Turtle Creek Office Building – Perot Family Offices

Turtle Creek Office Building – Perot Family Offices

Turtle Creek Features Sleek, Transparent Cable Tension Walls

 

The importance of planning and design cannot be over emphasized when constructing a massive office campus– even in Texas. The design of the new corporate campus for the Perot Companies, which manages the prominent Texas family’s various businesses, focuses on community and collaboration at an important urban site. Ultimately, the new campus is designed to address not only changing forces in the climate and site, but also changing forces in the industry. The project consists of two three-story buildings totaling 200,000 square feet over structured below-grade parking that can accommodate 430 cars. Rising nearly 60 feet, the concrete-frame building is organized into two 100-foot-wide office wings, with a central connector space that affords direct access to the adjacent landscape. The structure is clad with glass and limestone, inspired by the water and exposed rock of the creek bed that runs along the site.

 

Located on busy Turtle Creek Boulevard just north of downtown Dallas, the three-story project is on a property that had long been eyed by developers for high-rise development. Turtle Creek is a top-tier creekside, infill development location with a rare six acres zoned for 1.5 million square feet of residential, hotel, or Class “A” office use. Its central position includes good transit options and offers employees shorter commute times than the company’s current locations. The six-acre parcel is encircled by Turtle Creek and the popular Katy Trail, a multiple-user recreation greenway that connects the Turtle Creek residential and commercial neighborhood to the larger Dallas community and downtown.

 


Developers Hillwood and the Perot Families selected Mithun, a Seattle and San ­Francisco–based deep-green integrated architectural firm, to design the new campus, along with Dallas-based BOKA Powell, architect of record, and Dallas and London-based Balfour Beatty Construction to build the project. The new Perot headquarters is specifically-designed to enhance collaboration and communication. Essential to that idea is the three-story, glass-enclosed, 5,500-square-foot central space, providing an inviting, open connection between the two office wings. Other high-performance building and site strategies include daylight harvesting through a high-performance curtain wall glazing system, use of eco-friendly materials, and preservation of a significant amount of existing foliage.

 


The team entrusted the experts at W&W Glass for the design and engineering of two large Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass cable tension walls installed by Oak Cliff Mirror and Glass. The key to the stability and aesthetics were massive vertical walls at the main lobby and the atrium stair area. Systems like this require a very strong perimeter boundary structure of steel or concrete to resolve the tension forces imposed on it. With cables directly behind the joints of the glass, ultimate transparency is achieved as compared to other structural glass systems requiring deep steel or glass members for support. The face glass used on Turtle Creek was a clear low-e-coated insulating glass with HP 69/37 coating on the number two surface to meet the values for the mechanical systems performance. The units were fastened with Pilkington Planar™ 905 series flush, countersunk stainless steel fittings and customized clamped “longhorn” rods to vertical stainless steel tension cables. These areas provide large open spaces and give unobstructed views of the creekside park, the Oak Lawn neighborhood, and Uptown Dallas’ growing skyline.

 


Like many urban centers, Dallas experiences the effects of climate change, with recent record rains and storms having a significant impact on low-lying site parcels. With the surging waters of Turtle Creek adjacent to the site, the project team created building and landscape elements that respond to this threat. The development and the design teams worked with site hydrology experts to finesse needed building and site elements to minimize creek flow obstructions during storms, and the landscape creates large infiltration and open areas to help deal with stormwater surges. The building itself is carefully situated to accommodate 500-year storm events.

 


As is the case with many new corporate buildings, key executive offices are integrated into the office space instead of being located in a commanding top-floor penthouse, making leadership more accessible and directly connected with the rest of the team. The need and desired outcome was to bring together the 250 staff members from Hillwood’s offices in the Victory Park and Uptown areas near downtown Dallas and Perot Group’s suburban location in Plano. It appears the project was quite successful in this feat and was even named in Interior Design magazine as “Best of Year” Finalist for 2017.

 

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 Glass is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area. W&W Glass is located at 302 Airport Executive Park, Nanuet, NY 10954-5285

 

1812 North Moore Elevates the Market in Arlington

1812 North Moore Elevates the Market in Arlington with Spectacular Entrances

 

In the world of real estate, everyone knows location is everything. Located at the center of the Orange/Silver/Blue Metro lines, four bridges to Washington D.C., and five highways between Virginia and Maryland, 1812 North Moore Street in Arlington, Virginia is also just minutes away from Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), the Union Station transit hub, and an easy walk/bike/paddle from all over the DC Metro area and surrounding suburbs. This new thirty-story skyscraper with a height of 385 feet is currently the tallest building in the Washington Metropolitan Region, offering many unobstructed views into Georgetown, the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, the National Mall, and the Potomac River basin. The 580,000 square foot office building is partially constructed over an existing electrical substation, with a “thru-block” lobby hemmed in by the power substation and metro station. For busy commuters, this is an ideal situation.

