Extensive Glass Details Featured in New Marine Mammal Center

The recently opened Marine Mammal Center at the New England Aquarium features an outdoor exhibit area that’s surrounded by wood and glass, creating an ideal environment for the aquarium’s long anticipated new addition. The exhibit is surrounded by a glass windscreen and glass panel system that was fabricated by JE Berkowitz LP.

This new exhibit space was custom designed by McManus Architects of Cambridge, Mass. General contractor Turner Construction oversaw the construction. The center connects with Harbor Walk, and the space boasts a large mammal pool surrounded by wood pathways and benches. Glass panels protect the mammals, while all glass windscreens shield the visitors from the elements. John McManus, principal of McManus Architects wrote, “We are proud of the built structure and appreciative of the importance of the glazing system.”

JE Berkowitz and glazing contractor, Tower Glass of Woburn, Mass., worked together to fabricate the glass enclosures for the Marine Mammal Center. This included protective glass panels around the mammal pool with custom C.R. Lawrence (CRL) hardware and clamps. The glass windscreen encapsulating the perimeter was secured in place with custom CRL heavy spider fittings, mounted to stainless steel posts. All the glass consists of ¼-inch clear tempered glass with .060 SentryGlas® interlayer by DuPont and ¼-inch clear tempered glass.

“Projects like these, that take advantage of our capabilities in point-supported systems and CNC fabrication, help us stay the course of our strategic business plan in these interesting times,” says Robert Price, director of sales at JE Berkowitz LP.