University of Colorado Translucent Canopy

  • 2249 Willard Loop Dr
  • Boulder,
  • CO
  • 80309

How to Protect an Outdoor Ramp with a Translucent Canopy

University of Colorado Center for Community built a new parking garage that was located underground that incorporates a translucent canopy over the entrance/exit ramp.

Problem:

How to get cars safely in and out of an underground parking garage in an area that has very tight space restrictions. Typically the ramps for underground parking is located within the parking structure itself. In this case there was not enough room for the ramp within the parking  structure and so the ramp had to be built from the street to the underground structure utilizing a space outside the confines of the building. However the architect had to deal with weather issues since this ramp is located in Boulder, CO where snow and ice could and would accumulate and cause problems on the incline.

Solution:

  • Using the CPI 16mm standing seam polycarbonate panels on this translucent canopy, we were able to allow the light to broadcast evenly into the descending concrete ramp into this underground parking structure. It also sheltered the ramp from rain and snow.

Product Used:

    • Manufactured by CPI Daylighting, 16 mm Nano-Cell Polycarbonate panels. Single sloped canopies with a modified ridge piece to connect the two slopes, creating a ridge.

Results:

  • CPI Daylighting’s advanced translucent glazing technology ensured that the structure was covered by a translucent canopy system that provides unequaled durability and daylighting performance, supplies all the daylight desired without glare.
  • The vehicle ramp is protected from all kinds of weather issues.
  • The maintenance department can avoid costs of clearing the ramp of snow and having to supply either ice melt or sand to provide traction to the cars navigating the incline.

Benefits:

  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  • No required maintenance or re-coating costs—individual exterior panels  are easily replaced.

Grand Teton Mall Skylights

  • 2300 E 17th St
  • Idaho Falls,
  • ID
  • 83404

Mall Skylight Survey and Consultation

Grand Teton Mall is a single-level, enclosed, regional shopping mall located in Idaho Falls, in southeastern Idaho. It serves a 100-mile radius that encompasses 14 counties and over 350,000 residents. Constructed in 1984, it contains four major department store anchors, Dillard’s, JC Penney, Sears, and Macy’s, and a total of 75 tenants.

A mall skylight onsite inspection was made August 27, 2010 by Skylight Specialists, Inc, represented by Rob Packard. Jeff Mitchell, Operation Manger of Grand Teton Mall, was present.

The mall skylights of concern are the Acrylic Barrel Vault, Pyramid, and Unit Skylights at various locations on the site:

  1. (4 ea.) Clear, Acrylic Low Rise Barrel Vault Skylights, dual glazed, bronze finish frames, curb mount, 5’ x 12’ nominal size.
  2. (1 ea.) Clear, Acrylic Pyramid-Shaped Structural Skylight, dual glazed, bronze finish frames, curb mount, 20’ x 20’ nominal size.
  3. (4 ea.) Clear, Acrylic Pyramid-Shaped Structural Skylight, dual glazed, bronze finish frames, curb mount, 12’ x 12’ nominal size.
  4. (2 ea.) Clear, Acrylic Ridge With Hipped Ends, structural skylight, dual glazed, bronze finish frames, curb mount, 14’ x 18’ nominal size.
  5. (13 ea.) Clear, Acrylic Unit Skylights, dual glazed, curb mount, mill finish frames, 8’ x 8’ nominal size.

What We Found:

  1. (4 ea.) Clear, Acrylic Low Rise Barrel Vault Skylights, original to mall construction, have out-lived their lifespan. Crazing, holes in acrylic, leaks, etc.
  2. (7 ea.) Clear, Acrylic Pyramid-Shaped Structural or Hipped Ridge Skylights are constructed by applying unit skylights on top of structural members and then joining them with a compression bar. A little unusual, sort of like a homemade skylight. Signs of previous repairs but no reports of current problems or leaks.
  3. (13) Clear, Acrylic Unit Skylights, six units have cracked inner lenses; one unit poses a threat to the public below. Three broken units over the Barnes and Nobles ceiling/attic space. (Not visible to the public inside the store) Other two have cracks in corners, which could cause leaking. Picture shows inner dome sagging in which causes the large space in the acrylic.

