Facades+ features UW NanoES building with finishing by Linetec

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

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 and window systems were needed for the NanoES building.

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography261-webMeeting the project’s specified performance, unified 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.

UW_NanoES_ZGF-AaronLeitzPhotography9495-webRead more about this successful project by clicking here for the full article in Facades+, the website for the “Premier Conference on High-Performance Building Enclosures” published by The Architect’s Newspaper Media Group.

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

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  • Photos by Aaron Leitz Photography, courtesy of ZGF

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Linetec People to Know: Tad Klabacha

Tad-dressQ: Tell me about your job?

A: I am a Senior Technical Engineer within the engineering team at Linetec. My primary responsibility is to provide technical leadership to the organization by solving complex problems that maintain and improve our processes.

As a technical engineer supporting a finishing plant, you need to focus on both internal and external customers to ensure you design and implement improvements that can be maintained and operated by our operations team, but also give our customers exactly what they want when they want it. Having open and strong communication is vital to help influence and work across all areas of the organization. Safety, quality, capability and cost are some of the main factors when engineering a solution. You also need to account for a lot of other technical and operational factors to ensure you optimize the project solution.

My primary focus is on improvement projects. I am working on several projects that are analyzing our current processes and looking at innovative strategies to improve them through automation and technology. Another important part of my job is more of a tactical role of providing daily support engineering to our operations and maintenance teams. I am the lead support engineer for the Polywood, Oxidizer/HVAC and Anodize Weld Racking processes. I am also the secondary support engineer for the Brushing, Pour and Debridge, and Radius Thermal processes. As an engineer, project type and size can vary greatly based on need and priority, but staying focused on structured problem solving techniques and engineering disciplines helps me solve any problem.

Tad-babyQ: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: My journey to becoming a Linetec team member starts with my decision to become an engineer. I graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

For the last 12 years, I worked at Federal Premium Ammunition located in Minnesota, where we manufactured components and assembled ammunition for the hunting and shooting industry. During my time at Federal, my engineering responsibilities included team leadership, program management, capital project management, strategic planning, machine/process design and engineering process management. I was a technical leader within the organization and got to work on a lot of fun and exciting projects that at times were very challenging.

Most recently, I was a Senior Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor that led a multi-disciplined technical team of 17 engineers, technicians and mechanics. One of my most proud achievements was helping plan and manage the Factory of the Future program – a capacity expansion initiative that focused on cost reduction strategies through process innovation.

Tad-paddleboardQ: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: Problem solving! As a technical engineer at Linetec you are assigned some of the hardest problems that our company needs to figure out. I like to think of engineers in an industrial plant as the doctors of the organization that execute projects to keep a factory running and/or make it better. My philosophy is that every problem is an opportunity and, a lot of times, there are many different paths you can take to solve a problem. These outcomes need to balance all aspects of the finishing process to ensure it meets the business need and mitigates all risk.

I couldn’t answer this question without talking about the engineering team at Linetec. It is a great team made up of team members that specialize in different skills and backgrounds. We work together to analyze problems from different perspectives that help deliver optimal results. Having 13+ years in manufacturing has taught me that nothing is more important than working together with a great team.

Tad-mountainsQ: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: Problem solving! It’s funny that the favorite part of my job is also the biggest challenge. But it is true that challenges don’t always have to be scary or hard. When you maintain a positive attitude and utilize structured problem solving, anything is achievable. The single most important skill taught in engineering school is problem solving. At Linetec, there are a lot of variables that you need to determine how you will solve a problem, but that is the fun part of being a technical engineer.

Being new to Linetec and the architectural finishing industry presents exciting challenges to work through on a daily basis. Over the first few months in my new position I have spent time working on projects that help me learn and study. Blending my past successes and failures with new challenges at Linetec helps me deliver the right solution.

Q; What is something you are looking forward to?

