University of California at San Diego Keeps things Cool with Glass Shades

University of California at San Diego Keeps things Cool with Glass Shades

University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Medical Education and Telemedicine Building Keeps Things Cool with Glass Fin Shading Devices

 

Cutting-edge technology is the best way to describe the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building on the campus of the University of California-San Diego based in La Jolla. This picturesque facility is situated at the intersection of two major pedestrian routes as the 88,000 square-foot Medical Education and Telemedicine Building serves as a welcoming gateway and meeting place for the School of Medicine campus. The building incorporates a world class, state-of-the-art medical education center with a wide range of academic and practical medical teaching environments. It is capable of responding to projected growth in enrollment and profound changes in the methodologies of medical education.

 


The goal set forth in constructing the building was to assimilate the technology into the building to replicate the work being done inside. Coming in at a price of $12 million, the building is highly transparent and permeable, with ground floor connections out to the campus in all four directions. At the center, a light filled open-air courtyard is carved out to encourage the medical school community to interact and exchange ideas while enjoying the outdoors. It also works as a pre-function area for the auditorium and is used for daily informal gathering as well as a formal event space. An interconnecting courtyard stair facilitates building access promotes a vibrant sense of community.

 

University leadership hired Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) to lead the architectural design. The plan was designed to maximize controlled day lighting, provide a high degree of transparency, and allow flexible learning spaces. Classrooms and offices are grouped into “learning communities” that promote collaboration between students and faculty. The 359-seat auditorium and large group testing and training rooms are divisible by operable partitions for multiple flexible configurations and diverse learning environments. These double height rooms open to adjacent breakout terraces.

 


A main feature of the building is a cantilevered glass sunscreen on the west elevation  that provides articulation and shading to the main facade. Working with the installer Tower Glass on the vertical glass shades, W&W Glass designers and engineers opted for a Pilkington Planar™ glass fin system to create the screen. Pilkington Optiwhite® low-iron SentryGlas® Interlayer laminated silk-screened fins with custom 40 percent dot prints in two colors (black and graphite) applied to the #2 surface to satisfy the architect’s intent. The fins were connected back to structure with capped Pilkington 902 series fittings to hold all the glass securely in place. On a bright sunny day, these fins help dissipate the heat and solar glare to increase occupant comfort in addition to creating a dramatic look from the inside and outside.

 

 

Sustainable design features on the project include ample daylight, reduced water use, optimized energy performance, and reclaimed and low-emitting materials. Accessed by a sunken light court, the lower level houses the Center for the Future of Surgery, a teaching and research facility for medical students and practicing physicians. In this nationally recognized center, simulated operating rooms, emergency rooms and intensive care units, patient rooms, and labs for high-fidelity medical robots and robotic surgery equipment are organized and fitted out to present a sophisticated, technically advanced environment. Due to all the light, energy saving features and other innovations, the facility easily earned the LEED® Gold Certification. All in all, this facility will serve emerging medical students and faculty for years to come.

 

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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 Mall at Millenia Entrances Entice Shoppers

The Mall at Millenia Entrances Entice Shoppers

 

Many people have heard the old saying, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. When it comes to retail, it’s right on the money. This same adage goes for simple storefronts and larger shopping malls alike. Shoppers these days need to be impressed to want to leave the comfort of their couch, where they have online retailers at their fingertips. A great example of a a mall creating that wow factor is The Mall at Millenia (commonly called The Millenia Mall or Millenia).

 

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Although Orlando is not at a loss for shopping malls, with nearly 7.7 million square feet of total mall space, the area didn’t previously have a truly high-end shopping mall experience before Millenia. This iconic shopping mecca outside of Orlando, Florida fills this gap as it is an upscale, contemporary, indoor shopping mall just off of Interstate 4 (exit 78) at Conroy Road near the northern end of International Drive. Opened in 2002, it has over 150 stores and is anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Neiman Marcus.

 

The Mall is owned by The Forbes Company (in partnership with Taubman Centers, Inc.), which also owns The Gardens Mall (located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) and the larger Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan. The Somerset Collection was used as a model for the Mall at Millenia. Like Somerset, the Mall at Millenia was designed by JPRA Architects and features award-winning lighting by Paul Gregory (Focus Lighting), glass elevators, and fountains. The 1.2 million square foot steel, concrete, water, wood, and stone mall contains some of the best luxury brands in the world. The idea behind the design of the mall was simple: to create a contemporary property that would be a recognizable and classic Central Florida landmark to attract shoppers. The glassy grand entrances entice locals and tourists alike as focal points for their experience.

