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).


Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal features numerous projects with Linetec finishes

Several commercial and educational building projects showcasing Linetec’s finishing services have been featured recently in Architects’ Guide to Glass and Metal and its related glassguides.com website.

Tubelite-RSP_MN-BakerBldg_004PaulCrosby-webThe 90-year-old Baker Center in downtown Minneapolis was renovated with a prominent new building entry that unifies four buildings as one. 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 Inc.’s curtainwall and storefront systems.

“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 Baker Center’s 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.”

OR_Slate_9267JoshuaJayElliott-courtesyWorksProgressArchitectureLLPwebSlate, Portland’s new LEED® Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services for window, entrance and unitized curtainwall systems by Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

Linetec finished Wausau’s framing members in Slate Gray Fluropon® and Dark Bronze Fluropon fluoropolymer paint coatings, plus Class I black anodize. In addition, Linetec painted the aluminum panel system from Firestone in fluoropolymer coatings of Stone White Duranar®, Gun Barrel Fluropon Classic II and Block 45 Silver Fluropon Classic II.

Designed by Works Progress Architecture, Slate spans 147,000 square feet and offers 75 apartments on the upper six floors; creative co-working office workspace on floors 2-4; and retail space at street level

UofPa_NewCollegeHouse25-72dpiThe University of Pennsylvania’s New College House is the first new student residence on campus since 1972. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in collaboration with the University, 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-efficient and environmentally responsible operations, Linetec provided the thermal improvement services and painted finishes for Wausau’s curtainwall, windows and sun shades.

On the windows, a Dove Gray color was specified. On the curtainwall and sun shades, a custom Gettysburg Metallic color was used. All of these aluminum components were finished in a three-coat, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based, liquid paint.

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

Multi-building, multi-phase San Francisco life science R&D campus clad with aluminum panels finished by Linetec

BPV-Britania Cove-001Located at the epicenter of California’s life science and technology industries, Britannia Cove at Oyster Point is a waterfront, 20-acre, multi-building, multi-phased, research and development campus. Known as The Cove, it is also the first new multi-tenant life science development in South San Francisco in more than a decade and the only mixed-use development of its kind in the Bay Area.

The Cove was designed by DES Architects + Engineers, Inc. for HCP, Inc., the largest life science property owner in the Bay Area and a recognized global leader in sustainability. Demonstrating this leadership, the entire project is pre-certified LEED Silver. It includes office, research and development space, a full-service hotel, a café, retail space and parking, plus a six-acre central green space with an amphitheater and sporting/gaming areas, and access to the Bay Trail.

BPV-Britania Cove-004General contractor Hathaway Dinwiddle Construction Company began the three-phase construction in 2015. All three phases are expected to be completed in 2020. At that time, the campus will comprise more than 1 million square feet of space across seven buildings. With the exception of the nine-level parking structure, each building will be four to five stories.

BPV-Britania Cove-006Before the end of this year, four buildings and the parking structure will be open. For all five, Quality Metalcrafts fabricated a custom-perforated metal AMERICLAD® Plate Wall Panel System finished by Linetec. A pewter color was selected for the majority of the 3,300 panels and column covers. Accent panels and components were painted in Champagne Bronze.

For the highest level of performance in the California sun and seaside salt spray, Linetec applied a three-coat Duranar® XL 70% PVDF resin-based fluoropolymer liquid painted coating. These finishes exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. Applied under Linetec’s stringent factory-controlled processes, these finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standards, as well as minimize buildings’ maintenance costs and maximize long lifecycles.

BPV-Britania Cove-003Supporting The Cove’s LEED certification and environmental goals, 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 re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line.

The finished material was shipped to Walters & Wolf for installation. Each building needed at least three different types of 0.125-inch solid aluminum, curved panels. Quality Metalcrafts’ Mike Wallace explains, “There was a level of complexity with a large amount of these panels where there are radius fascia and soffit areas that required a fair amount of layout and attention on our part.”

BPV-Britania Cove-005Brian Avedon, project manager with Walters & Wolf, agreed and noted that the most complex of these were the “potato chip” radius panels that connect to the flared roofs. Aveson has worked with Quality Metalcrafts on many projects over the last eight years. “They’re a good partner,” he says. “On The Cove, we coordinated with them to make sure everything went smoothly. The materials were shipped and sequenced correctly, allowing us to install everything efficiently and to complete each building on budget and on time.”

Click here to watch the campus construction progress.

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“Going Green on the Green” highlights energy-efficient windows finished by Linetec

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown09-web“Window retrofit increases energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings,” reports Commercial Architecture magazine in describing 195 CHURCH’s renovation. Supporting these achievements, Linetec’s anodize finish also enhances the windows’ durability, minimizes maintenance and maximizes longevity.

