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A Look from the Outside In
By: Jot Chahal
Reflections from the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition11:02AM on Thu 09 Jun 2011
All Out Function11:45AM on Wed 30 Jun 2010
Nearly one year ago we launched 1600 SS Unitwall™, a unitized version of our popular 1600 SS™ Curtain Wall, a screw spline platform, which was designed to provide architects and glaziers with a high quality solution that could address budget constraints and tighter construction schedules. Intended for low- to mid-rise projects, simplified fabrication and rapid installation makes 1600 SS Unitwall™ ideal for new or remodel projects. A stack horizontal allows fully pre-glazed units to be stacked on top of one another for a true unitized curtain wall option. In addition, 1600 SS Unitwall™ is available in both a fully captured and vertical SSG version. The captured version is completely dry glazed, eliminating the use of silicone.
Picture of 1600 SS Unitwall™
with stack horizontal shown at left.
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In my earlier blog post, I shared one of the newest products Kawneer introduced to the market – Clearwall™ Curtain Wall. While Clearwall™ curtain wall epitomizes the balance between form and function, 1600 SS Unitwall™ is an all-out functional product, creatively enabling an existing screw spline system to go unitized. The benefits of going unitized need no introduction, but a system that can be both ladder built and unitized not only expands the options for glazing contractors, but also minimizes training challenges and reduces the learning curve. And, when we combine this uniqueness to cater to a low- to mid-rise segment, a unitized approach starts to make sense from the perspectives of both competency and finance (time, money).
When you are working on a project, what is your primary challenge? Is it budget? Is it the construction schedule? Or, is your biggest challenge finding the right solution that will give you a strong aesthetic while being all-out functional?
Kawneer launched the product as part of the 1600 SS platform and it was created to help meet your needs. More details can be found by following this link to our product page.
Balancing Form and Function9:03AM on Tue 22 Jun 2010
By the time you read this blog, Kawneer will have announced its new Clearwall™ curtain wall - an innovative four-sided Toggle Glazed (TG) system (with multiple patents pending) with a breakthrough glass retaining mechanism. This exciting new addition to our range of high-performance curtain wall products provides the much admired monolithic glazing appearance while keeping the overall installed costs lower when compared to incumbent four-sided approaches. Now you are wondering, “how is this possible?” It’s possible because of the design innovations created by Kawneer’s highly experienced product development team. Kawneer’s Clearwall™ curtain wall achieves the sleek all-glass appearance through its aforementioned toggle system. The unique toggle assembly directly captures the inside lite of the insulating glass unit, which has a recessed spacer. This standard glazing option eliminates any use of structural silicone to glaze the curtain wall. There are other glazing options in which you can use regular one-inch insulating glass attached with a metal interface, underscoring the flexibility inherent in the product. With the response we have received within days of launching this product from both architects and customers, the marketplace has definitely embraced Clearwall’s approach of balancing form with function. Take a look at our new Clearwall™ curtain wall and let me know what you think about it.
Clearwall™ curtain wall product sample (shown at left) with toggle assembly. The toggle assembly directly captures the inside lite of the insulating glass unit, which has a recessed spacer.
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As a relative newcomer to this industry, it is very exciting to manage this product line for a company like Kawneer. At a certain level it is a daunting task, but our product engineers and designers are the best in the field, and with more than a thousand man-years of experience backing me up, it actually gets to be fun. Despite the downturn in the market our resilience as a company is reflected in our continued commitment to product innovation and development. At our core, we are a solutions provider. We talk to our audience, look at the market needs and work internally to find solutions that not only meet, but also exceed those needs.
As Kawneer continues to bring additional new curtain wall products to the market – products that continue to address the demands of the market place and critical needs – we are always looking for feedback.
What are your needs?
What do you look for in a curtain wall?
There’s more to come. In other words, stay tuned. And, I would like to hear from you.