Barrel Vault Skylight – Childrens Learning Adventure – Thornton, CO

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Construction of the new Children’s Learning Adventure in Thornton, Colorado, located in the NE Denver Metro area, is progressing on schedule. The skylight installation will be essentially identical to the Parker, CO project.

The low-rise barrel vault skylight installation is scheduled to begin the week of August 24. The contractor is in the process of finishing the roof construction and the curbs.

Barrel vault skylights are a great skylight because of the natural design of the arch.  Arches support weight without having large structural members. Therefore, the cost is low for this design and the performance is high. Water and snow easily flow off the glazing and away from the skylight without the clogging from debris, etc.

  • We installed three (3) CPI Daylighting curb mount barrel vault skylights.
  • The contractor supplied site built engineered lumber curbs designed to resist the loads and thrusts imposed by the skylights.
  • The short amount of time it took for our crew to install these Direct2Fab will surprised the contractor. We love to keep our contractors either on or ahead of schedule.

Product Used:

  • (1) 8′ x 11′ CPI Daylighting curb mount barrel vault skylight
    (2) 11′ x 31′ CPI Daylighting curb mount barrel vault skylight
  • Glazing to be 2.75″ Quadwall nano-celled polycarbonate panels specially formulated to suit the demanding performance requirements for panel thicknesses, fire performance and co-extruded UV protection.
  • Direct2Fab (formerly Fastrak) is a fast delivery program for custom sized skylights from CPI Daylighting. Each D2F project moves directly from order entry to the fabrication floor— eliminating weeks of engineering and submittal time.


  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • The owners will love the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Increase the facility’s property value.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  • No required maintenance or re-coating costs—individual exterior panels  are easily replaced.
  • In work environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase productivity.
  • In retail environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase sales by as much as 40%.
  • In classroom environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase students performance.

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