Crystal Improves Housing for Seniors in Morristown NJ

Crystal Window & Door Systems provided over 600 new energy efficient aluminum windows for The Wetmore and The Petrone Buildings, with 200 units of senior affordable housing in Morristown, NJ. Crystal Series 2000A and Series 2100 windows are finished in a beautiful durable AAMA 2604 simulated anodized silver powder coat paint.

-Crystal Supplies Morristown, NJ, Senior Housing Rehabilitation Project-

QUEENS, NY, December 6, 2023 –The major rehabilitation of two Morristown (NJ) Housing Authority properties included 608 single, double, and triple unit windows supplied by national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems.  The renovation work for the 1960s-1970s era original brick façade buildings included extensive interior and exterior work, the complete resurfacing of the buildings’ façades and the replacement of all windows.  The two 6-story buildings dedicated to senior housing are The Wetmore Building located at 31 Early Street and The Petrone Building located at 39 Early Street in Morristown, NJ.

For the two buildings, Crystal supplied 459 Series 2000A aluminum double-hung windows in single and master frame double versions and 149 Series 2100 aluminum fixed windows in single and master frame triple units.  A mainstay of the Crystal commercial line, the Series 2000A is a thermally-broken aluminum tilt-in sash double-hung window.  The 3-¼” frame depth window features equal sightlines, a sloped sill, and a solid AAMA structural rating of CW-PG50.  Other features include an ergonomic curved easy use sash lift rail and anti-drift head clip lock, which automatically locks the top sash in the closed position, assuring safety, security, and a weathertight seal.  The Crystal 2000A is available as a single unit and, with a continuous master frame, double and triple units, some of which were used for the Morristown project.


For the Morristown project, Crystal also supplied the Series 2100 thermally-broken aluminum fixed picture window.  This 3-¼” frame depth window is AAMA rated CW-PG60.  The Series 2100 is also available as a single unit, or double and triple units using a continuous master frame.


To complement the building’s new modern façade, all the windows were finished in durable environmentally sustainable AAMA 2604 simulated anodized silver powder coat paint. In addition to the Series 2000A and 2100 windows, Crystal sourced, supplied and factory installed in window frames 248 insulated panels in lieu of window glass.With each of the Series 2100 triple window units for The Petrone Building, the center panel was left open to accept an HVAC unit and the two flankers were glazed with a ⅞” thermal insulated panel.  All of The Petrone Building’s Series 2000A double-hung windows were mulled atop Series 2100 fixed windows glazed with a ⅞” thick insulated panel.  The special insulated panels were supplied by A-Porcel of the Bronx, NY, and featured a stucco exterior finish in AAMA 2604 simulated anodized silver powder coat paint to match the window frames.

For all the vision glass window units, ⅞” double-pane insulated glass units (IGUs) with Intercept warm-edge spacers were installed.  For additional thermal efficiency and safety, Vitro Solarban SB60 tempered glass with Argon gas was specified.


Crystal fabricated and provided installation accessories including window frame face flanges, stack mullions, and installation clips with snap trim.


The Wetmore and The Petrone Buildings are owned by the Morristown Housing Authority, and the developer and new privatized property manager is Orbach Affordable Housing Solutions of Englewood Cliffs, NJ.  The architect for the renovation work was Kramer & Marks of Ambler, PA, and ETC Companies of Ramsey, NJ, acted as general contractor and handled the window replacement work.


Combined, The Wetmore and The Petrone Buildings offer 200 apartments set aside exclusively for area seniors.  Financing for the extensive rehabilitation project was provided through a special public/private arrangement under the federal and New Jersey state Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which also includes privatization of the buildings’ ongoing operation and management.

Crystal Supplies Southern Towers

QUEENS, NY, November 1, 2023
–The efforts of national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems to supply 5,192 windows and doors for a large Washington, DC-area apartment complex are successfully drawing to closure.  The multi-year window replacement project involved the five 16-story multifamily buildings of Southern Towers Apartments located at 4901 Seminary Road in Alexandria, VA, southwest of the nation’s capital.  Crystal is currently making deliveries to the last two remaining buildings in the complex. Spanning several years, the window replacement project was phased by building, with several window contractors handling each phase of work, but Crystal supplying the entire project.

Crystal Window & Door Systems is nearing the completion of the multi-year window replacement project at Southern Towers Apartments in Alexandria, VA.  Crystal has supplied the five 16-story buildings with over 5,100 new energy-efficient windows and doors.

“It is a testament to Crystal that the owners and managers of Southern Towers Apartments retained us as the window supplier for all five building phases,” said Steven Yu, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Crystal.  “Crystal’s quality products, great service, and reliability continue to be recognized and appreciated in markets across the country.”

