Association News: AAMA Fall Conference registration deadline approaching

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is still accepting registrations for the upcoming AAMA 2014 Fall Conference. It will be held Sept. 14-17 in Westminster (Denver), Colorado. An action-packed week in the heart of the Centennial State has been planned for attendees, who can test their industry knowledge with a game show during the Product Supplier Display, and enjoy a night on the town at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Those interested in making a hotel reservation at the Westin in Westminster may contact Florence Nicolici directly.

Exhibitor spots for the Supplier Product Display are still available, although time is running out to join the 14 currently filled. This opportunity is offered to Category 1 supplier members and provides the opportunity to exhibit products and services during an informal reception. Exhibitors are able interact with a number of potential customers without the added expense of separate trips or time away from the office. Local architects, specifiers and other industry professionals also have been invited to attend.

While at the display, attendees can test their knowledge by playing “Are You Smarter than a FenestrationMaster?” and win discounts off FenestrationMasters™ courses and exams. Players can earn savings on the only publicly available professional education and certification program by correctly answering questions from the course work.

Attendees also can look forward to optional Sunday events, including a Colorado Foothill sightseeing tour with a visit to the Coors Brewery and a golf scramble tournament. The tour will be from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the golf scramble will have a 9 a.m. tee time. A group outing for dinner and karaoke at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre will happen Tuesday night starting at 4 p.m.

During these networking events and throughout the conference, attendees are encouraged to tweet using the hashtag “#AAMAConf” and mention @AAMAinfo.

To stay in the loop and have a custom-built agenda in your pocket all week, attendees can download the free AAMA app. During the Fall Conference, app users can receive notifications with pertinent event information, connect and interact with AAMA staff, take notes during conference sessions and much more. The app is available in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.

Michael Hodgson, ConSol founder, has more than three decades’ worth of experience in making new and existing buildings more energy efficient. His presentation, “California Regulatory Proceedings Impacting the Nation,” will be given Tues., Sept. 16. Hodgson will discuss how California’s leading edge energy policy is driving the market to time-of-use energy pricing, incentivizing ways to reduce peak load and detailing how the policy impacts energy choices in buildings.

Additional speakers will include Dick Doyle, who will present an update on The Vinyl Institute, and Sherwin-Williams representatives Kathy Andersson and Eric Crosby, who will give an aluminum-focused presentation on coatings trends and residential and commercial exteriors.

On Monday, spouses attending the conference are invited to roll up their sleeves from 9-11 a.m. to fill backpacks with school supplies to benefit a Title I elementary school serving underprivileged children in the Westminster area.

A Title I area school is designated as such for having a poverty level at or above 40 percent. Children attending Title I schools are typically in homes where the household income is under $23,000 per year. AAMA will be filling and delivering more than 400 backpacks at a cost of $22 per backpack.

Volunteers will travel to the school to distribute the backpacks as well. Thanks to those who helped sponsor this important project and for World Vision’s efforts in bringing this cause to the conference.

World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to help them reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. AAMA and World Vision have been working together since February 2012.


Client News: Knutson Construction shares “Top 10 Considerations in Healthcare Renovation”

KCS_ChildrensHospitalMpls_PaulCrosby_web“Top 10 Considerations in Healthcare Renovation” is a new paper from Knutson Construction sharing its extensive experience in healthcare facilities renovation projects and key points that should be addressed when selecting a contractor. The paper can be viewed by online.

“Having led over 150 healthcare construction projects for over 20 different organizations in the last 15 years, Knutson is well-versed in the joint commission standards, and literally wrote the book on interim life safety measures and infection control,” says Todd Vigil, Knutson’s vice president of project development. In addition to safety and communication, the Top 10 list addresses such topics as value-conscious budgeting and the benefits of using larger, self-performing contractors for renovation projects.

Vigil adds, “Our Top 10 list reflects our philosophy that it’s not the construction that comes first, it’s the needs of patients and staff; minimizing disruption and maximizing convenience is more than a priority – it’s a requirement.

