Innovations in Glass

2018 Glass Magazine Award winners showcase complex designs, improved performance and advanced technologies
Norah Dick and Olivia Parker
August 22, 2018
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION : AWARDS

Most Innovative Curtain Wall Project (buildings 6 floors or more)

Bridgestone Americas Headquarters

Harmon Inc.

Bridgestone Americas HQ
Photo courtesy of Harmon Inc.

Bridgestone Americas’ new headquarters rises above the Nashville, Tennessee, skyline with an eye-catching glass façade courtesy of Harmon Inc. The company installed 340,000 square feet of its UCW8000 high performance unitized curtain wall system on the 30-story tower.

The fly-by curtain wall panels on the corner of the building, which transition into the screen walls above the roof, form a striking design element of the project. Tim Ryals, general manager, southeast region, Harmon, credits the success of the feature to collaboration. “Through collaborative efforts, the project team designed the support and anchorage needed to maintain a very clean look,” he says.

Innovation can also be seen at the ground floor, with a lobby enclosure with glass spans of 10 feet and no vertical mullions. Supplied by Sentech, the system creates an open-feeling space, says Ryals, and also allows for uninterrupted views of Nashville’s entertainment district.

The Harmon team worked through a fast-tracked schedule, a challenge further complicated by the lack of a significant design prior to the award to Harmon. “We worked hand-in-hand with the design team at an early phase to incorporate constructible details into the design so that we did not have any major re-design efforts as the project progressed,” says Ryals.

Alexander Metals furnished and installed the aluminum panels as a subcontract for Harmon. Viracon supplied insulating VRE1-46 and VRE19-46 on the tower, as well as laminated VNE13-63 at the podium wall. Brasfield & Gorrie was the general contractor. The architect was Perkins + Will. Metal finishes included Sunstorm and Duracron by PPG. The developer was Highwoods Properties.  

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