California-based Manufacturer Gains Florida Product Approval

When buildings require custom windows and doors, manufacturers often reach out to Al-Farooq Corporation to assist in the necessary process to make it happen. This was recently the case with California-based manufacturer Riviera Bronze, who was selected for a significant private residence in Miami Beach.

Al-Farooq Corporation identified relevant codes and standards for the region and performed engineering analysis of the structural performance for the company’s fixed windows, casement windows, fixed-casement combination units, and out-swing doors. The engineering firm then prepared testing programs for a variety of sample units that were built and later tested at a lab. Al-Farooq then prepared calculations and drawings for submittals to Florida Building Code for product approvals.

Riviera Bronze’s Steel Outswing Entrance Door, Steel Fixed Window, and Steel Outswing Casement Window are now all HVHZ-rated, non-impact, with true divided lites. All products are available to the South Florida market.

As The Plaza Coral Gables Tops Off, AFC Prepares for Phase Two

After twelve months of vertical construction, two of the four mid-rise buildings that make up The Plaza Coral Gables have topped off. The seven-acre, mixed-use development is the most significant development within the City of Coral Gables. Al-Farooq Corporation has been selected to design the steel structure located at the front entrance of the building.

Designed by global architecture, planning, and design firm, CallisonRTKL, phase one of the project includes a 14-story, Class A state-of-the-art office building that includes 135 multi-housing units, 34 ground level loft apartment units and 101,439 square feet of retail space.

Al-Farooq Corporation is working with New York-based steel and bronze window and door manufacturer Hope’s® Windows, Inc.

For phase two, Al-Farooq has been hired to design perimeter steel plates for the glazing products. The project is expected to be completed next summer.

New Mayors Jewelers Storefront Engineering Complete

Last month, a newly remodeled Mayors Jewelers reopened in Coral Gables’ upscale Merrick Park shopping mall. Al-Farooq Corporation was hired by New York-based Michael Neumann Architecture to provide a multitude of engineering services for the brand’s updated storefront.

The scope included several projects including engineering a temporary barricade used throughout the construction, a new façade and glazing system with wood cladding, steel and aluminum framing for the store’s façade that is concealed by a mirror-like cover, and more.

The store’s exterior signage, including a Rolex sign, was designed by Michael Neumann Architecture but required Al-Farooq’s team of experts to engineer the attachment along with all connections and framing.

Inside the store, Al-Farooq Corporation also designed and engineered framing and connections necessary for the interior hanging air conditioning units.

Curtain Wall System Earns Product Approval Thanks to AFC

Al-Farooq Corporation has successfully obtained Florida approval for the Series 2000 Aluminum Stick Curtain Wall System, which recently underwent additional testing. The system was created by Miami-based manufacturer Mr. Glass Doors and Windows, which specializes in designing and producing long-lasting, high-performance windows and doors for residential and commercial applications.

The updated curtain wall system is designed for low-rise and mid-rise commercial South Florida buildings. The new system has been optimized for this area of the South Florida market and complies with the 2017 Florida Building Code, including High-Velocity Hurricane Zone.

For more information on the newly approved product, visit mrglasswindows.com.

Al-Farooq Corporation Awarded Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Project

A development that has redefined luxury along Florida’s Gulf coast, the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, is undergoing renovations after being sold to a Dallas-based firm last year. Al-Farooq Corporation has been selected to provide shop drawings and site engineering for all glazing of the 266-room Bayfront hotel.

With 410 feet of beachfront, the property saw strong winds and rain when Hurricane Michael passed through the area last October. The renovations will protect the waterfront structure from future storms that may affect Sarasota.

Al-Farooq Corporation Helps Brickell Storefront Prepare for Hurricane Season

It’s been predicted that the 2019 hurricane season will be an active one. As of June 1st, South Florida has already begun to experience a stormy few weeks. One Brickell building recently underwent ground-level boardwalk renovations to combat the rain and wind anticipated this year.

