University of Washington’s new NanoES building incorporates numerous window and entrance systems finished by Linetec

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9498-webWausau, Wisconsin (Jan. 2018) – The University of Washington’s newly opened Nano Engineering and Sciences Building (NanoES) provides modern performance and visual continuity with the adjacent Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building. Demonstrating its energy-efficiency and daylight-focused design, the project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

The $53 million dollar NanoES fulfills the second phase of a 168,000-square-foot complex located at the center of the University of Washington (UW) Seattle-based campus. The first phase, the 90,000-square-foot Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building (MolES), was completed in 2012. Linetec finished multiple aluminum components on NanoES to match the neighboring MolES building, creating the desired continuity within the UW campus.

The Seattle offices of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP (ZGF) designed the MolES building and sought to achieve the same aesthetic for the NanoES building. However, new, higher performance requirements in local building and energy codes meant that upgraded curtainwall, window and entrance systems were needed for the NanoES building.

Distinctive, enduring appearance

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography261-webMeeting the project’s specified performance, appearance and durability, Linetec provided the finishing and thermal improvement services for Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ curtainwall and window systems, for Tubelite Inc.’s entrance systems, as well as for the shadow boxes, the sun shades and the accent fins.

For the majority of these architectural aluminum products, Linetec applied a Silver Shadow color as a two-coat mica finish under stringent factory-controlled processes. This 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based liquid paint meets the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standard for high-performance coatings on buildings’ exteriors. Coatings meeting this standard exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals.

Linetec utilizes a multi-step pretreatment, application and curing process, using advanced techniques and equipment to ensure quality and uniformity in all paint projects. As a recognized environmentally responsible finisher, 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 reuses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of reuse is completed before the material exits the paint line.

Durable, recyclable material choices on UW NanoES also support its sustainability goals and minimize the buildings’ maintenance costs, while providing long lifecycles. The aluminum used to produce the curtainwall and window systems is made from a high recycled-content billet composition and can be recycled again at the end of its useful life on the building.

Transparency, daylight, energy-efficiency

The NanoES building, like the adjacent MolES building, features four stories above grade and one story below. The second through fourth floors of the NanoES Building are programmed research laboratory spaces. Two active learning classrooms, one large and one small, and those classrooms’ supporting breakout spaces comprise the first floor of the NanoES building. Also on the NanoES building’s first floor is a shared, informal learning center that students can use both before and after classroom sessions.

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9528-web“Transparency, access to daylight and openness were high priorities,” said Wausau’s Northwest Territory manager Brad Glauser. Daylight flows deeply into the building’s interior as its laboratories and offices are separated with glass walls and doors that also maintain a visual connection between these spaces.

Energy efficiency also was an essential part of achieving LEED certification for NanoES. Contributing to this, Linetec provided the thermal improvement services for the curtainwall and entrance systems. Wausau’s curtainwall features insulating, thermal, polyamide strut to separate the inside and outside aluminum framing members, which reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore helping save energy and increase occupant comfort.

Further enhancing energy efficiency, occupant comfort and daylighting design principles, both the windows and curtainwall lites incorporate Viracon’s VNE-63 solar-control, RoomSide Low-E, argon-filled, insulating glass. The low-e, interior surface coating works by reflecting indoor heat back into the room and improving thermal efficiency. In the offices, the windows also are programmed to automatically open at night to provide natural ventilation and lessen the energy load demands on the HVAC system.

Charrette-driven design assistance

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography235-webTo develop the resulting best approach for the building envelope of NanoES, glazing contractor Herzog Glass worked with Wausau’s Design Assist Team to facilitate a three-day series of design charrettes. According to Glauser, these intense, early planning sessions brought together representatives from the University of Washington, ZGF, Hoffmann Construction Company and Herzog Glass.

Glauser emphasized that the initial coordination, especially with Herzog Glass, was paramount to the success of the project. He noted, “We needed to work together to implement project-specific means and methods to ensure proper and safe installation, on a postage stamp size of a construction site that allowed almost no room for staging and critical equipment.”

In total, Herzog Glass installed more than 22,000-square-feet of Wausau’s unitized curtainwall on UW NanoES. The majority is INvision 8250i-HRX Series 4-SSG curtainwall with custom, 6-inch-deep aluminum fins at vertical members. Integrated within the curtainwall are Wausau 4250z Series zero sightline, project-out awning windows with both manual and motorized operators.

