Among the best-known examples is Bank of America Plaza and its iconic green silhouette.Known as Interfirst Plaza when it opened in 1984, the 72-story skyscraper was constructed with Solarban 560-8 TWINDOW(R) glass. Thirty years later, it remains the tallest building in the city and the third-tallest in Texas.
Solarban glass also is integral to Thanksgiving Tower, which opened as Dallas’s second-tallest building in 1983. Highlighted by its soaring reflective glass curtain wall, the 50-story building, now the city’s eighth-tallest, is distinguished by its “sawtooth” exterior, which was designed to create 16 corner offices on each floor.
A new generation of Solarban glass continues to redefine the Dallas skyline, most famously with the award-winning Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel. Shimmering with Solarban z50 and Solarban PACIFICA(R) glasses, the 23-story hotel is the first building in Texas to earn LEED(R) certification for New Construction at the Gold level and the largest hotel outside Las Vegas to earn this distinction.
Other well-known Dallas buildings that are adorned with Solarban glass and have earned LEED certification include Providence Towers, Rosewood Court and 1400 Hi Line. Two Victory Park luxury condominium towers – The House by Starck and YOO and The Cirque – also are glazed with Solarban glass.
Introduced by PPG in 1964, Solarban glass heralded a new era of environmentally advanced glass by being one of the first coated glasses engineered to reflect heat away from buildings to reduce air-conditioning use. Today the Solarban brand encompasses a broad range of highperforming solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses that transmit daylight, block solar heat and thereby reduce heating, cooling and lighting demands to help architects design and construct more sustainable buildings.
For more information about the 50th anniversary of Solarban glass and its impact on energy efficiency, architectural design and skylines around North America, visit www.SolarbanGlassLegacy.com.
Robert J. Struble
PPG Flat Glass
Solarban, Pacifica and Twindow are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
LEED – an acronym for the phrase “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” – is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council.