 

 

Working with the architects at JPRA and glass installer Harmon, Inc., W&W Glass professional designers and engineers provided Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass systems, which are a great solution for malls and other retail centers where owners want to create a highly-transparent entrance, elevator enclosure, atrium, canopy, or skylight.  

 

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For this project, the W&W team provided a clear monolithic 3/4″ tempered glass fin structure that had the ability to reach heights of up to fifty feet, allowing for two truly spectacular entrance lobbies that are awe-inspiring for patrons. The green monolithic tempered face glass panels were connected to the suspended fins with flush, countersunk Pilkington Planar™ 905 series fittings.

 

 

When the mall first opened there was not a lot of businesses in the surrounding area, but that has changed over the last decade. Apartments, condominiums, single family homes, and corporate offices now surround the mall. The mall was a major catalyst for local development and continues to spur on neighborhood growth while keeping pace with the current shopping trends in the market.


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 Twelve Oaks Mall Rejuvenation

The Twelve Oaks Mall Rejuvenation

 

Originally built in 1977, Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan was a showplace for upscale retailers in the Detroit area. But after 30 years of traffic and severe weathering, not to mention the vast changes in shopping and shopper preferences, Twelve Oaks desperately needed a facelift. The renovation was no small undertaking and came at a price. The final tally was $63 million to make the needed expansion and transform the interior and exterior into a modern, welcoming place to spend an afternoon shopping.

 

The goal of the upgrade was to provide new shopping destinations and enhance the existing building to attract customers looking for luxury brands. An overview of the project renovation and expansion included adding 97,000 square feet of leasable space to the existing mall on two levels, a new 167,000 square feet Nordstrom anchor building, and the addition of 60,000 square feet to Macy’s. In addition to the two level expansion, all four main mall entries were renovated along with extensive interior upgrades and major site work.

 

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The architecture of Twelve Oaks Mall is unlike the other local malls. Its interior offers wood railings with steel bars, terrazzo flooring, and sculptures. There are also a number of modern art pieces and trees. The entrances needed to augment the feeling of the interior. The renovations to the mall included adding an elevator, seating areas, new flooring, and much more. The mall’s owner selected noted retail design expert Neumann/Smith & Associates as the architect of record with renowned mall development partner The Taubman Company taking the lead in construction. The Neumann/Smith design was highlighted by redesigning and updating all the entrances and adding a new luxury wing entrance with a grand glass canopy above the valet area. They chose W&W Glass to engineer and supply the structural glass fin wall entrance and canopy system.

 

W&W Glass has had decades of experience with providing a variety of glass entrances like the one on Twelve Oaks mall. The entrance utilizes a Pilkington Planar™ clear monolithic structural glass fin wall system with countersunk 905 series fittings. 

 

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In addition to glass walls, glass canopies are a great way to make any outdoor area or lobby entrance stand out while providing virtually transparent protection from the elements. Structural glass canopies are a versatile application that can use a variety of minimalistic steel backup structures or laminated glass fins (as in the case for this mall entrance) to provide support to overhead or underslung sloped structural glazing. It was the perfect design choice on the front of the Twelve Oaks façade to keep the canopy extremely transparent, while providing shading and protection. Laminated glass fins were used in lieu of adding more large structural steel canopy purlins for support. It helped to create the illusion of the canopy “floating” above the base.

 

 

Prior to Pilkington laminating the glass canopy panels in the fabrication process, they were silk-screened with ceramic frit paint so the patterns would help conceal dirt and bird droppings until cleaning can occur, while allowing for architectural expression and shading of occupants from direct sun. One important consideration for ceramic fritting of canopy glass is the effect of the frit as related to heat buildup in the interlayer. Due to extensive testing and knowledge, the W&W/Pilkington team checked the pattern coverage and color of the frit with the glass substrate to assure there were no issues with discoloration of the interlayer due to extreme heat. Results can be very different, as they depend on: glass tint (color), color of ceramic frit paint, project location (historic maximum temperatures), and angle to the sun. Horizontal ceramic fritted surfaces can get twice as hot as the surrounding temperature due to reflectance or absorption and angle to the sun in different locations.

