Wisconsin’s WOW Family Entertainment’s curtainwall and doors finished by Linetec

Wow-web2Wisconsin’s Wausau on Water (WOW) Family Entertainment Center showcases beautiful view of the Wisconsin River and the capabilities of several local businesses: design/build services by United Structures, curtainwall by FreMarq Innovations, glazing and installation by Rib Mountain Glass, and architectural aluminum finishing services by Linetec. In addition, Linetec also applied matching finishes to the project’s entranceway from Texas-based TORMAX.

“We wanted something on the water and with a great view. This is where the curtainwalls came into play, for the large view of the Wisconsin River from our dining and bar areas,” said Michael Vanderloop, operations manager at WOW Family Entertainment Center.

Wow-web3Helping attract attention to the new entertainment destination, Linetec finished the 21,215-square-foot building’s curtainwall and door systems in a dramatic Cool Colonial Red color. Maurice Wolfe of Rib Mountain Glass noted, “The Colonial Red color acted as an accent color to bring the blue and gray together.”

Linetec applied a high-performance 70% PVDF resin-based coating in its Wausau-based facility. As an environmentally responsible finisher, it safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products’ arrival on the building site.

Under Linetec’s stringent processes, the finishes for WOW’s aluminum-framed curtainwall and doors not only contribute to sustainable goals and aesthetic aspirations, but also meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standard, the most stringent standard for painted aluminum. Coatings following this standard help minimize buildings’ maintenance costs, maximize long lifecycles, and support durability and performance requirements.

Wow-web“The requirement for more energy-efficient fenestration materials is becoming more of a code/standards issue, recognizing the long-term value due to energy dollar savings and environmental costs,” explained Wolfe. “Building owners are looking to obtain their best-operating values for the construction funds spent, so the cost upgrade of the enhanced energy may pay off for years to come.”

Total project construction is estimated at $3.3 million and was completed in nine months. Celebrating its first anniversary in the new building, WOW’s customer and staff seem pleased with the results. Vanderloop concludes, “It is not cold by the windows and we have that beautiful view we all wanted.”

WOW Family Entertainment Center, Wausau, WI; http://play-wow.net

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

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center showcases mica and metallic coatings

BPV_KaiserSD_001webBPV_KaiserSD_011webClean, modern, soothing. The visual impact of Linetec’s mica and metallic color finishes on the exterior of the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center reflects the new hospital’s philosophy of high-tech healing in a patient-centered, sustainable environment. Opened in April 2017, it is one of few health care facilities in the world to achieve LEED® Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Kaiser Permanente worked closely with the design team of CO Architects and general contractor Hensel Phelps to create a medical center focusing on innovative care. The interior and exterior designs of the 617,000-square-foot, seven-story building reflect San Diego’s coastal colors and climate.

BPV_KaiserSD_005-webBringing the design from concept to reality, Architectural Glass & Aluminum (AGA) selected Quality Metalcrafts’ AMERICLAD® products with durable finishes applied by Linetec.

For Level 1, Linetec painted the AMERICLAD AC-3000 1/8-inch Aluminum Plate Panel System, balcony plate panels, interior curtainwall closer panels and column covers in a Platinum Mica Sunstorm color. For all the other levels on the medical center, the curtainwall panels were finished in a Light Blue metallic color.

BPV_KaiserSD_004-webMica and metallic coatings add shimmer and sparkle under the California sun. The color can seem to change with the way the visible light is reflected off the surface, depending on the intensity and angle of the light.

Protecting against UV damage and unwanted color change, both of the paint color formulations use 70% PVDF resin-based coatings. These offer the highest performance finish for architectural aluminum products, providing outstanding resistance to humidity, chalk, gloss loss, chemicals and salt spray.

BPV_KaiserSD_012webSupporting environmentally sound practices, Linetec’s high-performance painted coatings are applied in a controlled facility that safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products’ arrival on the building site. Thoughtful approaches, like these, contribute to enhanced durability for long-lasting materials and improved indoor air quality for healthier buildings.

BPV_KaiserSD_007web“Every design and planning decision we have made since breaking ground on this medical center has been guided by providing an unparalleled patient care experience,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente San Diego. “Every patient will benefit from cutting-edge medical technologies, our integrated, model of expert care and most importantly, personal service.”

