Transforming the Home of New York State’s Oldest Newspaper

The Poughkeepsie Journal was founded in 1785 and is the oldest newspaper in New York state, third oldest in the country. The Journal operates out of a fieldstone Colonial Revival building that was built in 1941. After buying the building in 2009, new owners sought to maintain the historical integrity of the building, but they were also looking for low long-term maintenance costs. Marvin windows were selected to replace both the original single pane windows and the newer, but poorly matched windows.

Read more about why Marvin windows were chosen and what the final solution entailed at

People’s Choice Winner – NetZero, and a True Team Effort!

The annual Marvin Architect’s Challenge calls for architects to submit Marvin Window and Door projects that showcase their best examples of solution-driven design, innovation, classic beauty and sustainability. This prestigious competition has grown to attract amazing submissions from talented architects the world over. For the first time ever, in 2013 Marvin introduced another element of the Challenge – the People’s Choice Showdown. The People’s Choice Showdown is a head-to-head online competition that put all of the 150 Architect’s Challenge submissions up for a public vote to determine “The People’s Choice.”

Nearly 140,000 votes were cast throughout the voting period, and when the votes were tallied, we at Hastings were excited to learn that David Hart of the HL Turner Group in Concord, New Hampshire, was crowned the People’s Choice Showdown winner! Hart’s Rose Cottage Project, located in a rural neighborhood in Concord, is a multi-generational, aging-in-place house that demonstrates how a zero net energy, sustainable residence can be built within a reasonable budget. One of the first net zero homes in northern New England, the house, which incorporates multiple themes of long life-cycle value, occupies a 2+ acre buildable land footprint surrounded by 6+ acres of conservation easement land.

We asked David to share his experience in seeing the Rose Cottage Project through design, construction, and competition.

“Winning the competition was the culmination of the efforts of many people. This project has truly been a team effort from the very beginning concepts, through product selection, into construction and ultimately the competition. Numerous products were selected that we knew would contribute positively to our goal of NetZero, one of which were Marvin windows. We wanted a window known to the industry, which provided top “off the shelf” quality with its above average standards of construction, durable finishes, and triple glazing options. Marvin’s thermal and air leakage performance was very important to achieving a superior building enclosure for a house in Northern New England.”

“We are very proud of the project, because we have for so many years believed in and practiced sustainable design while creating buildings that offer flexibility and multiple solutions. This project is very important to our firm, because it is a true example of the many possibilities in energy efficient design. It is a significant step in our commitment to highly efficient whole building design. Being selected by the voters validates that the NetZero approach is not going away, but rather is becoming an important discussion in residential design.”

In recognition of the People’s Choice designation for his project, David won a trip to the 2013 Reinvention Symposium in San Francisco. For more information on Rose Cottage Project and the Architect’s Challenge, click here. Congratulations David!

David Hart

David Hart
Rose Cottage Project
New Hampshire
Firm: The H. L. Turner Group, Inc.

Minneapolis-To-Marvin Tour Inspires!

Each year, Hastings partners with our retailers to co-host dozens of tours for contractors and architects to Marvin Headquarters in Warroad, MN. Trip attendees invariably return with strong new relationships and amazing stories to tell! On a recent trip, Hastings architectural sales representative Jim Olender accompanied a group of several contractors and architects to Warroad. Before they headed north, the group took in the beautiful architectural sights (and sites) of Minneapolis.

Jim has facilitated many tours around Minneapolis, but he says each tour is a little different. This particular group was treated to a tour of the Guthrie Theater. “As we walked into the Theater, we met Sue Kotila, the Front of the House and Visitor Services Director. Sue gave us a behind the scenes tour of the entire theater, including all three stages, set design, green and rehearsal rooms, and VIP lounge,” Jim shared.


Guthrie Theater – “Bridge to Nowhere”
(photo by: Can Tiryaki)

The group also visited Gehry’s Weisman Art Museum, the Malcolm Willey House, St. Paul Cathedral, and Lakewood Cemetery.

After touring Minneapolis, the group jumped on the Marvin jet to Warroad for a tour of Marvin’s headquarters. The goal of this leg of the trip was partly to educate industry professionals on Marvin products and solutions, but also to share what makes Marvin different from other window manufacturers.


Marvin Jet
(photo by: Can Tiryaki)

Trip attendee Can Tiryaki of Tiryaki Architectural Design called his first trip to the Marvin factory a “great learning experience.” “I really enjoyed the balance between the architectural tour of Minneapolis and the focused factory tour at Warroad. The Minneapolis tour proved that it is a city with a diverse architectural fabric and a rich artistic and industrial heritage. The thing that made the Marvin tour unique was its focus on the people who work at Marvin and also the community of Warroad,” he said. “It was great to learn that Marvin is constantly contributing to the town with scholarships and funding for various community buildings. I think that this kind of emphasis on being ‘local’ distinguishes the company from others in the market.”

Can continued, “From a manufacturing perspective, I was impressed to see the amount of hand labor and craftsmanship that goes into the making of the windows. I also enjoyed seeing the complete process of the natural materials, such as wood, be treated, shaped, and assembled into a high quality window product. It’s the kind of thing that is reassuring to an architect when he or she specifies that particular window.”

There’s nothing like a trip to Warroad to make a fan of Marvin Windows and Doors!  Thanks to Jim and Can for sharing their experiences.


Marvin Factory – Warroad, MN
(photo by: Can Tiryaki)