University of Miami building stands up to storms

April 10, 2007

The basics: Architects for the 15-story, 338,000-square foot University of Miami Clinical Research Building relied on hurricane-resistant laminated glass to protect the building from high winds and debris during possible storms while allowing for ample daylight. The building envelope proved its strength when it sustained 120 mile per hour winds during Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 with only one window breaking.
The players: Architect, Perkins + Will, Miami; general contractor, Bovis Lend Lease, Miami; glazier, curtain wall supplier, skylight supplier, Permasteelisa CS, Miami; fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.
The glass: 1 5/16-inch insulating units with a low-emissivity coating on the No. 2 surface, and an inboard laminated lite for windborne debris protection.

Read more about the research building in the April 2007 issue of glass magazine, or click here.