GLASS PANELS FOR THE JAVITS CENTER EXPANSION
The Javits Center Expansion will add 1.2 million square feet to the existing facility, which is one of New York City’s iconic buildings and its hub for events and exhibitions. For the last 20 years, PIBL has Customs cleared and transported structural glass systems for W & W Glass, LLC, the area’s largest architectural glass and metal contractor. Their complex, highly engineered curtain wall facade systems and custom all-glass enclosures can be found in many of the country’s most distinguished office buildings, museums, universities, and public spaces. As the construction is underway at the Javits expansion, with an expected opening date in 2021, PIBL has played an essential role in assisting W & W with the shipment of the Pilkington PlanarTM point-supported glass panels for the glass fin wall atrium, roof enclosure, and canopies from the United Kingdom, totaling approximately 35,550 square feet of energy-efficient glass. This transparent structural glass curtain wall area will create a new “window” to view the New York City skyline, while allowing connection with the public to see the busy convention center lobby and multi-story atrium. Using proprietary software that PIBL developed, the company managed the extensive logistics involved with this project which included the transport of 362 tons of glass cargo delivered to the Javits Center on flatbed trucks.