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

Metro Transit’s New BRT Systems Pick Up Speed with Duo-Gard Shelters finished by Linetec

Metro Transit shelter

Bus rapid transit is spreading across the country. Residents of the progressive Minneapolis-St. Paul area welcomed an expansion of theirs in June 2016 when Metro Transit opened the A Line BRT, the region’s first of a dozen planned arterial BRT lines serving core arterial streets. Residents hopped on board A Line immediately, raising ridership by 32% the first year of operations.

A Line serves high-traffic Snelling Avenue, Ford Parkway and 46th Street. “Reaction has been extremely favorable,” says Katie Roth, project manager for Metro Transit BRT/Small Starts. “We wanted to strengthen our most used routes with faster service and a more visible presence to attract riders.” It worked for the more than 4,500 riders who use the A Line each day.

Contributing to the A Line’s success are 38 bus shelters and 40 signage pylons engineered by Duo-Gard, finished in clear anodize by Linetec. The shelters are sized in small, medium and large, ranging from 7’x17′ to 7’x40′ and are installed according to site conditions and ridership patterns.

In keeping with Metro Transit’s emphasis on accessible public transportation that fits into the community it serves, the shelters are sophisticated in both form and function. Standing-seam silver aluminum roofs feature a distinctive curve, complemented by clean, contemporary framing in a durable clear anodized finish. Style was an important element, says Roth, whose team presented Duo-Gard with the architectural concept.

“It was important that the design be easily replicable for future expansion, as well as easily maintainable,” she says. “We wanted the aesthetic to convey speed of service, shown in the sleek curvature of the arched roofs. Of course, we needed weather protection and personal security, and we also wanted to maintain openness and an easy flow.”   Read more

New Jersey’s 3 Journal Square frames Manhattan views with Winco windows featuring dual color finishes by Linetec

Journal-Square-3-Jersey-City-NJ-Winco-(2)-web2Opened in June 2017, 3 Journal Square’s mixed-use 240-unit apartment building attracts New Jersey’s young professionals with a high-style aesthetic, modern performance and LEED® Silver certification. Hospitality-minded amenities include housekeeping services, a dog run, a yoga studio, curated art collection, 24-hour concierge services, a party room, ground-floor retailers and a rooftop deck with Manhattan skyline views. Framing the urban views and daylit interiors, Winco Windows supplied its 8250 Infinity Series windows, finished by Linetec, for the property’s 628 daylight openings.

Journal-Square-3-Jersey-City-NJ-Winco-(4)-webGeometric Façade Design

Designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, modular blocks of color define 3 Journal Square’s exterior, reminiscent of Mondrian’s artworks. Brought to life by Tocci Building Corporation, this geometric format gives the 13-story, 220,000-square-foot structure a more approachable scale. This modularity also is evident within the 10-by-7-foot daylight openings, which are composed of several rectangular window units.

In total, City Newark Glass Company installed 2,538 aluminum-framed Winco window units. “Once on site, it took us about six months to install all the windows,” says Al McLeod, Jr., president of City Newark Glass. “We’ve used Winco many times over the years and found it to be a reliable product.”

Contributing to product resiliency and beauty, Linetec applied a dual-color, painted finish to all of Winco’s windows, complementing the 3 Journal Square’s design across all planes and palettes. On the windows’ exterior, a light gray color was used to match the inset building façade of the same hue. Contrasting with this lighter portion, the surrounding exterior walls mask their size in dark gray and blue tones. Within these sections, a black finish emphasizes the outline of each window unit. On the interior, an ivory color was selected for its subtle ability to blend with most décor.

Journal-Square-3-Jersey-City-NJ-Winco-web2Durable Finishes, Sustainable Goals

The light gray, black and ivory finishes were blended in-house at Linetec and formulated using 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec applies these high-performance painted coatings in a controlled facility that safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products’ arrival on the building site. Under Linetec’s stringent processes, these finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standard, as well as minimize buildings’ maintenance costs and maximize long lifecycles.

Further contributing to the project’s sustainability goals, the aluminum used to produce Winco’s windows is an 82.5 percent recycled-content aluminum billet composition. After its useful life on the building, the aluminum framing members are 100 percent recyclable.