 

 

The building was originally proposed in 2005 with 39 floors and a height of 484 feet and a tapering design resembling Pelli’s Atago Green Hills Mori Tower in Tokyo. The design was eventually shortened and simplified to its current design, which takes cues from the pyramid at the top of 3100 Clarendon Blvd in the nearby Clarendon neighborhood. Architect Davis Carter Scott, Ltd. (DCS) was selected for the design of the 1812 North Moore project. It is a major component of Arlington County’s redevelopment of the Rosslyn neighborhood. 1812 North Moore provides a dramatic statement to the city skyline and revitalizes pedestrian traffic. The building has already attracted and some attention when Gerber and it’s parent company Nestlé relocated their headquarters there. (Not to mention the attention it attracted originally being designed to be taller than the Washington Monument and near the flight paths of the two major airports!)

 


The building’s skin strategically utilizes varying combinations of reflectivity, transparency, and ceramic frit to provide maximum thermal performance, to enhance the sense of tower height and slenderness, and to minimize the visual impact of tenant build-out when viewed from the outside. The project was designed to earn the LEED™ Platinum Certification and is now among the largest LEED Platinum office buildings in the country.

 

Arlington County
Photo: 1812 North Moore

 


Due to the intricate glass work needed and the developer Monday Properties’ desire to make a grand entrance, the project had required a highly skilled team in W&W Glass to help the architect achieve their design aspirations. Installer Tidewater Glazing worked with experts at W&W Glass to take on the high-span, multi-story Pilkington Planar™ structural glass entrances. The design resulted in two vertical walls (54 foot and 36 foot tall) made of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulating face glass units coasted with HP 50/27 low-e on the #2 surface and two entire glass vestibules made of Optiwhite low-iron SentryGlas® laminated glass. For better insulating performance, the exterior units also included Argon fill in the cavity and stainless steel spacers. For this project, a stainless steel bar structure turned out to be the most suitable material to support the structurally-glazed facades. The strength and stiffness of steel is such that supporting elements are of smaller section and depth then could be used when braced with lateral struts or “kickers”.  Thus this created a less obtrusive visual look than would be the case with other commonly-used materials such as aluminum that would need larger attachments at multiple levels, greater vertical box depths, and horizontal mullions in addition to the verticals to support the glass. Glass fins too would have required a greater depth, encroaching into the lobby much further. 

 

 

In many situations, suspended structural glass wall systems will need separation from the base-loaded door portal areas, which was the case on this project. This separation is often created using stainless steel-clad structural steel tube framing. At 1812 North Moore, the transparent interior vestibule was created with a combination of two separate portal frames and laminated glass beams spanning in between thereby adding structure to support roof glass. The face glass for the cantilevered side walls and additional interior vertical support fins are Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron monolithic tempered glass. The exterior roof and fascia glass is comprised of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulating SentryGlas® laminated glass units with HP 50/27 low-e on surface #2 and also uses Argon fill and stainless steel spacers like the rest of the exterior wall. For the interior overhead laminated fins (supporting the interior vestibule roof) and the interior roof fascia glass, Optiwhite low-iron SentryGlas® laminated glass was used. All main exterior walls were mounted with standard Pilkington Planar™ 905 series fittings to custom 304 stainless steel vertical bar plate beams (braced with horizontal struts) supplied by W&W Glass. The vestibules, however, were complex with multiple angles achieved by using custom formed stainless steel spring plates and Pilkington Planar™ 902 series fittings.

 

 

In addition to the environmental benefits from the building’s sustainable construction as echoed by it’s LEED rating, the project also provided an additional benefit to the community & surrounding streetscapes through improvements to the Rosslyn Metro Station.

 

For more information on all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass professionals, go to www.wwglass.com and look under the portfolio section.

 

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.

 

Exelon Headquarters – Creating an Iconic Entrance at the Inner Harbor

Exelon Creates an Iconic Entrance at the Inner Harbor

 

Everyone has heard the saying “Actions speak louder than words.” This is certainly echoed in Exelon’s commitment to the city of Baltimore, Maryland. One of last undeveloped parcels on Baltimore’s waterfront at Harbor Point is now the site of Exelon Corporation’s new 473,000-square-foot, 21-story headquarters, housing the firm’s wholesale, retail, and renewable energy operations and its Baltimore-based administrative offices. Exelon’s commitment marked the city’s largest construction project in more than a decade, revitalizing a long-dormant portion of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Within the Exelon building is a mixed-use component with apartments located at 1305 Dock Street and podium retail area at the base as well. The company was eager for its new headquarters space to reflect Baltimore and its people, as well as to support Exelon’s culture of encouraging innovation and acknowledgement of the power of ideas. Beyond Exelon’s role as a large employer and economic driver, Exelon also takes its responsibilities seriously to promote economic development and business growth, and improve the city for its residents. Housing approximately 1,500 employees, the new headquarters is a forward-looking showcase of technology and sustainability.