A: In these first few months at Linetec, I have quickly come to appreciate our team and the people that make up the Linetec family. Every day, you find people with positive attitudes and smiles on their faces. This makes me look forward to saying hello each morning.

I am looking forward to being a Linetec team member for a long time and continuously learning about the industry. Having the opportunity to work at Linetec has opened my eyes to a whole new segment of manufacturing. Supporting the architectural industry is amazing, especially when you get a chance to see the finished structure and feel that you were a part of building something so beautiful.

Tad-Packers familyQ: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I am new to the Wausau area and just moved from Minnesota. I have been asked, “Why did you come to Wausau?” Well, Linetec is a great company. It would be easy to say that the opportunity to work for Linetec was just too good to pass up, but there is another reason: I grew up in Northern Wisconsin in a town called Minocqua. We have a cabin on Lake Minocqua and I wanted my family to enjoy the same outdoor activities I did growing up.

My beautiful wife Nohemi and I have four great kids: My oldest is Annie, who is 12 years old and  part of the MC United Soccer Club that travels around the state for games. Kristen is my 8-year-old daughter and hopes to sign up with the Timberline Figure Skating Club. I have two boys, four-year-old Teddy and two-year-old Marty. They definitely keep my wife and I busy.

But don’t worry…my family and I are Packer fans!

Q: If Linetec gave you a surprise three day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days?

A: This one is simple for me. I would head north to our cabin in Minocqua with my family. We would enjoy the lake by swimming, paddle boarding, water skiing and all the great things that Northern Wisconsin provides.

Rest-and-recuperate can be a hard concept to think about for a father of four young children, so we try to stay active and have fun.

Q: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: My wife and kids are such a big part of my life and I prioritize family above all else. It is not always easy having a large family, but it truly brings me happiness when I see my wife and kids succeed.

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Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team exhibits at IFMA World Workplace

IFMA-World-WorkplaceApogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will be exhibiting in booth #1216 at the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference and Expo. The Expo will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina, on Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

At the event, the team will be representing Apogee’s companies and offering World Workplace attendees free energy modeling to help identify opportunities for energy savings in existing building envelopes using today’s high-performance glass and aluminum window systems.

In addition, Apogee’s Retrofit team provides design and specification assistance, budgeting, tax and utility incentive research, and a network of installers covering North America.

About Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, in conjunction with its businesses, assists building owners and property managers to evaluate the benefits of window renovation and upgrades, such as:

  • Improving the building’s appearance and views
  • Saving energy
  • Downsizing HVAC capacity
  • Increasing occupants’ comfort, wellness and productivity
  • Protecting property and occupants
  • Reducing maintenance
  • Adding usable floor space
  • Lowering vacancy rates
  • Increasing rental rates
  • Enhancing the value of the building

Apogee’s business units supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; EFCO Corporation; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Sotawall; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

To learn more about Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s services and success stories, please visit http://apog.com/renovation.html or contact Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-409-0821.

About IFMA World Workplace

To connect with Apogee’s Retrofit team at IFMA World Workplace, please choose the free expo-only registration at http://worldworkplace.ifma.org.

A variety of other pricing options are available to attend the World Workplace conference and its related events. Pre-conference courses and workshops start Sept. 29 and conference activities conclude Oct. 5 with the IFMA Awards of Excellence and THE After Party. The Expo is held Oct. 3-4.

IFMA World Workplace welcomes more than 4,000 facility management and related professionals to its educational, inspirational and networking events. The association is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 24,000 members in 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in 136 chapters, 16 industry councils and six area-of-interest communities. Together, IFMA’s members manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $526 billion in products and services. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

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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.”

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University of Washington, College of Engineering, Nano Engineering and Sciences Building,
3946 West Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105; https://www.engr.washington.edu

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).

 

Linetec offers 1.0 LU and specialty finishes at ALA, Oct. 2

ALALinetec will be presenting at the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) Midwest Architecture Conference on Oct. 2, 5:45-6:45 p.m., at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook, Illinois. Look for us in booth #308, too.

