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  • As part of the Novum Designer Assist process, Novum engineered, furnished, and installed this spectacular structural glass and steel façade at the base of this 45-story skyscraper in San Francisco, CA. Utilizing Novum Architecturally Exposed + Linear Supported Glass Systems, the entire certified LEED gold building is occupied by Facebook and stands as a centerpiece to the downtown area. Park Tower was awarded the 2018 Best of the Bay Development of the Year by NAIOP SFBA. The development also received the Deal of the Year award by the San Francisco Business Times. Using oversized glass panels supported by slender advanced fabricated members, Novum was able to create an inviting and modern entrance into this exciting new addition to the San Francisco skyline.

    Custom vertical steel fins support this 36’-7” tall face. Using advanced fabrication techniques, Novum was able to provide 12” deep x 4” wide custom steel box sections that have been fabricated with such precision that they look like steel plates. In order to use such slender sections on a wall that is both quite tall and in a high seismic zone, Novum added a row of round 2.5” diameter steel bracing tubes behind each of the (2) horizontal glass joints.

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    To achieve the maximum transparency in a relatively mild climate, low-iron laminated glass was used along with Novum’s LSG system and hidden toggle fasteners. The oversized glass panels were up to 14’-7” tall and 7’-6” wide. An extruded aluminum channel was attached to the vertical edge of the backside of each glass panel using structural silicone. This enabled the glazing to be fastened to the steel support fins using hidden stainless steel toggles. Novum’s LSG system of extruded silicone and aluminum profiles rests between the glazing and the steel fin, creating a crisp, continuous line.

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Size: 4,400 sq ft / 410 sq m

Systems Used: Architecturally Exposed Steel, Linear Supported Glass

Architects: Goettsch Partners + Solomon Coldwell Buenz

General Contractor: Clark Construction Group

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