 


The organization wanted to make a statement with the $160 Million structure as the aesthetic reflects the harbor and local community, with Maryland-based furnishings to local art. Generous amounts of reclaimed wood reference the harbor’s docks and walkways; timbers from 70 abandoned Baltimore row houses create a striking focal point as columns in the 600-seat central trading floor. The work of 11 artists based is based on themes of innovation, progress, collaboration, sustainability, and energy are displayed throughout the building.


Collaboration was needed to get the project rolling for the campus as the tower was designed by the architecture team of BHC Architects working directly with construction manager Armada Hoffler Construction to make the owner Beatty Development’s dream a reality. With the Inner Harbor as the setting, the direction called for extensive natural light and dramatic views to the exterior so it’s no surprise that the facade predominantly featured a lot of glass inside and out. Curtain wall installer Pioneer Cladding and Glazing Systems was awarded the task of skinning the complete building. However, when it came to creating the stunning transparent glass fin wall entrance they partnered with Pilkington Planar™ structural glass experts at W&W Glass, LLC. W&W also had worked extensively in the pre-bid process with BHC to provide a buildable and biddable design as they do on many projects. The ultra-clear entryway cube was composed of an interior and exterior vertical glass wall with returns on either side. The exterior and interior face glass was made of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron SentryGlas® laminated glass with “K” low-e on the #4 surface. The two interior soffit glass areas on the left and right side of the cube also called for Optiwhite low-Iron SGP laminated glass while the all of the vertical glass fin elements are Optiwhite low-iron monolithic tempered glass. All of the glass panels are secured to the support fins (both steel gusset tabs and glass) by Pilkington Planar™ 905 series flush, countersunk stainless steel fitting hardware.

 

 

Exelon’s state-of-the-art, trading floor—one of the largest in the U.S.— achieved LEED CI (Commercial Interior) Certificaiton. The interiors walls are modular and designed to capitalize on either harbor views or the revitalized Harbor East neighborhood, underscoring the company’s connection to the community. The building is the largest LEED Platinum certified project in the mid-Atlantic region and fourth-largest LEED ID+C (Interior Design + Construction) Platinum certified project in the United States.


W&W Glass is an expert in developing custom solutions for corporate headquarters, high-end commercial lobbies, college and univeristy facilities, and transportation structures.  You can see our entire portfolio by going to http://www.wwglass.com/portfolio/

 

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.

 

Alexandria Renew – Keeping It Clean and Transparent

Clean and Transparent

Ensuring the Washington Beltway has an adequate supply of clean and usable water, not to mention taking sewage away in a safe manner, takes a lot of innovation and manpower. Alexandria Renew (AlexRenew) supervises all the sanitation issues for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding areas. To have a centrally-located headquarters for the company required some ingenuity without sacrificing efficiency or style. The headquarters is a major development initiated by Alexandria Renew Enterprises, formerly known as the Alexandria Sanitation Authority. This project is a 6-story, 60,000 square foot office building that serves as the new hub for the sanitation authority. The project involved construction of an innovative and new Nutrient Management Facility and related buildings on the west side of the existing Alexandria Renew campus. The new building houses the organization’s employees and allows the company to better manage the biological treatment process that removes nitrogen from wastewater. Large concrete holding tanks, a pump station, electrical facilities and an odor control system works in tandem to produce water that meets all environmental standards and helps in the effort to clean and renew the Chesapeake Bay. Just like the work the company does, the building is a combination of science and innovation.

 


Designed by Rust-Orling Architecture, this sustainably-designed building offers office, training, and meeting space for AlexRenew. It also serves as a community resource to educate the public about the environment, sustainability, and clean water, offering educational displays and tours to local school and community groups. Adjacent to the Center is Alexandria’s advanced water resource recovery facility, a public utility that makes dirty water clean and usable again.


All jokes aside, sanitation is a dirty business and a safe environment is a primary goal. The team from Rust-Orling selected structural glass specialists W&W Glass to assist in the design and engineering of the exterior lobby enclosure. With their detail and product assistance, in combination with installers from Innovo Construction, Inc. , they came up with solutions that were efficient while provide a striking appearance and stylish entrance that allows maximum natural light and energy efficiency.

