Traffic, Congestion, and Space Are Not Just an Issue for Travelers at Airports

Traffic, Congestion, and Space Are Not Just an Issue for Travelers at Airports

Ever wonder why construction takes so long at airports? It’s because it isn’t easy…there are many obstacles involved that are not associated with regular metropolitan projects.  There are many complex problems to solve in order to comply with federal regulations, in addition to working in a 24/7 operating environment.  Besides the design of the new construction or renovation, the structures almost always have integrated components connecting to existing terminals and in close proximity to active runways. Coordination with adjacent trades, specifically concrete, HVAC, metal panels, and structural steel can be challenging on a complicated three-dimensional grid. Over the years, W&W Glass has earned a reputation of developing unique solutions to sophisticated problems. A good example is their recent success on The Westin Denver International Airport hotel project. This project featured a conical, sloped tension cable Pilkington Planar™ system facade. Many architects, engineers, and contractors have turned to W&W Glass when it comes to providing the custom structural glass enclosure systems for the nation’s premier airports.

 

International Airport – Terminal D in Las Vegas, NV

 

Few airports are busier at all times of the day than McCarran International Airport – the gateway to sin city Las Vegas.  Terminal D at McCarran is no exception.  W&W Glass was contracted to help create a structural glass system to take advantage of the more than 300 days of sunlight, while accenting the building alongside the tarmac.  Glaziers used tried and true techniques, along with high-quality materials, to build a structure that would stand up to the harsh desert climate while keeping occupants comfortable with a great view outside. The Pilkington Planar™ vertical walls used Pilkington Optiwhite low-iron laminated glass secured with 905 fittings to steel tension truss back-up structures with integrated horizontal shading devices.  The enclosure system is so tall that it even allows incoming visitors to see full-size palm trees right through the facade.

 

AIRPORTS

 

Tampa International Airport

 

Airport officials and architects from Gresham Smith and Partners in Tampa envisioned a 30-foot-wide by 40-foot-tall structural glass signage wall system to highlight the location of the parking garage.  The stainless steel tension structure was custom engineered to cantilever away from the building while supporting the full weight of the glass. The Pilkington Optiwhite™ low-iron glass panels used more than 28 custom silk-screens to create the Tampa Airport logo in a white color frit. W&W Glass engineered and supplied the complete Pilkington Planar™ Integral system using laminated glass panels measuring approximately 6-feet wide by 6-feet tall each. The Integral laminated glass lite feature proprietary fittings that are laminated inside the glass with no exposed bolts or caps on the outside. This allows for uninterrupted viewing of any art or screen-print pattern along with easier facade maintenance.

 

AIRPORTS

 

Huntsville Alabama International Airport

 

W&W Glass worked with Chapman Sisson Architects to develop a grand entrance to North Alabama’s busiest airport.  This project took skilled glaziers from North Alabama Glass for installation, and expert engineering from Pilkington/W&W to execute the inverted, sloped Pilkington Planar™ system vertical walls.  The exterior face glass was manufactured with grey Low-e insulating glass units comprised of a Solar Grey outboard lite and clear inboard lite with Pilkington K Low-e on the #3 surface.  The ¾” clear monolithic tempered glass fins hold the face glass in place with countersunk bolt 905 fittings.

 

AIRPORTS

 

San Diego International Airport

 

When HTNB/San Diego International Airport needed to create several point-supported structural glass partitions, railings, elevator enclosures, and signage for San Diego International Airport they knew intricate glass design and construction expertise was required. While these elements needed to be safe and functional, they also had to be as beautiful and breathtaking as one of the most gorgeous cities in the United States.  They relied on W&W Glass/Pilkington due to their prior experience with airport installations and sophisticated system designs for buildings in high seismic areas.  The vertical railings were manufactured with clear SentryGlas® Interlayer laminated glass, some even included a custom “bubble” silk-screened print.  For “Sunset Cove” signage and a prominent elevator enclosure, designers used clear SentryGlas® Interlayer laminated silk-screened glass with custom patterns.

 

AIRPORTS

 

There are many more airport projects and unique system designs that the professionals at W&W Glass have worked on.  To see how the W&W team engineers and completes more structural glass projects like these, click on wwglass.com to learn more.

 

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 Art Begins At the Building Entrance

Upon arrival at an art museum, it’s important to set the stage for a mindful and emotional experience. That is the goal of any piece of art and the responsibility of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (also known as the Brooklyn Museum). The experience must be achieved at every level, from start to finish.

