Juilliard School, The Lincoln Centre, New York

The Project

The near 100,000 sq ft expansion and renovation restores some of the building’s lost architectural characteristics whilst positioning this dance, drama and music area for the future. Features of the renovation include an entrance lobby and box office, a black box theatre, an orchestra rehearsing space and recording studio, jazz studios, a large dance rehearsal studio, a library expansion, an archive for rare music manuscripts, plus several smaller studios, rehearsal rooms, classrooms, administrative offices, lounges and teaching studios. Many of those areas are located in the more than 38,000 sq ft expansion of the original Juilliard building into an open triangular site towards Broadway. Two interior courtyards also were enclosed and have become useable interior. The Juilliard School has 800+ full-time undergraduate and graduate college students in dance, drama and music, as well as 900 adult evening students each semester. In addition, approximately 350 music students age 8 – 18 study at Juilliard on Saturdays. The school presents more than 700 performances each school year in its own five halls, as well as elsewhere throughout New York City.  

Located in such a prominent area of New York, it was constructed in view of thousands of passers by and with students taking part in lessons on a daily basis, it was essential that the installation was highly co-ordinated, contained and that the final result was aesthetically pleasing. 

Mike Awad, project manager from W&W Glass, said: “The project had a complicated geometry with an intricate structural steel system. W&W Glass and Pilkington were brought in early in the project programme to assist in the design, not only to help meet the demanding aesthetic needs of the architecture team, but to also aid the structural engineers by maximising performance abilities, accommodating large varying building movements and loading the building in very specific ways.”
Pilkington Planar™ specifications

Cable wall:
19.52 mm Integral laminate comprising of:
  6 mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear THS
  1.52 mm SentryGlas® Interlayer
  12 mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear THS
Fin walls:
Double glazed laminate insulating unit constructed as follows:
15 mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ THS with sun coating
16 mm black spacer
13.52 mm laminate comprising of:
  6 mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear THS
  1.52 Pilkington Planar™|SentryGlas® interlayer
  6 mm Toughened Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear THS

Laminated Glass Fins with vertical splice


902 Bolts
905J Bolts
NYPH Castings

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Project Details
Surface Area
1500 m²
60 Lincoln Center Plaza,New York, NY 10023-6588, USA
Building Type
  • Public
  • Education
About the Architect/Installer
W&W Glass LLC, 302 Airport Executive Park, Nanuet, New York 10954-7403, Phone: 845-425-4000, E-mail:
Benefit Led Categories
  • Glass Systems