Top Five Reasons Why Window Treatments Matter in the Workspace

Window treatments can have a surprising effect on your business. While it may not seem like it right away, there are many different benefits to consider that go well beyond comfort level. In fact, when chosen correctly, window treatments can actually help your company and its employees thrive in a more successful environment. Check out the top five reasons why window treatments matter in the workspace:

  1. Energy Costs

Depending on the fabric and type of shade, window treatments can help with the temperature of your building. For example, both white shade fabric, and Koolblack, the innovative, new dark fabric from Mermet, reflect heat back out, putting less stress and demand on your HVAC system. Also, automated shade systems integrate with lighting control and automatically react to the position of the sun and real-time lighting conditions.

  1. Productive Work Environment

Did you know that employees with more light exposure at the office had better sleep, increased physical activity and quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace? That’s because daylight promotes human health and well-being. Studies have found that employees who worked in environments that allowed for plenty of natural sunlight were less stressed and more focused on tasks. When choosing window treatments for your business space, be sure to choose a style that brings in plenty of natural sunshine while also balancing the issues that too much sun and glare can bring.

  1. Limited Screen Glare

While daylight may promote increased human health and well-being, one of the downsides of sitting near windows is the inevitable glare that occurs on computer screens. Window treatments, particularly automated shades with darker fabrics, provide employees the option to adjust accordingly to get rid of those pesky glares and still allow for natural light to shine through the room.

  1. Privacy and Security

The privacy and security of your business is always important, which is why it’s crucial that your window treatment option provides you and your employees the most peace of mind. Adding curtains or blinds, such as Halcyon, to the windows in your office or conference room gives you complete control over how much of your business can be seen from the outside, which can come in handy during confidential meetings.

  1. Aesthetics Benefits

For any office space, the design is what leaves a lasting impression on its employees and visitors. Your office is a reflection of who you are as a company. Window treatments allow you the option to customize your company’s interiors with styles including traditional, rustic, formal, and modern, which can increase the aesthetic appeal and professionalism of your business. No matter what the style, window treatments are a great way to enhance the beauty of a workspace, and improve the overall atmosphere for your employees.

By partnering with Ver-Tex to provide the latest in window treatment solutions, business owners will be able to find the perfect window treatment to help lead their employees and organization to success.

Ver-Tex Helps Bristol-Myers Squibb Bring Biologics Opportunities to Massachusetts

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines to help better the lives of patients battling serious diseases. In 2013, the New York City-based biopharmaceutical company behind the popular antidepressant drug, Abilify, planned a $250 million expansion of its large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Devens, Massachusetts.

Located 45 miles west of Boston, the 89-acre site accommodates a large-scale bulk biologics facility. The site includes four main buildings: a BioPharma manufacturing facility, a central utility building, an administrative/quality control building and a warehouse/storage structure. With the hopes of adding 350 jobs to its Devens facility, BMS was in need of a top-notch project management and installation solution to fit the needs of its new 89-acre site. Ver-Tex worked with the general contractor, Lend Lease, to install toilet partitions, wall protection, lockers, fire extinguishers and cabinets, warehouse racking, motorized file storage systems, custom glass marker boards, appliances, wire mesh partitions, shades and a FabriTRAK® System, a unique product that effectively combines acoustic performance and artistic imagery.

The state of Massachusetts is the country’s center for medical education and research, so it came as no surprise that news of the expansion received positive feedback. “This is a great example of why life sciences have become top job creators in the state,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, president, and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. She has also said, “The real draw for large companies to Massachusetts is our pipeline of early-stage companies. They want a front-row seat, and we want to invest in making this a good ecosystem for them to be part of.”

By partnering with Ver-Tex and the latest project management and installation solutions in Divisions 09, 10, 11, 12, and 16, BMS is now a space to discover innovative solutions that enhance various environmental, health and safety operational practices.

Shutters are Making a Comeback

Are you looking to add an elegant appearance and timeless design to your home? Consider adding interior shutters. At first glance, shutters provide a rustic and traditional look to a home’s style. However, for many contemporary homes, high-end shutters are becoming an in-demand window treatment solution.

With many different styles to choose from, shutters fit in with just about any décor and offer a clean, cohesive theme throughout a home. If you’re still deciding whether or not shutters are the right window treatment option for your home, keep these 5 reasons in mind:

Light Control

The ability to control light exposure is a key feature to consider when choosing new window treatments. Shutters can be positioned in a variety of ways, thus allowing homeowners to choose exactly how much or how little light to let into their space.

