Association News: AAMA releases updated aluminum finishes documents

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum finishes: AAMA 612-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements, and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of Anodic Oxide and Transparent Organic Coatings on Architectural Aluminum, and AAMA 2603-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels (with Coil Coating Appendix).

keymark-aluminum-color-webAAMA 612 describes test procedures and performance requirements for architectural quality combined finishes of anodic oxide sealed with a transparent organic coating, commonly referred to as the “combined coatings,” applied to aluminum extrusions and panels for architectural products. Similarly, AAMA 2603 covers procedures and requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels. This standard covers factory-applied coatings only.

According to Neil Chrisman (Spectrum Metal Finishing), chair of the AAMA Aluminum Material Council (AMC) Finishes Committee, both of these documents needed to be updated per the group’s commitment to keeping up with the latest developments in the industry and in finishes technology.

“The changes made to these documents are a continuation of the AMC Finishes Committee’s plans to address current issues, test methods and bring specifications up to date with current technologies and ASTM standards,” says Chrisman.

AAMA 612-15, along with AAMA 2603-15, as well as all other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.


Client News: Tubelite names Jim Conte as client development manager in the Mid-Atlantic territory

Jim Conte joins Tubelite Inc. as a client development manager in the Mid-Atlantic territory concentrating on clients in Maryland, Delaware, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
A resident of Maryland, Conte will report to Tubelite’s eastern regional sales manager, Jim Oberlin. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Drawing from more than 30 years of experience in architectural aluminum products, Conte most recently worked as an architectural sales representative for United States Aluminum, a division of C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. Prior to this, he worked for two decades as a glazier gaining knowledge in all aspects of the glass and fenestration industry.

A member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Conte earned his Construction Documents Technology certification. Helping others maintain their professional credentials and continuing education, he shares Tubelite’s informational presentations with other members of CSI and approved courses to American Institute of Architects’ members. He also volunteers with the design/build LAB at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, helping guide the next generation of architectural and building professionals.


Client News: Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre features Valspar high-performance PVDF finishes

Constructed during the 50th anniversary of Salt Lake City’s Ballet West, the new Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre opened as scheduled for the 2014 production of “The Nutcracker.” Helping distinguish this new cultural center, Valspar’s Fluropon® coating systems were selected in four colors for the building’s exterior wall panels, automatic entrances, louvers, interior metal doors and storefront, column covers, skylights and other aluminum framing systems.Valspar_UT_BalletWest_DanaSohm1_web

Designed by HKS Architects, the 68,000-square-foot, $24 million facility is owned by Salt Lake County Center for the Arts. Housing Ballet West and the Ballet West Academy, the new dance center contains five rehearsal studios, an expanded costume shop, event and entertaining spaces, offices for artistic and administrative staff, and an expanded public lobby that connects with the historic Capitol Theatre lobby. With respect to its surrounding community and environment, and in accordance with Salt Lake County building standards, the project was designed, built, and certified to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Gold criteria.

General contractor Okland Construction sought to achieve all of the project’s goals. The groundbreaking was in September 2013 and construction was completed the following year. Working closely with Okland, Steel Encounters installed many of the project’s finished architectural products.

Utah-based Ameritech applied Valspar’s coatings to the formed metal wall panels and metal plate wall panels. The exterior metal wall panels’ diagonal pattern and Champagne Bronze color finish, visually connect the new building to the brick patterning and terra cotta façade of its 101-year-old neighbor, the recently renovated Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre.

Valspar_UT_BalletWest_DanaSohm2_web“The brick pattern is reinterpreted in the diagonal metal panel rain-screen system with integrated color-changing LED backlighting,” explained Brian Junge, director of design at HKS Salt Lake City. “The new building edifice takes numerous cues from the historic building and interprets the classic design in a modern way. This similar, but different approach is the essence of the overall project, as the new building relates in many ways to the scale, proportion and color palette of the old building, but interprets these elements as contemporary abstraction.”

Welcoming patrons to the new building, the Center’s automatic entrance systems were manufactured by Kawneer, as were the louvers, interior metal doors and storefront, column covers, skylights and other aluminum framing systems. All are finished in Valspar’s 70 percent PVDF resin-based Fluropon coatings in Gatwick Silver, Black, Dark Bronze or, matching the exterior wall panels’ Champagne Bronze.

“Whenever more than one architectural product manufacturer or finishing applicator are collaborating on a single project, careful coordination is needed to ensure the correct color match. Our architectural coatings experts assist with color evaluation, performance recommendations and product selection,” says Jeff Alexander, vice president of sales for Valspar’s global coil and extrusion businesses. “For Ballet West’s new facility, our Fluropon coatings provide color retention, long-lasting performance, reliable quality, batch consistency, application ease and highest value.”

Valspar’s Fluropon coatings meet or exceed the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent standard, AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification. Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance including resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasions and humidity. These attributes and proven durability also support green building goals as the project seeks LEED Gold certification.

In addition to creating an environmentally responsible, world-class facility, “we believe it will become an important anchor in the Salt Lake Cultural Core, attracting new businesses and audience members, and increasing our capacity to service the community,” predicted Scott Altman, Ballet West’s executive director.

Previously serving more than 100,000 students and teachers each year, the new space allows the Ballet West Academy to quadruple its existing programs and enrollment, and to improve the quality of educational programs for pre-professional dancers. The program expansion supports new opportunities to reach a larger audience.

Recognizing the project’s achievements, the new Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre earned the Utah Construction & Design 2014 Outstanding Projects of the Year – Entertainment.

The Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, 52 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah;
* Owner: Salt Lake County Center for the Arts; Salt Lake City;
* Architect: HKS Architects, Inc.; Salt Lake City;
* General contractor: Okland Construction; Salt Lake City;
* Specialty contractor: Steel Encounters; Salt Lake City;
* Entrances, skylights, storefront, louvers and column covers – manufacturer: Kawneer Company, Inc.; Norcross, Georgia;
* Wall panels – architectural coatings applicator: Ameritech; Salt Lake City
* Architectural coatings provider: The Valspar Corporation; Minneapolis;
* Photos by: Dana Sohm


Client News: AAMA releases updated voluntary specification for liquid-applied flashing for creating water-resistive seals

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying performance requirements for liquid-applied flashing used to provide a water-resistive seal around exterior wall openings in buildings that includes fenestration products such as windows and doors, as well as other through-wall penetrations. AAMA 714-15 was previously updated in 2011 and again in 2012.
In this iteration, the minimum requirements for adhesive bond and accelerated aging were defined. The reporting requirements were updated, and the use of mortar slabs was replaced by anodized aluminum strips for water immersion testing.

According to James Katsaros (DuPont Building Innovations), chair of the AAMA Flashing Task Group, this revised document provides rigorous material specification requirements for a new class of flashing products used in the building industry.

“These ‘Liquid Applied Flashings’ have many advantages over traditional flashing products, including ultimate conformability for complex geometries and the potential for vapor permeability,” says Katsaros. “But, they still must demonstrate the durability and gap bridging properties of conventional flashing materials. The AAMA 714-15 specification ensures that these property requirements are met for the successful use of these products.”

AAMA 714-15, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.


Client News: Washington University’s Olin Business School’s new buildings feature Super Sky skylights finished by Linetec

Photographer William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC and Linetec

Photographer William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC and Linetec

Washington University in St. Louis celebrated the 97th anniversary of Olin Business School with the dedication of two new buildings: Knight Hall and Bauer Hall. Creating a welcoming atmosphere and a lasting impression, a five-story glass atrium crowns the two buildings. Linetec finished Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC’s skylight systems’ aluminum framing using a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating. The resulting combination achieves the project’s goals for transparency, durability and sustainability, including LEED® Gold certification.

Olin Business School’s new buildings were designed by California-based Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners as the architect-of-record and Mackey Mitchell Architects of St. Louis serving as the associate architect. General contractor, Tarlton Corporation, oversaw construction of the 177,000-square-foot, $90 million project.

It is the largest single project completed on the Washington University Danforth campus in the shortest span of time, nearly doubling Olin Business School’s footprint on the campus. The aggressive construction schedule began in May 2012 and concluded in March 2014. The buildings’ dedication ceremony took place in May 2014. The inviting space unites the ensemble of buildings housing 11 classrooms, study rooms, a 300-seat auditorium, 75 faculty offices, lounges and other spaces to foster interaction.