As part of the 7.5 Learning Units (LUs) offered during the day’s events, Linetec’s national accounts manager Tony Pupp will present “Architectural Coatings: Weathering Performance and Application.”

Whether designing a new project, renovating an existing one or updating a specific area, thoughtfully choosing the finish for a project’s metal building products and surfaces will ensure the longest lifespan. Much more than enhancing appearance, a finish specification can be the difference in creating lasting performance and a lasting impression.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to compare anodize, liquid paint, baked enamel and powder coat finishes to achieve optimal results for their architectural buildings. The course will reference AAMA specifications, weathering performance characteristics, warranty expectations and initial cost considerations.

In addition to the educational presentations, from 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., attendees can earn 1.0 LU for spending 60 minutes on the expo floor learning about new products and technologies. In Linetec’s booth #308, visitors can see and touch specialty finishing options for aluminum such as:

  • Brushed Stainless Anodize – Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, our Brushed Stainless Anodize finish emulates the clean, bright surface that architects find desirable in stainless steel. Now, a similar look on aluminum can be achieved in a more cost-effective, lightweight option with the same industry-leading durability of our other anodize finishes.
  • Wood Grain Finishes – Offering the beauty of wood without the maintenance, ourApogee-interior-wall-web Gold Series of 14 different wood grain finishes for aluminum also will be on display. Unlike natural wood, the finished aluminum will not swell, rot, warp or attract insects. Architects also appreciate the opportunity to convey the softness and warmth of wood in environments where a hard, cleanable surface is still desired, such as in health care and education facilities, or other high-traffic areas.
  • Copper Color Anodize – Many have wished they could have the classic look of copper, without the eventual patina. Our Copper Anodize finish fulfills such designers’ dreams, offering the look of rich, real copper without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion and patina.

 

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Audi Hoffman Estates, IL finished by Linetec in clear anodize. Photo by Leopardo Companies, Inc.

About the ALA and the Midwest Architecture Conference
Nearly 350 professionals are expected to attend the 20th Anniversary 2018 ALA Midwest Architecture Conference. ALA’s comprehensive one-day conference education program is a leading source for architects and other building professionals to obtain the latest business and technical education on topics that directly impact their work. The conference includes five education sessions, each of which offers five seminars on a variety of subjects ranging from codes and contracts to energy efficiency, performance and sustainable materials

 

Those attending the ALA Midwest Architecture Conference will experience new products and technologies, a comprehensive education program with more than 25 seminars selections, and networking opportunities. Unless noted in the program information, all seminars qualify for 1.0 LU Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW) through the ALA, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the State Department of Regulation’s Continuing Education Credits. The Keynote Presentation by John Cuningham, FAIA, founder of Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., qualifies for 1.5 LUs HSW.

Learn more about the conference and register at https://www.alatoday.org/conference-2018.

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Pupp-webAbout Linetec’s Tony Pupp

As national sales manager for Linetec, Tony Pupp draws from 24 years of experience in high-performance paint and anodize finishing. He provides architects, architectural specifiers and others with the knowledge necessary to select the most sustainable and weather-resistant coatings for their projects. He frequently shares his expertise and Linetec’s continuing education courses at industry association chapter events and architectural firms.

Learn more about Linetec’s continuing education courses in our online Architect Resource Center.

Glass Magazine recognizes Linetec’s contribution to Holly Pointe Commons

Move In Day Fall 2016Glass Magazine recently featured Holly Pointe Commons, a new $145 million residence hall on Rowan University’s campus in Glassboro, New Jersey, as a “Great Glazing” success story.

Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, the 303,000-square-foot facility showcases a modern aesthetic and serpentine-shaped footprint that unites a four-story and a seven-story building connected by a bridge.

Linetec provided the finishing and thermal improvement services for all of 1,500 window units provided by Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Many of the window units showcase dual color finishes with Bright Silver on the exterior and Medium Gray on the interior. The remainder was painted in Medium Gray on both surfaces. All of the aluminum framing members were finished in a three-coat, metallic, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin based, liquid paint.

