New One Flushing Housing Development Uses Crystal’s Energy Efficient Heavy-Commercial Vinyl Windows

Major NYC Affordable Housing Project Uses Over 1,500 Crystal Magnus Products-

FLUSHING, NY, June 27, 2019 – Crystal Window & Door Systems, the award-winning national manufacturer, supplied 1,532 state-of-the-art heavy-commercial vinyl windows for the recently completed One Flushing project.  This development represents one of the largest uses to date of the new Crystal uPVC Magnus Series 4500 products.  The Magnus architecturally-rated European-inspired vinyl windows provide the strength and durability of high-end aluminum windows yet offer superior energy efficiency and low maintenance associated with vinyl window technology.

One Flushing is a multi-generational affordable and senior housing development with 231 apartments.  The rental units range from studio to 3 bedrooms and are set aside for defined income bracket tenants.  A massive 10-story building with 400 feet of frontage, One Flushing is located at 133-45 41st Avenue in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens.  While one building, the structure used a “sawtooth” offset facade and both light and dark grey textured face brick to break up the monolithic appearance and give the aesthetic illusion of multiple buildings.

For the project, Crystal provided a total of 533 Magnus Series 4500 In-Swing Casement and 999 Magnus Series 4500 Fixed Picture windows as well as 418 louver panels to fill the building’s 621 large window openings.  In most openings (some as large as 87” wide by 83” tall), a triple combination of a casement window, a fixed window, and a louver were incorporated in one master frame.  In other openings, double units of either a casement or fixed window were combined with a louver.

The Crystal Magnus Series 4500 In-Swing Casement window features tight compression sealing frame and sash technology with strong uPVC materials and fusion-welded corners.  Since One Flushing was a new construction rather than a window replacement project, the 2-⅜” depth frame instead of the 3-¼” was specified.  The window has an outstanding AW-PG70 AAMA rating.  The Series 4500 In-Swing Casement window also features top quality hardware and multi-point locks.  To accommodate the building’s senior tenants, all the Magnus operating handles were specially located on the window at 44-46” above the floor.  Per New York City multi-family building requirements, the window’s in-swing opening was limited to 4” for safety by a Crystal optional sash stop device.

Crystal Windows supplied its Magnus Series 4500 uPVC Commercial Vinyl Windows for the new One Flushing residential complex in Queens, NY.  Recently introduced by Crystal, these strong, elegant, energy efficient windows have U-values of 0.29 and sound attenuation values of OITC34 / STC 40.

The project also made extensive use of the Crystal Magnus 4500 Fixed Picture window.  Like the Magnus 4500 Casement window, the fixed window was also a 2-⅜” jamb depth strong energy efficient fusion-welded corner uPVC vinyl model.  The 4500 picture windows were glazed with either insulated glass units or PTAC louvers.

Glass glazing for both the Magnus 4500 Fixed Picture and Casement windows consisted of a double pane 1-¼” insulated glass unit (IGU).  For energy efficiency, safety, and sound attenuation in the busy urban location, Solarban 60 low-E ¼” exterior lights, ¼” laminated interior lights, and Argon gas filling were specified for the IGUs which were fabricated and supplied by Vitro Architectural Glass.

With this IGU glazing system and its vinyl sashes and frames, the Crystal Magnus Series 4500 In-SwingCasement provides a remarkable U-value of 0.29, which far surpasses that of most aluminum windows that would typically be used on a project such as this.  Also, the use of IGUs with laminated glass and vinyl materials provide great OITC 34/STC 40 sound reduction for the building tenants.

Over 400 of the Magnus 4500 Fixed Picture windows were outfitted with PTAC louver systems rather than IGUs.  The model AEL-42 Type 7116 louver units with a black finish were manufactured by Reliable Products of Geneva, AL.  Crystal sourced the louvers for the project and factory-installed them into the Series 4500 window frames.

All the window and frame exterior faces were finished in either the standard white extruded color, or an optional red or black-brown colorfoil.

To accommodate the architect’s desire to set the windows in the building openings toward the exterior facade, Crystal developed a unique innovation to facilitate the installation.  A special design T-angle anchor to bridge the building walls’ brick and block gap while acting as a strong, level sill support platform for the window was custom fabricated by Crystal Windows’ extrusion subsidiary.  In addition, special slide-in clip strap anchors and special aluminum sill covers were used to securely and permanently install the window systems.

The One Flushing design architect was Bernheimer Architecture of Brooklyn, NY, and the project’s executive architect was SLCE Architects of New York, NY. Steven Winter Associates of New York, NY, provided energy and environmental consulting services for the project.  Monadnock Development was the general contractor, and the owner selected by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is One Flushing MM, LLC, a partnership of Monadnock and community organizations Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee (HANAC) and Asian Americans for Equality AAFE.

Additional fenestration for the ground floor retail space glazing and building entranceways was fabricated by Gamco Corporation of Flushing, NY using YKK storefront systems.  Vista Skywall Systems of Flushing, NY handled all the building’s fenestration installation work.

