January 4, 2010
The basics: The 160-story Burj Dubai, renamed Burj Khalifa at its Jan. 4 opening celebration, surpassed the 101-story Taipei 101 in Taiwan as the world’s tallest building, according to a Jan. 4 article from the New York Times. Burj Khalifa rises 2,717 feet and offers views that can reach 60 miles, according to the article. The tower is about twice the height of New York...
December 14, 2009
The basics: The new California Court of Appeals Fifth Appellate District building in Fresno features a curved curtain wall made of efficient glazing products. The curved shape of the curtain wall and the integration of an inner courtyard were distinct design components, and project managers were concerned that the shape of the walls and courtyard would lead to leaking. According to a Kawneer...
December 7, 2009
The basics: Philadelphia’s Comcast Tower, enclosed with high-performance glass, earned a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The 58-story building is the tallest LEED certified building in the nation, according to an article from the Philadelphia Business Journal.The players: Owner/developer, Liberty Property Trust...
November 30, 2009
“Because the building was designed without a HVAC system, it was critical that it was constructed in a way that would allow the building to naturally maintain a cool temperature,” said Tim Hensley, project manager, Issaquah Glass, Issaquah, Wash.The basics: The 64,600-square-foot Terry Thomas building achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for its...
November 20, 2009
In May 2009, renovation was completed on Pittsburg (Kan.) State University’s Porter Hall, the original student library. Historical window systems were used to recreate the appearance of the original steel windows while featuring a thermally improved frame and insulating glass. The project received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design remodel certification from the U.S. Green...
November 16, 2009
Syracuse (N.Y.) University opened the 230,000-square-foot, $107 million Life Sciences Complex in August 2008. The bright and open atmosphere of the daylit building offers a welcome change for faculty and students who previously worked in darkened rooms, many with no windows. Now almost all work spaces—classrooms, labs and offices—have exterior views.
November 9, 2009
"While patient safety remains a primary consideration in psychiatric applications, many health care facilities are seeking to create a more home-like and healing atmosphere with natural light and unrestricted views to the outside. Windowless environments or openings with jail-like bars or heavy security screens can feel imposing and constricting, which may not be conducive to positive mental...
November 2, 2009
View an installation photo gallery.“We had the equipment manufacturer make a vacuum cup lifter that would lift the glass from the truck that was on the ground and automatically bring it over to the exact installation site with the men standing by. With a press of a button the lifter would self level the glass, and a built-in chain fall would lower the glass gradually, guide it over the shoe...
October 23, 2009
The architects renovating the Wall Street Mall in Dunedin, New Zealand, specified decorative glass for the interior and exterior of the building. The large decorative glass lites on the exterior serve aesthetic and functional purposes.
October 19, 2009
Salmon Bay Landing is a 34,500-square-foot office condominium located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. Minutes from Fisherman’s Terminal and 200 feet from the banks of the Ballard Ship Canal, Salmon Bay Landing is part of the redevelopment of the area that includes Salmon Bay Marine Center, the largest super-yacht moorage facility on the West Coast.