January 25, 2010
The basics: New York University’s subterranean Stern School of Business features an innovative glass exterior walking surface/ceiling. The 2,000-square-foot load-bearing skylight floods natural light from the outside plaza into the underground school. The glass floor system also acts as a ceiling, and had to meet the city’s 1-hour fire-rated requirements for roof assemblies. The...
January 19, 2010
“Our design team strives to achieve a balance between transparency and energy efficiency in glazing design. We accomplished natural daylighting in every classroom at Linden Grove Middle School.” — Matt Slagle, design architect, TowerPinkster. The basics: The exterior of the 142,000-square-foot Linden Grove Middle School, Kalamazoo, Mich., features a variety of structures, shapes...
January 9, 2010
The basics: Vancouver, BC's newly renovated and reopened Robson Square ice rink, temporarily renamed GE Plaza for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, features a striking glass dome that presented hurdles for fabricators and installers. “Every single piece of glass on that dome is different,” says Colin Rimes of Superior Glass, glazing contractor for the project. The project team...
January 4, 2010
The basics: The 160-story Burj Dubai, renamed Burj Khalifa at its Jan. 4 opening celebration, surpassed the 101-story Taipei 101 in Taiwan as the world’s tallest building, according to a Jan. 4 article from the New York Times. Burj Khalifa rises 2,717 feet and offers views that can reach 60 miles, according to the article. The tower is about twice the height of New York...
December 14, 2009
The basics: The new California Court of Appeals Fifth Appellate District building in Fresno features a curved curtain wall made of efficient glazing products. The curved shape of the curtain wall and the integration of an inner courtyard were distinct design components, and project managers were concerned that the shape of the walls and courtyard would lead to leaking. According to a Kawneer...
December 7, 2009
The basics: Philadelphia’s Comcast Tower, enclosed with high-performance glass, earned a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The 58-story building is the tallest LEED certified building in the nation, according to an article from the Philadelphia Business Journal.The players: Owner/developer, Liberty Property Trust...
November 30, 2009
“Because the building was designed without a HVAC system, it was critical that it was constructed in a way that would allow the building to naturally maintain a cool temperature,” said Tim Hensley, project manager, Issaquah Glass, Issaquah, Wash.The basics: The 64,600-square-foot Terry Thomas building achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for its...
November 20, 2009
In May 2009, renovation was completed on Pittsburg (Kan.) State University’s Porter Hall, the original student library. Historical window systems were used to recreate the appearance of the original steel windows while featuring a thermally improved frame and insulating glass. The project received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design remodel certification from the U.S. Green...
November 16, 2009
Syracuse (N.Y.) University opened the 230,000-square-foot, $107 million Life Sciences Complex in August 2008. The bright and open atmosphere of the daylit building offers a welcome change for faculty and students who previously worked in darkened rooms, many with no windows. Now almost all work spaces—classrooms, labs and offices—have exterior views.
November 9, 2009
"While patient safety remains a primary consideration in psychiatric applications, many health care facilities are seeking to create a more home-like and healing atmosphere with natural light and unrestricted views to the outside. Windowless environments or openings with jail-like bars or heavy security screens can feel imposing and constricting, which may not be conducive to positive mental...