Solarban® 60 Starphire® glass by Vitro Glass brightens new medical learning facility
Tandy Education Center serves University of Oklahoma and University of Tulsa students
PITTSBURGH, January 24, 2019 — Solarban® 60 Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) is featured on the Tandy Education Center, a technologically advanced training facility for the University of Oklahoma (OU) – Tulsa and University of Tulsa (TU) School of Community Medicine.
Combining the industry’s most transparent low-iron glass with a high-performance solar control low-emissivity (low-e) coating, Solarban® 60 Starphire® glass’s “daylighting attribute” is integral to this light-filled two-story addition that connects directly to the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tristar Glass, Oklahoma City, a member of the Vitro Certified™ Network, fabricated more than 3,000 square-feet of insulating glass units (IGUs) for the project. Dickman Glass; Muskogee, Oklahoma, was the glazing contractor.
The 16,000-square-foot building, designed by MASS Architects, Oklahoma City, highlights the latest innovations in medical simulation and a training-and-feedback method in which students practice in lifelike circumstances using models or virtual reality. It is equipped with 10 mock exam rooms, two inpatient intensive care unit/emergency rooms, four interview consultation rooms, two debriefing rooms, a multipurpose training room and student lounges. The facility, a partnership between OU and TU, enables OU-Tulsa to keep first- and second-year medical students on campus to simulate care and test their patient interaction skills.
One of the industry’s most trusted solar control low-e glasses, Solarban® 60 Starphire® glass has visible light transmittance (VLT) of 74 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.41 in a standard 1-inch IGU. The combination produces exceptional daylighting and reduced air-conditioning loads to help manage the facility’s overall energy costs.
To learn more about Solarban® 60 glass, Starphire® glass and other Vitro Architectural Glass products, visit www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).
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