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Crystal Windows Welcome Texas A&M University Students
- National Manufacturer Supplies New Student Housing Project -

FLUSHING, NY, September 4, 2013 – Crystal Window & Door Systems, the national award-winning manufacturer, has supplied over 1,000 energy efficient commercial aluminum windows and patio doors for a new mixed-used residential property serving Texas A&M University students in College Station, TX. The 18-story Rise at Northgate is designed by Hill & Frank Architects and constructed by The Linbeck Group, both of Houston, TX. The new 390,000-ft2 structure offers 184 modern upscale, high-tech student apartments with 471 beds configured in 1- to 6-bedroom suites.

Crystal Window & Door Systems supplied over 1,000 energy efficient Series 2600 aluminum windows and Series 1240 aluminum patio doors for The Rise at Northgate, a new mixed-use residential property for nearby Texas A&M University.

"The Texas market is fairly new for Crystal Windows, but we are coming in with a bang," said Frank Ganninger, Crystal’s Midwest Regional Sales Manager. "Our window and door products offer tremendous value to developers, architects and builders for a wide variety of residential and commercial properties. The Rise at Northgate is one of many new projects we are supplying in the region."

The Rise at Northgate student housing project uses both the new Crystal Series 2600 aluminum double-hung window and the Series 1240 aluminum sliding patio door. Perfectly suited for this residential application, the Series 2600 is a 3-¼" frame aluminum tilt-in window offering strong weather resistant test ratings, outstanding features and great value. The window is rated at both AAMA HC65 (42" x 78" test size) and AAMA CW-PG 50-H (gateway size). The top and bottom sashes feature aesthetically appealing equal sightlines. For added safety and convenience, the top sash anti-drift clip lock and the continuous full-width bottom rail clip lock automatically secure the sashes in the fully closed position. This eliminates the need for a traditional sash lock and adds a clean modern look to the window’s meeting rail.

The Series 1240 aluminum sliding patio door is a thermally broken 4-½” depth frame AAMA rated SGD-C40 quality product. Available in both 2- and 3-panel configurations, the 2-panel version of the Series 1240 was selected for The Rise at Northgate. Safe easy operation for the sliding door is assured through heavy-duty adjustable dual tandem ball bearing rollers, a strong locking handle, and a continuous full height pull rail on the operating panel.

The Series 2600 windows used ⅞" insulated glass units (IGUs) with dual panes of ⅛" thick glass, and the exterior pane tempered for extra strength. The Series 1240 sliding doors used 1" IGUs with dual panes of tempered 3⁄16" thick glass. To maximize energy efficiency, comfort and aesthetics in the strong Texas sun, both products´ IGUs were ordered with grey tinted exterior glass lights and PPG´s high performance Solarban 70XL coated interior glass. Rounding out the energy efficiency options, the IGUs were argon filled. All the Crystal products for the project have fibermesh half-screens and were finished with Crystal´s durable VOC-free AAMA 2604 standard bronze color powder coat paint.

Meeting hard deadlines for the start of a new school year requires fast, efficient installation of all building products, and fenestration is no exception. For The Rise at Northgate student housing project, both the windows and sliding doors came outfitted with perimeter installation fins. Side-by-side twin window configurations used H-mullions supplied by Crystal. Crystal also provided color-matched trim and clip systems (continuous clips on window sills) to secure both the windows and doors in the openings quickly and strongly with an attractive interior finish.

The Rise at Northgate represents a growing trend for off-campus student living. The property features upscale amenities such as a pool deck with lounges and grills, a fitness center offering group classes, state-of-the-art security systems, high-tech communications connectedness throughout the property, and a multi-level parking garage. Dormitory apartments range from 1- to 6-bedroom suites with energy efficient fenestration, lighting, and HVAC systems. Located directly outside the north entrance to the nation’s sixth largest university with 50,000 students, The Rise at Northgate´s ground floor retail space is home to a 17,000-ft2 CVS store.

Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 40 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. Crystal operates branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Crystal is dedicated to practicing "green" environmental initiatives in all aspects of corporate activities. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at

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