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PROJECT interiors Right. The formal dining room adjacent to the ribbon of windows facing the tarmac required combined privacy and light management. Contrasting the wide-open vistas of the airfield, TPG created small tables, nestled into intimate booths. Below. Space dividers feature laminated Bendheim glass displaying a dense, lightdiffusing barley weave pattern. Architectural Glass Goes First Class The extensive use of glass keeps an airport lounge feeling light and airy, while reflecting the brand's promise of pristine luxury. S ince 2008, British Airways passengers at Dulles more than 60,000 passengers a day) meant that the lounge graphic interlayers, Fade glass, and colored architectural International Airport, Washington, have been would also have to stand up to the intense wear-and-tear mirror. able to relax, dine, work, and unwind in the sig- of heavy daily use, while retaining a sophisticated, stylish, nature British Airways lounge. In 2014, to inaugurate its and immaculate appearance. "It is imperative that a project of this status be managed with the right suppliers to ensure timely delivery and worldwide A380 service to destinations in Singapore, San British Airways' design standards called for the exten- a quality result. With the diverse glass product line select- Francisco, Hong Kong, and London, the airline commis- sive use of glass to keep the lounge feeling light and airy, ed by the designer, and the accelerated schedule, we sioned a total renovation of the lounge. TPG Architecture while reflecting the brand promise of pristine luxury. Col- phased material to coincide with the site conditions. of New York was selected to completely re-imagine the or palettes were central to the design, as the airline is Thanks to the Bendheim team, S. Albert Glass Co. is nearly 10,000-sq.-ft. space-before the first A380 touched known for its distinctive blue, red, and white logo, remi- proud of the final result. The glass is easily the most be- down on American soil-in a design language true to Brit- niscent of the Union Jack. coming of all the finishes on the project," said Mark Gui- ish Airways' corporate image and visual brand standards. TPG Architecture turned to Bendheim, a fourth-gen- TPG had worked with British Airways on other lounge eration family-owned company highly regarded for its projects in Houston; Newark, NJ; and Boston. Finding expertise in architectural glass and reputation for quality, FIRST IMPRESSIONS local sources for materials and design motifs developed in and located minutes outside New York City in Passaic, A passenger's first impression of the new lounge is the the UK was a common challenge to all the projects, Dull- NJ. Bendheim's nearly 90 years' experience in the import, expansive back-painted glass feature wall in British Air- es being no exception. The lounge needed to cater to the fabrication, and supply of specialty glass, coupled with its ways' signature midnight blue. Running the full length specific needs, higher standards, and expectations of sea- close collaboration with the installer, S. Albert Glass Co., of the lounge, the colored glass wall is visible from almost soned travelers, including first-class frequent fliers, long- Beltsville, MD, allowed the project to complete on time, anywhere on the concourse, beckoning passengers to en- haul international business travelers, and Washington before the first A380 touched down. Bendheim produced ter. Bendheim's advanced manufacturing process literally power brokers. Lack of luxury amenities, uninspired din- more than 1,700 sq. ft. of specialty architectural-glass "bakes" custom-matched colors onto glass, resulting in ing options, or dated facilities and decor could make these types for the project, including back-painted glass in a a stable and durable product, while also shortening pro- highly discerning passengers look to other airlines for range of custom hues complementary to the British Air- duction times. The combination of proprietary color for- their travel needs. High traffic through Dulles (typically ways brand palette, laminated glass with decorative mulations, coating technologies, and premium ultra-clear 16 COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE MAY 2016 dot, senior project manager, S. Albert Glass Co.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture May 2016

The Architects
Regulations Shape Hospital Design
Architectural Glass Goes First Class
Healthcare Green Design
Interiors Products
Insulation Chills Cold-Storage Facility
Exteriors Products
Dynamic Glass Transforms Elevated Oasis
High-Speed Doors Add Zip To Service Center
Windows & Doors Products
Controlling The Sun
Building Technology Products
VRF Holds Key To Detroit Renovation
Tankless Units Heat Water For 17 Stories
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Retrofit Cuts Operation Costs by 85%
Power Monitor Tracks Non-Light Loads, Too
Lighting & Electrical Products

Commercial Architecture May 2016