Great Glazing: Texas Children’s Hospital, Neurological Research Institute

Photos courtesy of Haley-Greer

The basics: Texas Children's Hospital Neurological Research Institute has reshaped the heart of the Houston Medical Center with its iconic aluminum and glass twisted tower, according to officials from Haley-Greer. The northwest corner of the building was designed and built to mimic the spiral of DNA. The twisted tower concept required significant time in engineering as the geometry applied to each floor changed, according to Haley-Greer.

The players: Owner, Texas Children's Hospital; architect, Perkins+Will; general contractor, Tellepsen Builders; glazing contractor, Haley-Greer; glazing system supplier, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope; glass fabricator, Viracon.

The glass and systems: 88,000-square-foot custom aluminum glazing system, the 650 Thermal Series from Texas Wall Systems (now Oldcastle BE), with Viracon VRE1-38 radiant low-emissivity insulating glass. The building also features sunshade modules with airfoil blades at the ribbon windows and aluminum wall panels throughout. The glass and glazing contract was about $14 million.