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The Marvin Companies Promote Christine Marvin to Director of Corporate Strategy

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 15:56

New role expands corporate strategy team and vision for long-term company growth 

WARROAD, Minn. – August 16, 2016 – The Marvin Companies has promoted Christine Marvin to the position of Director of Corporate Strategy. A fourth-generation family member of the family-owned and operated fenestration company, Christine previously served as the Director of Marketing for the Marvin Windows and Doors brand.

In her new role, Christine will lead the development and implementation of strategic efforts to bring The Marvin Companies’ vision and purpose for the future to life, and will report to Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy Jim Macaulay.

“Christine’s experience and industry knowledge are incredible assets to The Marvin Companies,” said Macaulay. “During her time leading marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors, Christine demonstrated both product development and marketing communications leadership, and has her finger on the pulse of industry trends. Those skills and insights are essential to the corporate strategy team and ultimately advancing our entire organization.”

Prior to her work as the director of marketing, Christine also served as marketing communications manager and group product planning manager at Marvin Windows and Doors. She also served as the territory manager for the company’s West Coast distributor, BMD, Inc.

“I am proud to have the unique opportunity to help lead a business my great-grandfather laid the groundwork for more than 100 years ago. His ingenuity sparked an energy in the second, third and fourth generations, who have dramatically evolved the legacy of the Marvin brands,” said Christine. “In my new role, I’m fortunate to be able to stand on that heritage while marrying my passion for marketing with strategic planning for The Marvin Companies’ continued long-term growth.”

A graduate of Macalaster College, Christine also earned a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in integrated marketing strategy from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.

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About The Marvin Companies
The Marvin Companies is a third- and fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business, headquartered in Warroad, Minn. with more than 5,000 employees in 12 factories throughout the United States. The Marvin Family of Brand represents Marvin’s fenestration portfolio, which includes Marvin Windows and Doors and its handcrafted wood and wood clad products; Integrity Windows and Doors, which pioneered the fiberglass window category with the introduction of its patented Ultrex® Fiberglass material; and Infinity Replacement Windows, which offers homeowners a premier line of Ultrex replacement windows with distinctive design. Marvin and its Family of Brands are distributed nationally through a network of independent dealers and are also exported internationally. Visit Marvin.com to learn more.

 

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Marvin Named to Pro Builder Magazine's Top 100 Products

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 21:19

The Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door was named to Professional Builder magazine’s Top 100 Products of 2016. The magazine notes:

“Homeowners can now bring the outside in with the Ultimate Multi-Slide Door from Marvin Windows and Doors. Available in multiple configurations and sizes to fit a variety of different openings, Ultimate Multi-Slide Door panels come in standard widths of 3 feet to 6 feet and heights of 7 feet to 12 feet. When opened, the panels stack in front of one another. A unidirectional configuration or the bi-parting style, which opens from the center, can be selected, and each configuration is available in both left- and right-handed styles.” – Professional Builder staff

Learn more: Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door

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Georgia Builder Wins Baseball Trip of a Lifetime from Integrity Windows and Doors

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 08:17

Dennis McConnell wins VIP trip to see four games at four iconic ballparks across America

FARGO, N.D. – (AUGUST 9, 2016) – An Atlanta-based custom home builder will soon enjoy the baseball trip of a lifetime as winner of the Integrity Windows and Doors Red Diamond Baseball sweepstakes, created to celebrate America’s favorite pastime and Integrity’s tradition of crafting windows and doors in America.

Dennis McConnell, president of Healthy House of Georgia builders, will receive an all-expenses-paid VIP trip to see four baseball games played at four iconic ballparks: Yankee Stadium in New York, Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field in Chicago and Target Field in Minneapolis.

“As a baseball fan, this is a dream come true. I’m thrilled at the chance to see some of the most architecturally iconic ballparks in Chicago and Boston, along with a few of the newest stadium designs in New York and Minneapolis,” says McConnell.

A third-generation home builder and a past president, secretary and treasurer of the Intown Atlanta Home Builders Association, McConnell has built or renovated more than 400 homes over the past 30 years. McConnell and his team develop large lots in historic neighborhoods, using both in-house and vendor resources to create homes that suit their owners’ lifestyles.

“Baseball is an all-American game, and Integrity is an all-American brand. This is one way to honor extraordinary trade professionals who are the lifeblood of our business. We congratulate   Dennis, and we thank him and all of the building professionals who have made us the top fiberglass window and door brand in the country,” says Integrity Windows and Doors Director of Marketing Becky Felling.

