July 13, 2009
The basics: The Tampa Bay (Fla.) History Center stands as a glass jewel overlooking the Hillsborough River. The 60,000-square-foot center is part of the Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.2 mile stretch that will contain seven parks, 11 bridges and five museums when the project is completed. The five-story museum features a striking curtain wall containing three shades of glass and custom sunshades. The system...
July 5, 2009
The basics: Lofts at 655 6th Ave. is a 106 unit mixed use development in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp quarter. The structure is cast in place concrete with energy-efficient infill glazing. The project was the recipient of a 2008 Citation of recognition from the American Institute of Architects San Diego and a San Diego Orchid Award for public art.The players: Architect, Public Architecture...
June 29, 2009
The basics: In May, the Art Institute of Chicago opened its Modern Wing, a three-story addition enclosed in double-layered curtain wall that allows natural light into the galleries and offers views of the Chicago Skyline and Millennium Park. To maximize views and light, the interior walls needed to be transparent and meet fire and life safety codes. Architects chose fire-rated glass and framing...
June 22, 2009
“In addition to providing daylighting, the [multifunctional 2000 Skylight on the PCL] also played a large role in the concept of a ‘solar chimney.’ Designed to increase energy efficiency, the ‘chimney’ allows hot air to escape and cool air from the outside to enter the building.” —Lisa Szematowicz, LEED AP, associate product manager, Kawneer Co., Norcross...
June 12, 2009
The basics: The major renovation of Stamford Town Center, an urban marketplace in Fairfield County, Conn., transformed the aging mall into a lively, pedestrian-friendly and glass-enclosed shopping center. The center’s plaza is dominated by the curved façade around a Barnes & Noble set between two glass towers. The players: Developer, Taubman Co., Bloomfield Hills, Mich...
June 8, 2009
“We wanted a high-tech glass that would eliminate mechanical shading systems in several areas throughout the building due to the unique characteristics of the architectural layout. Our goal was to incorporate the latest and most innovative technologies in the center reflecting the innovative ongoing research in the facility, and to use energy saving systems where budget would allow.”...
June 1, 2009
The basics: The six-story, 515,000 square-foot Gateway Medical Center opened several months ahead of schedule meeting the needs of fast-growing Clarksville, Tenn., and replacing a 54-year-old structure with a modern, larger facility. By September 2008, the $179 million, 270-bed project had been named the "South Central Region's Best Health Care Project of 2008” by South Central...
May 25, 2009
The basics: The Technical Glass Products headquarters in Snoqualmie, Wash., office and manufacturing facility, features a TGP steel curtain wall system.The players: Architect, Callison, Seattle; developer, Opus Northwest, Minnetonka, Minn.; glazing contractor: Architectural Wall Systems Inc. Seattle; steel curtain wall supplier, Technical Glass Products, Snoqualmie, Wash....
May 18, 2009
Lenbrook Square, a 25-story, glass-enclosed senior living center in Atlanta, offers views of the city’s Buckhead community into every living space, according to a release from Trainor Glass Co., Alsip, Ill.
May 11, 2009
The basics: The new headquarters of EnCana Corp., Calgary, Alberta, one of the largest natural gas producers of North America, will be an 810-foot, 58-story office tower. Slated to be completed in 2011, "The Bow" tower will be the tallest in western Canada, according to officials from Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif. About 3,300 EnCana employees will relocate from...