Preparation for Curtain Walls on Commercial Buildings


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Curtain Glass Modern Design

Curtain Glass Modern Design

What are Curtain Walls/ Glass Facade?

Curtain Walls are architecture elements of standard panels that cover the exterior of the building. It comes from the idea fusion of a whole “wall” made of glass instead of windows penetrating into the walls. Any modern commercial building will not be able to escape the curtain wall glass or architecture glass facade into its design if it wants to be relevant as a building.

Curtain walls or glass facades can have many components. The whole would typically be subdivided into different panels. These whole idea is to have glass on each panel that repeats itself over the whole curtain glass. it is possible to customize these panels depending on their need. They can be openable glass windows, doors which are usually situated on the ground floor, metal panels. Many curtain walls have built in sun-shading devices to protect the building interior from the sun building up heat into the inside of the building.

Preparation for Curtain Wall Construction

Building Glass Curtain Wall (6)

Building Glass Curtain Wall (6)

Cast in Place concrete to receive curtain wall (1)

1. Verify Drawings for Panel Details and Connections.

Curtain walls are usually connected to concrete strctural slab or structural steel frame. These details should be designed by structural engineers to withstand wind load and movement that may happen after construction.

Cast in Place concrete to receive curtain wall (1)

Cast in Place concrete to receive curtain wall (1)

Cast in Place concrete to receive curtain wall (1)

Cast in Place concrete to receive curtain wall (1)

Cast in Place concrete to receive curtain wall (1)

2. Verify Suppliers for availability of Design on Local Market.

It is important to check if the construction methodology matches the one in the drawing. By this point, it is best if the designer worked side by side with the curtain wall supplier at the beginning of the project, but if the designer is from out of the country, the method of construction must be resolved.

Verifying the availability of the curtain wall is important when it comes to new technology that must be sourced from outside the country and the lead time in ordering and installing the curtain wall.

Building Glass Curtain Wall (4)

Building Glass Curtain Wall (4)

Building Glass Curtain Wall (3)

Building Glass Curtain Wall (3)

3. Verify as-built conditions.

Measure as built clearances for vertical and horizontal slabs or metal frame to receive the curtain wall.

During construction, discrepancies are common and must be resolved before fabrication and installation. For large building construction where revision has been made, all connection points of support for the curtain wall must be clear.

Aluminum Cladding and Glass Curtain Wall (13)

Aluminum Cladding and Glass Curtain Wall (13)

Aluminum Cladding and Glass Curtain Wall (11)

Aluminum Cladding and Glass Curtain Wall (11)

4. Consult Designer and Supplier for any conflicts.

If the curtain wall leaks or doesn’t come out vertically straight, do not panic. Communicate right away with the designer and the supplier to give them the option to solve the problem. The supplier will have adjustments to conform to the designer and the designer can confirm if the solution is acceptable.

Do you have an old building that needs fixing? Do you have a building born in the 60’s? We can help you update your building to attract the right rentors, not to mention rent it out on premium of its previous value.

 

To learn about different types and uses of glass read Basics of Architectural Glass in Construction.

Building Glass Curtain Wall (5)

Building Glass Curtain Wall (5)

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