With more than 20 years of advanced fiberglass leadership, Integrity builds windows and doors with the strength, durability and toughness that industry professionals depend on. Its windows and doors are made with Ultrex® pultruded fiberglass, which is eight times stronger than vinyl, three times stronger than vinyl/wood composites and as strong as steel. Integrity offers an All Ultrex fiberglass line of products, as well as a Wood-Ultrex line that combines an authentic wood interior with a virtually indestructible fiberglass exterior.

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About Integrity Windows and Doors
Integrity Windows and Doors is the world’s only manufacturer of windows and doors made with Ultrex® — a state-of-the-art pultruded fiberglass material. We didn’t just join the fiberglass revolution — we pioneered it. Integrity’s heritage as part of the Marvin Family of Brands is built on more than a century of excellence and expertise. Based in Fargo, N.D., Integrity offers a comprehensive line of window and door products that are Built to Perform® and backed by first-class customer service and fast, 10-day delivery to the distributor. For more information, visit IntegrityWindows.com.

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Before and After: From Nondescript to Storybook Charm

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 08:35

When designer and house hunter Kishani Perera spied a rather charmless 1923 Mid-City home, she knew her first step: Set the home free of its jail bars and frame the entryway with stately columns.

“I could tell it had good bones, just a good feeling to it,” said Perera, who bought the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $640,000 in 2013. She’s now selling it for $1.1 million.

After nearly three years of work, the home now sports true cottage charm — and that includes the converted garage, tricked out with four skylights, new windows and a front arbor.

“This has been my passion project,” said Perera, who has designed homes for Harry Styles, Molly Sims, Rachel Bilson and Michael C. Hall, among others.

Perera replaced the home’s exterior paint (previously an all-business gray) with Benjamin Moore’s deeper Quarry Rock gray that harbors undertones of blue and green.

“The new color felt original to the house, kind of a vintage vibe to it,” said Perera.

Finished with new, white-trimmed Marvin windows, the revived home now snaps against its steep slope of synthetic turf — expertly matched to neighbors’ lawns by Calabasas-based New View Landscape.

Read more at LATimes.com.

Photo credit: Sean Garrison / Shooting LA

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Dwell on What's New

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 19:34

Fans of modernism and Dwell Magazine flocked to the Los Angeles Convention Center for Dwell on Design last month. Billing itself as the largest design event in the country, Dwell LA showcases the latest in furniture, kitchen and bath products, accessories, lighting and even prefab construction. Lines are long to explore the tiny houses plunked in the middle of the show floor. And even though they don’t have garages, there’s a spot to ogle the new Prius and even take it for a test drive. Dwell LA is about modern living, as much as it is about modern design.

That being said, there were some interesting new products and technologies on display. Here are some you might be interested in for your home.

Outdoor living

1. Marvin Sliding Door Automatic Control

This new feature lets the company’s Ultimate Multi-Slide Door open with the click of a finger on a remote control. That may seem like no big deal, but envision yourself with a tray of margaritas, chips and salsa struggling to slide open a wall of glass door panels and you’ll see the beauty of this convenience. It can be especially helpful to mobility-challenged homeowners, seniors and children.

Read more at SanDiegoUnionTribune.com.

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5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Windows from MSN.com

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:51

Senior Product Manager Kris Hanson shares his top tips for identifying when it might be time to replace windows in a home with MSN.com

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced. Here’s what to be on the lookout for.

1. They’re damaged, warped, or broken

It’s sometimes possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferred to attempting a repair. “Even if the windows are still operable, they can develop problems,” says Kris Hanson, Senior Group Manager in Product Management at Marvin Windows and Doors. Do your windows fog up? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? If your windows are communicating in those ways, they’re telling you to replace them.

2. You want to reduce your energy bill

Windows provide some heat in the winter by letting in sunlight. But drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Bonus: If you’re considering listing your home for sale, those new windows — and the resulting energy cost savings — can be a big selling point.

But don’t assume all windows are the same; it’s important to consider your specific needs. One factor? Your location. “Marvin offers a wide range of energy-efficient options and can tailor your windows to best suit your climate,” says Hanson. “Insulating glass is standard in all Marvin windows, along with thousands of options that meet the Energy Star Most Efficient designation, the highest standard for efficiency for the program.”

