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Houston Galleria, Houston

Renovation of The Galleria II Mall in Houston was underway when Hurricane Ike struck the shopping center in 2008. Super Sky Products provided two vault skylights to help protect the property and its occupants in future storm events, while providing daylighting to enhance their retail experience.

The existing skylights were replaced with new watertight, structurally sound vault skylights with gable ends from Super Sky Products. Each of the units spanned approximately 81 feet in length and 42 feet in width. Ten thousand square feet of Viracon Inc.'s VS2-14 insulated, laminated glass was used to mitigate Texas' severe heat and storms.

Enhancing the durability and longevity of the skylight system, Linetec finished all of the aluminum framing in a clear anodize finish that meets the AAMA 611-98 specification.

Under the guidance of French Engineering LLC, the glazing team carefully removed and installed one unit, then the other. During the installation of the second unit, Hurricane Ike impacted Houston. "Although all of the glass units were set, the caulking operations were only 50 percent completed when the hurricane hit," recalls Todd Wilde, Super Sky's project manager. "Every attempt was made to keep the unit watertight, however some water infiltration did occur causing minor damage. After the hurricane had passed, the installation of the second unit was completed and repairs were made to the interior finishes." The Galleria's overall renovations were finalized in March 2009.

Owner: Simon Property Group Inc., Indianapolis

Specialty engineer: French Engineering LLC, Houston

Glazing system and installer: Super Sky Products Enterprises LLC, Mequon, Wis.,,

Glass fabricator: Viracon Inc., Owatonna, Minn.,,

Finisher: Linetec, Wausau, Wis.,