Comcast tower earns LEED with high-performance glass

The basics: Philadelphia’s Comcast Tower, enclosed with high-performance glass, earned a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The 58-story building is the tallest LEED certified building in the nation, according to an article from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The players: Owner/developer, Liberty Property Trust, Malvern, Pa.; architect, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York; glazing Contractor, Enclos Corp, Eagan, Minn.; glass fabricator: J.E. Berkowitz, Pedricktown, N.J., Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh.

The glass and systems: Insulating glass with Solarban 60 Starphire for a 120-foot glass-enveloped winter garden; 3, three-story atria atop the winter garden;  a penthouse inset wall; and the two-story backlit crowns and corners that cap the structure. Viracon high-performance insulating glass for the curtain wall.

Photos courtesy of PPG Industries and Tom Kessler.