Ceramic Industry

PPG to Supply Glass to One World Trade Center

November 8, 2010

PPG Industries announced it has received an order to supply STARPHIRE® ultra-clear, low-iron glass for One World Trade Center in New York City. The glass will be used for the podium wall system on Tower One, which is currently under construction at the new World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan.

Also known as Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center will reach 102 stories and 1776 ft upon completion in 2013, making it the tallest building in the U. S. The podium base wall, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the building’s architect of record, will be 185 ft tall and incorporate more than 2000 pieces of prismatic glass and welded aluminum screens.

Starphire glass was selected for its ability to maintain the highest levels of clarity at thicknesses of up to 1 in. (25 mm), said Gary Danowski, PPG vice president, Performance Glazings.

“Glass is a signature element in the design of One World Trade Center, not just because of its beauty and functionality, but because it is symbolic of our country’s commitment to openness, transparency, and freedom,” Danowski said. “As the first commercially successful plate glass manufacturer in the U.S., PPG is proud to provide material that will help reinforce those ideals on an iconic structure that will soon be recognized around the world.”

For additional details, visit www.ppg.com.