Steel Window Replication, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan
Hillsdale College is a liberal arts college and was the first American college to prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, or religion. It is a campus rich with history. Mauck Hall was built in 1927, named after Frances Ball Mauck, wife of the former college President Joseph William Mauck.
BlackBerry replaced (101) steel casement openings and (28) steel half round/casement openings. All units were replaced with Marvin Infinity Ultrex casement and fixed windows. Infinity Ultrex is a fiberglass product that is more durable than vinyl or wood-clad and more energy-efficient than a thermally broken aluminum product that would typically be used in an educational setting. Simulated divided lites were used to replicate the original true divided lite muntins.
For existing rectangular openings, the steel windows were removed but wood subframe and interior jamb was left in place. The new window was set in place and exterior wood was covered with .32 aluminum break metal with an exterior frame expander. For all of the existing half-round openings, the steel windows were removed along with wood subframe and interior jamb.
The new windows were direct-set to the masonry and new interior jamb trim was installed to match the original. All new units have high-performance insulated glass using low-e/argon, providing a U-Value of .30. The narrow design and site lines of the Infinity windows replicate the original hot rolled steel windows.
The final product maintains the original historical architectural appeal.