 

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A unique benefit of the Pilkington Planar™ canopy system is that it requires a very low slope to shed water. A minimum of three degrees of slope is required to eliminate ponding of water in the middle of the laminated glass panels, allowing for very flat canopies. Additionally, Pilkington Planar™ laminated glass is typically bonded with SentryGlas (formerly DuPont SentryGlas Plus) ionoplast interlayer that is warrantied for exposed edge stability (as the interlayer is water-resistant) to provide even more design flexibility for the architect. This project utilized the SentryGlasⓇ interlayer for the canopy and glass purlins. This interlayer is much stiffer than PVB, which allows for the two lites of glass to act as a composite piece of glass, keeping the glass make-ups as thin and economical as possible. The wide range of fully customizable design options available for glass canopy applications combined with the technical know-how of W&W Glass/Pilkington helped create a truly iconic entrance.


Fun Fact: The mall actually sets on a site of an old gravel pit. The development plans began in 1971, and construction began in 1975. The mall was partly built to stop a landfill from being placed in the old gravel pit. 


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.

 

Westfield Valley Fair Mall Renovation and Expansion

A New Look In Silicon Valley

 

If you thought malls were going out of style and virtually on their way out – you might want to think again. Tucked in the middle of campuses for Google, Facebook, and Stanford University is one of the Northern California’s best-known malls. Senior management of Westfield’s Valley Fair Mall says that malls are not going anywhere, but they are evolving.

 

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Announced and begun in 2016, the Westfield Valley Fair Mall mega renovation and expansion is a multi-phased project to grow Silicon Valley’s premier shopping center to a 2.1 million square foot retail landmark. The project will completely renovate the existing 1.5 million square foot center (during operation) while expanding the mall to provide space for 90 new retailers, including a three-story, 150,000 square-foot Bloomingdale’s department store, as well as showrooms to feature the world’s latest luxury fashion brands. The $600 million expansion project includes the construction of new mall entrances, as well as a dining/restaurant area that will connect the interior mall to the outdoor pedestrian promenade and event space. It will also feature a luxury movie theater/entertainment alley, a fitness center with an expansive third-floor outdoor yoga deck, and a six-level, high-tech parking garage.

 

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Glass will play a major part of the new look for this iconic mall. The elegant new design will look contemporary yet timeless, transforming the entire face of the retail mecca. The JPRA Architects design showcases seamless, suspended glass skylights that are designed to flood the center with natural light. The distinctive common areas will showcase sophisticated furniture, providing many welcoming places to relax and enjoy the ultra-comfortable space.

                                                                                                     

Opening in 2019, here’s the company’s vision of what the completed mall will eventually look like.

 

Major renovation is planned on the current skylight areas to replace them with new Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass underslung skylights to let more light in the building. There will also be an addition of a structural glass fin wall entrance on the new ICON movie theater that will replace a previous anchor tenant.

 

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In addition to the renovation, W&W Glass is also supplying Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass systems for the expansion with seven new skylights, two new glass fin wall entrances, and a few other interior structural glass areas of the building. The team worked very closely with JPRA and Westfield on the design details for the systems that they are supplying to Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems (BAGS), Inc. for installation. The renovation is currently underway with the new addition following closely behind.

 

Stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses.

 

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Here are some overall build stats by the numbers.

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See more information and progress on this project from Westfield here.

 

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.

Structural Glazing Highlights the Entrances of Neiman Marcus at Roosevelt Field Mall

Neiman Marcus Takes Fashion to New Heights with Point-Supported Glass Entrances at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, NY

 

To say it was a long time coming would be a classic understatement. World-renowned luxury retailer Neiman Marcus opened up its 42nd store in Long Island after struggling for 16 years to work out the details and location. The new store is in the prestigious Roosevelt Field Mall, which is the tenth largest single retail location in the country.  

 

At one point the Dallas-based retailer was the potential anchor tenant for a plan to build an upscale mall on the 39-acre former Cerro Wire property in Syosset, but pulled out after delays caused by community resistance and environmental concerns. After a nearly two-decade struggle to build the mall, the plan was eventually scrapped by Michigan-based developer Taubman Centers, which sold the land for $230 million to rival Simon in 2014. The Neiman Marcus team eventually decided to build at the current Roosevelt Field Mall, owned by Simon, as an addition to its new luxury wing expansion started in 2014. 

 

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It’s not hard to see why Neiman Marcus thought this new shopping experience was worth the wait. The three-level Roosevelt Field Mall is the largest enclosed mall on Long Island, encompassing 2.2 million square feet with more than 270 stores and is the second largest in the state. Its stores attract an estimated 22 million shopper visits a year. The average household income for Roosevelt Field shoppers is $113,486 annually with a median age of 41.3, according to Simon, which is double the national median household income of $53,046, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These demographics overlay the prime target market for the famous retailer of designer apparel, shoes, handbags, and beauty products. The surrounding area is teeming with wealthy, Long Island suburbanites who might want luxury shopping closer to home.

