American Swedish Institute Glass Walkway InstalledPosted on October 21, 2011, by Kristine Hutera
In October, Empirehouse completed the third story glass walkway which links the mansion to the new building expansion. The fully fabricated shed-style glass walkway features a custom steel support pedestal and an aluminum bar stock glass support cage assembly. It is glazed with high performance laminated silkscreened glass. It includes internal wiring and LED lighting strip integration.
“It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen; like watching the Space Shuttle dock to the Space Station.”
Empirehouse fabricated a fully welded and re-finished aluminum receiver frame to accommodate the challenging installation of the 6,500 pound, 12′ long x 5′ wide x 11′-6″ tall unit which was transported 15 miles on a heavy duty low-boy trailer. Once it arrived, the unit was hoisted by the job site tower crane from the trailer to the third floor where it was carefully inserted between the mansion and new building expansion.
Watching the glass walkway being carefully maneuvered around the historic exterior stone walls and into the cavity with only a small margin of error allowed, architect John Cook of HGA said, “It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen; like watching the Space Shuttle dock to the Space Station.”
Video: Installing the Glass Walkway