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

Linetec People to Know: Scott Spaid

Scott-Spaid-(2-web)Q: Tell me about your job

A: I represent Linetec as the Northeast Sales Manager. I travel up and down the East Coast looking for new finishing opportunities, as well as servicing existing accounts.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I have always been a salesman. Prior to selling exclusively for Linetec, I represented a company that produced commercial skylights and residential solariums. Before that, I represented an aluminum composite material (ACM) manufacturer.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: I enjoy bringing on a new customer. Our sales cycle is very long so it is very rewarding when a prospect turns into a customer. I also enjoy the interactions with so many different people from so many different backgrounds.

Scott-Spaid-(1-web)Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: Traffic. Getting around the populated East Coast is a real challenge; a typical two-hour drive can easily turn into a four-hour event.

Q: Are there any finishing type or color trends that you seeing more of lately?

A: I am seeing more and more bright whites, plus mica-flake “metallic” finishes.

Scott-Spaid-(3)Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: .I am looking forward to improving my golf swing with lessons, which were a birthday present from my wife.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I have camped in every state but six,  plus six Canadian provinces, on a nine-month cross-country trip with my brother.

Congratulations to Loewen’s 2017 award recipient: Linetec


Tim McLeod congratulations Rick Marshall 

Linetec is honored to announce that Loewen has selected our company as Supplier of the Year for 2017 and a recognized “valued supply partner to Loewen” for 10 years.

“In addition to excelling in supply during the course of 2017, Linetec has displayed innovation, service excellence and has embraced the spirit and principles of partnership that Loewen values,” stated Tim McLeod, Loewen’s purchasing manager. “We truly appreciate the support and supply excellence provided over the past year by Linetec and congratulate them on being the 2017 recipient.”

Humbly accepting the award, Rick stated, “Congratulations to everyone at Linetec for earning Loewen Window’s Supplier of the Year Award. There are lots of different suppliers involved with residential windows, so it’s a big deal to be selected from that group.  Loewen has grown into a very large customer for Linetec over the years. Thank you to everyone involved, and congratulations!”

The Loewen Supplier of the Year Award evaluates key performance categories including: on time delivery, quality performance, cost reduction initiatives, customer service, responsiveness and collaboration.

Tim-Linetec Group  Loewen-award-web




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/