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April 25, 2017

Unicel Architectural Publishes Paper on Design Options for Safer Schools

Examines Door and Window Solutions to Enhance Privacy and Security in Educational Facilities


Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today published an informational white paper, “Making our Schools Safer – Vision Control® Door & Window Design Solutions to Enhance Privacy and Security in Educational Facilities.”, which examines privacy and safety requirements in educational facilities and how integrated louvers can help enhance student safety.

March 22, 2017

Unicel Architectural to Speak on Design Options for Patient Privacy at MED|Ed Facilities Conference 2017

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced that its executive, Octavio Valdivia, will speak at MED|Ed Facilities, April 5, 2017 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, MA. This is the fourth annual MED|Ed event - the premier conference for healthcare and educational facilities in New England.

February 21, 2017

Unicel Architectural’s Vision Control® Integrated Louvers Contribute to LEED Green Building Certification. Use of louvers-between-glass can contribute up to 31 LEED certification credits.

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today outlined how its Vision Control® integrated louvers can help attain multiple credits for high-performance green building certification through optimized energy performance, thermal comfort, acoustic performance, daylighting and more. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

January 24, 2017

New Unicel Architectural White Paper Analyzes Impact of Integrated Louvers on Heat Transfer and U-values

Unicel Architectural today published an industry white paper, “Integrated Louvers and the Three Types of Heat Transfer”, which examines the interaction of integrated louvers in relation to conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer activity. The white paper is geared toward architects who seek effective design techniques for lowering a building’s U-values for improved overall thermal performance.

December 20, 2016

YEAR-IN-REVIEW: 2016 marks year of business growth and expansion for Unicel Architectural

Increased demand for privacy and shading solutions drives both new business and company investments in people, products and manufacturing.

October 26, 2016

Unicel Expands Team with Addition of Sales Leader for Greater Metropolitan NYC

– Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced the addition of Octavio Valdivia to its team to focus on sales for greater Metropolitan New York City (NYC). Based in NYC, Octavio joins Unicel with over 20 years’ experience as both an architect and product sales professional, and will be responsible for leading the company’s growth plans for the region.

October 18, 2016

New Unicel white paper provides guidance for specifying privacy and shading solutions

– Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today published an industry white paper entitled: “Integrated Louvers VS. Integrated Blinds - Picking the Right Privacy and Shading Solution for Your Design Project”. This white paper tackles the differences and advantages of each solution and how these factor into a building’s specific privacy and shading requirements.

July 25, 2016

Unicel combines ViuLite® internal blinds with TGP’s Pilkington Pyrostop® glass for UL fire-rated privacy and shading solution

Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced today the availability of Unicel’s ViuLite® Venetian blinds-within-glass combined with Pilkington Pyrostop® fire-resistive-rated glass from TGP for a privacy and shading solution with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire-resistive classification. ViuLite integrated blinds now incorporate glazing with fire ratings of 45, 60 and 90 minutes.

June 14, 2016

New Unicel Architectural White Paper Examines Use of Integrated Louvers for Optimized Management of Daylight and Energy

Details approaches for designing with integrated louvers for more sustainable performance.
Unicel Architectural today published an industry white paper, “Managing Daylight and Energy with Integrated Louvers”, which examines the benefits and mechanics of designing with integrated louvers for the vastly improved control of daylight, heat, privacy and sound. The white paper is geared toward design professionals who are looking for the latest, most effective ways to control the impacts of daylight for maximum sustainable performance.

March 22, 2016

Unicel-manufactured Aedicules Add Top-lighting to Cultural Complex

Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today published a case study that details its Aedicules project for the Place des Arts Esplanade in Montreal. This project is architecturally significant as the aedicules allow natural light to enter deep into the underground building and workspaces below, while enhancing the esthetic impact of the outdoor plaza area.

