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All of us at H. Hirschmann LTD are proud to have been part of the successful team to finish the Winthrop House project with Lee Kennedy Company. Nice job LKC!

As mentioned on the Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. LinkedIn page:

Lee Kennedy performed preconstruction and construction services for the complete gut renovation of one of Harvard University’s iconic River House Dormitories – Winthrop House, Standish Hall. The building, originally built in 1913, was renovated on a fast-track 15-month schedule. Scope of work included complete demolition and reconstruction of the interior including a historic restoration of existing library. The project also included all new MEP infrastructure, electrical upgrades and an exterior restoration package that consisted of a new slate roof, rebuilding of the chimneys, repointing, exterior wood restoration and new windows. Check out this video on the project to learn more!

At H. Hirschmann LTD, we could not have been happier to team up with such a great group of people. Please enjoy the video at the top of the page outlining the project.

H. Hirschmann LTD is now available to meet clients, contractors and architects in our mobile showroom throughout New England and beyond! The mobile showroom showcases a full array of historic restoration, reproduction as well as contemporary window and door units, all fully functional for a hands-on experience. The showroom’s mobility provides a convenient setting at any locality to discuss your project and we invite you to take full advantage of this service by contacting us at (802) 438-4447.

Rolf Hirschmann, president of H. Hirschmann, LTD talks about Rutland’s business environment, working, and hiring people in Rutland County, Vermont.

Members of the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association toured our factory prior to their annual meeting in West-Rutland, VT. Great people exchanging excellent ideas to promote this important section of the Vermont economy.

H. Hirschmann LTD is now supplementing our production energy usage with renewable solar clean energy to produce our premium custom wood windows and doors. Same Sun of Vermont designed and installed a 15 KW photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system next to our manufacturing plant in West Rutland, VT. Our system is expected to produce 21,450 kWhs of clean energy per year and will offset more than 300 tons of carbon in its life cycle.
• 54 (315-watt) Solarworld Sunmodule SW Mono
• SMA Sunny TriPower 15000 TL-US Inverter
• Speedwire Monitoring
• Schletter PV Max Ground Mount Ballast System
• DC Rating of 17.01 kW

Watch us produce energy

We were proud to have had this energy generating solar installation operational by the end of December 2015. In combination with installing state of the art, low energy lighting fixtures our new solar system enhances our efforts to reduce energy consumption.
More to come!

Here at the shop we have been working on windows for the historic Winthrop and Gore Hall buildings of Harvard University. There are over 1,000 windows which we are restoring or replacing outright. One of the more interesting windows is this high arched window shown in the first image. There are numerous windows of this design. Here we have the sash glued up and some cross muntins being installed by our assembly department.

In the second photo all the muntins are installed and the top portion follows the arch design to create an eye catching pattern from which the sun light will come through the glass. The wood species chosen for this job is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified South American mahogany. FSC certified means that the wood was harvested within the specific guidelines formulated by the Forest Stewardship Council. For more information go to their website.

As well as keeping up with the large output of windows for Harvard we have also the capacity to keep up with our other clients. A residential project has a need for our double hung windows – shown in image 3. Here is one of our employees squaring up a sash and gluing the tenon joints up just right.

There are also sliding doors to be manufactured and image 4 shows veneers being glued onto the door cores. This process guarantees limited warping over great lengths and sturdy strong sliding doors which makes them function seamlessly.

This is just a little sneak peek at what we do here at Hirschmann and hopefully you come back to check out this blog for more exciting projects. We will be showcasing a window from start to finish here on this blog to show the quality of materials, amount of skill, expertise and dedication it takes to build a custom design Hirschmann window. Thanks for your time!

This year’s 10th annual Hirschmann Golf Classic at the Proctor Pittsford Country Club had employees, owners and customers enjoying each other’s company on a perfect Vermont late summer day on August 22nd . Company founder Helmut Hirschmann, as many of you may remember, had only passed away the previous year on August 24, so it was of great comfort to see the trophies he designed and handcrafted being cherished by the winning teams. Somehow it almost seems that the “Outhouse Trophy” because of it’s original design is even more sought after than the first price low score trophy. This year we were yet again fortunate to keep it in the company. Robert Ketcham, our production manager and technical supervisor, together with Chuck Williams, Karen Horton and Gaelyn Williams were the proud losing team. The trophy for now is placed in Gaelyn’s drafting office facing into the shop assembly area. The winning team with low score of 69 consisted of Chris Brown, head of the WinVision Division of Arnold Lumber located in Rhode Island, Hirschmann’s Operations Manager Dan Shea, long time employee Steven Bigwood and guest player Tony Freson. The event ended with a few drinks and a nice prime rib dinner hosted by Garafano’s Grill at PPCC. We hope next year to add even more players to this fun annual event connecting our company employees to clients and suppliers.

Building corner has no corner post and secondary sliding panel hides in a pocket when opened to afford an un-obstructed view of the Massachusetts coastline. Custom stone sills enhance that fluent transition between exterior and interior environments.