A variety of Crystal’s heavy-commercial aluminum windows and doors were used on the project.  By far the most prevalent window used for the Southern Towers project was the Crystal Series 5600 aluminum sliding window.  Fabricated in both 2-lite and 3-lite (with fixed center-lite) versions, the window has a 3-¼” deep frame and is rated AW-PG40 and AW-PG50, respectively.  The Crystal Series 5600 features continuous full-height sash clip lock pull rails, dual stainless steel sash rollers, and optional opening limit stops for safety, security, and ease of operation.  Some of the buildings used large, 161” wide by 59” tall 3-lite versions of the Series 5600 to span wide building openings.

Crystal provided its popular Series 5100 fixed and Series 5600 sliding aluminum windows for expansive views in many openings.

Other buildings used the Crystal Series 5100 aluminum fixed picture window flanked by Series 5600 sliders to span large openings.  The Series 5100 is also a 3-¼” window with an outstanding AW-PG100 rating.  A handful of Crystal’s popular aluminum Series 1450 swing terrace doors were specified for the two early phase buildings.  The Series 1450 terrace door is a 3-¼” in-swing door with an AAMA rating of AW-PG75. Also, the two buildings completed early in the project used some of the now discontinued Crystal heavy-commercial aluminum Series 6200 sliding windows.

All the Crystal windows and doors for the replacement project called for 1” insulated glass units using Vitro Solarban 60 low-E glass and Argon gas filling.  To facilitate the replacement installation, all the Crystal windows were specified with face flange frames, and snap trim and clip accessories.  The latest windows for the project’s final phase were finished in a durable AAMA 2604 custom “silver shadow” powder coat paint.  Windows for earlier project phases used similar shades of light gray.

The Southern Towers Apartments complex is currently owned and operated by the CIM Group based in Los Angeles.  Since the window replacement work began in 2015, three fenestration contracting firms have been awarded various phases of the work: Advanced Window, Inc. (AWI) of Frederick, MD; Caffes-Steele of Beltsville, MD; and most recently Hi-Rise Windows of Bethesda, MD.

The five large buildings of Southern Towers Apartments constructed in 1960 total nearly 2 million square feet with 2,346 residential units.  The buildings include studios, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom predominantly market rate rental apartments and select affordable units.  The 40.5 acre site also includes landscaped grounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, fitness centers, indoor community spaces, and some commercial businesses.

Crystal and Chen Family Endowment Offers Scholarships

The Thomas Chen Family/Crystal Windows Endowment for Queens College School of Art recently sponsored at a reception and art exhibit on campus for the first student scholarship awards for studies in contemporary Asian art.  Above right, left to right: Queens College President Frank Wu, Wang, and Thomas Chen.  Photos courtesy of Dominick Totino.

QUEENS, NY, October 26, 2023 –Founder and Chairman of Crystal Window & Door Systems, Thomas Chen, was pleased to greet the winners of the very first scholarships awarded at Queens College under the Thomas Chen Family/Crystal Windows Endowment on October 18, 2023.  The five scholarship recipients are students at Queens College’s School of Arts and were chosen through an artwork competition of many student submissions evaluated by a panel of outside jurors.  The scholarships, totaling $21,000, were presented at a reception and student art exhibit at Klapper Hall Student Art Gallery on the Queens College main campus.

Above left; Thomas Chen, on right, with the scholarship winners.  Also at the reception, internationally acclaimed author and journalist Ting Chian Wang received a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In 2021, Thomas Chen and Crystal Windows established a $1.1 million endowment for Queens College to support contemporary Asian art at the 4-year college with ongoing exhibit sponsorship, art student scholarships, and artist-in-residence programs.  Last year, the first art exhibit sponsored by the endowment was opened to great acclaim.  Plans are underway for the first artist-in-residence program and master classes for next year.

“I am so proud that the Chen Family/Crystal Windows endowment is supporting the Queens College art programs,” said Thomas Chen, speaking to the scholarship winners and guests at the reception.  “Today we recognize these great endowment student scholarship winners, and it is very gratifying to be able to help them further their art education and future careers.”

A total of $21,000 in scholarship awards were presented this year.  Four of the five scholarship winners are undergraduate students and received $3,500 each.  The fifth winner is a graduate student and received $7,000.  The scholarships will assist their exploration of contemporary Asian art, traditional Asian art techniques, and developing their own unique art styles.

On behalf of The Chen Family/Crystal Windows Endowment, Queens College President Frank Wu also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to internationally noted author, journalist, and professor Ting Chian Wang, whose decades-long career began in Taiwan and continued later in New York. He is the author of many best-selling books, he worked extensively in newspaper and broadcast journalism, and taught at several universities in Taipei.  Thomas Chen, who grew up in Taiwan, is an admirer of Wang’s work and was pleased to welcome the author to Queens College.

