Window Interiors Completes Treatments for the University Florida Research and Academic Center
Window covering specialists install manual and motorized roller shades at the newly-opened Lake Nona educational facility
Altamonte Springs, Fla. - (March 27, 2013) - Window Interiors recently completed window coverings for the University of Florida Research and Academic Center in Lake Nona.
Window Interiors worked with KBR Building Group to furnish the four-story, 106,000-square-foot facility with MechoSystems’ manual and motorized roller shades. The window treatments, which were installed in classrooms, labs, offices and the main auditorium, block out the sun while still allowing natural light to filter through. This creates a more comfortable and pleasing learning environment for the faculty and students.
According to Kelly Garcia, Senior Project Manager, the greatest challenge of installing window treatments at the UF Research and Academic Center was furnishing the auditorium with double roller shades. The curved west facing wall of the auditorium required special measures in order to ensure the shades were installed correctly. “We had to cut the pockets and closure to follow the curve,” said Garcia. “We had the shades made as close to a straight line as possible, and we used angled brackets that could handle the curve while keeping the shades straight.”
Window Interiors worked with the contracted electrician and audio-visual company to integrate all the motorized shades into the AV system, providing seamless operation of the window coverings.
Window Interiors is currently working on other educational facilities, including Valencia College’s East, Osceola and West campuses. The company has also worked on a number of other local projects, including Nemours Children’s Hospital, Paul Mitchell The School of Orlando, The Amway Center, The Adventist Health System, and the University of Central Florida.
Window Interiors donates blinds to the Zebra Coalition
(February 11, 2013) - Window Interiors believes in giving back to the community, so we could not pass up the opportunity to lend a hand (or rather, some blinds) to the newly-built Zebra Coalition house. This winter, several Central Florida busineses pitched in supplies to construct a formal home for the organization at 911 Mills Ave.
The Zebra Coalition is a network dedicated to helping the LGBTQ youth in Orlando. You can read more about the organization from Orlando Weekly.
Tips on ways to save money when using blinds(January 22, 2013) - Whether it’s a restaurant, hospital or retail store, every building owner wants to save money and increase profits. Here are a few quick tips to help you do both when using blinds.
Be sure to keep blinds in the lowered position resting on the sill. It’s important to control incoming light with the tilt cord as well. Doing so will benefit you by:
- Providing maximum heat and glare control, which enhances visitor comfort
- Eliminating the employee time needed to raise, lower and keep all blinds level with respect to each other
- Simplifying maintenance to gentle dusting with a soft dust cloth in the closed lower tilt position
By keeping the blinds lowered with easy access to tilt the blind slats upward, the light is off the tables and allows light into the space. When the blinds are completely lifted we lose all the energy efficiency and UV protection that they offer.
To summarize, keep your window blinds down and use the tilt control. You’ll reduce costs and increase comfort of those inside the building.
Window Interiors Completed Work on Nemours Children's Hospital(January 17, 2013) - Window Interiors, an industry-leading window treatment solutions company, recently completed a job with Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona.
The window covering specialists were responsible for the design and installation of manual shades in the Nemours Children’s Clinic and hospital offices, as well as motorized solar shades in all 95 patient rooms and conference rooms of the 630,000-square-foot hospital. Each room is equipped with highly energy-efficient, LEED Gold-certified window coverings.
“The patient rooms have both solar and blackout shades to provide a variety of options for comfort. The motorized shades are controlled by a wall switch for convenience,” said Kelly Garcia, Senior Project Manager at Window Interiors. “These shades are the best option for hospital rooms because they provide patients and guests with the utmost comfort during their stay.”
In addition, there are solar activated shades in the family waiting areas on the second through fifth floors so hospital guests will be comfortable while visiting.
Nemours Children’s Hospital is an internationally recognized children’s medical facility that provides access to specialized pediatric care previously unavailable to patients in the southeastern U.S. region.
Window Interiors, based in Altamonte Springs, serves clients across the country with cutting-edge window treatment solutions which lower energy bills and protect environments from solar damage. The company has worked on a number of local projects, including Florida Hospital, The Amway Center, Adventist Group and The Peabody Orlando.
For more information on Window Interiors, visit http://www.windowinteriors.com/.
Treatment options for interior office windows(December 13, 2012) - Proper treatments for commercial interior office windows offer several benefits to the business and its employees: they can enhance the workplace’s appearance, create a more comfortable environment for those inside, and promote energy efficiency. Luckily there are many options of interior office window treatments to choose from that cater to the company’s specific needs, some of which we will explore.
Blinds come in a wide variety of styles and materials, including wood, faux and aluminum. They are an affordable option, easy to maintain and can be adjusted with the tilt cord to control incoming light.
