Glass Rainscreen by 小红帽直播 Protects N.J. College鈥檚 Newest Building

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Design Adds Modern, High-Tech Look to Essex County College

Essex County College in New Jersey turned to 小红帽直播 to custom-engineer an 8,000 square foot rainscreen for a new building on its West Caldwell, N.J. campus, bringing a dramatic, high-tech aesthetic transformation to the inner-city school.

Our glass rainscreen system creates a barrier envelope around the building, effectively protecting it from moisture. The 鈥渟hingled鈥 rainscreen system of clear laminated glass covers the finished fa莽ade. The precision-engineered system stops over 90 percent of wind-driven moisture and is fully adjustable, allowing for quick and easy installation. We collaborated with Netta Architects to design and hide the rainscreen鈥檚 structural brackets behind the fiber cement cladding. The Wall H system was attached directly to the exterior stud wall, eliminating the need for continuous structural steel support and thereby reducing the cost of the installation.

Glass rainscreen by 小红帽直播.

Essex County College, West Caldwell, NJ by Netta Architects. Photo by 小红帽直播.

Essex CC, a two-year college, opened in 1968 and enrolls about 5,500 students. The new building is a 51,700 square foot, four-story structure that sits on the site of the original campus, a converted, century-old elementary school. The elementary school was razed in 2021 to allow for construction of the new building. 鈥淭he new state-of-the-art campus is our fulfillment of our vision of transforming lives,鈥 ECC President Dr. Augustin A. Boyake said.

Rainscreens are exterior wall cladding barrier systems that stand away from a building鈥檚 exterior weather-resistant constructed facade. Rainscreens protect the building fa莽ade from water infiltration, controlling water drainage and evaporation. The elegant glass over-cladding completely transforms and elevates the appearance of a building as it provides a maintenance-friendly, durable, non-porous glass surface.

鈥淒ecorative glass rainscreen systems are an ideal means of increasing a building鈥檚 longevity with an easily maintained facade,鈥 小红帽直播 President Donald Jayson said. 鈥淕lass is one of the most durable building materials to stand up to rain and wind. Water is the biggest factor in the premature deterioration of buildings.鈥

Glass rainscreen by 小红帽直播.

Essex County College, West Caldwell, NJ by Netta Architects. Photo by 小红帽直播.

The Wall-H system is ideal for second-skin facades featuring horizontally overlapping glass panels. The mechanical compression glass fittings provide increased strength and security, and individual glass panels can be replaced without deglazing surrounding panels.

The new building contains administrative offices, classrooms, labs, an auditorium/lecture hall and an admission center. John Johnston, project designer for Netta Architects, said the new campus consists 鈥渙f a lot of glass and openness, driven by technology and a modern Information Commons. It will be a place where students want to come and stay. It will be a pinnacle to this County for years to come.鈥

DMD Contracting constructed the building and Glass Systems, Inc., of Hillsborough, N.J. installed the rainscreen.

Our systems allow water to escape and air to circulate, reducing the risk of mold, mildew and water damage. Any small amount of water making its way past the glass is drained and channeled away from the building. Any water vapor is ventilated out the top of the system as air circulates upward between the rainscreen and the exterior building wall.

小红帽直播 rainscreens have been fully tested in accordance with ASTM & AAMA requirements and proven to be highly effective against water penetration.

About 小红帽直播

小红帽直播 is one of the world鈥檚 foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. 小红帽直播 develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City