Miami landmark built in 1965 features first installation of SOLARBAN glass

Date: 14 August 2014
Source: PPG Industries
Twin Towers architect specified heat-reflective, 9-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows - The Mutual of Omaha Regional Office in Miami was the first building to incorporate SOLARBAN(R) glass by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), one of the first coated glasses engineered expressly to block solar radiation and thereby reduce air-conditioning-related energy consumption.   Architect Minoru Yamasaki, who that same year designed the iconic twin towers of the former World Trade Center in New York, designed the eight-story building with 9-foot-tall, floor-to-ceiling windows.

Tall Romanesque columns that stretch from the street to the roofline, together with white coatings and extended roof overhangs, work with Solarban glass to minimize solar heat gain in south Florida’s abundant sunshine, helping save energy and enhance occupant comfort.

Since Solarban glass was launched in 1964, the brand name has come to signify industry leadership in environmentally advanced architectural glass. Today, the Solarban brand encompasses a broad range of high-performance solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses – including many formulated with PPG’s proprietary triple-silver coating technology – that help architects design and construct more sustainable buildings through their ability to transmit daylight and block solar heat, thereby reducing heating, cooling and lighting demands.

Now known as Colonnade Plaza, the former Mutual of Omaha Regional Office Building is located in the heart of Miami’s Brickell Financial District. For more information about the 50th anniversary of Solarban glass and its impact on architectural design, energy efficiency and skylines around the country, visit


Robert J. Struble

PPG Flat Glass


Solarban is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

600450 Miami landmark built in 1965 features first installation of SOLARBAN glass

See more news about:

Others also read

New STEM education facility at Carnegie Science Center targeted to open in 2018.
PPG has designed and produced windows for the Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe (BLADE), a Clean Sky Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator (SFWA ITD).
PPG reaches agreement with Nippon Electric Glass for sale of remaining fiberglass operations.
PPG and Vision Systems have reached a commercial agreement to work together on developing new applications utilizing Vision Systems’ electronically dimmable window shading solutions for aircraft.
Annual conference for decorated glass and ceramics set for Pittsburgh, April 22-24.
$55 million investment to enable production of jumbo-sized energy-efficient glass

Add new comment