PROJECT TYPE:Historical Renovation
BUILDING TYPE: Public Conservatory
NUMBER OF OPENINGS:196
UNITS AND APPLICATIONS:Infinity Casements
ARCHITECT: Barkstrom & LaCroix Architects
CONTRACTOR: Christa Construction L.L.C.
DEALER: Rochester Colonial
The Lamberton Conservatory, located in Rochester, NY, was originally constructed in 1911 to allow for continuous specialized exhibits of diverse plant species. By 2006, the original building had deteriorated to the point that it was not cost effective to maintain and like most historic structures of that period, time had gotten the better of it. But in 2007, the Monroe County Parks Department decided it needed to do a complete tear down and historic reconstruction, maintaining every possible detail of the original design. The greenhouse atmosphere of this historical conservatory presents high demands of window materials ls due to the high interior humidity and the variant outdoor temperatures from winter to summer. The challenge was to find a window material to parallel the historic look yet hold up to the interior humidity and outdoor conditions. With its low thermal expansion, superior durability, and traditional appeal, Casements with LoE–2-272® glass from Infinity Replacement Windows were selected as the window of choice for the reconstruction project.
- After nearly a century of existence, it was determined that the Lamberton Conservatory would need a full restoration because the high temperatures and humidity had taken a toll on the original glass and steel surrounding the building
- New Infinity Replacement Windows and steel arched frames as well as salvageable gutter and vent system were just some of the renovations necessary to complete the restoration project
- In January 2009 the Lamberton Conservatory project received the “2008 Historic Preservation/Restoration Public Works Project of the Year” award from the American Public Works Association (APWA)