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Crystal Windows Supplies Historic Ohio Building Renovation
-Landmark Rieger Hotel Gets New Outlook, Improved Energy Efficiency-
FLUSHING, NY, August 26, 2015 - New York-based Crystal Window & Door Systems added to its growing national list of landmark window replacement properties with a historic Ohio building renovation. Crystal supplied 335 new energy efficient windows for the recently completed rehabilitation and repurposing of the landmark Rieger Hotel on Jackson Street in the downtown historic district of Sandusky, OH.
Built in 1912, the 5-story Rieger Hotel located near the shores of Lake Erie is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In its heyday during Prohibition, the Rieger Hotel was known as a way station for alcohol smuggled by boat from Canada. Gangster Al Capone was a frequent guest. In recent decades, the building has been rumored to be visited by ghosts and has been the site of various paranormal investigations. Restored to its original glory, the renovated and repurposed brick structure now known as Rieger Place incorporates 37 affordable senior apartments as well as first floor retail space.
The Crystal windows furnished for the project were required to meet the discriminating specifications and approval of the National Park Service. "Crystal had worked previously with the owner of the Rieger Hotel on other successful projects, so when this project was in development, we were asked to bid," said Papo Perez, Crystal's Ohio Regional Branch Manager. "We worked closely with the architect and GC as well as the owner to satisfy the National Park Service historic restoration requirements for them to release funding for the renovation work. This involved submitting window detail models, which Crystal designed and created using its in-house 3-D printing technology, and custom extrusions produced by our subsidiary. These were keys to our success with the project."
For the floors above street level, Crystal supplied heavy-commercial aluminum Series 5000 double-hung windows along with a few aluminum Series 5100 fixed picture windows. The Series 5000 double-hung 3-¼" frame depth window uses heavy-duty extrusions throughout and has been AAMA rated as CW-PG45 and H-HC45. Equal sightline design, custodial lock tilt latches and full width anti-drift clip locks on both sashes add to the windows aesthetics, safety and security. To accommodate the special needs of the new senior citizen occupants, the lower sashes were outfitted with easy operation Ultra-Lift balances and extended sash stops fixed the upper sashes in place. The Series 5100 fixed picture window is also 3-¼" jamb depth, a proven performer with an AAMA rating of AW-PG100. Both the Series 5000 and Series 5100 offer 1" insulated glass for enhanced sound and thermal performance. All the Crystal window insulated glass units (IGUs) utilized PPG Solarban 60 glass and argon gas for even greater energy efficiency.
"Overall the Crystal Series 5000 and Series 5100 aluminum windows were strong, durable, energy efficient, cost-effective choices for the Rieger Hotel renovation," said Perez.
The historic nature of the Rieger project required extra effort and custom accessory development on the part of Crystal. Special custom preset panning for the frames and custom applied "putty line" look perimeter bases for the sashes to replicate the original window detailing were developed and produced for the project. The fixed windows used a combination of an applied exterior muntin and interior tape to replicate the meeting rail look of a double-hung. Architect specifications further required a custom "Sea Wolf Beige" color for all the windows and accessories.
The fenestration installation work was performed by Solar Supply of Cleveland, and the general contractor for the renovation was The Douglas Company of Holland, OH. Sandvick Architects of Cleveland provided design services. Rieger Place is owned by Buckeye Community Twenty-Two, LP of Columbus, OH.
In recent years, Crystal Windows has expanded significantly into the historic building renovation market. Crystal's extensive line of pannings, mullions, applied grids and other accessories make the firm well-suited to supply historic properties. Furthermore, the company's ability to work with architects and fast-track custom designs is facilitated through its use of in-house 3-D printing technology for prototypes and close relationship with its Midwest aluminum extrusion affiliate. Among Crystal's many historic window projects are the BankNote Building (Bronx, NY), Castle Park Apartments (Normandy, MO), the Southeastern Building (Greensboro, NC), and East Orange City Hall (East Orange, NJ).
Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 35 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features and outstanding value. During 2015, Crystal celebrates its 25th year of operation and remarkable growth from immigrant startup to national manufacturer. Headquartered in New York, the company operates branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and California. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300.