Queens College is one of the premier institutions in the New York City University System (CUNY), offering nearly 80 undergraduate majors and over 100 graduate degrees and certifications.  The public college serves over 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is highly ranked in terms of academics and value by several national college surveys such as Princeton Review and US News and World Report.  Located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in the South Flushing neighborhood of Queens, the college sits on 84 landscaped acres with a park-like suburban feel.

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Admirals Cove Hudson River Project Uses Crystal Windows

Crystal Window & Door Systems recently provided over 1,000 new energy efficient aluminum windows and sliding doors for the new luxury apartments at Admirals Cove in Haverstraw, NY, developed and managed by Ginsburg Development.

-Over 1,000 Windows and Doors Provide Great Views and Energy Efficiency-

QUEENS, NY, September 6, 2023 –Situated directly on the Hudson River in Rockland County, NY, the residents of the new Admirals Cove housing development will benefit from the great views and energy efficiency afforded by Crystal Window & Door products.  The national manufacturer supplied the project with almost 1,100 double-hung windows, fixed/picture windows, and sliding glass doors.  The four six-story buildings that make up the Admirals Cove development at 1100 Admirals Cove Boulevard in Haverstraw, NY, are located on a peninsula on the west bank of the Hudson River.

“This project is one of the latest projects in the Hudson River Valley from the noted Ginsburg Development team,” said Blaise Benevenga, Crystal Regional Sales Manager.  “Crystal has supplied several other important Ginsburg projects in New York, including River Tides at Greystone in Yonkers and Harbor Square in Ossining, and we were proud to be selected once again as their fenestration manufacturer of choice.”

The Admirals Cove project was furnished with a total of 1,088 Crystal aluminum windows in several models and styles.  With over 500 units supplied, the Crystal aluminum Series 2000A Double-Hung was the most prevalent window.  Single units, twin units using a common master frame, and tripled mulled combinations of the Crystal double-hung windows, some up to 109” wide, provide residents with expansive views and fresh air as well as thermal efficiency.  The Series 2000A is a thermally-broken 3-¼” frame depth mainstay of the Crystal product line.  AAMA rated at CW-PG50, the window features a ⅞” glazing pocket, anti-drift head clip lock, fast-draining sloped sill, and tilt-in top and bottom sashes.

The next most specified Crystal product, at just over 400 windows, was the aluminum Series 2100 Fixed/Picture window.  Most were single or common frame horizontal twin units, although some expansive openings up to 138” wide utilized three- and four-window mulled combinations.  Again, to provide magnificent views, in other instances 84” tall, virtually floor-to-ceiling Series 2100 windows were installed.  To add a porthole-like nautical flair to the waterfront buildings, Crystal custom fabricated and supplied 34 full circle 36” diameter round versions of the aluminum Series 2100 fixed/picture window.  The Series 2100 Crystal windows feature strong 3-¼” deep frames, ⅞” insulated glass units, and a CW-PG65 rating. Providing access to apartment balconies, Crystal supplied 172 two- and three-lite Series 1240 Sliding Glass Doors and 13 matching Series 1270 Sidelights.  The Series 1240 doors feature 4-916” frame depths, 1” glazing pockets, heavy-duty adjustable quad tandem ball bearing rollers, and an LC-PG45 rating.  The matching Series 1270 sidelight with the same frame depth and glazing pocket as the door has an outstanding AW-PG75 structural rating.

The various Crystal windows, doors, and sidelights were factory supplied with either ⅞” or 1” double-pane insulated glass units (IGUs).  For enhanced thermal performance, the IGUs were specified with Vitro low E Solarban 60 glass and Argon gas filling.  Where required, tempered glass was used.

As a decorative element, many of the windows included between-the-glass ⅝” colonial grids.  Some of the double-hung upper sashes included a single vertical grid and the round windows a crossed horizontal and vertical pattern.


To facilitate installation, all the Crystal window and door products were fitted with optional snap/slide on nailing fins.  Other accessories included 3-¼” and 4-½” H-mullions for combining windows and sidelights.  All Crystal windows, doors, sidelights, and exposed accessories were finished in an environmentally sustainable and durable AAMA 2604 medium gray powder coat paint.

The developer as well as the builder for the Admirals Cove project was Ginsburg Development Companies of Valhalla, NY.  The project architect was Appel Design Group of Livingston, NJ.  Ginsburg framing crews installed the Crystal window and door products.

Admirals Cove is comprised of 4 buildings with waterfront-inspired architecture and 245 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.  Premium units have balconies with river views.  The buildings each have their own lobby, fitness center, lounges, and ground floor garages.  Common amenities include an outdoor pool, sundeck, firepits, grills, playground, kayak launch, Zen garden, and waterfront promenade.  The complex is adjacent to a commuter ferry to Ossining, NY across the Hudson River, and the Metro North Railroad station with service to Grand Central Station in New York City.

