Client News: Four more Wausau associates earn NFRC ACE certification

Four more associates at Wausau Window and Wall Systems have earned a Certificate of Approval for successfully completing the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Training Workshop and passing all necessary examinations.

Wausau’s most recent ACEs include: engineering team leader, Jerry Habeck; research and development design engineer, Josh Cole; and architectural sales representatives, Brad Glauser and Gregg Tassone. Based in Washington state, Glauser serves design and building teams in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and northern Idaho. On the opposite coast, Tassone supports New York City and northern New Jersey.

As an NFRC ACE, each is qualified to carry out performance calculations of fenestration products for design support and final certification using the NFRC Component Modeling Approach (CMA). They join their colleagues, John Kolbeck and Tom Mifflin at Wausau, who were among the first to earn ACE certification in 2009.

In 2014, the NFRC also approved Wausau Window and Wall Systems as a Manufacturer ACE Organization. Many of Wausau’s products are listed in NFRC’s Certified Products Directory, including operable and fixed windows, sliding glass doors and unitized curtainwall.

“We are proud of all four of them for their accomplishments. With this knowledge, they are able to directly support architects and our customer’s project needs and keep Wausau at the forefront of emerging industry trends in energy efficiency,” said Mifflin.

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 New York City’s Energy Conservation Code and Seattle’s Energy Code, to determine compliance.

Performance of specific Wausau frame-glass combinations can be obtained from the NFRC Certified Products Directory or the CMA process. In addition to 24 active product listings in the NFRC Certified Products Directory for factory-glazed fenestration, Wausau has many approved curtainwall, window and door products in the CMAST library, and new product variations are added frequently.


Client News: Kolbe triple hung windows capture towering views and architectural detail

Kolbe’s Old World Classic and Ultra Series Sterling triple hung windows expand the vertical space for greater views, increased daylight and natural airflow, while offering high performance and design flexibility. The windows’ precise architectural details are customized to match both traditional and historic homes, including replacement units for some of the nation’s oldest properties.2015-JanIBS-TripleHungs-F302

Inspired by all-wood windows of an earlier era, Kolbe’s Old World Classic triple hung units feature a chain and pulley system to meet strict historic standards. Bridging the best of the past and the present, Kolbe’s Old World Classic windows’ modern performance delivers reliable, nearly effortless operation and dependable longevity.

Custom-built to the match each project in size and appearance, Old World Classic triple hung windows may be specified in numerous wood species, finish options and exterior wood trim choices. Curved glass or wood exterior decorative accessories, such as pediment heads, keystones, rosettes and corner blocks, complete the aesthetic.

Ultra Series Sterling triple hung windows present the warmth of wood on the interior with clad with low-maintenance aluminum and durable finishes on the exterior. These windows are engineered with smooth-operating, spring-loaded block and tackle balances or Class 5 balances to accommodate the largest sizes.

Wood covers conceal Ultra Series Sterling triple hung windows’ interior jambliners, bringing the their appearance up to the level of fine furniture. Extruded aluminum trim and sill nosing offer architectural aesthetics similar to wood trim, and typically are finished to match the windows’ frames and sash. For unique expressions, custom trim profiles may be requested and the trim, sill nosing, frames and sash may be finished in complementary or contrasting colors.

Both Old World Classic and Ultra Series Sterling triple hung windows may be requested with performance divided lites, interior removable grilles or grilles-in-the-airspace, finished to match inside and out. Glazing bead options accentuate the desired style: Beveled glazing beads help create the traditional look of wood windows. Ovolo glazing beads create a more unique profile.

Further defining a one-of-a-kind look, consider Kolbe’s tinted, colored patterned or finely crafted glass. Beyond aesthetics, Kolbe supports energy efficiency across the various climate zones in the U.S. with glass options that include high performance, insulating glass with LoE coatings. Laminated glass may be specified for enhanced safety, security, sound control and UV control. Impact resistant glass further withstands harsh environmental conditions, especially in coastal regions.

Visit Kolbe’s website to learn more about its triple hung windows and to download air, water, structural and thermal reports; finish performance and wood certification documentation; warranties; and installation and maintenance information.


