Volume 19,  Issue 1                                                   Spring 2005


The Museum that Glass Built: Toledo Museum of Art
It’s not surprising that Toledo, Ohio, which has been nicknamed “the City of Glass,” will soon be home to the Toledo Museum of Art’s new glass pavilion. It’s also not surprising that Pilkington, with North American headquarters in Toledo, is the glass manufacturer. The building, which will cost $30 million to construct, will feature 365 glass panels that are 8-feet wide, 13 ½-feet tall and ¾-inch thick. Once manufactured, panels were shipped to China to be laminated by Sanxing Glass Technology Company and then shipped back to Toledo for installation. 

The new pavilion will feature curved glass walls to divide various spaces in the building, while also connecting spaces. The building’s exterior will not have any right-angled corners. Glass walls will be installed by setting one wall segment into a grooved channel in the floor. Within that channel, a compressible material will allow the wall segment to settle and move within the groove. In addition, the top of the glass panel will be held in place by a similar channel in the ceiling. This installation technique is designed to allow the glass to shift and twist without causing gaps to occur in the wall.

SANAA Ltd. of Tokyo designed the building. Toledo Mirror & Glass will serve as the glazing contractor. Glass installation was scheduled to begin April 7 and construction is expected to be completed in October.

The Wright Stuff: Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Imagine Glass™ was used in the curtainwall of the award-winning Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). Edge & Tinney Architects won a Merit Award for Facility Design from the Air Force Material Command for designing the building.

Imagine Glass, available from Imaging Sciences, is made by laminating a decorative interlayer between two or more lites of glass. The WPAFB project features insulating glass units that incorporate Imagine Glass made with Imaging Science’s Exact Registration™ process. Through this technique a graphic is exactly registered on top of another so that the interior glass has a different look than the exterior.

Florida Federal Building Updated
The Charles E. Bennett Federal Building located in Jacksonville, Fla., recently underwent renovations, scheduled by the General Services Administration, that included glazing designed for both security and hurricane protection.

Included in the upgrade was a retrofitting of the exterior glass windows and doors. Prior to renovations, the 1,300 windows leaked and the originally specified glass was an uncoated, non-performance glazing product.

As a federal building, high-performance, security glazing was already mandated, but because the Bennett Federal Building was also in a hurricane-prone area, the glazing had to be hurricane resistant. Laminated glass, fabricated by Viracon with Solutia’s Saflex® PVB interlayer, was used in the project. The glazing configurations consisted of a 1 5/16-inch VE1-55 insulating StormGuard laminate with a 1 5/16-inch VE1-55 insulating PVB laminate.

Architect for the Charles E. Bennett Federal Building was Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects Chartered. TSG Industries were the glazing contractors.

Highrollers: Edgewater Casino
The decorative glass touch of Joel Berman Glass Studios (JBGS) of Vancouver played an integral role in the development of the new Edgewater Casino at the Plaza of Nations, also in Vancouver. JBGS created not only the 170-foot long balustrade that runs the width of the building, but also a sculpture inside.

The casino features 4,500 square feet of glass—about 70 percent of which has been recycled—that incorporates sandblasting, frosting, texturing and custom pattern techniques. Outdoors, the 8-foot-tall balustrade features a geometric textured glass pattern. Indoors, the hanging sculpture is 16-feet high by 24-feet wide with glass fins arranged in three nesting arches. In addition, a 25-foot-high glass screen that is made of three layers of glass stands outside the entrance. 

“We’re always looking to find fantastic new ways to show off our glass,” said Joel Berman, company president. “Our design team responded to the original structure and created site-specific, artistic, yet functional designs, using our own custom hardware and glass."

An Ocean View: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
The new Storer Building, part of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy located at the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal, features products provided by Vistawall Architectural Products. Designed by HKT Architects, the building features curtainwall, storefronts, entrances and windows from Vistawall. Architects knew that using lots of glass in the design of the building would ensure views of the surrounding ocean.

Included in the job was the CW-250 curtainwall system, the FG-2000 storefront system, the 4500 concealed vents and wide-stile doors. The building features three rows of 7-inch structural channels in front of the main radius curtainwall. The framing finish is clear anodized with painted accent channels.

The Cheviot Corp. of Needham Heights, Mass., was the glazing contractor for the job.

Face Lift: The Sonoma Tower
The Sonoma, a contemporary, 27-story residential tower located on Manhattan’s east side recently enjoyed a face lift. Wausau Window and Wall Systems worked in concert with glazing contractor American Industries to bring a new window system to the tower.

The base of the tower has an exterior façade that is a combination of rectilinear and curved surfaces. Wausau’s 4100 series sliding windows were used to vary the exterior mixture of punched ribbon windows and granite brick detailing.
In addition, the window system complies with residential zoning requirements, providing acoustical performance, indirect ventilation and smooth, quiet operation.

The Sonoma is owned by residential developers, The Related Companies, and was designed by Davis Brody Bond.

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