Curtain wall, sunshades highlight history center

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 is hurricane rated and will earn the project Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design points.

The players: Architect, E. Verner Johnson & Associates, Boston; owner, Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, Tampa, Fla.; glazing contractor, West Tampa Glass, Tampa; glass fabricator, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; curtain wall system manufacturer, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga.; general contractor, Walbridge Aldinger Co., Tampa; sunshade supplier; C/S Construction Specialties, Cranford, N.J.

The glass and systems: Kawneer 1600 impact-rated curtain wall with Viracon 1 5/16-inch large and small missile impact glass in green, bronze and blue. Custom sunshades from Construction Specialties.

Read more about this project in the upcoming September issue of Glass Magazine.