 

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Neiman Marcus senior management stressed that reinforcing the iconic brand from top to bottom is just as important as providing its trademark excellent customer service. Neiman Marcus’ imagery is dynamic, consistent, and impressive wherever its outlets are found around the world. Since this NM was the anchor store of a brand new wing of the mall, the owners worked with designers at Elkus Manfredi Architects, based in Boston, and the general contractor Aurora Contractors to assure the design produced a “wow” factor with customers as they approached the entrances. To engineer and install this exterior glazing, they enlisted one of the most experienced structural glass system designers and installers in the industry, W&W Glass.

 

Outside the 106,000-square feet of exquisite luxury products, the exterior of the new Neiman Marcus wing is covered with 2,100 shimmering bent painted aluminum panels and a roofline that pays homage to the company’s butterfly wings symbol. Butterflies are often used in all types of Neiman Marcus branding. The entrance glazing, however, steals the show with it’s pristine clear glass fin walls and canopies.

 

To accomplish this modern, stylish effect, W&W Glass professionals used clear Pilkington Planar™ insulating glass units with a 70/40 ProT® low-emissivity coating on the #2 surface for the exterior face glass. The light-catching fin glass is composed of clear monolithic tempered fins mounted on standard Pilkington 905 fittings with caps. The glass canopy is the center of attention, utilizing clear SentryGlas® laminated glass. These façades are not only breathtaking, but also reinforce the overall company branding with a bit of color added to it.

 

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The outside sets the stage for what is inside. The light-filled interior boasts its “only at Neiman Marcus” exclusives across apparel, accessories, and cosmetics and fragrance, plus 32 shops from the likes of Tom Ford and Céline. The work of local artists is also incorporated into the store’s decor.

 

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Modern technology and glass are woven throughout the entire wing, including at its new NM Cafe’® Roosevelt Field that is located directly behind the upper floor of the glassy main entrance. In addition to the mainstay comfort of today’s shoppers having free in-store WiFi, they have also unveiled a novel service concept of an iPhone-equipped sales staff that uses the phones for “clienteling”, i.e. texting a photo of a new item the salesperson thinks might be of interest directly to the customer – (think of it as the modern day version of a “little black book”). This new Neiman Marcus store also has phone charging stations and memory mirrors by MemoMi for added accessibility and service. Such mirrors can capture an image and video of everything a customer tries on so she can see outfits side by side and ask friends off-site for their opinions to get immediate feedback. This new flagship store has really taken service to the next level by design.

 

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 Peace Center for the Performing Arts

A Place For Culture:  Peace Center for the Performing Arts

 

To say The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, located in the center of Greenville, South Carolina, has a variety of uses and attributes would be a classic understatement. Hosting over 300 events a year, The Peace Center has four resident companies: Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Ballet Theatre, South Carolina Children’s Theater, and the International Ballet. It even hosted a debate among Democratic presidential candidates in 2004. The main campus is composed of a concert hall, theater, and amphitheater to house events that range from classical music concerts to Broadway shows to appearances by popular artists, such as David Copperfield. To keep the magic coming, however, a renovation and expansion was needed for this cornerstone of culture to grow and evolve for enhanced programs.

 

The Peace Center for the Performing Arts has been a major catalyst in the revitalization of the city’s once downtrodden downtown area. Built some twenty some years ago, The Peace Center has more than helped shape Greenville into the dynamic business and visitor destination it is today. It continues to serve as a magnate for musicians creating a thriving music scene. From local bands playing in the many bars and eateries, to outdoor concerts along the Reedy River and major touring musicians – all of these entertainers attract more visitors, more infrastructure improvement, and more business development.

