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.”


University of Washington, College of Engineering, Nano Engineering and Sciences Building,
3946 West Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105;

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.



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

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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.

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 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.

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“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;



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…

Metal Architecture’s article on Woolworth Towers Residences touts Linetec’s finishes

NYC_WoolworthTwrResid3_OlegMarchMetal Architecture magazine’s recent feature on the renovated Woolworth Tower Residences in New York highlighted Linetec’s contributions to the new windows and terrace doors’ thermal performance and durable finishes.

Architect Cass Gilbert originally designed the iconic building in 1913. Today, under the architectural vision of SLCE Architects, LLP a and The Office of Thierry W Despont, Ltd., the 33 luxury condominiums offer sweeping views of Manhattan from the historically inspired, oversized windows and terrace doors with modern performance and easy operation.

Guided by developer Alchemy Properties to match the project’s goals, the Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team provided energy modeling and selection criteria considerations for a window system. Based on the team’s recommendations, more than 630 units of Wausau Window and Wall Systems. INvent Series Simulated Double-Hung Projected windows were installed.

NYC_WoolworthTwrResid2-8_OlegMarchRespecting the buildings’ historic aesthetic, Linetec finished the windows’ aluminum exteriors using a two-coat 70 percent PVDF resin-based coating in a color called “Dark as Night,” which complements the restored polychromatic terra cotta surrounds.

In addition to the finish, Wausau relied on Linetec to provide polyamide thermal barriers within the aluminum frame of the windows and doors. Wausau INvent Series windows can achieve thermal performance NFRC U-Factors as low as 0.34, a Condensation Resistance Factor as high as 65 and acoustic performance Sound Transmission Class ratings of 31 to 42.

Click here to continue reading about the aesthetic and performance improvements for the Woolworth Tower Residences.

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



Congratulations to Linetec’s 2018 Lead Training Program Graduates

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These associates dedicated 26 training hours of time over 10 months, including 2 on-the-job assignments and earn 6 technical college continuing education credits! A few of their classes include Core Values for Leaders, Safety & Injury, Communication, Conflict Resolution, as well as Upstream and Downstream Experiences.

Congratulations to:

  • Tim Bishop
  • Logan Miicke
  • Michael Praschak
  • Ryan Reichenbach
  • Brian Retzlaff
  • Ted Teske
  • Dana Wentworth
  • Caleb Bigelow
  • Cody Blarek
  • David Hanke
  • Mitchell Hintze
  • John Axness
  • Justin Flora
  • Rob Wiltse
  • Corey Krueger
  • Bill Melchiori
  • Dakotah Heldt
  • Dave Dray
  • Shirley Ward

(not all associates were available at time of photo)


Linetec People to Know: Nikki Mussfeldt

MussfeldtNikkiQ:  Tell me about your job

A:  I am the First Shift In-House Blend and Vault Supervisor. We cover all things paint – from purchase and receipt, matching and batch making, and touch-up for finishing the products, to the final data entry for environmental reporting.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: Prior to Linetec, I worked at a Kid City Day Care working with 2- to 5- year-olds and 6- to 12-year-olds during the summer months. I had a big fan base for my ability to stay within the lines while coloring.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A:  It would have to be the people I get to work with. Throughout my 19 years and different roles at Linetec, I have met some amazing and dedicated people. Whether we are moving material or solving problems, there are always people that are willing to lend a hand or give ideas. Ultimately, they all just want to see the company succeed.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A:  I would have to say color matching, such as when you look at the color scale and see that a color needs to be a little more red, but any red you add will cause a shift to yellow/blue or light/dark. You usually need to add two colors to balance the shift in one direction.

NikkiM-3Q: Are there any finishing types or color trends that you seeing more of lately?

A:   We have almost 24,000 finish codes in our system, with more being added every day. Lately, they seem to be leaning more toward solid colors: red, blue and green.  We get the occasional white or mica/metallic, but even those seem to have a color tone to them recently. I am hoping we get to see more finished project pictures so I can see them on a building.

Q:  What is something you are looking forward to?

