#NextGenStyle (7 of 7) – Traditional American Four-Square

Mike’s #NextGenStyle is a classic 2828 Next Generation Double Hung with a Y-Diamond Lite Pattern, traditional to American Four-Squares found in the historic General Electric Plot in his home region of Albany-Schenectady, NY. Bringing authenticity to his design is Ebony Clad Sash with a Stone White Clad Frame, Potter Casing, Thick Exterior Sill, Pre-Finished Clear Coat Cherry Interior, Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware, and a Retractable Screen.

Mike Klahr
Regional Business Development Manager,
A.W. Hastings

Mike supports retail partners and a team of Hastings representatives in Eastern New York and Connecticut. He enjoys traveling the region building strong relationships with customers and collaborating with his team.

When he’s not traveling to visit retailers, you can find him on the football field or a baseball diamond coaching youth sports.


The #NextGenStyle Challenge was a contest for A.W. Hastings employees to share their vision for a personalized Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window from Marvin. Using standard Marvin style options and any inspiration, contestants submitted their design and back story. Seven winning designs were built to order in the Marvin factory and displayed at the 2016 LBM Expo.

#NextGenStyle (6 of 7) – The Beauty of Simplicity

Ron’s winning #NextGenStyle Next Generation Double Hung demonstrates the beauty of simplicity. Featuring Bright Silver Pearlescent Cladding, this large double hung offers clear, open glass allowing the beauty of the outside to enter the space. The fresh white interior frames the view and is accented by sleek Satin Nickel Hardware. Beauty and simplicity are the two words used to best describe the inspiration behind Ron’s #NextGenStyle.

“It’s exciting that Marvin gives us the capability of absolutely clean, undecorated details that fit contemporary sensibilities. Large sizes, square sticking, and no SDL can turn a traditional window into a modern design element.”

Ron Conterio
Architectural Products and Services Consultant,
A.W. Hastings

Ron enjoys consulting with architects throughout the state of Maine and collaborating with retail partners to make their Marvin and Integrity projects the best they can be.

When he’s not calling on architects and working with retailers, you can find Ron playing violin in the country’s oldest symphony orchestra, the BSO (Bangor Symphony Orchestra).


The #NextGenStyle Challenge was a contest for A.W. Hastings employees to share their vision for a personalized Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window from Marvin. Using standard Marvin style options and any inspiration, contestants submitted their design and back story. Seven winning designs were built to order in the Marvin factory and displayed at the 2016 LBM Expo.

#NextGenStyle (5 of 7) – Victorian Fireside

Jim’s #NextGenStyle submission was inspired by Victorian Architecture and the warmth of being fireside during cold New England winters. His design features a Next Generation Double Hung Round Top with a curved lite cut which offers character, but keeps enough open glass space to allow for enjoyment of the snowy New England landscape. The Clear Finish White Oak Interior gives the home a comfortable traditional feel, while colorful Wineberry Cladding adds to the Victorian home’s exterior palette.

When asked about the design process and how he felt when seeing his window in person, Jim replied, “I wanted to design something a little more traditional. Seeing a design on paper is one thing, but seeing the window in person makes it easier to appreciate.”

My NGDH Style Winners 2016 websize-12Jim Conlon
CADD Operator Architectural Services,
A.W. Hastings

Jim creates shop drawings and provides technical support to architects and retailers. He enjoys answering technical questions, helping customers and other employees in a positive way, and exploring all of Marvin’s possibilities, while making someone’s vision come to life.

When he’s not at Hastings, you can find Jim going for a run or making a nice home cooked meal.


The #NextGenStyle Challenge was a contest for A.W. Hastings employees to share their vision for a personalized Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window from Marvin. Using standard Marvin style options and any inspiration, contestants submitted their design and back story. Seven winning designs were built to order in the Marvin factory and displayed at the 2016 LBM Expo.

#NextGenStyle (4 of 7) – Mid Century Modern Meets Contemporary

Bonnie’s inspiration for her #NextGenStyle window comes from Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. She envisions several of these Next Generation Double Hung windows going across the second floor of a Wright inspired home. When she saw her window in person, Bonnie said, “seeing the details of my design come to life is really interesting. It’s amazing how the style options from Marvin can combine to create so many different looks.”

The design is a 3’ square double hung with a “Modified T” Simulated Divided Lite Pattern and Square Sticking. The sash are configured to be 1/3 over 2/3 so that no matter how the window is operated, the T Pattern remains. The exterior is Ebony while interiors feature a warm Honey Stain on Douglas Fir with Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware. To ensure convenience and privacy, her design even includes Marvin’s Light Filtering Interior Shades in Ivory.

My NGDH Style Winners 2016 websize-17Bonnie Gergely
Communications Specialist
A.W. Hastings

Bonnie keeps our customers and our employees informed on industry and product news, events, and marketing information. She enjoys being in the know and sharing all the good news that comes her way.

