Wood grain finishes for homes: Warmth of wood, durability of aluminum

RA360-TableCherry--courtesy-of-Haas-Door-webOctober is Energy Awareness Month, aluminum garage doors are extremely durable and one of the most energy-efficient doors available.

Home builders, owners and residents want a house that looks great year-round, doesn’t require seasonal maintenance, and can withstand brutal winter weather or sizzling summer temperatures.

Exterior wood trim and building materials present a warm, welcoming, upscale appearance. However, as time passes, wood can rot, swell, warp and attract insects. Its finish can fade and flake. Continuous exposure to direct sunlight, humidity, rain, snow and other natural elements can cause damage and degradation.

When wood is installed in a highly visible, frequently used part of the home – such as a garage door, it also must contend with daily bumps, scrapes, car exhaust and road salts.

RA360-ColonyMaple--courtesy-of-Haas-Door-webHomeowners and builders no longer need to choose between the look of wood and the durable, low maintenance of metal. Now, they can have both with Linetec’s wood grain painted finishes for architectural aluminum building products. Textured wood grain finish options mimic not just the look, but also the feel of natural wood.

Typically, Linetec also can offer the preferred appearance of wood at less cost than real wood. Working with residential product manufacturers, Linetec uses a heat transfer sublimation process, starting with a high-performance powder coat paint to finish the aluminum in a choice of wood grain patterns and colors.

Haas Door also reminds homeowners that “the garage door is often the single most used door in a home on a daily basis. Having a newer garage door makes it a more pleasant way to exit and re-enter your home each day. Plus, a newer door can be more reliable and safer than an older door that has its best years of service behind it.”

When considering home remodeling and improvement projects, remember that wood grain finishes for aluminum building products can offer a good return on investment. According to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value” 2018 report, common remodeling projects that have a high return vs. investment cost for a homeowner include:

  • an upscale garage door replacement, returning 98.3 percent;
  • a midrange deck addition, returning 82.8 percent; and
  • an upscale window replacement, returning 69.5 percent.

Whether selecting wood grain finishes for a new garage door, deck, railings, or window and door framing, Linetec has the pattern to meet the desired aesthetic and required performance.

RA360-National-Walnut---courtesy-of-Haas-Door-webLinetec’s Wood Grain Gold Series palette features 14 textured, wood grain finishes that meet the higher performance criteria of AAMA 2604. Additional finishes also are available in more than 50 wood grain patterns. These powder coat painted finishes meet the stringent standards of AAMA 2604 for color uniformity, specular gloss, dry film hardness and adhesion, as well as resistance to impact, chemicals, detergents, scratches, corrosion, salt spray and fading due to ultraviolet light. The coatings also are fire retardant, and resistant to water and humidity.

Supporting environmentally sound practices, Linetec’s wood grain finishes utilize a powder coat process that does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Wood grain finishes can be specified with recycled aluminum content, and may be recycled after its long product lifespan.

Please contact us for personalized service in selecting the correct finish on your next project and for samples of our wood grain finishes.

Curtain Wall Design Summit Series includes lessons from Linetec – AIA/CES offers up to 6.0 LUs –

SW_CWDSS_Flyer_V4As part of the full-day Curtain Wall Design Summit Series, architects will have the opportunity to learn about building envelope systems and their components, materials and finishes.

The Sherwin-Williams Company (formerly Valspar) hosts this first-ever conference on innovative façade design on Nov. 6, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at The Club of Knights in Coral Gables, Florida. Participants can earn up to 6.0 Learning Units (LUs).

As part of the day’s six 1.0 LU educational sessions, Linetec will share “Intro to Coatings: Weathering Performance and Applications.” Presented by Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing, the course covers PVDF resin-based coatings, baked enamel, powder coat and anodize finishes for architectural aluminum products. Attendees will learn about these finishing processes, specifications, performance requirements and aesthetic options.

AIA CESlogoThese educational courses have been approved by the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) credit. Architects registered in Florida are required to complete a total of 24.0 LUs, including 22.0 HSW credits, every two years. Dec. 31, 2018 is the Florida State Requirement deadline for this registration cycle.

The courses in this series also may be recognized for CES credits through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and other professional associations.

Space is limited and registration is required. Breakfast and lunch are included. Please click here to reserve your spot.

For those unable to attend the series in Miami, please contact us to schedule an AIA/CES in-person presentation or to take our online education courses.

