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From jail to hotel: Windows that work

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When baseball superstar Babe Ruth toured Boston’s Charles Street Jail in 1925, he famously quipped: “This isn’t a jail, it’s a hotel”—a prophecy that has since come true. Now known as the Liberty Hotel, this 298-room, high-end hospitality destination retains its architectural heritage with its famed rotunda, jail-themed bars and restaurants, and its historically accurate replacement windows.

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Specifying ballistic resistance

This images shows the ballistics test results of this specially formed glass.

When specifying, designing, or building with ballistic-resistant products and/or assemblies, it is important to use safe, high-quality products that have not only been tested to accepted industry standards, but also certified. There is some confusion in the marketplace about testing and certification. Contrary to what some may believe, one does not necessarily mean the other.

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Different applications, different anchors

corrugated sheet-metal anchors—commonly referred to as ‘brick ties’—are routinely installed improperly due to the gap between project specifications and building code requirements. Supplementary specifications for brick ties are necessary to provide a code-compliant and durable masonry veneer. All images courtesy Building Diagnostics, Inc.

For certain projects, it may be difficult to use standard corrugated steel brick ties while adhering to all the Masonry Standards Joint Committee’s MSJC Code requirements. This web feature serves as a supplement to a January 2016 issue that explored more traditional applications for anchors.

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Channel high design: Part three

Small-missile impact-resistant channel glass serves as a beacon for the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art while providing critical impact protection.

Channel glass’ distinctive, self-supporting, U-shape makes it possible for design professionals to use glazing in new ways. The final part in this three-article series examines applications related to durability in the face of high winds, along with energy efficiency and colorfastness.

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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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