On the Fly
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glass was used
in the façade of a
building at Meacham
in Fort Worth, Texas.
0 feet tall, where using blinds and traditional
You’ll see glass walls anywhere from ten to
Seeing the Value
Manufacturers in the industry still see commer-
cial and institutional buildings such as offices,
hospitals and educational facilities as the top users
of dynamic glass. However, the airport sector and
transportation segment as a whole has proven a
worthy market area.
shading systems is less desirable,” says Brandon
Tinianov, vice president of business development
at View. “In addition to that, airports have
mandates—either self-imposed or externally—
to be the destination and representation of the
future. Pulling down manual blinds in 2020 is
Tinianov says another demand driver he was
surprised to learn about was a plea from mainte-
nance staff and interior design teams seeking an
alternative to automatic shading devices. “They
don’t like the idea of maintaining automated
blinds,” he says.
The airport segment provides for a variety of
applications beyond the main terminal and gate
areas. For example, View had its dynamic glass
installed on the facades of a new administration
building at Meacham International Airport in
Fort Worth, Texas.
“The pre-conception of airports is that they’re
slow and take five to ten years to complete the
design and construction process,” says Tinianov.
“But we’ve found they’re more agile than what we
initially thought, sometimes in the two- to three-
year window. And even the more long-term
projects are beneficial.”
Malmquist adds that the airport sector reinforc-
es the value proposition of electrochromic glass.
“Whether you’re considering the employees
working there all day or the guests coming through,
it solves the typical problems of heat and glare,” he
says. “And what’s great is it serves this dual benefit
for both the travelers and workers. That’s the thing
about airports that is a bit unique.” AGG
Sage’s glass was also recently used in a
smaller airport application at the King County
International Airport in Seattle. The electrochro-
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