Connecticut’s 195 CHURCH offices’ window retrofit increases energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown07-webWausau, Wisconsin – Located on the New Haven Green, 195 CHURCH underwent a $6 million energy-efficient window and lighting retrofit. Implementing recommendations from Globelé Energy and Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, the property’s tenants already are experiencing more comfortable workspaces. The building owners, 195 Church Street Associates, LLC, are also noticing significant annual energy savings; it is on track to earn an estimated $589,000 rebate from utility provider United Illuminating through the EnergizeCT initiative.

“There has not been a capital improvement of this magnitude to a building in New Haven in many years,” observed Christopher Vigilante, chief operating officer of Northside Development Co., the property management company for 195 CHURCH where Northside Development Company also is a tenant. Currently, the 244,000 square foot, 18-story, Class A office building is 75 percent occupied with 28 tenants and 340 occupants.

Improving on history for a better future

 CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown08-webBuilt in 1974 and largely constructed of concrete, 195 CHURCH reflects the materials and style of the era. The original windows remain functional, but were manufactured at a time before low-e insulated glass and improved thermal breaks in the aluminum framing were available.

Helping Northside’s team select the optimal window system, Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team provided an annual energy savings forecast showing the potential savings offered with Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ 1297 Series S.E.A.L. interior accessory windows.

Interior accessory windows are installed from the building’s interior over the existing windows, which were sealed closed to prevent air infiltration. For 195 CHURCH, Wausau’s S.E.A.L. units feature Viracon’s RoomSide low-e glass and aluminum framing members finished by Linetec in Dark Bronze anodize.

Linetec’s anodize finishes meet the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent Class I specification standard, AAMA 611. The anodized aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping. These benefits further support cost savings for the building owner with minimal maintenance and a long product life cycle.

Increased daylighting and comfort


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Using the eQUEST energy modeling physics-based software tool to simulate the performance of a building on an annual basis, the Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team forecasted the level of energy savings that could be achieved by adding an interior accessory window with low-e glass to the existing glazing. From this data, performance predictions were provided on annual energy, peak demand and daylight energy use.

“Today’s energy-efficient windows can dramatically lower the heating and cooling costs associated with windows, while increasing occupant comfort,” said Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s certified energy manager, Mike Sheppy. “Optimizing natural light also can contribute to a building’s energy efficiency and tenants’ wellbeing.”

Viracon’s RoomSide low-e glass also improves light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio by 21 percent. Sheppy explained, “This improved LSG ratio increases the number of hours in the year that natural daylighting can be used without tenants having to draw their blinds. In addition, electrical lighting can be dimmed or turned off with daylighting controls.”

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown02-webHe continued, “Furthermore, according to the World Green Building Council, natural daylighting can save up to $2,000 per employee in office costs by increasing occupant comfort, leading to higher productivity. Adding an interior accessory window with low-e glass to the existing glazing significantly improves occupant comfort because surface temperatures are much closer to room temperature.”

In Connecticut’s cold months, Sheppy said, “The new glazing will keep the occupants seated in the perimeter spaces of this building more comfortable by significantly reduced radiant heat transfer. These improvements will allow occupants to sit closer to the windows, increasing the usable floor space of the building.”

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown03-webComparing the window bays before and after the retrofit, thermal imaging shows window surface temperature differences of nearly 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Sheppy described, “The new windows stand out in sharp contrast against the old windows. This indicates that the new windows are keeping out the cold 34 degree Fahrenheit outside conditions, while keeping in the warm 72 degree Fahrenheit inside conditions.”

Window of opportunity

 Energy-efficiency upgrades and renovations on 195 CHURCH began in the summer of 2016. Milestone Construction Services, LLC substantially completed the window retrofit by May 2017. Two additional floors were completed later, at a more convenient time that minimized disruption to the tenants.

Northside’s Vigilante complimented their efforts, “Milestone did an incredible job on the installation. Of course, vacant offices are a piece of cake, but when you get into occupied offices, which need to be completed on nights and weekends, it’s a completely different story. The efficiency of their crews was amazing. All offices that had windows in them had to have blinds removed, windows cleaned (existing and new), furniture moved, electronics disabled and reinstalled…oh and then you had to install the new insert windows and caulk them. Milestone took pictures of every office before anything was touched and they made sure it was put back perfectly. They did an amazing job with no added stress in my life.”

He added, “There were a lot of pieces to this puzzle and Milestone made this the easiest construction job that I have ever been involved with.”

Now completed, Milestone updated 1,400 window units totaling 42,336 square feet. More than 1,200 of these interior accessory windows units were 4 by 8 feet. The rest were narrow 1.5 by 8 feet, installed on the South elevation. Wausau also provided the field measurements to ensure the best possible fit.

