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 subsidiary IC2 Technologies Inc. worked with Labbé-Laroche et Gagné-Leclerc et associées to install the double/triple-glazed glass curtain wall and windows at bibliothèque Jacques-Lemoyne-de-Sainte-Marie, in Varennes, Que.

The net-zero building features solar panels, natural light optimization and geothermal energy, and is capable of producing as much electricity as it consumes.
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More photos of Gilles Dion's recent retirement bash!

Unicel employees – can you spot yourselves?
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Unicel employees hard at work installing motorized Viulite blind systems in a conference room at 1000 de la Gauchetière in downtown Montreal. The floor-to-ceiling glass provides openness while the motorized blinds and insulating glass allows for privacy during important meetings.

Learn more about Unicel's Viulite insulating glass with premium quality blinds: viulite.com/

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We threw a retirement party for one of our most beloved colleagues, Gilles Dion, last week. Gilles is Unicel's Vision Control production foreman and has been with our company for more than three decades!

Happy retirement/bonne retraite, Gilles!
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