Architecture at Large Baccarat Project Feature

Architecture at Large Baccarat Project Feature

What does a facade say about a business within? How can glass translate to a brand identity? Founder of Architecture at Large, Rafael de Cárdenas answers all of these questions and more in a beautifully written piece by The Architect’s Newspaper covering the Baccarat project W&W Glass completed.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Architecture at Large

 

Located on Madison Avenue in New York City, this 2,800 sq. ft. flagship opened ahead of Baccarat’s 250th year anniversary. This iconic brand required a little something outside the box for the occasion. “One of the most difficult techniques in the cutting of crystal is the diamond cut,” said Rafael de Cárdenas,  “and one of the key attributes that sets Baccarat apart from their competition is the level of intricacy to their cuts.” These cuts created a shifting image for visitors to the flagship store.

 

Find more details about this unique Pilkington Planar™ project by reading the full blog!

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Architecture at Large

 

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.

New York Build 2016 Convention

If You Are In Construction In New York, Then You Need To Attend New York Build 2016.

                  

 
 

Where can you go to find out about where the $35 Billion of annual New York construction money is being spent and on what?  The only place you can find all of this info in one place is at the 2016 New York Build Exposition and Conference, March 7th – 8th. W&W Glass, LLC is proud to support New York Build 2016 because it will bring together the leading contractors, developers, planners, engineers, architects, and dozens more key stakeholders to discuss the latest investment opportunities, development plans, and milestones for construction in New York City and New York State.

 

The event will feature two full days of presentations at the NYC Javits Center with CPE accredited workshops from government/construction industry experts, key stakeholders and business partners, covering the latest developments, opportunities, and strategies in the region’s construction industry.

 

 

 
 

Visiting the New York Build expo is the best way to keep current with the latest developments in New York’s booming construction sector. Attendees will find out about the latest construction projects, plans, products, and solutions. Everyone will benefit from the extensive networking opportunities with industry peers, and a chance to approach senior level executives from a large number of local and international companies to ensure key people will stay at the top of their field.

 

This event truly showcases leading engineers, suppliers, and main contractors in New York’s construction industry like Thornton Tomasetti, Vidaris, Gilbane, Structure Tone and Hunter Roberts Construction Group.  Over 150 exhibitors will conduct demonstrations, answer questions, and provide valuable information to all levels of professionals in the construction industry – with specific emphasis on the opportunities and challenges presented in New York.

 

Across 2 days of conference sessions and training workshops, there will be headline-making talks from Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, U.S Green Building Council, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Hunter Robert Construction Group, Structure Tone and many more key industry thought leaders.

 

The 2016 New York Build Expo offers 22 FREE CPE Accredited training workshops to all visitors. All workshop attendees will be provided with a CPE certificate within 28 working days after the expo, to mark towards their professional development and portfolios. This is no ordinary trade show.

 

As a special feature for attendees looking to get face time with executive decision makers, there are six Meet the Buyer sessions over both days. These impactful sessions will provide all VIP attendees with a unique platform for extensive networking and business exchange. Each session will kick off with a 10 minute keynote presentation from a leading industry body, followed by a panel of construction experts discussing the latest innovations, developments, and opportunities across each sector. Meet the Buyer sessions being conducted are: Meet the Architects, Meet the Engineers, Meet the Contractors, Meet the Government Agencies, and Meet the Developers. Meet the Buyer sessions are an invitation-only event and will be attended by leading companies operating in New York.

 

Just a small sample of attendee titles and specialties are:

 

 

 

Register before January 31st for your complimentary New York Build ticket and to receive a FREE New York Construction Report on DVD (usual price $995)

 

 

 
 

The New York Build 2016 will be recording many of the conference presentations and workshops. These will then be added to DVD’s and USB’s to create the most informative and in-depth guide ever to the New York Build construction industry!

