Washington Convention Center
Nature of Project
Switchable Smart film
Scope of Project
Install switchable smart film on interior office and conference room windows
As glass walls have become more prevalent for corporate offices and conference rooms, the need has increased for an electronic film that with the flip of a light switch can make a room completely private or open and clear. Commercial Window Shield, one of the leaders in switchable smart film installation was retained by the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital, to install the film on all the building’s interior office and conference room windows.
The film has an electrical component that is wired to a light switch. When the switch is off, the film remains clear allowing passersby to see inside. When the switch is on a decorative pattern emerges in the film, blocking views of the interior and turning the glass into a privacy wall that also can be used for multimedia presentations.
The busy environment required Commercial Window Shield to develop a flexible, after-hours schedule so as not to intrude in the convention center’s work day. The smart film project was the second project completed by the company for the convention center.
Previously, during Phase 1, Commercial Window Shield installed 42,000 sq. ft. of solar control film to correct heat, glare and fading issues with furniture, carpet and artwork. The Phase 1 project included installing 7,500 sq. ft. anti-bird strike film on the L Street bridge corridor, a regular fly-through zone for birds.