Steel Window Replication, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan

Mary Mayo Hall was built in 1931 and is the oldest dormitory on campus that is still used for its original purpose. It was one of the first of six once all-female dorms in the West Circle. Mary Mayo Hall’s construction established the area’s collegiate Gothic style, with its large bay windows and the first floor dining hall. This style has been replicated throughout the university campus.

The university embarked on a full restoration and remodeling of Mary Mayo Hall in 2007. The directive was to maintain the original exterior historical appeal while updating the interior student rooms and common areas.

The windows were hot-rolled steel casements and fixed units direct set or set into wood surrounds and brick mould frame. BlackBerry, working with Traco and their NX-310 thermally broken historic casement window, replicated existing sight lines and profiles. The original exterior wood trim was recreated with two custom dies that allowed the finish product to satisfy the architectural design and intent. The narrow-line frame and sash included three-part simulated divided muntins.

The final window assembly included custom PPG Duranar two-tone paint finish, 1” insulated glass with PPG Solar Ban 60 low-e, argon gas-filled and an overall U-Value of .34. The Mary Mayo renovation was completed in 2008.

The exterior is a stunning renewal of the classic university architecture of the 1920s–1930s.