Thursday / October 28, 2021 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The podium “Cube” of Studio Gang’s St. Regis Chicago (formerly Vista Tower) on the Chicago River is a prominent and defining part of the building aesthetic. To achieve innovative architecture at this level, a significant amount of design planning, engineering analysis, and installation expertise is required. The purpose of this course is to understand the journey of the Vista Cube from its early design phases through installation.
Speaker: Franz Safford, President and CEO of Innovation Glass LLC and also CEO and Facade Engineer at VS1 Inc. (An Innovation Glass company), brings a unique level of expertise to the table in the implementation of innovative building solutions based on a deep understanding of metals, glass, structural engineering, design, production, installation, management, and product development garnered over 40 years in the glass curtain wall industry. He participated as a senior executive and owner in the launch and growth of three major corporations prior to launching Innovation Glass LLC in 2006. Since then, his company’s core invention, VS1, has been patented and implemented in over 100 projects worldwide. The company now has four major subsidiary offices spanning the globe and additional distributors in specific regions.
Franz was one of the founding owners of Advanced Structures Incorporated (ASI) from 1991 until its acquisition by Enclos Corp in 2007. ASI was the foremost specialty structures design-build company in the US at the time. As Vice President, Franz was responsible for the design and construction of ground-breaking innovative glass structure across the world.
(Photos courtesy of Innovation Glass)