Tinted glazing adds modern look to Michigan middle school

The most challenging part of this project was layout and installation of the segmented curtain wall system for the circular clerestory. Since all horizontals including the glass are flat, the metal had to be cut on an angle to create the rounded curtain wall. Also, the curtain wall has two different colors of framing and it steps up in two different areas.” —Ron VanHorn, vice president, Lansing Glass Co.


The basics:

Pattengill Middle School, Lansing, Mich., providing a flagship look for future Lansing School District facilities, displays 14,000 square feet of exterior glazing that costs $914,000. The 200,000-square-foot building features a circular clerestory with high-performance blue-green tinted glass, triple-glazed units with integral internal blinds, fiberglass translucent wall panel fabricated by Oldcastle Glass Naturalite, Santa Monica, Calif., and 9,000 square feet of exterior Dri-Design aluminum panels, a dry-joint pressure-equalized rain screen system. Completed in 2007, the school cost $30.4 million.

The players:

Architect, GMB Architects, Holland, Mich.; general contractors, Granger Construction Co., and Clark Construction Co., both of Lansing, Mich.; glazing contractor, Lansing Glass Co., Lansing, Mich.; glass fabricators, Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif., and Litex Inc. of Rochester Hills, Mich.; glass manufacturer, PPG, Pittsburgh; curtain wall fabricator, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga.; aluminum panel fabricator, Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.; aluminum panel installer, Bouma Interiors, Okemos, Mich.

The glass and systems:

Punched openings contain Litex’s triple-glazed units made up of two outside panes of PPG Azuria low-E in an 1-inch sealed insulating glass unit, aluminum blind in 1 1/8-inch air space, and one interior hinged glass panel of ¼-inch clear tempered that gives access to the blind.Kawneer’s 1600 Wall System 1, clear anodized, holds two ¼-inch lites of PPG Azuria in a 1-inch insulating glass unit fabricated by Oldcastle Glass. Two types of Dri-Design panels, finished with silver mica paint, were used: 24-inch-by-24-inch panels in .063 aluminum and 24-inch-by-48-inch panels in .080 aluminum.