W&W Glass Systems completes work on New York landmark

W&W Glass Systems, the North American distributor of Pilkington Planar structural glass, has completed its phase of what could become New York City“s new landmark for the 21st century. The USD 1.7 bi…

W&W Glass Systems, the North American distributor of Pilkington Planar structural glass, has completed its phase of what could become New York City“s new landmark for the 21st century. The USD 1.7 billion project, developed by Columbus Centre LLC, will begin opening this autumn and combines The Time Warner Headquarters, The Mandarin Oriental Five-Star Hotel, Jazz at Lincoln Center and over 51,000 square meters of office and retail space. W&W Glass Systems developed two very different glass structures for the Time Warner Center, which is New York City“s largest construction project in ten years. The first wall is a 45 meter cable net that provides a focal point for the building“s entrance and encloses the atrium lobby. This is backed by the Jazz Wall, an 18 meter high glass structure that also fronts the new performance space and allows visitors to look out over Columbus Circle and into Central Park. A second glass structure forms the Prow, a 15-story, three-sided transparent box that joins the facility“s main front entrance on Columbus Circle and the 58th Street entrance. “This turned out to be the most custom and complex project we have ever undertaken”, said Jerry Haber, W&W President. For a job of this size, W&W Glass Systems engineers worked closely with the project architects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to ensure the glass makeup used was perfectly suited for each particular application. W&W Glass Systems, Inc., is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the glass and metal industry. The company, based in Nanuet, New York, is metropolitan New York“s largest glazing contractor and the USA“s largest distributor of structural glass. Dating back to 1826, UK-based Pilkington is one of the world“s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products. The company spends over USD 60 million per year on research and development to ensure both the quality standards of their existing products and to create new and innovative technology.