In addition to reducing waste, enhance visual appeal and improving durability, Linetec’s thermal improvement services also supporting LEED Silver criteria for energy-efficiency goals. For 3 Journal Square, Linetec added the insulating, thermal, polyamide strut to Winco Windows’ aluminum framing members. The strut separates the inside and outside metal, which greatly enhances a window’s thermal performance. This thermal break reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort. At Linetec, thermal strut also presents a cost-effect opportunity for dual finishing options, such as specified on Winco’s windows.

Journal-Square-3-Jersey-City-NJ-Winco-(1)-webHistoric Revitalization

Since the 1920s, Jersey City’s Journal Square has been a business, transportation and entertainment hub. The Square earned its moniker as the site of The Evening Journal, and later, The Jersey Journal. In recent decades, the future site of 3 Journal Square had remained vacant for more than 30 years. Developers Hartz Mountain Industries and Panepinto Properties purchased the property from the City with a vision for revitalizing the area.

The recipient of an Urban Transit Hub tax credit and a tax abatement from the Jersey City, 3 Journal Square is part of the 244-acre Journal Square 2060 Redevelopment Plan. The Plan’s purpose is “to foster the redevelopment of Journal Square, Jersey City’s central business district, by providing for transit-oriented development of new housing, offices, commercial, and public open spaces within walking distance to the Square and transit facilities.” Located steps from the PATH Station, 3 Journal Square connects tenants to Manhattan in 10 minutes. Most residents have little need fro a car as the property boasts a Walk Score of 98 out of 100.

A few units remain available at 3 Journal Square. Property manager, Greystar Real Estate Partners, showcases studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units with rents starting at $1,915 for a studio and $4,100 for a three-bedroom.

3 Journal Square, 2935 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ  07306; http://threejournalsquare.com

Church doors greet parishioners with the natural beauty and eternal appeal of wood, without the maintenance

St-Edwards-Church-(1-web)Seeking the look of wood without the maintenance, CMI Architectural Products turned to Linetec for help choosing the best finish option on the replacement doors for St. Edward Catholic Church.

Located in Minneota, Minnesota, the church’s doors are subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations, high winds and direct sunlight. With wood, these factors add up to ongoing, sometimes costly, maintenance issues. CMI’s aluminum doors minimize maintenance and, thanks to Linetec’s wood grain painted finishes, create the traditional aesthetic desired by the church’s leaders.

“The high-quality appearance not only greets parishioners from the building’s exterior, but also complements the real wood finishes on the interior,” said Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing. “CMI’s doors on St. Edward provide a great example where the softness and warmth of wood is still desired and a hard, cleanable surface is still necessary. We’re also able to offer the preferred look of wood at less cost by using a dye sublimation, powder coat paint process.”

St-Edwards-Church-(2-2)-webLinetec’s Wood Grain Gold Series palette features 14 textured, wood grain patterns that meet the higher performance criteria of AAMA 2604. Additional finishes also are available as either textured or smooth in more than 50 wood grain patterns, these powder coat painted finishes meet the stringent standards of AAMA 2603 for color uniformity, specular gloss, dry film hardness and adhesion, as well as resistance to impact, chemicals, detergents, scratches, corrosion, salt spray and fading due to ultraviolet light. The coatings also are fire retardant, and resistant to water and humidity. Unlike natural wood, the finished aluminum does not swell, rot, warp or attract insects.

All of Linetec’s decorative, wood grain finishes may be selected for architectural products’ aluminum extrusions in lengths up to 24 feet and aluminum flat sheets in dimensions up to 4 by 12 feet. Supporting environmentally sound practices, these wood grain finishes utilize a powder coat process that does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Wood grain finishes can be specified with aluminum utilizing recycled content, and may be recycled after its product lifespan.

St-Edwards-Church-(3-web)Beyond the rich, warm look of wood, Linetec also can provide customers with marble and stone finishes, floral and camouflage patterns, animal prints or custom logo graphics.

Please contact us for personalized service in selecting the correct finish on your next project and for samples of our wood grain finishes.


bainbridgeBainbridge Island, WA – Pictured above is the rebuilt residence of Jeanie Ketcham. Four generations of her family called it home, but it was razed by a fire in 2012. In the reconstruction, Ketcham’s architect and builder chose Loewen windows with a Linetec finish to help recapture the feeling of living in the original house with its sweeping vista of Puget Sound.

