Look for Linetec at AIA

Linetec will be exhibiting at three upcoming events hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA):

  • May 9-10, #B554 at AIA Wisconsin’s Conference & Expo in Madison
  • June 21-22, #361, Level 3, at the national AIA Conference on Architecture held in New York City
  • Oct. 11-13, #B19, at AIA Colorado’s Practice + Design Conference held in Keystone

AIA Wisconsin

WIAIA2018The annual AIA Wisconsin convention and exhibition returns to Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. This year in the Expo Hall, not only will we be showcasing our latest products and services, we’ll also be participating in the in-booth AIA continuing education sessions.

National Accounts Manager Tony Pupp will be offering 15-minute presentations on “Architectural Coatings: Strengths and Performance.” Architects and others who complete this quick course will earn 0.25 Learning Units. This short session will be available throughout the exhibition hours: May 9, 1:30-4:40 p.m. and May 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Click here to learn more and register for the AIA Wisconsin event.

AIA National in NYC

A18 logoFor the first time in 30 years, the national AIA conference returns to New York City. Called A’18 by those in the know, the Conference on Architecture will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 2018 theme, “Blueprint for Better Cities,” focuses on creating inspiring, inclusive and resilient cities and communities that are better by design.

This theme continues through the A’18 Architecture Expo halls. The organizers anticipate 800 exhibitors spanning two floors and two days. The show floors will be open on June 21 and 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Conference activities extend into June 23.

Be our Guest! Click here for your complimentary admission to the A’18 Architecture Expo. Registration is required for additional events and educational sessions.

LinetecBrushedStainlessAnodize-web3See our Brushed Stainless. Our proprietary Brushed Stainless color anodize finish will be the highlight of our booth. Samples will be shown in full-size and available as pocket-size chips. Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, our new 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.

window-corner-detail-190pxWatch for Wood Grain. 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.

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

Terra-Cotta-Color-Rings5Touch the Terra Cotta. It looks like terra cotta, it feels like terra cotta, but it’s actually aluminum finished in our textured Terra Cotta Painted Coatings. Made with reliable 70% PVDF resin-based coatings, the faux finish delivers exceptional levels of performance and sustainability in a choice of 17 terra cotta colors.

Combine Form and Function. Don’t pick between curves and thermal performance – choose both. We are 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. We also can enhance the thermal performance of simple, straight and rectangular shapes, and help meet building team’s goals for energy efficiency.

Take a Sample. We know that color is critical to your project’s success. Whether matching a corporate identity, team uniform or custom palette, we can supply project-specific color chips for any Linetec-specified order or quote.

AIA Colorado

Watch for more details on the AIA Colorado 2018 Practice + Design Conference. Registration opens soon, and our Linetec representatives already are booked to exhibit on Oct. 11-13 at the Keystone Conference Center.

Meeting face-to-face is ideal, but you also can reach us by phone at 888-717-1472 and email sales@linetec.com. Please contact us whenever we can provide personalized assistance in selecting the finish for your next project.

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Linetec wins Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award

Wisconsin Safety Council 2018

From left to right: Colleen Hruska, R. N., Linetec Occupational Health Coordinator, MacKenzie Lambert, Linetec Safety Coordinator, Brian Stratton, Linetec Safety Manager, and Janet Metzger, WSC’s executive director

Wausau, Wisconsin (April 19, 2018) – Wisconsin Safety Council (WSC) honored Linetec, one of the largest finishing companies of architectural aluminum products in the U.S., with a 2017 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award. WSC says this award recognizes companies that “value their employees and take pride in ensuring their safety.”

Rick Marshall, Linetec’s president, shared the achievement and his appreciation with the entire company. He says, “We would like to thank each of our employees for earning this honor. We are fortunate to have developed a very safety-focused culture at Linetec, where our employees suggest and implement safety improvements on a daily basis, and even coach and recognize their peers on their safety behaviors.”

Mike Schauls, vice president of operations, adds, “The #1 core value at Linetec is safety. Each and every meeting throughout the hierarchy of our business begins with safety.”

Linetec’s safety manager Brian Stratton, safety coordinator MacKenzie Lambert and occupational health coordinator Colleen Hruska, R.N., accepted the award on April 18 during the 76th Annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference.

