Is there a real copper finish that holds its luster without high maintenance?

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Nash Women’s Center

The classic beauty of copper brings a rich distinction to architectural building projects – whether creating a dramatic new design, or conveying a historic depth and heritage. Today, you can achieve the look of real copper and lasting luster, without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion, patina and intensive maintenance.

Nash_1617-lLinetec’s exclusive copper color anodize expands the typically limited color choices of anodize, while delivering the highest performance available. This proprietary, consistent, repeatable and warrantied finish is accomplished through a three-step electrolytic coloring method, rather than the standard two-step process. Material is anodized and then introduced into two separate coloring tanks where elemental metals are placed into the pores of the anodic coating. The first color tank contains tin, and the second color tank contains copper. Isolating the actual copper in the coating results in a striking visual effect that will remain stable to provide many years of low-maintenance service.

Nash_1522-lMany factors can affect the color and/or shade, in the copper anodize process, and should be taken into consideration when considering copper anodize. Four different lots of raw aluminum were used to create the extreme color range of copper anodize on Dri-Design’s wall panel system for Nash Women’s Center in Rock Mount, North Carolina.

Linetec’s copper anodize finish:

  • Appears as a bright copper color, with no patina over time
  • Does not require a clear coat or ongoing treatment to maintain color stability
  • Produces no harmful or dangerous by-products and is non-hazardous
  • Meets AAMA 611 Class I Specification
  • Is available for extrusion, stretch-formed and flat sheet aluminum
  • May be finished before or after assembly
  • Weighs less than half that of real copper, for easier transportation and installation
  • Can be designed adjacent to other aluminum materials, without galvanic corrosion risk
  • Will not leave copper run-off stains on a building’s exterior
  • Protects and maintains the structural integrity of the the aluminum
  • Retains exceptional hardness and lasting durability
  • Warrantied for five years, the same as our other Class I anodize finishing

Nash_1643-lAnodized aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping, for a long product life cycle. Your copper anodize aluminum also may be specified with recycled content and is 100 percent recyclable.

Watch our “Linetec Anodizing – How Do They Do That?” video where Linetec’s vice president of operations, Andy Joswiak, explains the process, performance and durability of our eco-friendly anodize finishing.

To request color chip samples of Linetec’s copper anodize finishes or for personalized assistance in selecting a finish for your project, please contact us.

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About Nash Women’s Center

Linetec finished 6,214 square feet of an aluminum wall panel system by Dri-Design in copper anodize for the Nash Women’s Center in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The new, two-story, $25 million, 47,048-square-foot facility provides obstetrical and women’s services to the community. At the grand opening in May 2016, the Rocky Mount Telegram quoted Dr. Bill Roper, CEO of Nash UNC Health Care, “This is a beautiful facility that’s going to serve a lot of people.”

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Located in North Charleston, South Carolina, Trident Technical College’s Nursing and Science Building features 24,400 square feet of an aluminum wall panel system by Dri-Design as finished by Linetec in copper anodize. This distinctive façade clads the 119,000-square-foot building. Designed by LS3P for durability and sustainability, the project earned LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

New York’s The Forge showcases distinctive, copper anodized, aluminum wall panel system

TForge_2400-webWausau, Wisconsin (June 2018) – Opened this spring, The Forge, a 272-unit luxury residential tower in Long Island, New York, features a façade of copper-colored anodized aluminum cladding. Designed by FXCollaborative, its distinctive, artistically inspired, industrial-influenced, exterior is composed of Dri-Design’s aluminum wall panel system finished by Linetec. The project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

Developed as a “village in a building” by Brause Realty Inc. and Gotham Organization, the wedge-shaped site and stringent zoning requirements led The Forge to take a slender form with stepped massing in a neo-modernist style. While it is a single 38-story, 266,000-square-foot structure, the property appears as if it could be three separate wafer-like buildings set side by side with a fourth, far shorter, one nestled at the foot of the other three.

On the south elevation, where the dominant street grid meets the elevated Thomson Avenue, the building’s thin slabs are stacked and angled to follow the diagonal avenue. Each of the south elevation’s slabs measures no more than 20 feet wide and stretches to the pinnacle uninterrupted by openings. The other elevations also showcase the copper-anodized cladding punctuated by julienne strips of windows to maximize daylight and views toward the East River and Manhattan, all while preserving outdoor zones. 

