More than ever, it has become the responsibility of specification writers to ensure curtain wall products’ performance, testing, and installations are defined IN ORDER to meet project requirements. A properly installed, field-assembled stock length curtain wall can meet industry leading performance standards, and support continued construction challenges with regard to availability of qualified labor, as well as fast-track project schedules.
Located between a high-tech corridor and a trendy neighborhood, Seattle’s Third & Harrison was envisioned by designers at Perkins+Will as a new, sustainably-designed icon for urban professionals interested in working close to the city’s natural elements.
Prior to the mid-20th century, building walls relied on their thickness and density to resist water penetration. Moisture would mainly deflect from the wall face or be absorbed and later evaporate from the mass wall.
In today’s construction climate, increasingly tight schedules and rapid building close-ins are highly critical to success. Many factors can contribute to a successful project, but the type of system and method of installation used on the building façade can have a large impact on a structure’s overall timeline.
Nothing gives construction teams heartburn faster than leaks in a newly installed curtain wall or storefront assembly. With the growing desire for glass-clad buildings and shorter construction schedules, there is a rise in easily avoidable leaks in glazing systems due to installation omissions and shortcuts.