Ford Rotunda Center Gets Exciting Makeover with Insulated Glazing Panels

Thermolite™ Glazing Panels wrap Ford Rotunda Center building in Dearborn, MI

After PictureHatfield, PA – The Ford Rotunda Center has gone through an extensive makeover as part of Ford Motor Company’s multi-year transformation of their Dearborn, MI campus. The transformation includes updating its Dearborn facilities into a modern, green and high-tech campus to foster innovation and help drive the company’s transition to an auto and mobility company.

To achieve getting a high-tech look with energy-saving, insulating properties, architect Ghafari Associates in Dearborn, MI opted to go with Laminators Incorporated’s Thermolite glazing panels for the glazing inserts. Thermolite panels are constructed with an insulating foam core sandwiched between two corrugated, stabilizers and finished aluminum sheets, making them lightweight, easy to handle, and quick to install.

Over 32,000 sq. ft. of bright silver metallic Thermolite panels (>1,200 cut-to-size panels) were installed by Curtis Glass Company, Troy, MI. Available in smooth [as shown] or stucco-embossed finishes and in a variety of durable colors, Thermolite panels add a highly decorative and durable surface with excellent insulating properties. Panels can be fabricated on-site using standard carpentry tools or factory-cut to meet exact specifications.

Before PictureIn addition to their standard flat Thermolite panel, Laminators Incorporated also offers fabricated options to provide additional R-Value, customization of the reveal created between the panel face and mullion face, and wrapped edges to create hairline joints between panels in butt-glazed applications. Thermolite Glazing Panels are designed to easily fit into any standard or custom glazing system. With building and energy efficiency codes becoming even more stringent, these panels can be a smart solution for any project.

Overseeing this project was general contractor Devon Industrial Group, Detroit, MI.

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