Apogee Retrofit presents at BOMA 2018

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will be presenting and exhibiting at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Conference & Expo, June 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas.

Visit with Apogee representatives in booth #1238 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, June 24-25. Expo hours are Sunday, June 24, 12:30-5:30 p.m. and Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The conference continues through Tuesday.

 

On Sunday, June 24, 1:10-1:40 p.m., in Showcase Room 1, Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will present a case study on 195 CHURCH as part of the conference’s Solutions Showcase. This 18-story, Class A office building in Connecticut recently completed a high-performance window and lighting retrofit resulting in increased energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings.

 

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195 CHURCH  – photo courtesy of  Woodruff Brown

On Sunday, June 24, 1:10-1:40 p.m., in Showcase Room 1, Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will present a case study on 195 CHURCH as part of the conference’s Solutions Showcase. This 18-story, Class A office building in Connecticut recently completed a high-performance window and lighting retrofit resulting in increased energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings.

The Solutions Showcase presenters will include Christopher Vigilante, CEO of Northside Development Co., 195 CHURCH’s property management firm, and Mike Sheppy, P.E., Certified Energy Manager Engineer, Apogee, Building Retrofit.

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 appearance of the building
  • Saving energy
  • Downsizing HVAC capacity
  • Reducing maintenance
  • 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, please visit http://apog.com/renovation.html.

About BOMA International

The BOMA International Conference & Expo are produced by BOMA International and BUILDINGS magazine. BOMA International represents more than 16,500 members. These members own or manage more than 9 billion square feet of commercial space, including 80 percent of the prime office space in the U.S.

Register and learn more at http://www.bomaconvention.org. Expo-only registration is available at no cost to qualified attendees.

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New York’s The Forge showcases distinctive, copper anodized, aluminum wall panel system

TForge_2400-webWausau, Wisconsin (June 2018) – Opened this spring, The Forge, a 272-unit luxury residential tower in Long Island, New York, features a façade of copper-colored anodized aluminum cladding. Designed by FXCollaborative, its distinctive, artistically inspired, industrial-influenced, exterior is composed of Dri-Design’s aluminum wall panel system finished by Linetec. The project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

Developed as a “village in a building” by Brause Realty Inc. and Gotham Organization, the wedge-shaped site and stringent zoning requirements led The Forge to take a slender form with stepped massing in a neo-modernist style. While it is a single 38-story, 266,000-square-foot structure, the property appears as if it could be three separate wafer-like buildings set side by side with a fourth, far shorter, one nestled at the foot of the other three.

On the south elevation, where the dominant street grid meets the elevated Thomson Avenue, the building’s thin slabs are stacked and angled to follow the diagonal avenue. Each of the south elevation’s slabs measures no more than 20 feet wide and stretches to the pinnacle uninterrupted by openings. The other elevations also showcase the copper-anodized cladding punctuated by julienne strips of windows to maximize daylight and views toward the East River and Manhattan, all while preserving outdoor zones. 

Entire elevation of copper-anodized aluminum cladding

It is on The Forge’s south side that the copper-colored aluminum wall system clads the entire height of the building, accentuating its vertical presence.

TForge_018-webTo create the industrial metallic look specified by FXCollaborative, Linetec finished more than 92,000 square feet of Dri-Design panels in a proprietary copper color anodize and painted an additional 4,800 square feet in a Black Iron color.

Dri-Design’s Tyler Fowler says, “Linetec’s copper anodized finish was the look that the architect designed around. The natural variation that is expressed on the façade through the copper anodizing process was a desired look.”

“Whether creating a dramatic new design, or conveying a historic depth and heritage, the classic beauty of copper brings a rich, distinguished look to architectural building projects,” elaborates Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate. “Today, with our exclusive copper-colored anodize for aluminum, you can achieve the look of real copper and lasting luster, without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion, patina or intensive maintenance. Anodized aluminum also weighs less than half of real copper, for easier transportation and installation.”

Linetec’s proprietary and warrantied finish is accomplished through a three-step electrolytic coloring method, rather than the standard two-step process. The resulting finish remains a bright copper color, with no patina over time. It does not require a clear coat or ongoing treatment to maintain color stability. It is available for extrusion, stretch-formed and flat sheet aluminum, before or after assembly.

Fowler continues, “The unique process that involves using real copper to anodize the aluminum makes for a warm and natural finish. Combining the durability and performance of the finish from Linetec with the functionality and endurance of Dri-Design panels is a façade that will last for many years.”