Complementing the high-performance curtainwall and window systems, Herzog also installed:

  • Wausau’s ClearStory 24-inch-deep exterior sun shades, which help intercept unwanted solar heat gain before it can impact a building’s HVAC system’s load and economize natural light by redirecting it inside the building.
  • Wausau’s customized shadow boxes, which are similar to those on MolES to add visual depth.
  • Wausau’s structurally glazed, unitized handrail systems integrated directly in plane with the INvision curtainwall, installed on the building’s wall parapet and green roof.
  • Tubelite’s Therml=Block® entrances with thermal strut, customized electric security and automatic hardware.

Success story, strong partnerships

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9495-webRon Dunham of Herzog Glass agreed that working together with Wausau at the front end of the project benefited everyone. He said, “As it was an addition to an existing facility, we needed to match the MolES building’s system’s look as closely as possible.”

Hoffman Construction Company’s project manager, Bob Vincent added, “It turned out great. The client is very pleased. It looks like an extension of MolES, just as they wanted.”

“The combination of durably finished, 4-SSG unitized curtainwall and high-performance glass achieved UW’s requirements,” summarized Glauser. “We exceeded the national forerunning Seattle Energy Codes, as well as UW’s energy-efficiency goals with low solar heat gain coefficient, low U-Factor and high condensation resistance. At the same time, high visible light transmittance was maintained, providing occupants with access to daylight, a transparent connection to views and interior comfort. We stayed ahead of schedule and within budget. In my book, this definitely is a success story.” 

Elaborating on this success in the Daily Journal of Commerce, ZGF’s associate partner Nicole Cooper, AIA, concluded, “The strong partnership between UW and the design team, as well as a commitment to sustainability, brings the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building and the Nano Engineering and Sciences Building together to create one high-performance building that fosters a collaborative research environment for years to come.”


University of Washington, College of Engineering, Nano Engineering and Sciences Building,
3946 West Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105;

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).


Terra cotta finishes present fresh look for Iowa Culinary Institute

Culinary_3775As a world-renowned program, the Iowa Culinary Institute (ICI) at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) provides high-end culinary experiences and serves students, staff and visitors. Reflecting ICI’s reputation and revitalizing its facility for future growth and success, Shive Hattery Architecture + Engineering designed a fresh, contemporary look for the existing structure and its two additions.

Today, the updated building encompasses 34,000 square feet and features an attractive, modern façade that resembles terra cotta, but actually is aluminum. The specialty finish applied by Linetec to Dri-Design’s wall panel system mimics both the look and the feel of natural terra cotta.

Culinary_3522Attractive in Terra Cotta and Regatta
Shive Hattery found its inspiration in a building located to ICI’s west that used a true terra cotta tile. To achieve a similar aesthetic, Linetec applied three different colors of terra cotta finishes to Dri-Design’s 0.080-inch aluminum wall panels: Terra Cotta Armagnac, Terra Cotta Mountain and Terra Cotta True Penny. SGH Inc. installed these in a planned “random” pattern to further replicate the desired, natural look of stone.

In addition to the terra cotta textured finishes, Linetec painted 5,038 square feet of Dri-Design’s Shadow Series panels in Pewter and Regatta color mica coatings. The vibrant blue Regatta corresponds with the college’s brand identity.

Culinary_3734Easy Installation, Cost Effective
“The design team wanted to match that look with something that installed easily, was cost effective and has low maintenance,” explained Dri-Design.

Compared with true terra cotta, aluminum wall panels painted with Linetec’s terra cotta textured finish are a more economical option and delivered in a short lead-time. SGH Inc.’s installation team also appreciated the lighter weight of aluminum versus stone.

Using 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings achieves the signature color and the highest levels of performance suitable for exterior architectural aluminum products. Like all 70 percent PVDF coatings applied by Linetec, the terra cotta finishes meet the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s standard AAMA 2605. Tested to exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals, these durable finishes need minimal maintenance to keep their intended appearance.

screen-shot-2016-04-24-at-4-42-28-pmFunctional, Fashionable for the Future
Completed in the spring of 2016, ICI’s redesigned entryway, lobby and pre-banquet space set a tone complementary to gourmet dining experiences. The north addition houses the new million dollar mechanical equipment systems. The south addition provides additional classroom, office and conference room space, as well as 7,500 square feet for an indoor common space capable of hosting large-scale events.

“The Iowa Culinary Institute (ICI) at DMACC is a visual statement of a building,” said Paul Rathjen, architectural designer at Shive-Hattery. “Both the client and contractors were very satisfied. It’s crazy, but it’s cool. While visually it demonstrates a unique design, it’s really not that complicated. Everyone loves the color, and it pops from the street.”

