Project Feature: Tysons Central

Ready to redefine your workspace? In 2022, Tysons Central opened its doors to the gateway to the “Tysons of Tomorrow” – a 20-story, next-generation, world-class development located just off the Greensboro Metro Station in the heart of Tysons, Virginia. The Gensler-designed 388,000 square-foot mixed-use building features a dramatic 3-story insulated glass entrance façade that wraps around the lobby and follows the steps that run down the northside, westwards and onto the Metro Station. Designed, engineered and supplied by Sentech, the 2 structural glass walls utilize Sentech’s VetraFin-G system with over 37-foot full-height glass fins that support more than 110 insulated face panels.

VetraFin-G Structural Glass Wall

Tysons Central was meticulously planned to identify and provide what tenants seek in a modern workplace- one that enhances daily life in a first-class setting through world-class design, on-site amenities and modern efficiencies. Featuring 12 stories of next-generation office space, 19,000 feet of retail space, and eight levels of above-grade parking, sustainability, openness, and the health and safety of occupants were key criteria in the building design. The state-of-the-art building is both LEED Gold Certified and WELL Health-Safety rated.

VetraFin-G Structural Glass WallSentech’s dead-loaded, fully transparent entrance system cascades down the stairwell from 3 stories above, creating a sense of integration and connection between interior and exterior. The façade rises to varying heights at the north elevation, from 15-feet up to over 37-feet in height at the base, totaling over 3,300 square-feet of low-iron, tempered, laminated structural glass. This purist structural glass system uses structural silicone connections between the glass fins and the insulated façade to eliminate the need for spider fittings and drilled holes in the façade. This allowed Sentech to design with and provide insulated glass with a high performance soft coat low-e coating, which resulted in improved thermal performance and maximum transparency.

Learn more about the design and engineering challenges unique to this structural glass system here –> Tysons Central

Architect: Gensler DC
Owner: Foulger-Pratt
Contractor: Clark Construction Group
Glazing Contractor: Tidewater Glazing
Photography: Chris Spielmann (@spielmannstudio)