Award of Merit - Renovation/Restoration

Photo courtesy W.S. Nielsen Co.
W.S. Nielsen Co. replaced more than 750 triangular pieces of glass for the Westin's atrium skylight.

After being struck by a tornado in March 2008, the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta required a complete re-glazing of the 73-story tower's skylight and window system. Glazing contractors Harmon and W.S. Nielsen were hired to handle the work. Harmon replaced more than 6,000 pieces of glass in the tower, while W.S. Nielsen Co. did the same for more than 750 triangular sections that make up the atrium skylight surrounding the tower's base.

The re-skinning of the Westin Peachtree Plaza was considered the largest hotel window replacement project in the Western Hemisphere.

Key Players

Owner: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, White Plains, N.Y.

Contractor: Skanska USA Building, Atlanta

Construction Manager: Arnold & Assoc., Atlanta

Designer: Curtainwall Design & Consulting, Atlanta

Glazing Contractor: W.S. Nielsen Co., Alpharetta, Ga.

Glazing Contractor: Harmon Inc., Atlanta

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W.S. Nielsen Co.