Recommendations:

Replace (4 ea.) low rise barrel vault skylights.

Replace (1 ea. minimum) Unit Skylight. Inner acrylic is liable to fall into the interior of the mall with the possibility of striking a person.

Our Skylight Consulting Service provides a free phone consultation. Give us a try!

The Academy Retirement Community Skylight Installation

  • 970 Aurora Ave
  • Boulder,
  • CO
  • 80302

Prestigious  Assisted Living Facility Required Dramatic Daylight Designs with Skylight Installation.

Coe Construction General Contractor
ShearsAdkins Architects

The Academy is a locally-owned, boutique retirement community in a spectacular setting in Boulder, Colorado. This small, quaint facility offers personalized services to their residents. The builder worked closely with the architect who wanted dramatic daylight for the penthouse units. They wanted transparency but with an insulation factor. The skylight installation was unique in appearance but still was a standard design.

What We Did:

  • Skylight Installation included  6’8″ x 14’9″ Skylight with Glazed Vertical ends.
  • Installed 6’8″ x 16’10” Skylight with Glazed Vertical ends. 12:12 pitch.
  • Installed (2) 4’8″ x 4’8″ Skylights
  • We insured that these skylights were properly fastened to well designed curbs so that the owners would have years of enjoyment without any worry of structural failure.

Product Used:

  • (1) Wasco Product Pinnacle 300 Skylight System. 6’8″ x 14’9″ Ridge Lite. 12:12 pitch.
  • (1) Wasco Product Pinnacle 300 Skylight System. 6’8″ x 16’10” Ridge Lite. 12:12 pitch.
  • (2) Wasco Products Pinnacle 300 Skylight System. 4’8″ X 4’8″ Pyramid. 12:12 pitch.
  • Glazing: 1 1/16″ IG; 1/4″ clear tempered Low E (2) over 5/16″ Heat strengthened laminate glass.
  • Aluminum finish was custom two-part finish.
  • The exterior was “Sandstone” and the interior was “Bone White”.

Results:

  • Dramatic natural daylight brought into the interior.
  • Sweeping views.
  • Protection from harmful UV Rays causing fading.
  • Different color on the aluminum on the inside compared to the outside.
  • Well insulated glass skylights provide clear image view of clouds and landscape.

Benefits:

  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • The owners love the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Increase the facility’s property value.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with great quality light and accurate color rendition.

Worn Out Skylight Replacement

  • 2700 SR 16
  • St Augustine,
  • FL
  • 32092

Worn Out Skylight at Premium Outlets Mall

Premium Outlets has (81) eighty-one stores with (5) five restaurants  located near St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Daytona Beach. The local tourist attraction is Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, in St. Augustine.

Simons Properties asked us to replace the glass pyramid skylight located over the information center booth. This worn out skylight needed new glass and a new wet seal with silicone. Since they’d had problems with it for so  many years, they just wanted it replaced. In addition, the new skylight was guaranteed to meet all building codes, etc.

What We Did:

  • We framed the new skylight on the roof prior to removal of the old skylight.
  • We removed the old skylight early in the morning and were able to flash the curbs and set the new skylight prior to mall opening.
  • The area below the skylight was barricaded, but once the glazing was set then the public had better access to the areas around the skylight inside the information center.

Product Used:

  • Wasco Pinnacle 350 Structural Pyramid
  • Aluminum Finish: Bone White
  • Glazing 1 1/16″ Insulated Glass: Tempered Solarban 60 over Clear Heat Strengthened  Laminate

Results:

  • The new skylight provided better weather protection, was safer and blocked more heat in the summertime for the space below.
  • The work was completed with minimum interference to the staff at the mall.
  • The public were unaware for the most part that the skylight was being replaced, but noticed the difference afterwards.

Benefits:

  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • The owners love the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Increase the facility’s property value.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  • No required maintenance or re-coating costs—individual exterior panels  are easily replaced.
  • In work environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase productivity.
  • In retail environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase sales by as much as 40%.

Florence Mall Clerestory Skylight Repair

  • 2028 Florence Mall
  • Florence,
  • KY
  • 41042

A Skylight Repair Stops Leaks, Blocks Heat Gain and Increases Safety

A mall with clerestories, which are overhead vertical walls that let in light similar to a skylight,  had several problems with the glazing. The most serious was the glass was no longer up to building codes and posed a serious threat to the safety to the public.

