YKK AP Takes Home Three Wins in the 2020 Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards

Honored for its innovative industry leadership as well as the successful application of its YHC 300 SSG Cassette Curtain Wall and YUW 750 TU Curtain Wall products

AUSTELL, GA. (Nov. 20, 2020) – YKK AP America Inc. today announced it took home three Architectural Products 2020 Product Innovation Awards (PIAs). The company was honored with the Industry Leadership Award for its innovative approach to evolving the industry through its commitment to strategic growth partnerships, the environment and technology. The YHC 300 SSG Cassette Curtain Wall was recognized for its successful application in The Commons at Tulane University in New Orleans and the YUW 750 TU Curtain Wall was honored for its application in The Heights public school building in Arlington, Va.

With judging and evaluation of products and systems from a distinguished panel of 22 designers and product specialists skilled in product evaluation, the PIA program awards manufacturers based on attributes, qualities, functionality and/or performance beyond industry standards.

“Building on the success of past programs, our tenth edition of the awards proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to and are working arduously toward, delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance, life and affordability, that keep pace with ever-shifting market requirements,” said Jim Crockett, editorial director at Architectural Products Magazine.

YKK AP’s forward-thinking approach has been demonstrated over the past year. In 2019, due to the industry’s increasingly tight schedules and rapid building close-ins, along with a shortage of skilled labor, YKK AP saw an unprecedented demand for fabricated, pre-assembled products. It acquired high-performance facades solutions provider, Erie Architectural Products Group, to meet this demand for unitized products. Looking to the future of its business, its parent company launched a joint effort with Carnegie Mellon University in 2020 to research technology to install windows, curtain walls, doors and products using robots and software to improve construction productivity and quality. YKK is investigating virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality technologies; it is also researching new methods of installation.

“YKK AP takes great pride in understanding and anticipating our customers’ needs, as well as those of an evolving industry, and finding a way to meet them with innovative and high-performing products and strategic initiatives,” said Mike Turner, senior vice president of sales and marketing at YKK AP. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by such a renowned group of industry leaders.”

Construction Business Media, headquartered in Chicago, IL is publisher of Architectural Products and Architectural SSL magazines. The company also co-owns and operates TheContinuingArchitect.com educational platform and maintains websites and electronic extensions of its print publications.

To learn more about YKK AP America, go to www.ykkap.com.


YKK AP America Inc. is a technology-oriented manufacturer of commercial façade systems and residential doors and windows. With every finished good, we push the boundaries in next generation manufacturing and create value for architectural applications. Driven by a desire to provide exceptional service in our markets, YKK AP America builds upon our foundation of advanced engineering, vertically integrated manufacturing, and customer focus to deliver the highest level of quality and a positive customer experience. YKK AP America’s subsidiary brand, Erie Architectural Products partners with glazing contractors to design, test and engineer solutions for large-scale projects using its ENVIRO|FACADES curtain wall systems. YKK AP America is headquartered in Austell, Ga., with subsidiary Erie Architectural Products located in Lakeshore, Ont. All building products are manufactured in our world-class production facilities located in Dublin, Ga., Macon, Ga. and Lakeshore, Ont.  For more information, visit ykkap.com and follow us on Linkedin.com.

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