Industry Insights

 

Crawford-Tracy has been selected to complete the glazing work for two of the new Brightline Train Stations that are going to be built in and connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale are the stations they will be providing the glazing work for and both are to be approximately 60,000 square feet upon completion. Each station will include an elevated lounge area, multi-story lobbies, shops, restaurants and even parking facilities for passengers.

 

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Rendering of Fort Lauderdale Location Train Station

 

 

The multi-story lobbies will include 12,000 square feet of Crawford-Tracy’s Pro-Tech 7SG (7 inch, structurally glazed) which is a contemporary curtain wall system that exceeds the hurricane standards required by the country and offers a water rating of 100 psf. The Pro-Tech 7SG will be paired with low e (emission) glass from Viracon which offers protection against the Floridian heat, even on the hottest of days. The designs of both stations will be similar due to the fact that both were designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Zyscovich Architects and the General Contractor is Moss and Associates. While the work by Crawford-Tracy began in the late spring, as of now the Brightline train stations should be up and running by mid-2017.

 

 

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Renderings of West Palm Beach Location Train Station

 

Engineering Express will be heavily involved in the entire project. We will be designing the glazing system and structural calculations to comply with the high demands of the building code. The interior glass work is to be installed by Vigilante and Associates while the design is being completed by Engineering Express. Furthermore, we will be completing the design of the automatic doors along with Nabco. Along with that, we are also innovating a seamless glass ceiling and in order to accomplish this task our structural engineers will devise a way to install limited attachments while still providing maximum structural safety and integrity.

 

Overall, our engineers are very excited to be involved in this monumental project. As stated by Andrew Piedra, “We are proud to be taking part in a project of this scale that is expected to become an iconic part of the state of Florida and outlast many decades to come.”

 

We also completed the Product Approvals for the non-impact windows, of which there are two; one that is 40SG and another that is 60SG. Piedra, the designer on this project, maintains high regards for both contractors involved in this project as the 7SG is one of the best curtain walls in production. As a structural design firm, we were fortunate enough to provide Crawford-Tracy with the Product Approvals for their non-impact systems (40SG and 60SG).