Glass & Curtainwall

Franklin & Marshall College Winter Visual Arts Center, Lancaster, Pa.

A Visceral Glow

Supporting Steven Holl Architects’ unique “box-kite-shaped” design for the three-story Franklin & Marshall College Winter Visual Arts Center in Lancaster, Pa., Bendheim was challenged to create a unique, parallel, single-glazed, tip-to-tip framing configuration for the curved glass walls. 

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BIPV modules atop a walkway for the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building in Utah

BIPV in High-Performance Glazing

With a dual function as a balcony, balustrade, glazing or a skylight, Solarvolt BIPV modules from Vitro Architectural Glass come in a variety of configurations, including multiple solar cell arrangements and three unique photovoltaic crystalline silicone types for various effects on aesthetics and performance. Compatible with almost all of Vitro’s glass products, the solar panels with solar cells are arranged between two glass lites with glass-film techniques. The modules come in sizes up to 98 in. × 146 in. and in thicknesses of up to two 12-mm lites.Views of the BIPV modules atop a walkway for the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building in Utah. 

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12,000 sq. ft. of EFCO’s curved 5600 curtainwall creates an elegant 32-story high-rise for Chicago’s 465 North Park Apartments.

Curved Curtainwall Decorates Chicago High-Rise

Inspired by aspen leaves, close to 12,000 sq. ft. of EFCO’s curved 5600 curtainwall creates an elegant 32-story high-rise for Chicago’s 465 North Park Apartments. Designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners, the luxury apartment tower also incorporates EFCO’s 8750 unitized curtainwall for the above-ground parking garage; EFCO’s 450X windows and OG45 window wall, T450-I Terrastile doors on the tower balconies; and D300 storefront doors for entries.To help meet the project’s thermal performance, durability and sustainability requirements, EFCO relied on a combination of Technoform’s polyamide thermal barrier and plastic hybrid stainless steel warm-edge TGI-Space

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Diamond Exchange, Capital C in Amsterdam

Not in the Rough by Any Means

An Architecture Masterprize winner in the mixed-use category, the Diamond Exchange, Capital C in Amsterdam, originally built in 1911, has been transformed, including the “High Light,” a glass and steel dome that added space for various corporate events and gatherings. The faceted diamond-like form, by ZJA with Heyligers design + projects, is reminiscent of the building's original purpose as a facility for processing the importation of diamonds. Much of the renovation restored the original Gerrit van Arkel design, but also adapted the interior for use as a modern, flexible, office environment. The project has won numerous other design awards.Octatube's PV Integrated G

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Vassar College Integrated Science Commons, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Bird Friendly

Offering bird collision mitigation with a high level of transparency, ORNILUX Bird Protection glass from General Glass International has been tested and approved for an “Effective” rating from the American Bird Conservancy. The glass can be heat-strengthened or tempered, and may be used as a triple-laminated glass or as part of an insulated glass unit. For optimized visibility and effectiveness, it is best to minimize façade design elements which may limit the glass’ exposure to natural light. The glass appears clear to humans, but birds see a pattern due to a UV reflective coating.Pictured at Vassar College Integrated Science Commons, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., des

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Wolfe Center for the Collaborative Arts at Bowling Green State University

Hurricane Resistant

Enhancing its StormMax storefront system, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope’s new hurricane-resistant system provides on-demand product evaluation documents for both Florida and Texas, to facilitate installation and approval. The FG-5700, FG-5750 and FG-5750T systems include additional infill options, 12-ft. frame heights and simplified anchoring. Combined with both inside and outside glazing options, as well as pre-glazing, the systems offer maximum flexibility, and have been tested to Florida Building Code standards, particularly for High Velocity Hurricane Zones, to offer Category 5 protection. The line replaces OBE’s FG-5000, FG-5100 and FG-5100T storefront systems. The systems have

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Scandinavian-inspired style and net-zero-ready design for the Finnish company Vaisala’s new North American headquarters, Louisville, Colo.

Scandinavian Style and High Performance

Supporting OZ Architecture’s Scandinavian-inspired style and net-zero-ready design for the Finnish company Vaisala’s new North American headquarters in Louisville, Colo., are Tubelite curtainwall and window wall systems.Thermally broken aluminum framing, low-E insulated glass and Tubelite’s PTB120 Thermal Pressure Plate supplied by Deceuninck further support the building envelope’s sustainability and energy-efficiency goals. Tubelite’s 400T thermal curtainwall enclose a double-height, daylit atrium and reception area, and 900RW Thermal Window Wall provide views from the offices, training area and conference rooms.Combining Deceuninck’s fiber-reinforced pol

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The Heights, Arlington, Va.

Stacked for Success

While public schools may not be known for their forward-thinking designs, The Heights Building in Arlington, Va., is the exception. Merging two existing secondary schools—the H-B Woodlawn Program and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program—into a new 180,000-sq.-ft. building housing 775 students. The building exemplifies modern architecture, energy efficiency and a sense of community that connects students with the surrounding neighborhood as well as a focus on indoor-outdoor learning.Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in connection with Leo A. Daly, designed the school with a bold, energetic vision to support both schools’ unique student bodies—H-B Woodlawn’s visual and per

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Energy-Efficient, Bird-Safe Glass Installed at National Aviary’s New Garden Room

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh recently completed the installation of glass windows and doors at The Garden Room, a new glass-enclosed venue for weddings, special events and educational programs that also will serve as a showcase for energy-efficient, bird-safe glass. “The National Aviary works hard to provide the best possible care for the birds through field conservation programs and education,” said Cheryl Tracy, executive director of the National Aviary. “As we made plans for The Garden Room, it was important to us to practice these principles by selecting materials that would help keep the wild birds in our neighboring park safe.”

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Net-Zero Fire Station

Helping Salt Lake City’s Fire Station No. 14 become one of the first net-zero fire stations in the country is Tubelite’s 400TU Series Therml=Block curtainwall, T1400 I/O Series multi-pane storefront, operable windows, side entrance doors and INT45 interior framing systems. As part of the city’s larger “Climate Positive 2040” plan, Salt Lake City is seeking net-100% renewable electricity by 2030, and to reduce carbon pollution by 80% by the year 2040. According to Tubelite, the energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, indoor air quality and natural ventilation, daylight and views delivered by these projects also contribute to the physical

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