Guardian Industries expands Science and Technology Center

  Science & technology

Guardian’s Science and Technology Center in Carleton, Mich. has been expanded to accelerate product design and development. Alongside new machinery and technology, the centre now has a curtainwall designed to achieve net zero energy results using Guardian’s high-performance commercial glass products.

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Guardian’s Science and Technology Center has been expanded
Guardian Industries Corp. has expanded its Science and Technology Center in Carleton, Mich. with a 27,000-square-foot addition that the company claims will accelerate its rate of product design and development.
Highlights of the expansion include a full-size vacuum coater, a glass product showcase wall, an electrically wired, full-scale demonstration wall for advanced glazing technologies and an upgraded and expanded laboratory space.
The structure also features a curtainwall designed to achieve net zero energy results using Guardian’s high-performance commercial glass products, SunGuard SNX 51/23 and SunGuard Spandrel HT, and building-integrated photovoltaic panels.
“This high-performance building is a working demonstration of Guardian’s commitment to advancing glass technology,” says Sheldon Davis, vice president of research and development. “We have built the exterior walls using our next-generation low-E glass – SunGuard SNX 51/23 – along with electricity-generating photovoltaic glass. There are very few buildings today with this kind of façade technology.”
Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems designed and installed the façade system, which includes a full-size working model of Bagatelos Net Zero Envelope.
“All of the possibilities that are available today to tune a wall are available for integration onto the STC building,” says Nick Bagatelos, president of Bagatelos. “The walls can be used to gather information on current products that are available, or new...




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