MITIMCo’s Renovation of 640 Memorial Drive Benefits from Bendheim Wall Systems’ Channel Glass

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Lamberts channel glass from Bendheim Wall Systems Inc. is a prominent design element in the renovation of 640 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA. Owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company (MITIMCo), the historically significant building formerly served as the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant, where the iconic Model T car was built.
Designed by KlingStubbins, the two-story interior serpentine wall of channel glass defines the renovated entrance, providing a modern design element for the 225,000 square-foot building. Lamberts’ 504 Rough Cast, a texture reminiscent of hammered pearl or orange peel, combines moderate translucency with superior light scattering properties. Daylight brings a living vitality to the lobby space. At night, the illuminated double-glazed glass wall creates a warm, glowing appearance. “We were very happy with the installation and the overall effect of Bendheim’s channel glass. Both day and night, the effects were better than we expected” stated Michael Giardina, Design Principal at KlingStubbins.
Bendheim Wall Systems’ technical team collaborated with the architects to create the structurally sound wall of glass, free of unsightly metal jambs. Channel glass is one of the few products capable of creating continuous, uninterrupted glass walls of unlimited length. Ipswich Bay Glass Co. installed the channel glass in Bendheim Wall Systems’ I-41 frame, configured in a softly curving shape for a continuous, refined appearance.
In addition to the remodeled entrance, 640 Memorial Drive was completely re-engineered to meet the demands of emerging and innovative research. It features new mechanical systems and modern workspace designed to improve energy efficiency and water use. The 40% post-consumer recycled content of the Lamberts channel glass contributed to the project earning its LEED Gold certification.
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