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Lisa Ullman – nearly 10 year associate

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San Francisco International Airport’s new air traffic control tower meets high-performance design and LEED Gold criteria features Wausau’s curtainwall, Tubelite entrances, finishing by Linetec

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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) first-of-its-kind airport traffic control tower and integrated facility features high-performance finishes by Linetec on architectural aluminum products by Tubelite Inc. and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

Designed-Built to Multi-Performance Requirements

 The new $80 million, 221-foot-tall, torch-shaped tower offers improved safety, security and design standards, and has obtained LEED® Gold status. The seismic design for the tower allows for the structure to withstand a Richter magnitude 8 earthquake.

SFO’s previous air traffic control tower was built in 1984. The new tower and integrated facility’s conceptual design was created by airport master architecture firm HNTB. Fentress Architects served as architect-of-record and Hensel Phelps led the design-build team. The collaborative approach resulted in a distinctive design that is seismically sound and meets the FAA’s strict requirements.

The “cab” at the top of the tower features a cantilevered roof and windows to give controllers an unobstructed view of the airfield below. The tower façade consists of curved metal panels and a vertical glass band that is illuminated to colorfully glow at night.

The base of the new SFO tower includes a corridor and a secure connector between Terminals 1 and 2, a new FAA office space, and improvements to the Terminal 1 Boarding Area C entrance. The corridor offers a unique glass skylight, which provides visitors views directly up the full height of the tower. The secure connector bridge also offers unobstructed views of the runways, a rest area with seating, and an adjoining yoga room.

Construction began in summer 2012, was ready for FAA equipment installation in summer 2015 and opened in autumn 2016. Construction manager, T2 Partners, selected Architectural Glass & Aluminum (AGA) as the glazing contractor. AGA relied on Wausau, Tubelite and Linetec to meet the aesthetic, acoustic, blast hazard mitigating (BHM), seismic, thermal and other performance specifications of SFO’s unique facility.

Durable Finishes for LEED Gold Sustainability

Contributing to the project’s sustainability goals, the aluminum used to produce Wausau’s curtainwall and window systems is a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with durable finishes by Linetec.

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 re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line.

For the new SFO facility, Linetec applied a Duranar® Sunstorm® Galaxy Silver color, 50 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin based, two-coat, liquid coating on the interior-facing aluminum framing members. For greater protection on the exterior, weather-exposed surfaces, a three-coat Duranar Sunstorm XL Silver color, 70 percent PVDF liquid coating was applied. Applied under Linetec’s stringent factory-controlled processes, these finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standards, as well as minimize buildings’ maintenance costs and maximize long lifecycles.

Along with sustainably produced finish materials and natural daylight, the SFO facility’s other LEED-recognized features include photovoltaic panels, a roof garden, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient HVAC systems, programmable LED lighting and electric vehicle charging stations.

“Whether building a new structure or replacing, renovating and modernizing an existing facility, Tubelite’s and Wausau’s high-performance systems, and Linetec’s finishing services, help design-build teams to create elegant, daylight-filled, energy-efficient and safe buildings,” says Tubelite’s product manager, Tom Mifflin. “Creating a comfortable, quiet environment promotes concentration and productivity, which is essential to air traffic control.”

Proven Safety and Security

 AGA installed more than 4,000 square feet of Wausau’s four-sided, silicone-glazed curtainwall including SuperWall8250 Series curtainwall, INvision 7250-UW Series unitized curtainwall and 7250 Series BHM curtainwall, plus INvent 3250i Series in-swing casement thermal windows.

In addition, AGA installed Tubelite Inc.’s ForceFront Blast entrance systems. All of Wausau’s BHM Series products and Tubelite’s ForceFront Blast products are designed for compliance with the General Services Administration Inter-Agency Security Committee’s (GSA ISC) security design criteria and the Department of Defense United Facilities Criteria (DoD UFC) 4-010-01 requirements.

“As doors, windows and curtainwall encounter the extreme pressures released by an explosive mass, all elements of the assembly work together to withstand the blast load and dissipate its energy. Instead of the historical design practice of specifying thick windows with rigid frames, modern blast-mitigating assemblies are designed to be flexible, and absorb, rather than resist, blast energy,” explains Mifflin.

Drawing from more than a decade of experience on dozens of major BHM projects, the associates at Tubelite and Wausau apply their technical expertise to interpret the lexicon of hazard mitigation and to achieve safety, security, cost effectiveness and timely completion.

Efficient Service and Growth

SFO offers non-stop flights to more than 45 international cities on 39 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 78 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. During its 2015-16 fiscal year, it set an all-time traffic record of serving more than 51.4 million passengers.

“Our goal is to be an exceptional airport, in service to our communities,” stated airport director Ivar C. Satero. “Looking ahead, our focus is on the ongoing development of our airport infrastructure, to ensure that SFO can grow efficiently and continue to make a positive economic contribution in the Bay Area.”

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San Francisco International Airport; San Francisco, CA 94128; http://www.flysfo.com,

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Choosing architectural painted coatings – 70% PVDF, 50% PVDF, Baked Enamel – What’s the difference?

man hands on window frameWhen selecting high-performance architectural coatings for aluminum building products including window, curtainwall, storefront, entrance and panel systems – there are three main choices for durable painted finishes: 70% PVDF, 50% PVDF and baked enamel.

