Michener museum gets “architectural wonder”

Date: 13 October 2011
Source: http://www.architectmagazine.com
The new Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., will have some of the largest self-supporting insulated glass walls in the world.

Christina Kristofic reports that each panel is 6 feet by 23 feet, comprising five layers of glass, and weighs approximately 3,350 pounds. “We expect museums to build architectural wonders and this project will not disappoint our visitors,” museum director Bruce Katsiff says. “This is a landmark project,” general contractor Gus Perea, president of Collegeville, Pa.–based Adams-Bickel, says. “The size and magnitude and scope of the structural glass wall has never been done anywhere in the world, to the best of our knowledge.”

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