Located on the New Haven Green in Connecticut, the 244,000 square foot, 18-story, Class A office building was built in 1974 and is largely constructed of concrete. The original windows remain functional, but were manufactured at a time before low-e insulated glass and improved thermal breaks in the aluminum framing were available.

Helping the property manager select the optimal window system, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team provided an annual energy savings forecast showing the potential savings offered by Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ S.E.A.L. interior accessory windows. These units install from the building’s interior over existing, weather-tight windows to improve thermal and acoustical performance.

The windows’ extruded aluminum frames were finished by Linetec in Dark Bronze anodize to meet the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent Class I specification standard, AAMA 611. The anodized aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping for a long product life cycle.

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown06before-webMore than 1,400 new energy-efficient window inserts, in combination with 9,000 new LEDs, are anticipated to save 195 CHURCH’s owners 29 percent in annual electrical energy consumption and are on track to significant earn a rebate from the utility provider.

Download the full case study on this and other renovation projects from Apogee’s web page.

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Seguin Public Library in Texas earns LEED Gold and awards, features Linetec’s anodize finish on Tubelite’s curtainwall and entrance systems

Tubelite_TX-SeguinLibrary_6666SeguinGazetteWhen the City of Seguin, Texas, decided to tear down its old library and build a new one, the priority was to leverage the natural beauty of its site along the banks of Walnut Creek. In Nov. 2017, the project earned LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Designed by PGAL of Los Angeles and 720 design inc. of Dallas, the 43,000-square-foot new Seguin Public Library is three times the size of the original building, providing more area for books, technology and spaces to sit, read and enjoy the natural surroundings. A quiet room extends into the branches of a pecan tree letting visitors feel as if they are sitting in a transparent tree house. In addition, cantilevered decks overlook the creek and a popular walking and biking trail.

Seguin Public LibraryFraming these natural views and complementing the natural palette, Linetec finished Tubelite Inc.’s curtainwall and storefront aluminum framing in a dark bronze anodize. Along with the large expanses of glass and metal, the building’s exterior features local limestone and brick with exposed wood roof decking.

As a USGBC member and an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec supports projects pursuing LEED certification and other green building guidelines. The company demonstrates its commitment to leadership in sustainability with continued improvement and investment in ongoing research, business practices and facilities, as well as eco-friendly finishing applications.

Tubelite_TX-SeguinLibrary_6766SeguinGazetteLinetec’s eco-friendly anodize process provides one the most durable finishes for architectural aluminum products. It creates a frosty matte appearance, hides small defects common in recycled aluminum, contains no VOCs and meets or exceeds all AAMA 611 specifications. When it is time for the installed architectural product to be removed, anodized aluminum is 100 percent recyclable, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building.

Commercial buildings have showcased Linetec’s anodize finishes for more than 30 years and have depended on Tubelite’s 400 Series since the 1980s. Throughout the decades, the curtainwall continues to prove its aesthetic flexibility and reliable structural performance.

Seguin Public LibraryRepresenting Tubelite, Sage Architectural Products, LLC provided glazing contractor Bulverde Glass, Inc. of San Antonio with 16,300 square feet of Tubelite’s 400 Series Curtainwall and T14000 I/O storefront, plus four Wide Stile doors and frames. Todd Joubert with Sage notes, “Tubelite was selected for its service and value.”

Byrne Construction Services began construction on the new Seguin Public Library in 2014 and competed it on schedule. Tyler Messer of Bulverde Glass notes, “It came together pretty well and went up fairly easy. We’re happy and everybody else seems happy with it, too.”

Seguin Public LibraryThe building celebrated its grand opening in September 2016. This year’s LEED Gold certification is one of many accolades the project has received. Additional awards include the TEXO Distinguished Building Award-$10 to $30 Million, the Best of Texas presented by Engineering News Record and the Project of the Year Between $10-$25 Million by the American Subcontractors Association, San Antonio Chapter.

“It’s no surprise to us that our gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Seguin Public Library is receiving these kinds of accolades. It is without a doubt a masterpiece of architecture and construction,” said Library Director Jacki Gross.


Seguin Public Library, 313 W Nolte St. Seguin, TX 78155, http://www.seguintexas.gov/landing_library.php
Owner: City of Seguin; Seguin, Texas; http://www.seguintexas.gov
Lead architect: PGAL; Los Angeles; https://www.pgal.com
Additional architect: 720 design inc.; Dallas; http://www.720design.net
General contractor: Byrne Construction Services; San Antonio, Texas; http://www.tsbyrne.com
Glazing contractor: Bulverde Glass, Inc.; San Antonio; Texas; http://www.bulverdeglass.com
Glazing systems – manufacturer’s representative: Sage Architectural Products, LLC; Austin, Texas; http://sage-ap.com
Glazing systems – curtainwall, doors and frames manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
Glazing systems – curtainwall, doors and frames finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://linetec.com
Photos courtesy of: Seguin Gazette



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.