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The glass and glazing options featured this month have a variety of attributes to help architects achieve the aesthetic or technical goals of projects ranging from medical centers to train stations. Energy-efficiency, privacy, and products that maximize views and daylight are common issues. óRita F. Catinella

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Photography: © Courtesy David Greusel/HOK Venue (toptwo)

Solar-control glass helps maximize the view of a riverside convention center
The Grand River Center is an 86,000-square-foot meeting and convention center located on the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. The building is a signature element in the city’s larger America’s River development, which also includes The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Mississippi Riverwalk, and the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark. Designed by David Greusel of HOK Venue, Kansas City, Missouri, Grand River Center is designed to take advantage of its exceptional river views.

The center includes a 2,200-square-foot, special-purpose reception and meeting space that cantilevers dramatically over the river levee; a 30,000-square-foot exhibit hall; a 12,000-square-foot, multipurpose ballroom; and 12,000 square feet of divisible meeting-room space on two levels.

Dramatic glass walls, crafted from alternative bands of Solarban 60 and Solarban 80 Solar Control Low-E Glass from PPG, stretch from floor to ceiling. The two types of glass were selected for their solar control characteristics, which dramatically reduce heating and cooling costs while allowing for the transparency demanded by the building’s riverside setting. PPG Industries, Pittsburgh.   [ Reader Service # 214 ]



The glass texture prevents splashing.

Blue glass waterfalls bring both light and serenity into a Brooklyn mausoleum
Artwork in Architectural Glass (AAG) supplied 32 Wide Spartina texture cast-glass panels, measuring 106" x 47'' each, for two waterfalls in a mausoleum at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The texture of AAG’s 3¼8"-thick Wide Spartina panels was developed specifically for waterfall applications—the water runs smoothly from one deep-blue, ribbed-glass panel to the next, eliminating any splashing or spitting issues. The project was completed last March by architect David Grider of Platt Byard Dovell White in New York

City in collaboration with Lynbrook Glass & Architectural Metals, of Hauppauge, New York.According to Grider, the waterfall not only relates directly to the shingled-glass treatment of the facade, but “acts like a prism to capture and reflect both sunlight from above and incandescent light from below,” diminishing the sense that the visitor is several floors below grade. AAG, Good Hope, Ga. [ Reader Service # 215 ]



The Hillman Center’s atrium.

Glass block links five-story medical center
The Hillman Cancer Center is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s flagship cancer treatment and research facility. The designers of the 350,000-square-foot facility, IKM Incorporated, were faced with the challenge of creating a space that would be warm and comforting enough for patient care while remaining a highly functional research facility. To accomplish this goal, IKM linked the patient care pavilion with the research pavilion via an atrium spanning five stories. The atrium uses Pittsburgh Corning glass block to create a separation between the research and clinical wings, allow natural light to penetrate all the floors and both pavilions, and create appropriate levels of transparency and privacy for the treatment, laboratory, and office areas. Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block, Pittsburgh. [ Reader Service # 216 ]



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