Shade Light Solutions by Ver-Tex Construction to Co-Host “Smart Homes in Smart Cities” CEU Course with Yusen Associates for Boston Design Week

Boston Design Week event will focus on emerging smart home technology and possibilities for automation

BOSTON, MA, Mar. 26, 2019 – Shade Light Solutions by Ver-Tex Construction (Shade Light Solutions) recently announced that it will be co-hosting “Smart Homes in Smart Cities,” a CEU luncheon, with Yusen Associates on April 2 as part of Boston Design Week.

The event will explore the emergence of smart homes and smart cities in response to an increasingly urbanized world aimed at improving energy efficiency and quality of life. Attendees will learn how to improve energy efficiency, security and convenience with the use of intelligent, connected devices, and will also be able to identify opportunities for various smart home products throughout a property, communicate the benefits of smart home products, and ensure that these products will successfully integrate with each other.

This event will be presented as part of Boston Design Week, which seeks to increase public awareness and appreciate of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations. The vision of Boston Design Week to encourage the public to explore all aspects of design.

“With smart home technology becoming increasingly advanced and in-demand, there’s no better time to host such an educational event aimed at informing attendees on the benefits of and possibilities for smart controls. Whether it comes down to creating a more energy efficient home or added convenience for the homeowner, smart controls and systems are the future of home design and construction,” said Brianna Goodwin, President and CEO of Ver-Tex Construction. “We’re very pleased to be partnering with Yusen for this Boston Design Week event, which will be sure to inform and educate our audience on the various advantages and opportunities that exist for smart controls in the residential setting.”

“Technology is continuously evolving in our industry. Over the past several years, the focus has been on the integration of smart home products. The goal with smart home products today is to create a more comfortable home experience along with ease of use and maximizing energy efficiency. Unfortunately, the average home owner is either intimated or not familiar with the various products and solutions that are offered in the smart home market today,” said Bill Hurwitz, Vice President of Yusen Controls. “A major objective of Yusen’s is to further educate the consumer on the solutions that are available and the benefits they deliver. We believe education is the critical component needed to accelerate the adoption of using smart home products.”


About Shade Light Solutions

At Shade Light Solutions, our focus is on integration and simplicity. We offer clients an ill-inclusive service when it comes to controlling light, both natural and artificial. We will manage your project from design conceptualization to specification, installation and programming.

About Yusen Associates

Yusen Associates is an independent manufacturer representative agency focused on selling electrical, lighting & controls products and services to the New England electrical industry. Our primary customer is the electrical wholesaler. We also serve, support and maintain important relationships with the electrical contractor, electrical engineer, architect and lighting design communities. We represent commodity products, typical electrical supply products, lighting controls as well as light fixtures and lamps.

Cindy Cox Joins Ver-Tex Construction as Chief Financial Officer

Ver-Tex Construction announces new CFO as company expansion and growth continues

Ver-Tex Construction (Ver-Tex) recently announced that Cindy Cox, a recognized leader with extensive experience in senior finance operations, will join the company as Chief Financial Officer. At Ver-Tex, Cox will oversee all financial functions and will assume a strategic role in the overall management of the Company.

Cox brings with her more than 20 years of experience in senior finance and leadership roles, and she most recently helped bring her previous company from startup to a business with hundreds of employees, including national and international expansion. She has built Finance & Accounting, Human Resources and Legal infrastructure during her career, and has strength in financial planning & analysis, budgeting, organizational leadership, accounting & internal controls, and process improvement. With international experience launching and running operations in London, Toronto, Philippines, Dublin, Portugal, and Sweden, Cox provides Ver-Tex with a wealth of knowledge that will help them in their continued growth and expansion.

“I am honored to join Ver-Tex and look forward to working with Brianna and the talented team at Ver-Tex.” said Cox. “I look forward to putting my background and skills to work to help the Company achieve greater results for our team members and our clients.”

