Category: Case Studies

Designing skylights for the toughest performance requirements

Skylights are always under pressure to perform.

They have to stand up to the elements – rain, sleet, hail, sun and often extreme temperature variations. And they need to look good while doing so. Skylights are one of the most eye-catching elements of any architectural design. But also the hardest-working. Wherever they may be installed, we expect a lot of them.

So, after 50 years in the business, we thought we’d delivered on the most demanding skylight projects.

We were wrong.

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The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center

In May 2011, the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine unveiled its new $72 million companion animal medical center. The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center (Terry Center) more than doubles the current size of NC State’s Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) with this new 110,000-square-foot complex that boasts 30 examination rooms, 10 surgical suites, three dedicated emergency examination rooms, an expanded intensive care unit with a patient visitation area and a specialized pharmacy. The VTH and Terry Center are now one of the largest, most technologically advanced veterinary facilities in the US.

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Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

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.

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Daylighting Case StudyNorth Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC, recently undertook a major expansion project to transform the existing building into an exhibition center with administrative and educational offices, and combine these with gardens and outdoor galleries to create the nation’s largest art museum park.

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