Privacy

Privacy is sometimes the most important detail to think about when choosing a window treatment solution. Depending on a home’s location, privacy can be a major concern. Shutters can be closed tightly to maintain your privacy, all while still allowing light and air into any room.

Easy to Clean

Shutters are a practical, functional, and simple window treatment solution. They are easy to maintain and clean regardless of lifestyle or environmental factors. By just using a cloth, homeowners will be able to quickly clean the dirt, dust, and allergens that window treatments often accumulate.

Durability

Most shutters are made from faux wood materials that make them durable and lightweight. In fact, shutters created from these high-quality materials can provide long-term value for a home.

Timeless Design 

Interior shutters feature a truly classic look that effortlessly complements any home décor. With clean lines and an elegant appearance, these window treatments provide a timeless design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

By partnering with Ver-Tex to provide the latest in interior shutter design for window treatment solutions, homeowners will be able to find the perfect shutter to fit their lifestyle.

Ver-Tex Sheds Light on Partners HealthCare’s New Home in Somerville

Partners HealthCare is a Boston-based, non-profit hospital and private employer made up of two of the leading health care institutions in the country: Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Founded in 1994, Partners HealthCare is Massachusetts’s largest health care system, and treats more than a third of hospital patients in the Boston metropolitan area.

In June 2016, Partners HealthCare worked with Ver-Tex Shading Solutions to design and install window treatments for its newest corporate office in Somerville’s Assembly Row complex. The 13-story building has an open layout with low cubicle walls. It is almost completely free of private offices, with just one office space for the chief executive, Dr. David Torchiana. The building also includes hundreds of private rooms where employees can meet in small groups to discuss ideas, or take phone calls in private. The LEED Gold Certified building offers employees two stories of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Boston skyline, the Mystic River, and several of the unique shops at Assembly Row. Ver-Tex worked with Suffolk Construction to install more than 2,800 manual shades, and 175 motorized shades, which can tie-in to the building’s automated management system. Ver-Tex’s window treatment design gives employees absolute control of the amount of natural light allowed in, which creates an energy-efficient and appealing work environment.

By partnering with Ver-Tex to provide the latest in manual and motorized shading technology, Partners HealthCare has created an office environment that will encourage more employee collaboration, foster new and innovative thinking in health care, and create efficiency for the thousands of physicians who work at the company’s hospitals.

The 825,000-square-foot administrative office space will serve as the central location for all functions of the health care network including finance, information technology, legal, human resources, and other administrative departments. This will be the first time more than 1,200 employees will be working under the same roof. By this summer, the building will house approximately 4,200 employees in total.

30 Dalton Selects Ver-Tex Shading Solutions To Put the Finishing Touches on its Luxury Apartments

30 Dalton is a 26-story apartment community located at the corner of Dalton and Belvidere Streets in Boston. Just minutes away from Fenway Park and the city’s premier shopping destinations, this thoughtfully designed space featuring open floor plans and incredible Boston skyline views is where creativity meets luxury.

The collaborating architects, Cambridge Seven Associates and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, worked with Pritzker Realty Group to design 30 Dalton with a modern twist. The building boasts 218 luxury rental units with amenities that will satisfy any resident’s lifestyle. With its unique prismatic form and shallow curve, the innovative building needed a window treatment design to match its high-end feel in both style and function. In 2016, 30 Dalton selected Ver-Tex Shading Solutions as its preferred shade solutions provider.

Ver-Tex worked with Suffolk Construction to install more than 1,700 manual shades in the 30 Dalton’s apartment units. In addition to those manual shades, Ver-Tex installed 50 motorized shades and 10 motorized drapery tracks throughout the two 26th floor penthouse units, the resident community space, the library, and the leasing area. The large floor-to-ceiling windows in each unit called for a window treatment that would provide multiple benefits. The shades installed by Ver-Tex enhance privacy, filter light, and regulate temperature. The ability to adjust the motorized shades via remote control or smartphone app fits in with the modern luxurious atmosphere the building exudes.

By partnering with Ver-Tex to provide the latest in manual and motorized shading technology, 30 Dalton has ensured that each resident will enjoy a sophisticated, green design that is beautiful, practical, and convenient.

Microsoft Selects Ver-Tex Construction Specialties for New England Branch

The greater Boston area is home to some of the highest ranking universities in the country, world-class hospitals, and cutting-edge tech companies, such as Microsoft. Since 1975, Microsoft has become a recognized brand name and industry leader in software services, devices, and solutions for people and businesses across the globe.

