The Peace Center for the Performing Arts

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-Life CSI Team

Consolidated Forensics Laboratory:  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.

 

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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.

 

Have a look at similar projects – check out our complete 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.

1271 Ave of the Americas Reclad – Reinventing an Icon

Timeless Location & Design

Since the 1960’s the name Time-Life has been a staple in the country’s vernacular from the days of Time Inc.’s notable magazines and books, just as the Time-Life building has always been an integral building at the hub of the New York City’s Rockefeller Center. This icon of mid-century modern architecture, located at 1271 Avenue of the Americas, has always been a symbol of inspiration to those who have passed this signature structure  as a tourist or tenant. But even icons need a facelift from time to time to keep pace with the changing needs of business and new clientele.  

 

The Rockefeller Group is behind the ambitious $600 million extensive top-to-bottom makeover to assure this world-renowned building will continue to turn heads well into the future. The 48-story building, located between West 50th and West 51st streets across from Radio City Music Hall, was the office tower and former home of Time Inc. It was originally designed by Harrison, Abramovitz, & Harris and built in 1959. World-renowned architect Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is the design architect for this complete transformation. The impact begins from the outset as the comprehensive project will dramatically improve views and light with a new exterior facade, revive the plaza, and reimagine the lobby’s stunning design. The design team has stressed that the end result must reflect and glorify the majestic identity of the building, but give it a fresh modern feel.

 

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Rendering Courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

 

The final vision demands attention to detail that extends from infrastructure upgrades to improved energy efficiency to creating a brighter, healthier, more pleasant work environment. With Turner Construction as the primary builder, the design calls for replacing the building’s entire curtain wall – all 450,000 square feet of it – to create a more transparent, light-bathed interior space. Elements of the project also include restoration of the lobby and installing new elevators.


The team decided upon updating the façade with windows that have a higher ratio of clear glass to opaque spandrel so more natural light floods into the building. Due to the intricate work and substantial experience required in retro-fitting large facades like this, the group hired noted design and glazing professionals from W&W Glass, Inc. of New York City. Other significant recladding projects W&W Glass has finished similar to this project are 655 Madison Avenue and 100 Park Avenue. Also, the firm recently ascended from #10 to #6 on this year’s New York Top Specialty Firms list.

 

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Rendering of the renovated curtain wall. Courtesy of 1271 Avenue of the Americas www.1271aoa.com.

 

After months of collaboration and discussion, the team decided  to go with 450,000 square feet of Sotawall® custom unitized curtain wall, Erie Architectural Products Enviro/Facades™ custom-fabricated storefront systems and new all glass entrances. Incorporating Guardian Clear SNX-62/27 low-E glazing, thermal-breaks, and much larger window areas, the new continuous cladding areas provide 60 percent more vision area and enhanced energy performance while retaining the essential proportions of the original facade with vertical banded bays. The new facade, which includes a large multi-story podium, will have approximately 8,000 new curtain wall panels installed by W&W Glass. Typical panel sizes for the tower are 4’4″ wide by 12′ tall and the podium area utilizes over-sized glass and panels as large as 9’8″ wide by 19’8″ tall in some areas. The skin is being reclad as areas throughout the exterior facade are being carefully demolished, floor by floor, to make way for the new panels to be set as to not open up the building entirely while still occupied and to create enclosed spaces for leasing as complete. At present, the floors from 3-7 are fully set.  

 

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Transformation of old curtain wall to new on 1271 Avenue of the Americas.


An entrance renovation was also needed to bring in more natural light into the lobby, which will feature new artwork and special imported stone from Italy. Two large pieces of art depicting upper and lower Manhattan were created in artist Mark Bradford’s Los Angeles studio and will be on displayed. Each piece is roughly 22-feet by 22-feet.

 

Other features of the building, including HVAC, finishes, and distinctive Copacabana-patterned sidewalk outside the building, are also being upgraded and restored as part of the renovation. The renovation is slated to be complete for new tenant occupancy in 2018.

 

For more information on all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass professionals, please visit our project 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.

W&W Glass Projects Win Multiple NYCxDESIGN Awards

Award Winning Work Illustrates Breadth of Talent and Consistency of W&W Glass

 

Firms must be truly talented and pay careful attention to detail to help create a project that wins a prestigious design and architecture award. To help more than one project win the same award in separate categories proves a company is elite. This was clearly illustrated when the NYCxDESIGN Awards were announced recently and world-renowned glass design and installation firm W&W Glass based in New York was involved in three projects that took home honors.

