Laurence is proud to announce that three of its innovative new products have been selected as winners in Architectural Record Magazine's 2014 Record Products Competition. Each year, the highly regarded architecture and design publication enlists an esteemed panel of leading architects, designers, and specifiers to highlight the market's most promising, sustainably-driven and beautifully designed products that have the ability to challenge conventional methods and ultimately elevate the industry at large.
This year, jurors were charged with selecting the year's best architectural products from among 500 entries using criteria that support a strong commitment to innovation, aesthetics, and purpose. Three CRL products impressed Architectural Record's editors and jurors, and were honored in the 2014 Record Products Competition. CRL-U.S. Aluminum's Unit-Glazed Window Wall System received the top honor as "Best in Category" for Facades (Window Walls, Glazing, Cladding, Thermal and Moisture Barriers), while CRL-Blumcraft Designer Series Panic Handles and CRL's 8B Square Base Shoe were featured as winners in their respective "Openings" (Windows, Doors, Hardware, Daylighting Tools) and "Outdoor and Recreational" (Gates, Railings, Shelters, Site Furnishings) categories.
Selected as "Best in Category" for Facades, CRL-U.S. Aluminum's Unit-Glazed Window Wall System allows contractors to fabricate window wall and storefront units in the shop environment, effectively reducing field labor by as much as 50%, leading to substantial cost savings. At the project site, the system's special Unit Split Mullions and Gravity Loaded Sill Flashing components assist installers in easily snapping Unit-Glazed sections together.
In the competition's "Openings" category, CRL-Blumcraft Designer Series Panic Handles were recognized for their smooth surfaces and sharp lines in aptly named rounded 'D' profiles that provide users with a contemporary aesthetic and function. They are UL305, ULC-S132-07, and ANSI/BHMA A156.3-2008, Grade 1 Certified to satisfy exacting performance demands. Designer Series Panic Handles also feature crisp, investment cast corners that give them durability, and a consistent look and feel.
CRL's 8B Series Square Base Shoe also won in the "Outdoor and Recreational" category, and is designed for use with CRL's patented GRS TAPER-LOC Glass Railing System. It is 30% lighter than its predecessor as it uses less aluminum content and reduces project shipping costs. The 8B Square Base Shoe maintains the industry's conventional profile and high performance attributes while making it easier to handle, thus faster to install.
"Performance requirements, ease of installation, and emerging design trends continue to govern the ebb and flow of product innovation. As a leader in this field we design and engineer systems that appeal to these criteria and meet the needs of both architect and installer," says Lloyd Talbert, President of C.R. Laurence. "We are proud to have our products recognized in Architectural Record's coveted Record Products this year, as we take pride in advancing the industry through innovation-driven growth and trusted offerings from our CRL family of brands."
For a complete list of 2014 Record Products winners, go to archrecord.construction.com or view Architectural Record's December 2014 issue.
About C.R. Laurence
C.R. Laurence is an ISO9001:2008 certified premier manufacturer and supplier to the glazing, architectural, railing, construction, industrial, and automotive industries, with service centers located throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. The crlaurence.com web site is a proven resource for the glass and glazing industry; usalum.com is a prized resource for the U.S. Aluminum architectural product lines; crl-arch.com provides architects, designers, and specifiers with design-related information on new products. For more information contact C.R. Laurence at (800) 421-6144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.