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.

Al-Farooq Corporation Provides Glazing, Steel Design for New Whole Foods & 501 Seventeen

Fort Lauderdale’s busiest intersection is the future home of Whole Foods and residential development. Al-Farooq Corporation is providing the steel design for the windows and doors, along with all glazing for both projects.

The entrance of Whole Foods and part of the residences features multiple levels of curved glass. 9/16” laminated glass manufactured by ES Windows is being used throughout the project.

Located on the corner of North Federal Highway and SE 17th Street, the mixed-use development spans across 3.2 acres with Whole Foods taking up 49,000 square feet. 501 Seventeen, designed by Roger Fry & Associates Architects, will be an 8-story residential building made up of 243 apartments.

KAST Construction is providing all of the general construction of both projects which are set to be completed winter 2020.

 

Facade Tectonics Forum Miami

Recently our CFO Jalal Farooq, took part in Façade Tectonics Forum Miami at the University of Miami. Jalal, who helped coordinate the event with Mic Patterson of the Façade Tectonics Institute, was a part of two panels that discussed emerging strategies and design practices for façade systems, buildings, and urban habitat.

The first of five forums kicked off with panelists and industry professionals including Ray Crawford of Crawford-Tracey Corporation, Alan Shulman of Shulman + Associates, Wesley Kean of KoDA, Marilys Nepomechie of Florida International University, and Zach Nord of Vidaris, among others.

During the event, the panel of experts explored the amplified threats of climate change and sea level rise in South Florida’s urban context, and how they feel the area is being resilient in the face of these well-documented threats. Overall, they agreed that South Florida is headed in the right direction when it comes to resiliency, but also believe there is always room for improvement.

An audience member from New Jersey who experienced Hurricane Sandy, the most intense storm of the 2012 hurricane season, asked about the level of protection Florida’s buildings undergo. Jalal explained how every window and door system is subject to strict testing before it becomes available to the market. He also mentioned that as a whole, South Florida has an advantage over other parts of the country when it comes to the quality of its buildings because of building code standards which are updated every three years and are considered the strongest building code in the country.  

The day-long event was sponsored in part by Schüco, Kuraray, and Sika. The next Façade Tectoncis Forum is set to take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota followed by events in Toronto, Seattle, and Houston. For more information, visit facadetectonics.org.

 

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

The $1.5-billion expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has been one of South Florida’s most anticipated developments. The 36-story guitar-shaped hotel tower is sure to be iconic and Al-Farooq Corporation is thrilled to be a part of its creation.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood expansion features a 450-foot-tall, 596,044-square-foot tower that is part of a larger 3.2-million-square-foot master plan for the development. The construction of the project is led by a joint venture between Suffolk Construction and Yates Construction. Nevada-based Klai Juba Wald Architects is responsible for the hotel’s guitar design.

Tampa-based Faour Glass Technologies hired AFC to provide glazing drawings & calculations, and additional engineering to qualify larger spans for SLIMPACT XL and SLIMPACT Pivot doors. The SLIMPACT product line offers the combination of beauty, elegance, and performance in a frameless impact glazing system while still meeting Florida’s large missile impact requirements.

 

Viwinco Windows Hires AFC to Streamline Florida Product Approvals

Known for manufacturing custom-made, high-performance windows and doors for more than 30 years in Pennsylvania, Viwinco Windows has hired Al-Farooq Corporation to overhaul the Florida approvals for its product line by adding improvements and streamlining the approvals.

Thus far, Al-Farooq Corporation completed the product approval for Viwinco’s impact and non-impact version of the 650 Patio Door. We are assisting in adding a variety of improvements to their complete line of products and getting those products approved by the State of Florida this year as well.

In 2019, Viwinco will offer additional features to their single-hung, double-hung, slider, fixed, awning, casement windows and more. Viwinco’s products are all available under their current certification, and the improvements will roll out throughout the rest of the year.

Al-Farooq Corporation Returns from IBS Las Vegas

Showcasing the newest products and hottest trends, the annual NAHB International Builders Show did not disappoint. Al-Farooq Corporation flew to Las Vegas for the three-day exhibition which took place Tuesday, February 19 through Thursday, February 21.