 

NYCxDESIGN brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios. Interior Design and ICFF created The NYCxDESIGN Awards to honor the outstanding designs exhibited throughout the New York city surrounding area. The annual event celebrates outstanding talent across major areas of design such as architecture, interiors, furnishings, lighting, and technology, and unifies the more than 500 events taking place during New York City’s showcase of global design. Honorees for both products and projects were named in over 30 categories.

 

W&W Glass teams collaborated with several firms to produce amazing new buildings, renovations, and stunning entrances. One winning project was a commercial interior lobby renovation located at 195 Broadway for which Gabellini Sheppard Associates’ design won in the Commercial Lobby category.

 

After five years in the planning L&L Holding Company wanted to make a large statement so they selected GSA to complete renovation of the lobby and concourse-level installation of 35,000 square feet of new retail space. W&W Glass partnered with McLaren Engineering to come up with a custom system on the project. TriPyramid Structures, Inc. was commissioned to design and fabricate each of the custom bronze patch fittings, keeping them as minimal as possible, to sustain the massive load that the over sized low-iron laminated glass would impose.

 

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The design separated the area into a leasable retail space from the main lobby entrance with a structural glass wall to be as unobtrusive and transparent as possible. The architect’s plan was to have single span glass in height with only three lites in each of the bays that varied from 17′-0″ to 17′-8″ wide directly behind the columns creating a “Galleria” from the North to the South end to divide the building. In the center of each bay would be a 9-foot wide by 10-foot tall vitrine to act as display windows and some as entrances to the spaces.

 

These windows also included glass roofed vitrines. There was a much smaller bay at the North End and a larger bay at the South End. The 10-foot high side walls of these vitrines act as fins that support the lateral load for the whole 30-foot tall glass wall. After concluding that it would be impossible to maneuver a single lite glass almost 30-feet high in this space, the plan changed to use 10-foot tall bottom lites as the vitrines and fins and upper lites as large as 19-feet tall in some instances.

 

In the Government/Institutional category, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) was the architect of record for the new Public Safety Answering Center II (PSACII). The center is designed to operate continually under adverse conditions and provide redundancy to the city’s primary call center. After the 911 attacks on New York, besides rebuilding, the second thing city officials concentrated on was security, a crucial requirement for this project. It required a highly-skilled glass design and metal panel enclosure installation team to make the owner’s vision a reality. W&W Glass was selected to engineer and install the main building façade, in addition to the glass lobby entrance and interior blast and fire-rated curtain wall.

 

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Due to its versatility and reliability, the company also installed a Pilkington Planar™ vertical entrance wall system. The components selected for the exterior face glass were Pilkington Planar™ Intrafix (concealed fittings inside the units) and standard Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulating PVB laminated glass units. Pilkington Intrafix 902 fittings along with Hatfield stainless steel spider castings were used to secure the units. The interior glazing assemblies were made of SaftiFirst Fire and Blast resistant curtain wall.

 

Finally, in the NYCXDesign X-Factor category, the New York City Library was the hands down winner! Designed by principal architect Enrique Norten and his firm TEN Arquitectos, the library is a subterranean mix of old and new, combining printed literature and technology, and the solitude of being social. The new space features an amphitheater and an auditorium with TV screens for programs and events, high ceilings, and modern décor. Though two of its three floors are below street level, the library feels bright and spacious, thanks in part to its glassy façade.

 

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W&W Glass worked hand in hand with the architects and engineers, to construct a transparent jewel box allowing lots of light to stream into the library. The designers selected Pilkington Planar™ structural glass systems with a mix of support structures. Cantilevered laminated glass fins highlight the main front wall and steel substructure backs the interior structural glass walls. The face glass is made of Pilkington Planar™ Optiwhite low-iron SentryGlas® laminated glass. To anchor the glass back to the structure, glaziers used Pilkington 905 series countersunk bolt fittings. The glass wall face glass extends up in front of an upturned concrete slab at the top and employs an insulating laminated glass return at the head of the wall thus providing a transparent closure. It allows the visitor to look right down through the top of the monolithic wall.

