Client News: Wausau approved by NRFC as Manufacturer ACE Organization

Recognizing Wausau Window and Wall Systems‘ industry leadership and expertise, the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) has approved the company as a Manufacturer Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization under the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Certification Program.
NFRC is the global leader in delivering energy and related performance ratings and certification for fenestration products and systems. Many of Wausau’s products are listed in NFRC’s Certified Products Directory, including operable and fixed windows, sliding glass doors and unitized curtainwall. In 2009, Wausau’s John Kolbeck and Tom Mifflin also were among the first CMA software tool (CMAST) users who earned ACE certification.

“ACE certification keeps us at the forefront of emerging industry trends in energy-efficiency. Based on our experience and knowledge, we can provide our customers with the expertise and comfort to decipher new energy code requirements,” said Kolbeck. “Manufacturer ACE Organizations can generate code-mandated CMA Bid Certificates and Label Certificates for framing systems included in the NFRC CMAST library, no matter which glass is selected. This helps ensure responsive and accurate thermal performance verification on a project-to-project basis.”

Mifflin added, “Model Energy codes like ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC [International Energy Conservation Code] reflect best practices for non-residential applications. Wausau recommends specifying U-Factor and SHGC requirements by citing the values used in the default, prescriptive or performance compliance path option employed during permitting. Performance of specific Wausau frame-glass combinations can be obtained from the NFRC Certified Products Directory or CMA Bid Certificate.”

Through NFRC’s CMAST libraries of approved frames, glass and spacer components, users can configure fenestration products for a project, and can obtain a U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance rating for those products. Performance values are then compared to the energy requirements of local codes, such as California’s Title 24, to determine compliance. In addition to 24 active product listings in the NFRC Certified Products Directory for factory-glazed fenestration, Wausau has 16 Framing Product Lines in the CMAST library, and new product variations are added frequently.

Client News: Linetec and Valspar provide consistent, durable finish for Aspen Art Museum’s white exterior composed of multiple architectural metal products

At nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, Aspen, Colorado, is known for its mountain ski slopes that rise seemingly from the heart of the town’s central business district. Echoing these snowy and forested surroundings, design architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize for Architecture winner, Shigeru Ban and his New York practice, Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect (SBA) designed the new $45 million Aspen Art Museum (AAM), which was completed along with Colorado-based executive architects Cottle Carr Yaw Architects (CCY).AAM_2LvlHall_Skalko_2014

Featuring an iconic, composite geometric screen that drapes the museum’s bright glass and white metal exterior on two sides, the new AAM facility was completed in August 2014. The new museum houses 17,500 square feet of exhibition space in all, with over 12,500 square feet of dedicated interior gallery space—more than tripling the former museum facility’s exhibition capabilities.

Linetec finished the aluminum-framed curtainwall, windows, sliding door and skylight systems in its Pure White color. Using Valspar’s Fluropon®, Linetec matched and blended the 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coating in-house to provide a consistent appearance across multiple products and manufacturers. The large openings’ direct light is shaded on two sides of the building by the Prodema screen, which is a synthesis of paper and resin veneered with wood. Natural light is maximized from all elevations to illuminate the museum’s grand staircase, corridor, main street entry and four of six gallery spaces.

“The museum’s lattice screen, bright white finishes and vast amounts of glass create a beautifully intricate play of light and shadow throughout the building. It’s a truly beautiful structure and a very environmentally sound project as well,” describes Linetec’s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED® Green Associates.

To enter the 33,000-square-foot museum, located a block and a half from the main ski gondola, visitors may take an external staircase or, upon entry through the main E. Hyman Avenue street-level entry, a glass “moving room” elevator cab to the rooftop sculpture garden and café space on the third level for panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. From there, they can then descend to the galleries, exiting again at street level. Architect Shigeru Ban says this progression mimics the act of skiing: “You rise up, you get the views, then you descend.”

SBA was very specific about their design vision and its color selections, according to Rob Seils, Linetec sales manager. He says, “They wanted the finish to be uniform and consistent from one building material to the next. Coating materials, manufacturing processes and equipment, as well as color measuring standards can vary significantly amongst coating applicators. The best way to control color consistency is to use one coating manufacturer and applicator whenever possible. Our color-matching experts scanned color samples, analyzed them with our exclusive color management software, and created the recipe of tints and bases to precisely match the color sample.”

AAM_Roof_EightDay_SkalkoCustomer samples and color match requests are typically processed and completed in 24 hours for most in-house blendable colors. For SBA and the Aspen Art Museum, these quick-turn timelines were maintained, as was open communication and consultation with Valspar. “Our lab associates can match anything, from a piece of metal to a section of masonry, to a swatch of fabric,” Seils notes.