We were originally called to perform a skylight inspection on the property because of leaks. During our consultation we also discovered that the tenants of the mall complained of the harsh light. It sometimes shined into their stores and caused heat gain and visual issues.

Solution:

  • The skylight repair solved the safety issue by applying a film onto the existing glass. It not only created a security film but also a reflective film.
  • The reflective film provided solar control to the glass. This resulted in solar heat gain reduction for the interior spaces.
  • After the glass was cleaned and the film was applied and dried, we completed the skylight repair by: Re-sealing the glazing with silicone. Providing a leak proof, warrantied clerestory glazing.

Product Used:

Results:

  • The daylighting in the stores was improved, by providing a better quality of light from the clerestories.
  • The leaks stopped and the mall owners did not have to pay a huge sum of money to change out the entire clerestory.
  • The most important change was the portion of the work that went unnoticed – the increased safety to the public below.

Benefits:

  • Correct daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space—increased energy savings
  •  Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition
  •  No required maintenance or re-coating costs
  •  In work environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase productivity
  • Splintered, flying glass is one of the dangerous consequences of, both natural and man-made, disasters. Madico films are specifically designed to hold broken glass in place, lessening the chance of injury and property damage. It also makes forced entry more difficult for would-be vandals and burglars, which is especially important for retail establishments.

Marilyn Hickey Ministries Skylights

  • 8081 E Orchard Rd
  • Greenwood Village,
  • CO
  • 80111

Controlling and Adding More Daylight

Imagine a shopping center or mall that has continuous glass skylights over all the common areas. Now imagine a church purchases the mall and wants to expand the amount of glass skylights to create an expansive sanctuary.

This is exactly what was asked of us. We created a solution that met all the requirements, including some special challenges:

  • The new skylight had to look similar in appearance to the obsolete existing skylights.
  • To parallel an existing ridge light, the new skylight tied into an existing ridge light at a perpendicular angle.
  • Balancing the daylighting factors with the appropriate choice of glazing.
  • Replacing and wet sealing over 1800 panes of glass.

What We Did:

  • We worked with the general contractor to design the location of the steel for the tie-in to the existing skylight, creating two valleys for the intersecting ridge.
  • We located a skylight manufacturer that had a similar appearance and framing that would correctly tie into the old skylight. New parts were needed and designed for the existing skylight, specifically in the valley of the two ridges, in order to complete the tie-in.
  • Working with the owners, we helped them choose the correct glazing for the new sanctuary.

Product Used:

Results:

  • The work came in under budget and on time. The new space was well lit, yet the skylights weren’t too bright.For the first time the congregation was able to gather all in one room for their services—creating an overwhelming feeling of unity for the church members.

Benefits of the new skylights:

  • Correct daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space—increased energy savings.
  •  Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  •  Increased the facility’s property value.

High School Tubular Skylights Installation

  • 2800 E Pershing Blvd
  • Cheyenne,
  • WY
  • 82001

Utilizing Tubular Skylights to Bring Daylight into East High School, Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne East High School is a public secondary institution located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and serves Laramie County School District #1. In 2008 and 2009 the school underwent a renovation which included adding tubular skylights. One goal of that renovation was adding natural daylighting to classrooms and hallways.

There are many studies showing that daylighting helps increase the rate at which our children learn. The State of Wyoming was doing its part to update as many schools as possible with natural daylighting by adding tubular skylights to their schools.

What We Did:

  • Installed tube lights
  • Installed curbs where needed.

Product Used:

    • Velux Commercial SUN TUNNEL tubular skylights
    • (75) 21″ tube lights and (17) 14″ tube lights

Results:

  • Velux Sun Tunnels are designed to fit right into the suspended ceiling grids. These skylights look like a regular light fixture is on but does not require energy to run the light.
  • The school employees reported that the light looks like a regular light fixture but in reality the daylight coming from the lights was a much better quality of light and was much brighter and usable.

