Glass manufacturers and products are everywhere. We, Phoenix Glass professionals, our competitors and colleagues, make a huge contribution to the development of the global economy. Glaziers participate in a variety of challenging construction projects, including the creation of new world trade center towers. What does glass have to do with WTC? Good question, isn’t it? Really, even if glass is used to make up windows and doors, it is difficult to imagine that glass can be used to create the concrete base. Yet, the new WTC project differs greatly from everything that was done earlier. The concrete base of the WTC tower will be clad in glass louvers; the latter will be set at different angles, and lit from behind. The features and specifics of glass design are held in secret, but it is clear that the project will hit the hearts and imagination of ordinary Americans.
The concrete base of the WTC is not the only construction spot where glass will be used. In May, 2011, the Huffington Post published an article discussing the features of the prismatic glass façade for the WTC. More specifically, the owners and architects want to cover the first 20 floors of the WTC with decorative glass. This is how the owners want the WTC to look more open to the public. The decision is quite reasonable, as the new windowless base was redesigned to withstand a bomb. We at Phoenix Glass perceive these trends as extremely promising. Just imagine, how much energy and electricity the WTC will save, if its offices are exposed to daylight. The prismatic panels will cost about $6 million, but will also provide a unique look and recognizable appearance. These panels, which were discussed above, are usually used in lamps and shop windows. They are distinctive but extremely practical. Phoenix Glass professionals will monitor the development and growth of the WTC project and the role of glass in it. Like the rest of the world, we will be watching how glass is changing the essence and appearance of one of the world’s most outstanding construction projects.