The building industry’s premier event brought together more than 1,500 top manufacturers and suppliers from around the world in 600,000 square feet of exhibit space. We were thrilled to experience first-hand some of the most in-demand, cutting-edge designs, technologies, products and services in the industry.

Did you attend IBS? If we didn’t get a chance to connect during the conference, and you want to know more about what we do, be sure to give us a call or send us a note so that we can schedule a time to chat!

 

 

AFC Joins Facade Tectonics Forum in Miami

The Façade Tectonics Institute is bringing its annual Façade Tectonics Forum to Miami for the first time this spring! Al-Farooq Corporation is thrilled to be assisting in the coordination of the event which will focus on façade trends and technologies unique to South Florida’s tropical climate.

Titled ‘Material Matters’, the conference will cover emerging strategies and design practices for façade systems, buildings, and urban habitats.

The full-day forum is designed to expand recognition and understanding of the integral role the façade system plays in resilience, sustainability, energy efficiency, durability, health and productivity in buildings and urban environments. The multi-city conference is known for building a collaborative, façade-based action-oriented dialogue bridging industry silos and filling key knowledge gaps.

Jalal Farooq will be taking part in two separate panel sessions, Bouncing Back: Building Resilience Attributes in Essential Facilities, and Resilience Thinking: The Building Threat of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise. A third panel discussion will cover carbon-neutral high-rise envelope designs and engineering for extreme tropical climate impacts.  The final panel will go over facade systems considerations for hot and humid climates.

Tickets for the event are available here. It will take place on March 22nd at the University of Miami. For more information, visit facadetectonics.org.

 

Florida Architecture School Wins U.S. Building of the Year

Named for the late father of Tom Murphy, Jr., President, and CEO of Coastal Construction Group, which served as contractor on the building, the Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio was inaugurated in November 2018. It was designed by Arquitectonica partners Bernardo Fort Brescia and Laurinda Spear with their son, Raymond Fort, all of whom have served on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Under Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury, Arquitectonica designed a 20,000-square-foot building that serves up to 130 students with open studio spaces, fabrication labs, “crit” spaces, and faculty offices.

The rectilinear building is defined by 18-foot tall, hurricane-proof glass walls that provide plenty of natural light for the studio spaces ― enough that very little artificial lighting is needed when using the building. Direct sunlight is reduced by the overhanging roof, which droops in the southwest corner as if it were warped by the Florida heat; in actuality, the low point shades a small outdoor space near the entrance. Like many architecture schools this century, the design of the Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio is meant to educate students about design: “illustrating some of the basic tenets of modern architecture, construction, and sustainability,” in the architects’ words.

Al-Farooq Corporation worked closely with ESWindows and Ready Windows from the inception of the project to test the building’s curtainwall design & provided one-time approvals.

Al-Farooq Corporation Heads to BAU 2019

Al-Farooq Corporation’s engineers have been invited to attend BAU 2019 in Munich, Germany next month. The world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials, and systems is a magnet for the global trade audience.

The giant convention covers the entire building industry and all its trades, making it the most important sector gathering for all those involved in the world of planning and construction. Attracting more than 2,100 exhibitors from 45 countries in 2017, the upcoming edition of BAU is expected to be even larger with more than 49 acres of exhibition space within 19 halls.

BAU 2019 will take place from January 14 to 19. Will you be attending? Let’s connect!

Fort Lauderdale’s Tallest Tower is Completed

At 499 feet tall, 100 Las Olas is not only Fort Lauderdale’s tallest tower, but it’s also the first hotel to be built on Las Olas Boulevard in more than 80 years. The tower features a 238-room Hyatt Centric hotel on the first 15 floors and residential condominiums on floors 16 to 46.

Al-Farooq Corporation is proud to have been a part of the process. We served as the main glazing consultant and were retained by All American Windows & Doors to offer engineering services for all exterior glazing facades including windows, doors, storefronts, and curtain walls.

We also prepared shop drawings and calculations, field conditions and calculations, and value engineering services by optimizing reinforcement and glass type.