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GLASS IN architectural DESIGN

Vitro Glass renames SOLARBAN 70XL glass to SOLARBAN 70 glass

Robert J. Struble, manager, brand and communications, Vitro Architectural Glass, emphasized that, despite the name change, there have been no changes to the glass formulation itself. “Since Solarban 70XL glass was introduced, the distribution channel, and even our own employees commonly truncated the name to ‘Solarban 70,’ so to alleviate confusion throughout the supply chain, we decided to adopt the product name everyone most commonly uses,” he explained. “The product remains available in annealed, heat-strengthened, tempered and laminated version through the Vitro Certified™ Network of glass fabricators.”

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PPG DURANAR coatings add distinctive effects to façade of Calgary Central Library

Designed by Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway, and DIALOG of Calgary, the library features a dynamic triple-glazed façade that incorporates more than 460 alternating polygonal panels of fritted glass and iridescent aluminum. The architects selected PPG Duranar coatings for the window frames and other extruded aluminum components to evoke snowflakes or ice cracking on a lake.

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Construction begins on Pickard Chilton-designed Avocet Tower, featuring a high-performance glass façade

Avocet Tower’s unusual side-core design allows for efficient floor plates of 22,000-28,000 square feet. The building’s elegant high-performance façade allows for comfort and great views while state-of-the art View Dynamic Glass controls natural light within the office tower. “Avocet Tower is one of downtown Bethesda’s most anticipated developments, and its unique mix of hotel and office space will surely distinguish it from other new urban developments,” said Jon Pickard FAIA, RIBA, principal at Pickard Chilton.

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AAMA and IGMA to Unify as One Combined Organization

The memberships of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) both voted to proceed with combining into one organization with a new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). “The value of the new organization will be a stronger industry voice, offering members and the industry single-source access to critical information,” said AAMA Board Chairman Donnie Hunter (Kawneer). “With knowledgeable professionals from both the fenestration and glass industries, better synergy for the whole finished fenestration product will be available, as well as direct access to Canadian market, codes and regulatory expertise. A combined organization also delivers expanded technical competencies and a broader document base to support more extensive educational opportunities for members,” he continued.

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Consolidated Glass Holdings names Randisi as new director

In his new role, Randisi will be responsible for overseeing national accounts for the Consolidated Glass Holdings’ Architectural Glass division—those served by J.E. Berkowitz, Solar Seal, Columbia Commercial Building Products and Dlubak Specialty Glass. In addition, Randisi will serve as a key resource for architects and CGH’s national accounts, offering design assistance and technical support for architectural glass specifications.

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Vitro Architectural Glass names Hammond technical support manager

In his new position, Hammond will provide technical support and direction to members of the Vitro Certified™ Network program, primarily in the areas of product application and process training. He also will take a leadership role in managing Vitro Glass product stewardship initiatives such as environmental product declarations (EPDs) and company participation in the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products program. 

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The Buda Mill & Grain Co., a historic agricultural complex reimagined as a community commercial destination in Buda, Texas

CTA-designed Buda Mill & Grain Co., is composed of five structures—a mix of old and new—including a renovated 105-year-old cotton gin building, a large, renovated steel equipment shed, a historic elevated grain augur, four vintage silos, and three new buildings. The challenge was how to preserve the bones of what was there while making the existing structures and new facilities a cohesive complex.

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Chicago Union Station’s renovate Great Hall features new skylight finished by Linetec

Soaring 115 feet above the floor, the renovated station’s Great Hall now features a two-tier skylight system: the original restored, 177-foot-long, barrel-vault system and a new, 187-foot long, high-performance system installed approximately five feet above it by Super Sky Products Enterprises LLC. Enhancing the durability and minimizing future maintenance, Linetec finished the new skylight’s aluminum framing in a Bone White, 70% PVDF resin-based architectural coating.

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707 Fifth office tower offers an attractive, energy-efficient, comfortable workplace in downtown Calgary

The new 707 Fifth “AAA” office tower designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), features a distinctive, curved glass appearance with high energy-efficiency and a comfortable interior. In spite of the cold climate, the 27-story, 564,000-square-foot (52,400m²) building met its energy targets, due in part, to the use of Technoform’s TGI® Spacer M in the triple-glazed, curtain wall system. The curtain wall relies on TNG’s bent, triple-pane insulated glazing units with two low-e coatings from G-Crystal Glass Group.

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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