Sustainable, recyclable and durable

TForge_2300-webSupporting The Forge’s healthy, sustainable goals and LEED criteria, Linetec’s anodized services produce no harmful or dangerous by-products and is non-hazardous. Anodized aluminum is an inert, non-combustible material that is 100 percent recyclable and poses no health risks.

At the beginning of the new millennium, Linetec and other environmentally responsible finishers, changed from the traditional caustic etching process to a more eco-friendly etch system. Compared with conventional etch processes, this improved anodize process reduces landfill waste by 75-80 percent. Landfill waste directly relates to the production of greenhouse gas.

This change to eco-friendly anodize also made it easier for customers to use secondary (recycled) billet in the anodize process. The Forge’s aluminum wall system is manufactured with recycled content and, at the end of its useful life as exterior cladding, is 100 percent recyclable.

Fowler highlights other environmental aspects of the system: “Dri-Design purchases its aluminum from domestic mills, which saves transportation energy costs. Additionally, Dri-Design’s single-skin technology – which does not have a plastic core like our MCM [metal composite material] competitors – saves on fossil fuels. Lastly, Dri-Design uses no joint sealants or gaskets, which are made with petroleum, saving fossil fuels and future maintenance costs.”

Further contributing to The Forge’s long life cycle and minimal maintenance, anodize aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping. Its copper anodize finish meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 611 Class I Specification. Protecting and maintaining the structural integrity of the aluminum, it retains exceptional hardness and lasting durability.

Open communication and proven performance

To arrive at the enduring look of The Forge’s copper-anodized wall system, Dri-Design and FXCollaborative first began discussing the building’s design in 2013 during the earliest stages of the project’s conception.

“There was an abundance of collaboration between owner, architect, general contractor and Dri-Design to meet the design intent,” Fowler remembers. “With open lines of communications such as this, it makes for a better experience for all parties involved.”

He proudly notes that the two companies have a long-standing relationship and “the use of Dri-Design was a first choice based on many qualities.” Among these qualities, Dri-Design’s architectural metal wall cladding system is made form one single solid piece of aluminum; it is not a metal or aluminum composite material. Because it is not a composite material and is not laminated, the panels will not delaminate.

Engineered as a pressure-equalized rain-screen system, Dri-Design’s wall panel system complies with the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 285 standard. It also has passed the most stringent air, water and structural testing requirements in the industry, including AAMA 508 test protocol, as well as Miami Dade County’s hurricane testing.

“With the performance requirements along with the desired overall aesthetic of the façade, Dri-Design made the most sense,” summarizes Fowler.

Smooth, on schedule installation

TForge_010-webDri-Design’s rain-screen wall system attaches to nearly any substrate without the use of clips or extrusions. This quick-connecting, interlocking panel design helped installing contractor KNS Building Restoration stay on schedule.

KNS worked closely with general contractor Purves Street Development following The Forge’s start of construction in June 2015. In August 2016, the project “topped out.” The building was substantially completed, on time, in the summer of 2017.

“This was the first time Dri-Design and KNS Building Restoration worked together,” Fowler acknowledges. “It was a great experience for us. This was a group effort between both parties to make for a successful project.”

Eco-friendly, artistic amenities at The Forge

As a recognized part of The Forge’s success, residents enjoy 26,000 square feet dedicated to amenities and their own spacious outdoor park. A sunroom, lounge, children’s playroom, fitness center, business bar, workspace and local art installations are available throughout the interior. The property’s many outdoor areas include a pool, movie theater, sculpture garden, summer kitchen, and green roof with sky lounge and terrace.

The Forge also incorporates wind turbines and a solar power screen for supplemental power. An irrigation system captures rainwater and reuses it on the landscaped green spaces. Bike storage and on-site parking with electric charging stations also support a healthy, green lifestyle.

Within The Forge, residents and visitors are welcomed by a 24/7 concierge in an impressive, double-height lobby. The individual Feng Shui-certified residences continue the intended attitude of modern comfort and well being into the studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Delivering on these intensions, the building’s design and construction focuses on sound sensitivity and energy efficiency, as well as environmental responsibility.

Prospective tenants seeking to embrace the eco-minded, healthy lifestyle offered by The Forge still have the opportunity to lease a residence. Units currently available are listed as starting at $3,244 for a one-bedroom, one-bath.

