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Specsheet>The latest developments in glass and curtain wall systems

Technological advancements allow glass to mimic and outperform other surfaces. Plus, the latest curtain wall and storefront systems offer more design flexibility while keeping costs low.

Solarban 90 Vitro Architectural Glass

Solarban 90 glass uses a proprietary coating technology that offers exceptional solar control as well as high-visible light transmittance. The low-E glass is now available in a large assortment of tints, including blue, bronze, gray, and green.

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mfree-SCCF Permasteelisa

A moisture-free, sustainable closed-cavity facade system that is cost-efficient and designed so that no dust or condensation can permeate the internal cavity of its double skin. This system can be integrated with automated solar-shading systems as well.

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SatinDeco on ExtraClear Guardian Glass

This velvety finish can be used in both vision and spandrel applications, and offers a translucent appearance. SatinDeco can be combined with many of Guardian’s SunGuard products and allows for maximum daylighting while offering privacy.

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StormWall XL Hurricane-Resistant Curtain Wall CRL-U.S. Aluminum

The new hurricane-resistant curtain wall from CRL-U.S. Aluminum offers protection against severe weather, is NFRC-rated, and has Florida product approval. This improved system uses a continuous thermal space and offers a shear block assembly with no exposed fasteners for a clean aesthetic and easy installation. Additionally, it is glazed with 1-5/16-inch insulating laminated glass.

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Stoneglass Pulp Studio

An innovative new offering from Pulp Studio, this glass is made of a crystalline silicon structure that makes it as hard as granite, but more consistent than natural stone. Unlike stone, it can be bent, formed, carved, and specified in particular thicknesses that can reduce cost and waste. And, because it contains no resins, Stoneglass can be recycled.

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YES 60 YKK AP

The new line of FI, TU, and XT models allow for taller and wider storefronts, including spans as high as 14 feet. These storefronts offer a cost- and energy-efficient alternative to curtain walls for use in retail and low-rise offices.

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A modern classic transformed for 21st century Los Angeles

Originally designed by William Pereira in 1961, the 8-story, 120,000 sq. ft. building sat vacant for nearly 20 years prior to renovations.

After sitting vacant for nearly 20 years, the eight-story Metropolitan Water District office tower in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood has been converted by David Lawrence Gray Architects from an office building to a luxury residential tower. The original building was designed in two phases by famed modernist William Pereira – a low-rise podium, and high-rise tower – through a process that spanned 12 years, from 1961-1973. Pereira’s design was structurally expressive concrete frame building, with cantilevered exposed concrete slabs establishing a wrap around balcony on each level. The primary bays of the building along the longitudinal axis are expressed at the ends with infrastructurally-scaled white concrete columns, while perforated concrete panels formed an iconic modernist brise soleil along the podium. Named after an ancient Greek conception of heaven, The Elysian blends architectural modernism with contemporary luxury living to produce 120,000 sq. ft. building with 96 Live/Work Units. Pereira’s original building was, at times, carefully and respectfully restored by the project team. This is evident in the clean-up of Pereira’s concrete columns, which contained – under decades-worth of grime – a high quality quartz aggregate cast (much to the surprise of the team). Another preservation marvel is the restoration of the existing mullions on the building. Metal panels from the lower third of the opening were removed along with original glass panes. The steel mullions were grinded down and repainted. The openings were replaced with new double-paned coated glass and micro shades to produce a new building envelope. The architects worked with CRL-U.S. Aluminum to integrate an operable window unit and patio doors within Pereira’s mullion layout. Also notable is the detailing of the new steel railing which translates an original post spacing cast into the slab with a new horizontal assembly providing technical precision of steel without visually overpowering the building envelope.
  • Facade Manufacturer CRL-U.S. Aluminum
  • Architects David Lawrence Gray Architects ( Principal: David Lawrence Gray, FAIA )
  • Facade Installer Linear City Development (CM)
  • Facade Consultants KMN Structural Engineers, Davidovitch & Associates (MEP), Ilan Dei Studio (Patio Design)
  • Location Los Angeles, CA
  • Date of Completion 2015
  • System Concrete frame with curtainwall glazing
  • Products Series 3250 Curtain Wall, Series 550 Wide Stile Doors, AWS Aluminum Windscreen System (all from CRL-U.S. Aluminum)
While this renovation project makes historical acknowledgements to Pereira’s modernism, the new work to the building tends to give way to necessary market demands of luxury residential living: amenities like floor-to-ceiling windows and a two-story penthouse addition subtly transform the modernist building into something more “transitional.” The penthouse addition is carefully designed, but produces the most deleterious effect on Pereira’s proportioning system. His primary columns, once soaring optimistically beyond the body of the building towards the heavens have now been capped by a stealthy new addition which the project team has skillfully blended into the aesthetics of the original structure. Here, the curtainwall system, thermally improved by a continuous thermal spacer that is interlocked within pressure plates, is a sophisticated update to Pereira’s steel mullions. The system picks up where Pereira’s mullions left off, set in alignment with the mullion spacing throughout the building, and color matched with the rest of the building envelope. However, the 20-foot penthouse heights require an unfortunate and unavoidable heavier thickness. There is something interesting about juxtaposing a thermally sophisticated modern curtainwall system against steel profiles of the 1970’s. The two-story penthouse addition works to creatively conceal a rooftop mechanical space housing condenser units and a photovoltaic array for solar hot water heating. Also, the existing building was design with a generous floor-to-floor dimension of approximately 13 feet, allowing for an adaptive reuse of the building with minor modifications to the slabs required. New residential units were efficiently stacked by the project team, allowing for an economy in utility distribution, and limiting slab penetrations between floors to simply a new shaft and stairwell. Historians might argue for removal of the penthouse entirely, while environmentalists might argue for a full replacement of the original mullion system. Regardless, occupants of the building – especially those in the upper floors – will surely take delight in the 360 degree views of Los Angeles’ distant hills and sprawling low-rise cityscape that Pereira, and now David Lawrence Gray Architects, have provided.
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2015 Best of Products Awards> Facades + Structural and Openings