 


For the massive, multi-story lobby and atrium spaces, W&W Glass supplied a Pilkington Planar™ system with face glass comprised of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron, low-e silk-screened insulating glass units with HP 73/42 low-e on the #2 surface. The full surface frit silk-screen on the insulating glass has a 20 percent coverage white dot pattern on the #3 surface to help with shading and glare control. The vertical walls are just the beginning as they support an insulated glass roof return at the top made with low-iron, low-e coated SentryGlas® interlayer laminated glass and utilize the same  HP 73/42 low-e on the #2 surface and dot silk-screen pattern on the #3 surface. The vertical glass fins supporting the facades and roof are made from 3/4″ Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron monolithic tempered glass.


Upon entering, you notice an upscale interior all glass vestibule constructed with a low-iron SentryGlas® interlayer laminated glass. The main facade transitions at the top to a point-supported laminated glass railing made from a similar laminated glass composition. The railing is mounted to a stainless steel blade structure. All components are mounted with countersunk Pilkington Planar™ 905 series fittings except for the unsiliconed railing glass which was capped. 

 

There were some very challenging features that required a high degree of engineering on the point-supported glass areas of this project. The first was the glass fin-supported skylight roof return where the vertical walls return back 2 feet to an area just below an aluminum curtain wall system. There needed to be an additional L-shaped glass fin section connected to the vertical fin in front and turning up behind the aluminum curtain wall to meet the slab in back. Engineers at W&W/Pilkington had to devise a solution to this custom solution, as they do with many projects, since conditions are always changing… even though the main system principals remain the same. The second was the multi-story glass facade with fins clear spanning almost 23 feet to the bottom of third floor where the face glass continues up above for the next 39 feet, but is interrupted at the next three floors by concrete slabs. Each floor has vertical glass fins in fin shoes supporting the face glass thereby loading the system to the base at each level. Live load deflection was a main force that needed to be controlled very tightly, less than 1/4″ at each floor, so that the face glass could move properly with each of the floors.

 

The other area that had to be addressed, as related to the multi-story structural glass wall, was fire-safing the edges of the concrete slabs behind the point-supported glass system. In the event of a fire, the point-supported glass system would not withstand the heat, so it would be assumed to burn away. However, the floor slab conditions must remain fire-rated as prescribed per code for protection of fire spread to other floors. There were special fire-rated slab assemblies that were supplied by Innovo Construction to handle these conditions extending in front of the slab (with an additional 4 inches above and below it). There was a cold smoke seal applied with a continuous backer rod on an angle and continuous fire sealant with bond breaker tape between the backside of the glass and the fire rated assembly near the top of each assembly. These details are always tricky and W&W Glass always recommends that they should be reviewed by a fire code consultant for an engineering judgement and an authority having jurisdiction for approval. They arise more often than you think and engaging the experience of a quality structural glass system designer and fabricator early on in the design process is very helpful for ideas.

 


The structural glass enclosure is not the only hi-tech feature of the building. The main building facade uses a high-performance curtain wall and glazing system, thereby reducing energy consumption for lighting by more than 30 percent. Other unique features include a demand-control ventilation system with magnetic-bearing centrifugal chiller and a heat-recovery chiller-heater used to preheat domestic hot water. The building also includes solar panels, a living wall, and a reclaimed water system, which is located between AlexRenew’s treatment tanks and planned residential and commercial areas. An educational lobby within the building features exhibits promoting water stewardship and awareness of water resource recovery. Reclaimed water is used to irrigate the surrounding landscape. In addition, the building provides meeting space for local nonprofits, and the ultimate partnered design connects to a neighborhood bike and pedestrian path. The most innovative aspect of the design is that all major treatment facilities, as well as structured parking, is hidden under a major recreation and park area that is set to transform the surrounding community. AlexRenew is certainly a welcomed addition to a growing DC area.


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.

Row NYC Structural Glass Retail Podium

Tradition Reimagined at the Base of the Row NYC

 

Some things come full circle… that is exactly what has happened for one hotel in the Theatre District of New York. At 27 stories and 1,331 rooms, Hotel Lincoln was the largest hotel in New York City when it opened on February 13, 1928, one day after the 119th anniversary of the birth of its namesake, Abraham Lincoln. After over 50 years of operation under a few other names and a down turned Manhattan economy in the 1970’s, the hotel had fallen into disrepair. It was closed and sold to the Milstein family for revitalization. It was then renovated and changed to “Milford Plaza” with a catchy marketing campaign aimed at tourism, thereby entering the American psyche with a troupe of twirling bellhops and chambermaids touting the hotel in a host of 1980’s commercials. As we know, however, times and tastes are always changing. To make it in New York City, you must continue to evolve and change. This is exactly what was needed to reinvigorate the landmark hotel to its former glory once again.

