In the world of custom window manufacturing you can be building 48″ wide sliders one day and 108″ tall fixed windows the next. Regardless of the size of the window, specified design and performance requirements always need to be met. While that’s normal protocol on all projects, the redevelopment of Laros Lofts required us to make some extra special adjustments to make sure the finished products were exactly what the developer and architect expected.
Built in 1922 in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, the Laros Mill on Broad Street in Bethlehem was a facility that manufactured silk for nearly forty years. The complex underwent a complete redevelopment after it was purchased in 2017 and that has included hundreds of new custom aluminum windows. With 12-14 foot ceilings in each unit, many of the windows were quite large yet still needed to meet specified performance requirements. And because the site is listed on the register for National Historic Places, and registered as a State Historic place, the windows had to qualify as historic. To meet these strict design requirements, we built windows in special configurations, re-engineered some components, applied custom muntins per the design specs, and assembled each glass unit with a high-performance glass package. The result as shown, is a stunning improvement from the old gray panels to the new bronze anodized Wojan windows.