Linetec’s painted finish and thermal improvement services boost energy-efficiency of University of Pennsylvania’s New College House

UofPa_NewCollegeHouse25-72dpiThe University of Pennsylvania’s $127 million New College House opened for the 2016-17 academic year as the first new student residence on campus since 1972. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) in collaboration with the University, the first purpose-built College House brings together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students in a shared suite-style community. The 198,000-square-foot, 350-bed building promotes sustainable, 21st century living and learning, and is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

Supporting the project’s energy-efficiency goals, Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ curtainwall, windows and sun shades were installed with painted finishes and thermal improvement systems by Linetec, a long-standing leader in environmentally conscious practices, paint finishing and thermal improvement services. These services were key contributors to the window systems’ energy-efficiency, visual appeal and durability.  read more

UofPa_NewCollegeHouse31-72dpiNew College House’s large, vertical transparent towers frame the views of Penn’s surrounding campus community and Center City Philadelphia. Bounded by Woodland Walk and 34th and Chestnut streets, the seven-story building with a publicly accessible, lifted lawn serves as a pedestrian gateway to campus.

UofPa_NewCollegeHouse39-72pdi“In this city of neighborhoods, we sought to embrace the many scales of community that define the collegiate experience unique to Penn,” says Frank Grauman, design principal from BCJ. “The New College House is, therefore, both inviting and secure, open and private, embodying the comfort of home, and the power to form a campus gateway worthy of this place.”  read more

 

Linetec finishes Loewen windows for Canada’s Windermere House

Windmere-in-Edmonton-Alberta-Canada-(2)webLocated in a high-end residential suburb of Edmonton, Alberta, the Windermere House serves as a luxury show home with top-notch, European-inspired finishes – inside and out. Designed by E3 Architecture and builder Birkholz Homes, the prestigious residence blends metal, glass, wood, warm hues and natural light. Completed in 2014, this 8,000-square-foot house features Loewen’s aluminum-clad windows painted by Linetec to ensure the intended, high-quality presentation with minimal maintenance.

Conforming to the neighborhood’s Victorian-Georgian strict architectural standards, E3 changed the perimeter of the house from a square to a U-shape to maximize the Windermere House’s daylight and views with glass balconies, patio doors and Loewen’s custom-made, triple-glazed windows. To optimize placement, the architectural drawings incorporated 3-D renderings of Loewen’s products from the project’s earliest phases.

Windmere-in-Edmonton-Alberta-Canada-(6)webLinetec finished Loewen’s windows in a Tuscany Brown color using a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating. These coatings meet the stringent requirements of AAMA 2605 and exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. The resulting finish provides durability and requires minimal maintenance throughout the show home’s lifespan.

Learn more about Linetec’s paint finishing services by clicking here. For personalized assistance in selecting the right coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services

OR_Slate_9267JoshuaJayElliott-courtesyWorksProgressArchitectureLLPwebThe 10-story, LEED® Gold certified, mixed-use, transit-oriented development known as Slate is helping revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area in Portland, Oregon. Formerly a vacant lot called Block 75, the new building features window, entrance, unitized curtainwall and panel systems finished by Linetec. Contributing to the building’s high energy-efficiency and sustainability goals, Linetec also provided the thermal improvement services for the glazing systems’ aluminum framing.

Opened last year, the project spans 147,000 square feet and offers 75 market-rate apartment units on the upper six floors; 35,000 square feet of creative co-working office workspace on floors 2-4; and 7,800 square feet of retail space at street level.  read more

 

Remodeled Royal Hawaiian Center features new Super Sky skylights with finishing by Linetec to withstand extreme climate

Royal-Hawaiin-Center--Building-C--2011webConcluding its multi-year, multi-building renovation, The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki revitalizes and reestablishes itself as a premier shopping and entertainment destination. With more than 110 shops and restaurants in three four-story buildings, the 310,000-square-foot Center is one of Hawaii’s largest shopping malls. The six-acre retail campus connects to the Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian Hotel, just minutes from Waikiki Beach. 

The Center’s refreshed exterior seamlessly blends with its lush surroundings, including an added green gathering space for entertainment and cultural programming. On Buildings A and C, designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL), skylight systems by Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC showcase natural light and views. Linetec painted the skylight’s aluminum framing members in a durable, 70 percent PVDF resin-based coating to protecting against the intense sunlight, heavy rains, high humidity and salt spray.