Benefits:

  • Correct daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space—increased energy savings
  •  Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition
  •  No required maintenance or re-coating costs—individual exterior panels  are easily replaced.
  •  In school environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase productivity

Quail Springs Mall Skylight Inspection

  • 2501 W Memorial Rd
  • Oklahoma City,
  • OK
  • 73134

Mall Skylight Inspection and Consultation

Quail Springs Mall is a super regional shopping mall and trade area located in far northern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It contains three major department store anchors, a 24-screen AMC Theatre, and a total of 130 tenants. The mall is the focal point of a large area of recent residential and commercial development.

An onsite skylight inspection was made Sept 9th 2009 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard and Kevin Hodnett.

Skylights of concern on the site are the glass and acrylic dome skylights:

Clerestory glass located adjacent to the single sloped skylights was not inspected.

  1. (4) 10 year old, ridge insulated unit skylights; low E glass, dual glazed, white finish frames, 15’ x 400’ (total nominal length).
  2. (52) 30 year old, acrylic domed skylights; tinted, single glazed, mill finish interior mounted frames, 7’ x 7’ nominal sizes.
  3. (16) 30 year old acrylic domed skylights; tinted, single glazed, mill finish interior mounted frames, 7’ x 8’ nominal sizes; (2) clusters, each covers roughly 16’ x 27’ area and four of these skylights are trapezoid in shape.
  4. (22) 10 year old, single sloped insulated unit skylights; low E glass, dual glazed, white finish frames, 7’ x 250’ (total nominal length of all units).

What our Skylight Inspection Found:

1.  Glass ridge skylights are in good shape with just a couple of issues:

  1. There is a building expansion joint that passes through the skylight. The maintenance department has not been able to resolve the water mitigation completely. Local roofing contractors have modified the design and repaired the same area repeatedly. It still leaks intermittently.
  2. Snap caps are not sealed at the junction with the ridge cap. This allows them to slide down and exposes screws to the weather.

2.  Sloped acrylic unit skylights show no leakage problems through the skylights themselves. The skylights are nearly thirty years old and are single glazed. The tinting is inadequate and the skylights suffer from heat gain/loss.

  1. The roof is in bad shape and needs to be redesigned.

3.  Sloped acrylic unit skylights show no leakage problems through the skylights themselves. The skylights are nearly thirty years old and are single glazed. The tinting is inadequate and the skylights suffer from heat gain/loss.

  1. Acrylic Units have (2) of (12) cracked acrylic domes.
  2. Bad flashing design by roofers. Lapped over instead of lapped under extruded frame.

The gutters between the skylights are manufactured out of extruded aluminum with all joints welded. These are all interior mounted skylights and are no longer manufactured. Installing new exterior mount skylights is challenging with limited room for fastening.

4.  Glass ridge skylights are in good shape with just a couple of issues:

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Inferior caulking application could lead to future water leaks.

This area is in good shape with new roofing and good quality glass skylights. One issue worth noting which could lead to future problems—all the caps are perpendicular to the slope and the installation crew has done a poor job of caulking.

Recommendations:

1. Repair expansion joint(s) as recommended above.

2. Re-roof the sloped acrylic units skylight sections with modified curbs and/or crickets to allow for water deflection.

2. , 3. Replace the acrylic skylights as budget allows due to cracked units and energy savings recovery.

4. Glass skylights do not demand any repairs at this time. A proper application of the correct caulking material would prevent future problems.

 

Our Skylight Consulting Service offers a free phone consultation. Give us a try!

Joint Forces Readiness Center Wall Lights Installation

  • 5800 Central Ave
  • Cheyenne,
  • WY
  • 82005

Wyoming National Guard Joint Forces Readiness Center Polycarbonate Wall Lights Installation

The Wyoming Military Department opened its new Joint Forces Readiness Center to the public  December 16th 2010.

The $40 million project, located at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, will serve as the new home for the Wyoming Military Department, the Wyoming Air National Guard and agencies such as the Wyoming Veterans Commission. New offices, classrooms, conference rooms, simulation/simulated weapons training areas, kitchen/cafe, and locker rooms are featured within the Joint Forces Readiness Center (JFRC ). The Field Maintenance Shop (FMS) houses military vehicle and equipment maintenance operations, office space and storage within its masonry structure.

