Category: Glass

GLASS IN architectural DESIGN

Vitro Glass launches operations of jumbo MSVD coater at Wichita Falls

“The trend in buildings today is large, expansive glass—with some panels over 12 feet tall—that is also energy efficient,” explained Bill Haley, Wichita Falls plant manager. “Vitro can now meet architects’ growing demand for low-e glass in sizes as large as 130-by-204 inches. The coater further enhances our ability to cost-efficiently produce a variety of high-performance architectural glasses that comply with more stringent building codes and meet the industry’s increasingly complex design challenges.”

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A room with a view: Seattle’s Space Needle’s revolving glass floor

The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain. The upper and lower levels are now unified by a cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, creating a new destination that embodies the spirit of possibility for which Seattle is known. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand, or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and elevators.

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Portland apartment building achieves LEED Gold Certification

Sustainable features in the apartment units include large double-pane, low E, insulated windows that provide natural light, high-efficiency systems for lighting and mechanical (HVAC), water-efficient fixtures and Energy Star appliances. There is preferred parking for electric vehicles, and there are recycling facilities on-site for residents. Low VOC emitting materials were used during construction, and construction waste was safely recycled, reused and disposed of accordingly.

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Line 1 at Vitro Carlisle Plant Restarts Production

“Working with our internal engineering team and our engineering contractor, we were able to make several improvements to the line,” said Roberto Cabrera, director of engineering, Vitro Architectural Glass. “Our goal was to get back into production as soon as possible, but with our combined experience we were able to make some environmental and production improvements that will provide greater efficiency and consistency.” 

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Main Library at Mexico’s Tecnológico de Monterrey University, featuring Solarban 90 glass, earns honor

Libraries are made for learning; treehouses are built for socializing and communion with nature. Recently, with the help of Solarban® 90 glass, the new library at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico united the charms of both dwellings to earn a prestigious award from the American Library Association (ALA) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA).  

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Guardian Glass will launch jumbo coater this summer

This jumbo coater is Guardian’s 12th, and the first in North America. The company will focus initial production on the most popular double and triple silver SunGuard coated glass for architectural applications. The use of SunGuard coated glass in jumbo sizes – on lites up to 217 square feet – opens up possibilities to architects by delivering expansive views with high performance to their design repertory.

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Starphire glass enhances UV transmittance, vegetation in renovated Tropical Rainforest

When it reopens in mid-July after an extensive $1.2 million renovation, the habitat will be home to approximately 400 tropical plants, such as cacao trees, coffee plants, mango trees and coconut palms, which help create the natural environment conducive to wildlife. The exhibit’s more than 80 birds, including Victoria crowned pigeons, male and female Great Argus pheasants and several macaws, will be gradually reintroduced to the revamped habitat on or about July 13.

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Halio Smart-Tinting Glass Selected for Major Renovation Project in Brussels

The Gare Maritime project was secured by Halio International, one of the joint venture companies formed by Kinestral Technologies, Inc. and AGC, Inc. to be the exclusive providers of Halio smart-tinting glass to the building industry. Extensa, an Ackermans & Van Haaren company and the developer of the project, selected Halio for the renovation primarily because the product helps them achieve their ambitious sustainability goals while using innovative technologies to ensure occupant comfort without covering up the original metal architecture with blinds and other daylighting techniques.

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New Holtec International headquarters features glass fabricated by J.E. Berkowitz

J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) announced the completion of Holtec International’s new corporate headquarters on the company’s 50-acre Krishna P. Singh Technology Campus in Camden, New Jersey. Built on the former site of the New York Shipbuilding Corp., the seven-story building features 58,000 square feet of glass fabricated by JEB, and is serving as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the surrounding area. For the project, JEB fabricated Winduo™ insulating glass units (IGUs) in multiple configurations, featuring low-e Solarban® 60 glass and performance-tinted Pacifica® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass. JEB also fabricated IGUs incorporating Solarban 60 glass and clear glass with a ceramic frit in a custom tropic blue color. R.A. Kennedy & Sons served as the contract glazier for the project.

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Editor’s pick – Takeda Global Headquarters

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

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