Royal-Hawaiin-Center--Building-A--2015.1081-04webImproving on the past

Owned by RHC Property Holdings LLC, The Royal Hawaiian Center opened in 1979. Designed in the Brutalist Modern style of the time, heavy concrete exterior walls defined the structure with little embellishment or connection to the environment or the community. The Center stands upon a parcel of land known as Helumoa, once home to Hawaiian royalty.

After years of increasing vacancy and declining visitors, the first phase of the $115 million renovation and expansion began in 2005. Callison Companies (now, CallisonRTKL, a design consultancy of Arcadis) is credited for this initial step in transforming what was once a dark, outdated shopping center into a vibrant, lifestyle-oriented retail and entertainment community. The heavy walls were replaced by open, modern façades and native landscaping.

AHL also contributed its expertise in Hawaiian cultural sensitivity in the architecture, permit processing and expediting services, and construction administration of the Center’s renovation. According to AHL, “This new design conveys a Hawaiian sense of place that is consistent with the City and County of Honolulu’s Waikiki Special Design District guidelines. It incorporates historical, cultural, and educational features consistent with the goal of Kamehameha Schools to perpetuate all things Hawaiian. In addition, visual and pedestrian linkages with the adjoining Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian hotels are improved to create an integrated resort destination.”

Protective finishes make a lasting impression

Beyond matching the Center’s updated aesthetics, Linetec supports the architectural performance specifications with 70-percent PVDF resin-based coatings applied to the skylight’s aluminum framing. “Coastal environments are one of the most aggressive outdoor environments for aluminum,” says Linetec’s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED® Green Associate. “Without proper precautions and finishes, corrosion to these aluminum components can damage the building envelope’s structural integrity, leading to systemic failure.”  read more

In the News: Keyes dealership

Keyes-4527-webCommercial Architecture magazine’s June Portfolio section spotlights California’s Keyes Automotive’s European Mercedes-Benz Dealership featuring a 41-foot-diameter, custom, multi-slope dome skylight from Super Sky Products The skylight’s durable finishes were applied by Linetec to the aluminum framing members. The finish’s resilient attributes combine with daylight, views and high thermal performance glass to support the dealership’s LEED® Silver certification.

Designed by Dennis J. Flynn Architects, the skylight’s fluid, circular design respects the European Bauhaus style of design highlighted within the dealership’s 235,000-square-foot facility. “As a highly visible property on a major auto row that is back-dropped with residences, the owners’ sensitivity to the community and commitment to state-of-the-art design solution is displayed in this space,” described Flynn. “Crisp finishes complement a work environment that’s equal parts private office and open plan, reflecting the Mercedes-Benz brand in all aspects.”

Contributing to the project’s sustainable, high-end design, Linetec applied a 70 percent PVDF resin-based, two-coat, liquid, mica coating to the skylight’s aluminum framing members. The resulting appearance emphasizes a metallic aesthetic befitting the luxury vehicles sold and serviced at Keyes European.

Keyes-018webThese painted coatings applied by Linetec meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standards, as well as minimize buildings’ maintenance costs and maximize long lifecycles. These high-performance architectural coatings exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. They will ensure a long-lasting, durable finish. No other coating system can withstand the rigors of nature and time like these.”

As a recognized, innovative and 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.

Enhancing thermal performance for Keyes European, the skylight’s 1,650 square feet glass area is composed of insulated glass units with Solarban® 80 low-e coating. The low-e coating mitigates unwanted solar heat gain that could make potential car buyers uncomfortably warm and minimizes fading caused by damaging ultraviolet radiation.

Keyes-4565-webClick here to learn more about Linetec’s durable painted finishing.

Photos by: William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC

Designed for resiliency and acoustic performance, University of Iowa Voxman Music Building features Linetec’s anodize finishing and thermal improvement services

Voxman-Construction_UniversityOfIowa-webThe University of Iowa (UI) School of Music in Iowa City celebrated its 110th anniversary with a new home – Voxman Music Building. Designed for durability, sustainability and the highest acoustic performance, the 190,000-square-foot project features energy-efficient window and curtainwall systems, finished and thermally improved by Linetec.

