The renovation of Langsdale Library of the University of Baltimore includes a new glass hall atrium attached to the western side of the existing building. The atrium spans 4 levels of height, covering an area of approximately 1700 sq ft.
The present design is that the glazing is carried by a stick-built aluminum system, separating the glass into a 6 ft x 10 ft grid. The façade plane is laterally supported by a steel structure behind it, no vertical forces are transferred from the façade into the steel structure, so that the vertical deadload of the glass is carried by the aluminum profiles. The steel structure attaches to the adjacent structure of the existing slabs and a stair structure to be arranged in the atrium.