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SentryGlas® Expressions™ gives John Hopkins students a new learning experience

Use of decorative safety interlayer helps laminated glass tell a story in the lobby of the Armstrong Medical Education Building at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Photo courtesy of JE Berkowitz
With DuPont™ SentryGlas® Expressions™ digitally printed interlayer technology, designers can freely combine text, imagery and colors into decorative safety glass.

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Because graphic content is embedded inside the safety glass, the artwork is protected from scratches or abuse.

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"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
- Sir Isaac Newton.

This is the quote that is displayed proudly on a decorative, laminated SentryGlas® Expressions™ panel in the lobby of the Armstrong Medical Education Building at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine.

The Johns Hopkins University Medical Education Building's descriptive display project was a collaborative effort between JE Berkowitz, the JHU School of Medicine's student committee, and the architect, Ballinger, and Mitchell Associates. The inspiration for this art piece was based on four prominent professors of the medical school who were also accomplished physicians and medical researchers.

JE Berkowitz created the art piece with a unique technology printed on a PVB interlayer. SentryGlas® Expressions™ was chosen for the control and precision that digital printing allows, along with the freedom of different interlayer options.

Steven Yarnall, Senior Designer of Environmental Graphic Design at Mitchell notes, "The architect wanted to create an art piece that appeared well-integrated as part of the custom glass railing of the grand staircase . . . something quite legible, elegant and durable . . . and with a semi-transparent visual quality. We were able to accomplish this with SentryGlas® Expressions™ by the use of a translucent interlayer." SentryGlas® Expressions™ "was chosen over other decorative options for its laminated properties, UV protection and long life expectancy", said Yarnall.

"SentryGlas Expressions is extremely precise and versatile. It expands our glass fabrication capabilities and gives the designer more decorative glass options," says Arthur Berkowitz, President of JE Berkowitz.

The laminated glass panel for the JHU project measures 56.25 in. by 89.5 in. (143 cm by 227 cm). JE Berkowitz offers a maximum printed decorative laminate size of 60 in. by 100 in. (152 cm by 254 cm)