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

  • Owner: Metropolitan Council Metro Transit; St. Paul, Minnesota; https://metrocouncil.org
  • Design and construction services: Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH); Vadnais Heights, Minnesota; http://www.sehinc.com
  • General contractor: Ryan Companies US, Inc.; Minneapolis; https://www.ryancompanies.com
  • Cladding system – specialty subcontractor: Flynn Midwest USA, part of the Flynn Group of Companies; Plymouth, Minnesota; https://flynncompanies.com/contact-us/flynn-minneapolis
  • Cladding system – manufacturer: Protean Construction Products, Inc.; Burnsville, Minnesota; https://protean.com
  • Cladding system – finishing service provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
  • Photos courtesy of: Protean Construction
  • Additional images by: Mark Long

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).

 

Curved, finished and complete – What you should know about architectural stretch forming

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Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan, built in 1929, was renovated with large, arched top windows using stretch-formed, finished aluminum framing members 
Credit: Courtesy of Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Stretch forming was invented during the 1940s with the rise of the aerospace industry for the curving of aluminum aircraft parts to reduce weight, and thereby, fuel consumption. It expanded into car components and eventually, into the architectural industry. Architects and designers pursued new opportunities to create curved facades and building components.

The process of stretch forming is more of an art, than a science. It takes years of experience to become a skilled craftsperson that can stretch form consistent, successful, curved aluminum components for architectural projects.

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Stretch forming is a metal bending process in which a lineal shape, such as an aluminum extrusion, is stretched and bent simultaneously over a form, called a die.

Stretch forming is a metal bending process in which a lineal shape, such as an aluminum extrusion, is stretched and bent simultaneously over a form, called a die. Each form is built to the required radius. These forms may be customized for a special curvature and used only once, or re-used for more popular, repeating arcs.

Opportunities with stretch forming

Stretch forming capabilities typically include portions of circles, including half-circles and eyebrows, ellipses and arched shapes. These shapes can be formed with straight leg sections at one or both ends of the curve. This method of curving eliminates several conventional fabrication and welding steps.

The variety of shapes and cross-sections that can be stretch-formed is almost unlimited – from muntin bars and panning for windows, cladding and spirals for handrails, large mullions for building envelopes to serpentine shapes for canopies. Stretch forming allows architects, designers and builders to realize forms as graceful as they are sturdy and functional.

In most cases, the stretch-formed aluminum component’s curvature is so highly precise that even intricate multi-components and snap-together curtain wall components can be formed from metal without loss of section properties or original design function.

To achieve this level of precision, the basic stretch-forming machine has two arms or carriage beams that hold multiple-positioning gripping jaws. Both ends of the extrusion are inserted into the gripper jaws and stretched to their yield point. The jaws are attached to hydraulic tension cylinders that stretch the extrusion. The arms swing by rotating on large, machined pins with bearings that allow the extrusion to wrap around and against the form. This produces perfectly contoured products, while limiting or even eliminating wrinkling inside the arc. When the wrapping is completed, the stretch force is released and the gripper jaws are opened.

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It takes years of experience to become a skilled craftsperson that can stretch form consistent, successful, curved aluminum components for architectural projects.

Stretch forming maintains close and consistent tolerances with excellent repeatability, and alignments of complex profiles and compound curves. There should be no visible surface marring, distortion or ripples. These benefits inherent in the stretch forming process yield a smooth and even surface. Each component must meet the project’s specifications and warranty conditions.

Structural vs. non-structural application

Aluminum has proven to be a suitable, reliable material for load-bearing structures for more than 100 years. However, the application of the parts being curved dictates the process used.

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Vancouver’s PARQ Resort and Casino features a 23,000-square-foot façade with curved corners and curtainwall details made possible with stretch-formed aluminum framing members finished in clear anodize.
Credit: Courtesy of Gamma North Corporation

After being pushed through an extrusion press, extrusions are cut and placed into a tempering oven to harden and give them structural integrity. When they are fully hardened to a T5 or T6 temper, they are too hard to curve. If the parts to be curved have been fully tempered, they will need to be annealed before curving. To do this, the part is placed in a large oven and heated to a peak temperature range of 700 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit for two to three hours.

