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by Kevin Seiling, VEKA

Sailors and Soldiers Case StudySoldiers & 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.
Because of these solutions, the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum looks the same today as it did in the past. But now, it enjoys better energy efficiency and comfort.

Here are some before and after pictures of the project:

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