Project Focus: World Financial Center

This week for our Project in Focus, we take a look at the recent work W&W Glass completed at the World Financial Center at Brookfield Place in New York City! This large retail center and office complex is home to many shops, restaurants, and various amenities that overlook the Hudson River. W&W Glass was honored to have worked on multiple glass facades on the project including the Marina and Vesey Street Walls at Brookfield Place,  the 250 Vesey Street Lobby, and the 225 Liberty Street Lobby.

 

 
 

The entrances to World Financial Center at Brookfield Place needed to be revitalized to match the level of style and class that the new high-end retail shops and boutiques within exemplify. The owner Brookfield was also looking for a mechanically retained system that could withstand very high loads that was different from traditional bolted/point supported glass facade solutions.

 

With these requirements in mind, we knew that we were going to have to develop a bespoke solution to meet these specific requirements. That’s why we enlisted the assistance of  Pilkington and Sedak, two expert companies in structural glass enclosure design and fabrication.

 

Pilkington was selected for their ability to provide low-iron, super neutral low-e, tempered insulating glass units with superior optics and flatness along with a high degree of expertise and technology to support the custom design parameters. Sedak was chosen due to their ability to produce high quality oversized, triple laminated glass fins that were in some areas over twenty feet tall before requiring a splice! These fins also had extremely tight tolerances and precision polished edgework.

 
 
 

Through the culmination of our efforts, our team developed a unique glass fin system that utilizes oversized, ultra-clear glass fins from Sedak and ultra-clear face glass from Pilkington in concert with shallow stainless steel clad horizontal members for the facades at Vesey Street and the Marina at Brookfield Place. At first glance from the exterior, these entrances look similar to a structurally-glazed high span, stick-built curtain wall that aptly frames the grand atriums behind them. However, after closer inspection, the crystal clear interior glass mullions and minimal amount of hardware reveal a much different system.


This new system allows a striking, unimpeded view of the marina right outside the wall. From the ground floor to the second floor, the stainless steel clad horizontal mullions and low-iron glass fins virtually fade away at each glass joint, while letting in a generous amount of light and offer a dramatic view of the harbor and financial district, respectively.

 
 

 
 
The lobby entrances at 250 Vesey Street and 225 Liberty Street needed a different approach. We used custom stick-built systems that utilized stainless steel clad horizontal steel mullions, in keeping with the previous style, but installed vertical stainless steel clad tubes for the back-up structure in lieu of glass fins. The wide, curved nature of the lobbies are accentuated with a “saw-tooth” wall for 250 Vesey Street and a “segmented” wall for 225 Liberty Street . The end result are two facades that look sharp and open, giving the lobby the volume of space and adequate lighting that befits Class A downtown office buildings.   
 
  
 
Whether it’s relying on tried and true methods rooted in decades of experience, or finding custom solutions to unique facade enclosure applications through expert engineering, W&W Glass will find the perfect design for each and every project. Our work on the various glass facades for the World Financial Center at Brookfield Place is a great example of this collaboration. If you think one of your current projects could benefit from the experience W&W Glass brings to the table, feel free to contact us and we will help you get started!
 
World Financial Center at Brookfield Place - 225 Liberty Street - Photo 1
 
W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

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