City View Glass provides aluminum curtain walls and exterior glass for Thornhill Mercedes-Benz


Canadian Design and Construction Report special feature

Kitchener-based City View Glass Inc. has applied its expertise to the successful completion of the new Thornhill Mercedes-Benz dealership.

Established in 2013 and based on two decades worth of industry expertise, City View Glass specializes in commercial glass but also lends its expertise to high-end residential projects.

President Bill Martin says the Thornhill project requirements were fairly straightforward, but extensive. City View Glass provided all of the aluminum curtain wall and glass for the building exterior.

He says the curtain wall was made to custom lengths to span the full 30 ft. height in one piece. “The aluminium framing was then loaded with steel to achieve OBC (Ontario Building Code) required wind loading.”

The lower glass on the exterior he says, is a low iron product that allows maximum visibility. Interior work consisted of 19 heavy glass office walls and doors made from floor-to-ceiling glass. Martin says handling the glass and aluminum proved to be the biggest challenge and required a crane and four men to handle the heavy framing.

Noting that the company understands all projects require teamwork, Martin says employees approach each project with this intent, hoping to achieve best results for the client. “We had to make a couple of adjustments in this case from the original design, such as adding extra vertical mullions to reduce the glass size, which in turn, created cost savings.”

Over the past two years City View Glass has completed multiple LA Fitness clubs, several Sobeys and Longo’s grocery stores, a Home Depot, Muskoka cottages (custom showers, indoor/outdoor glass railings) and numerous other projects throughout the GTA, Waterloo-Wellington Region and across the province.

He says he is pleased to have been part of the Mercedes-Benz project, one of the company’s largest to date.

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