- Channel (U-Shaped) Glass
- Textured Glass
- Educational & Museums
- Houston, TX
- Completion Year
- Work AC, New York, NY with Gensler Houston
- Millennium Glass, Houston, TX
A new entrance featuring our channel glass transforms University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. Bendheim Wall Systems’ technical design team worked closely with the architects to achieve the slanted facade appearance while staying on budget. A cost-effective alternative to custom angle-cut channel glass was stepping the glass channels within the frame and incorporating an aluminum flashing to create the sloped appearance. The design change substantially lowered the cost of the material when compared to angle-cut channel glass and facilitated a speedier installation.
The architects selected our 504 Rough Cast and Clarissimo channel glass textures with a blue-gray Azur coating to enhance the solar heat gain coefficient of the wall. The thermal performance coating helps the building remain cool in the hot Texas climate. Bendheim Wall Systems’ SF-60 thermally broken framing system provides additional thermal performance.
WORKac’s design enhances the building’s entrance, improves the flow of pedestrian traffic into the museum, and creates a more welcoming entrance to the public. The renovation marked “the most significant facility improvement in the museum’s 38-year history, providing both a much-needed physical upgrade and an identity-defining statement,” according to Blaffer Art Museum’s Director and Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli.
Awards & Recognitions
- AIA Houston Design Award – Renovation/Restoration, 2013
- Interior Design Finalist – Institutional:Arts, 2013