Windows/Skylights

Enhanced Skylight Design

Available in pyramid, single slope and ridge configurations, EXTECH introduces the SKYGARD 2500 series skylight system. In addition to typical daylighting benefits, the skylight is engineered with separate gutters to control condensation and leakage. Accepting glass up to 1.3125-in. thick, including monolithic or insulated glass units, optional glass coatings and custom silkscreen patterns can help diffuse the direct toplighting and control unwanted solar heat gain.

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High Performing and Versatile

Graham Architectural Products’ newest system, the GT6 Window System, is a series of casement, projected and fixed windows with the ability to match sightlines in a variety of frame depths and thermal efficiencies. Available in three glazing profile options—beveled, concave and flat—all models incorporate advanced thermal strut technology for optimum thermal efficiency and low U-values.

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Hotel Windows 'Quiet' Airport Noise

Fairfield Inn & Suites at Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) is a 123-room, Marriott-branded property located directly adjacent to Pennsylvania’s third largest airport. With gate areas only a short walk away, the hotel is a welcome addition to the airport, which serves more than 1.2 million travelers each year. With the hotel being built in close proximity to the runway, noise infiltration was one of the biggest concerns. “We had to be absolutely certain the rooms would be quiet enough for guests to get a good night’s sleep,” said Bill Hoy, vice president of design and construction at owner/operator Shaner Hotels.

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Horse Farm Utilizes Ventilated Skylight System

A private horse farm located in Utah, Winter Farms’ barn and arena were designed to create healthy environments for both horses and their handlers by providing ample natural light and ventilation from VELUX Modular Skylights (VMS) systems.Ventilation is important in horse barns and arenas to protect the health of horses and handlers working with them. The owners were in need of a proper ventilating skylight system that was both cost-effective and could be installed quickly and easily.The 21,000-sq.-ft. arena includes 130 standard size vms units in the Longlight configuration, and the 7,500-sq.-ft. barn has 70 standard and custom vms units in the Ridgelight configuration.The arena is lo

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The Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.

Restoring Order to the Courthouse

The Fayette County Courthouse was once the shining jewel of Lexington, Ky. Constructed in 1899, the Richardsonian Romanesque-style building was one of the first fully electrified structures in the city. Its heralded central dome used electric lighting to create a star-like ceiling. But, in the 1960s, a central elevator shaft and hvac equipment obscured all views.A 2016 renovation led by K Norman Berry Architects, with Deborah Berke Partners, converted the courthouse into a mixed-use office and restaurant space. The dome was restored, but also included the addition of Technical Glass Products’ Fireframes ClearFloor System, as well as a tempered, laminated walking surface glass, and a st

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Skylight Fits Flat for Low-Pitch Roofs

An edge-to-edge curve to skylights is bringing in more daylight, while producing a sleek, modern roof aesthetic. CurveTech Skylights combine elegant design with exceptional daylighting for design- and quality-conscious architects. Designed for use on flat or low-pitch roofs, the curve allows rain water to disperse off the glass while installed on a zero-degree pitch roof.

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Wing at Florida Mall Offers Sunlit Experience

Florida’s Aventura Mall recently completed a new wing expanding the Miami-area retail destination by 315,000 sq. ft. to 2.7 million. Providing a sunlit experience with indoor conveniences, a custom, vaulted skylight was installed. Opened in 1983 at less than half its current size, Aventura has grown steadily through the decades. The newest addition on the eastern edge was completed in March 2018. “Retail is certainly evolving and we’re always innovating to stay ahead of the curve,” explained Jackie Soffer, co-chair and CEO of Turnberry Associates, owner and managing entity. JPRA Architects served as the project’s architect of record, working with general co

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Pre-Engineered System

The pre-designed, pre-engineered system eliminates the need for worksite caulking, puttying, welding, soldering or glass cutting—and can be installed in any weather condition. The skylights can be combined in a number of configurations—rooflight, longlight, northlight and atrium—and each configuration is delivered with a special prefabricated flashing ensuring a perfect fit and 100% water tightness. Judge’s Comment: “Making daylighting options  easier and more practical for installation is a very welcome advance, especially for projects like schools, where cost containment matters.”

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Vida, 45 Bartlett St., San Francisco

Viva Vida

With its undulating façade and pops of color, the DLR Group/Kwan Henmi-designed Vida 8-story mixed-use building in San Francisco blends style and sustainable design. To support the design’s large openings with deep wall cavities, the architects specified Winco Windows’ 1450 Series 4-in. unitized window wall. In addition, 3.25-in. zero sightline vents provide natural ventilation and clean sightlines. Taken together, the façade reflects the color and texture of the neighborhood’s Latin-influenced murals, craft and culture, and is scaled with respect to the adjacent buildings’ varied heights and setbacks.

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Pier 70, Building 115 and 116, San Francisco

Replica Windows Steer Pier Renovation

As the urban cores of Silicon Valley’s technology hub cities become denser, start-ups and established high-tech developers alike have made it a habit to resurrect historically significant buildings, and add richness and a sense of place to the surrounding community.Along with several other tenants, Uber Advanced Technologies Group occupies San Francisco’s historic Pier 70, Buildings 115 and 116. According to Berkeley-based Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, the buildings were all in urgent need of repair. The design team developed a building-within-a-building concept that preserved the historic perimeter brick walls, reduced the cost of temporary shoring and retained the open volu

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