NEW YORK, NY, August 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Bendheim Wall Systems Inc., the outer arm of North America’s leading architectural glass supplier, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the specialty glass facade industry. The company was the first to introduce Lamberts® Channel glass to North America and establish it as the first choice for high-performance translucent glass envelopes. It was also the first company to introduce ventilated glass curtain walls to North American architects.
In duct glass design:
- Evolution from a product for cult architecture to a solution for everyday life, from parking garages to office furnishings
- Change to more complex wall geometries
- Commitment to sustainability, from the high proportion of post-consumer recycled glass to its lower carbon footprint (EPD)
In the glass rain cover design:
- Development of a quick solution for facade facelifts to a central design element in a variety of building types, from museums to schools
- An expanded range of aesthetic options with a high degree of customization
- A shift towards design helps meet unique applications and increasingly complex requirements
The project that brought Bendheim’s Canal Glass to market in North America – and set the tone for its design development for years to come – was the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO by Steven Holl Architects. It has glass channels that reach continuous heights of up to 7 meters and form five glowing glass structures that appear to float above the landscape.
“Channel glass design has democratized over the past two decades,” said Robert Jayson, co-owner and partner at Bendheim. “We contributed to this change by working with architects to maximize the value of each design. For example, we supplied the canal glass facade for the inexpensive Schermerhorn residential project in Brooklyn, and we did so on a very tight budget. “
“Architects continue to push the shells into increasingly complex shapes,” adds Michael Tryon, General Manager of Bendheim Wall Systems. “We recently completed our first spiral-shaped duct glass walls at Steven Holl’s Franklin & Marshall College and are looking forward to the next challenge.”
Building on its expertise in the field of special glass facades, Bendheim launched North America’s first line of fully constructed glass facades in 2014. The unique systems assemble any type of glass neatly and elegantly on any building substructure with compression fittings. Developed with adjustability of several centimeters in the field in all directions, they also speed up facade manufacture and installation.
Bendheim’s first cut glass projects were quick, budget-friendly commercial facelifts. Over the years, new systems, glass innovations and the company’s growing expertise have resulted in a shift towards a wider range of building types. Recent projects include a museum, an educational institution, an airport and a parking garage. The latest product launch is an award-winning projectable glass rain protection system that transforms the building facade into a monumental video display. More than a protective decorative glass skin, the product has become an important design feature and contributes to the art of the building.
According to Said Elieh, VP Systems & Innovation, the increasing complexity of project designs and goals is constantly driving the team to come up with new solutions. “More than 90% of our projects are entirely custom, and most of them are design assistants. We’re working with the architect to get the design goals within budget, ”said Elieh. “We also work closely with the general contractor and installer. It is important to create a unique and beautiful facade, but it also has to be easy and quick to build. “
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary, the Bendheim Wall Systems team sees strong demand for increasingly complex facade geometries and the use of jumbo glass panels. Sustainability will continue to drive other requirements, including bird-friendly glass designs, glare reduction, and photovoltaic integration.
You can find more information about Bendheim’s glass facade systems at https://bendheim.com/professional/systems/.