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Silicone Coatings will Mitigate Thermal Stress Breakage Risk

Silicone Coatings will Mitigate Thermal Stress Breakage Risk

With advancements in energy performance, the Glass, Construction and Architecture industries have seen an increase in heat gain around buildings’ spandrel cavities. This heat gain in spandrel areas results in temperature gradients across the glass that may result in breakage of the inboard glass lite.


Winnipeg Building Gets Design Facelift with ICD's Spandrel Product

Winnipeg Facelift ICD OPACI-COAT-300 One of the most prominent office towers in Winnipeg,Manitoba, Canada is getting a $4 million facelift that will not only make it more energy efficient, but dramatically alter its appearance.

ICD High Performance Coatings of Vancouver, WA will play an instrumental role in this renovation.  OPACI-COAT-300® has been selected as the spandrel coating for the project.

“This is going to put a new face on Broadway”, Karen Lund, general manager of the Winnipeg regional office of Morguard Investments Ltd., said of the renovations to the 16 story building located at 363 Broadway in downtown Winnipeg.  Morguard manages the building, which is owned by a pension fund.

“We kind of think (when it’s done) people are going to look at it and say, ‘When did they build that building?’”, Lund said.

The project is now underway and is expected to take 9-12 months to complete.

It involves replacing the existing curtain wall and then re-glazing with 80,000 sqft of AGC Ti-AC 40 over Gray.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to rebrand the building.  If you’re going to do an upgrade, you don’t want to put up the same glass”, Lund said.

Ron Suzuki of Smith Carter Architects and Engineers is the lead architect and project manager—said some really innovative and interesting buildings are beginning to pop up all around Winnipeg.

“Winnipeggers have become more open to new designs”, Suzuki said.  Suzuki went on to say, “we chose ICD’s OPACI-COAT-300® due to the color range they can provide, the fact that it contains no VOC’s and because we have a favorable and documented history with ICD”.

He and Lund said their design team considered more than half a dozen color combinations before settling on the blue-green-grey combination.

Suzuki said the 363 Broadway renovation was part of a national trend that has seen a lot of 1960’s and ‘70’s era buildings undergo major exteriors renovations in the past decade.

That’s because commercial buildings have a life cycle and the common thinking is that the interior should be upgraded every 10 years, the mechanical systems every 20 years and the exterior every 40 years.

“We wanted to create interest, but also wanted to it to be timeless”, Suzuki said, noting that the glass and spandrel units will likely be there for close to 40 years.

Winnipeg Building Getting New Design


Glazing Contractor:  Border Glass and Aluminum- Winnipeg

Architect:  Smith Carter Architects and Engineers- Winnipeg

Glass Fabricator:  Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions- New Berlin, WI.

Spandrel Coating:  ICD High Performance Coatings- Vancouver, WA USA

Glass Supplier:  AGC Glass- Kingsport, TN



Al Salam Tecom - Dubai, UAE (OPACI-COAT Spandrel)

The tower rests on a 28m podium which accommodates the recreational facilities at deck level including two swimming pools and health clubs, individually dedicated for the serviced apartments tenants and the other for office space tenants. The serviced apartments are accommodated on 15 typical floors and comprise of mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments.


Riverstone Technology Park - Halifax, Virginia, USA (OPACI-COAT Spandrel)

Riverstone Technology Park

Architect: O'Brien / Atkins Associates

Fabricator: Vitro America


Spandrel: OPACI-COAT-300® in

Beautiful wall-cladding, this project shows how well ICD High Performance Coatings can attain pastel and light colors not seen by any other glass coating manufacturer.

Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena - Wolfsburg, Germany (OPACI-COAT Spandrel)

Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena

Architect: HPP, Hentrich-Petschnigg & Parner

Fabricator: Glass Trösch Holding AG

Glass: Insulated glass coated with SILVERSTAR SUNSTOP Irish 50

Spandrel: OPACI-COAT-300® in Harmony Gray

This ultra-modern arena is home to Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga football team.  It was completed in 2002 at a cost of 53 Million Euro.  It is a two floored stadium, rectangular in shape with rounded corners.  The pitch is surrounded by stands that are fully roof-covered and separated from the pitch by retractable barriers.  The pitch can be covered and therefore allows the set-up of different areas of activity, which makes the arena a multifunctional space.  At the same time, the spectator area can be extended by adding additional stands.  The Business Club can be used for conventions independently of the arena.  Arena capacity is 30,000.

Tour Granite - La Défense, Paris, France (OPACI-COAT-300 Silicone Coating)

Tour Granite

Architect: Christian de Portzamparc

Fabricator: Glaverbel - AGC Flat-Glass


Spandrel: OPACI-COAT-300® in

Tour Granite is an office skyscraper in La Défense, the high-rise business district situated west of ParisFrance.

Tour Granite was opened in december 2008. The building is designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc. It is the fourth tallest building in la Défense, after Tour TotalTour Areva and Tour T1.

Tour Granite was ordered by the Société Générale banking group. It was built as a complement to the Société Générale twin towers whose office space was insufficient for the needs of the group. Like the existing two towers, Tour Granite has a sharply inclined roof.

~Source: Tour Granite - Wikipedia

Peachtree Dunwoody Medical Center - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

This has to be one of the most outstanding buildings OPACI-COAT-300® has been a part of. The architects desired a "pure" white, something ICD is able to offer with our waterbased spandrel. Utilizing low-iron glass, anyone can achieve pure colors.

Bath Tub & Shower - Hong Kong (OPACI-COAT-300 Silicone Coating)

In this project, as well as many others, OPACI-COAT-300® is back painted as the wall cladding coating as well as behind the bent glass used as the actual tub. Projects such as these are an excellent use of this products color versatility.

Bath Tub & Shower - Hong Kong (OPACI-COAT-300 Silicone Coating)

In this project, as well as many others, OPACI-COAT-300® is back painted as the wall cladding coating as well as behind the bent glass used as the actual tub. Projects such as these are an excellent use of this products color versatility.

Shaw Tower - British Columbia, Canada (OPACI-COAT-300 Silicone Coating)

Heralded as one of Vancouver B.C.'s tallest buildings at 149 meters (489 feet), with 42 floors and 49,451 square meters of floor space. A great example of Vancouver architecture with mixed use office space and residential space. A key project for ICD's OPACI-COAT-300® silicone spandrel.

Benson Tower - Portland, Oregon, USA (OPACI-COAT-300 Silicone Coating)

Completed in 2007, Benson Tower, the first point tower in the city of Portland, is radically different from most other residential buildings in the downtown core. Its tall slender design and dramatic use of glass are reminiscent of Vancouver Canada high rise designs. The tower offers sweeping views from all 26 stories with each floor comprised of only 5 to 7 condominiums