Move In Day Fall 2016Torcon, Inc. served as the construction management firm for the design-build project. Completed in just 14 months, the student residence meets the university’s accessibility and sustainability goals, including requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is targeting LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Click here to read the full article in Glass Magazine.

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Linetec People to Know: Brandon Slowiak

BradonSlowiakQ: Tell me about your job

A: I am the Continuous Improvement (CI) Manager here at Linetec. The primary function of the role is to drive process improvements throughout the company to make everyone’s job as safe, efficient and cost effective as possible. While many people are responsible for their own individual projects, I oversee all completed, active and potential projects to ensure we are meeting the savings targets that we are anticipating. In addition to that, I am responsible for training of Lean and Six Sigma processes, along with leading or facilitating Kaizen, A3 and other process improvement events to drive impactful change.

Use-Whole-Family-on-Deck-webQ: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I graduated from UW Stout in 2011 with a manufacturing engineering degree and a business administration minor. Directly out of college, I began working for Parker Hannifin, Hose Products Division, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. I worked as a process engineer for one year, where I had an awesome opportunity to go to Germany for two weeks to do capability testing on a new machine we were buying from one of our robotic suppliers. After that first year, I got into the operations side of the business. In operations, I served as a supervisor or manager in several facilities and cities including: Manitowoc, Wisconsin; Manhattan, Kansas; and Davenport, Iowa.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: I am still very new to the role, so I can’t say I have a favorite part yet. However, the thing that I love about CI is the ability to create better working environments for people by helping them overcome the barriers that make their jobs difficult. I love getting a group together and brainstorming creative solutions to difficult problems. Having a team that challenges each other to think outside the box and builds on each other’s ideas is a very exciting and rewarding experience.

Muddy Tough MudderQ: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: My current biggest challenge is getting acclimated with new people, processes, job environment, culture and understanding my job role within all of that. Although I have been in manufacturing my entire career, everything in the finishing industry is new for me. The CI role itself is new for me as well, despite having extensive experience with Lean in my previous engineering and managerial roles. The great thing about this role is that it exposes me to every area of the business, and I am trying to learn as much as possible. My first goal is to keep an already solid CI program running smoothly. Secondly, I understand the need to push the team to challenge the status quo to keep us on the forefront of change in a very challenging and competitive market.

Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: It has already been an extremely busy summer filled with friends and family gatherings, weddings or showers seemingly every other weekend, and moving into our new house and community. However, there still are a few things I am looking forward to. Every year in  August we go camping in the U.P. on Lake Superior with my wife’s family, which is always fun and relaxing. I am also a huge football fan, so I always look forward to football season starting up again. In fact, we went to the first pre-season game on Aug. 9, which is always an awesome experience. Next up will be our daughter’s first birthday in October.

Use - Davenport Volleyball TeamQ: What is something people don’t know about you?

A: I am a very active person and try to work out 5+ days a week. I also love to play recreational sports. I enjoy softball, volleyball, flag football, golf, bean bags, bowling and really anything semi-competitive that I can do with a group of people. I have also done three Tough Mudders, which involves running 10+ miles and overcoming 20+ obstacles, and plan to do more in the future. I’m always up for a new challenge or competition.

Q: If Linetec gave you a surprise three day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days?

A: If I had a little time to plan, I would probably use two more days of PTO and go on a week-long vacation with my wife to somewhere tropical. We have been so busy over the last few years with moving, starting different jobs and starting a family, that we haven’t had time since our honeymoon to go somewhere to just enjoy each other.

Jamaica-Date-Night-webQ: What always cheers you up when you think about it?

A: My family. My lovely wife, Sam, and I have been married for going on four years in August. She is a high school art teacher at Wausau West. Last October, we had our first child together. Her name is Brinley Linae and I can’t believe she is nine months old already. She is developing quite the personality and is absolutely adorable. We also have a three-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who loves his “little” sister, playing fetch and sleeping between my legs at night so I can never get comfortable.

