#NextGenStyle Collection Wows at LBM 2016

It is really easy to write the words “Marvin is all about design possibilities”, maybe even easier to skim over them as you are reading a marketing piece. Many of us spend substantial time and energy trying to bring this statement to life for everyone we meet. With all the energy focused on other people’s Marvin inspiration, how often do you think about what YOUR Marvin style would be?  If your answer is ‘never’ (or even if its ‘all the time!’), keep reading!

We posed this very question to the Hastings community and we received 32 incredibly inspired, very diverse submissions. It was difficult to choose just a few to actually bring to life, but we landed on the finalists and asked our friends at Marvin Windows and Doors to handcraft each one based on the original inspiration. I am proud to announce that we are publicly unveiling the 7 inspired designs that make up our 2016 #NextGenStyle Collection at the LBM Show in Providence, RI this week.


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What happens when you ask a team of passionate window lovers to imagine their dream
Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung?

Driven by their own creativity and inspiration, and supported by Marvin’s Built Around You promise, our team members took standard design options and developed window designs that are uniquely their own.

Explore this sampling of our team’s designs, and then CREATE A PERSONALIZED SET OF MARVIN STYLE OPTIONS for your own #NextGenStyle.

#NextGenStyle is made possible by A.W. Hastings & Co. and Marvin Windows and Doors. It is also supported by the Marvin Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung Window.

If you are attending the show in Providence, please stop by and see these masterpieces on display, then take a few minutes to play with Marvin’s design options and share your vision for a personalized Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window. If you aren’t going to be in Providence, check us out on Instagram or Facebook and follow the action, then let us know what your #NextGenStyle would be.

MIanaMiana Hoyt Dawson
Marketing Brand Manager
A.W. Hastings

Integrity’s Red Diamond Achiever Award: People’s Choice Voting – Round 2

The 2015 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Program has entered Round 2 of the People’s Choice voting phase. Over 260 submissions and nominations, entered by builders, architects, and dealers from around the country, have been whittled down by popular vote to the Top 5. Check out the five remaining projects vying for the People’s Choice title and cast your vote today! Round 2 voting ends at 11:59 am on Tuesday, August 18.

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The Red Diamond Achiever Award seeks to recognize and honor the exceptional work of licensed builders, remodelers and architects who use Integrity Windows and Doors. Following the selection of the People’s Choice Winner, a judging panel will announce several program winners based on creativity, overcoming construction challenges, architecture, complexity and sustainability.

We’re looking forward to seeing which of these great projects make it through to the winner’s circle!

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Vision, Views and Vistas – Marvin Architect Challenge “Best In Show” Winner Has It All

“Obviously windows and doors set the tone and character.  Here we wanted to create a romantic notion of a house, balancing the amount of glazing and wall surface to maintain character, but by the same token take advantage of the views and vistas. Marvin worked really well with us to create unique windows and door that we incorporated into this house.”    – Patrick Ahearn, Architect, 2014 Marvin Architect Challenge Best In Show Winner


2014 Marvin Architect Challenge Best In Show Winner – Shingle-Style Sanctuary

Quiet on the set! Architectural Digest recently created a pair of videos about the 2014 Marvin Architect Challenge Best In Show winning project “Shingle-Style Sanctuary.”

Terry Hills from Marvin Design Gallery by MHC did a great job as a representative for the Marvin brand, while winning architect Patrick Ahearn shared how Marvin helped him achieve his vision for the house. This beautiful project will also be highlighted in the October issue of Architectural Digest.

In the first video, Patrick discusses the details of the winning home’s design.

The second video takes a closer look at the challenges of—and solutions for—designing a waterfront home on Martha’s Vineyard.


We are proud to work with Patrick, our other Top Ten winners Michael Waters, Russ Tyson, and Mahdad Saniee, and all of the talented architects who participated in this year’s Marvin Architects Challenge.  You inspire us every day with your vision, passion and creativity!


Congratulations To Our Marvin Architects Challenge Winners!

The winners have been named in the sixth annual Marvin Architects Challenge – and we are excited to share that four of them are from Hastings’ territory!

Congratulations to Best in Show winner Patrick Ahearn of Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC, and Michael Waters of LDA Architecture, Russ Tyson of Whitten Architects, and Mahdad Saniee of Saniee Architects – all winners in the general top 10 judging. While these projects demonstrate a wide range of architectural style and creativity, it’s easy to see the dramatic incorporation of natural light and the innovative use of Marvin Windows and Doors as the common threads that bind them.

Best In Show winner Patrick Ahearn said,  “Winning the Marvin Architects Challenge was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our firm’s work and celebrate the meaning of architectural inspiration.  It is especially significant to be recognized for the function and beauty of our timeless design aesthetic and our unique story-driven approach.  With each and every project, we strive to make our clients’ dream homes a reality and this recognition has elevated this notion.”