The Forge, 44-28 Purves Street, New York 11101; https://renttheforge.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 Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

Linetec People to Know: Mike Bridenhagen

Mike BridenhagenQ: Tell me about your job

A: I manage the Inside Sales/Service team, which includes sales and service representatives, order and sample coordinators, estimators, technical specialists, and leadership. Our job is to work with our customers to ensure their satisfaction. We learn their needs and expectations and create programs that fulfill their quote requests and orders. We work with our outside sales team, scheduling department and production areas – every day – to follow orders through from start to finish, and to solve any concerns that may come up along the way.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I have been in sales and customer service leadership positions prior to Linetec. I’ve worked for an eclectic mix of companies, but the common thread has been a strong desire to provide superior product and customer service, and exceed customer expectations. I’ve had the privilege to work with world-class organizations and world-class people, and have learned many invaluable lessons and tenets from them. My goal is to impart these to our team members the best I can and ensure our core values are met for both our customers and our team.

MIkeB-BigBoyQ: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: There are so many things I enjoy about working at Linetec. The desire to do things right and not cut corners, to treat associates fairly and reward them for doing their jobs well, the commitment to a safe workplace, the family atmosphere, the lack of a steep organizational chart, the fun activities, community involvement – the list goes on and on. But if I had to pick one thing, it would be the dedicated and caring team I get to see every day. They make it fun to come in every morning!

Q: What poses the biggest challenge for you?

A: I’m fairly new to the industry so learning the technical side of what we do can take time. It is fascinating, though, and it has been a whole new eye-opening experience for me.

Q: Are there any finishing types or color trends that you seeing more of lately? 

A: We are seeing an increase in interest in some of our more “exotic” finishes, such as our woodgrain finishes, brushed stainless anodize and terra cotta textured coatings. However, our multitude of anodize and paint options, and the quality of our work continues to be second to none!

MIkeB-golferQ: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: Summer! This past winter has been exceedingly protracted in Wisconsin. It’s been one of the coldest and snowiest winters I can remember. Wisconsin is such a beautiful state, and it’s nice to get out and enjoy it when the weather is nice. But in Wisconsin, our weather can change very quickly, so we’ve learned to take the good with the bad. Hopefully, our good weather will last well into fall this year!

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: My favorite band is Rush – I have been a fan since the mid-’70s. I saw them five times in concert and I’m sad that they are no longer touring!

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

A: I would take my wife back to Banff, Alberta. I love the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian Rockies are absolutely beautiful. After a weekend of those pristine sights and wonderful fresh air, I would be ready to go back at it with renewed vigor!

MIkeB-muskieQ: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: A lot of things make me happy because I try to be a positive person. Thinking about my wife and kids always cheers me up because family is the most important part of my life and I love doing things with them. I also love sports and outdoor activities: golfing, fishing, bowling, basketball, trail running, mountain biking, travelling, landscaping and lumberjacking. If I can do any of these things, I’m usually pretty happy! Oh, and I love to eat. There’s an old saying: “The more I run, the more I can eat.” That’s me!

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Minnesota’s Cedar Grove Transit Center clad in Protean aluminum plate system, finished by Linetec

Cedar Avenue Transit Station-1 399X440 Duranar MICALinetec’s painted mica finishes contribute to the the metallic aesthetic, high performance and lasting durability of Protean Construction Products’ aluminum plate system as installed by Flynn Midwest on Minnesota’s Cedar Grove Transit Center. The new station significantly expands the original facility with two buildings connected by a signature skyway bridge over TH77/Cedar Avenue. The building’s design complements other stations on the Red Line.

For the Cedar Grove Transit Center, Linetec finished more than 5,000 square feet of Protean’s AP-1125 aluminum, formed-plate barrier system in a Bright Silver color. Engineered for low-rise applications, Protean’s wet-joint, metal plate panel system is well suited for projects that go down to grade, and feature multiple bends, shapes and conditions where a long service life is needed.

Protean - Cedar Grove TransitEnsuring performance as specified, Protean’s system comply with ASTM standards for water penetration, air infiltration and structural integrity. Enhancing and protecting the aluminum panels, the two-coat mica Duranar® painted coatings applied by Linetec also meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 stringent standards for 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. These finishes for architectural aluminum products exhibit industry-leading resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals.