“I’m thrilled to have Cindy join Ver-Tex. Her knowledge and experience will really help take us to the next level. She’s a welcomed addition to our growing team!” said Brianna Goodwin, President and CEO of Ver-Tex Construction.

A New Year: Looking Forward

As we begin a new year, we tend to look ahead and plan for the coming months, creating resolutions, setting goals, and challenging ourselves to implement lasting, impactful changes. At Ver-Tex Construction, we promise to continue upholding our commitment to our team members and our clients, while also building new relationships, discovering and implementing the latest and greatest in window treatments, and innovating to provide our clients and customers with the most appropriate, individualized solutions for their needs.

The past few years have been filled with rapid growth for our company, but we haven’t lost sight of what matters most: our purpose, vision and core values. With a new year comes new opportunities to provide the highest quality service and solutions for our clients’ needs with unrelenting dedication and care, along with various chances to create unforgettable customer service experiences, collaborate and listen, challenge paradigms, be a community of care, and make time for life. By taking advantage of these opportunities, we will be steadfast in maintaining our vision: to be the best company in the world to work for and with.

Looking to 2019, we aim to streamline our processes, increase our efficiency, strengthen and develop our partner relationships, and ensure that we consistently provide the highest quality and customer-oriented service each and every day. We’d like to take this time to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year, and we encourage you to let us know what you’re looking to achieve in the New Year, both personally and professionally.

Happy Thanksgiving

As we move through fall, temperatures plummet and the days get shorter. At the same time, however, the holiday season offers a chance for the warmth of celebration. The holidays are a time of community, connection, and counting our blessings, with friends and family coming together to spend time, share stories, laugh and be merry. With Thanksgiving approaching, the Ver-Tex Construction management team wanted to do something truly special for our valued team members.

With a turkey dinner being a long-standing tradition of Thanksgiving, and one that brings together family and friends for a delicious and festive feast, we decided to give away six turkeys to the devoted team members who work hard to fulfill our company purpose: to provide the highest quality service and solutions for our clients’ needs with unrelenting dedication and care.

But how were we able to decide who to give the turkeys away to? And how were we go to about telling the team members? Watch the video below to find out!

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for all those who have helped us prosper and thrive throughout the years, from team members to partners, vendors to clients, and all those who have been present throughout the Ver-Tex Construction journey. From our family to yours, we wish you all a very, very Happy Thanksgiving!

Why Should I Choose Motorized Shading?

With rapid advancements in technology, homeowners are beginning to understand the many benefits of often-overlooked motorized shades. While motorized shades surely offer safety benefits, there are several other advantages to purchasing this technology for your home.

Eliminates Wear & Tear

Daily tugging or pulling on window treatments is a sure-fire way to cause damage to your manual shading systems. Eventually, even the hardware might start to loosen, causing additional costs in replacement and repairs. Motorized shading completely eliminates any struggle and even extends the longevity of your window treatments.

Easily Accessible

Regardless of whether windows are at a comfortable level or not, they still may not be accessible.  Since you can adjust motorized shades from anywhere using a variety of available wall switches and/or remotes, these are ideal for the elderly, those who are bed-ridden or homeowners who simply struggle waking up in the morning.

Increases Home Security

When windows are permanently closed, this gives burglars an open invitation into your home. Some motorized window shades can include a timer option which opens the shades during the day and closes them at night. This gives off the illusion that the home is occupied.

Countless Options

Motorized window treatments allow you to alter the exposure of natural light that penetrates the home. By doing so, you can easily control the mood at any time. In addition, motorized window treatments are offered in an array of designs, styles & colors and are available in wired or battery options.

If you are seeking to improve the aesthetics of your home without breaking your budget, opt for motorized window shades. Not only are these practical and easy to use, but motorized window treatments will create an ambience in your home that everyone can enjoy.

Ver-Tex Helps Brighten Historic Harvard Dormitories

We’ve said it before: all of Harvard’s facilities adhere to a high standard of excellence that matches the prestige and acclaim of their institution. Previously, Ver-Tex Construction worked with Harvard University and Lee Kennedy on a project at the university’s business school campus.