 

 

Copies of the DVD / USB will be on sale for $995 each, however there are 2,000 copies to give away FREE to the next 2,000 people who register before the event (registrations muhttps://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=118519&st be made before January 31st). It is free to register for New York Build and you must then attend New York Build to be able to claim your prize. All DVD’s and USB’s will be posted the week after New York Build in March 2016. To register, click here!

 

 

 
 

All of us at W&W Glass believe this is a truly unique opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other.  We encourage you to attend and come meet the industry experts, some of the state’s most talented professionals in the construction and design industry today.

 

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.

Flagship Microsoft Store NYC Unveiling

W&W Glass is proud to have worked on the facade for the new flagship Microsoft Store in New York City, which officially saw its grand opening on October 26th, 2015. 

 
 

 

Located at 677 Fifth Avenue, the new flagship location features a cutting edge design that reflects the new era of technology from Microsoft. We worked closely with the architect, Gensler, as well as construction manager JT Magen, structural engineer Gilsanz Murray Steficek, and façade consultant Thornton Thomasetti. Glass was fabricated by Agnora and the stainless steel t-shapes and rods were manufactured by Tripyramid Structures. The sliding doors were provided by Blasi and the sealants from Dow Corning.

 

The facade uses high tension, high strength horizontal cables to support the jumbo sized glass that is structurally silicone-glazed to custom stainless steel flat profile t-shaped mullions. These large glass lites pushed the scale of what we’ve accomplished with other cable tension facades before, with glass sizes of 20-foot wide by 10-foot tall. All of our fabricators required a refinement of their manufacturing processes to get the components exactly per the project specifications. Our experience in working with these systems allowed us to rise to the challenge of designing and installing a system this complex.

 

 


 

 

It was extremely important that we completed the project in time for the grand opening on October 26th. A project of this size usually takes fourteen months, and we successfully compressed that to nine in order to fit within the timeline for opening. This was in part due to our close proximity to the jobsite for quick response, being located just outside New York City, as well as our experienced team that has worked on many cable tension facade systems over the years.

 

This opening coincides with the recent product lineup release of Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. We were able to provide the tech company a facade that reflects the cutting edge design of their new technology by using clean, elegant lines. It was imperative that the entrance was large and transparent in order to show off the products inside. Even the thin stainless steel plate beam door portal area had to be minimal and have a seamless transition to the glass above. 

 

 

        
 
 

Aside from ability to meet the condensed schedule, W&W Glass was chosen for this building due to our extensive portfolio of high quality entrance and tension structure projects we have completed. Our work on 650 Madison Ave1290 Avenue of the Americas, and the Microsoft Iconic Entrance in Cambridge, Massachusetts were all great examples of a similar quality of work.

 

The unveiling of the Microsoft Store was held on October 26th, 2015. This coincided with the launch of their new line of tablets and entertainment devices, which drew a large crowd that lined down Fifth Avenue. People filtered into the store throughout the day, drawn in by the 20-by-40-foot electronic screen prominently displaying digital art through the glass facade.

 

 

 
 

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, be sure to check out the Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue between 53rd and 54th Street. Don’t forget to take notice of the transparent facade that gives you such a good window to what’s inside!

 

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.

Carthage College Straz Center Project Unveiling

 
A Pilkington Planar™ project was recently featured in the The Journal Times for the renovation of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences at Carthage College. The overall project features glass-walled classrooms and laboratories, as well as a two-story, glass-enclosed atrium for exhibits, planetarium shows, and presentations.
 
The atrium, consisting of Pilkington Planar™ light grey tinted, low-e coated insulating glass units, provides beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Many are hoping this new wing sparks inspiration for the students. “They’re hungry to learn and I think the space is responsible for that,” Jean Quashnock, professor of physics and astronomy said. Faculty and students are excited about the completion of the project, which they hope will “draw more science students to Carthage.” 
 
For more information about the Straz Center and the ribbon cutting, make sure to check out the full article.

 

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