RCA Victor Building

Scope of Project

The RCA Victor building was the site in Camden, NJ where the victrola was manufactured. The most obvious feature of the building are the four very large round stain glass windows of Nipper the Dog, the mascot of the RCA victor company listening to "His masters voice" on the victrola. The windows are located on the large tower on the south side of the building. The second most obvious feature on the building is the incredibly large window enclosures on all sides of the building and in the court. In 2003 the building was renovated into luxury apartments. As a national register historic site, the building was renovated in accordance with the secretary's standards of rehabilitation of Department of the Interior. The National Park Service and the State Preservation Officer of the state of New Jersey are the agencies tasked with the supervision and the oversight of the rehabilitation of these projects, and there compliance with the Secretary's Standards of Rehabilitation. The majority of the window enclosures measured 20 feet wide by 11 feet high, and required replication of up to 8 window units in each opening. When the project was done Seaquay custom made and replicated 2500 windows in three different window configurations. The window specifications required laboratory testing of an entire enclosure for air infiltration, water penetration and wind and storm pressure.

Construction

Working closely with the client and the design professionals, shop drawings were produced showing the details necessary to fabricate the windows to there original design using Internal Glazed Energy Panels (IGP) as the glazing medium. Manufactured to a sash thickness of 2", the windows were manufactured to allow for a two part installation. Because of the size of the openings Seaquay custom designed a sub frame to be installed in the opening prior to the installation of the individual fixed and awning window units.