 


Rockpoint Group and hotel operator Highgate Holdings purchased the hotel in 2010 for $200 million and began an extensive $140 million renovation. In 2013, the 1,331-room Milford Plaza underwent a complete transformation and rebranding under the leading concept of “graphic New York.” The two-year project transformed all guest rooms and redeveloped the public areas, including the retail spaces, lobby, lounge and rooftop bar, fitness center, and retail areas. The landmark now features a new exterior entrance and marquee, a new lobby with curving wood ceiling canopy, a grand staircase, and a casual bar/lounge. Also as part of the renovation, new features included adding District M restaurant to the lobby, as well as a state-of-the-art Internet lounge. The hotel was briefly renamed The Milford New York Hotel before being renamed in 2014 as Row NYC.

 

The renovated structural glass podium of the Milford Plaza Hotel transformed to Row NYC.


The most noticeable and stunning transformation upon first glance at the hotel is in the redesigned podium and lobby. Gensler was the architect of record for the main renovation and retail spaces, but the lobby itself and interior public spaces were designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates. The project team turned to W&W Glass to help modernize the two-story glassy base of the building for new retailers and restaurants and to brighten up the lobby inside and out with Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass.

 


The W&W Glass team worked with expert fabricators at Pilkington’s facility in St Helens, United Kingdom to supply and install ultra-clear Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulating glass units with “K” Low-e coating on the #3 surface for the exterior vertical walls. The exterior face glass was supported by 3/4″ Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron monolithic fins for even greater transparency. Both elements were connected using standard countersunk Pilkington 905 series fittings. There were even custom signage fittings used to support retail signs directly through the glass facade without notching the glass units.

 


Gabellini Sheppard’s other transformations included honed concrete floors, floating concrete staircase treads lit from below, and columns clad in weathered steel with a natural rust patina. A custom-designed ceiling canopy of wood slats hovers over the entire space, curving upward toward the entrance in a gesture of urban embrace. The Row NYC is still one of New York’s largest hotels, and its spiffy new look and additional hotel perks help differentiate it from the nearby Edison Hotel, which remains rooted in quintessential “old-school” Times Square. Next time your in the Theatre District be sure to check it out as you will be pleasantly surprised.

 


For more information on all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass professionals, check out the portfolio section.


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.

 

Xcel Energy Regional Headquarters Lobby | 1800 Larimer

Xcel Energy Lobby | 1800 Larimer

 

Whether you call it a jigsaw puzzle, modern art, or an unfinished Rubik’s Cube, there is nothing traditional about Xcel Energy’s regional headquarters. This 22-story office tower in downtown Denver at 18th & Larimer Streets was the first high-rise office building to be built in Denver’s Central Business District in more than 25 years. And even though passersby might first notice the odd collage of shapes, colors, and surfaces, the tenants appreciate the high 9’6” ceilings with nearly full height glass and large 24,500 square foot floor plates. This makes for a very attractive draw for Denver businesses.

 

Courtesy of ArchDaily.com

Denver-based RNL architects loaded this modern office building with as much “eye candy” as a Hollywood premier. The building sets back from 18th Street to form a plaza on both 18th and Larimer Streets with landscape elements that flow through the tall, structurally-glazed lobby. RNL tapped W&W Glass to make a breathtaking, ultraclear entrance that lives up to the rest of the building.


The building’s sleek lobby facade consists of transparent, tempered glass fins that support 30-foot tall walls of frameless structural glass. The interior of the lobby is coated in textured tiles creating a space both sparse and warm. W&W Glass professionals selected Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron monolithic glass for the exterior vertical walls.  The monolithic fin glass utilizes the same Optiwhite low-iron glass with Pilkington Planar™ 905 series fittings to support and secure the face glass. The installation of the structural glass lobby (as well as the other curtain wall systems) was done by Harmon, Inc.

 


 

There is a clever little trick at the lobby. In front of the exterior glass walls sit small beds of polished black rocks, each planted with a single pear tree. Then, aligned on the interior side of the glass, are similar beds of rocks and trees. The mirroring blends the seamless transition from inside to outside.

 


 

The building features a large landscaped roof garden that is accessed from the 2nd floor level along with a health club and other amenities. It sits atop the parking garage which accommodates 413 vehicles on both above and below grade levels. The building lobby includes a café with seating area, a major art wall, and a bank with dedicated parking located in the Level 1 garage.

 

It is sited particularly well, on a corner that needed a little lift. A good chunk of architecture at 18th and Larimer streets extends the shape of Denver’s core in just the right way, nudging it north and west, and inspiring more density in a direction where there is space and demand. It’s also a cutting-edge green building design, achieving LEED Platinum. From the space-age flat, white roof, linked to the building by inverted triangles, to the 17,000 square-foot, open-air garden terrace, the building is designed to save, conserve, and recycle.


