Bendheim Wall Systems’ Lamberts® Channel Glass – Ideal Choice for Sarah Lawrence Visual Arts Center

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The new, stunning Heimbold Visual Arts Center at Sarah Lawrence College showcases Bendheim’s LINIT Channel Glass system. So remarkable are the results that the new building’s glass façade now graces the front cover of Sarah Lawrence’s Autumn admissions brochure.

The Heimbold Visual Arts Center, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, is prominently situated on the Bronxville, NY campus of this prestigious liberal arts college. Recently honored by the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) by receiving a Top Ten Green Project Award, the Heimbold Center provides a grand view from the President’s House.


In selecting the building’s primary materials – fieldstone, cedar, channel glass, and zinc – the design team found inspiration in the campus’s rich landscape and historic architecture. Quarrying the stone nearby continued the College’s history of utilizing local fieldstone in the construction of its buildings. Materials were selected to reduce contaminants that impact indoor air quality and to lessen the environmental impacts of material manufacture and procurement.


As Susan Rodriquez, project architect explained, “the building utilizes a perfect balance of natural materials and offers a veiled, layered feel – there’s a sense of mystery as you look from the outside to the interior of the structure. The textural quality of Bendheim’s LINIT Channel Glass pebble pattern provides a pleasing quality that contributed tremendously to the overall design. The channel glass is very durable, and doesn’t need to be cleaned often, so tape on interior studio walls is OK.”


“Challenges included inserting the building on campus not only adjacent to the president’s home, but also near a bedroom that looks out to the Arts Center. In addition, the painting studios needed to face north and provide maximum light into the interior of the structure. The technical challenges were well satisfied on a previous project (Lycée Francais, New York, NY) so we were very comfortable using Bendheim’s LINIT Channel Glass for this project.”


This high profile project, installed by W&W Glass, LLC, is the first application of Bendheim Wall Systems’ LINIT channel glass in a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified structure.


As Scott Haber, Vice President of W&W Glass noted, “the installation went smoothly and was relatively easy for us because we had completed several installations using Bendheim’s LINIT Channel Glass prior to the Sarah Lawrence project. We really understand Bendheim’s wall system installation requirements. Bendheim also made sure that the materials were delivered prior to the start of the installation. The challenge was to insert transparent operable units inside the curtain wall for ventilation.”


Recent projects awarded to Bendheim Wall Systems, Inc. include the Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Steven Holl / Rogers Marvel-designed Pratt Institute Higgins Hall in New York.

The Bendheim LINIT channel glass system eliminates the need for most vertical and intermediate horizontal framing members. The translucent, structural glazing system meets or exceeds most project design criteria, providing light, function, and aesthetics.

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