Architectural Testing Adds New England Lab

November 11, 2009
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Architectural Testing Inc. has opened a new laboratory in Chelmsford, Mass., to offer performance testing of fenestration products and systems to window and door manufacturers, architects and specifiers in region. The facility also serves as home base for a comprehensive mobile field testing operation that brings third-party on-site verification and forensic investigation services to the Greater Boston and surrounding New England area.

“This laboratory was opened in response to feedback we have received from many of our customers who basically felt that the fenestration industry was being underserved in the New England area,” says J. P. McDonald, manager of the new facility. “From individual products to full-scale mock-ups of specific projects, both in the lab or in the field, we are ready to serve what the market needs.”

The 11,000 square-foot installation is fully equipped to conduct testing of the basic window and door performance attributes of resistance to wind loading, water leakage, air infiltration and forced entry. A positive test report enables certification and compliance labeling of products based on the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440 North American Fenestration Standard, mandated by the International  Codes. The facility also offers tests resistance to impact from wind-borne debris, and will soon add capabilities to accommodate safety glazing and sealed insulating glass evaluations, the latter being required under NFRC and Energy Star Windows programs as of mid-2010.

“We will also be using the New England laboratory to more quickly react to and service the needs for plant inspections for the Florida Product Approval program and for the other certification programs of Architectural Testing,” says McDonald, who brings five years of architectural product testing experience to his position as director of regional operations.

Accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard governing the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, the facility is also accredited by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Dade County for conducting window and door certification tests specified by those authorities, the firm reports.

It is backed by the engineering and testing capabilities of Architectural Testing’s corporate headquarters in York, Pa., which includes testing for sound transmission performance and resistance to bomb blast and ballistic impact. The Massachusetts location joins a network of nine regional laboratories located strategically throughout the United States operated by Architectural Testing.

The new facility can be reached at 978/244-9300 or via email at jmcdonald@archtest.com.