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Building Envelope Construction on NYC’s Virgin Hotel

Aug. 7, 2020
Building Envelope Construction on NYC's Virgin Hotel

Building Envelope construction on NYC’s Virgin Hotel is nearing completion. Designed by Stantec and developed by Lam Group, this 40+ story hotel features a beautifully deconstructed tower covered in a pixelated pattern of subtle opaque glazed glass panels, bringing a contemporary aesthetic to the historic NoMad neighborhood.

For the reinforced concrete tower, McLaren’s facade team worked closely with the Italian firm AZA INT Corporation to deliver a stunning custom tower curtain wall system. In order to create a flush design with superior energy efficiency, our engineers utilized a prefabricated WICONA glazing system, not typically seen in the US. All of the glass load is supported on the exterior of the thermal break zone webbing which is made from recycled polyamide. This offers the building envelope a high level of energy efficiency and low thermal bridging that meet NYC’s strict sustainable construction goals.

Learn more about McLaren’s work on the tower, retail podium and sloped skylight here.