Installs Glass Exterior for International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers' New Headquarters
Golden Valley, Minn.-based
Harmon Inc. recently engineered, manufactured and installed more
than 30,000 square feet of unitized curtainwall and custom strip
window systems to clad the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers' new headquarters in Chicago.
The architect on the project was Solomon, Cordwell and Buenz and
the construction manager was Ragnar Benson, with whom Harmon says
it met early in the process to ensure that the design aesthetics
were achieved on time and within budget.
The facility is 90,000 square feet and has a 40-foot high glass
atrium. To accommodate the atrium's transparent design, the company
used Viracon's VE12M glass with low-E coating.
"We provided a customized curtainwall design modifying our
proprietary SMU6000 system and reinforced it to support the curtainwall's
own weight," said Harmon project manager Bill Anderson. "The
40-foot clear story curtainwall was erected three frames modules
high with typical unglazed frame units as big as 90 by 20 inches."