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Royal Alberta Museum Protects Its Treasures in Triplicate

At its core, design for museums work to represent and connect the people who frequent them. The NEW $375.5-million, DIALOG designed Royal Alberta Museum does this in elegant fashion.

Newly opened in October 2018, the design of the Museum incorporates expansive glazed units on its facade to allow for optimal natural daylight. However, with such significant and meaningful artifacts, it was also important to assure the protection and longevity of these pieces by diminishing the possibility of fading from natural sunlight.

Triple-glazed Vitro Sungate 400 (3)/(5) on Clear is used here to block upwards of 69% of damaging UV energy. Sungate 400 was also used in conjunction with PVB laminate and a printed ceramic frit pattern – which all work to further enhance fade resistance. Additional benefits of this hearty and healthy glazing selection includes excellent nighttime u-values which means heat generated internally is retained during the winter. Occupancy comfort is elevated through increased daylight transmittance. In the summer Vitro Sungate promotes lower energy costs by diminishing the demand for air conditioning.

The spacious museum offers many pertinent exhibit halls whereby visitors can view, engage , and immerse themselves. The natural history hall, human history hall, bug gallery, children’s gallery, Manitou Stone, museum zone and feature gallery all work to present us with the story of our past, convey today’s perspectives, and help us to visualize the opportunities for our united future.

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