Windows combine efficiency with history at Vernon Manor Hotel

The basics: The major renovation of the historic Vernon Manor Hotel in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati transformed the 1924 building into 171,000 square feet of administrative offices for the Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. The design and specifications called for about 2,000 fixed picture windows in approximately 1,000 openings. The windows provide energy efficiency, aesthetics and strength, and were specially configured for the project to replicate the original appearance of the iconic hotel.

The players: Owner, Vernon Manor Offices LLC, a partnership of developer Al. Neyer Inc. and investor group REEAAL LLC; glazing contractor, Andy's Mirror & Glass Co.; window supplier, Crystal Window & Door Systems.

The glass and systems: The window openings in the original building façade were arranged in side-by-side pairs, and each original opening was fitted with a large, single-pane wood-frame double-hung window. For the renovation work, Crystal used two of its Series 2100 commercial aluminum fixed picture windows stacked one atop the other in each opening, alternating frame and sash orientation to replicate the appearance of the original double-hung windows. Special exterior panning and interior trim systems ensure a historic look, properly weather protect the original opening wood frames left in place, and provide a modern new interior finish. The aluminum frames were finished in powder coat paint, in a custom Seawolf Beige color. The windows feature 3 ¼-inch aluminum frames and 7/8-inch dual-pane insulating glass units with Solarban 60 Low-E coating.