Client News: Tubelite hires DSW Architectural Products to serve clients in New England

Tubelite_DaveWilliams_webDSW Architectural Products, LLC, now serves Tubelite Inc.’s clients in New England. As president of DSW, Dave Williams works closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Based in New Milford, Connecticut, Williams draws from more than three decades of experience in sales and architectural aluminum products. Prior to leading operations at DSW for the last four years, he worked at Schuco USA as a senior vice president. Previously, he served as a territory sales manager with Kawneer.

Williams earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


Client News: Knutson celebrates the grand opening of the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake

Knutson_RamseyCoLibrary_Rendering_webTogether, with the White Bear Lake community, Knutson Construction celebrates the completion of the $3.3 million renovation to the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. The design-build project began in September 2014 and was a collaborative with Bentz/Thompson/Rietow Architects.

Approximately 12,500 square feet of the existing library has been remodeled and 4,000 square feet has been added to create flexible space and maximize efficiency. The design integrates new and old portions of the facility into one cohesive community destination. The library features an interactive EyePlay projection gaming system located in the teen/children’s room encouraging interaction with the new space.

The project successfully exceeded all diversity and small business enterprise utilization goals and kept approximately 200 construction workers employed throughout the project. Minnesota’s Sustainable Building Guidelines were utilized to significantly reduce the facility’s energy use, cost of operation and impact on the environment.

“We are proud to be a part of such an amazing project for the people of White Bear Lake. We know the enhanced facility will have a positive impact on the community and will allow the library to adapt to future changes in library services,” stated Dave Bastyr, Knutson Construction’s executive vice president of Minnesota.

In addition to Knutson Construction and Bentz/Thompson/Rietow Architects, the Ramsey County Library project team included: Ramsey County Property Management, the Ramsey County Library, the City of White Bear Lake, Mattson Macdonald Young Structural Engineers, Pierce Pini & Associates Civil Engineers, Gausman & Moore Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, and Calyx Design Group Landscape Architecture.

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. To learn more about Knutson Construction Services, visit its website at


Client News: Mirror manufacturers benefit from Valspar’s continued investment in high-performance, cost-saving coatings

ValsparMirror_Solar30_webValspar, a global leader in delivering innovative technology to the coatings industry, continually invests in mirror coatings and solutions benefitting the interior, automotive and solar markets around the world. Several new products are under development to support mirror manufacturers’ performance, economic and environmental goals.

“Valspar’s philosophy on new product development is centered on driving high-performance technology in mirror coatings and solutions to optimize mirror production costs, while simultaneously providing for a cleaner and safer environment for workers and end-users,” says Petra L’Abbe, Valspar’s global business director for mirror coatings and solutions.

“As in every other one of our businesses, Valspar is investing substantially in new technology development to enhance product performance,” adds Dr. Jochem Effing, technical director of industrial and automotive for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India research and development.

Based in Eschweiler, Germany, Effing works with a team of dedicated research and development professionals. He notes, “Our team is committed to developing the next generation of coatings and solutions technologies for Valspar mirror customers around the world to keep them on the cutting edge of performance and, just as importantly, optimizing their costs.”

Valspar’s new mirror coatings and solutions product developments include:

  • High Surface Performance (HSP) technology for interior mirrors – Valspar’s HSP technology provides high-performance surface protection, while decreasing coating film weight and associated costs. This new technology also is available in a waterborne coating option.“This new resin technology has been developed into a high-performance coating platform for interior mirror applications that enables a 20-25 percent reduction in applied coating film to the finished mirror, while providing the high level of performance expected from Valspar products,” describes Bernhard Esser, technical manager for Valspar’s mirror technology. “This new technology results in significant savings potential for our customers.”Meeting or surpassing industry standards, test results for interior and automotive mirrors coated with Valspar’s HSP technology indicate a high resistance to corrosive atmospheres as validated by the copper accelerated acetic acid salt spray (CASS) test and the hydrochloric acid (HCL) dipping test. Valspar’s HSP technology is derived from high-performance resin technology designed for coatings applied on mirrors in solar fields that withstand extreme climates.
  • Since 2003, Valspar has supplied coatings to the solar mirror industry. Used in the production of both flat and parabolic solar mirror reflectors, Valspar’s materials now are relied on in solar fields across the globe. Today, Valspar is the leading supplier of coatings and solutions materials utilized in the manufacture of mirrors used to produce concentrated solar power (CSP).Traditionally, coatings for solar mirrors have required a three-coat paint system. Reducing costs for CSP manufacturers and end-users, Valspar developed a new, two-coat paint system to protect the reflective silver metal layer of solar mirrors, reduce the film weight and save up to 25 percent in associated costs.Subjected to natural static weather testing in Florida, a comparison with traditional three-coat systems showed that Valspar’s two-coat paint system delivers the same, high-performance protection for surface and edge corrosion.
  • Zero-lead, water-based paint system for solar mirrors – “Historically, solar mirrors have been manufactured with a lead-containing, solvent-based paint and copper solutions. Valspar is on the brink of commercializing the industry’s first zero-lead, water-based paint system for solar mirrors — supporting the environmental goals that renewable energy, solar power represent,” explains L’Abbe.She continues, “Furthermore, Valspar is investing in developments to provide the industry with the ultimate environmentally friendly choice — a copper-free solar mirror finished with a zero-lead waterborne coating.”
  • In addition to driving technology advancement for mirror coatings, Valspar also is advancing the chemistry utilized in the solutions that provide the reflectivity of the mirror. For more than 15 years, Valspar has been a leader in the commercialization of the copper-free mirror solution process.
  • Demonstrating continued innovation, Valspar launched a new, super sensitizer solution that enhances the integrity of the metal film with the glass, while simultaneously providing the mirror manufacturer with a significant material cost savings.