3. Your home needs a makeover

Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. Look to see whether the color is fading or the window material is warping, or whether old screens or storm windows detract from the curb appeal of your home, suggests Hanson. “Architects and builders know that good design is critical for the longevity of a structure. Design considerations are a close second to quality when selecting new windows, and the overall vision or design theme of a home or space should be a driving force in the window selection process,” he adds.

While you’re upgrading your home’s appearance, you might also wish to change the type of window from a fixed sash to a window that opens. This way, “you can create a more comfortable interior and improve airflow through your home,” says Hanson. Another option? Install larger windows to increase a room’s natural light, which has aesthetic and health benefits: According to the Lighting Research Center, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.

4. You just survived a severe storm

If you live in a hurricane impact zone or other area prone to severe weather events, you’re probably prepared for the possibility of damaged windows. In fact, just living near the coast can do a number on your home’s exterior, including your windows. “If you worry about the effects of sea salt, humidity, or coastal winds, consider Integrity windows made with Ultrex fiberglass,” says Hanson. “These windows resist corrosion and remain stable in extreme temperatures because of a material that expands at the same rate as glass.” But even if you don’t live in a coastal region, if your top priority in a window is low maintenance, windows made with Ultrex fiberglass would be a smart choice. “The finish is three times thicker than the competitors’, which ensures Integrity windows won’t crack, dent, chip, or peel — they’re virtually maintenance-free,” adds Hanson.

5. You’re renovating a historic home

Maybe you moved into a historic home that suffers from vinyl replacement windows that detract from the home’s historic charm. The wrong window can dramatically change the overall look of a historic home and can even interfere with its integrity. If your goal is to install historically accurate replacement windows, a company that can handle custom requests should be your go-to. “Marvin specializes in creating customized windows to match one-of-a-kind spaces as well as producing exact replicas for historical homes,” says Hanson.

See more at MSN.com.

This post originally appeared on Trulia.com

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Marvin Named to Ocean Home's 2016 Platinum List

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 09:03

Marvin Windows and Doors was named to Ocean Home magazine’s 2016 Platinum List for the second consecutive year. The magazine notes that the list was “nominated by thousands of readers and industry peers, and selected by our panel of expert lifestyle editors and tastemakers” and the chosen brands “are the essence of stylish and sophisticated ocean home design.”

See all of the Best of the Best 2016 Platinum List brands from Ocean Home magazine

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Open the Door to Opportunity with Marvin Scenic Doors

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 06:56

Qualified Remodeler magazine details the latest in door trends in the magazine’s July issue, including expert trend information from Marvin group product planning manager Kris Hanson. He notes that today “we find 8-ft. to 9-ft. doors becoming increasingly common, and scenic doors – such as the Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide and Marvin Ultimate Lift and Slide doors – are beginning to take the place of standard sliding and swinging doors.”

Read more at QualifiedRemodeler.com.

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Sliding Door Automatic Control featured in Custom Builder

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 22:46

Custom Builder magazine highlights the new Sliding Door Automatic Control (SDAC) functionality now available on the Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door in the July issue. Read more at CustomBuilderOnline.com.

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Marvin Windows and Doors Featured on LowCountry Live

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:06

Director of Sales Tim Kasten sits down with LowCountry Live on ABC News4 in Charleston, South Carolina to discuss high performance Marvin Windows and Doors, and the unique challenges of coastal properties.

See more at ABCNews4.com.

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Professional Builder features Larger Casement & Awning Windows from Marvin

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:53

Contemporary architecture and design often calls for large, energy-efficient windows with uninterrupted expanses of glass. To meet this need, Marvin Windows and Doors has added larger sizes to its Contemporary Casements and Awnings, Ultimate Casements and Awnings, and Ultimate Replacement Casements and Awnings.

Read more at ProBuilder.com.

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Architectural Digest: Coastal Maine Transformation with Marvin French Doors

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:42

Designer Suzanne Kasler and architect Les Cole Transform a Compound on the Coast of Maine with a Spirit Both Modern and Timeless

In the living room, a Raoul Textiles print curtains, French doors by Marvin Windows and Doors; the Hickory Chair sectional sofa is clad in a Kravet fabric, the cocktail table and kilim-covered bench are from Wisteria, and the rug is by Mary McDonald for Patterson Flynn Martin. (Photo: William Waldron) 

Read more at ArchitecturalDigest.com.

