Linetec receives Corporate Safety Award flag

WSC Executive Director Janet Metzger visited Linetec, during Employee Appreciation Week, to present them with their Corporate Safety Award flag.

“The Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards honor companies that put safety above all else and insist that they do everything possible to send employees home safe every single day,” said WSC Executive Director Janet Metzger. “These companies have achieved this recognition because they value safety, and instill this same value in all their workers. From everyone at WSC, we congratulate each company on this prestigious recognition.”

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Ace Hotel Chicago showcases windows finished by Linetec

Architectural Record  recently published an article on the industrially inspired Ace Hotel Chicago in the Fulton Market area, a 10-minute walk to the city’s downtown Loop. Designed by GREC Architects, the $44 million, 159-room hospitality destination features products from Winco Windows and from Wausau Window and Wall Systems, both finished by Linetec.

The window systems chosen for the new hotel match the Chicago, industrial aesthetic of the historic Landmark District. Linetec finished the aluminum-framed openings to be reminescent of old steel-framed factory windows. Apart from its classic appearance, the street-side façade showcases a graphic grid of modern, high-performance, floor-to-ceiling window units.

On the first floor, Winco’s windows are painted in a black Duranar® coating. Above these, Linetec finished Wausau’s window systems in a combination of clear Class II anodize on the interior surface and an exterior Wrought Iron color using Valspar’s Fluropon® coating system. Both Duranar and Fluropon are 70 percent PVDF resin based coating, which are applied by Linetec 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.

Along with contributing to the windows’ aesthetics and durability, Linetec also improved the thermal performance on Wausau’s painted, aluminum framing members. Adding insulating, thermal, polyamide strut separates the inside and outside metal, which greatly enhances the window system’s thermal performance. This thermal break reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing the hotel guests’ comfort.

Opened in August 2017, Ace Hotel Chicago is situated directly across the street from Google, which included a clause in its lease that stipulated the construction of a hotel. Ace was selected in part because of its track record transforming emerging neighborhoods.

According to the article, the architectural vision was inspired largely by neighboring buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe. Ace’s chief brand officer, Kelly Sawdon, called it “a modern synthesis of functionality, art and design in the legacy and spirit of Chicago.”

A Portland-based boutique hospitality chain, Ace has established its brand primarily through edgy makeovers of historic buildings such as Ace Hotel New Orleans. The Chicago hotel is only its second property brought to market with mostly new construction.

The Chicago project’s numerous challenges included a height limit on most of the building, an historic Landmark District designation for the two-story red brick façade of a former cheese warehouse, and a regulation requiring a continuous street wall. Addressing all of these aspects, the architects created a hybrid building designed to look like three smaller ones:

  • At one end, a four-story structure was constructed behind the historic façade and clad in matching red brick.
  • At the other end, a seven-story structure was built with meeting rooms, a bar and lounges on the top two floors. Both of these wings have retail space at streetlevel and guest rooms above.
  • In between, the architects inserted a 163-foot-long, four-story span topped by a roof terrace containing the hotel lobby and public spaces.

Click here to read the full article in Architectural Record.

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

 

 

 

PRISM features LEED Silver certified Utah office finished by Linetec

0Tubelite_UT-SandyCommercePk_RobertCasey330Utah’s new Sandy Commerce building boasts floor-to-ceiling glass with mountain views thanks in part to the storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems provided by Tubelite Inc. All of Tubelite’s systems are manufactured using aluminum with recycled content and are finished in clear anodize by Linetec.

PRISM recently highlighted the building’s high-performance finishes and façade, and their contribution to the property’s energy efficiency and sustainability goals. Recognizing its environmentally responsible design and construction, the project earned LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Owned by The Boyer Company and designed by Babcock Design, the five-story, 120,958-square-foot, Class A building is visible to more than 170,000 vehicles traveling each day on I-15. “A sleek, modern façade captures the reflection of the surrounding mountains to passersby,” describes Babcock Design’s project architect, Chad Littlewood, AIA. “Floor-to-ceiling glass and an open floor plan provide all employees with natural light and beautiful views. Likewise, low-emitting materials found throughout the building provide occupants with maximum health and comfort.”

