The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has been a benchmark for space frame structures since opening in 1982, and represents one of the largest applications of the technology type in the world. But with the original facade showing signs of aging and also underperforming, a reclad program began in 2010 to replace the entire curtainwall system. Enclos is responsible for this retrofit program, which includes removal of the existing facade and the engineering, fabrication and installation of 3,722 curtainwall and 2,400 skylight panels. While previously operating at 10% below the performance requirements of current energy codes, the post-retrofit convention space is expected to exceed it by 25%.
To speed both the removal and installation of the glazing systems, Enclos operated its own dedicated tower crane throughout the construction process and utilized a double picking technique (lifting two units at a time by crane). This animated sequence was created by the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos to illustrate installation tactics to the entire project team prior to construction.
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