A former Stanley Black & Decker Hand Tools manufacturing plant in
downtown New Britain, CT has a new high-tech purpose. And thanks to the retrofitting of its old exterior with Thermolite glazing panels from Laminators Incorporated, it has a new look too.
The old manufacturing facility is now the home of a new high-speed
data processing center. The data center will host computers and servers
that will contain the high-performance computing center as well as store
44 Connecticut-made Doosan Fuel cells —or clean energy batteries—the
size of semi-trucks. This energy efficient facility, located within the city's new Energy and Innovation Park, will be the world’s largest indoor fuel
cell installation, providing clean, renewable energy.
the exterior of the old building, the team opted to go with Laminators' Thermolite glazing panels to achieve a high-tech look
with energy-saving, insulating properties. Thermolite panels are
constructed with an insulating foam core sandwiched between two
corrugated, stabilizers and finished aluminum sheets, making them
lightweight, easy to handle, and quick to install.
Approximately 7,500 sq. ft. of black and bright silver metallic
Thermolite panels were installed by SWI Glass & Metals, Hartford,
CT. Available in smooth or stucco-embossed finishes and in a
variety of durable colors, Thermolite panels add a highly decorative and
durable surface with excellent insulating properties. Panels can be
fabricated on-site using standard carpentry tools or factory-cut to meet
In addition to their standard flat Thermolite panel, Laminators
Incorporated also offers fabricated options to provide additional
R-Value, customization of the reveal created between the panel face and
mullion face, and wrapped edges to create hairline joints between panels
in butt-glazed applications. Thermolite Glazing Panels are designed to
easily fit into any standard or custom glazing system. With building and
energy efficiency codes becoming even more stringent, these panels can
be a smart solution for any project.