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Fraser House, a new Colorado Zero Net Energy Home (ZEH), elevates energy efficiency to new heights. Recently built in the mountains of Fraser, Colorado, the home is situated at 8,000 feet with an average annual temperature of 34ºF. Meeting the project’s requirements for attractive aesthetics, high performance and durability, Linetec provided the vibrant finish for Loewen windows and doors.
Designed by Caddis Architecture (previously Bryan Bowen Architecture), the 5,320-square-foot Fraser House was built for an ultra-marathoner who sought an energy-efficient, healthy home that includes a gym, an endless pool, regular living areas, a guest home and a two-car heated garage, plus a woodshop outbuilding.
Maximizing thermal performance, natural light, comfortable interior living space and
stunning mountain views, Loewen provided its awning and fixed/picture window, as well as terrace doors and a three-panel LiftSlide door with Heat-Smart® high-performance glazing. Manufactured by Cardinal Glass Industries, this glazing system includes low-e coatings, argon-filled air spaces and thermal spacer bars. The exterior aluminum cladding is set away from the underlying wood, creating an air space that further improves thermal performance.
Minimizing maintenance throughout the home’s lifespan, Linetec finished Loewen’s windows and doors in an orange-red Bonfire color, part of Valspar’s Fluropon® Premiere, a three-coat 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based, high-performance architectural coating. These durable coatings meet the stringent requirements of AAMA 2605 and exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals.
ZEHs are usually built with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde containing finishes or materials, providing a healthy, clean, non-toxic environment for its residents. As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ VOC content to eliminate the exhaust of potential pollutants. The primary environmental concern with liquid paints is the solvents, which may have VOC content and must be destroyed safely. Linetec uses a 100% air capture system and destroys the VOCs with a regenerative thermal oxidizer, so there is no adverse environmental impact. Linetec then re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line.
As a ZEH, Fraser House produces as much energy as it consumes, and also produces zero net carbon emissions from the site. Once a ZEH is designed as energy efficient as possible, it uses photovoltaic (PV) collectors, or other renewables, to produce sufficient electricity to meet the minimal remaining energy needs of the home. The high-performing windows and doors optimize efficient energy use by keeping the Colorado cold outside and the heat inside.
The Fraser House also received a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score of -22, indicating it is exceptionally more energy efficient than a standard new home. Assessed by a
certified Home Energy Rater, the HERS score accounts for whole-house design, beyond the exterior walls, windows and doors.
For more information about Linetec’s project success stories and services, please visit our website: www.linetec.com.
Colorado Zero Net Energy Home, http://www.zerohomes.org/zero-energy-homes
Photographer: Daniel O’Connor Photography
Thomas Hogg joins Linetec as territory sales manager serving customers in the Southwest. Linetec, the nation’s largest independent architectural finisher, provides paint and anodize finishing services for such products as windows, curtainwall, entrances, hardware and other components.
Tom has 16 years of experience in the construction and architectural building products industries, including new construction and renovation for residential and commercial markets. “I am looking forward to partnering with multiple manufacturers here in the Southwest that fulfill project owners’ desire for energy-conscious projects and the need to meet the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code,” said Tom. Along with durable finishes, Linetec provides thermal barrier systems to help meet building projects’ energy-saving goals.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Tom most recently worked as a Southwest region business development manager for Wisconsin-based ABC Supply Co., Inc.’s partnership with Amcraft Building Products. Prior to this, he was a senior account manager for another Wisconsin-based company, Kohler Co. With Kohler’s Global Power Group, he provided power generators to commercial, industrial and government customers in the Southwest.
Before Kohler, Tom focused on window and door customers as a Southwestern territory account manager for Newell Rubbermaid Inc.’s Ashland Hardware Systems (which was sold in 2013). Previously, he represented Pella Windows and Doors Corp. for the first seven years of his career. He began as Pella’s sales support and showroom manager in Ohio after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University at Columbus. He was promoted to brand marketing associate manager of Pella’s entry systems division, and later, to territory account manager for southwest Ohio.
Tom values professional development and association involvement. With Linetec, he will represent Linetec as part of its exhibitions and educational events with such industry associations as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). He also has been a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and has participated in the International Builder Show and GlassBuild America.
As an active member of his community, Tom also volunteers with the North Fort Worth Historical Society where he leads tours at area historical sites and presents at the annual “Saints and Sinners” haunted cemetery fundraiser event at the Oakwood Cemetery. Earlier this year, he and his wife, Katie, celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary. Together with their three children, they enjoy camping, hiking and traveling throughout the Southwest.
For more information about Linetec’s representatives and services, please visit www.linetec.com.
Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Linetec is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
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Stretch Forming by Linetec allows our customers to have their metal building components curved and finished in one location. Half-circles, eyebrows and Gothic arches are popular architectural applications.