“The process to successfully match a color involves chemistry and the appropriate lighting,” elaborates Valspar’s technical manager for extrusion coatings, Mike Churchill. “When we receive a color to match, we analyze its pigment composition — which defines its chemistry. Utilizing only one light source, a given color could be matched with multiple pigment combinations. However, if you change the light source, each of the matches will look visually different from one another and some differences can be quite dramatic. For exterior coatings, the final review of the matched panels should be done at midday outdoors and not in an office setting with fluorescent lights. If you review the panel under fluorescent lights, it may not appear to be as close a match as desired.

To meet the architects’ visual and performance requirements, Linetec and Valspar recommended a three-coat Fluropon finish – primer, top coat (color coat) and clear coat. “Typically, with lighter colors clear coats are not used. The resins in the clear coat have a yellowish tint. When applied at the lower dry film thickness typical of a normal clear coat spray application, this will result in the finish having a slightly orange peeled and blotchy appearance,” cautions Churchill. “For this application, we were fortunate that the color choice was a yellowish shade of an off-white color. This enabled a thicker film clear coat to be applied. The thicker films level out better for a more even look and provide added protection against UV at the higher Aspen elevation.”

The museum’s elevation and the prevailing local climate were key concerns. “UV radiation is one of the biggest culprits for degrading paint’s performance, causing loss of gloss, chalking and color fade. For every 1000 meters above sea level, UV radiation levels increase approximately 12 percent,” says Churchill. “Valspar’s Fluropon coatings are among the most weather-resistant of all finishes, meeting the most demanding exterior architectural specification, AAMA 2605-13.”

AAMA’s rigorous testing performance standards include more than 2,000 hours of prohesion (cyclic corrosion) exposures; 4,000 hours of humidity resistance; and a variety of physical property and chemical resistance testing. AAMA standards also require the coating to maintain specified standards of film integrity, color retention, chalk resistance and gloss retention for a period of 10 years. Valspar’s Fluropon coatings have demonstrated their performance for nearly 50 years in real-world applications. They also successfully have met the Equatorial Mount with Mirrors for Acceleration with Water EMMAQUA® testing, Q-TRAC sunlight concentrator testing and Florida outdoor exposure testing.AAM_GalleryWindow_Skalko_2014

Further managing UV and solar heat gain, the Museum’s 12,000 square foot, custom-built EFCO curtainwall system features Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ operable windows and triple insulated glass units (IGUs) from Viracon. “Our 2250i-XLT series window, open for 2-inch overall glass and glazing by Harmon, met the tough thermal requirements of the project,” says Jay Albee, Wausau’s product and pricing specialist.

Glazing contractor Harmon, Inc. installed the curtainwall system and was also responsible for the museum’s structural glass floor skylights and SAFTIFIRST fire-rated exterior and interior curtainwall. “The project is like no other; the enclosure systems we installed are technically custom and specific to the design intent. Harmon’s ‘innovative solutions,’ with the assistance of LTS Drafting and Engineering, Stutzki Engineering, Quast Consulting and Testing, and Architectural Aluminum Fabrication, Inc. offered the project a means to meet SBA’s design criteria in terms of aesthetics and performance,” says Harmon’s senior project manager, Jason Nimmo.

“The installation of these custom systems was quite challenging,” Nimmo acknowledges. “At the same time, the finished product is something we will always take pride in. The customization of the EFCO 5500X curtainwall system started with Linetec’s fine finishing skills and ended with custom through-mullion sex-bolt connections via 3/8-inch aluminum knife plates. These knife plates connected the curtainwall system to the inboard structure and the outboard steel grid system that supports the woven panel screen wall. This particular detail is pronounced at the grand stair, as the curtainwall connection brackets span more than 8-feet overhead — perpendicular to the stairs — before tying into an embed at the post-tension concrete floors.”

AAM_Roof_Eleven_SkalkoNimmo adds, “Although, the exterior views of the enclosure systems are masked by the custom, woven panel screen wall system, the views from the interior are definitely appealing. The AAM building is truly an architectural icon.”

Helping make this destination accessible for all, the glass elevator provides functionality, transparency and complements the grand stair. “The application itself presented several hurdles for SAFTIFIRST; being a two-hour, exterior, elevator enclosure. Our engineering and project management worked closely with Harmon, SBA and CCY to ensure a seamless integration of our system into the overall design,” states Timothy Nass, vice president of national sales for SAFTIFIRST.

