June 24, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 25
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Harmonized IG certification tops agenda at IGMA Summer Meeting
About 60 industry representatives gathered in Whistler, British Columbia, for the Summer Meeting of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario, June 16-19. ... read more

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Project news Ceramic enamels create visual impact for Italian pharmaceutical laboratory

The basics: Recent renovation of the Guna Pharmaceutical Laboratories’ headquarters, Milan, features an undulating opaque façade containing 2,500 insulating glass sheets enamel screen-printed in five colors. Juxtaposed to the existing masonry, the glazed cladding system creates an air space of 9.84 inches that helps maintain the correct temperature indoors, essential for pharmaceutical products. The renovation cost $10.8 million.
The players: Project management and architectural design, Polis Engineering, Milan; façade design, Daga Studio, Italy; engineer, Sipam S.r.l., Italy; glazing contractor, Glassfer S.r.l., Italy; façade system, Amea S.p.A., Italy; ceramic paint supplier, Fenzi Group, Milan.
The glass and systems: Glass sheets consist of .31-inch-thick tempered and screen-printed outer float glass, a .63-inch air space, and a .63-inch sandblasted and tempered opal glass inner pane. Glassfer S.r.l. used Tempver unleaded ceramic enamel paints to produce the screen-printed glass sheets. The cladding system includes a glass-reinforced-concrete hollow shell that coats a system of steel trusses, and 2.17-inch-wide aluminum mullions and transoms. Polyvinyl chloride rods, positioned between the external and internal parts of the mullions, eliminate thermal bridges.

Photos courtesy of Fenzi Group.

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