A:  I am excited to see what Linetec does next. I have seen a lot of changes over the years at Linetec. The drive to improve ourselves with automation that assists the people doing the work has always been interesting to see.

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

A:  I usually enjoy listening to others more than hearing my own voice. It took me 16 years to plan my wedding. I am a big Marvel movie fan. And, I like to sing in the car to the embarrassment of my kids.

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

A: I would probably head south to the Clearwater Florida area, sit on a beach, and enjoy the ocean and sun with my family.

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

A: My family: My husband, Pat, and I met at Linetec and have two children together. Our daughter, Taylor, is 16 and our son, Jace, is 11. Whether we are camping in the summer, snowmobiling in the winter or just hanging out, we spend as much time as we can together.




Little Caesars Arena meets aesthetic, sustainability, security goals with Tubelite systems finished by Linetec

MI-LCArena_RedArchie-Tubelite_811webWausau, Wisconsin (July 2018) – Owned by Ilitch Holdings, Inc., the $862.9 million Little Caesars Arena complex blends historic and modern aesthetics with massively scaled, fan-friendly interiors and modestly scaled, pedestrian-friendly exteriors. Contributing to this exterior, Linetec provided a variety of finishes for Tubelite’s curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems to support the project’s aesthetic, sustainability and security goals for completion on time and within budget.

Attractive and Approachable

 Little Caesars Arena’s “deconstructed” design by HOK features numerous buildings composing the sports and entertainment destination, and anchoring a 50-block area branded as The District Detroit.

MI-LCArena_RedArchie-Tubelite_824-web“One of the main design goals was to make the arena fit into the fabric of downtown and the surrounding neighborhood, rather than being this behemoth arena that dominates the area by its immense height and scale. The arena fits on what was four square city blocks,” explained Senior Project Architect Paul Leskovac, senior associate of HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. “One way we achieved it is that the arena floor is actually 30 feet below street level. If there was no signage, one might think it was a cool urban infill project – which it is!”

This approachable sizing is complemented by a 61,000-square-foot covered concourse and three connected, mid-rise buildings (A, B and C). Their upper floors are office spaces, while the street levels offer restaurant and retail services. Detached from the arena and concourse, the parking garage also has a covered walkway bridge to the arena.

Conveying a sense of both contemporary and permanent placement, various configurations of brick, glass, metal and finish colors comprise these buildings’ façades. Linetec applied 70 percent PVDF resin-based architectural coatings to Tubelite’s systems using Valspar’s Fluropon® in Medium Gray and Black, PPG’s Duranar® in Traffic Gray, and Akzo Nobel’s Trinar® in a custom Detroit Red Wings color. Class I Clear anodize also was used on the exterior curtainwall and doors, and Class II Clear anodize was selected as the interior finish for 11,500 square feet of Tubelite E14000 Storefront systems.

LCArena-web“The colors helped make the façades appear like different buildings on a downtown street,” said Leskovac. “Tubelite’s entrances, storefront and curtainwall are used on all façades of the arena. This includes the four main entry entrance systems and curtainwall, as well as curtainwall punched openings in the façade of the arena and Buildings A, B and C.”

Madison Heights Glass installed Tubelite’s systems on the main arena building’s interior and exterior, on Building C’s team store and Sports & Social Detroit, as well as Building A/B’s Mike’s Pizza. Universal Glass & Metals served as the glazing contractor on the parking garage, pedestrian bridge and three connected buildings.

Sustainability and Security

MI-LCArena_RedArchie-Tubelite_833webjpgAll materials and products on the arena were specified to help achieve LEED® standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. Among the benefits recognized by LEED, Tubelite’s systems can contribute to daylighting and views, optimized energy performance, thermal comfort, recyclable materials, and low-emitting (low-e) materials. The large majority of Tubelite’s systems installed on Little Caesars Arena complex rely on 1-inch, insulated Solarban® 60 low-e glass.

The durable finishes also reduced the need for maintenance costs and maximize long lifecycles. Under Linetec’s stringent factory-controlled processes, the finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 and AAMA 611 industry standards. As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec applies these high-performance painted coatings, and safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products’ arrival on the building site. Anodize finishes do not contain VOCs and process byproducts are recyclable.