Knutson has contributed to notable healthcare projects for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Fairview Health Services, and a major healthcare provider in Rochester, Minnesota. Other healthcare clients include Hazelden Foundation, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Allina Health, and Park Nicollet.


Association News: AAMA announces new certification and technical staff appointments

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces new staff appointments, which include Jason Seals as certification manager and Rich Rinka as technical/industry affairs manager.

Jason Seals, Certification ManagerAAMA_JasonSeals

Seals comes to AAMA with over 15 years of experience in the fenestration industry. As AAMA’s certification manager, he will direct all certification-related activities of the association with direct management responsibilities for the AAMA air, water and structural Gold Label Certification Program, as well as the AAMA Thermal Certification Program (Silver Label). Also, Seals will manage all aspects of the ANSI accreditation requirements in addition to certification-related audits and act as advisory staff liaison to assigned member groups within the association.

“We are very fortunate to have Jason join AAMA in the role of certification manager,” says AAMA’s president and CEO, Rich Walker. “He will be a valuable asset to the association and our members since he brings with him more than 15 years of testing and member company knowledge and experience.”

In his most recent position with a window and door manufacturer, Seals managed certifications and approvals from various independent inspection agencies and code organizations, including AAMA.

Rich Rinka, Technical/Industry Affairs ManagerAAMA_RichRinka

As AAMA’s technical/industry affairs manager, Rinka will serve as a technical spokesperson and liaison representing AAMA at the meetings of key affiliated industry organizations to identify any areas of interest or impact to AAMA members. He also will conduct critical reviews of the association’s technical documents to ensure consistency, stringency and accuracy, as well as coordinate the use and acceptance of AAMA standards by other consensus bodies. As staff liaison for assigned committees and task groups, Rinka will provide technical expertise and direction for members.

“In a relatively short period of time as the previous certification manager at AAMA, Rich grasped all the challenging nuances of the certification program. We have no doubt he will excel as technical/industry affairs manager,” says Walker. “Rich’s impressive technical credentials and troubleshooting experience in the field underlie his versatility, and we look forward to him solidifying AAMA’s relationships and collaboration with our key industry partners.”

Prior to joining AAMA in 2012, Rinka worked in the industry as a field technical engineer for a component supplier and also served as chair of the AAMA 800 Maintenance Committee. During his time in product development for the automotive industry, he developed and still holds four patents related to sealants.


Association News: AAMA releases new voluntary specification for third-party finishes applied to PVC exterior profile

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 663-14, Voluntary Specification for In-Process Quality Control Requirements for Applicators of Organic Coatings to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles, which establishes the minimum requirements for applicators of organic coatings to PVC exterior profiles that are used in windows, doors and skylights.AAMA_Pella_Whitney

“This new document is important to the fenestration industry because it lets consumers know that the finish applied to their AAMA-certified windows has been done properly and in accordance with the standards AAMA intended,” says David Harris (Renolit), chair of the Third Party Finishes Certification Task Group.

Harris adds that this standard is a guideline for in-process quality control during the application of paints to windows, doors and skylights made of PVC. In the past, standards existed for extruders or window manufacturers when working with the paint process, but there was no AAMA standard for in-process quality control when painting was being done at outside contractors.

“From an applicator’s perspective, it gives the ability to substantiate that the application process is being followed to the defined standards,” says Mark Bamford (Milgard), vice chair of the task group. “From a manufacturer’s perspective, it gives them an additional quality check from their external vendor to make sure that application process is going correctly. It provides some oversight.”

Bamford adds that sometimes vendors may check paint and then store any unused excess, but then not test the remaining paint later. This will no longer be the case.

“This allows testing to occur at the point of application and not just at the receipt of product,” says Bamford. “It gives enhanced material quality control.”

AAMA 663-14, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.


Association News: AAMA releases report on “Overview of Design Wind Load Determination for Fenestration Systems”

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA TIR-15-14, Overview of Design Wind Load Determination for Fenestration Systems. This report discusses the determination of design wind loads on curtainwalls and other building cladding systems.
The document originally was published in 1985, when Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel (BLWT) testing was a relatively new field, and limited information was available on its methods and uses.

