Glazing shines on green and safe police headquarters

Photos by Greg Wilson Group, Sarasota.

The basics: The six-story Sarasota (Fla.) Police Headquarters, clad in various glazing systems, was designed for energy performance and safety, able to meet stringent hurricane codes and security requirements. Daylighting was critical to building design, and the headquarters features 40,000 square feet of exterior glass and 6,000 square feet of interior glass, with a total glazing value topping $2 million. The building was designed to achieve the Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

The players: Architect, Architect Design Group Inc., Winter Park, Fla.; general contractor, Kraft Construction, Sarasota; glazing contractor, Key Glass, Bradenton, Fla.; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; framing system supplier, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga.; bullet-resistant glazing supplier, Armortex, Schertz, Texas; additional interior glass supplier, Virginia Glass Products, Ridgeway, Va.; metals fabrication company, Florida Aluminum & Steel, Ft. Myers, Fla.

The glass and systems: The exterior glass alternates between translucent and vision, and is 1 5/16-inch blue-green insulating, laminated low-E (VE6-2M) impact-rated glass, some with a Polar White interlayer for translucency. The interior features Level 3-rated ballistic glass and ½-inch clear tempered glass. The main framing system is Kawneer 1600 Wall System 1 curtain wall. Additional framing systems include the Kawneer IR 350 Entrances for the exterior doors, and the Kawneer 350 Medium Stile Entrances with TriFab VersaGlaze 450 framing system for the interior doors and storefront. The systems were finished in a clear anodize. The south elevation curtain wall also features a full-span decorative aluminum sunshade.

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