Solarban® 60 glass a key component in sustainable mixed-use Seattle building
Vitro Glass coating, other energy-efficient features make 9th and Thomas a model for sustainable building design
Photography by Tom Kessler
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30, 2019 – Solarban® 60 solar control low-emissivity (low-e) glass by Vitro Architectural Glass is featured in 9th and Thomas, a 12-story, 230,000-square-foot office-retail complex in downtown Seattle.
Glazed with Solarban® 60 glass, floor-to-ceiling windows on the eight levels of office space are intended to foster inspiration and innovation, as well as provide clear views of the iconic Space Needle.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified at the Gold level, the building features an ultra-low-energy HVAC design, chilled beams that heat and cool with minimal airflow, a heat recovery chiller that “pumps” heat from hot to cold spaces, and a dedicated outdoor air system that provides increased fresh air ventilation to all spaces.
Northwestern Industries (NWI) of Seattle, a member of the Vitro Certified™ Network, fabricated the glass, and Goldfinch Brothers was the glazing contractor.
Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, 9th and Thomas also includes 12,000 square-feet of flexible, interconnected retail spaces that blur the lines between work and play and dovetail seamlessly with the modern office environment and unique neighborhood setting.
With a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.39, Solarban® 60 glass blocks 66 percent of total solar energy while allowing 70 percent of visible light to pass through. This combination produces an excellent light to solar gain (LSG) ratio of 1.79.
Located in the thriving and diverse South Lake Union neighborhood, 9th and Thomas provides a welcoming presence for the growing population of downtown Seattle and serves as a model for sustainable building design.
To learn more about Solarban® 60 glass or the rest of Vitro Glass’s full line of architectural glasses, visit www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).
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Vitro Certified™ is a trademark and Solarban® is a registered trademark owned by Vitro.
LEED—an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™—is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council®.
About Vitro Architectural Glass
Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:VITROA), the largest company of its kind in the Americas, manufactures a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses at U.S. plants in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Fresno, California; Salem, Oregon; and Wichita Falls, Texas. Committed to sustainable manufacturing processes and products, the company also operates one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh and four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada. Upholding the values of “Together, We See Further” across the architectural, automotive and containers markets, Vitro strives to realize the power of partnership to ensure that projects meet or exceed ever-evolving sustainability expectations as well as glass requirements. For more information, please visit www.VitroGlass.com.
Robert J. Struble
Vitro Architectural Glass