Pioneer Place Mall Skylights

  • 700 SW Fifth Ave
  • Portland,
  • OR
  • 97204

Mall Skylights Survey and Consultation

Pioneer Place is an upscale, urban shopping mall in downtown Portland, Oregon. It consists of four blocks of retail, dining, parking, and an office tower named Pioneer Tower.

The mall itself is spread out between four buildings, interconnected by skywalks or underground mall sections.

The mall skylights were inspected on June 8th 2011 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

The mall skylights of concern were the two large skylights referred to as Atrium and Rotunda.

  1. Atrium: Structural Glass Pyramid Skylight, 106’ x 106’ nominal. Skylight has three levels of vertical and sloped glass.
  2. Rotunda: Structural Glass Skylight, 87’ x 87’ nominal. Skylight has three levels of sloped glazing.
  3. (2 ea.) Glass-roofed Bridges, 12’ x 80’ nominal

What We Found:

  1. The Atrium skylight has had spot repairs performed by a local company at the mid-level section. They have had some success, but only repaired areas that leaked without continuing the repairs to whole sections. The result has been continuous callbacks to keep doing spot repairs.
    It appears the original installation crew sealed some areas that were supposed to be left unsealed in order to release water through weep holes. The local company unsealed some of these areas, but not all of them. The entire mid-level skylight should be wet sealed and repaired properly to prevent these callbacks.
  2. Additionally a minimum of three pieces of glass have failed seals and should be replaced and butt joints are degraded.
  3. The Rotunda skylight has leak issues and no glass replacement issues. The Operations Manager reports this skylight has more leak problems than the Atrium. This entire skylight should be wet sealed.
  4. Glass Bridges. (2 ea.) The smaller bridge is slated for demolition or removal. The larger bridge has no issues.

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

Three Rivers Mall Skylight Inspection

  • 351 Three Rivers Dr
  •  Kelso,
  • WA
  • 98626

Mall Skylight Inspection Survey and Consultation

Three Rivers Mall has over 40 stores including Macy*s, jcpenney, Pier 1 Imports, Target, Bath & Body Works and more.

An onsite skylight inspection survey was conducted on June 7th 2011 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

Skylights of concern were 22 acrylic barrel vaults, 7 unit skylights, 1 cluster skylight.

  1. (6 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights; (2) 7’ x 10’, (2) 7’ x 20’, & (2) 7’ x 30’ nominal, arranged in two sets of three Skylights each with two gutters separating the Skylights.
  2. (12 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights, 7’ x 21’ nominal.
  3. (4 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights, 7’ x 21’ nominal. These four skylights are arranged in two sets of two with a gutter between. One set has only a 1 1/2” wide gutter.
  4. (5 ea.) Acrylic Pyramid Unit Skylights, 10’ x 10’ nominal.
    (2 ea.) Acrylic Pyramid Unit Skylights, 9’ x 9’ nominal.
  5. (1 ea.) Acrylic Cluster Skylight, 10’ x 10’ nominal.
  6. (2 ea.) Structural Glass Pyramid, 13’ x 13’ nominal.

What Our Skylight Inspection Found:

  1. (22 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights. Original skylights with cracked and fogged acrylic lenses.
    Degrading gaskets has caused mold to grow between the lenses.
    Rusted flashing in gutters.
  2. (4 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights. Each pair of vaults should be replaced with one vault in order to eliminate leaks from gutter issues.
  3. (All) Structural Glass Pyramid Skylights. The skylight inspection revealed that the glass skylights appear to be in good shape. The glass skylights have insulated units and no sign of fogging or seal failure.

Recommendations:

  1. (All) Acrylic unit skylights and the cluster skylight need to be replaced with barrel vault skylights.Because of cracking from expansion/contraction stresses, 10’ unit skylights are no longer available.
  2. (All) The skylight inspection revealed that  no work is needed on the glass skylights at this time.

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

Bellis Fair Mall Skylight Consulting

  • One Bellis Fair Parkway
  • Bellingham,
  • WA
  • 98226

Mall Skylight Survey and Consultation

Bellis Fair is an enclosed shopping mall in Bellingham, Washington. Opened in 1988, it features J. C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sports Authority, and Target.

