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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Photos by Don Shreve, Shreve Imaging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Photos by Rip Noel, Noel Studios Inc.

Client News: ROCKFON names business development manager, acoustic tile product manager and construction services manager

RF_TomSmith_webROCKFON® expands its North American team with the promotion of Tom Smith to business development manager, overseeing the complete offering of ceiling systems; Kirby Williams’ promotion to product manager of acoustic stone wool ceiling tiles, and the hiring of Jill Reninger as manager of construction services.

Reninger will report to Steve Noeth, ROCKFON’s vice president of sales. Both Smith and Williams will report to Cory Nevins, ROCKFON’s director of marketing. All are under the supervision of James B. Moynihan, ROCKFON’s vice president and general manager for North America.

“During the last year, we’ve enjoyed tremendous interest in our ‘Complete Ceiling Solutions’ offering including our acoustical stone wool and specialty metal ceiling panels, as well as our Chicago Metallic™ suspension systems,” says Moynihan. “Anticipating our customers’ needs and our continued growth, we are pleased to promote our experienced associates to management roles and to add new employees who bring strong technical skills and innovative thinking to our collaborative culture.”

Tom Smith, Business Development Manager
With more than 30 years of experience in the commercial ceilings industry, Smith leads new product development and project management for all of ROCKFON’s product lines. He focuses on enhancing the company’s product assortment and supporting its strategic marketing efforts throughout North America.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, and now based in Chicago, Smith’s career began in product design and development, followed by positions in technical support and product management. He joined Chicago Metallic in 2002 as a product manager for metal ceilings. Throughout the next 12 years, he was promoted to management roles overseeing ceiling suspension products, strategic projects and marketing communications. Most recently, he served as ROCKFON’s technical services manager where he helped strengthen relationships with architects, installers and other key partners. Drawing from his well-rounded skills and experience, he continues to contribute to the company’s strategic growth and planning.

Kirby Williams, Acoustic Tile Product Manager
With over 20 years’ experience in construction products and 17 years working with stone wool products, Williams works closely with customers and colleagues to provide high-quality, competitive ceiling panel products that meet both aesthetic and performance requirements for their commercial interior projects. As ROCKFON’s acoustic tile product manager, Williams will manage ROCKFON’s extensive portfolio of stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions that range from suspended and concealed ceilings to islands and baffles, as well as new product development.

Based in Milton, Ontario, Williams most recently served as ROCKFON’s compliance manager for North America. He has worked for the North American operations of ROCKWOOL® International for 17 years in both the ROCKFON and ROXUL® divisions in product management and development, sales management, and technical management of stone wool products in residential, commercial, industrial and marine applications.

Jill Reninger, Construction Services ManagerRF_JillReninger_web
As ROCKFON’s construction services manager for North America, Reninger is responsible for the company’s technical services and project management teams. Based in Chicago, she embraces a project management operating style coupled with a continuous improvement methodology. She will continue the team’s tradition of providing excellent technical service, while elevating their ability to exceed customer expectations with quality on-time execution.

Reninger brings a strong background in the industrial engineering and construction services industries and 16 years of experience in both domestic and international manufacturing and distribution. Most recently, she worked for Ace Hardware Corporation with previous roles held at Elston Window & Wall LLC, Castle Metals and Republic Windows & Doors, LLC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the University of Illinois – Chicago, completed the University of Michigan’s lean manufacturing program and the Project Management Institute’s coursework. She regularly attends workshops and seminars from The Lean Enterprise.


Hamilton Ink Spots brings printmaking to the people with classes and mentorship funded by Knight Foundation

Opened in Spring 2014, Hamilton Ink Spot quickly is earning a reputation as Saint Paul’s premier printmaking resource and exhibition center. Funding through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, will help Ink Spot bring hand-printed original artwork to new audiences in Saint Paul and throughout the Twin Cities.HWT_InkSpot_Store

Knight Foundation’s $50,000 matching grant will support the expansion of Ink Spot’s artistic and educational activities. These include: daily classes, a drop-in studio for families and individuals, a print cooperative for mid-career artists, paid internships, a mentorship program for high school-age artists, a mobile printmaking program serving public school students, and exhibitions of local, regional and national printmaking artists.

Master printers Bill Moran and Monica Edwards Larson oversee Ink Spot’s initiatives and its 2,200-square-foot location on Wabasha Street. The space offers Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum’s merchandise for sale, as well as a co-op space for Twin Cities’ artists to create and exhibit their original posters, cards, clothing and other printed work.

“Although Hamilton Ink Spot is located in highly visible, street-level space in the central core of downtown’s Saint Paul, additional support is necessary to raise awareness of printmaking as an accessible art form,” said Moran. An internationally respected artist and designer, Moran has worked since 1986 in Saint Paul and since 2011 from the Wabasha Street location. He has been involved with the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum since 2001.

“The cities that are the most vibrant are those where every person considers themselves a creative being. Hamilton Ink Spot helps forward that idea by making printmaking more accessible in Saint Paul,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for Knight Foundation.

“Hamilton Ink Spot creates access for artists and others of all skill levels and backgrounds, enriches the public’s connection with direct arts experiences, and substantially contributes to the cultural vitality of this community,” praised Larson, owner of Sister Black Press, a letterpress, book arts and design studio.

