Project DescriptionBendheim Wall Systems’ channel glass is central to the interior design of the new Neurosciences Research Building of Indiana University’s School of Medicine, Indianapolis. Bendheim’s channel glass was selected for its distinctive structural and aesthetic qualities: from the ability to span great heights to its characteristic linearity. The channel glass walls create a translucent stacked tower at the core of the wrap-around main staircase, connecting multiple floors and adjacent collaboration spaces.
Designed by architects at BSA LifeStructures, the 140,700 sq.-ft. facility brings together research and clinical care focused on neurological disorders. The design purposefully connects clinicians, scientists, and patients in one location to break down the traditional barriers between research and clinical care, and facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries into practical applications.
"The Bendheim channel glass system with integrated LED back-lighting provides an iconic beacon of light that helps unite the building into its surrounding context,” said Scott Gilliam, Project Architect at BSA LifeStructures. “The channel glass system is a visual connector between floors and allows for uninterrupted vertical surfaces to span the 16’-0” floor-to-floor heights without the need for mid-span supports. By wrapping the main vertical staircase, the Bendheim channel glass system reflects transparency and awareness, as well as the forward-thinking nature of this research building.”
The Neurosciences Research Building has achieved a LEED Gold certification. The channel glass’ 60% recycled content, including up to 40% post-consumer content, contributes to the sustainability of the project.