Nass continues, “The aesthetic challenges required coordination with other manufacturers and Linetec’s ability to provide us with a custom, painted finish solidified our goal of blending in with the adjacent, non-rated systems. While code compliance is always priority number one, controlling the elements, ensuring thermal integrity and meeting the unique requirements of an elevator shaft were also top priorities.”

AAM_Roof_Five_SkalkoTaking the glass elevator to the rooftop sculpture garden, visitors enjoy a different perspective as they look through the large skylights into the gallery space below. Harmon installed the Panda sliding doors and skylights from Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC. These skylights include a 36-foot-6-inch-square, triangular single pitch unit with a diagonal framing pattern, and an L-shaped single pitch unit stretching 5-feet-wide by 44-feet-long on each leg. Viracon supplied the low-iron, fritted glass for both units. Meeting maximum height elevations established by the design team, the skylights have very shallow slopes (1.14 and 3.0 degrees).

“To promote optimum water shedding, Super Sky’s Total Flush Glazing system was used to eliminate the use of standard pressure plates, which would have restricted water flow off the glass surface,” explains Super Sky’s project manager, Todd Wilde. “Both units were supported by a very unique and finely crafted exposed wood timber truss system. Close coordination with the roof truss geometry was essential to ensure that support post base plates lined up with the roof truss top chord intersections, as well as having the framing members align with truss top chord members.”

Strategic placement of the skylights helps minimize the use of electricity, combined with photovoltaic panels. With their stringent lighting and climate-control needs, museums tend to consume large amounts of energy. However, the Aspen Art Museum utilizes what the architectural team refers to as a “thermos” design, in which the most energy-demanding spaces are placed at the center of the building, surrounded with circulation space. This double-layered building envelope maintains proper humidity levels in the galleries without expending unnecessary energy and costs to adjust those levels elsewhere. The exterior curtainwall, window and entrance systems’ Pure White color finish also reflects the solar radiation, which further contributes to the museum’s overall energy savings.

Other energy-efficient aspects include recycling of “waste heat” and a chilled water-cooling system. By redirecting excess heat to the noncritical building perimeter and outside the snowmelt areas, the galleries are protected from overheating in a well insulated, sealed building envelope. Chilled water provides cooling systems to the galleries year-round, in lieu of natural ventilation, which would compromise indoor air-quality standards in critical areas.

With respect to the contributions and collaboration of the project’s team members, SAFTIFIRST’s Nass summarizes, “Everyone associated with the project proved that they were tops in their respective fields. It is truly an honor to be associated with a building such as this.”


Aspen Art Museum; 637 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, Colorado 81611;
* Owner’s representative and project manager: O’Connor Consulting, LLC; Basalt, Colorado;
* Architect: Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect; Tokyo, Japan;; New York office,
* Executive architect: Cottle Carr Yaw Architects, Ltd.; Basalt, Colorado;
* General contractor: Turner Construction Company; Denver office;
* Construction manager – local contractor: Summit Construction Company; Basalt, Colorado;
* Glazing contractor and curtainwall fabricator: Harmon, Inc.; Denver office;
* Exterior curtainwall – drafting and engineering: LTS Drafting and Engineering; Englewood, Colorado;
* Exterior curtainwall – engineering consulting: Stutzki Engineering, Inc.; Milwaukee;
* Exterior curtainwall – testing: Quast Consulting and Testing, Inc.; Mosinee, Wisconsin;
* Exterior curtainwall – fabrication: Architectural Aluminum Fabrication, Inc.; Aurora, Colorado
* Exterior curtainwall, window and skylight system – glass fabricator: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota;
* Exterior curtainwall system – manufacturer: EFCO; Monett, Missouri;
* Interior curtainwall – manufacturer: SAFTIFIRST; Brisbane, California;
* Sliding doors – manufacturer: Panda Windows & Doors; North Las Vegas, Nevada;
* Window system – manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Skylight system – manufacturer: Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC; Mequon, Wisconsin;
* Curtainwall, window, sliding door and skylight systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Curtainwall, window, sliding door and skylight systems – finish: Valspar 70% PVDF Fluropon®; The Valspar Corporation; Minneapolis;
* Photos: Derek Skalko

Client News: Wausau connects new University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center to greater campus

The University of Minnesota’s expanded Recreation and Wellness Center provides spaces for students and staff to recreate, exercise, and socialize, while enjoying sweeping views of the school’s urban campus. The recently opened building features Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ factory-assembled curtainwall, windows and sun shades.© 2014 Ryan Siemers

The $59.7 million, 150,000-square foot addition doubled the size of the existing facility. Created by Studio Five Architects of Minneapolis, in collaboration with the Chicago office of Cannon Design, the building’s wedge-shape design makes the most of the space’s compact triangular site. The design also includes a façade of brick, limestone and generous amounts of glass to provide natural light to the building users and continuity to the larger University of Minnesota campus.

