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Vistawall Architectural Products

P.O. Box 629

803 Airport Road

Terrell, Texas 75160

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This guide specification has been prepared by Vistawall Architectural Products in printed and electronic media as an aid to specifiers in preparing written construction documents for sliding mall front systems.

This section includes aluminum sliding mall fronts for interior applications, shop fabricated, factory pre-finished, for field glazing.

Door hardware may be specified in whole or in part in this section or in Section 08710 - Hardware; coordinate requirements.

Sealants are referenced to Section 07900, Sealants Sealers.

Glass and glazing are referenced to Section 08810, Glass and Glazing.

Edit entire master to suit project requirements. Modify or add items as necessary. Delete items which are not applicable. Words and sentences within brackets [_____] reflect a choice to be made regarding inclusion or exclusion of a particular item or statement. This section may include performance, proprietary, and descriptive type specifications. Edit to avoid conflicting requirements.

Editor notes are included within the text of this section to assist the specifier in knowledgeable decision-making.





A. Related Documents: Conditions of the Contract, Division 1 - General Requirements, and Drawings apply to Work of this Section.


Edit this paragraph to briefly describe the contents of the section. After editing section, refer back to this paragraph to verify no conflicts exist.


B. Section Includes:

1. Aluminum sliding mall front system, complete with reinforcing, fasteners, anchors, attachment devices, and door hardware.

2. Aluminum doors within system.

3. Accessories necessary to complete work.


This document incorporates CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) Manual of Practice principles of cross referencing to Division 1 sections and other sections. The cross references must be edited to retain only those other sections used. Other guide specifications for Vistawall Architectural Products, including those of Naturalite/EPI Skylights are available as follows:

Section 07720 - Heat and Smoke Vents

Section 07821 - Acrylic Unit Skylights

Section 07822 - Glass Unit Skylights

Section 07825 - Metal Framed Skylights

Section 08411 thru 08413 - Aluminum Entrances and Storefronts.

Section 08450 - All Glass Entrances.

Section 08950 - Translucent Panel System

Section 08921 thru 08927 - Glazed Aluminum Curtainwalls.


C. Related Sections:

1. Section 05500 - Metal Fabrications.

2. Section 06100 - Rough Carpentry.

3. Section 07920 - Sealants and Calking: Perimeter sealants and backup materials.

4. Section 0841X - Aluminum Entrances and Storefronts.

5. Section 08450 - All Glass Entrances.

6. Section 08710 - Door Hardware.

7. Section 08810 - Glass and Glazing.


List reference standards that are included within the text of this section. Edit the following as required for project conditions.



A. Aluminum Association (AA):

1. DAF-45 Designation System For Aluminum Finishes.

B. American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA):

1. 605.2 Voluntary Specification for High Performance Organic Coatings on Architectural Extrusions and Panels.

2. 606.1 Specifications and Inspection Methods for Integral Color Anodic Finishes for Architectural Aluminum.

3. 607.1 Specifications and Inspection Methods for Clear Anodic Finishes for Architectural Aluminum.

4. 608.1 Specification and Inspection Methods for Electrolytically Deposited Color Anodic Finishes for Architectural Aluminum.

5. 1.2 Specifications for Pile Weatherstripping.

6. Manual #10 Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum From Shop to Site.

7. SFM-1 Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual.

C. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM):

1. A36 Structural Steel.

2. A123 Zinc (Hot-Dip Galvanized) Coatings on Iron and Steel Products.

3. B209 Aluminum and Aluminum - Alloy Sheet and Plate.

4. B221 Aluminum-Alloy Extruded Bars, Rods, Wire, Shapes, and Tubes.

5. B308 Aluminum-Alloy 6061-T6 Standard Structural Shapes, Rolled or Extruded.

6. C509 Cellular Elastomeric Preformed Gasket and Sealing Material.

7. C864 Dense Elastomeric Compression Seal Gaskets, Setting Blocks and Spacers.

8. E283 Test Method for Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors.

9. E330 Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference.

10. E331 Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference.

D. Steel Structures Painting Council (SSPC):

1. Paint 12 Cold Applied Asphalt Mastic (Extra Thick Film).


Use the article below carefully; restrict statements to describe components used to assemble the system. Do not repeat statements made in the SECTION INCLUDES article. Restrict statements to identify system performance requirements or function criteria only. Delete paragraphs not appropriate to project.

The following paragraphs represent a suggested listing of performance criteria.



A. Design Requirements:

1. Drawings are diagrammatic and do not purport to identify nor solve problems of thermal or structural movement, glazing, anchorage, or moisture disposal.

2. Requirements shown by details are intended to establish basic dimension of units, sight lines and profiles of members.

3. Provide concealed fastening wherever possible.

4. Provide entrance and storefront systems, including necessary modifications, to meet specified requirements and maintaining visual design concepts.

5. Attachment considerations are to take into account site peculiarities and expansion and contraction movements so there is no possibility of loosening, weakening or fracturing connection between units and building structure or between units themselves.

6. Anchors, fasteners and braces shall be structurally stressed not more than 50% of allowable stress when maximum loads are applied.

