Leverage MetroWall’s Expertise to Simplify Test Fits

Test fits (or preliminary space plans) are a foundational component of design and build projects. Not only do test fits help tenants determine if a commercial space is the right fit for their needs and their budget, but they also give architect and design teams the opportunity to think deeply about materials and systems they’ll want to use and how to implement them.  

 In our experience, test fits also enable our architect and design clients to identify unique challenges in a space. Discovering and learning about these problems early on gives them time to find solutions that meet the tenant’s expectations and their design needs. This ensures suitable space and glass wall systems are chosen and minimize unforeseen challenges that could drive up costs or extend the timeline of a project. 

Preliminary space study for a tenant in real estate management and development.
Preliminary space study for a tenant in real estate management and development.

 

As a result, once an architect or designer decides they want to use MetroWall’s glass wall systems in their project, we recommend getting our team of experts involved in the design process as soon as possible. Being involved during the test fit stage helps us better understand the design intent, the desired aesthetics, and the functionality required from the glass wall interiors.  

Once MetroWall is spec’d, our architectural representatives offer valuable insight on our glass wall systems, guidance based on previous experience, and coordinate with our team to find solutions tailored to the project. A few topics we frequently discuss with our architect and design clients during the test fit stage include: 

  • Acoustic and STC ratings 
  • Sustainability 
  • Door types and function 
  • Custom components (if required) 
  • Security needs 
  • Review of other project components (e.g., flooring, ceilings, etc.) 

Of course, there is plenty more to talk about, but in our experience every project is different and comes with its own unique challenges. In addition to offering guidance and collaborating with A&D teams to find solutions, we provide quick turnaround budgets to manage tenant expectations and help A&D teams maintain their design intent. 

A good example of this can be seen in the project we collaborated on with HLW International at the International Flavors & Fragrance Inc. IFF wanted glass wall interiors that would deliver a bold and modern aesthetic. But they also had specific olfactory requirements for their testing environments that needed to be met. Our team worked with the HLW designers to create airtight glass booths by utilizing single-glazed versions of our DG system with framed doors, drop seals, and custom Bespoke sniffing windows mounted in the doors.  

Airtight Bespoke sniffing window built into MetroWall’s DG glass wall system
Airtight Bespoke sniffing window built into MetroWall’s DG glass wall system

 

Working closely with the A&D team early on not only enabled us to come up with an ideal solution, but also ensured that our project managers, production team, and installers were aware of the details of the job, making for a frictionless experience.  

MetroWall is redefining architectural design and build standards for glass wall interiors. Download our brochure to learn more about MetroWall and how our proprietary, integrated process can make a difference on your next project.  

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SINGLE VS DOUBLE GLAZING

Single or Double Glazed Partition? Start With This Question

We regularly help architects make sure an interior glass partition will perform beautifully for their project. But when we’re asked to help choose between specifying single or double glazing, we often bring the conversation back to one question: what does a ‘full solution’ to solve the acoustic demands of a project look like?

This means we help the client consider the impact of everything involving the partition and affecting sound in their chosen space. By thinking beyond just the glass itself, factors like no return air grills and HVAC penetration are part of the bigger picture for the installation.

This quick read introduction explains how a full solution approach can make sure the acoustic properties of a partition are ideal for every specific location.

Read on to discover essential insights! Questions? Just ask. We’re here to help.

 

The Right Interior Glass Partition

table for soundproofing standards

Choosing between single glazing and double glazing for an interior glass partition is, of course, an important consideration.

However, taking a step back to ask what level of sound isolation is needed and how this will be achieved is by the installation as a whole is the recommended approach.

We strongly suggest…

1. Assessing the present and future need: Understanding the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating needed, ie the reduction in noise the partition must achieve, is an ideal starting point. Plus, for single glazing systems ask if future double glazing requirements might be a possibility as planning ahead for this flexibility is possible.

Tip: Remember that lab STC scores alone can’t predict the actual performance of a partition in a project as multiple factors will impact sound transmission loss. Plus, remember that MetroWall double glazed systems can be installed as a singled glazed unit, meaning the infill can be replaced and a double glazed system put into place instead if acoustics on-site become an issue.

2. A ‘big picture’ view: Contacting an interior glass wall specialist to make sure every element of the install, not just the glass, works towards the STC goal is an essential. Things like gaps left during construction and HVAC vents will have an impact, which is why we believe in ‘slab to slab’ partitions and assess HVAC’s impact on STC during our design process.

Tip: A poor installation is like putting an IndyCar on rough terrain and expecting race track results! Sound will find a way through a partition if the design or installation allows this to happen. 

3. Look for Experienced Acoustic Partnerships: We’ve worked with leading acoustic consultants – like Cerami & Associates, Longman Lindsey and ARUP – and welcome tests to evidence the performance of the partitions we design, build and install.

Tip: We’re happy to join calls and have meetings with acoustic experts, including your own choice of consultant, and strongly recommend only working with partition suppliers who can show this experience and this willingness to collaborate.

This three-step  approach will ensure your project is asking the right questions and taking the right steps to accurately predict noise transmission performance.

 

Why MetroWall?

We’re proud to be much more than just a supplier for the professionals who rely on us for expert help to make their glass partition project as easy as possible.

That’s because our team, using years of industry experience, approaches each project as a consultant to ensure successful project outcomes.

We even design, manufacture, store and install our glass partitions ourselves right here in New York.

Ultimately, professionals work for us for two big reasons: our 15 years of experience and our local inventory as this means expertise without the delays!

