Inc. Completes Work on MICA's Brown Center
Institute College of Art's (MICA) Brown Center in Baltimore opened
last October, sheathed in translucent, white glass that was installed
by Harmon Inc. Harmon's Baltimore team designed, manufactured and
installed the $20 million building's exterior glazing system. Whiting-Turner
Construction Co. served as the general contractor. Architect Charles
Brickbauer designed the building in collaboration with the firm
The five-story structure is 61,410 square feet. It also includes
a 60-foot high atrium at its entrance. Harmon says the building
rises from a "parallelogram-shaped footprint that had previously
served as a parking lot."
Harmon and Whiting-Turner worked together to provide design assistance
on the project.
"Due to the intricate relationships of the glass façade
and the building structure, it was obvious that the structure and
the wall system had to be co-developed in order to maintain the
integrity of the design," said John Myers, Harmon's senior
sales representative in Baltimore.
Harmon's engineering manager Joe Digiacinto developed the wall system
in three-dimensional CAD drawings, establishing critical connection
locations for the structure. Harmon then provided and installed
the entire exterior curtainwall, atrium steel trusses, all-glass
entrances and structural glass railings. Harmon says that as a result
no metal supports are visible on the center's exterior.
The center's exposed concrete structure supports a four-sided silicone-glazed
curtainwall system. The glass also features a white frit pattern.