A skylight consulting onsite inspection was made June 6th 2011 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

Mall skylights of concern were the Octagon Glass Pyramid Skylights:

  1. (2 ea.) Glass Octagon skylights, 44’ nominal
  2. (7 ea.) Glass Octagon skylights, 24’ nominal
  3. (2 ea.) Glass Vestibules 28’ x 20’ nominal

What We Found:

  1. (9 ea.) Glass Octagon skylights have degraded butt joints around perimeter of diamond shaped glass, except for hip. Operations manager has been repairing in various localize areas of leaks.
  2. (2 ea.) Vestibules have leak issues that are coming from sloped and vertical glass and also the flashing between the building and the vestibule.

Recommendations:

Wet seal all the octagon skylights.

Wet seal the metal and glass on vestibules. (Front glass does not need caulked)

There are no signs of insulated glass failure. However, the mall was built in 1988 and the glass will fail at some point in the future. Possibly put into budget to replace glass through phased replacement.

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

Otterbox Warehouse Skylight Installation

  • 760 SE Frontage Rd
  • Ft Collins,
  • CO
  • 80524

Utilizing Daylight In Warehousing with a Skylight Installation

Known as an innovator of protective solutions for smartphones, cameras and other handheld devices, OtterBox is located in one of the greatest cities in America – Fort Collins, CO.

Innovation extends to the state of the art corporate headquarters. Some of its features include: an interior slide, bike storage and maintenance room, massage room, a 400-gallon saltwater fish tank, over 150 built-in flat screen televisions!

An expansion of a warehouse and budget restrictions made the lighting of the new expansion a challenge. Unit skylights were added to the scope to lessen the electrical lighting requirements. The existing warehouse had only a few skylights and the small size offered little daylight into the structure.

What We Did:

  • Installed larger 4′ x 8′ self flashed skylights.
  • Installed on-site built wood nailers
  • Cut existing metal roof deck

Product Used:

    • Supply & Install (31) Self flashed Acralight Skylights

Results:

  • The use and location of the Acralight Sky-Tough translucent unit skylights allowed the recommended light transmittance into the building structure. The skylight installation will allow for minimal electrical lighting during the daytime hours as the owner and designer had wanted.

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
  •  In work environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase productivity

Condominium Dome Skylight Replacement

  • 1200 S Flower Cir
  • Lakewood,
  • CO
  • 80232

Silver Tree Condominium Dome Skylights Replacement

Silver Tree Condominium is a housing complex located in Lakewood, CO. They required dome skylight replacement after a major hail storm moved through the neighborhood in 2010.  The existing  acrylic, double domed skylights didn’t stand a chance up against the major hail storm. Virtually every skylight in this townhouse community was damaged. All the existing skylights were on steep pitched roofs.

The insurance estimator said “It looks like someone has walked around using a shotgun!”.

The HOA and the owners did not want to experience that again. They chose to go with a glass skylight replacement manufactured by Velux.

The Dome Skylight Replacement:

  • Replaced two hundred ninety-eight (298) skylights with VELUX fixed, curb mount skylights.
  • The dome skylight replacement required removing the old skylight from the existing curb and installing the new skylight over the same curb.
  • Disposal of damaged existing acrylic skylights. Resealed existing curbs.
  • Inspected the existing flashing to insure a weather proof skylight installation.

Product Used:

  • Velux FCM 2246 Skylights. Dual pane, low E³, insulated glass. Maintenance free frame. Energy Star Rated.
    Outside Curb Dimension 25 1/2″ x 49 1/2″.

Results:

  • The townhouse community has new glass skylights with consistent aesthetics.
  • Homeowners have the peace of mind that they’ll never have to worry about hail storm damage to their skylights again.
  • The new skylights are quieter and reduce unwanted outside noise by 25% over the old acrylic skylights.
  • The skylights also block 99% of harmful UV rays that cause fading.
  • Increased protection from solar heat gain in the summer and less heat loss in the winter.

Benefits:

  • Correct the daylighting and solar heat levels required for the space.
  • Homeowners still can look out and watch the clouds roll by.
  • Sound reductions by 25% over old acrylic.
  • Maintenance free frames. No repainting required.
  • The owners love the energy savings provided by the new skylights.
  • Increase the facility’s property value.
  • Healthy, natural daylight in the space with  accurate color rendition. 99% blocking of harmful UV rays.
  • The dome skylight replacement added hail protection over a new acrylic skylight.