When she’s not preparing email newsletters and blog posts, you can find Bonnie digging for the next big story to share.


The #NextGenStyle Challenge was a contest for A.W. Hastings employees to share their vision for a personalized Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window from Marvin. Using standard Marvin style options and any inspiration, contestants submitted their design and back story. Seven winning designs were built to order in the Marvin factory and displayed at the 2016 LBM Expo.

#NextGenStyle (3 of 7) – Adirondack Camp Influence

The inspiration for Jody’s #NextGenStyle design was the original windows in his cottage in the Adirondacks. During a recent renovation, he determined that Benjamin Muncil, the renowned architect of many Adirondack Great Camps (including White Pine Camp, once used as Calvin Coolidge’s “Summer White House”), likely designed his cottage. Jody’s Next Generation Double Hung replicates Muncil’s simple but classic style, with its distinctive eighteen lite top sash.


I wasn’t quite certain if I was on the right track when I submitted my entry to the Next-Gen window design contest. Although entrants were encouraged to design their own window, I was infatuated with the simple, but distinctive design of the 1905 double hungs in our Adirondack cabin. So, I stole that design. However, I felt I would be given a pass if I gave credit to the renowned ADK architect who had originated the style. And, I guess I was. But I should also add that “my” Next-Gen shows off Marvin’s ability to replicate existing historic designs as well as produce the creative designs that were also entered in the contest. When I saw the final result of my design, I thought “’Well, Benjamin Muncil would probably approve.’ I know I did.”


My NGDH Style Winners 2016 websize-16Jody Hoyt
Treasurer, A.W. Hastings

Jody has played many roles within the company during his 40-year career at Hastings. He enjoys seeing how Hastings has evolved into the vibrant and inventive company that it is today.

When he’s not behind his desk grinding out spreadsheets, you can find Jody enjoying the great outdoors, in all seasons.


The #NextGenStyle Challenge was a contest for A.W. Hastings employees to share their vision for a personalized Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window from Marvin. Using standard Marvin style options and any inspiration, contestants submitted their design and back story. Seven winning designs were built to order in the Marvin factory and displayed at the 2016 LBM Expo.

#NextGenStyle (2 of 7) – Modern Farm House

Naomi’s #NextGenStyle is inspired by her personal style,


“I spent the better part of my career dreaming up design for other people’s homes. This experience made me really think about what I wanted for my house and it also made me see that the walls and windows that surround a home are a big part of the overall design.”


My NGDH Style Winners 2016 websize-9Naomi Mancha
Architectural Product and Services Consultant,
A.W. Hastings

Naomi works with some of the most talented architects, designers and retailers on Cape Cod. Her focus is on developing relationships with architects and helping retail partners advance their customer’s building and renovation projects to a spectacular conclusion.

When she’s not exploring her home region of Cape Cod, you can find Naomi traveling the globe or exploring urban locales like Boston or New York City.


The #NextGenStyle Challenge was a contest for A.W. Hastings employees to share their vision for a personalized Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window from Marvin. Using standard Marvin style options and any inspiration, contestants submitted their design and back story. Seven winning designs were built to order in the Marvin factory and displayed at the 2016 LBM Expo.

#NextGenStyle (1 of 7) – Celebrating our Family Tree

Mary’s #NextGenStyle is inspired by the close ties she has to her family. The warm brown tone of her window’s Hazelnut Stained Interior brings to life her “Tree” Simulated Divided Lite Pattern, which pays homage to her parents (the trunk of the tree) and her siblings (the branches). “Knowing Marvin can accommodate just about any design request, I tried to think outside the box and not be confined to the usual style of a window,” Mary shared. “Reflecting on what is most important to me, family, was the inspiration for the family tree pattern.” While designing the window, Mary also visualized the sun filtering through the glass and onto an African Violet plant, which originally belonged to her mother.


“When the window was unveiled I got a bit choked up. It exceeded my expectations and sharing the story of my parents love of their children really brought the window to life.”


My NGDH Style Winners 2016 websize-14Mary Paquette
Marketing Services Coordinator,
A.W. Hastings

Mary facilitates memorable Warroad tours for our customers. She is involved in all aspects of planning the trips, from coordinating flights to arranging activities. She enjoys making it possible for guests to experience the warm and hospitable culture of the Marvin family and the community of Warroad!

When Mary’s not sending our customers on an epic adventure, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys traveling, baking, cooking, and reading.


The #NextGenStyle Challenge was a contest for A.W. Hastings employees to share their vision for a personalized Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window from Marvin. Using standard Marvin style options and any inspiration, contestants submitted their design and back story. Seven winning designs were built to order in the Marvin factory and displayed at the 2016 LBM Expo.

Keep on Truckin’ – On the Road with Hastings

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Riding shotgun with Kevin P.

For years I was that kid (or in my case – that adult) who rode past tractor trailers on the highway motioning with my arm, begging to hear that air horn.

This was my chance.

