Installation of new bird-friendly glass at National Aviary nears halfway point
Vitro Glass sponsors $1.2 million renovation of historic Tropical Rainforest exhibit
PITTSBURGH, June 14, 2018 — With just over a month to go before the grand reopening, workers at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh have installed nearly half of a new bird-friendly glass canopy that will cover the facility’s historic Tropical Rainforest exhibit.
When completed, the project will feature 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. The custom glass specification, developed by experts from Vitro Architectural Glass and the National Aviary, will make birds inside and outside the habitat safer, while maximizing ultraviolet (UV) and natural light transmittance to help sustain wildlife and plant life inside exhibit.
The new glass replaces original single-strength annealed float glass that has been in place since the exhibit opened more than 65 years ago. Vitro Architectural Glass is one of several Pittsburgh-area organizations sponsoring the $1.2 million renovation, which is slated for completion in July.
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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