Most people like to talk about the outside of the building because of its truly unique appearance. The structure — with giant multistory patches of reflective, dark glass applied randomly about its traditional glass and concrete bands — is intentionally jarring. If human beings are pre-programmed to love symmetry and order, then this building’s dedication is to syncopation, via the off-beat mix of styles at its base, body and roof; it can be visually disruptive to many. To this end, it is a building many either love or hate but one thing is certain… it makes a big contribution to marquee architecture in the ever-expanding metropolis of downtown Denver.


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.

Renewing 100 Light Street in Charm City

Glazing For The Future With Respect For the Past

 

It is no secret that there is a architectural renaissance going on in downtown Baltimore. As older iconic buildings change ownership or it becomes necessary to update them due to changing tastes or degradation, the downtown skyline and persona is also changing in the heart of the mid-Atlantic region. One such transformation is 100 Light Street.

 

Courtesy of Design Collective

 

Located adjacent to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the 100 Light Street plaza sits atop an elevated parking garage at the base of the former 40-story Legg Mason building (also known as Transamerica Tower). This building was designed as a classic 1960’s-style modernist office tower, rising 35 stories above a monolithic 1.3 acre granite plinth. The outdated building was 70% vacant, complete with a leaky underground parking garage, and facing new competition from the next generation of Class-A office buildings. To attract more tenants and stay relevant, the building’s owner Lexington MKP Management, L.P. decided to invest $12 million into a renovation to retrofit the existing 1970s “barren” plaza that would reaffirm 100 Light Street as the proud center of downtown Baltimore it once was.  

 


Lexington MKP began the process with bringing on board the designers that would re envision this transformation, Design Collective Architects.  After a thorough analysis, considering the overall significance to the city, the team balanced respect for the existing structure with innovative solutions to transform the existing plaza into an urban respite. The design team took an innovative approach to reposition the building, leverage available resources, and transform the dated plaza and lobby of one of Baltimore’s tallest building into a vibrant urban garden. With sustainability in mind, the team proposed salvaging and reusing oversized granite railings removed from the building facade and re-purposing the granite as raised walls and curbs within the landscape.  

 


Design Collective knew the entrance needed to augment the plaza and set the stage for entering this rejuvenated building. The architect and ownership team enlisted noted local glass installers from Pioneer Cladding and Glazing Systems, in coordination with world-renowned structural glass specialists at W&W Glass, LLC, to help achieve the renovated lobby design. After demolition, the old glass fins from the previous curtain wall system at the base were re-purposed as illuminated glass pylons along the Light Street corridor. The new Pilkington Planar™ glass fin wall systems (surrounding the majority of all four sides of the building) feature expansive, clear insulating glass units on glass fins spanning over 32 feet tall flanking the podium. The surrounding buildings are crisply reflected in the low-e coated glass lites. The facade is very unique, sporting a point-supported all glass canopy on the side facing the renovated plaza. The canopy panels are suspended above the entrances, tied back through the facade with tension cables to tabs connected directly into the splice plates of the glass fins. There is no steel substructure to support the exterior canopy, which is a feat in itself.

 

Courtesy of Design Collective

 

For high energy efficiency, the exterior face glass of the vertical walls are made up of clear insulating glass units with Pilkington K low-e coating on the #3 surface. The highlight of the wall is a slim canopy made of clear SentryGlas® interlayer laminated glass with a full surface translucent simulated acid etch frit on the number #2 surface for shading. The wall and canopy system used standard Pilkington 905 fittings with the exception of portions of the entrance canopy supported by custom stainless steel tension rod hardware and Pilkington 902 series fittings.

 

 

Located on the plaza, perched above the adjacent streetscape, raised planters, specimen quality trees, a pristine lawn panel and a trellis work in harmony to reduce the scale of the plaza, creating an inspiring pedestrian destination.

 

Courtesy of Design Collective


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.

 

Nu Skin® Innovation Center Showcases Beauty Inside and Out

The Beauty of the Nu Skin® Innovation Center

 

When you think of beauty products, Nu Skin almost always comes to mind as a company in the forefront of the industry. Founded more than 30 years ago, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes innovative consumer products, offering a comprehensive line of premium-quality beauty and wellness solutions. The company builds upon its scientific expertise in both skin care and nutrition to continually develop innovative product brands. They wanted their expanded headquarters to reflect the core essence of the business.

 

 

Few places are as breathtaking and scenic as the Wasatch mountains that surround Provo, Utah. These views were certainly not wasted when the facade design took shape at the Nu Skin® Innovation Center expansion. This building brought a majority of Nu Skin’s corporate employees together in a unique campus setting that fosters an innovative work environment and contributed to the revitalization of downtown Provo. The expansion transformed Nu Skin Enterprises’ corporate campus into an awe-inspiring new headquarters that reflects the modern sensibilities of a global company.