70% PVDF resin-based coatings offer the ultimate protection in building performance.

No other coating system can withstand the rigors of nature and time like those based on the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin, such as Kynar 500® or Hylar 5000®. The resin system determines the properties and performance of the paint. In a 70% PVDF coating, 70% of the resin component is PVDF.

Ideal for high-performance exterior-facing building products, 70% PVDF resin-based coatings meet the industry’s stringent requirements set by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association – AAMA 2605. They exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals to ensure a long lasting, durable finish.

Linetec-paint-chips-(9)-web-smallerAmong the most popular and reliable 70% PVDF resin-based coating families are:

  • AkzoNobel TRINAR®
  • PPG DURANAR®
  • Valspar Fluropon®
  • Sherwin-Williams SHER-NAR®

50% PVDF resin-based coatings offer an intermediate level of exterior protection.

Architectural painted finishes with 50% PVDF resin-based coatings that meet the AAMA 2604 specification provide good color and gloss retention in exterior applications. These coatings also offer good hardness and abrasion resistance, making it a frequent choice for storefront, doors, or other high-traffic areas.

Among the most popular and reliable 50% PVDF resin-based coatings are:

  • AkzoNobel ALUM*A*STAR® and ALUM*A*Escent®
  • PPG ACRYNAR®
  • Valspar Acroflur®

Baked enamel coatings offer a lower level of protection, typically for interior metal products.
Baked enamel finishes are acrylic/polyester coatings. Meeting the AAMA 2603 specification, the coatings are a one-coat system with poor resistance to color fading and chalking. For these reasons, they typically are used for interior applications where color retention, chalk, fade and weatherability is not required.

Among the most popular and reliable baked enamel coatings are:

  • AkzoNobel ACRA-BOND® ULTRA
  • PPG DURACRON®
  • Valspar Flurocryl

Learn more about architectural paint types by clicking here. For personalized assistance in selecting the best high-performance architectural coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

 

Linetec’s expansions continue: adding 70 more employees

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3-year associate, Scott Yang, and 30-year associate, Rodney Sloan, prepare flat sheet order for customer delivery

Linetec continues to expand capacity and add new jobs to support the market’s increased demand for high-quality finishes and high-performance architectural metal products.

“In the last 24 months, we expanded capacity in both our paint and anodize lines, and added more than 200 new jobs. This year, we already have an immediate need to fill 70 positions, particularly in the paint and thermal services departments. We’re looking for more to join our team of good, hard-working people across all production areas,” says Jane Kessel, Linetec’s vice president of human resources.

Part of the latest job growth is a $3 million investment to double the capacity of the thermal services department. “Continually increasing energy codes are driving our customer base to develop more products that incorporate these thermal services,” explains Andy Joswiak, Linetec’s vice president of operations. “The other driver of the latest job growth is painting volume.”

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Linetec painters ensure specified coverage on all aluminum parts

In late 2016, Linetec expanded its painting capacity by going from a five-day operation to a seven-day operation, using new shift structures and adding 40 new positions. Now, with even higher growth rates so far this year, Linetec has initiated further significant hiring in 2017 for more painting capacity.

Examples of Linetec’s immediate job opportunities include positions in production scheduling, packaging, racking, truck drivers, cleaning and maintenance. Starting rates range from $15 to $16 per hour plus premiums and bonuses. Benefits include health and dental, bonus pay, 401k, paid vacation, and tuition reimbursement.

“Once the new openings are filled, we will have well over 600 employees – some of which have been here 30 years,” Linetec’s president Rick Marshall notes proudly. “We listen to and value our employees. Their input helped establish the Core Values we bring to life every day. The jobs in our industry are sometimes demanding, but we more than offset those challenges with a very positive and rewarding work environment. Our culture and Core Values are what make us unique, and that helps us continue to successfully hire in a very tight labor market.”

For more information about Linetec’s finishing and thermal improvement services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com. For interest in employment opportunities visit http://www.linetec.com/Careers/Careers.html 

 

Linetec People to Know – Jeff Fochs

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Q: Tell me about your job at Linetec

A: I am the Regional Sales Manager for the East Central Region. I go out to visit new and existing customers ensuring customer satisfaction and trying to gain more business for Linetec. I also head up Linetec’s flat sheet program along with our purchasing department.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: My family owns a residential construction business, so I grew up building houses. After graduating, I was an outside sales rep for a local lumber yard and then moved to Weather Shield as a territory manager.

In 2007, I got the bug to move out West. I spent four years living in Seattle working for a Canadian company as a Territory manager selling architectural panels covering Washington, Oregon and California. In January 2012, I moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family, and I started at Linetec in February 2012.

Q: Are there any color or finishing trends you are seeing in your territory?

A: I’ve been seeing more and more requests for unique finishes. Either odd colors, or textured coatings like our Terra Cotta. Our wood grain finishes are really gaining interest too.

Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: I am looking forward to going to spring training in South Carolina with the Wausau West baseball team.

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

A:  Most people outside the office don’t know that I love my crazy socks. It’s actually easier that way because I don’t have to try to match anything. Also, my dad and I make our own maple syrup.

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Jeff’s fashion sense has been wearing off on  others at Linetec

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