Bank of America uses solar window film to modernise and rejuvenate its external appearance
The Ellis Building is a twelve story high rise located in Sarasota, Florida built in 1968 as an ultra-modern office building complete with green glass and imported white marble columns. At that time, this was the first major commercial construction in downtown Sarasota in more than 40 years. However, the buildings 1960’s design proved to be less than timeless when completed to the explosion of modern high rise building that erupted nearby in recent years.
The rows of dark green vision glass, between rows of opaque green spandrel glass, created a dated look when compared to the sleek coated glass buildings around it. Recently, the Ellis buildings owners decided it was time to bring the landmark into the 21st century with a facelift. They consulted with the design team at Benderson Development, a prestigious commercial property developer to create an action plan.
The Benderson development design team proposed a plan that included washing the building to restore the lustre of the white marble columns, painting the faded and chalky metal window framing, and replacing all the windows, 38,000 square feet of glass! It was quickly determined that the re-glazing element of the plan would not be a cost effective option. The team investigated alternate solutions and discovered Madico’s Exterior Solar Grey 20 (SG 20 E PS SR).
The application of Madico’s exterior solar grey 20 window film created a modern, uniform look on all of the buildings windows, while also mitigating heat and glare. In fact, the film will reduce electric consumption by over 200,000 Kilowatt hours each year saving thousands in cooling costs.
Bryan Lawson, Director of Construction for Benderson Development, stood on Main Street and gazed up at the building after the film had been installed and said “Wow, I think you’ve taken 30 years off the age of this building, great job!” The building owners were equally impressed and have allows Madico to track their past and future heating and cooling costs of the building. The solar control properties of the window film will have a measurable effect on energy savings.