E. Berkowitz L.P. to Help Highlight the Comcast Center Tower in
Triumphantly rising 57 stories into the Philadelphia, PA skyline,
Comcast Center Tower will not only be the tallest building in Philadelphia,
but also the tallest building between New York and Chicago upon
its completion, which is scheduled for Fall 2007.
Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP of New York in cooperation
with owner/developer Liberty Property Trust of Malvern, Pa., the
975-foot high office tower encompasses over 1.2 million square feet.
It will be the new home of the Comcast Corp., for which the building
has been named.
E. Berkowitz L.P. of Westville, N.J., has been contracted to supply
precision custom-patterned architectural glass for high-profile
elements that stay within tolerances to help minimize roller-wave
distortion. Viracon, of Owatonna, Minn., will supply typical block
sizes for the curtain wall insulating units. The glass curtain wall
that will drape upon the building's steel frame is to be glazed
by Enclos Corp. of Eagan, Minn.
J. E. Berkowitz L.P. has already begun fabrication of over 165,000
square feet of the high-performance Solarban 60 low-E coated, ultra-clear
Starphire insulating glass units that will be used on backlit LED
corners, a 120-foot glass enveloped winter garden, the penthouse
inset wall and a large two-story backlit LED cube wall that crowns
the structure. According to J. E. Berkowitz, the insulating units
feature gray silicone sealants to help improve sightlines.
"The precision fabrication on this project exemplifies the
type of high quality of work that J. E. Berkowitz, L.P. is known
for," says Robert Price, J. E. Berkowitz, L.P.'s director of
These architectural elements will also help it to become the tallest
building in the United States to achieve LEED Certification from
the U.S. Green Building Council, the company says. Some other "green
building" features that contribute towards the certification
are the application of waterless urinals to conserve over a million
gallons of water a year, high-performance low-E coated insulating
glass units to lower heating and cooling costs and tall windows
that bring in more natural light, thereby decreasing the demand
for artificial lighting.
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