Installing the hawk wing-inspired glass façade at Kinnick Stadium

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The University of Iowa’s US$89m expansion to the North End Zone at its Kinnick Stadium involved a customized ventilated glass façade that was installed in just two months.

A video released by Bendheim shows the case study of the renovation works, which integrated 20,000ft2 of its custom-fitted glass and fiber cement panels to the exterior of the stadium.

The design by Neumann Monson Architects and HNTB has cladding inspired by a hawk’s wing installed on non-conditioned and conditioned areas. The material has the ability to resist graffiti and staining.

Bendheim’s non-traditional ventilated façade system was the optimal solution. It uses patented compression fittings (clips) to capture the glass panels, making it exceptionally flexible, durable, and forgiving in the field. At Kinnick Stadium, this translated into very expedient fabrication and installation. In a complete reversal of “typical” specialty glass delivery expectations, the fully fabricated glass system arrived well in advance of the project start date.

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