Case Studies and Testimonials

Knock Knolls Nature Center

  • Project: Knoch Knolls Nature Center
  • Location: Naperville, IL
  • Owner: Naperville Park District
  • Weather Shield products: Signature Series direct sets, awnings and custom triangle-shaped windows
  • Architect/Builder: Wight & Co., Darian, IL (Ania Szulc (pronounced Sholes), project lead)
  • Weather Shield Dealer: Creative Millwork in St. Charles, IL
  • Weather Shield rep: Les Mathson
  • Project description: Completed in the summer of 2014, the Knoch Knolls Nature Center in the Chicago suburb of Naperville recently received its LEED Platinum certification. The building was able to achieve the highest certification level offered by the U.S. Green Building Council in part because of its Weather Shield Signature Series direct set, awning and custom, triangle-shaped windows. The architect had originally specified aluminum windows but was convinced that the Signature Series’ aluminum clad exteriors and wood interiors would lend greater energy efficiency and provide the appearance of aluminum windows on the exterior with warm wood interiors that complemented the timber ceiling beams and other wood-centric design elements.


  • Project: Axis Apartments
  • Location: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Weather Shield products: Visions 2500 single hung, awning, and direct set (sim sash) windows in silver and champagne anodized, and craftsman bronze painted exteriors. Entry doors.
  • Developer/builder/owner: Flaherty & Collins, Indianapolis
  • Weather Shield Dealer: G2 Architectural Products, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Weather Shield rep: Les Mathson
  • Project description: $85-million mixed use development featuring 300 upscale apartments with a mix of in-unit amenities such as soaker tubs, granite countertops, wall-to-ceiling Weather Shield Windows, and stainless steel appliances. A rooftop gathering area has grills, a bar and outdoor televisions. The 6-story building, which comprises one-square-block, offers a variety of retail stores on its first and second levels.

University of Wisconsin - Stout; Harvey Hall

  • Project: University of Wisconsin - Stout; Harvey Hall
  • Location: Menomonie, WI
  • Weather Shield products: Premium Series Single Hung Windows and French Doors
  • Architect/Builder: Miron Construction
  • Weather Shield Dealer: National Window Associates, Maple Grove, MN
  • Weather Shield rep: Les Mathson
  • Weather Shield Territory Manager: Scott Olson
  • Project description: The historic project is an excellent case study regarding Weather Shield’s custom capabilities. We closely replicated large monumental windows that were manufactured 100 years ago. Some of the details include custom BMC, custom sash lugs, two custom exterior colors, custom wood species (white oak - FSC), and custom interior stain color. The success of this project goes in large part to the project manager, Sally Thomas, architectural service group of Weather Shield, and River Architects of La Crosse, Wisconsin.