Project Showcase - Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal - Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal
Lite Notes by Ellen Rogers
by Ellen Rogers
April 26th, 2021

Project Showcase

After more than 20 years writing about architectural glass, you can imagine that I’ve had the chance to cover some pretty unique and interesting projects. The first building project I covered was back in 2000, and was the Experience Music Project in Seattle. It was such a cool project to write about, and was actually somewhat of an introduction to a lot of big companies for me; at the time, I’d been with USGlass for about seven months. Twenty-plus years later the world has changed—and that includes the projects that are built, and the way we build them; products used on those jobs and the people doing the work. And even more than a year after the start of a global pandemic, we’re still seeing impressive structures taking shape.

Earlier this month Guardian Glass announced and recognized more than 40 projects when it presented its 2021 Commercial Project Awards during a virtual celebration. The awards were presented across five categories:

  • Small (less than 10,000 square feet of glazing);
  • Medium (10,000-49,999 square feet of glazing);
  • Large (50,000-99,999 square feet of glazing);
  • Extra Large (100,000-199,999 square feet of glazing); and
  • Monumental (greater than 200,000 square feet of glazing).

I’m sure it can be a tough decision when selecting winners, so much so, that the large category had three winners. One of those projects was the Warner Building, a 15-story tower in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. The project was designed by Ghafari Associates and featured several Guardian Glass products fabricated by Glass + Metal Craft and installed by Precision Wall Systems Inc. Also in the large category was the milieu Apartments in Chicago and the Hyatt Place in Grand Rapids.

Glass is such an important building material for so much of today’s architecture. It’s great to see projects like all of these being recognized. Here’s a look at all of this year’s winners:

Small (less than 10,000 square feet of glazing)

Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement

  • Petersburg, Fla.
  • Glazier: MG McGrath
  • Fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, Cristacurva
  • Architect: Alfonso Architects
  • Product: Guardian SunGuard SNX 51/23 coating on UltraClear glass

Small (less than 10,000 square feet of glazing)
Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement
Photo Credit: Brennan Photo + Video

Medium (10,000-49,999 square feet of glazing)

Colorado State University Chemistry Research Building

  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Glazier: Glass Masters
  • Fabricator: Manko Window Systems Inc. – Colorado
  • Architect: Hord Coplan Macht
  • Products: Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 54 coating on CrystalGray glass and SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 coating on CrystalGray glass

Medium (10,000-49,999 square feet of glazing)
Colorado State University Chemistry Research Building
Photo Credit: Cooperthwaite Productions

Forsyth County Library

  • Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Glazier: Pfaff’s Inc.
  • Fabricator: Press Glass Inc.
  • Architect: RATIO Architects
  • Products: Guardian SunGuard SNX 62/27 coating on clear glass and Guardian SunGuard SNX 51/23 coating on clear glass

Forsyth County Library (pictured)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Photo Credit: photographie: fourseven©

Large (50,000-99,999 square feet of glazing)

The Warner Building

  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Glazier: Precision Wall Systems Inc.
  • Fabricator: Glass + Metal Craft
  • Architect: Ghafari Associates (previously known as Concept Design)
  • Products: Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 54 coating on CrystalGray glass and SunGuardSuperNeutral 68 coating on clear glass

milieu Apartments

  • Chicago
  • Glazier: CK2
  • Fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
  • Architect: FitzGerald Associates Architects
  • Product: Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 coating on CrystalGray glass

Large (50,000-99,999 square feet of glazing)
milieu Apartments
Photo Credit: FitzGerald Associates Architects

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids

  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Glazier: Glass Design
  • Fabricator: Glass + Mirror Craft
  • Architect: Ghafari Associates (previously known as Concept Design)
  • Products: Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 54 coating on CrystalBlue glass and SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 coating on clear glass

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, Michigan Photo Credit: ThumbCoast Aerial

Extra Large (100,000-199,999 square feet of glazing)

Hanover BLVD Place

  • Houston
  • Glazier: Ranger Specialized Glass
  • Fabricator: Cristacurva
  • Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
  • Products: Guardian SunGuard SNX 51/23 coating on clear glass and Guardian SunGuard SNR 43 coating on clear glass

Extra Large (100,000-199,999 square feet of glazing)
Hanover BLVD Place
Photo Credit: Photography by Peter Molick

Monumental (greater than 200,000 square feet of glazing)

Third and Lenora

  • Seattle
  • Glazier: Harmon
  • Fabricator: Garibaldi Glass
  • Architect: Perkins & Will
  • Product: Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 68 on clear glass

Monumental (greater than 200,000 square feet of glazing)
Third and Lenora
Photo Credit: Clarity Northwest Photography

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