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Guardian announces commercial project award winners

March 31, 2022
By Guardian Glass

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Guardian Glass honoured the glaziers and fabricators of six commercial projects at its 5th annual Commercial Project Awards event March 28. More than 50 recently completed projects were nominated.

“Guardian Glass is privileged to recognize these outstanding commercial projects from our glazier and fabricator partners,” said Rick Zoulek, Executive Vice President, Guardian Glass. “Glaziers and fabricators play an integral role in taking an architect’s glass vision to reality, so we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with them on these amazing projects.

“We look forward to continued collaboration in 2022. Our team is committed to delivering the product solutions that will deliver the next round of exciting new projects.”

Guardian adopted a new process for this year’s awards: The projects were grouped based on location, and the six winners were selected by judges who represent the glass industry as leaders of trade publications, conferences and associations:

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  • Katy Devlin, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief, Glass Magazine
  • Patrick Flannery, Editor, Annex Business Media’s Light Construction Group (Glass Canada, Fenestration Review, Canadian Contractor and Canadian Rental Service)
  • Andrew Haring, Vice President of Business Development, National Glass Association
  • Ellen Rogers, Editor, USGlass and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal

Guardian Glass thanks the judges for lending their expertise to the awards process and for their work as enthusiastic advocates for the glass industry.

The judges selected the following projects to be honored as this year’s Guardian Glass Commercial Project Award Winners:

Western U.S.
Clifford L. Allenby Building
Sacramento, California
Size: Large (50,000-99,999 square feet)
Products: Guardian SunGuard® SNX 51/23 and SNR 43 on clear
Glazier: Walters & Wolf
Fabricator: Garibaldi Glass
Architect: ZGF
Photo Credit: © Connie Zhou

The judges described the Clifford L. Allenby Building as a stunning example of advanced energy efficiency design, while the subtle blues of the glass add character. Using glass to amplify daylighting and views helped the architect and owner focus on employee wellness.

Midwestern U.S.
Henry Ford Cancer Institute
Detroit, Michigan
Size: Medium (10,000-49,999 square feet)
Product: Guardian SunGuard® SuperNeutral® 68 on clear
Glazier: Contract Glaziers
Fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® – Montreal
Architect: SmithGroup
Photo Credit: Justin Maconochie

The judges appreciated the classic industrial look coupled with modern glass elements in the Henry Ford Cancer Institute.

Eastern U.S.
Springfield High School
Springfield, Pennsylvania
Size: Medium (10,000-49,999 square feet)
Products: Guardian SunGuard® SNX 62/27 and SuperNeutral® 54 on clear
Glazier: Entrance Systems Inc.
Fabricator: Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions
Architect: Schrader Group Architecture
Photo Credit: Halkin Mason Photography

The judges were particularly impressed by the striking three-story glass entryway that creates openness while meeting performance goals at Springfield High School.

Southeastern U.S.
Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center
Arlington, Virginia
Size: Medium (10,000-49,999 square feet)
Product: Guardian SunGuard® SNX 62/27 on clear
Glazier: Revolution Window Systems
Fabricator: Press Glass, Inc.
Architect: Page
Photo Credit: © Albert Vecerka | Esto

The judges called the Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center a great example of bird-friendly design.

Canada
Richardson Innovation Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Size: Medium (10,000-49,999 square feet)
Products: Guardian SunGuard® SNX 62/27 on UltraClear®
Glazier: Glass 8 Inc.
Fabricator: Garibaldi Glass
Architect: Number 10 Architectural Group
Photo Credit: Stationpoint Photographic

The judges cited Richardson Innovation Centre for using frit not just for appearance but for energy efficiency in a setting where solar gain will be key.

Mexico
Lunaria
Guadalajara, Mexico
Size: Small (≤10,000 square feet)
Products: Guardian Deco HT® on ExtraClear®
Glazier: euroasociados
Fabricator: MegaGlass
Architect: Dipro Innovation Design & TOGA
Photo Credit: Felipe Carrasco

While calling out the application of decorative glass on Lunaria, the judges were also impressed with the engineering, illustrating the versatility and capabilities of glass as both art and building material.

 Special Category Awards

Guardian also recognized two projects for their unique glass applications, and offered the public the chance to vote for a People’s Choice winner:

Alexandria Real Estate Headquarters for use of bent glass
Pasadena, California
Product: Guardian SunGuard® SuperNeutral® 68 on clear
Glazier: Walters & Wolf
Fabricator: Cristacurva
Architect: Gensler
Photo Credit: Hunter Kerhart

Kraken Community Iceplex for use of Guardian’s newest coating, SunGuard® SNE 50/25
Seattle, Washington
Product: Guardian SunGuard® SNE 50/25
Glazier: Mission Glass
Fabricator: Hartung Glass
Architect: Generator Studio
Photo Credit: Guardian Glass

Park + Ford Apartments received the most votes to take the People’s Choice crown
Alexandria, Virginia
Product: Guardian SunGuard® SuperNeutral® 68 on clear
Glazier: Advanced Window
Fabricator: Quest Window Systems, Inc.
Architect: Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Photo Credit: Guardian Glass