Great Glazing: Galleria II Mall renovation

Photo by William Lemke,
courtesy of Super Sky Products

The basics: Renovation of The Galleria II Mall project in Houston--including the replacement of existing skylights with new watertight, structurally sound vault skylights with gable ends--was underway when Hurricane Ike struck the shopping center. The glazing team had removed and installed one unit; however, the hurricane hit Houston during installation of the second unit. "Although all of the glass units were set, the caulking operations were only 50 percent completed when the hurricane hit," said Todd Wilde, project manager, Super Sky Products, in a Linetec release. "Every attempt was made to keep the unit watertight; however, some water infiltration did occur, causing minor damage. After the hurricane had passed, the installation of the second unit was completed and repairs were made to the interior finishes." Super Sky Products supplied two vault skylights to help protect the property and its occupants in future storm events, while providing daylighting to the retail space, according to the release.

The players: Owner, Simon Property Group Inc.; specialty engineer, French Engineering LLC; glazing system manufacturer and installer, Super Sky Products Enterprises LLC, a subsidiary of Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions; glass fabricator, Viracon Inc.; glazing system finisher, Linetec.

The glass and systems: Each of the skylight units spans about 81 feet in length and 42 feet in width. These skylights feature 10,000 square feet of Viracon VS2-14 insulating, laminated glass, specified to mitigate Texas' severe heat and storms. The aluminum frames are finished in clear anodize.