At the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, Ver-Tex installed approximately 40 Mecho manual clutch operated shades and 115 Mecho WhisperShade IQ2 intelligent motorized shades using Mecho’s proprietary EcoVeil PVC-free fabrics.

Once completed, our focus shifted from the business school to its main campus, where Ver-Tex worked on two separate large dorm renovations at Harvard’s Winthrop House. The first was Gore Hall. With Consigli Construction serving as the general contractor, this was a massive undertaking that included a renovation spanning over 100,000 square feet. We installed approximately 460 manual shades and 30 motorized shades on this project.

Gore Hall was just one piece of Harvard’s House Renewal Program, which seeks to create revitalized student living spaces, and social and academic areas. The second project, occurring nearly simultaneously on campus, was Standish Hall. Much like Gore Hall, this was a complete renovation of the 81,000 square foot. space. Lee Kennedy served as the general contractor. We installed approximately 265 manual shades on this project. In addition to shade installation, Ver-Tex Construction also supplied a number of miscellaneous specialties including wall protection, signage, lockers, FECs, toilet accessories, appliances, and bike racks.

Both Gore Hall and Standish Hall were built over a hundred years ago to house freshmen and will continue to be fine homes to Harvard’s student population for decades to come.

Ver-Tex Brightens Engineering Research Opportunities at Brown University

Did you know that Brown University has one of the oldest Ivy League engineering programs? Originally established in 1794 and located in Providence, RI, it is the seventh-oldest academic institution for higher education in the country. While Brown University has a strong legacy built on history and tradition, Brown University also looks towards the future, particularly in creating new educational opportunities for its students so they may learn, grow, and find solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues.

The Brown University School of Engineering’s Engineering Research Center is one such opportunity, and Ver-Tex is very proud to have been part of this exciting project! Ground was originally broken back in Fall 2015 and the building was completed in Fall 2017.

The three-story, 80,000 sq. ft. space was built entirely from the ground up, featuring dedicated workstations for graduate students, cutting edge research labs, classrooms, conference rooms, and more. Shawmut Design & Construction served as General Contractor on the project and was designed by Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake.

Ver-Tex installed approximately (50) Hunter Douglas manual shades and (60) Lutron Sivoia QS motorized shades on this project. The motorized shades included the Hyperion automation system from Lutron. This solar-adapting shade software can adjust shades throughout the day with the changing position of the sun, allowing for energy savings and reducing both glare and heat. Hyperion includes automated raising and lowering of the shades, based on location and building orientation.

The entire project adhered to the school’s Facility Design and Construction Standards and is built to fit LEED® Gold Certification. This certification means the building’s energy and performance goal is 25% better than the minimum criteria established in the Rhode Island-adopted International Energy Conservation Code.  

Upon completion, Brown University President Christina Paxson was quoted, “This building is a statement about the importance of engineering at Brown and also in the world at large.” It truly is an extraordinary space and we’re proud of the Ver-Tex team for doing such a fantastic job!

Ver-Tex Helps Illuminate Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center at Harvard Business School

Harvard University is one of the most prestigious and acclaimed academic institutions in the world. Thousands of individuals pass through its doors on their journeys towards developing groundbreaking businesses, life-saving medicines, and much more. All of Harvard’s facilities must match this high standard of excellence. The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center is one of these establishments, and Ver-Tex Construction is very proud to have been a part of this project.

Built on Harvard Business School’s (HBS) campus, the building is dedicated to the late Ruth Mulan Chu Chao and her tireless commitment to improving higher education. Four of Ruth’s daughters attended HBS; Ruth taught them to strive for greatness through academic achievement. This has been the driving force behind the Chao Family Foundation, which primarily seeks to help young people access higher education and thus become better leaders in a rapidly changing global community.

Goody Clancy served as the architect on this massive 90,000 square foot space, and Lee Kennedy was the general contractor. The building is a mixture of classrooms, offices, a coffee shop, and other multi-purpose spaces.

