Glass & Curtainwall

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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Tulane Commons

The Heart of Campus

When students attending Tulane University walk into the heart of campus, they will be greeted by the recent completion of Tulane Commons, a 77,000-sq.-ft., three-story eatery, study area and event space. Open space and a floor-to-ceiling curtainwall is featured throughout the building to provide views of New Orleans, as well as the regal oak trees that line the lush quad on Tulane’s campus. The end result is a stunning addition to Tulane University that will attract the best and brightest students and faculty members from around the world. The vision behind the iconic building was to design a forward-thinking, multi-functional space that would reflect the three prominent university int

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Hotel Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center, Alpharetta, Ga.

The Right Glazing For The Right Application

Combining excellent solar control, a neutral appearance and low reflectivity, Cooper Carry specified approximately 45,000 sq. ft. of AGC Glass North America’s ENERGY Select 28 high-performance, low-E coated glazing for the Hotel Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center in Alpharetta, Ga. Whereas the architects used lots of clear glass at the lower levels to deliver the same level of transparency as retail storefronts, they desired more privacy with a low level of reflectance that could also comply with energy-code requirements for the guest suites in the rest of the building, which is where ENERGY Select 28 was a great fit.

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NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

Triple-Paned Glazing

Triple-paned insulated glazing with SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37 and a slatted wood screen reduces solar glare, building heat gain and the need for solar and privacy shading. Designed with integrated sustainable features, it is LEED Gold certified. A hospital must carefully monitor light penetration as well as solar heat gain to protect its visitors, and therefore needs high-performing glazing such as SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37. The multifunctional coating offers strong solar protection and thermal insulation.

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Maraya Concert Hall, Saudi Arabia

World's Largest Mirror-Clad Building

Taking part in a unique project, Guardian Glass supplied UltraMirror glass for Saudi Arabia’s new Maraya Concert Hall, carrying the unique distinction of being the world’s largest mirror-clad building by the Guinness World Records. Reflecting the surrounding mountains of the Al-Hijr Archeological Site in all their glory, the unusual building is expected to boost tourism and interest in the country’s first UNESCO heritage site. Challenged to develop this unique application in a short time frame, Guardian’s innovative efforts have produced a new value-added product.

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Floor-to-Ceiling Inspiration in Seattle

Located in Seattle’s thriving and diverse South Lake Union neighborhood, 9th and Thomas provides a welcoming presence for the growing population of downtown Seattle and serves as a model for sustainable building design.The 12-story, 230,000-sq.-ft. office-retail complex, certified as LEED Gold, features an ultra-low-energy HVAC design, chilled beams that heat and cool with minimal airflow, a heat-recovery chiller that “pumps” heat from hot to cold spaces, and a dedicated outdoor air system that provides increased fresh air ventilation to all spaces. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the building also includes 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible, interconnected retail sp

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A Clean Look

An all-glass entryway and curtainwall system combine to deliver a striking façade at 9001 Cypress Waters in North Dallas, Texas. Unique T-shaped mullions and extended face caps support the thermally broken curtainwall’s clean, streamlined spans of glass. GFF Architects’ design also features a four-story trellis made from layered aluminum tubing.

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Kinects Tower, Seattle

Glazing in Seattle

Featuring three outward-flaring sides and expansive windows glazed with Vitro’s Solarban 60, Bumgardner Architects-designed Kinects Tower is a residential skyscraper in Seattle. Large expanses of low-E glazing feature spandrels with ICD High Performance Coatings’ Starbright Silver Opaci-Coat-300 coatings.

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