Ver-Tex Helps Bring Noteworthy Music Recital Space to Light

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One of the oldest secondary schools in the United States, Phillips Exeter Academy is heavily built upon tradition; but has built an even stronger reputation upon innovation, not only in its educational practices.

In Fall 2016, the Class of 1959 Music Center Addition installed a massive expansion to the academy’s Forrestal-Bowld Music Center. This expansion included the Bowld Recital Studio. Ver-Tex is proud to have helped bring this innovative space to light.

Ver-Tex worked closely with Consigli Construction, who served as general contractor on the project and ensured the space was acoustically sound. William Rawn Associates was the architect on the 4,000 square foot space. Intended as an instrumental recital room, it can hold up to 300 audience members.

Ver-Tex installed approximately 15 manual shades and 17 motorized shades from MechoShade Systems. Specifically, the motorized shades located in the new Recital Studio are Mecho’s Monumental specialty shades. Standing roughly 45 feet tall, this adaptive shading system is ideal for effective shading in areas with large windows, making it the perfect fit for the Bowld.

The expansion project also included a music and media technology center, practice rooms, and facilities, totaling roughly 12,000 square feet in all. In addition to shade installation, Ver-Tex also supplied several miscellaneous specialties for this large expansion, including visual display, toilet partitions & accessories, wall protection, lockers, and acoustical drapes.

After partnering with Ver-Tex, Phillips Exeter Academy now has a beautiful, acoustically sound space in which to bring more opportunities to Exeter’s growing music program and the surrounding community.

Automated Shades Provide Security and Privacy to Your Home

It’s that time of year again in New England–while the calendar indicates we’ve already passed the first day of Spring, the weather still seems perpetually gray, dreary, and wet. What better time to take a week-long vacation to somewhere sunny and warm?

The only major downside to vacationing is what you leave behind. From pets to paintings to purses, we all have valuable possessions that we want to protect from unwanted eyes, especially when we’re not home.

As we mentioned in a previous blog, one of the top five benefits of automated shades is privacy and security, for numerous reasons. While leaving your shades down for 24 hours a day can keep unwanted eyes away from the interior of your home, it may leave your home looking vulnerable. To an outsider, nothing makes it seem more like someone is home than seeing shades raise and lower.

When you automate your motorized shades, you can program them to raise and lower at different times of the day, allowing some sunshine into your home (and perhaps on your plants!) during the day, while keeping it closed off at night. Depending on the manufacturer, there are various programming options available, some that can even be operated from your smartphone! Most systems allow for completely random schedules, maximizing your home’s “lived in” look. You can choose when the motorized shades raise and lower, how far they lower or raise, and more. With increased smart home automation integration, there are even more options to explore–ask us how your automated shades can help boost your home’s efficiency!

Even when you’re not traveling, motorized shades conveniently enhance privacy by raising or lowering with just the touch of a button. Did we mention they give you peace of mind around your children and pets because all motorized shades are cordless?

There are many benefits to converting your manual shades to motorized, and we’d love to discuss them with you in more detail. To learn more about our residential shading options, please contact us. There are also motorized shade options available for commercial spaces!