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Versatile specializes in custom windows. Below are summaries of sample projects from our Shop the Look pages, followed by a list of our blog articles to browse for more in-depth information.

MODERN WINDOWS

Most people think of Versatile as being specialists in historic buildings. What we bring to those projects, we also bring to modern ones. Real wood construction, no formaldehyde, top of the line hardware and styles to match the building will make these modern spaces the historic buildings of tomorrow. Here are some highlights from Versatile’s Modern Windows projects:

The Innovative and Modern “Zipper” building

  • 107 fixed window units — in just one month!

  • Versatile’s unique assembly production line strategy got the job done!

Evo building

  • Custom Douglas fir windows

  • Upper floors — custom casements a match to historic photos

  • Insulated units with clear interior panes. Outer panes tempered with low-emissivity (Low-E) coating.

  • Accomplished both impact resistance and efficient heat reflection and restricted heat loss

Albina Yard

  • Versatile built 142” tall flush exterior doors and 108” tall full lite doors

  • The flush doors feature continuous fir veneer, with a matching 34” fir transom panel above.

HISTORIC WINDOWS

We are known for our ability to restore historic buildings and are proud to have worked on hundreds of historic buildings all over the West. Here we show you a few of our most notable historic window projects:

First Congregational Church

    • 19th century church Venetian Gothic architecture

    • Once was the tallest structure in Oregon at 185 feet

    • As with any preservation project, the goal was to retain as much of the original fabric as possible. Equally important is the goal to maintain the character defining features of the original design. Location of the architectural details proved to be the biggest challenge.

    • All new pieces were made of Western Red Cedar, the same wood species as the original elements to ensure historic accuracy and material performance.

Coquille River Lighthouse

  • One of eight lighthouses along the Oregon Coast

  • Versatile built ten new windows to match the original, using historic techniques and sustainable materials and methods.

Washington High School

  • Portland Public School system put in replacement aluminum windows 40 years ago

  • With the replacement, the original pulleys and latches were lost. Luckily, we were successful in finding accurate reproduction pieces that fit with the sashes we created.

  • As the original window frames remain intact and the weights were preserved inside the walls, our new sashes are being installed into the original frames and reconnected to those original weights.

  • To balance the windows we have taken the weights from the top sash, which are now fixed in place, and added them to the weight for the bottom sash.

CLASSIC WINDOWS

By preserving traditional ways of building and blending them with modern technologies and performance standards, we design and build custom door, wooden cabinet, window and furniture solutions that harmonize aesthetics and temperament with function and utility. Descriptions of four of our Classic Building projects follow:

Towne Storage

  • 208 windows, 455 sashes, 13 building phases

  • 81 deliveries to site

  • 4,752 pounds of lead sash weights

  • 5,967 square feet of insulated glass units

  • And 1.2 miles of Simulated Divide Lite (SDL) bar applied!

Pine Street Market

  • The Pine Street Market, which opened in the spring of 2016, is located in downtown Portland in the historic Carriage & Baggage Building.

  • Listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Carriage & Baggage building is one of the few examples of a Portland livery.

  • Honored to be part of Portland’s history, Versatile created the windows, doors, and wood elements of the building’s exterior, keeping the dynamic history aesthetically alive.

Woodsman Tavern

  • A 2012 Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant nominee, The Woodsman Tavern launched the revitalization of SE Division Street.

  • The biggest challenge for this project was weather exposure as the building faced south.

  • Hand selecting the materials played a major role in the success of this project.

  • 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.

Loyal Legion Building

  • Keeping classic architecture intact, we went with the popular Eclipse system for folding windows for the Loyal Legion building in Portland.

  • This window provides a large opening with no vertical element to split the opening when the window is open. These windows can be grouped together so that all of the panes of glass are in one plane.

  • This gives a cleaner and more contemporary look to these windows, even when styled with traditional trim and pane patterns.

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