Photographer William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC and Linetec

Photographer William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC and Linetec

“Olin’s student body has more than doubled since we built our first building in 1986, and we have twice as many faculty and degree programs,” said Olin Business School’s dean Mahendra Gupta. “We wanted these buildings to make a statement, to inspire everyone who is going to walk through these corridors, not just today, but for years to come. The world-class facilities give everybody a confidence that the university is committed to create a world-class program.”

Central to this inspirational facility is the Frick Forum, as described by James Kolker, assistant vice chancellor of campus planning and director of capital projects: “The atrium has become a vertical town square, while the open, flexible spaces that surround it invite connection and collaboration.”

Ryan Navis, Super Sky’s project manager, agreed and elaborated, “Tarlton and Washington University are fantastic customers, some of the best we’ve worked with. That’s vital on a challenging project like this where quality and productive collaboration is the key to working out all of the difficult intricacies.”

Super Sky met the project’s challenging goals, and its aesthetic and performance requirements by manufacturing and installing the skylight systems in three sections. The largest section is an 88-by-91-foot custom vault skylight. A single slope skylight caps another section measuring 5 feet by 46 feet 5 inches. The final skylight is a 29-by-20-foot, custom curved, single slope system.

Navis continued, “Super Sky is only a piece of the puzzle though, and it’s a sum of the parts that brings a project like this to fruition. One of those key parts is our finisher, Linetec. As a national and international company, Super Sky is accustomed to seeking out the best from around the country. Luckily, we have the best right in our backyard. Linetec makes the finishing process an automatic.”

Photographer William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC and Linetec

Photographer William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC and Linetec

Sent in 11 separate shipments over several months, Linetec finished Super Sky’s aluminum-framed, custom vault and curved skylights in Ivory, and the narrow, single slope in Bistro Bronze. These systems were painted using PPG’s Duranar®, a two-coat 70 percent PVDF resin-based coating. These high-performance architectural coatings meet the industry’s stringent requirements set by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, AAMA 2605. This standard ensures the coatings exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals for long-lasting performance that requires minimal maintenance throughout the buildings’ lifespan.

While the durable, painted aluminum skylight systems offer natural light and views with a connection to the natural world, the low-e insulated, laminated, silkscreened Viracon VUE1-50 glass keeps the occupants comfortable. In total, the skylights’ total glass area is 11,150 square feet, with each of the hundreds of glass lites averaging five feet in length. “This is a building that is all about natural light – we wanted light to penetrate all five floors,” added Kolker.

Viracon’s high-performance glass also assists in lowering energy use by managing the unwanted solar heat gain and glare. Combined with daylight, views and durable finishes, these attributes can contribute to the project’s LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) content to eliminate the exhaust of potential pollutants. The primary environmental concern with liquid paints is the solvents, which may have VOC content and must be destroyed safely. Linetec uses a 100 percent air capture system and destroys the VOCs with a regenerative thermal oxidizer, so there is no adverse environmental impact. Linetec then re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line.

Recognizing the project’s green design and construction, LEED-NC Gold certification was awarded to Olin Business School’s Knight Hall and Bauer Hall in November 2014. In addition, Tarlton Corporation’s work on the project earned the Associated General Contractors of America’s 2015 Alliant Build America Award.

Hank Webber, Washington University executive vice chancellor for administration, concluded, “Anytime you work on an iconic university, you face the challenge of how do you meet 21st-century needs in a campus whose physical form was established in the beginning of the 20th century. There is a practical set of needs for classrooms and offices in a modern business school. There is also a fundamental need to create great spaces that build a sense of community.”


Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School, Knight Hall and Bauer Hall; Throop Drive and Snow Way; St. Louis, MO 63130;
* Owner: Washington University in St. Louis;
* Architect-of-record: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners; Santa Monica, California;
* Associate architect: Mackey Mitchell Architects; St. Louis;
* General contractor: Tarlton Corporation; St. Louis;
* Skylight systems – manufacturer and installer: Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC; Mequon, Wisconsin;
* Skylight systems – glass fabricator: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota;
* Skylight systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Skylight systems – coatings manufacturer: PPG Industries; Pittsburgh;
* Photographer: William Lemke, courtesy of Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC


Client News: Kolbe Introduces Ultra Series XL Sterling double hung windows

Kolbe_XLSterlingDH_204webAddressing larger openings with traditional aesthetics, Kolbe introduces Ultra Series XL Sterling windows in sizes up to 48 inches wide by 120 inches tall. This new product builds upon the performance, aesthetics and design flexibility of the Sterling double hung product line.

