W&W Glass Projects Win Multiple NYCxDESIGN Awards

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.

 

Public-Safety-Answering-Service-Center-II-PSAC-II-Photo-8See more of this project by clicking here!

 

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.

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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