Vanderbilt University's Critical Care Tower Nurse StationsArdent readers of the Washington Glass School blog will remember earlier posting about theVanderbilt University, where the University's new Critical Care Tower installed kilnformed glass panels. The project has expanded and additional floors were designed to incorporate more of the kilnformed glass panels in new areas, each with the floating leaf motif. The leaf is the symbol of Vanderbilt University and the oldest part of the Vanderbilt campus is known for its abundance of trees and green space. The campus was designated as a national arboretum in 1988.
The imagery of swirling leaves were always part of the design of the custom glass architectural panels.
Mick Coughlan and Erwin Timmers worked on the creation of the new series of glass panels - some shots of the panels in progress:
Mick Coughlan gives the glass set into the kiln one last clean.
The deep-relief dry plaster kiln casting method is used to create the panels.
Erwin Timmers edge polishes the glass panels. Dousing everything with water.
After the edge polishing Mick & Erwin's glass edge grinding, impromptu dryers (aka hot kilns) sported wet clothing.