J. E. Berkowitz, L.P. Helps Create a "City Within a City"

J. E. Berkowitz L.P. of Westville, N.J., fabricated 60,000 square feet of one-inch emerald-green insulating units for a 17-story, 510,000 square-foot building designed by Arium Architects of Columbia, Md. Canton Tower is the focal point of the Canton Crossing campus located on the waterfront along South Clinton Street. A majority of the building will be the new headquarters to First Mariner Bank. Canton Tower is the tallest building in the United States to feature the use of the Azon Warm-Light® thermally broken spacer in insulated glass units.

J. E. Berkowitz fabricated 54,000 square feet of high-performance, low-E coated insulating units comprised of ¼-inch PPG Atlantica, ½-inch dark bronze Azon Warm-Light® thermally broken spacers, and ¼-inch PPG Solarban 60 (3) low-E glass. J. E. Berkowitz also fabricated 6,000 square feet of insulating spandrel glass units made of ¼-inch PPG Atlantica, ½-inch dark bronze Azon Warm-Light® thermally broken spacers, and Clear glass with #102 Green ceramic frit (4). For each unit, all lites of glass were carefully heat-treated with minimal roller-wave distortion of .003 or less.

To meet the architect's request, J. E. Berkowitz, L.P. also produced the glass at half of the recommended ASTM C 1048 for bow and warp tolerance. Emmitsburg Glass of Emmitsburg, Md., installed the insulating glass units into YKK 750 curtain-wall systems.

Called "a city within a city" by Hale Properties, LLC, Canton Crossing is designed to provide housing, entertainment, office space, retail and hotel occupancies, restaurants, a marina, and ample parking for people that live and work there. It is expected to cost $1 billion in private investment when it is completed in 2007.

"We excel on projects like Canton Tower that require the highest quality fabricated glass," says Robert Price, J. E. Berkowitz director of sales. "The course remains the same. We are thrilled to be a part of this project!"

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