7. Provide for expansion and contraction due to structural movement without detriment to appearance or performance.

8. Assemblies shall be free from rattles, wind whistles and noise due to thermal and structural movement and wind pressure.

9. Not Permitted: Vibration harmonics, wind whistles, noises caused by thermal movement, thermal movement transmitted to other building elements, loosening, weakening, or fracturing of attachments or components of system.


Include submittal requirements below which are consistent with scope of project and extent of work of this section. Only request submittals which are absolutely necessary.



A. General: Submit in accordance with Section 01300.

B. Product Data:

1. Submit manufacturer's descriptive literature and product specifications.

2. Include information for factory finish, hardware, glazing accessories and other required components

C. Shop Drawings:

1. Submit shop drawings indicating design, fabrication and installation of systems.

2. Include dimensional plans and elevations.

3. Include large scale details of typical members, glazing components and accessories.

4. Include attachments to adjacent materials.

5. Include hardware details and locations.

D. Samples:

1. Submit samples indicating quality of finish on alloys used for work, 12 inch lengths.

2. Where normal color and texture variations are expected, include additional samples to show range of such variations.

E. Qualification Data: Submit certification of installers qualifications issued by system manufacturer.

F. Manufacturer's Instructions: Submit manufacturer's printed installation instructions.


Include quality assurance requirements consistent with size and scope of project and extent of work of this section. Edit following article accordingly.



A. Single Source Responsibility:


Vistawall Architectural Products is unique in the industry in single source responsibility. First, system design,

extrusion, fabrication, and finishing occur at the same facility, and under strict tolerances, assuring uniformity of profile and finishes between systems. Second, Vistawall products include a full array of storefront, curtainwall, all glass entrances, sliding mall fronts, sloped glazing, and flush faced aluminum framed doors, as well as all the monumental and unit skylight products manufactured by Naturalite/EPI, allowing the designer and specifier a single source of responsibility when combining products from any of these categories.


1. To ensure quality of appearance and performance, obtain materials for systems from either a single manufacturer or from manufacturer approved by systems manufacturer.

B. Perform Work in accordance with AAMA SFM-1 and manufacturer's written instructions.

C. Conform to requirements of ANSI A117.1 and local amendments.


A. Comply with requirements of Section 01600.



Note: Longer warranty periods are available at additional cost.


A. Provide warranties in accordance with Section 01700.

B. Provide written warranty in form acceptable to Owner jointly signed by manufacturer, installer and Contractor warranting work to be free from deflective materials, defective workmanship, glass breakage due to defective design, and agreeing to replace components which fail within 1 year from date of Substantial Completion.


Delete paragraph below if high performance fluoropolymer finish not used.


C. Provide written warranty stating organic coating finish will be free from fading more than 10%, chalking, yellowing, peeling, cracking, pitting, corroding or non-uniformity of color, or gloss deterioration beyond manufacturer's descriptive standards for 5 years from date of Substantial Completion and agreeing to promptly correct defects.





In this article, list the manufacturers acceptable for this project.


A. Subject to compliance with requirements indicated, provide products by one of the following:

1. Vistawall Architectural Products, Terrell, TX.

B. Substitutions: Submit under provisions of Section 01630, a minimum of 10 days prior to bid date.


Edit the following paragraphs for appropriate system in each category and delete remaining. Refer to Vistawall technical literature for additional information.

When specifying manufacturer's standard product or manufacturer's standard product with modifications, describe using manufacturer's name and model numbers.

Vistawall's Sliding Mall Front line of products includes the following models:

1. Model MS-360, for interior applications only, using a multiple track assembly.

2. Model PW-180, Phantom Wall System, for interior applications only, using a single track assembly.

3. Model PW-90, Phantom Wall System, for both interior and exterior applications only, using a single track assembly, and having the option of incorporating swinging doors for normal traffic conditions.


C. Acceptable Product:

1. Model [MS-360] [Phantom Wall PW 180] [Phantom Wall PW 90, incorporating model 212, narrow stile swinging doors].


A. Extruded Aluminum:

1. ASTM B221, alloy and temper as recommended by manufacturer for strength, corrosion resistance and application of specified finish.

2. Minimum wall thickness of 0.125 inch for framing members, 0.050 inch for glazing stops and similar components.

B. Anchorage Devices:

1. Manufacturer's standard formed or fabricates steel or aluminum assemblies of shapes, plates, bars or tubes.

2. Hot-dip galvanize steel assemblies after fabrication, comply with ASTM A123, 2.0 ounce minimum coating.

C. Fasteners:

1. Aluminum, non-magnetic stainless steel, or other materials warranted by manufacturer to be noncorrosive and compatible with component being fastened.

2. Do not use exposed fasteners, except where unavoidable for application of hardware.

3. For exposed locations, provide Phillips flathead screws with finish matching item fastened.

4. For concealed locations, provide manufacturer's standard fasteners.

D. Expansion Anchor Devices: Lead-shield or toothed-steel, drilled-in, expansion bolt anchors.

E. Protective Coating: Cold-applied asphalt mastic complying with SSPC-Paint 12, compounded for 30 mil thickness for each coat.

