Row NYC Structural Glass Retail Podium

Row NYC Structural Glass Retail Podium

Tradition Reimagined at the Base of the Row NYC

 

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

 


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

 

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


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

 


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

 


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

 


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


W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

 

Xcel Energy Regional Headquarters Lobby | 1800 Larimer

Xcel Energy Lobby | 1800 Larimer

 

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

 

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


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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 

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


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


W&W Glass LLC is a family-owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

Renewing 100 Light Street in Charm City

Glazing For The Future With Respect For the Past

 

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

 

Courtesy of Design Collective

 

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

 


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

 


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

 

Courtesy of Design Collective

 

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

 

 

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

 

Courtesy of Design Collective


W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

 

Nu Skin® Innovation Center Showcases Beauty Inside and Out

The Beauty of the Nu Skin® Innovation Center

 

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

 

 

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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

 

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


W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

One Post Office Square Lobby Renovation

One Post Office Square Revitalization

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 



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


W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

The Orion – NYC

Towering Excellence Worthy of the Stars

 

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

 

 

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


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

 


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

 

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

 

 

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

 

W&W Glass LLC is a family-owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.

 

University of California at San Diego

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.

 

UCSD Medical Education and Telemedicine Building - Photo 15

 

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

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.  

 

The Mall at Millenia - Photo 5

 

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.

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