Great Glazing: University Commons, Millikin University

The basics: Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, opened a new University Commons facility in August 2017. This front door to the campus combines the library and student center functions into one central location, encouraging collaborative learning among students, faculty and administrators. Home to a career center, radio station, dining area and living room, among other features, the facility also houses many of the University’s research and innovation programs for all students at Millikin. The design blends the existing 1976 Staley Library with a large addition to the south side of the building. Elements of the renovated library were incorporated into the more efficient, forward-thinking design of the Commons. An integrated window and metal panel system bridges the new and old buildings.

The players: Architect, Hastings + Chivetta; general contractor, S.M. Wilson; contract glazier, IWR North America; window and metal systems supplier, Centria

The glass and systems: IWR North America furnished and installed 87,000 square feet of exterior panels of varying module widths to bridge the new building and the existing building on the east and west elevations. The panels, supplied by Centria, include Formavue FV-600A windows with black spacer glass, horizontal panels at the top of the wall, and vertical panels below. Centria Formawall Dimension series Graphix panels were used on the upper elevations.

The insulated metal wall panels have 20 gauge galvanized steel faces on exterior and interior sides.

IWR furnished and installed the Centria Metalwrap insulated metal panels behind the brick masonry walls to create thermal, air, water and vapor barriers.


About IWR North America

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., IWR North America is one of the longest-standing specialty contractors in the nation, providing turnkey building enclosure and custom specialty metal design services coast-to-coast since the 1940s. With in-house design, fabrication and installation capabilities, coupled with access to preeminent providers of products and systems, IWR delivers value-added solutions as a single-source building enclosure partner. IWR is a subsidiary of MHS Legacy Group, a national holding corporation with roots back to 1895. For more information, please visit or call 314-633-4958.