Client News: Kolbe’s Latitude Series offers updated wood-look interior laminates to help marry classic style with low maintenance

For homeowners who prefer the classic look of wood with modern convenience of vinyl, Kolbe now offers four interior laminate choices for their Latitude® Series windows and doors: Dark Oak, Natural Cherry, Natural Oak and White Ash.
“Kolbe believes that quality is in the details – we can customize a solution to meet nearly any aesthetic and performance desire. With our new wood-look interior finish options, our Latitude Series units have more aesthetic choices to make them perfect for new construction, historical renovation or energy-efficiency replacement projects,” said Mark Harger, Kolbe’s general manager, Manawa division. “Kolbe strives to offer the highest end options and finishes to our customers, and the realistic wood appearance of these laminates does not disappoint.”

Wood-look finishes are available on the interior of most Latitude Series window and door products, including casements, awnings, double hungs, double sliders, selected radius and geometric windows, as well as sliding patio doors. This finish choice is available on units with and without performance divided lites, exterior brickmoulds, and other options, giving homeowners the options of a wood window with the low-maintenance versatility for which Latitude Series products are known.

Kolbe’s Latitude Series are engineered for easy installation and backed by a limited lifetime warranty on all frame and sash parts, which is transferable to subsequent homeowners. Kolbe’s website shares downloadable files on warranties, installation and maintenance information, 2-D drawings; air, water, structural and thermal reports; and online videos to demonstrate product operation and performance testing.


Client News: Tim Fookes joins Tubelite as director of engineering

Tubelite_TimFookesTubelite Inc. announces Tim Fookes as its director of engineering. As part of the company’s Leadership Group, he will ensure that the engineering department provides excellent customer service and assistance for both new and existing storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

Helping support Tubelite’s clients with dependable products, Fookes also is responsible for monitoring all building codes and standards. He serves as the company’s contact for applicable code-related councils and associations, such as the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

With 20 years of experience in engineering and team leadership, Fookes most recently worked at Izzy+, a furniture manufacturer with headquarters in Michigan. Prior to this, he was employed with Haworth, Inc., a commercial furniture systems manufacturer also based in Michigan. While at Haworth’s he served as an engineering manager, project engineer, product engineer and manufacturing engineer.

Throughout his career, Fookes demonstrates a passion for developing innovative products designed with the customer in mind. Supporting this goal, he has directed all aspects of an industry leading process and major product launches, implemented Kaizen events and fostered technical problem-solving with cross-functional teams.

Fookes earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University–Kalamazoo and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Client News: Mansfield Center for Performing Arts commands an audience with Tubelite’s distinctive products

Tubelite_TX_MansfieldISD-PerfArtsCtr2_HuckabeeAt 141,000 square feet and situated on a Texas hill, Mansfield Independent School District’s Center for the Performing Arts commands an audience amongst the students, staff and the community. Its oversized entrances are matched with large, curving spans of glass and aluminum storefront and curtainwall with sun shades – all provided by Tubelite Inc. Towering concrete columns accent the façade for a sense of flow and cascading mass.

Designed by Huckabee, the high school’s new performing arts center opened for its first event in 2012. The 5,500-seat Cunningham Performance Hall sits at its heart. Its multi-use design enables the hall to be divided into three separate event venues – including two 750-person lecture halls. In addition, a professional development center accommodates up to 500 and can be divided into six separate break-out rooms designed for meeting, training and banquet needs. Adjacent to the space are three state-of-the-art computer laboratories.

Tubelite_TX_MansfieldISD-PerfArtsCtr4_Huckabee_webByrne Construction Services managed the nearly two year-long building project estimated at more than $40 million. Texas Commercial Glass Concepts brought the signature look from creation to completion with Tubelite’s products. In total, 3,400 lineal feet of Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall and 14000 Series storefront wrap the performing arts center. A forecourt plaza collects visitors as they approach the facility, and a short set of stairs emphasizes the procession up the covered walkway, leading to the 9-foot-high wide stile doors at the central lobby tower.

“They wanted an impressive building with big stretches of radius curtainwall, lots of glass and monumental doors.” Tubelite was able to step in, meeting the spec and schedule, without missing a beat,” said Patric Murphy, vice president/operations manager at Texas Commercial Glass Concepts. “It was one of our larger jobs and it turned out very well. It definitely is impressive.”

Tubelite_TX_MansfieldISD-PerfArtsCtr1_HuckabeeBeyond aesthetics, Tubelite’s thermally improved, 7-inch-deep curtainwall and Max/Block™ sun shades help keep out the Texas heat. The sun shades’ 5-inch airfoil blades and tubular fascia direct wind and water away from the building. Enhancing the systems’ durability, Linetec finished all of the aluminum framing and sun shades in clear anodize.

