Signature towers constructed with SOLARBAN glass by PPG helped shape Denver skyline

Six skyscrapers among first to use energy-efficient glass introduced 50 years ago.    As the cultural and financial center of the Rockies, Denver features a skyline with signature buildings designed by some of the country’s most renowned architectural firms, such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; and the city’s own Fentress Architects.555 17th Street (Anaconda Tower), 1978, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) During the building boom of the 1980s, these three firms designed six prominent glass-and-steel towers in downtown Denver (pictured above), each incorporating SOLARBAN(R) glass.

Introduced 50 years ago by PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), Pittsburgh, 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 significantly higher-performing solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses that help architects design and construct more sustainable buildings featuring glass that transmits daylight and blocks solar heat, thereby reducing heating, cooling and lighting demands.

World Trade Center I & II, (Great West Plaza), 1980, SOM

Although glass technology has evolved significantly since Denver’s Anaconda Tower (now 555 17th Street) was constructed in 1978, Solarban glass is still enabling each of these famous buildings to meet the energy and environmental demands of today’s green building movement. In fact, due in part to their use of energy-efficient Solarban glass, all six buildings have earned LEED® certification for existing buildings (LEED-EB) at the Silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council, and all are ENERGY STAR® certified.

1670 Broadway, 1980, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

For more information about the 50th anniversary of Solarban glass and its impact on architectural design, energy efficiency and skylines around the country, visit

1999 Broadway (Holy Ghost), 1985, Fentress Architects

Contact: Robert J. Struble PPG Flat Glass 412-820-8138

Solarban is a registered trademark 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. ENERGY STAR is a trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

600450 Signature towers constructed with SOLARBAN glass by PPG helped shape Denver skyline
Date: 25 September 2014
Source: PPG Flat Glass

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