Performance and transparency at Sandler Center

“We were hoping for a great deal of transparency between the main lobby and the performance plaza and, by extension, the surrounding streets, in order to emphasize the sense of activity and excitement on nights when the theater is in use. We considered the arrival/approach sequence for patrons to be an important part of the whole theater-going experience.” —Officials from CMSS Architects

The basics: The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, the jewel in the Virginia Beach Town Center, touts a nautical feel and features a tower that shines bright in the evening.

The players: Architect, CMSS Architects, Virginia Beach; glass fabricator, JE Berkowitz LP, Pedricktown, N.J.; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; contract glazier, Walker and Laberge, Norfolk, Va.

The glass: Curtain wall of low-emissivity glass with PPG’s Solarban 70XL coating; and decorative acid-etched glass at the peak of the tower.