 

Submissions began filtering in beginning in February and the entry deadline closed in mid-April. After several weeks of careful scrutiny, the winners were announced at a gala in New York on May 20th. Click here to see the entire list of winners. For more information on all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass professionals, visit our project 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.

Minnesota Orchestra Hall Renewal

Glass Curtain Walls Highlight the Minneapolis Orchestra Hall Renovation

 

Any performing arts venue exists to provide the public with the magic that happens in the hall at showtime, but what happens in the lobby can be just as important to the experience of patrons and to the bottom line. The Orchestra Hall, home of the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis, originally opened in 1974 and has now completed a major renovation.

 

Since its opening in 1974, Orchestra Hall has played a vibrant role in the cultural and civic life of Minneapolis. The renewal project continues this tradition by making a dynamic contribution to the transformation of the south downtown. This $52 million project saw KPMB Architects turn cramped, dated lobbies into civic spaces that have doubled the orchestra’s event revenues and created valuable community outreach.

 

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The expansion of the lobby with a dramatic new glass addition engages the Hall with its urban context, particularly Peavey Plaza and Nicollet Mall. The transparency of the new architecture showcases the activity of audiences and patrons within, infusing new energy into this civic neighborhood.

 

Built by Mortenson Construction, the renovation included new structural glass curtain walls areas, custom sunshading, and a conventionally glazed aluminum pressure-wall system. The design team knew that this type of work required a highly specialized group of designers, engineers, and glaziers to pull this off so they looked to the team from Empirehouse, Inc. and W&W Glass, LLC for design and installation support.

 

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The final choice was the tried and true Pilkington Planar™ system. Some advantages of the system are that it is fully customizable, has superior roller-wave distortion control, and is fully tested and fabrication is controlled by the manufacturer (Pilkington in St. Helens, United Kingdom) for all aspects of quality. Pilkington has been at the forefront of design in structural glazing since the invention of the Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass system in the 1960’s. The combined experience of one of the oldest and largest glass makers in the world with one of the largest glazing contractors in the United States in W&W assured a safe and successful result. The Pilkington Planar™ structural glass wall assemblies incorporate approximately 3,400 square feet of top-hung structural glass fin-supported walls using countersunk stainless steel fittings to support the glass panels. Some lites were very large exceeding 6’4″ by 11’8″ inches in size. In addition to the glass fin-supported wall systems, the plaza level façade includes approximately 4,500 square feet of custom aluminum bar stock fin-supported glazed wall system.

 

The main exterior glazing component includes approximately 23,400 total square feet of conventionally glazed aluminum pressure-wall system. This system was specifically engineered for the required high-span application, and a majority of the glazing is resting on an engineered carbon plate which provides the appearance of a suspended cantilevered wall system. The initial design required a +/- 5/8″ allowable movement at each attachment, which was only possible with the use of custom horizontal extrusions. The movement requirement also created the need for complicated independent loading connections.

 

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Like a well-written concerto, the mix of materials offer a nice modern contrast with the traditional red brick walls of the theater volume behind, while still allowing the old local flavor to shine through from the exterior. However, the new lobby radically differs from the old. The 1970s scheme divided attendees onto a series of terraces, limiting capacity and circulation. The new design more than doubles the lobby size, up from about 16,000 square feet to around 30,000, partly by eliminating terraces between floors and their accompanying stairs. This helped the building become fully accessible and ADA-compliant.

 

The image of transparency is matched with a feeling of openness and ease of access and movement through the space. A newly-installed escalator leads patrons directly from the skyway entrance, the Hall’s most popular entrance, to the main level. A series of new staircases and elevators is both more visible and accessible. Bars and restrooms are now provided on every level. This project exudes beautiful harmony with every step.

 

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Project Highlights:

  • Location: 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Building Type: Civic + Cultural
  • Architect: KPMB Architects
  • Owner/Developer: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Installer: Empirehouse, Inc.
  • Materials:

    Vertical Walls

    Exterior Face Glass – Clear Low-e Argon-Filled Insulating Glass Units w/ HP 70/39 Low-e on #2 Surface and Heavy-Duty Clear Low-e Argon-Filled Insulating Laminated Glass Units w/ HP 70/39 Low-e on the #2 Surface

    Fin Glass – Clear Monolithic Fins

    Hardware – 905 Fittings

     

For more information on all the projects completed and underway by the W&W Glass professionals please visit our project 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.

