Connecticut’s 195 CHURCH offices’ window retrofit increases energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown07-webWausau, Wisconsin – Located on the New Haven Green, 195 CHURCH underwent a $6 million energy-efficient window and lighting retrofit. Implementing recommendations from Globelé Energy and Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, the property’s tenants already are experiencing more comfortable workspaces. The building owners, 195 Church Street Associates, LLC, are also noticing significant annual energy savings; it is on track to earn an estimated $589,000 rebate from utility provider United Illuminating through the EnergizeCT initiative.

“There has not been a capital improvement of this magnitude to a building in New Haven in many years,” observed Christopher Vigilante, chief operating officer of Northside Development Co., the property management company for 195 CHURCH where Northside Development Company also is a tenant. Currently, the 244,000 square foot, 18-story, Class A office building is 75 percent occupied with 28 tenants and 340 occupants.

Improving on history for a better future

 CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown08-webBuilt in 1974 and largely constructed of concrete, 195 CHURCH reflects the materials and style of the era. 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 Northside’s team select the optimal window system, Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team provided an annual energy savings forecast showing the potential savings offered with Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ 1297 Series S.E.A.L. interior accessory windows.

Interior accessory windows are installed from the building’s interior over the existing windows, which were sealed closed to prevent air infiltration. For 195 CHURCH, Wausau’s S.E.A.L. units feature Viracon’s RoomSide low-e glass and aluminum framing members finished by Linetec in Dark Bronze anodize.

Linetec’s anodize finishes 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. These benefits further support cost savings for the building owner with minimal maintenance and a long product life cycle.

Increased daylighting and comfort

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Thermal imaging of the north
façade shows the building with
a temperature scale of 30 to 50
Fahrenheit. Cooler temperatures
are shown in blue, while warmer
temperatures are shown in red.
 The new units offer
improved thermal performance,
which contribute to energy savings
and occupants’ comfort.

Using the eQUEST energy modeling physics-based software tool to simulate the performance of a building on an annual basis, the Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team forecasted the level of energy savings that could be achieved by adding an interior accessory window with low-e glass to the existing glazing. From this data, performance predictions were provided on annual energy, peak demand and daylight energy use.

“Today’s energy-efficient windows can dramatically lower the heating and cooling costs associated with windows, while increasing occupant comfort,” said Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s certified energy manager, Mike Sheppy. “Optimizing natural light also can contribute to a building’s energy efficiency and tenants’ wellbeing.”

Viracon’s RoomSide low-e glass also improves light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio by 21 percent. Sheppy explained, “This improved LSG ratio increases the number of hours in the year that natural daylighting can be used without tenants having to draw their blinds. In addition, electrical lighting can be dimmed or turned off with daylighting controls.”

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown02-webHe continued, “Furthermore, according to the World Green Building Council, natural daylighting can save up to $2,000 per employee in office costs by increasing occupant comfort, leading to higher productivity. Adding an interior accessory window with low-e glass to the existing glazing significantly improves occupant comfort because surface temperatures are much closer to room temperature.”

In Connecticut’s cold months, Sheppy said, “The new glazing will keep the occupants seated in the perimeter spaces of this building more comfortable by significantly reduced radiant heat transfer. These improvements will allow occupants to sit closer to the windows, increasing the usable floor space of the building.”

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown03-webComparing the window bays before and after the retrofit, thermal imaging shows window surface temperature differences of nearly 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Sheppy described, “The new windows stand out in sharp contrast against the old windows. This indicates that the new windows are keeping out the cold 34 degree Fahrenheit outside conditions, while keeping in the warm 72 degree Fahrenheit inside conditions.”

Window of opportunity

 Energy-efficiency upgrades and renovations on 195 CHURCH began in the summer of 2016. Milestone Construction Services, LLC substantially completed the window retrofit by May 2017. Two additional floors were completed later, at a more convenient time that minimized disruption to the tenants.

Northside’s Vigilante complimented their efforts, “Milestone did an incredible job on the installation. Of course, vacant offices are a piece of cake, but when you get into occupied offices, which need to be completed on nights and weekends, it’s a completely different story. The efficiency of their crews was amazing. All offices that had windows in them had to have blinds removed, windows cleaned (existing and new), furniture moved, electronics disabled and reinstalled…oh and then you had to install the new insert windows and caulk them. Milestone took pictures of every office before anything was touched and they made sure it was put back perfectly. They did an amazing job with no added stress in my life.”

