Great Glazing: Hunt Tower

The basics: Hunt Tower is a 235,000-square-foot Class A office building in Rogers, Arkansas. Housing multiple tenants, the vertically oriented building takes advantage of the area’s panoramic views. Two vertical structures make up the 10-story project, one clad in blue metal, the other in green. The high-rise has 11,450 square feet of garden terrace and features over 80,000 square feet of curtain wall.

The players: Architect, Core Architects; general contractor, Crossland Construction; contract glazier, Ace Glass Construction Co.; glass manufacturer, Vitro Architectural Glass; glass fabricator, Tristar Glass; metal systems suppliers, Kawneer Co., C.R. Laurence Co.

The glass and systems: Tristar Glass fabricated more than 80,000 square feet of 1-inch high-performance insulating glass from Vitro Architectural Glass, including Solarcool Gray on the No. 2 surface over clear with Solarban 60 low-emissivity on the No. 3.

Officials from Tristar discussed the project's challenges, particularly the highly reflective exterior glass type, making it important to keep distortion as low and consistent as possible. 

The project curtain wall is the unitized 1600 System 2 from Kawneer Co.

Other metal systems include 40,000 square feet of APS-WCE 175RS dryset/rain screen panel system, fabricated at Ace Glass. Point supported exterior glass canopies and railings were supplied by C.R. Laurence Co.

More information about Hunt Tower is available in Glass and Metals 101: An Introductory Guide to Glazing for Architects and Specifiers