Crystal Windows Preserve Washington, DC History

Crystal Window & Door Systems supplied over 3,100 new energy-efficient replacement aluminum windows, sliding doors, and terrace doors for the renovation of the historic OMNI Shoreham Resort and Hotel in Washington, DC. The OMNI Shoreham Hotel renovation features Crystal aluminum fixed picture windows in grand openings and Crystal swing terrace doors to balconies.

Over 3,100 Windows and Doors Refurbish Historic Hotel

QUEENS, NY, August 21, 2023 –The site of 22 U.S. Presidential inaugural celebrations and much Washington, DC history, the iconic OMNI Shoreham Hotel recently was renovated with over 3,100 modern energy efficient Crystal Window & Door Systems products.  The award-winning national manufacturer supplied the project with 3,016 replacement windows and 141 sliding glass and swing terrace doors.  The OMNI Shoreham Hotel is a sprawling 8-story 92-year-old complex located just off Connecticut Avenue at 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC.  The OMNI Shoreham Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and as such, the Crystal products used for the renovation underwent an historic approval process.

“Bringing modern fenestration to an historic hotel like the OMNI Shoreham is a testament to Crystal’s robust energy efficient product line,” said Steve Chen, President of Crystal Windows.  “We’ve helped restore many historic and landmark buildings around the nation, but the OMNI Shoreham is by far one of the largest and grandest.  We are quite proud to have been part of the project.”

The majority of the Crystal windows used on the project were the aluminum Series 2100 fixed picture windows.  Most of these windows utilized an internal horizontal T-mullion within the window’s master frame and two insulated glass lites to replicate the appearance of the building’s original double-hung windows.  In some instances, windows were horizontally combined using mullions.  Also a small number of Crystal Series 2000A double-hung windows were installed in select locations.

Mainstays of the Crystal product line, the Series 2100 and 2000A are 3-¼” frame depth windows with AAMA structural ratings of CW-PG65 and CW-PG50, respectively.  The Crystal Series 2000A has tilt-in sashes, a sloped sill, an anti-drift head clip lock for added safety and a weather-tight seal, and sash opening limit stops.

In some very large and tall (up to 91”) opening locations, the more robust Crystal Series 5100 aluminum fixed picture window was specified.  This 3-¼” jamb window uses heavy-duty extrusions and achieves an AAMA AW-PG100 rating.

Providing guest room and public area access to the OMNI Shoreham Hotel’s distinctive balconies and terraces, Crystal supplied 141 of its aluminum frame Series 1240 sliding glass doors and Series 1450 out-swing terrace doors.  The 2-lite Series 1240 sliding door features a 4-916” jamb thermally-broken aluminum frame, 1” insulated glass units, quad tandem ball bearing rollers, and heavy-duty handles.  The door is rated LC-PG45/SGD-C40.

The heavy-duty Crystal Series 1450 terrace doors were specified in both the standard version and ADA compliant versions.  Also, many of the Crystal out-swing terrace doors were outfitted with compatible Series 2100 fixed glass sidelight windows.  The aluminum Crystal Series 1450 terrace door has a 3-¼” frame, 1” glazing pocket, and an outstanding AW-PG75 structural rating.  The Series 1450 also features a multi-point locking system and an advanced polyamide insulated strut thermal-break system for greater energy efficiency.

For guest rooms set aside for those with disabilities and mobility challenges, the Crystal 1450D out-swing terrace door was specified.  This door’s independently tested low ½” ADA-compliant threshold allows easy access, yet is weather-resistant and has a water-resistance rating of 10 psf.  One of the few elite swing terrace doors offering a certified laboratory water-tested ADA low sill, the door also achieves an excellent AW-PG50 structural rating.

Modern insulated glass units (IGUs) provided the Crystal windows and doors used for the OMNI Shoreham Hotel renovation project with superior energy efficiency.  Depending on the specific product, either ⅞” or 1” IGUs were used, and all dual-pane IGUs were specified with Vitro Solarban 60 low-E coated glass and Argon gas filling for enhanced thermal performance.  Where appropriate, or code required, obscured or tempered glass was used.

All the Crystal window and door products were finished in a durable AAMA 2604 sustainable bronze powder coat paint.  To facilitate installation, Crystal supplied a variety of H-mullions, head expanders, as well as anchor clip and snap trim accessories.

The Shoreham Hotel since 1983 has been owned and operated by the high-end OMNI Hotel and Resorts Group headquartered in Dallas, TX.  The fenestration contractor for the project was Caffes-Steel of Beltsville, MD.

Originally titled the Shoreham Hotel, the magnificent facility opened in the fall of 1930.  Using a combination of Renaissance Revival and Art Deco architectural design, the building has been termed DC’s “Grand Dame” hotel.  The OMNI Shoreham Hotel is situated on 11 acres of well-manicured landscaped grounds in the upscale tree-lined Woodley Park neighborhood.  Its numerous wings have 834 spacious guest rooms.

In its early years, the Shoreham Hotel served as an ultra-luxurious residential hotel to both DC and international elites.  During the 1950s, it transitioned into a high-end resort and convention hotel.  The hotel has hosted every US Presidential inaugural ball since Franklin Delano Roosevelt (except for Donald Trump, whose inaugural balls were held elsewhere in Washington, DC).  President Roosevelt had a special suite with enclosed balcony there and both Presidents Truman and Kennedy were considered hotel regulars.  Spanning the decades, notable celebrities who have performed in the ballroom or stayed at the hotel include Rudy Vallée, Bob Hope, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, and President Clinton, who played the saxophone at an event there.

Crystal uPVC Windows Approved for Florida Hurricane Zones

Crystal Window & Door Systems’ MAGNUS uPVC Commercial Vinyl Series 4500 Tilt-and-Turn (shown above, with its test certificate) and Fixed windows received approval for use in Florida’s High-Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ) as well as regions outside these zones.  Crystal now has 10 windows approved for projects in Florida, with two in HVHZs.

-High-End Commercial Vinyl Rated for Impact and Water Resistance-

QUEENS, NY, November 17, 2022 – National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems is pleased to announce that it has added two products to its roster of windows approved by the Florida Building Commission.  The MAGNUS uPVC commercial vinyl Series 4500 Tilt-and-Turn and Fixed windows were just approved for use in Florida hurricane areas.  Crystal already has eight other products approved for high-wind locations in the state by Florida building authorities.  All these Crystal windows are also suitable candidates for high-wind and coastal locations in other states.

“These are the first Crystal products rated for use in Florida’s High-Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ) for impact and water resistance, as well as for use in less severe high-wind locations,” said Sabrina Leung, Architectural Sales and Engineering Manager.  “The MAGNUS line is one of our top performers, with the perfect combination of aluminum’s superior strength and vinyl’s outstanding thermal performance.  The uPVC line also offers great sound attenuation.”

Qualifying for the Florida HVHZ rating, the MAGNUS Series 4500Tilt-and-Turn window achieved an R65/wind zone 4/missile level D rating, with water resistance tested at 9.75 psf.  The MAGNUS Series 4500 Fixed window’s water resistance was successfully tested at 12.12 psf and is also rated R65.  Both MAGNUS Series 4500 windows were tested with 1” overall tempered and laminated double-pane insulated glass units, incorporating the SentryGlas Plus by DuPont laminating interlayer. All testing was completed by independent test labs with separate independent engineering review for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) for adherence to the current Florida Building Code.

Crystal’s MAGNUS Series 4500 features a choice of either 2-⅜” or 3-¼” frame depths, multi-point locks, sash perimeter compression seals, and top quality hardware. The frame’s insulating multi-chambers are suitable for optional reinforcement, an important feature for large size or heavy commercial rated windows.  The MAGNUS Series 4500 accommodates insulated glass units up to 1-⅜” and offers U-values as low as 0.20.

The uPVC material’s High-Definition Finish (HDF) outperforms standard vinyl to assure years of unparalleled service with minimal maintenance and it is available in three extruded colors – white, beige, and clay.  Additional solid color and wood grain foil options are available.  To facilitate new construction and retrofit installations in a variety of building types, optional nail fins and other accessories are available.

Other Crystal products approved for Florida construction zones outside HVHZ regions include eight select aluminum commercial, heavy-commercial, and architectural windows in slider, double-hung, fixed, and awning styles.  Recently, Crystal supplied over 2,100 window and door products for two new student residences at University of Florida-Gainesville’s campus, in a high-wind region of central Florida.  With the MAGNUS Series 4500, Crystal now has 10 products approved for use in Florida.

“Crystal is expanding in the Southeast where new development and renovation construction is strong,” said Steve Chen, President. “Florida is an exciting market, and we are proud that our Florida-approved products are meeting this demand.”

Crystal Improved Terrace Door Rises to New Heights

Crystal Window’s Series 1450/1460 Aluminum Swing Terrace Door has been structurally and thermally enhanced and offers new hardware (hydraulic closer shown below), glazing, and a laboratory water-tested ADA low sill option.

-Features Include ADA Compliant Sill, Enhanced Structural Performance, New Hardware –

QUEENS, NY, August 30, 2022 –National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems is pleased to announce its significantly improved Aluminum Series 1450 Out-Swing andSeries 1460 In-Swing Terrace Doors are now available.  This best-selling architectural product line has been reengineered and redesigned for elevated structural and thermal performance, with new features, options, and enhanced ADA compliance.

