When a 150-year-old intelligence driven financial force on NYC’s waterfront sought to redirect their 10-floor workplace, it made sense to call in Transwall to provide office fronts.
That is something that Transwall has been doing for 52 years. The challenge presented to Transwall was to design a modular, demountable, high STC driven double glazed Compliance Wall that could be reconfigured as quickly as the client adapted to their needs to meet market demands.
The choice became clear after the first meeting with facilities and their selected A&D Firm: ONE LP and a product designed for this project that would come to be called Compliance by Transwall.
The result: A sophisticated high-performance driven environment that provides the right place to make intelligent decisions with conviction.
What might Transwall do for your work environment?
Transwall was honored to receive the 2017 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award last month. We were selected for the award for our work on the Mitre 4 project in Washington, DC. Mike Spade, Kevin Link, Senem Atalay, and Shaun Mannix attended the ceremony at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel to accept the award on March 31.
The WBC has recognized close to 12,000 craftsmen over last 61 years for their workmanship on more than 3,100 winning projects. The organization created the Craftsmanship Awards Program to honor those who individually provided exceptional workmanship on buildings throughout the Washington, DC area. Awards are offered for a wide range of skills including the technical installation of mechanical systems, cabinet and woodwork, artistic painting, and masonry and stone work. This year, the WBC’s Annual Craftsmanship Awards Banquet was attended by more than 1,200 commercial real estate industry professionals, spouses and friends.
The WBC is a non-political association dedicated to building relationships with and among members, encouraging collaboration on best practices, and working together to advance the industry as a whole. Founded in 1937, the association has served as a resource to the metropolitan Washington building industry for decades.
The 38th Annual Interior Awards were announced on January 27, 2017, in New York by Contract Magazine. The Interiors Awards celebrate design by honoring a designated Designer of the Year, a Design Legend, and winners of the Interiors Awards in 15 project categories.
The Best Large Project winner for 2017 was The Washington Post project by Gensler for which Transwall had the honor of providing all of the glass fronts for the offices, phone rooms and conference rooms.
In December 2015, The Washington Post sought a total redesign of its newest location in Washington, D.C., just steps from the White House. Our company, Transwall, was awarded the contract to engineer, manufacture, deliver, and install glass office front systems for private offices, and conference areas in the 238,000 square feet occupied by the Washington Post. Transwall supplied ONE LP in black and white powder coat for office fronts, conference rooms, and huddle rooms.
Transwall has a history of success. Since 1963, business leaders have depended on Transwall to provide attractive modular office wall systems that support worker productivity and a sense of professional excellence. As a long-standing supplier to the federal government, Transwall demonstrates its ability to deliver dependable modular office wall solutions throughout the US and the world over.
With the introduction of our newest interior office glass wall product lines ONE and ONE LP, Transwall had a manufacturing need to perform machining operations on aluminum extrusions. At first, Transwall shipped various 10 ft. long extrusions to machining vendors to perform this task at a cost and a long 4-week lead time. There were a lot of logistical activities performed in our materials group to accomplish this, such as scheduling deliveries and pickups, written P.O. communication, drawings, quality checks, and more. With a growing product line, this became a nightmare until we purchased our first extrusion machining center from FOM USA in 2010.
At the time, machining was a new process to Transwall. We were able to quickly eliminate all outsourced work and thus lowered our lead time by half by bringing this process in-house. We also were able to eliminate the costs by reallocating our manufacturing personnel. The ability to machine our extrusions has allowed us to design our products to meet the customer’s demands and features, whether it is an architect or interior designer.
We continued to grow our business and speed to the market which in turn allowed Transwall to gain more customers. We added a second machine in 2014. Both machines ran all day long maintaining capacity for all new business on these “glass” product lines.
Now in 2016, we are adding a third larger machine from FOM USA that again will address our capacity concerns as our business continues to grow. This machine is faster and more robust in order to satisfy our close tolerance precision work.
Whatever the market demands are, Transwall stands as a front line leader by keeping pace with technology and having manufacturing systems that satisfy our needs in order to have the capability and capacity to satisfy our customers.
Congratulations to the lucky winner of our NeoCon East iPad raffle, Sandy Thieu of L2Partridge! When she heard she won a new iPad from Transwall she excitedly responded “Holy moly, that’s awesome – thanks so much Will and Ray!” And, of course, no celebration is complete without a selfie.
Transwall recently completed a beautiful installation featuring our SILENCE line at the offices of Saul Ewing, in Wilmington, DE. Transwall’s SILENCE glass walls are the industry’s leader in acoustically superior glass wall systems. This product line was selected for Saul Ewing due to its superior sound characteristics and 46 STC rating.
We installed approximately 120 feet of our double-glazed SILENCE product including double-glazed doors with 96-inch locking ladder pulls in the law firm’s 1201 Market St. location. Located on the 23rd floor of the building, Saul Ewing is situated at the top of Delaware’s second tallest building.
We incorporated innovative technology with switchable glass from Glass Apps. This feature offers the ability to turn glass walls from clear to opaque via a simple electronic switch. The benefits of switchable glass are in the user’s ability to manipulate light, privacy, and heat; serving dual-purpose for the firm’s boardroom. Switchable glass was an ideal component for Saul Ewing’s teamwork driven culture.
