Glazing Beneath a Flight Path

Posted on October 3, 2016, by
Installing glass lites under flight path

Loading glass

Empirehouse is proud to have been awarded the specialty glass and glazing contract by RJM Construction and work with Architect: Welsh Companies on the Summit Orthopedic project in Eagan, MN.

Glazing beneath the roaring jets taking off and landing from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, the Empirehouse Glaziers wondered if this project’s location had been planned. Sure enough Summit Orthopedic made a strategic decision to build their third location just minutes from the airport to cater to out-state patients.

The Empirehouse glazing team safely installed nearly a thousand square feet of heavy-duty, triple-glazed glass lites that will help buffer the air traffic sound.

The glass and glazing scope for this three-story orthopedic surgical facility includes:

  • Aluminum storefront thermal clip framing system with 977 square feet of heavy-duty, triple-glazed tinted, insulated vision glass lites with high-performance low ‘e’ coating installed on the third floor to buffer the roaring decibel level of departing and landing airplanes
  • Fully captured aluminum curtainwall pressure-wall framing system glazed with over 5,200 square feet of tinted, high-performance insulated vision and spandrel glass
  • Aluminum storefront thermal clip framing system with over 2,700 square feet of tinted, insulated vision glass lites with high-performance low ‘e’ coating
  • Punched windows
  • Fire safing areas
  • Exterior aluminum doors


The Empirehouse glazing team led by Foreman Dan Gile worked with apprentice Tom Gramenze to load glass lites onto the JLG lift.


Glazier Dan Schroeder and ID Worker Kody Murphy installed the east-facing curtainwall from the JLG lift beneath the busy flight path on a beautiful cloudless day.

Summit Orthopedic photo by Maria Evans

A great feeling of accomplishment! Empirehouse glaziers take a break after successfully completing the curtainwall installation. Photo by Maria Evans.

The Summit Orthopedic project broke ground this Spring and is expected to be completed by 2017.

Summit Orthopedic
Owner: MSP Commercial
General Contractor: RJM Construction – Minneapolis Office
Architect: Welsh Companies
Glazing Contractor: Empirehouse, Inc.

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