SW Plaza Shopping Mall Skylights

  • 8501 W Bowles Ave
  • Littleton,
  • CO
  • 80123

Southwest Plaza Shopping Mall Skylights Replacement

Southwest Plaza is an enclosed shopping mall located in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado, immediately south of Denver. The mall, opened in 1982, has two levels with over 150 stores and a food court. Anchor stores include Dillard’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, Sears, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

An onsite inspection was made April 1, 2010 by Skylight Specialists, Inc, represented by Rob Packard and Tom Ring. Skylights of concern were 16 ea. low profile vaulted skylights and 2 ea. Structural ridge lights at various locations on the roof of the mall.

Skylight Specialists, Inc. has performed many projects through the years for this mall that is located within 7 miles from our front door, including shopping mall skylights replacement.

What We Did:

  • Replaced three barrel vault skylights with new low-rise acrylic barrel vault skylights.
  • The close proximity of the shopping mall skylights to each other required us to remove the skylights and temporarily cover with plywood.  This solved two problems, one is that we had limited time to have the skylights open to the interior and two because the skylights were close enough that we needed a space to be able to work from.
  • Wet sealed structural glass ridge skylight.

Product Used:

  • Wasco Low Rise Barrel Vault Skylights

Results:

  • The shopping mall skylights replacement work was performed while the mall was closed in the mornings.
  • Skylights let in more light, blocked more heat in the summer and are watertight.

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%.

Foothills Mall Skylight Retrofit

  • 215 East Foothills Pkwy
  • Ft Collins,
  • CO
  • 80525

Upgrading an Obsolete Acrylic Barrel Vault with a Skylight Retrofit

The rebirth of Foothills Mall will fulfill a long-awaited desire in Fort Collins for a new inspiring place to come together and enjoy today’s Colorado. The goal of the Foothills redevelopment is to return the mall and surrounding area to its former status as a cultural and economic magnet for the surrounding community and broader northern Colorado region.

One of largest planned retail developments in the country, the project will attract new investment, retail spending and jobs that declined dramatically in recent decades.

An onsite inspection was made August 3rd 2010 by Skylight Specialists Inc. Represented by Rob Packard. A subsequent inspection was performed on 10/20/11 by Danny Packard.

The rebirth actually began when General Growth Properties asked us to provide a skylight retrofit. We would replace a few of the acrylic skylights with new polycarbonate skylights manufactured by CPI Daylighting.

What We Did:

  • Removed the existing acrylic curb mount skylights
  • Replaced with new low-rise barrel vault skylight retrofits
  • Performed work when the mall was closed in the mornings. Little disruption for the tenants or the public.

Product Used:

  •  CPI Daylighting low-rise barrel vault skylights with vertical ends.

Results:

  • CPI Daylighting’s advanced translucent glazing technology ensured that the building envelope was covered by an insulated translucent panel system that provides unequaled durability and daylighting performance. It supplies all the daylight desired without glare and avoids unwanted solar heat gain.
  • Provided fall protection for these skylights by replacing the acrylic with polycarbonate skylights.
  • Provided skylights that no longer leak or need maintenance.

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 retail environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase sales by as much as 40%.

Chapel Hills Mall Skylight Inspection and Skylight Repair

  • 1700 Briargate Blvd
  • Colorado Springs,
  • CO
  • 80920

Mall Skylight Inspection and Skylight Repair

Chapel Hills Mall is a shopping mall located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is a “super-regional mall” at the southern end of the Front Range. Current anchors are Dillard’s, JCPenney (closing May 2014), Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Burlington Coat Factory and Sears.

In June 2011 General Growth Properties sold the mall. Prior to that sale, Skylight Specialists, Inc. provided  a skylight inspection survey and consultation. Subsequently, we performed skylight repair, replacing all cracked or broken glazing.

The skylights of concern on the site are the glass and acrylic skylights.

75 total skylights: 7 fiberglass, 4 acrylic clusters, 64 glass structural skylights of various sizes and shapes.

  1. Fiberglass Skylights.
  2. (4 ea.) Acrylic Cluster Skylights. Consisting of 4 pyramid shaped, dual glazed, bronze over clear domes.
  3. Glass Pyramid Skylights.
  4. Glass Ridge Skylights..
  5. (20 ea.) Glass Structural Pyramid Skylights. These skylights are installed in the center court area with 4” gutters in-between curbs. 

