By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow
Vidaris, a bronze-level sponsor of ours, is a provider of niche consulting services within the architecture, engineering and construction industries focusing on high-performance buildings and specialty structures. Through an integrated, holistic approach, they provide solutions for building envelope, energy efficiency and sustainability projects. The company was created by combining the legacy firms of Israel Berger and Associates, LLC (IBA) and Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC.
In 2011, IBA and Viridian Energy & Environmental merged their specialized service offerings to form Vidaris. As building envelope designs and mechanical systems were becoming more complex, the two companies recognized that it was an opportunity, more so a necessity, for them to be able to provide a holistic approach to these closely related disciplines for their clients. Deep technical knowledge, a long proven track record, reputation, and a sophisticated analytical approach would allow Vidaris to provide a level of service second to none.
One monumental example of Vidaris's high caliber work is the One World Trade Center in New York, completed in 2014. Standing 1776 feet tall, the iconic tower’s unique envelope incorporates curtain wall, glass panel wall, cablenet wall. As building envelope consultants, Vidaris assisted Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in drawing review and mock-ups for exterior wall performance. Vidaris was also instrumental in the development and selection of building exterior materials including a high performance thermally advanced curtain wall system, incorporating energy efficient low-e glass.
Vidaris evaluated the thermal modeling simulations to select optimized building envelope components as they relate to energy efficiency and code compliance. Vidaris witnessed the curtain wall fabrication and monitored the installation. As sustainability consultants, Vidaris developed the overall green/LEED thrust. This direction was subsequently used for the three other Silverstein towers of the World Trade Center complex. Vidaris has also been analyzing the energy use for the mega-project.