 

Building Entrance

 

Photo Credit: eastbrooklyn.com

 

At the Brooklyn Museum, burgeoning artists and visitors alike can explore an extensive and comprehensive permanent collection that includes ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European paintings, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art. They will also experience intelligent, cutting-edge exhibitions and programs that reflect a fresh perspective on traditional and historical works.

 

Dedicated to the visitor experience, committed to excellence in every aspect of its collections and programs, and drawing on both new and traditional tools of communication, interpretation, and presentation, the Museum aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative center for learning through the visual arts.  The building’s architecture must be just as discerning and engaging as the pieces inside to keep up with its mission.

 

Building Entrance

 

Photo Credit: streetsofnewyork411.com

 

Redesigned in 2004 by Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects), this modern, elegant space features an expansive, sheer glass pavilion that overlooks a welcoming public plaza.  The brick pier entrances, dividing the pavilion and adjacent lobby enclosed within, are the same bricks that once framed five large front doors.  They have been fully excavated, restored, and permanently exposed in the space.  This grand pavilion artfully melds the historical and contemporary components of the building to emulate and pay homage to the original grand staircase previously leading up to the former main entrance of the Beaux-Arts style facade.  When looking to give the new Museum entrance a revitalized yet progressive, transparent look, Polshek relied upon W&W Glass for structural glass engineering and installation support.

 

Building Entrance

 

With their past experiences with museum institutions like the American Museum of Natural History (also by Polshek Partnership Architects), the expert designers and glaziers at W&W Glass used a custom Pilkington Planar™ structural glass system to achieve the architect’s vision.  For the vertical walls and step-like roof glass, the product chosen was clear SentryGlas® interlayer laminated glass.  The roof glass included a white dot frit pattern on the second surface to help provide better shading for occupants, while allowing comfortable visibility to the sky above.  The enclosure design featured a mixture of hardware, including: Pilkington Planar™ 902 fittings, spider castings, stainless steel stanchions, and stainless steel tension trusses spanning between three-coat epoxy painted steel plate beam rafters.  All elements were chosen for their precision, crafted with the same care as the artwork found inside.

 

Year after year, W&W Glass has earned the trust of the leading architects and institutions, not only in New York, but throughout North America through their supply and installation of complex projects like this.

 

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.

Reflections: Time Warner Center

An Entrance Fit for Columbus

 

London may have Piccadilly Circus, but New York City has Columbus Circle, one of the City’s most notable landmarks aptly named for the famed explorer.  This major intersection is the grand gateway to Central Park. Overlooking this traffic hub like a paternal guardian is the Time Warner Center, which is now ranked in the top 150 places to see while visiting New York City.  Time Warner is a twin-tower building developed by AREA Property Partners (formerly known as Apollo Real Estate Advisors) and The Related Companies in New York City. Its design, by David Childs and Mustafa Kemal Abadan of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), consists of two 750-foot (229 m) twin towers bridged by a multi-story atrium podium containing upscale retail shops.

 

 
 

Construction began in November 2000, following the demolition of the New York Coliseum, and a topping-out ceremony was held in February, 2003. The property had the highest-listed market value in New York City, $1.1 billion, in 2006. Originally constructed as the AOL Time Warner Center, the building encircles the western side of Columbus Circle and straddles the border between Midtown and the Upper West Side. The total floor area of 2.8 million square feet (260,000 m2) is divided between offices (notably the offices of Time Warner Inc. and a research and development Center for VMware), residential condominiums, and the Mandarin Oriental, New York hotel. The Shops at Columbus Circle is an upscale shopping mall located in a curving arcade at the base of the building, with a large Whole Foods Market grocery store in the basement.

 

Time Warner Center, one of New York’s most notable mixed-use developments, exemplifies the concept of a “city within a building.” Its twin glass-clad towers, joined at podium level, house an eclectic mix of uses, including retail, CNN television studios, performance venues for Jazz at Lincoln Center, offices, luxury hotel rooms, condominiums, parking, and direct subway access.

 

 

 
 

The complex’s unique form responds directly to its prominent urban context. The void between the soaring towers helped visually restore the 59th Street corridor, blocked since the 1950s, while the podium’s curving façade traces a traffic circle at Central Park’s southwest corner.

 

When SOM looked for expertise in creating an unforgettable visual impact, they turned to W&W Glass, LLC.  The ground-level arcade of shops creates a transparent public space — an effect heightened by patterns in the marble floor that visually extend the sidewalk and street grid into the building through its structural glass facade.

