If students enrolled in Syracuse University's School of Public Communications don't already know the First Amendment word for word, university officials certainly won't let them forget about it. As part of a $30 million expansion to the communications school, the university is building a 74,000-sf facility that will be wrapped with a custom glass curtain wall inscribed with the 45 words of the First Amendment.
Design architect Polshek Partnership Architects, New York, worked closely with Wausau (Wis.) Window and Wall Systems and Ajay Glass Co., Rochester, N.Y., to design more than 16,800 sf of custom curtain wall and aluminum framing for the façade. Viracon, Owatonna, Minn., provided the ceramic frit glass for the project and Arch Deco Glass, Columbus, Ohio, supplied additional glass and silk-screened the words of the First Amendment into the glass panels that are scrolled across the building's side.
The facility's expansive glass exterior uses Wausau's 7250 Series unitized curtain wall. The four-sided factory-glazed units are tall and narrow with 30-inch mullion spacing and range in height from 140 inches to 238 inches.
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