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Ace Hotel New Orleans, New Orleans

Photo: Timothy Hursley Photography, courtesy of Winco Windows

In a renovation project for Ace Hotel New Orleans, Eskew Dumez Ripple specified windows in the same proportions and style as the building’s historic Art Deco exterior. The windows replaced fixed windows installed in the 1980s that didn’t match the building’s original design from the 1920s.

The windows needed to provide thermal performance in a hot climate and meet hurricane building codes. Insulite Glass Co. Inc. fabricated, and DeGeorge Glass Co. Inc. installed Winco Windows’ Series 4410S and 3250 windows for the project.

Kurtis Suellentrop, EIT, technical sales and business development manager at Winco Windows, says, “The advanced research, partnership, design and testing allowed for a final installation that was able to restore the building to its original glory and design, while meeting the current stringent, high-performance window and hurricane codes.”

The thermally broken windows have an aluminum grid and framing, finished by Linetec Inc. with a 70 percent PVDF coating in black. They utilize Vitro Architectural Glass’ Solarban 70XL insulated, laminated hurricane glass.

Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, senior marketing specialist at Linetec, says, “These architectural coatings exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. They will ensure a long-lasting, durable finish.”

To allow the building’s existing structure to support the fastener loads of the heavy-duty window units, additional metal framing was installed to reinforce jambs. The windows’ overall sightline was unaffected.

The 184,000-square-foot, nine-story Ace Hotel New Orleans is in the city’s Warehouse District. It has 234 guest rooms, rooftop pool and spaces for dining, events and retail. The renovation project was completed in March 2016.