My alarm went off at 3:55 a.m. on Thursday, March 19th. I was joining Kevin Perzanowski (one of Hastings’ finest CDL A drivers) for a ride-along. I could not have been more excited.

I thought long and hard about what I could bring my new friend at 5:30 a.m. to start our time off together right. The first thing that came to mind was donuts. Everyone loves donuts, right?

I arrived in a timely fashion at the Distribution Center to start my day with donuts in hand. Kevin arrived a few minutes later and looked a bit taken aback by my smiles, excitement, enthusiasm and energy. But I proudly said, “Hi. I’m Kim and we are going to get to know each other very well today.” At first he looked quite hesitant, but I think I had him at—donuts.

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Bonding over donuts…

In normal woman-fashion, I arrived very prepared. Coffee. Lunch packed. Extra sweatshirt. Gloves. Sunglasses. Phone charger. With all my belongings in tow, I hopped into the truck. Okay—it was not really a “hop,” it was more like a climb up into the truck’s cab. I looked around and took it all in, placed the donuts down in the area between our seats, buckled up and off we went.

I was a bit surprised how loud it was in the truck, but nonetheless, I settled in and Kevin and I were not even on 91 northbound before our conversation was flowing and donuts were being enjoyed.

Today’s route was South of Boston. We had four stops: Chace Building Supply, Mozzone, Cape Cod Lumber and Hingham Lumber. Our truckload consisted of 113 units; 106 of them were going to Hingham Lumber.

As a member of the recruitment team, the reason for this trip was to gain a better understanding of the role of our drivers. I wanted to experience firsthand what their day looked like and what some of the challenges were. This will be extremely helpful information to have when speaking to future candidates seeking employment with Hastings.

Kevin and I spoke a lot about our time at Hastings, how long we have been working here and what our roles are. I had a lot of questions for Kevin and he was gracious enough to answer ALL of them. Kevin typically arrives at the Distribution Center at approximately 5:45 am each day. He looks at his route, obtains the appropriate paperwork, prepares his truck and gets on the road. Our first stop on Thursday was Chace Lumber in Foxboro, MA, which is approximately 95 miles from Enfield, CT. That was a very quick stop consisting of only a few units, as were our stops at Mozzone and Cape Cod Lumber. The big stop of the day was Hingham Lumber.

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You know what they say – “Lift with your legs!”

Upon arriving at Hingham, a plan was immediately in place. There were 2 large orders to be unloaded from the truck—one would be stacked in the warehouse to the left, the other to the right. The back of the truck was lifted and our work began. Luckily for me, many of the smaller units were towards the front of the truck and I was able to jump in and start unloading.

I then transitioned to the “list checker”; as units were unloaded a number was read off to me and I would check it off from the packing list. A couple of employees from Hingham assisted in the unloading, which in turn made the job go much quicker. Once the job was complete and the list was signed off on—we hit the road.

It was time for lunch–finally! I had worked up an appetite.

The plan was to hit the nearest “nap trap” (for those of you who don’t know this bit of truck driver lingo—that is another word for rest stop). Now although I mentioned I had packed my lunch, Kevin and I worked hard and felt we deserved something better than the lame sandwiches we had packed in our lunch bags. So McDonald’s it was.

After lunch, we got back on the road with our dead-head truck (this is a truck operating with an empty trailer). We were approximately 120 miles from our starting point in Enfield, CT. This gave us 2 full hours to talk about the day’s work we had just completed and life in general. I promised Kevin I would not fall asleep on the ride home and I kept my promise. However, I was VERY tired—it was a long day at work.

Kevin is wonderful at his job. He is a safe driver and we are lucky to have him out there representing our company. Being a CDL A  driver is not easy work. There are challenges such as long days, traffic, weather and problems with the performance of the truck. Yet, Kevin takes it all in stride and does his job with a smile on his face.

Although I never got to hear that air horn—I made a new friend, learned about his job and enjoyed his company—all 275 miles worth. I would be honored to take another trip with Kevin P. any day.

 

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Kim Viviano
Sourcing and Recruitment Support Specialist

Focus on Affordable Housing: McConaughy Terrace

As we continue our look at some standout affordable housing projects using the Marvin Family of Brands – today we highlight McConaughy Terrace, one such community in New Haven, CT.  McConaughy Terrace recently underwent major renovations that included both roof and window replacements on close to 40 buildings – with beautiful results. Infinity windows were chosen for the 200-unit neighborhood to save on energy and maintenance costs.

Read the full McConaughy Terrace case study at awhastings.com/project-profiles.

The New Hampden Academy Shines with Marvin Windows

Hampden Academy, a regional public high school, also serves as a community center in Hampden, Maine. When state funding wasn’t enough, the community rallied around this project – raising additional funds to add extra features.The building earned LEED Silver certification, with the use of natural light at the forefront of planning and construction.

See the full case study to learn which Marvin Windows were chosen for Hampden Academy and why.