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Marvin Windows and Doors Wins Crystal Achievement Award

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:00

WARROAD, Minn. –  Marvin® Windows and Doors’ integrated Interior Shades have received the 2014 Crystal Achievement Award in the “Most Innovative Window Component Category” by Window & Door Magazine.

Chosen by three panels of judges representing a cross-section of the window and door industry, Marvin’s Interior Shades are setting a new standard within the industry, and are the only shade of its kind on the market today. Among the features that set Marvin’s Interior Shades apart include the fact that it fits seamlessly into Marvin window and door units with no measuring required, offers the versatility of opening from either the top or the bottom, gives the precision of virtually complete light control, and provides the beauty of sleek lines and fully concealed cords.

“The 2014 Crystal Achievement Award winners are a great example of the creative and solutions-oriented nature of the window and door industry, which continues to evolve to meet stringent energy codes, satisfy discriminating homeowners, and educate demanding customers,” says Jenni Chase, Editorial Director of Window & Door.

Marvin’s integrated system fits on a range of Marvin windows as well as swinging and sliding doors, or can be retrofitted to existing Marvin windows and swinging doors.

On windows and swinging doors, the integrated shade operates from both the top down and the bottom up, allowing the user to position it anywhere – a feature not offered by other window and door manufacturers. On sliding doors, Marvin’s shades move with the door – another industry first. No longer does the user have to open the shades to operate the door.

Unlike between-the-glass offerings, Marvin’s solution is compatible with all glazing types, including gas-filled and surface-coated glazings. And Marvin interior shades can be used with simulated divided lites with spacer bars – offering greater design flexibility and superior performance.

Other features of this revolutionary new offering include:

  • Fully concealed mechanisms and hidden cord systems for superior aesthetics
  • Available in either blackout or light-filtering fabric for choice in privacy and light control
  • Offered in a palette of 15 colors to match virtually any décor
  • Shade surrounds can be ordered prefinished with choice of Marvin’s factory-applied interior finishes
  • Shade material is anti-static, liquid repellant, dust and soil resistant, and carries a 10-year warranty
  • Precise fit for the ultimate in light and privacy control — virtually no light bleed along the edges of the surround
  • Integrated design means shade doesn’t protrude into living area
  • On sliding doors, shade stack is completely hidden when retracted

“We are very proud of this true industry first,” said Christine Marvin, director of marketing at Marvin Windows and Doors.  “This solution brings form and function to interior shading for windows and doors that is unlike anything else and has received tremendous response from all audiences.  We are thrilled that Window & Door has also recognized this product option as the most innovative in its class.”

The Crystal Achievement Awards will appear in the September issue of Window & Door Magazine: http://windowanddoor.com/article/september-2014/and-winner.

To learn more and see Marvin’s integrated Interior Shades in person, visit www.marvin.com to find a local dealer.

About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built around you® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution.  A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners.  Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today.

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MARVIN ANNOUNCES THE YEAR'S BEST PROJECTS IN THE 2014 ARCHITECTS CHALLENGE

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 22:00

11 architects honored in sixth annual architectural competition

Marvin Windows and Doors has announced the winners of their sixth annual Architects Challenge. Featuring an array of homes across North America with numerous architectural styles, all projects are designed by architects and feature windows and doors from Marvin.  Winners were chosen by a panel of architectural experts: Donald W. Powers, AIA, LEED AP, CNU of Union Studio Architecture & Community Design; Adele Chang, AIA of Lim Chang Rohling & Associates, Inc. and Stephen Muse, FAIA of Muse Architects.

Architects Challenge juried winners will participate in an AIA tour of Minneapolis and spend time at Marvin’s headquarters in Warroad, Minn. for a tour of the factory.

