Northridge Fashion Center Skylight Survey

  • 9301 Tampa Ave
  • Northridge,
  • CA
  • 91324

Mall Skylight Survey and Consultation

Northridge Fashion Center is a large shopping mall located in Northridge, California. It opened in 1971. It was severely damaged during the Northridge earthquake in 1994, but renovated extensively in 1995, 1998, and 2003.

The mall’s anchor stores are JC Penney, two Macy’s locations, Sears, Sports Authority, and a Pacific Theatres movie theater.

An onsite skylight survey and inspection was made on July 20th 2011  by Skylight Specialists, Inc. Represented by Rob Packard.

Skylights of concern were all the glass skylights on the site:

  1. (1 ea.) Glass Ridge Skylight. 44’ x 93’ nominal.
    (1 ea.) Glass Ridge Skylight. 32’ x 153’ nominal.
  2. (1 ea.) Glass Segmented Barrel Vault Skylight. 55’ x 128’ nominal.
    (2 ea.) Glass Segmented Barrel Vault Skylights. 53’ x 138’ nominal.
    (1 ea.) Glass Segmented Barrel Vault Skylight. 53’ x 288’ nominal.
  3. (4 ea.) Glass Ridge Skylights. 10’ x 20’ nominal.
    (1 ea.) Glass Ridge Skylight. 10’ x 30’ nominal.
    (1 ea.) Glass Ridge Skylight. 10’ x 35’ nominal.
    (3 ea.) Glass Ridge Skylights. 10’ x 40’ nominal.
  4. (3 ea.) Glass Ridge Skylights. 13’ x 24’ nominal.
  5. (2 ea.) Structural Cone-Shaped Glass Skylights. 32’ wide x 32’ tall, nominal.
    (10 ea.) Structural Cone-Shaped Glass Skylights. 16’ wide x 16’ tall, nominal.
    (3 ea.) Structural Cone-Shaped Glass Skylights.  8’ wide x 8’ tall, nominal.

Our Skylight Survey Found:

All skylights have dirty and streaked glass. More evident on panels that are not patterned.

  1. (2) Main court Glass Ridge Skylights and (4) large Glass Segmented Barrel Vault Skylights have unsightly un-patterned glazing.
    A portion of the units are failed but it is difficult to know exactly which are failed and which are just dirty.
    There are ~700 un-patterned units in the six main skylights.
  2. (2) Large Cone Skylights have the same issue as the main skylights. There are ~100 un-patterned glass units in each large cone and ~240 in all ten mid-sized cones.
  3. Glass Segmented Barrel Vault Skylights —Operations manager noted that they are beginning to have bird control issues. Primarily the four main barrel.vaults.

Recommendations:

  1. Clean (exterior only) the skylights prior to replacing failed glass units. Interior cleaning may be needed, but exterior is definitely dirty.
  2. Perform a skylight survey after cleaning to identify all failed or unsightly glass units.
  3. Budget and replace the non-patterned glass units identified by the skylight survey through phased replacement.
  4. Install bird control devices on the flattest sections at the top of each barrel vault.
    This work would need to be done after cleaning and glass replacements are complete.
  5. Consider replacement of all patterned or solid glass to update the appearance of mall.

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

Skylight Consulting for Eastridge Mall

  • 601 SE Wyoming Blvd
  • Casper,
  • WY
  • 82609

Mall Skylight Consulting and Survey

Eastridge Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Casper, Wyoming at the city’s busiest intersection, east Second Street and southeast Wyoming Boulevard. It is one of only three shopping malls in the entire state.
Opened in 1982, the  mall is the largest in the state. With over 90 shops, the mall is anchored by Target, Sears, JC Penney, Macys , Dicks Sporting Goods, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

An onsite skylight consulting inspection was made on July 8th 2011 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

Skylights of concern were the acrylic barrel vaults and acrylic pyramids.

Unit skylights have been replaced recently and are in good shape for at least five years and longer.

  1. (13 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights. Vary in width and length from 7’ x 15’ to 11’ x 27’ nominal. Total of 2,224 square feet.
  2. (18 ea.) Structural Acrylic Pyramid Skylights, 11’ x 11’ nominal.
  3. (27 ea.) Unit Skylights 4’ x 8’ nominal.