“It’s a top-notch team at Wausau,” praised Vigilante. “From the sales department to the modeling department to the delivery of truckloads of windows – the process was nearly flawless. They build a great product and deserve a lot of recognition for their team’s products and processes.”

Making the goal

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown10-webIn addition to the aging windows, the property’s all-electric baseboard heating and variable-air-volume system with electric reheat contributed to large utility bills. Seeking to improve the building’s energy efficiency, Northside worked with Globelé Energy, LLC, to review the property per the U.S. Department of Energy’s benchmarking program and by performing a Level 1 ASHRAE energy audit.

As a regional electric distribution company, United Illuminating (UI) provides energy efficiency programs through the EnergizeCT initiative. This initiative is designed to advance the efficient use of energy, reduce air pollution and negative environmental impacts, and promote economic development and energy security.

“UI’s energy engineer Gary Pattavina was instrumental in guiding us through the plan and offered very helpful advice and guidance through a very intricate process,” said Vigilante. “The goal was to make this building as efficient as possible thus doing the right thing for the environment and also producing a very good return on our investment.”

Pattavina noted, “Electrically heated buildings are a great candidate for energy efficiency measures and these types of projects are exactly what we look for at UI. We recognize new energy-efficient windows are a costly investment and the incentives available to our customers help bring that up front cost down significantly. We were very excited to work with the customer and their design team to help them achieve the energy savings on this window replacement project.”

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown0webVigilante also recognized additional members of Globelé, saying, “Elena Cahill and her staff guided me through the world of energy purchasing, as well as introducing me to the UI’s energy incentive programs. We are all proud of the fact that we were one of the first approved building in the UI territory to be able to receive incentives for the installation of window inserts, something that would not have happened were it not for the team that Globelé brought to the project.”

He elaborated, “The year before we bought this building the electric costs were approximately $1.2 million per year. We believe that through correct energy purchasing and our load reductions from our energy savings programs we will reduce our bill by 50 percent.”

Cahill agreed, “This building is poised to meet or exceed their energy savings goals.”

As the lead auditor for this building, Globelé Energy’s Alfred Peterson pointed out that the project’s “success is measured by sustainable reduction in energy for a single Energy Opportunity or as a Comprehensive Initiative of two or more projects as was bundled for 195 CHURCH.”

Based on this measure of analysis, Wausau’s new S.E.A.L. units, in combination with the new LEDs, are anticipated to save 29 percent in annual electrical energy consumption. Estimates show a yearly electrical energy savings of $0.95 per square foot of floor space, reducing the owner’s roughly $805,000 annual electricity bill by $203,000.

Efficient, attractive and vibrant

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown09-webThroughout the energy-efficiency updates, Northside collaborated with Kenneth Boroson Architects, LLC. “KBA is our architectural firm for the entire building,” noted Vigilante “They designed the office fit-ups, lobby renovations, conference suite design, upcoming fitness center and lounge additions, etc. They are involved in almost every aspect of design for this building.”

Demonstrating the owner’s commitment to design, performance and comfort, Vigilante summarized, “From purchase in December of 2015, we have replaced the exterior sidewalks, remodeled the lobby, added a state-of-the-art 4th Floor Conference Suite, installed 9,000 LED lamps, installed 1,400 new energy-efficient window inserts and have re-positioned the building in the market adding new tech companies as tenants. …We have added life and vibrancy to a landmark building in New Haven.”


195 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510

  • Owner: 195 Church St. Associates, LLC; New Haven, Connecticut
  • Property management: Northside Development Co.; New Haven, Connecticut; http://northsidect.com
  • Architect – lobby and conference room renovations: Kenneth Boroson Architects, LLC; New Haven, Connecticut; http://www.kbarch.com
  • Utility company: United Illuminating Company; New Haven, Connecticut;
    EnergizeCT initiative, https://www.energizect.com
  • Energy consultant: Globelé Energy, LLC; New Haven, Connecticut; http://globeleenergy.com
  • Window contractor: Milestone Construction Services, Inc.; East Haven, Connecticut; http://milestonecsllc.com
  • Window renovation strategists: Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Building Retrofit Strategy Team; Minneapolis; http://www.apog.com
  • Window systems – manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.wausauwindow.com
  • Window systems – glass fabricator: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota; http://www.viracon.com
  • Window systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
  • Photos by: Woodruff/Brown Architectural Photography

 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 Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).


Join Linetec, in Miami on November 6th, for the first-ever conference on innovative facade design hosted by Sherwin Williams (formerly Valspar) and earn 6.0 AIA CEU credits.

