GreatGlazing: Gundersen Health System

The basics: The owner and architect of Gundersen Health System in Lacrosse, Wis., specified a glass feature wall to act as a monumental work of art in the building’s lobby while providing privacy. The large kiln-fired glass wall obstructs visibility between patient rooms and family waiting areas.

The players: Architect, AECOM; general contractor, Krause-Anderson Construction; glass supplier; Meltdown Glass; cable system engineer and manufacturer, Tri-Pyramid Structures; glazing contractor; Inglas LLP.

The glass and system: The wall, measuring 12-feet wide by 50-feet high, consists of 35 monolithic panels, suspended in a cable-wall system. The glass is ½-inch tempered, and kiln-fired in various textures: MD 402 Flowing Linen, MD 101 Stone, MD 231 Anime, and MD 215 Cobblestone. Custom colors are achieved with dichroic glass ribbons.