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One World Trade Center

Challenge

Providing a louver that didn’t look typical but still functioned like one was a priority for the architects at SOM. Requirements included allowing a significant amount of airflow to pass through the louvers, low pressure drop and water entry.

Solution

We helped SOM and the project’s mechanical engineer design and develop a wind-driven Class A-rated louver. This custom system was created by using elements of three different louver models to obtain the right amount of airflow and provide water resistance for the HVAC system, which spans 18 floors. The system, first proven in our exclusive test chamber, acts as a reverse plenum since the louvers are fully exposed to the weather.

Project: One World Trade Center

Location: New York, NY

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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One World Trade Center Facts

Floors of Louvers

Sq Ft of Louvers

Tons of aluminum

Gallons of PVDF Finish

CS PRODUCTS USED ON THIS PROJECT

PARTNERING TO CREATE CUTTING EDGE SOLUTIONS

The rebuilding of One World Trade Center after the 2001 attacks helped to reconstruct America’s sense of strength and freedom. As the sixth-tallest building in the world, this beacon of hope stands at 1,776 feet to showcase America’s resilience. A building of this magnitude requires a significant amount of protection from the elements.

One World Trade Center Blast-Resistant Louvers
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