 

 

According to the venue website, the venue’s mission is to present the world’s finest performers, provide arts education and outreach, and support local arts organizations to further cultural advancement, arts appreciation, and the economic development of South Carolina. The campus sits on land that once housed a Civil War Confederate wagon manufacturing company, an 1800′s textile mill, and buildings that were formerly the home of the Duke’s mayonnaise company. The Performing Arts Center began its existence twenty years ago on a Main Street corridor with boarded storefronts, a kudzu-laced creek, and a downtown with seemingly little promise. The Center’s initial investment would result in an Arts Center comprised of two significant theater buildings and an adjacent artist and staff support space. Named after the local Peace family who donated $10 million towards its original development, The Peace Center lifted its curtain in 1990. The Peace Center owns and operates three performance venues: the 2,100 seat Peace Concert Hall; the 400-seat Gunter Theatre; and the TD Pavilion with a more than 1,200 seating capacity, including popular open seating along the tiered, seat-walls using blankets or lawn chairs. It’s a facility that both patrons and performers alike love for its ambiance, superior acoustics, and venues. The complex had also set in motion a development renaissance that has seen a lauded, vibrant downtown, and adjacent award-winning urban park, flourish over the last decade. The surrounding urban development and growth was so significant that the facility almost found itself segregated from the very downtown fabric it had inspired to develop.

 

To keep the building as fresh as the events it housed, the organization raised over $21.5 million for renovations to keep it at the forefront of attracting businesses and visitors to downtown. The renovation focus areas include improved circulation and accessibility, improved merchandise and ticket sales support, reconfigured loading and site circulation, and the addition of a new Donor’s Pavilion and public lobby overlooking the river.

 

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The owner’s renovation plans started at the front of this historic venue. They partnered with regional architecture firm Garvin Design along with Harris Wall Systems, Inc. and W&W Glass as part of a “design assist team” to create a breathtaking entrance and enclosures which would set the stage for any performance. A new impressive glass facade and more pedestrian-friendly outdoor plaza created a dynamic, inviting and accessible space for pedestrians, complete with water features and the addition of seating for lunchtime. The concert hall’s lobby doubled in size, and a major facelift was given the TD Stage, the outdoor amphitheater next to the Reedy River.   

 

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This intricate renovation of the Peace Center’s new lobbies and enclosed public spaces featured Pilkington Planar™ point supported structural glass curtain walls. The curtain walls used face glass comprised of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulating glass units with HP 69/37 low-e on the #2 surface for ultimate clarity and crisp reflections of the exterior surroundings. The glass is suspended from laminated tempered glass fins utilizing Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron SentryGlas® interlayer laminated glass with custom translucent simulated acid etch frit, also on the #2 surface. The fritted glass fins bisect the glass joints at the top of the second floor lobby wall by over a foot to give the facade some articulation. All exterior glass panels are anchored in place with Pilkington 905 fittings to transfer loads back to the fins. The high performance, low-e coated insulating glass units and point-supported fittings were manufactured by Pilkington in the United Kingdom as part of the Pilkington Planar™ system.

 

 

In addition to the design of expanded lobbies and a patron lounge with dining capabilities, this urban project involved the complete re-design of the overall campus. The project site resides at the intersection of two primary downtown streets alongside a meandering river with breath-taking views from the new expanded facilities. City leaders described these renovations as a facilitation of a paradigm shift for the twenty-year-old theater campus to ensure the Center’s overall design offering the most extraordinary cultural experience possible for both patrons and visitors alike 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.

Consolidated Forensics Laboratory

Creating a Grand Entrance for the Real CSI Facility

 

Looking more like a major consumer brand’s headquarters than a public facility, the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) in the nation’s capital is a cutting-edge, award winning science facility designed to provide the District of Columbia with critical public safety and health science infrastructure. Co-locating the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), the CFL provides advanced laboratory and work facilities designed for the safety of the analysts and the public.

 

 

The $200 million facility is a state-of-the-art powerhouse, exactly like the work that is performed in the interior. There were many common (and not so common) logistical issues that crews faced to complete this building. Facilities that have a site and program as complex as the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory require a lot of time and effort to evolve. Since the build site is located in Washington, D.C., the site is in a dense urban area with strict zoning and anti-terrorism/force protection requirements. The CFL is adjacent to a major elevated interstate, elevated train line, and two underground subway lines.  

 

While normally these type of federal buildings should not stick out in the crowd and draw attention to its presence, this building uses a modern design by HOK that is more functional than it might appear. Nationally-acclaimed glass specialists from W&W Glass worked with installer TSI Exterior Wall Systems, Inc. to supply the six-story lobby atrium with glass roof returns and canopy over the entrance.