The $152 million project is targeting LEED® for New Construction Gold certification. Wausau Window and Wall Systems worked closely with glazing contractor Architectural Wall Systems (AWS) to achieve the design intent set by LMN Architects and Neumann Monson Architects. Mortenson Construction served as the construction manager agent for UI.

“We conceived the project as a means of extending the public space inside the building, and we do that with glass,” says LMN partner and project designer, Stephen Van Dyck, AIA, LEED AP. “The window systems play a huge part in creating the visual transparency between the public and the performers, and the connection from within and without of this educational and cultural building.”

Linetec Products Support Project Sustainability Goals

Voxman_UniversityOfIowa3651Linetec’s thermal improvement services and anodize finishing are key contributors to the window systems’ energy-efficiency, visual appeal and durability. The anodizing process produces a uniform, hard and protective finish. Linetec’s anodize finishes meet the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent Class I specification standard, AAMA 611-14. The anodized aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping, for a long product life cycle. Anodized aluminum may be specified with recycled content and is 100 percent recyclable.

In addition to durable finishes and recyclable materials, Linetec helped support the project’s sustainable and LEED goals for thermal comfort and energy performance by providing thermal barriers for Wausau’s window and curtainwall systems. Both Linetec and Wausau also are considered local suppliers, as they are located within a 500-mile radius of the UI campus.

Unique Window Systems Supply Natural Light and Visual Appeal

Wausau’s systems also contribute to recognized benefits of daylight and views, and are a main visual feature of the building. The glass exterior begins beneath the concert hall, wraps around and up to the main entrance and continues over the recital hall, reaching heights of 50 feet.

One of the building’s most unique features is the shingled curtainwall – called the “warped wall” – overlaying the recital hall, in which construction of glass and metal units are layered to create an undulating slope that appears to gently pour from the building’s roof to its base. On the interior, a central atrium funnels natural light into the building.

Large-scale window systems are rare in musical spaces due to the acoustic challenges they can present. By choosing a low-iron glass with a low roller wave and horizontal orientation, acoustic and visual distortion was minimized. Large panes of glass diffuse sound at different rates on the shingled wall, and tall and narrow windows minimize vibration throughout.

Prioritizing Acoustic Isolation and Performance

“The acoustic requirements for this project are of utmost relevance,” emphasizes Chucho Loria, AIA, with Neumann Monson Architects. “Wausau’s team looked at the various conditions in the project. They developed details, during the shop drawing review process, to ensure that their system would meet the design intent of the project. It was apparent in those details that Wausau was taking efforts to make their system interact with the rest of the building.”

“We prefer an integrated, whole building approach – especially with complicated engineered projects,” says Doug Laffin, Wausau’s architectural sales representative serving Iowa. “Our systems may be just one part of that whole, but everything must work together to successfully deliver the architectural vision and critical functionality.”

“Almost all of the job was acoustically sensitive,” says Lee Ebel, AWS project manager. “Wausau produced and had tested units that verified the system would meet the necessary STC ratings at the corresponding frequency.”

Sound Transmission Class (STC) is a single-number rating system for acoustical performance, where a higher number indicates better performance. The Voxman Music Building’s design specified an STC 55, which is suitable for blocking loud noises including musical instruments.

“Almost every room is acoustically isolated,” explains Van Dyck. “This means that instead of the usual one wall, one floor between each room, there are two or three walls and two floors to separate most of the rooms and keep sound from transferring between them. We’re also trying to keep the sound from passing from the outside into the building’s interior. The windows are a big part of that equation.”

Adding glazing mass, increasing air space and improving damping by the addition of a laminated interlayer achieve improvement in acoustical performance. Of course, maintaining an airtight assembly to reduce “flanking” noise is critical, especially at high frequency. All three approaches were used to meet the acoustic requirements of the Voxman Music Building.

“The goal was to have virtually no outside noise in the recital hall,” says Randy Arneson, Wausau’s senior estimator on the project. “There’s 5-inch airspace between the inside and outside glass lites of our curtainwall to decrease sound transmittance. For the majority, we used Viracon’s 1-5/16-inch OptiWhite laminated, insulating, specialty glass.”

