Hackley School is an independent private college preparatory school that was established in 1899 and is now home to more than 800 K-12 students. As a part of the school’s vision to promote health and wellness, Hackley recently developed the Walter C. Johnson Center, a brand new 115,000+ square foot multi-purpose facility with views to the wooded landscape. The center hosts Hackley’s exceptional physical education and athletics program, and features sunlit common areas, a healthy cafe, an 8-lane swimming pool and 3 classrooms. Its design reflects the school’s deep commitment to building and sustaining strong community among students, faculty, and staff.
A major design challenge for the Johnson Center was the lighting condition in the space. Due to its location next to the pool and without any adjacent buildings, the building would get reflected glare and excessive heat that would make the space near the windows almost unbearable. By intelligently managing daylight in the new facility, View Dynamic Glass protects students and staff from unwanted heat and glare. This creates more usable space - for example, the fitness equipment is lined up directly against the windows.