What We Found:

  1. (12 ea.) Barrel Vault Skylights – ten original skylights,  two newer. All are failing. Cracked, crazed and fogged acrylic lenses. Degrading gaskets and leaks.
  2. All twelve Barrel Vault Skylights have had previous curb-support repairs. All barrel vault existing curbs need rebuilt to support new skylights properly.
  3. (18) Structural Pyramid Skylights with dual glazed acrylic lenses.
    Outer lens has sagged  and is touching interior acrylic.
    Six of the skylights have curbs not meeting current codes.
    Previous interior cleanings have left acrylic hazy and damaged.
  4. Two pyramid skylights have curbs touching each other with no gutter inbetween. The opening of one of the skylights will need to be reduced in size by at least 12” to allow room for roofing between the skylights.

Our Skylight Consulting Recommendations:

Replace all barrel vault skylights.

  1. Remove steel supports and repair roof. (Carlisle roof)
  2. Replace all barrel vault skylight curbs.
  3. Remove all steel support roofing protrusions and replace roofing to prevent future problems with leaks in these areas.

Replace all pyramid skylights.

  1. Raise curbs on six pyramid skylights to meet codes.
  2. Repair roof on these six skylights.
  3. Alter opening size on one skylight and repair roof.

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

Westlake Center Mall Skylight Consulting

  • 400 Pine St
  • Seattle,
  • WA
  • 98101

Mall Skylight Consulting Survey

Westlake Center is a four-story shopping center and twenty-five story office tower in downtown Seattle, Washington. The southern terminus of the Seattle Center Monorail, it is located across Pine Street from Westlake Park, between 4th and 5th Avenues.

To the west of Westlake Center is the main store for Macy’s Northwest. To the east is the flagship Nordstrom store and corporate headquarters. In the surrounding area are dozens of other retailers.

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

Skylights of concern on the site are described as Retail, Tower or Monorail:

Tower and Monorail

  1. (2 ea.) Tower Single Sloped Glass Skylight with vertical glazing. 10’ x 100’ nominal.
  2. (1 ea.) Monorail Upper Single Slope Glass Skylight. 10’ x 100’ nominal.
  3. (1 ea.) Monorail Lower Structural Single Slope Skylight. 10’ x 100’ nominal.

Retail

  1. (1 ea.) Single Sloped Glass Skylight with vertical glazing. 10’ x 125’ nominal.
  2. (1 ea.) Single Sloped Glass Skylight with vertical glazing. 10’ x 150’ nominal.
    (19 ea.) Heat and Smoke Vents. solid, 3’ x 4’ nominal.
  3. (1 ea.) Ridge Glass Skylight. 8’ x 145’ nominal.
  4. (1 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault. 5’ x 81’ nominal.
  5. (1 ea.) Atrium. 14’ x 26’ nominal.

Our Skylight Consulting Inspection Found:

Tower Skylights: Fairly decent shape, showing signs of slight wear on butt joint glazing. Wet seal recommended if overhead glass is leaking. Glass appears in good shape. One piece on the vertical appears to have been replaced previously.

Retail area: The half-round barrel vault is showing signs of wear. The skylight is located over an exterior portion of the mall and should last a minimum of five years without repairs or replacement due to its location.

  1. Retail area: The most immediate concern is that water is appearing in the interior upper floors. It is penetrating through steel columns in several locations. Picture shows a horizontal steel beam intersecting the column, allowing water to exit to the interior. Water is traveling farther down columns to lower areas, also.
  2. Retail area: Picture shows roofing terminating at an exposed beam. Repairs should be immediate and require a specialized crew that can do repairs on metal roofing and/or skylights. Ridge peak has horizontal cables in place for safety tie-offs.
  3. Retail area: Many locations have failed insulated units showing moisture in-between the glazing. Ten units should be replaced now; more in the next five years.
  4. Lower monorail skylight has broken glass, apparently from falling debris from the monorail. This is a major safety concern. Mall management has replacement glass on hand and needs someone to install the glass. Blocking the pedestrian sidewalk completely while work is being done would require city permits, etc.
  5. Upper monorail glass shows some gaskets pushing out from between the framing and glass.

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

Clackamas Town Center Mall Skylight Survey

  • 12000 SE 82nd Ave
  • Happy Valley,
  • OR
  • 97086

Skylight Survey and Consultation

Clackamas Town Center is a shopping mall on unincorporated land in the Clackamas area of Clackamas County, Oregon. It opened in 1981. It is managed and co-owned by General Growth Properties and is currently anchored by J.C. Penney, Macy’s (including a separate home store), Nordstrom, and Sears. It also includes a 20-screen Century movie theater.

