CRL-U.S. Aluminum (C.R. Laurence Co. Inc.) welcomed local architects to its annual AIA Procrastinators’ Day event. The event gave architects the opportunity to earn last minute Learning Units (LU) and fulfill their yearly AIA requirements.

The event included a tour of CRL-U.S. Aluminum’s ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles, and gave architects insight into glazing system manufacturing and specification best practices. It provided an overview of the product delivery process from technical sales to design, engineering, fabrication, testing and distribution.

“I enjoyed the tour very much. It was great to see how the products that we’re working with and recommending are actually being created,” says Kristy Kwong, EIT, LEED Green Associate.

“Grimshaw is a global practice that seeks to engage larger responsibilities relative to sustainability,” says Aaron Vaden-Youmans, senior architect at Grimshaw New York. “Because of the factory tour, I better understand CRL-U.S. Aluminum’s products and manufacturing capabilities which helps us achieve greater energy performance.”

Along with the tour, architects were able to participate in two additional AIA Continuing Education programs. The first took an in-depth look into optimizing building envelope thermal performance in order to address increasingly stringent energy codes. Topics included product technologies and design practices to mitigate heat transfer, and the role of the NFRC in meeting codes. The second program focused on glass railing systems, their categories, applications and safety considerations. It also covered code compliance and installation procedures.

“We take pride in not only being a source for high-performance and code-compliant glazing systems, but also a resource for education and support,” says Paul Daniels, tour facilitator and senior vice president of sales at CRL-U.S. Aluminum. “Collaboration between architect and manufacturer is extremely important during the project delivery process because it helps ensure that aesthetic and energy performance objectives are met.”

“The relationship between architect and manufacturer is often critical to achieving value for the client, especially when designing high performance and custom elements. Without the relationship, architects also run the risk of incurring unforeseen costs relating to shop drawings, mock-ups, etc.,” adds Vaden-Youmans.