Transform Your Meeting Room With The SnapCab Portal

Businesses, organizations, and professionals have become adept at making the most of their resources, from maximizing each dollar of their budgets to leveraging materials to the fullest. Would it surprise you, then, to learn that you’re under-utilizing a key asset? Your walls. This is prime real estate: go beyond TVs mounted to meeting room walls and tired whiteboards. Opt for the SnapCab Portal.

Smart Walls

With its clean and contemporary look, the SnapCab Portal will transform a regular wall into an intelligent, integrated multi-media wall. From enhancing conference capability to providing way-finding and interactive accent walls for businesses, institutions, and organizations – the application potential is limited only by imagination and ingenuity.

So imagine what you can do with this platform and its enhanced features:

    • 65 inch SUHD TV. You’ll enjoy Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology for crisp, vibrant color, 4K ultra-high definition for laser-sharp images, and multiple connection possibilities. Flush to the Corning® Gorilla® Glass surface, this TV provides a truly immersive experience.
  • Full connectivity. Leverage the versatility of HDMI, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity. You can integrate mini computers, Apple TV, Fire Stick, additional monitors, external mics, and more to display video conference, messages, stream videos… the list goes on and on.
  • Integrated speakers. With the Portal, ultra-thin, ultra-versatile Gorilla® Glass becomes the speakers. Seamlessly integrated, there are no holes or grills to mar the smooth surface.
  • Writable surface. Both the standard gloss and anti-glare Gorilla® Glass offer an exceptional surface for writing – a next-gen whiteboard. Scribble down notes from a conference, brainstorm with your team, plot out a plan, or make a to-do list. For markers and erasers, hinged magnetic side trims provide hidden storage.
  • Quick, easy specification. With a simple order form and pre-written specification document on our website (insert link to spec), selecting a Portal couldn’t be simpler. The standard model features either Brilliant White or Noir Black Corning® Gorilla® Glass. From there, simply select the size. That’s all there is to it. And if you do want a customized Portal, the sky’s the limit (though the lead-time and price will be affected).

The beauty of the Portal is that it’s future proof: its non-proprietary technology allows you to add and upgrade any features you’d like, except for the TV. The portal platform enables you to utilize the tools more efficiently and effectively.

The Nuts and Bolts

Transform your walls to dynamic, educational, helpful, beautiful, interactive surfaces. All you need is the Portal, power and data connections, and… a wall. Available in 12 width and two height options, the Portal can be easily utilized in conference rooms, entryways, and other spaces throughout your building. When selecting a wall, keep the following considerations in mind:

  • The Portal has hinged side cover plates, which open for access to electrical components. Allow a clearance of at least 1.5 inches, but for full access, allow for a clearance of at least 5.5 inches.
  • The total depth of the unit is 4.875 inches from the back to the panel face. Make sure to factor this into your planning.
  • The Portal must be positioned at least four inches off the floor.
  • The Portal requires power and data. Make sure to choose a wall that offers easy access to those connections. Ideally the power and data should be located 66” from the Portal’s bottom edge and 12” from the Portal’s right edge.

A A heavy gauge rigid aluminum substructure provides the “bones” of the system, and this can be mounted to virtually any surface (e.g. brick, drywall, steel studs, etc.). The Portal can be installed in just four to six hours. And, best of all, the innovative panel system enables you to pack it up and move it if you want to relocate. It’s a flexible – and competitively priced – asset that you can use not only for a variety of purposes, but in a variety of places.

If your walls are currently blank canvases, or your meeting rooms are ready for an upgrade, the SnapCab Portal can help you paint vibrant and brand- -building messages on them. Maximize the impact of these prominent features – and turn them into compelling, functional focal points. Be sure to check out the latest Portal designs at the AIA Convention and NeoCon.

Building Solutions For A World-Class Innovator: CETC’s Media Wall

For over 165 years, Corning has seamlessly blended innovation and practicality. From products that facilitate automotive emissions control and allow the harnessing of lithium energy to bendable optic fiber and damage-resistant glass, Corning has advanced science – and improved the quality of life for countless people. Creating world-changing technology is what they do best.

When it came to showcasing the ingenuity of the Corning European Technology Center (CETC), nothing but the most innovative solutions would do.