Customers can ship their aluminum to Linetec for bending and finishing to retain the full finish warranty.
Utilizing Linetec’s dedicated fleet of trucks saves customers shipping costs and transit time, as well as reduces material handling and packaging to minimize the opportunity for damage.
Linetec’s full scope of bending capabilities includes annealing and tempering to soften and harden aluminum. Born from the aerospace industry, stretch forming maintains precise dimensions throughout a curve. The extrusion is kept under constant tension, while wrapping it around a form, or die. This produces perfectly contoured products, while limiting or even eliminating wrinkling inside the arc.
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Washington University in St. Louis celebrated the 97th anniversary of Olin Business School with the dedication of two new buildings: Knight Hall and Bauer Hall. Creating a welcoming atmosphere and a lasting impression, a five-story glass atrium crowns the two buildings. Linetec finished Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC’s skylight systems’ aluminum framing using a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating. The resulting combination achieves the project’s goals for transparency, durability and sustainability, including LEED® Gold certification.
Olin Business School’s new buildings were designed by California-based Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners as the architect-of-record and Mackey Mitchell Architects of St. Louis serving as the associate architect. General contractor, Tarlton Corporation, oversaw construction of the 177,000-square-foot, $90 million project.
It is the largest single project completed on the Washington University Danforth campus in the shortest span of time, nearly doubling Olin Business School’s footprint on the campus. The aggressive construction schedule began in May 2012 and concluded in March 2014. The buildings’ dedication ceremony took place in May 2014. The inviting space unites the ensemble of buildings housing 11 classrooms, study rooms, a 300-seat auditorium, 75 faculty offices, lounges and other spaces to foster interaction.
“Olin’s student body has more than doubled since we built our first building in 1986, and we have twice as many faculty and degree programs,” said Olin Business School’s dean Mahendra Gupta. “We wanted these buildings to make a statement, to inspire everyone who is going to walk through these corridors, not just today, but for years to come. The world-class facilities give everybody a confidence that the university is committed to create a world-class program.”
Central to this inspirational facility is the Frick Forum, as described by James Kolker, assistant vice chancellor of campus planning and director of capital projects: “The atrium has become a vertical town square, while the open, flexible spaces that surround it invite connection and collaboration.”
Ryan Navis, Super Sky’s project manager, agreed and elaborated, “Tarlton and Washington University are fantastic customers, some of the best we’ve worked with. That’s vital on a challenging project like this where quality and productive collaboration is the key to working out all of the difficult intricacies.”
Super Sky met the project’s challenging goals, and its aesthetic and performance requirements by manufacturing and installing the skylight systems in three sections. The largest section is an 88-by-91-foot custom vault skylight. A single slope skylight caps another section measuring 5 feet by 46 feet 5 inches. The final skylight is a 29-by-20-foot, custom curved, single slope system.
Navis continued, “Super Sky is only a piece of the puzzle though, and it’s a sum of the parts that brings a project like this to fruition. One of those key parts is our finisher, Linetec. As a national and international company, Super Sky is accustomed to seeking out the best from around the country. Luckily, we have the best right in our backyard. Linetec makes the finishing process an automatic.”
Sent in 11 separate shipments over several months, Linetec finished Super Sky’s aluminum-framed, custom vault and curved skylights in Ivory, and the narrow, single slope in Bistro Bronze. These systems were painted using PPG’s Duranar®, a two-coat 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating. These high-performance architectural coatings meet the industry’s stringent requirements set by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, AAMA 2605. This standard ensures the coatings exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals for long-lasting performance that requires minimal maintenance throughout the buildings’ lifespan.
While the durable, painted aluminum skylight systems offer natural light and views with a connection to the natural world, the low-e insulated, laminated, silkscreened Viracon VUE1-50 glass keeps the occupants comfortable. In total, the skylights’ total glass area is 11,150 square feet, with each of the hundreds of glass lites averaging five feet in length. “This is a building that is all about natural light – we wanted light to penetrate all five floors,” added Kolker.
Viracon’s high-performance glass also assists in lowering energy use by managing the unwanted solar heat gain and glare. Combined with daylight, views and durable finishes, these attributes can contribute to the project’s LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.
As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) content to eliminate the exhaust of potential pollutants. The primary environmental concern with liquid paints is the solvents, which may have VOC content and must be destroyed safely. Linetec uses a 100 percent air capture system and destroys the VOCs with a regenerative thermal oxidizer, so there is no adverse environmental impact. Linetec then re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line.
Recognizing the project’s green design and construction, LEED-NC Gold certification was awarded to Olin Business School’s Knight Hall and Bauer Hall in November 2014. In addition, Tarlton Corporation’s work on the project earned the Associated General Contractors of America’s 2015 Alliant Build America Award.
