'The first of the best'

Palmer Ridge High features more than 26,000 square feet of storefront and curtain wall framing
Sahely Mukerji
April 20, 2009

Metropolitan Glass Inc., Denver, #29

Metropolitan Glass Inc., Denver, jumped up to the 29th place from 44th in this year's 50 glazier list, with gross sales going up about $6 million. The company got involved with the Palmer Ridge High School project—a $1,373,051 contract—very early on in the design phase.

“Being able to provide pre-construction services is essential to a team oriented project. [It] promotes noticing potential pitfalls and overcoming them before it reaches the field,” says Sean Moore, pre-construction services, Metropolitan Glass. “Although you can’t prevent every pitfall in preconstruction, as a team you can already have established the framework and the skills to work through them cohesively. This encourages a mutually successful project for all parties.”

The project, completed in June 2008, went smoothly and incurred no problems on the field, Moore says.

The structure features approximately 21,500 square feet of glass installed in curtain wall and exterior storefront, and approximately 5,000 square feet of interior clear tempered monolithic glass installed in interior storefront.

The smooth sailing is directly attributed to the open communication between Metropolitan Glass and Saunders Construction personnel, Moore says. “We successfully installed over 26,000 square feet of storefront and curtain wall framing on time and within budget.”

Palmer Ridge is one of Metropolitan’s educational projects, the yearly revenue from which fluctuates between 10 percent and 20 percent, Moore says.

“The educational building segment is currently very strong in the Colorado market,” Moore says. “Colorado’s population continues to grow every year, which requires more and more educational facilities. Probably like most of the country right now the public market is the area that has funding available, which has created a very competitive market place. Normally you would see four to five general contractors bidding a project, now you see upwards to 30-40. This in turn spirals down to the subcontracting community having the same increased competition. Being the low responsive bidder is everyone’s goal, but when there is that much competition you can’t help but second guess your proposal when you are successful in today’s market.” 

E-mail Sahely Mukerji, senior editor, at smukerji@glass.org.

  • Palmer Ridge High School

    The project: Palmer Ridge High School,19255 Monument Hill Road, Monument, CO 80132

    The players: Owner, Lewis Palmer School #38, Monument, Colo.; architect, H + L Architecture, Denver; general contractor, Saunders Construction, Centennial, Colo.; glass subcontractor, Metropolitan Glass Inc., Denver; glass fabricator, Oldcastle Glass, Denver; glass manufacturer: PPG, Pittsburgh; aluminum supplier, Efco, Monett, Mo.;shop drawings and structural calculations, LTS Drafting & Engineering LLC, Centennial, Colo.

    The glass and systems
    Exterior insulating units: 1-inch insulating units with O.B. ¼-inch clear tempered with Solarban 60 on No. 2 surface; ½-inch mill air space; ¼-inch clear tempered; and I.B. ¼-inch clear tempered with Light White #1-0186 Frit #3
    Interior monolithic glass: ¼-inch clear tempered
    Aluminum swing doors, Series D518 Wide DuraStile; aluminum sliding doors, Series 2000 Sliding Doors, brake metal, .063 aluminum sheet; interior storefront, Series 402 2-inch-by- 4-1/2-inch; exterior windows, Series 3500 Sliding Thermal; exterior storefront, Series 403 2-inch-by- 4-1/2-inch; exterior storefront, Series 406 2-inch-by-6-1/2-inch; exterior curtain wall, Series 5900 2-1/2-inch-by-7-inch and 2-1/2-inch-by- 8-inch.