“This is truly a standout building,” says Tubelite’s local client development manager, Kelly Townsend, CSI. “The entrances, curtainwall and sun shades magnify the scale and sweep of the design viewed from the exterior. Grand views and lots of daylight bring a warmth and sense of place to the interior.”


Tubelite_TX_MansfieldISD-PerfArtsCtr5_Huckabee_webMansfield Independent School District, Center for the Performing Arts, 1110 W Debbie Lane, Mansfield, TX 76063;
* Architect: Huckabee; Fort Worth, Texas;
* General contractor: Byrne Construction Services; Fort Worth, Texas;
* Glazing contractor: Texas Commercial Glass Concepts, L.P.; Weatherford, Texas;
* Glazing systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan;
* Photos courtesy of: Huckabee



Client News: Kolbe expands its selection of window and door products featuring acoustic performance ratings

Kolbe will be exhibiting at the NAHB International Builders Show 2015 in Booth #C2608

Helping simplify the process of choosing windows and doors that contribute to quiet, comfortable interiors, Kolbe has more than doubled the number of its products tested for Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) ratings.
“At Kolbe, we understand the growing importance of blocking undesirable noise to provide the quiet, peaceful space we want in our homes. In commercial buildings, optimizing acoustic performance has proven benefits to students’ learning, patients’ recovery and workers’ productivity. These same qualities also benefit residents,” said Cindy Bremer, Kolbe’s vice president of marketing.

“Kolbe offers acoustic-rated windows and doors that are both high-performance and beautifully designed. We have the options to meet the solutions architects, builders and homeowners seek for nearly every location, style preference or project specification,” added Bremer.

The wide array of Kolbe products tested for sound transmission includes VistaLuxe® Collection, Ultra Series, Heritage Series, Latitude® Series and Windquest® Series windows and doors. Many Kolbe products meet or exceed various testing requirements, such as ANSI/AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97, 101/I.S.2/NAFS-02, Canadian CSA 440-00, AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-05, ASTM E1886 and E 1996.

Kolbe products’ STC and OITC ratings, glass options and downloadable reports are summarized in a comprehensive “Acoustic Data” page on its website. To learn more, please visit and find the Acoustic Data page under the online Architect Library.

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Benschneider Photography & Janof Hald Architecture.


Client News: Appleton Coated achieves Green Master Award for fourth consecutive year

For its fourth consecutive year, Appleton Coated earns the designation of “Green Master” and recognition as one of the most sustainable companies in the state of Wisconsin. Company representatives were honored at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference on Dec. 4 for attaining the highest tier achievable in the Green Masters Program.

“It is clear that sustainability has become part of the fabric of Appleton Coated, and that they are continuing to excel, even as the competition around them raises the bar,” praised Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

Contributing to its 2014 Green Master Award, Appleton Coated increased its offering of printing papers made with high levels of post-consumer recovered fiber (PCRF). “By adding 69 new stocked items and eliminating the pricing differential, we allow people to easily choose more environmentally responsible papers and increased our overall usage of PCRF,” said Diane Ernst, mill controller who oversees Appleton Coated’s environmental programs.

The first coated mill to be Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified in North America, the company’s sustainability efforts also have been recognized for lowering overall energy usage by substituting biomass for 42 percent of its coal usage during the last three years as it seeks alternatives for fossil fuels. Furthermore, 99 percent of the paper leaving Appleton Coated is shipped with partner carriers that have the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Way designation – an industry benchmark.

As a Green Master, Appleton Coated’s performance was evaluated in nine sustainability areas: energy, carbon and other emissions, water, waste management, transportation, supply chain, community and educational outreach, workforce, and governance. Only the top 20 percent of participating companies achieve the highest “Green Master” designation.

“Their sustainability performance obviously speaks for itself,” added Eggert. “Every year that Appleton Coated has participated in the program, they have been recognized in the group of top-performing companies.”

