Glass icon on Tampa Riverwalk


The basics: The Tampa Bay (Fla.) History Center, a $52-million, 60,000-square-foot museum, stands as a glass jewel overlooking the Hillsborough River and is part of the Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.2-mile stretch that will contain seven parks, 11 bridges and five museums when the project is completed.

The players: Architect, E. Verner Johnson & Associates, Boston;  glazing contractor, West Tampa Glass, Tampa; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; curtain wall system manufacturer, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga.; general contractor, Walbridge Aldinger Co., Tampa; sunshade supplier, C/S Construction Specialties, Cranford, N.J.

The glass and systems: 1600 curtain wall with steel supports to accommodate custom sunshades; 1 5/16-inch large and small missile impact glass for the project. The glass is green on the north side, bronze in the middle and blue on the south side. All glass features a low-emissivity coating and is reflective to improve thermal performance.