Learn from a range of product and industry experts about the latest design trends and sustainable design goals for architectural curtain wall, and network with industry peers in this day-long event.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Tuesday, November 6th 7:30 am to 4:15 pm
Club of Knights, Coral Gables, Florida
270 Catalonia Ave #001

Register today, space is limited.


San Francisco’s Vida comes to life with Winco Windows’ system, finished by Linetec

2558-Mission-Vida---webWausau, Wisconsin (Oct. 2018) – Located in the colorful Mission District of San Francisco, Vida brings to life a long-vacant space as an upscale, mixed-use residential and retail, urban infill project. Designed by DLR Group|Kwan Henmi, the façade reflects the color and texture of the neighborhood’s Latin-influenced murals, craft and culture, and is scaled with respect to the adjacent buildings’ varied heights and setbacks.

2558-Mission-Street-1webFinished by Linetec in a Snow White color, Winco Windows’ products provide a neutral contrast to the multicolored, modern exterior. Along with defining Vida’s rhythmic appearance, the window systems assist the building in surpassing California Green Building Standards (CALGreen) code’s modern performance.

Owned by Oyster Development, the eight-story, 150,000-square-foot building houses 114 condominiums with ground-level retail, tenant lounge areas, a secluded courtyard and a rooftop deck. The project’s $70 million scope also involved rehabilitating the New Mission Theatre and converting it from a one-screen venue to a five-screen, 900-seat theater with a bar.

Dean Givas, president of Oyster Development, explained, “The weaving, undulating facade is meant to evoke the culture of textiles and craft and also create a sense of movement. The marquee of the theater next to the project is very strong. We favor contemporary design and believe that the best way to highlight historic architecture is to complement it with a modern facade.”

Vida-interior-webKwan Henmi continues the description, adding, “The project showcases quality and urban living. Meticulous details weave the project tightly into the existing vibrant urban fabric. The design utilizes contemporary schemes and materials to bring individuality to the building and dwelling units. The vivacious façade reflects the dynamic culture of the Mission and of the young residents that will live in this new community.”

Achieving the modern look and performance, Vida’s multifamily project goes beyond CALGreen’s mandatory measures to become GreenPoint Rated. This rating certification is earned through Build It Green, a professional nonprofit organization that promotes healthy, energy- and resource-efficient buildings in California.

The minimum requirements for a GreenPoint Rated home are to meet the prerequisites, obtain at least the minimal points per category for Community, Energy, Indoor Air Quality/Health, Resources and Water, and to earn a total of 50 points or more. Vida targeted more than 100 points, including exceeding CALGreen Title 24 by 15 percent to earn 30+ points for building performance and low/no-VOC paints and coatings to earn 3 points for finishes.

1508305-webLinetec supports Winco’s products and their contribution to the project’s green building attributes by applying both the durable Fluropon® 70 percent PVDF resin-based architectural coatings and the thermal strut for improved energy performance.

Winco Windows’ 1450 Series 4-inch unitized window wall accommodate Vida’s large window openings with deep wall cavities. In addition, its 3325 Series 3.25-inch zero sightline vents provide natural ventilation and clean sightlines. Because these systems are manufactured with aluminum, Linetec prepares the extrusions and inserts a polyamide insulating strip. This thermal barrier system improves thermal performance, while maintaining the structural and long-term durability of the fenestration unit.

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec applies these high-performance painted coatings, and safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products’ arrival on the building site. Under Linetec’s stringent factory-controlled processes, the finish meets the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 specification. The resulting long-lasting finish also helps reduce the building owner and residents’ maintenance costs.

Anticipating the residents’ daily use, Winco’s in-house team engineered the fully operable window vent system to minimize incoming rainwater if a window accidentally was left open. To successfully weep the vent cavity, Winco created a sloped, operable unit capable of draining water away from the building.

“This project has a challenging design where the windows are sloped 7 degrees inwards and 7 degrees outwards in alternating columns,” noted Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems.

Winco worked with Bagatelos to design a receptor system around the windows that helps withstand water infiltration and meets California’s stringent seismic standards. Every single vent system was rigorously tested for infiltration before it left Winco’s plant in St. Louis.

In the nearly three years since Vida opened in December 2015, the window system has proven its performance and upheld its appearance. Named “San Francisco Market-Rate Residential Deal of the Year for 2014” by the San Francisco Business Times, Vida was sold-out by August 2015, four months prior to its completion.


Vida, 2558 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110; http://oysterdev.com/property/vida

About Linetec
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 Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).


