Great Glazing: Rise at Northgate

The basics: The 18-story, 390,000-square-foot Rise at Northgate mixed-use residential property serving Texas A&M University students in College Station, Texas, features 1,000 energy efficient commercial aluminum windows and patio doors.

In order to meet hard deadlines for the start of a new school year, the design team required fast, efficient installation of all the building products, including the fenestration. For The Rise at Northgate student housing project, both the windows and sliding doors came outfitted with perimeter installation fins. Side-by-side twin window configurations used H-mullions, and both the windows and doors came with color-matched trim and clip systems—continuous clips on window sills—to help secure the products in the openings quickly and strongly with an attractive interior finish.

The players: Architect, Hill & Frank Architects; general contractor, The Linbeck Group; window manufacturer, Crystal Window & Door Systems; window installer, Paul Ryan Windows; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries

The glass and systems: Crystal Window & Door Systems supplied its new Crystal Series 2600 aluminum double-hung windows and Series 1240 aluminum sliding patio doors, both argon-gas filled for maximum energy efficiency, for the Rise at Northgate project. The Series 2600 is a 3-¼-inch frame aluminum tilt-in window that meets stringent weather-resistant test ratings. For added safety and convenience, the top sash anti-drift clip lock and the continuous full-width bottom rail clip lock automatically secure the sash in the fully closed position. The Series 1240 aluminum sliding patio door is a thermally broken 4-½-inch depth frame AAMA-rated SGD-C40 quality product, featuring heavy-duty adjustable dual tandem ball bearing rollers, a strong locking handle and a continuous full height pull rail on the operating panel.

The Series 2600 windows used ⅞-inch insulating glass units with dual panes of ⅛-inch thick glass, and a tempered exterior pane. The Series 1240 sliding doors used 1-inch IGUs with dual panes of tempered 3⁄16-inch-thick glass. The design team specified PPG Solarban 70XL coated interior glass lites and gray-tinted exterior lites to maximize energy efficiency, comfort and aesthetics in the strong Texas sun.