Vitro Architectural Glass

Langone Medical Center makes creative use of textured Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass

Walker Textures® Velour glass elegantly shields rooftop mechanicals from view

Scott G. Morris Photography

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 5, 2017 – A rooftop canopy featuring Walker Textures® Velour on Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass creates an ideal marriage of form and function on New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

The architect firm of NBBJ worked with engineers JB&B to design the hospital’s electrical, plumbing and air-handling systems, which were placed on the rooftop above the new entryway of the emergency department, where they are shrouded behind a translucent glass box. While the decision to install the mechanicals above the new addition was made prior to Hurricane Sandy, the choice proved prescient when the lower levels of the medical center were ravaged by floodwaters during the historic 2012 storm.

Applied to Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass by Vitro Glass, Walker Textures’ Velour produces a smooth glass façade that looks opaque during the day and casts a soft glow on to the street after dark. For more information about the full line of Walker Textures® finishes available on Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass, visit or

Starphire Ultra-Clear® is a registered trademark owned by Vitro.
Walker Textures® is a registered trademark of Walker Glass Limited.

Editor’s Note: High-resolution photography is available upon request.

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Danik Dancause
Walker Glass

About Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VITROA), is the largest glass producer in the Western Hemisphere, manufacturing a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient, high-performance products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses. Committed to continually raising the industry standard for sustainability, Vitro was the first U.S. glass manufacturer to have its entire collection of architectural glass products earn Cradle to Cradle Certified® status and the first North American manufacturer to publish third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for flat glass and processed glass products. Additionally, as of April 2024, all Vitro architectural glass products meet the Top 20% Low Embodied Carbon (LEC) material Global Warming Potential (GWP) threshold the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) established pursuant to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and related guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vitro operates seven glass production facilities across North America, four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada and one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit

Vitro Architectural Glass

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Robert J. Struble
Vitro Architectural Glass