Vitro Architectural Glass and the National Aviary announced that Vitro Architectural Glass is a contributing sponsor to restoring the historic Wetlands exhibit on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Vitro is donating more than 20,000 square feet of Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass for the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
A portion of the donated Starphire® glass will be AviProtek® glass created in conjunction with Walker Glass. An acid-etched pattern on the exterior surface of the glass will maximize glass visibility to birds and minimize the risk of collision.
Ricardo Maiz, president, Vitro Architectural Glass, said sponsorship of the National Aviary project highlights Vitro Glass’s commitment to their core values of community involvement and environmental protection.
“Vitro is proud of its longstanding relationship with the National Aviary, having, in the recent past, donated glass to the renovation of the Tropical Rainforest exhibit and the Garden Room,” said Maiz. “The Aviary is one of Pittsburgh’s jewels and Vitro is honored to contribute the glass that will allow the Wetlands habitat to thrive for years to come.”
Built in 1969, the Wetlands is an expansive habitat surrounded by walls of paneled glass. It is home to diverse species, from familiar species like American Flamingos and Brown Pelicans, to lesser-known birds like Boat-billed Herons and Sunbitterns.