Welcome to Fountainbleu

CETC is located in Fountainbleu, France. The city, famous for its legendary forest and the royal Chateau de Fountainbleu, is also home to institutions of higher learning and technology-based companies. In this setting, Corning puts best-in-class research, development, and engineering to work.

Corning needed something unique for the CETC facility. Something that captures the imagination of clients as resoundingly as their technology does. How about a media wall that integrates technology and aligns perfectly with the Corning brand? The perfect answer.

SnapCab Goes to France

Among Corning’s many revolutionary products is Gorilla® Glass. Used by 40 major brands in over 3 billion devices, this technology has changed how people interact with their smartphones, tablets, computers, cameras, and even the buildings in which they live and work.

Gorilla® Glass is both the inspiration and the focal point of CETC’s new media wall. Measuring about 15 feet by 8 feet, the wall features the durable, optically clear glass. A nature scene is printed onto the back of the glass; with the color and clarity, it is as if you are looking at the landscape in person.

Additionally, the wall features audio and video capability that bring Corning’s research, processes, and products to life.

Clients from all over Europe travel to the CETC to experience the latest and greatest in technology. The media wall serves to engage them and offer greater insight into the Corning culture of innovation. With advanced features built right into the panels, the effect is as seamless as it is engaging.

With the development of Gorilla® Glass, Corning not only revolutionized smartphones and tablets; they paved the way for greater flexibility and freedom in elevators, lobbies, reception areas, media walls, conference rooms, and more. The lightweight, extremely durable glass empowers architects to realize their design intent with ease – and, most importantly, with stellar results.

Value Engineering: Durable, Beautiful Interiors for Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross (IBX), the largest health insurance provider in Philadelphia was renovating the lobby of their downtown headquarters. They decided to upgrade their dated elevators to complement the rest of the building. The IBX Tower (also known as the G. Fred DiBona Jr. Building) is one of the tallest – and busiest – buildings in Philadelphia. The steady influx of employees and visitors ensure that the 23 elevators run constantly; in the mornings, there are actual line-ups of people waiting to board the elevators. Any cab interior in this building has to withstand extreme, ongoing use.

The problem: the materials the design team wanted to feature inside the cabs just wouldn’t work in the cabs. Why not – and would they find a better alternative?

 

Longevity: A Design That Can Survive Constant Use

Initially, the architect shared their design intent and material preferences with the SnapCab team; we responded with value engineered suggestions; options designed to improve value by either reducing cost or improving function.

Their design team envisioned a rift cut oak veneer to match the lobby. In theory, it would look great – but our team knew that with the heavy traffic these elevators are subject to, the veneer would not last.

Next, we examined the possibility of protecting the oak veneer behind sheets of laminated glass, but it quickly became apparent that the heavy glass would mean that the cabs wouldn’t pass rigorous weight requirements.

Beautiful Design Meets Light-Weight Durability

The architects on this project had clear design intent. The question was how could we make their vision a viable reality? How could we value engineer a solution that passed code requirements and used their resources most efficiently? And how could we ensure that the beauty of the design was protected and prepared for heavy use?

Our solution: print an image of rift cut oak veneer on the back of thin, lightweight, ultra-strong Gorilla® Glass. Printing the design directly to the glass would reduce the weight, meaning the cabs would be up to code.

Their team had just one concern: would the panels look real or like laminate? To that, we explained how we would photograph different sections of the wood. When printed, each panel would be slightly varied – just like the natural grains of oak. With the high-resolution printing capacity and pristine color reproduction of Gorilla Glass, their panels would look like real wood, not laminate.

A Policy for Value

Part of our value engineered solution for IBX was education. Teaching the team of architects about materials, codes, and requirements enabled them to specify interiors that satisfied their design intent and facilitated compliance.

Today, the Blue Cross headquarters’ elevator interiors reflect the aesthetic of the building and can withstand virtually non-stop journeys carrying thousands of employees and visitors every day.

Next Floor: Innovation. Google’s Elevator Interior Story

Innovation is wired into every strand of Google’s DNA. Behind the walls of the Mountain View, California headquarters, the most brilliant minds in technology transform complex codes and sophisticated algorithms into solutions that are intuitive, game-changing, and above all, simple.