The FMS building earned LEED® Silver Certification, and the JFRC has earned LEED® Gold Certification. Some sustainable features of this project include a horizontal geothermal system, extensive daylighting (including a translucent wall lights installation), construction waste recycling, water-efficient landscaping, lighting controls and enhanced commissioning.

Part of the new building is lit by natural daylighting in the form of a wall lights installation instead of skylights.

What We Did:

  • Installed wall lights above access doors on schedule and within the expected time frame.

Product Used:

  • (6) 4′ x 14′ CPI Daylighting QuadWall Lights.

Results:

  • Provided bright, translucent light to the interior spaces that is also safe to the soldiers or public in case of explosions or terrorist attacks.

Benefits:

  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Reduce dependence on electric lighting—increase energy savings.
  • The owners love the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with soft translucent light and accurate color rendition.
  • No required maintenance or re-coating costs—individual exterior panels  are easily replaced.
  • In work environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase productivity.
  • In retail environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase sales by as much as 40%.

Augusta Mall Skylight Consultation

  • 3450 Wrightsboro Rd
  • Augusta,
  • GA
  • 30909

Mall Skylight Consultation and Survey

Augusta Mall is a two level super-regional shopping mall located in Augusta, Georgia. It opened on August 3, 1978, one week after the now-defunct Regency Mall. It is one of the largest malls in the state of Georgia, and it is the largest mall in the Augusta metro area.

Augusta Mall has five anchors: Dillard’s, JC Penney, Sears, Macy’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Barnes & Noble serves as a junior anchor to the mall. The mall features many higher-end tenants, some of which cannot be found outside of Atlanta.

A skylight consultation onsite inspection was made August 18th 2009 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard and Kevin Hodnett.

Skylights of concern on the site are the Acrylic Curb Mounts and Barrel Vaults:

  1. (42) clear, acrylic domed skylights, single glazed, mill finish frames, curb mount, 10’ x 10’ nominal size, both interior and exterior mount.
  2. (5) tinted, acrylic domed skylights, single glazed, bronze finish frames, 9’ x 9’ nominal size, exterior mount on low curbs.
  3. (4) clear, acrylic domed skylights, single glazed, mill finish frames, curb mount, 5’ x 5’ nominal size, exterior mount.
  4. (2) clear, acrylic and polycarbonate (one unit all polycarbonate, one unit combination of acrylic and polycarbonate) barrel vault skylights, single glazed, 5’ x 15’ nominal size, exterior mount.
  5. Additional single sloped glass skylights located on the raised middle section of roofing adjacent to unit skylights. Single slope glazing that connects the upper and lower roofs. These glass skylights are not included in our inspection. A cursory inspection was done to insure that there were no problems associated with these skylights at this time.

What We Found:

  1. (6) Curb Mount Acrylic Skylights- 10 x 10 nominal. Skylights have cracks and (2) are covered in plastic to prevent leaking.
  2. (4) Curb Mount Acrylic Skylights- 5 x 5 nominal. Skylights all have cracked acrylic and are covered in plastic to prevent leaking. They are also covered with construction tar and silicone #’s 50 thru 53.
  3. (2) – Barrel Vault Skylights have loose , yellowed and weakened polycarbonate glazing. #’s 48 & 49
  4. (13) – Curb Mount Acrylic Skylights 10 x 10 nominal. Skylight frames have been covered with tar. Some have tar on top of the retainer ring and onto the acrylic flange. All have tar like substance on the roof around the perimeter of the skylights; #’s 29 thru 41.
  5. (5) Integral Curb Mount Acrylic Skylights– 9 x 9 nominal #’s 43 thru 47. These skylights are newer than all others; however, the construction/installation of these skylights was not performed properly. The contractor incorrectly assumed that these wood curbs did not need to be built as high as the others. One skylight needs to be replaced and the curb will have to be modified.

Recommendations:

Replace all skylights in phases.

Twelve are cracked and covered now to prevent further water mitigation and should be replaced as soon as possible.

The 10×10 skylights are no longer made in acrylic—too many problems from cracking due to expansion/contraction stress.

Our Skylight Consultion Service provides a free phone consultation. Give us a try!

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