To learn more about the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program, please visit


Linetec finishes curtainwall, sun shades, skylight, entrances on Kean University-Green Lane Academic Building

Kean_University_4webKean University’s west entrance welcomes visitors with a bold architectural statement exemplified in the newly completed Green Lane Academic Building on the Union, New Jersey campus. Designed by Gruskin Architecture & Design, P.C., the award-winning 102,275 square-foot building’s geometric glass and aluminum façade was finished by Linetec. The dramatic exterior elements include a six-story sloping glass radius curtainwall on the northeast elevation and a five-story radius curtainwall on the south side, both accented with sun shades.

Opened in January 2014, the new Michael Graves School of Architecture and Robert Busch School of Design are housed within the Green Lane Academic Building, as well as the university’s expanding business program. The public Barnes & Noble bookstore and café with outside seating area reinforces the connection between the university and the surrounding community.

Dobco, Inc. served as the general contractor on the project, which was estimated at $40 million. Beginning in July 2012, Dobco’s team worked closely with the subcontractors and manufacturers to achieve the design by Gruskin Group™. “This is by far the most unique project I have worked on from a design and constructability standpoint,” Gary Snee, Dobco’s project manager acknowledged. “The radius and sloping curtainwall made it a challenge.”
Bringing their vision to reality, the unitized curtainwall, pressure wall, aluminum sun shades, storefronts, entrances and tilted ellipse glass handrails were fabricated and glazed by Graham Architectural Products – Curtain Wall Solutions, and installed by Union County Plate Glass Company. Super Sky Products Enterprises manufactured and installed the skylight system.

Linetec finished all of the aluminum framing of these architectural building products in a silver color using PPG’s 70% PVDF Duranar XL and Duranar Sunstorm™. These 70% PVDF resin-based coatings meet the stringent requirements of AAMA 2605 and exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals, which ensures the campus’ intended statement endures.

According to Graham’s manufacturing team, Green Lane Academic Building’s design includes several flat vertical walls, a segmented radius, a 56-degree outside corner, parapets, soffits and a tilted ellipse feature wall. Unlike a traditional inverted radius wall with a slope, the intent of the tilted ellipse was to keep the radius constant, with the center of the radius projecting out 4.5 feet at every floor moving up the building. It “was all very complicated. If you can envision an ice cream cone on the side of an undulating building that’s basically all glass,” described Nick Irwin, Graham’s products sales representative.
The south side of the building also showcases a monumental staircase with bench seating and glass rails. The sixth floor offers a 1,200-square-foot circular meeting room with 18-foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a 4,500-square-foot roof terrace with a view of the Manhattan skyline.

While the glazing systems offer large window views and daylight, the nearly 6,000 linear feet of sun shades assist in keeping the occupants comfortable and energy use low by managing the unwanted solar heat gain and glare. These attributes can contribute to projects pursuing certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating Systems.

As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) content to eliminate the exhaust of potential pollutants and 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. The resulting finish provides durability and requires minimal maintenance throughout the building’s lifespan.
“We’re all very proud of the job,” concluded Gary Tongco, national sales manager for Graham’s curtainwall solutions. Recognizing the building team’s accomplishments, the project’s honors include the AIA Newark and Suburban Architects Gold Award.

“We are honored that our design for this building has been appreciated by so many,” Kenneth A. Gruskin, AIA, principal and founder of Gruskin Group told “The building is a testament to Kean University, the Kean Board of Trustees, and Dr. Dawood Farahi’s pursuit of providing a world-class education and the facilities to match. Without their vision, this out-of-the-box design would not have been conceivable. The Green Lane building is a good example of where design for higher education is headed – with a greater emphasis on creating a more engaging, experiential and memorable on-campus, multi-faceted student experience.”

Kean University, Green Lane Academic Building, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, New Jersey 07083
* Owner: Kean University; Union, New Jersey;
* Architect: Gruskin Group™ (Gruskin Architecture & Design, P.C.); Springfield, New Jersey;
* General contractor: Dobco, Inc.; Wayne, New Jersey;
* Glazing systems – installer: Union County Plate Glass Company, Inc.; Elizabeth, New Jersey;
* Glazing systems – curtainwall, storefront, entrance, handrail and sun shade systems manufacturer: Graham Architectural Products – Curtain Wall Solutions; Merrill, Wisconsin;
* Glazing systems – glass fabricator: J.E. Berkowitz, LP; Pedricktown, New Jersey;
* Glazing systems – glass and coatings system manufacturer: PPG Industries; Pittsburgh;
* Skylight systems – manufacturer and installer: Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC; Mequon, Wisconsin;
* Finishing – applicator: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Photographer: photos courtesy of Graham Architectural Products
* Video of the building’s opening:
* Photos courtesy of  Graham Architectural Products – Curtain Wall Solutions