Skylights of concern are the Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights

  1. (33 ea.) 6’ x 24’ nominal
  2. (1 ea.) 6’ x 20’ nominal
  3. (2 ea.) 6’ x 16’ nominal
  4. (3 ea.) custom shaped with angled curb ends, various sizes, 6’ width and approximate 70 linear feet.
  5. (6 ea.)  parallelogram shape, (angled skylight ends) 6’ x 33’ nominal

What We Found:

  1. The skylight survey revealed cracked and crazed acrylic, single glazed.
  2. Gaskets degrading.
  3. Minimal structural support.
  4. Operations manager has been repairing or replacing a portion of the lens’s every year.

Recommendations

These skylights are old and beyond their life expectancy. And they show it. The acrylic is brittle and the skylights are actually a fall hazard for anyone on the roof. Replacement is due and recommended.

The skylights should be replaced with a product that has a better quality of light transmittance, more energy efficiency and made of a material, such as polycarbonate or high strength acrylic, that provides security and safety to both the employees working on the roof and the public below.

Rogue Valley Mall Skylight Survey

  • 1600 N Riverside Ave
  • Medford,
  • OR
  • 97501

Mall Skylight Survey and Consulting

The Rogue Valley Mall, located in Medford, Oregon. It’s the largest indoor shopping complex between Eugene, Oregon, and Sacramento, California. It is named “Rogue Valley” because it lies in the Rogue Valley in southwestern Oregon.

The Rogue Valley Mall was built in 1986 and sits next to a Target and Interstate 5. It has more than 100 stores, including Chico’s, Aeropostale, American Eagle, and Bath and Body Works. The current anchor stores are Kohl’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sports Authority on the upper level. And Bed Bath & Beyond,  Macy’s Home on the lower level, The food court features 13 eateries ranging from burgers to tacos to Japanese to Starbucks.

An onsite skylight survey inspection was made June 9th 2011 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

Skylights of concern were the acrylic barrel vaults

  1. (10 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights, 10’ x 28’ nominal.
    (2 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault Skylights 10’ x 42’ nominal.
  2. (6 ea.) Structural Glass Pyramid Skylights, 14’ x 14’ nominal.
  3. (2 ea.) Structural Hipped Ridge Glass Skylight, 18’ x 26’ nominal.
    (6 ea.) Structural Hipped Ridge Glass Skylight 14’ x 22’ nominal.
    (1 ea.) Structural Hipped Ridge Glass Skylights 18’ x 26’ nominal.

Our Skylight Survey Found:

  1. (12 ea.) Acrylic Barrel Vault skylights – original skylights. Our skylight survey found cracked and fogged acrylic lenses; gaskets are degrading. (3 ea) Curbs do not meet current codes.
  2. Structural glass skylights are also original. Our skylight survey found them holding up fairly well. One pyramid has a fogged glass unit. The area underneath has a wooden sunscreen that makes it unnoticeable.

Recommendations:

  • Replace barrel vault skylights with new skylight retrofits.
  • Raise the curbs on three of the barrel vaults to meet codes.
  • Budget to replace glass skylights, or the glass only; through phased replacement.

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

Salem Center Mall Skylight Survey

  • 401 Center St NE
  • Salem,
  • OR
  • 97301

Mall Skylight Survey and Consultation

Salem Center is a multi-building, enclosed shopping center in downtown Salem, Oregon. Located on both sides of Center Street between High and Liberty streets, the mall has 80 stores and a food court. Opened in 1979, the mall has four anchor stores: Macy’s, JC Penney, Kohl’s, and Nordstrom. The mall also features five sky bridges and many skylights.

An onsite  skylight survey was conducted on June 8th 2011 by Skylight Specialists, Inc., represented by Rob Packard.

Mall skylights of concern were the Glass Clerestory Single Slope Skylights.

  1. (1 ea.) Structural Glass Cone-Shaped Dodecagon, 14’ nominal width, 4’ per side, 13’ tall.
  2. (4 ea.) Pyramid, Acrylic, Curb Mount Skylights, 7’ x 7’ nominal.
  3. (2 ea.) Domed, acrylic, curb mount skylights, 4’ x 4’ nominal.
  4. (18 ea.) Clerestories, glass, single slope, 21’ x 6’ nominal.

What Our Skylight Survey Found:

All  of the skylights are in good shape.

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Counter flashing at the bottom of the sloped glazing is the likely cause of intermittant leaks.

The clerestories leak periodically, but is reported as an occasional drip. Leak is probably between the counter flashing and the roofing. Water likely shoots down sloped corrugated roofing and up and under counter flashing.Mall management has hired local roofers to help with problem.

Recommendations:

If local vendors cannot repair the leak permanently, then the metal counter flashing at the bottom of the sloped glazing needs to be replaced. A material should be used that will completely seal the leakage, even if totally immersed in water.

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

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

• Design/Build • Repair-Replace-Retrofit • Consulting