LCArena-entrance-webFurther contributing to sustainability, the aluminum curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems also are 100 percent recyclable. Tubelite’s products also are tested per the AAMA standards for air, water, structural and condensation resistance. In addition, they are tested and modeled for thermal transmittance per the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) procedures.

In addition to sustainability, Tubelite’s curtainwall systems also support the project’s security goals. At the first floor elevation, 1.25-inch, insulated, Solarban 60 low-e with impact-resistant glass was chosen for enhanced security. Other specifics are being kept confidential.

In Nov. 2017, Little Caesars Arena received SAFETY Act Certification, the highest level of protection awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The facility became the first combined National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and entertainment venue, and the only arena in the country, to earn the certification. It also has earned the Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) designation from the National Center for Spector Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

Collaborative Construction

Demonstrating its dependability and partnership with the collaborative construction team, Tubelite’s and Linetec’s processes ensure orders are delivered undamaged, complete and on time. This also supported construction of Little Caesars Arena in its overall on-time and on-budget project completion.

The project broke ground in Sept. 2014. Construction began in April 2015 as managed by the project’s construction manager Barton Malow-Hunt-White, a joint venture between Barton Malow Company and Hunt Construction Group, in association with White Construction. A combination of traditional, design-assist and design-build delivery methods was used throughout the project schedule.

At the Sept. 2017 ribbon-cutting opening event, Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., praised the project and those who built it: “Today, I am so proud to say that our vision of a Michigan-made, Detroit-built Little Caesars Arena came to life even more powerfully than we had imagined, bringing opportunity into local businesses, local workers, people in need of new careers. …We put our heart and soul into something truly spectacular for the people of this city, state and region.”

Adding his compliments, Leskovac remarked, “They were both a part of an amazing construction team that participated in building a one-of-a-kind arena that Detroit, Michigan and the entire region can be proud of for a very long time.”


Successful Start

The construction of Little Caesars Arena positioned Detroit as the only city in America that houses all four of its professional sports teams in an urban core — all within walking distance. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions, The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

As of May 2018, Little Caesars Arena has been the home for more than 150 ticketed events for 2.3 million fans, including a combined 82 Red Wings and Pistons regular season home games, more than 50 concerts and shows, and 15 additional sporting events. The multi-purpose facility also has hosted more than 100 private events, and is on track to be one of the busiest arenas in the world during its first full year of operation.

MI-LCArena_RedArchie-Tubelite_821webAlso in May 2018, Little Caesars Arena earned the Sports Facility of the Year Award by Sports Business, based on excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes. Accepting the recent award, Christopher Ilitch said, “Our vision for what Little Caesars Arena could offer to fans, players, artists and community members drove us to create something very special and highly innovative. Every aspect of Little Caesars Arena was designed to enhance the guest experience, and we appreciate that those efforts continue to be recognized.”

Little Caesars Arena is one of more than a dozen developments launched by the Ilitch organization in The District Detroit since 2015. More than $1.4 billion in development is underway or planned, setting the stage for additional retail, office and residential projects. Development in The District Detroit already has created more than 20,000 construction and construction-related jobs and more than 3,000 permanent jobs after the opening of Little Caesars Arena, two-thirds of which were filled by Detroiters. These future projects are expected to continue growing the city’s economy and create new opportunities for Detroit and for Michigan.


Little Caesars Arena; 2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan

  • Owner: Detroit Downtown Development Authority
  • Architect: HOK; Kansas City, Missouri;
  • General contractor: Barton Malow-Hunt-White; Detroit;
  • Glazing contractor – arena: Madison Heights Glass; Ferndale, Michigan;
  • Glazing contractor – connecting buildings, parking deck: Universal Glass & Metals, Inc., part of the Brinker Group MBE; Detroit;
  • Glazing systems – curtainwall, glass supplier: Vitro Architectural Glass, Solarban® 60; Cheswick, Pennsylvania;
  • Glazing systems – curtainwall, storefront doors and frames manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan;
  • Glazing systems – aluminum finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
  • Photos by: Red Archie, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.

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).