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Vitro Architectural Glass Champions Landmark Pittsburgh Glass Center Expansion
21.03.2023 views:233

Pittsburgh Glass Center’s expansion will feature Solarban® 72 Starphire® glass, VacuMax™ Vacuum Insulating Glass (VIG) and heavy Starphire® glass by Vitro. Construction is expected to conclude by summer 2024.

As a longstanding partner of Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) – a nonprofit, public-access glass education center and studio in Pittsburgh’s East End – Vitro Architectural Glass announced that it will be donating glass for both the interior and exterior for PGC’s landmark expansion set to begin on March 23, 2023.

To provide supreme aesthetics, clarity, and solar control and insulating performance for the renovation, Vitro’s donation includes Solarban® 72 Starphire® glass, VacuMax™ Vacuum Insulating Glass (VIG) and heavy Starphire® glass. This marks the first Pittsburgh-area project to include VacuMax™ Vacuum Insulating Glass (VIG). Additional partners on this project include glass fabricator, United Plate Glass, and glazier, Southwest Aluminum & Glass Co., Inc., both located in Western Pennsylvania.

“Vitro is thrilled to champion this historic renovation of Pittsburgh Glass Center, which has established itself as one of the premier glass facilities in the United States,” said Ricardo Maiz, president, Vitro Architectural Glass. “The glass used ensures that everyone who visits PGC will enjoy exploring the beautiful new space in complete comfort. We’re honored to be part of this expansion project, one that will allow PGC to enhance its existing programs and create new programs that will have a monumental impact in our community, the Pittsburgh area and entire region.”

The Solarban® 72 Starphire® glass combination provides high visible light transmittance (VLT), exceptional clarity and superior solar control performance. In a standard one-inch insulating glass unit (IGU), Solarban® 72 Starphire® glass delivers VLT of 68% and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.28.

VacuMax™ VIG units consist of two fully tempered lites of glass separated by a non-leaded metal seal and a vacuum air space. The units' slim construction and light weight allow them to be incorporated into virtually any traditional and advanced glazing system to deliver extraordinary R-values and exceptional insulating performance. VIG units can be used alone as a replacement for monolithic glass or as a substitute for the interior lite in a traditional one-inch IGU where it forms a second airspace and creates a hybrid IGU that can achieve an R-value of R16. VacuMax™ VIG units also deliver increased acoustic performance for dramatic noise reduction and eliminate condensation.


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