Trapps Gateway Center / Gardiner, NY
A brilliant example of how to honor the environment

A low maintenance exterior, energy efficiency and the strength to withstand 80 m.p.h (130 km/hr) winds made Marvin Windows and Doors the obvious choice for the 9,200-square foot (855 square meters) Trapps Gateway Center, a museum and environmental research facility perched at the head of a hiking trail.

This striking building was constructed entirely of environmentally low-impact materials, and features a glass wall that juts out to overlook New York’s Shawangunk Mountains. 

Trapps Gateway Center, a museum and environmental research facility

A glass wall overlooks the New York’s Shawangunk Mountains.

Project Highlights

  • Marvin supplied a series of energy-efficient in-sash Trapezoids, fixed Casemasters and operating Casemasters that can withstand the winds that whip around the building at speeds up to 80 m.p.h (130 km/hr).
  • The stunning glass wall posed an interesting design dilemma. Marvin’s Architectural Department presented an engineering solution to the architect, who incorporated it into the design. The solution called for adding horizontal and vertical tube steel members (3" x 4" x 5/16") that could withstand both the window load and 1,000 lbs of end load from the weight and projection of the windows over the mountainside.
  • An evergreen extruded aluminum clad exterior and bare wood interior were chosen to keep the building's look congruent with its natural surroundings.

Building Type
Museum and Environmental Research Facility

Units and Applications
Trapezoids and Casemasters with extruded-aluminum clad exteriors in Evergreen

Margaret Garcia, Architect, Lee H. Skolnick Architectural Design + Partners

Tom Anderson, Storm King General Contractors

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