All-glass Vue tower stands tall in Charlotte

The basics: The glass-clad 51-story, 409-unit Vue Charlotte residential skyscraper in Charlotte, N.C., completed in September 2010, makes a mark on the skyline as the fourth-tallest building in the city, according to Vue officials. The residences, ranging from studios to penthouses, feature floor-to-ceiling glass and private balconies. The tower is clad in more than 226,000 square feet of glass and aluminum, and the glazing systems required extensive job-specific testing at Construction Research Laboratory, Miami, according to officials from YKK AP.

The players: Architect, FS Architecture P.C., St. Louis; general contractor, RJ Griffin, Atlanta; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; glazing system supplier, YKK AP, Austell, Ga.; glazing contractor, Glass Systems Inc., Lithonia, Ga.; project manager, J.E. Dunn Construction, Charlotte.

The glass and systems: The glass is primarily Viracon VE5-2M low-emissivity, with VE1-2M low-E at first floor retail and lobby. The YKK Systems includes YWW 60 T window wall, YCW 750 curtain wall, YSD 600 balcony doors and YOW 225 TU windows.