Glass & Curtainwall

An Ode to the University

Tulane’s Freeman School of Business set out to unify two halls into one complex by adding a 45,000-sq.-ft., four-story addition and renovating 40,000 sq. ft. of classrooms and lecture halls. Inspired by Tulane’s mascot, the Wave, and several 100-year-old oak trees lining the street, a scalloped curtainwall was designed as the heart of the project. Given the historical significance of the trees and weather-related conditions that are an ongoing threat to New Orleans, it was critical to preserve the trees and provide protection against extreme weather while achieving LEED Gold criteria.The YUW 750 XT unitized curtainwall was selected to meet these goals. One of the highest performi

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The Outdoor Connection

Guardian SunGuard glass products balance high performance with light transmittance and the right aesthetic at state-of-the-art Owego Elementary School. Architect Highland Associates were charged with replacing a structure destroyed by Tropical Storm Lee with a high-performing envelope that meets LEED Silver certification.“The spaces have a sense of relaxed vitality that comes only with a strong connection to the outdoors,” explains David Degnon, senior associate, Highland Assoc. “This would not be possible without the strategic use of specialized glass products such as Guardian SunGuard glass. With glass making up such a large part of the façade, the color and appearance ha

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Visitors at Texas Library 'Sitting in Tree House'

When the City of Seguin, Texas, decided to tear down its old library and build a new one, the priority was to leverage the natural beauty of its site along the banks of Walnut Creek. In Nov. 2017, the Seguin Public Library earned LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Bringing the outdoors inside of this two-story facility, a curtainwall frames these natural views and leverages natural light. In addition, cantilevered decks overlook the creek and a popular walking and biking trail. Designed by PGAL of Los Angeles and 720 Design of Dallas, the 43,000-sq.-ft. library is three times the size of the original building, providing more area for books, technology and spaces

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Channel Glass Shines at New D.C. Museum

The Museum of the Bible features channel glass, which not only defines the museum’s entrance, but also brings daylight in and establishes a sense of privacy. Washington, D.C.’s new Museum of the Bible features a brilliant, 22.5-ft. towering channel glass wall-cladding, which defines the museum’s entrance and Arcade. The glass conveys a crystalline appearance, symbolic of the original building’s function as a cold storage warehouse. In other areas throughout the museum, translucent channel glass façade elements bring daylight in, while establishing a sense of privacy. Channel glass creates virtually uninterrupted walls of glass, limitless in length and up to 23-ft

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Mixed-Use, Transit-Oriented Development Earns Gold

The city of Portland, Oregon’s new 10-story, mixed use, transit-oriented development known as Slate earned LEED Gold. Formerly Block 75, the high-efficiency building features window, entrance and unitized curtainwall systems. A cornerstone in the city’s efforts to revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area, Slate rises on a previously vacant lot. Opened in Sept. 2016, the project spans 147,000 sq. ft. and offers 75 market-rate apartment units on the upper six floors; 35,000 sq. ft. of creative co-working office workspace on the second and fourth floors; and 7800 sq. ft. of retail space at street level.Designed by Works Progress Architecture for co-developers Urban Development Partne

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The Campus Beacon

The University of North Dakota’s (UND) Robin Hall’s sleek, light-filled design features a curtainwall and storefront system to meet the structure’s modern aesthetic, sustainability goals and performance requirements. Opened last year as the tallest building in Grand Forks and the headquarters for the unmanned aircraft systems programs at UND’s nationally acclaimed John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, the $22-million, 72,000-sq.-ft. Robin Hall—designed by ICON Architectural Group—rises five stories and ascends into a 127-ft. glass and metal tower at the structure’s entrance. Brin Contract Glazing worked closely with ICON and Tubelite to accom

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Pristine Views

Clearvision is a low-iron glass that offers the ultimate in neutrality, purity and color enhancement. It has 92% light transmission, more than any other glass product on the market. This makes it ideal for architectural applications requiring a high degree of transparency or color optimization. Even in its thickest iterations, Clearvision remains perfectly neutral. Available in laminated, heat-treated, bent, silk-screened, or insulated configurations, it can be specified for interiors and exteriors.

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Conscious Daylighting

AGC Glass Energy Select 23 is high performance low-E glass comprised of a triple-silver coating on a clear substrate. It delivers a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23, with a high visible light transmission (VLT) of 50%.

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Bring out the National Guard

Supporting two units of the 834th Aviation Support Battalion, the LEED Silver certified Minnesota National Guard Arden Hills Army Training Site features Wausau blast hazard-mitigating curtainwall and window systems and Tubelite thermal entrance systems. Architect Burns & McDonnell specified 4250i-BHM INvent blast hazard-mitigating windows, tested for compliance with the General Services Administration and Dept. of Defense and 9000 sq. ft. of Wausau’s 7250 Series SuperWall.

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Canopy of Glass Connects

World-renowned artist Spencer Finch designed an architectural canopy to connect two new office buildings at the center of Amazon’s expanded headquarters campus in Seattle. A walk through local woods inspired Finch’s “There is Another Sky,” his recreation of the dynamic patterns of light and shapes that form when light filters through foliage. The stylized canopy addsa creative, artistic element to the classic canopy design and reflects the local culture, all while providing an open, welcoming feeling in an urban setting. Finch developed the pattern with five hues and five opacities to control and vary the amount of light that filters through the decorative canopy, whi

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