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.

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Architectural Color Trends for 2018

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We rely more heavily on our sight than on any other sense – we are almost always taking information in with our eyes.

So how many colors can the human eye see? 100,000 colors? 500,000 colors? 1,000,000 colors? The average human can see 10 million colors!

The Color Marketing Group (CMG), an international association that identifies the direction of color trends, uses the slogan, “Color sells, and the right color sells better.”

When it comes to color predictions and trends for each new year, everyone is releasing their new “it” color or shade, from the fashion scene to home décor to automotive to the architectural and construction industry. This includes Valspar; they do intense research to create distinct trends and themes for the architectural coatings industry.

Valspar’s color trends closely align with those of the CMG’s International Key Colors for 2018.

Trend One: Subtle metallic and mica sparkle have become the new neutrals. From silver to graphite to blue-tones, these standout hues are more matte metallic and offer refined sparkle. Established in Europe, CMG refers to this sparkle trend as Vapor.

Valspar refers to this color trend as the “Future Lux” trend. The color implications of this trend are derived from earth minerals. These subdued colors lend a feeling of permanence and trust, and when combined with the shimmer and shine of metal, create the unmistakable look of luxury.

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Trend Two: Gray – sophisticated, conservative and intelligent. As said by CMG, gray advances with a new identity, Evolve, from North America. Standing at 50% black, it feels extremely balanced and is a strong color for design schemes.

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It creates a subtle effect when paired against deep shades, toning them down. Combining gray with lighter shades adds just the right touch of sophistication.

Valspar includes shades of gray in its “Always On” color trend collection.

Trend Three: Crisp and clean, Re-Value, from Latin America, embraces a healthy green with blue roots. These are welcoming, nurturing color tones that take into account our love of the planet and our love of life.

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Valspar’s “Hit Pause” color collection closely resembles CMG’s Re-Value. The color implications of “Hit Pause” are rich tones and healing colors like Newborn’s Eyes and Prussian Blue. These shades help us recharge by ushering in new, positive energy

Trend Four: CMG’s final color trend for 2018 is Enjoy Life. Enjoy Life, from Asia Pacific, is pure and fresh. These are energizing and cheerful tones that symbolize the positivity of sunlight.

Trend Four-1Valspar’s “Life in Flex” colors like Marigold and Golden Bounty are bold, expressive colors that represent newness and light.

Collectively as a society, we all help create color trends, which shape our surroundings. These iconic colors of 2018 can all be provided by Linetec.

Explore Linetec’s Color Select and Spec tool, send us a sample, or contact your regional sales manager for guidance and assistance with your project.

Is antimicrobial protection the right choice for my project?

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When looking through the options available for architectural finishes, it sometimes can be difficult to know if certain choices are appropriate for your project. One such decision may be whether or not to include antimicrobial protection.

What threatens buildings on a microscopic level?

Microbes (or microorganisms) are living cells that are only visible once they have multiplied to the millions. Types of microorganisms include bacteria, algae, fungi and mold. Once microbes have multiplied to a large enough number on a surface, they may begin to cause stains, odors and even deterioration of the metal surface.

Unfortunately, by the time you can see an area of microbe build up, the damage is already underway, so prevention is the best form of protection.

germ-hand-webWhat areas are the most vulnerable?

 Microbes are prevalent in high-traffic areas. Anti-microbial protection may be a smart choice if your project is an office building, hotel, school, retail center, senior living facility, apartment, hospital or clinic.

Antimicrobial finishes can protect high-touch surfaces of metal products, such as doors, windows, curtainwalls, entrances, panels and column covers. The treated finish discourages microorganism build-up, while protecting the metal product beneath from damage and deterioration. This treatment is not meant to replace regular cleaning practices. When standard maintenance is combined with a resistant finish, microbe build-up and damage will be one less worry.

How can a finish stop microbes from causing odors, stains and even deterioration to metal?

Mitigating an invisible, destructive threat requires solutions on a chemical level. Antimicrobial protection begins with the composition of the finish itself. Starting with a 70% PVDF-resin based fluoropolymer coating, an ion exchange mechanism is infused into the coating’s chemistry. This small adjustment allows the finish to protect itself when the conditions are right for microbe build-up.

The most prevalent microbial threats to surfaces – bacteria and mold – need moisture to flourish. The ion exchange mechanism in the antimicrobial finish is activated by the presence of moisture, causing it to release silver cations. The silver disrupts microbes’ metabolism and reproduction. If a microorganism can no longer eat or reproduce, it cannot grow or damage the architectural metal products.

This protection can be added to PVDF-based finishes that meet AAMA 2605 requirements. The protection still allows you to select nearly any color option. Standard and custom colors, mica and metallic coatings are available with antimicrobial protection.

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

Whitepaper: Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications

Distinctive solutions for renovating building façades

Charles-Street-Garage-MA-webMost U.S. buildings currently in use will continue to be until 2050. Replacing aging windows with new, high-performance systems provides a better environment for building occupants and greater value for building owners. Helping evaluate and maximize the benefits of window system renovation and upgrades, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team offers a new 28-page publication. “Window replacement: Unrealized benefits to building owners.” Available free for download at http://www.apog.com/documents/ApogeeRetro_WhtP.pdf.

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, in conjunction with the its businesses, assists building owners and property managers 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 and enhancing the value of the building.

Apogee’s business units supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

To learn more about Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s services, or for a copy of “Window replacement: Unrealized benefits to building owners,” please visit http://www.apog.com/renovation.html or contact John Bendt at jbendt@apog.com, 612-790-3137; or Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-409-0821.