January 19, 2016

Unicel Architectural extends warranties for its Vision Control® louvers-between-glass solution

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced that is has increased the warranties for its Vision Control® integrated louvers solution. These include a 20-year warranty for interior applications and a 10-year warranty for exterior applications. Vision Control® is a patented, hermetically sealed insulating glass unit (IGU) combining louvers within glass for both interior and exterior glazing applications.

December 15, 2015

Unicel Architectural publishes Vision Control® videos to highlight integrated louver functionality and capabilities

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced that it has published on YouTube English and French language videos of its market-leading Vision Control® integrated, cord-free louvers in action. Vision Control® is a patented, hermetically- sealed insulating glass unit (IGU) combining louvers within glass for both interior and exterior glazing applications.

November 30, 2015

Unicel Architectural enhances ViuLite® blinds-between-glass product with new operational and energy effiency features

Company further expands manufacturing and distribution for Pellini ScreenLine® technology in North America.

September 29, 2015

New Unicel Architectural White Paper Makes Case for Integrated Louver Privacy Systems in Psychiatric Healthcare Facilities

Examines advantages oered by louvers-between-glass for enhanced patient safety and exible vision control.

June 9, 2015

Unicel publishes industry white paper on hospital window and door treatments that help optimize patient healing environments

Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today published an industry white paper that examines the issues and solutions for employing window and door treatments to help improve patient spaces and healing. “Designing Window and Door Treatments for Improved Patient Outcomes” reviews industry research and identifies key requirements for the control of vision, noise, heat and light. It further details and compares applicable solutions available in the market today.

May 12, 2015

Unicel Architectural provides sealed glass units with integrated louvers to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola (SHHP)

Unicel Architectural today announced its deployment of hundreds of Vision Control® insulating glass units with integrated cord-free louvers as part of the new Bayou Tower expansion for the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola (SHHP). The 443 Vision Control® units were employed in interior doors, sliding doors and multi-panel windows in nurse’s alcoves to ensure adjustable visibility and noise reduction.

February 17, 2015

Unicel louvers with fire-rated glazing enhance patient safety and privacy in new Abu Dhabi Hospital

Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced the completion of its Vision Control® louvered glazing project at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Hospital (CCAD) - a multi-specialty academic medical center located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Al Maryah Island.

January 16, 2015

Unicel Wins FacilityCare Magazine’s Top Products Award for Nebraska Hospital Project

Unicel Architectural today announced that it has been recognized with a FacilityCare Magazine “Top Products” award for its Vision Control® project as part of a patient wing in the Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska. The Community Hospital provides advanced care to the residents of southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas. More than 30 Vision Control® hermetically-sealed glass units with integrated cord-free louvers were employed to ensure adjustable privacy in patient rooms and nursing stations.

January 9, 2015

Unicel Wins Architectural Record Magazine’s 2014 RECORD PRODUCTS Award for Vision Control® Integrated Louvers

Unicel Architectural today announced that it has been recognized for an Architectural Record Magazine’s 2014 RECORD PRODUCTS award in the “Openings: Windows/Doors/Hardware/Daylighting Tools” category for its Vision Control® louvered glazing product. The RECORD PRODUCTS awards honor the best new building products on the market as selected by a jury of architects, designers and product specialists.

December 9, 2014

Unicel Wins 2014 Product Innovation Awards for Both Skylight and Solar Shading Solutions

Company recognized by Architectural Products Magazine for leadership in development and refinement of buildingsrelated sustainable products.

September 23, 2014

Unicel Architectural skylight systems preserve Préfontaine metro station distinctive design elements

Préfontaine metro station renovation project preserves original 1970’s design elements while completely upgrading and replacing the broad expanse of glass and skylights.

May 14, 2014

Sidra Medical and Research Center in Qatar Features Vision Control® Louvered Glazing Units for Optimal Patient Privacy

Advanced louvered glazing technology from Unicel Architectural controls vision, sound, light and infection.

March 24, 2014

Unicel Architectural adds new features to award-winning louvered glazing solution

Newest Vision Control® enhancements further optimize safety, usability, ease-of-install and thermal efficiencies.