Culinary_3962Rob Denson, DMACC President and CEO called the $5.5 million project “one of the most attractive and functional culinary facilities in the nation and a great place for our many guests to visit.”

Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College; 2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Building 7, Ankeny, Iowa 50023;



Metal Architecture’s article on Woolworth Towers Residences touts Linetec’s finishes

NYC_WoolworthTwrResid3_OlegMarchMetal Architecture magazine’s recent feature on the renovated Woolworth Tower Residences in New York highlighted Linetec’s contributions to the new windows and terrace doors’ thermal performance and durable finishes.

Architect Cass Gilbert originally designed the iconic building in 1913. Today, under the architectural vision of SLCE Architects, LLP a and The Office of Thierry W Despont, Ltd., the 33 luxury condominiums offer sweeping views of Manhattan from the historically inspired, oversized windows and terrace doors with modern performance and easy operation.

Guided by developer Alchemy Properties to match the project’s goals, the Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team provided energy modeling and selection criteria considerations for a window system. Based on the team’s recommendations, more than 630 units of Wausau Window and Wall Systems. INvent Series Simulated Double-Hung Projected windows were installed.

NYC_WoolworthTwrResid2-8_OlegMarchRespecting the buildings’ historic aesthetic, Linetec finished the windows’ aluminum exteriors using a two-coat 70 percent PVDF resin-based coating in a color called “Dark as Night,” which complements the restored polychromatic terra cotta surrounds.

In addition to the finish, Wausau relied on Linetec to provide polyamide thermal barriers within the aluminum frame of the windows and doors. Wausau INvent Series windows can achieve thermal performance NFRC U-Factors as low as 0.34, a Condensation Resistance Factor as high as 65 and acoustic performance Sound Transmission Class ratings of 31 to 42.

Click here to continue reading about the aesthetic and performance improvements for the Woolworth Tower Residences.

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Little Caesars Arena meets aesthetic, sustainability, security goals with Tubelite systems finished by Linetec

MI-LCArena_RedArchie-Tubelite_811webWausau, Wisconsin (July 2018) – Owned by Ilitch Holdings, Inc., the $862.9 million Little Caesars Arena complex blends historic and modern aesthetics with massively scaled, fan-friendly interiors and modestly scaled, pedestrian-friendly exteriors. Contributing to this exterior, Linetec provided a variety of finishes for Tubelite’s curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems to support the project’s aesthetic, sustainability and security goals for completion on time and within budget.

Attractive and Approachable

 Little Caesars Arena’s “deconstructed” design by HOK features numerous buildings composing the sports and entertainment destination, and anchoring a 50-block area branded as The District Detroit.

MI-LCArena_RedArchie-Tubelite_824-web“One of the main design goals was to make the arena fit into the fabric of downtown and the surrounding neighborhood, rather than being this behemoth arena that dominates the area by its immense height and scale. The arena fits on what was four square city blocks,” explained Senior Project Architect Paul Leskovac, senior associate of HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. “One way we achieved it is that the arena floor is actually 30 feet below street level. If there was no signage, one might think it was a cool urban infill project – which it is!”

This approachable sizing is complemented by a 61,000-square-foot covered concourse and three connected, mid-rise buildings (A, B and C). Their upper floors are office spaces, while the street levels offer restaurant and retail services. Detached from the arena and concourse, the parking garage also has a covered walkway bridge to the arena.

Conveying a sense of both contemporary and permanent placement, various configurations of brick, glass, metal and finish colors comprise these buildings’ façades. Linetec applied 70 percent PVDF resin-based architectural coatings to Tubelite’s systems using Valspar’s Fluropon® in Medium Gray and Black, PPG’s Duranar® in Traffic Gray, and Akzo Nobel’s Trinar® in a custom Detroit Red Wings color. Class I Clear anodize also was used on the exterior curtainwall and doors, and Class II Clear anodize was selected as the interior finish for 11,500 square feet of Tubelite E14000 Storefront systems.

LCArena-web“The colors helped make the façades appear like different buildings on a downtown street,” said Leskovac. “Tubelite’s entrances, storefront and curtainwall are used on all façades of the arena. This includes the four main entry entrance systems and curtainwall, as well as curtainwall punched openings in the façade of the arena and Buildings A, B and C.”

Madison Heights Glass installed Tubelite’s systems on the main arena building’s interior and exterior, on Building C’s team store and Sports & Social Detroit, as well as Building A/B’s Mike’s Pizza. Universal Glass & Metals served as the glazing contractor on the parking garage, pedestrian bridge and three connected buildings.

