The University of Maryland decided to utilize Halcyon Shades for the large windows in their Art Library. The south facing facade created problems with heat and glare from strong afternoon sun. In addition, the existing vertical blinds compromised the view of the campus and the architectural integrity of the building. The transparent and reflective properties of the new shades allowed staff and visitors to enjoy the campus view while protecting the valuable book collection from harmful UV rays. The performance tested shades added a uniform appearance to both the interior and exterior of the building, and created a more comfortable and energy efficient space.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, our children need to be protected in their schools. Like others across the country, St. Ambrose School in Missouri needed a solution to block the view from potential perpetrators at the exterior windows in their classrooms. They choose Halcyon Shades due to the unique reflective properties of the shade material. The shades provided the necessary daytime protection for their students while allowing teachers, administrators, and security guards with a clear view to outside. The shades also significantly reduced glare and solar heat gain in the classrooms which created a more comfortable environment for students and teachers.