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MERGE Design-Build Project

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MERGE was a collaborative design-build project between the Architectural Glass Institute (AGI), the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI), and Jefferson University. Third-year architecture students, journeymen and apprentice glaziers, and a cadre of professionals worked together to design and construct the glass installation on Lubert Plaza at Jefferson's Center City campus. MERGE was the signature project of DesignPhiladelphia 2017, debuting with the festival's opening night party.

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HILL COLLEGE HOUSE AT PENN

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Designed and built in 1960 by midcentury master architect Eero Saarinen, the University of Pennsylvania's Hill College House recently underwent an $80 million renovation by Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC. The renovation team included two glazing contractors. National Glass & Metal Company, Inc. replaced Hill's aging atrium curtain wall and performed an interior scope. Window Repairs & Restoration, LLC, was responsible for historic window refurbishment.

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GBCA

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AGI members are likely very familiar with the GBCA headquarters on South 18th Street in Center City, Philadelphia. The midcentury modern building recently got a new curtain wall. BKP Architects worked with Eureka Metal & Glass Services on the new facade, which features backlit spandrel glass etched with the GBCA logo.

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KENNEDY HEALTH CHERRY HILL

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Kennedy Health has maintained Cherry Hill, N.J.’s only hospital since 1961. Today, the campus is undergoing a massive $250 million update, including a new 102,000-sf outpatient medical office building with a dramatically glazed connector atrium linking the existing hospital with the new structure. Guthrie Glass & Mirror, Inc., of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., executed a complicated glazing solution that features five different types of curtain wall.

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BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB

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Glass figures prominently into the design of Bristol-Myers Squibb's new Princeton Pike Campus in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. AGI member National Glass & Metal Co., Inc., worked with the architectural team from Gensler and construction team from Torcon to design and install four different glazing systems on a very aggressive schedule.

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ELEPHANT DOOR & MORE CASE STUDY

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Beletz Bros. Glass Co., Inc., is regularly called upon for creative glass and metal applications. The specialists in interior fit-out work recently completed high-end corporate interiors, featuring a custom "elephant door" sliding glass wall with built-in manual egress door.

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Don't miss the video clip of the door in action on The AGI's YouTube Channel!

PENNOVATION CENTER CASE STUDY

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The University of Pennsylvania's award-winning new Pennovation Center brings researchers and entrepreneurs together in a 58,000-sf former industrial facility that now contains offices, laboratories, production space, and collaboration facilities. The building's dramatic angular glazing features were made possible by collaboration among a design team including Hollwich Kushner and KSS Architects and AGI member Glazing Concepts, LLC.

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NEMOURS A.I. DUPONT HOSPITAL CASE STUDY

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Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children is a nationally ranked pediatric hospital. The dramatic exterior features a system of unitized, multi-colored glass and laminated metal panels with solar shade pipes, made possible by teamwork with architects FKP, AGI member R.A. Kennedy & Sons, Inc., and facade consultant Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, Inc.p>

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NEUMANN UNIVERSITY CASE STUDY

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The recent Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center Expansion included a technically advanced radio and television production and digital broadcasting facility. Synergy Glass & Door Service ensured the project's sound attenuation goals were met through collaboration with fabricator Advanced Glass & Metal LLC and general contractor John S. McManus, Inc.

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Dilworth Park Pavillions

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Two gracefully arcing glass pavilions frame the Market Street portal of Philadelphia City Hall, providing a highly visible and accessible transit gateway for over 300,000 daily commuters. APG International of Glassboro, N.J., performed the glass scope of work, which involved 5,000 square feet of ultra-clear laminated structural glass in a complex assembly with no visible metal.

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Unitized curtain wall highlights $180 million hockey arena

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At the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., unitized curtain wall highlights a $180 million hockey arena credited with revitalizing downtown. Hutt’s Glass Co., Inc. of Bechtelsville, Pa., performed an extensive scope of exterior and interior glazing work.

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Vision and resourcefulness required for Penn Medicine parking garage

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AGI contractors are respected far and wide for their knowledge and expertise in architectural glass. They are less likely known, but equally imaginative when it comes to metal projects. Advanced Glass & Metal, LLC, of the Lehigh Valley displayed vision and resourcefulness on the recent Penn Medicine parking garage. The precast concrete garage is clad in an aluminum screen wall that required a custom metal design and creative logistics.

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Villanova University's two refresh projects

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Villanova University's Bartley Hall underwent two interior refresh projects over the summers of 2014 and 2015. New glazing by Allglass Systems, LLC, of Penddel, Pa., figured prominently in the enhancements. Scope included removing existing concrete block interior walls and replacing them with glass partitions, doors, and a sliding wall system to improve transparency and natural light within the business school's main building.

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Dramatic glass box at 15th and Walnut

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The dramatic glass box at 15th and Walnut Streets in Center City, Philadelphia, is more than an elegant enclosure for the new Cheesecake Factory. It’s also the first of its kind fully truss supported unitized glass curtain wall in North America. The European system of structurally glazed panels made its U.S. debut with the project, requiring extensive collaboration between AGI glaziers and architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ).

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DiBona Building comprehensive lobby renovation

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A comprehensive lobby renovation was part of a floor-by-floor modernization of the DiBona Building, which houses the offices of Independence Blue Cross. The project replaced the main entry on Market Street with two new entrances on Market and 19th Streets. Paul Rabinowitz Glass Co., Inc., delivered results that helped the project earn two 2014 BOMA The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards - Best Renovation and Best Lobby.

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Three-building facelift at Temple University

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AGI members collaborated on three recent projects to capitalize on each teammate's strengths and deliver the best quality, price, and schedule. In a three-building facelift at Temple University, Graboyes Commercial Window Co. teamed with Eureka Metal & Glass Services to replace 2,509 new windows in just 71 days. This was followed by new storefront, entrances, and curtainwall. At Riverview Towers in Camden, NJ, Graboyes partnered with Greenwich Glass to replace 658 windows, four entrances, and the storefront systems of ground floor retail spaces. At Musselman Learning Center, a former armory turned early learning center in the Norristown Area School District, Graboyes and Synergy Glass & Door Service contributed to a $3.5 million renovation.

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