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    Existing Curtain Wall w/ New Panels

    Working on a project where the existing curtain wall is to remain but the doors in it are being relocated to different spots in the same curtain wall. I've noticed that the curtain wall panels are tied to the curtain wall's phasing. How does everyone else handle the demolition and replacement of new panels in an existing curtain wall?

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    I have never tried this, but you might want to try this:
    1. Unlock the affected panels.
    2. If you don't have it already: create a curtain wall type with no border mullions or subdivision applied. Basically an empty family with a panel type applied.
    3. Replace the affected panels with this curtain wall type. You now have a CW inside a CW which you should be able to demo (?) and replace with another CW in the new phase. Might work, but I think not (don't have Revit here to check)

    If that doesn't work: use a dummy wall for a panel. Host a custom made door/window family (to match panel layout) and demolish that. Then replace with new.

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    Great suggestion. I ended up using the dummy wall for the existing panels to be demo'd and the new ones to replace them. Tedious, but gets the job done.

    Your first suggestion didn't work since anything that is hosted inside that existing curtain wall will have the same phasing.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Yeah, I thought so. But it was worth a try. Glad to be of service!

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    I actually just added a video form Paul Aubin on this subject to the wikihelp.

    Curtain Wall Demolition - WikiHelp

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    Jeff - that video is exactly what I did following Martijn's advice. Thanks for posting that - will be a lot more easier to explain to the rest of the office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadwick17 View Post
    Jeff - that video is exactly what I did following Martijn's advice. Thanks for posting that - will be a lot more easier to explain to the rest of the office.
    I know, I explained it to him...



    (no, not really...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadwick17 View Post
    Jeff - that video is exactly what I did following Martijn's advice. Thanks for posting that - will be a lot more easier to explain to the rest of the office.
    Glad that makes it easier to explain to your co-workers. Now that it is at the wiki, maybe other Revit users will have a better chance of finding the answer as well.

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    Here's a new wrinkle - all panels along a 200' span at the ground level are going to be replaced with spandrel panel. The thought of going through this same process for 30 different panels (along a curve) is giving me a slight headache... it seems, as already discussed here, that there really isn't any other way though.

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    Yeah, that's a pain... That's why god invented interns I guess...
    You could split up the CW and replace it as a whole, but that would mean the Mullions would show up in your schedule too. Only way around that is putting in a SP for filtering your schedules.

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