Volume 29, Issue 2 - Summer 2015


“Glass Gate” Touches Down at Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former NFL players who used to light up the scoreboard are now seeing their shrines lite up as well.

Increasing attendance and new exhibits prompted the Pro Football Hall of Fame located in Canton, Ohio, to recently expand from 85,000 to 118,000 square feet and move its main entrance to the center of the museum.

And with the expansion came a new main entrance—the facility’s “glass gate.”

Designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky, the Hall features a dramatic, two-story glass atrium that covers the new main entrance and grand lobby. The entrance and lobby were relocated to minimize the infiltration of outside air to help precisely control the temperature and humidity in the museum.

The Hall itself sports Guardian’s SunGuard SuperNeutral 54, which was fabricated by W.A. Wilson Glass Plus, headquartered in Wheeling, W.V., and installed by United Glass and Panel Systems (UGPS), based in North Canton, Ohio. UGPS utilized its UAM pressure wall stick-built curtainwall system for the project.

The glazing brings abundant natural light into the lobby while managing solar heat, helping the staff administer temperature and humidity requirements critical to maintaining the facility’s one-of-a-kind, historic exhibits, according to the architect.

A large glass façade brightens up the newly-expanded Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The entrance has been dubbed the “glass gate.”

An Impactful Simulation

Broward College’s recently completed Health Science Simulation Center (HSSC) is a three-story, 32,000 square-foot facility that simulates all the workings of a hospital inside.

It’s not only the interior of the building that meets the full-blown hospital criteria.

Designed by ACAI, the Davie, Fla.-based facility is located in a high-level hurricane zone, where blocking against water infiltration is crucial. In healthcare facilities, however, it’s even more critical, as hospitals can ill-afford issues like leakage and reduced indoor air quality.

So the facility called upon Deerfield Beach-based Crawford-Tracey to manufacture and install its CTC Pro-Tech 7SG structurally glazed impact-resistant system for the project. According to the company, Pro-Tech systems are ideal for hospitals and healthcare facilities due to their industry-high rating for water resistance—100 pounds per square foot at 15 minutes with no water.

According to Crawford-Tracey, the exterior glass installed was built to provide hurricane protection for life safety concerns, as well as energy efficiency via solar low-E coating combined with insulating glass units.

The glass exhibits a sharp green reflective exterior appearance, transmits natural daylight to the interior and reduces solar heat gain to maximize occupant comfort.

Located in South Florida, Broward College utilizes Crawford-Tracey’s impact-resistant glazing system for its new Heath Science Simulation Center.


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