In order to structure this ‘crystalline palisade’, a stress skin wall and roof system of exposed steel tubes creates a column-free net on which the glazing units are placed. A ceramic fritted glass enclosure veils over the structural stress skin to provide enclosure. The frit pattern is abstracted from tectonic configurations of the stone ledges of the Shawangunk ridge.
The Campus Commons is a sustainable high performance building that is designed to reduce energy consumption and provide a healthy and enlightened interior environment through utilising a ceramic fritted glass enclosure to harvest daylight and reduce solar gain, reducing lighting requirements by optic controls and employing radiant heating and cooling to temper the occupied spatial strata of the space. The building has enhanced the education process because it now is the campus symbol and icon appropriately connected to the regional landscape, thus giving the students a physical identity and improving the overall image of the university.