Universal Window And Door Receives Accolades For Series 700 Historic Replica Windows

Date: 13 November 2009
Source: Edgetech
Edgetech I.G. and Lauren Manufacturing contribute to award-winning design used in historic buildings, such as Langston Terrace Dwellings in Washington, DC Universal Window and Door of Marlborough, Mass., recently won Glass Magazine’s “Most Innovative Commercial Window” Crystal Achievement Award for its 700 Series Historic Steel Replica windows.

Universal created a unique product with its simulated divided lite design that meets the aesthetic requirements for historic buildings, while providing modern conveniences and efficiencies. Lauren International companies, Edgetech I.G. and Lauren Manufacturing, contributed their technologies to Universal’s award-winning Series 700 windows.
“Lauren Manufacturing provided us with a custom seal that prevents water from entering the muntin grooves in the Series 700, helping us make the unique design a reality,” said Charlotte Broussard, president and owner of Universal Window and Door. “And, Edgetech’s Super Spacer® is an integral part of all of our window systems because of its thermal performance and long-term durability in the field. Both companies provided exceptional service, including consultation, to help us achieve all of our objectives with Series 700.”
Universal Window and Door has been in business since 1965, and an Edgetech customer since the mid-1990s, first using Super Spacer for complex shapes. Since 2006, the company has used Super Spacer exclusively in its IG. According to Paul Weisblatt, technical director for Universal Window, he wishes the company had made the switch to 100 percent Super Spacer much sooner.
“When working with grids and complex window systems, such as the Series 700, it is imperative to use Super Spacer to avoid stress cracks,” Weisblatt said. “Its flexibility helps us eliminate stress cracks during production and in the field – and its no-metal formula provides us with the best thermal performance and durability available. Production efficiency is also improved because we don’t have to cut and track down different sizes of metal – Super Spacer is cut directly off the spool during production, vastly reducing our scrap rates.”
Universal Window and Door operates from a 75,000 square-foot facility, employing up to 65 people. While the company offers some basic IG systems, Universal specializes in custom windows of all shapes and sizes, including niche historic replicas, such as the Series 700, that have been used in Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and beyond.
Langston Terrace Dwellings Refurbishment Includes Series 700 Units
Most recently, the company completed a revitalization of the Langston Terrace Dwellings in Washington, DC, with the Series 700 windows. Langston Terrace first opened in 1938 as part of the New Deal relief work initiated by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was the first U.S. government-funded public housing project in Washington and the second in the nation. The finished building included 274 units for working-class families, and 34 more units were added in 1965.
Langston Terrace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the DC Inventory of Historic sites in 1987. When the decision was made to replace the old steel windows, Universal was enlisted to complete the project because it could offer steel replicas that met the historic needs of the project, as well as the energy efficiency, durability and ease of use of modern window systems. Universal provided more than 600 units for the Langston Terrace project.
“Our challenge was to provide windows that would maintain the look of the historic building, while providing energy efficiency,” said Weisblatt. “Architects were also looking for systems where the glass could be removed by maintenance personnel to install and uninstall air condition units without interfering with the integrity of the grids and the window in general. The Series 700 was the perfect solution because of our built-in technologies that enable the safe removal and replacement of glass, while also meeting their needs for efficiency and long-term durability. With our unique design, Lauren’s seals and Edgetech’s Super Spacer, we were able to provide the best possible option for the project.”
Universal’s windows have been used in a number of historic projects and the company anticipates continued growth as architects and builders focus on designing for efficiency and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. For more information on Universal Window and Door or the Series 700 Historic Replica Windows, visit www.universalwindow.com. For more on Lauren Manufacturing, visit www.lauren.com and for more on Edgetech I.G., visit www.edgetech360.com.

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