Learn from Linetec at AIA Colorado, Oct. 11-13

Linetec will be exhibiting in booth #19 and presenting at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado chapter’s annual Practice + Design Conference, Oct. 11-13, at the Keystone Conference Center.

Conference attendees can learn about new products and technologies from exhibitors on Oct. 11, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and on Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. In Linetec’s booth #19, visitors can see and touch specialty finishing options for aluminum such as:

  • Brushed Stainless Anodize – Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, our Brushed Stainless Anodize finish emulates the clean, bright surface that architects find desirable in stainless steel. Now, a similar look on aluminum can be achieved in a more cost-effective, lightweight option with the same industry-leading durability of our other anodize finishes.
  • Wood Grain Finishes – Offering the beauty of wood without the maintenance, our Gold Series of 14 different wood grain finishes for aluminum also will be on display.

    Unlike natural wood, the finished aluminum will not swell, rot, warp or attract insects. Architects also appreciate the opportunity to convey the softness and warmth of wood in environments where a hard, cleanable surface is still desired, such as in health care and education facilities, or other high-traffic areas.

  • Copper Color Anodize – Many have wished they could have the classic look of copper, without the eventual patina. Our Copper Anodize finish fulfills such designers’ dreams, offering the look of rich, real copper without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion and patina.

As part of the educational activities in the exhibition hall, on Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-noon, Linetec’s regional manager Wendy Taylor will present “Architectural Coatings: Weathering Performance and Application.”

Bitterman_MG_Paulin Residence-courtey of Loewen dark bronze ano-WEB

Private residence in Colorado finished by Linetec in dark bronze anodize. Photo courtesy of Loewen Windows

Whether designing a new project, renovating an existing one or updating a specific area, thoughtfully choosing the finish for a project’s metal building products and surfaces will ensure the longest lifespan. Much more than enhancing appearance, a finish specification can be the difference in creating lasting performance and a lasting impression.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to compare anodize, liquid paint, baked enamel and powder coat finishes to achieve optimal results for their architectural buildings. The course will reference AAMA specifications, weathering performance characteristics, warranty expectations and initial cost considerations.

Architects who attend Linetec’s presentation can earn 1.0 Learning Unit for Health/Safety/Welfare (1.0 LU HSW).

About AIA Colorado and the 2018 Practice + Design Conference

The voice of Colorado architects for more than 125 years, AIA Colorado includes a statewide network of nearly 2,400 members.

This year’s theme, “A state of growth,” focuses on Colorado’s growth and the architects charged with designing its future. Since 2014, Colorado has gained more than 265,000 residents. In addition to helping AIA Colorado members design responsible and sustainable spaces for these residents and their communities, the conference also addresses the growth of its members’ careers, as well as the growth of the organization.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to gain:

  • Ideas for resilient design that will positively contribute to both new and established communities
  • Innovative new approaches to sustainable and energy efficient design
  • Strategies to support equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Tactics for fortifying firms so they are prosperous both now and in the future, and able to responsibly handle and contribute to Colorado’s growth
  • Resources to aid in professional development

Learn more about the conference and register at https://aiacolorado.org/practice-design-conference.

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About Linetec’s Wendy Taylor

Taylor-webWendy Taylor is a regional manager for Linetec focused on customers in the North Central states. With 10+ years of experience in high-performance paint and anodize finishing, Taylor frequently presents Linetec’s AIA/CES programs at AIA and CSI chapter events. She provides architects, architectural specifiers and others with the knowledge necessary to select the most sustainable and weather-resistant coatings for their projects.

Learn more about Linetec’s continuing education courses in our online Architect Resource Center .

Facades+ features UW NanoES building with finishing by Linetec

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9498-webThe University of Washington’s recently opened Nano Engineering and Sciences Building (UW NanoES) provides modern performance and visual continuity with the adjacent Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building (MolES). Demonstrating its energy-efficiency and daylight-focused design, the project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Seattle offices of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP (ZGF) designed the MolES building and sought to achieve the same aesthetic for the NanoES building. However, new, higher performance requirements in local building and energy codes meant that upgraded curtainwall and window systems were needed for the NanoES building.

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography261-webMeeting the project’s specified performance, unified appearance and durability, Linetec provided the finishing and thermal improvement services for Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ curtainwall and window systems, for Tubelite Inc.’s entrance systems, as well as for the shadow boxes, the sun shades and the accent fins. For the majority of these architectural aluminum products, Linetec applied a Silver Shadow color as a two-coat mica finish under stringent factory-controlled processes.