Hank Webber, Washington University executive vice chancellor for administration, concluded, “Anytime you work on an iconic university, you face the challenge of how do you meet 21st-century needs in a campus whose physical form was established in the beginning of the 20th century. There is a practical set of needs for classrooms and offices in a modern business school. There is also a fundamental need to create great spaces that build a sense of community.”
Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School, Knight Hall and Bauer Hall; Throop Drive and Snow Way; St. Louis, MO 63130; http://www.olin.wustl.edu
- Owner: Washington University in St. Louis; www.wustl.edu
- Architect-of-record: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners; Santa Monica, California; www.moorerubleyudell.com
- Associate architect: Mackey Mitchell Architects; St. Louis; www.mackeymitchell.com
- General contractor: Tarlton Corporation; St. Louis; www.tarltoncorp.com
- Skylight systems – manufacturer and installer: Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC; Mequon, Wisconsin; www.supersky.com
- Skylight systems – glass fabricator: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota; www.viracon.com
- Skylight systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; www.linetec.com
- Skylight systems – coatings manufacturer: PPG Industries; Pittsburgh; www.ppgideascapes.com
- Photographer: William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC
Scott Platta celebrated his retirement on June 25, following a 40-year career that includes founding Linetec in 1983 and serving as its first president. Thanks in part to Platta’s vision and leadership, Linetec is now the nation’s largest independent architectural finisher providing paint and anodize finishing services for such products as windows, curtainwall, entrances, hardware and other components.
“I started my career as a part-time kid, low man on the ladder, and worked my way up to president. I was always given the opportunity to improve and advance in the company. Mistakes were tolerated as long as you were focused and your heart was going in the right direction,” Platta remembers. “I feel very fortunate to have worked for a very competent group of managers and associates. Linetec and Apogee Wausau Group is world-class, and a wonderful company to have spent my career.”
When Platta became president, he oversaw 20 employees and a new aluminum-coating facility in Wausau, Wisconsin. Supported with the financial stability of parent company, Apogee Enterprises, Inc., he helped grow Linetec’s business to the 450 plus employees of today. Platta and Linetec’s team achieved this success by helping manufacturers meet architects’ increasing demand for aluminum windows in a wider variety of colorful, durable finishes.
“He was one of the first in the industry who identified the need for fluoropolymer paint,” praises Linetec’s current president, Rick Marshall. “It was Scott’s initial vision to have Linetec be more than just a finishing company. He added value by expanding services for its customers. Among his many ideas that we continue to build upon are our on-site field service, our in-house paint blending laboratory and capabilities, our Linetec Managed Inventory and our Linetec designated route trucks.”
Understanding customer needs came easily to Platta. Prior to joining Linetec, he worked for its first customer Wausau Window and Wall Systems, then known as Wausau Metals. He continued to grow this and other customer relationships at Linetec. Platta was responsible for acquiring the Polywood Shutter painting business, which for many years, was Linetec’s largest customer. He continued to manage Polywood Shutter’s fabrication facility located in Wausau, in partnership with owners Sunburst Shutters of Las Vegas, and served as its liaison with Linetec.
“Scott’s legacy is more than professional success,” emphasized Marshall. “His accomplishments have benefited thousands of people across our community and our industry. And he has done it along with a great sense humor and humility.”
For more information about Linetec’s history of success and finishing services, please visit http://www.linetec.com.
Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Linetec is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Linetec offers the use of antimicrobial protection for architectural metal products’ high-touch surfaces such as handrails, entrances systems, window frames, panels and column covers. These high-performance coatings are available in more than 30,000 color choices.
Linetec provides architectural coatings in nearly any imaginable color with protection that exceeds other conventional finishes on metal building products’ interior and exterior surfaces. Anywhere the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria is a concern, projects can benefit from this extra level of protection. We understand that this is especially important for those working on health care facilities, educational campuses and other public building projects.
Providing further description of the uses and advantages of antimicrobial coatings, Linetec co-authored a white paper titled, “Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications.” According to the paper, “The need for microbial control stems from the fact that there are an estimated 4.5 million bacterial and fungi species throughout the planet, many of which travel and migrate via the constant ebb and flow of human foot traffic through an ever-changing population of people visiting public buildings. Under the right conditions, some microbes can double in number every 30 minutes or faster.”
At Linetec, antimicrobial protection is infused into select polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) finishes to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria on the coating of aluminum surfaces. As a fluoropolymer finish containing a minimum of 70 percent PVDF resin, this three-coat system meets requirements of AAMA 2605, the most stringent specification for architectural coatings.
An environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in liquid paints at the factory before arrival on the building site. These industry-leading practices complement other health-conscious and green building choices such as maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ) guidelines, using recycled aluminum content, and ensure a long-lasting, durable and sustainable finish.
For more information about our high-performance finishing services, please visit http://www.linetec.com. The white paper is available free for download at www.linetec.com/PAINT/Antimicrobial-Protection-Whitepaper.pdf.