Solar Innovations® Bifold Doors Part of Best Skyscraper Award

PINE GROVE, PA – An office building, incorporating a Folding Glass Wall System designed and manufactured by Solar Innovations® Architectural Glazing Systems, won an award in the Best Skyscrapers/High Rises category for the 2021 American Architecture Awards.

Completed in 2020 and nestled between North Wacker Drive and the Chicago River, this state-of-the-art Class A, 56-story office building features 1,770,000 square feet of floor space in the heart of Chicago’s business district. The designs by Goettsch Partners for the Bank of America Tower called for a 45-foot-high lobby with an impressive operable wall that opens a large portion of the north face at street level to a landscaped, urban pedestrian walkway.

Solar Innovations® provided a massive nine-panel bifold door system that spanned 43 feet. Each 8’4” x 4’8” glazed panel folded to the exterior of the building, creating a welcoming portal that connected the park-like setting outside with the airy lobby, blurring the line between the indoors and outdoors. The thermally-enhanced framing was color-matched to the framing of the building and encased one-inch insulated glass units for each panel.

Located in Pine Grove, PA, Solar Innovations® was founded in 1998 and produces glazed door, window, skylight, and structure systems for residential and commercial customers worldwide. For more information about the company, visit solarinnovations.com. If you would like to meet with a Solar Innovations® Sales Designer or have any other questions, please send an email to skylight@solarinnovations.com or call 800 618 0669.