“There have been numerous changes and developments in identifying wind speeds more accurately,” says Doug Holmberg (Wausau Window and Wall Systems), chair of the Design Wind Loads on Fenestration Task Group. “As a result, this document needed to be updated to reflect those changes. The BLWT testing has been around now for quite a few years, and when the document was first published it was relatively new for analyzing buildings.”

Holmberg adds that the document provides guidance for when to use ASCE/SEI 7, the major document that gives procedures for finding various design loads, and when to consider using BLWT testing.

“It was important that we update the document to current standards and developments for analyzing and determining wind pressures or wind loads on fenestration products,” Holmberg adds.

The Task Group’s vice chair, Greg McKenna (Kawneer), offers insight from an engineer’s perspective, adding that the document does a great job of defining terms necessary for wind load determination. These include operational definitions of building height and width, as well as others.

“This document gives designers guidance on how to determine a corner zone and a tributary area, both of which are key in determining wind loads,” says McKenna.

AAMA TIR-15-14, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication store.


Client News: Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs presents award to Wausau

Wausau Window and Wall Systems accepted an award during the Wisconsin State Fair Military and Veterans Recognition Day ceremony on Aug. 10 from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA). More than 400,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, 76 percent of which are age 50 and older. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 7.6 percent of Wisconsin’s veterans were unemployed last year.Wausau_WI_WDVA-Award

Governor Scott Walker presented the award to Maureen Egan, Wausau’s vice president of human resources. “Wausau is extremely proud to receive this recognition. As an employer we are committed to hiring our nation’s heroes and honored to work with WDVA on this important effort,” said Egan. The award honors those who have partnered with the WDVA on initiatives such as “VetCon: A Veteran Employment and Services Conference” and employment symposiums.

The WDVA partners with various agencies and organizations to host career fairs. In 2013, more than 4,000 veterans and spouses attended the WDVA’s statewide career fairs. Of those who completed a survey about their career fair experience, 55 percent had received a job offer or follow-up interview.

“Our service members have dedicated their time and talents to serve our country, and it is our duty to assist them with a smooth transition back into their communities and families,” said Walker. “As a state and as a country we must do all we can to provide veterans with access to the resources they need to be successful.”

image courtesy of the Office of Governor Scott Walker

image courtesy of the Office of Governor Scott Walker

“While the WDVA is responsible for assisting veterans on many different issues, we are especially focused on helping veterans find meaningful employment,” stated WDVA’s secretary John A. Scocos. In a letter to Wausau, he added, “Partners like you help us to make Wisconsin the best state for veterans and their families to live. …thank you for all the work you do on behalf of veterans.”


Client News: Wausau hires Lori Schock as V.P. of sales and marketing

Wausau_LoriSchockLori Schock has been named Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ vice president of sales and marketing. As a member of Wausau’s executive team, Schock reports directly to company president Jim Waldron. Drawing from more than 20 years of management experience, she most recently served as general manager of Hilti North America’s East Great Lakes and Steel Services division.

“We are excited to have Lori join us,” said Waldron. “We’ve been searching for the perfect leader who has a proven record of supporting steady growth, has developed high-performing teams and has developed new markets, as well as someone who has a strong understanding of commercial and industrial construction products. It was a tall order and we took our time to find the best person for this key position.”

Beginning Aug. 11, Schock will manage Wausau’s team of market managers, regional sales managers, local architectural sales representatives and manufacturer’s representatives. She will lead them in continuing to strengthen customer relationships and to collaborate with commercial building owners, architects, general contractors and glazing contractors across North America. In addition to directing the sales and marketing team, she will oversee industry affiliations, new markets, new products and marketing including communications, promotions, advertising and trade show activities.

