Provides Solar-Powered SuperWall System for New York's Long-Awaited Whitehall
Contributing to the revitalization of downtown Manhattan, Wausau, Wis.-based
Wausau Window and Wall Systems® provided its SuperWall system with building
integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panels for the 200,000-square-foot construction
of the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. According to Wausau, the New York State Energy
Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) named the building was named one
of New York City's "High Performance Buildings."
The $201 million, highly anticipated project was a joint venture of the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority, the New York City Department of Transportation, the
New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Parks and
Recreation. Commissioned to replace an interim facility that was constructed after
the Staten Island terminal suffered extensive damage from a fire in the early
1990's, the Whitehall Ferry Terminal is a modern gateway to ferry services to
the St. George Ferry Terminal via the Staten Island Ferry, carrying 65,000 commuters
and tourists per day.
A 75-foot high entry hall and crystalline glass façades provide panoramic
views of the downtown Manhattan skyline and waterfront, while the PV panels convert
sunlight to electricity to meet the buildings' solar power performance needs.
"This was an exceptionally complicated system culminating years of research
and planning to ensure a safe, code-compliant, façade-integrated, photovoltaic
system while also ensuring weather resistance, structural integrity and performance
standards recognized in all Wausau curtainwalls," said Steve Fronek, Wausau's
For the Staten Island Ferry Service, Wausau's SuperWall system was factory-fabricated
and shipped knocked-down, which helps simplify the wire routing process prior
to frame assembly. A collaborative glazing and electrical team installed the BIPV
system in compliance with the National Energy Code and local building codes.
"Façade-integrated PV applications such as these are most successful
when the curtainwall manufacturer has a detailed knowledge of PV design practices
and NEC and local codes to ensure that PV laminates are adequately supported and
compatible with all glazing compounds," explained Wausau's research and product
development manager, Tom Mifflin. "We confirm that they are properly oriented
and un-shaded to maintain power output and check that the curtainwall framing
provides adequate protection and physical space for connectors, conduits, strain
relief and other facets of electrical good practices."
NYSERDA identified the Whitehall Ferry Terminal as a "High Performance
Building" under its New Construction Green Building Performance. The features
contributing to this recognition are its PV panels, daylight dimming, controlled,
demand-based ventilation, and high-performance glazing.