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Bendheim Surface 1 Frit Glass Debuts at New Johnson Community College Fine Arts + Design Studio

Custom Lumi Frit™ Glass Creates Luminous Exterior

/EIN News/ -- NEW YORK, NY, Aug. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Bendheim adds a new type of specialty glass – Lumi Frit – to its exterior glass offering. The Surface 1 fritted glass allows architects to create customized, brilliant white glass facades. The innovative material was first used on the new Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Fine Arts building by BNIM Architects, where it was installed by JPI Glass.

The JCCC glass exterior is the first application of its kind in North America, featuring Bendheim’s easy-to-use “clip-in” ventilated glass cladding system and the new Lumi Frit surface 1 pattern-fritted glass. During the day, the brilliant low-iron glass reflects light to create a luminous, shimmering effect. It brightens and enlivens the facade as the sun tracks across the sky. “Instead of being in the shadow, it actually glows,” said John Collier, AIA, Associate Principal at BNIM. “It is interesting, because it becomes a lighting element on the north face of the building, which would normally be in the shadow.”

The custom Lumi Frit glass at JCCC features a fine white dot pattern on surface #1, laminated to SatinTech® etched glass on surface #4 to create a strong light-diffusing effect. Behind the 170-foot-wide translucent glass facade, second-story windows fill the studios with soft, glare-free, filtered daylight. The glass facade is also designed so that it can double as a projection screen for student art, eventually transforming into a lit canvas.

Surface one frit is rare in the world of exterior glass, due to the technical challenges of producing a colored glass surface that can be exposed to the elements. However, there are numerous benefits:

  1. Lumi Frit minimizes the glass reflections, making patterns more pronounced and easier to “read” from a distance – a great way to highlight custom designs.
  2. By interrupting continuous reflections, the glass becomes visible to birds, mitigating the risk of accidental bird strikes, especially when the pattern is designed to the 2x4 bird-friendly rule.
  3. Surface 1 dot / mesh patterns can be used to project images on the glass facade.

Bendheim’s new Lumi Frit glass is available in a virtually unlimited range of patterns. The glass is customized to the requirements of each facade project, and is currently available in ultra-white, as well as cool grey. Maximum panel size is determined by the design and wind loads, and can reach sizes up to 84 x 165 inches.

The new JCCC building opening coincides with the college’s 50th anniversary. It offers studio and classroom spaces for 3,000 fine arts, contemporary arts, and design students. On the interior, magnetic glass dry-erase boards by Bendheim provide multi-functional, durable glass surfaces for brainstorming, idea sharing, and instruction. 

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Christina Scott
Catalyst Marketing Communications, Inc.