Sustainability and Security

MI-LCArena_RedArchie-Tubelite_833webjpgAll materials and products on the arena were specified to help achieve LEED® standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. Among the benefits recognized by LEED, Tubelite’s systems can contribute to daylighting and views, optimized energy performance, thermal comfort, recyclable materials, and low-emitting (low-e) materials. The large majority of Tubelite’s systems installed on Little Caesars Arena complex rely on 1-inch, insulated Solarban® 60 low-e glass.

The durable finishes also reduced the need for maintenance costs and maximize long lifecycles. Under Linetec’s stringent factory-controlled processes, the finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 and AAMA 611 industry standards. As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec applies these high-performance painted coatings, and safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products’ arrival on the building site. Anodize finishes do not contain VOCs and process byproducts are recyclable.

LCArena-entrance-webFurther contributing to sustainability, the aluminum curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems also are 100 percent recyclable. Tubelite’s products also are tested per the AAMA standards for air, water, structural and condensation resistance. In addition, they are tested and modeled for thermal transmittance per the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) procedures.

In addition to sustainability, Tubelite’s curtainwall systems also support the project’s security goals. At the first floor elevation, 1.25-inch, insulated, Solarban 60 low-e with impact-resistant glass was chosen for enhanced security. Other specifics are being kept confidential.

In Nov. 2017, Little Caesars Arena received SAFETY Act Certification, the highest level of protection awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The facility became the first combined National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and entertainment venue, and the only arena in the country, to earn the certification. It also has earned the Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) designation from the National Center for Spector Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

Collaborative Construction

Demonstrating its dependability and partnership with the collaborative construction team, Tubelite’s and Linetec’s processes ensure orders are delivered undamaged, complete and on time. This also supported construction of Little Caesars Arena in its overall on-time and on-budget project completion.

The project broke ground in Sept. 2014. Construction began in April 2015 as managed by the project’s construction manager Barton Malow-Hunt-White, a joint venture between Barton Malow Company and Hunt Construction Group, in association with White Construction. A combination of traditional, design-assist and design-build delivery methods was used throughout the project schedule.

At the Sept. 2017 ribbon-cutting opening event, Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., praised the project and those who built it: “Today, I am so proud to say that our vision of a Michigan-made, Detroit-built Little Caesars Arena came to life even more powerfully than we had imagined, bringing opportunity into local businesses, local workers, people in need of new careers. …We put our heart and soul into something truly spectacular for the people of this city, state and region.”

Adding his compliments, Leskovac remarked, “They were both a part of an amazing construction team that participated in building a one-of-a-kind arena that Detroit, Michigan and the entire region can be proud of for a very long time.”


Successful Start

The construction of Little Caesars Arena positioned Detroit as the only city in America that houses all four of its professional sports teams in an urban core — all within walking distance. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions, The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

As of May 2018, Little Caesars Arena has been the home for more than 150 ticketed events for 2.3 million fans, including a combined 82 Red Wings and Pistons regular season home games, more than 50 concerts and shows, and 15 additional sporting events. The multi-purpose facility also has hosted more than 100 private events, and is on track to be one of the busiest arenas in the world during its first full year of operation.

MI-LCArena_RedArchie-Tubelite_821webAlso in May 2018, Little Caesars Arena earned the Sports Facility of the Year Award by Sports Business, based on excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes. Accepting the recent award, Christopher Ilitch said, “Our vision for what Little Caesars Arena could offer to fans, players, artists and community members drove us to create something very special and highly innovative. Every aspect of Little Caesars Arena was designed to enhance the guest experience, and we appreciate that those efforts continue to be recognized.”

Little Caesars Arena is one of more than a dozen developments launched by the Ilitch organization in The District Detroit since 2015. More than $1.4 billion in development is underway or planned, setting the stage for additional retail, office and residential projects. Development in The District Detroit already has created more than 20,000 construction and construction-related jobs and more than 3,000 permanent jobs after the opening of Little Caesars Arena, two-thirds of which were filled by Detroiters. These future projects are expected to continue growing the city’s economy and create new opportunities for Detroit and for Michigan.