On a hot day in June, a jury convened to review nearly 400 entries to The Architect’s Newspaper first Best of Products competition. Submissions, divided over eight categories, abounded in new materials and exciting technologies, provoking a lively dialogue during the evaluation process. Colin Brice of Mapos, Barry Goralnick of Barry Goralnick Architects, Harshad Pillai of Fogarty Finger Architecture, and architect Alison Spear generously contributed their considerable expertise and insight to the judging. While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, AN will be publishing the results daily over the next week. The entries in today’s categories, Facades + Structural and Openings, show a joint interest in streamlining the installation process while expanding aesthetic possibilities. View all of the published categories here. FACADES + STRUCTURAL “Good technology, exciting optics.” —Barry Goralnick Winner UniQuad Unitized Daylighting System CPI Daylighting The UniQuad system is a unitized assembly of two independent, translucent, insulated panels, joined by a mechanically interlocking structural connection that eliminates the need for vulnerable adhesives. Factory pre-fabricated for efficient installation, the panels’ long-span capability (up to twelve feet) allows them to be clicked into place on site, providing a seamless, flush look without metal seams. UniQuad features Removable Skin Technology (RST), which protects the interior panel from exterior weather conditions, UV radiation, impact and other hazards and provides indefinite building envelope protection. RST allows the replacement of the exterior skin while keeping the interior skin sealed and intact. As a result, building operations are uninterrupted during exterior panel replacement. Honorable Mention Metal Composite Wall Panels Kovabond Kovabond is a metal composite material designed to provide extensive design options for exterior cladding and wall panels. Kovabond consists of two outer skins, available in aluminum, zinc, copper, and stainless steel, that surround a solid core of low-density, fire-retarding, polyethylene compound. Available in a broad palette of colors, the lightweight panels are highly bendable, yet retain their rigidity and strength. Honorable Mention Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete Panel seele A tour de force of design and fabrication, this glass fiber reinforced concrete panel is attached to a back-up steel frame that allows for installation. With a section view slightly resembling an upside-down letter "L", the soffit panel gently curves inward. The abnormally long leg of the "L" shape is a parallelogram with a bowl-shaped depression on the surface. It’s one of 2,500 panels made from 313 different molds that will wrap the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. OPENINGS Winner 2C Window Weco Windows S.L. Developed by a team of Spanish architects, this re-envisioning of the traditional wood window features a sash that combines glass and hardware in a single assembly, without a frame. The self-supporting glass becomes a sheer, transparent plane, maximizing light and transparency. Wall openings are framed in wood, the glazing fitting hermetically over the frame using advanced technology in hardware and sealants. Triple gaskets assure maximum thermal and acoustical performance. The double- or triple-glazed window is available in fixed, tilt-and-turn, sliding, and hinged versions. The sliding window allows unbroken openings up to 19 ½ feet long. The interior face of the unit is finished in baked enamel in black, white, or any RAL color. “Up to a 48-foot opening: That presents outstanding options.” —Colin Brice Honorable Mention JELD-WEN Custom Wood Folding Window JELD-WEN Windows & Doors A novel solution for residential or light commercial projects, this accordion-folding window assembly folds off to the side of the opening to connect the kitchen—or any room—to a backyard, deck, or patio at counter height. The system, with up to eight panels, is available as a top-hung application and can be designed as either a flush sill that smoothly meets the stretch of counter or as a standard outswing sill. The maximum opening width is 48 feet, achieved by combining two 24-foot installations. Available in multiple configurations, the folding window is offered in 42 exterior paint finishes, three copper panel options, and a variety of wood species. Honorable Mention Entice Series Premium Entrance System CRL-U.S. Aluminum While this system retains the elegant appearance of a frameless glass entrance with minimal vertical lines, it has the strength to support door handle hardware on one-inch-thick insulating glass panels. Designed for use with all high solar- and thermal-efficient glass options, including low-E coatings and tints, Entice delivers contemporary heavy-glass storefront aesthetics while satisfying energy code requirements and ASHRAE 90.1 air infiltration criteria. Patent-pending vertical stiles with ultra narrow sightlines and door rails feature thermally broken cladding that provides U-factors as low as 0.33. In addition, configurations with prewired LED lighting systems provide commercial environments with striking accent lighting that enhances the function and appearance of the facade.
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INTRODUCING THE FIRST STOREFRONT TO DELIVER A MODERN ALL-GLASS AESTHETIC WITH 1” INSULATING GLASS