Annealing makes the extrusion soft again—enabling it to be curved. Metal that is annealed cannot be hardened again. Once it is softened, it will remain soft. In applications where the parts are expected to carry a structural load or have another structural application, annealing generally is not an acceptable practice.

PARQ-Vancouver-all-stretchforming-(8WEBFor structural or load-bearing applications, the best practice is to have extrusions tempered to a soft state of T1, T4 or to a T52 state. Material tempered to a T1 or T4 can be bent without annealing, and can be tempered after the curving process to a T5 or T6 that is typical in structural applications. T52 is a very stable temper and can be curved without annealing, and it maintains its properties after curving without the need for additional tempering.

Painted or anodized finishes

Similar to the curving process, the end-use application of the part will determine the best practice for how curved parts should be finished. If an extrusion has been painted or anodized, and has been tempered to a T5 or T6 hardness before being curved, the parts will need to be annealed. The high heat associated with the annealing process likely will cause painted finishes to burn and anodized finishes to discolor or craze. For this reason, when parts require annealing, it is best to finish them after the curving process has been completed.

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Orlando International Airport’s new South Intermodal Terminal Facility showcases a segmented barrel vault skylight featuring aluminum framing that has been stretch formed, thermally improved and finished in Bright Silver 70% PVDF architectural coatings.
Credit: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

For extrusions tempered to a T1, T4 or T52 hardness, parts can be finished before curving. However, some marring or slight damage to the finished surface should be expected due to the parts being stretched across the form’s hard surface during the curving process. Depending on the tightness of the radius, anodic coatings also may craze or discolor as a result of being curved. If the T1 or T4 tempered extrusions require oven-aged tempering after curving, the high heat will likely damage the coating.

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The stretch forming process yields a smooth and even surface with each component meeting the project’s specifications and warranty conditions.

Regardless of the effect the curving process has on the finish, nearly all manufacturer and applicator warranties are voided when extrusions or brake metal are finished prior to curving. To obtain the best finish quality and to keep parts fully warranted, it is best to finish after curving—regardless of the temper of the extrusion. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) publishes industry-accepted specification standards for anodize and paint finishing of architectural aluminum components.

Thermally improved curves

Rolled-TB-Extrusion-web136At least one U.S. finishing and service provider also offers thermal improvement services for curved and radius, finished aluminum extrusions backed with an industry-leading warranty. The thermal improvement processes may be specified as either a full pour-and-debridge of radius material, both structural and non-structural, or a fully crimped thermal strut system. The service provider places no restrictions to the degree of curvature, and finishes may be specified in liquid paint, powder coat or anodize.

Installing the thermal barrier in the metal after it has been curved helps minimize stress on the thermal barrier and ensures performance as specified. Choosing the thermal strut system provides the additional design flexibility of dual finishing, where the interior and exterior surfaces may be finished in different colors and formulations.

Ensure that aluminum products’ thermal improvement options strictly comply with its material suppliers’ standards and AAMA’s quality assurance processing guidelines. For optimal quality and convenience, some finishers provide a single-source solution where stretch forming, thermal improvement and finishing are synchronized and retain the full warranty. When available, utilizing the finisher’s trucks also can reduce material handling and packaging to minimize the opportunity for damage, while saving costs and time.

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The basic stretch-forming machine has two arms or carriage beams that hold multiple-positioning gripping jaws. Photos courtesy of Southern Stretch Forming

 

Apogee Retrofit exhibiting at BuildingsNY

ApogeeOn May 8-9 at BuildingsNY, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team representatives will be exhibiting in booth #951.

Held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, this annual event provides New York’s building professionals with the tools and suppliers they need to lower their costs, grow their businesses and operate efficient buildings.

Expo hours are:
May 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free registration is available at http://www.buildingsny.com.

