Design-assist challenge: Anchoring of a dichroic-filmed structural glazed stackwall systemPosted on October 25, 2017, by Jennifer Klitzke
For decades Empirehouse has been involved in many unique architectural glass and glazing applications where we’ve partnered with architects and general contractors to bring constructable solutions to enclosure challenges. Recently Empirehouse teamed with Mortenson Construction and James Dayton Design as a design-assist partner for the Westminster Presbyterian Church expansion project.
There are many unique glass features that make up the Westminster Presbyterian Church expansion project, such as a 30-foot wide by seven-foot-high domed skylight, an over-sized sliding glass door system, a folding glass wall system for sound control, and a structural glazed stackwall system with heavy tempered glass fins and glass units treated with a dichroic film application to simulate modern stained glass.
Before the dichroic film applied, Empirehouse worked with Mortenson Construction and James Dayton Design to determine the best film placement in order to showcase the full dichroic color pallet as the sun shifts across the room throughout the day. Once film placement was determined, Dichroic film was applied to each 4 x 11 foot 350-pound glass unit in the shop before they were transported to the job site for installation. Dichroic film was applied to glass fins after the units were installation on site.
In addition to the dichroic film application, the structural glazed stackwall system went through extensive design assistance for constructability. Empirehouse engaged in scope and constructability review, aesthetic selection and product integration, structural engineering and detail development, Revit modeling design and VDC integration, computer-simulated thermal modeling, logistics review, cost estimating, and value alignment, pre-engineering, and value engineering to determine an effective anchoring of the system.
Empirehouse provided design assistance to determine the fin dimensions, whether the fins would be visible or recessed, whether the system would be base loaded or top loaded, address the live load in the roofing, and develop a structural steel mechanism to anchor the structural glazed stackwall system and accommodate roof deflection come snowy winter months.
Empirehouse had a perfect stretch of weather for installation of the dichroic-filmed glass units. Two Glaziers Mitch Schindele and Eddie Love installed each 350-pound glass unit from a JLG lift and one Glazier Dan Weis set from inside the facility. As soon as the dichroic film cures to the glass, silicone will complete the glazing process to add strength and waterproofing to the system.
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Dichroic Film Application: (Click to enlarge)
Dichroic Glass Installation: (Click to enlarge)
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