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9495-webRead more about this successful project by clicking here for the full article in Facades+, the website for the “Premier Conference on High-Performance Building Enclosures” published by The Architect’s Newspaper Media Group.

For personalized assistance in selecting the finish for your next project, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.


  • Photos by Aaron Leitz Photography, courtesy of ZGF


Linetec People to Know: Tad Klabacha

Tad-dressQ: Tell me about your job?

A: I am a Senior Technical Engineer within the engineering team at Linetec. My primary responsibility is to provide technical leadership to the organization by solving complex problems that maintain and improve our processes.

As a technical engineer supporting a finishing plant, you need to focus on both internal and external customers to ensure you design and implement improvements that can be maintained and operated by our operations team, but also give our customers exactly what they want when they want it. Having open and strong communication is vital to help influence and work across all areas of the organization. Safety, quality, capability and cost are some of the main factors when engineering a solution. You also need to account for a lot of other technical and operational factors to ensure you optimize the project solution.

My primary focus is on improvement projects. I am working on several projects that are analyzing our current processes and looking at innovative strategies to improve them through automation and technology. Another important part of my job is more of a tactical role of providing daily support engineering to our operations and maintenance teams. I am the lead support engineer for the Polywood, Oxidizer/HVAC and Anodize Weld Racking processes. I am also the secondary support engineer for the Brushing, Pour and Debridge, and Radius Thermal processes. As an engineer, project type and size can vary greatly based on need and priority, but staying focused on structured problem solving techniques and engineering disciplines helps me solve any problem.

Tad-babyQ: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: My journey to becoming a Linetec team member starts with my decision to become an engineer. I graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

For the last 12 years, I worked at Federal Premium Ammunition located in Minnesota, where we manufactured components and assembled ammunition for the hunting and shooting industry. During my time at Federal, my engineering responsibilities included team leadership, program management, capital project management, strategic planning, machine/process design and engineering process management. I was a technical leader within the organization and got to work on a lot of fun and exciting projects that at times were very challenging.

Most recently, I was a Senior Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor that led a multi-disciplined technical team of 17 engineers, technicians and mechanics. One of my most proud achievements was helping plan and manage the Factory of the Future program – a capacity expansion initiative that focused on cost reduction strategies through process innovation.

Tad-paddleboardQ: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: Problem solving! As a technical engineer at Linetec you are assigned some of the hardest problems that our company needs to figure out. I like to think of engineers in an industrial plant as the doctors of the organization that execute projects to keep a factory running and/or make it better. My philosophy is that every problem is an opportunity and, a lot of times, there are many different paths you can take to solve a problem. These outcomes need to balance all aspects of the finishing process to ensure it meets the business need and mitigates all risk.

I couldn’t answer this question without talking about the engineering team at Linetec. It is a great team made up of team members that specialize in different skills and backgrounds. We work together to analyze problems from different perspectives that help deliver optimal results. Having 13+ years in manufacturing has taught me that nothing is more important than working together with a great team.

Tad-mountainsQ: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: Problem solving! It’s funny that the favorite part of my job is also the biggest challenge. But it is true that challenges don’t always have to be scary or hard. When you maintain a positive attitude and utilize structured problem solving, anything is achievable. The single most important skill taught in engineering school is problem solving. At Linetec, there are a lot of variables that you need to determine how you will solve a problem, but that is the fun part of being a technical engineer.

Being new to Linetec and the architectural finishing industry presents exciting challenges to work through on a daily basis. Over the first few months in my new position I have spent time working on projects that help me learn and study. Blending my past successes and failures with new challenges at Linetec helps me deliver the right solution.

Q; What is something you are looking forward to?

A: In these first few months at Linetec, I have quickly come to appreciate our team and the people that make up the Linetec family. Every day, you find people with positive attitudes and smiles on their faces. This makes me look forward to saying hello each morning.

I am looking forward to being a Linetec team member for a long time and continuously learning about the industry. Having the opportunity to work at Linetec has opened my eyes to a whole new segment of manufacturing. Supporting the architectural industry is amazing, especially when you get a chance to see the finished structure and feel that you were a part of building something so beautiful.

Tad-Packers familyQ: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I am new to the Wausau area and just moved from Minnesota. I have been asked, “Why did you come to Wausau?” Well, Linetec is a great company. It would be easy to say that the opportunity to work for Linetec was just too good to pass up, but there is another reason: I grew up in Northern Wisconsin in a town called Minocqua. We have a cabin on Lake Minocqua and I wanted my family to enjoy the same outdoor activities I did growing up.

