Ocean House Resort

Ocean House Resort

For more than 135 years, The Ocean House resort hotel in Watch Hill, R.I., offered one of New England’s most spectacular ocean views. Serious structural issues forced its closure in 2003, but in autumn of 2007 the $140 million project broke ground on the original site as the centerpiece of a mixed-use development. Its warm, yellow façade has re-opened to welcome hotel guests and residents to their 72 rooms, five restaurants, croquet court and oceanfront beaches.  The high-performance energy and impact features are integral to Kolbe's window and door designs. This means structural reinforcements are invisible, allowing clear, safe, comfortable window views. A total of 530 Kolbe impact windows and 123 doors were installed on Ocean House.
Kolbe was one of four different windows we tested. All four competitors were required to meet building codes, as well as rigorous standards for energy performance and hurricane force winds.
 
 
We were pleased with [Kolbe’s] muntin profile, which replicated the original very closely. What distinguished Kolbe’s products was their speed of installation. Kolbe’s window took about 20 minutes to install, whereas their competitor’s took up to an hour. With more than 500 windows to install on Ocean House, this represented a huge cost savings.
 
 

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