Vitro participates in sustainable mega-project

The project is called Ciudad Argentum (Argentum City) a large real estate development that will house offices, retail stores, residential housing, service and recreational areas.
Vitro is playing an…

The project is called Ciudad Argentum (Argentum City) a large real estate development that will house offices, retail stores, residential housing, service and recreational areas. Vitro is playing an important part in this concept of sustainability, environmental compatibility and efficiency by supplying more than 14,000 sq.m. of tempered glass. The glass supplied from Vitro fits perfectly with the needs of the Argentum City project. On 27 August 2007 the first stone was laid for Argentum City, a real estate development located on the north side of Zacatecas City with an investment estimated at MXN 20 billion and could easily become the main hub of development for the state. The name of the development comes from argentum which is Latin for silver honouring and alluding to the Zacatecas mining tradition as well as the nickname city given the magnitude of the project. The project is based on sustainability, ecology and efficiency by having integrated alternative energy systems, solid waste management, a sewage and water treatment plant, utilization of rainwater and abundant green areas. Argentum City contemplates the relocation of all government offices, hotels, a golf course, a convention centre, thousands of living spaces, hospitals, movie theatres and an industrial zone. In the part of the project for the government offices, 10 buildings were constructed whose facades are where Vitro products come into play. The quality of our products can also be seen in the interiors such as hand rails that give a sense of harmony and transparency required for the minimalistic architectural style chosen for the project, declares Alejandro Leal, Value Added commercial manager for Vitro Float Glass. He adds that the first contact of the company with the project came in April 2008. It was precisely in the Vitro Architectural Design Center where we had the first contact with the Arditti + RDT Architects architectural firm; that is where are participation began in Argentum City where we later worked directly with the construction firm L&L Operations and Services, he explains. Vitro supplied a total of 14,000 sq.m. of safety tempered glass which is equivalent to 100% of the glass needs for the structures. The structures were covered with 10mm clear tempered glass, 12mm clear tempered and 6mm clear tempered Vitrospan windows in a completely white tone. All of the products were manufactured in our Mexico City Value Added Products (PVA) plant, he comments.