Horizontal channel glass on new affordable housing complex in Brooklyn

The basics: The Schermerhorn, a permanent affordable housing residence in downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., features an innovative horizontal channel glass fa├žade. The building houses 217 units for single adults, with more than 50 percent reserved for formerly homeless and individuals with special needs. According to Bendheim Wall Systems officials, the Schermerhorn is the largest horizontal channel glass project in the United States, and the first to require a vertical center mullion. The project has received two engineering awards: the 2010 American Council Of Engineering Companies and the 2009 National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Excellence Awards.

The players: Architect, Polshek Partnership Architects, New York City; owner, Common Ground, New York City; glass and frame supplier, Bendheim Wall Systems, Passaic, N.J.; contract glazier, Genetech Building Systems, Staten Island, New York; structural engineer, Robert Silman Associates, New York City.

The glass and systems: 7,050 square feet of an exterior, double-glazed, unitized, horizontal channel glass curtain wall. Bendheim Wall Systems’ Linit channel glass from Lambert, P26/60/7 504, Rough Cast and Clarissimo textures. The glass is certified by the Safety Glazing Certification Council, Sackets Harbor, N.Y., tempered, and some annealed. The framing is a Bendheim Wall Systems H60 frame with custom bright silver Kynar coating.