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Miami Landmark Features PPG's Solarban Glass

August 14, 2014

The Mutual of Omaha Regional Office in Miami was the first building to incorporate SOLARBAN glass by PPG Industries, one of the first coated glasses engineered expressly to block solar radiation and thereby reduce air-conditioning-related energy consumption.

Architect Minoru Yamasaki, who that same year designed the iconic twin towers of the former World Trade Center in New York, designed the eight-story building with 9-foot-tall, floor-to-ceiling windows. Tall Romanesque columns that stretch from the street to the roofline, together with white coatings and extended roof overhangs, work with Solarban glass to minimize solar heat gain in south Florida’s abundant sunshine, helping save energy and enhance occupant comfort.

Since Solarban glass was launched in 1964, the brand name has come to signify industry leadership in environmentally advanced architectural glass. Today, the Solarban brand encompasses a broad range of high-performance solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses – including many formulated with PPG’s proprietary triple-silver coating technology – that help architects design and construct more sustainable buildings through their ability to transmit daylight and block solar heat, thereby reducing heating, cooling and lighting demands.

Now known as Colonnade Plaza, the former Mutual of Omaha Regional Office Building is located in the heart of Miami’s Brickell Financial District. For more information about the 50th anniversary of Solarban glass and its impact on architectural design, energy efficiency and skylines around the country, visit