Sash UK Ltd has recently completed a massive prestigious installation in America for VEKA Inc., the US subsidiary of the German-based systems group that perfectly demonstrate the company’s extraordinary abilities in the creation of large glass structures.
The project at Fombell, Pittsburgh, is at VEKA’s American headquarters and comprises a brand new conservatory extension measuring 23m long, 12m wide with a ridge height of 13m. In a joint venture with VEKA who supplied the glazing, Sash UK supplied all frames, roof and the aluminium portal sections. “We undertook the initial survey on site in America then conforming to the designs, created and assembled the portal and roof at our UK factory prior to shipping it back to the USA for erection,” explains Colin Poole of Sash UK. “The two storey portal structure took us just five weeks to manufacture.”
The portal frame is a rigid independent skeletal framework that uses box section structural aluminium for its strength and rigidity. Rafters, stanchions, eaves beams and purlins are all covered with a hardwearing powder coating. Window and roof components are then simply built around the framework as a cladding to make the whole construction watertight and to protect the interior from the elements.
“The system was selected because of the aluminium content,” continues Colin Poole. “Steel is the preferred construction material in America but because of VEKA’s worldwide presence, the organisation is familiar not only with the benefits of the lightweight aluminium system, but also with our skills and craftsmanship in constructing large scale portal frames.”
The size and style of the structure is as impressive from the inside as from without and VEKA has made stylised the interior to make a lasting impact upon visitors, but also to create an extraordinary and unusual working environment.
The headquarters in Fombell was established in 1987 and since then, VEKA has extended the site to become market leaders within the industry. The joint venture with Sash UK has created a brand new state-of-the-art display area for the company’s extensive range of door and window products and systems. Sash UK has already been commissioned for a number of other portal frame conservatories and extensions throughout the USA, including shopping malls and a three and a half thousand sq. ft extension to a nursing home.