Entire elevation of copper-anodized aluminum cladding

It is on The Forge’s south side that the copper-colored aluminum wall system clads the entire height of the building, accentuating its vertical presence.

TForge_018-webTo create the industrial metallic look specified by FXCollaborative, Linetec finished more than 92,000 square feet of Dri-Design panels in a proprietary copper color anodize and painted an additional 4,800 square feet in a Black Iron color.

Dri-Design’s Tyler Fowler says, “Linetec’s copper anodized finish was the look that the architect designed around. The natural variation that is expressed on the façade through the copper anodizing process was a desired look.”

“Whether creating a dramatic new design, or conveying a historic depth and heritage, the classic beauty of copper brings a rich, distinguished look to architectural building projects,” elaborates Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate. “Today, with our exclusive copper-colored anodize for aluminum, you can achieve the look of real copper and lasting luster, without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion, patina or intensive maintenance. Anodized aluminum also weighs less than half of real copper, for easier transportation and installation.”

Linetec’s proprietary and warrantied finish is accomplished through a three-step electrolytic coloring method, rather than the standard two-step process. The resulting finish remains a bright copper color, with no patina over time. It does not require a clear coat or ongoing treatment to maintain color stability. It is available for extrusion, stretch-formed and flat sheet aluminum, before or after assembly.

Fowler continues, “The unique process that involves using real copper to anodize the aluminum makes for a warm and natural finish. Combining the durability and performance of the finish from Linetec with the functionality and endurance of Dri-Design panels is a façade that will last for many years.”

Sustainable, recyclable and durable

TForge_2300-webSupporting The Forge’s healthy, sustainable goals and LEED criteria, Linetec’s anodized services produce no harmful or dangerous by-products and is non-hazardous. Anodized aluminum is an inert, non-combustible material that is 100 percent recyclable and poses no health risks.

At the beginning of the new millennium, Linetec and other environmentally responsible finishers, changed from the traditional caustic etching process to a more eco-friendly etch system. Compared with conventional etch processes, this improved anodize process reduces landfill waste by 75-80 percent. Landfill waste directly relates to the production of greenhouse gas.

This change to eco-friendly anodize also made it easier for customers to use secondary (recycled) billet in the anodize process. The Forge’s aluminum wall system is manufactured with recycled content and, at the end of its useful life as exterior cladding, is 100 percent recyclable.

Fowler highlights other environmental aspects of the system: “Dri-Design purchases its aluminum from domestic mills, which saves transportation energy costs. Additionally, Dri-Design’s single-skin technology – which does not have a plastic core like our MCM [metal composite material] competitors – saves on fossil fuels. Lastly, Dri-Design uses no joint sealants or gaskets, which are made with petroleum, saving fossil fuels and future maintenance costs.”

Further contributing to The Forge’s long life cycle and minimal maintenance, anodize aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping. Its copper anodize finish meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 611 Class I Specification. Protecting and maintaining the structural integrity of the aluminum, it retains exceptional hardness and lasting durability.

Open communication and proven performance

To arrive at the enduring look of The Forge’s copper-anodized wall system, Dri-Design and FXCollaborative first began discussing the building’s design in 2013 during the earliest stages of the project’s conception.

“There was an abundance of collaboration between owner, architect, general contractor and Dri-Design to meet the design intent,” Fowler remembers. “With open lines of communications such as this, it makes for a better experience for all parties involved.”

He proudly notes that the two companies have a long-standing relationship and “the use of Dri-Design was a first choice based on many qualities.” Among these qualities, Dri-Design’s architectural metal wall cladding system is made form one single solid piece of aluminum; it is not a metal or aluminum composite material. Because it is not a composite material and is not laminated, the panels will not delaminate.

Engineered as a pressure-equalized rain-screen system, Dri-Design’s wall panel system complies with the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 285 standard. It also has passed the most stringent air, water and structural testing requirements in the industry, including AAMA 508 test protocol, as well as Miami Dade County’s hurricane testing.

“With the performance requirements along with the desired overall aesthetic of the façade, Dri-Design made the most sense,” summarizes Fowler.

Smooth, on schedule installation

TForge_010-webDri-Design’s rain-screen wall system attaches to nearly any substrate without the use of clips or extrusions. This quick-connecting, interlocking panel design helped installing contractor KNS Building Restoration stay on schedule.

KNS worked closely with general contractor Purves Street Development following The Forge’s start of construction in June 2015. In August 2016, the project “topped out.” The building was substantially completed, on time, in the summer of 2017.

