With the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre opening last week, it’s a good time to look back on this spectacular project.
Celebrated as an “environmental star on the horizon” by Phillip Island Nature Parks, the structure is full of sharp angles and dances with light. The centre features retail and dining spaces, a theatre, and a dedicated science and education wing.
In February, a member of our team headed down to Phillip Island for pictures of the centre as installation of the window and door systems was wrapping up.
The Phillip Island Important Bird Area supports up to 32,000 penguins and the Visitor Centre, located inside the IBA, welcomes about 700,000 human guests a year, all of whom are eager to view the fairy penguins.
Architects from TERROIR began talking with members of the EDGE Architectural team in early 2017. They needed window and door systems that could meet specific performance requirements and accommodate the unique design of the building, particularly, “large triangulated openings with increased complexity”.
U-MAX™ SG150 and U-MAX™ Door thermally broken suites were chosen due to their U-values and SHGC, and the design freedom the EDGE suites offer.
Kane Constructions was appointed to coordinate construction of the project and ensure strict controls in the environmentally sensitive area. IND Window Fabrications handled the glazing and install of the EDGE systems.
The Penguin Parade Visitor Centre project has been highly anticipated by our team, and we plan to head south to Phillip Island soon to enjoy the splendor and capture new photographs to share with you.
Excerpted from Terrior Architects; please visit their website for the full article.
The Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is the most visited tourism destination in Victoria, with up to 3800 people every evening coming to see the penguins come ashore in a spectacular but sensitive landscape. At the same time, Phillip Island Nature Parks has become a pre-eminent authority on care for penguins and development of penguin habitat. The new Visitor Centre for the Penguin Parade has to carry the ambitions of this tourism and conservation program across iconographic, experiential and functional contexts.
It’s been a while since our last complete EDGE™ catalogue update in late 2017. So much has changed within the U-MAX™, MAX™, and GEN™ ranges, and we’re eager to share it all with you.
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Commercial window systems go metric
Aluminium commercial framing systems originally came to Australia in the early 1960s from North America. They were released as an imperial dimension frame and other suppliers adopted the same footprint, with maybe a slightly different glazing pocket. The name “400 series” came from “4 inches”.
Australia metricated in 1966, yet today, that same product developed in the 1960s is still mostly imperial dimensioned. Here we are, 50 years later, and they’re still selling the same product. The choice to stick with the past is mostly attributed to the legacy of existing systems. It was simply too hard for companies to redesign decades worth of old product.
When given the opportunity to develop legacy-free suites, our R&D team decided to break free from 50-year-old technology and engineered the EDGE Architectural ranges with a true and complete metric footprint. Our systems offer a complete range of metric products, scoped from thermal break to double glazed and back into single glazed.
The EDGE Architectural ranges break free from the thinking of the past. This innovative and fresh design allows for energy efficiency, visual unity, design freedom and interchangability of U-MAX™, MAX™ and GEN™ frames across a façade.
Our metric footprint makes EDGE Architectural Systems better by units of 10.
The form and function of the U-MAX™ and MAX™ front glazed suites get a major boost from an innovative assembly design utilising a humble, unassuming piece of hardware, an external screw.
We took a screw with a square drive head and moved the glazing pocket marginally further back. The glazing pocket is set at the perfect distance to get the best strength, stop transom rotation, support the load and drain water. No other front glazed system supports transoms as well.
Frame fixing external to the glazing rebate provides structural support of the frame and glass without interfering with drainage. The joint won’t open up and allow water in.
Traditionally, systems either didn’t have a front screw at all or the screw came through the glazing pocket.
By breaking from tradition, we addressed all the above issues and delivered huge benefits with a little screw.
The unique frame assembly of EDGE Architectural differs from what everyone else does with a front glazed system. It’s just one more neat little difference with our front glazed system. All these little differences add up to a major difference in performance and aesthetics.
Applying the core principles of drainage for better window systems: the best practice gasket
Very few companies have seriously addressed the issues related to “controlled leakage” of architectural window systems. Commercial windows are designed to leak. Vertical members (jambs and mullions) are down pipes and horizontal members (especially transoms) are gutters. This core principle of drainage through the frame into a subsill is what all commercial framing systems are supposed to do.
Unique in Australia, EDGE™ framing gaskets are top loaded into the window frame and made from co-extruded Santoprene™ with a rigid backing. This rigidity results in audible feedback, a click, when the gasket is fitted. These gaskets can be used on both sides and treated either as a captive or roll-in wedge in one. It fits relatively flat into the pocket and does not detract from the sightlines. It is easily fitted in the factory or on the job site.
Together with proper care and manufacture, and our Watershed methodology, EDGE Architectural provides a high performing, durable and aesthetically pleasing glazing system.
Traditional “roll-in” wedges have been used in our industry since window manufacture began. Usually manufactured from PVC, roll-in wedges are commonplace in the residential window industry, but have a poor reputation in the commercial market. As PVC shrinks, a roll-in wedge can quite easily roll back out.
In many markets, especially in Melbourne, commercial products are silicone glazed. This practice contributes to poor manufacturing processes. Dry butted frame joints leak – don’t believe anyone who says differently – and silicon attempts to mask this poor manufacturing. Silicon glazing quite often is used to stop water entry (to treat a window like a fish tank), but it only serves to mask a larger issue. Eventually, service problems will surface.
Shrinkage is a common occurrence with traditional PVC gasket wedges; shrinkage leads to leakage. Best practice and sustainable construction demands using high performance, purpose designed seals. These better performing gaskets don’t shrink, stay UV stable and don’t fall out when properly fitted.
The EDGE Architectural DNA, the feature set and performance principles, ensures our thermally broken range, double glazed range and next generation single glazed range deliver better results for our customers.