 

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Sunburst Shutters Houston

Article courtesy of Sunburst Shutters Houston employee. Sunburst Shutters sells and installs Polywood shutters, which are finished by Linetec, and manufactured in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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We wanted to let everyone know that our Sunburst Shutters Houston Team is safe after Hurricane Harvey. Only one employee had damage to his home. City-wide clean-up has begun and members of Sunburst Shutters Houston are participating in the clean-up efforts.

Sunburst Houston Manager, Cory Cryer, visited a customer today who had our shutters in Kingwood, Texas. Their house took on 4 ½ feet of water and required an 8 foot tear out. While nearly everything else in their home was destroyed, their Polywood shutters were completely intact and usable. Cory’s team took them down, cleaned them image3up, and will store them until the customer is ready for them to be reinstalled. Their Polywood shutters were about the only thing they are keeping from their home.

The neighbor of this customer had a competitor’s shutter in their home, and those did not survive the flooding.  Their shutter salesman came back out and said “Yep, the shutters are toast.” That neighbor was shocked when she inspected the Polywood shutters. She said when they are finished with their remodel, they are going to order Polywood shutters for their home!

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Thanks AIA17 and hello, Wisconsin

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us as AIA Architecture Expo in Orlando. While we hope you took some time to enjoy the Florida sunshine, all of us at Linetec appreciate you for visiting us inside the convention center. It is always a pleasure to connect in person with current and prospective customers, service and supply partners, and colleagues across the industry.

IMG_0397-webWe particularly were proud to debut a proprietary Brushed Stainless color anodize finish. Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, our new finish emulates the clean, bright surface that architects and specifiers find desirable in stainless steel. Brushed Stainless anodize creates a similar look on aluminum offering a more cost effective, lightweight option. You can anticipate more on this in the coming weeks.

“Anticipate” was the theme for 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture and the programming delivered on its promise to take a bold, fresh look at how the architecture profession is evolving. The AIA membership engaged in three days of discussion and education as to what it means to anticipate needs, challenges, and changes in our shared world.

Addressing these big questions as the keynote speaker, former First Lady Michelle Obama was eagerly anticipated by the opening day’s attendees. Echoing and expanding on her message, architect and 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, architect Francis Kéré, and MASS Design Group co-founder and executive director Michael Murphy hosted short-form keynote sessions with a panel of renowned architects, engineers, creative thinkers and problem solvers on:

  • Anticipate Challenge: Design That Overcomes
  • Anticipate Need: Design That Cares
  • Anticipate Change: What’s Next in Architecture

Social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy provided the closing keynote on “Anticipate Change: Design That Evolves.”

Based in Wisconsin, we look forward to continue the thoughtful discussions from that national conference at our local AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo. We’ll be at Monona Terrace in Madison on May 17-18, in booth #706, just across the aisle from our colleagues at Tubelite Inc. Expo hours are 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday.

Meeting face-to-face is ideal, but you also can reach us by phone at 888-717-1472 and email sales@linetec.com. We look forward to connecting again soon.

Linetec’s expansions continue: adding 70 more employees

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

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

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

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

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Linetec painters ensure specified coverage on all aluminum parts

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

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

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

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

 

WJFW TV12, Rhinelander Wisconsin, Visits Linetec

WAUSAU – Linetec’s president calls the last couple of years in Wausau “crazy.” The company has been successful enough to add about 200 new workers in the past two years.

linetec-adds-jobs-web-10-13-16Linetec does high-quality painting and anodizing on architectural materials. Those are types of finishing work.

Linetec is now looking to add 40 or 50 more workers.

“It’s obviously a very robust construction market right now, which is creating a lot of opportunities for companies like us,” said Linetec President Rick Marshall. “It’s been a very crazy couple of years for the people in this company. We’re very fortunate and blessed, I guess, to have that level of growth.”

Many manufacturers in northcentral Wisconsin have struggled to find qualified local candidates for their open jobs.

Linetec has been successful in finding people to fill their openings.

“It’s not easy work. It can be a lot of overtime. But people come here and they stay here because they enjoy the people they work with,” Marshall said. “We’ve been fortunate. We’ve been able to hire for positions we need, with pretty darn good success. Part of that comes from the positive company culture we have here.”

Linetec is also transitioning to a more flexible shift format. It will include 12-hour shifts in which employees only work only three or four days a week.

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Linetec continues to meet customers’ growth by expanding capacity, adding jobs


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continues to support its customers’ growth and the architectural metal products market’s increased demand for high-quality finishing. The company is expanding shift coverage and enhancing production flow to gain significant capacity at its paint facility in Wausau, Wisconsin. Before Jan. 1, 2017, the company plans to add at least 40 new jobs to its paint facility, including two supervisors and all levels of production associates.

“Linetec has added nearly 100 jobs in the last year and we are excited to have more positions to fill,” says Jane Kessel, Linetec’s vice president of human resources. “The jobs created have been good paying jobs. Our starting rates are $15 per hour plus premiums and bonuses.”

careers-photos-kevin-dave9-18-13The paint facility’s capacity expansion continues to leverage advancements in technology and capitalize on Linetec’s best practices In addition to adding more positions for increased shift coverage, Linetec’s continual improvement efforts also have yielded more efficient and increased productivity.

Following the 180,000-square-foot physical expansions completed last year, Linetec’s campus now spans more than 750,000 square feet. From its Wisconsin location, Linetec’s customers across North America benefit from short and reliable lead times; a choice of anodize, liquid paint and powder coating finishes; and supplemental services, such as thermal improvement, stretch forming and inventory management of their architectural metal products.

For more information about Linetec’s facility, finishing services and employment opportunities, please visit www.linetec.com.