Located on the water, 801 Brickell Bay Drive – formerly the Four Ambassadors Hotel, is one of the most recent projects Al-Farooq Corporation has completed. AFC was hired by Dominion Builders, LLC to assist in engineering all storefront windows located on the property.

“What makes this project unique is that the windows will be both impact-rated for hurricane wind resistance and breakaway in the case of extreme flooding,” said Hammad Muzaffar, Project Manager at Al-Farooq Corporation.

 

Hurricane-Tested Jamestown175™ Series Pivot Door Now Available

Al-Farooq Corporation is proud to have assisted Hope’s® Windows, Inc. in launching a new product into the market.

Earlier this year, Al-Farooq helped Hope’s to test the Jamestown175™ Series solid, hot-rolled steel pivot doors to Miami-Dade County and Florida Building Code (FBC) – High-Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) standards.

The door was tested for TAS-201 (large missile impact), TAS-202 (structural), TAS-203 (cyclic load), air infiltration, water, and design pressure +/- 60.0 PSF.

The in-swing product features a massive 6’ wide by 11’ tall single-panel door with ultra-thin sight-lines. It also boasts time-tested solid, hot-rolled steel and Hope’s exclusive Power of 5™ Finishing System.

We are now assisting Hope’s in testing and approving the out-swing design model.

 

 

Car Showroom To Feature Largest Glass in South Florida

Warren Henry Auto Group will soon have a new showroom in North Miami, just south of Aventura located on Biscayne Boulevard and 151st Street. The new headquarters will be home to Land Rover, Jaguar, and INFINITI.

Al-Farooq Corporation was brought onto the project by longtime client, All American & Doors to provide shop drawings and calculations including architectural plans and elevations. In addition, Al-Farooq Corporation prepared the testing program and product approval for the new system. Originally planned with mullions, Al-Farooq Corporation played a pivotal role in the conceptual design and value engineering for the frameless hurricane-resistant storefront glass system.

The development will include the largest single glass panel approved and tested for the South Florida market. Each span of glass measures 15 ½ feet tall x nearly 8 feet wide. The ES-FX3050 by ES Windows is a frameless/mullion-less two-sided support system with an interior frame. With no vertical aluminum profiles, the glass system provides unobstructed views. The unique product is also 1 1/16” laminated, large missile impact rated glass.

It is the first time a glass system of this size has been used in South Florida.  A total of 1,115 square feet of glass will be used for the project’s storefront.

 

Jalal Farooq Selected as South Florida Business & Wealth Award Honoree

The 2019 South Florida Business and Wealth Up & Comer Awards is a unique awards program created by SFBW magazine to honor young professionals under 40 who have achieved excellence in their careers, shown a commitment to their community, and demonstrated leadership. Our very own Jalal Farooq was selected as an honoree for the Real Estate & Construction category.

Nominations for the awards are sought from the public and judging is led by Editor in Chief Kevin Gale. The criteria are based on seniority in the organization and the size and scope of the organization, professional accomplishments and specific achievements, giving back through professional, charitable, civic organizations, educational achievements.

All honorees will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 12th at Gulfstream Park.

 

 

Al-Farooq Corporation Saves Client $1M+

Mizner Grand is one of Boca Raton’s most significant luxury condominium developments consisting of two 12-story lakefront towers.

Built in 1997, the original glass incorporated into the first floor of the towers became delaminated and discolored due to sun damage and weathering. The original windows in the property’s many lobbies featured a film intended to serve as a heat protector. However, when the film began to fade in color, it no longer served its purpose and did not meet the standards of the luxury condo. For this reason, the Mizner Grand Condo Association hired Al-Farooq Corporation to find a solution.

We worked closely with the City of Boca Raton to agree on a proposal that would involve updating the glass without removing the old storefront system. The result was an increased energy performance glass with a low-E coating that cost the client a fourth of what replacing all windows and storefront system would have required.

Once city officials, including the Boca Community Appearance Board, approved our proposal, all windows and doors were successfully installed in the residential development’s private lobbies.