Crystal’s Series 1450/1460 Terrace Dooris constructed with heavy-duty 0.093” wall thickness extrusion and a redesigned strong multi-chamber 3-¼” jamb frame, making it well-suited for high-rise and wind-prone installations. Superior thermal performance of the Series 1450/1460 door is achieved with polyamide strut thermal break and heavy-duty gasketing to achieve U-values as low as 0.32. This thermal performance far surpassesNew York City’s latest energy code specifications, one of the most stringent state or municipal energy codes in the country. The Series 1450/1460 door offers glazing of either 1” or 1-¼” dual- or triple-pane tempered insulated glass units, with low-E coatings and gas-filling options for further energy efficiency and sound attenuation.

Crystal upgraded all the hardware selections for the Series 1450/1460to give the terrace door a sleeker look with even easier operation. The multi-point locking door features a new no-backplate door handle option which matches handles on Crystal’s high-end casement window products for continuity of appearance, and a separate cylinder keylock can be placed above or below this door handle.  Slim heavy-duty barrel hinges provide years of perfectly aligned operation.

A powerful adjustable hydraulic closer from leading German hardware manufacturer G-U (Gretsch-Unitas) features a concealed mounting plate and slide arm assembly designed for outswing door operation, which allows effortless operation of the door while maintaining the door’s sleek look on the interior.  A bottom stile 10” kick plate is also available for the ADA-compliant Series 1450D door.

The aluminum frame of Crystal’s Series 1450/1460Aluminum Swing Terrace Door is finished in durable environmentally sustainable powder coat paint, to either AAMA 2604 or 2605 performance standards. Architects and property owners can choose from a broad palette of standard and stock colors, two-tone (different interior and exterior) frame colors, and any custom color desired.

Left: The Crystal Series 1450/1460Swing Terrace Door 3-¼” jamb frame features polyamide strut thermal break, 0.093” wall thickness extrusion, and heavy-duty weatherstripping.  Right: The new contemporary no-backplate handle comes with a separate keylock option.


New Queens High-Rises Use Advanced Crystal Windows

Crystal Windows recently supplied 1,554 energy efficient MAGNUS commercial uPVC vinyl windows for three new construction multifamily buildings in Forest Hills, Queens, New York on a beautiful campus.

-Manufacturer Supplies Over 1,500 High-Performance uPVC Windows for Project-

QUEENS, NY, August 17, 2022 – Crystal Window & Door Systems, the award-winning national manufacturer, is proud to have furnished the recently completed multi-year Apex Place Apartments project with 1,554 high-performance commercial vinyl uPVC windows.  The three affordable housing high-rise towers, each between13 and 17 stories tall, were specified with Crystal’s premier extremely energy efficient MAGNUS Series 4500 window line.  The three multi-family buildings, known as Apex One, Apex Two, and Apex Three, are located on the same residential campus near the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and 108th Street in the Forest Hills section of New York City’s Borough of Queens.

Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride or uPVC has been in common use as a commercial window frame material in Europe for decades.  Now uPVC is growing in popularity in America since it offers strength similar to aluminum with the superior thermal efficiency of traditional vinyl windows.  Added benefits of the new material include low maintenance and inherent sound reduction properties.

“We are seeing increasing demand for our MAGNUS commercial uPVC vinyl windows in all types of mid- and high-rise projects, especially because it provides exceptional comfortfor residents in multifamily properties,” said Sabrina Leung, Architectural Sales and Engineering Manager for Crystal.  “Architects are embracing this material, specifying it here in New York and in all the major markets across the country.”

Crystal’s uPVC MAGNUS 4500 In-Swing and Fixed windows were exclusively used throughout the three buildings at Apex Place.  Virtually all the windows were very large in size and used combinations of 2 or 3 casement, fixed, and HVAC louver panels combined in expansive master frames.  Most of the building’s window openings were nearly floor-to-ceiling, with window combinations commonly spanning 65-¾” x 88-⅝” or 65-¾” x 97-¾,” while some were exceptionally large at 81” x 104”.  The Crystal MAGNUS 4500 window systems were a natural choice for such a project.

The Crystal MAGNUS 4500 Series windows feature a strong cadmium- and lead-free multi-chamber 2-⅜” depth uPVC frame.  Adding to the windows’ strength and ability to span large openings, frames and sashes have internal steel channel reinforcement.  Both the MAGNUS 4500 In-Swing Casement and Fixed windows for this project were AW-PG70 rated.  All the MAGNUS windows had standard white interiors and durable Grey or Medium Brown RenolitFX exterior foils.

A standout feature of the Crystal MAGNUS 4500 In-Swing window is its compression dual-seal weather-tight technology.  Other features include a multi-point locking system operated by a stylish high-quality handle.  Project specifications also called for the inclusion of a New York City code approved limit opening device.