One Flushing is located directly in the heart of the Flushing shopping district adjacent to the LIRR station and two blocks from the #7 MTA Main Street subway station.  The new building offers numerous amenities including 24-hour doorman, gym, 156-space underground garage, 29,000-ft2 of ground floor retail space, and a 134kW solar array.  In addition, tenants enjoy rooftop terraces, community rooms, rear yard outdoor spaces and a rooftop residents’ vegetable garden.  Catering to the building’s senior population, a variety of specialized services will be offered on site.

Major New York City Replacement Project Uses Crystal Windows

-National Manufacturer Supplies Nearly 14,000 Windows for Windsor Park Co-Op –

FLUSHING, NY, February 28, 2019 –Crystal Window & Door Systems, the national manufacturer based in Queens, NY, is nearing completion of one of the largest window replacement projects in the City of New York.  Crystal has successfully supplied nearly14,000 energy efficient replacement windows for the sprawling Windsor Park Co-Op complex.  Windsor Park Co-Op encompasses 20 six-story apartment buildings spread over 46 park-like acres in the Oakland Gardens section of Queens, NY.  Windsor Park has 1,830 apartments of various sizes and is home to over 5,000 residents.  The window replacement work, one of the largest in the region at this time, began in late 2017 and is scheduled for completion within the next few weeks.  All the window replacement work was accomplished while apartments remained occupied, always a challenging effort.

“Crystal was delighted to join with our installation partner Ecker Windows to provide the residents of Windsor Park with new energy efficient windows,” said Jimmy Zhou, Crystal’s Senior Account Manager for the project.  “This 14,000-window project demonstrates Crystal’s ability to effectively supply major multi-year, very large quantity window projects.  While Crystal has furnished windows for numerous other large-scale projects, such as Lefrak City in Queens, and Harbor Point in Stamford, CT, this one was particularly satisfying since it is so close to our factory and is home for some of our employees.”

The Crystal Series 2600 aluminum double-hung was the predominant window used for the project.  The 3-¼” frame depth window has tilting sashes, a ⅞” insulated glass unit (IGU) pocket and is AAMA rated CW-PG50/HC50.A strong proven weather-resistant energy-efficient window, the Series 2600 features a deep sill pocket, three layers of sill weatherstripping, a continuous full-width bottom lift rail clip lock, and a continuous full-width variation of the standard anti-drift head clip lock. For increased energy efficiency, the double-pane insulated glass units used double-strength thickness Vitro Solarban 60 and clear glass with argon gas filling.  Bathroom windows were specified with obscure glass.

Crystal Windows supplied nearly 14,000 new energy efficient aluminum windows for Windsor Park Co-Op Apartments in Queens, NY.  Special oriel style windows and insulated panels accommodated new air conditioning units while ensuring weather-tightness, security, and a uniform appearance of the 20 six-story buildings in the complex.

While most of the Series 2600 windows were ordered as single units, several thousand were specified as side-by-side twin units, which utilized the model line’s continuous master frame option.  Part of the project featured several hundred quadruple and quintuple horizontally combined units using mulled Series 2600 windows.  For easy operation, most of the bottom sashes were equipped with Ultra-Lift block-and-tackle balances.

In addition to the Crystal Series 2600, the building basement window replacements also used over 300 Crystal aluminum Series 2300 2-light sliding and Series 8530 project-in hopper windows.  The basement windows were specified with dual-pane tempered IGU glass.

To facilitate installation, the windows were ordered with 2” perimeter face flange (casement fin) frames.  Crystal also supplied matching clips and snap trim to aid the new window installation process.  All the windows and exposed installation accessories were finished in Crystal’s standard AAMA 2604 durability bronze color powder coat paint.

A key factor in selecting the supplier and installer for the Windsor Park window replacement project was how the new windows would accommodate several thousand new window air-conditioning units.  The Windsor Park Co-Op Board was seeking to have all the new air-conditioning units installed in a common fashion to provide a uniform and attractive exterior appearance for all the buildings in the complex.

The window installer Ecker Windows and Crystal partnered on an inventive solution.  Crystal fabricated the windows that would have air-conditioning units, whether single or in twin combinations, in an oriel style. The oriel style windows had a standard height size top sash but a dramatically shorter bottom sash which with the sashes closed left an open gap in the lower portion of the master window frame.  The installer specially adapted the oriel windows and supplied insulated panels cut perfectly to fill the open gaps and fit the new air-conditioning units.  This innovative solution provides a uniform meeting rail look for all the windows and allows the shorter lower oriel sash to be locked closed, providing both security and weather-tightness.

The Windsor Park window replacement work is part of a major $22 million capital improvement effort undertaken by the Co-Op Association.  Besides new windows, the multi-year, multi-phase project includes new window air conditioning units, elevators, intercoms, and pool and tennis complex improvements.