Schock previously worked as vice president of strategic marketing at Hilti before her promotion to division general manager. Prior to this, she worked as director of strategic marketing for Crane Company’s highly engineered, fluid handling product segments. Earlier in her career, she established Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Asia-Pacific regional headquarters in Shanghai and served as its director of sales and marketing. Other past positions include as Goodyear’s sales and marketing manager for heavy-duty equipment and as its market development manager in Europe; as a merger and acquisitions associate at Goldman Sachs & Co.’s investment banking division; and as a supply chain consultant at Henkel/Cognis Corporation.

Before earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, Schock graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


Association News: AAMA offers chance to win 50 percent off FenestrationMasters courses and exams

* AAMA will host Are You Smarter than a FenestrationMaster™ in booth #2315 at GlassBuild America *

FenestrationMastersGBA13The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host an online contest on both LinkedIn and Twitter every Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Aug. 5 through Sept. 3. The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA’s FenestrationMasters™ program–the industry resource for comprehensive professional education and certification.

Each Tuesday, one quiz question will be asked in AAMA’s LinkedIn group and a different quiz question will be posted on AAMA’s Twitter account the following day. The first five respondents with the correct answer will receive a 5 percent discount each week for up to 25 percent off FenestrationMasters courses and exams. To participate in the online contest, follow AAMA on Twitter (@AAMAInfo) or search for the contest hashtag, #RUsmarter. Also, join the association’s LinkedIn group to play.

Additionally, each day of GlassBuild America (Sept. 9-11) in booth #2315, AAMA will be hosting the game show, Are You Smarter than a FenestrationMaster™, where participants will be awarded a 5 percent discount on FenestrationMasters courses and exams for each quiz question they answer correctly. Participants have the chance to win a 25 percent discount during GlassBuild.

However, by competing during the online contest and at GlassBuild, participants could earn up to a 50 percent discount toward courses and exams.

Online Contest/Game Show Terms
* Discounts apply only to individual FenestrationMaster or FenestrationAssociate™ course subscriptions and exams.
* Discounts cannot be applied to previous orders.
* Discounts may be transferred to another individual within the same company as the winner.
* During the online contest, an individual may only win on one social media platform (Twitter or LinkedIn) each week for a maximum online discount of 25 percent.
* Redemption of discounted courses and exams must be handled through AAMA staff by contacting

About FenestrationMasters
FenestrationMasters was developed to help companies differentiate their business and increase their credibility by offering their customers the benefit of employees who have pursued a well-rounded education in the fenestration industry.

“FenestrationMasters is truly unique in that it is the only publicly available professional education and certification program concentrated on the fenestration industry. Due to AAMA’s material and product neutrality, as well as our long history of technical expertise, students will learn from an unbiased, industry-leading source,” says Angela Dickson, AAMA’s marketing manager.

There are two different credentials available through the program, both requiring successful completion of the applicable coursework and the certification exam: FenestrationMaster and FenestrationAssociate. There are no prerequisites to qualify for the FenestrationAssociate (entry-level) certification. To qualify for the FenestrationMaster (advanced-level) certification, one of the following prerequisites must be met:
* Four-year degree in engineering, architecture or applied sciences and four years fenestration product-related experience
* Six years fenestration product-related experience

For a full course listing, visit


Client News: Skylight finished by Linetec crowns The Alfond Inn at Rollins, Florida

photo by William Lemke; courtesy of Super Sky and LinetecThe domed skylight crowning The Alfond Inn’s large atrium quickly has become known as the hotel’s “jeweled center” and key identifying feature of Rollins College campus’ new landmark in Winter Park, Florida. Manufactured and installed by Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC, this multi-slope, dome skylight with cupola and finial spans nearly 39 feet in diameter. This signature glass structure is framed in aluminum, finished by Linetec in Valspar’s durable Fluropon® Classic II bronze finish.

The Alfond Inn’s skylight-capped, 112-room destination opened August 2013 as the city’s newest hotel, and one of only three in the area. Located 30 minutes from Walt Disney World, the new, boutique hotel is owned by Rollins College, Florida’s oldest post-secondary institution. The 107,000-square-foot Alfond Inn is operated by The Olympia Companies.

