Great Glazing: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

The basics: In 2013, Enclos Corp. completed a re-clad of one of the largest applications of space frame technology in the world for the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Enclos was responsible for the complete retrofit, including removal of the existing facade and the engineering, fabrication and installation of new curtain wall and skylight systems. Enclos and Baker Metal Products provided fabrication services, with Enclos handling the assembly and glazing of curtain-wall units. To speed both the removal and installation of the glazing systems, Enclos operated its own dedicated tower crane throughout the construction process. A double picking technique (lifting two units at a time by crane) was employed.

The players: Architects, I.M. Pei & Partners and Javits II Architects; engineer, Weidlinger Associates; general contractor, Tishman Construction; façade consultant, R.A. Heintges & Associates; glazing contractor, fabrication, design, Enclos Corp.; metal fabrication, Baker Metal Products; glass fabricator, Viracon.

The glass and systems: Re-clad of a three-story, 150-foot façade, totaling 469,000 square feet. The façade features a four-sided structurally glazed system with exterior wet seal glass. The project uses 1 1/8-inch IGU’s spanning 10 feet by 10 feet, or 5 feet by 10 feet.