For all the MAGNUS windows, thermal performance was enhanced by using Vitro SB60 glass and Argon gas for the 1-516” dual pane insulated glass units (IGUs).  The insulated glass package played a key role in the windows’ ability to surpass U-value 0.29 and SHGC 0.29 project specifications. The use of dissimilar thickness glass in the IGU, combined with the large overall IGU size and inherent sound attenuation properties of uPVC, delivered excellent OITC ratings of 30.  Reduction of sound transmittance was an important specification requirement because the project is situated near a major highway.

The 1,214aluminum model AEL-42 PTAC louvers for the project were manufactured by Reliable of Geneva, AL.  Crystal sourced and factory fitted the louvers with the other vision glass windows into the MAGNUS master frames.

The three new towers of the Apex Place Apartments provide 442 units of much-needed affordable housing.  The project is particularly interesting in that the three new construction buildings and a new 4-story parking garage structure were nestled in amongst three existing NYC Housing Authority multi-family buildings. Along with the existing community center and expansive central green spaces, the new buildings create an integrated cohesive campus. The new towers are all equipped with rooftop solar panels and offer expanded community spaces, fitness rooms, children’s playrooms, and on-site laundry facilities.

The owner/developer for Apex One, Two, and Three is Apex Place Association and Phipps Houses, both of New York, NY.  Architectural services were provided by a partnership between Curtis & Ginsberg Architects of New York, NY, and FX Collaborative of Brooklyn, NY.  Monadnock Construction of Brooklyn, NY was the general contractor for the three-building new construction project.

Crystal Windows Provides US Navy with New “Eyes” on Pacific

Crystal Pacific supplied new highly energy efficient MAGNUS uPVC commercial vinyl windows in sliding and fixed styles with special glazing for the classified activities building overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Point Loma Naval Base near San Diego Harbor.

-Manufacturer Supplies uPVC Windows for San Diego Area Naval Facility –

RIVERSIDE, CA, July 28, 2022 –An important classified facility at the Point Loma Naval Base is sporting new windows as it overlooks the Pacific Ocean near San Diego Harbor.  The building, which has been described as a modern-day “technical lighthouse” for US Navy ships at sea was recently renovated with 95 new windows supplied by Crystal Pacific Window & Door Systems.

The project involved numerous product, production, and delivery challenges which Crystal navigated well.  First was the need for a window system that would stand up to the damaging effects of incessant salt sea air and UV sunlight.  Besides the significant challenge of providing materials to a secure military facility job site, the Navy also imposed an incredibly aggressive timeline for project completion, to which Crystal and the fenestration installer responded with “all hands on deck.”

“Crystal Pacific’s success with this project is a result of our great product lineup, the can-do spirit of our technical and production staff, and our sales team’s smooth coordination with the general contractor and Naval Base staff,” said Vivian DeMarco, Sales Manager for Crystal Pacific. All the windows were fabricated at Crystal’s Riverside, CA, factory.  The general contractor and fenestration installer for the project was B3 Construction of San Diego.

To handle the sea and sun environment, the 4-story west-facing building just 100 yards from the ocean was supplied with 95 Crystal MAGNUS Series 700 uPVC commercial vinyl windows with special glass options.  The Crystal MAGNUS uPVC windows combine the strength of aluminum with the energy efficiency and low maintenance of vinyl windows.

Crystal used two styles of MAGNUS Series 700 uPVC window for the Naval Base project.  Most of the windows were the Series 700 single-slider rated R-PG55, and a few Series 700 fixed windows were also used with a CW-PG70 rating.  Both windows feature strong, durable cadmium- and lead-free multi-chambered 3-¼” jamb depth

uPVC frames.  Crystal’s uPVC windows are easily capable of spanning large openings. The new MAGNUS windows were mulled onsite to form continuous horizontal ribbons spanning entire floors on the modernist building. The single-slider windows were used for openings as large as 60” wide by 53-½” tall and the fixed windows were used in sizes of 69-½” wide by 53-½” tall with a few 52” wide by 92” tall.

The MAGNUS Series 700 single-slider features include dual brass rollers and pull rails for easy operation, reinforced interlocking sashes for a weather-tight seal, and a modern design automatic sash lock.  To maintain the building’s original interiors and exteriors, the Crystal MAGNUS windows were finished with a durable bronze Renolit foil which is extremely resistant to heat, sun, salt, air pollution, and abrasion.

Both Crystal MAGNUS Series 700 styles used have a 1” insulated glass unit (IGU) pocket.  For this San Diego area project, the IGUs were all specified with dual pane tempered Cardinal triple coated LoE3-366, argon gas filling, grey tinting, with a few units fitted with obscured glass.  The Cardinal LoE3-366 is noted for its superior thermal and sun control properties while maintaining the clearest views.  The special glass package combined with inherent uPVC energy efficiency delivered U-values of 0.29 and solar heat gain (SHGC) of 0.21 for the Series 700 slider and U-values of 0.28 and SHGC of 0.23 for the fixed style.

