Fire Damaged Dining Hall is Restored with Marvin Windows

DSC02671The Deerfield Academy was founded in 1797 in Deerfield, Massachusetts and has over 90 buildings on its picturesque campus. Sit-down meals are one of the Academy’s most important traditions and attendance to the daily meals is mandatory for both boarding and day students. When a fire in the basement kitchen damaged the dining hall above, the school decided it was time for a major renovation. With requirements that included matching the original look and color “Deerfield Beige”, value engineering, and low maintenance, Marvin windows were chosen as the right fit for the job.

Watch this project profile video to learn more about the project specs and Marvin solution.

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A Most Excellent Adventure in Warroad

When I received confirmation that I would be attending a Builder Tour in Warroad I didn’t have any expectations of what this trip would be like. Every Hastings employee smiled and said, “You’ll have a great time” when they heard I was going, which immediately led me to believe there is a deep dark secret that no one is speaking of, kind of like when you are pregnant with your first child and no one tells you the real scoop of what is in store for you.

My co-worker Kim Viviano and I met very early at the airport with our one carry-on bag (Gentlemen, it’s not easy being a woman packing for 4 days in one small carry-on bag) and set off on what we called “Mo and Kim’s Most Excellent Adventure”. As soon as we met up in Minneapolis with Hastings sales rep Nate Marsh, Scott Bishop from Millwork Masters, and the 5 builders in our group, the most excellent adventure began.

Maureen  and Nate

Maureen and Nate

First stop was Menomonie, WI at the Cardinal Float Glass plant. We toured the facility peeling off layers as we strolled through the excessive heat observing the impressive process of producing float glass from the furnace to packing. I’m not going to lie to you, for a brief moment I thought I was going down. After sweating off 10 lbs each, we headed off to dinner in quaint Hudson, WI and like any good Cheesehead, I ordered cheese curds and a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner. Both were out of this world!

The next morning we headed over to Signature Terminal to board the Marvin jet. It was a beautiful day to fly and I saw firsthand why Minnesota is nicknamed Land of 10,000 Lakes. Upon landing in Warroad we were escorted to the place we would call home for the next 3 days, The Patch. I felt a little bit like Dorothy when she realized she wasn’t in Kansas anymore. I can best describe Warroad as a cross between Pleasantville and Mayberry. Everyone we met was extremely friendly and I swear the air was just a bit fresher than anywhere else I have visited.

Marvin Signature Jet

Marvin Jet

One of the highlights of the trip to Warroad was the fishing excursion on Lake of the Woods. We were jigging and the fish were biting! We pulled in many of the infamous walleye, as well as a few jumbo perch. We enjoyed the 34 fish we caught during a laid back fish fry an hour after getting back on land. The catch of the day does not get any fresher than that.

First catch of the day!

First catch of the day!

Another “must see” in Warroad is The Shed, a classic and muscle car collection displaying approximately 80 cars. Admittedly, I am not a gear head so after the first 20 cars or so I was all set. Fortunately, the owner of The Shed and Mayor of Warroad, Bob Marvin, was there and we had a great conversation about the sports scene in MN and Boston.

But let’s not forget the reason for the trip to Warroad which is to visit Marvin Windows and Doors. The hospitality provided by Marvin Tours and Training is second to none. From the moment we stepped foot in Warroad our entire visit was careful planned and seamlessly orchestrated. Our day and a half with Marvin consisted of the factory tour and product training. I was extremely proud to be a Hastings employee while listening to the tour instructor speak of the partnership with Hastings and refer to us as their best customer. The builders on this tour were very impressed with the factory tour and with having the opportunity to see so many hands touch a window before it goes out the door. True craftsmanship!

Like all good things, Mo & Kim’s Most Excellent Adventure came to an end and we all returned to New England with stronger relationships and a deeper appreciation for each Marvin window and door that is produced. I would not hesitate to visit Warroad again if invited, well, maybe not during the winter months. You betcha!

Maureen IsherwoodMaureen Isherwood
Education Business Partner

New Use for an Old Building with Integrity Windows

The Housing Trust of Rutland County apartment complex in Brandon, VT is a great story of transformation. What was once the home of the Brandon Training School Administration was gutted and renovated, and has now found new purpose as affordable multi-unit housing for Rutland County residents. The renovation focused on energy efficiency and keeping operating costs low. Integrity Wood-Ultrex Tripane Casement units with an R-value of 5 were the chosen for the job.

Check out more photos of this striking red building and learn more about the Integrity solution here.

We’re Thinking Pink This Month!

As we mark Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, the color pink is everywhere from the NFL to your local mall and everywhere in between. One thing you might not expect to see is pink windows – until now! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Hastings Training Center and several of our retailers are displaying full size Integrity All Ultrex Double Hung Windows painted pink, complete with Komen for the Cure® signage. Staff members at participating retailers will be wearing pink shirts on Fridays in October, and pink corner samples will be traveling around with some of our retail sales representatives.

A.W. Hastings’ Field Marketing Manager MaryLynn Heim and Field Sales Representative Tom Allard came up with the idea for this project last October. “It’s a great way to call attention to the paintability of Integrity Wood & All Ultrex Windows and Doors while promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting an important foundation,” said MaryLynn.

Integrity products come in 6 standard color finishes, but if stone white, cashmere, pebble gray, bronze, evergreen, or ebony are not the colors you’re looking for, just paint it the color you want! Integrity Ultrex Fiberglass provides a superior, consistent finish that can be painted, even in dark colors, and even pink, without voiding the warranty. The patented acrylic capping resin used on Ultrex Fiberglass provides a superior, consistent finish. Ultrex Fiberglass components meet AAMA 623-10 standards.

Donations are being accepted at some participating locations to benefit the fight against breast cancer with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Visit to donate directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. MaryLynn said that so far the pink windows promotion has been extremely successful, and that the hope is to expand it to even more Hastings retailers in 2014.

Visit for more information on Integrity Wood & All Ultrex Windows and Doors and to find a retailer near you.

Urban Renewal Project that Honors the Environment with Infinity Windows

Learn more about the Brattleboro Co-Op Building here.

The Brattleboro Cooperative Building is a new construction multi-use commercial building that houses a co-op food store, office space, and affordable apartments in downtown Brattleboro, VT.  The Cooperative Building has a 23,000 square foot food co-op on the ground floor, 10,600 square feet of office space on the second floor, and 24 affordable housing apartments on the two top floors.

Infinity Windows by Marvin played a central role in the design of the affordable housing apartments on the top two floors. Infinity Full Frame Double Hung windows in single and two-wide assemblies give residents views of downtown with low maintenance and easy operation. The developers chose Infinity Windows for aesthetic reasons as well as the superior durability of Ultrex fiberglass.

Project Type: New Construction – Mixed-Use: Commercial/Multi-Residential
Architect: Gossens Bachman Architects – Montpelier, VT
Retailer: WW Building Supply – N Wilmington, VT
Products Used: Infinity Windows by Marvin – Full Frame Double Hung Units (23 two-wide assemblies, 102 single units)

Learn more about the Brattleboro Co-Op Building here.