  U.S. Aluminum’s big unveil is finally here. After years of R + D and testing, our engineers are proud to debut the Entice™ Series, an innovative new entrance system with features and components that have classified it as the first premium storefront of its kind. If you’re designing a premium exterior retail space, the Entice™ Series Entrance System is the only solution that retains the elegant appearance of a monolithic frameless glass entrance with minimal vertical lines and the unique ability to support door handle hardware on 1” insulating glass panels. This system is designed for use with all high solar and thermal efficient glass options including low-E coatings and tints. Entice™ delivers contemporary heavy glass storefront aesthetics while satisfying new energy code requirements and ASHRAE 90.1 air infiltration criteria. For added performance, patent pending vertical stiles with ultra narrow sightlines and door rails feature heavy-duty thermally broken cladding that provides U-Factors as low as 0.33. Patent pending SEAL-LOC Mechanically Clamping Seals also provide easy fabrication and glass replacement. This innovative system has an impressive pedigree, endowed with trusted CRL-U.S. Aluminum technologies, an AAMA 101 Performance Class LC-PG25-SHD, and a design that protects buildings from air/water infiltration, extreme temperatures, and mediocrity. The Entice™ Series will debut at AIA Expo 2015 in Atlanta, booth #1959.
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Product> Opening Statements: Six New Facade Elements

