Architect Todd Ockaskis, an architect with Grand Rapids–based Paradigm Design, said the main challenge associated with designing the theater was configuring it to limit heat and glare from the sun on the south façade during the day while allowing for maximum visibility into and out of the building at night.“We considered using permanently tinted windows, fritted glass, and mechanical shades, but the self-tinting glass offered the advantages of each without any compromises,” Ockaskis explained. “The glass naturally adjusts to provide the perfect tint to counteract outside conditions, while allowing the glass to be clear at night.”The upper-level façade features dual-pane insulating glass units incorporating an exterior lite of Suntuitive glass laminated with Optiblue glass and an interior lite of low-emissivity Solarban 60 glass.Optiblue and Solarban glasses are manufactured by PPG.
Martin Betz, chief operating officer for Goodrich Quality Theaters, said the company’s goal was to create excitement and recapture the market by replacing a 40-year-old multiplex adjacent to the site with a new, energy-efficient building.
“Suntuitive glass was new to us, but after operating the theater through winter and summer, I’m happy to say the self-tinting glass has been a complete success, exceeding our expectations,” Betz said. “It has helped us control our utility costs and added to the contemporary design of our building.”
For more information about the performance benefits associated with Suntuitive glass by Pleotint, visit www.Suntuitive.com.
Photos courtesy of Paradigm Design
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