He added, “There were a lot of pieces to this puzzle and Milestone made this the easiest construction job that I have ever been involved with.”

Now completed, Milestone updated 1,400 window units totaling 42,336 square feet. More than 1,200 of these interior accessory windows units were 4 by 8 feet. The rest were narrow 1.5 by 8 feet, installed on the South elevation. Wausau also provided the field measurements to ensure the best possible fit.

“It’s a top-notch team at Wausau,” praised Vigilante. “From the sales department to the modeling department to the delivery of truckloads of windows – the process was nearly flawless. They build a great product and deserve a lot of recognition for their team’s products and processes.”

Making the goal

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown10-webIn addition to the aging windows, the property’s all-electric baseboard heating and variable-air-volume system with electric reheat contributed to large utility bills. Seeking to improve the building’s energy efficiency, Northside worked with Globelé Energy, LLC, to review the property per the U.S. Department of Energy’s benchmarking program and by performing a Level 1 ASHRAE energy audit.

As a regional electric distribution company, United Illuminating (UI) provides energy efficiency programs through the EnergizeCT initiative. This initiative is designed to advance the efficient use of energy, reduce air pollution and negative environmental impacts, and promote economic development and energy security.

“UI’s energy engineer Gary Pattavina was instrumental in guiding us through the plan and offered very helpful advice and guidance through a very intricate process,” said Vigilante. “The goal was to make this building as efficient as possible thus doing the right thing for the environment and also producing a very good return on our investment.”

Pattavina noted, “Electrically heated buildings are a great candidate for energy efficiency measures and these types of projects are exactly what we look for at UI. We recognize new energy-efficient windows are a costly investment and the incentives available to our customers help bring that up front cost down significantly. We were very excited to work with the customer and their design team to help them achieve the energy savings on this window replacement project.”

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown0webVigilante also recognized additional members of Globelé, saying, “Elena Cahill and her staff guided me through the world of energy purchasing, as well as introducing me to the UI’s energy incentive programs. We are all proud of the fact that we were one of the first approved building in the UI territory to be able to receive incentives for the installation of window inserts, something that would not have happened were it not for the team that Globelé brought to the project.”

He elaborated, “The year before we bought this building the electric costs were approximately $1.2 million per year. We believe that through correct energy purchasing and our load reductions from our energy savings programs we will reduce our bill by 50 percent.”

Cahill agreed, “This building is poised to meet or exceed their energy savings goals.”

As the lead auditor for this building, Globelé Energy’s Alfred Peterson pointed out that the project’s “success is measured by sustainable reduction in energy for a single Energy Opportunity or as a Comprehensive Initiative of two or more projects as was bundled for 195 CHURCH.”

Based on this measure of analysis, Wausau’s new S.E.A.L. units, in combination with the new LEDs, are anticipated to save 29 percent in annual electrical energy consumption. Estimates show a yearly electrical energy savings of $0.95 per square foot of floor space, reducing the owner’s roughly $805,000 annual electricity bill by $203,000.

Efficient, attractive and vibrant

CT-195CHURCH_WoodruffBrown09-webThroughout the energy-efficiency updates, Northside collaborated with Kenneth Boroson Architects, LLC. “KBA is our architectural firm for the entire building,” noted Vigilante “They designed the office fit-ups, lobby renovations, conference suite design, upcoming fitness center and lounge additions, etc. They are involved in almost every aspect of design for this building.”

Demonstrating the owner’s commitment to design, performance and comfort, Vigilante summarized, “From purchase in December of 2015, we have replaced the exterior sidewalks, remodeled the lobby, added a state-of-the-art 4th Floor Conference Suite, installed 9,000 LED lamps, installed 1,400 new energy-efficient window inserts and have re-positioned the building in the market adding new tech companies as tenants. …We have added life and vibrancy to a landmark building in New Haven.”

