“Going Green on the Green” highlights energy-efficient windows finished by Linetec

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown09-web“Window retrofit increases energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings,” reports Commercial Architecture magazine in describing 195 CHURCH’s renovation. Supporting these achievements, Linetec’s anodize finish also enhances the windows’ durability, minimizes maintenance and maximizes longevity.

Located on the New Haven Green in Connecticut, the 244,000 square foot, 18-story, Class A office building was built in 1974 and is largely constructed of concrete. 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 the property manager select the optimal window system, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team provided an annual energy savings forecast showing the potential savings offered by Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ S.E.A.L. interior accessory windows. These units install from the building’s interior over existing, weather-tight windows to improve thermal and acoustical performance.

The windows’ extruded aluminum frames were finished by Linetec in Dark Bronze anodize to 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 for a long product life cycle.

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown06before-webMore than 1,400 new energy-efficient window inserts, in combination with 9,000 new LEDs, are anticipated to save 195 CHURCH’s owners 29 percent in annual electrical energy consumption and are on track to significant earn a rebate from the utility provider.

Download the full case study on this and other renovation projects from Apogee’s web page.

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

Seguin Public Library in Texas earns LEED Gold and awards, features Linetec’s anodize finish on Tubelite’s curtainwall and entrance systems

Tubelite_TX-SeguinLibrary_6666SeguinGazetteWhen the City of Seguin, Texas, decided to tear down its old library and build a new one, the priority was to leverage the natural beauty of its site along the banks of Walnut Creek. In Nov. 2017, the project earned LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Designed by PGAL of Los Angeles and 720 design inc. of Dallas, the 43,000-square-foot new Seguin Public Library is three times the size of the original building, providing more area for books, technology and spaces to sit, read and enjoy the natural surroundings. A quiet room extends into the branches of a pecan tree letting visitors feel as if they are sitting in a transparent tree house. In addition, cantilevered decks overlook the creek and a popular walking and biking trail.

Seguin Public LibraryFraming these natural views and complementing the natural palette, Linetec finished Tubelite Inc.’s curtainwall and storefront aluminum framing in a dark bronze anodize. Along with the large expanses of glass and metal, the building’s exterior features local limestone and brick with exposed wood roof decking.

As a USGBC member and an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec supports projects pursuing LEED certification and other green building guidelines. The company demonstrates its commitment to leadership in sustainability with continued improvement and investment in ongoing research, business practices and facilities, as well as eco-friendly finishing applications.

Tubelite_TX-SeguinLibrary_6766SeguinGazetteLinetec’s eco-friendly anodize process provides one the most durable finishes for architectural aluminum products. It creates a frosty matte appearance, hides small defects common in recycled aluminum, contains no VOCs and meets or exceeds all AAMA 611 specifications. When it is time for the installed architectural product to be removed, anodized aluminum is 100 percent recyclable, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building.

Commercial buildings have showcased Linetec’s anodize finishes for more than 30 years and have depended on Tubelite’s 400 Series since the 1980s. Throughout the decades, the curtainwall continues to prove its aesthetic flexibility and reliable structural performance.

Seguin Public LibraryRepresenting Tubelite, Sage Architectural Products, LLC provided glazing contractor Bulverde Glass, Inc. of San Antonio with 16,300 square feet of Tubelite’s 400 Series Curtainwall and T14000 I/O storefront, plus four Wide Stile doors and frames. Todd Joubert with Sage notes, “Tubelite was selected for its service and value.”

Byrne Construction Services began construction on the new Seguin Public Library in 2014 and competed it on schedule. Tyler Messer of Bulverde Glass notes, “It came together pretty well and went up fairly easy. We’re happy and everybody else seems happy with it, too.”

Seguin Public LibraryThe building celebrated its grand opening in September 2016. This year’s LEED Gold certification is one of many accolades the project has received. Additional awards include the TEXO Distinguished Building Award-$10 to $30 Million, the Best of Texas presented by Engineering News Record and the Project of the Year Between $10-$25 Million by the American Subcontractors Association, San Antonio Chapter.

“It’s no surprise to us that our gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Seguin Public Library is receiving these kinds of accolades. It is without a doubt a masterpiece of architecture and construction,” said Library Director Jacki Gross.