“Valspar is constantly striving to bring innovative, market-ready technologies to life,” reiterates L’Abbe. “Our innovation strategy benefits from a tremendous capacity for polymer development and makes safety and product stewardship a primary concern. The coatings industry is constantly changing. That is why it is so important for manufacturers to partner with a leader that has resources, research and knowledge to help predict and adapt to these changes.”

Learn more about Valspar’s mirror coatings and solutions at, email or call +33 385 27 18 08.


Client News: Linetec Architectural Resource Center offers AIA/CES courses, Select and Spec tool, guide specifications

* Linetec is exhibiting at AIA Expo in booth #2858 *

Linetec_ARC_webHelping architects and the building community better understand architectural finishing, Linetec’s Architectural Resource Center’s online resources include on-demand continuing education courses and tools for simplifying coatings selection and specification.

* Linetec’s online “Select and Spec” tool allows visitors to browse color palettes and order painted aluminum samples. Organized into eight color families with interactive “chips,” the user clicks on a chip to see a larger image and order up to five samples. These 3.5-by-2-inch painted metal samples are mailed to the contact information provided by the user. Each sample is labeled with an “LT” paint code for reference when specifying the finish for future architectural projects.

* As a registered American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) provider, Linetec offers “Introduction to Coatings: Field Performance and the Application Process” and “Choosing Sustainable Finishes.” Participants can earn 2.0 Learning Units (LUs) for successfully completing both courses. These programs are available as either an in-person presentation or as a self-guided online course.

Visitors to’s Architectural Resource Center also can:
- Download Guide Specifications for high-performance architectural coatings,
- Request paint sample color chips,
- Learn about sustainable design considerations,
- Watch informative videos,
- Read Linetec’s blog for technical tips, project highlights and industry news, and
- Subscribe to Linetec’s educational newsletter received by 15,000 architects.

“Fitting into architects’ busy schedules, these resources, self-guided programs and tools are available at their convenience 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. And, the content remains online for sharing and future reference by all,” said Linetec’s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED® Green Associate.

For more information about Linetec’s AIA/CES courses, paint and anodize finishes, or other services, please call 888-717-1472, email or visit


Client News: Wausau helps Cecil College E&M building achieve aesthetic, environmental, performance goals

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreMaryland’s Cecil College opened its new three-story, 28,683 -square-foot, engineering and mathematics (E&M) facility with the start of the 2014-15 academic year. Designed by Marshall Craft Associates, the $19.7 million building is pursuing LEED® Silver certification, the first in Cecil County. Supporting the project’s aesthetic, environmental and other performance goals, Wausau Window and Wall Systems contributed the curtainwall and sun shades, Tubelite Inc. supplied the entrance systems, and Linetec provided the finishing.

Approved as part of the 10-year Campus Master Plan launched in 2009, the new E&M building features eight learning laboratories, two laboratory preparation rooms for engineering and physics, a math tutoring and test center, distance learning rooms and study areas. While these new resources will support Cecil College’s rapidly growing degree programs, it also assists the college in preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreThe building was designed to promote a high sense of connection to the outdoors from within and to heighten a sense of transparency from the outside. “To create this image, while remaining energy efficient and sustainable, required careful attention to strategies for controlling sunlight cascading onto the building façade, while protecting outside views from the interior,” said Rick Barton, architect and project manager for Marshall Craft Associates.

