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Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment

Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment

Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass.

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Space Needle’s renovated observation decks achieve high thermal performance with Technoform spacers

In reimagining the building Olson Kundig respected the Space Needle’s conceptual innovation and enduring legacy as originally envisioned by Edward E. Carlson, and as designed by John Graham with Victor Steinbruek, to reflect aspirations of the Space Age. Working with Olson Kundig from the renovation’s earliest stages, glazing consultant and designer Front Inc. specified Technoform’s spacers to help achieve the Space Needle’s design goals.

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San Francisco’s Vida comes to life with Winco Windows’ system, finished by Linetec

Located in the colorful Mission District of San Francisco, Vida brings to life a long-vacant space as an upscale, mixed-use residential and retail, urban infill project. Designed by DLR Group|Kwan Henmi, 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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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building

The design team led by HDR focused on creating a space that would cultivate collaboration and communication among its researchers, scientists and staff. The goal was to design an open and inviting environment full of natural light that would inspire as well as serve as a reflection of the positive medical advancements taking place at the center. Additionally, because of the hospital’s coastal location, there was a strong desire and need to meet Florida’s newly updated stringent hurricane impact resistance requirements. Minnesota-based specialty contractor, MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked closely with YKK AP America Inc. to carefully choose the right, impact-resistant products for the project.

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Company News

McKenna named marketing manager for Vitro Architectural Glass

In his new post, McKenna will provide marketing support for Vitro Glass’s residential, commercial and specialty divisions. He also will oversee the company’s marketing plans and support its architectural teams throughout the United States and Canada.

BNBuilders earns Calibre Design Award for Vertex Pharmaceuticals building

On May 17, 2019, the Vertex Pharmaceuticals building development team, including BNBuilders, DGA, and LPA, were honored with a Calibre Design Award in the Healthcare category. Within the LEED Gold building, 70 percent of its space is dedicated to laboratory/research activities.  The building is designed with interior walls of glass, allowing the ongoing research to be seen throughout the building. 

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