“Crystal is really quite proud of our products and performance with this project, including the final delivery which we made right on time,” said DeMarco.  “Our customer, B3 Construction, as well as the property owner, the US Navy, are both satisfied and looking forward to working with Crystal again.”

Crystal Windows A Key Supplier in Rockaway Village Project

Crystal supplied nearly 9,000 architectural aluminum Series 8800/8810 windows for several buildings at the new construction Rockaway Village development in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY.

-Manufacturer Provides Almost 9,000 Windows for Expansive New Development-

QUEENS, NY, May 13, 2022 –National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems is wrapping up its deliveries of thousands of new windows for the ambitious new development Rockaway Village in Far Rockaway, NY. The expansive multi-year new construction project is rejuvenating this neighborhood at the outskirts of New York City’s Borough of Queens, taking advantage of the convenient passenger and elevated subway rail lines, and replacing abandoned properties and empty lots with beautiful new apartment buildings and retail spaces.

“We are very proud to be part of this exciting construction project at Rockaway Village,” said Sabrina Leung, Crystal Architectural Sales Manager.  “Crystal’s design, engineering, and production capabilities and our on-site consulting expertise made us the perfect partner to supply our high-end architectural windows to these new properties.”

Crystal has supplied five of the development’s large mid-and high-rise residential buildings with 8,843energy efficient architectural window products.  Most of the Crystal windows used at the Rockaway Village project were configured in large combinations of in-swing casement, picture, and HVAC louvers.  In many cases, the windows provide expansive views, spanning large floor-to-ceiling openings, up to91” wide by 107-½” tall.  Each building also used 90° mullions to join windows at building corners, providing an attractive and exciting glass feature for occupants.  The combination arrangements were facilitated using the Series 8800/8810 master frame option as well as several types of mullion systems.

The five buildings Crystal supplied at the Rockaway Village project exclusively used the company’s high-end architectural aluminum Series 8800 In-Swing Casement and Series 8810 Fixed windows.  The windows feature heavy-duty 2-⅝” deep frames with corner key reinforcement.  Both the casement and fixed windows use advanced polyamide strut thermal break systems for enhanced thermal performance.  The window sashes offer 1-¼” IGU pockets and provide a zero-sightline look.  A continuous master frame option allows the combination of multiple styles in one opening.

The Crystal Series 8800 In-Swing Casement is rated AW-PG100/PG80.  The Series 8810 Fixed/Picture window is rated AW-PG75. Specified with clear, tempered, or laminated glass panes, the insulated glass units (IGUs) for the windows were also specified with Guardian SN68 low-E glass coatings and Argon gas filling to deliver outstanding energy efficiency.

To accommodate individual apartment HVAC units, several thousand of the Series 8810 Fixed window frames were fitted with AEL-42 model louvers by Reliable of Geneva, AL.  Crystal supplied the PTAC louvers and factory installed them into the window frames prior to jobsite delivery.

The Crystal Series 8800 In-Swing Casement uses 4-bar concealed hinges and a triple compression gasket seal.  For safety, all the Series 8800 Casement windows were fitted with NY City code certified opening limit devices.  In apartments designated for seniors, Crystal equipped the operating casements with ADA compliant hardware.  Installation accessories for all the Series 8800 and 8810 windows included subsills and receptor systems, as well as H-, 3-piece, and 90° corner mullions.

As the windows’ thermal strut construction allows for window frame interiors and exteriors to be different colors, all the windows received an extremely durable two-tone AAMA 2605 powder coat paint finish, with bronze exterior and white interior frames.  Electrostatically applied powder coat paint, which virtually eliminates VOC compounds, is noted for its environmental sustainability, uniform coating, color properties, and weather resistance.

Rockaway Village is developed and owned by Phipps Houses of New York, NY, one of the largest non-profit developer and owner of affordable housing in the Metro Area.  When fully completed, Rockaway Village will offer 1,700 new apartments in 8 buildings, which range from 8 stories to 15 stories, along with over 120,000 sq. ft. of commercial and community space, landscaped courtyards and outdoor gathering spaces, and tree-lined streets and walkways.  The terminus of the Long Island Railroad Far Rockaway branch is at the east end of the development, and the west end is across the street from New York City’s A-TrainMott Avenue elevated subway station.

Marvel Architects of New York, NY, is the design firm for the entire Rockaway Village development, andLettire Construction, also of New York, NY, is the general contractor.  Longtime Crystal customer Marvel Contracting Service (not related to Marvel Architects) of Queens, NY, served as the fenestration installer.