Architecturally and aesthetically attractive porthole frames, in an array of sizes, were procured by Project Manager David Yankee, for the Huntley Area Public Library’s 17,000-square foot expansion.

A porthole frame, known in the construction industry as a radius hollow metal borrowed lite, is a frame with fixed glass which functions as a window. Typically used for interior applications, borrowed lite frames allow light from one area to reflect into another, also offering peephole-type views into a separate space.

The library’s expansion creates a larger children’s library, larger areas for fiction and nonfiction, new program rooms and additional office space.

Completion is anticipated next April. After that, the existing library will be converted into a community hub featuring tutoring tables, teen areas, a music studio and conference space, with Phase 2 finished in December 2021.

Today’s architecture transcends tradition. Round, curvy shapes are echoed in design elements throughout the library’s airy addition. Circles are universal symbols of love, energy, power, wholeness and unity, and they also subliminally suggest a reading circle, a circle of friends, even the circle of life!

Contractors rely on our experienced project managers to accurately order custom, as well as standard, materials. Round frame requests are rare and we do not have the capabilities to create them in-house. Thus, four 14”; three 18”; two 10”; one 26” and one 34” radius frames were ordered from a custom hollow metal manufacturer.

David also detailed, and Anderson Lock delivered, 46 wood doors, two HM doors, 53 HM frames (including the borrowed lites), and all the associated hardware. For this bid, Anderson Lock did not supply glass or do the installation.

Our 67,000 sq. ft. Door Division is Chicagoland’s leading source for commercial doors, frames and contractor supply. We fabricate thousands of frames each year.

We’ve built strong relationships with all the top-name commercial door and security hardware manufacturers. If we don’t have what you need in stock, we will source it for you. Our professional services include thorough estimates, detailed submittals and accurate ordering.