Helmerich Center for American Research

Helmerich Center for American Research

Tulsa, OK

The mission of the Helmerich Center for American Research is to preserve and promote the art, history, and culture of the Americas. View Dynamic Glass allows visitors to experience history while connecting them to the very landscape from which a part of that history originated, all while protecting priceless museum artifacts from sun damage.

  • Improves visitor comfort by blocking heat and glare, prolonging visits
  • Preserves artwork and museum artifacts - 99.6% of UV rays blocked
  • Connects visitors to the outdoors with full views of scenic countryside - no blinds or shades

Objectives

The new 25,000 square foot addition is part of Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, which houses the most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. It is one of the country’s leading facilities involved in the preservation of American art and history. The center hosts visiting faculty and students from around the world and promotes scholarly research. Its gathering spaces provides opportunities for seminars, lectures and exhibitions.

The museum envisioned a space that would offer unobstructed views of the outside and allow ample natural daylight to give the center an airy, open feel. The challenge was to create a picture-perfect transition between the outdoors and the interior, without promoting heat, glare and harmful UV rays that can damage the invaluable historical artifacts on display.

Solution

View Dynamic Glass encloses the north, east and west facades of the facility and automatically adjusts window tint based on sun exposure. Without Dynamic Glass, the museum would have needed to install internal roller shades, which would have blocked the inspirational views and created a completely different visitor experience than envisioned by the architect and the museum.

Outcome

With View Dynamic Glass installed, the Helmerich Center maintains a connection with the outdoors and creates a bright and welcoming environment—all while reducing solar heat and glare. The superior UV properties of the Dynamic Glass block 97–99 percent of UV radiation, helping to shield the facility’s artifacts and furnishings from damage and fading.

Payoffs

  • Improves ambience and increases natural light
  • Eliminates glare without sacrificing views
  • Protects artifacts and furnishings

Project Specifications

Team

Architect:

Hastings + Chivetta

General Contractor:

Key Construction

Glazier:

Apax Glass

Glazing System

Project Type

New Installation

System Type:

Curtain Wall, storefront

Make & Model:

Kawneer 1600 Wall System and Kawneer Trifab 451T

IGU Makeup

Thickness:

1"

Outboard lite:

6mm tempered clear with EC on surface #2

Spacer:

1/2" black warm edge spacer

Inboard lite:

6mm tempered clear