Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus Center

The basics: The new Joliet Junior College Campus Center in Illinois features glass ceilings throughout the interior. To install the glass ceiling in the circular-shaped dining room, glaziers from Waukegan Gurnee Glass Co. mounted 3/8-inch threaded rods to the I-beams and then hung Uni-Strut from the rods in a staggered pattern. They then attached custom glass supports to the Uni- Strut, from which they hung the glass.

According to Waukegan officials, it took three Local 27 Chicago glaziers, in addition to Waukegan’s lift equipment, to hang and adjust each piece of glass for the ceiling. Waukegan also installed the dining room’s large column covers, provided by Petersen Aluminum Corp.

The players: Glass ceiling lite fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope; Custom glass support hardware engineer: Sadev Architectural Glass Systems; Contract glazier: Waukegan Gurnee Glass Co.; Architect: LEGAT Architects

The glass: The ceilings are made of 9/16-inch, heat-strengthened, laminated glass with a Velour .060 interlayer and polished edges.