Stratton elaborates, “Striving for excellence, Linetec is continuously improving our already solid safety program. Our efforts and the commitment of our associates not only allows our company to maintain better than industry average safety performance, but also to achieve a world-class safety level by manufacturing industry standards.”

For metal finishing and coating businesses, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports a three-year industry average injury incident rate of 5.0. Linetec reported an incident rate below 1.0 for the 2017 calendar year.

“The single most important factor to our success is our associates,” says Lambert. “They do an exemplary job of reporting injuries, working with the nurse, and following safety policies and procedures.”

Linetec was one of 12 winners selected by an independent panel of 30 judges including safety, insurance and human resource professionals. Each nomination was evaluated for organizational safety and health leadership, training and implementation programs, employee participation, as well as safety accomplishments and goals.

“This year’s winners embody the success stories that make Wisconsin one of the safest states to work,” said Janet Metzger, WSC’s executive director. “We would like to congratulate the winning companies along with all the finalists as they are true models to businesses across the state of what it means to make the safety of their employees a priority each and every day.”

About Wisconsin Safety Council

WSC_logo_2cWisconsin Safety Council (WSC) is the state’s leading provider of safety training and products, serving members of all sizes and every sector of the economy. WSC provides scheduled training programs across Wisconsin, in addition to private, customized training for your individual company. It is also the number one resource for safety products ranging from first aid training materials to emergency defibrillators. WSC is the official state chapter of the National Safety Council and is a proud program of WMC Foundation.

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 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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Faux finish? Check out spattercoat.

Bridgeston Middle School 003Spattercoat finishing can mimic marble, stone, brick and other materials. Linetec offers spattercoat custom finishing with multi-colors, depth and texture. While this technique can be used on metal panel cladding systems, it more commonly is specified for architectural aluminum products, such as window and door frames, coping or soffits, to complement the look of adjacent façade components or interior decor.

At Linetec, our spattercoat is achieved by first painting the entire exposed aluminum surface with your specified under-coat color. On top of this, we apply additional colors of paint using a proprietary spattercoating technique. The paint spatters can be many or few, large or small, thick or thin. This produces the desired three-dimensional, textured effect.

spattercoat-12Spattercoat options are practically endless. In addition to simulating natural, earthy and artificial surfaces, we can help you create a truly unique and personalized building. Working within your prescribed color palette and brand identity guidelines, we can present a one-of-a-kind finished surface for a school, corporation or hospital.

If you’re looking outside of traditional color palettes, we also can match a color from almost any source you bring us. We’ve seen everything from hats to coffee mugs to furniture. Our in-house laboratory’s matching capabilities are unparalleled. Utilizing the latest technologies to analyze and formulate thousands of color variations ensures precise representation of your color selection.

Bridgeston Middle School 002While we understand your first priority in choosing spattercoat is the appearance it creates, we also know that performance is essential. Our spattercoat process utilizes 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings to meet or exceed the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s high-performance exterior specification, AAMA 2605. These painted finishes exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals, ensuring a long-lasting, durable finish with minimal maintenance.

To request metal color chip samples of Linetec’s most popular spattercoat finishes or for personalized assistance in selecting a finish for your project, please contact us.


Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal features numerous projects with Linetec finishes

Several commercial and educational building projects showcasing Linetec’s finishing services have been featured recently in Architects’ Guide to Glass and Metal and its related glassguides.com website.

Tubelite-RSP_MN-BakerBldg_004PaulCrosby-webThe 90-year-old Baker Center in downtown Minneapolis was renovated with a prominent new building entry that unifies four buildings as one. Delivering both an updated appearance and improved performance for the project, Linetec provided the thermal strut, thermal pour and debridged, plus the clear anodize finish on Tubelite Inc.’s curtainwall and storefront systems.

“The goal of the design was to honor the historic aspects of the buildings, while creating unique modern spaces to support today’s mobile worker,” stated David Serrano, AIA, a principal with RSP, the architectural firm heading up The Baker Center’s design. “The result takes advantage of the art deco bones of the building, while introducing forward-thinking amenities like the concierge desk and rooftop deck.”

