Bendheim Wall Systems’ Channel Glass Project Wins 2010 AIA Institute Honor Award

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Bendheim Wall Systems’ Lamberts channel glass is a key design element in the Serta International Center, Bendheim’s third project in three years to earn a national AIA Institute Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture. The AIA Institute Honor Award is the profession’s highest recognition of works exemplifying excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design.

Located in Hoffman Estates, IL, Serta International Mattress Company’s world corporate headquarters combines a 65,000 square-foot office wing and a 25,000 square-foot industrial research and development facility. The building is designed to provide equal access to natural light, ventilation, and views of the wetlands for all Serta employees.
Working closely with Epstein | Metter Studio, Bendheim Wall Systems provided its SGCC certified, 504 Rough Cast tempered, sandblasted channel glass and their proprietary frame system. The glass allows Serta’s research and development department to operate largely without artificial lighting while concealing machinery and materials from public view. The glass channels are one of the few vertically oriented design elements on this horizontal two-story building.
“Serta International Center joins such AIA Institute Honor Award winners as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Bloch Building and the Shaw Center for the Arts, all featuring Lamberts channel glass,” said Michael Tryon, General Manager of Bendheim Wall System, Inc. “This recognition holds special significance for Bendheim as it acknowledges the contribution of our channel glass wall systems to outstanding architectural design.”
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, won the AIA Institute Honor Awards in 2008. The five lenses of the Bloch Building are formed with Lamberts custom glass channels in a double-glazed curtain wall application, while the Shaw Center for the Arts features a single-glazed rain screen with its channel glass flanges turned outward.
Bendheim Wall Systems’ translucent, U-shaped Lamberts channel glass creates sweeping walls of glass, including curves and corners, without the need for intermediate framing members. Reaching heights of 23 feet, it is an ideal daylighting material and contains as much as 60 percent recycled glass, including up to 40 percent post-consumer.
About Bendheim

Bendheim is one of the world’s foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. Bendheim develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City