When Stanek Windows by Great Day Improvements, LLC saw the Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park had a need to replace its old, wooden windows, it didn’t hesitate to get involved. The company recently donated and installed the first of what it hopes will become 105 High Energy-Efficiency Vinyl Windows at the center Feb. 19, providing much-needed relief for an office area always overheating and suffering from poor ventilation.
Now, the newly- installed Stanek-brand slider window will allow air to circulate in when needed and keep warm air from escaping the office during colder months.
“Wehr has many windows that are in great need of being replaced inside the nature center, and Stanek was more than happy to step up and provide the first of what we hope will be many more to come,” Stanek’s Lynda Chase said. “Since our windows feature full structural reinforcement and the best-looking woodgrains on the market, we felt they’d be a perfect fit. Employees and visitors alike will really be able to hear and feel the nature center’s beautiful natural surroundings as a result.”
Stanek will be working with the center and Friends of Wehr, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the nature center and its environmental education programs, in seeking sponsorship donations to install the remaining 104 windows with Stanek-brand ones. These windows would eliminate any future rot that would occur over time as the building’s existing windows are real wood.
In addition, Stanek plans to customize different glass systems to compensate for individual room factors at the center, such as excessive heat entering in the educational room during the summer. The company will install Southwall Heat Mirror Technology Windows, similar to those used at the Empire State Building in New York City and the Northwestern Mutual Life Building in downtown Milwaukee. Another concern Stanek plans to address with its expertise is the protection of surrounding wildlife by finding ways to keep wild birds from flying into Wehr’s large windows.
Of course, community support will be vital in helping Stanek and Wehr in their goal of replacing all of the center’s old, wooden windows. The nature center currently offers a number of programs and special events for its 60,000-plus yearly visitors, and Lynda is excited about Stanek’s role in contributing to the continued enjoyment of a valued community resource.
“If you haven’t visited the Wehr Nature Center yet, you’re missing areas that you’d think you would only see tucked away in the upper parts of Northern Wisconsin,” she said. “Within minutes, you can literally be in the great outdoors and experience such picturesque wooded, lake or prairie flatland areas from any location around the Milwaukee or Waukesha County areas.”
Those interested in more information on the project or would like to make a donation towards the center’s new Stanek windows should contact Wehr Nature Center Director Deb McRae (414) 425-8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Great Day Improvements, LLC:
Great Day Improvements, LLC is a residential /commercial remodeler and manufacturer offering a portfolio of home improvement solutions including: Patio Enclosures™ brand screen rooms, sunrooms, solariums, room additions, design and build construction and EasyRoom™ DIY sunroom kits; Stanek Windows brand vinyl replacement windows, doors, siding and roofing; Backyard solutions including awnings, patio covers, decks, railing and fencing; and Commercial solutions. Great Day Improvements operates across 16 states, is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has serviced over 250,000 customers nationwide. For additional information, visit www.greatdayimprovements.com or www.stanekwindows.com
About Wehr Nature Center:
The Wehr Nature Center's 220 acres are located within the beautiful 660-acre Whitnall Park in southwestern Milwaukee County. The only nature center located in the southern half of Milwaukee County, Wehr has over five miles of trails linking the Center's natural communities: The woodland, wetland, prairie, oak savanna and lake. Interpretive signs introduce self-guided visitors to the homes and habitats of Wisconsin wildlife. Study sites along the trails allow guided groups to investigate the natural world face-to-face. Additional interpretive environmental education programming and exhibits are offered within the Visitor Center as well as in the outdoor amphitheater. For more information, visit https://www.friendsofwehr.org/
About Friends of Wehr:
Friends of Wehr is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the mission of Wehr Nature Center and Nature in the Parks. It provides funding for: Maintenance of over five miles of hiking trails, permanent and temporary exhibits enjoyed by over 60,000 visitors per year, program materials and support for over 20,000 children per year, invasive species control, interpretive signage, sponsorship of community events, program support for Nature in the Parks, summer internships, annual volunteer recognition for over 300 volunteers, exhibit development, land-management supplies and educational enhancements at the Wehr Nature Center. For more information, visit https://www.friendsofwehr.org/