From door assemblies and curtainwalls to specialty glazing, these innovative new products combine aesthetic appeal with high performance. Entice Entrance System CRL-U.S. Aluminum This is the first premium storefront of its kind that meets and exceeds the industry's ever-evolving building codes and energy conservation requirements while maintaining an air of contemporary elegance. Designed with minimal vertical lines, and able to support door handle hardware on 1" insulating glass panels via specialized thru-glass fittings, the system is also available in a hybrid configuration with fully integrated, prewired and serviceable LED lights that accent the top and bottom of the door. 35HL/50HL Impact Resistant Entrances YKK AP America A new addition to the Protek product line, the 35HL/50HL impact resistant entrances were tested to meet large and small missile impact up to 50 PSF. With low maintenance, single-point hook locks, the doors also meet the stringent standards for Florida’s High Velocity Hurricane Zone, Miami-Dade, and Broward counties. Each door features a reinforced tubular frame that allows for side-lite glazing without shear clips, while maintaining the structural integrity of transom frames. The 35HL/50HL entrances with standard low-e insulating glass meet 2012 IECC for all climate zones. Pilkington Spacia Pilkington North America Pilkington Spacia vacuum glazing consists of an outer pane of low-e glass and an inner pane of clear glass, separated by a microspacer grid of tiny pillars, that offers the same thermal performance as conventional double glazing in one-quarter of the thickness and two-thirds of the weight. Can be retrofit into existing window frames designed for single glazing. MetroView FG 501T Window Wall Kawneer Offering a slab-to-slab aluminum frame design with an integrated edge to replicate the sophisticated appearance of a true curtain wall, this sleek, efficient, and versatile unit is ideal for mid-rise commercial and multi-family housing projects. Corner members for either 90° or 135° applications increase design flexibility. Optional expansion vertical mullions make it is simple and economical to achieve a customized appearance. ExtremEdge Viracon ExtremEdge decreases thermal heat loss of windows and so satisfies ever-more stringent energy codes and standards of sustainable design. To meet these requirements, the spacer is constructed with a lower conductivity biopolymer material and encapsulated in stainless steel. These materials reduce the edge’s conductivity and heat transfer into the building. All Ultrex PTAC Integrity An Integrity All Ultrex Swinging Picture window that is mulled to a Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) unit opening is popular solution for commercial projects because of the convenience it offers for AC installation. The interior and exterior of the window is pultruded fiberglass, making the unit virtually no-maintenance.
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BALANCED DOORS BY CRL-U.S. ALUMINUM SOLVE PROJECT AVAILABILITY DILEMMAS WITH DELIVERY IN UNDER 30 DAYS

  Meeting tight project deadlines and remaining on budget with custom high performance entrance systems can be difficult to coordinate, as high-grade commercial doors with short lead times are not easily obtainable. CRL-U.S. Aluminum has solved this issue with its line of Balanced Doors, which can be crafted and delivered in less than 30 days and competitively priced compared to traditional swing doors. These performance-driven systems are not bound by common availability delays or premium costs that often hinder the architectural community’s confidence in specifying balanced doors. Whether it’s Chicago’s high wind pressures or the nearly 300,000 daily riders at New York City’s redesigned Fulton Center, CRL-U.S. Aluminum Balanced Doors are precision-engineered and tested to withstand maximal wind and traffic applications while effortlessly accommodating A.D.A. accessibility needs. CRL-U.S. Aluminum’s advanced manufacturing capabilities and innovative engineering approaches have allowed architects to design confidentially without compromising aesthetic vision in the interest of budget or lead time – an assurance no other manufacturer can offer. To learn more, visit crl-arch.com/balanced-doors or see CRL-U.S. Aluminum at Facades+ in Los Angeles, Feb. 5
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Product> Eight cool solar shading options

Essentially low-tech solutions with high-tech refinements, shades, shelves, and canopies control the sun while adding an architectural element to the design. CRL-U.S. Aluminum Series 3600 Sunshade System C.R. Laurence The screw spline assembly design (above) features a choice of outrigger profiles with a variety of louver and fascia profiles available. FM 41 InSync Solar This automated exterior-mounted roller shading system blocks the sun before it enters a structure, reducing heat and glare more effectively than interior shading technologies. MagnaShade MechoSystems A unique cradle element supports the shade tube without increasing its diameter, allowing the overall size of the interior roller-shade system to remain compact. InLighten Light Shelf Kawneer Featuring an extruded aluminum chassis and a choice of polycarbonate or aluminum-composite panels, this tilting shelf bounces daylight deep into interior spaces. GreenScreen Revive Mermet USA Available in nine colors, these PVC-free polyester solar-control fabrics reduce glare and reflect light. C2C and GreenGuard Gold certified, the collection is available in 1 percent and 5 percent openness. Cubist Cambridge Architectural This flexible stainless steel mesh has an open area of 80 percent. Available in a maximum width of 144 inches, it weighs 1.85 pounds-per-square foot. Koda XT 3form A custom-molded polycarbonate roof houses PV modules that power the bus shelter's lighting and send additional energy back to the community's electrical power grid. Aluminum Sails Levolux Custom fabricated, these single skin, perforated aluminum sheets control light and heat while giving the structure a distinctive appearance.