The Disconnect Between Google and its Elevators

At HQ, or “Googleplex,” they imagine the future — and they do it in an environment that empowers creation and invention. Every quirky element, from animated flooring to custom logo furniture to a full-size T-Rex skeleton replica (named Stan), captures Google’s unique identity. Except for five elevators in an executive office building that houses the Chrome team. Those needed some work.

Conveying Innovation in an Elevator

For Google, the design of the elevators was paramount: it had to express their identity. Google wanted to incorporate their highly-recognizable Chrome logo into the elevator interiors and the design had to align with Google’s image as a high-tech hotbed of innovation. The company epitomizes simplicity in design and complexity with design intent. Even their elevators had to keep up – and on a relatively modest budget.

The Ups and Downs of Designing for Google HQ

With any large (or extremely large, in this case) company, there is often layer upon layer of approvals needed to move a project forward. We worked with Google’s head of facilities, facility manager, and in-house designer on options until we could find the solution that was just right.

The best option finally presented itself— Gorilla® Glass. Since we began working with Corning®, the creator of Gorilla® Glass, we knew it was the perfect fit: bring two innovative companies together to create exceptional results worthy of Google. The SnapCab and Corning teams met with Google to show them all that Gorilla Glass can do.

Future-Proofing the Elevator Interiors

This ultra-thin, ultra-durable glass enables pristine colors and highly precise printing while conforming to rigid weight requirements, making it perfect to display the Chrome logo – while allowing the panels to meet code. Success!

But that got us thinking. What if the elevators could mimic the Google Doodles – and change with every important event that Google marks? What if the elevator panels could display Google’s homepage not as an image, but as an interactive touchscreen? After all, Gorilla Glass is used on 4.5 billion touchscreen-enabled devices worldwide. Though the touchscreen elevators panels are still a thing of the future, Google is poised to be one of the first to have them. For a company committed to continuous evolution and improvement, a Gorilla Glass interior with its unlimited possibilities is the perfect choice.

The Results: Leading Edge Design, On Budget

With the new design, Google achieved all of its goals. At the time, Gorilla Glass for Interior Architecture was relatively new to the market and Google was happy to be an early-adopter. The glass itself helps convey the tech giant’s love of simplicity, innovation – and, thanks to high-res printing — those signature primary colors.

The design, while leading-edge, was also budget-conscious. We used Gorilla Glass on the upper panels of the rear wall, integrating it with complementary materials on the lower panels. This saved money while offering all of the future-capacity Google wanted. With our system, they can easily replace a single interactive panel into the existing system with no fuss or hassle.

The Google Treatment for Everyone, Everywhere

While Google may have more yurts, hammocks, and nap pods than your average office, designing elevator interiors for the company wasn’t so different than doing it for others. We cut through the red tape by meeting regularly for design sessions, giving and receiving feedback, providing renderings, samples, and mock-ups quickly, and moving designs from conception to completion as efficiently as possible – the same way we do for every project we work on. Aligning your brand with your elevator interior, and doing it in a cost-conscious way, couldn’t be easier.

Lifting Patient Care to the Next Level: Elevators at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital

When patients and their families walk into the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital, they encounter something unexpected. It’s easy to mistake the innovative interior for a children’s museum or art gallery. Designed by and for families, this facility provides world-class health care, along with a healthy dose of comfort, hope, and fun.

When Nemours/Alfred I. duPont added a new wing, they realized they needed to update the entire facility so it aligned with the hospital’s status as a leading provider of children’s health services. They knew they needed their elevators to reflect the same positive, safe atmosphere as the rest of their building. The trouble was, how?