 

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The team’s choice for the free-span structural glass lobby enclosure was a Pilkington Planar™ system with clear silk-screened insulating glass units utilizing HP 73/42 on the #2 Surface and a custom color white frit pattern on the #3 surface. For the roof glass, the solution was clear SGP Interlayer insulating laminated silk-screened glass units with the same coating and pattern. The hardware for the facade was a fairly complex configuration of Pilkington 902 fittings, Nexus-style spider castings, vertical stainless steel tension rods and horizontal stainless steel cable trusses. The result was an energy-efficient building “skin” that used coated glass to reduce heat load on the building. The building also had chilled beam and heat recovery methods (like enthalpy wheels) to effectively and efficiently maintain temperatures. The CFL has recieved a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating, the highest designation.

 

 The lofty atrium lets in a high volume of daylighting, thereby conserving energy that would be otherwise be needed for lighting this large space. A hanging staircase starts at the second floor to safely thwart any would-be assailants from gaining access to the upper parts of the building.

 

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By separating the laboratory and office areas, the building responds to each section’s unique requirements. The labs on the north are compartmentalized while the offices on the south are open. The core elements (shafts, electrical/telecom rooms, stairs, and elevators) are located centrally between the office and lab zone to serve both sides efficiently. The 351,000-square-foot lab required a very complex program including:

 

  •      A Biosafety Level 3 high containment lab
  •      General, isolated, and infectious autopsy suites
  •      Indoor firing range with ammunition storage, firearms reference library, and bullet recovery tank
  •      Drug laboratories and scanning Electron Microscope labs

 

 

Finally, the building has a 30,000-square-foot green roof with vegetation and a hard runoff reclamation cistern that can reclaim two million gallons of rainwater per year. Everything about this building is built with advanced technology that is still aesthetically pleasing. To get an even more personal viewpoint and see more of the building, check out the insider’s tour above from the DC Mayor’s Office YouTube with former CFL Director Mark Houck.

 

For a complete look at the W & W Glass portfolio of work that shows a tremendous range in projects, technology and cutting-edge design, visit our portfolio here.

 

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.

 

Comcast Technology Center – Philly’s Newest Skyscraper Gets a Glassy Entrance

Philadelphia Tower’s “Stairway to Heaven” Starts With A Tall Glassy Base 

 

Like a stairway to the sky, Philadelphia will soon have a new tower hovering over the city, adding new definition to the skyline. The Comcast Technology Center is already planning for early tenants to move in later this year and all the numbers associated with this new skyscraper are as massive as the tower itself. When complete, besides being the tallest building in the city, the 60-story building will top off at 1,121 feet (342 m) and be the ninth-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Located at 1800 Arch street, it is adjacent to the existing 58-story, Robert A.M. Stern-designed Comcast Center, the headquarters of Comcast Corporation.

 

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Photo courtesy of skyrisecities.com

 

Comcast and its partner, developer Liberty Property Trust, hired the world-renowned British architectural firm of Foster + Partners to design a soaring glass tower that would add a signature building to the City of Brotherly Love. Foster created a design intended to signify the city’s emergence as a technology hub while incorporating a factory-style loft feel and intimate decorative details as a nod to the city’s industrial heritage. Some of the details are displayed in the use of punched stainless steel panels along the “urban room,” and a public reception space that links to the subway station beneath. They draw inspiration from the 1930s-vintage Streamliner stainless steel passenger rail cars produced by the former Philadelphia-based Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company. In addition to Comcast and other office tenants, the mixed-use complex will include the 222-room Four Seasons Luxury Hotel on its upper floors. The new iconic structure is linked to public transit and intended to cater to the walkable urban lifestyle that is favored by millennial generation tech talent.

 

Comcast Technology Center photo courtesy of Curbed Philadelphia https://philly.curbed.com/2016/12/19/14008388/comcast-technology-center-interior-photos
Photo courtesy of Curbed Philadelphia https://philly.curbed.com/2016/12/19/14008388/comcast-technology-center-interior-photos

 

Some of the most interesting features of the building are: the soaring structural glass glass lobby façade, featured all glass elevators located at the building corners with extraordinary views of the city, several three-story glass atrium “sky gardens”, and a top floor restaurant that will boast a 360-degree view of the city. W&W Glass, LLC was tasked by the main facade contractor Enclos with making the ground floor grand entrance functional, feasible, and memorable.

 

Everything from the ground up on this project, including the elegant entrance, was designed to be massive, thereby creating a statement. The lobby design called for an ultra-clear, Pilkington Planar™ glass fin wall system that was engineered and installed by W&W’s glazing professionals due to their extensive expertise on projects like this across the country. The 143-foot wide x 58-foot tall wall used high-performance Pilkington 66/33 ProT low-e coated Pilkington Planar™ heavy-duty, low-iron insulating glass units anchored with Pilkington 905 series fittings off of suspended triple-ply SentryGlas® laminated glass fins.

