Tag Archives: Curtain wall

Anaheim station a hub of environmental design

ARTIC’s design called for the use of insulating glass with spectrally selective, low-e coatings that can provide solar heat gain control in conjunction with color-neutral reflection and transmission.

Structurally reinforced insulated glass curtain wall assemblies are front and center in the design of California’s Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Owned and built by the city, this three-story, parabolic, long-span, grid-shell structure creates a welcoming space with open circulation and a light-filled atrium.

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Aluminum curtain wall coatings on 21st century façades

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Skyscraper cities, while conceptually rooted in mid-20th century architecture, are being reinvented to appeal to a new generation—and a new market. Their design is a topic of enduring interest in the world of architecture. The latest trend of supertall structures is defined by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as taller than 300 m (984 ft).

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UL announces new testing services for building envelopes

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Underwriters Laboratories (UL) launched new curtain wall mockup and field testing capabilities for building envelopes. The global safety science organization’s services provide performance testing to determine the rate of air infiltration, water penetration, structural, impact, and cyclical performance for windows, doors, and curtain walls.

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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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