Diagnosis: Dated Facility

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont’s extensive five-year renovation began from the ground up – with the elevators. They had several key needs:

  • Easy to Keep Clean. The current elevator interiors featured fabric-covered panels, something the hospital couldn’t wait to change. The hospital had to have easily-maintained non-microbial, nonporous surfaces that prevented bacterial growth.
  • Durable. The life of a hospital elevator isn’t easy. With constant traffic, carts, x-ray machines, and hospital beds passing through, the cabs would have to be built for the long-haul.
  • Colorful. The massive hospital had an ingenious plan to help patients, families, and visitors navigate: they used colors to guide them. For example, “Take the purple elevator to the third floor, go down the hall and turn left at the blue elevator.” They needed the colors to match exactly throughout the building so people could find their way easily.
  • Operational ASAP. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont’s top priority has always been patient care and quality of service. To keep to that mandate, they needed the elevator renovation to be complete as quickly a possible.

Prescription for Success

The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont design team modified a cab model from SnapCab’s catalog, reviewed samples and presentation boards, and they were in business. It was that fast, and that easy. Their selected model featured Corning® Gorilla® Glass, which could meet every single one of their needs.

  • Easy to Keep Clean. Gorilla Glass is easy to clean and maintain and is non-microbial. The nonporous panels require just routine cleaning to oust germs from elevators.
  • Durable. Ultra-durable Gorilla Glass is used on over 4.5 billion devices, so it’s designed to put up with a ton of wear and tear. In the unlikely event that damage occurs, it’s easy and affordable to replace it.
  • Colorful. Another critical feature of this glass is that it is clear and pristine. It doesn’t have the green or blue tint that many glasses have, so color can be reproduced accurately. Given paint samples, we simply custom matched the colors on the glass panels – and through the Gorilla Glass, they remain an exact match.
  • Operational ASAP. After the design pros specified their interiors, installation was fast. Certified installers worked during the day, and a flooring contractor came in at night. The elevators were down for only a minimal time, so the hospital staff could work business as usual.

Prognosis: Gorilla Glass is a Cure With Incredible Potential

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont was so excited about the quality and possibilities of Gorilla Glass that they are considering using it in areas outside the elevators. Their lobbies, for instance, could benefit from the same durable, clean, and customizable surfaces. The hospital leadership team also plan to renovate the elevators in their medical office building, relying on the same quality and convenience they experienced with this project.

Every decision that the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont team made was for their patients. They are deeply committed to providing the healthiest environment and most positive experience for children and their families. Their colorful, durable elevators play a crucial role in the hospital’s ability to function and to save lives.

Corning and the Elevator Industry: Innovation and Collaboration

Innovation doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it needs air – collaboration, new perspectives, fresh ideas – to grow and thrive. Corning Incorporated embodies this belief; they have not only revolutionized entire industries, they’ve created them. From developing the first light bulb to supplying NASA with shuttle windows, Corning reinvents and evolves – relentlessly. And now they’ve set their sights on the elevator industry.

Gorilla Glass: Coming to an Elevator Near You

In February 2014, Corning® announced a new agreement: Corning’s ground-breaking Gorilla® Glass would be used in select elevator interior systems. Haven’t heard of Gorilla Glass? Look at your phone or tablet. Chances are it’s protected by this thin, lightweight glass.

Corning® Gorilla® Glass is used on more than 3 billion devices and 40 major brands.

Gorilla Glass in Elevators

So – what does this have to do with elevators? A lot. Corning extended the many benefits of this glass from the world of consumer electronics to the world of elevators. Gorilla Glass offers the following attributes:

  • Light weight. Gorilla Glass is designed to be incredibly light. Since weight is a significant concern when renovating elevator interiors, this glass is a perfect fit. It can help architects and customers achieve the look they want (e.g. stone or wood) without the weight.
  • Durability.Gorilla Glass is made to be tough enough to withstand every day wear and tear. When used on elevator interiors, it provides a scratch resistant covering that draws to the surface the beauty and elegance of the materials beneath it.
  • Versatility. Gorilla Glass allows for “true color” – whites are white, colors are accurate and vibrant. This extends the design options exponentially to include panels that look like wood or stone, or which contain a variety of graphic options. (And if a panel is damaged, it can simply be reprinted and replaced, saving customers time and money).
  • Ease and convenience. Panels made with Gorilla Glass are easy to clean and maintain.

Working with Corning

Corning is always searching for ways to innovate and expand their capabilities. When seeking out elevator companies with which they could pursue new market opportunities, they looked for companies that had modular systems, high quality standards, and with which it would be easy to work.

