“Hope’s is one of the very select few, if not the only, steel window manufacturer that meets the demanding Miami-Dade impact and wind loading hurricane standards – an obvious choice,” says Rakesh Patel, Senior Project Architect for Hillstone Restaurant Group.
Eneref Institute examines how the newest addition to the exclusive Bal Harbour Shops was designed to withstand severe weather.
When the architect of Hillstone Restaurant Group was given the green light to design a new restaurant in Bal Harbour, Florida, he knew he had to take all the stringent safety measures demanded by a state that is extremely exposed to damage by storms and hurricanes.
Hope’s Windows, a manufacturer of steel windows and doors, helped this architect achieve his unique vision. For Rakesh Patel, the Senior Project Architect for Hillstone, one of the main challenges was to figure out how to prevent the space from being destroyed by climate catastrophes, which are commonplace in the state.
Patel did not want to make the mistake of utilizing materials that had not been tested to at least meet, and at best exceed, Florida’s building code standards. It has been his experience that structures that fail to comply with this requirement inevitably suffer severe damage by climate events, which have been worsening over the years. To recover, the property’s owners have to enter exhausting battles with insurance companies.
“Hope’s is one of the very select few, if not the only, steel window manufacturer that meets the demanding Miami-Dade impact and wind loading hurricane standards – an obvious choice,” Patel says.
“Hope’s Jamestown175™ Series steel windows and doors feature solid hot-rolled steel profiles to achieve the narrowest frame dimensions and maximum glass area producing the best views.” – Hope’s Windows