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Building with glass adds a beautiful aesthetic to any design, increases daylighting and can create dynamic design statements. Some glass even has thermal properties and can add to the sustainability of a project. However, have you ever wondered how glass is made? The oldest man-made glass dates back to 4000 BC, and the methods to make glass have changed as time passed and technology improved. Today's methods are quite fascinating. Learn more by watching our video How Glass is Made.

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Starphire Ultra-Clear Glass

When you're designing in clear glass, you want to be able to see right through it as if the glass isn't even there. You want lots of light and transparency. You want colors so true and natural that you’re struck by the view and not by the discoloration and distortion of the glass. Only Starphire glass lets you see the beauty, not the glass. Starphire is the most transparent glass available, and its beautiful blue edge makes it striking as it delivers true color fidelity. Its versatility makes it an ideal choice for spandrel, skylight, interior, exterior, vision and security and safety glazings. And it's more affordable than you might think.

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Mesa Community College, Student Services Center

LOCATION:

San Diego,
California

OWNER:

San Diego Community
College

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ARCHITECTS
hanna gabriel wells

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Solarban® 70XL Glass

The new, bold and vibrant 85,000-square-foot student services center at Mesa Community College was designed to be energy-efficient, exceeding California's strict energy standards by 36 percent. Solarban 70XL glass and several PPG architectural coatings are featured throughout the building, which has achieved LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. West wall windows and roof skylights fabricated with Solarban 70XL glass allow daylight into the center's four-story open atrium, maximizing and evenly distributing its natural brightness.

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Formawall® Dimension Series® 2" (51 mm) Horizontal Flat

 

Details:

  • Substrate & Core:
    • Standard – 22/26 gage G-90 galvanized steel face and liner with HCFC-free polyurethane or polyisocyanurate foam-insulated core. Optional gages available.
  • Panel Width: 10" to 40" [254mm to 1016mm]
  • Panel Length
    • Smooth – 1’ [305mm] min. to 16’ [4.88m] max.
    • Embossed striated – 1’ [305mm] min. to 37’ [11.28m] max.
    • Embossed – 1’ [305mm] min. to 37’ [11.28m] max.
    • Duracast – 1’ [305mm] min. to 28’ [8.53m] max.
  • Panel Thickness/Depth of Reveal
    • 2" [51mm] with 1-3/16” [30mm] deep reveal – standard
  • "R" Value
    • 2" [51mm] panel with 1/2” [13mm] reveal – R14