Thermal strut supports energy efficiency, curves and corners, dual finishes

strut05-webAdding insulating, thermal, polyamide strut to aluminum framing members separates the inside and outside metal, which greatly enhances a window, door, skylight, storefront or curtainwall system’s thermal performance. This thermal break reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort.

At Linetec, we offer a fully crimped thermal strut system. We have no restrictions on the degree of curvature in aluminum framing members. For corners, our 90-degree thermal strip process not only saves time and labor, but also minimizes inconsistencies and waste, holds customer-specified tolerances for U-Factor and shear testing, and delivers a high-quality finished product.

two-tone2-webOur thermal strut also presents a cost-effective opportunity for dual finishing options, where one finish type or color is used on the exterior and another on the interior. Our finishes may be specified in nearly any color of liquid paint, in decorative wood grain finishes, or in anodize including our no-patina copper or brushed stainless finishes.

For more information on our thermal improvement and dual finishing services, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Feature article in Products Finishing helps in “Choosing the Right Finish”

IMG_0084-webProduct Finishing magazine’s December issue features an educational article on “Choosing the Right Finish for Coastal Projects” by Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder.

As the company’s senior marketing specialist and a LEED Green Associate, Schroeder has authored dozens of educational articles and presentations about painted, anodized and specialized finishes to meet the needs of many climates and geographies.

Click here to read this most recent article describing optimal, durable finishes for aluminum architectural products facing some of the most challenging conditions.

In addition to offering guidance on selecting high-performance finishes and avoiding corrosion, the informative piece also shares steps for proper maintenance to ensure an ideal appearance for years to come.

To learn more about how Linetec can support your next project and fine-tune finishes for its climate, please contact us for personalized service.

Linetec People to Know: Mark Huber

MarkHuber-(5)Q: Tell me about your job.

A: I am a Production Supervisor in the Anodize facility, working the 12-hour night shift.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I worked at Nestle Nutrition for almost 10 years as a Validation Scientist prior to becoming a Supervisor. I went on to work at Parker Hannifan as a Supervisor before moving to Wausau and joining the Linetec team.

Q: As we recently celebrated Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service. Tell me about your military life.

MarkHuber-(4)A: I first joined the Army in 1981 as a medic. I progressed to paramedic and staff sergeant, before accepting a commission as an officer after graduating from Physician Assistant school. I served four years on active duty in the Army and 16 years in the National Guard for a total of 20 years. I retired in 2001 as a captain.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: Working with a dedicated team of individuals who take pride in their work and in themselves. I enjoy playing a role in building a positive team environment and am particularly satisfied when one of my direct reports achieves a goal or a promotion.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A: The biggest challenge we’ve seen as of late is trying to be flexible to production demands with limited personnel. Cross training to ensure that people can perform a variety of different skill positions has become paramount to our business success.

Q: What is the biggest change you’ve seen over the years of doing your job?

A: The focus on improvement and change for the better.

Q: What is something you are looking forward to?

A: I moved to the Wausau area to be closer to my daughter and her family, which I’m happy to say, includes two very spoiled grandchildren.

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

A: I love animals and have a Bernese Mountain Dog named “Bear.”

 

Efficient Plant magazine highlights Linetec’s reliability

1711profile018p-webFeatured as the “plant profile” in Efficient Plant magazine’s November issue, Linetec is proud to have its successful efforts showcased.

“Weekly planned maintenance and continuous improvement drive reliability for a finishing company that works on an extraordinarily tight schedule,” the article begins. It continues for four pages, highlighting Linetec and its:

  • Reliable production
  • Paint and anodize services
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Efficient scheduling
  • Apprenticeship program

Helping tell the story, two key Linetec associates share their expertise and insights.

  • Andy Joswiak, vice president of engineering and technical services, emphasized, “Reliability and on-time delivery is tantamount in our business.”
  • Todd Andreshak, maintenance manager, agreed and added, “For me, the reliability lies with my people. It is the whole group.”

Thinking of the evolution that he’s seen at Linetec, Andreshak also noted, “Our facility looks nothing like it did 30 years ago. We try to stay on the cutting edge. We find ways to get creative… to think outside of the box.”

Click here to read the online article.

To learn more about how Linetec’s reliability can support your next project, please contact us for personalized service

Linetec names Phil Bauer as Southern territory sales manager

Bauer_web2Linetec has hired Phil Bauer as its sales manager serving customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. He reports directly to Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales and marketing. 

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec provides paint and anodize finishing for such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural aluminum building components, as well as stretch forming, thermal improvement and restoration services. The company continues to expand its operations and staff to serve customers across the country.

Bauer most recently worked in Ohio as a Midwest sales manager for SIFCO ASC, one of the world’s largest suppliers of contract selective electroplating and anodizing services, products and chemical solutions. Previously, he worked in the automotive and home center industries with consumer and commercial customers.

Before beginning his sales career, Bauer is a graduate of the University of Akron. He also has completed several professional training certifications

Linetec’s anodizing and thermal improvement services enhance Minneapolis’ Baker Center renovation

Tubelite-RSP_MN-BakerBldg_004PaulCrosby-webConveniently located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the renovated 90-year-old Baker Center showcases a prominent new building entry at the corner of Marquette Avenue and Eighth Street. This main entrance provides a unified façade for the four buildings that comprise the complex. Delivering both an updated appearance and improved performance for the project, Linetec provided the thermal strut, thermal pour and debridged, plus the clear anodize finish on Tubelite’s aluminum-framed curtainwall and storefront systems.