Working closely with the architects and construction manager Riparius Construction, Inc., Chesapeake Glazing, Inc. (CGI) installed approximately 12,800 square feet of Wausau’s SuperWall™ curtainwall and 168 linear feet of ClearStory™ sun shades.

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreFor 30 years, glazing contractors have relied on SuperWall for projects requiring quick installation, easy assembly and a test-verified performance. For Cecil College’s E&M building, SuperWall contributes to the facility’s overall energy efficiency. It can achieve NFRC U-factors as low as 0.35 BTU/hr-sqft-ºF with Frame Condensation Resistance Factor (CRFf) of 69 and higher. Curtainwall systems with high thermal performance and condensation resistance help reduce the HVAC peak loads and associated energy costs. This in turn improves the building’s overall carbon footprint, while maintaining the outdoor connection and large daylight openings.

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreNatural light is maximized throughout the building and controlled through a central system including daylighting controls, which reduce artificial light levels when available natural light provides sufficient illumination. Supporting these objectives, Wausau’s sun shades’ 2-inch-deep, round blades provide shading from direct sunlight, glare protection and daylight redirection.

Tubelite Inc. outfitted the E&M building with seven pairs of 6-by-7-foot double doors and two 3-by-7-foot single doors. Linetec finished the aluminum doors, curtainwall framing and sun shades using a two-coat, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based mica coating. The Silver color was custom-blended in Linetec’s in-house laboratory.

Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, BaltimoreAs an environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to eliminate the exhaust of potential pollutants. Tested to meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2605 stringent specifications, the resulting, durable coating ensures a long-lasting finish.

“With a combination of durable materials, careful detailing and attention to energy efficiency, we believe the college has been provided with a facility that will meet its needs for several generations of students and faculty,” Barton said. “Its composite metal panel skin, [Wausau’s] glass framing system, low-E glass, column covers and shading components contribute to an overall high-tech image that promotes a high-visibility look for the programs within the building, while supporting sustainability initiatives.”

Cecil College’s president Dr. W. Stephen Pannill, stated, “This building is out front and creates a bold sense of arrival, a place of importance in Cecil County. In October 2014, the building was dedicated to the late Sandy Fabella, one of the college’s first full-time professors who shaped its math and physics department.Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, Baltimore

In August 2014, Rachel Breeding toured the new E&M building as a first-year general studies student. She told the Cecil Whig, “I think it is a beautiful building; I love all of the windows, which make it feel open and warm. I was amazed at all of the modern features and technology included in it.”


Cecil College, Engineering & Mathematics Building, One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD  21901;
* Architect: Marshall Craft Associates, Inc.; Baltimore; http://www.marshallcraft.comPhotos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc, Baltimore
* Owner: Cecil College; North East, Maryland;
* Construction manager: Riparius Construction, Inc.; Hunt Valley, Maryland;
* Glazing systems – installing contractor: Chesapeake Glazing, Inc. (CGI); Reisterstown, Maryland;
* Glazing systems – curtainwall and sun shade manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Glazing systems – entrance systems manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan;
* Glazing systems – finishing: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Photos provided by: Alain Jaramillo, courtesy of Marshall Craft Associates, Inc., Baltimore
* Video of construction:


Nationally recognized for its innovative expertise, Wausau Window and Wall Systems is an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems for commercial and institutional construction applications. For more than 55 years, Wausau has worked closely with architects, building owners and contractors to realize their vision for aesthetic beauty, sustainability and lasting value, while striving to maintain the highest level of customer service, communication and overall satisfaction. Wausau is a part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a publicly held, U.S. corporation.

Wausau and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).


Observe Window Safety Year Round: Eight Tips from the National Safety Council for Window Safety Week, April 5-11

WSTF-baby_webAs spring arrives, the National Safety Council’s Window Safety Task Force encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round. Window Safety Week is observed April 5-11. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. While the number of falls from windows is generally very small compared with other recorded child injuries, a window incident can result in serious injury or possibly even death.

Each year, he Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council takes the first full week in April to educate on the importance of practicing window safety year-round. National Window Safety Week is designed to increase awareness on helping to prevent accidental window falls and the proper use of windows for emergency escape purposes.

Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death and pose an especially dangerous threat for children. Every year, about eight children under age five die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.

“It only takes seconds for a preventable window fall to occur,” said Amy Artuso, program manager for the National Safety Council. “To avoid these needless tragedies, it is very important for parents and caregivers to take steps to prevent home falls.”

