Bendheim Wall Systems Adds Modern Design Element to MITIMCo Renovation: Serpentine Channel Glass Wall Creates Welcoming Entrance to Historic Building

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Architects at KlingStubbins have selected Lamberts channel glass from Bendheim Wall Systems Inc. as a prominent design element in the renovation of 640 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA. Owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company (MITIMCo), the historically significant building once served as the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant, where the iconic Model T car was built.

Serpentine channel glass wall by Bendheim Wall Systems Inc.

At 640 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, a softly curving wall of Bendheim Wall Systems channel glass defines the renovated entrance and adds a modern design element to the historic building.

We are very happy with the installation and the overall effect of Bendheim’s channel glass. Both day and night, the effects are better than we expected.

Architects at KlingStubbins have selected Lamberts channel glass from Bendheim Wall Systems Inc. as a prominent design element in the renovation of 640 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA. The historically significant building, now owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company (MITIMCo), once served as the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant where the iconic Model T car was built.

The two-story interior serpentine wall of channel glass defines the renovated entrance, providing a modern design element for the 225,000 square-foot building. Lamberts’ 504 Rough Cast, a texture reminiscent of hammered pearl or orange peel, combines moderate translucency with superior light scattering properties. Daylight brings a living vitality to the lobby space. At night, the illuminated double-glazed glass wall creates a warm, glowing appearance.

“We are very happy with the installation and the overall effect of Bendheim’s channel glass. Both day and night, the effects are better than we expected,” stated Michael Giardina, Design Principal at KlingStubbins.

Bendheim Wall Systems’ technical team collaborated with the architects to create the structurally sound wall of glass, free of unsightly metal jambs. Channel glass is one of the few products capable of creating continuous, uninterrupted glass walls of unlimited length. Ipswich Bay Glass Co. installed the channel glass in Bendheim Wall Systems’ I-41 frame, configured in a softly curving shape for a continuous, refined appearance.

In addition to the remodeled entrance, 640 Memorial Drive was completely re-engineered to meet the demands of emerging and innovative research. It features new mechanical systems and modern workspace designed to improve energy efficiency and water use. The 40% post-consumer recycled content of the Lamberts channel glass contributed to the project earning its LEED Gold certification.

For more information about Bendheim Wall Systems’ Lamberts channel glass, please contact the company at 1-800-221-7379, http://www.bendheimwall.com.

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