Baker Barrios Architects, Inc. was selected to manage the hotel’s planning, architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. The Alfond Inn embraces the surrounding campus’ Spanish- Mediterranean revival style: softly curved corners, sturdy columns, white stucco and cast stone walls, wrought iron accents, high ceilings and as much natural light as possible.

Other highlights and amenities include 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a central courtyard, dog-friendly atmosphere, a luxurious pool, Hamilton’s Kitchen restaurant with locally sourced ingredients and a contemporary fine art collection worthy of a docent-led tour. The interior décor blends classic and modern, combining plaster, tile and wood with glass and metal.

photo by William Lemke; courtesy of Super Sky and LinetecDurability, recycled and reusable materials, daylighting, energy efficiency and other environmental practices are all attributes currently being reviewed by the U.S. Green Building Council for Silver certification with LEED® Green Building Rating System. As an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec safely captures and destroys the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOC) content before the finished material arrives at the job site.

“For projects seeking LEED certification and other green goals, choosing durable products with no-VOC finishes can be an important part of the selection and specification process,” explains Linetec’s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate. “Like other 70% PVDF [polyvinylidene fluoride] resin-based finishes, Valspar’s Fluropon coatings are amongst the most weather-resistant of all finishes, meeting the most demanding, exterior, architectural specification AAMA 2605-11.”

This specification requires paint coatings to meet rigorous testing performance standards, including more than 2,000 hours of cyclic corrosion per ASTM G85 annex 5, and heat- and humidity-resistance. Per AAMA-2605, the coating also must maintain its film integrity, color retention, chalk resistance, gloss retention, and erosion resistance properties for a minimum of 10 years on the South Florida testing site. Helping manage the Florida sunshine’s solar heat gain, the skylight also incorporates Viracon’s high-performance, insulated laminated glazing units.

The Alfond Inn is open to all who visit the Florida campus and presents a lasting, positive impression on Rollins College’s prospective students and their families. “We wanted them to feel at home — not just the students but the parents,” commented Shannon Michael Larimer, Baker Barrios Architects’ vice president of marketing, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel.

The $30 million hotel was built, in part, with a $12.5 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. As a condition of the gift, revenue from the hotel funds scholarships to Rollins College through the Alfond Scholars fund.


photo by William Lemke; courtesy of Super Sky and LinetecThe Alfond Inn at Rollins; 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, Florida, 32789;
* Owner: Rollins College; Winter Park, Florida;
* Co-developer/operator: The Olympia Companies; Portland, Maine;
* Architect, interior designer and landscape architect: Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.; Orlando;
* General contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie; Winter Park, Florida;
* Skylight system – manufacturer and installer: Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC; Mequon, Wisconsin;
* Skylight system – glass fabricator: Viracon, Inc.; Owatonna, Minnesota;
* Skylight system – finish: Valspar 70% PVDF Fluropon®; The Valspar Corporation; Minneapolis;
* Skylight system – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Photographer: William Lemke; courtesy of Super Sky
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Association News: AAMA releases updated voluntary specification for sash balances

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 902-14, “Voluntary Specification for Sash Balances.” This document establishes the requirements for the materials, testing and performance for sash balances used in hung-type windows. It also provides rating criteria and test procedures for qualifying balances to two performance levels and six manually applied force (MAF) Classifications.AAMA_Pella_902

“The original goal was to break apart the balance requirements for residential and commercial windows and have a rating system to distinguish the two,” says Gary Newman (Amesbury + Truth), chair of the Sash Balance Review Task Group.

Newman adds that windows will be tested through 5,500 cycles instead of just 4,000 as previously required.

“The MAF requirement is now checked both before and after the cycle testing for the A balances. For the B balances, you only test before,” Newman says.

“This updated document now gives manufacturers a little more freedom to decide the best balance for their products. There’s quite a different set of requirements between manufacturers, and this lets them find a balance that satisfies the needs based on that manufacturer,” Newman says. “This lets manufacturers make that judgment call.”

The document (in various versions) has been in use for 47 years and was last updated in 2007.

AAMA 902-14, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication store.