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131 Varick Street- Updated
Manhattan, VA

The Manhattan Mini Storage building located at 131 Varick Street had its exterior upgrade utilizing the Kalwall® panel system. Built in 1924, this iconic building in New York City required the installation of 750 Kalwall translucent panels by AAWD’s team of certified Kalwall installers which allow natural daylight in while providing additional insulating energy efficiency for the building.

Kalwall is a composite structural sandwich panel with millions of prismatic glass fibers embedded into the panels translucent face sheet. The fibers refract sunlight to provide a balanced, diffused wash of glare-free, usable light. Additionally, Kalwall is the most highly insulating, diffused-light-transmitting technology available. Its thermal performance can match that of solid wall and solar heat gain coefficients as low as .04, which significantly lowers HVAC loads and electricity costs.

Though Kalwall delivers excellent diffused light, it is not a glazing panel, but rather a composite structural sandwich panel with outstanding load capacity and structural integrity that polycarbonate systems and insulating glass units cannot match. Typically, you will find Kalwall used on office and manufacturing buildings, gymnasium and recreational facilities, museums, schools, airports, and other structures that require long spans and natural daylighting. With a high strength-to-weight ratio, Kalwall panels are both strong and lightweight. This makes the installation process easier and reduces extraneous structural support framing, saving both time and money.

One of the challenges we faced upon undertaking this project was the meticulous installation engineering and detailed measurements required to fit each window opening due to existing conditions. This engineering work determined each, and every opening required its own sizing, resulting in a large puzzle of parts and pieces that fit into a grid design and receptor frame system with exterior frame perimeters being covered in black brake metal. As you can imagine, we had to work closely with Kalwall to create a production and logistics schedule that flowed seamlessly between accurate shipments of materials, combined with efficient installation work to transform the appearance of this iconic property.

Once this building was completed, our crew was mobilized to work on another Manhattan Mini Storage building at 161 Varick Street.

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