 

*Special thanks for contributions from KPMB Architects, Mortenson Construction and Empirehouse, Inc.

Seattle Landmark Receives Modern Facelift

There is a special responsibility when it comes to renovating iconic buildings. With that responsibility often comes special challenges. The building formerly known as Seafirst Bank, which is now still partially occupied by Bank of America (the company that took over Seafirst), has completed a total transformation after taking on a $46 million dollar renovation which included dividing up the space further to accommodate more tenants, upgrading the lower 5 floors of the facade, and repositioning the lobby area.

 

Completed in 1981, 800 Fifth Avenue forms a glimmering silhouette with its silver aluminum anodized skin and large windows. It is a 42-story, Class A office tower located at 800 Fifth Avenue, bordered by Fifth and Sixth Avenues and Columbia and Marion Streets in Seattle, Washington. The building has a total gross area of over 1 million square feet, of which approximately 934,800 square feet is rentable office and commercial space. The complex also contains a landscaped public plaza, 17,000 square feet of retail space, and includes parking for 612 cars below street level. It’s still one of the tallest buildings in Seattle.

 

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Three years ago there was a fast-moving trend in Seattle to renovate iconic older buildings due to the high volume of unoccupied office space in the city and across many parts the nation. Even though the building has been able to retain a minimum of between 90-98% occupancy since it was opened, the owner Hines Investments joined the wave to improve older buildings in various ways to compete with customers looking at newer, more modern towers downtown. This is where the renovation story of 800 5th avenue begins.

 

The renovation designed by LMN Architects of Seattle, called for the removal of the 24-foot tall curtain wall entrance area to allow for the new all glass feature wall. They also expanded the lobby by more than a third. In addition, the design called for remodeling of all of the bathrooms throughout the tower and upgraded the elevator cars. The contractor GLY Construction of Bellevue, hired Washington Glass and Glazing of Lynnwood to install the glazing scope who in turn selected W&W Glass to supply the structural glass entrance system for the project.

 

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W&W Glass has long-standing reputation of understanding the nuances of complex renovations and delivering high-quality system solutions on time and within budgets. This project was no different as W&W supplied and engineered the Pilkington Planar™ point-supported glass facade with a custom all glass vestibule door portal area integrated inside. The glass engineers and designers used high performance Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron insulated glass units with 70/40 ProT Low-e on the #2 surface and stainless steel spacer with argon-filled airspace to meet the city’s high energy performance standards without sacrificing clarity. The all glass facade was constructed with suspended low-iron tempered glass fins to support the face glass of the wall. An important consideration for suspending this wall in the Seattle area was the inelastic seismic drift movements. Pilkington Planar™ structural glass systems are designed to move (under specified code seismic events) without breaking glass in most cases. The metal door portal on the interior of the glass vestibule was required to brace the bottom of the glass fins and provide separation for the base loaded glass doors and the suspended facade. While the exterior glass of the vestibule was insulated for thermal performance, the interior vestibule glass was monolithic. Laminated glass beams span across the interior and exterior of the portal to help support the side walls and laminated roof glass. Many would agree that the new wall and entry area helps make the lobby more visible from the street and much more comfortable for tenants and visitors inside with a better connection to the surrounding environment.

 

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It’s a remarkable transformation, especially in the expanded lobby, which has gone from a dreary pass-through space to a light-filled gathering place. Part of the second-floor exterior plaza was enclosed to create a mezzanine, with more seating and open conference areas. In addition, an old data center on two floors near the base of the building has gone from a mostly windowless space to 80,000 square feet of window-lined office space.

 

On the fourth and fifth floors, new glazing has also transformed this area into Class A offices, with high ceilings and natural light. New signage was added to improve visibility and wayfinding. Finishes include marble and stone, stainless steel curtain-wall, and accent pieces throughout.

 

Though Bank of America remains the tower’s largest tenant, it now has a new neighbor: Providence Health & Services has signed a 10-year lease for about 140,000 square feet and has recently moved it’s administrative staff in from a Renton office. Swedish Health Services, which is affiliated with Providence, will also move staff there out of One Union Square.

 

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.