With 12 corporate and retail locations in the Boston area, Microsoft landed on building its newest technology center in Burlington, MA. This location will serve as a regional hub for approximately 300 of Microsoft’s New England sales, marketing, and services group to reach customers, partners, and developers throughout Northeast territory. The new Burlington office “places us in a centralized location close to Boston, but with easier access to all the surrounding states in our sales region,” said Microsoft General Manager, Robert Davy in a blog post about the move. When Microsoft made the move to its new Burlington office, the overall goal was to create a state-of-the-art facility with open working space for its sales and marketing team. Architects of Sasaki Associates designed a large open concept space encompassing 55,000 square feet. The building accommodates corporate offices, training rooms, and includes a cutting edge technology viewing experience.

Ver-Tex worked with Lee Kennedy Co Inc to install large FilzFelt and a FabriTRAK® Systems. Ver-Tex is New England’s exclusive dealer of FabriTRAK Systems, a unique product that effectively combines acoustic performance and artistic imagery. The FabriTRAK® System is an on-site installation, engineered to accommodate the architectural and design professional’s creativity. It is a cost-effective sound control and sound absorption tool for creating and enhancing interior environments with form, function, color and texture. Ver-Tex uses FabriTRAK’s PVC-free tracks in order to meet healthy building standards, an important feature for an eco-friendly acoustical system. FilzFelt, known for its thermal and acoustic insulation properties, is 100% wool design felt imported from Germany and designed for acoustic solutions, drapery, floor coverings, hanging panels wall panels.

By partnering with Ver-Tex and its comprehensive FabriTRAK acoustic track system, Microsoft’s newest New England office space is an innovative and creative addition to Boston’s thriving tech community.

Ver-Tex Brings Innovation to Goodwin Procter LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP is the second-largest law firm in Boston and has recently been awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), a globally recognized symbol of excellence in Green Building. The firm was awarded the LEED Gold with 69 points, one of the highest rating levels available in LEED certification.

With approximately 380,000 square feet, Goodwin Procter is home to more than 460 Boston-based attorneys serving a wide variety of clients in both business law and litigation. While making the move from its previous office at Exchange Place on 53 State Street in 2016, Goodwin Procter worked with Turner Construction and Ver-Tex Shading Solutions to design and install window treatments for the firm’s new 17-story glass tower at 100 Northern Ave in Boston’s waterfront.

Ver-Tex installed more than 1,300 manual MechoShades and over 200 Lutron motorized shades with integrated lighting control as part of the firm’s initiative to create a more sustainable building. Goodwin Procter was also designed with an aesthetic mindset with floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the building with natural light and views overlooking The Public Green and six-acre Fan Pier Marina.

The glass tower building and Ver-Tex’s automated shading systems ensure electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and an improved quality of life for the firm’s employees and clients. Andrew C. Sucoff, Goodwin Procter’s Boston Office Chair, believes the green building is an important step in the right direction for the firm to be recognized as not only one of America’s greatest law firms, but also as an innovative leader. “Calling 100 Northern Avenue our new home gives us the exciting opportunity to be a part of a thriving, revitalized community, alongside high-tech, biotech and other innovative companies, many of whom are also our clients,” said Sucoff.
By partnering with Ver-Tex Shading Solutions and the latest in automated shading technology, Goodwin Procter’s new space is an innovative and sustainable addition to Boston’s Seaport District.

Ver-Tex Helps Build the Future for Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is ranked the 6th best healthcare facility in the United States and is the largest healthcare provider in Boston. BWH recently worked with Ver-Tex Shading Solutions to design and install window treatments for its newest addition in 2016: the Brigham Building for the Future (BBF).

With over 3,600 researchers, including more than 1,000 principal investigators and 2,600 professional and technical staff, BWH was in need of a top notch shading solution with the latest technology to fit the needs of its research and clinical staff at BBF. Ver-Tex worked with Suffolk Construction and MechoShades to install more than 1,300 manual and motorized shades for the new facility. While outside lighting can be a comfort issue in laboratories, it can also work as a functionality issue as well. Ver-Tex’s automatic shading systems allow the lab staff at BBF to have absolute control of the light coming in thus having an important effect on the laboratory’s interior brightness, energy efficiency, and glare.