 

 

A multistory cable-net atrium intersects the Center’s two 55-story towers. Spanning 98-feet (30 meters) across and 164-feet (50 meters) tall, this Pilkington Planar™ cable tension system installed by W&W Glass was the largest in North America at the time of its completion. The face glass is Pilkington Optiwhite, low-iron SentryGlas® interlayer laminated glass that has supporting hardware of horizontal and vertical steel tension cables, custom stainless steel patch fittings, and a custom stainless steel plate beam portal frame with canopy outriggers. At the head of the wall there is a massive, 10-foot tall steel truss that was installed across the entire opening (lifted to the top in one piece) to support the weight of the suspended glass wall. There is also a second interior cable-net wall spanning over 60-feet tall, at an inverted slope, creating the “jazz wall” just behind the main entrance wall. This creates a stunning effect when watching a live performance with the picturesque backdrop of Central Park and the bustling circle outside.

 

 
 

The goal of the architects, implemented by W&W Glass, was to highlight the urban beauty of steel and glass of this mixed use facility.  The grandeur of the glass entrance complements the expansive glass-clad facades of floor-to-ceiling windows. The lower part of the tower is occupied with Time Warner offices and studios, and the upper part with exquisite hotel rooms and private residences which have been rumored to have some well-known owners like Ricky Martin, Tom Brady, and Kelly Rippa. While the total tower complex is very compelling, it all begins with the glass and steel entrance.

 

Project Facts

Location: New York, New York

Project Completion: 2004

Site Area: 149,350 s.f.

Project Area: 2,800,000 s.f.

Number of Stories: 53

Building Height: 750 ft

Market: Commercial + Office, Cultural, Hospitality, Mixed Use, Residential

Service: Architecture, Tall Buildings

 

Awards

2005 Award for Excellence: The Americas Urban Land Institute

2004 Masterwork Award Municipal Art Society of New York

2003 Project of the Year New York Construction

 

*SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates for its brand of interlayers. It is exclusively licensed by Kuraray and its sub-licensees.

 

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.

2015 W&W Glass Project Highlights

As we welcome in the New Year, we can’t help but reflect on an exciting and fruitful 2015! Let’s take a look back at some of the projects W&W Glass worked on over the last year…

 

21 West End Avenue (Riverside Center Building Two) located at Riverside South – Riverside Center. The facade on this 43-story condominium went up very quickly over 2015. Once completed, the property will be used for a mix of market-rate luxury rental apartments, affordable housing units, retail space, and a public school. The Hybrid-Wall® unitized curtain wall system with integrated operable windows that we installed was fabricated by Sotawall®. The podium curtain wall and punched windows were designed and supplied by Erie Architectural Products, Inc. The  1-⅜-inch insulating glass units for all systems were manufactured by Viracon. Working with architect SLCE and Dermot Company, Inc. (client), the project broke ground in early 2014 with an expected completion date during the summer of 2016, so things are right on track.

 

     
 

Reflecting on the cutting-edge, innovative designs W&W Glass worked on in 2015, the Flagship Microsoft Store – located on 677 Fifth Avenue – is a project we won’t soon forget. Working closely with architect Gensler and construction manager J.T. Magen & Company Inc., the facade uses high-tension, high-strength horizontal stainless steel rods to support the jumbo sized laminated 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 previously accomplished with other cable tension facades, 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 in a tight time frame for the October grand opening.

 

 

 

 

The unveiling of the Microsoft Store was held on October 26th, 2015. This coincided with the launch of Microsoft’s new line of tablets and entertainment devices, which drew a large crowd that lined 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. The new Microsoft Store facade was even featured in a holiday TV commercial!

2015 was a year of assorted media publication for many of W&W Glass’ new projects as well. 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. This overall project features glass-walled classrooms and laboratories, as well as a two-story, structural glass-enclosed atrium for exhibits, planetarium shows, and presentations. Architect Magazine also covered the Prism Tower, located at 400 Park Avenue South in New York City, while Denver publication The Front Porch reported on our conical, sloped structural glass Pilkington Planar™ cable wall at DIA’s Westin Hotel.

Last but definitely not least, one of our biggest and most exciting works of 2015 has been the Hudson Yards project. The progress here has been nothing short of tremendous and the final product will be incredible!

 

 
 
      
 
 

Dubbed the largest construction project of its kind, the Hudson Yards project master plan will include over 16 skyscrapers and 17,4400,000 sq. ft. of office, residential and retail space stretched across twenty-eight acres on the Far West Side. We’re proud to be a part of this project and are excited to bring you more updates as the project moves forward!

 

We can only hope that 2016 is as prosperous and exciting as last year! From our camp to yours, we wish you and yours the very best in 2016!

 

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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