“This was the first time Dri-Design and KNS Building Restoration worked together,” Fowler acknowledges. “It was a great experience for us. This was a group effort between both parties to make for a successful project.”

Eco-friendly, artistic amenities at The Forge

As a recognized part of The Forge’s success, residents enjoy 26,000 square feet dedicated to amenities and their own spacious outdoor park. A sunroom, lounge, children’s playroom, fitness center, business bar, workspace and local art installations are available throughout the interior. The property’s many outdoor areas include a pool, movie theater, sculpture garden, summer kitchen, and green roof with sky lounge and terrace.

The Forge also incorporates wind turbines and a solar power screen for supplemental power. An irrigation system captures rainwater and reuses it on the landscaped green spaces. Bike storage and on-site parking with electric charging stations also support a healthy, green lifestyle.

Within The Forge, residents and visitors are welcomed by a 24/7 concierge in an impressive, double-height lobby. The individual Feng Shui-certified residences continue the intended attitude of modern comfort and well being into the studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Delivering on these intensions, the building’s design and construction focuses on sound sensitivity and energy efficiency, as well as environmental responsibility.

Prospective tenants seeking to embrace the eco-minded, healthy lifestyle offered by The Forge still have the opportunity to lease a residence. Units currently available are listed as starting at $3,244 for a one-bedroom, one-bath.

The Forge, 44-28 Purves Street, New York 11101; https://renttheforge.com

  • Developer and owner: Brause Realty Inc. (formerly listed as Purves Street Owners); New York; http://www.brauserealty.com
  • Developer: Gotham Organization; New York; https://www.gothamorg.com
  • Architect and interior designer: FXCollaborative (formerly known as FXFOWLE); New York; http://www.fxcollaborative.com
  • General contractor: Purves Street Development, LLC; New York
  • Cladding system – installer: KNS Building Restoration; Middle Village, New York; http://www.knsbuildingrestoration.com
  • Aluminum wall panel cladding system – manufacturer: Dri-Design Inc.; Holland, Michigan; http://www.dri-design.com
  • Aluminum wall panel cladding system – finishing service provider: Linetec, Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
  • Photos by: Arch Photo, Inc., Eduard Hueber

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG).

Linetec is a member of the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).

How does aluminum become anodized?

LinetecAnodize_web-300dpiAnodizing is the most durable and long-lasting option for finishing architectural aluminum building products. An electrochemical process, anodizing produces a finish that resists the ravages of time and environment. However, there are important things to note about color selection for anodized aluminum.

Linetec’s two-step electrolytic anodizing process , where the anodizing and coloring of the aluminum occur in two separate steps, involves:

  • first placing the aluminum in a solution of sulfuric acid and water, then charging it with electrical current to form aluminum oxide on the surface.
  • then after anodizing is complete, parts can be immersed in a bath containing an inorganic metal such as tin, cobalt or nickel, which is deposited in the anodic pores to achieve color.

anodize-ring2-webAs a result, anodized finishes’ color choices range from clear to champagne to a variety of bronze tones to black. Linetec also offers a copper anodize, which involves an additional color tank, using actual copper to color the aluminum while isolating the copper in the coating. This process makes the copper color very stable and consistent.

Anodic oxide is not affected by ultraviolet light and is resistant to scratches, which help ensure color stability.

Due to the chemical process used to create an anodized finish, the possibility of color variation can be a concern during its application. Here are some factors to keep in mind to minimize the variation from your desired color:

  • Single source it. While the aluminum is anodized during the process, other metals (silicon, zinc, magnesium, etc.) present in the aluminum alloy can respond differently, resulting in unwanted variation of color. Reduce this risk by having all metal used for a project come from a single source/extruder, and from one lot of material. Also, avoid using aluminum with different alloys, as it will not yield uniform results.
  • Request a range sample. Because it is impossible to know the effect non-aluminum metals in the material will have on the final product’s color, be sure to ask your anodizer for a range sample before sending them your product for finishing. An anodize range sample is two anodize color chips for the same color, with one showing the lightest extreme of appearance to be expected on the finished parts and one showing the darkest. Be aware that the lighter the anodize finish, the more noticeable the range. Be sure to speak with any potential anodizer to see what range of variation they can guarantee. AAMA’s industry-leading standards specify that the range should not differ by more than 5 Delta E. A quality anodizer may be able to keep the range of a color even lower.
  • Bend then finish.  Anodic films are very hard, and as a result, most post-production bending causes a series of small cracks in the finish that give it a spider-web appearance. To avoid this, have as much bending and forming of the material completed before it is sent to receive its finish.
  • Weld with care.  If your metal has any welds on it, the anodization process can cause a halo effect of localized discoloration around them. Welding with the proper 5356 alloy welding wire and the lowest heat possible helps minimize this.

