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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Unicel's Vision Control integrated louvers in action - direct from our fabrication centre!

Did you know Vision Control products are stringless and cord-free – and can even be motorized? That means you can avoid the wear and tear that comes with traditional blind strings while operating the louvers elegantly and discreetly. Vision Control and Vision Control Mini are #HIPPA compliant and the ideal privacy glass solutions for hospitals, clinics, schools, correctional facilities and private offices where the control of sight is of primary importance.

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"Canadian manufacturer IC2 was one of the few companies able to combine facade mullions with the columns of the house into one slender glulam element." - ArchDaily

Take a tour in photos through Architect Jerome Engelking's spectacular Wuehrer House, built on Long Island with IC2 expertise - and while you're at it, check out the project's recent coverage in ArchDaily, Wallpaper* magazine, Dezeen and designboom:


IC2 is a subsidiary of Unicel Architectural. Images courtesy Nic Lehoux.

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Matthew McKendry, Unicel's new representative for California, Nevada, and Arizona, delivers our “Daylighting and Energy: Designing with insulating glass units with integrated cord-free louvers” presentation to HED in San Francisco last Wednesday, June 26. Many thanks to HED for having us in to present!

More info on the course can be found here (bottom of page):

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Client story: How Vision Control insulating glass units with integrated louvers provide soothing aesthetics and privacy at Sacred Heart Health System's Bayou Tower in Pensacola FL., which features two floors of ICU units.

Unicel supplied nearly 450 Vision Control units for use in interior doors, multi-panel nurse alcoves, and sliding doors to enhance patient experiences and improve quality of care.

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Happy 4th of July to all our customers, partners, friends and colleagues south of the border!! Have a great one! 🇺🇸👷‍♂️🔨👷🏾‍♀️🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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