Center Skylight Wins 2010 Crystal Achievement Award

San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, Mexico, September 13, 2010.- Super Sky Products, Mequon, Wis., was granted with the 2010 Crystal Achievement Award for the most innovative commercial skylight. The Vitro America Company designed, manufactured and installed a custom skylight on the new 55,000-square-foot Center for Athletics, Recreation and Fitness athletic facility, "The Center," at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

"To be honored with this award is highly motivating for us because the projects are selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the glass industry; the awards recognize the best products and glass applications the commercial, retail and fabrication markets have to offer", stated Arturo Carrillo, Vitro America President. Designed by Cannon Design, Arlington, Va., the center earned Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 80-foot tower measures 50 feet along each side of the base. The skylight shape is based on a triangular footprint twisted approximately 15 degrees at each level. The resulting geometry creates 17 triangular facets that are glazed with 230 pattern cut lites of glass. Each facet is divided into a 5-by-5 grid aligned with all adjacent facets. According to Curtis Groeschel, project manager Super Sky Products, the tower geometry is the most unique feature of this skylight and that demanded special planning for the installation.

According to Curtis Groeschel, project manager Super Sky Products, the tower geometry is the most unique feature of this skylight and that demanded special planning for the installation.

"Each facet of the tower is aligned with its neighbors and had to be set in place carefully, so that these alignments were maintained as the tower was erected. Our supervisors for the project, Jeff Farley and Cary Beaven, had to take great care to set each frame section correctly without the benefit of grid or reference lines."

The array of grid lines and complex faceted geometry required the skylight frame and steel support structure to be coordinated in 3D modeling programs. "Super Sky's extensive engineering process was a challenging aspect in developing the glazing system for the tower," Groeschel says. "The tower consists of 10 separate frames requiring special layout and detailing for each frame member, clip, glass lite and metal cladding panel. This careful layout required hours of three-dimensional CAD modeling, so that each unique component could be fabricated to its exact shape and size. The final CAD model is a complete virtual image of the tower that allowed us to work out all of the complexities before any metal or glass was cut, thus avoiding costly delays on site to rework material."

The aluminum is finished with a 70 percent PVDF Mica paint to match clear anodize, and the glass is a 1 5/16-inch insulating make-up utilizing Solarban 60 Low-E and a laminated inboard lite. There is a total area of 5,500 square feet of glass with sizes varying from 10 square feet to 40 square feet. Each pattern lite was ordered per the modeled dimensions and delivered to the small work area on site as needed for installation into its unique opening.

The Crystal Achievement Awards acknowledges innovation and significant accomplishments of
glass companies in the commercial, retail and construction markets. The results of the
competition are published in the Glass Magazine.

The 2010 Crystal Achievement Award program includes 30 categories, several of which are new for 2010: most innovative solar glass product and project, most innovative interior glass product and project, and most innovative commercial retrofit project.

Super Sky designs, manufactures and installs the highest quality glass construction systems in
the world designed to improve thermal performance and increase resistance to condensation.

Vitro America is an acknowledged leader in the fabrication and distribution of architectural glass
and aluminum products serving commercial and residential construction markets throughout the
United States.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Thu, 7 Oct 2010

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