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Integrity Takes Top Honors in 2016 BUILDER Brand Use Study

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 20:26

Building professionals from across the U.S. select Integrity as the leader in every fiberglass window category

FARGO, N.D. – July 20, 2016 – Integrity® Windows and Doors was selected as the best window brand across all fiberglass categories by BUILDER magazine in the publication’s 2016 Brand Use Survey.

The BUILDER Brand Use Survey gives recognition across four categories. Integrity was the top choice in all, as named by building professionals across the country. Survey respondents chose Integrity as their top fiberglass window brand in the following categories: quality, brand used most, brand familiarity, and brand used in the past two years.

“Since our founding 20 years ago, Integrity has led the fiberglass window industry,” said Kris Hanson, senior group product manager for Integrity Windows and Doors. “We’ve built our reputation on tough, yet beautiful windows that offer uncompromising quality and strength. Builders love these things about Integrity, as well as the fact that we can provide a top-notch window with a 10-day delivery. We’re truly honored to hear that builders have such great trust in Integrity that they have given us these accolades.”

Integrity’s fiberglass windows are made with Ultrex® – a state-of-the-art pultruded fiberglass that is eight times stronger than vinyl, three times stronger than wood/vinyl composites and as strong as steel. Integrity offers an All Ultrex fiberglass line of products, as well as a Wood-Ultrex line that combines an authentic wood interior with a virtually indestructible fiberglass exterior. Integrity has a complete line of door and window products, including insert products and IMPACT zone 3 offerings.

The toughness of Integrity’s Ultrex is legendary, making it quite possibly the perfect building material. It beautifully resists rotting, warping, fading and chipping. Additionally, Ultrex is currently the first and only finish to have achieved 624-10 verification from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Integrity’s finish allows it to be available in darker colors, such as Ebony, while offering superior color retention.

For more information about the BUILDER Brand Use Survey, visit BuilderOnline.com.

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Quebec Home Wins 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge Showdown

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 14:32

WARROAD, Minn. – July 12, 2016 – Determined by popular vote, Marvin® Windows and Doors announces the winner of its Architects Challenge Showdown competition: a residence by architect Malcolm Wildeboer of Vandenberg & Wildeboer Architects in Ottawa, Ontario. The project, Wedge House, was chosen by thousands of public votes over four weeks of voting.

Wildeboer’s project was also awarded top prize in the juried round of the 2016 competition, receiving the Best In Show title in May at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Philadelphia.

In his challenge submission, Wildeboer shared that the Wedge House is beautifully situated, with a quarter-mile approach that winds through a towering stand of century pines to a scenic shoreline. The 4,000-square-foot vacation home embraces a comfortable balance between shelter and exposure on the edge of the Ottawa River.

“The entire east façade – a glazed screen of soaring Marvin windows – evokes a bold yet delicate transparency, like a giant tent screen opening toward the rising sun,” said Wildeboer.

As the Showdown winner, Wildeboer will receive a trip to the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held from October 5 to 6 in Los Angeles.

To view all of the 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge winning projects, visit Marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge.

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About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built Around You® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution. A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners. Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today. Visit Marvin.com to learn more. 

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Marvin Windows and Doors Announces Architects Challenge Showdown

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 07:19

WARROAD, Minn. – June 6, 2016 – The 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge has opened a second phase of the annual competition: the Architects Challenge Showdown. In May, six architect-designed projects were announced as winners in their architectural segments, as chosen by a panel of industry experts. Now, Marvin is offering the general public the chance to choose the Showdown winner.

The Marvin Architects Challenge Showdown features all of the entries into the 2016 program, and every project is eligible to win. Four rounds of voting make up the Showdown:

  • June 6 – June 12: All projects entered in 2016
  • June 13 – June 19: The top 25 projects
  • June 20 – June 26: The top 10 projects
  • June 27 – July 1: The top 3 projects

During the voting period, the public is eligible to vote for one project per day at Marvin.com/Showdown. The Showdown winner will be announced the week of July 4.

“Earning the title of the Marvin Architects Challenge Showdown winner in 2015 was tremendously exciting for our firm,” said Mark Nelson of David Heide Design Studio in Minneapolis, Minn. “It was a great honor for us to be recognized by the public and for our work to be singled out from a field of outstanding projects.”

This year’s winning architect will receive a trip to the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held from October 5 to 6 in Los Angeles.

