Vitro Architectural Glass

Solarban® 90 glass adds drama, performance to Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel

Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel

PITTSBURGH, January 7, 2020 — Ideally located in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, between DFW International Airport and Love Field, the new 13-story Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel at Las Colinas features a distinctly angled rectangular form clad in curtainwall.

Seeking occupant comfort and energy cooling efficiencies for the LEED® Silver-certified facility, BOKA Powell Architects selected Solarban® 90 clear glass by Vitro Architectural Glass for the distinctive 12-story curtainwall glazing and spandrel.

“Expansive glazing in the public areas and guest rooms allowed maximum daylight transmission and tied the outside to the building interior,” explained Brooks Powell, senior associate, BOKA Powell Architects, Dallas.

Directly adjacent to the existing Irving Convention Center and just north of the planned Music Factory mixed-use development, the hotel is integral to a significant public-private partnership for the City of Irving. Its desire for the development’s signature hotel to have a decidedly Class A appearance helped inform the architect’s striking façade and glazing design, which also offers guests sweeping views of the city’s skyline and Lake Carolyn.

“The geometry of the unitized curtainwall system framed by copper and dark grey ACM panels translates the angularity and drama of the adjacent Irving Convention Center into an efficient double-loaded tower mass,” stated Powell.

To support a higher window-to-wall ratio in Texas’ characteristically hot climate, high-performance glazing was essential. As BOKA Powell evaluated their options based on performance, aesthetics, availability and cost, Solarban® 90 glass emerged as the most suitable glass system for the 350-room convention center hotel and its 16,000 square feet of meeting space.

Filtering out a high percentage of solar energy, Solarban® 90 glass offers a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.23 when paired with conventional clear glass in a 1-inch insulating glass unit (IGU). The glass also has exterior reflectivity of just 12% and visible light transmittance (VLT) of 51%, which together produce a neutral-toned façade with a pleasant, subtle gray tint.

“The enhanced performance of today’s glazing systems [like those with Solarban® 90 glass] allows us to design more transparent buildings that create better interior environments for guests while rejecting heat and reducing overall energy consumption for cooling,” added Powell.

Tristar Glass, a member of the Vitro Certified® Network, did the glass fabrication work. Austin-Commercial served as the design-builder.

For more information about Solarban® 90 glass and the rest of Vitro Glass’s full line of architectural glasses, visit or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).

Solarban® is a registered trademark owned by Vitro. Vitro Certified® is a trademark owned by Vitro.
LEED™—an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™—is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building.

About Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VITROA), is the largest glass producer in the Western Hemisphere, manufacturing a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient, high-performance products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses. Committed to continually raising the industry standard for sustainability, Vitro was the first U.S. glass manufacturer to have its entire collection of architectural glass products earn Cradle to Cradle Certified® status and the first North American manufacturer to publish third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for flat glass and processed glass products. Additionally, as of April 2024, all Vitro architectural glass products meet the Top 20% Low Embodied Carbon (LEC) material Global Warming Potential (GWP) threshold the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) established pursuant to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and related guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vitro operates seven glass production facilities across North America, four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada and one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit

Vitro Architectural Glass

Media Contact:
Robert J. Struble
Vitro Architectural Glass