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Herbert Hoover Federal Building, operational since the 1930’s and home to the Department of Commerce was in need of an upgrade to modernize the facility. Under the joint venture between Grunley Construction and Gilbane Construction Maine Glass was brought in as the window subcontractor on the $3.25 million dollar GSA project.
This historical renovation nearly hundred year old building was scheduled to achieve LEED Silver status. The addition of the windows helped modernize the building envelope and as a result the energy efficiency was greatly improved.
Opened in 1855 St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as a government run hospital for the insane, it had become a National Historic Landmark. After years of neglect the Center Building and West Campus were transferred under control of the GSA in 2007. A plan was made to consolidate and move the Department of Homeland Security onsite. As a result the Center Building and West Campus were renovated in the largest government project since the Pentagon. As part of the scope the Center Building was gutted and the exterior façade restored to maintain National Historic Landmark status. Maine Glass worked on the multiyear project that was overseen by Grunley Construction. Installing over 1000 Interior windows, that included fire resistant and blast windows, Maine Glass was integral in the successful completion of the of the Center Building renovation, which opened in 2019 as the headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.
McHenry County received $2.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – the federal stimulus program. “The county board authorized me to spend the $2.5 million, and we were able to do 14 energy conservation projects in four different buildings – the courthouse, the Department of Transportation, the Administration Building, and our Health Department.” It became evident that energy consumption was a problem in the county buildings. So, Hadley turned to Maine Glass. “We had two positive results,” says Hadley. “After the new windows were installed, we went back to the same people who had complained about the old windows, and we asked them how they liked the new windows. “They loved them,” says Hadley. “And secondly, from an energy savings point of view, the new windows were partly responsible for helping us save $200,000 on our energy bill.” Hadley has been able to slash his budget for electricity and natural gas from $1.3 million to $1.1 million.
The J.W. Marriott is one of three architecturally significant buildings on LaSalle Street; the other two are the nearby Federal Reserve Bank and the Chicago Board of Trade building.
“Their architecture is very similar, that group of buildings is very important to preserve. We did a search into the type of glass material and insulation we needed, we had a technical team that investigated the properties of different materials, and the glass we selected was, in our opinion, the one that would do the job best in terms of aesthetics and insulation. We were very pleased with the interior insulating windows.”
Lucien Lagrange – HKS/Lucien Lagrange Studio, Chicago
Known as one of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in Austin, TX, The Driskill has a long and colorful history. Completed in 1886, it is a historic landmark that was the “finest hotel south of St. Louis. Because of its age and landmark status, the hotel was faced with challenges to modernize its windows while keeping the hotel’s unique aesthetic character. Approved for landmark applications, Maine Glass windows are designed to be low profile and blend in with the existing opening, while upgrading the performance of the original windows.
In addition, one effect of the Austin climate is considerable solar heat gain. By installing our Low E glazing, the hotel was able to cut solar heat gain, reduce energy demand, and increase guest comfort. Furthermore, the window project qualified for a custom rebate incentive from the local utility company Austin Energy.