Ultra Series XL Sterling presents the warmth of wood on the interior with low-maintenance, extruded aluminum cladding and durable finishes on the exterior. Ultra Series products offer exterior casings and nosings, numerous exterior colors and finishes, various wood species, interior prefinishes, performance divided lites, and more.

“With woodKolbe_XLSterlingDH_202web interior covers to provide a clean, consistent appearance and Class 5 balances for ease of operation in larger sizes, XL Sterling double hungs are a perfect fit for any oversized commercial or residential opening,” says Kolbe’s product and market manager, Lance Premeau, LEED® Green Associate.

Energy-efficient, insulating LoE2-270 glass is standard on XL Sterling windows with several customization options to meet specific climate zone conditions and aesthetic preferences. The XL Sterling has been tested and impact-certified to IPD4 levels up to a 48-by-120-inch size.

For complete information, specific product details, and data on XL Sterling windows from Kolbe, please visit

What began in 1946 as a two-brother team has grown into an internationally respected manufacturing company. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors for residential and commercial markets. After more than 65 years, Kolbe products are best known for superior quality, custom craftsmanship, attention to detail, as well as innovative and unique designs.


Association News: AAMA LinkedIn group reaches 1,500 followers

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) LinkedIn group recently surpassed 1,500 followers, a milestone in the association’s social media outreach efforts. This public group is open to all involved in the fenestration industry, and not just AAMA members. To join, visit LinkedIn and search the groups for AAMA to begin participating in the industry discussions.
“The AAMA LinkedIn group is available to all involved in the industry as a news source and information-sharing venue,” says AAMA’s president and CEO, Rich Walker. “It also serves as an effective way to connect with others outside of conferences and meetings. We’re proud of the community response, and we look forward adding many more followers in the future.”

In addition to this LinkedIn group, two other groups exist solely for AAMA member use: The AAMA Legislative and Regulatory LinkedIn group covers all matters pertaining to fenestration legislation and regulatory activities; and the AAMA Southeast Region LinkedIn group is dedicated to member news that pertains to that geographic region, such as code updates. These groups are a members-only benefit, where members can connect with one another and work together on achieving mutual goals.

AAMA’s social media outreach also includes the @AAMAInfo Twitter account posts daily industry news and regular member company updates. In addition, get a behind-the-scenes look at the association on its @AAMAInfo Instagram account to see what is happening at AAMA headquarters each week.


Client News: Kolbe windows and doors feature the latest technology in product automation

Kolbe_AutomationL318_webKolbe showcases the technology and convenience of automation systems for its multi-slide pocket doors, lift and slide doors, swing doors, awnings and casements. Examples were displayed at the 2015 AIA Expo showing a VistaLuxe® Collection three-panel-wide, multi-slide pocketing door with an automation system; an Ultra Series custom, Hickory plank, inswing entrance door with electronically activated, multi-point locking system; and a motorized awning installed within a VistaLuxe Collection corner unit.

Kolbe‘s sliding door automation systems utilize an interactive wall switch, providing easy-to-use, push-button controls, as well as a feedback feature for serviceability. Optional items include a high-resolution touch screen kit, a wireless wall switch, a wireless remote and an overhead motion sensor kit. “The system allows the homeowner to open and close these expansive doors with the push of a button,” says Kolbe’s product and market manager, Lance Premeau, LEED® Green Associate.

 These systems are available for field-installation on Ultra Series and VistaLuxe complementary multi-slide doors, as well as Ultra Series TerraSpan® Lift & Slide doors. The system may be specified for use with either pocketing or stacking, and bi-parting door configurations, and also for 90-degree corner units.

Factory-installed, electronically activated, multi-point locking systems for swing doors also are available on Ultra Series, Heritage Series and VistaLuxe Collection. Clean, finished aesthetics are maintained as there are no visible wires and cable-free contact avoids pinched and broken wires. Providing design flexibility and system customization, the control module can interface with several systems including keypad, biometric and switching devices. A toggle switch allows the owner to disable automatic locking and activate uninterrupted passage.