Since the Chao Center will serve as a meeting hub for more than 10,000 executives who attend classes each year, making sure the building’s interior received the proper amount of light was crucial. Ver-Tex installed approximately 40 Mecho manual clutch operated shades and 115 Mecho WhisperShade IQ2 intelligent motorized shades using Mecho’s proprietary EcoVeil PVC-free fabrics on this project. The centerpiece of the project was two segmented radius glass windows in the front of the building. Ver-Tex installed mitered shade pockets and installed multi-banded shades using angled couplers to follow the profile of the glass. The finished product was a tailored custom fit that proved the skills of the Ver-Tex craftsmen.

Ver-Tex Helps Shine Light on Shire Pharmaceuticals’ Growth

Shire Pharmaceuticals, one of the leading global biopharmaceutical companies, expanded its footprint in Massachusetts last spring with the acquisition of two properties in Lexington. This sale allowed Shire to expand its total occupied space in Lexington to over one million square feet.

Ver-Tex is proud to have worked to shine new light on both of these properties. The first property is located on 45-55 Hayden Avenue in Lexington; Consigli Construction served as the general contractor on the project. We installed roughly 250 Lutron Sivoia QS motorized shades in the large office space.

The second property is located at 95 Hayden Avenue. Columbia Construction was the general contractor on this project, which involved the installation of approximately 300 Lutron Sivoia QS motorized shades. This five-level space is extremely large at 200,000 square feet and was designed to accommodate more company growth. Shire opened its new offices early in the summer last year, and they currently host over 800 employees.

Shire’s new space in Lexington will serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters, and will have its largest concentration of employees. In addition to Lexington, Shire also has property in Cambridge, Waltham, North Reading, Belmont and Burlington. The Ver-Tex team also completed another project at their lab on Binney Street in Cambridge, where we installed stainless steel corner guards and a Life Science Products stainless steel crash rail.

We look forward to watching Shire continue to grow and bring groundbreaking products to the medical field.

No matter what size the commercial space, our design experts can work with you to find the perfect shades to take your building to the next level.

Keep Your Space Cool This Summer with Automated Shades

Without question, New England summers can be as brutal as New England winters (and we won’t even get into the summer months in Florida). Finding a solution to keep you cool that is more cost effective than simply cranking up the air conditioning is easier than you think: look no further than upgrading to automated shades.

As a vital piece of a climate control system, automated shades can be a great way to help cool down your space–residential or commercial–while also providing a stylish upgrade.

In a residential space, cellular or honeycomb shades are ideal to help keep your room cool. They are constructed from two pieces of fabric to create cell-like shapes (hence the “honeycomb” name). This structure traps air in the pockets, creating insulation in the room that works for both hot and cold climates. Some manufacturers have even created “honeycomb-within-honeycomb” shades for maximum energy efficiency!

Cellular/honeycomb shades come in a variety of fabrics and opacities, they can be installed with top-down/bottom-up functionality for a more versatile look. Not only are honeycomb shades energy efficient and stylish, but they can offer an added layer of privacy and dimension to your space. One of the design trends we’re watching for this season is texture, and the texture of these shades falls right into that category.  

If you’re looking to minimize energy consumption in a commercial space, automated shades offer an excellent solution that will help your bottom line. One of the other design trends we’re watching is creative office spaces, and we think utilizing the power of automated shades to ensure a productive atmosphere, free of sun glare and hot temperatures, is a great idea.

Automated shades can help provide what is often called daylight harvesting. Daylight harvesting is an energy management technique that uses natural daylight to offset the need for electric lighting to properly light a space. With some control systems, automated shades can be programmed to work with both lighting systems and HVAC controls to affect the temperature of your space and overall energy output. Imagine giving your AC a break with the touch of a button by lowering a translucent solar shade during peak daylight hours to naturally reduce heat gain and protect your valuables from UV rays!

Modern, stylish, secure–and most importantly, cool. Make the upgrade to automated or honeycomb shades this summer.