Glazing a Two-Ton “Waterfall”

Posted on August 1, 2017, by
glazing the Porte Cochere

Working with Kraus-Anderson Construction on the Galleria expansion project, Empirehouse was awarded the Architectural Glass and Glazing contract to fabricate and install a one-of-a-kind “waterfall” glass Porte Cochere skylight system; a four-sided silicone structurally glazed curtainwall system; storefront; ridge skylight; and thermally broken, insulated glass entry doors that meet the up-and-coming energy codes. These glass additions will provide natural daylighting and a positive environment for patrons at this upscale mall located the heart of the Edina shopping mecca.

Early on, Empirehouse entered into design-assist services with the Cunningham Group Architects to bring about system constructability of the custom “waterfall” glass Porte Cochere skylight system.

Glazing the Porte Cochere skylight systemAfter design-assist collaboration was complete, frames fabricated and installed, and glass lites ordered and delivered, an Empirehouse team of four safely installed nearly two tons of glass units into the custom Porte Cochere skylight system. Each 600 pound heavy-tempered, laminated glass unit was safely flown to the second story by Empirehouse Glazing Foreman Billy Esnough and installed by Glazier Mitch Schindele, Field Superintendent Jeremy Meyer, and ID Worker Tom Warriner. The glass units line the top and cascade off the side like a “waterfall.”

“When the skylight is complete,” Senior Estimator Matt Gums said, “the large glass units will be lined with LED lights that will illuminate the “waterfall” Porte Cochere skylight system at night.”

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Porte Cochere skylight system photo gallery: (Click to enlarge)

Completed Architectural Glass and Glazing features at the Galleria:

Galleria curtainwall

Four-sided silicone structurally glazed curtainwall system provides natural daylighting and a modern aesthetic.


Galleria Wasco Skylight

Ridge skylight brings natural daylighting to the center concourse of the Galleria expansion.

For your next project, let the architectural glass and metal design-assist experts realize your design intent into buildable systems. Contact Empirehouse at 763-535-1150 or contact us.