Art glass lights up bridge in the Glass City

The basics: The Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, a bridge spanning the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio, features an art glass display in honor of the city’s rich history in the glass industry. The bridge has a cable-stayed main span supported by a single 122-meter-high pylon. The top 60 meters of the pylon feature glass on all sides, with a glass pyramid on the top. During the day the glass reflects the sky and skyline, and at night it is backlit by light emitting diodes, creating an art glass display. The tower is visible at night from a distance of more than 3 miles.

The players: Owner, Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus, Ohio; architect, James Carpenter Design Associates, New York City; bridge designer, Figg Engineering Group, Tallahassee, Fla.; general contractor, Fru-Con Construction Corp., Toledo; glazing contractor, American Glass and Metals Corp., Plymouth, Mich.; glass manufacturer, Standard Bent Glass, Butler, Pa./Global Security Glazing, Selma, Ala.

The glass and systems: Custom decorative and laminated 96-inch by 48-inch glass panels backlit by 384 LED’s that can be programmed to create up to 16.7 million color combinations. The glass also is designed and tested for ballistic resistance, small and large missile impact, and structural loads and water penetration.