Perspectives school sets an example

July 5, 2006


The basics: Perspectives Charter School, an angular-shaped, 30,500-square-foot, $4.5 million complex of glass and metal in Chicago, to be replicated in eight schools through 2010.
The players: Architect, Perkins+Will, Chicago; general contractor, Levine Construction Inc., Deerfield, Ill.; curtain-wall supplier, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.; glass fabricators, Pdc Glass Michigan, Plymouth; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries Inc., Pittsburgh; glazing contractor, Midwest Contract Glazing, Chicago.
The glass: About 6,000 square feet of 1-inch insulating units with Sungate 500 coated low-emissivity glass; curtain-wall system supported horizontally rather than vertically.

Photo by James Steinkamp,
Steinkamp/Ballogg Photography, Chicago

Editor's note: Guardian Europe S.A. in Luxembourg supplied the glass for Hearst Tower in New York City. Zadra Petri S.p.A. of Italy fabricated the insulating glass units.