Volume 21, Issue 2 - April/May/June 2007

Colorful Glass for Casino

JCJ Architecture’s design of the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, a 26-floor hotel and spa in Niagara Falls, N.Y., is based on the Native-American owners’ philosophy of balancing natural elements and materials with their cultural beliefs and native histories. This $153-million destination resort building’s base is natural stone embodying the land; an abstract mountain landscape rises from the base; and above that the building’s reflective skin mirrors the sky. The water that nourishes the land is depicted using vertical multi-colored lighting appearing to “fall” from the “sky.” As the water falls, an illuminated blue “waterfall” cascades through the mountains to the “woodlands” below. The arc of the main portico is decorated with stained glass representing the woodlands’ changing seasons. 

The project’s 200,000-square-foot curtainwall utilizes a standard, unitized system from Vistawall that is attached to concrete floor slabs with embedded stud plates and an adjustable anchoring system to accommodate building tolerances of 1 inch in and out and 1 inch up and down. The 7 5/8-inch deep curtainwall system features 2 ½-inch wide framing members and 3-inch deep protruding covers in select locations. Its multi-colored feature is created by changing glass colors. The glass is 1-inch insulating, ACH (Visteon) Versalux green, blue and green 2000 coated with Viracon’s high performance VE-2M low-E.

The finish on the aluminum framing is a standard two-coat, non-metallic Kynar paint on exterior exposed surfaces while the interior exposed surfaces are clear anodized. The mullion spacing is an efficient 5 foot on center and there is minimal horizontal in the system. Where the glass changes color on an angle, an angled mullion is provided. 

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