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New windows for post-war skyscraper on Park Avenue.

Der Scutt Architects is in charge of replacing windows at 445 Park Ave., one of the first post-war office buildings constructed in 1946.

The firm of Der Scutt Architect has completed numerous other renovations in the building, including two separate lobby modernizations, the entire ground floor storefront facade and a new entrance canopy on Park Ave.

The owners, Park Avenue Properties Associates, LLC (Dakota Realty Group), commissioned the firm again to prepare design and construction documents for the replacement of 1 ,424 doors and windows above the first floor in this 22-story building.

Although the majority of the window openings are of typical size, numerous setbacks and offset corners created a variety of window conditions and sizes that were carefully recorded and documented on a floor by floor basis.

In order to develop an accurate set of contract, documents, Hagen Scutt, a principal of the firm, said "We confirmed every condition and field measured every square inch of the building."

While a variety of manufacturers were considered, the Traco 9000 series window was selected for its high performance capabilities, as well as economy. A slim fixed profile was selected to maintain maximum glazing at the desirable corner offices. A standard dark bronze color was selected for the new aluminum windows, which will complement the original stainless steel mullion covers.

The skyscaper, designed by Kahn and Jacobs, was one of the early office buildings which employed structural columns at every vertical mullion, and as such, its structural concept was unique for its time.

A contract was recently signed with Kilroy Metal Products for the installation of the windows, which will begin in the Spring of 2004.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Nov 26, 2003
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