© 2014 Ryan SiemersTo accomplish the design and daylighting goals, Minneapolis-based general contractor JE Dunn Construction worked closely with glazing contractor W. L. Hall Company of Hopkins, Minnesota. The building’s multi-radius curved front capitalizes on Wausau’s high-performance curtainwall and windows, allowing natural light to deeply penetrate into all five stories of the building’s interior spaces. The Recreation Center’s entry level also features a gradual stepping-up of the floor to allow daylight to reach as far as possible into the lower levels.

In total, W. L. Hall installed approximately 42,000 square feet of Wausau’s structurally glazed SuperWall™ curtainwall system and Clear Story™ sun shades across three of the building’s four façades. Clear Story exterior sun shades add to energy efficiencies by intercepting unwanted solar heat gain before it can impact a building’s HVAC system’s load. Sun shades economize natural light by redirecting further into a building’s interior spaces.

“Wausau’s experience in metal fabrication was crucial to the sun shade’s design,” said Craig Johnson, Project Manager, W. L. Hall Co. “Some of the blade profiles were 15 inches long and required developing a custom die to accommodate the large size. Not many companies would be able to successfully deliver such an unusual order, but Wausau not only met our expectations, they exceeded them.”

© 2014 Ryan SiemersW.L. Hall also installed 30 of Wausau’s 4250 Series zero sightline fixed casement windows in the building’s second, third and fourth floor office areas. The 4250 Series features VE1-2M, insulated glass fabricated by Viracon. Viracon silk-screened the panes in two different patterns as a design element and for improved performance. Silk-screened glass improves solar control performance and can be combined with clear or tinted glass substrates, as well as with high-performance coatings to reduce glare and decrease solar transmission.

Wausau’s casements, curtainwall and sun shades also are manufactured using recycled aluminum that contains at least 70 percent total recycled content. Linetec finished the window systems’ exposed aluminum framing using a durable 70 percent PVDF resin-based coating in a Chestnut Ridge Gray color. These high-performance architectural coatings meet the most stringent, exterior, architectural specification, American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA-2605.

“Working with Wausau was a great experience,” said Johnson. “We chose their products because we had worked with them before and knew they could deliver on time and on budget, and as this was a fast-track project, we needed a partner we could rely on to get the job done.”

© 2014 Ryan SiemersLocated on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank Campus, the Recreation and Wellness Center serves more than 6,000 people on an average weekday during the academic year. The student recreation center expansion includes fitness areas for cardio and weight training; locker rooms; a climbing wall; a variety of multipurpose rooms for yoga, spinning, exercise classes and meetings; an indoor running track; a super mac gymnasium for indoor soccer, field hockey and other sports; an outdoor adventure center; administrative spaces and a cafe. The project also includes a two-story link from the existing recreation center to the new addition.

Construction on the project began in spring 2011 and was completed in time to welcome students for the 2013-14 academic year.


Recreation and Wellness Center, University of Minnesota, 123 Harvard St. S.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455;
* Owner: University of Minnesota; Minneapolis;
* Architect of Record: Studio Five Architects, Inc.; Minneapolis;
* Design Architects: Cannon Design; Chicago;
* General Contractor and Construction Manager at Risk: JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc.; Minneapolis;
* Glazing Contractor: W. L. Hall Company; Hopkins, Minnesota;
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems, SuperWall curtainwall and 4250 Series windows; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Glazing systems – glass assemblies: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota;
* Glazing systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Photographer: Ryan Siemers, ASMP, Assoc. AIA, LEED® AP

Association News: Product certification life extended to 10 years

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is set to release AAMA 103-14a, Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies, on Dec. 1, 2014. This document has been completely re-written and re-formatted to comply with new ANSI accreditation requirements. Additionally, a new feature of this document is the enlargement of the initial certification period from four to five years, plus the option to extend the certification of qualifying products for an additional five years, if additional quality checks are added to the licensee’s Quality Management System.
These additional requirements are outlined in section 17 of the document. Certification to the new five-year term will be implemented upon publication of this document on Dec. 1, 2014. All existing certifications that have not expired by this date will be eligible for the five-year extension on Dec. 1. New certifications for the air-water-structural program will be for five years upon implementation.

“The addition of the five-year initial certification term to AAMA’s window and door certification program will allow our licensees to see a larger return on their testing dollars,” says Jason Seals, AAMA’s certification manager. “Additionally, those participating in the five-year extension program can see an even larger return on their investment, while also gaining additional benefits from the enhanced quality control program and ten year total certification term.”

