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  • Novum was thrilled to have contributed in a Designer Assist role to the stunning renovation of the Seattle Art Museum by providing the engineering, steel fabrication, structural glazing, and final installation of the magnificent point supported glass facade that will stun visitors for many years to come. The project, which took two years to complete, will allow the museum to showcase more of its collection of art from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. The Novum glass-enclosed lobby to the east side of the building enhances the connection between the museum and its surroundings in Volunteer Park.

    With the clever use of Novum’s PSG-System, the façade almost appears to be floating. The only visible structural elements supporting the glazing are plate spiders, which extend out from a soffit 1’-6” behind the glazing. This 16’-9” tall façade is supported by a horizontally spanning rectangular HSS tube hidden within the soffit of the museum gallery.


    The insulated glass units used for this project consist of low-iron glass. There is a laminated layer on the exterior of the glass and a monolithic layer on the interior. A low-e coating was provided on the #4 surface. The glazing is attached to the steel back-up structure using custom plate spiders made of painted mild steel and stainless steel buttonhead rotules.

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Size: 2,200 sq ft / 205 sq m

Systems Used: Architecturally Exposed Steel, Point Supported Glass

Architects: LMN Architects

General Contractor: BNBuilders

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