Washington University School of Law’s Anheuser-Busch Hall features Super Sky skylight, finished by Linetec

When Washington University in St. Louis renovated the School of Law’s Anheuser-Busch Hall and enlarged the student commons, it took a bold direction to cover Crowder Courtyard in a canopy of glass and metal. Playing a significant role, Super Sky Products manufactured and installed a custom dome skylight spanning 80 by 85 feet over what previously served as outdoor space.

“The skylight geometry and difficult to access location at the top of the courtyard presented some tough challenges to overcome. The top-of-the-line team assembled for this project is really what allows a demanding project such as this to become reality,” explains Super Sky’s project manager, Ryan Navis.

Shielding against weathering, aging and pollution Linetec finished the skylight’s aluminum framing in a Revere Gray color using a high-performance 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coating. “These are some of the most durable coatings available,” says Linetec’s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED® Green Associate. “Their long lifecycle reduces the need for maintenance and replacement and minimizes the associated time, cost and materials.”

The two-story School of Law building is constructed of Missouri Red Granite in the campus’ traditional Gothic style. Designed by Hartman-Cox Architects of Washington, D.C., the $31.2 million, 175,000-square-foot School of Law’s Anheuser-Busch Hall opened in 1997. It earned several accolades including the 2000 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Washington Metropolitan Chapter.

After a decade of use, the student body, faculty and staff had increased by approximately 50 percent. During Anheuser-Busch Hall’s 2008 renovation, Washington University’s internal team served as the general contractor with support from Tarlton Corporation.

While Super Sky’s custom dome skylight is considered the most prominent, new architectural feature, the skylight is just one part of a larger renovation. Other notable aspects of the expansion include: additional group study rooms and faculty offices, a new main entrance on the first floor, and enhanced spaces for clinical education, student services, career services, and computing, audio/visual and web services. Read more

Linetec’s Customer & Supplier Appreciation Golf Outing

On Friday, August 10, 2012, we held our 27th Annual Customer and Supplier Appreciation Golf Outing.

Thank you to the 116 participants who partook in a beautiful day of golf and Olympic themed games at Pine Valley Golf Course.

Congratulations to Marc and Jack from Lurie Panels and Bruce and Kim from Wausau Window and Wall Systems. With a score of 6 under par, they were the 1st place team.

Congratulations to the 1st place team!

Here are links to all of the photos from the days events.

Linetec Golf Outing – http://sdrv.ms/OZ0cIm

Catapult High Jump – http://sdrv.ms/Soroku

Hula Hoop –  http://sdrv.ms/PdK7kU

Torch Carry – http://sdrv.ms/PpT6x7

A very special thank you to all our generous suppliers for helping to make this great event possible!! I’m already looking forward to next year.

– Tammy

Eco-Friendly Architectural Anodize

We’ve recently published an anodize white paper – Achieving Success with Architectural Anodize. The white paper begins with a discussion of its environmental characteristics and the additional benefits of eco-friendly anodize.

To download the entire white paper, click here.

Traditional anodize compared to eco-friendly

The Anodize Process and its Environmental Characteristics 

The anodizing process consists of immersing the aluminum to be anodized in a solution, referred to
as an electrolyte, and passing a direct electric current through the electrolyte and into the aluminum, with the aluminum acting as the anode. The result is a controlled formation of a durable oxide coating on the surface of the aluminum. The anodic coating greatly increases resistance to corrosion and abrasion.

Anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable with no intermediate process needed for anodized aluminum to reenter the recycle chain, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building. Anodizing is a water-based process and uses no VOCs, making it a light-fast, durable alternative to paints and organic coatings.

Eco-Friendly Architectural Anodize

There are additional environmental aspects when the anodizer utilizes the newest etching technology. Linetec, and other environmentally-conscious finishers, changed from the traditional caustic etching process to a more eco-friendly etch system allowing customers to use secondary (recycled) billet in the anodize process.

With eco-friendly anodize, small surface defects are hidden by an aesthetically desirable  “frosty” matte finish and the appearance of the aluminum is enhanced. The resulting matte finish reduces glare in bright sunlight, an attribute associated with increased productivity and comfort for occupants. Gloss level reading is typically reduced from 15 to 25 with conventional anodize, down to a gloss level of 3 to 12 for eco-friendly color  anodize. Interior comfort and recycled material content are recognized by green building programs such as the LEED® Green Building Rating System™.

The eco-friendly anodize process reduces landfill waste used with conventional etch processes by 75-80 percent. Landfill waste directly relates to the production of greenhouse gas.

The eco-friendly  anodize etch process has the viscosity of water and will not collect in the small recesses of aluminum extrusions or narrow aluminum tubes, enhancing the durability and lifecycle of the finished product.