Sapphire Tower

San Diego, California

The Sapphire Tower in San Diego is a 187,000-square-foot luxury high-rise condominium with full panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
The challenge was that the side facing the ocean was too close to the building around it and needed special fire-rating considerations to meet building codes. Before fire-rated glass was available, only brick or drywall could have met this requirement, blocking the views of tenants. Thanks to Safti First Fire-Rated Glazing Solutions, along with Quanex's Super Spacer®, they were able to overcome this challenge.
Completed in 2008, Sapphire Tower included 10,000 square feet of fire-rated glazing on the southern facade. The IG units, made with Super Spacer, were supplied by Safti First and were used in 182 openings of the 32-story high-rise.
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Technical Details:

Client Sapphire Tower
Project 32-story residential high-rise
Architect AVRP Studios, San Diego
Developer Centurion Partners, Newport Beach
Contractor Swinerton Builders, San Diego
Glazing Starline Windows, Everett, Washington; Capital Glazing Contractors, Oceanside
IG Safti First Fire-Rated Glazing Solutions
IG Spec 10,000 sq. ft of IG with Super Spacer TriSeal