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195 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510

  • Owner: 195 Church St. Associates, LLC; New Haven, Connecticut
  • Property management: Northside Development Co.; New Haven, Connecticut; http://northsidect.com
  • Architect – lobby and conference room renovations: Kenneth Boroson Architects, LLC; New Haven, Connecticut; http://www.kbarch.com
  • Utility company: United Illuminating Company; New Haven, Connecticut;
    EnergizeCT initiative, https://www.energizect.com
  • Energy consultant: Globelé Energy, LLC; New Haven, Connecticut; http://globeleenergy.com
  • Window contractor: Milestone Construction Services, Inc.; East Haven, Connecticut; http://milestonecsllc.com
  • Window renovation strategists: Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Building Retrofit Strategy Team; Minneapolis; http://www.apog.com
  • Window systems – manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.wausauwindow.com
  • Window systems – glass fabricator: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota; http://www.viracon.com
  • Window systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
  • Photos by: Woodruff/Brown Architectural Photography

 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).

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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Apogee Retrofit presents at BOMA 2018

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will be presenting and exhibiting at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Conference & Expo, June 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas.

Visit with Apogee representatives in booth #1238 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, June 24-25. Expo hours are Sunday, June 24, 12:30-5:30 p.m. and Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The conference continues through Tuesday.

 

On Sunday, June 24, 1:10-1:40 p.m., in Showcase Room 1, Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will present a case study on 195 CHURCH as part of the conference’s Solutions Showcase. This 18-story, Class A office building in Connecticut recently completed a high-performance window and lighting retrofit resulting in increased energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings.

 

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195 CHURCH  – photo courtesy of  Woodruff Brown

On Sunday, June 24, 1:10-1:40 p.m., in Showcase Room 1, Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will present a case study on 195 CHURCH as part of the conference’s Solutions Showcase. This 18-story, Class A office building in Connecticut recently completed a high-performance window and lighting retrofit resulting in increased energy efficiency, occupant comfort and savings.

The Solutions Showcase presenters will include Christopher Vigilante, CEO of Northside Development Co., 195 CHURCH’s property management firm, and Mike Sheppy, P.E., Certified Energy Manager Engineer, Apogee, Building Retrofit.

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 appearance of the building
  • Saving energy
  • Downsizing HVAC capacity
  • Reducing maintenance
  • 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, please visit http://apog.com/renovation.html.

About BOMA International

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Apogee Retrofit exhibiting at BuildingsNY

ApogeeOn May 8-9 at BuildingsNY, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team representatives will be exhibiting in booth #951.

Held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, this annual event provides New York’s building professionals with the tools and suppliers they need to lower their costs, grow their businesses and operate efficient buildings.

Expo hours are:
May 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free registration is available at http://www.buildingsny.com.

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 appearance of the building
  • Saving energy
  • Downsizing HVAC loading
  • Reducing maintenance
  • 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, please visit http://apog.com/renovation.html.

About BuildingsNY

For more than 30 years, BuildingsNY has brought together New York’s building professionals including property owners, building managers, architects, engineers, superintendents, developers and contractors. More than 6,000 are anticipated to attend the no-cost accredited educational sessions and exhibition.

BuildingsNY is sponsored by the Associated Builders and Owners (ABO) of Greater New York, Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) New York City chapter, ASHRAE and other industry partners.

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Meet with Apogee Retrofit Strategy Team in March

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Join Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team at Building Operating Management‘s National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference & Exposition, March 20-22 or at GLOBALCON, March 21-22 .

NFRT is at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Expo hours are:
March 20, 12-4 p.m.
March 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
March 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

GLOBALCON is at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center.
Expo hours are:
March 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
March 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

  • Improving the appearance of the building
  • Saving energy
  • Downsizing HVAC loading
  • Reducing maintenance
  • 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, please visit http://apog.com/renovation.html or contact Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-409-0821.

 

Meet Apogee Retrofit at BOMA2017

BOMA2017Representing Linetec, the Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team returns to the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Expo, June 25-27, in booth #1034. Held at the Music City Center in Nashville, the expo takes place during the annual BOMA conference and awards ceremonies, which start a day earlier. 

Register and learn more at http://www.bomaconvention.org. Expo-only registration is available at no cost to qualified attendees. Expo hours are: June 25, 3-6 p.m.; and June 26-27, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Both the expo and conference is produced by BOMA International and BUILDINGS magazine. BOMA International represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP.

