Innovative window systems brings California’s mandatory thermal performance to the university’s aesthetic.
The Escondido Village Graduate Residences project had to address three critical concerns: time, energy efficiency and the state’s seismic requirements.
Stanford partnered with Clark Pacific, a prefabricated building systems manufacturer. University officials discovered Graham Architectural Products’ 6700 Series window, which bears the appearance of an old steel factory sash. The team installed the glazing into exterior precast panels in the factory, reducing construction activity.
One issue: the 6700 did not meet California’s energy code. “We were able to morph the aesthetics of the 6700 with the thermal performance of our GT6200, and created the basis for our GT6 platform,” said Bill Wilder, Graham’s director of technical sales.
California’s seismic requirements added a wrinkle. Clark Pacific wanted to install the windows with strap anchors that would allow the windows to move in the event of an earthquake. And, “a collaborative effort allowed for both the required movement and restraint during transport,” says Wilder.
Graham manufactured and delivered more than 6,200 windows and Clark Pacific manufactured more than 14,000 panels. “We talked to the architect, KSH and we designed a window that met their sightlines, their energy requirements and their operational requirements,” said Mark Hiscock, national sales manager for Graham.