 


This new 170,000-sq.-ft facility houses research laboratories, conference spaces, two cafés, a retail storefront, a fitness center, three floors of executive offices and a data center in a series of elegant, light-filled spaces that reflect the inspirational qualities of the Nu Skin brand and its extraordinary line of anti-aging products. Originally the expansion was to be $80 million, but Nu Skin leaders added some amenities taking the cost to just more than $100 million.

 


The Innovation Center is comprised of three primary elements: a three-story building to the north that responds to the scale of Provo’s historic Center Street; a six-story steel-framed building to the south; and a four-story glass atrium linking the new buildings to each other and to the existing Nu Skin office tower. The atrium is the heart of the new campus, acting as a glazed spine and entry hall designed to host thousands of people from around the world and to accommodate multiple activities and events concurrently. Visitors and employees enter the atrium through a transparent, glazed entry way.

 


With all that beauty comes different challenges. Seismic activity is a common occurrence in the area so constructing an iconic building that takes advantage of the views and withstands earthquakes vibrations took customization to a new level. Nu Skin hired architectural firm BCJ (Bohlin Cywinski Jackson), based in Seattle; and Okland Construction, out of Salt Lake City, to design and build the LEED Silver certified structure that uses environmentally friendly building practices.

 


W&W Glass teamed up with local Salt Lake City installers at Steel Encounters, Inc. to engineer a Pilkington Planar™ structural glass system that would be minimal and transparent, yet built to stand up to the rigorous imposed loads. A hybrid tension rod and horizontal steel plate beam system was used for both 47-foot tall vertical structural glass atrium walls. The south wall required exterior horizontal aluminum louver blades shrouded in front of it to help with shading of the occupants during certain times of the day. 

 


Tension rod facades are becoming a very popular solution to make the transparency of glass the stand-out feature, thereby making structural elements less visible from the inside and out. Tension facades use high-tensile cables or stainless steel rods to impose the loads of the facade on the main structure. This decreases the amount of solid structural elements visible to visitors, therefore increasing the transparency of the façade to maximize the majestic views.

 


Many hybrid tension rod facades, like that of Nu Skin, often utilize 1- to 2-inch thick horizontal steel plate beams that vary in depth, to brace the system for wind load behind the horizontal joints. These plate beams are combined with vertical stainless steel sag rods or cables to support the dead load of the glass and pick up some of weight of the beam between attachment points at the building columns. The resulting structure helps to spread out the forces put on the building, while keeping the sightlines very clean and open.

 

 

The design team selected Pilkington Optifloat™ clear tempered outboard glass with Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron inboard glass for the insulating glass units with a Pilkington 70/40 Pro-T low-e on the #2 surface to provide excellent thermal performance and high visible light. The vertical tension rod and plate beam support system was comprised of three-coat epoxy-painted AESS horizontal steel plate beams connected to the building columns to provide lateral bracing, and stainless steel tension rods with custom stainless steel patch fitting clamps to hold the glass in place and transfer dead load to the top of the system. This type of system worked very well to keep the depth of the system more minimal for a larger vertical span while limiting the amount of load imparted on the boundary structure over that of typical cable tension systems. The end result created two striking entrance facades that will exemplify the Nu Skin brand to employees, clients, and visitors alike all while reflecting the scenic, natural beauty of Utah for years to come.


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.

One Post Office Square Lobby Renovation

One Post Office Square Revitalization

Boston is a city of history and heritage. Traditional brick and stone facades may be fine to keep many iconic national landmarks functioning, but in today’s world, continual improvements for more modern buildings is sometimes required due to enhance convenience, aesthetics, and efficiency. A great example of this is One Post Office Square in Boston, MA. Last updated in the 1970s, One Post Office Square lacked the visual presence and amenities at the street level to satisfy the needs of modern Class A office tenants. One Post Office Square is a 40-floor, punched opening-style skyscraper in the Financial District section of Boston, Massachusetts. The skyscraper is Boston’s 11th-tallest building, standing 525 feet (160 m) tall. The building has approximately 766,000 square feet of Class “A” office space. An attached, eight-level parking garage offers 368 parking spaces and direct access to the building’s lobby. It overlooks Post Office Square Park and was originally designed by Jung Brannen Associates.

 

 

Equity Office Properties sought to reposition the building and transform the address into a revitalized commercial property. The design proposed a new and enlarged public lobby with a fresh, open feel. The building boasts spectacular views of the City of Boston including the Boston Harbor to the east and the Charles River to the west.

 

 

A design team led by Boston-based CBT Architects that included structural engineers LeMessurier Consultants, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, worked with Equity Office Properties on a strategy aimed at elevating the properties into positions of greater value in the market. The transformation work was concentrated at the street level because changes there have the ability to dramatically alter the perception of an older property; this lobby was designed to make a big impression with an expansive transparent, glassy entrance.