Three’s A Charm at Three Alliance Center

Anyone who lives or travels to Atlanta will agree that it is a scenic and beautiful location. However, the connection to the beauty outside can sometimes be overlooked when thinking about an office environment. But not at Three Alliance Center. It’s situated in one of the most coveted locations in the Atlanta area known as Buckhead, just north of downtown. It is the perfect place to take in a full view of the Atlanta skyline. That’s where Three Alliance Center wants to capitalize on that landscape – both visually and commercially.

 

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Buckhead, one of the country’s largest and most affluent mixed-use communities, is often referred to as the “Beverly Hills of the East.” Buckhead has about 78,000 residents with a daytime population doubling to approximately 140,000. Many of those temporary visitors are commuting in to work at the limited office space in the area. The Alliance Center development, owned by Tishman Speyer, is one of those large employment hubs. Upon Three Alliance Center’s completion, nearly 10% of Buckhead’s 17 million square feet of office space will be located in the Alliance Center development.

 

Tishman Speyer’s Three Alliance Center represents the final phase of the highly successful Alliance Center complex. Designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Three Alliance will feature Atlanta’s first faceted glass curtain wall system with a multitude of angled “pop out” windows, offering tenants panoramic views of the property’s Buckhead neighbors and nearby submarkets.

 

As its name implies, the $175 million office tower is the third in the Alliance Center trio, which also includes the already-completed 20-story One Alliance and 30-story Two Alliance buildings. The new addition will be the largest office building built in the Atlanta market since 2008, with 500,000 square feet of leasable office space.

 

Aside from the impressive facade, there is no denying that the monumental structural glass curtain wall system at the lobby will be a major highlight of the building.  The glazing subcontractor for the project, Harmon, Inc., worked closely with one of their most reliable partners in W&W Glass to implement the spectacular custom design.

 

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The experts at Pilkington/W&W came up with a very unique concept that uses a base loaded, cantilevered fin wall with triple-ply laminated fins. The lobby is framed in with a 6,000 square foot Pilkington Planar™ structural glass wall with a high vertical span of 41-foot and a 12-foot deep glass roof return. The monolithic main wall panels were approximately 14-foot tall, stacked three rows high. They were bolted to the fins with small countersunk Pilkington 905 series fittings. In addition to the lobby face glass, there was also a horizontal laminated glass beam required above the entrance to provide a place for the load of heavy glass fins above the doors to transferred to the two outer fins coming to the ground. This allowed the design to forgo using a heavy steel door portal frame. In this way the transition between the doors and the fin wall stays very seamless and transparent. 

 

This project was one of the heaviest engineered structural glass projects that Pilkington has ever been involved with, as it is not common to design base loaded walls to this height. There must be levels of redundancy built in even if lites of glass are broken. Pilkington ran specific tests in their laboratory to verify the design integrity in the event of glass breakage. From an install point of view, there was also a challenge to stage the installation of the tall spliced vertical fins with temporary bracing before setting the face and roof glass. To support the large glass roof return, the system called for laminated glass fins to support the roof glass and these beams to also act as a lateral brace to transfer the loads of the base loaded fins cantilevered up from the ground. The corners of the last roof lites were supported directly onto the cantilevered fins and then had the lateral load transferred directly through the laminated roof panels back to structure. This was a very custom application, as it would usually require large, unsightly building structure to transfer this load. These corners areas were engineered to be very clean to meet the architectural intent. 

 

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The enclosure called for ultra-clear glass to be perceived as transparent as possible. The vertical laminated glass fins utilized three layers of 12mm Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron tempered and heat soaked glass with two layers of Trosifol SentryGlas® interlayer for strength, but the roof beams only required two layers of 12mm glass with one layer of interlayer. The vertical wall face glass panels were 12mm low-iron tempered and heat soaked glass. Most of the overhead roof glass return was comprised of 18mm low-iron laminated glass, however, the end roof glass lites were required to have three layers of low iron glass with two layers of interlayer, identical to that of the vertical fins, to support the tremendous amount of load being transferred from the fins below.

 

Facade technology isn’t the only advancement that went onto this building. Additional features include the latest in digital technology integration such as antennae located throughout the building to enhance Wi-Fi data reception throughout, even in the elevators. Tenants and visitors will also enjoy an onsite state-of-the-art fitness center, conference center, 24-hour security, and covered parking located underneath the building for convenience. The office complex has access to over thirty dining options, Atlanta’s top hotels, world class retail, and mass transit all within a short walk from the office. It’s the perfect location for work and play.

 

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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