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  • The basics: The LEED Platinum George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas features high levels of daylighting and reduced energy use, in part from the 67-foot high lantern topping the building. The building’s central orientation point, Freedom Hall, is topped by the 50-by-50-foot glass and limestone lantern. The lantern enables daylight to flood the core of the building and appears...
  • The basics: Looking to reduce solar heat gain and interior glare at their nine-year-old, 7,500-square-foot office in Allegan, Mich., management of Wolverine Enclosures began researching window replacement options. The group considered permanently tinted glass, but instead replaced all 15 windows with new double-pane insulating glass units featuring a thermochromic interlayer. “The primary reason...
  • The basics: The Benjamin Franklin Museum, part of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, recently reopened after a two-year, $24 million renovation project. The museum now features a customized decorative glass entrance, and an expansive glass window near the exit of the exhibit that allows visitors to view the exterior space once occupied by Benjamin Franklin’s house. The players...
  • The basics: The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort, Ky., features the largest FEMA-grade storm- and blast-resistant curtainwall built to date, according to United States Bullet Proofing Inc., the glass supplier. The project, which meets FEMA 361 guidelines for community safe rooms, features large spans of glass, instead of small window openings often seen in storm...
  • The basics: Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the $18.5 million Bullitt Center office building opened on Earth Day, and boasts that it is the greenest commercial building in the world. The six-story, 52,000-square-foot, Class A office building’s unusually tall 14-foot floor-to-floor heights are matched with equally impressive floor-to-ceiling operable window systems, providing...
  • The basics: When Armin Fuchs and Franz Janz designed the impressive Sky Tower in Bucharest, Romania, they faced the typical architect's dilemma: how to create a modern glass-covered landmark without turning it into an unbearable sauna during summer. Located in the Northern part of Bucharest, the recently completed 37-story Sky Tower office building, currently the tallest construction in Bucharest...
  • The basics: The 10-story Center for Care and Discovery at the University of Chicago Medical Center includes an intimate, non-denominational 600-square-foot chapel that features custom fire-rated glass to provide safety and daylighting.“Due to the proximity of an adjacent existing hospital building, a fire-rated separation at the facade needed to be provided within our new project,” stated...
  • The basics: Southeastern Oklahoma’s 53,000-square-foot Tishomingo Health Clinic was designed to represent the four seasons through different architectural elements, including an extensive autumn-themed exterior curtain wall. The initial challenge of the curtain-wall project was to create a decorative image that didn’t block light but instead filtered it, casting colorful shadows across...
  • The basics: An undulating façade of curved glass highlights the 21-story, 750,000-square-foot SickKids Research Tower in downtown Toronto. The project was built to combine science, discovery and learning programs with the organization’s clinical operations. The building, completed in 2012, is now the tallest laboratory in Canada. Diamond Schmitt Architects’ design intent was to further...
  • The basics: Leon’s Restaurant in New Haven, Conn., features a bar/lounge glass partition as its centerpiece design element. The first design challenge was creating the atmosphere of an open floor plan with three separate rooms—main dining room, private dining room and a bar/lounge room—while still providing plenty of natural daylight. The other challenge was designing a bar room next to a dining...
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