News & Media

  • Urban Renewal Project Balances Form and Function with Infinity Windows

    The Brattleboro Cooperative Building is a new construction multi-use commercial building that houses a co-op food store, office space, and affordable apartments in downtown Brattleboro, VT. Hear from architect Gregg Gossens, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust Director of Housing Isaac Wagner, and Infinity Windows by Marvin retailer Josh Druke from WW Building Supply in this video that details the energy efficiency and community revitalization goals for this project. Read more about the Brattleboro Cooperative Building in a post from Oct. 7, 2013.

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  • Coastal Perspectives With Hastings Project Manager Betsy Ellery

    When designing for New England coastal projects, architects can take advantage of beautiful surroundings and dramatic ocean views – but they also must take into account the special considerations that come with coastal construction. Achieving the desired results can mean navigating a complex landscape of building codes, product guidelines and weather concerns – all while managing client expectations for performance and aesthetics. Hastings Project Manager Betsy Ellery shares her thoughts on why it’s so important for architects to be able to trust the team behind them when designing for the coast.  “I spend a lot of time working with and

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  • Infinity Windows Update the Arsenal Street Apartments – Watertown, MA

    Click here to read the full case study on the Arsenal Street Apartments and Infinity Replacement Windows at www.awhastings.com/project-profiles. The windows in the Arsenal Street Apartments in Watertown, Massachusetts were becoming a problem. At 25 years old, the original aluminum double hung windows in the seven-story building were inoperable, and a serious upgrade was in order for the low income elderly housing complex. The property owner, Gilbane Development Company, was looking for a durable window replacement solution, with unique sizing capabilities to fit the original window openings in the brick structure. Other requirements taken into consideration were energy efficiency, ease

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  • A Unique Housing Solution for Vermont’s Homeless Veterans

    Did you know?  Hastings has a lot of great project profiles on our web site! Case in point: The Canal Street Veterans Housing Project, in Winooski, VT. This five-story new construction project is a successful marriage of artistic design and functionality.  And this is no ordinary building!  Its special purpose was to provide shelter to area homeless veterans in need of transitional housing.  Learn more about the story behind this unique project by watching this video: For more video profiles on our Marvin, Integrity, and Infinity window and door projects, visit http://www.awhastings.com/project-profiles. It’s a great place to get ideas for your next

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  • Coastal Perspectives With Meteorologist Adam Strzempko

    “Even though it is expected to be a more active season than normal there is really no way to tell what storms will make landfall.” – Adam Strzempko, WWLP-22News Weekend Meteorologist  When it comes to coastal design and construction, weather will have a huge effect on the long-term performance of a project.  While damaging weather is a four-season concern, on the coast it’s often hurricanes that grab the majority of the headlines. With the 2013 hurricane season now underway, homeowners on the Atlantic coast should anticipate another active hurricane season this year. The prediction for 2013 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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  • Coastal Perspectives With Architect Michael McKinley

    “All attention is directed to the shoreline now – people will continue to build right on the ocean no matter what happens. But that’s where our clients are. The terrain has changed – it’s a whole new world out there.” – Michael McKinley, Michael McKinley and Associates, LLC When designing coastal projects, today’s architects must navigate a complex and changing landscape of codes and regulations, minimizing risk and managing their clients’ expectations for coastal living along the way. We caught up with Stonington, Connecticut Architect Michael McKinley, who specializes in designing exceptional coastal homes in New England communities, to learn more

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  • Coastal Perspectives With Hastings Sales Rep Vin Andrews

    The New England coastline offers unforgettable views and a relaxed lifestyle that draws people to live there, resulting in construction opportunities. However, sometimes these projects are complex, requiring special consideration of the project site and coastal environment. The good news is, with the right product mix and careful evaluation, the coastal market offers huge potential for retailers and their customers. Recently, we caught up with Vin Andrews, Hastings’ Retail Business Development Manager in Rhode Island, for a closer look at some key points to consider when working on coastal projects. Q – When it comes to coastal building, which are more stringent

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  • The JLC Live Experience

    We are in full “preparation mode” for JLC Live, the biggest residential building trade show in our region, where we will meet, host and educate contractor customers from around New England and Eastern NY. We are working to make this our best show yet, keeping a focus on the strong remodeling and replacement opportunity in our market. Throughout our preparations, we dug deep to uncover the value of what we bring to our retailers and their contractor customers at the JLC Live show. As we developed our plans for the show, a few distinct points of differentiation surfaced and I

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  • The Hastings Training Show Hits the Road!

    “I want to get back to my City by the Bay…” No, I am not referring to the rock group Journey’s song “Lights” – I’m talking about Portland, Maine on Casco Bay!  Once again,  A.W. Hastings University is taking the show on the road this winter for our annual Portland Training Week – March 5th – 8th.   For the 10th year in a row, this special training opportunity will be held at the Fireside Inn and Suites directly off of Interstate 95 in Portland.  Registration activity has been brisk for our most popular workshops. We hope to see all of

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  • It’s LBM Expo Week!

    Wow, it’s hard to believe that LBM Expo 2013 is upon us!   Initial preparations for this show began about 11 months ago and continued right up to… last Friday! The show opens TODAY at 9:30 am and ends on Friday at 1:30 pm.  That’s the easy part.  The pre-show logistics and execution is where all the action is.  For this show we not only have the booth to set up but we also have a large meeting/presentation room, off the show floor, which has to be set up as well. The final pre-show preparation began on Friday morning when

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  • Looking Forward to the 2013 LBM Expo!

    The theme of this year’s LBM Expo, taking place February 6-8th at the Hynes’ Convention Center in Boston is:  Your Opportunity to Grow.  I can’t think of a more conveniently appropriate theme this year, because at A.W. Hastings our goal is to help our Retailers build their business – and we will be highlighting how to do that in Booth #303. Each year, the LBM Expo gives us the opportunity to visit with many of our Independent Retailers – both current and future – under one roof.  We review what’s new from Marvin and Integrity, and talk about how A.W.

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