C. The memorial, which was dedicated Oct. 5 with President Barack Obama and hundreds of veterans in attendance, features three walls of laminated, etched Starphire glass along with granite walls, bronze sculptures, a ceremonial flame and a reflecting pool.Photo by Don Ripper/AVDLMLead designer and landscape architect Michael Vergason of Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, Virginia, specified 48 oversized glass panels designed with ¾-inch thick Starphire glass to provide a monumental artistic effect.Hartung Glass Industries, Seattle, cut, polished, tempered and laminated the glass; Moon Shadow Glass Inc., Sandy, Oregon, etched soldier photographs, quotations and stories into the panels; and Glass Strategies, Portland, Oregon, sand-sealed the panels.
Though the glass walls are meant to represent the fragility of the human spirit, the memorial’s panels are anything but fragile. With five layers of glass and four layers of lamination, each panel weighs 1,800 pounds and is strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds.
Because of its proprietary low-iron formulation, Starphire glass is the most transparent glass in the commercial glass industry, making it a product of choice for storefronts, aquariums, museums and other display glass applications. It also protects the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights permanently displayed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about Starphire ultra-clear glass, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA.
Robert J. Struble
PPG Flat Glass
Starphire is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.