To protect children, the Window Safety Task Force offers the following eight safety tips:
• When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.
• When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach. For example, the upper sash of a double hung window.
• Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.
• Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.
• Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.
• Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors. Keep play in the center of a room, if possible.
• Install code-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire) to help prevent a fall.
• Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

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* According to Safe Kids Worldwide’s 2015 Report to the Nation: Protecting Children in Your Home

About the Window Safety Task Force
The Window Safety Task Force was formed in 1997 to promote greater awareness of window safety. The task force is comprised of members representing the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA) in cooperation with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and other organizations, as well as manufacturers of windows, doors and screens. The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, communities and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas that can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.


Association News: AAMA releases updated documents pertaining to architecturally finished aluminum

AAMA_SanJoseCivicCenter_webThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum: the combined AAMA 609 & 610-15, Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum and CW-10-15, Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site.

Architecturally finished aluminum is considered any that has been treated with anodic or organic coatings. AAMA 609 & 610-15 spells out methods, equipment and materials applicable for cleaning such finished aluminum after construction and for subsequent periodic maintenance. AAMA CW-10-15 recommends how best to care for aluminum from the mill to product fabrication, to loading and shipping of the finished product, and includes care both prior to, and after, building completion.
According to Neil Chrisman (Spectrum Metal Finishing), chair of the AAMA Aluminum Material Council (AMC) Finishes Committee, a single, but very important, paragraph addressing finish damage to architecturally finished aluminum was added to both of these documents.

“This addition was some of the most significant advice to be included in CW-10 and 609-610, and one of the most important paragraphs, since it relates to the potential for damage over time,” says Chrisman. “It puts the architects and curtainwall fabricators on notice that if the finish is compromised in any way, it may result in corrosion problems. This information was added to both, as they were the most relevant documents in which to include that crucial paragraph.”

AAMA 609 & 610-15, along with AAMA CW-10-15, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.


Client News: Wausau’s windows offer hurricane impact resistance, thermal performance, accessibility

Wausau Window and Wall Systems® INvent™ -HP -XLT Series windows meet the most stringent hurricane and energy codes, as well as accessibility needs of K-12 schools. These windows provide high thermal performance, decreased condensation and recycled content to meet buildings’ goals for sustainability, protection and occupant comfort.Print

As part of the Advantage by Wausau® standard product offering, INvent-HP-XLT high-performance windows are competitively priced and available on an accelerated delivery schedule to meet schools’ value-focused budgets and condensed construction schedules. All of Wausau’s INvent windows are backed with an industry-leading warranty of up to 10 years.

INvent-HP-XLT fixed, awning and project-out casement window units have received Florida’s Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance and meet the ASTM E 1996 requirements for large “D” missile impact testing for Wind Zones 1-3 and “E” missile impact testing in Wind Zones 3-4 for essential facilities. These windows were tested in accordance with Dade County Building Code Compliance Office Protocol TAS 201-94, “Impact Test Procedures;” TAS 202-94, “Criteria for Testing Impact and Non-Impact Resistant Building Envelope Components Using Uniform Static Air Pressure;” and TAS 203-94, “Criteria for Testing Products Subject to Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading.”

“With increased expectations for student safety and comfort, and the use of many school buildings as designated evacuation points for communities during severe weather events, the new INvent-HP-XLT product line is the perfect choice for design teams considering stringent performance requirements,” notes Wausau’s education market manager, Steve Gille. “Invent-HP-XLT windows have been impact-tested with a very broad range of available options — such as large vent sizes, laminates, hardware types and installation accessories — to provide the functionality necessary for buildings of many different types, in warm climates or cold climates.”

Addressing energy efficiency, condensation resistance and thermal performance, the frame uses 24mm XLT polyamide thermal barriers. INvent-HP-XLT windows can achieve a Condensation Resistance Factor (CRF) as high as 65 per the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 1503 standard and a U-Factor as low as 0.34 BTU/hr.sqft.ºF per the National Fenestration Ratings Council’s NFRC 100 standard.

INvent-HP-XLT windows are tested to meet the AAMA AW-100 Architectural Performance Class ratings, including 910-10 lifecycle testing to 4,000 operating cycles, including thermal cycling, as well as stringent requirements for air infiltration, water resistance and structural integrity. Wausau also has tested a broad range of product options in compliance with the AAMA 513-12 guide specification, which outlines laboratory test methods for accessible operable window products.

