FLUSHING, NY — National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems tapped its corporate resources to deliver substantial cost and time savings on a recent Philadelphia window replacement project. Innovative thinking, value engineering, custom made installation accessories, and good affiliate business relations were all brought to bear by Crystal to provide a curtain wall retrofit alternative for John Fox Towers.
The 17-story brick 1960s era apartment building located at 22 South 22nd St. in central Philadelphia underwent a major interior and exterior renovation in 2017. A significant challenge for the renovation was the planned replacement of 17 narrow vertical full building height curtain wall bays or ribbons which provided the bulk of the building’s fenestration. The building owner, general contractor, and architect faced an expensive, complex and time-consuming curtain wall replacement effort. “Recognizing the fenestration challenges the project team faced, Crystal Windows stepped forward to assess the situation and develop a creative alternative solution,” said Rob Dorsky, Crystal’s regional sales manager.