Windows/Skylights

Sunnyvale Independent School District, Sunnyvale, Texas

From Mundane to Marvelous

An inspired tweak to a standard Solatube offering puts an exclamation point on a space to inspire reading and learning. Create a state-of-the-art library that would serve as a focal point for the school, and find a way to bring daylight into the space with a unique aesthetic, as lighting was to be one of the key elements in the overall design of the library. Sunnyvale Independent School District was driven to create a new type of school design due to a shift in the way they were educating their students. The Intermediate school was their first new building under this change and was designed to align the built environment with the educational platform thus supporting the new style of interact

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Elementary School Vřesovice, Czech Republic

New Life

“Conversion” may become the buzzword that defines construction in 2020. It certainly did here at the Elementary School Vřesovice in the Czech Republic, which involved the reconstruction of a Baroque rectory. The church wished that the village should not let the whole premises deteriorate, but use it for a purpose—it did, becoming a school and daycare center. To give it new life, the designers, Public Atelier and FUUZE, emphasized the interconnection of individual parts so that their historical value as a complex could be preserved, while the users of the converted facility could feel comfortable and free to use all its parts. Simple cubic shapes, smooth surfaces and distinc

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Integrated and Translucent

Designed to provide a fully engineered solution for window and clerestory openings, the UniQuad Translucent Window panels allow for excellent thermal performance and light transmission into a space, providing the benefits of daylighting to building occupants without sacrificing performance. The system is engineered for openings up to 6-ft. tall and available in custom lengths to fit any opening.Building owners will experience efficiencies with this high-performance system that contributes to energy savings and LEED certification. The translucent polycarbonate panels are designed to withstand the elements and maintain their performance over time. The windows are warranted against loss of ligh

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Bottega Veneta Storefront, Miami, Fla.

Curved Windows Add Aesthetic Touch

Fenex provided beautiful curved windows for a renovation project for a high-end retailer in the Miami Design District, Bottega Veneta, a luxury fashion house from Milan, Italy. The district is home to many flagship international luxury stores, art galleries and award-winning restaurants, so meeting the look and feel for this project was key.Fenex worked with the design team to create this unique one-of-a kind window system, that was impact-rated, but also met the client’s aesthetic desires. Due to Miami’s strict standards for wind and impact protection, this window system had a custom configuration of structural interlayer along with its unique frame that would protect this store

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Forging Forward

Made from a proprietary hybrid of fiberglass and UV stable polymer, formulated for strength and resilience, the Forgent line includes a variety of window and door products. An integral nailing fin, and welded sash and frame, provide rigidity and keeps units square, thereby preventing air and water from entering the joint. A great fit for new construction and retrofits with short lead times, the products can be installed in three convenient ways.

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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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