 

 

A considerable challenge existed at the One Post Office Square lobby in that the Langham Hotel is adjacent to the building and its guests’ 24-hour needs and comfort had to be considered along with the buildings’ tenants. During construction, a wall separating the lobby from the Hotel was erected to greatly reduce dust and noise. Regular communication between the owners and the Hotel kept the team informed of any guest complaints related to the construction. The most disruptive work was scheduled during times when the Hotel was not expecting heavy occupancy.

 

 

Working with Karas & Karas Glass, the W&W Glass team was tasked to engineer an enclosure to extend the lobby to the edge of the actual structure while wrapping it in a three-story Pilkington Planar™ glass wall system therefore enlarging the space by 50%. The installation used Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulating glass units with HP 67/34 on the #2 surface for the vertical side walls to assist with mechanical system loads, while Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron monolithic face glass was used on the main wall with a dramatic fly-by edge picture-framing the sides and top. The glass fins called for 3/4″ low-iron monolithic glass. Traditional Pilkington Planar™ 905 countersunk fittings were used for the majority of the mounting hardware. Since the goal was to both physically and psychologically expand the space, it meant visitors would be surrounded by glass even at the entries. Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron laminated glass formed horizontal transfer beams above all the entrances to transfer the load of the suspended fins above the doors. This required thin stainless steel cable hangers to stabilize and secure the transfer beams coupled with custom, ultra-thin stainless steel plate beam portal frames tucked exquisitely behind the beams. At the top, the roof glass return was made of clear insulating SGP interlayer laminated glass with K Low-e on #3 surface mounted with 905 fittings to the outriggers where the fins were hung from.

 

 

When visitors travel inside the glass enclosure they view a white-on-white palette background designed for the seasonal color tones of the square. The main wall features Italian Statuario marble in a pattern that represents the Apennines Mountains where it was quarried. Soft white Capavola marble flooring and white glass columns with steel accents complete the design.

 



Elevator lobbies were also redesigned with a rich, dark fumed oak with white glass and stainless accent details. The elevator cabs themselves create an ethereal feeling with walls and ceiling made from illuminated glass. Since the lobby transformation, One Post Office Square continues to be a crown jewel within this urban center. 


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.

The Orion – NYC

Towering Excellence Worthy of the Stars

 

Putting its residents close to everything, one of the best known residential skyscrapers in New York, The Orion, is right in between 8th and 9th avenues where restaurants, Times Square, the Theater District, and a myriad of subways and buses are right outside the door. Living up to its iconic name, the Orion is a towering, 60-story, glass residential building in Midtown West that, ever since its completion almost a decade ago, has been the apple of many buyers’ and renters’ eyes. No wonder it was named after one of the most conspicuous constellations in the sky. The Orion was the first modern residential tower to bring sleek and sophisticated living to the west side of Times Square. 

 

 

CetraRuddy, the architect and interior designer, designed this ground-up, massive residential building for Extell Development Company. The 650,000 square-foot tower is one of New York City’s loftiest, notably the sixth tallest residential building at the time of its completion. It’s impressive in stature and its vibrant in color with a brilliant blue and green glass curtain wall that may have even inspired its moniker.  


Located at 350 West 42nd Street, the elegant and sculptural tower contains 550 apartments, most of which feature dramatic 360-degree views of the Hudson River, Central Park, New Jersey, and Manhattan. Resident amenities are centrally located on the 29th and 30th floors and include a luxurious 8,500 square-foot fitness center.

 


The building color pays homage to its historic neighbor to the east, the McGraw-Hill Building. The construction and architectural team wanted a striking look to make the building standout for years to come. They hired W&W Glass to install the impressive unitized curtain wall. The team’s choice was a Sotawall® Hybrid-Wall® System. The distinguishing feature of Sotawall® Hybrid-Wall® is its ability to install between floor slabs like that of a standard window wall, while maintaining the superior performance of a pre-glazed, unitized curtain wall. This allowed the system to be installed with greater adjustment tolerances using field drilled anchors in lieu of embeds in concrete. It also kept the stand-off distance from the building slabs to a minimum with notched out mullions in the spandrel areas.

 

The building includes 20,000 square feet of amenity space which incorporates a breakfast café, indoor swimming pools, as well as screening rooms. The building entrance complements the dramatic exterior with 18-foot lobby ceilings and sophisticated, modern decor featuring rosewood and metal paneling, and a 50-foot long angled wall of variegated Pompeiian stone.

 

 

The luxurious units at The Orion were so coveted when the building was first being sold it set off a pre-sale frenzy. Voted one of the top amenity and service buildings in NYC, The Orion offers a full-time doorman, on-site garage, concierge services and an amazing three-story amenity suite. This high-end tower in the sky certainly offers a five-star experience across the board.  

 

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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