Volume 39,  Issue 12,  December 2004


Barber Glass Contributes to MoMA's Re-Opening
New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) recently underwent a $425 million renovation that nearly doubled the size of its previous home. Glass was one of the main materials used in the building’s construction; the museum features a 110-foot atrium for an abundance of natural light. In addition to that, the museum’s new signage is also constructed of glass.

Barber Glass Industries Inc. (BGI), located in Guelph, Ontario, worked with Bruce Mau Design Inc., of Toronto, in late 2002 to create prototypes for the unique signage in time for the re-opening of the newly expanded museum.

According to Henry Hong-Yiu Cheung of Bruce Mau Design Inc., the design objective “was to create an iconic, floating glass banner that highlights the MoMA word mark. The banner’s design integrates into the overall architectural composition, while the use of glass derives from the building’s material palette.” In addition, the title glass banner had to be a maximum of 25 mm thick, meet high design loads and be produced to very tight dimensional tolerances.

One of the job’s challenges was that there could be no read-through shadows when the sun was shining on the opposite side and the sign had to have long-term durability. A decision was made to not apply an exterior etch or other glare-reducing treatment because of the risk of ambient environmental pollution that could cause a dirt/film buildup, as a result of chemical reaction.

The end result was a six section, 55 feet high by 5.33 feet wide, three-ply composition that included the following components:

    • Six-mm, heat-strengthened AFG Krystal Klear low-iron, silk-screened glass with ceramic frit, used on both sides of the sign; 
    • .015 clear PVB / .032 pure white by 2 / .015 grey;
    • Ten-mm, heat-strengthened grey; and
    • .015 grey / .032 pure white x 2 / .015 clear PVB.

“I accepted BGI’s invitation to visit its production facility and observe the production process. BGI’s positive attitude, outside of the box thinking and extensive in-house technological capabilities prompted me to share this experience with Amy Kasindorf of Livart Inc.,” said Steve Weinstein, project manager on the MoMA new building team. “Amy, who was contracted to supply the carved Founder’s Wall at MoMA, was running behind schedule as a result of difficulties getting the 136-inch long, 1-inch thick, acid-etched Starphire laminated glass. After being referred to BGI, Amy was pleased to receive finished goods, ready to carve, within 2 ½ weeks,” he added. 

George H. Mow, senior project manager of AMEC Construction Manage-ment Inc., was in a unique, difficult position in that the vertical banner contract was awarded directly by MoMA. 

“The curtainwall slot for the banner sign was up since January 2003. When MoMA finally completed its design and awarded the glass fabrication to Barber Glass, we had only three months to get it into place. I knew nothing else would matter if the glass sign wasn’t up for the opening. The sign design tolerances allowed no margin for error so the project required close coordination between BGI and Josef Gartner USA Inc., the installer.” Josef Gartner USA is part of the Germany-based Gartner Group, a division of Permasteelisa. 

“This is the kind of job that excites us and gives us pride in what we do,” said John Barber, president of BGI. “It is creative and challenges every department of our manufacturing team to be the best it can be, all to meet and exceed our customers’ goals.” 

Three Building Product Manufacturers Contribute to Homes for Disabled Troops
Three building product manufacturers, Simonton Windows, Style Solutions and Hy-Lite Products, have joined forces to support the efforts of Homes For Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes for disabled veterans. The organization was founded by John Gonsalves, a Massachusetts contractor, after he learned that Sgt. Peter Damon had returned from Iraq with an injury that resulted the loss of both arms. 

Led completely by a volunteer staff, Homes For Our Troops hopes to raise funds for and build several homes for soldiers. As the homes are constructed, the three companies will be on hand with donations. Simonton will donate Energy Star® compliant window packages with low-maintenance vinyl frames. Style Solutions will contribute a package of interior and exterior millwork products, while Hy-Lite will supply privacy-assuring acrylic block products. 
Info+ www.homesforourtroops.com.

Waco, Texas-based Glass Doctor has revamped its website,
www.glassdoctor.com … Based in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, Prelco has announced it now has a new website, www.prelco.ca. Site features include a program called Thermaspec for calculating the energetic performance of insulating glass. The program allows visitors to compare the performances of different product. 


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