Custom curtain wall highlights Fort Worth tower
“Besides from being an exceptionally exquisite sleek design and color scheme and adding to the Fort Worth skyline, what made this building truly innovative in our minds was the approach we took by developing a custom unitized wall with the structural member on the exterior of the building, similar to a reverse I-beam system. This way the architect achieved his aesthetic look of the exterior vertical bull nose and eventually saved the owner $4 million from the original budget.” — Brian T. Clark, senior executive vice president, Southeast regional manager, Trainor Glass Co., Alsip, Ill.
The basics: During a tight eight-month timeline, glaziers from Trainor Glass Co. successfully completed the installation on the 34-story Omni Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas. The building features a silver metallic custom unitized curtain wall with bluish-green reflective glass. Additional notable glass elements include a custom structural glass canopy and a barrel vaulted skylight.
The players: Architect, HOK, Dallas; general contractor, Austin Commercial, Dallas; glazing contractor, Trainor Glass Co., Dallas; glass fabricator, Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif.; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; custom curtain wall extruder, Sapa Inc., Portland, Ore.; custom laminated structural glass canopy supplier, Innovative Structural Glass, Three Rivers, Calif.; revolving doors, Crane Revolving Doors, Lake Bluff, Ill.; sliding doors, Arcadia Architectural Products Inc., Stamford, Conn.; insert vent supplier, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.; entrance door supplier, U.S. Aluminum, Waxahachie, Texas; skylight system supplier, Oldcastle Glass Naturalite, Santa Monica.
The glass and systems: Custom unitized curtain wall, 1-inch insulating glass with PPG Vistacool Azuria over PPG Solarban z50; custom laminated structural glass canopy; Wausau 3250-Z Series Insert Vents; U.S. Aluminum Series 550 Wide Stile Entrance Doors; Naturalite BMS-3000 two-sided siliconed skylight system.