The National Aviary on Pittsburgh’s North Side has begun to install 20,000 square feet of glass donated by Vitro Architectural Glass as the renovation of its Wetlands habitat moves toward its planned late 2022 completion.
Vitro Architectural Glass is a contributing sponsor for the historic Wetlands restoration project. Opened in 1969, the Wetlands is a lush, tropical home to diverse species, from familiar favourites like American Flamingos and Brown Pelicans to lesser-known birds like Boat-billed Herons and Sunbitterns. It is also home to a number of species that are vulnerable to extinction, and its naturalistic features support the natural courting and nesting behaviours of species like the Endangered Scaly-sided Merganser.
Vitro’s donation of more than 20,000 square feet of Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass for the project will provide comfort and beauty for the Wetlands’ birds and the people who visit them.
Introduced in 1990 and manufactured in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass is the clearest, most transparent commercial float glass available with visible light transmittance (VLT) of 91 percent in a standard quarter-inch (6 millimetre) thick lite.
A portion of the donated Starphire® glass will be AviProtek® glass created in conjunction with Walker Glass. An acid-etched pattern on the exterior surface of the glass will maximize glass visibility to birds and minimize the risk of collision. Walker also etched the non-AviProtek® Starphire® glass.
Ricardo Maiz, president at Vitro Architectural Glass, said sponsorship of the National Aviary project highlights Vitro Glass’s commitment to their core values of community involvement and environmental protection.
“Vitro is proud of its long-standing relationship with the National Aviary, having, in the recent past, donated glass to the renovation of the Tropical Rainforest habitat and The Garden Room,” said Maiz. “The Aviary is one of Pittsburgh’s jewels and Vitro is honoured to contribute the glass that will allow the Wetlands habitat to thrive for years to come.”
Maiz added that the revamped Wetlands habitat will not only enhance the National Aviary’s status as a world-class attraction, but also further its mission to protect and care for birds and educate visitors about the vital role birds play in the life of the planet.