In the concert hall, the glass was glazed into the window system’s interior-facing plane with a 3-inch airspace. On the exterior-facing plane, electrochromic SageGlass was installed. Electrochromic (EC) glass darkens or clears when a low-voltage DC current is applied. Wausau incorporated the necessary wiring paths to connect the windows’ EC glass with a user-controlled switch. This enhanced functionality allows the faculty and students to reversibly control the sunlight entering their space and to maintain their outside view without shades or blinds.

“Wausau provided these elegant, tall, thin windows with EC glass. They’re really cool. When the windows are turned ‘on’ and tinted, they produce this really nice, diffused light,” says Van Dyck.

“They’re very narrow – some are only 1 foot wide, but 40 feet tall. The smaller span actually helps with the acoustics. The stiffer it is, the less it wants to vibrate.”

Ensuring Quality, Durability and Sustainability

Beyond acoustic performance, Ebel says, “The curtainwall system went through a rigorous performance mock-up test at a certified laboratory in Miami, Florida. The testing included air, water, dynamic, structural, seismic racking and thermal cycling.”

Ebel adds, “The typical LEED requirements applied to this project.” The window systems’ high performance features contribute to quiet, comfortable spaces that promote concentration and creativity, as well as a whole building approach to energy-efficiency, daylighting and outside views.

AWS installed Wausau’s SuperWall curtainwall, custom-engineered fixed and operable windows, and nearly 23,000 square feet of INvision 1050i-UW Series unitized curtainwall. Glazing and sealing in a factory-controlled environmental ensures that conditions are maintained to achieve the intended performance required for the project. Shipped one lite wide by one floor tall, the interlocking, pre-assembled units make the system easy to install on the job site. This saves labor, time and associated costs.

The curtainwall and window systems’ installation was finished on time and on budget. “It took a lot of coordination between all parties, and modeling of the curtainwall and structure to ensure that everything would fit correctly in the field once installation started,” Ebel says.

“Aesthetically, the project looks great,” concluded Van Dyck. “But, let’s face it, for this project, it wouldn’t matter how great it looks if doesn’t sound great, too. The window systems are a critical part of that success.”

Voxman exteriorsA Highly Anticipated New Home for the UI Music Department

UI’s new music facility replaces its former location, which was damaged by the 2008 flood. Programming and schematic design began in 2011. In 2014, the new building’s essential structure was completed and the building envelope could begin taking shape.

The Voxman Music Building was substantially completed in July 2016 and welcomed its 450 music students and 60 full-time faculty on Aug. 22, 2016. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting event was held on Oct. 21, 2016. The 324-room space includes classrooms, teaching studios, a library, offices, recital spaces, a rooftop terrace, a 700-seat concert hall and a 200-seat recital hall.

David Gier is the first to serve as the UI School of Music’s director in the Voxman Music Building. The facility’s name honors one of his predecessors, the late clarinetist Himie Voxman who served as the school’s director from 1954-1980. Gier and the School of Music have eagerly awaited their new home.

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University of Iowa, School of Music, Voxman Music Building, 96 E. Burlington St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240; https://music.uiowa.edu

Learn more about Linetec’s anodizing, finishing and thermal improvement services by clicking here. For personalized assistance in choosing an the right finish for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

The Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral shimmers with Linetec’s finishing

PortCanaveral3-webExploration Tower at Port Canaveral’s shimmering, iridescent exterior welcomes visitors to Florida’s Space Coast and Canaveral Cove. The seven-story, sail-shaped, metal-clad tower showcases the first use of a mica coating that appears to shift its color in different light and at different angles. Achieving this distinctive effect, Linetec spray-applied Valspar’s Kameleon™ Color to Firestone Metal Products’ UNA-CLAD™ metal wall panels.

Taking its cues from the shapes and hues of the port, GWWO Inc./Architects designed the 23,000-square-foot structure to express the common characteristics of “transience, function and imagery.” GWWO selected Blue Pearl II color-changing paint to capture the themes of revitalization and change it sought to represent for the Port Canaveral area. Along with its unique appearance, Linetec applied the finish in accordance with AAMA-2605 to withstand Florida’s hurricane wind speeds, unrelenting sun and salt spray.

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Photos by Rip Noel, Noel Studios Inc.

More articles of interest:

http://www.explorationtower.com/

http://www.valsparcoilextrusion.com/en/

http://www.gwwoinc.com/endeavors/interpretive/proj_03.aspx

http://www.linetec.com/PAINT/AAMA_Specifications.html