Chicago gets copper clad tower


Courtesy of Dri-Design

“Many different architectural design elements or attributes of the curtain wall areas were able to be achieved by utilizing a single curtain wall system. This facilitated keeping the project within the owner's budget. The punched and ribbon windows within the copper anodized panel system adds to the uniqueness and aesthetic quality of the building design.” -- Jon Norris, Senior Project Manager, Arcadia Products Inc.

The basics:

Completed in October, Chicago’s Parkview West condominiums feature copper-colored anodized metal panels introduced to a high-rise building for the first time in the United States by architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz, according to a Linetec release. Dri-Design manufactured the metal panel system and Linetec finished the panels with a proprietary anodize process that mimics the metallic quality of copper while preventing salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion or patina. Complementing the copper finish, a curved glass façade offers residents floor-to-ceiling views and masonry accents pick up design elements from nearby brick structures. The 47-story, 450,000 square-foot tower cost $121.9 million, with glazing valued at $10.9 million.

The players:

Architect, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago; general contractor, Power Construction Co., Schaumburg, Ill.; glazing contractor, Arcadia Products Inc., Northbrook, Ill.; glass fabricator, Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif.; curtain wall/window wall fabricator, Oldcastle Glass Engineered Products, Dallas; metal panel system supplier, Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.; metal panel finisher, Linetec, Wausau, Wis.; metal panel installer, Tuschall Engineering Co. , Burr Ridge, Ill.; owner or developer, MCL Cos., Chicago.

The glass and systems:

One-inch insulating vision glass consists of ¼-inch Guardian SunGuard AG-43 on green reflective low-E coated No. 2 surface, ½-inch air space, and ¼-inch clear. Spandrel for the mechanical penthouse is made up of ¼-inch Guardian SunGuard AG-43 on green reflective low-E coated No. 2 surface, ½-inch air space, and ¼-inch clear with warm gray ceramic frit on No. 4 surface. Oldcastle furnished its Series 300 aluminum curtain wall system and Series 650 ribbon window framing, both thermally improved. The curtain wall system was stick-built on site by Arcadia, and ribbon windows were pre-assembled in Arcadia's shop. The framing has a two-coat Duranar coating on the exterior and a Polycron finish on the interior.