Installed Window Film In San Francisco New Federal Building
San Francisco Federal Building
Window Solutions installs 3M Night Vision Window Film
This iconic structure was constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Development) platinum standards by a world renowned architect, Thom Mayne. It was designed to be attractive and energy efficient. Using sustainable design principles, the building’s shape and orientation maximize natural airflow for cooling and ventilation and take advantage of natural daylight for the majority of the office interiors. One of the striking features is its use of natural ventilation – no building wide AC system.
However almost immediately upon occupation the federal employees were unable to work in the heat and glare. The first solution was mechanized roller shades on the exterior windows. Additionally, a second layer of shades were installed to the interior glass walled offices. The third solution was the impromptu cardboard shade structures employees constructed next to and above their work stations. Finally we were consulted and recommended in installation of 3M Night Vision 15 on the Southern elevation. High stacked windows on every floor with difficult access right over peoples’ working area with highly concerned occupants made for a challenging installation.
3M™ Night Vision 15 was the perfect solution in this new building. It cuts the solar load and reduces the glare by 85%. The exterior is not as shiny as other dual reflective films on the market and the non-reflective interior is compatible with the ultra-modern lighting system. The NV15 had to be compatible with the safety glass and is covered by a 12 year warranty for material and labor and thermal fracture.
Currently the older SF Federal building nearby also has 3M window film that we installed from 3 decades ago. In June 2012, the San Francisco Federal Building was named the International The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) in the government category. GSA was recognized by the commercial real estate industry for quality in commercial buildings and excellence in building management and operations. This building has been LEED Silver certified