Technology

This old windmill

If you live in or have driven by the country side, you’ve probably seen windmills in the middle of fields and pastures.  If you fall in the first category, you most likely know what they are and what they do.  If not, you might be interested to learn that these windmills serve as a mechanical pump for a water well sitting right below them.  Although not ubiquitous, they continue to be used successfully on farms, ranches, and homes across rural America. I’ve worked on several custom home projects that got their water supply from wells, but alas, none of them used windpumps as...

View into Jeld-Wen

I was invited to tour the Jeld-Wen plant in beautiful Bend, Oregon, which is where they manufacture their custom series of wood and aluminum clad-wood doors and windows.  This used to be the Pozzi window company since 1978 before Jeld-Wen bought it in 1992. As an architect, this factory tour and their spiel was particularly inspiring because they showcased many custom designs and talked about their capabilities that compete with really high-end wood window manufacturers like Marvin or Kolbe-Kolbe.  I was also very excited to see innovation in a 100-year-old industry and a can-do attitude. Having toured the Andersen window plant in Stillwater, Minnesota many years ago, I knew what to expect...