Shutters offer a traditional, classic look. They can be made with wood, polyvinyl and even flame-retardant materials. Noise reduction acoustical shutters are an option for offices that want to block outside sound and keep the workplace environment quieter.
Drapes offer both function and beauty by keeping light outside while also enhancing the interior visual aesthetic of the commercial office. Businesses can choose between manual and motorized track systems. Cubical curtains are a popular option for healthcare and institutional facilities.
Window films protect the interior of the office from fading by blocking heat and light. 3M’s new engineered sun window films have a proven cost savings of thirty cents per square foot or more in annual electric costs, so businesses can save big on their energy bills. Custom frosted films allow businesses to create customized graphics or patterns on windows to enhance the overall look of the office, or can be used to create more privacy for interior rooms.
Window Interiors offers all of these commercial interior office window treatments and more. To discuss the right coverings for your business, please give Window Interiors a call toll-free at 1-800-654-9818.
Denny's Franchisee Association update(November 27, 2012) – We had a blast at the Denny's Franchisee Association convention earlier this month in Hawaii. Here's a photo of me, President Sandra Saft, and our National Accounts Manager Darcy Daniels (right) at the event. The convention allowed us to meet Denny's franchisee owners and show off our Denny's-approved window coverings. People loved our booth decor as we handed out flower hair pieces and Hawaiian leis and talked about the benefits of our window treatments. Many that stopped by inquired about our solar shades - they are great for restaurants owners since they are clean, easy to maintain and can help lower energy bills. Check us out in action!
Window Interiors helps give Paul Mitchell The School a makeover
Window covering specialists provide shades and window films for new Oviedo Mall school and salon(November 14, 2012) – Window Interiors, an industry-leading window treatment solutions company, recently completed window coverings for Paul Mitchell The School located in Oviedo Mall.
Window Interiors, in partnership with Tint by Masters, supplied vibrant vinyl window graphics for eight large storefront windows at the 15,600-square-foot cosmetology school. Vinyl window graphics provide businesses with the chance to showcase customized full-color photos, logos and text, while promoting energy-efficiency by keeping sunlight and heat outside to save on cooling costs.
The project, led by Business Development Manager Jason White, was completed in less than a week, just in time for the grand opening celebration in October.
Giulio Veglio, owner of Paul Mitchell The School in Oviedo, said about Window Interiors: “This is a company whose staff is willing to go above and beyond to make sure everything is delivered and done. They are true to their commitment of top quality products and service. Words alone cannot express how professional and customer-focused Jason White and his team at Window Interiors are.”
The vinyl graphics were installed on the exterior of the windows and various types of 3M window films were applied to the interior windows. The tint and blackout shades resolved the problem Paul Mitchell The School was having with heat and glare in the all glass, two-story facility which has a southern exposure. This solution also complied with the Oviedo Mall’s guidelines to not have solar shades installed in their building.
“We at Window Interiors strive to take on any challenges presented within projects and bundle our high-quality products and creativity together to form a solution that not only meets, but exceeds the client’s needs and expectations,” said White. “Both time and the sunny weather were concerns for this facility, but we were able to furnish the windows on deadline with shades that will last with the all day direct sun exposure and keep the heat out.”
The upper windows of the facility were a challenge as well, as the many small windows are textured on the inside. The glass panels had to be tinted on the exterior to offer optimal performance in the window film. The lower office windows facing the Oviedo Mall entry were also tinted to offer more privacy within the Paul Mitchell The School offices.
Window Interiors is currently working on other educational facilities, such as Valencia College East, Osceola and West campuses. The company has also worked on a number of other local projects, including Nemours Children’s Hospital, The Amway Center, The Adventist Health System, and the University of Central Florida.
About Paul Mitchell Schools (http://paulmitchell.edu)
Established 30 years ago, the Paul Mitchell network is nearly 100,000 salons strong and in 81 countries worldwide; every professional hairdresser knows the Paul Mitchell name. Now, with the arrival of Paul Mitchell Schools, we’ve taken the world of cosmetology education by storm! Visit www.paulmitchell.edu to learn more.
The hassle of unprotected windows(November 12, 2012) – Studies show that unprotected windows:
- Allow maximum daylight penetration and allow minimum energy savings
- Allow maximum heat penetration and increased demand on the HVAC system when in direct view
- Allow maximum glare and excessive contrast
- Produce too much horizontal illumination
- Provide direct view of the sun
Energy efficient window treatments are the best way you can help your client’s business conserve and reduce utility bills. Solar shades act as a barrier to heat flow, trapping air between the shade and the window, saving money on energy costs. Check out our products page to see our entire selection of window treatment options and find out which ones are right for you.