Along with performance and durability, Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder, LEED® Green Associate, notes, “Mica paint coatings add a unique vibrancy and visual appeal to projects. Their lively appearance is caused by the way visible light is reflected off of the mica flakes. This dynamic finish presents an especially appropriate look in representing the activity of a transit center.”

SEH - Cedar Grove Transit StationThe Cedar Grove Transit Station connects transit riders on the METRO Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system directly to the Mall of America Transit Station, Apple Valley Transit Station and local routes. The Highway 77/Cedar Avenue corridor is one of the busiest roads in the state – each day, about 90,000 motorists cross the Minnesota River on the road.

The original station, originally opened in 2010, was built adjacent to the Cedar Avenue highway, but required the buses to exit, travel to the station, then double back to re-enter the highway. Constructing a new platform in the center of the highway, METRO Red Line buses now stop at the station without leaving the highway. This safely brings riders closer to the buses and saves several minutes of travel time.

Cedar Avenue Transit Station-3The station improvements project is a collaboration between the Metropolitan Council (Met Council)/Metro Transit and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Dakota Regional Railroad Authority, City of Eagan, Counties Transit Improvement Board, and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority. Working closely with the Met Council/Metro Transit, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) led the $15 million station upgrade design.

Protean President Troy Ethen explains, “The Met Council developed a long-range plan for improving the bus line from southeast suburbs to Minneapolis and St. Paul, one main point being the addition of a transit station on Cedar Avenue. SEH, which specializes in municipal infrastructure projects, were hired to design the station in compliance with the overall goals of the project.”

Cedar Avenue Transit Station-2The project’s four main goals included: providing a variety of safe, reliable and attractive bus transit services in the corridor; improving mobility and accessibility within the Cedar Avenue Transitway; identifying improvements that are cost-effective and well-positioned for implementation; and enhancing and promoting transit-oriented development that is compatible with community goals and helps increase ridership.

SEH noted that project challenges included designing a skyway spanning both the northbound lanes and ramp exit on Highway 77/Cedar Avenue, while avoiding major underground utilities.

Helping meet the project’s goals and challenges, Ethen adds, “Protean’s proposal for cladding helped meet the goals of an attractive and cost-effective solution” and a “cost-effective and consistent finish. Partnering with Flynn Midwest, Protean was able to meet the project requirements on time and under budget.”

Cedar Grove Transit Center opened in May 2017, 13 months following the project’s groundbreaking. The project, the Met Council and its team were recognized with an Honor Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies, Minnesota Chapter (ACEC-MN).

Cedar Grove Transit Station, 4035 Nicols Road, Eagan, Minnesota 55122

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).

Why does Linetec operate its own trucking service?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith condensed construction schedules and limited room at the job site, we understand how important it is for customers to have their finished material arrive as specified and on time.

To provide the greatest convenience and the best possible quality control, we operate our own fleet of trucks. As the nation’s largest independent architectural finisher and contract hauler, this allows us to provide you with cost-effective, reliable, damage-free shipments. Distribution points, and regular pick-up and delivery routes strategically covering much of the U.S., allow for frequent shipments from our home in Wisconsin to you.

Truck Types

Your finished products are transported safely and efficiently by one of our three truck types.

  • Local trucking – Linetec’s semi-trailers and straight trucks are used for deliveries within a 30-mile radius of Wausau, Wisconsin. Enclosed trailers can haul carted material, as well as crates and skids.
  • Open-top trailers – Linetec’s hard-side, open-top trailers have an open or tarped roof that is ideal for overhead crane loading and unloading. The hard sides eliminate the need to strap down the material, and airbags can be used to snug the material to the walls. Open-top trailers also can be loaded and unload from the tail end at dock height with forklifts and pallet jacks.
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    Accordian trailer

    Accordion trailers –Linetec’s accordion trailers are a flatbed trailer, but with a rolling attached tarping system. It allows the same above, side or end loading and unloading without the need for strapping down and packaging the material, although skids and crates must have closed tops. Our accordion trailers are ideal for lineal shapes, bundles, boxes and crated material.

Using experienced drivers we ensure your material is delivered damage-free. On Linetec dedicated trucking, your material is never offloaded until it reaches the delivery location. We also offer custom packaging solutions – from boxing and master bundling to individually packaging material into crates. Helping our regular customers to save on packaging costs, time and labor, Linetec also offers a cradle rental program for shipping of lineal extrusions.

