2015-01-21 / Front Page

Crystal Windows Featured In New Manhattan Skyscraper Hotel

Crystal's top-of-the-line Evolution Series 8800 aluminum casement and picture windows adorn the new Holiday Inn Financial District in lower Manhattan, the tallest hotel property in the international hotel chain's portfolio.Crystal's top-of-the-line Evolution Series 8800 aluminum casement and picture windows adorn the new Holiday Inn Financial District in lower Manhattan, the tallest hotel property in the international hotel chain's portfolio.Amongst the many features of the newly opened Holiday Inn Financial District at 99 Washington Street in lower Manhattan are over 1,700 high-end thermally efficient windows and louver units supplied by Crystal Window & Door Systems.  The 492-room hotel, located just three blocks from the 9/11 Memorial site, is 50-stories tall and very slender, with a metal panel and glass window façade.  It is the tallest in the Holiday Inn chain world-wide portfolio of hotel properties.

In total, Crystal supplied 1,768 of the hotel's fenestration products, to fill 678 building openings.  The project utilized Crystal's top-of-the-line Evolution Series 8800 casement and Evolution Series 8810 aluminum fixed picture windows.  Both of the Evolution Series windows feature 2-⅝" frame depths with heavy-duty 0.093" wall thickness frame, sill and sash extrusions.  For greater thermal insulation, the windows use state-of-the-art fiberglass reinforced structural polyamide thermal break systems and 1-¼" overall thickness insulated glass units (IGUs).  The large IGUs also provide enhanced sound reduction, a particularly important benefit for this urban property.

The Crystal Evolution Series 8800 in-swing casement is AAMA rated at an outstanding AW-PG100-C.  Further highlights of the Crystal Evolution Series windows are the European-styled frame and sash design, zero-sightline sashes, and on the casement model, concealed 4-bar hinges, triple gasket seals and multiple locking points.

In addition to windows, the project called for the use of several hundred louver units manufactured by the Reliable Corporation of Geneva, AL, and supplied through Crystal.  The louvers provide ventilation for the individual guest room heating/air conditioning (PTAC) units installed below the windows.

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