OR_Slate_9267JoshuaJayElliott-courtesyWorksProgressArchitectureLLPwebSlate, Portland’s new LEED® Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services for window, entrance and unitized curtainwall systems by Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

Linetec finished Wausau’s framing members in Slate Gray Fluropon® and Dark Bronze Fluropon fluoropolymer paint coatings, plus Class I black anodize. In addition, Linetec painted the aluminum panel system from Firestone in fluoropolymer coatings of Stone White Duranar®, Gun Barrel Fluropon Classic II and Block 45 Silver Fluropon Classic II.

Designed by Works Progress Architecture, Slate spans 147,000 square feet and offers 75 apartments on the upper six floors; creative co-working office workspace on floors 2-4; and retail space at street level

UofPa_NewCollegeHouse25-72dpiThe University of Pennsylvania’s New College House is the first new student residence on campus since 1972. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in collaboration with the University, the 198,000-square-foot, 350-bed building promotes sustainable, 21st century living and learning, and is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

Supporting the project’s energy-efficient and environmentally responsible operations, Linetec provided the thermal improvement services and painted finishes for Wausau’s curtainwall, windows and sun shades.

On the windows, a Dove Gray color was specified. On the curtainwall and sun shades, a custom Gettysburg Metallic color was used. All of these aluminum components were finished in a three-coat, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based, liquid paint.

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

Multi-building, multi-phase San Francisco life science R&D campus clad with aluminum panels finished by Linetec

BPV-Britania Cove-001Located at the epicenter of California’s life science and technology industries, Britannia Cove at Oyster Point is a waterfront, 20-acre, multi-building, multi-phased, research and development campus. Known as The Cove, it is also the first new multi-tenant life science development in South San Francisco in more than a decade and the only mixed-use development of its kind in the Bay Area.

The Cove was designed by DES Architects + Engineers, Inc. for HCP, Inc., the largest life science property owner in the Bay Area and a recognized global leader in sustainability. Demonstrating this leadership, the entire project is pre-certified LEED Silver. It includes office, research and development space, a full-service hotel, a café, retail space and parking, plus a six-acre central green space with an amphitheater and sporting/gaming areas, and access to the Bay Trail.

BPV-Britania Cove-004General contractor Hathaway Dinwiddle Construction Company began the three-phase construction in 2015. All three phases are expected to be completed in 2020. At that time, the campus will comprise more than 1 million square feet of space across seven buildings. With the exception of the nine-level parking structure, each building will be four to five stories.

BPV-Britania Cove-006Before the end of this year, four buildings and the parking structure will be open. For all five, Quality Metalcrafts fabricated a custom-perforated metal AMERICLAD® Plate Wall Panel System finished by Linetec. A pewter color was selected for the majority of the 3,300 panels and column covers. Accent panels and components were painted in Champagne Bronze.

For the highest level of performance in the California sun and seaside salt spray, Linetec applied a three-coat Duranar® XL 70% PVDF resin-based fluoropolymer liquid painted coating. These finishes exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. 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.

BPV-Britania Cove-003Supporting The Cove’s LEED certification and environmental goals, 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.

The finished material was shipped to Walters & Wolf for installation. Each building needed at least three different types of 0.125-inch solid aluminum, curved panels. Quality Metalcrafts’ Mike Wallace explains, “There was a level of complexity with a large amount of these panels where there are radius fascia and soffit areas that required a fair amount of layout and attention on our part.”

BPV-Britania Cove-005Brian Avedon, project manager with Walters & Wolf, agreed and noted that the most complex of these were the “potato chip” radius panels that connect to the flared roofs. Aveson has worked with Quality Metalcrafts on many projects over the last eight years. “They’re a good partner,” he says. “On The Cove, we coordinated with them to make sure everything went smoothly. The materials were shipped and sequenced correctly, allowing us to install everything efficiently and to complete each building on budget and on time.”

Click here to watch the campus construction progress.

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.

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Linetec honors long-term associates

Every two years Linetec hosts a Service Award Banquet to recognize the dedication of its associates having reached milestone anniversary dates. Associates and their guest were invited to Greenwood Hills Country Club on Saturday, April 7th for an evening of fun, recognition and thanks.

