Custom Entryway Systems
“Versatile strives to bring new technologies together with traditional building methods to create the best products possible.”
For Versatile building a custom storefront system for the Full Sail Brewing’s Hood River corporate offices was the perfect blend of Uniquely Versatile elements: unusual scale, specific climate and weather conditions.
The central design theme throughout this project was Vertical Grain Douglas Fir. The main entrance is meant to highlight this theme with solid CVG Douglas fir transom, sidelites, and doors with a clear finished interior and exterior.
The greatest challenge to the project was that the existing masonry opening was not at all square, plumb or level. Several framing options had to be explored to find a solution that would fit the doors and glass as designed while adjusting for the variances in the existing opening. The commercial hardware specified for the doors was very complex and challenging to integrate into an entry door of normal thickness.
The final project’s clean lines and natural clear grain fir makes the entrance seem easy and approachable without hinting at the surprisingly complex design solutions required to integrate them into the space. We are proud to provide such a warm wood welcome to the staff and guests of Full Sail Brewing.
The age of the Witherspoon building, along with the amount of steel necessary to bring the building up to current seismic standards, made our job very difficult. Another challenge was incorporating electronics for a security system into a solid wood door. We had to keep very close vertical and horizontal alignment throughout our storefront system. We built the rough openings around the steel beams.
To incorporate the electronics, we ran wiring through the lock rail of the door to get them from a special hinge to an electrified latch. This was then linked to a card reader. This was an extremely difficult and immense task that our team pulled off.
The vertical mullions at the lower and upper storefront windows align perfectly, as do all of the casings. As for the door, the result was an end product that looks beautifully simple and yet still historic. But upon closer inspection, the building actually houses a tremendous amount of hardware and technology.
The storefront was particularly challenging. This was because the oversized tempered glass required was larger than any domestic tempering oven that we could locate and was ultimately sourced from Canada.
The wood for this storefront is Sapele. We often choose this beautiful material for stain-grade products because of its rich, dark appearance. We also utilize it for paint-grade applications when high exposure calls for greater resistance to weathering and decay. This entry system, consisting of quartersawn white oak door, side panels, and arched transom, is designed to coordinate with original materials and details.
For maximum accuracy, we looked to our state-of-the-art CNC machine to produce the radiused pieces. The geometric precision on some of the slender pieces was so accurate and consistent, we have since adapted our production to integrate this strategy. This is a perfect example of how Versatile strives to bring new technologies together with traditional building methods to create the best products possible.
Just One More…
This entryway for the popular restaurant Autentica features double-hung windows and transoms.
Custom Storefront Systems
“Versatile always tries to anticipate possible challenges before they turn into problems, and by selecting such an experienced team we were able to avoid major issues.”
For The Woodsman Tavern, we were to replace the dated aluminum storefront with replicated traditional wood divided lite transoms over picture windows with insulated glass, along with custom entry doors.
The stain grade doors for Roman Candle and Ava Gene’s needed to fit the aesthetic and vibe of the restaurants. While still being able to withstand harsh weather exposure. The biggest challenge for all three projects was weather exposure because they all face south.
Hand selecting the materials played a major role in the success of these projects. Versatile’s highly experienced carpenter, Jeff Vasey, hand selected the wood to ensure each piece had a tight grain pattern to help extend the life of each item. From an aesthetic side, it was also important to find pieces of wood that matched and had complimentary grain patterns.
Versatile always tries to anticipate possible challenges before they turn into problems, and by selecting such an experienced team we were able to avoid major issues. This team included Versatile shop carpenters and installers from Orange-PDX construction.
We have been deeply enjoying the process of designing and installing a very unusual project. A custom single hung window system and storefront for Siteworks at the new Pine Street Market food hall.
Developing the Pine Street Market project included a combination of:
Exactly matching existing window details:
- Developing an innovative external weight and pulley system for the single hung storefront windows.
- They were counterbalanced by visible black pipe, allowing the sash to operate without need for weight pockets in the walls.
Just One More…
We worked with Arciform and architect, Paul Falsetto to create the updated entry system for the historic Hollywood Theater.