Though Corning typically collaborates with bigger companies, here, they needed speed, agility, and flexibility. They found it in select manufacturers who create innovative – and simple – modular systems and adhere to Lean Manufacturing practices (which are designed to improve quality while reducing time and cost).

Corning holds itself to rigorous standards; they need collaborators who can maintain the quality for which Gorilla Glass is renowned. And they need elevator interior companies that can deliver – on time, on budget, all the time. In return, these interior companies are able to offer an exclusive, world class material to their customers.

Through these strategic collaborations, Corning brings its long history of innovation and exceptional results to elevator interiors. Corning® Gorilla® Glass offers unmatched quality, optimal aesthetics, and greater design freedom and choice – a true win for customers and every person who uses their elevators.

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A Guide to Corning® Gorilla® Glass for Elevator Interiors

Corning® Gorilla® Glass, engineered to be thin, lightweight, and extremely damage-resistant, is used on 40 major brands on more than 3 billion devices. This incredible technology that has revolutionized the user experience for many of the devices we rely on today is also an essential part of the latest leading edge developments in elevator interiors.

Not Just For Smartphones: A Functional and Beautiful Addition to Interior Architecture

The same qualities that make Gorilla Glass the go-to for consumer electronics manufacturers make it an ideal material for today’s architects.

Gorilla Glass can be used in wall systems, lighting panels, elevator cabs, and even in building facades and hurricane windows. While tremendously strong, it can also bend, which enables its use as a laminate that can fit specified curved shapes.

Gorilla Glass is optically clear so won’t distort the architects’ and designers’ visions. As a result, your whites are pristine, your colors are vibrant, and images pop. Unlike soda-lime glass (used for everything from windows to food containers), which has a greenish tint, Gorilla Glass allows for “true” color.

But that’s just the beginning. Imagine this capability throughout a building. Corning already has.

Using Gorilla Glass to Capitalize On a Captive Audience: Elevator Users

What do you do in an elevator? Make small talk? Stare at the ceiling? Or enjoy the ride? Corning business director Henry Dunnenberger says, “Business owners understand that even though the elevator is the smallest room in the building, for a few minutes, they have a captive audience and must make a good impression.”

To help them do just that, Corning collaborates with select customers, including SnapCab, to bring Gorilla Glass into elevator interiors. This collaboration enables designers, architects, elevator maintenance companies, and building owners to leverage the unique properties of the world’s toughest glass and the ease and convenience of SnapCab’s patented modular systems.

SnapCab and Corning: Bringing Innovation to Elevators

Benefits of the strategic collaboration between SnapCab and Corning include:

  • Exceptional durability. Corning® Gorilla® Glass is resistant to damage and scratches, which is an important consideration with high-traffic elevators and those used for deliveries.
  • Aesthetics. We can laminate the thin, lightweight glass onto plastics or decorative substrates. This creates virtually endless style, color, and printing options. The ability to produce “true whites” and pristine colors enhances the aesthetic value.
  • Lightweight. Thin panels comply with applicable weight restrictions, a critical factor in elevator interiors. Manufacturers reduce cab weight and still achieve the look and feel of heavier materials, such as stone – or even standard glass. Traditional architectural glass weighs in at 2.875 pounds per square foot. Corning® Gorilla® Glass is 3.8 times lighter at just 0.750 pounds per square foot.
  • Fire code compliant. Gorilla Glass integrated into SnapCab panels can be fire-rated and have undergone rigorous ANSI Z97.1 and E84 testing in their end-use configurations.
  • Ease and convenience. These interiors require very little maintenance and are easy to clean. Traditionally, if a panel is damaged, owners would have to remodel the entire interior. With Gorilla Glass, they can simply reprint and replace the panel. This, in addition to the speed of initial installation, saves time and money.
  • Future technology integration. As Gorilla Glass moves into the elevator industry, it opens the door to exciting possibilities. Imagine an interactive display to engage end-users, a touchscreen control panel, or antimicrobial glass to help protect the glass surface from microbes.

Corning® Gorilla® Glass utterly transformed the consumer electronics industry. But their incredible innovation has the potential to revolutionize architecture as well – starting with the heart of the building: the elevator. Together, SnapCab and Corning are innovating new ways to deliver the durability, style, value, and versatility of their product to change not just the way people use elevators, but the way they experience entire buildings.