AAMA was formerly accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 65, published in 1996. Now, AAMA will be accredited to the new ISO/IEC 17065, titled Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies Certifying Products, which was published in 2012.

AAMA 103-14A, along with other AAMA documents, will be available from AAMA’s Publication Store.

Association News: AAMA releases new specification for blast hazard mitigation for vertical fenestration systems

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 510-14, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems, which provides a guide to manufacturers, architects, specifiers, contractors and building owners for specifying these types of systems and services to meet the requirements of blast hazard mitigation.
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Blast mitigation products are intended for the reduction of injuries and fatalities of occupants under defined blast criteria. The method of installing these products is as important as the product itself, and must be evaluated during testing and/or structural analysis.

“Unlike most AAMA documents, this one is primarily designed to be a roadmap for architects to use as a reference guide and format for specifying hazard mitigation products,” says Dennis Kelly (Graham Architectural Products), chair of the Security Hazard Mitigation for Fenestration Products Committee.

This docPhoto 3 - shock tubeument was last updated in 2006. It was developed in cooperation with several government and industry groups over the course of a few years, to incorporate the best practices and accepted test standards, Kelly adds.

“A very important use of this significant document is that, if the procedure in the document is followed and the laboratory is accredited as noted in the document, the specifier can be confident that the product he or she is specifying when tested in accordance with the stipulated procedures can be matched to other products and will meet the requirements as desired,” says Kelly.

AAMA 510-14, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.

Client News: ROCKFON helps Metro Toronto Convention Centre meet aesthetic, sustainable durability goals

RF_MTCC_20016_Bochsler_webWhen the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) decided to renovate its South Building, it sought replacement ceiling panels that offered both a modern look and modern performance, and would support its pursuit of LEED® certification, a rigorous  and internationally recognized certification from Canadian Green Building Council.  With ROCKFON, it found a solution that would uplift its architectural vision and uphold its design requirements.

Located at 222 Bremner Boulevard in downtown Toronto, the 1.2 million-square-foot MTCC South Building was designed by B+H Architects and opened in 1997. After 16 years, the space was in need of an update and the ceiling panels had begun to show their age. Addressing the convention centre’s essential performance and sustainability goals, ROCKFON worked closely with key facility staff of MTCC.

Joshua Jaikaran, MTCC’s facilities technical coordinator, served as project lead and managed the South Building’s renovation from the start to completion, including the product selection. Jaikaran’s colleagues, Vlaad Zahradnik and Scot Muncaster, provided project support while sustainability officer, Vivian Fleet, managed the LEED review process.

“We have had a sustainable procurement policy in place since 2008, which guides us in all purchasing practices,” says Jaikaran. “Choosing products that have recycled content and low/no-VOCs is important to the convention centre.” Rockfon Koral ceiling panels have earned UL® Environment’s GREENGUARD Gold Certification and contain up to 34% recycled content. ROCKFON ceiling panels are made of water-resistant stone wool, an inorganic material that does not promote growth of mold or bacteria.
Excellent sound absorption was another of the MTCC’s performance criteria. Rockfon Koral carries UL Classification for three acoustical categories. For MTCC, high sound absorption was most important, which is measured as a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 0.85. “Since we are Canada’s largest convention centre, many of our events can be quite large,” says Jaikaran. “We need to contain noise and provide acoustic privacy, rather than having sound penetrate the plenum and carry to adjacent spaces.”

ROCKFON’s district manager for Ontario and western Canada, Scott Debenham, adds, “Rockfon Koral’s high NRC mitigates what’s known as the ‘cocktail affect.’ When a large group of people gathers in an open space, they escalate the volume of their voices, competing to hear one another. This makes increasingly difficult to hear the individual conversations taking place. Our ceiling panels’ high sound absorption makes it easier to hear one another without raising your voice, as well as enhances speech intelligibility to hear a speaker addressing the large group.”

RF_MTCC_20016_Bochsler_webAs part of creating comfortable, healthy spaces that respect the environment, minimizing repair and maximizing longevity are key considerations in any sustainably designed project. With renovation projects, there is a direct opportunity for comparison and improvement. Jaikaran explains that MTCC’s “old tiles were brittle, dirty, broken on some edges” and showed signs of water damage and stains.

Rockfon Koral reflects 86 percent of light from the panel’s surface to the building’s interior, contributing to LEED criteria for energy efficiency. Jaikaran elaborates, “Having a white ceiling tile with a smooth surface and high light reflectance brightens up the space, which could potentially mean energy savings, light reduction and a cooler space.”

