W&W Glass Systems Completes Work on Time Warner Center

W&W Glass Systems, the North American distributor of Pilkington Planar structural glass has completed their phase of what appears will become New York City's new landmark for the 21st century.

The $1.7 billion project, developed by Columbus Centre LLC, will begin opening this fall and combines The Time Warner Headquarters, The Mandarin Oriental Five-Star Hotel, Jazz at Lincoln Center and over 550,000 square feet of office and retail space. W&W Glass Systems developed two very distinct glass structures for the Time Warner Center, which is New York City's largest construction project in ten years.The first wall is a breathtaking 150-foot-high cable net that provides an awe-inspiring focal point for the building's entrance and encloses the atrium lobby. This is backed by the Jazz Wall, a 60-foot-high glass structure that also fronts the new performance space and allows visitors to look out over Columbus Circle and into Central Park. A second glass structure forms the Prow, a 15-story, three-sided transparent box that joins the facility's main front entrance on Columbus Circle and the 58th Street entrance.

"This turned out to be the most custom and complex project we have ever undertaken", said Jerry Haber, W&W President. For a job of this magnitude, W&W Glass Systems engineers worked closely with the project architects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to assure the glass makeup used was perfectly suited for each particular application

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