Uptown Dallas gets sustainable luxury condominium

Our most challenging work on Azure Tower had to be the taking over of the manufacturing and fabrication of the curtain wall, window wall, and sliding door systems. Our cladding manufacturer could not complete the project, thus Haley-Greer had to take the manufacturing over in order to meet our contractual construction schedule obligations. Haley-Greer is an erector of engineered wall systems designed for specific projects; we do not consider ourselves manufacturers or fabricators. We immediately took steps to hire qualified personal to complete the engineering as well as experienced fabricators. In addition, we secured approximately 90,000 square feet of additional warehouse space to perform the work.”  —Jeff Benson, vice president of project management, Haley-Greer Inc.

The basics:

Completed in December, 2007, the Azure luxury condominium tower at Wolf and McKinnon streets is expected to achieve a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C. Glazing for the 31-story building cost $8 million.

The players:

Developer, Harwood International, Dallas; Architect, James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia; general contractor, Balfour Beatty, London; glazing contractor, Haley-Greer Inc., Dallas; glass fabricator, Vitro America, Memphis; curtain wall supplier, X-Clad Inc., Pelham, Ala., now defunct, and Haley-Greer Inc.; window wall supplier, Rowlett Architectural Products Inc., Rowlett, Texas.

The glass and systems:

Azure features 143,000 square feet of 1-inch EnergyGlaze insulating glass with outboard lite of 6-millimeter Guardian Neutral Plus 61 low-E, and 6-millimeter clear for inboard lite. Vitro America fabricated 3/8-inch clear tempered with high polished edgework for the balcony guardrails. Curtain wall and window wall consist of unitized thermally improved aluminum systems.

Photo courtesy of Wes Thompson Photography, Dallas.