February 10, 2014

Unicel targets Qatar construction projects as part of Canadian contingent

Senior executives from the infrastructure industry in Qatar met recently at the Canadian embassy to discuss the different infrastructure needs of the country and how they could work together to meet them. The event was jointly hosted by Canadian companies Skyfold, Gala Systems and Unicel Architectural.

February 4, 2014

Unicel Architectural Celebrates 50 Years of Award-winning Innovation for Daylight and Vision Control Solutions

Montreal manufacturer of aluminum and glass building products makes mark globally for louvered glazing, skylights and solar shading.

January 28, 2014

Unicel Wins Architectural Products Magazine 2013 PIA Award for Product Application in Educational Daylighting Design

Unicel honored for louvered glazing solution that optimizes natural light at Woolwich School to enhance learning environment for students.

December 17, 2013

Unicel Architectural’s CEO Honored with Architectural Products Magazine PIA 2013 Award for Industry Leadership

Unicel Architectural today announced that its CEO, Jean-François Couturier, has been recognized for Executive Leadership with a “Special Citation - Industry Leadership Award” as part of the annual Architectural Products Magazine Product Innovation Awards (PIA) for 2013. The annual PIAs determine and honor innovation and leadership in the development and refinement of buildings-related sustainable products. Honorees are reviewed and selected by a panel of 50 independent industry professionals.

November 26, 2013

Unicel Architectural and AWS Mark 20 Years of Collaboration for Industry-leading Skylight Systems

Unicel Architectural and Architectural Wall Systems (AWS) today published a case study that highlights more than 20 years of partnering to deliver skylight and other glazing solutions for notable building and design initiatives in the Midwestern USA. AWS specializes in the custom design and production of advanced building envelope solutions, including skylights and curtain walls.

September 25, 2013

Unicel Architectural provides sealed glass units with integrated louvers to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Unicel Architectural recently marked six years and over 15 installation projects featuring its award-winning Vision Control® hermetically sealed glass units with integrated louvers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati Children’s). Cincinnati Children’s is ranked #1 for neonatology and in the top 10 for all pediatric specialties in the United States.

June 26, 2013

McCook Community Hospital picks Vision Control® integrated louvers for privacy and tranquility in new patient wing

Unicel Architectural, the award-winning manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced the installation of its Vision Control® insulating glass units (IGUs) with integrated cord-free louvers as part of a new patient wing in the Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska. The Community Hospital provides advanced care to the residents of southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas.

May 22, 2013

Woolwich Central School wins EDC Excellence in Design Award for use of daylight to create more learning-friendly environment

Architects Lewis & Malm and louvers-between-glass manufacturer, Unicel Architectural, honored for green design that employs shading devices to optimize sunlight

Unicel Architectural and Lewis & Malm Architects announced today that they have won an Environmental Design + Construction (EDC) Magazine Excellence in Design Award 2013 for daylighting-centered design that includes the use of louvers-within-glass, solar sun tubes and exterior sunshading products at the Woolwich Central School in Woolwich, Maine. EDC Magazine’s Excellence in Design Awards recognize commercial and government buildings, institutional and educational facilities, and singlefamily residences that demonstrate a clear commitment to green building and sustainable design.

February 27, 2013

Unicel Architectural adds new US sales representation to support continued growth for louvers-within-glass solution

Vision Control® integrated louvers are leading choice for better control of daylight and solar heat gain

Unicel Architectural today announced new sales representation for key US regions to support an increasing demand for its award-winning Vision Control® louvered glazing solution. Vision Control® is a hermetically-sealed glass unit combining louvers within glass that delivers unprecedented control of vision, light, temperature and sound.

January 8, 2013

Fire-rated glazing with integrated louvers delivers improved patient safety and privacy for Mideast healthcare market

TGP’s Dubai office now offers the award-winning Vision Control® and Pilkington Pyrostop® UL-listed glazing assembly

Unicel Architectural, manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced that its fire-rated Vision Control® integrated cord-free louvers are now being offered through the Technical Glass Products (TGP) Dubai office to the Middle East. The Vision Control® and Pilkington Pyrostop® glazing assembly has been UL fire-rated for doors, windows, transoms and sidelights, and provides superior patient privacy and safety within healthcare facilities.

