- Case Study: Vinyl Windows Help Historical Site Improve Energy Efficiency While Preserving Character
August 3, 2015
Case Study: Vinyl Windows Help Historical Site Improve Energy Efficiency While Preserving Character
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation site, one also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1910, it is the largest memorial in the United States dedicated solely to honoring all branches of military veterans and service personnel.
After 101 years of operation, the single pane wood windows had reached the end of their life cycle. Building managers, concerned about rising energy costs in Pittsburgh’s four-season climate, investigated options for replacement. Ventana Vinyl Tilt/Turn windows were chosen for their functionality, excellent energy efficiency and appearance.
Here are some of the features of the project:
- The concrete and metal window facade frames block access from the exterior for cleaning. The inswing “turn” feature solves this problem and the “tilt” function provides ventilation. The multi-function advantages of these windows easily met the requirements of the project.
- A fixed mullion was added to the sash to emulate the look of the original divided mull casements.
- The lamination capabilities of the vinyl system allowed the replacement units to match original interior wood trim look. A deep brown color was chosen for the halls while a lighter hue was used in the lobby.
- Five large circle top stained glass windows were leaking badly. To protect these historic pieces, fixed vinyl windows were built and installed on the exterior of the stained glass windows.
Here are some before and after pictures of the project: