Solarban® R67 Glass Aids “Wayfaring” at North Carolina Transit Center
FAST Transit Center in Fayetteville features glass walls, light-filled atrium
Photography by Tom Kessler
PITTSBURGH, Tuesday, September 1, 2020 — When the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina was awarded an $8 million Federal Transit Authority (FTA) grant to construct a new multimodal transit center, it was the largest Bus Livability Program grant ever awarded in the state. Built to be the home to the Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST), the city wanted a well-lit, open look that would blend well with nearby structures, while offering clear views into and outside the building.
To achieve those objectives, Gantt Huberman Architects designed a glass façade featuring Solarban® R67 (formerly Solarban® 67) glass by Vitro Architectural Glass, which not only provides passengers with views outward toward arriving buses, but guides visitors into the building by offering views of amenities and scheduling displays.
With interiority and exterior reflectivity of 16 percent and 19 percent, respectively, Solarban® R67 glass delivers crisp, clean views from either side of the transit center’s windows. Visible light transmittance (VLT) of 54 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.29 fulfill design demands for abundant natural lighting and maximum energy efficiency. Solarban® R67 glass also enables the transit center to blend seamlessly with neighboring attractions, creating a sleek modern look that city officials hope will inspire additional growth in the area.
In all, more than 9,000 square feet of Solarban® R67 glass were fabricated for the building by United Plate Glass in Charlotte. Glazed by A-1 Glass and Aluminum, the panels form a welcoming two-story, floor-to-ceiling glass façade that encapsulates the structure’s open community room.
The community room was designed to accommodate about 100 passengers and encourages lingering with its sleek, sun-filled atrium and many food, drink and informational amenities. The center totals more than 34,000 square feet with 16 bus overlays servicing more than 58,000 passengers a day—a total of nearly 1.8 million a year.
For more information about Solarban® R67 glass and the rest of Vitro Glass’s full line of architectural glasses, visit www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).
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Solarban® is a registered trademark owned by Vitro.
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