Storefronts and Entrances
Kby Eelleen RpogeGrslaziers Busy
home’s front door is one of its creased by 4.9 percent last year, driven W.H. Stovall & Co. Inc. in Ashland, Va.,
most important features. The by storefront applications and curtain- says he’s seen an increasing focus on
same could be said for the wall products. The report noted that security hardware on entrance doors
doors in most any commercial build- storefront installations, however, did for all of the educational and hospital
ing. Attractive, well-designed and not see a dramatic increase from 2013 projects his company has been doing.
well-constructed entrances can help to 2015. As the Dodge report explains, This brings the need for electronic
create open and inviting spaces that while store construction showed mod- hardware.
people like to visit, whether in a shop- erate growth between 2011 and 2013,
“Door hardware has gotten more and
more sophisticated [as everything is
Today, the market for many compa- going] electronic because of the need
ping center or ofﬁce building. And it’s this stalled from 2014 to 2015.
more than just the doors; these areas
are being designed with large spans nies is strong, and that’s making con- for security, and the need for remote
of glass, making the use of storefront tract glaziers and suppliers happy.
monitoring of each door opening,”
he says. “[Installation] has become a
team effort in both pre-planning and
Brad Thurman, director of sales execution. Typically what happens is
products increasingly common in ap-
plications other than stores and shop- Where’s the Work?
According to the AAMA 2015/2016 and marketing - Midwest and East when we supply the aluminum doors,
Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Coast regions for CRL-U.S.Aluminum, we are also buying the entire package,
Doors and Skylights, the 2015 market says CRL is “currently tracking more including all of the door hardware
for non-residential entry doors in the than 450 projects that are bidding in components from the [door] manufac-
U.S. continued to experience growth, the next month. All of them contain turer. They send us the whole package
up 5 percent over 2014 and up 16 per- storefront and entrance doors, which of hardware, which includes all of the
cent since 2013.Storefront applications, is higher than average,” he explains. electrical hardware such as exit devices
along with site-fabricated commercial “Education projects are dominant, fol- with electric operation features, elec-
windows, combined to account for 54 lowed by retail, ofﬁce, government and tric strikes,door position switches,etc.”
percent of the non-residential market. medical facilities.”
The 2016 Dodge Construction Out-
Josh Wignall, product manager for ities of the contract glazier, however.
look predicts that both commercial EFCO Corp., agrees that the storefront
“For instance, the power supply to
Not everything is within the capabil-
office buildings and stores will see and entrance market is strong. He says operate the electrical hardware is also
increases compared to 2015 ﬁgures, his company has seen steady year-over- in our door package and shipped to
which showed them in the red. While year growth in all regions, and educa- us, but we simply give it to the elec-
several large retailers continue to close tional projects are the busiest segment. trician because this item is under his
stores,the forecast points out that large,
“The education sector continues to domain for the installation and oper-
mixed-use projects are providing sup- be the strongest market for storefront ation,” says Sprinkle.
port for retail construction. Commer- and entrances,” says Wignall. “School
He continues, “We get boxes and
cial projects such as government ofﬁce districts have seen the need to build crates with everything packaged to-
buildings as well as corporate head- new facilities as well as update old gether, and then we have to coordinate
quarters have been growing, and that buildings; storefront/entrance prod- directly with the general contractor,
means more glass.
According to AAMA’s recent study, their design needs.”
the non-residential glazing industry in-
Randy Sprinkle, vice president with
ucts are a perfect application to meet the electrician and even with the own-
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USGlass, Metal & Glazing | October 2016