Architects Challenge winners will participate in an AIA tour of Minneapolis and spend time at Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minn. for a tour of the factory.

This year’s winners, and all the entries, demonstrate how Marvin products can truly bring an architect’s vision to life – and we are proud to work with each and every one of these talented architects!  Congratulations!

Best In Show:
Patrick Ahearn, Patrick Ahern Architect, Boston MA   “Atlantic Drive”


Michael Waters, LDA Architecture of Cambridge, MA   “Berkshire Farmhouse”


Russ Tyson, Whitten Architects of Portland, ME  “Oceanfront Cottage”


Mahdad Saniee, Saniee Architects of Greenwich, CT  “Boxwood House”


2014 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award

Integrity’s 2014 Red Diamond Achiever People’s Choice Top Ten have been selected! There are only a few days left to vote for your favorite project. Vote once a day through Monday, August 4, and see who becomes this year’s People’s Choice winner!

In the meantime, Hastings will be highlighting a selection of submissions from the New England and Eastern New York area below. We will continue to feature submissions throughout the coming weeks, so be sure to keep checking them out!

2014 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award – Entries in the Top Ten – Vote Today!:

Lean Too House –
Brunswick, ME
David Matero
Bath, ME
Commercial Project in Burlington –
Burlington, VT
Bob Duncan
Burlington, VT(Sold through Windows and Doors By Brownell)

Submissions to the 2014 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award poured in from around the country – and we couldn’t be more excited about the number of great entries from Hastings’ territory! We can’t wait to see which projects will be selected as this year’s Red Diamond Achiever Award Winners. Judges will select five winning projects, to be announced this August. Stay tuned!

2014 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Entries:

The following projects feature Integrity windows and doors sold through Marvin Design Gallery by Eldredge:

Portland –
Portland, ME
Bill Parr
Brunswick, ME

The following projects feature Integrity windows and doors sold through EBS Building Supplies:

Manicatide House – 
Penobscot, ME
Bruce Stahnke
Harborside, ME
Magnussen – 
Little Deer Isle, ME
Richard Coakley
Sedgwick, ME
Norris – 
Blue Hill, ME
Michael Hewes
Blue Hill, ME
High School – 
Narragaugus, ME
Chris White
Hulls Cove, ME

The following projects feature Integrity windows and doors sold through Branford Building Supplies:

Village Green Apartments – 
Glastonbury, CT
Paul Campanelli
Harwinton, CT
Athletic Facility – 
Fairfield, CT
Tom Lanese
Bridgeport, CT
Matthew Court
Matthew Court – 
Madison, CT
Joseph Ferrucci
North Haven, CT
Wilmont Crossing
Wilmot Crossing – 
New Haven, CT
Joan O’Riordan
Seymour, CT

Integrity’s annual Red Diamond Achiever Award Program recognizes contractors and remodelers who do great work with Integrity products. Current and completed commercial, remodel, replacement, or new construction projects with at least 5 Integrity openings are eligible for the award. Project submissions were accepted March 3, 2014 through June 26, 2014 and were entered by contractors, remodelers, and architects or nominated by a third party.

More information on the program is available at integritywindows.com.

Wychmere Pool Bar Pavilion

2013 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Winner George Gakidis of Gakidis & Stewart designed the Wychmere Pool Bar Pavilion in Harwich Port, MA as an open air gathering space with full views of the ocean and pool. He chose Integrity Wood-Ultrex IMPACT Casement, Awning, and Polygon windows for their durability against the coastal climate.

Read the full case studies at awhastings.com/project-profiles

The 2014 Red Diamond Achiever Program is accepting submissions through June 26th, 2014. This annual program is a chance for builders to share their projects where Integrity products are used to create a unique solution or on jobs with interesting stories. See the current 2014 entries and submit or nominate a project at integritywindows.com/Red-Diamond-Achiever-Award-Program.

Block Island Tradition with a Twist

2012 Marvin Architect’s Challenge Winner James Estes was inspired by the simple, no frills architecture of Block Island’s early designs, this project celebrates the island’s tradition with a more lively twist.

See more case studies and videos at awhastings.com//project-profiles

The Marvin Architect’s Challenge has returned for its sixth year. This annual challenge is a chance for architects to show off their best work that displays architectural creativity and features Marvin Windows and Doors. See more winning projects at marvin.com/window-door-ideas/architects-challenge.

Building Brand Advocates – A Labor of Love!

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with an accomplished builder in Fairfield County, Peter Fusaro of Preferred Builders. I’ve heard and read about Peter through the grapevine here at Hastings as well as through the various contractor communication channels, i.e. builder publications, social media.

The reason for my visit was to tour a residential project that has received numerous honors for its “green” accomplishments. This project, named The Performance House, now also Peter’s home as a model for prospective buyers, was a winner of the 2012 Zero Energy Challenge. Peter was extremely proud to show people this home, as the amount of work that went into the project was lengthy and required an extreme amount of attention to detail.