Owners of the property, the Windsor Park Co-Op Association, retains AkamLiving Services of New York City as its property manager, and its subsidiary PMG Project Management Group, also of New York City, as overall project manager for the capital improvements.  Engineering services for the window replacement work was provided by Lawless & Mangione Architects & Engineers of Yonkers, NY.  One of the New York area’s largest and most experienced fenestration firms, Ecker Windows of Yonkers, NY, is the window installer for the massive project.


Crystal Provides Waterfront Views for Queens, NY Luxury Condos

FLUSHING, NY, October 30, 2018 –New energy efficientCrystal windows and doors provide spectacular views for apartments at the newly constructed Allura Waterfront Resort in Queens, New York. Crystal Window & Door Systems, the award-winning national manufacturer, provided 842 high-end windows and sliding and swing terrace doors for the striking new development at 109-09 15th Avenue in College Point, NY.  The 6-story Allura building with 134 apartments has floor-to-ceiling glass and metal panel façades on multiple sides of the building, offering occupants great views of the waterfront and LaGuardia Airport across Flushing Bay.

The Allura complexis U-shaped, with two parallel wings that protrude towards the water, and most of the units have full-length glass railed balconies. Crystal windows and doors were combined in horizontally ganged and vertically stacked configurations to provide most of the apartments’ floor-to-ceiling glass façadeelements. The majority of the window products supplied were the Crystal architectural Series 8500 Aluminum Outswing Casement and Series 8510Aluminum Fixed Picture windows.  Over 700 of these windows were used, predominantly in 2-, 4-, or 6-window configurations in sizes up to 84” wide by 96” tall.  In some instances, operating casements and fixed sashes were combined in dual panel master frames.

“Crystal’s high-end architectural window line is perfect for this type of project,” said Joe Zhao, Crystal’s project manager for the Allura condo development.  “Our 8500 Series offers strength, beauty, weather resistance, sound attenuation, and clean narrow contemporary sightlines, enhancing the architect’s design and the building’s location on the waterfront across from the airport.”

The Crystal Series 8500 Casement with 2-⅝” frame has an outstanding AW-PG100 rating, dual-arm operator, and double row bulb weatherstripping.  For this project, the casements were specified with a beautiful satin chrome operating handle and 4” sash opening limit devices. The Crystal Series 8510 Fixed Picture also has a 2-⅝” frame depth and is AW-PG85 rated.

To provide building residents access to the extensive balconies, over 120 heavy-commercial Crystal Series 1280 Aluminum Sliding Patio Doors were installed.  The 2-panel sliding doors were fabricated in large sizes up to 72” wide by 96” tall.  In some instances, the Series 1280 doors were combined with two sidelight windows to span floor-to-ceiling openings 96” wide by 96” tall. The Series 1280 has a strong frame depth of 4-916”, an AAMA AW-PG50 rating, adjustable dual-tandem, stainless steel ball bearing rollers, and a heavy-duty latch handle.

Additional access to the balconies in the larger apartments was provided by 22 of the Crystal Series 1450 Aluminum Swing Terrace Door.  Specified at 36” wide by 96” tall, these Crystal floor-to-ceiling products continued the building’s use of impressive glass façade elements.  The Series 1450 has a frame depth of 3-¼”, an advanced insulated strut thermal break system and is AW-PG75 rated.  The door has a multi-point lock system and an opening limit bar for added safety and security, especially important with a wind-gust prone waterfront exposure.

All the Crystal window products feature 1” insulated glass units (IGUs) with Vitro316” Solarban 60 low-E glass and argon gas filling.  Tempered glass was used where required by code or otherwise appropriate.

The Crystal combination window and door systems used 3-piece and other mullion systems to gang and stack the units.  Setting and anchoring the window systems in place was facilitated with a variety of Crystal installation accessories including head and jamb receptors, subsills, sill pan flashing, snap trim with clips, L and F shape clips, and other anchoring components.

Most of the Crystal windows, doors, and exposed mullion and anchoring accessories were finished with a durable AAMA 2604 rated Simulated Anodized Silver powder coat paint.  Windows installed in the building’s brick façades, which face the adjoining streets, were finished in AAMA 2604 Bronze color powder coat paint.

Waterfront Resort, Inc. of Corona, NY, is the owner of the Allura condo development.  Lam & Lam Design, also of Corona, is the project architect and engineer.  The general contractor is King’s Construction USA Group, Corona, and the fenestration installer is Marvel Contracting of Oakland Gardens, Queens. Gamco Corporation of Flushing, NY, supplied the extensive balcony glass railing systems.

The 180,000 sq. ft. building includes 134 apartments in 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom layouts, underground parking, and will have 70 boat slips when the marina area is completed.  A fitness center, spa, pool, and sundeck add to the resort atmosphere.  A spacious, attended lobby welcomes residents and first floor conference room and business center are available for events. The Allura Waterfront Resort has been nominated for several local area building awards, in part due to the complexity and challenge of the project site, which requiredextensive pilings and bulwarks for stability of the site prior to construction of the foundation and building.