Modern approach to historic renovation

The Baker Center, owned by The Travelers Companies and managed by Transwestern, boasts more than 1 million square feet of office and retail space. It consists of the Baker Building, Investors Building, Roanoke Building and the 730 Building. The Baker, Roanoke and Investor buildings were built in the 1920s. The 730 Building was completed in 1968. The $25 million renovation started in 2016, continued in phases to minimize distribution to occupants and concluded in July 2017.

“The goal of the design was to honor the historic aspects of the buildings, while creating unique modern spaces to support today’s mobile worker,” stated David Serrano, AIA, a principal with RSP, the architectural firm heading up the design. “The result takes advantage of the art deco bones of the building, while introducing forward-thinking amenities like the concierge desk and rooftop deck.”

To reflect the updated look and performance for this property, Brin Contract Glazing’s team worked closely with the architect, construction manager Hightower Initiatives, general contractor JE Dunn and Tubelite to install the curtainwall. “It was a logistically challenging project,” admits Scott Ide, Brin Contract Glazing.

Tubelite-RSP_MN-BakerBldg_247PaulCrosby-webHe elaborates, “Each time the demolition team removed a window, you didn’t know what you’d find. The four buildings had been combined over the years into one. With different construction techniques for each, and no existing drawings from the original architects or the many earlier remodeling contractors, drawings and revisions were nonstop throughout the renovation.”

Thermal performance for cold climates

 An essential design element in the Baker Center’s renovation is the dramatic corner constructed using Tubelite’s 400TU Therml=Block® Screw Spline Curtainwall, vertically butt-glazed with horizontal covers. Ide notes, “A massive amount of steel was added to properly anchor the curtainwall. It’s the main feature of the building from the fourth to the top floor.”

The lower levels feature Tubelite’s TU24000 Therml=Block dual-pocket, poured-and-debridged storefront on the exterior, and 4500 Series storefront on the interior. Expanded window lines at street level offer a view into the new entry lobby featuring a 60-foot media wall. At the architect’s request, TU24000 Therml=Block storefront also was used for the windows on the upper stories.

Tubelite’s Therml=Block products rely on Linetec to provide the insulating, thermal, polyamide strut and thermal, polyurethane, pour and debridge. Both methods are used to separate the inside and outside metal, which greatly enhances a storefront or curtainwall system’s thermal performance. This thermal break reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort.

“In Minnesota’s cold climates, Tubelite Therml=Block products provide superior energy and condensation resistance performance using multiple thermal barriers, while providing structural integrity and aesthetic flexibility,” explains Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing.

She continues, “Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reducing associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent building materials.”

Tubelite-RSP_MN-BakerBldg_016PaulCrosby-webLow maintenance, lasting value

Contributing to the Baker Center’s updated, unified façade, Linetec finished all of the curtainwall and storefront systems’ aluminum framing members in a clear anodize. Anodizing is the most durable and longest lasting option for finishing architectural aluminum building products. Because it is an integral part of the aluminum substrate, the anodic coating provides excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance.

Complementing the low-maintenance, durable, thermally broken, high-performance aluminum framing, Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront was glazed with low-e, low-iron glass with warm edge spacers and argon fill. Within its glass-enclosed comfortable interior, the Baker Center’s top amenity floor sports high-tech, flexible conference room space, a collaborative lounge and concierge services designed to appeal to today’s workforce. There is also an on-site fitness center and rooftop patio with views of the Minneapolis skyline.

The project team modernized the downtown icon, while maintaining some of its history through design elements. “Now that the project’s completed, everybody’s happy with it,” reports Ide. “It’s a better performing building with a dramatically improved look.”

Baker Center, 8th Street and Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 

  • Glazing systems – storefront and curtainwall manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
  • Photos by: Paul Crosby

Click here to watch an animated tour of the Baker Center by RSP Architects.

For personalized assistance in selecting and specifying the right coating for your aluminum building products and projects, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

 

 

Thermal pour-and-debridge services enhance energy efficiency and comfort

Aric-Dave-3-2017-lowresContributing to commercial and residential properties’ energy efficiency goals, high thermal performance has become an expectation when selecting window, skylight, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems. Polyurethane pour-and-debridge systems are formulated for these exacting applications and suitable for withstanding the most demanding climates and conditions with the highest performance in impact resistance, sheer strength and heat distortion.

At Linetec, we use a three-step pour-and-debridge process, which can include an Azo-Brader or Lancer method mechanical lock. When needed, we also offer skip debridging and double debridging services. Our process results in thermally improved aluminum frame that helps building owners save energy and keeps building occupants comfortable.

Building owners and architects do not need to compromise performance for aesthetics if they want a radius instead of a rectangle, We offer a full pour-and-debridge of radius material, both structural and non-structural. We have no restrictions on the degree of curvature in aluminum framing members, including 90-degree corners.

As always, our finishes may be specified in nearly any color of liquid paint, in decorative wood grain finishes, or in anodize including our no-patina copper or brushed stainless finishes.

For more information on our thermal improvement and finishing services, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers, email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.