Lack of Shade Overshadows Security Efficiency
The new lobby design, which includes a two-story-high glass light wall as a key architectural feature, fills the space with light. In order to ensure the building’s security cameras and monitoring equipment could operate effectively, the design team sought a product to reduce excessive glare while keeping with the design aesthetic.
“The lobby is the first point you see and it makes a critical initial impression on staff and visitors,” said Brian D. Kornasiewicz, Heery’s Senior Project Architect for the Intercontinental Exchange project.
Solar Film Eclipses the Cost Competition
Before turning to window film, Heery determined the costs for alternatives: new glass would cost $20,000-$30,000 and motorized window shades would cost $10,000-$12,000.
Their top alternate option was the motorized shades, but with two stories of glass to cover, the shades would stand out against the original design and had the potential for costly breakage repairs. Looking for a better solution, Brian decided to approach NGS Films and Graphics to ask them about glare-reducing solar film.
Solar film, installed on the inside of a window, reflects sunlight to reduce glare, heat, UV, and other damaging rays from entering a building. It’s cost effective too.
“The cost of the solar film was about $7.00 per square foot, for a total of about $6,000 – as compared to the tens of thousands we would have paid for motorized shades,” Brian said.
NGS Casts Light on the Right Solution
Brian heard about NGS from a co-worker who knew the glass-film consultants worked with multiple film brands and could advise Brian on a wide variety of solutions.
“Initially, you’re faced with literally thousands of options [for solar film], so having the immediate input from NGS to narrow down the choices was invaluable,” Brian said. “NGS has the expertise in costing per square foot, as well as the knowledge to suggest specific solutions – it was extremely helpful to have access to the product information, pricing, and knowledge.”
NGS understood that the project required effective solar film that also matched the building’s aesthetic, so they took the initiative to recommend and install four full-scale samples for Heery and ICE to compare. Once they had the samples installed, the choice was easier. “Some samples were too reflective,” Brian explained. “We tossed those out.”
After two weeks of in-place evaluation, Heery and ICE decided on a solution that was nearly invisible. “You wouldn’t notice the window film if it wasn’t pointed out to you,” Brian said. “The window film integrates beautifully into the interior and exterior design of the project.”
Installation Lasts from Dusk ‘Till Dawn
When the decision was made, NGS installed 860 ft2 of film in two days. They worked after hours so as not to disturb the workday, and they took care of logistics such as the necessary scaffolding and sky lift without involving the architect or the client directly.
“They worked with the general contractor to independently project manage the task themselves,” Brian said. “The installation went seamlessly. The solar film NGS recommended was definitely the right choice.”
The solar film offers a few additional benefits as well: it slightly lowers the building’s operating costs for air conditioning and it extends the life of fabrics and furniture in the lobby.
“It looks good and it works well. The client is very happy, so we accomplished our goal,” Brian stated.