When building a high-rise to face a lifetime of difficult, yet inevitable, challenges, architects and curtain wall fabricators know it pays to work with people and products they can count on. That’s why the two twisting condominium towers now soaring over Miami’s exclusive Coconut Grove neighborhood feature window walls fabricated by Tecnoglass and finished with PPG DURANAR® coatings. PPG Duranar® coatings made with Kynar 500® PVDF resin have been protecting iconic buildings all over the world since 1965.
This was a demanding application that required the use of the very best materials. Our engineers designed 12-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors with three panes of coated, ultra-clear glass. The balcony railings were laminated with two lites of the same glass. In addition to protecting the metal framing with Duranar coatings, we hermetically sealed everything at the factory and installed custom-made rollers on the doors to make sure they operated
To maximize views, exterior aesthetics and balcony space without compromising weather and corrosion protection, Tecnoglass, a PPG CERTIFIED APPLICATOR PROGRAM™ member, engineered hurricane-resistant window walls, glass doors and metal framing systems finished with PPG Duranar® coatings made with Kynar 500® PVDF resin.
Carlos Amin, vice president of sales for Tecnoglass, said the selection of Duranar coatings for this critical project was never in question. “We specify PPG coatings 100 percent of the time due to their superior product quality and service,” he explained.
As a member of the PPG Certified Applicator Program (CAP), Tecnoglass is one of a select group of exceptional coatings applicators whose facilities and processes are quality-audited by PPG to help achieve color consistency and deliver the highest possible levels of product quality, customer service and technical expertise. The company has worked on dozens of high-profile towers in Miami and throughout South Florida.
Unfortunately, it was less than a year after the buildings opened that Grove at Grand Bay faced its first major test. With a four-foot tidal surge and 100-mile-per-hour winds, Hurricane Irma hit the complex as a Category 4 storm on September 10, 2017. Jason Gilg, senior development manager for Terra Group, the project’s developer, said the towers came through the event relatively unscathed. “Overall, the two structures did extremely well – including the hurricane-impact glass,” he reported.
The architect, who has specified PPG Duranar® coatings made with Kynar 500® PVDF resin for other high-profile projects such as VIA 57 West in New York, selected two colors – Duranar Bone White and Duranar Acadia Silver coatings – to harmonize with the glass and other exterior elements of Grove at Grand Bay. More than 22 tons of the product were used on the project.
Tecnoglass, a PPG Certified Applicator Program member, engineered hurricane-resistant window walls, glass doors and metal framing systems finished with Duranar® coatings made with Kynar 500® FSF® PVDF resin by PPG.