Glass Magazine Announces 2009 Crystal Achievement Award Winners

September 28, 2009

Glass Magazine has announced its 2009 Crystal Achievement Award winners. Selected by a panel of judges representing all segments of the glass industry, the awards recognize significant innovations and achievements in the commercial, retail and fabrication markets.

The 2009 group of winners features several new categories, including: protective glazing products and applications, residential and commercial hardware products, storefront/entrance systems and applications, and energy‐efficient products and applications.

“As the glass industry continues to evolve, so does the Crystal Achievement Awards program,” says Nicole Harris, publisher, Glass Magazine. “The 2009 winners reflect the creativity and vision necessary to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of the marketplace.”

“We received a record‐breaking number of nominations this year, topping out at more than 170,” adds Jenni Chase, editor, Glass Magazine. “The number and quality of entries are a testament to our industry’s commitment to innovation, even amidst challenging market conditions.”

Special thanks go to Crystal Achievement Award sponsor Kenyon’s Stained Glass Factory Inc., Grove City, Ohio, for producing the customized award plaques.

The 2009 Crystal Achievement Award winners are:

Most Innovative Decorative Glass Application: Commercial

Vortex Mall of Arabia, APG International Inc.


Most Innovative Decorative Glass Application: Residential

Laminated tempered glass floor, Evans Glass Co.


Most Innovative Decorative Glass Product

Flow of Life, Meltdown Glass Art & Design



Most Innovative Energy‐Efficient Glass Application

Azure Tower, Vitro America



Most Innovative Energy‐Efficient Glass Product

Solarban 70XL insulating glass unit, JE Berkowitz LP



Most Innovative Protective Glazing Application

Warren E. Burger Federal Building U.S. Courthouse, Empirehouse Inc.



Most Innovative Protective Glazing Product

NanoPax, Diamon‐Fusion International



Most Innovative Curtain Wall Application

Lazzara’s floating sales office, YKK AP America Inc.



Most Innovative Curtain Wall System

Hollenbeck Replacement Police Station, Los Angeles Police Department, AC Martin Partners


Most Innovative Curtain Wall Component

Shangri‐La buttons, Garibaldi Glass



Most Innovative Storefront/Entrance Application

United Oil #3, Giroux Glass Inc.



Most Innovative Storefront/Entrance System

LAUSD High School #9, Enclos Corp.



Most Innovative Commercial Window

700 Series Historic Steel Replica, Universal Window and Door LLC



Most Innovative Skylight Application

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Super Sky Products



Most Innovative Hardware Product: Commercial

Taper‐Loc Dry Glazed Railing System, C.R. Laurence Co.



Most Innovative Hardware Product: Residential

Thermique Towel Warmer, Thermique Technologies



Most Innovative Bath Enclosure

The Lake House, GLASSource



Most Innovative Bath Enclosure Installation

Frameless Steam Bi‐Fold Shower Enclosure, DEsigned Glass Inc.



Best Showroom

Downtown Chicago Design Center, Creative Mirror & Shower



Best Factory

Traco manufacturing plant, Cranberry Township, Pa.



Most Innovative Factory Equipment

Glassjet, DipTech



Most Innovative Industry‐Specific Software

CRL Hand Rails Online, C.R. Laurence Co.



Best Marketing/Sales Display

“Before” and “after” billboard, Mr. Shower Door



Most Innovative Web Site: Large company



Most Innovative Web site: Small/medium company