The basics: Daylight and transparency were key in designing the $5.4 million, 30,500-square-foot Gwinnet Investment Cardiovascular Group Medical Office Building in Lawrenceville, Ga. After passing under an all-glass canopy entrance, patients enter into a two-story lobby surrounded by an abundant glass curtain wall that floods the interior with natural light.
The players: Architect, Stanley Beaman & Sears, Atlanta; curtain wall manufacturer, YKK AP America, Austell, Ga.; contract glazier, Trainor Glass Co., Atlanta office; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; glass canopy installer, W.S. Nielsen Co., Alpharetta, Ga.; glass canopy manufacturer, Gammans Architectural Products, Newnan, Ga.
The glass: A 1,165-square-foot glass entrance canopy of nine separate skylights of 9⁄16-inch laminated tempered glass with an outer band of 1⁄4-inch green-tinted V1086 simulated sandblast silkscreen, a polyvinyl butryal interlayer and an inner band of 1⁄4-inch clear tempered glass. A 5,730-square-foot curtain wall, with 1-inch VE-85 low-emissivity insulating glass, 1-inch VE2-85 with a white silkscreen of 1⁄8-inch dots on clear, and VE2-85 with a white silkscreen of 1⁄8-inch dots on spandrel.