6sqft.com Coverage of Queens Plaza Tower Progress

6sqft.com Coverage of Queens Plaza Tower Progress

US Glass News & 6sqft.com recently created and released an update on 3 projects we are working on at Queens Plaza in Long Island City.

 

Of the 30+ under-construction and proposed projects in Long Island City, many of the tallest and bulkiest are located near Queens Plaza, including this trio of slab-glass rental towers from Tishman Speyer and H&R Real Estate Investment Trust that will bring nearly 1,800 new apartments to the area. The residential buildings–located at 28-34 Jackson Avenue, 28-10 Jackson Avenue and 30-02 Queens Boulevard–are directly adjacent to Tishman’s two-towered commercial venture that will be home to WeWork, Macy’s, and a food hall. CityRealty recently stopped by the construction to see how things are shaping up at the rentals, which from the looks of it are well on their way to welcoming in LIC’s newest batch of residents.

 


Midtown East Queens initial concept by FXFOWLE Architects

 

The project began way back in the last days of the Giuliani Administration, when FXFOWLE Architects designed a 4.2 million-square-foot development called “Midtown East Queens.” The $1.4 billion scheme, which would’ve been a trio of crystalline-shaped towers, fell through after September 11th, but in 2004, the New York City Economic Development Corporation signed a deal with Tishman for a 99-year lease on the city-owned property that stipulated that Tishamn would have to build no later than 2015.


Long Island City, Tishman Speyer, 28-10 Jackson Avenue
Residential tower at 28-10 Jackson Avenue (L); Commercial tower at 28-07 Jackson Avenue (R)

 

In 2008, the Department of Health signed a $316 million deal to be the anchor tenant for the first building on the mega-site, an office building known as 2 Gotham Center. The 21-story, curving glass building was designed by MdeAS and opened in 2011. Directly east at 28-07 Jackson Avenue, two more office towers from MdeAS, 1 and 3 Gotham Center, have just begun construction. They’ll rise to 30 and 29 stories and offer over one million square feet of space, which includes a four-story retail building with a 1.5-acre park on its roof that will house a food hall, fitness center, and restaurants. As 6sqft previously explained, “Tishman was prepared to build the complex on spec, but ended up pre-leasing nearly half of the $700 million development, or more than 800,000 square feet–250,000 to WeWork Cos. and 550,000 to Macy’s Inc.”

 

Long Island City, Tishman Speyer, 28-10 Jackson Avenue
Residential tower at 28-10 Jackson Avenue (L); Commercial tower at 28-07 Jackson Avenue (R). Via Tishman Speyer

 

Visit the original article on 6sqft.com by clicking here.

 

The easternmost parcel will hold the three residential towers, which were first conceptualized when Tishman teamed up with Toronto-based H&R Real Estate Investment Trust in 2014. In addition to 1,789 rental units, the $875 million trio will contain roughly 3,000 square feet of retail space and a 2.5-acre central park. The reflective blue glass design comes via Hill West, who have randomly placed darker panes on some elevations to create a pixelated appearance.

 


View from Queens Plaza South

 


28-10 Jackson Avenue has reached its full 504-foot height

 

Since construction began in 2015, 28-10 has reached its 504-foot pinnacle, with the others not far behind. The residential complex is planned to be complete by 2018, while the commercial development should wrap up by 2019.

Comcast Technology Center Project Featured by Curbed Philadelphia

We are pleased to see a project we recently worked on receiving some attention, this time reported by Curbed Philadelphia. We installed the fin wall lobby entrance on the very beautiful Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, PA designed by award-winning architect Foster + Partners.

 

Comcast Technology Center Glass Lobby by W&W Glass
Photo credit Curbed Philadelphia

 

The below article has great photos of our Pilkington Planar™ glass fin wall system being installed by the W&W Glass team. The 143’ wide x 58’ tall wall used high-performance Pilkington 66/33 ProT low-e coated Pilkington Planar™ heavy-duty glass units hung off of triple-ply SentryGlas® laminated glass fins.

 

Read more: http://philly.curbed.com/2016/12/19/14008388/comcast-technology-center-interior-photos

 

Comcast Technology Center W&W Glass
Photo credit Curbed Philadelphia

 

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

W&W Glass ranked 152 in ENR Top 600

ENR-Top600-BadgeThe Engineering News-Record’s Top 600 Specialty Contractor List is a collection of the best and brightest companies across the construction industry. W&W Glass is honored to make the list again for 2016 and proud to be moving up, raising up forty-five spots from 197 in 2015 to 152. 

 

We are proud of the work we do and the team we have… Recognition on this level is always very rewarding. We look forward to maximizing our potential with the completion of new complex projects throughout 2017!

