Most innovative energy-efficient glass application
The Azure Tower, Dallas, features 143,000 square feet of 1-inch (24 millimeter) EnergyGlaze insulating glass fabricated by Vitro America’s Dallas facility. The outboard lite is 6-mm Guardian Neutral Plus 61 low-E and the inboard is 6-mm Clear. The 31-story luxury condominium tower has a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and a Best of 2008 Award: Excellence Award Multifamily Design from Texas Construction.
The building features 3/8-inch clear tempered glass with high-polished edgework fabricated by Vitro for the balcony guardrails. The unitized metal system by X-Clad, Birmingham, Ala., was assembled and shop-glazed by glazing contractor Haley-Greer Inc., Dallas.
Harwood International, Dallas, was the developer of the project; James Cheng Architects Inc., Vancouver, was the architect; Balfour Beatty, London, was the general contractor; and Vitro America, Memphis, was the glass fabricator.
The project was a 3-year-plus work of art, setting blue-tinted glass against the beautiful blue skies of Dallas.
"Vitro America was very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with such an impressive building team,” says Greg Oehlers, national architectural sales manager. “Azure incorporates so many elements that support sustainable building and energy efficiency, but without compromising the aesthetic appeal desired."