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Seguin Public Library, 313 W Nolte St. Seguin, TX 78155, http://www.seguintexas.gov/landing_library.php
Owner: City of Seguin; Seguin, Texas; http://www.seguintexas.gov
Lead architect: PGAL; Los Angeles; https://www.pgal.com
Additional architect: 720 design inc.; Dallas; http://www.720design.net
General contractor: Byrne Construction Services; San Antonio, Texas; http://www.tsbyrne.com
Glazing contractor: Bulverde Glass, Inc.; San Antonio; Texas; http://www.bulverdeglass.com
Glazing systems – manufacturer’s representative: Sage Architectural Products, LLC; Austin, Texas; http://sage-ap.com
Glazing systems – curtainwall, doors and frames manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
Glazing systems – curtainwall, doors and frames finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://linetec.com
Photos courtesy of: Seguin Gazette

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Will it bend? Understanding stretch forming aluminum

big-8800-1Choosing a single partner to curve and finisher your architectural aluminum products offers a more efficient process with a higher quality result. At Linetec, our paint and anodize finishing options are both possible in combination with stretch forming services. Not only does this provide you with a single point of contact, it saves time and costs, and ensures a full warranty on the finished, curved materials.

What is stretch forming?

curved-metal-rack-698X400Stretch forming shapes aluminum sheets and extrusion profiles into simple or complex contoured curves with tensile and bending forces. The material is kept under constant tension, while wrapping it around a form, or die, to produce the desired arc.

Born from the aerospace industry, stretch forming maintains precise dimensions throughout a curve and produces perfectly contoured products while limiting, or even eliminating, wrinkling inside the arc.

Yale Peabody Closeup CTWhat shapes and sizes are possible?

Half circles (180 degrees) and eyebrow (usually 135 degrees) curves are the most popular requests that Linetec receives. These curves may be coupled with straight legs to create a larger opening as a window or door frame. Gothic arches also are common, especially for historic retrofit projects.

Larger arc lengths typically are specified on more modern facilities. Linetec can accommodate a maximum arc length of 260 inches. Those exceeding 260 inches can be reviewed and discussed. We can curved material up to 10 inches in width.

We can advise on accurate measurements to confirm the material dimensions meet your project’s requirements. A template will be needed for compound curves, which have more than one radius, and usually require a custom die.

Can thermal improvements be made to curved aluminum framing members?

Rolled-TB-Extrusion-web136At Linetec, not only can we coordinate the curving of your material and finish it in your choice of paint or anodize, we also can thermally improve the aluminum framing. We offer either a fully crimped, insulating, thermal, polyamide strut system or a three-step, pour-and-debridge process.

Both options separate the inside and outside aluminum framing members of a window, door, skylight, storefront or curtainwall system to reduce the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort.

Installing the thermal barrier in the metal after it has been curved helps minimize stress on the thermal barrier and ensures performance as specified.

What else can affect lead times, costs and warranties?

In addition to maintaining strict, factory-controlled standards by a single point of contact, relying on Linetec for your stretch forming, finishing and thermal improvement services also saves you time and money. You don’t need to coordinate between multiple suppliers’ facilities for logistics and freight. Which also minimizes handling and decreases the chances of your materials being damaged during loading and transport.

Nearly all manufacturer and applicator warranties require that the aluminum sheets and extrusions are finished after curving. When customers ship us their aluminum, Linetec alleviates this worry and performs all the services in the proper sequence and in the same place to retain the full finish warranty.

To learn more about how Linetec can support your next project with our stretch forming, finishing and thermal improvement services, please contact our regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Wisconsin’s WOW Family Entertainment’s curtainwall and doors finished by Linetec

Wow-web2Wisconsin’s Wausau on Water (WOW) Family Entertainment Center showcases beautiful view of the Wisconsin River and the capabilities of several local businesses: design/build services by United Structures, curtainwall by FreMarq Innovations, glazing and installation by Rib Mountain Glass, and architectural aluminum finishing services by Linetec. In addition, Linetec also applied matching finishes to the project’s entranceway from Texas-based TORMAX.

“We wanted something on the water and with a great view. This is where the curtainwalls came into play, for the large view of the Wisconsin River from our dining and bar areas,” said Michael Vanderloop, operations manager at WOW Family Entertainment Center.

Wow-web3Helping attract attention to the new entertainment destination, Linetec finished the 21,215-square-foot building’s curtainwall and door systems in a dramatic Cool Colonial Red color. Maurice Wolfe of Rib Mountain Glass noted, “The Colonial Red color acted as an accent color to bring the blue and gray together.”

Linetec applied a high-performance 70% PVDF resin-based coating in its Wausau-based facility. As an environmentally responsible finisher, it 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 processes, the finishes for WOW’s aluminum-framed curtainwall and doors not only contribute to sustainable goals and aesthetic aspirations, but also meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standard, the most stringent standard for painted aluminum. Coatings following this standard help minimize buildings’ maintenance costs, maximize long lifecycles, and support durability and performance requirements.