Choosing the right treatment for your windows(October 11, 2012) – The truth is window treatments impact a building’s comfort and costs. Certain window treatments can help you save energy while reducing heat and glare, optimizing comfort for those inside – all the while enhancing the overall look. Here we will explore the three popular window treatments for buildings: blinds, window films and solar shades.
Blinds are an affordable option and easy to maintain. If left in the lowered position, you can use the tilt cord to control incoming light and block harmful sunlight and UV rays from entering and causing flooring, furniture, upholstery and artwork to fade.
Window films are another product Window Interiors offers that is a good choice for the energy-conscious consumer. Our 3M’s new engineered sun window films have a proven cost savings of thirty cents per square foot or more in annual electric costs.
Window films promote energy efficiency by blocking heat and light from coming through, which also protects the interior from fading. For those buildings located in Florida and along the east coast, Window Interiors can install specialty window films to protect your building from hurricanes. For interior spaces, we can do custom frosted designs as well.
Installing solar shades is another popular option, and for good reason too – solar shades are good for your business and the environment. They reduce glare and heat, and can even decrease energy costs by at least 15%. They are also UV resistant, flame retardant and antimicrobial. Window Interiors offers select styles that are available with 100% recyclable, biodegradable materials that can have a 20-year life span. That’s twenty years of savings on your energy bills.
The Window Interiors WI Shades are our own custom-made solar shades fabricated and manufactured entirely here in the USA. They’re the result of more than 20 years of superior craftsmanship and our commitment to developing excellent products. We use Phifer Sheerweave GREENGUARD fabrics which will help you achieve LEED Gold certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.
If you need help deciding which window coverings are right for you, call Window Interiors, the window covering specialists, toll-free at 1-800-654-9818.
Lake Nona, Fla. - (September 24, 2012) – Window Interiors, an industry-leading window treatment solutions company, recently completed work for the Valencia College Lake Nona campus.
The window covering specialists worked with the college’s design department to specify manual WI solar shades in more than 18 classrooms and support spaces. Each window is protected with GREENGUARD-certified Phifer SheerWeave fabric that promotes energy-efficiency and sustainability.
“Adding solar shades to the Lake Nona campus not only promotes environmentally-friendly measures that will save energy costs, but also improves the educational experience of students and teachers by protecting them from outside heat and glare,” said Kelly Garcia, Senior Project Manager at Window Interiors. “We worked to provide a window coverings solution for Valencia College that fit the aesthetic of the building. The WI solar shades compliment the building’s natural design to provide a visually-pleasing and comfortable learning atmosphere.”
WI shades are custom-made solar shades fabricated and manufactured by Window Interiors in Altamonte Springs. By choosing a local supplier, Valencia College decreased the carbon footprint of constructing the Lake Nona campus while helping promote a stronger Central Florida economic foundation.
Window Interiors is currently working with Valencia College on several projects on the East, Osceola and West campuses. The company has also worked on a number of other local projects, including Florida Hospital, The Amway Center, Adventist Group and the University of Central Florida.
The benefits of using solar shadesSolar shades are a type of window treatment that protects the inside of the building. The sunlight’s rays are reflected instead of penetrating through the window, and the solar screens also actively absorb heat from the outside. Solar shades are a popular choice of window coverings because they offer many benefits that can help you save time, money and energy.
- Can reduce energy costs by at least 15%
- Reduces glare to improve productivity and comfort
- Provides increased privacy while allowing light to pass
- Are made with UV resistant, flame retardant and antimicrobial materials
- Offer select styles with 100% recyclable, biodegradable materials that can have a 20-year life span, generating long-term savings
- Can contribute toward LEEF project points for sustainability
- Can be motorized or manual
To see if solar shades are right for you, give Window Interiors a call toll-free at 1-800-654-9818 or visit our contact us page.
Habitat for Humanity and Window Interiors help give Orlando family a homeIn collaboration with other vendors and partners, Window Interiors supplied blinds and window treatments for a very special family through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area.
In August, Lilly Sanabria signed the papers and got the keys to her new home, which was then celebrated with a home dedication event held by Habitat on Monday, August 13th.
Here is Lilly Sanabria and her family in front of their new home. We heard some family members even drove all the way down from New York to see the house in person!
Window Interiors welcomes WawaWindow Interiors is proud to welcome Wawa to the Sunshine State. On July 18, the first Wawa in Central Florida opened for business on Central Florida Parkway near SeaWorld, quickly followed by a second location on 4700 S. Goldenrod Road.
Window Interiors had the distinct opportunity to provide our services to the Wawa location on Goldenrod. We worked with Mulligan Constructors and installer Nate White to furnish the store with solar shades on their window panels. Now customers waiting in line to enjoy the signature built-to-order Wawa hoagies won’t have to worry about the Florida sun and heat causing them discomfort.
Check out the solar shades in action below!