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Channel high design: Part two

A channel glass system wraps around the lobby and mezzanine of San Diego’s federal courthouse. Its curving form helps create an elliptical-shaped entry, which Richard Meier & Partners designed to be highly visible from all approaches to the building. Photos courtesy TGP

Channel glass’ distinctive, self-supporting, U-shape makes it possible for design professionals to use glazing in new ways. Part two of this three-article series explores aesthetic applications moving beyond simple curves.

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Channel high design

Single-glazed, staggered channel glass segments screen views while allowing for natural air ventilation.

As design professionals have grown more familiar with channel glass, many now recognize its benefits extend beyond harnessing daylight. The linear channel glass segments provide a depth and profile not found in conventional glazing, and can therefore be used as much to contribute to the art of building design as to diffuse daylight. The first in this three-part series explores the material.

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Innovative glazing technologies are changing the future of buildings

The Mathilda Project

It is no secret architects have an affinity for glass. The sheer number of full-glass buildings emerging all over the United States speaks to the material’s panoptic appeal and its ability to create openness and connectivity to the outdoors. Most of our time—approximately 90 percent—is spent inside, meaning an exposure to natural light and a visual connection with the outdoors is more important than ever.

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Reusing materials to make the old new again

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Constructing commercial, residential, or industrial buildings can not only be expensive, but also create large amounts of waste. After construction or renovation is completed, most old, discarded material will likely end up in a landfill. However, there is a way to give these materials a ‘second life’ through repurposing.

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Wood brings density, reduced cost, and performance to mid-rise design

The Stella in Marina del Rey, California is constructed of a wood frame in one of the highest seismic areas in the country. Photo courtesy Lawrence Anderson, www.lawrenceanderson.net.

As multi-family developers and design teams strive to increase urban density in a way that is affordable, wood framing continues to appear as a popular material choice. For the Stella luxury development in Marina del Rey, California, an innovative light wood-frame design allowed the team to stay within budget, while still meeting code requirements, and providing resort-style amenities in one of the highest seismic areas of the country.

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Choosing appropriate UL designs      

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Many UL designs have load restrictions—a matter of great importance and potential liability for engineers of record (EORs), who, in accordance with several building codes and the UL Fire-Resistance Rating Directory, are responsible for identifying and approving the use of such designs on a project. Understanding which designs are restricted, and calculating the load restrictions, can be a complex process.

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