Graham Windows Aid in Riverfront Mill Restoration

April 20, 2017

Developers in Lowell, Massachusetts, have brought new life to a five-story building described in a 2011 newspaper account as “a dangerous, dilapidated and once-majestic riverfront mill.”

Constructed in the early 20th century, the structure, known locally as the Picker Building, had become noted for graffiti, debris and the trees growing through its roof.

Yet developers still saw its potential. And finally, after years of diligent effort, this historic replication renovation project, subject to approval by NPS, reached a successful conclusion: In February, 2017, the first residents began to move in. The project, referred to as Mass Mills III, is the third phase of redevelopment of the former Massachusetts Mills complex.

The building’s 70 apartment units feature more than 600 of Graham’s Series 6700 fixed and projected windows. And through those windows, residents on higher floors are able to view both the city and the Merrimack River.

According to the Lowell Sun, the opening took place more than a decade after the $28 million project was first pitched. Challenges included a tight footprint, bordered by a river and structures that prevented fire trucks from reaching the building in event of emergency. But the desire for tax credits required the preservation of much of the building. Finding a way to a mutually acceptable resolution took years. Ultimately, a significant portion of the building was demolished to allow for public safety access and the creation of a courtyard.

The project received about $17.5 million from state Department of Housing and Community Development low income housing tax credits, federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funds, and state bond subsidies.

To find out more about the Graham products used on this project, contact Bruce Croak, Graham’s marketing manager.

Persistence Pays: GAP Windows Grace Milwaukee Student Housing Community

April 6, 2017

Mark Henry chased the contract for 16 years. It was a former bottling plant – one of more than 20 buildings on the one-time Pabst Brewery site in Milwaukee, WI – and though long-abandoned, it was ripe with possibilities.
Time and again, Henry, representing a window manufacturer, and Jim Moon, representing a window dealer, took …

Graham Windows Play Pivotal Role in Wisconsin Renovation Project

March 22, 2017

The Mirro Aluminum Company was once the world’s largest manufacturer of aluminum cookware, and for years Mirro Plant #3, built in 1929, was a center of Mirro manufacturing in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Production ceased in the building in the early 60s, and more recently the structure seemed to be dying a slow death, with only the …

Graham Curtain Wall Solutions Announces Promotion, New Hire

March 9, 2017

Graham Curtain Wall Solutions is pleased to announce the promotion of Ken Schmidtchen to operations manager and the hiring of Steve Jorgensen as project manager.
Ken, who began his employment with Graham as engineering manager in May, 2015, will continue to preside over the Engineering Department. Additionally, his duties will include project management and plant …

Installation Underway at Grand Baldwin

February 23, 2017

Graham Adds Historic Touch to Renovation Project
The initial phase of window installation has begun at the Grand Baldwin Building in Cincinnati, Ohio. The building recently obtained historic designation and Graham is proud to contribute to the restoration of this 1920’s era landmark.
The building was previously converted to office space in the 1980’s but …

Graham Co-Sponsors Continuing Ed Course in Architectural Record

February 15, 2017

Graham Architectural Products is proud to be co-sponsor of a continuing education course in the February, 2017, issue of Architectural Record.
The course – titled “What’s New in Fenestration?” – provides an informative overview of various fenestration products and empowers those taking the course to make smarter decisions in the product selection process for renovation, …

Alden Park Update

February 8, 2017

A resident of Alden Park Manor is quite pleased with her new replacement windows.
The resident, an architect, was aware through an acquaintance with a GAP employee, that Graham was providing the windows for Alden Park (SR6700 series windows) so she sent him some photos from the interior.
“A perfect balance of looks and efficiency”
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Graham Partner Launches New Website

February 2, 2017

Continental Glass Systems (CGS), one of Graham Architectural Products’ key strategic partners, has launched a fresh, new website!
Southern Florida’s premiere glazing contractor, CGS dedicated a lot of time and effort to making its site more attractive, better organized, and easier to navigate with a minimum of clicks.
Past visitors will immediately notice the dramatic …

Graham’s GT6200 SL Named One Of 2016’s Top Products

January 18, 2017

In its most recent edition, retrofit magazine highlights the 50 products that received the most reader inquiries during the past year.
Among them is Graham’s GT6200 SL, an outswing casement window with unique single-lever hardware designed to meet minimal operating force and limited motion requirements, as required by AAMA 513-12 (less than 5 lbs. operational …

Strong Partnership Continues with One Water Street

December 13, 2016

Strong relationships and a string of successes can create a continuous loop of good fortune.
And so it seems to be with PMC Property Group, the architectural firm Varenhorst, R-Tech Panel Systems and Graham Architectural Products.
After teaming up previously, including the 1900 Arch Street project in Philadelphia, the players reunited for One Water Street, …