Client News: Valspar coatings help Markthal Rotterdam achieve vibrant indoor mural

Valspar_MarkthalRotterdam_OssipVanDuivenbode73webThe Markthal Rotterdam, the first indoor market and housing development in the Netherlands opened in October after five years of construction at a total estimated cost of €175 million. Designed by Dutch architects MVRDV, the arch-shaped structure houses a bustling, indoor, fresh food market surrounded by restaurants, food shops and hospitality units topped with 10 stories of 228 distinctive apartments. During the day it serves as central market hall and after-hours, the hall becomes an enormous, covered, well-lit public space.

A mural by Dutch artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam decorates the inner walls of the 40-meter-high arch. Titled “Horn of Plenty,” the mural brings to life a colossal, colorful array of fruits, vegetables, flowers and insects with a nod to the work of 17th century Dutch still life masters. The larger-than-life mural conveys the desired effect using Valspar’s coatings and a sublimation printing process on 4,000 perforated aluminum panels. Encompasses 11,000 square meters, the mural has earned such nicknames as the “biggest artwork in the world” and the “Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam.”

Valspar_MarkthalRotterdam_OssipVanDuivenbode45web“To help the mural’s imagery pop with color and crispness, Valspar’s white polyester powder coatings are used as the first coat on the 2mm aluminum panels — essentially serving as the gesso on the canvas. Following this critical first coat, Valspar’s clear polyurethane powder coating was applied, a scratch-resistant, anti-graffiti coating that helps protect against both human and natural elements,” explained Massimo Meda, Valspar’s architectural manager in Europe.

Meda added, “Valspar’s coatings were chosen for their high resistance to chemicals and ultraviolet rays to ensure their artistry remains for many years. The combination of these two coating systems enhances the overall vibrancy of the mural’s sublimated decor and delivers an impressive impact on the viewer.”

Once Valspar’s coatings were applied, the panels underwent the sublimation process where the design was applied to the aluminum panels by TS Visuals: Heated to a high temperature, the ink of the printed design turns into a gas and then penetrates the coated panel to form a solid, durable layer that protects and decorates the material. The finished panels were then paired with acoustic backers for enhanced noise control.

Acoustic comfort and durability are increasingly important to sustainable building designs. Incorporating these and other green design principles, Markthal Rotterdam has earned a “Very Good” rating from BREEAM®, an international certification program for sustainable buildings.

Valspar_MarkthalRotterdam_OssipVanDuivenbode48webAccenting health, wellness and bountiful harvests, the mural’s representation in physical medium is further complemented with the digital. A high-definition projection displays a cosmic vortex of food resembling the Milky Way that slowly rotates massive images above the visitors. Up to 7 million visitors are expected each year to Markthal Rotterdam as a new destination in Rotterdam, one of Europe’s main ports and industrial cities.


Markthal Rotterdam, Grotemarkt 2, 3011PA, Laurens Quarter, Rotterdam, Netherlands;
* Developer: Provast Nederland bv; The Hague, Netherlands;
* Architect: MVRDV Rotterdam; Rotterdam, Netherlands;
* Mural artists: Arno Coenen,, and Iris Roskam; Netherlands
* Panels – engineering, production, installation: Aldowa; Rotterdam, Netherlands;
* Coatings applicator: Groupo Andalucía–Apliband; Madrid, Spain;
* Sublimation process: TS Visuals;
* Sublimation paper provider: Texo Trade Services (TTS); Waddinxveen, Netherlands;
* Coatings provider: The Valspar Corporation; Minneapolis;
* Video:
* Virtual tour:
* Photos by: Ossip van Duivenbode


Client News: Tubelite hires Eric Ulrich as client development manager

Tubelite_EricUlrichEric Ulrich joined Tubelite Inc. as a client development manager serving clients in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. He assists glazing contractors and architectural teams with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Ulrich draws from 30 years of sales and industry experience. Most recently, he worked as a sales associate for Eastern Architectural Products of New Jersey. While there, he represented a variety of glass, aluminum and architectural building components.

He graduated with an MBA from James Madison University’s College of Business and continues his professional development as a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Outside of the workday, he volunteers in executive leadership positions with Delanco Camp and retreat center.