 

Comcast Innovations Center - Photo 1
Photo courtesy of skyrisecities.com

 

Upon completion in 2018, there will be approximately 1.57 million rentable square feet, including 1.33 million rentable square feet of office space, 230,112 square feet of hotel space, and 2,682 rentable square feet of retail space. Eventhough the building is large, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be wasteful in terms of its carbon footprint, however. Foster’s design is aiming to achieve a LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system devised by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Without a doubt, this iconic tower certainly will be a “Comcastic” addition to a rejuvenated city 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.

 

FMC Tower Lobby Sparkles with Structural Glass

Changing Philadelphia’s Skyline in an Unexpected Place

 

For decades, the hub of Philadelphia’s activity and the platform for its “cityscape” and skyline was Center City. The skyline has now changed, and it didn’t come from the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. The long-awaited FMC Tower of Cira Centre South, at 30th and Walnut Streets (2929 Walnut Street), is now complete. The Tower is home to the headquarters of specialty-chemical company FMC Corporation, the anchor tenant.

 

This new tower is one of the tallest buildings in the city, standing at 49 stories and a whopping 730 feet tall, just a few feet shorter than Three Logan Place, formerly known as the Bell Atlantic Tower, at 1717 Arch Street. Developed by Brandywine Realty Trust and designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects with construction administration by local architect BLTa, this mixed-use building is part of a new triad of glass structures in the Cira Centre complex. The lower portion of the building contains retail, office, and amenities spaces, with the global headquarters of the FMC Corporation occupying 11 floors. Touted as Philadelphia’s first “vertical neighborhood” the new FMC Tower in West Philadelphia uses the top 19 floors to house 268 luxury apartments and extended-stay suites, from 1- and 2-bedroom units to penthouses with panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline.

 

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While FMC Tower is one of the tallest, unfortunately neither of the three projects can claim to be the tallest in Philadelphia. That title will go to Norman Foster’s 59-story, 1,121-foot Comcast Innovation and Technology Center when it opens at 1800 Arch street sometime next year. The reason the Cira Centre development holds together so well is because the designs adhere to a single idea. All the towers are treated as gigantic faceted crystals, sheathed in taut light blue glass. The original 29-story Cira Centre project juts its faceted prow out towards Center City, whereas FMC’s facet cleaves inward, as though the facade were split by lightning. At the 28th floor, where the building shifts from offices to apartments, the tower narrows significantly, following its faceted incline. The 33-story Evo residential tower in the center, with its angular cut outs at various areas, provides the visual bridge between the other two buildings in the complex.

 

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Rendering courtesy of Brandywine Realty Trust

The streetscape includes an elaborately faceted arcade that runs under the building’s hem. Its underside is paneled with wooden wainscoting that unfolds like origami from inside the lobby and warms up the ground floor. The lobby and passageway with sweeping glass canopy are some of the fanciest pieces of architectural footwork in the whole Cira complex. The plaza and arcade will encourage more pedestrians to venture across the bridge and down this part of Walnut Street to University City. The developer and architects, along with Turner Construction Company, relied on W&W Glass to make the entrance lobby stunning.

 

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The lobby consists of five wall areas in total with many glass panels measuring in at 5-foot-7-inches wide by 12-foot tall. The designers at W&W Glass used a customized Pilkington Planar structural glass fin wall system with face glass consisting of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron glass insulating glass units with HP 62/29 Low-e coating on the #2 surface. To complement this, the glass fins are constructed with low-iron monolithic tempered and heat soaked glass fins. The fin walls varied in height from 22 feet to 33 feet with a custom interior wood panel ceiling to make a dramatic look.

 

The vestibule walls and roof consist of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron laminated glass. This intricate project featured two custom freestanding glass vestibule entrances. Another unique aspect to the design is the incorporation of a special laminated glass transfer beam to allow the glass fins above the glass door portals to be loaded to the fins at the ends of the beam. As for hardware and fittings, the design utilized Pilkington Planar 905 series countersunk fittings to secure glass panels to fins.  

 

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The University City innovation district, expected to unfold in several phases over the next 20 years, will eventually include several new skyscrapers in the vicinity. But what makes the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South most obviously different from the rest of the city’s modern high-rises is its branding. Forty-nine stories above the Schuylkill, a huge “FMC” glows bright red, reflecting in the water and presiding over the popular walking trail that traces the river’s banks. Few buildings in Philly are emblazoned with electrified logos in such an iconic way.