My beautiful wife Nohemi and I have four great kids: My oldest is Annie, who is 12 years old and  part of the MC United Soccer Club that travels around the state for games. Kristen is my 8-year-old daughter and hopes to sign up with the Timberline Figure Skating Club. I have two boys, four-year-old Teddy and two-year-old Marty. They definitely keep my wife and I busy.

But don’t worry…my family and I are Packer fans!

Q: If Linetec gave you a surprise three day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days?

A: This one is simple for me. I would head north to our cabin in Minocqua with my family. We would enjoy the lake by swimming, paddle boarding, water skiing and all the great things that Northern Wisconsin provides.

Rest-and-recuperate can be a hard concept to think about for a father of four young children, so we try to stay active and have fun.

Q: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: My wife and kids are such a big part of my life and I prioritize family above all else. It is not always easy having a large family, but it truly brings me happiness when I see my wife and kids succeed.

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Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team exhibits at IFMA World Workplace

IFMA-World-WorkplaceApogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will be exhibiting in booth #1216 at the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference and Expo. The Expo will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina, on Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

At the event, the team will be representing Apogee’s companies and offering World Workplace attendees free energy modeling to help identify opportunities for energy savings in existing building envelopes using today’s high-performance glass and aluminum window systems.

In addition, Apogee’s Retrofit team provides design and specification assistance, budgeting, tax and utility incentive research, and a network of installers covering North America.

About Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, in conjunction with its businesses, assists building owners and property managers to evaluate the benefits of window renovation and upgrades, such as:

  • Improving the building’s appearance and views
  • Saving energy
  • Downsizing HVAC capacity
  • Increasing occupants’ comfort, wellness and productivity
  • Protecting property and occupants
  • Reducing maintenance
  • Adding usable floor space
  • Lowering vacancy rates
  • Increasing rental rates
  • Enhancing the value of the building

Apogee’s business units supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; EFCO Corporation; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Sotawall; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

To learn more about Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s services and success stories, please visit http://apog.com/renovation.html or contact Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-409-0821.

About IFMA World Workplace

To connect with Apogee’s Retrofit team at IFMA World Workplace, please choose the free expo-only registration at http://worldworkplace.ifma.org.

A variety of other pricing options are available to attend the World Workplace conference and its related events. Pre-conference courses and workshops start Sept. 29 and conference activities conclude Oct. 5 with the IFMA Awards of Excellence and THE After Party. The Expo is held Oct. 3-4.

IFMA World Workplace welcomes more than 4,000 facility management and related professionals to its educational, inspirational and networking events. The association is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 24,000 members in 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in 136 chapters, 16 industry councils and six area-of-interest communities. Together, IFMA’s members manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $526 billion in products and services. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.


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University of Washington’s new NanoES building incorporates numerous window and entrance systems finished by Linetec

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9498-webWausau, Wisconsin (Jan. 2018) – The University of Washington’s newly opened Nano Engineering and Sciences Building (NanoES) provides modern performance and visual continuity with the adjacent Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building. Demonstrating its energy-efficiency and daylight-focused design, the project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

The $53 million dollar NanoES fulfills the second phase of a 168,000-square-foot complex located at the center of the University of Washington (UW) Seattle-based campus. The first phase, the 90,000-square-foot Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building (MolES), was completed in 2012. Linetec finished multiple aluminum components on NanoES to match the neighboring MolES building, creating the desired continuity within the UW campus.

The Seattle offices of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP (ZGF) designed the MolES building and sought to achieve the same aesthetic for the NanoES building. However, new, higher performance requirements in local building and energy codes meant that upgraded curtainwall, window and entrance systems were needed for the NanoES building.

Distinctive, enduring appearance

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography261-webMeeting the project’s specified performance, appearance and durability, Linetec provided the finishing and thermal improvement services for Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ curtainwall and window systems, for Tubelite Inc.’s entrance systems, as well as for the shadow boxes, the sun shades and the accent fins.

For the majority of these architectural aluminum products, Linetec applied a Silver Shadow color as a two-coat mica finish under stringent factory-controlled processes. This 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based liquid paint meets the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standard for high-performance coatings on buildings’ exteriors. Coatings meeting this standard exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals.

Linetec utilizes a multi-step pretreatment, application and curing process, using advanced techniques and equipment to ensure quality and uniformity in all paint projects. As a recognized environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) content using a 100 percent air capture system and safely destroys the VOCs with a regenerative thermal oxidizer. Linetec then reuses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of reuse is completed before the material exits the paint line.

