Volume 42, Issue 12 - December 2007
Vos Glass Inc. Receives ABC Award of Excellence
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Western Michigan has awarded Vos Glass Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., with the 2007 “Award of Excellence” in both the Restoration Glazing and Specialty Glazing categories of its 2007 Construction Awards program. The company was honored for its work on both the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and Saint Mary’s Southwest Outpatient Center, located in Grand Rapids and Byron Center, Mich., respectively. This is the fifth time in six years that Vos Glass has won the annual awards.
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre project involved the renovation of the 100-year-old landmark. While much focus was placed on restoring the interior, a new main glass entrance also was erected. A segmented aluminum curtainwall in black finish, spanning 30 feet, was constructed off the existing north elevation, inviting passersby to observe the people and activities taking place inside the theater.
Despite the tight downtown location, the age of the building and the aggressive completion schedule, “the civic theater was a great project to be a part of,” says Vos Glass president, Linda J. Vos-Graham.
The Saint Mary’s Southwest Outpatient Center involved not only dual shades of blue glass and panels on its exterior, but also intricate interior decorative glass. With its oversized blades of grass pattern, the large 12 panel walls of glass had to be etched, clear-coated and installed as designed so that the viewer sees the art as continuous.
“We have craftsmen, not just glaziers,” Vos-Graham adds. “This is their community. They live in and they work in [Grand Rapids]. We do not travel outside of this area and each project gets a lot of detail.” www.vosglass.com
Welders Honor Work on Cloud Gate Project
Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park is a 110-ton elliptical sculpture composed of highly polished stainless steel plates welded together, giving the appearance of being seamless (see the April 2007 issue of USGlass, page 90). Cloud Gate was British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States.
Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, allowing visitors to touch its mirror-like surface or see their reflected image.
Performance Structures Inc. in Oakland, Calif., provided the 168 metal plates for the project, and also will be honored, along with others who participated in the project.