Look for Linetec at AIA

Linetec will be exhibiting at three upcoming events hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA):

  • May 9-10, #B554 at AIA Wisconsin’s Conference & Expo in Madison
  • June 21-22, #361, Level 3, at the national AIA Conference on Architecture held in New York City
  • Oct. 11-13, #B19, at AIA Colorado’s Practice + Design Conference held in Keystone

AIA Wisconsin

WIAIA2018The annual AIA Wisconsin convention and exhibition returns to Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. This year in the Expo Hall, not only will we be showcasing our latest products and services, we’ll also be participating in the in-booth AIA continuing education sessions.

National Accounts Manager Tony Pupp will be offering 15-minute presentations on “Architectural Coatings: Strengths and Performance.” Architects and others who complete this quick course will earn 0.25 Learning Units. This short session will be available throughout the exhibition hours: May 9, 1:30-4:40 p.m. and May 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Click here to learn more and register for the AIA Wisconsin event.

AIA National in NYC

A18 logoFor the first time in 30 years, the national AIA conference returns to New York City. Called A’18 by those in the know, the Conference on Architecture will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 2018 theme, “Blueprint for Better Cities,” focuses on creating inspiring, inclusive and resilient cities and communities that are better by design.

This theme continues through the A’18 Architecture Expo halls. The organizers anticipate 800 exhibitors spanning two floors and two days. The show floors will be open on June 21 and 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Conference activities extend into June 23.

Be our Guest! Click here for your complimentary admission to the A’18 Architecture Expo. Registration is required for additional events and educational sessions.

LinetecBrushedStainlessAnodize-web3See our Brushed Stainless. Our proprietary Brushed Stainless color anodize finish will be the highlight of our booth. Samples will be shown in full-size and available as pocket-size chips. Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, our new 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.

window-corner-detail-190pxWatch 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. 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.

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

Terra-Cotta-Color-Rings5Touch 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.

Take a Sample. We know that color is critical to your project’s success. Whether matching a corporate identity, team uniform or custom palette, we can supply project-specific color chips for any Linetec-specified order or quote.

AIA Colorado

Watch for more details on the AIA Colorado 2018 Practice + Design Conference. Registration opens soon, and our Linetec representatives already are booked to exhibit on Oct. 11-13 at the Keystone Conference Center.

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.

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Thanks AIA17 and hello, Wisconsin

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us as AIA Architecture Expo in Orlando. While we hope you took some time to enjoy the Florida sunshine, all of us at Linetec appreciate you for visiting us inside the convention center. It is always a pleasure to connect in person with current and prospective customers, service and supply partners, and colleagues across the industry.

IMG_0397-webWe particularly were proud to debut a proprietary Brushed Stainless color anodize finish. Helping enhance and protect architectural aluminum products, our new finish emulates the clean, bright surface that architects and specifiers find desirable in stainless steel. Brushed Stainless anodize creates a similar look on aluminum offering a more cost effective, lightweight option. You can anticipate more on this in the coming weeks.

“Anticipate” was the theme for 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture and the programming delivered on its promise to take a bold, fresh look at how the architecture profession is evolving. The AIA membership engaged in three days of discussion and education as to what it means to anticipate needs, challenges, and changes in our shared world.

Addressing these big questions as the keynote speaker, former First Lady Michelle Obama was eagerly anticipated by the opening day’s attendees. Echoing and expanding on her message, architect and 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, architect Francis Kéré, and MASS Design Group co-founder and executive director Michael Murphy hosted short-form keynote sessions with a panel of renowned architects, engineers, creative thinkers and problem solvers on:

  • Anticipate Challenge: Design That Overcomes
  • Anticipate Need: Design That Cares
  • Anticipate Change: What’s Next in Architecture

Social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy provided the closing keynote on “Anticipate Change: Design That Evolves.”

Based in Wisconsin, we look forward to continue the thoughtful discussions from that national conference at our local AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo. We’ll be at Monona Terrace in Madison on May 17-18, in booth #706, just across the aisle from our colleagues at Tubelite Inc. Expo hours are 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday.

Meeting face-to-face is ideal, but you also can reach us by phone at 888-717-1472 and email sales@linetec.com. We look forward to connecting again soon.

Architectural Coatings article offers AIA continuing education credits

Licenced Architect Earn 1 LU/HSW continuing education credit by reading Linetec’s Architectural Coatings article in this edition of Licensed Architect.

Achieving a smart synergy of aesthetic, performance and sustainable goals includes carefully selecting high-performance architectural coatings.

Whether building a new facility, 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.

For durable, metal building products, the architectural industry most often relies on two types of finishes: anodize and paint. Both offer a long-lasting finish, but each has its own characteristics inherent in its application.

This article explains field performance, application processes, specifications and performances of architectural fluoropolymer (PVDF) paints, baked enamels, powder coating and anodize finishes including strengths, weaknesses, weatherability and environmental considerations.  Read article

Linetec’s online Architectural Resource Center offers AIA/CES courses, “Select and Spec” tool, guide specifications

ArchResourceImage-withLinetec-WEB2Helping architects and the building community better understand architectural finishing, Linetec’s Architectural Resource Center’s online resources include on-demand continuing education courses and tools for simplifying coatings selection and specification.

  • As a registered American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) provider, Linetec offers “Introduction to Coatings: Field Performance and the Application Process” and “Choosing Sustainable Finishes.” Participants can earn 0 Learning Units (LUs) for successfully completing both courses. These programs are available as either an in-person presentation or as a self-guided online course.
  • Linetec’s online “Select and Spec” tool allows visitors to browse color palettes LINETEC_colorsampleguide4
    and order painted aluminum samples. Organized into eight color families with interactive “chips,” the user clicks on a chip to see a larger image and order up to five samples. These 3.5-by-2-inch painted metal samples are mailed to the contact information provided by the user. Each sample is labeled with an “LT” paint code for reference when specifying the finish for future architectural projects.

Visitors to Linetec.com’s Architectural Resource Center also can:

  • Download Guide Specifications for high-performance architectural coatings,
  • Request paint sample color chips,
  • Learn about sustainable design considerations,
  • Watch informative videos,
  • Read Linetec’s blog for technical tips, project highlights and industry news, and
  • Subscribe to Linetec’s educational newsletter received by 15,000 architects.

“Fitting into architects’ busy schedules, these resources, self-guided programs and tools are available at their convenience 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. And, the content remains online for sharing and future reference by all.

For more information about Linetec’s AIA/CES courses, paint and anodize finishes, or other services, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.

Download Guide Specifications for high-performance architectural coatings,Request paint sample color chips,.

AIA/CES online program “Choosing Sustainable Finishes”

As a registered American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) provider, Linetec offers “Choosing Sustainable Finishes.”    1 LU/HSW/SD

This sustainable design presentation includes the informed selection of materials, products and manufacturers to reduce environmental impacts and improve building performance. The program is available as either an in-person presentation or as a self-guided online course accessible at http://www.linetec.com/AIA-CES_on-line.html.

Upon completing “Choosing Sustainable Finishes” you will gain a full understanding of:

  • Why aluminum is chosen as a building product
  • Sustainable considerations of architectural finishing,
    including anodize, PVDF (Kynar®) paint and powder coat
  • AAMA specifications and warranty information
  • Environmental considerations in choosing a coatings provider
  • How architectural finishing contributes to the U.S. Green Building Council’s
    LEED® Rating System™

Following the short test, you can earn 1.0 Learning Units (LUs) for Health, Safety and

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Welfare (HSW) and Sustainable Design (SD).

This self-guided programs is available at your convenience 24/7. And, the content remains online for future reference.

View AIA/CES presentation