In response to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), INvent-HP-XLT windows also feature hardware options capable of meeting the operating force and limited motion requirements of ICC/ANSI A117.1. Wausau’s accessible projected windows operate with one hand, and require an operating force of five pounds or less to unlock, open, close and lock without making users need to tightly grasp, pinch or twist their wrists. This helps ensure that fresh air and connection to the outdoors are made accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Wausau’s INvent-HP-XLT hurricane impact-resistant windows are available with 3-7/8-inch and 4-7/8-inch frame depths. The aluminum frames contain recycled content averaging 70% or greater. Wausau’s quality-controlled, factory fabrication and glazing ensure the intended performance and accommodate dual-color finishes. With a palette exceeding 30,000 color choices, painted finishes may be requested as liquid or powder coatings with ultra-low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and VOC-free content. Durable, VOC-free anodize finishes also may be selected.
Nationally recognized for its innovative expertise, Wausau Window and Wall Systems is an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems for commercial and institutional construction applications. For more than 55 years, Wausau has worked closely with architects, building owners and contractors to realize their vision for aesthetic beauty, sustainability and lasting value, while striving to maintain the highest level of customer service, communication and overall satisfaction. Wausau is a part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a publicly held, U.S. corporation.

Wausau and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Design-Build Institute of America, the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).


Client News: Valspar offers Autodesk Revit BIM material library for Fluropon coatings

Valspar_BIM_MaterialLibrary* Valspar is exhibiting in AIA booth #3717/Learning Lounge 3625LL *

The Valspar Corporation continues to enhance creative choices and simplify architectural coating specifications by adding color-accurate, building information modeling (BIM) tools to Autodesk Revit® software for its Fluropon® 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar’s Fluropon exterior coatings are the industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications since their launch in 1965.

“For over 200 years, Valspar has helped people connect to the power of color. For the last 50 years, architects and design professionals have relied on our Fluropon products to protect their commercial buildings’ exteriors. We are excited to offer our proven products with Revit’s software for the ultimate convenience in previewing color selections on their buildings’ designs,” said Jeff Alexander, vice president of sales for Valspar’s global coil and extrusion businesses.
Once Valspar’s Fluropon material library has been loaded into a Revit model, the Fluropon colors are ready to select by using the “Paint” tool on a variety of architectural building products exterior metal surfaces. Valspar’s Fluropon material library in Revit is built around accurate Valspar color palettes to ensure consistency in both the virtual and real world. After selecting final colors, Revit users have the option to order physical color samples by visiting Valspar’s architectural website,, and referencing the product code listed next to the color name within the material library.

Valspar_BIM_CustomModelAlexander continued, “Color can bring a design to life. Now, it’s easier than ever before. With our BIM tools and a few clicks of a button, you can see how yellow curtainwall framing contrasts with a blue wall panel system, how a white metal roof matches the skylight framing, or how bright purple window framing pops next to a red entrance system.”

For easy access to every color, download and store the Autodesk Library file on a local machine, or centrally on a server for a larger project team, and load it right into the Revit model for easy access. Users may import favorite colors or entire color families and palettes, to meet their specific project needs.

Meeting the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification, Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance including resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasion and humidity. These field-proven, high-performance, 70% PVDF resin-based coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen and solar reflective ENERGY STAR. A wide variety of colors also are available, from neutral to bright colors, micas, metallic and pearlescent coatings.

Along with its new BIM tools and its proven, high-performance coating systems, The Valspar Corporation supports architects and designers with its industry-leading technical expertise, color-matching and sustainability resources, responsive customer service and high-priority lead times. Learn more at


Client News: Stretch Forming by Linetec curves and finishes architectural aluminum products

* Linetec exhibiting at AIA Expo booth #2858 *

Stretch Forming by Linetec allows architectural product manufacturers to have their metal building components curved and finished in one location. Half-circles, eyebrows and Gothic arches are popular architectural applications.

Customers can ship their aluminum to Linetec for bending and finishing to retain the full finish warranty. Utilizing Linetec’s dedicated fleet of trucks saves customers shipping costs and transit time, as well as reduces material handling and packaging to minimize the opportunity for damage.

Linetec’s full scope of bending capabilities includes annealing and tempering to soften and harden aluminum. Born from the aerospace industry, stretch forming maintains precise dimensions throughout a curve. The extrusion is kept under constant tension, while wrapping it around a form, or die. This produces perfectly contoured products, while limiting or even eliminating wrinkling inside the arc.

In addition to stretch forming, Linetec offers a broad choice of paint, anodize and powder coat, plus field repair and restoration, thermal improvement and other support for finished aluminum products. For more information about Stretch Forming by Linetec, finishing and other services, please call 888-717-1472, email or visit

Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Linetec is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).