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Pilkington ACTIV™ adds finishing touch to Delaware prep school building


Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass maximises the benefit of natural daylight for students at Delaware Prep School in the USA.

A striking new building constructed as part of a $10 million capital improvement project at a major preparatory school in Delaware, USA is making broad use of Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass. The new Stephen May Building at Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware is extensively glazed to maximise the benefits of natural daylight for students and uses around 6500ft2 of Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass.

Sanford School is an independent college preparatory school and educates around 700 students ranging from pre-kindergarten age (around 5) to 12th grade (18 years of age). The school was founded in 1930 and is located on a beautiful 100 acre campus in the Hockessin hills. In 2001, Sanford’s Head of School, Douglas W. MacKelcan, announced the start of a $10 million capital campaign, representing the largest improvement project in the school’s 71 year history. Part of the project’s remit was to re-build historic classroom buildings such as the Stephen May building, originally an existing barn converted to classrooms in the mid-1900s. However, that particular building was deemed unsafe and did not meet the current needs of the school, hence the decision to replace rather than renovate the existing structure.

Renowned architectural firm Tetra Tech, Inc. of Christiana, Delaware was appointed to design the new Stephen May building, which features an attractive and authentic circular ‘silo’ that mimicks the original barn design. The ‘silo’ serves as the main entrance to the building and offers a 300-degree view of the centre of the campus and surrounding nature. The new building – completed earlier this year – now houses the school’s Humanities Department and includes large upper level art studios, a full-class dark room and two computer laboratories.

Window manufacturer BFRich of Newark, Delaware – which has been supplying replacement windows for new build and commercial projects since 1957 – was charged with making the 448 windows needed for both the Stephen May building and the refurbishment of another part of the school, the Albright/Yearsley Hall. The main contractor for the project was Daystar Sills of Wilmington, Delaware. All the windows feature Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass and argon-filled insulating glass units to fulfil the school’s energy requirements. Pilkington Activ™ was specified due to its ability to literally clean itself using the natural

Delaware, with its varied climate, is an ideal location for the revolutionary glass. Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass keeps itself clean by harnessing the two natural elements of ultra violet light and rain. The technology uses UV light to break down organic dirt deposits on the glass, and then uses the rain to wash the dirt away.






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NSG Group, the manufacturer of Pilkington glass in the UK, manufactures a wide range of float, coated, rolled, laminated and toughened glass products as well as its own range of high-performance insulating glass units. Glass is distributed direct to customers, either as stock or as bespoke processed products to meet their needs, either direct from St Helens or through its network of branches countrywide.

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