Bird-friendly glass reviving popular Tropical Rainforest exhibit at National Aviary
Installation of Starphire® Glass by Vitro Glass with acid-etched finish centerpiece of $1.2 million renovation
PITTSBURGH, May 22, 2018 — Workers have begun to install more than 3,100 panes of laminated Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass by Vitro Glass, featuring AviProtek® bird-friendly Velour acid-etched finish by Walker Glass, over the Tropical Rainforest exhibit at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
The new, bent glazing, fabricated by Dlubak Specialty Glass, replaces the single-strength annealed float glass that was installed during the habitat’s original construction in 1952. Architectural representatives from Vitro Glass worked with bird experts at the National Aviary to develop a custom glass specification for the project, which incorporates complete acid-etched coverage on the exterior (#1) surface of an ultra-premium, low-iron glass.
The glass configuration also enhances bird safety by preventing birds of prey living outside the National Aviary from seeing and attempting to reach potential prey living inside the building. In addition, the translucent finish will maximize ultraviolet (UV) and natural light transmittance to help sustain bird and plant life inside the habitat.
The new glass is part of a $1.2 million renovation of the exhibit.
To learn more about Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass, visit www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).
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About Vitro Architectural Glass
Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:VITROA), the largest company of its kind in the Americas, manufactures a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses at U.S. plants in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Fresno, California; Salem, Oregon; and Wichita Falls, Texas. Committed to sustainable manufacturing processes and products, the company also operates one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh and four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada. Upholding the values of “Together, We See Further” across the architectural, automotive and containers markets, Vitro strives to realize the power of partnership to ensure that projects meet or exceed ever-evolving sustainability expectations as well as glass requirements. For more information, please visit www.VitroGlass.com.
Robert J. Struble
Vitro Architectural Glass