On the cusp of cutting edge technology, the building was also designed using drones, GoPro cameras, and virtual reality (VR) technology. A state-of-the-art laboratory enables the research and clinical team at BBF to go far beyond basic medical research and testing. Advanced technological systems provide new machines, medicines, and treatments that could potentially save and improve the lives of billions.

 
This outpatient clinical space and advanced imaging facilities is now home to many researchers and clinicians from across varied disciplines. The chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, James Kang, MD, hopes that a more open shared space will help bring in more structural support to collaborative teams.

By partnering with Ver-Tex and the latest technology in healthcare, BBF is a space for opportunities to discover innovative treatments for patients with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease.

5 Trends in Smart Home Technology to Watch in 2017

The smart home market is expected to reach $122 Billion by 2022. From virtual reality to controlling the temperature of your home with the touch of your mobile device, technology continues to impact the way you live and how you keep your home safe, secure, and comfortable.

Here’s what to expect from smart home technology in the new year:

  1. Wireless Power Controls

Wireless control has come a long way, especially when it comes to how you control your home. Home automation allows you to control a variety of devices, including your window shades, with a tap of your finger. Whether it’s on your tablet or smartphone, the idea of having to deal with the burden of extension cords and wires is a thing of the past.

  1. Programmable Thermostats

Automated shades are an important feature for those who want to take better control of the temperature of your home or institution. This feature has the capability of connecting your window blinds to motion and location sensors, thermostats and more. With automated shades, you will have the option to program your window shades to automatically react based on the weather conditions outside whether you’re home or away. As a result, this can protect your home and prevent any and all worst case storm scenarios.

  1. Controllable Lighting

With the touch of a button, you can control your home’s different light needs and privacy throughout the day by adjusting the positioning of your window shades. Through your smartphone or tablet, you can not only set schedules to automatically turn lights on and off, but you can also use sensors to automatically trigger lights with motion and control multiple lights simultaneously throughout your home or institution.

  1. Advanced Security Systems

Setting up an automated shades system provides you the privacy and security you need. While you’re away, automated shades can be a great way to increase the appearance of someone being at home. Simple timers that turn your lights off and on every day will provide that “lived-in” look that will steer away any unwanted strangers. With the automated shades system, you can prevent someone from taking an unauthorized peek making your home less of a target for burglary.

  1. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) technology and systems have exploded this past year. In fact, according to Business Insider, the total revenue for VR is projected to increase from $5.2 billion in 2016 to over $162 billion in 2020. From entertainment to healthcare, VR is emerging on many different platforms and in 2017, you can expect to see a massive increase in VR products and services, especially for your smart home. The idea of VR “showrooms” will give you the ability to preview hundreds of shading/light combinations before making design decisions. Additionally, this will allow you to walk through full-scale digital models to better understand how natural light will affect design choices depending on time of day, season, fabric choices, etc.

Ver-Tex Shading Solutions, New England’s industry leader for design and installation of window treatments and construction specialties, has partnered with ConstructionVR to build a VR “showroom” in 2017. When complete, Ver-Tex’s virtual showroom will feature a variety of 3-D immersive technologies using head-mounted displays and motion tracking systems so that you can experience different scenarios and make adjustments to a project in real-time.

Ready to get started on these popular smart home trends for your New England residence, academic institution, or business? Contact Ver-Tex at (781) 332-3030 and visit our Boston showroom today.

Protect Your Home This Holiday Season With Ver-Tex

Automated shades can give privacy and security for your home this holiday season, especially when you’re not home. The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year, and one of the most vulnerable for burglaries. Using automated shades, you can leave your home for the holidays with your mind at ease. With the touch of a button, you can control your home’s different light needs and privacy throughout the day by adjusting the positioning of your window shades.

Automated shades often feature the capability of connecting your blinds to motion and location sensors, thermostats and much more. As a result, you can have your shades automatically react when it’s too cold or hot, when you’re home or away, preventing any and all worst case storm scenarios to protect your home.

Additionally while you’re away, automated shades can be a great way to increase the appearance of someone being at home. Simple timers that turn your lights off and on every day will not provide that “lived-in” look that will steer any unwanted strangers. This can prevent someone from taking an unauthorized peek and could make your home less of a target for burglary.

For more than 30 years, Ver-Tex Shade Solutions has been the industry leader for design & installation of window treatments and construction specialties products. From commercial to residential environments, Ver-Tex has made it their passion to offer safe and secure solutions to your homes through their window treatment products. Visit Ver-Tex’s Boston showroom today and get started on keeping your home safe for the holidays by contacting Ver-Tex at (781) 332-3030.