High-Performance Glazing Featured in New Wing of Adams County Justice Center

Views, daylighting and energy efficiency were important design elements for the Denver office of Heery International, which designed the expansion for the Adams County Justice Center in Brighton, Colo. High-performance glazing systems helped the architects achieve this goal.

Featuring 21,265 square feet of the HP-Wall Series supplied by Wausau Window and Wall Systems, structural consultant, Martin/Martin Inc. developed a 3-D building information model (BIM) during the early-stages of design.

“The model illustrated and clarified the curtainwall’s anchorage requirements at the existing building interface, which were too complex for 2-D details,” says Tom Mifflin, Wausau’s government market manager. “Using BIM tools, along with a collaborative design process, contributed to a very successful project. This avoided potential scheduling delays and costly rework during installation.”

“The project was completed on time and on budget, which is what we all strive for on a project,” says Matt Richardson, project manager with glazing contractor Harmon Inc.’s Denver team.

General contractor GE Johnson Construction Co. (GEJCC) included the glazing team early in the project’s development, according to Joel Watson, Harmon’s senior sales representative. Watson says this involvement was important “to review and assist the design team with the exterior envelope of the building.”

The glass was supplied by Viracon and matches the original glass curtainwall system in performance and aesthetic.

“For an exact match, we supplied the same, low-E, blue-green, insulated glass that we previously supplied to the existing Justice Facility,” says Cameron Scripture, sales representative for Viracon Inc. Complementing the glass in color and in performance, Linetec provided the thermal barrier system and the sea foam green painted finish on the curtainwall and window systems.

This same coating and color also was applied by Linetec to the Justice Center’s storefront and entrance systems, supplied by Tubelite Inc.

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