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, in conjunction with the its businesses, assists building owners and property managers evaluate the benefits of window renovation and upgrades, such as improving the appearance of the building, saving energy, downsizing HVAC loading, reducing maintenance, lowering vacancy rates, increasing rental rates and enhancing the value of the building.
Apogee’s business units that supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Sotawall Inc.; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.
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Linetec’s founder and past president, Scott Platta, retires

Platta-webScott Platta celebrated his retirement on June 25, following a 40-year career that includes founding Linetec in 1983 and serving as its first president. Thanks in part to Platta’s vision and leadership, Linetec is now the nation’s largest independent architectural finisher providing paint and anodize finishing services for such products as windows, curtainwall, entrances, hardware and other components.

“I started my career as a part-time kid, low man on the ladder, and worked my way up to president. I was always given the opportunity to improve and advance in the company. Mistakes were tolerated as long as you were focused and your heart was going in the right direction,” Platta remembers. “I feel very fortunate to have worked for a very competent group of managers and associates. Linetec and Apogee Wausau Group is world-class, and a wonderful company to have spent my career.”

When Platta became president, he oversaw 20 employees and a new aluminum-coating facility in Wausau, Wisconsin. Supported with the financial stability of parent company, Apogee Enterprises, Inc., he helped grow Linetec’s business to the 450 plus employees of today. Platta and Linetec’s team achieved this success by helping manufacturers meet architects’ increasing demand for aluminum windows in a wider variety of colorful, durable finishes.

“He was one of the first in the industry who identified the need for fluoropolymer paint,” praises Linetec’s current president, Rick Marshall. “It was Scott’s initial vision to have Linetec be more than just a finishing company. He added value by expanding services for its customers. Among his many ideas that we continue to build upon are our on-site field service, our in-house paint blending laboratory and capabilities, our Linetec Managed Inventory and our Linetec designated route trucks.”

Understanding customer needs came easily to Platta. Prior to joining Linetec, he worked for its first customer Wausau Window and Wall Systems, then known as Wausau Metals. He continued to grow this and other customer relationships at Linetec. Platta was responsible for acquiring the Polywood Shutter painting business, which for many years, was Linetec’s largest customer. He continued to manage Polywood Shutter’s fabrication facility located in Wausau, in partnership with owners Sunburst Shutters of Las Vegas, and served as its liaison with Linetec.

“Scott’s legacy is more than professional success,” emphasized Marshall. “His accomplishments have benefited thousands of people across our community and our industry. And he has done it along with a great sense humor and humility.”

For more information about Linetec’s history of success and finishing services, please visit http://www.linetec.com.

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 American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Soho House Chicago achieves historic aesthetic with modern, high-performance window renovation

SohoHouseChicago_Exterior-webChicago (Feb. 2015) – Soho House Chicago opened in August 2014 as a 40-room hotel and private members club for the creative community. The transformation of a 107-year-old industrial building lasted 14 months. Soho House’s in-house design team and founder Nick Jones led the design, with additional support from the joint venture development team of Shapack Partners and AJ Capital Partners.

Soho House saved as much original material as they could — including the brick, the columns and even the lettering above the front door. Working with the Apogee Building Retrofit Team, it was determined the existing steel windows were beyond repair and nearly 500 new units from Apogee’s Wausau Window and Wall Systems would be installed to help maintain the historical detailing, while delivering modern-day performance.
SohoHouseChicago_OriginalExterio-webrAs the window erection contractor, Auburn Corporation worked closely with Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Wausau’s team also was supported by the building retrofit strategy leaders at its parent company, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.

“Improving the appearance of the building is the number one reason owners decide to upgrade their window systems. This is even more critical for historic buildings,” emphasized John Bendt, vice president at Apogee Enterprises. “It doesn’t need to be a 100-year-old building to understand that carefully selecting the right window system will lead to other benefits. Most of our commercial buildings in the U.S. are at least 40 years old, and all can benefit from saving energy, reducing maintenance, lowering vacancy rates, increasing rents and increasing the value of the building.”

PrintJeffrey Shapack, president of Shapack Partners, agreed, “The historic window replacement was essential to maintaining the authentic appearance of our 1900’s warehouse building — both on the exterior and on the interior. Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team and Wausau helped us select a window that would match the large scale and fine detail of this type of vintage property.”

“There was a certain, distinctive design they were looking for in maintaining this old factory look. The large openings and replicating the classic steel windows were an important part of this,” noted Auburn’s manager of business development, Jim Price. “Wausau’s windows were selected to retain the look of a vintage building, while providing the latest innovations in window technology. This would have been extremely difficult for any other manufacturer to achieve.”

