Curved façade panes assembled below a projection
Heavydrive places undulating glass elements on the Earlsfort Terrace office building in Dublin
Heavydrive handled the installation of the glass façades for the new office building of Ireland's life assurance and pension company Irish Life, situated in Dublin. The entrance area of the huge building, measuring 13,000 square meters (140,000 sq.ft.), boasts a unique design. The façade consists of undulating panes standing 6.8 meters (22.3 feet) high, each glass element having a different curvature.
For this reason, standard equipment could not be used to glaze the building and a special solution was needed. Heavydrive handled the assembly of the 14 glass panes, weighing up to 2,150 kilograms (4,740 lbs), using the VSG 2200 KR suction system in combination the VSG 3000 Konter counterweight beam. The vacuum suction system was developed specifically for concave and convex panes. The installation engineers had to adapt the suction system to each and every façade element. Thanks to the simple operation of the Heavydrive equipment, this was achieved in just a few simple steps.
Having to place the panes, measuring 1.1 to 3.3 meters (3.6 to 10.8 ft) by 2.9 to 6.7 meters (9.5 to 22 ft), below a projection, behind columns and through revolving doors presented a further challenge. The assembly team weaved the façade elements into the substructure with the greatest precision. Because the suction system and counterweight beam can be remotely controlled with millimetre accuracy, it was possible to install the panes in the façade meticulously and without any damage.
To ensure the assembly work was carried out in a timely, cost-efficient manner, the customer - façade specialist GLF - hired an experienced Heavydrive operator in addition to the equipment. The operator set the first panes in place and trained the team on-site for one week. The engineers were then able to install the remaining façade panes themselves. "Our systems are designed for easy operation. After professional instruction, the customer's team was able to operate the equipment without any problems. This gives the customer a flexible and cost-effective solution, explains Günter Übelacker, Managing Director of Heavydrive. Overall, the Heavydrive systems were in operation in Dublin for 20 days.
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