 

In the longer term, the FMC Tower figures into the massive, $3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards development planned in a partnership between Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust. All this development is creating a unified Center City/University City downtown with consistently placed active streetscapes for working, living, and learning centers along with an expanded skyline traversing along the Schuylkill River.  

 

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.

Del Amo Fashion Center Mall Receives An Upgrade

Upgrading To the Future

 

At one time, Del Amo Fashion Center® Mall just outside of Los Angeles was the largest shopping center in the U.S., expanding through the amalgamation of several centers and department stores.  When developer and philanthropist Guilford Glazer built the three million-square-foot mall in 1971, it was not only the largest shopping center in America, it was also Southern California’s most popular luxury shopping destination. 

 

Due to the advent of modern technology (ease of online shopping) and the economic collapse in 2008, the retail landscape was forced to evolve over the years. Del Amo experienced several changes in ownership and did some smaller renovations, but was still losing market share to other malls in the Los Angeles surrounding area.  

 

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Current owners Simon teamed up with STIR Architecture (formerly Altoon Partners), to work on the redesign of the property to regain back the once vibrant customer base. The challenge was to reinvent the mall concept, turning the patchwork property into a coherent retail center. To complicate matters, however, all of the renovations had to be done while a busy mall was in full operation. While there is no official confirmation, the entire transformation is said to have cost about $200 million to complete. The new design used light, glass, and articulation to create responsive retail spaces that invite exploration. Its open design is human centered, highlighting the display character of retail in spatially dynamic storefronts to create a welcoming public realm. Throughout the project, the notion of connection to the surrounding SoCal environment is reinforced through both spatial and “softscape” elements.

 

Del Amo succeeded in shaking off its former image as a cluttered, hard-to-navigate mall with new soaring glass windows, bright skylights, living green walls, and sleek exterior and interior finishes. Along with Hollywood-based 5+design, the core team decided to apply a museum-like regard and treatment of space and definition across 2.2 million square feet. The open and sophisticated design of the newly re-imagined Del Amo Fashion Center® highlights the display character of retail. In short, the northern end of the mall went from dark and uncomfortable to clean, crisp, simple and tasteful.

 

Since the owners and team really wanted an area that created a “lifestyle” experience complete with natural light and free flowing space, the natural choice was an intricate and sophisticated system of ultra-clear structural glass. The design team knew who to turn to for this type of system, so they selected W&W Glass to assist with the design of the Pilkington Planar™ structural glass fin wall entrance for the project. The two companies (W&W and Pilkington) have had several successful partnerships on other retail centers throughout of the country.

 

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Working in tandem with STIR and installers at Corona Aluminum, W&W Glass was tasked with creating a grand entrance that was stunning and functional. The vertical entrance wall was comprised of exterior face glass made of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron and Low-e insulating glass units with Pilkington ProT 66/33 Low-e on the #2 surface. The insulating glass units were fixed to 3/4-inch low-iron tempered and heat soaked glass fins using Pilkington 905 series hardware that allows for better movement in seismic earthquake zones like this. The system gave the entrance a magnificent, clean look while helping save on energy costs with low-e coatings and low conductance through the minimal amount of exposed metal to the exterior. The overhead canopy utilized Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron SentryGlas® laminated glass with the same fittings for consistency.

 

Construction on the remodel began in 2012 and was completed in late 2015. Some new looks for Del Amo included a new Grand Court area, distinguished by natural light emanating from its skylights, and a glass wall looking out to the rest of the center, as well as two-story facades from retailers Uniqlo, Zara, and H&M. Designed in three phases, the first phase began with the renovation of a one level mall connecting two existing department stores. The concourse is unified by a continuous light soffit that floats over the storefronts and a softly shaped ceiling with enhanced lighting.

 

This premiere shopping destination now features a food court, several anchor stores, including two Macy’s locations, Nordstrom, JCPenney and Sears, more than 200 retailers, multiple full-service restaurants, a fitness center, and an AMC Theatres multiplex. In addition, Simon demolished 180,000 square feet of mall and office space north of Carson Boulevard and replaced it with a two-story, 420,000 square-foot, environmentally state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor mall catered to upscale shoppers. It also built a four-story, 2,000 car garage, increasing the center’s parking spaces to over 11,000. The Del Almo Fashion Center® has now become the fifth largest mall in the country thanks in part to their renovation and expansion to better service the needs of a growing luxury retail business sector.

 

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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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