Graham Involved In Two High Profile Projects

September 30, 2016

Two significant projects involving windows from Graham Architectural Products are generating interest.

More than 1,050 of Graham’s 1200 Series fixed windows are helping to restore hope to the Michigan Central Train Station in the start of an ambitious restoration discussed on Glass magazine’s website.

Once the world’s tallest train station, the building in West Detroit was abandoned in 1988 and had come to symbolize the Motor City’s precipitous decline. While the future of the 18-story structure is yet to be determined, the window installation kicked off a multi-stage restoration project that, according to the Detroit Free Press, is expected to cost at least $100 million.

In addition to the windows, Graham provided decorative exterior panning. Although the windows do not replicate the originals, they were designed to complement the historic look of the building while meeting the demands of the modern office tower.

Meanwhile, a New York City business website recently highlighted the restoration of the Starrett-Lehigh Building, saying, it is “in the midst of a window replacement program that ranks among the largest in the city’s history.”

The 2.3 million square foot  Starrett-Lehigh Building stands 19 stories high and occupies an entire square block. It’s a tall challenge, and to meet it Graham is manufacturing about 5,000 windows – in 20 different sizes – which, if placed side-by-side, would stretch roughly eight miles.

The building, which was once a massive warehouse and freight terminal for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, now serves as home for a range of recognizable tenants, including Martha Stewart Living, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

Window installation is being conducted at night to limit disruption for the tenants.

Alan Gaynor, AIA, founder and principal of Boddewyn, Gaynor Architects (BGA), told the website, “This is one of the most impressive buildings in New York, and these new windows, which are part of an overall property upgrade, will maintain its iconic exterior while significantly reducing heating and cooling costs.” He added, “New, more efficient windows also will improve the comfort, as well as the acoustics of tenant spaces.”

Graham Architectural Products has discussed both the Michigan Central Train Station and the Starrett-Lehigh Building in previous blog posts.

Graham Promotes Two

September 27, 2016

Graham Architectural Products is pleased to announce two promotions. Jeff Bailey is our new shipping supervisor, having been promoted from shipping coordinator. He has been a GAP employee since May, 1981, with all of his job responsibilities taking place in the shipping department. Meanwhile, Donald Perryman is now assembly supervisor. He previously served as quality inspector.  …

ABI Takes an August Breather

September 22, 2016

After reflecting growth for six consecutive months, the Architecture Billings Index took a slight breather in August, coming in at 49.7. Any score under 50 indicates a decrease in design services from the previous month.
The AIA said that while the index slipped a bit from July’s score of 51.5, the new projects inquiry index …

Graham Helping to Revitalize Detroit

September 16, 2016

Detroit is on the mend. And Graham Architectural Products is part of the recovery.
National Geographic recently described Detroit as “a long-derided city … with the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy behind it.” But private sector dollars, a whole bunch of them coming from Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert, have brought new life to the downtown …

Graham Adds Insight to Magazine Article

September 14, 2016

Fred Grunewald, vice president and general manager of Graham Curtain Wall Solutions, provides interesting insight on sunshades in an article titled “Shedding Some Light Where There’s Shade” in the Fall issue of Architect’s Guide to Glass & Metal.
Grunewald and another industry expert share their thoughts on the role sunshades play in providing solar control, …

Sunny Outlook Continues for Nonresidential Construction

September 9, 2016

The Dodge Momentum Index climbed again in August, marking its fifth consecutive monthly advance and matching its longest streak since a five-month march spanning the end of 2012 through the beginning of 2013.
The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential projects in planning, which have been shown to …