Tampa International Airport

Officials from Tampa International Airport took on an engineering challenge when they decided to spice up their parking garage with an eye-catching logo display.

“They were asking for some type of decorative glass signage of their logo [to] add some uniqueness to an otherwise bland structure—something high tech and interesting. And they wanted to do a structural glass wall,” says Jeff Haber, managing partner for W&W Glass Systems Inc. in Nanuet, N.Y.

Airport officials and architects from Gresham Smith and Partners in Tampa chose a 30-foot-wide, 40-foot-tall structural glass wall system for parking garage, using more than 20 silk screens to create the logo on the glass, Haber says. “It's literally a decorative screen wall mounted to the face of the parking structure,” he says.

W&W Glass engineered and fabricated the system, using laminated glass measuring about 5 feet by 7 feet. The units consist of a 6-millimeter Pilkington Optiwhite outer lite, a SentryGlas Plus interlayer and a 10-millimeter low-iron Pilkington Optiwhite inboard light. DuPont of Wilmington, Del., supplied the interlayer.

“This is a very interesting project because we used the Pilkington Planar integral fitting where the bolt is buried inside the inner layer,” Haber says.

Stainless steel spider mount castings attach to two stainless steel pre-truss systems, fabricated by TriPyramid Structures Inc. in Westford, Mass. Pilkington Architectural of St. Helens, United Kingdom, fabricated the glass and the fittings.

Garrison Glass Co. of Tampa served as the contract glazier.