Energy efficient and sound attenuating Crystal Series 5600 and 5100 aluminum windows provide views for the new residential property at 425 West 18th Street in New York City. Photo: Crystal Window & Door Systems

Crystal Window & Door Systems is playing a role in New York City’s efforts to solve its affordable housing crisis. One of the newest buildings in the DeBlasio Administration’s Housing New York Plan to construct or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing during the period from 2014 to 2026 is 425 West 18th Street, for which Crystal Windows is the fenestration supplier.

Located in the resurgent West Chelsea section of Manhattan, 425 West 18th Street is part of the existing adjacent New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) 1962-era Fulton Houses complex. The new 18-story building has 160 studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom rent-stabilized apartments set aside for different tiers of tenant income eligibility.

Crystal furnished the newly constructed building with 792 energy efficient aluminum framed windows. In most openings, the large windows were combined to provide apartments with 7-foot to 8.5-foot wide by 7-foot tall, nearly floor-to-ceiling vistas.

The Crystal heavy-commercial Series 5600 2- and 3-lite Aluminum Slider is the primary window used on the project. The other window used at 425 West 18th Street was the Crystal Series 5100 Fixed Picture Aluminum Window with continuous head and sill to accommodate two or three individual lites.

Crystal also supplied 323 apartment PTAC model AEL-42 Type 7116 louver units manufactured by Reliable Products Inc. of Geneva, Ala. Crystal sourced the louvers for the project and factory installed them into the Series 5100 window frames. All Crystal windows and exposed installed accessories were finished in an AAMA 2604 powder coat black color finish.

The 425 West 18th Street building is owned by NYCHA. Artimus Construction of Manhattan was the construction manager and Gerner Kronick & Valcarel (GKV) Architects of Manhattan designed the building. Vista Skywall Systems of Flushing, N.Y., was the fenestration installer.