Bendheim’s Dichroic Architectural Glass & Bendheim Wall Systems’ Unitized Channel Glass System Win!
Winners of Architectural Products’ PIAs are outstanding products and applications within the built environment. A panel of 44 architects, designers, and specifiers selected the winning entries from approximately 300 submissions for their superior qualities, functionality, and performance.
“Employing contemporary technological innovation to advance design is the hallmark of architectural progression,” commented one of the judges evaluating products in the Surface category. “The Optichroic Laminated Dichroic Glass achieves that goal.”
Bendheim’s Optichroic® Laminated Dichroic Glass is the first dichroic glass of its type for architectural applications, available in maximum sheet sizes of 54 by 120 inches. Due to its unique ability to capture and radiate the full color spectrum of light, the glass has been featured in a variety of applications, including contributor acknowledgement and recognition signage at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Times Square Building in New York City, where Optichroic helped modernize elevator cabs with dazzling contemporary wall cladding.
Bendheim Wall Systems won the award for its role as the main exterior design element in The Schermerhorn House, an affordable housing project in Brooklyn, NY. Ennead Architects utilized Bendheim’s Lamberts channel glass in a highly creative manner for this budget-sensitive project. Bendheim’s innovative H60 Unitized Frame System permitted the 57 channel glass units to be pre-assembled off-site and hoisted into place allowing the building to be enclosed more quickly than conventional site-built assemblies. The horizontal orientation of the channels can maximize the use of annealed glass and minimizes the amount of more costly tempered glass. Commingling obscuring textured glass channels with clear vision channels eliminated the need for integrating separate window units. The 57 double-glazed, unitized H60 assemblies incorporate over 7,000 square feet of Lamberts’ channel glass, creating the appearance of glass columns rising up the façade. It is the largest horizontal channel glass application in the United States.
The 2011 PIA winners are being featured in the November issue of Architectural Products magazine to educate architects and assist them in achieving greater energy efficiency, and superior aesthetics.