Prior to replacing the old ceiling panels, MTCC’s renovation project team gathered several samples to conduct their own practical experiments regarding cleaning and durability. ROCKFON’s products successfully passed MTCC’s tests. The stone wool panels also can withstand temperatures up to 2150 degrees Fahrenheit. It does not contribute to the development and spread of fire, giving occupants the extra minutes they may need to escape a fire.
Even when applied in infrequently heated and unheated rooms, or at high humidity levels, these panels retain their intended performance. No acclimatization is needed, which means ROCKFON ceiling panels can be installed during the very early stage of the build (when windows are not fully sealed) without any risk of deflection of the panels.  Assisting with a smooth installation, Jaikaran says, “The ceiling tiles are easy to cut. The workers find them easy to work with.”

“It’s gone well,” agrees Ralph Scali, Showtech Power & Lighting’s manager. Showtech installed more than 40,600 square feet of Rockfon Koral products in the prefunction areas of the South Building. As MTCC’s in-house partner, Showtech scheduled the facility improvements during a three-month period with activity occurring between the convention center’s events to avoid disrupting the clients and visitors. Completed in January 2014, Scali says, “It makes a huge difference once the new tiles are in. It certainly brightens it up.”

RF_MTCC_20009_Bochsler_webPleased with MTCC South Building renovation’s ceiling installation and its resulting aesthetic, performance and sustainability qualities, Jaikaran proudly describes the convention centre as offering: “Top-of-class service in a first-class venue in a world-class city. And yes, it’s the only facility that has hosted both a G20 and a G7 Summit,” as well as Toronto Construction Association’s Construct Canada, Canada Green Building Council’s national conference and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild.


* Owner: Metro Toronto Convention Centre,
* Installer: Showtech Power & Lighting,
* Distributor: Commercial Drywall Supply Inc.,
* Product: Rockfon® Koral™,

Client News: Knutson Construction announces promotions and new hires

Knutson Construction staff portraits September 29, 2014. © Tony NelsonKnutson Construction announces two new hires and two promotions:
* Vital Brouillard hired as vice president of preconstruction
* Tom Leimer promoted to division manager
* Chris Terry promoted to vice president of business development
* Christine Wiegert hired as director of business development

As vice president of preconstruction, Vital Brouillard, brings more than 30 years of industry experience with a focus on estimating and preconstruction. Most recently, he served as JE Dunn’s director of reconstruction. He is a graduate of North Dakota State School of Science. Brouillard will work directly with customers and design teams to develop and confirm budgets and cost estimates for Knutson’s projects. He will be involved in design reviews, value engineering, system cost analyses, long-term maintenance studies, phasing and bid package review. Working from Knutson’s Minneapolis office, he will support all of the company’s locations.

“Vital’s reputation, vast experience in preconstruction estimating utilizing state of the art estimating technology will have an immediate impact on ensuring budget certainty for our clients,” noted Steve Curry, president and CEO.


Promoted from senior project manager to division manager, Tom Leimer will be responsible for managing Knutson’s operations in Rochester, Minnesota, including project and employee oversight. Dave Bastyr, executive vice president said, “Tom has been with Knutson for over seven years and brings a positive attitude, attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills to his new role.”


Knutson Construction portraitsAs vice president of business development, Chris Terry will be responsible for leading business development for all offices. Previously serving as director of business development for Knutson’s locations in Wisconsin and Rochester, Minnesota, Terry will continue to live in Rochester and build upon the company’s growth by working closely with Leimer and the Rochester team. Terry has worked at Knutson for three years.

“Chris has played an integral role in helping our team build strong relationships and acquire new business throughout the Midwest,” praised Dave Bastyr, executive vice president, “As the leader of business development for all offices, he will develop and implement a strategic sales and marketing plan, and work closely with each office to ensure success in Knutson’s business development pursuits.”


Knutson Construction staff portraits October 14, 2014. © Tony NelsonAs director of business development, Christine Wiegert, will strengthen relationships in the marketplace and work with clients to help them achieve their goals. She is a sales and marketing professional with 21 years of experience and 15 years in the Twin Cities market. Most recently, she worked at TKDA as vice president of marketing and business development. She earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and currently is completing her Master of Arts in organizational leadership. Curry stated, “Christine brings strong communication skills and a unique perspective to Knutson’s growing sales team.”


KnutsonConstruction_web“As the Knutson team continues to grow we will continue to focus on collaboration, teamwork, trust, and building lasting relationships,” predicted Curry. “We are excited and optimistic about the changes and additions to our team and will remain focused on delivering an outstanding construction experience to our clients.”

