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The uniqueness of this system is the are more and more enthusiastic about
oversized three-dimensional curtainwall this approach.
units incorporating two sides and a
“Some clients can be risk adverse,
and prefer that an architect design with
“Our relationship with the Clemens time-tested systems.Here,it was essen-
canopy.Another special feature is a verti- Construction Company was critical.In- tial that Midwood be excited about how
cal truss assembly consisting of filigree novation takes a high level of trust, so design could maximize their invest-
stainless-steel rods that stabilize each the whole team can go at it together. ment’s potential,making a building that
vertical aluminum mullion in order to The trend to bring the contract glazier would be worth owning in the long run.
minimize their depths, transferring the in early is strong in this industry, and They had the vision and emotional de-
façade framing into a real architectural it’s almost becoming a standard oper- sire to support innovation. It’s wonder-
Webb adds, “The integration of the where we were headed, they brought in drive. Midwood saw the urban and
heavy non-insulated steel beam as an in- Eureka Metal & Glass very early.” commercial value that innovation could
sulated faux beam into the façade element He continues, “We worked with Eu- bring.They very much care about those
is another innovative feature that im- reka from the beginning,and I would say issues.”
ating approach. So, when Clemens saw ful to have a client who has that kind of
proves the overall U-value of the façade the glass design’s success is as much
Grauman says Midwood was very in-
significantly compared to the conven- theirs as is it ours.We would do a draw- terested in participating and under-
tional steel device originally proposed.”
ing, and show it to them right away. standing how 1430 Walnut St.would be
Speaking of the design, he adds that They’d think about it and come back and constructed.
the corners are mullion-less, which suggest a better way to do something …
“We built wooden prototype models
adds transparency and eliminates a and so on.We continued that in a seam- of all the joints in that system so they
weak point for the U-value.
less way.Once we all understood the po- could see exactly what we were doing,”
the corners not as structural members maximize the size of the panel, the next
This was achieved by considering tential of structural glazing and how to says Grauman.
Since its completion, 1430 Walnut St.
loaded with features like glass or faux question was how to erect it swiftly,eco- has made quite an impression on
beams, but as a full composite unit nomically and get all the careful work- Philadelphians—despite concerns of
where every part contributes to the sta- manship right. The answer was an putting new construction in such a his-
bility of the whole component.”
exceptionally large structurally glazed torical area.
panel.”Panels left the plant as completely “The building’s made quite a splash
ItWTahikleeAsPGMfaborriceatetdhtahenunOitnizeed cur- glazed structural units, so the field op- in Philadelphia,” says Grauman. “One
eration consisted of simply hanging might have thought that people would
tainwall, Eureka fabricated the stick cur- them on the building.
tainwall, entrances and canopy support Grauman says collaboration like this in such an historic environment,but the
system. Framing for the recessed, stick- is important for a project’s success. public has embraced what we’ve done.
builtcurtainwallwassuppliedbyKawneer, “Industry collaboration is critical. If People are really excited about it, and
and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® pro- not, you’re leaving a lot of knowledge on that makes it all worthwhile.”
vided the all-glass entry systems. the table; it’s crazy not to engage the peo- Webb adds,“The visual effect is trans-
be hesitant about such a modern design
Speaking of the canopy, Webb adds, ple who know how to make ideas work. parency, slenderness and a light appear-
The canopy is not just cladded struc- Collaboration also mitigates risk,” he ance that has astonished folks who have
tural members. Rather, the canopy ex- says. “Eureka knew best how far they asked‘how is this design possible?’.”
ternal skin is used as a monocoque,and could push the technology while reliably City residents aren’t the only ones
therefore is nearly self-supporting.The meeting the client’s expectations. Inno- who’ve been impressed. The project is
steel members are used as stiffeners vation requires super-smart people also an award winner. The General
only so that the result is an amazingly working together—whether the issue is Building Contractors Association pre-
slender look with greater stability than how to fit a new building into an old city, sented it with a 2015 Construction Ex-
constructing in a conventional manner.” or how ultra-slick panels and trusses can cellence Award for Best Commercial
type of boat, aircraft, or rocket con- ticularly into this kind of early col-
struction in which the shell carries laboration; and it’s very fertile
Note: Webb explains a monocoque is a snap together.The glass industry is par- Project Over $10 Million. s
most of the stresses.)
In order to ensure a successful proj-
ect, it was necessary for the project project like this started isn’t al-
team, and BCJ and Eureka in particu- ways easy. Grauman says a major
lar, to work closely. Grauman says col- project challenge for architects
laboration has become a positive looking to innovate usually has to
theme in construction, and architects do with the client.
ground for innovation.”
Installation aside, getting a
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USGlass, Metal & Glazing | May 2016