Leaving a legacy often requires fortitude of purpose and character that only the best among us can realize, regardless of pursuit. In athletics, the pinnacle of success is that of an Olympic gold medalist, a champion among all. In construction and design, legacies may not be as easily quantified but once the truly spectacular is achieved it is hard to ignore.
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.
When daylighting and durability are equal priorities in a project’s design, polycarbonate glazing systems can meet these performance requirements as well as support safety, sustainability, aesthetic, and economic goals.
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.