Great Glazing: Ace Hotel, New Orleans

Photos by Timothy Hursley Photography, courtesy of Winco

The basics:  Opened in March 2016, Ace Hotel New Orleans transformed the 1928 Art Deco, nine-story Barnett’s Furniture building into a 234-room boutique hotel with a vintage-inspired interior. The 184,000-square-foot, mixed-use hotel and retail center combines two historic buildings with a new, four-story structure. The project called for multiple window solutions including hurricane resistance, historic replication, thermal performance and acoustic control from the busy street below the guest rooms. Restoring the historic portion’s exterior required a total window replacement.

The players:  Architect, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; general contractor, Broadmoor LLC and Palmisano Contractors; contract glazier, DeGeorge Glass Co.; glass manufacturer, Vitro Architectural Glass; glass fabricator, Insulite Glass Co.; window manufacturer, Winco Windows; window finisher, Linetec

The glass and systems:  Winco Windows replicated the original true divided lite windows by studying old photographs of the building, as the 1920s wood-framed hung windows were replaced in the 1980s with fixed windows that did not reflect the building’s character.

The project uses Winco Series 3250 steel replica windows at the street level and single hung Winco Series 4410 windows with vertical mullions on the upper floors. The windows incorporate Solarban 70XL glass by Vitro Architectural Glass, and are finished with a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride resin-based coating from Linetec.

In addition to thermal performance, the windows needed to meet the area’s hurricane codes and required additional metal framing to reinforce the jambs. The building’s crumbling, nearly 100-year-old walls required Winco and DeGeorge Glass Co. to create a new strapping system to attach to vertical studs on the interior. This reinforcement ensured that the old walls could handle the heavy hurricane resistant laminated glass windows. The laminate, used on the outboard lite to help unify the appearance of the windows, offers acoustic protection.

“The advanced research, partnership, design and testing allowed for a final installation that was able to the building to its original glory and design, while meeting the current stringent, high-performance window and hurricane codes,” says Winco’s technical sales and business development manager, Kurtis Suellentrop, EIT.