Monday, November 2, 2009

Buildings Breaking Boundries: 1450 Brickell


In 2005 Miami’s Brickell Avenue made international news headlines when tens of thousands of office block windows, were blown out by Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. Businesses were severely interrupted by devastating winds and flooding rains necessitating that new measures be explored to limit damage of this nature in future.

1450 Brickell, (class-A' tower scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2010) is breaking boundaries by incorporating a glass curtain wall system, produced entirely out of large missile impact resistant glass.

Alan Ojeda CEO of Rilea Group, the Miami-based development firm responsible for the project, stated that construction quality has from the outset, been their chief priority. He noted that they are indeed proud that the glass contained in their tower, will be the strongest available on the market.

"In setting a new threshold for curtain wall engineering and construction, 1450 Brickell is offering tenants a peace of mind that cannot be found elsewhere in Miami - or the United States."

The Tower's curtain wall system (now more than 50-percent complete) withstood wind speeds of up to 327 mph in laboratory testing. Design considerations have also ensured that occupants of 1450 Brickell will enjoy sweeping views in every direction, including east to Biscayne Bay.

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