Crystal Windows Chairman Thomas Chen Honored for Leadership and Community Impact

Thomas Chen, founder, and chairman of national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, was recently honored by Schneps Media as a 2020 King of New York

QUEENS, NY, October 27, 2020 –The founder and Chairman of national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, Thomas Chen, was honored recently by Schneps Media as one of its2020 Kings of New York.  The award recognizes top businessmen, civic leaders, and non-profit arena giants for their outstanding contributions in industry, politics, arts, culture, and religious work, as well as their impact on their communities.

“For 30 years, I have worked hard to expand Crystal Windows and make it a positive influence in New York and the nation,” said Chen.  “Being named a King of New York by one of the largest media companies in the region is a delightful, unexpected surprise, and I am honored.”

Normally Schneps Media presents the Kings of New YorkAwards at a live gala celebration with hundreds in attendance.  This year, due to the ongoing pandemic concerns, Kings of New YorkAwards were presented at extremely limited in-person gatherings with interviews of the honorees discussing their work and accomplishments.  The Kings of New YorkAward presentations and taped interviews will be featured at a virtual webcast networking event on November 19th, along with keynote speakers and entertainment for online attendees.

Chen founded Crystal Windows in 1990 in a small commercial space, and now the company is listed as one of the Top 30 Window and Door Manufacturers in North America by leading industry publications.  Crystal has five major production factories around the country and 750 employees.  The company manufactures 500,000 commercial and residential windows and doors annually.  Crystal products are installed in many notable buildings throughout the New York metro area and in over 40 states nationwide. Thomas Chen and the Crystal Windows success story have been featured on numerous

business TV shows and in many leading business and industry publications including Wall Street Week, Crain’s New York Business, Fortune Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and The New York Times.

In addition to his business prowess, Chen is also recognized in New York for his charitable work and his devotion to educational and art initiatives.  He has contributed tirelessly to many Queens and New York area non-profits and art institutions and has been honored by the Queens Museum, the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, and the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts.

The Kings of New York Award is bestowed by Schneps Media, a major communications corporation providing one million readers with nearly 70 daily and weekly community newspapers and magazines throughout the New York, Long Island, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, metro areas.

Crystal Windows Shine for Local Fire House Major Renovation

Crystal Window & Door Systems provided new high performance fixed, sliding, and casement windows for the Roslyn Highlands (NY) Fire Department renovation of its station.  The new aluminum windows modernized the façade appearance, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced interior daylighting for this active facility.

-Manufacturer SuppliesHigh-End Products for New York Area Fire Station-

QUEENS, NY, October 13, 2020 –The Roslyn Highlands Fire Department (RHFD) station at 270 Warner Avenue in Roslyn Heights, NY, is sporting an updated façade of new windows from national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems. Crystal supplied 96 new energy-efficient aluminum windows replacing the fire house’s original wood windows to modernize the facility, reduce energy expenses, and enhance interior daylighting.

Crystal project manager Rob Dorsky, a formerRHFD volunteer firefighter, worked closely with members of the fire company’s Building Committee to select the new windows, and customizing features, finishes, glass, and installation accessories for the expansive openings.

“It was a pleasure to work with the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department to design a new look for the station, one that would greatly improve lighting, ventilation, and energy performance,” said Dorksy.  “I was proud to select the best Crystal products and very pleased that leading fenestration firm Bluesky Windows provided the expert installation services.”

A critical part of the planning phase was to develop an installation schedule that would not interfere with the active fire house’s operations.  Crystal coordinated production and delivery of finished units with the fenestration installation company and RHFD members to minimize disruption, especially in critical operation areas of the buildings.

Most of the windows Crystal supplied for the project were its aluminum Series 5100 Fixed Windows in single, two- and three-lite combinations.  This popular heavy commercial picture window features 3-¼” frame depth with continuous head and sill, facilitating multiple lights and simplifying installation.  The window has an outstanding AAMA rating of AW-PG100.  The Series 5100 Fixed windows were combined in many openings with 14” tall

Crystal two- and three-lite Series 5600 Sliding Windows along the bottom edge, providing easily accessible ventilation.  This heavy commercial aluminum sliding window features 3-¼” frame depth, stainless steel sash rollers, reinforced frame roller track, interlocking meeting rails, and an anti-drift clip lock pull rail.  The window has an AAMA rating of AW-PG40 for the 2-lite and AW-PG50 for the 3-lite.

For a few select openings, Crystal supplied its high-end aluminum Series 8500 Out-Swing Casement Window configured with its Series 8510 Fixed Window.  These architectural windows feature 2-⅝” frame depth and are AAMA rated AW-PG100 and AW-PG85, respectively.  The Series 8500Casement has four-bar stainless steel hinges, multi-point locks, an elegant handle for effortless operation, and an opening limit device for added safety.

All products for the RHFD firehouse were glazed with 1” tempered dual-pane insulating glass units with high-performance Vitro low-ESolarban 70XL coating and Argon gas filling for superior energy efficiency. The frames were finished in AAMA 2604 white powder coat paint.

Crystal supplied complementary accessories including mullions, snap trim, and clips to facilitate installation.  Several of the façade openings required field assembly of separate windows into multi-window configurations, which took advantage of the Series 5100 continuous head and sill frame feature and used matching H-mullions for stacking.  The largest opening of 10’ by 10’ was comprised of 4 stacked 3-panel fixed windows mounted a top a 3-lite slider.  For many of these large configurations, the firehouse offered its ladder equipment to assist with installation from inside the station.

The project also included a new dramatic red aluminum frame glass main entrance with commercial double doors and multiple sidelights and transoms supplied by Gamco Corporation of Flushing, NY, and custom painted by Architectural Coating, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY. Crystal customer Bluesky Windows of New York, NY, provided all window and door installation services for the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department station renovation.

Founded in 1905, the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department is an all-volunteer, 115-member company serving 12 towns on Long Island with two fire stations and two rescue stations.  The Warner Avenue fire station includes 5 firetruck and vehicle bays, a firefighter training room with simulators, dispatch and administrative offices, meeting rooms, locker and shower rooms, a gym, a full kitchen, and a large multi-purpose hospitality space.