Pre-glazing allows for speedy completion on auto racing association headquarters

“The project was designed with a hurricane-resistant, insulating laminated glass that made the pre-glazed window panels heavy. We had to use a engineered mechanical jack/small crane to be as productive as possible with this heavy load window panels. We actually had to run two shifts in our shop -- 24 hours -- for one month to be able to have enough pre-glazed window panels, for how fast our field guys were installing them.”— Alvaro Correa, project manager, West Tampa Glass, Tampa.

The basics: The glass-clad International Motorsports Center, Daytona Beach, Fla., is home to the corporate headquarters for the International Speedway Corp., NASCAR and Grand-Am Racing Association. Fittingly, speed was of the essence for glazing contractors on the job. “This was a very fast-track project for us," Correa says. "The only way to make it happen was to have a pre-glazed system that allowed us to dry in as soon as we [installed] the window.”  The building, half curtain wall, half panel system, was completed in October 2009.

The players: Architect, Gensler & Associates, Tampa; general contractor, BE&K Building Group Inc., Maitland, Fla.; glazing contractor and framing supplier, West Tampa Glass, Tampa; glass Fabricator; Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.

The glass and systems: 1 5/16-inch large missile-impact glass; 1 5/16-inch small missile-impact glass; 9/16-inch large missile-impact glass; 9/16-inch small missile-impact glass—all glass types featured a low-emissivity coating very reflective with thermal properties. Panel system; WTG-300 and WTG-200. Framing systems, pre-glazed curtain wall WTG-900; pre-glazed curtain wall WTG-700; pre-glazed window wall WTG-500. The project features a two-tone finish on aluminum, using white inside and metallic silver outside.