Kolbe_AutomationX808_webFor awning and casement windows, Kolbe offers motorized options in Ultra, Heritage, Classic, Latitude® and Windquest® Series, as well as VistaLuxe Collection units. These can be easily wired, use standard 110-volt electricity and can be operated with a wall switch. This convenient operation is especially appreciated when the windows are situated near the top of a tall ceiling or other areas that make manual operation less accessible, while providing ventilation.


Association News: AAMA presents “How to Succeed with FenestrationMasters” webinar on June 16

FMasters_print_pantoneRegistration for the next American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) webinar is now open. On June 16, Dean Lewis, AAMA’s educational and technical information manager, will provide a complete explanation of the benefits, procedures, costs and study materials available to take full advantage of the FenestrationMasters™ professional education and certification program. Anyone in the industry can participate in this free #AAMAwebinar from the comfort of their own office or home.

“The AAMA FenestrationMasters program is the only professional certification and education that covers the full breadth of the fenestration industry, including performance standards, products and materials, test methods and code requirements,” says AAMA’s president and CEO, Rich Walker. “Sign up for this webinar and learn how you can validate your industry experience.”

The complimentary webinar will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT. System requirements to participate are Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server for PC-based attendees, or Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer for Apple users. Mobile attendees may also participate using an Apple or Android device. Register online today.

About the Presenter
Since joining the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) in 1999, Dean Lewis has utilized his technical experience to manage and advance AAMA’s product certification program. During the last few years, Lewis has used his knowledge of technical training to advance the FenestrationMasters professional certification program, as well as other educational initiatives.


Association News: AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference early bird registration closing June 4

Seattle Skyline by Bryce Edwards

Seattle Skyline photo by Bryce Edwards,

Early bird registration for the upcoming AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference will close on Thurs., June 4, but those interested may still plan to participate. The conference will be held June 28-July 1 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, and a wide range of speakers have been scheduled for the week. The AAMA Western Region Summer Summit will follow immediately after, from July 1-2, in the same location and will feature an excellent slate of speakers specific to that region’s interests.


The speakers at the Summer Conference will include keynote speaker and author Mic Patterson (Advanced Technology Studio), who will present on Mon., June 29, “Divergent Trajectories: Framing the Future of Glass and the Building Skin.” Patterson is a designer, researcher and educator who wrote the book, Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures. His presentation will review the recent evolution in facade technology and applications, and will identify current and emerging drivers that are powering this change. Challenges and opportunities facing the glass industry also will be part of the discussion. The intent is to open a window on the future of glass and the building skin.

James Connelly of the International Living Future Institute also will speak Monday on the future of building products. He directs the Living Product Challenge, a program that re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. His presentation will analyze the growing transparency movement that will shape the future of manufacturing and product demand.

Rich Mitchell, now with the Green Building Initiative, joined Mackenzie as a project architect in 1989. Accredited as a LEED® AP BD+C, Green Globes Professional and a Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, he will present an overview of his experience with both rating systems. The presentation also will include a case study of the Green Globes process for an industrial building, comparing a conventional approach with an approach to earn 1 and 2 Green Globes.

John Nolan is a practicing attorney for The Gary Law Group. For over 20 years, his practice has been devoted to assisting clients in their identification and management of risks and claims. His presentation will address product liability claims, construction litigation, managing risk through transparency, product warranties and communication with the distribution chain.

On Tues., June 30, professor Ulrich Sieberath of Ift Rosenheim, and an honorary professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim, Germany, will give a presentation on window technology in Europe, touching on both technical performance and sustainability. During his session, he will focus on the design of windows, the methods of testing, and the methods of accounting for energy gains and losses.

On Wed., July 1, before the last few meetings of the conference, Colin Craven from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center will speak about certifying windows for areas like Alaska, with harsher climates. Since starting with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Alaska in 2008, Craven has led efforts on building science projects, product tests and the development of the Certified Alaska Tough program. This program is based on stringent thermal and structural performance criteria, and is intended to help guide consumer decision making by distinguishing windows designed to perform well in cold climates. This presentation will briefly summarize the motivations for the Certified Alaska Tough program, describe the window certification criteria and invite industry feedback and discussion of the program.

Register Now

Again, early bird registration ends June 4, and AAMA members receive a discount by registering online. As usual, spouses may attend the conference free of charge, with a paid participant registration.

Western Region Summer Summit

Stay an extra day for the Western Region Summer Summit for a registration fee of $250, which includes meals and a reception Wednesday night.