For the full article about this home and the touching story behind it, head over to https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/rebuilding-with-a-sense-of-history/

Linetec’s anodizing and thermal improvement services enhance Minneapolis’ Baker Center renovation

Tubelite-RSP_MN-BakerBldg_004PaulCrosby-webConveniently located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the renovated 90-year-old Baker Center showcases a prominent new building entry at the corner of Marquette Avenue and Eighth Street. This main entrance provides a unified façade for the four buildings that comprise the complex. Delivering both an updated appearance and improved performance for the project, Linetec provided the thermal strut, thermal pour and debridged, plus the clear anodize finish on Tubelite’s aluminum-framed curtainwall and storefront systems.

Modern approach to historic renovation

The Baker Center, owned by The Travelers Companies and managed by Transwestern, boasts more than 1 million square feet of office and retail space. It consists of the Baker Building, Investors Building, Roanoke Building and the 730 Building. The Baker, Roanoke and Investor buildings were built in the 1920s. The 730 Building was completed in 1968. The $25 million renovation started in 2016, continued in phases to minimize distribution to occupants and concluded in July 2017.

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

To reflect the updated look and performance for this property, Brin Contract Glazing’s team worked closely with the architect, construction manager Hightower Initiatives, general contractor JE Dunn and Tubelite to install the curtainwall. “It was a logistically challenging project,” admits Scott Ide, Brin Contract Glazing.

Tubelite-RSP_MN-BakerBldg_247PaulCrosby-webHe elaborates, “Each time the demolition team removed a window, you didn’t know what you’d find. The four buildings had been combined over the years into one. With different construction techniques for each, and no existing drawings from the original architects or the many earlier remodeling contractors, drawings and revisions were nonstop throughout the renovation.”

Thermal performance for cold climates

 An essential design element in the Baker Center’s renovation is the dramatic corner constructed using Tubelite’s 400TU Therml=Block® Screw Spline Curtainwall, vertically butt-glazed with horizontal covers. Ide notes, “A massive amount of steel was added to properly anchor the curtainwall. It’s the main feature of the building from the fourth to the top floor.”

The lower levels feature Tubelite’s TU24000 Therml=Block dual-pocket, poured-and-debridged storefront on the exterior, and 4500 Series storefront on the interior. Expanded window lines at street level offer a view into the new entry lobby featuring a 60-foot media wall. At the architect’s request, TU24000 Therml=Block storefront also was used for the windows on the upper stories.

Tubelite’s Therml=Block products rely on Linetec to provide the insulating, thermal, polyamide strut and thermal, polyurethane, pour and debridge. Both methods are used to separate the inside and outside metal, which greatly enhances a storefront or curtainwall system’s thermal performance. This thermal break reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort.

“In Minnesota’s cold climates, Tubelite Therml=Block products provide superior energy and condensation resistance performance using multiple thermal barriers, while providing structural integrity and aesthetic flexibility,” explains Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing.

She continues, “Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reducing associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent building materials.”

Tubelite-RSP_MN-BakerBldg_016PaulCrosby-webLow maintenance, lasting value

Contributing to the Baker Center’s updated, unified façade, Linetec finished all of the curtainwall and storefront systems’ aluminum framing members in a clear anodize. Anodizing is the most durable and longest lasting option for finishing architectural aluminum building products. Because it is an integral part of the aluminum substrate, the anodic coating provides excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance.

Complementing the low-maintenance, durable, thermally broken, high-performance aluminum framing, Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront was glazed with low-e, low-iron glass with warm edge spacers and argon fill. Within its glass-enclosed comfortable interior, the Baker Center’s top amenity floor sports high-tech, flexible conference room space, a collaborative lounge and concierge services designed to appeal to today’s workforce. There is also an on-site fitness center and rooftop patio with views of the Minneapolis skyline.

The project team modernized the downtown icon, while maintaining some of its history through design elements. “Now that the project’s completed, everybody’s happy with it,” reports Ide. “It’s a better performing building with a dramatically improved look.”

Baker Center, 8th Street and Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 

  • Glazing systems – storefront and curtainwall manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
  • Photos by: Paul Crosby

Click here to watch an animated tour of the Baker Center by RSP Architects.

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