As I was driving down to visit Peter, my mind began spinning with questions I could ask him about – of course focused around why did you choose Integrity? What do you like about the brand? What can we do to serve you better? I wanted to be sure that I could get as much information as possible in my short visit.

As I entered the house (to 2 beautiful high energy dogs as well!), I quickly learned that questions weren’t going to be needed here. Peter was filled with information, and his face truly showed his love of the home and the project. Peter is completely committed to the idea of “green construction” and especially to the products and companies he chooses to work for.

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Hastings’ Sandra Stoughton and Peter Fusaro

In the marketing world, we always look for brand advocates – people who truly love the brand, and in turn tell others about that love. This was clearly the case with Peter. He was able to recount for me exactly how and when he “fell in love with Integrity.” I guess I’ve wondered if people really do feel that strongly about their building products, in the same way that I love my iPhone or my new car. I certainly learned this day that it is possible.

It was an enjoyable morning spent with Peter touring the home. I don’t know if Peter knew just how great I thought the visit and day was with him, but I was sure to end the day with a huge thank you – a thank you not only for his time and the tour, but also for his business.

(For additional information about the Performance House, you can visit Peter’s Preferred Builders web site.)

-Sandra Stoughton
Integrity Brand Manager  

Sandra Stoughton

Marvin Architect’s Challenge Inspires!

When I was asked to blog about the 2013 Marvin Architect’s Challenge, I was very excited!  Being new to the Marvin brand team, I’m continually learning and discovering how our brand relates to consumers and our partners.  This challenge in particular, is a way to reach out to architects and celebrate their work on projects that help us slow down, look around and take in the view.

As I looked to last year’s winners from our region, James Estes and Donald Giambastiani, I was struck by how their projects were designed – with the same intention to heighten the experience with nature in a wondrous way.  Both architects were able to create a place with the ability to resonate with us on a deeper level. They provide us with a sense of connectivity and coherence, and we can recognize the significant role Marvin played, as conduit, to help achieve that sense through the beauty, quality craftsmanship and design flexibility of its windows and doors.

Architects continually provide us with a gift of a new pair of eyes so that we can see the world differently.  And for Marvin, there is no greater honor but to have our products be part of that.  That’s why the challenge is so important.  It’s a great way to have ideas and ideals that help shape our communities be showcased and recognized.

Now in its 5th year, the 2013 Marvin Architect’s Challenge is seeking designs, both residential and commercial, featuring Marvin windows and doors.  Entering the challenge is easy and the benefits are countless.  This year, along with the traditional panel of judges portion, there is a special “Showdown” component; where designs will be judged by the public.  In the past, winners have enjoyed the rewards of recognition and greater marketing exposure.  Also, the promise of exciting new challenges and opportunities cannot be ignored, either.

So if you are an architect take the challenge and enter your project!  Submit your best by MAY 1, 2013.  Entering is easy – visit marvin.com/inspired to learn more.

-Marichu Vanasse
Marvin Brand Manager


Integrity Red Diamond Program Returns

red-diamondThe annual Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Program is underway for 2013. This Program recognizes and showcases the building community’s unique Integrity residential and commercial projects. Last year, I was excited for the Program because it was an opportunity for us to recognize contractors who are using our products. In 2012, we submitted 14 projects into the national Program – and following the national judging, I was proud to see two of those become winners.

Five winners will be recognized as a “Red Diamond Achiever” and will be featured on Integrity’s website and in their social media efforts. So what’s new for 2013?  Those 5 winning projects will gain additional exposure by being opened up to public voting of a “People’s Choice Award.” I see this as a unique way to gain more exposure to consumers of award-winning projects and give contractors the additional marketing exposure they deserve.

A judging panel of industry professionals including Bob Vila, Patrick O’Toole, JoJo Liebeler, Shawn McCadden and Christine Marvin will evaluate each entry for a variety of criteria. I think this judging panel is unique in that each of these judges will bring a distinct perspective and analysis to each project submission.

In the past couple of years, Integrity has continued to meet the demands of the replacement and remodeling market by introducing products and options such as special sizing for windows to fit any opening, a simulated check rail option for casement windows to mimic the look of a traditional double hung, and tripane glazing for increased energy efficiency demands. And the list goes on…

This year, we are pleased to once again have the opportunity to reach out to loyal contractors in our market and not only recognize them for their work, but also to thank them for their loyalty to our brand.

So in thinking about this year’s Red Diamond Program – is there a customer you’d like to thank for his/her business? Does he/she feel special and appreciated?

Lastly, I recommend visiting the Integrity web site for the full details and how you can thank and recognize Integrity’s loyal contractors.

-Sandra Stoughton
Integrity Brand Manager  

Sandra Stoughton