Three innovative products from C.R. Laurence have been selected as winners in Architectural Record Magazine's 2014 Record Products Competition.

Nominees for the competition are selected by an esteemed panel of leading architects, designers, and specifiers assembled by the highly regarded architecture and design publication to highlight the market's most promising, sustainably-driven and beautifully designed products that have the ability to challenge conventional methods and ultimately elevate the industry at large.

The 2014 competition saw the panel select the year's best architectural products from among 500 entries using criteria that support a strong commitment to innovation, aesthetics, and purpose. Three CRL products impressed Architectural Record's editors and jurors, and were honoured in the 2014 Record Products Competition.

CRL-U.S. Aluminum's unit-glazed window wall system received the top honour as ‘Best in Category’ for Facades (Window Walls, Glazing, Cladding, Thermal and Moisture Barriers), while CRL-Blumcraft Designer Series panic handles and CRL's 8B square base shoe were featured as winners in their respective ‘Openings’ (Windows, Doors, Hardware, Daylighting Tools) and ‘Outdoor and Recreational’ (Gates, Railings, Shelters, Site Furnishings) categories.

CRL-U.S. Aluminum's unit-glazed window wall system allows contractors to fabricate window wall and storefront units in the retail environment, effectively reducing labour by as much as 50%, and resulting in substantial cost savings. The system's special unit split mullions and gravity loaded sill flashing components assist installers in easily snapping unit-glazed sections together.

CRL-Blumcraft Designer Series panic handles were recognised for their smooth surfaces and sharp lines in rounded 'D' profiles that provide users with a contemporary aesthetic and function. Being UL305, ULC-S132-07, and ANSI/BHMA A156.3-2008, Grade 1 Certified, the panic handles satisfy exacting performance demands. The Designer Series panic handles also feature crisp, investment cast corners for durability, and a consistent look and feel.

CRL's 8B Series square base shoe is designed for use with CRL's patented GRS TAPER-LOC glass railing system. With lower aluminium content, it is 30% lighter than its predecessor, reducing shipping costs. The 8B square base shoe maintains the industry's conventional profile and high performance attributes while allowing easier handling for faster installation.

Lloyd Talbert, President of C.R. Laurence notes that their systems meet all the criteria for performance, ease of installation, and emerging design trends. He adds that the company takes pride in advancing the industry through innovation-driven growth and trusted offerings from the CRL family of brands.