Taking Window & Door Fundamentals to School

Posted: July 21, 2014
Hastings’ Customer Education Manager John Crane met with CADD students at Porter & Chester in June. The purpose of the visit was to lead a workshop designed to introduce the basics of windows and doors.

Porter_and_Chester_Institute_of_Stratford_1373492Early in June I received a call from Ken Gay, an instructor from Porter & Chester Institute in Chicopee, MA. He was wondering if one of the Hastings trainers would be willing to come in to speak with his class of CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) students. After conducting a mini needs assessment with Ken, we decided that it would be beneficial for the students to learn more about fenestration and the potential products that they are using in their CADD work.

In late Jucaddne I visited Ken’s CADD classroom to facilitate a window & door fundamentals workshop combined with an Integrity introduction. We began with the basics; what purposes do windows and doors serve, what materials are used to craft windows and doors, and what are the positives and negatives to each material.  I made this an active discussion and pulled the answers from the students. They participated readily and enjoyed it as it wasn’t something they had really thought about previously.

Naturally, I turned the conversation to the growth of fiberglass fenestration products and laid the foundation for a mini-Integrity 101. The students saw the value in the Integrity product from the strength and low maintenance exterior, to the ease of installation, to the warmth of wood on the interior of the Wood-Ultrex product. We did a nice job of balancing the technical side of the product; modulus and tensile strength, topics they naturally gravitated towards combined with the emotional side of the product; options, colors, hardware, and casing. They learned quite a bit about options and how to customize an Integrity window to their needs. It was interesting to see the students in action learning. As 3-dimensional as CADD can be, I saw how the students reacted having suitcase samples, corner sections, and “Bend This” chains to play with and appreciate the tactile-kinesthetic component of learning. There really is no substitute to actively viewing and touching when learning about a product (or buying for that matter!).

Ken and his students showed me some of the work they have completed with their newest tool, Revit, a building design and construction software.  Very cool.

The students became believers in Integrity that day. I came away with a renewed appreciation in learning – both in observing the students and viewing some of the work they have completed. It was also nice to share our knowledge with the greater Springfield community. They have asked me to return in a few weeks to talk about glass and glazing technology. I am looking forward working with the students again.

John CraneJohn Crane,
Customer Education Manager
A.W. Hastings