Linetec’s eco-friendly anodize emits no VOCs and provides one of the most durable finishes for architectural aluminum products. Its proprietary process creates a frosty matte appearance that hides small defects common in recycled aluminum, and meets or exceeds all AAMA 611 specifications. When it is time for the finished architectural products to be removed after a long lifetime of use on the Utah office building, the anodized aluminum is 100 percent recyclable.

Click here to continue reading the article in PRISM.

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

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Photos by Robert Casey, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.

Apogee Retrofit presents at BOMA 2018

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will be presenting and exhibiting at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Conference & Expo, June 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas.

Visit with Apogee representatives in booth #1238 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, June 24-25. Expo hours are Sunday, June 24, 12:30-5:30 p.m. and Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The conference continues through Tuesday.

 

On Sunday, June 24, 1:10-1:40 p.m., in Showcase Room 1, Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will present a case study on 195 CHURCH as part of the conference’s Solutions Showcase. This 18-story, Class A office building in Connecticut recently completed a high-performance window and lighting retrofit resulting in increased energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings.

 

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195 CHURCH  – photo courtesy of  Woodruff Brown

On Sunday, June 24, 1:10-1:40 p.m., in Showcase Room 1, Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will present a case study on 195 CHURCH as part of the conference’s Solutions Showcase. This 18-story, Class A office building in Connecticut recently completed a high-performance window and lighting retrofit resulting in increased energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings.

The Solutions Showcase presenters will include Christopher Vigilante, CEO of Northside Development Co., 195 CHURCH’s property management firm, and Mike Sheppy, P.E., Certified Energy Manager Engineer, Apogee, Building Retrofit.

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 capacity
  • 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 BOMA International

The BOMA International Conference & Expo are produced by BOMA International and BUILDINGS magazine. BOMA International represents more than 16,500 members. These members own or manage more than 9 billion square feet of commercial space, including 80 percent of the prime office space in the U.S.

Register and learn more at http://www.bomaconvention.org. Expo-only registration is available at no cost to qualified attendees.

Whether or not you can attend BOMA 2018 in person, you can follow along on social media using #BOMA2018 and visiting

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New York’s The Forge showcases distinctive, copper anodized, aluminum wall panel system

TForge_2400-webWausau, Wisconsin (June 2018) – Opened this spring, The Forge, a 272-unit luxury residential tower in Long Island, New York, features a façade of copper-colored anodized aluminum cladding. Designed by FXCollaborative, its distinctive, artistically inspired, industrial-influenced, exterior is composed of Dri-Design’s aluminum wall panel system finished by Linetec. The project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

Developed as a “village in a building” by Brause Realty Inc. and Gotham Organization, the wedge-shaped site and stringent zoning requirements led The Forge to take a slender form with stepped massing in a neo-modernist style. While it is a single 38-story, 266,000-square-foot structure, the property appears as if it could be three separate wafer-like buildings set side by side with a fourth, far shorter, one nestled at the foot of the other three.

On the south elevation, where the dominant street grid meets the elevated Thomson Avenue, the building’s thin slabs are stacked and angled to follow the diagonal avenue. Each of the south elevation’s slabs measures no more than 20 feet wide and stretches to the pinnacle uninterrupted by openings. The other elevations also showcase the copper-anodized cladding punctuated by julienne strips of windows to maximize daylight and views toward the East River and Manhattan, all while preserving outdoor zones. 

Entire elevation of copper-anodized aluminum cladding

It is on The Forge’s south side that the copper-colored aluminum wall system clads the entire height of the building, accentuating its vertical presence.

TForge_018-webTo create the industrial metallic look specified by FXCollaborative, Linetec finished more than 92,000 square feet of Dri-Design panels in a proprietary copper color anodize and painted an additional 4,800 square feet in a Black Iron color.

Dri-Design’s Tyler Fowler says, “Linetec’s copper anodized finish was the look that the architect designed around. The natural variation that is expressed on the façade through the copper anodizing process was a desired look.”

