Transportation Terminal Being Built for Famed Furniture Market
Construction is underway on a new multi-canopy transportation terminal
to serve the 3.5-million-square-foot International Home Furnishings
Center in High Point, N.C. The project includes 53,515 square feet
of laminated glass expertly crafted and assembled in a $4.95 million,
seven-canopy, point supported glass and space frame structure. The
terminal's 1,238 pieces of glass cover 78,406 square feet, and weigh
approximately 240 tons, but upon completion the structure will appear
to float effortlessly above an entire city block.
The complex houses the world's largest wholesale home furnishings
show where 75,000 industry buyers, exhibitors and sales representatives
converge twice a year. The terminal will serve as a bus depot for
the Furniture Market's yearly visitors. With design professionals
from all 50 states and 110 countries visiting the Furnishings Center,
architect Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce (WRC&P), Winston-Salem,
N.C, wanted the canopies to serve as an architecturally impressive
portal to the Furniture Market itself.
Novum Structures, an international firm that creates glazed structures
around the world, initially helped WRC&P with the structure's design.
WRC&P Architects called on Novum to assist in designing a glazed
structural system that could meet the project's budget. Novum then
engineered, manufactured/sourced materials and now is constructing
"One of the key benefits we brought was the ability to guarantee
the budget at the very earliest stages and then design collaboratively
with the architect in ensuring that all aesthetic, functional, timeline
and budget objectives were met," said Terry C. Peterson, vice president
of sales at Novum.
In achieving these objectives, Novum selected its elegant, Point
Supported Glass (PSG-System) for glazing and Kugel Knoten (KK-System)
system as the support structure.
Novum's PSG-System glazing provides a mullion-less design that
minimizes the number of glass-support points, while maximizing the
frame's transparency. The company's KK-System is a classic three-dimensional
space frame design that provides a remarkable strength-to-weight
The building team is rounded out by general contractor New Atlantic
Contracting, Durham, N.C.
The project broke ground on July 17 and with completion expected
in March 2007. The eight-month timeline is about 30 percent faster
than the time normally allotted for similar projects.
"Not too long ago, we designed and built a 15,000 square foot glazed
structure for the Olympics in seven weeks so we were very confident
we could accomplish this timeline," said Scott Knoblock, project
engineer for Novum.
Phase One is on track to be completed on September 30. Phase Two
construction will then begin December 1 with completion scheduled
three months later.
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