Juvenile Detention Center provides daylighting with security

May 20, 2008

“With channel glass you can glaze a large area without having mullions in between. Two channels were put together like a tube with Nanogel insulation interlayer. Channel glass lets the light through, unobstructed by mullions.”
—Robert Carter, project manager, Clifton Architectural Glass

The basics: The 80-bed Union County Juvenile Detention Center in Linden, N.J., wraps completely around a 1-acre outdoor courtyard. The security glazing in the building envelope functions as the facility's secure perimeter, eliminating the need for steel bars, razor wire or perimeter fencing. The structure makes a square doughnut footprint that encloses a large central courtyard. Architects designed a thin building, only one room deep, that allows natural light into classrooms and housing units from the exterior and into 10-foot-wide corridors surrounding the courtyard. Completed in April 2008, the 70,000-square-foot building cost $27 million.
The players: Architect, Ricci Greene Associates, New York; general contractor, Chanree Construction Co., Ortley Beach, N.J.; glazing contractor, Clifton Architectural Glass and Metal, Clifton, N.J.; glass fabricators, Bendheim Wall Systems, Passaic, N.J. and Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif.; glass supplier, Norment Security Group, Montgomery, Ala., subsidiary of CompuDyne Corp., Annapolis, Md.; curtain wall fabricators: Bendheim Wall Systems and Kawneer North America, Norcross, Ga.; framing supplier, Normant Security Group.
The glass and systems: The project has five glazing systems: Bendheim Wall Systems 504 rough cast Linit channel glass, certified by Safety Glazing Certification Council and 100-percent heat soak tested, in an SF60 framing system in Arcadia Silver; Kawneer 1600 4 SSG structural glazed curtain wall with vertically glazed 1-inch, low-E insulating glass from Oldcastle Glass; Kawneer 1602 curtain wall with 1-inch, low-E insulating glass from Oldcastle Glass; butt-glazed 1/2-inch tempered glass fin wall system from Oldcastle Glass; Normant Security hollow steel security frames for doors and glass partitions glazed with Normant security glazing of polycarbonate and glass, and hollow metal frames with 1-inch low-E insulating glass from Oldcastle Glass.

Photos by Mikiko Kikuyama, New York

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