June 17, 2022 By Walker Glass
Walker Glass will once again sponsor the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pa. This month, Walker will donate funds for major renovations to the Aviary’s glass-covered Wetlands habitat, a project also sponsored by Vitro Architectural Glass.
The new glass roof and walls will feature Walker Textures full-surface velour acid-etch and AviProtek organic pattern 214, all on Starphire Ultra-clear glass from Vitro. This glazing will deter bird strikes from inside and out, protecting the Aviary’s birds as well as local avian populations. In addition, the low-iron Ultra-clear glass will maximize natural light transmittance to promote healthy plant growth within the enclosure.
This will be the third National Aviary building to use Walker Glass bird-deterrent solutions. In 2018, the tropical rainforest habitat was renovated with Starphire ultra-clear glass with a first-surface Walker Textures Velour finish. Two years later, architects Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff and Goettel created the Garden Room, a light-filled reception venue whose large curtainwalls feature AviProtek pattern 213 on surface one. This project achieved LEED gold certification, thanks in part to its bird-friendly glazing. Aviary staff have monitored both buildings for bird strikes since the time of construction and found zero evidence of collisions.
Congratulations to the National Aviary for this major restoration, and for their leadership in bird conservation.
Walker looks forward to continuing this tradition of bird-friendly building at the National Aviary.
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