UseGlazing for Façades
ApplicationsWindows, double-skin façades and curtain walls
CharacteristicsHigh visible light transmittance and low exterior reflectance.
Located on 12 acres in Dallas’ prestigious Uptown neighborhood,
Rosewood Court is the cornerstone of a mixed-used development containing more than 2,000 residential units, 30,000 square-feet of retail space and 400,000 square-feet of office space. HKS, Inc., of Dallas designed the 19-story structure in a stark, neoclassical style to complement the two architectural landmarks that flank it. The first, Crescent Office Towers, is a trio of buildings designed by Phillip Johnson. The other is Richard Keating’s International Center.
Rose Wood Court takes it cues from these buildings by elegantly mingling classical building proportions with contemporary features and detailing. This is especially evident in the building’s façade, which balances the sturdiness of Indiana limestone with a light fretwork of window openings that frame Solarban ® z50 glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.
Gregory A. Oehlers, national architectural manager for Vitro America, the building’s glazing contractor, said that Solarban® z50 glass for Rosewood Court was selected after creating full-sized mock-ups of the building with several different types of glass. Oehlers said Solarban ® z50 glass emerged as “the clear winner” because of its stylish blue-gray tint and unparalleled combination of high visible light transmittance and low exterior reflectance.“ Solarban ® z50 [glass] was hands down the best fit from a color and performance standpoint,” he explained. “There was no doubt in my mind that it would prove to be the product of choice after I viewed the full-sized mock-up. The project architect and developer obviously felt the same.” Horsak agreed, saying that “through the mock-up and aesthetically [Solarban ® z50 glass] has proven to be a lovely glass.” He added that the glazing was specified for more than just
its good looks. He wanted exceptional environmental
performance as well. “Rosewood Court is applying for LEED ® certification,” Horsak explained. “ Solarban ® z50 glass helped us to qualify for LEED points because of its energy efficiency and regional sourcing.”
Solarban ® z50 by Vitro Architectural Glass also had the advantage of being sourced from the glazing contractor’s Wichita Falls glass-making facility, about 150 miles northwest of Dallas. A digital building energy management system, energy-efficient lighting and fresh-air ventilating units providing 95 percent filtered air are other sustainable building features associated with Rosewood Court. So far, Horsak reports, the Solarban ® z50 glass has held up its end of the LEED responsibilities. “The glass has been monitored by an outside source and proven to meet our energy expectation standards,” he said.