Thirty-Foot Domed Skylight Frame Takes Flight

Posted on July 11, 2017, by
Westminster Skylight Frame

Empirehouse is proud to be the architectural glass and metal contractor working with Mortenson Construction, James Dayton Design, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Church’s “Open Doors Open Futures” campaign features an expansion project where their 1895 Romanesque architecture will connect to a modern, light-filled transparent space to provide a welcoming feeling of openness to the community for the next 100 years of missions.

Empirehouse engaged in design-assist services to bring the design intent to life through unique glass features, such as a glass fin wall stack system, curtainwalls, an over-sized sliding glass door system, dichroic heavy tempered structural glass wall system, storefront, and several skylights including a 30-foot wide by seven-foot high domed skylight.

On July 11, 2017, perfect weather with little wind was in order when the 30-foot wide, seven-foot tall skylight frame weighing 4,500 pounds was safely tethered for a smooth flight to its permanent location on the third floor of the new construction site. Empirehouse Glazing Foreman Dan Weis had worked with Mortenson to arrange for a staging site as he and the Empirehouse Team organized and assembled thousands of pieces to construct the skylight frame. The staging location identified was selected in order to provide the shortest direct line to lift and transport the assembled skylight frame to the opening.

Video: Thirty-foot Domed Skylight Frame Takes Flight

Westminster Skylight Frame Installation

Empirehouse Glazing Forman Dan Weis said, “There are lots of pieces that make up this skylight frame assembly which weighs 4,500 pounds.” When fully glazed, the domed skylight will weigh over 13,500 pounds!

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Empirehouse is an NACC Certified Glazing ContractorEmpirehouse is a certified NACC Architectural Glass & Metal Contractor for demonstrating consistency, quality and safety excellence. Empirehouse has met the NACC program requirements which have been established by a Certification Board of AG&M contractors, industry experts, and end user stakeholders and formally accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to the globally-recognized ISO/IEC17065:2012 standard.

For your next project requiring architectural glass and metal, trust a Certified NACC Glazing Contractor for quality results. Contact Empirehouse at 763-535-1150 or contact us.


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Video, photography, and written by Jennifer Klitzke, Empirehouse Marketing & Image Coordinator. For more information about Empirehouse, contact jklitzke@empirehouse.com.