10 yr associates: Chad A, Cara B, Tim B, Dan B, Brad B, Keith C, Robin C, Travis D, Mike F, Joleah F, Joel G, Matt H, Adam H, Andy J, James J, Jason K, Pete K, Chris M, Boone P, Jeremy P, Jackson S, Roberto S, Scott S, Deb S, Barb S, Tom S, Dave S, Lisa U, Michy V, Kip V, Cliff W, Cher X

15 yr associates: Mark A, Chris B, Mark B, Paul B, Dale B, Jon C, Lynn C, Chris K, Gina K, Shane L, Megan L, Brian S, Dan T, Doug W

20 yr associates: Dameon B, Pam C, Jason G, Jayne G, Mike K, Hilda K, Chris K, Wa Pao L, Jeanne M, Ryan M, Eric M, Ron S, Jackie S, Dawn T, Dennis W, Lue Y

25 yr associates: Aric I, Jeff K, Brian R

30 yr associates: Jon B, Brian G, Russell H, Rick L, Todd P, Brian R, Calli S, Bob W, Don W, Roger Z

35 yr associates: Denny H, Dale R

40 yr associate: Jerry H

50 yr associate: Mark H

Linetec People to Know: Christian Neumann

ChristianNeumann-at-work-smallQ:  Tell me about your job

A:  I was recently awarded the shipping/receiving & packaging supervisor position in the Anodize plant. My job consists of leading the shipping/receiving and packaging team, helping with day-to-day tasks, updating our many packaging work instructions, working with the supervisors in other areas, working on continuous improvement projects, and much more!

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: Prior to Linetec, I obtained my bachelor’s degree at Minnesota State University (MSU) Mankato and started my career at UPS as a Preload Supervisor. It proved to be a bigger challenge than expected transitioning from logistics to manufacturing, but a very rewarding one.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A:  My favorite part of my job is working with all of the great people we have here at Linetec. I have a great team of hard-working employees and I really enjoy interacting with them every day. We also have a great management team that strives for excellence, but likes to have fun while doing so. The people really make the difference here.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A:  There is so much to know in the position that I recently started. I started my career at Linetec as a Production Supervisor on the anodize lines. In shipping/receiving and packaging, there is so much to know about each of our customers, as each company has different requirements and needs for getting their material delivered safely.

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

A:   The color trend that really catches my eye is the copper anodize finish that we offer. The color is unique and it looks so cool when it goes up on a building. I love seeing the projects when they are completed, I wish there were more in our area so I could look at it more often!

ChristianNeumannQ:  What is something you are looking forward to?

A:  After six years together, my fiancé and I are tying the knot. We’re getting married this summer in June, and I’m really looking forward to that day. We’ve done a lot of planning over the past year and I can’t wait to enjoy the day and the vacation/honeymoon that will follow. We are starting with a weekend in Chicago, and then will be flying down to St. Lucia to enjoy the sun, ocean, and some golf!

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

ChristianNeumann-pilotA:  When I entered college, my initial plan was to become a commercial pilot. I started at MSU Mankato in their Professional Pilot program, where I earned my private pilot license and instrument rating. After further consideration, I decided against that career path so I could pursue something that would provide a better family life. I do know how to fly small, single-engine airplanes and I miss it greatly. My favorite part of that experience was flying at night; it was always so calm and the cities and sights always looked so incredible. As for now, I would love to obtain a private pilot – glider rating, so I could continue to enjoy this hobby.

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

A: It would depend on the time of year. If it were summer, I would use that time to hit the golf course and to go to the cabin in Minocqua. I’m really looking forward to some fishing and swimming at the lake this summer. I also have plans to improve my golf game this year. In the winter, I would use that time to go skiing at Granite Peak and sample a few craft beers at some breweries in the area.

ChristianNeumann-footballQ: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: When the Packers won the Super Bowl and when the Badgers went to the Final Four. I’m an avid Wisconsin sports fan and I love following our state’s football and basketball. I’m crossing my fingers for Badger football to make it into the College Football Playoff this year!