F. Glazing Gaskets:

1. Compression type design, replaceable, molded or extruded, neoprene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM).

2. Conform to ASTM C509 or C864.

3. Profile and hardness as required to maintain uniform pressure for watertight seal.

G. Weatherstripping: Wool pile conforming to AAMA 701.2; or extruded elastomeric conforming to ASTM C509 or C864.


A. Refer to Section 08810.


Entrance manufacturer's standard hardware should be specified here and all other non-standard hardware can be specified here or in section 08710 - Door Hardware. However, all hardware should be installed by storefront and entrance manufacturer. Coordinate requirements.

List each item of hardware to be furnished. Describe each item by giving manufacturer's name, catalog number, size, finish, and special features. Add, delete and edit as required.



A. Hardware for Sliding Assemblies:

1. Track: Manufacturer's standard design and finish, complete with appropriate support assemblies.

2. Bottom rail casters and top rail guides: Manufacturers standard design and finish.

3. Cylinder operated flushbolts:

a. Equivalent to [_____________] with bottom bolt extension.

b. Equip with provisions for cylinder on interior side only.

c. Backset 31/32 inches.

d. One unit required at assemblies sliding in single direction.

e. Locate in terminating jamb.

4. Cylinders: Specified in Section 08710.

5. Limit stops/bumpers: Manufacturer's standard design, resilient type.

6. Finish: [______________].


A. Fabricate assemblies to allow for adequate clearances and shim spacing around perimeter of assemblies to enable proper installation.

B. Accurately and rigidly fit joints and corners.

C. Match components to ensure continuity of line and design.

D. Ensure joints and connections are flush and hairline tight.

E. Apply protective coating on concealed aluminum surfaces in contact with cementitious or dissimilar materials.

F. Size units to allow for tolerances of rough framed openings, clearances, and shim spacing around perimeter of assemblies.

G. Fabricate assemblies to ensure that sliding units can not be removed when in locked position.

H. Aluminum Framing:

1. Fabricate members of size, shape and profile indicated.

2. Reinforce internally with structural members as necessary to support design loads.

3. Provide flashings and other materials used internally or externally that are corrosive resistant, non-staining, non-bleeding and compatible with adjoining materials.

I. Hardware:

1. Cut, reinforce, drill and tap frames and doors as required to receive hardware.

2. Comply with hardware manufacturer's templates and instruction.

3. Use concealed fasteners wherever possible.

J. Welding:

1. Comply with recommendations of the American Welding Society.

2. Use recommended electrodes and methods to avoid distortion and discoloration.

3. Grind exposed welds smooth and flush with adjacent surfaces; restore mechanical finish.



Select and edit following items for appropriate finish; delete inapplicable types. Vistawall is a licensed applicator for all of the coating manufacturers listed below.



A. Organic Coating (high performance fluorocarbon):

1. Comply with requirements of AAMA 605.2.

2. Surfaces cleaned and given conversion coating pre-treatment prior to application of 0.3 mil dry film thickness of epoxy or acrylic primer following recommendations of finish coat manufacturer.


Note: A less expensive finish coat containing a minimum of 50% fluorocarbon resin is also available, and meets AAMA 605.2, but with reduced performance over time.


3. Finish coat of [50%] [70%] minimum fluorocarbon resin fused to primed surfaces at temperature recommended by manufacturer, 1.0 mil minimum dry film thickness.

4. Acceptable coatings are Trinar by Akzo Coatings, Inc.; Nubelar by Glidden Company; Fluoroceram by Morton International, Inc.; Duranar by PPG Industries Inc.; and Fluropon by Valspar Corporation.

5. Provide in either 2, 3, or 4 coat system as required for color selected.

[6. Custom colors as selected by Architect.]

***** OR *****

[7. Manufacturer's standard colors as selected by Architect.]

***** OR *****


Vistawall utilizes a computer driven anodizing system which produces the closest color range available.


[B. Clear Anodized:

1. Conforming to AA-M12C22A31 and AAMA 607.1.

2. Architectural Class II, etched, medium matte, clear anodic coating, 0.4 mil minimum thickness.]

***** OR *****

[C. Color Anodized:

1. Conforming to AA-M12C22A42 or A43 or A44 and AAMA 606.1 and 608.1.

2. Architectural Class [I] [II], etched, medium matte, [black] [dark bronze] [medium bronze] [light bronze] colored anodic coating, [0.7] [0.4] mil minimum thickness.]





A. Examine conditions and proceed with Work in accordance with Section 01400.


A. Install assemblies in accordance with approved shop drawings.

B. Set level, square, plumb and in alignment with other work. Provide proper support and anchor components securely.

C. Ensure joints are hairline tight with surfaces of adjacent components flush with each other.

D. Separate aluminum from concrete and dissimilar metals with 30 mil thick protective coating.

E. Glazing: Refer to requirements of Section 08810.


A. Test operating functions of sliding units and hardware. Adjust in accordance with manufacturer's instructions to ensure smooth operation.


A. Clean surface promptly after installation, exercising care to avoid damage of finishes.







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