November 19, 2012

Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) optimizes privacy and tranquility

Louvers-within-glass from Unicel Architectural help ensure healing environment
for tiniest patients


Unicel Architectural, the award-winning manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced the installation of its Vision Control® insulating glass units (IGUs) with integrated cord-free louvers at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The new NICU in the Bunting Center features the latest in healthcare technologies and special amenities for patients and families.

October 23, 2012

Critically ill children benefit from enhanced privacy elements at Chicago hospital

Lurie Children’s Hospital includes adjustable louvers-within-glass for interior doors and windows

Unicel Architectural, the award-winning manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced the installation of its Vision Control® insulating glass units (IGUs) with integrated cord-free louvers as part of the new 23-story, state-of-the-art Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s). The new facility includes the latest innovations in medical care, clinical programs, pediatric research and family amenities.

July 10, 2012

California hospital makes patient safety and privacy a top priority

Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) uses integrated louvers with firerated safety glass for new patient rooms

Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced the installation of a solution that combines Unicel’s Vision Control® integrated louvers with TGP’s fire-resistant Pilkington Pyrostop® glazing to help ensure patient safety and privacy as part of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s (GAMC) West Tower III construction project. The GAMC’s new 35,000 square foot West Tower III includes seven stories for expanded patient care and offers the latest in patient technology, techniques, comfort, convenience and safety.

June 19, 2012

Maine school optimizes daylight for more learning-friendly environment

Woolwich Central School uses integrated louvers and sunshades to filter sunlight into learning spaces and manage heat and glare

Unicel Architectural, the award-winning manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, announced today the installation of its Vision Control® integrated cord-free louvers and exterior sunshading products at the Woolwich Central School in Woolwich, Maine. The school recently completed its 66,000 square foot, $16.2 million addition and renovation project for 375 students spanning Pre-K through Grade 8.

May 23, 2012

Integrated louvers and blinds popular choice for patient privacy in hospital design

Unicel Architectural builds on healthcare market penetration with ViuLite™ blinds-between-glass solution

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced its most recent healthcare installations across North America featuring ViuLite™, its new integrated Venetian blinds solution. ViuLite™ is a system of blinds that are permanently sealed within a double-glazed cavity for a completely dust-free and maintenancefree environment. ViuLite™ is the sister product to Unicel’s award-winning Vision Control® integrated louvers solution that is already an industry leader for vision and daylight control design requirements.

February 28, 2012

Unicel louvers-within-glass solution achieves LEED® Gold Certification
for new educational facility


Vision Control® helps ensure thermal performance for Morgan State’s new Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies.

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced the completion of a project that incorporates its Vision Control® insulating glass units (IGUs) with integrated cord-free louvers into Morgan State University’s new Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) - a 126,000 square foot shared facility for academic, engineering and design programs.

January 24, 2012

USGlass Magazine readers pick Vision Control® louvers within Pilkington Pyrostop® glass from Unicel and TGP as 2011 “Product of the Year”


Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) are pleased to be the recipients of USGlass Magazine’s 2011 “Product of the Year” award for Protective Glazing for their joint privacy and fire-safety glazing solution.

Unicel’s patented Vision Control® louvers-in-glass are combined with Pilkington Pyrostop® fire-rated glazing from TGP to create the first such product assembly to achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire protection classification.

January 11, 2012

Unicel CEO to present on Green Building Developments at the MiaGreen 2012 Expo & Conference


Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, announced today that its CEO, Jean-François Couturier, will be presenting at the MiaGreen 2012 Expo & Conference in Miami, Florida, as part of the “Front-Edge Green Building Developments” session. The MiaGreen Expo & Conference is the only event in the United States providing access to the growing green, renewable and sustainable markets for all the Americas.

