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: Tubelite’s Tim Doughty serves Southeastern states

Tubelite_TimDoughtyTim Doughty, Tubelite Inc.’s client development manager, has expanded his territory to serve glazing contractors and architectural teams in Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. Drawing from four decades of experience in the glass and metal industry, he provides glazing contractors with storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

Tubelite hired Doughty in 2012 as a client development manager in Georgia where he lives. Prior to joining Tubelite, Doughty dedicated nearly 30 years of service with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope and Vistawall Architectural Products. He began as an architectural field representative and was promoted to district sales manager and then to region sales manager. He served 13 years as eastern region sales manager before moving to southeastern region sales manager.

Originally from Ohio, Doughty earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.


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.


Client News: ROCKFON North America launches YouTube channel

ROCKFON introduces a new YouTube channel for North American audiences seeking inspirational and informative videos about ceiling systems’ design, installation and production. ROCKFON stone wool and specialty metal ceiling panels combine with Chicago Metallic™ suspension systems to provide complete ceiling systems that protect people from noise and the spread of fire, while making a constructive contribution towards a sustainable future.

The channel launches with more than a dozen of one- to two-minute videos showcased as four playlists:

Creating beautiful, comfortable and safe spaces
Eight videos are ready to view on this playlist highlighting the latest trends in architecture and interior design. See how suspended, acoustic solutions are evolving beyond the highly successful grid ceiling to change shapes, hide their gridlines, and add curves and colors.

Fast and easy installation of ROCKFON ceilings
Rockfon Eclipse® and Rockfon® Sonar™ X are two videos offered on this playlist featuring installer-friendly suspended ceilings. The lightweight stone wool core makes these products easy to transport, handle, cut and mount. Most panel edges and installation methods also provide simple demounting for maintenance access to concealed services.

Our production processes focus on quality, flexibility and availability
Within this playlist, two videos provide an overview of how ROCKFON’s complete ceilings solutions are created and tailored to customers’ needs. Focusing on quality, flexibility and availability, ROCKFON strives to offer the highest quality products delivered with integrity and excellence.

ROCKFON – Who we are and what we dona-youtube
The single video within this playlist is titled “Rockfon Manifesto.” It delivers a visual narrative describing the “Create and Protect” promise that drives ROCKFON forward by putting people first, sharing success and maintaining trust.

ROCKFON invites viewers to login on YouTube to subscribe to the channel, create their own playlists for future reference, and to like and share their favorites with their colleagues. New videos will be added regularly. Viewers can connect directly to the YouTube channel at, or by clicking the icon at the bottom left corner of Installation videos also can be found under this section of the ROCKFON website.


Client News: Ty Bowie joins Tubelite, serves north/central Florida

Tubelite Inc. added Ty Bowie as a client development manager serving clients in central and northern Florida as part of G. Bowie & Associates’ manufacturer’s representative team. He steps into a position previously served by Brian Ragsdale, who has moved to the position of product applications engineer.Tubelite_TyBowie

Ty Bowie joins his father, Gary Bowie, and his colleagues, Hunt Dickson and Charlie Hall, in working with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the Southeast to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems. He looks forward to sharing Tubelite’s ForceFront™ Storm products that meet the impact building codes in this area.

A long-time Florida resident, Ty Bowie has seen the destructive force of tropical storms and hurricanes. He previously owned, renovated and consulted on multi-family residential developments and condominiums. For more than a decade, he worked as an international real estate broker advising on commercial and investment properties in Florida, South America, Great Britain and western Europe. Prior to G. Bowie & Associates, he previously worked in sales roles with U.S. Aluminum and with Tennessee Glass Wholesalers.

Along with maintaining his licenses in real estate and mortgage brokerage, Bowie earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University. Outside of work, he volunteers with his son’s Boy Scouts of America troop.


Association News: AAMA updates voluntary specification for the lamination of wood and cellulosic composite materials

laminating01-webThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released AAMA 312, Voluntary Specification for the Lamination of Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Intended for Use on AAMA Certified Profiles.

Last updated in 2005, the document establishes the minimum performance requirements for the lamination of wood and cellulosic composite materials (WCCM) intended for application on either the interior or exterior surfaces of AAMA certified profiles. It also provides common test methods for determining the acceptable level of adhesion after exposure to cyclic weatherability conditions, both interior and exterior applications.

“This document provides guidelines and important criteria for AAMA members involved with the lamination of wood and cellulosic composite materials to AAMA certified profiles,” says Jack Reed, chair of the WCCM Council 312 Review Task Group. “This revised document identifies the common test methods used to determine acceptable performance of the laminates, with respect to adhesion, weathering and appearance. Important changes to the previous specification include a change to the title to indicate performance of laminate is in combination with an AAMA certified profile.”

In this most recent version, a section about cyclic aging was added. Other important changes include a new protocol for certification to formaldehyde emissions, additional details to the accelerated exposure options and updates regarding chemical resistance. New sections also were added to cover test procedures for interior and exterior laminate adhesion and to address lead content.

AAMA 312-14, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.


Photo by: Glass Association of North America

Association News: AAMA releases updated voluntary specification for multi-bar hinges in window applications

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released AAMA 904, Voluntary Specification for Multi-Bar Hinges in Window Applications. Last updated in 2009, the document describes methods of test, procedures, materials and performance criteria for determining the durability of this type of hinge used for opening and closing casement, projected and parallel opening windows.AAMA_uPVCTiltandTurnWindows

A multi-bar hinge is a mechanical device which, when mounted in a window in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, is used to support a variety of in-plane sash types, such as project-out (at bottom), project-in (at top), casement (out-swinging or in-swinging), parallel opening (four sides of sash opening outward) and certain types of sash, which are opened primarily for glass cleaning.

“AAMA 904 ensures quality at a component level for multi-bar hinges by defining minimum requirements for corrosion performance and life cycle,” says Chris Griffin (Roto Frank of America), chair of AAMA’s Security Hazard Mitigation for Fenestration Products Committee. “Multi-bar hinges must pass this testing for inclusion into the AAMA Verified Component List. This testing also determines weight ratings for these hinges, which are included as part of the VCL listing.”

“An interesting fact about 904 is that it does not reference a test method created by ASTM or any other code body since none exist,” says Griffin. “As a result, it is one of the few AAMA documents where the test method was created solely by AAMA members and, therefore, is one of the few 100 percent member created AAMA documents.”

AAMA 904-14, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.


Client News: Harlan Hallquist retires from Knutson Construction

Knutson Construction announces the retirement of Harlan Hallquist on Dec. 31, 2014. Hallquist retires with 34 years of experience in the construction industry. Working with Knutson for the past four years, he was involved in such high-profile projects as the Target Field Station.KCS_HarlanHallquist

Christine Wiegert, Knutson’s director of business development, will be assuming Hallquist’s previous responsibilities with a focus on the Twin Cities and upper Midwest markets. She can be contacted at 763.525.3009,

“Harlan is a veteran business development executive in our industry and has developed many strong relationships with architects, engineers, owner representatives, clients and co-workers. We thank him for his dedication, industry knowledge and years of service,” stated Dave Bastyr, Knutson’s executive vice president.

Looking forward to his retirement, Hallquist’s immediate plans include golfing and spending time with his grandchildren.