Corning, NY

Corning Museum of Glass, Contemporary Art + Design Wing


The Corning Museum of Glass houses a renowned collection of glass artwork and historical glass. The new 100,000 sq ft Contemporary Art + Design Wing, which is clad in white glass, includes a 26,000 sq ft gallery to showcase contemporary glass artwork. Natural light streams into the North Wing through a large window and skylight to illuminate the glass displays. SGH provided building enclosure design and construction phase consulting services for the project.

SGH collaborated with the design team to develop and detail building enclosure systems and assemblies. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Collaborated with the architect to develop design concepts for integrating building enclosure systems, including the custom laminated glass rainscreen and skylight (both design-assist project delivery) assemblies, the composite metal panel rainscreen, below-grade waterproofing, and conventional roofing systems
  • Assisted with selecting the metal panel rainscreen, roofing, and waterproofing systems
  • Collaborated during the design-assist process to evaluate waterproofing, air, vapor, and thermal performance of the proposed systems
  • Helped develop details to integrate the custom glass rainscreen and skylight systems with the surrounding enclosure assemblies
  • Evaluated thermal modeling results provided by the design-assist contractor to assess the condensation potential and assist with developing remedial options to improve performance
  • Reviewed interior partitions that separate humidified gallery spaces from non-humidified areas and assisted with developing air barrier strategies to mitigate air leakage and condensation risk
  • Reviewed submittals and shop drawings for the glass rainscreen and skylight assemblies, metal panel rainscreen, and roofing systems

Project Summary



Completion Date


Construction Value
New Construction
Building Enclosures
Culture & Entertainment
Thomas Phifer & Partners, LLP
Specialized Capabilities
Building Science | Facades & Glazing

Key team members

Vince Cammalleri
Vince Cammalleri
Building Technology Region Head, East
Matthew  Normandeau
Matthew Normandeau