Wausau Successfully Combines Security, Aesthetics
and Performance for New Mecklenburg County Courthouse
Consolidating the county's fragmented justice facilities and eliminating deficiencies
and public confusion among three existing courthouses, the new Mecklenburg
County Courthouse in Charlotte, N.C. will bring all of its courtrooms
and support services underneath one roof when it opens in January
2007. Helping protect the new facility and its occupants, Wausau
Window and Wall Systems provided a 75,000-square-foot blast mitigating
curtainwall system that adheres to heightened security measures
mandated by the U.S. government, while maintaining the aesthetic
integrity of the architect's design.
Selected for its expertise in blast mitigation, Wausau's project
manager Carl Wanta explains, "Wausau's experience in these
types of projects made us a logical choice for this project, along
with our ability to work and coordinate directly with other trades
such as the architects, consultants and glaziers."
Relying on these collaborative practices and well-respected engineering
skills, Juba Aluminum of Concord, N.C. called on Wausau to develop
a unitized curtainwall system that would withstand an extremely
high static equivalent blast pressure. Blast consultants at Hinman
Consulting Engineers, San Francisco, further enhanced Wausau and
Juba's expertise and ensured critical calculations were correct
for modeling, mock-ups and the final curtainwall system.
With sensitivity to system's blast mitigation features, Wausau fabricated
the fully unitized system in its quality-controlled, Wisconsin-based
manufacturing facility. The courthouse's curtainwall also includes
100 vertical pivoting windows, additional fixed windows, and framing
depths ranging from six- to 10-inches. All of the aluminum was finished
by Linetec in a custom, two-color paint scheme.
"It was a typical tough job requiring a lot of effort on everyone's
behalf," says Jeff Heinz, project manager for Juba Aluminum.
"Given all that needed to get done, Wausau was able to accommodate
the necessary timeline."
Fitting with Charlotte's 2010 plan for a unified government district
in the city center, the new $143 million facility is expected to
meet the county's growth needs for the next 20 years. When it opens
in the New Year, the Mecklenburg County Courthouse will offer 35
finished courtrooms, four shelled courtrooms, a basement including
50 parking spaces, 135 holding cells, and a tunnel connecting the
courthouse to the jail central across the street.
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