On display at GBA

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Stop by and see what’s on display at GlassBuild America, Sept. 12-14. We’ll be in booth #712 in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall.

The expo is open: Wed., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Downtown Summerlin – Las Vegas, NV

Registration includes three-day access to the expo plus free Express Learning sessions, Action Demonstrations and the Opening Reception.

See our Brushed Stainless. Our proprietary Brushed Stainless color anodize finish will be the highlight of our booth. Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, this finish emulates the clean, bright surface of stainless steel. Now, a similar look on aluminum can be achieved in a more cost effective, lightweight option with the same industry-leading durability of our other anodize finishes.

Watch for Wood Grain. Offering the beauty of wood without the maintenance, our Gold Series of 14 different Wood Grain Finishes for aluminum also will be on display. Unlike natural wood, the finished aluminum will not swell, rot, warp or attract insects.

Shine with Copper. Many have wished they could have the classic look of copper, without the eventual patina. Our Copper Anodize offers the look of rich, real copper without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion and patina.

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Downtown Summerlin – Las Vegas, NV

Touch the Terra Cotta. It looks like terra cotta, it feels like terra cotta, but it’s actually aluminum finished in our textured Terra Cotta Painted Coatings. Made with reliable 70% PVDF resin-based coatings, the faux finish delivers exceptional levels of performance and sustainability in a choice of 17 terra cotta colors.

Combine Form and Function. Don’t pick between curves and thermal performance – choose both. We are 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. We also can enhance the thermal performance of simple, straight and rectangular shapes, and help meet building team’s goals for energy efficiency.

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The Dr, Miriam & Sheldon G Adelson Educational Campus – Las Vegas, NV

Take a Sample. Whether matching a corporate identity, team uniform or custom palette, we can supply project-specific color chips for any Linetec-specified order or quote.

Meeting face-to-face is ideal, but you also can reach us by phone at 888-717-1472 and email sales@linetec.com. Please contact us whenever we can provide personalized assistance in selecting the finish for your next project.

Photos courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises.

Downtown Summerlin, located in an affluent community on the western outskirts of Las Vegas, is home to more than 125 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Designed by STIR Architecture (formerly Altoon Partners), the entire retail mixed-use destination achieved LEED® Gold certification. The buildings’ facade features a unique trellis system manufactured and installed by Super Sky. Linetec finished the aluminum trellis in a Window Gray color using high-performance Fluropon® 70% PVDF resin-based architectural coatings.

 

THE DR. MIRIAM and SHELDON G. ADELSON EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS Nevada’s only Jewish educational center, The Adelson was designed by DLR Group to serve students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Students, teacher and visitors enter the campus through a 32-foot-tall grand entrance crowned with a glass dome manufactured and installed by Super Sky Products. Helping protect the dome from Nevada’s harsh climate, Linetec finished the aluminum framing in a Bone White color using Kynar® 70% PVDF resin-based coating.

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.

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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; https://dmacc.edu/ici/

 

 

Linetec’s 33rd Annual Customer & Supplier Appreciation Golf Outing

Thank you to everyone that joined us for Linetec’s 33rd Annual Customer & Supplier Appreciation Open House and Golf Event. Despite a bit of warm and humid weather, we had a wonderful day on the course. Each year, our suppliers are so thoughtful and generous in their donations!

Each year a variety of events take place on the course, besides golf. This year included a few oversize games including dice, Jenga, Beer Pong and Connect Four as well as Bulzibucket. You don’t have to be good to golf to win prizes at this outing!

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Each year brings a few newcomers  to the outing. We hope you had a great time!

Whether a new customer, a new supplier, or a new Linetec associate, you always need to be the look out for Pepe Le Pew while on the course!

Please enjoy this 5 minute video scrapbook of the day

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Thank you all…