This year’s winning projects are:

  • BEST IN SHOW: Shingle-Style Sanctuary (Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.) by Patrick Ahearn of Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC: The project is a new construction of a family compound consisting of two new houses and associated site development along South Beach. Due to the topography of the nearby dunes, the living spaces of the main and guest houses were located on the second floor in order to gain the panoramic views of the ocean and extended coastline beyond. The challenge was to create a shingle-style island vernacular architecture that did not reflect the upside-down nature of the primary living space.
  • Berkshire Farmhouse (Upstate New York) by Michael Waters, AIA of LDa Architecture & Interiors: This single-family residential estate in Upstate New York includes a farmhouse-inspired residence along with a timber-framed barn and attached greenhouse adjacent to an enclosed garden area and surrounded by an orchard.
  • Golden View Residence (Anchorage, Alaska) by Steven Bull of Workshop AD: This project involved the redesign and completion of a partially constructed house on the Upper Hillside in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Harbert Residence (Harbert, Mich.) by Celeste Robbins of Robbins Architecture Inc.: This single-family vacation home on the Michigan shoreline accomplished the balance of large, glass window walls with the quaint beach aesthetic found on the neighboring dunes.
  • Oceanfront Cottage (Coastal Maine) by Russ Tyson of Whitten Architects: This home adapts to its immediate surroundings and responds to views, while keeping solar orientation in mind.
  • Nashville Residence (Nashville, Tenn.) by Blaine Bonadies of Bonadies Architect: Situated atop an old Civil War battle site, this new residence was conceived for a couple with southern values and a rock-and-roll attitude. 
  • Boxwood House (Greenwich, Conn.) by Mahdad Saniee of Saniee Architects LLC: This house utilizes best available strategies to be environmentally responsible, including proper orientation for best natural lighting and super insulation for energy efficiency.
  • Gatineau Hills (Cantley, QC) by Christopher Simmonds of Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.: This project’s natural house design embraces its earthy surroundings, while opening the door to a contemporary aesthetic.
  • Arvida Lane Residence (Coral Gables, Fla.) by Portuondo Perotti Architects: This single-family residential successfully pays respect to the architecture of the Mediterranean and Renaissance Italian styles with the use of courtyards and a high level of detailing.
  • Jennifer and Billy Frist Hall at Currey Ingram Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) by Michael Ward of Allart Ward Architects: Frist Hall draws from Arts and Crafts style as well as a more refined collegiate style, with natural, warm materials chosen to meet the dual needs of being a functional learning place with a residential feel.

Patrick Ahearn, the architect who designed this year’s Best in Show winning project said, “Winning the Marvin Architects Challenge was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our firm’s work and celebrate the meaning of architectural inspiration.  It is especially significant to be recognized for the function and beauty of our timeless design aesthetic and our unique story-driven approach.  With each and every project, we strive to make our clients’ dream homes a reality and this recognition has elevated this notion.”

This year’s Architects Challenge also featured a Showdown winner. Chosen via public vote, Lian Eoyang’s (VIF Studio) Summer Cottage in Massachusetts was the Showdown winner. Her project, along the Boston Harbor, features hand-cut fieldstone, creating a natural structural extension of the rocky shore. This two-story home features raised ceilings and full-length windows, creating beautiful 180-degree panoramas of the harbor and skyline. As the Showdown winner, Eoyang will receive a trip to the 2014 Reinvention Symposium in Washington, D.C.

“As a celebration of the best in architectural design, this year’s Architects Challenge was a great success,” said Christine Marvin, Director of Marketing at Marvin Windows and Doors. “We saw hundreds of beautifully designed projects that demonstrated a wide range of architectural styles, breathtaking incorporation of product and daylighting, and attention to detail.  This year’s winners, and all of the 2014 entries, brought to life that Marvin’s handcrafted products and solutions can truly help bring any design vision to life, and we are pleased to recognize these talented architects and the gorgeous homes and buildings they designed.”

For more information and to view images of the winning projects, visit www.marvin.com/ArchitectsChallenge.

About Marvin Windows and Doors

Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built Around You® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution.  A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners.  Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today.

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Marvin® Windows and Doors to Present Passive Building Solutions and Contemporary Design at National AIA Convention

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 22:00

Company’s unparalleled design flexibility allows for ultra energy efficiency and the capability to accommodate larger sizes

Marvin Windows and Doors will be at the national AIA Convention in Chicago, June 26 to 28, 2014, to display their wide range of products and capabilities. As a made-to-order window and door company, Marvin is beloved by architects for their ability to work with any kind of project regardless of size, architectural style or energy efficiency needs.