Select an aluminum finisher that utilizes automation in its anodize process to reduce inconsistencies. An automated system controls and monitors the process, including tank sequencing, chemical add, voltage, current, time and temperature, which ensures the most consistent anodize finish possible.

Learn more about anodizing by clicking here. For personalized assistance in choosing an anodize color for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Visit Linetec at the AIA Expo Chicago

Please join us June 26-28 in Chicago for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo. Among the exciting developments we’ll be showcasing in booth #4634 are:

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Whether its half-circles, eyebrows or Gothic arches, we can curve and finish your architectural aluminum products in one location to save time and retain the full finish warranty.

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Debuting at AIA, our new online color matching tool lets you choose an interactive “chip” from eight color families and order painted aluminum samples directly to your door.

 

Terra Cotta color finish 

Mimicking the look and feel of natural terra cotta wall panels, we now offer an economical alternative in a durable, painted 70% PVDF coating.

Linetec-ICU-From-Nurse's-StationAntimicrobial  coatings

For high-touch surfaces in hospitals and other important projects, choose our painted coatings infused with antimicrobial protection to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria.

 

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From distinctive, new construction projects to historic renovation projects, you can depend on our proprietary copper anodize to retain its bright copper color for many years to come.

 

LInetec Guide Spec3-Part Spec 

Ensure your finish delivers the look and performance you expect using the first-known, non-propriety “Section 05 0513 Shop Applied Coatings for Metal 3-part Guide Specification.”

 

AIA CES logoAIA/CES credits 

Earn up to 2.25 Learning Units with our AIA-approved online and in-person continuing education programs and new 15-minute, in-booth AIA Expo Chat.

 

As one of the nation’s largest paint and anodize finishers, our assortment of durable finishes may be requested as liquid coatings, powder coatings or as eco-friendly anodize for such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components. Learn more at www.Linetec.com and at AIA Expo booth #4634.

 

Linetec offers over 30,000 color choices

From Dark Ivy to Copper Anodize, Linetec offers 30,000 color choices and distinctive anodize finishes

With more than 30,000 colors in our palette, the ability to match almost any hue in-house and a range of anodize colors that includes our proprietary copper, Linetec provides long-lasting finishes for architectural aluminum products.

Miami Valley dd logo 1Linetec’s finishes are specified on windows and curtainwall, column covers, canopies and panel systems, in thousands of building projects every year. The assortment of durable finishes may be requested as liquid or powder coatings, or as eco-friendly, VOC-free anodize. With the 100% air capture system and regenerative thermal oxidizer, VOCs from the paint process are captured and destroyed so there is no adverse environmental impact.

To precisely match customers’ color needs, our in-house blending laboratory features unsurpassed technology in paint blending and dispensing operations, encompassing several high-performance paint manufacturers. In our laboratory, computers scan samples and provide the recipe of tints and bases to match anything from a piece of metal to a swatch of fabric.

Colors and forms affect how we go about our everyday lives. Bold hues are coming forward in architectural design. Warm, pearlised painted aluminum is starting to take a stronghold. Brushed and polished aluminum finishes also have emerged as a newer trend.

The proprietary, copper anodize finish continuous to attract building teams seeking a distinctive look. “Architects appreciate this unique finish for a wide range of projects: from eye-catching modern designs to historic restoration projects that will never patina,” adds Schroeder. This exclusive, eco-friendly finish allows aluminum to present the look of real copper without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion and patina.

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Photos courtesy of Dri-Design

Linetec’s eco-friendly anodize process creates an aesthetically appealing, matte finish. As slight imperfections can be common with secondary billet, the eco-friendly process is well suited for products manufactured with recycled aluminum. Materials with recycled content may assist building projects seeking certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™.

With respect to green building goals, the anodize process contains no VOCs. When it is time for the installed architectural product to be removed, anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building.

 For color cards and more, please contact Linetec at 888-717-1472, sales@linetec.com or www.linetec.com.