Knutson Construction provides customers with pre-construction, design/build, general contracting and construction management services. Knutson has been providing expert construction services to healthcare, corporate, manufacturing, education, industrial, civic and retail customers since 1911. In addition to Minneapolis, Knutson has offices in Rochester, Minnesota; Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Altoona, Wisconsin.


Client News: Hamilton Wood Type prints the final four limited-edition type specimen sheets, sponsored by Appleton Coated

ACU-HWT_Specimen9Appleton Coated announces the final four of 12 limited-edition type specimen sheets letterpress printed by Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Numbers 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the series, the specimens showcase classic typefaces on Utopia® coated papers and Curious Collection® papers. Each specimen sheet was printed in an edition of 500 copies, signed and numbered by the printer.

Specimen Sheet No. 9 is printed on Curious Collection’s 100-pound cover SKIN in Grey featuring Bernhard Gothic Medium, first shown in Hamilton Manufacturing Co.’s 1930 specimen book. Designed and printed by Jim Moran, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum’s director, who said, “One of the first contemporary American san serifs, this low-waisted font was first introduced in 1929 in the ATF catalog. Its strong, bold details make Lucien Bernhard’s design a fine fit for Appleton Coated stock.”

ACU-HWT_Specimen10Specimen Sheet No. 10 highlights Utopia U2:XG Dull 120-pound cover and features Gothic XXX Condensed. This specimen was designed and printed by Hamilton’s assistant director, Stephanie Carpenter. She noted that it is “a great font for newspaper headlines or used anywhere else that a lot of information needs to be placed in a small space. It was produced in many sizes and the uniform stroke thickness makes it very legible in almost any size. The character and thusly, the history, of the large, 40 line type shows really well on coated paper.”

Specimen Sheet No. 11 features Curious Collection’s 100-pound cover Curious Matter in Ibizenca Sand as printed with Aldine typeface, first designed for wood type by William Page in 1870. “It was a workhorse font for printers in the late 1800s and early 1900s because of its broad surface area and relatively small counters,” explained Hamilton’s artistic director, Bill Moran. “Not only is Curious Matter an innovative sheet because of its use of potato waste, it also is a perfect choice for letterpress because of its toothy finish and its ability to take the impression of wood type.”ACU-HWT_Specimen11

Specimen Sheet No. 12 spotlights Utopia Two Dull 120-pound cover featuring Beaufonte. “This beauty made quite a splash as a very flowing ad style when it came out. The finely calendered finish on the coated sheet yields fine results with letterpress printing,” stated Carpenter, who designed and printed the poster.


In 2012, Appleton Coated became an official sponsor of the museum’s type specimen sheet archiving program and documentation of its type  collection. Incorporated 125 years ago in 1889, Appleton Coated has seen many Hamilton fonts printed on its papers. “We began the series to celebrate Hamilton’s vast collection of classic typefaces, letterpress printing and the enduring power of printed communication as demonstrated on Utopia coated and Curious Collection papers,” said Ferkó X. Goldinger, Appleton Coated’s marketing manager.ACU-HWT_Specimen12

Goldinger continued, “In these three years, the Museum’s visibility has risen dramatically. It successfully transitioned to a new, larger space and a one-of-a-kind destination. It has expanded its hands-on approach with new workshops, programs and an annual Wayzgoose type conference that attracts design and print professionals, historians, and creative people of all ages.”

Jim Moran also noted, “This series of specimen sheets not only demonstrates beautiful type, printing and paper; and a wonderful sampling of our history and collection; it also demonstrates what’s possible with a strong partner. Appleton Coated has been a committed supporter of the museum’s mission in Two Rivers and of our outreach efforts throughout North America. We feel fortunate to have this long-standing relationship and are thankful for the many opportunities that Appleton Coated has made possible throughout its sponsorship.”

Printer’s proofs of the specimen sheet series will be available for sale at the annual Wayzgoose type conference, held Nov. 7-9 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Registration is now open and is limited to 200 participants. Learn more at


Client News: MCA Award for Education honors Valspar as part of Chaffin Junior High School project team

Valspar_AR_ChaffinJrHi_25Shreve_webThe Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2014 Chairman’s Award honored The Valspar Corporation for its contribution to Chaffin Junior High School’s colorful renovation and addition in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Recognized in the category of “Educational – Primary and Secondary,” the project features metal wall panels and custom, aluminum accents finished in five colors using Valspar’s 70% PVDF Fluropon® products.

