"It was a very unique and challenging design which pushed the limits of building technology, especially in sloped-glazing construction," said Dick Poklar, director of product development for Super Sky Products in Mequon, Wis.Super Sky Products
was responsible for all of the exterior glazing on the building, including the more traditional skylights on the gallery portion of the building, to some extremely complicated designs at the pavilion end of the building, according to Poklar
The pavilion featured the prow skylight on the East side facing Lake Michigan and the pavilion skylight-the highest portion of the building which is totally enclosed in aluminum panels and covered by the brise-soliel, an operable sunshade which is opened or closed depending on weather conditions.The pavilion also includes the West entrance, which features a circular glass elevator. The museum incorporates many unique elements, one of which is curved, parallelogram shaped insulating glass units used on the prow skylight, consisting of two lites of 9/16-inch laminated glass which a ½-inch air space.Due to their size, Poklar
said these lites had to be made from three-dimensional templates fabricated in the shop; the glass was fabricated and shipped to the job from Cricursa in Spain.The units utilized a low-E coating and colored PVB interlayers to create the desired performance and aesthetic affect.
said that all of the skylight units were designed for the cold, snowy Wisconsin winters and high winds common at the shore of Lake Michigan.