Regular Routes and Other Options

Depending on the frequency and urgency of your deliveries, we can provide several options:

  • Linetec Managed Trucking, Regular Route – For our customers with weekly deliveries and pick-ups, we arrange for transportation via a Linetec truck or an outsourced carrier.
  • Linetec Managed Trucking, Dedicated Run – For customers that have truckload quantities of material moving either one, or both directions (inbound and outbound), Linetec arranges a dedicated truck.
  • Customer Managed Trucking – For customers that prefer to make their own arrangements with carrier of their choice, via common carrier (LTL) or exclusive carrier (truckload material).

With Linetec trucking, our customers no longer need to spend time finding and scheduling a contracted hauler to make the delivery. Freight costs are also more economical for partial loads when customers are effectively able to share a truck with other customers on the same route. Because we manage the truck and the schedule, we can better ensure that material will be picked up and delivered on time to your facility and ours.

We have over 45 weekly truck runs, on 12 different routes, throughout the U.S., currently cover most of the states east of the Rocky Mountains. Do not hesitate to contact us if your needs fall outside of this area, we will provide service or arrange for trucking whenever possible.

Please click the links for PDF downloads of our inbound and outbound trucking guidelines, and contact us if we can assist you with trucking and packaging options.

Linetec adds three associates to growing team – Brandon Slowiak as continuous improvement manager, Cody Horne as manufacturing engineer, Tad Klabacha as senior technical engineer

Wausau, Wisconsin (May 2018) – Three new associates have joined Linetec to support the company’s continued growth and its customers’ ongoing need for high-quality, high-performance, finished, architectural aluminum products. Brandon Slowiak started his role as a continuous improvement manager, Cody Horne as a manufacturing engineer and Tad Klabacha as a senior technical engineer.

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Brandon Slowiak

In his role as continuous improvement manager, Slowiak reports to Linetec’s vice president of operations Andy Joswiak. He is responsible for leading the company’s Lean initiatives and continuous improvement training and activities, inspiring a culture of continuous improvement, and driving results through ongoing process improvements.

Most recently, Slowiak worked as a value stream manager at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global leader in motion and control technologies. Seven years ago, he began with the company as a process engineer and earned progressively more challenging roles while gaining experience in operations. Certified as a high performance team coach, he has led Lean manufacturing training programs. In addition to his knowledge of Lean, he has a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering with a minor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He currently lives in Wausau.

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Cody Horne

Horne also is a University of Wisconsin graduate and lives in Wausau. He graduated from Marathon County with an associate’s degree and from Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. His professional engineering experience includes positions at Greenheck Fan Corporation, Neenah Paper, Hydratight and most recently, as a product engineer with custom hydraulic cylinder manufacturer JARP Industries, Inc. At Linetec, he will focus on continually and cost-effectively improving the manufacturing process. He reports to Bob Laduron, Linetec’s quality and process improvement manager.

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Tad Klabacha

Also reporting to Laduron, Klabacha also will recommend and implement continuous improvements through value-focused manufacturing processes. Drawing from more than a decade of experience in manufacturing, he previously worked at Vista Outdoor’s Federal Cartridge Company as a manufacturing engineering supervisor responsible for managing a 17-person team. He holds several technical certificates including as a Six Sigma Green Belt and for Lean manufacturing. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He relocated from the Twin Cities to the Wausau area.

Learn more about joining Linetec’s growing team of associates by visiting www.linetec.com and clicking “Employment.”

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 Glass Association of North America (GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

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Orlando International Airport’s South Intermodal Terminal Facility topped with Acurlite skylight, finished by Linetec

FL-OIA-ITFso_1788GOAAWausau, Wisconsin (May 2018) – Offering a seamless travel experience for the 44.3 million annual passengers of Orlando International Airport, the new Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) opened to Thanksgiving travellers in 2017. This completed the first phase of the South Airport Complex’s construction plan, which will continue through 2020. The ITF also is expected to be the first building on the Orlando International Airport campus to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 certification standards.

Featuring an 8,000-square-foot, heavy-duty commercial skylight, the ITF’s daylighting system helps connect those arriving and working within the space to the welcoming surroundings and Florida sunshine outside. Acurlite Structural Skylights, Inc. manufactured and installed the low-rise, segmented barrel vault skylight. Linetec provided stretch forming, thermal improvement and finishing of the skylight to meet the airport’s aesthetic, sustainability and high-performance requirements.