“The Showdown is a unique opportunity for the public to participate in the Marvin Architects Challenge, and also provides an opportunity for architects to leverage their networks in a friendly competition,” said Christine Marvin, Director of Corporate Strategy for The Marvin Family of Brands. “Marvin’s windows and doors are beloved for their performance, design flexibility and beauty. Each year we look forward to seeing how our design capability is interpreted by architects, and which Architects Challenge projects inspire votes from homeowners and industry professionals alike.”

Learn more about the 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge at Marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge.

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About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built Around You® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution. A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners. Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today. Visit Marvin.com to learn more.

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Marvin's Larger-Sized Windows Mentioned in ProSales

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 14:11

Marvin’s casement and double hung windows, as well as interior shades, were featured in the May 2016 issue of ProSales magazine.

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Marvin Expands Employee Purchase Program

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 14:48

WARROAD, Minn. – Employees of The Marvin Companies now have an easier way to enjoy and take pride in owning the products they’ve helped to envision, design and build thanks to an expanded employee discount program. The new program offers the company’s more than 5,000 employees industry-leading window and door solutions for up to 78 percent off list price, ensuring they are attainable for the company’s entire workforce.

“At Marvin, we make the best windows and doors in the world. Marvin employees are producing the highest quality products while we’re at work, and we should all enjoy the highest quality products when we’re in our homes,” said Paul Marvin, President of Marvin Windows and Doors. “This program now allows everyone in the organization the opportunity to showcase the craftsmanship of our world-class products at home.”

While an employee discount program has been available for many years, the expanded program significantly reduces the cost of windows and doors for employees and includes full warranty coverage. Employees may purchase Marvin, Integrity and TruStile brand window and door products at 70 percent off list price, and Infinity window products at 78 percent off list price. More importantly, Marvin employees across the U.S. can improve function, aesthetics and energy efficiency in their homes.

“When building or remodeling, we want our employees to use the absolute best products available – products that only The Marvin Companies can produce,” Marvin continued. “With this expanded program, Marvin employees can do just that. We’re excited to see the projects this program inspires in the homes of our current and future employees.”

For more information about career opportunities with The Marvin Companies, please visit marvin.com/careers or LinkedIn.

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About The Marvin Companies
The Marvin Companies is a third- and fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business, headquartered in Warroad, Minn. with more than 5,000 employees in 12 factories throughout the United States. The Marvin Companies represents Marvin’s fenestration portfolio, which includes Marvin Windows and Doors and its handcrafted wood and wood clad products that are made to order; Integrity Windows and Doors, which pioneered the fiberglass window category with the introduction of its patented Ultrex® Fiberglass material; Infinity Replacement Windows, which offers homeowners a premier line of Ultrex replacement windows with distinctive design; and TruStile Doors, interior and exterior MDF, wood and glass doors for residential and commercial use. Marvin and its brands are distributed nationally through a network of independent dealers and are also exported internationally. Visit Marvin.com to learn more.

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2016 Marvin Architects Challenge Winners Announced

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 01:00

WARROAD, Minn. – Today Marvin® Windows and Doors announced the winners of its eighth annual Architects Challenge competition at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Philadelphia. Six architect-designed projects from across the country were awarded in the following categories: Best In Show, Best Contemporary, Best Transitional/Eclectic, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition, and Best Commercial.

Winners of the 2016 Architects Challenge were chosen by a panel of experts, including:

  • Manny Gonzales, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CAASH of KTGY
  • Ted Flato, FAIA of Lake | Flato
  • Robert M. Gurney, FAIA of Robert Gurney Architect

“Choosing winners from Architects Challenge entries this year was an embarrassment of riches,” said Manny Gonzales of KTGY. “Seeing the incredible design from those in my field made it difficult to choose, but the winners exemplified the careful and creative use of space we expect to see when an architect designs a home or building. The Architects Challenge winners are truly talented.”

Winning projects were judged on architectural excellence, creative design and use of Marvin window and door products.

“There is nothing more rewarding than partnering with architects and design professionals to create windows and doors that truly transform a space,” said Christine Marvin, Director of Marketing at Marvin Windows and Doors. “Because every Marvin product is made-to-order, our team is an integral part of each window and door we build – which comes with Marvin’s dedicated architectural support and expertise. Every year, we feel very fortunate to see our products at work through the Architects Challenge program, and are honored to champion the quality, creativity and craftsmanship of fellow industry professionals.”