Little Caesars Arena; 2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan

  • Owner: Detroit Downtown Development Authority
  • Architect: HOK; Kansas City, Missouri;
  • General contractor: Barton Malow-Hunt-White; Detroit;
  • Glazing contractor – arena: Madison Heights Glass; Ferndale, Michigan;
  • Glazing contractor – connecting buildings, parking deck: Universal Glass & Metals, Inc., part of the Brinker Group MBE; Detroit;
  • Glazing systems – curtainwall, glass supplier: Vitro Architectural Glass, Solarban® 60; Cheswick, Pennsylvania;
  • Glazing systems – curtainwall, storefront doors and frames manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan;
  • Glazing systems – aluminum finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
  • Photos by: Red Archie, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.

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).

Is there a real copper finish that holds its luster without high maintenance?


Nash Women’s Center

The classic beauty of copper brings a rich distinction to architectural building projects – whether creating a dramatic new design, or conveying a historic depth and heritage. Today, you can achieve the look of real copper and lasting luster, without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion, patina and intensive maintenance.

Nash_1617-lLinetec’s exclusive copper color anodize expands the typically limited color choices of anodize, while delivering the highest performance available. This proprietary, consistent, repeatable and warrantied finish is accomplished through a three-step electrolytic coloring method, rather than the standard two-step process. Material is anodized and then introduced into two separate coloring tanks where elemental metals are placed into the pores of the anodic coating. The first color tank contains tin, and the second color tank contains copper. Isolating the actual copper in the coating results in a striking visual effect that will remain stable to provide many years of low-maintenance service.

Nash_1522-lMany factors can affect the color and/or shade, in the copper anodize process, and should be taken into consideration when considering copper anodize. Four different lots of raw aluminum were used to create the extreme color range of copper anodize on Dri-Design’s wall panel system for Nash Women’s Center in Rock Mount, North Carolina.

Linetec’s copper anodize finish:

  • Appears as a bright copper color, with no patina over time
  • Does not require a clear coat or ongoing treatment to maintain color stability
  • Produces no harmful or dangerous by-products and is non-hazardous
  • Meets AAMA 611 Class I Specification
  • Is available for extrusion, stretch-formed and flat sheet aluminum
  • May be finished before or after assembly
  • Weighs less than half that of real copper, for easier transportation and installation
  • Can be designed adjacent to other aluminum materials, without galvanic corrosion risk
  • Will not leave copper run-off stains on a building’s exterior
  • Protects and maintains the structural integrity of the the aluminum
  • Retains exceptional hardness and lasting durability
  • Warrantied for five years, the same as our other Class I anodize finishing

Nash_1643-lAnodized aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping, for a long product life cycle. Your copper anodize aluminum also may be specified with recycled content and is 100 percent recyclable.

Watch our “Linetec Anodizing – How Do They Do That?” video where Linetec’s vice president of operations, Andy Joswiak, explains the process, performance and durability of our eco-friendly anodize finishing.

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About Nash Women’s Center

Linetec finished 6,214 square feet of an aluminum wall panel system by Dri-Design in copper anodize for the Nash Women’s Center in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The new, two-story, $25 million, 47,048-square-foot facility provides obstetrical and women’s services to the community. At the grand opening in May 2016, the Rocky Mount Telegram quoted Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of Nash UNC Health Care, “This is a beautiful facility that’s going to serve a lot of people.”


Located in North Charleston, South Carolina, Trident Technical College’s Nursing and Science Building features 24,400 square feet of an aluminum wall panel system by Dri-Design as finished by Linetec in copper anodize. This distinctive façade clads the 119,000-square-foot building. Designed by LS3P for durability and sustainability, the project earned LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

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.

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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.

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Photos by Robert Casey, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.

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;

  • Developer and owner: Brause Realty Inc. (formerly listed as Purves Street Owners); New York;
  • Developer: Gotham Organization; New York;
  • Architect and interior designer: FXCollaborative (formerly known as FXFOWLE); New York;
  • General contractor: Purves Street Development, LLC; New York
  • Cladding system – installer: KNS Building Restoration; Middle Village, New York;
  • Aluminum wall panel cladding system – manufacturer: Dri-Design Inc.; Holland, Michigan;
  • Aluminum wall panel cladding system – finishing service provider: Linetec, Wausau, Wisconsin;
  • Photos by: Arch Photo, Inc., Eduard Hueber

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).

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;
  • Design and construction services: Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH); Vadnais Heights, Minnesota;
  • General contractor: Ryan Companies US, Inc.; Minneapolis;
  • Cladding system – specialty subcontractor: Flynn Midwest USA, part of the Flynn Group of Companies; Plymouth, Minnesota;
  • Cladding system – manufacturer: Protean Construction Products, Inc.; Burnsville, Minnesota;
  • Cladding system – finishing service provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
  • 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).

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.


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).