Executive ArchitectAdamson Associates
Originally built in 1969, the building at 450 West 33rd street belied an inner structural beauty that was clad in beige concrete with brown metal siding. This adaptive reuse project, to be completed in 2016, called for the removal the building’s existing facade in order to provide it with a new, updated skin to maximize visible light while still creating an energy-efficient and acoustically optimized system. The core infrastructure was left in-tact while the floor-to-ceiling pleated facade system serves to encase the over 300,000 sq ft facade, and propel the building into modernity.
The system developed and proposed by Front is a glass wall utilizing unitized construction methods which was eventually adopted for the building enclosure. The new insulated glazing system features “pleated” folds on inclines with integrated BMU tracks for maintenance. The larger pleated panels are over 20′ tall and 6′ wide. Front engineered the pleated wall with a maximum outward slope just under 15 degrees to eliminate the requirement for safety glazing. Front also engineered steel spreader bars to support the new facade system because the existing structure was not capable of doing so. The spreader bards would allow for easier panel installation and reduced the number of post installed anchors to be installed by the curtainwall contractor.