Tag Archives: Curtain wall

Idaho’s tallest building replaces the Boise Hole

Located in downtown Boise, Eighth and Main’s 18-story mixed-use building is the tallest building in Idaho and the first in the state to use unitized curtain wall. Photos © Marc Walters Photography. Photos courtesy Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Rising above Boise’s skyline to become the tallest in Idaho, the Eighth and Main building prominently features a unitized glazed curtain wall and sunshades. The $76-million, 18-story mixed-use building opened last February, and is pursuing Silver through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

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Specifying Wall Cladding Fasteners

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Curtain walls are often the focal point of aesthetic design for a multi-story building. Behind the attractive façade are the pedestrian, yet arguably more important, functional components that ensure safety and reliability—fasteners that transfer loads both imposed and experienced by the assembly to the building’s structural framework.

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Duplex Stainless Steel Revolutionizes Structural Design

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Architectural and engineering firms are increasingly exploring stainless steel’s possibilities as a structural material as new research, structural codes, and design guides become available. Most designs have used the familiar Types 304L or 316L alloys from the austenitic family of stainless steels, but for all but the lightest sections, the duplex stainless steel family presents a much greater potential for innovation.

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Specifying Custom Curtain Walls

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Custom curtain wall assemblies provide an excellent way to create a true architectural signature on a building. These systems are most often used to make a key statement at the entrance or podium level, and to convey the design language of the building. The ‘investment’ made in them is as much about the firm’s design reputation, as it is about actual project budget.

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Making the NAFS short-form specification work

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Fenestration products are becoming undeniably more complex as performance expectations diversify and tighten. The same is true of the standards guiding both designers and specifiers of these products. The focus of these standards is the American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Window and Door Manufacturers Association/Canadian Standards Association (AAMA/WDMA/CSA) 101/I.S. 2/A440, North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights (NAFS).

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