Suntech of Connecticut Inc. Wins Contract for New Worcester Polytechnic Institute
August 30, 2010

Suntech of Connecticut Inc., an architectural glazing company specializing in the commercial market based in North Branford, Conn., has been selected as a contractor on the new sports and recreation center at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. The project is scheduled for completion in 2012 and entails the construction of a 29,000 square foot gymnasium. The $53.2 million development is part of the Institute’s seven-year capital plan.

Suntech of Connecticut Inc. will provide custom applications and installations for the new sports and recreation center. Due to a 2007 WPI board of trustees’ policy decision, the facility must meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification standards from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Areas of the building use some of the most modern energy efficient commercially available building products available on the world market today,” stated Michael Berkun, president of Suntech of Connecticut Inc.

The large glass expanses surrounding the enclosed indoor Olympic sized pool have 2-inch thick, triple-glazed, insulating glass units. These insulating panels have a thin low-E metallic coating. Using three layers of glass, they also entrap the still air in-between the glass panels and radiate collected heat back into the building, creating a low U-value.

The company adds that the project will also feature high-performance aluminum frames, which will help reduce the amount of condensation that would typically occur in the high humidity areas of the pool areas.

“We are very proud to be involved in the new development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute,” said Vincent Berkun, general manager of Suntech of Fairfield County Inc. “Assisting in such a necessary and positive project in WPI’s capital plan will be both exciting and rewarding.”


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