“Whether creating a dramatic new design, or conveying a historic depth and heritage, the classic beauty of copper brings a rich, distinguished look to architectural building projects,” elaborates Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate. “Today, with our exclusive copper-colored anodize for aluminum, you can achieve the look of real copper and lasting luster, without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion, patina or intensive maintenance. Anodized aluminum also weighs less than half of real copper, for easier transportation and installation.”

Linetec’s proprietary and warrantied finish is accomplished through a three-step electrolytic coloring method, rather than the standard two-step process. The resulting finish remains a bright copper color, with no patina over time. It does not require a clear coat or ongoing treatment to maintain color stability. It is available for extrusion, stretch-formed and flat sheet aluminum, before or after assembly.

Fowler continues, “The unique process that involves using real copper to anodize the aluminum makes for a warm and natural finish. Combining the durability and performance of the finish from Linetec with the functionality and endurance of Dri-Design panels is a façade that will last for many years.”

Sustainable, recyclable and durable

TForge_2300-webSupporting The Forge’s healthy, sustainable goals and LEED criteria, Linetec’s anodized services produce no harmful or dangerous by-products and is non-hazardous. Anodized aluminum is an inert, non-combustible material that is 100 percent recyclable and poses no health risks.

At the beginning of the new millennium, Linetec and other environmentally responsible finishers, changed from the traditional caustic etching process to a more eco-friendly etch system. Compared with conventional etch processes, this improved anodize process reduces landfill waste by 75-80 percent. Landfill waste directly relates to the production of greenhouse gas.

This change to eco-friendly anodize also made it easier for customers to use secondary (recycled) billet in the anodize process. The Forge’s aluminum wall system is manufactured with recycled content and, at the end of its useful life as exterior cladding, is 100 percent recyclable.

Fowler highlights other environmental aspects of the system: “Dri-Design purchases its aluminum from domestic mills, which saves transportation energy costs. Additionally, Dri-Design’s single-skin technology – which does not have a plastic core like our MCM [metal composite material] competitors – saves on fossil fuels. Lastly, Dri-Design uses no joint sealants or gaskets, which are made with petroleum, saving fossil fuels and future maintenance costs.”

Further contributing to The Forge’s long life cycle and minimal maintenance, anodize aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping. Its copper anodize finish meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 611 Class I Specification. Protecting and maintaining the structural integrity of the aluminum, it retains exceptional hardness and lasting durability.

Open communication and proven performance

To arrive at the enduring look of The Forge’s copper-anodized wall system, Dri-Design and FXCollaborative first began discussing the building’s design in 2013 during the earliest stages of the project’s conception.

“There was an abundance of collaboration between owner, architect, general contractor and Dri-Design to meet the design intent,” Fowler remembers. “With open lines of communications such as this, it makes for a better experience for all parties involved.”

He proudly notes that the two companies have a long-standing relationship and “the use of Dri-Design was a first choice based on many qualities.” Among these qualities, Dri-Design’s architectural metal wall cladding system is made form one single solid piece of aluminum; it is not a metal or aluminum composite material. Because it is not a composite material and is not laminated, the panels will not delaminate.

Engineered as a pressure-equalized rain-screen system, Dri-Design’s wall panel system complies with the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 285 standard. It also has passed the most stringent air, water and structural testing requirements in the industry, including AAMA 508 test protocol, as well as Miami Dade County’s hurricane testing.

“With the performance requirements along with the desired overall aesthetic of the façade, Dri-Design made the most sense,” summarizes Fowler.

Smooth, on schedule installation

TForge_010-webDri-Design’s rain-screen wall system attaches to nearly any substrate without the use of clips or extrusions. This quick-connecting, interlocking panel design helped installing contractor KNS Building Restoration stay on schedule.

KNS worked closely with general contractor Purves Street Development following The Forge’s start of construction in June 2015. In August 2016, the project “topped out.” The building was substantially completed, on time, in the summer of 2017.

“This was the first time Dri-Design and KNS Building Restoration worked together,” Fowler acknowledges. “It was a great experience for us. This was a group effort between both parties to make for a successful project.”

