It’s Pajama Day at Hastings!

Each year throughout the holiday season, Hastings employees participate in a variety of charities to give back to our local community. One of our favorite initiatives is the Pajama Program Drive. Hastings’ Employee Resources Director Heidi DeLisle started collecting new pajamas and books in 2008 to support the Pajama Program. The participation in this drive has grown each year, and this year we are happy to be donating 86 pairs of pajamas and 228 books to local children in need. Employees who donate cash, pajamas or books were invited to wear their pajamas to work today!

The Pajama Program serves children throughout the nation with 62 chapters in 32 states. The program provides warm pajamas, books, and a little comfort to needy children, many who are in constant transitions between group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities.  

http://pajamaprogram.org

Urban Renewal Project Balances Form and Function with Infinity Windows

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. Hear from architect Gregg Gossens, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust Director of Housing Isaac Wagner, and Infinity Windows by Marvin retailer Josh Druke from WW Building Supply in this video that details the energy efficiency and community revitalization goals for this project.

Read more about the Brattleboro Cooperative Building in a post from Oct. 7, 2013.

Coastal Perspectives With Hastings Project Manager Betsy Ellery

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When designing for New England coastal projects, architects can take advantage of beautiful surroundings and dramatic ocean views – but they also must take into account the special considerations that come with coastal construction. Achieving the desired results can mean navigating a complex landscape of building codes, product guidelines and weather concerns – all while managing client expectations for performance and aesthetics.

Hastings Project Manager Betsy Ellery shares her thoughts on why it’s so important for architects to be able to trust the team behind them when designing for the coast.

 “I spend a lot of time working with and talking to architects about their projects. In a coastal project, product selection is not just “can” and “can’t.”  It’s “should” and “shouldn’t.”  Some people choose to go against our recommendations – and that’s certainly their choice, but everyone involved from the architect to the builder to the owner needs to understand what the consequences of those choices might be. The good news is that there are many steps we can take to achieve the desired outcome for a project.

For me, a key factor in the successful outcome of an architectural project has always been trust. Architects know that they can trust their Hastings contacts as the resource they can rely on for answers. They trust our ethics and they trust our advice, and we take our position as their go-to experts very seriously. What I find is that most architects want to have a project that is rated for the coast – but sometimes we have to do a little work to get there. When they send me the project they are working on, the first questions are always the same. Where is the project located and what conditions do we need to account for? What are your expectations for performance? Are we talking an impact location or “just” a coastal one? Only when we have these questions answered do we then look at the overall project and the individual units. One of the first things we need to talk about is size limitations and mulling limitations. We also discuss living within the product guidelines when it comes to what is possible on the coast – taking the raw material of what the architect wants and adjusting it to meet the needs of the project.

It’s interesting to consider that years ago, we didn’t even think about asking about the location of a project. In the mid-late 90’s, Design Pressure wasn’t even a part of the conversation, but as more and more people build on the coast, now it definitely is. In addition, people’s expectations are different today. They expect their windows and doors to perform at a higher level – and a successful project is one that meets the customers’ expectations. However, the reality is that customers who choose to live on the coast must allow for certain weather conditions. One way we can help is by educating the homeowner that although a DP50 in extreme weather may leak a little, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the window itself is bad. 

It’s also important to consider the different priorities that can surround a project. For the architect, top priorities would be to ensure that the project falls within the building code, that everything performs as it should, and that the project achieves the desired aesthetics. So we help them achieve the look and the performance they need, and they’re happy. For Hastings at the distributor level, a top priority may be to ensure that our retailers are fully equipped to service their customers. The bottom line is always that we want the project to succeed. By choosing the correct product solution for the conditions, we will have a higher likelihood of achieving that success.”

At Hastings, we have a team of knowledgeable professionals who have collaborated on coastal projects for decades. Your sales representative and inside sales and support team are accessible throughout project planning. Consult with us early in the process so that we can work together to make recommendations that result in buildings that perform to their maximum potential on the coast.

If you have questions about a coastal project, contact the Hastings team. Email support@awhastings.com or call your Hastings Sales Representative.

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Betsy Ellery has been a Project Manager with A.W. Hastings since 1999. She works with architects and retailers throughout New England, recommending windows and doors for coastal environments including commercial, institutional, residential and historic projects.  

Non-Profit Ambulance Facility Built with Low Maintenance Integrity Windows

The Madison Ambulance Facility is a non-profit emergency medical service organization that serves the Madison, CT community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The newly constructed building makes use of low maintenance Integrity All Ultrex Single Hung Windows for an energy efficient and affordable solution.

Learn more about the new municipal facility at awhastings.com/project-profiles.