For product inspiration plus sustainability and LEED data click here. To speak to a MetroWall partitional wall specialist simply contact us. We’re here to help.

 

See also: Three Things to Know About Glass Door ADA Compliance, Sustainable Design and Your Partition Project

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Meet DG – For Workspaces That Call For Confidentiality

At MetroWall, our aim is to help architects and designers to create workspaces that work. Our range features three different products: Vetro, LP and DG. Each line offers the versatility you require to ensure your perfect design, but with unique features to help you meet your business needs. This month we’re shining a spotlight on DG – the perfect partition for when privacy is paramount.

This is DG

The trend for airy, open plan workspaces is here to stay – after all, few people work at their best in a small, strip-lit cubicle – but space and light can mean a compromise on privacy.

Until now.

DG is lab tested to provide the best possible acoustic performance (with sound ratings up to 48 STC) and features numerous aesthetic and functional options including:

  • Single or double glazed
  • Vertical or horizontal mullions
  • A choice of finishes.

Check out our latest spotlight video to learn more.

MetroWall proud market leaders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions

As well as the finest products, we also offer the fastest lead times in NY state. This is just one of the things that has helped us to become the market leader for glass partitions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Want to work with us? Get in touch, today.

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Five Reasons a MetroWall Glass Partition is a Sustainable Choice

Sustainability is becoming more important by the day. With climate change high on the agenda, many of us in the construction industry are thinking of ways we can build and design spaces that don’t just do good for the occupants but do good for the planet too.

When it comes to an interior redesign there are a number of factors to consider, one of which is the material to use for partitions and walls. Fabric and drywall are construction industry stalwarts but is there a superior choice available? We say, yes.

Glass Partitions are a worthier choice for several reasons. Not only can glass maximize the use of space, increase productivity and boost staff well-being, it can also make for a greener build.

Want to know why? Here, we’ve put together our…

Top five reasons a MetroWall glass partition is a sustainable choice for a workspace:

1. Glass is recyclable

Glass is one of the most sustainable materials around. It’s fully recyclable and can be used over and over again without a drop in quality.

2. Glass production creates less waste

The amount of waste produced during the manufacture of glass is low and most of the waste can be collected, remelted and used to produce new glass.

3. Glass can reduce energy consumption

Glass facilitates the flow of natural light, which doesn’t just contribute to increased staff wellbeing but also saves on the amount of energy used.

4. MetroWall glass is locally manufactured

We probably *could* reach out to Europe or China for our glass manufacturer but we don’t. We use local manufacturers to ensure our carbon footprint is kept to a minimum and our lead times are rapid.

5. MetroWall partitions can be used again

Our glass partition and wall ranges allow for hundreds of different configurations. So, if you’re looking to change your office space and you have MetroWall partitions in place, you can demount and recreate the right office environment for your changing needs.

Want to make sure your office redesign fits with your green credentials?

At MetroWall, we exist to make your life simpler. We offer the complete package for your office fit out: from design to installation, we’ll be with you every step of the way. We have decades of experience in the industry yet we keep on top of every advance and innovation through our dedicated R&D investments. We also work to a three-week lead time, which is the quickest in the industry.

Find out more by contact us via the button below or download our brochures now.

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Glass Solutions for Architectural Design

Offices from the dim and distant past were dark and cavernous spaces. No longer.

These days glass partitions are designed to seamlessly integrate with the most ambitious architectural designs to create inspiring interiors.

At Metrowall we work with some of New York’s most innovative architects to bring clients’ visions to life – glass solutions for the most beautiful, functional spaces.

And while glass partitions are a familiar sight in commercial office interiors, we’re seeing them increasingly commissioned for condos and lofts, hotels and more – an incredible way to create distinct areas without losing that feeling of true space.

Engineered and Tested

But we’re not just focused on the aesthetics – important though they are – our glass partitions and doors are expertly engineered and tested to the nth degree, so you can be assured of a top-quality product.

From experience, we expect and welcome a wealth of questions when specifying glass partitions. That’s why we have specialist technicians on-hand to provide comprehensive answers and offer their professional advice, so you can choose the perfect product for your specific needs.

And with years of experience and knowledge to their credit, our sales teams and installers are vigilant for potential problems, so that we can head them off at the pass. Our expertise isn’t just invaluable, it all comes as part of the end-to-end MetroWall service.

Carefully designed and installed by dedicated teams, we’re all about a fuss free service and impeccable outcomes.

Rapid Lead-Times

We also help minimize disruption and support project efficiency by delivering a comprehensive service that happens mainly off-site. With production occurring elsewhere, you’ll only see us when we appear to measure and then deliver and install the finished product in double-quick time.

Of course, that’s only if you’re a MetroWall customer, because our lead times are the best in the business. Just three weeks from ordering to installation to transform office spaces and workplace ambiance.

Vetro – Your Perfect Partner

While our glass partitions are a familiar sight in New York’s new-builds and modern office blocks – whatever space you’re working with, we can help you to bring your vision to fruition. It’s amazing what you can achieve with an expert approach and thoughtfully designed products.

MetroWall’s Vetro product, for example, integrates beautifully with standard construction methods. With robust leveling tolerances and simple building integration, Vetro eliminates issues caused by imperfect building conditions. So, if an office design is throwing up some extra challenges, never fear – Vetro Is here.

So, when it comes to glass partitioning, there’s only one name you need to know. MetroWall.

Get in Touch

To find out more about how MetroWall’s glass solutions for architectural design can revolutionize any office or home environment, speak to one of our product experts.

Get in touch with the team today.

 

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