Our Skylight Inspection Found:

  1. Acrylic Cluster Skylights.  One unit needed all of the acrylic replaced because of large cracks. This unit was in need of a wet seal.
    One unit just needed a wet seal. The rubber gasketing was failing.
  2. Cracked Glass.
    (4 ea.) Glass Pyramid Skylights
    (3 ea.) Glass Ridge Skylights. had Cracked Glass.
  3. (20 ea.) Glass Structural Pyramid Skylights. This cluster of skylights has water mitigation problems. Because of the design and their construction, to repair them properly would cost nearly as much as a skylight retrofit.
    1. Issues with these skylights include difficult access to the gutters for repairs. Each skylight would have to be removed. The time and cost of disruption to tenants and customers would be high.
    2. Only two large pieces of glass per each side.Too big to handle without a crane (expensive and time consuming). Too big to maintain an air-tight seal (causes condensation between the two panes).

Our Skylight Repair:

  • Our skylight repair included replacing all the broken glass on the skylights. The owner did not have documentation as to the glass configuration. A piece of glass was removed from the site and plywood installed in it’s place. We could then determine the configuration of the glass, including tint or color.
  • We replaced all the broken acrylic dome sets on the cluster skylights.
  • We attempted repairs on the main skylight cluster and on other misc. skylights by wet sealing the skylights. This does not address gutter issues.

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

High School Skylight Installation

  • 2960 N Speer Blvd
  • Denver,
  • CO
  • 80211

North High School Skylight Installation

North High School :
North HS Renovation Project
Adolfson and Peterson Construction General Contractors
Klipp / Humphries Poli Architects

Project construction began in December 2009 and was complete July 2010. Work included renovating the Main building of the historic North high School. The 1911 building renovations included constructing a new central utility plant, updating the HVAC system and school skylight installation in the 1959 main building.

Care was taken in the design and construction of this historic landmark to insure any changes to the structure would be confirmed by the Historical Society and not interfere with the exterior visual “look” of the building.

What We Did:

  • Installation of (2) 14′ x 24′ extended pyramid skylights on site built treated lumber curbs.
  • Installation of (5) 8′ x 12′ single sloped skylights on site built treated lumber curbs.
  • (6) Wasco 4896  self flashed skylights mounted on wood nailers.
  • Work included removing the old wire glass skylights and modifying the curbs to support the new skylight installations.

Product Used:

  • Wasco DDCA 4896 Clear over White Modified Impact Acrylic Self-Flashed Skylights w/ Bronze anodized finish
  • CPI Daylighting Model ESP-FRDG4 14.00′ wide x 24.00′ Extended Pyramid Skylight, 4″ Quadwall Glazing.
  • CPI Daylighting Model ESP-PSLP4 8.00′ wide x 12.00′ Single Slope, 4″ Quadwall Glazing.

Results:

  • Modified Historical building to bring natural daylight into the interior of the hallways and various classrooms.
  • The school skylight installation added natural daylight which reduces the use of electrical lighting during daylight hours.
  • Soft Translucent natural daylight accents the original architectural decor of the school.

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 classroom environments, increased daylighting has been shown to increase students performance.

Pence Residence Skylight Expert Witness

  • 652 Chautauqua Blvd
  • Pacific Palisades,
  • CA
  • 90272

Skylight Expert Witness Duties

A homeowner in Pacific Palisade, CA contacted us for information regarding a fiberglass skylight that was installed on his new home. His problem was the “popping” noises that his skylight made throughout the day. The noises were very irritating and he had actually moved his office out of the home so he could focus and get work done. The owner had previously tried to get the manufacturer to solve the problem, with negative results.

The owner ultimately sued the manufacturer and requested they we be available as their expert witness in helping them understand what the issues were on the skylights to best be able to argue their case.

The skylights of concern on the site:

  1. Various sizes of arched fiberglass sandwich panel skylights that covered large areas of the home, spanning several rooms with one skylight.

What We Found:

The skylights did indeed make loud noises from expansion-contraction. This is most noticeable when there are conditions with the sun and clouds passing over the sun. The panels and aluminum quickly warm or cool and expand and contract causing the noises. As an expert witness, our opinion was that the skylights were installed incorrectly. This caused the aluminum to touch the steel structural supports. The contractors were experienced in general construction but were not experienced in skylight construction. They made no attempt to separate the dissimilar materials or to keep the panels level and true. The result was an installation that allowed the aluminum to expand and contract at different rates than the steel, causing the popping noises.

Recommendations:

The entire skylight would need to be removed and re-installed with shims added at each fastener. A new design for the chimney chase would be needed, along with a few other design changes for better durability.

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

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