Situated between the San Francisco International Airport and the 101 Freeway is the Crowne Plaza, a hotel that inhabits a building built in the 1970s and deals with more than its fair share of noise issues. Aging window frames have added problems such as leaks and energy inefficiency and with each passing year, water and moisture damage has continued to worsen.
Knowing this hotel management recently launched a multi-million dollar renovation project that began with the design and installation of 1,736 sealed, glazed insulated glass windows. Provided by Amerimax Windows & Doors, this innovative building product is the first step in a much-needed transformation process.
The design team selected Amerimax uPVC vinyl windows which offered the best combination of durability, environmental consciousness, longevity and price. In addition, the windows come fully framed and assembled, with a fully welded joint system that is moisture resistant. Glazed onsite, installers can finish up to six hotel rooms a day between checkout (8am) and check-in (5pm), meaning that the hotel can run at 100% occupancy without any disruption to guestrooms.
uPVC windows, used extensively in Europe for decades, are fairly new in North America as a commercial construction product. As one of the highest performing polymer designs available, they offer several inherent benefits over similar sized aluminum windows, including:
- Fusion-welded steel reinforced frame forms an impervious barrier seal
- uPVC is a natural insulator, achieving U values below .20 and yielding lower mechanical needs for the building
- Can be installed as a large common-frame windows with multiple configurations
- Eco-friendly design includes less off-gassing during manufacturing
- No degradation or fading over time leads to longer lifecycle
- Sound Transmission Class (STC) 43
- Broad range of color solutions
Although the replacement phase of the project won’t be completed until October 2014, the effects are already being felt, or heard, as the case may be. In rooms where windows have been switched to the new uPVC vinyl units, guests are treated to a quiet space that seems miles away from the airport runway and freeway that are literally outside the walls of the hotel. In addition, the completed rooms are also up to 20% more energy efficient than before, helping this specific Crowne Plaza location to take part in the brand’s Green Engage program. The program aims to help its worldwide hotel portfolio reduce energy usage by 25% while managing waste and water production and consumption.