November 23, 2011

Unicel features newest products at Contech Building Event in Montreal

Sets standard of excellence for glass-encased privacy and shading solutions

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, will be showcasing the newest versions of its glass-encased louvers and blinds solutions at the Contech Building Event in Montreal, November 29, Palais des congrès, Booth #0739 F1 E.

November 16, 2011

Unicel wins Architectural Products Product Innovation Award for patented louvers-within-glass solution blinds to its specialty glazing product line

Vision Control® honored as an innovation that leads healthcare design to new heights

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, today announced that it has received an Architectural Products Product Innovation Award (PIA) with a Special Healthcare Citation for its patented Vision Control® cord-free louvers-within-glass solution. The Architectural Products magazine 2011 PIA competition recognizes outstanding products and product applications within the built environment.

September 28, 2011

State-of-the-art veterinary facility uses Vision Control® louvers-within-glass

Helps promote recovery-friendly environment

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, announced the completion of a project that includes the installation of its Vision Control® insulated glass units (IGU) with integrated cord-free louvers in the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s new $72 million companion animal medical center.

June 7, 2011

Helsinki children’s hospital controls privacy and light with Unicel specialty glazing

Vision Control® louvers-within-glass ensure adjustable privacy and optimal hygiene in HUS Lastenklinikka ICU

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, announced today the completion of a project that incorporates its Vision Control® glass-encased louvers into the intensive care unit (ICU) of the HUS Lastenklinikka (children’s hospital) in Helsinki, Finland.

March 29, 2011

Unicel Architectural adds new ViuLite™ glass-encased Venetian blinds to its specialty glazing product line

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, announced today its new ViuLite™ product line that encapsulates Venetian blinds within glass – also known as integrated blinds – for a maintenance-free privacy solution. Unicel is a licensed manufacturer of Pellini ScreenLine® products in North America, and the exclusive distributor for these in Canada. The new ViuLite product combines Unicel’s specialty glazing expertise with Pellini’s ScreenLine market and technology leadership for integrated blinds.

December 7, 2010

Unicel Architectural wins top honors from Interactive Media Awards™ for architect-focused website

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of aluminum and glass solutions, announced today that it has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Website Development by the New York-based Interactive Media Awards™ (IMA) for its website dedicated to providing architects with information on vision and daylight control solutions.

November 30, 2010

Unicel combines Vision Control® with Pilkington Pyrostop® glass from TGP for superior, UL fire-rated privacy solution

Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced today the availability of Unicel’s patented Vision Control® louvers-in-glass combined with Pilkington Pyrostop® glazing from TGP - the first such product assembly to achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire protection classification. Vision Control® insulating glass units now incorporate glazing with fire-ratings of 45, 60 and 90 minutes.

September 28, 2010

Unicel Architectural announces exclusive agreement with METRA to provide solar shading systems to North American markets

Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of aluminum and glass solutions, announced today an exclusive licensing agreement with METRA Systems that encompasses the marketing and distribution of the METRA solar shading systems and motorized louvers in North America. METRA Systems, a division of METRA in Italy, provides aluminum products and solutions to improve architectural sustainability, performance and aesthetics.

August 10, 2010

Unicel announces Universal Door Trim Kit for new Vision Control® Mini product

The Universal Door Trim Kit is designed to adapt to any 1 ¾” thick sliding doors. Made of extruded aluminum, it allows the Vision Control® Mini to be installed into any sliding door structure with maximum ease and minimal effort. The Universal Door Trim Kit is furnished fabricated, pre-slotted or pre-drilled to accommodate Vision Control® Mini operators.

April 27, 2010

Unicel launches Vision Control® Mini -- Unicel's NEW, thinner louvered glazing solution for door applications

Perfectly suited for healthcare environments, Vision Control® Mini is a patented, hermetically sealed glass unit with operable louvers that can be customized for virtually any interior door application. Its advanced technology eliminates strings, ensures alignment and requires no maintenance.