Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is one of the leading healthcare providers in the state of Arizona. To pursue growth opportunities and reinforce its leading position in the region, Banner undertook the development of a new facility in Glendale and commissioned NTD Architects to design the new bed tower and expansion project.  Walters & Wolf Construction Specialties were selected as glazing contractors.

The challenge

For the new facility, the patient, exam rooms and operating rooms had exacting requirements for hygiene, indoor air quality and privacy control to meet the highest healthcare design standards.

The solution

Unicel Architectural’s Vision Control® insulated glass with integrated louvers was selected to provide adjustable privacy, minimize maintenance and create a germ-free environment. The project required over 300 Vision Control® units – half of which were installed in third-party lites and half in doors using Unicel’s proprietary trim kits. The units were manufactured with white blades and fan-shaped thumbwheel operators to better accommodate the facility’s demands.

Next steps

As a result of the first Banner project, Unicel was called upon to provide an additional order of Vision Control® units for the Children’s Hospital of the Banner Desert Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, a member of the same health care system.

Key parameters:

Location: Glendale, AZ
Square footage: 470,000 square feet (43,665 square meters)
Completion: 2010
Program: expansion, new patient tower, expanded emergency department


Owner: Banner Health
Architect: NTD Architecture
Glazing Contractor: Walters & Wolf, Inc.
Vision/Privacy Control: Unicel Architectural