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Fall 2016




ZGF is working on multiple large towers with short timelines that would benefit from quicker construction, which led us to unitized wall panels from a series of manufacturers. What often makes the construction process difficult is that there are independent organizations with differing priorities that must work together toward a common goal. By decreasing the number of trades, and minimizing construction time, a prefab system might allow earlier occupancy to regain building costs. With direction from discussions with the ZGF team, our efforts were initially focused on the comparison of three specific unitized wall systems: Island Exteriors, Sotawall and Enclos.

Our team’s goal was to unveil the curtain wall system alternative that offers the “best” building performance capabilities based on efficiency from construction, initial cost and performance standpoints. Concluding that Island was the most optimal system, but discovering the potential local manufacturing was not an option--a main goal of ZGF’s--we redirected our research to development.


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