Durable, recyclable material choices on UW NanoES also support its sustainability goals and minimize the buildings’ maintenance costs, while providing long lifecycles. The aluminum used to produce the curtainwall and window systems is made from a high recycled-content billet composition and can be recycled again at the end of its useful life on the building.

Transparency, daylight, energy-efficiency

The NanoES building, like the adjacent MolES building, features four stories above grade and one story below. The second through fourth floors of the NanoES Building are programmed research laboratory spaces. Two active learning classrooms, one large and one small, and those classrooms’ supporting breakout spaces comprise the first floor of the NanoES building. Also on the NanoES building’s first floor is a shared, informal learning center that students can use both before and after classroom sessions.

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9528-web“Transparency, access to daylight and openness were high priorities,” said Wausau’s Northwest Territory manager Brad Glauser. Daylight flows deeply into the building’s interior as its laboratories and offices are separated with glass walls and doors that also maintain a visual connection between these spaces.

Energy efficiency also was an essential part of achieving LEED certification for NanoES. Contributing to this, Linetec provided the thermal improvement services for the curtainwall and entrance systems. Wausau’s curtainwall features insulating, thermal, polyamide strut to separate the inside and outside aluminum framing members, which reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore helping save energy and increase occupant comfort.

Further enhancing energy efficiency, occupant comfort and daylighting design principles, both the windows and curtainwall lites incorporate Viracon’s VNE-63 solar-control, RoomSide Low-E, argon-filled, insulating glass. The low-e, interior surface coating works by reflecting indoor heat back into the room and improving thermal efficiency. In the offices, the windows also are programmed to automatically open at night to provide natural ventilation and lessen the energy load demands on the HVAC system.

Charrette-driven design assistance

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography235-webTo develop the resulting best approach for the building envelope of NanoES, glazing contractor Herzog Glass worked with Wausau’s Design Assist Team to facilitate a three-day series of design charrettes. According to Glauser, these intense, early planning sessions brought together representatives from the University of Washington, ZGF, Hoffmann Construction Company and Herzog Glass.

Glauser emphasized that the initial coordination, especially with Herzog Glass, was paramount to the success of the project. He noted, “We needed to work together to implement project-specific means and methods to ensure proper and safe installation, on a postage stamp size of a construction site that allowed almost no room for staging and critical equipment.”

In total, Herzog Glass installed more than 22,000-square-feet of Wausau’s unitized curtainwall on UW NanoES. The majority is INvision 8250i-HRX Series 4-SSG curtainwall with custom, 6-inch-deep aluminum fins at vertical members. Integrated within the curtainwall are Wausau 4250z Series zero sightline, project-out awning windows with both manual and motorized operators.

Complementing the high-performance curtainwall and window systems, Herzog also installed:

  • Wausau’s ClearStory 24-inch-deep exterior sun shades, which help intercept unwanted solar heat gain before it can impact a building’s HVAC system’s load and economize natural light by redirecting it inside the building.
  • Wausau’s customized shadow boxes, which are similar to those on MolES to add visual depth.
  • Wausau’s structurally glazed, unitized handrail systems integrated directly in plane with the INvision curtainwall, installed on the building’s wall parapet and green roof.
  • Tubelite’s Therml=Block® entrances with thermal strut, customized electric security and automatic hardware.

Success story, strong partnerships

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9495-webRon Dunham of Herzog Glass agreed that working together with Wausau at the front end of the project benefited everyone. He said, “As it was an addition to an existing facility, we needed to match the MolES building’s system’s look as closely as possible.”

Hoffman Construction Company’s project manager, Bob Vincent added, “It turned out great. The client is very pleased. It looks like an extension of MolES, just as they wanted.”

“The combination of durably finished, 4-SSG unitized curtainwall and high-performance glass achieved UW’s requirements,” summarized Glauser. “We exceeded the national forerunning Seattle Energy Codes, as well as UW’s energy-efficiency goals with low solar heat gain coefficient, low U-Factor and high condensation resistance. At the same time, high visible light transmittance was maintained, providing occupants with access to daylight, a transparent connection to views and interior comfort. We stayed ahead of schedule and within budget. In my book, this definitely is a success story.” 

Elaborating on this success in the Daily Journal of Commerce, ZGF’s associate partner Nicole Cooper, AIA, concluded, “The strong partnership between UW and the design team, as well as a commitment to sustainability, brings the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building and the Nano Engineering and Sciences Building together to create one high-performance building that fosters a collaborative research environment for years to come.”


University of Washington, College of Engineering, Nano Engineering and Sciences Building,
3946 West Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105; https://www.engr.washington.edu

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 Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).