The Way the Cookie Crumbles

From the former shell of a Nabisco bakery in Pittsburgh, architecture firm Astorino designed Historic Bakery Square, home to a variety of retail stores and offices for a number of companies, including Google, in the city’s East End. The project, which features PPG’s Solarban 60 glass, recently achieved Platinum LEED certification for the Core and Shell Rating System. PPG says the glass “enables daylight to flood 84 percent of the building’s occupied space.”

newsNabisco_tmbGlazing for the building, which is owned and developed by Walnut Capital Resources, was overseen by Specified Systems. Glazing contractor and president of Specified Systems, Bill Wilson, says installing the glass during the project wasn’t easy.

“There were many challenges. The openings changed slightly in elevation so we had to set the horizontal sightlines from the top down so the differential in the openings comes off the bottom lites. All of the windows had to be put on the floors by crane and hoisted into the openings with small hoists and step stages. Each window section weighed at least 280 pounds and there were three sections per window opening,” says Wilson. “The storefronts and curtainwall were fairly straightforward.”

The window glazing for Bakery Square was fabricated by Traco, a division of Kawneer, and loose glass was supplied by United Plate Glass of Butler, Pa. Wilson also says the glass make-up for the whole project was PPG Solarban 60 6-mm tempered over clear tempered.

BakerySquare“Our firm fabricated the curtainwall, doors and storefronts from material extruded by Traco in our Washington, Pa., fabrication facility,” adds Wilson.

Wilson notes that general contractor PJ Dick Inc. handled much of the logistics on site, though Astorino was fully engaged in the project.

“The various phases of construction took more than three years to complete and we are still doing tenant fit-out work for the owner,” adds Wilson. “We also performed the interior glazing for the Google fit-out.”