Customized for Soho House Chicago, Wausau’s 3250i INvent Retro™ XLT Series historical windows simulate the look of original, turn-of-the-century steel windows’ true divided lites with a narrow, exterior face in cove profiles. The 3-7/8-inch aluminum frame pairs with custom panning and muntins applied to both interior and exterior to complete the historic aesthetic.

“The owner was meticulous about ensuring these windows mimicked the authenticity of the old steel windows,” noted Terry Iczkowski, Wausau’s local representative. “Beyond the narrow profiles and muntins, they wanted the finish to communicate a sense of established longevity and timelessness. Apogee’s Linetec helped achieve the slightly distressed appearance that the owner desired by applying a matte Statuary Bronze finish.”

Linetec blended the 70 percent PVDF, two-coat painted finish at its in-house laboratory and applied it within its factory-controlled environment to the windows’ aluminum framing, panning and muntins. Linetec also finished the aluminum framing for the glazing systems on Soho House Chicago’s 144-foot perimeter rooftop pool. Provided by Wausau and installed by Auburn, the transparent pool enclosure presents unobstructed views of Chicago’s skyline.
SohoHouseChicago_Entrance-webWorking from the ground floor upward for more than a year, Auburn’s team synchronized their work with the general contractor and other specialty contractors. Floor-by-floor, the large openings were prepared for hundreds of new windows. There are multiple windows per opening, with some individual window dimensions larger than 4.5-by-9.5 feet, grouped to up to five per bay. On average, six people were on site to assist with the installation of these sizeable units.

Along with providing large views and daylight, Wausau’s windows also meet Chicago’s stringent energy codes. INvent Retro XLT windows feature double insulating glass and an extra-wide polyamide thermal barrier to achieve a U-Factor as low as 0.39 BTU/hr.sqft.ºF and a Condensation Resistance Factor (CRF) as high as CRF Frame 60/CRF Glass 70.

These windows also are tested to meet AAMA AW-100 Architectural Performance Class ratings, including AAMA 910-10 lifecycle testing to 4,000 operating cycles and stringent requirements for air infiltration, water resistance, life cycle testing and structural integrity. INvent Retro Series’ high-performance windows are part of the pre-engineered, factory-glazed Advantage by Wausau® standard product offering. Available on an accelerated delivery schedule, these competitively priced windows are backed with an industry-leading warranty of up to 10 years.

SohoHouseChicago_ClubFloor_DrawingRm-wb“Wausau’s windows worked so well and look so good that we’ve received several calls for other potential renovation projects,” added Price. Across the cWauity on Polk Street, Auburn’s team is replacing the windows at the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine’s West Tower with Wausau’s INvent Retro Series. “Wausau’s windows are a great match for the historic appearance and high thermal performance required by these buildings.”

Shapack summarized, “The INvent Retro-XLT windows provide the daylight, engineered performance and attention to detail that we needed. And Apogee, Wausau and Auburn met our schedule to ensure an on-time opening.”

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Soho House Chicago; 113-125 N. Green St., Chicago, IL 60607; http://www.sohohouse.com/venues/hotels/soho-house-chicago

  • Owner: Soho House UK Limited; London; http://www.sohohouse.com
  • Developers: Shapack Partners, Chicago; http://www.shapack.com; AJ Capital Partners; Chicago; http://www.ajcapitalpartners.com
  • Project architect: Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA); Chicago; http://www.hparchitecture.com
  • General contractor: Power Construction Company, LLC; Chicago; http://www.powerconstruction.net
  • Window erection contractor: Auburn Corporation, Orland Park, Illinois; http://www.auburncorp.com
  • Window systems – manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems, an Apogee Enterprises Company; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.wausauwindow.com
  • Window systems – finisher: Linetec, an Apogee Enterprises Company; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
  • Photos provided by: Soho House

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team assists building owners and property managers evaluate the benefits of window renovation and upgrades, such as improving the appearance of the building, saving energy, downsizing HVAC loading, reducing maintenance, lowering vacancy rates, increasing rental rates and enhancing the value of the building. The team offers free energy modeling, product selection and design assistance, and a network of installers covering North America.

To learn more, please contact John Bendt at jbendt@apog.com, 715-846-3355; or Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-846-3343.