Matching the school’s colors – Hunter Green and Vegas Gold – Valspar’s coatings playfully distinguish the fresh façade, complementing and transforming the 45-year-old brick exterior. Opened in 1969, Chaffin Junior High School has continued to serve its growing community with little change to the original, brick box-shaped building. As enrollment doubled and teaching technology evolved, more space was required to serve the 872 students plus faculty, staff and community.

Fulfilling the Fort Smith Public Schools’ mission to provide “students a promising transition into the 21st century,” Architecture Plus, Inc. designed Chaffin Junior High School’s renovation and expansion. As part of this project, G.A.G. Builders, Inc. constructed 37,500 square feet of additions for administrative services and for music and fine arts. Completed in May 2013, total construction fees for the project are estimated at $9 million.

Valspar_AR_ChaffinJrHi_54Shreve_webModernization of the school also included blending a creative learning environment with the security and accessibility requirements of today’s k-12 facilities. Balancing visibility and vision, the exterior was updated with a secured entry tower and a bright and colorful metal façade.

Cladding the new addition and entry, the metal wall panel system was manufactured by Citadel Architectural Products, Inc., and installed by Architectural Glass and Metals. With respect to the school’s colors, the metal trim is finished in Valspar’s Kendall Green.

Further defining Chaffin Junior High School’s distinctive appearance and entrance, Equus Metals, Inc. created the aluminum tube “baguette” system to accentuate the main entrance and public face of the school. These colorful, custom, ornamental metal elements also were finished by the Texas Finishing Company using multiple colors from Valspar’s Fluropon palette: Gold Watch, Harvest Gold, Seawolf, Coronado Red and Dark Green.Valspar_AR_ChaffinJrHi_141Shreve_web

The annual MCA awards selected the Chaffin Junior High School project as an example highlighting innovation and creativity, while showcasing how metal products help achieve exceptional building designs. Valspar and the other building team members were presented with the MCA Chairman’s Award during the METALCON Conference in Denver on Oct. 1.

Valspar’s contributions to Florida’s Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral’s color-changing, metal-clad exterior also were honored in the category of Institutional Projects. Valspar previously was recognized with an MCA 2013 Chairman’s Award as part of the Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus project team.

The MCA awards are selected from among the entries submitted to Metal Architecture Magazine’s annual Design Awards Program. A judging panel comprised of experienced architects and industry professionals make the selections. Learn more about the MCA and its awards at


Photos by Don Shreve, Shreve Imaging

Client News: Metal Construction Association recognizes Valspar’s color-changing Kameleon coatings on award-winning Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Linetec-Valspar_FL_ExplorationTwr1_RipNoelThe Valspar Corporation was honored with the Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2014 Chairman’s Award in the Institutional project category for its contribution to Florida’s Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral’s color-changing, metal-clad exterior. The Port’s new, shimmering, iridescent welcome center showcases the first use of Valspar’s new Kameleon™ Color mica coating as spray-applied to Firestone Metal Products’ UNA-CLAD™ metal wall panels by Linetec, one the nation’s largest finishers of architectural aluminum.

The annual MCA awards recognize innovation and creativity, while showcasing how metal products help achieve exceptional building designs. Taking its cues from the shapes and hues of the port, GWWO Inc./Architects designed the $23 million, seven-story, sail-shaped structure.

GWWO selected Valspar’s Blue Pearl II color-changing paint to capture the themes of revitalization and change it sought to represent for the Port Canaveral area. Along with its unique appearance, the finish must withstand Florida’s hurricane wind speeds, unrelenting sun and salt spray. Kameleon Colors offer the same, advanced protection as Valspar’s 70% PVDF Fluropon® product family in rich, pearlescent pigments that shift in color when viewed from different angles.DCIM100GOPRO

Skanska USA served as the general contractor of the 23,000-square-foot project, which opened in November 2013. Kenpat USA was the subcontractor responsible for the exterior metal façades and wall system. In addition to the Kameleon Colors’ Blue Pearl II finish on southern seaside elevation, Linetec also applied Valspar’s Fluropon White finish to the northern elevation’s aluminum-framed curtainwall offering views of the bustling port.

Valspar and the other building team members were presented with the MCA Chairman’s Award during the METALCON Conference in Denver on Oct. 1. Valspar’s contributions to Chaffin Junior High School’s addition/renovation in Arkansas also were honored in the category of Education – Primary and Secondary Projects. Valspar previously was recognized with an MCA 2013 Chairman’s Award as part of the Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus project team.

The MCA awards are selected from among the entries submitted to Metal Architecture Magazine‘s annual Design Awards Program. A judging panel comprised of experienced architects and industry professionals make the selections. Learn more about the MCA and its awards at


Photos by Rip Noel, Noel Studios Inc.