Volume 24, Issue 2 - March/April 2010


Silver Glass Curtainwall Shines on New Trump® Hotel
Designed by Handel Architects, Trump SoHo™ New York is the Trump Hotel Collection’s first hotel in Downtown New York, and is set to open its doors later this year. The, 46-story, 391-room tower is clad in a silver glass curtainwall supplied by Viracon.

In describing the tower, information from Handel Architects says, “As a 24-hour building type, hotels have the unique ability to activate the streetscape as well as distinguish the skyline. The intent of the building design is to express this internal, dynamic life and its relationship to its urban surroundings by creating a singular material expression revealing the public theater of the hotel public spaces through clear glass while concealing the more private functions with translucent glass. The banquet level will be clad in glass with a metal-mesh interlayer and colored glass accents, both revealing and concealing the ever-changing life of its interior. Above the podium, the tower reaches skyward 450 feet. Within the body of the tower, select vistas from the hotel suites are ‘captured’ from urban-scaled windows projecting out from the face of the tower.”

Georgetown University’s New Building Wins Craftsmanship Awards
The Washington Building Congress has awarded the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company the Craftsmanship Awards for its work on the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Rafik B. Hariri Building. The award was presented for its glass railing and ornamental metal work in the Simone McDonough Atrium and Lohrfink Auditorium, which was done by Tate Ornamental.

The Craftsmanship Awards recognize the outstanding skill and achievement of individual craftsmen in the local construction community.

The Rafik B. Hariri Building at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business is a 179,000 square foot structure that opened in June 2009. It houses all of the school’s business education programs. Major gifts from alumni funded the design and construction of the $82.5 million facility.

Emporis Selects Chicago’s Aqua Tower as 2009 Skyscraper of the Year
The jury of the Emporis Skyscraper Award named Aqua, an 81-story residential and hotel tower in Chicago, its 2009 Skyscraper of the Year. The award, now celebrating its tenth year, is given annually to a building at least 100 meters tall and completed within the award year.

Designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects of Chicago, Aqua intersperses undulating balconies with flat glassy planes to create a wavy facade in keeping with its nautical theme. Gang says the effect has been compared to a rippled curtain or the striated limestone formations common to the Great Lakes region.

The tower features low-E coated insulating glass in all windows; frit patterned glass was also used in the railings to help prevent bird strikes.

Aqua is currently the 40th tallest building in the United States and has a height of 249.7 meters (819.34 feet) measured from its main entrance.

According to the announcement, members of the jury praised Aqua for having a fascinating shape and appearance that change dramatically depending on the perspective. It was also cited as a “brilliant technical achievement” for the precision of its construction, and lauded as an application of green design innovations to an extremely large building project.

The developer, Magellan Development Group LLC, has applied for LEED certification.

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