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 loading
  • 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 BuildingsNY

For more than 30 years, BuildingsNY has brought together New York’s building professionals including property owners, building managers, architects, engineers, superintendents, developers and contractors. More than 6,000 are anticipated to attend the no-cost accredited educational sessions and exhibition.

BuildingsNY is sponsored by the Associated Builders and Owners (ABO) of Greater New York, Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) New York City chapter, ASHRAE and other industry partners.

Whether or not you can attend BuildingsNY in person, you can follow along on social media using #BuildingsNY:

https://www.facebook.com/BuildingsNY

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Linetec People to Know: Alex Jazdzewski

Alex-fam2Q:  Tell me about your job

A:  I’m the Senior Buyer for Linetec. I’m responsible for the daily procurement of the materials Linetec needs to do business – from both a tactical and strategic standpoint. I spend a good portion of my day in the tactical role, which include helping solve problems with the Linetec team, responding to internal purchase requisitions by our ERP system and by our associates to order materials, analyzing data on consumption of materials, and working with our vendors to ensure that purchase orders come in on time and complete to support our operations. The rest of my day, I’m in the strategic mode – working closely with the Linetec Sales and Operations team along with our vendors to strengthen our supply chains. Some of the strategic tasks that I work on include: negotiating purchase contracts, researching different avenues of supply, preparing RFQs and RFPs, and analyzing our supply chains to identify risks and mitigate them.

Q:  What did you do prior to Linetec?

A:  I worked for a local company in Central Wisconsin for almost 12 years that specialized in component building systems for residential housing. We could take almost any set of blueprints and design the floor, wall and roof system in components that were built in a factory and then assembled together on the jobsite. I held a number of positions with that company including drafter, structural technician, estimator, inside sales manager, production scheduling manager, field operations and logistics, and ultimately, procurement and supply chain management.

Q:  What is your favorite part of your job?

A:  The feeling of accomplishment when Purchasing assists the Linetec team in getting the job done. Working alongside such a great team of employees is very fulfilling and I’m proud to be able to support them in my role.

Q:  What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A:  The speed at which Linetec operates is second to none. As such, a major challenge for procurement is to make sure that we align with vendor partners who can provide us with high-quality products with short lead-times. We have a great group of vendors who have a deep understanding of Linetec’s operating environment – and we’ve developed very solid partner-based relationships with them. We can count on our vendors to get us what we need when we need it for our customers.

Q:  Is there anything new that purchasing has brought to Linetec lately?

A:  To speed up the service to our associates and our customers, Purchasing has pursued services that promote speed of transactions. In the past, the time between submitting a purchase requisition, placing a purchase order and delivery of that order could’ve taken 24-48 hours – or more. We now have a large number of vending machine on our shop floors that put tools, PPE and other production consumables at our associates’ fingertips – at the point of use. We also have increased the type and amount of vendor-managed inventory (VMI) and consignment inventory on our floors to ensure that our team has what they need whenever they need it. QR-coded supply bins and apps on mobile devices allow people to reorder supplies whenever they need them. We are even investigating RFID-controlled inventory lots to allow our vendors to quickly identify inventory on the floor and actively manage their production level to ensure Linetec’s supply.

alex-fam4.jpgQ:  What is something you are looking forward to?

A:  This summer! My wife Andrea and I just purchased property in the country on which we are planning to build a new home this year. I grew up on a family dairy farm in the country, but moved into the city when Andrea and I were married. We’ve lived in the city now for almost 14 years. We are excited to move back out into the country!

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

A:  I enjoy running and ran four half-marathons in three months last year. I’m planning another couple half marathons this year. I enjoy the challenge of pushing myself to do something that just seems almost impossible to do. My dad and I also dig the graves for our church.

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

A:  My family and I enjoy camping and traveling immensely. We’d probably hook up the camper and take the time to go to Door County, WI. We would enjoy the area by hiking the great state parks there, some wine tasting and having some fun around the campfire.

Q:  What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A:  My kids! My son John is 9 years old, and my daughters Arianna and Ava are 7 and 5 respectively. They have great personalities and make me smile every time I think about them.

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