Performance-Driven Design

Orlando-_-ITF-web “Although the aesthetics are certainly important, the skylight specifications are more performance-driven than aesthetic,” acknowledges HKS, Inc.’s associate principal, project manager, David Thomas, AIA. “Firstly, we didn’t want it to leak and the skylight system needed to meet Florida product approval. The finish also needed to be able to withstand the harsh Florida climate and local airport conditions.”

The ITF’s skylight system exceeds industry standards for air, water and structural stability. Acurlite tested and fabricated the system with a 30-year life cycle theory for longevity of product and overall system performance.

Spanning 40.5 feet wide by 197.5 feet long, Acurlite’s skylight was fully shop-fabricated and shop-assembled for on-site unitization and installation on the ITF. Hundreds of aluminum-framed segments compose the total skylight system.

Linetec finished each aluminum framing member in a Bright Silver color using Valspar Fluropon Classic® II 70% PVDF architectural coating systems. Valspar’s two-coat, 70 percent PVDF resin-based finishes applied by Linetec meet or exceed the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s high-performance exterior specification, AAMA 2605.

MCO picAmong the most weather-resistant of all finishes, paint coatings that meet AAMA 2605’s exterior, architectural specification comply with rigorous testing that involves withstanding more than 4,000 hours of salt spray and humidity. These coatings also must maintain film integrity, color retention, chalk resistance, gloss retention and erosion resistance properties for a minimum of 10 years on the South Florida testing site.

“The superior finish from Linetec allows Acurlite to provide an enhanced product to our customer that is aesthetically pleasing, but also can stand up to the harsh exterior environment, while providing a great warranty to the owner,” says, Matt Snyder, sales and operations manger at Acurlite.

Finished, Curved, Thermally Improved

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOC) content before the finished material arrives at the job site. For the Orlando International Airport’s ITF and other projects seeking LEED certification, choosing durable products with no-VOC finishes can be an important part of the selection and specification process. Painted aluminum extrusions also can be stripped, and re-used or recycled.

For the ITF project, Keymark Corporation supplied Acurlite with recycled aluminum extrusions. Prior to finishing, Linetec stretch-formed the extrusions to the barrel vault skylight’s required radius. Maintaining close and consistent tolerances, the stretch forming process yields a smooth and even curved surface.

To obtain the best finish quality and to keep parts fully warranted, it is best to thermally improve and finish the aluminum framing members after they have been stretch-formed. Installing the thermal barrier in the metal after it has been curved helps minimize stress on the thermal barrier and ensures performance as specified. Linetec is one of the only finish and service providers to offer thermal improvement services for curved and radius, finished aluminum extrusions backed with an industry-leading warranty.

Supporting Customers and Sustainability

“Linetec has been a great system partner to Acurlite and is our finisher of choice,” adds Snyder. “Between enhanced lead-times and customer service, Linetec has been a great supporter of Acurlite and our customers.”

Keeping travellers comfortable beneath the skylight and the outside Orlando sun, the skylight’s thermally improved aluminum framing complements the high-performance insulated glass unit (IGU). The IGU incorporates solar-control, low-e, laminated glazing, plus Viracon’s Viraspan Design silk screening, to achieve a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.24 and a U-factor of 0.45.

FL-OIA-ITFso_1797GOAAThe skylight’s thermal performance, recycled aluminum and durable finishes also support the Orlando International Airport’s Sustainability Management Plan, its LEED target and its goal to reduce energy use by 10 percent by 2018.

Along with the finished skylight meeting the airport’s sustainability goals and performance specifications, Thomas notes that it appeared to be a “quick and easy installation.” Acurlite installed the ITF’s skylight as scheduled by October 2017.

The overall, multi-phased timeline for the South Airport Complex began in early 2017 and is managed by Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture. Part of Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s $3.1 billion Capital Improvement Program, the South Airport Complex ITF consists of approximately 2.7 million square feet of space accommodating four types of rail systems, an attached parking garage and an Automated People Mover system that links with the existing North Terminal Complex.

“Today’s travelers to Central Florida demand a higher level of service and efficient connections to other modes of transportation, so it is essential that we strive to stay at the forefront of innovation, customer care and improved connectivity,” says Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Executive Director Phil Brown.

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Orlando International Airport, South Intermodal Terminal Facility, 1 Jeff Fuqua Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32827

 

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 Glass Association of North America (GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).