Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thanks to donors, we have new energy-efficient windows

For those who contributed to our last Home Appeal, here’s how your gift is being put to excellent use! Thanks to our generous supporters, new energy-efficient windows are being installed on the main floor of the monastery.

The impressive arch-top windows are 122 inches tall and 70 inches wide. Each has 22 panes of tinted glass that’s 5/8 inch. The 23 new insulated windows replace ones that are 75 years old and have been leaking air.

Keusch Glass, Inc. of Jasper, Indiana, is coordinating the window replacement, with Mohr Construction, Ferdinand, doing removal and installation. Work began April 12 and has continued between — and despite — frequent episodes of rain. So far seven windows — five in St. Gertrude Hall and two in the serving room — have been installed. The dining room windows are next on the agenda. Eventually, work will be done to replace the old woodwork and trim for each of the windows.

We’re grateful for the overwhelming response to last summer’s appeal that has made it possible for us to replace all 23 of the old windows. Blessings to all who have made this major project such a huge success!

Top: A heavy plastic curtain keeps the air from blowing through the serving room. Above left: Jeff Mohr and Tony Mohr remove part of the arch from an old window. Above right: They install the arch of a new window. Left: A newly installed window provides a striking frame for a lovely view of the monastery grounds and the countryside beyond.

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