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Ward of the Worlds ne of the newest additions to the regeneration of the Third Ward in Charlotte, N.C., is a 27-story residential tower called the Catalyst. This high-rise, with its 462 one- and two-bedroom units and 10,000 square feet of retail space, was constructed recently adjacent to the Carolina Panthers football stadium in Charlotte’s changing uptown neighborhood. The building’s attractive façade is already generating rave reviews throughout the community from residents and neighbors alike. Located several blocks from the city’s center, this up-and-coming area combines the best of old and new and is becoming a hot destination for urban living. It is especially attractive to the increasing number of residents who want to be just minutes from home, work, dining and entertainment venues. At its center is a new 5.5-acre urban park that holds special events, concerts and festivals. Surrounding the park are new office buildings and residential developments that are home to upscale shops, restaurants, theaters and art galleries. O Innovative, energy-efficient glass delivers colorful style to new 27-story high-rise building. By John Rarick I n keeping with the T hird Ward’s modern spirit, the Catalyst’s facade combines a contemporary mix of concrete and glass su r rou nd e d by ex t e n sive op e n green spaces. The building is also a Charlotte focal point because it is one of the city’s few high-rise residential structures. “It was very important for the building’s design to blend in well with the environment of the neighborhood,” says Tony Skillbeck, president of Novare Carolina Development, the regional office of Novare Group, the project’s Atlanta-based developer. “The goal was to create a modern building that melds seamlessly with its surroundings. The use of an attractive colored glass is a key to achieving that effect.” ments many architectural designs, was selected for use on the Catalyst’s exterior. Made by AGC Flat Glass North America, the glass is the newest and most innovative product in the company’s Comfort Ti family of low-emissivity, energyeffi cient glass products. It offers a solar heat gain coeffi cient of 0.23 percent—the lowest level available in a high-performance product on a clear substrate. The spectrally selective coating on Ti-AC 23 glass maximizes solar control by blocking out the warming rays of the sun, helping to boost annual air conditioning efficiency for residents in areas such as Charlotte, which are dominated by sunshine and warm temperatures year-round. In addition, the glass minimizes the glare and visual discomfort associated with bright sunlight, while still allowing in high levels of daylighting. These benefits permit residents to enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the REVOLUTIONARY GLASS PROVIDES MANY BENEFITS Ti-AC 23 Low-E Glass, a product with a blue-gray hue that comple- Located just blocks from downtown Charlotte, the Catalyst blends in well with the environment of its neighborhood. Each unit in the building has hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings and private balconies that create a spacious, open panorama. October 2009 | Walls & Ceilings Architect |

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Walls and Ceilings Architect/October 2009
The Growing Role of Insulation in Sustainable Building
Ward of the Worlds
Firestop Systems
Green Building "Decertification"

Walls & Ceilings Architect/October 2009