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Gorilla Glass: Design Options

What do smartphones and elevator interiors have in common? The available materials and technologies restrict design freedom and control. But the status quo is changing. Enter, Corning® Gorilla® Glass. First, it revolutionized the mobile phone industry, offering a universe of possibility with its durability and toughness. Now Corning, the creator behind this incredibly versatile, but exclusive product, is expanding its renowned innovation and flexibility to architecture, ensuring elevator interiors become one of the most integral, exciting components of any project. So, as a designer, what do the advances in Gorilla Glass mean to you?

In A Word: Freedom. Total Design Freedom.

There’s a reason most elevators tend to look the same – give or take some wear and tear. Architects and designers had limited options: metal, wood veneer or plastic laminate, available in their choice of boring, tepid, and institutional motifs. You made the best of what you had. Hence, elevator interior design tends to be an overlooked field for most architects and designers, which is a shame, considering how many passengers view the inside of the elevator. But no more.

Gorilla Glass removes the constraints: now you can design elevators based on your ideas, not on limited options.

Gorilla Glass is engineered to be thin, lightweight and durable. Ultra-thin and tough, its properties allow for increased design potential. Suddenly, these previously unconsidered spaces are open to a world of opportunities to make your mark and leave a personal, creative touch: your place to stand out where other designers still haven’t caught on.

Unlimited Possibilities Courtesy of Printing

What goes under the Gorilla Glass? Images, solid colors, patterns, and logos can be printed and adhered to the back of the glass. Instead of relying on stock panels, you can bring your exact vision to life – and know that it will be protected and that the color and clarity will be unbeatable.

An office building, for instance, could have a beautiful image of nature printed behind the Corning® Gorilla® Glass in their elevators. This creates a unique and stimulating experience for users – a value-add that you can offer each of your clients.

Additionally, Gorilla Glass makes it possible to achieve the look of wood or stone, without the added weight, compliance issues, or hassle. Want a granite accent panel in your elevator? Real granite can be scratched or cracked – and can be difficult to match and replace if a panel gets damaged. A granite print beneath Gorilla Glass provides the same exquisite aesthetic, with less weight and thickness, while providing easy replacement.

True Colors: The Perfect Shade For Your Vision

Back painting is another method that allows you to achieve exactly what you envision. In the past, you may have been limited in your color choices – or worse, seen how the final product’s shade was off from your vision. With Gorilla Glass, the color you want is on the glass. This negates pixilation, which could occur if the solid color were printed, and it allows for more accurate color matches.

Unlike soda lime, which has a greenish tint that can distort your color, Gorilla Glass is pristine and crystal clear. This ensures that colors are true and vibrant – even if you opt for pure white tones, which are the hardest to achieve with conventional glass.

Before Corning® Gorilla® Glass, you probably felt the limitations of the 20 or so colors in which vinyl interlayers were available. Taupes became beige. Ivories became cream. Small changes that had a big impact on your vision. Now you can specify any Pantone color and request custom samples for your project.

A High-End Finish Atop Other Materials

Using Gorilla Glass does not negate your ability to use other materials – in fact, it enhances it. For instance, you can use stainless steel behind the glass to give your interior a sleek, contemporary feel. At the same time, you give it the incredible durability of glass, and drastically reduce the risk of dents and scratches, and ensure it’s easily maintained – all of which appeals to your clients.

Another option that both you and your clients will appreciate is Gorilla Glass is available with an anti-glare surface. This is the same feature that eliminates the glare on your laptop; in an elevator interior, it provides an elegant matte finish which also minimizes the appearance of fingerprints. It’s a subtlety that’s easy on the eyes and keeps your design looking fresh and clean even years down the road.

No longer do designers and architects have to sacrifice the integrity of their designs simply because materials can’t keep up. Through Corning’s innovative Gorilla Glass, you finally have a blank canvas to fill with…almost anything you can imagine. Which means your elevator interiors can finally get the design attention they deserve to capitalize on the attentions of all those people who will ride inside them, day-in, day-out. Free of constraints, what will you create?

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