Snapshots: Great Glazing

  • The basics: The owners of this private residence in Williamsburg, Virginia had approximately 800 square feet of glass flooring installed, creating the illusion of walking on a sea of glass for their guests. The majority of the glass is smooth to touch, and the glass floor has an invisible safety finish permanently embedded into the glass surface.The players: Designer,  Vicki Bristow; general...
  • The basics: The north security checkpoint project at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport called for a renovation to reduce employee and passenger discomfort. Because the checkpoint faces east, employees in this area, especially, experienced discomfort at certain times of the day due to glare and heat. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is 16th in North America in terms of the...
  • The basics: The Goldtex Apartments building in Philadelphia is a 13-story adaptive reuse project. Formerly an abandoned shoe factory converted into an upscale-living destination, the apartment building's most visible symbol of transformation is a new jewel-like, glass-and-metal façade. “When we purchased the building, the window sashes were beyond their useful life,” said Sarina Rose,...
  • The basics: The architectural team for the $35 million renovated and expanded Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts, University of Wyoming, wanted to bring natural light to the building’s main rehearsal spaces, located on the lower level and in an interior space.  In the recital hall, the entire back stage wall is glazed. HGA’s architectural design team leader, Steven Dwyer, AIA, explained...
  • The basics: The Netflix Headquarters expansion in Los Gatos, California, is a multi-phase project involving the construction of four low-rise buildings on a 15-acre campus. Phase 1, Buildings 1 and 2, is complete, and Phase II, Buildings 3 and 4, is underway. Buildings 1 and 2 connect via a mid-air bridge. Over 100,000 square feet of glazing and 175,000 square feet of painted ⅛-inch aluminum...
  • The basics: Built in 1881 as a cotton mill, the five-story, 244,000-square-foot Cigar Factory in Charleston, South Carolina, was converted into a factory for the American Tobacco Co. in the early 1900s and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. After sitting vacant for years, the Cigar Factory is now a mixed-use building featuring retail and event space, professional...
  • The basics: The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's Minnesota in Coon Rapids is a partnership of Allina Health and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Opened in July, 2015, and designed by HDR of Minnesota, this Mother Mercy Healthcare project uses textured glass panels to define individual spaces, create privacy and add visual drama.The players:...
  • The basics: The 142-year-old Stewart Alternative Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, reopened in January 2015 after a $11.2 million renovation project that included a complete overhaul of the existing 28,000-square-foot building and construction of a new 18,000-square-foot addition. Now the school has become a vibrant, modern center of learning for area students. Since the...
  • The basics: Opened in May 2015, the four-story, 85,000-square-foot WESTMED medical office building marks the first new office construction along the I-287 corridor in Westchester, New York, in more than 25 years. The new and highly visible WESTMED Building features a solar controlled, low-emissivity glass facade. Ron Hoina, AIA LEED AP, principal of the project architect, explains, “We...
  • The basics: The 40-year-old, six-story office building, now called Ganot Plaza, has a modern and sleek look, showcasing 28,000 square feet of pre-glazed, unitized curtain wall system that offers tenants an efficient building with hurricane protection.This major curtain wall retrofit project was a challenge, due to the hurricane and energy requirements, as well as its design, according to the...
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