Modern Technology Preserves Historic Building

Posted: June 17, 2013

Window replacement at 311 Summer Street in Boston, MA posed a challenge that Marvin was able to solve. The original plan for renovating the old Boston building called for aluminum windows and a pre-fit panning system, but this solution would decrease the glazing square footage and would not meet local historic preservation requirements.

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Through Marvin Signature Solutions, rapid prototyping was used to develop an extruded aluminum panning system that replicated the exact profile of the existing frame. This allowed for virtually the same amount of glass as the original windows.

Rapid prototypes provide the ability to take a custom design element that is part of a given solution set and create it quickly, without the added expense of a new die. Rapid plastic prototypes are often created to fit onto corner samples to show design intent. Learn more about prototyping here

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