural glass allows Steamboat Christian's 45-foot-tall windows to change from a completely clear to dark tinted state.

View Dynamic Glass is an architectural glass with the ability to change from a completely clear to dark tinted state. According to Brandon Tinianov, a senior executive with View, the transformation is accomplished by applying a microscopic electrochromatic coating to one surface of the glass. “Previously this type of technology was too expensive to use, especially for a large format window like Steamboat’s. But technology has improved and we’re shipping over one million square feet of cost-effective glass this year.”  continued >>