 

This year’s Architects Challenge winners are:

BEST IN SHOW

 

Malcolm Wildeboer Vandenburg & Wildeboer Architects Inc. Wedge House Quebec, Canada

The Wedge House is a 4,000-square-foot vacation home on the mighty Ottawa River that embraces a comfortable balance between shelter and exposure. Key to its success is the play between an expansive and restrained approach to glazing. Floor-to-soffit Marvin windows evoke a bold but delicate transparency. The structure, a rhythm of ten ascending laminated timber bents assembled with mortised knife plates and through bolts, gives form to the cleanly pitched frame. BEST CONTEMPORARY

 

Elizabeth Herrmann Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design Micro House Huntington, Vt.

The Micro House is a newly constructed 430-square-foot artist’s home on a property with spectacular views in rural Vermont. The program was simple: a bathroom, sleeping area, kitchen, storage, dining/work table, living space that could double as guest sleeping and a sleeping loft. While open in plan, the living level was sculpted so that each of the different areas of use have definition and a sense of place, without being static or confining, and so that the house could comfortably accommodate visitors. Windows have a wood, shadow-lined surround – a subtle detail to punctuate the openings without detracting from the view. BEST TRANSITIONAL/
ECLECTIC
 

Dan Scully

Daniel V. Scully Architects Edgewater II Northeastern U.S.

Before the renovation, Edgewater II looked like an inappropriate 1970s spec house, with an aggressively tall and pointed gable toward the water. It was all sliders, a gable full of glass without refinement, and clapboards with tight ‘mean’ trim. The solution was in the windows, and the trim around them. The project became a total renovation. Sliders and glass gables were replaced with large double hung windows with window muttons. The effect is a shingle-style wall, with surface punched windows of the period, rather than the pseudo-contemporary all-glass look of the original. BEST TRADITIONAL NEW CONSTRUCTION

 

Mark Nelson

David Heide Design Studio

  Crane Island Retreat Minnetrista, Minn.

For over 100 years, Crane Island has been a summer destination for a few fortunate Minnesota families who move to cooler lake communities for the season. Desiring a return to this lifestyle, the owners intend to spend long summer cottage weekends there. The location affords both community and privacy with close proximity to their city house. The island is small, with only about 20 cottages, most of which were built early in the last century. The challenge to the architect was to create a new house that would look 100-years-old the day it was finished. BEST REMODEL/
ADDITION
 

Albert Garcia

KITE Architects, Inc. Prospect Residence Providence, R.I.

Located in the heart of College Hill, this residential renovation project is surrounded by historic residences, as well as Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. The design focus was to visually and spatially transform the formerly reclusive building and landscape into a modern, progressive residence with new meaningful connections to its vibrant center of residential and student activity. Structural modifications to existing dormers and new windows bring light and views deep into the interiors of the house. Interior layout and entrances were completely redefined to improve the natural flow between living spaces and connections to the outdoors, while at the same time maintaining privacy for the owners in this urban setting. BEST COMMERCIAL

 

Daniela Holt Voith Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP Frederic C. Hamilton Math & Science Center Millbrook, N.Y.

The Frederic C. Hamilton Math & Science Center was designed to reinforce the existing traditional campus architecture while embracing contemporary educational design principles. The 25,000-square-foot building provides four discipline-specific science labs, an independent research room, five math classrooms, an IT suite, faculty office suite, and a free-standing greenhouse. All learning spaces and offices receive natural lighting from large windows in at least two directions, and are coupled with high efficiency light fixtures, daylight harvesting sensors and dimming ballasts. Marvin products provided the combination of material, size, and performance needed to meet the project’s aesthetic and energy performance goals.

 

The 2016 Architects Challenge winners will travel to Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minn. this fall for an all-expenses-paid tour. They will also be featured on Marvin.com along with promotion through Marvin’s media partners. Additionally, the winning architects’ projects will be detailed in the annual Architects Challenge coffee table book.

This summer, the general public will choose a 2016 Architects Challenge Showdown winner by popular vote online at Marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge. From June 6 to July 1, voters will have the chance to choose their favorite projects from all Architects Challenge entries – more than 170 projects. After the final votes are tallied, the Showdown winner will receive a trip to the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, Calif. held in October.

To view the 2016 Architects Challenge winning projects, visit Marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge.

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