Eco-friendly, artistic amenities at The Forge

As a recognized part of The Forge’s success, residents enjoy 26,000 square feet dedicated to amenities and their own spacious outdoor park. A sunroom, lounge, children’s playroom, fitness center, business bar, workspace and local art installations are available throughout the interior. The property’s many outdoor areas include a pool, movie theater, sculpture garden, summer kitchen, and green roof with sky lounge and terrace.

The Forge also incorporates wind turbines and a solar power screen for supplemental power. An irrigation system captures rainwater and reuses it on the landscaped green spaces. Bike storage and on-site parking with electric charging stations also support a healthy, green lifestyle.

Within The Forge, residents and visitors are welcomed by a 24/7 concierge in an impressive, double-height lobby. The individual Feng Shui-certified residences continue the intended attitude of modern comfort and well being into the studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Delivering on these intensions, the building’s design and construction focuses on sound sensitivity and energy efficiency, as well as environmental responsibility.

Prospective tenants seeking to embrace the eco-minded, healthy lifestyle offered by The Forge still have the opportunity to lease a residence. Units currently available are listed as starting at $3,244 for a one-bedroom, one-bath.

The Forge, 44-28 Purves Street, New York 11101; https://renttheforge.com

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).

Linetec People to Know: Mike Bridenhagen

Mike BridenhagenQ: Tell me about your job

A: I manage the Inside Sales/Service team, which includes sales and service representatives, order and sample coordinators, estimators, technical specialists, and leadership. Our job is to work with our customers to ensure their satisfaction. We learn their needs and expectations and create programs that fulfill their quote requests and orders. We work with our outside sales team, scheduling department and production areas – every day – to follow orders through from start to finish, and to solve any concerns that may come up along the way.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I have been in sales and customer service leadership positions prior to Linetec. I’ve worked for an eclectic mix of companies, but the common thread has been a strong desire to provide superior product and customer service, and exceed customer expectations. I’ve had the privilege to work with world-class organizations and world-class people, and have learned many invaluable lessons and tenets from them. My goal is to impart these to our team members the best I can and ensure our core values are met for both our customers and our team.

MIkeB-BigBoyQ: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: There are so many things I enjoy about working at Linetec. The desire to do things right and not cut corners, to treat associates fairly and reward them for doing their jobs well, the commitment to a safe workplace, the family atmosphere, the lack of a steep organizational chart, the fun activities, community involvement – the list goes on and on. But if I had to pick one thing, it would be the dedicated and caring team I get to see every day. They make it fun to come in every morning!

Q: What poses the biggest challenge for you?

A: I’m fairly new to the industry so learning the technical side of what we do can take time. It is fascinating, though, and it has been a whole new eye-opening experience for me.

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

A: We are seeing an increase in interest in some of our more “exotic” finishes, such as our woodgrain finishes, brushed stainless anodize and terra cotta textured coatings. However, our multitude of anodize and paint options, and the quality of our work continues to be second to none!

MIkeB-golferQ: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: Summer! This past winter has been exceedingly protracted in Wisconsin. It’s been one of the coldest and snowiest winters I can remember. Wisconsin is such a beautiful state, and it’s nice to get out and enjoy it when the weather is nice. But in Wisconsin, our weather can change very quickly, so we’ve learned to take the good with the bad. Hopefully, our good weather will last well into fall this year!

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

A: My favorite band is Rush – I have been a fan since the mid-’70s. I saw them five times in concert and I’m sad that they are no longer touring!

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

A: I would take my wife back to Banff, Alberta. I love the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian Rockies are absolutely beautiful. After a weekend of those pristine sights and wonderful fresh air, I would be ready to go back at it with renewed vigor!

MIkeB-muskieQ: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: A lot of things make me happy because I try to be a positive person. Thinking about my wife and kids always cheers me up because family is the most important part of my life and I love doing things with them. I also love sports and outdoor activities: golfing, fishing, bowling, basketball, trail running, mountain biking, travelling, landscaping and lumberjacking. If I can do any of these things, I’m usually pretty happy! Oh, and I love to eat. There’s an old saying: “The more I run, the more I can eat.” That’s me!

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