The project was a success and working conjunction with the architect on the project, Elizabeth Green from KSS Architects in Philadelphia, we installed switchable glass as specified in the design. Also, we worked closely with the general contractor, John Winnington from Delaware Construction Services, who managed the complicated construction details and job site.
To learn more about our SILENCE line and switchable glass, please call us at 800.441.9255.
Transwall is excited to head to this year’s NeoCon East on November 9th and 10th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. We will be at Booth 1163 showcasing our Houdini sliding glass door and electrified switchable glass, as well as our signature product, ONE LP, and new product, Zone.
NeoCon East has become known as the event to experience and specify the industry’s latest new products and services. Now in its 14th year, it features more than 200 innovative companies and 25-plus accredited CEUs across a spectrum of vertical markets including Workplace, Healthcare, Education, Public Space, Hospitality, Retail and Government.
Be sure to stop by Transwall’s booth during this year’s conference to check out the world’s most reliable and innovative manufacturer, service and solution provider in the glass and movable wall industry. One lucky attendee who stops by our booth will win an Apple iPad Air 2!
Achieving the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of sustainability recognition, isn’t easy. But that’s exactly what our client, Saint Gobain, did in September. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, awarded Platinum certification to Saint Gobain for its new headquarters located near Malvern, PA.
The 277,000-square-foot building, which features Transwall’s One LP system, boasts an open-concept office space, 116 collaborative spaces, and an on-site fitness facility. The most intriguing part of the project is its focus on noise, which has been drastically reduced as a result of the renovation. ONE LP is the glass wall system that combines all of the features of traditional office wall systems with the low profile modern simplicity of glazed glass walls. Designed to give you all the benefits of traditional modular wall systems, ONE LP harnesses technology to give you the power to transform and enlighten today’s fast-paced work spaces with eco-supportive low profile glass walls.
In an article on the project, it was noted that Saint Gobain wanted to put employees into “a next-generation workplace,” according to a statement from the firm, adding that its building materials “improve air quality, moisture management, acoustics, energy efficiency, thermal management and ergonomics.” You can read the full write up here.
A colleague and a designer friend were chatting about the state of the world and our industry at an event this week.
“What’s the deal with all of the people selling glass walls?” was the big question in the conversation.
Ray’s friend was expressing her confusion over the ever-increasing number of options being presented to her and her associates.
• Furniture people selling glass.
• Reps selling glass.
• Glaziers and Contractors selling glass.
• Glass from Canada, Italy, Denmark, Korea, Iowa.
• Glass with ‘incredible acoustic performance and STC ratings’.
• 10mm glass. 12mm glass. Low Iron glass. Curved glass. Laminated glass, etc.
Specifically, the conversation was really about Glass Office Front Systems, AKA: Storefronts. Part of the answer to ‘what’s the deal’. Start with Why?
• Glass is great!
• The steady increase in the use of glass in commercial office interiors is in direct response to all the positive trends associated with Sustainability, Wellness and employee engagement.
• Glass is strong, versatile, pretty, and adds significantly to the pallet of options architects and designers have at their disposal.
But what about the ‘Who’ and the ‘How’ of ‘What’s the deal?’ For that, full disclosure.
We have spent much time, talent and treasure over the past 8 years becoming Glass-People at Transwall. We’ve learned a lot. Many lessons were expensive and therefore painful. These learnings, however, were always at our expense and never our clients.
We noticed the growing interest in glass office front systems, particularly the slim profile and sexy ‘butt-glazed’ systems, around 2007.
We were hoping to be selected to compete for the then 1st Comcast Tower going up in our home market of Philadelphia.
The client was expressing exclusive interest in these sorts of systems. However, no domestic manufacturer, including Transwall offered them.
So, understandably European solutions were the only ones considered and ultimately selected.
Losing is one thing. Not even being able to get to the game is another.
We got to work.
By 2008 we had turned to the interior design industry, the interior contractors, and our own vast pool of moveable wall experts and create the first US – made, truly demountable, butt-glazed, slim-profile office front system; ONE by Transwall.
The design and engineering intent was to blend the aesthetics of the best European solutions with the functionality of the best moveable wall products.
ONE was the result, and market response was positive and swift.
Eight years later we are working on the equivalent of ONE 3.0, as we continue to refine the product in response to specifier, installer and client input.
With that as a slice of history, what do do about the seemingly vast array of newcomers and players from all parts?
In 2008 we counted about 8 manufacturers competing in the large east-cost markets of the US.
Last count, and depending on how you classify them, there may be close to 40!
Clearly, not all are created equal.
How to narrow the field and provide the best and most responsible options for clients?
Earlier this month, it was Transwall’s privilege to host PA State Representative, Dan Truitt. Representative Truitt spent time touring the facility and meeting employees. As Dan has an engineering and manufacturing background, there was much to talk about.
The next stop was Transwall’s neighbor and client, QVC. There, QVC executive management met with the group, and provided a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of QVC studio and operations center.
It was our pleasure to arrange these visits.