Great Glazing: Gordon Food Service Headquarters

The basics: Buying local and staying local is how Gordon Food Service built its new 386,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Wyoming, Mich. The modern steel, concrete and glass structure reflects the latest in sustainable design, complete with oversized windows that provide every workspace a view.

The use of glass on the interior and exterior of the building enables daylight to stream through the open office perimeter, often providing the only light source during working hours.

"The glass selection for the GFS project was one of the most important, and ultimately most discussed, decisions made on the project,” said Scott Vyn, director of design, Integrated Architecture, and lead architect on the project. “The desire to see both into and out of the building had to be balanced with thermal performance and issues of glare in the workspace. The amount of glass providing connection to natural light is one of the biggest changes in this new GFS work environment.”

The players: Architect, Integrated Architecture; general contractor, Dan Vos Construction;glass fabricator, exterior, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope; glass fabricator, interior, Glass and Mirror Craft; glazing contractor, Vos Glass; glass manufacturer, interior and exterior, Guardian Industries; metal framing systems, Tubelite.

The glass and systems: GFS architects selected 6-millimeter high-performance Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 in Crystal Gray for the project’s 55,000-square-foot façade. The building’s interior features decorative glass walls and partitions that are etched with the company’s values and photos, paying tribute to their 115-year history. 

The exterior framing is the Tubelite 400 curtain wall 2 1/2-inch face with a two-color painted finish. The exterior entrance framing is Tubelite T14000 storefront, and exterior entrance doors consist of Tubelite custom thermal doors painted in a two-color finish.