Wow-web“The requirement for more energy-efficient fenestration materials is becoming more of a code/standards issue, recognizing the long-term value due to energy dollar savings and environmental costs,” explained Wolfe. “Building owners are looking to obtain their best-operating values for the construction funds spent, so the cost upgrade of the enhanced energy may pay off for years to come.”

Total project construction is estimated at $3.3 million and was completed in nine months. Celebrating its first anniversary in the new building, WOW’s customer and staff seem pleased with the results. Vanderloop concludes, “It is not cold by the windows and we have that beautiful view we all wanted.”

WOW Family Entertainment Center, Wausau, WI; http://play-wow.net

For personalized assistance in selecting and specifying the right coating for your aluminum building products and projects, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Linetec People to Know: Jane Kessel

Q: Tell me about your job

Kessel-webA: As the head of HR, I’m responsible for developing and managing many different HR programs. Our team makes sure Linetec is supported with the people resources – number of people, skills and engagement – it needs to service our customers. This means I get involved in developing and implementing a wide range of recruiting initiatives, overseeing programs for our associates to make Linetec a great place to work, developing skills and retaining talent. My team also does lots of company-wide communication. We’re very big on communication at Linetec!

Lately I’ve been working on helping Linetec reorganize our structure to support company growth. Every day I’m doing something with hiring and recruiting. The cool thing is that every day is different. Some days we’re getting the critical tasks done like payroll processing or new hire orientation done. Other days we are planning recognition celebrations, planning training programs, working through a difficult employee problem, or developing policies to help the business run better and to ensure a good employment experience. Most people don’t realize it, but there is also a fair amount of financial and data management in HR and lots of software applications to oversee and manage – HRIS, time keeping, performance review, document management, etc.

I’m lucky to have a team of top-notch HR professionals who work hard to support our associates and managers. They make my job easier. Having been with Linetec for 16 years, I’ve seen the economy give us occasional ups and downs, but overall, Linetec has been mainly ups. With a lot of growth in the business, our customer base depends on our team of associates. It’s also been a tremendous opportunity for my personal growth, through both continuing education and lots of on-the-job experiences, including several assignments outside of HR. We have a very open door environment, so we get a lot of Linetec associates stopping in or calling with questions each day as well.

The laws that HR has to oversee change constantly, so I also need to make sure I’m staying current on any recent developments that could affect Linetec.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: Prior to Linetec, I was the HR manager at Greenheck for 10 years. Before that, I worked in HR for a general aviation company in Lincoln, Nebraska. I’ve worked in HR for almost 30 years. I started out in pay, benefits and payroll, and then moved into roles more focused on employee/labor relations, development and HR strategy.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: My best days are when I’m in direct interaction with Linetec associates – whether its working with them to address a question or concern, attending a fun company function, or just talking with them in the break room about what’s happening with their lives or their jobs. We have such amazing associates at Linetec. They are smart, engaged and really care about the company and our customers. The people really are the reason this is such a great place.

I’m also passionate about continuous improvement. I love new, challenging projects and feel really satisfied if we can put something in place that saves people effort, frustration or improves the experience people have interacting with HR. The best part of HR is that we have regular contact with all levels of the organization, our corporate headquarters and the community – we get involved in a lot interesting stuff!

Janek-6webQ: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: The current low unemployment levels are a real challenge as we continue to grow and hire. There are just more jobs than people right now. Wisconsin unemployment is at an all-time low. It helps that we have a lot to offer compared to other companies – pay, benefits, culture, and that we are willing to train people from other industries. Linetec’s core values create a unique culture that really attracts people, but we also have to put a lot of time and effort into each hire to make sure they fit the Linetec values-based environment.

Q: Are there any trends that you are seeing more of lately?

A: There is a lot of technology being used in HR these days. It seems everything has an app. We continue to find ways to use technology to streamline processes, but also keep that personal touch that has made us successful. It’s an interesting balance.

People also look at their careers very differently than they did years ago. Associates and candidates want new challenges and lots of training and development. They won’t stay in the same job for many years the way prior generations did. This is exciting because we can employ people in different capacities. It also sometimes can be difficult to handle the movement in the company, and to provide the development and opportunities fast enough to meet everyone’s needs.

Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: Spring!

JaneK-3webQ: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I’m a BIG University of Nebraska Cornhusker fan – that’s where I went to college. Actually, most people do know that about me. Also, I come from a big family. I grew up with 10 brothers and sisters. Family is important to me and I have a lot of it!

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

A: Golf, kayak, ride my bike and cook.

JaneK-webQ: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: My kids! I have a son and daughter – both grown and recently married. I’m very proud of them and their spouses. They are all talented, young professionals who bring a lot of fun and support to my life.