On display at this year’s AIA show, Marvin will showcase the company’s latest innovation—Passive Building solutions. A great option for architects seeking a handcrafted in America passive solution from a trusted name and reliable company, Marvin’s innovative passive solutions combine the beauty of warm wood interiors with exceptional performance, all backed by a century-old heritage of quality and service. A key consideration in passive design, windows recognized by the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) need to meet rigorous standards for ultra energy efficiency. Marvin uses its highly knowledgeable Signature Services team to work with architects to create a Passive Building plan with windows from the Ultimate Casement, Ultimate Awning or Direct Glaze products

Since Marvin’s products are handcrafted in America, they offer architects a shorter lead time than the European manufacturers who were previously the only choice for passive windows.

Another industry-first product that can be used as a complement to Marvin’s passive windows, automated exterior shades are fully integrated, fully retractable and fully concealed.  Unlike current exterior shading systems, Marvin’s new patent-pending shading solution uses no bulky add-ons and can be programmed to automatically provide exactly the right amount of light or shading 24 hours a day. The smart technology allows architects to spec a product that can give a precise shading position for optimal energy management, privacy, and mood.

Marvin will also be showcasing its vast contemporary design capabilities. As the leader in providing high-quality products and services for every window and door need, Marvin has once again upped the ante when it comes to contemporary design. With the launch of six new offerings to its contemporary line, Marvin has the minimalist look leveraging warm wood interiors that will bring a fresh, modern look to any home.

“Architects are incredibly influential and visionary,” said Christine Marvin, Director of Marketing. “They are some of the most in-the-know people in the industry when it comes to design trends and creative solutions to meet their customer’s needs, so serving their needs is a major focus for us. AIA is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect one-on-one with architects to not only show our products, but also have conversations about what projects they are working on where Marvin can be a solution.”

Marvin Windows and Doors will be in booth 1031 at the AIA Convention. The convention will be held at McCormick Place at 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr. in Chicago.

About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built Around You® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution.  A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners.  Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today.

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Marvin Windows and Doors Receives 2014 Minnesota Business Ethics Award

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 22:00

Award given to Minnesota companies who exemplify ethical conduct in business

Marvin Windows and Doors has been named a winner in the 2014 Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA).  Marvin received this honor for exemplifying high standards of ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.

Now in its fifteenth year, the MBEA honors Minnesota businesses that act in an ethical manner in regards to their business practices. Eligible businesses must be nominated, and provide comprehensive information about their ethics plan, as well as specific examples of how they have put their ethics plan into action.

Marvin was nominated and won in the large company category (more than 500 employees), for its sustained commitment to the community, employees and stakeholders. One judge commented that at Marvin, “it is apparent that values are baked into the business model. They stand behind what they do and are a company that walks the talk.”

A maker of premier window and door products, the company is in its fourth generation of family ownership, headquartered in Warroad, Minn., with factories across the United States. Marvin received the MBEA at the May 14 Awards luncheon at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis.

Christine Marvin, Director of Marketing, accepted the award on behalf of Marvin and commented: “Doing the right thing no matter what is foundational to a business such as ours—it is at the core of everything we do—and it has helped guide our company through the good times and helped us navigate through some of the tougher times.  It is the mantra that is lived out by each and every employee of Marvin at every level of the organization. It can be seen in every decision that we make as a company.”

“Minnesota enjoys a national reputation for its high ethical business culture, which is one reason companies enjoy doing business here,” says Dyanne Ross-Hanson, Co-Chair of MBEA. “Each year, MBEA judges review a number of worthy entries for the Minnesota Business Ethics Award.  Marvin’s entry this year proved a compelling example of a Minnesota based company committed to its employees, customers, shareholders and community in today’s fast paced environment.”

To learn more about the Minnesota Business Ethics Awards, visit www.mnethicsaward.org.

About Marvin Windows and Doors
Marvin Windows and Doors brings its Built Around You® philosophy to life with every customer and every solution.  A premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors, Marvin offers the industry’s most extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options to fit the diverse needs of builders and match the personalities of homeowners.  Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minn., a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today.

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