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I think blast-proofing was another aspect. Does anyone know why the east fašade did a massive reconfiguration and looks different than the other 3 facades? I'm guessing that had something to do with the 6 month delay.
Don't let the environmental aspects of this throw you. This was all about blast proofing the building. They could have brought this building up to current security standards, or they could have built a new building to those standards for twice as much. This has all been covered in this thread before.
^ New windows are looking pretty cool. I'm curious to know how the views from the inside are affected by the additional glass.
I think it's mentioned above but back to the longest project in history why does the eastern face have clear glass and the south has the glass with the brownish frosted tint. It looks weird
Three years and counting. This must be one of the most egregious misallocations of resources in Cleveland's history. Over $120 million for this boondoggle. Meanwhile, the roads outside the building (and in neighborhoods across the city) are literally crumbling away, but we are meant to celebrate an increase of the road-resurfacing budget to $10 million per year. And yes, I realize that it's federal funds going towards this project, and it's not like the city could have decided to spent it on something else. Nevertheless, the juxtaposition is just maddening to me.
It probably wouldn't have been much more to construct a brand new office tower somewhere downtown instead of $120 million into this old one...
I heard they are aiming for a June 2016 completion in time for the RNC Convention. lol
It's really strange that the glass on the east-facing side isn't frosted like all the other glass. It really doesn't look good. Did the renderings show it like that?
Is the glass actually frosted? I thought I remembered reading that there were problems with condensation building up between the inner and outer layers of glass
Are you sure they were fogging up? The benefit of a double facade and multipane glass is that you don't have big temperature differences between either side of the panes because there's the buffer zone between the two curtain wall systems and within each window itself. This insulates the interior from the exterior and vice versa. Not to say it's impossible, but even if poorly built I'm not sure how these would be fogged up in just a normal situation.How is the payment for this renovation occurring? Was it an "all at once" payment or are they leveraging money in some manner that will be paid back over a long course of time? Because the energy savings could equate to monthly savings greater or equal to the payment for the renovation meaning it won't actually cost anyone anything in the long run. Especially as energy costs increase as time goes on.Wasn't the original facade in poor condition too? As in it would have needed to be replaced soon regardless? Curtain walls from that era aren't known for their longevity. Meaning, though expensive, this renovation took a situation that would've cost a lot of money, increased the funds, and got a better product out of it?