 

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.

MdeAS Architects 25th Anniversary

We wanted to take a moment to share a great video our friends at MdeAS Architects produced to commemorate their 25th Anniversary as well as congratulate an outstanding architecture firm we’ve had the pleasure of doing business with on multiple projects over the years on such an impressive and meaningful milestone! Please enjoy their 25th Anniversary video: 

 

 

MdeAS Architects is an award-winning architecture firm based in New York City. With an expertise in high-performance glass facades, the firm’s body of work is varied across project types, including commercial, public space, residential and interior projects. 

 

Our work alongside MdeAS has been primarily within our Pilkington Planar™ point-supported structural glass and Sotawall curtainwall division. We are and always have been proud to be a partner in assisting MdeAS Architects with the creation of truly iconic buildings and look forward to working on more in the future!

 

Please have a look at some of their projects here and keep an eye out for some familiar addresses!

 

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.

 

Architectural Record Continuing Education

We are always happy to contribute to educational resources whenever and however we can. Recently, we had the opportunity to work in conjunction with Architectural Record and contribute our own projects and expertise in order to help complete an online Continuing Education course allowing architects to earn 1 AIA LU as well as 0.1 IACET CEU!

 

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First Impressions

The latest in glass, aluminum, aluminum composite, structural steel, and wood present an extensive design palette of opportunity for building facade designers
 

Continuing Education

 

Learning Objectives – After reading this article, you should be able to:Dec-Facades-1

  1. Identify the various roles that the facade ideally plays within a well-designed building.
  2. Describe the main benefits and applications of aluminum, aluminum composite material, and structural steel cladding.
  3. Differentiate between the various glass facade systems, including stick-built curtain wall, unitized facades, point-supported structural systems, storefront, window wall, and entry systems.
  4. Explain how kinetic facade systems work and the benefits they bring.

 

Credits:

 1 AIA LU
 0.1 IACET CEU

 

Take the course here

 

 

 

We were also featured a few times in the latest issue of Architectural Record!  

 

 

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

W&W Glass #6 on ENR 2016 New York Top Specialty Firms List

As reported by the Engineering News-Record, we are proud to have risen from #10 to #6 on this year’s New York Top Specialty Firms list and appreciative of their coverage of our Hudson Yards project in the below article:

(Read original article here)

Specialty Firms Continue to Flourish in Region

Construction is thriving in the New York area, and specialty contractors are taking advantage of the opportunity

Revenue for the Top Specialty Contractors in New York and New Jersey reached $2.6 billion in 2015, with the top 10 firms on ENR New York’s 2016 ranking accounting for nearly $2 billion of that. EMCOR Group Inc., No. 1 for the second year in a row, reported that revenue rose 5.4%, to $696 million, with work booming in both mechanical and electrical construction in both states.

 

O’Connell Electric Co. rose one notch to fourth place on the list this year and CEO Victor Salerno expects another lucrative year moving forward. 


View ENR’s 2016 New York Top Specialty Contracting Firms


“Construction in our primary New York state markets has been reasonably robust over the past year, leading to our largest sales volume ever,” says Salerno. He notes several very large utility projects, including a large transmission line and substation. “We anticipate that these opportunities will continue into the next year,” he says.

 

Electrical construction is a busy specialty for firms on the list: E-J Electric Installation Co., which rose to second place this year from No. 3 in 2015, is engaged in work on the $71.5-million Queens Midtown Tunnel project. Chairman J. Robert Mann says the future is bright. “There is a terrific amount of P3 (public-private partnership) work in New York that should materialize in the next year,” he says. “This will be a big spike in construction for the next five to 10 years. We don’t expect this to happen again so everyone is trying to take opportunities as they come along.”

 

Among mechanical contractors, Comfort Systems USA rose four places on the list to No. 7 with 2015 regional revenue increasing to $110 million from $105 million.

 

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 7.52.57 AMContractors in other specialities also made appearances among the top 10 firms. P.A.L. Environmental Safety Corp., No. 9 on this year’s list, is doing asbestos and lead abatement work at 370 Jay Street, a $6.66-million project in Brooklyn for New York University. The firm reported revenue of $104 million in 2015, up from the $100 million it reported in 2014.

 

W&W Glass LLC, No. 6 on this year’s list, is doing glazing and curtain wall work as part of a $68-million project at 1271 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. The company climbed from No. 10 in last year’s ranking, with a revenue increase of 18%.

 

According to the New York Building Congress, regional construction is on pace for continued growth. President Richard T. Anderson says new office construction will continue to push the market through 2019. “If all goes right, we could see upward of 13 million square feet of additional office space under construction when 2020 rolls around,” he says.

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