Joe Spencer, the City of Saint Paul’s director of arts and culture, agrees with Larson. He enthusiastically elaborated, “Ink Spot is the perfect gathering place to both showcase the amazing talent of this national design mecca we call home. Ink Spot is a wonderful place to bring great artists and designers together along with their enthusiastic audiences.”

“Ink Spot’s launch and ongoing stability will be helped enormously with the infusion of Knight Arts Challenge funds, especially during this important first year of operation. This is a chance to share a treasure of American printing with Twin Cities’ design and letterpress lovers,” added Moran.

The Joknight-logo-300hn S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds ideas that engage and enrich St. Paul through the arts. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

Hamilton Ink Spot is the first venture to which Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum lends its name. Based in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Hamilton is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world.

To learn more about Hamilton Ink Spot’s co-op memberships, workshops, internships, merchandise and exhibition gallery, please email or visit


Client News: Architect creates his own high-performance dream home with windows and doors from Kolbe

Kolbe_IA_LizerHome_V924Architect Jesse Lizer, AIA, and his wife, Shannon, live in the dream home that they imagined and built together in Dike, Iowa. Kolbe’s Ultra Series windows and doors contribute to the home’s remarkable energy-efficient performance. Not only does the Lizer home surpass the energy performance of its neighbors in Iowa, but it outshines most new homes across the country.

The Lizer home earned a 5+ Star rating from the ENERGY STAR® 3.0 certification program – exceeding the certification requirements by 42 percent. The 3,700-square-foot house was air tightness tested at 1.1 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals, whereas a typical home experiences 3.0 air changes per hour. The residence also received a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score of 32, indicating it is 50 percent more energy efficient than a standard new home. Assessed by a certified Home Energy Rater, the HERS score accounts for whole-house design, beyond the exterior walls.

The couple started documenting their dream home wish lists in August 2011. Shannon Lizer’s list began with an 8-foot-tall grand entry door. Jesse Lizer’s top item was a “super insulated, super efficient house… It is quite obvious going just a few steps more in the building process can make a HUGE difference on your utilities bills, energy consumption and comfort within the home. We were willing to pay more for the long-term performance than for the aesthetic finishes. Finishes can be easily added or changed later. Performance was the first, driving factor.”

By October 2011, Lizer, an architect with Struxture Architects, was conducting sun studies and energy modeling. Through his research, he determined that orienting the house and key window spaces to face slightly southeast maximized the home’s natural light. “The windows are sized to allow maximum heat gain during the winter and shade the glass completely during the summer to block heat gain. The master bedroom also has glass for managing gain in that space. The dining room windows allow that area to be flooded with light and the warmth to radiate into the rest of the open spaces. The clerestory windows allow light and sun rays to filter in from above and project further into the space, warming the air.”

Kolbe_IA_LizerHome_V926Lizer’s plans specified “tuning the glazing and sizes for each opening to hit the energy efficiency needed for each elevation.” Assisting with his research, he used Autodesk® Revit software coupled with Kolbe’s 3-D building information model (BIM) tools. He adds, “Kolbe was one of the few companies I could find to work with me on the glass, size and configurations. I quickly found out that they could do anything I was after in regard to highly energy-efficient glass packages, including providing the desired glass option for the home’s custom front door.”

Kolbe’s regional manager, Tom Yehl, met with Lizer to discuss the breadth of available options to meet both the high performance and the contemporary, Craftsman-inspired design. Appreciative of Yehl’s efforts, Lizer notes, “The service from my rep was great, as well as from the local dealer.”

Yehl remembers, “Jesse loves windows. I showed him that we have products for all applications. His focus was on developing a very efficient home that was not quite passive solar, but sought similar results. We eventually arrived at ThermaPlus™ LoE2-270 insulating glass with our Ultra Series exterior door and EP triple glazed, crank-out windows.”

Lizer describes the Ultra Series units as “a wood, aluminum-clad window with the cladding as extruded aluminum and not roll-formed like other options. This gives a much more durable exterior.” Kolbe finished the patio door and all of the windows’ exterior aluminum in Coal Black, supported with a 30-year limited finish warranty. “The black frames on the outside have a nice, wide profile and flat, clean, straight lines. They look fantastic,” Lizer says proudly. “The clean, straight lines are continued inside with square profiles. Kolbe is one of the few companies that has these options.”

“Double seals, high-end stainless steel hardware, lots of colors, and about any glass package you want” also contributed to Lizer’s decision in choosing Kolbe. Ultra Series crank-out EP casements are designated as among the Most Efficient ENERGY STAR certified products in 2014. With triple pane glass, the Lizer home’s windows achieve U-Factors as low as 0.17 on the north side and 0.22 on the south side.

The dining room window at the front of the house is 8-by-7 feet and with the 1-3/8-inch triple pane glass, Lizer says, it “weighs close to 300 pounds.” He and his wife handled the installation themselves, carefully following instructions from Kolbe. “Despite the size, they installed very easily,” he adds.

Large windows also were important for natural lighting throughout the house, including the set of three 60-by-24-inch clerestory windows. “Visitors comment on the overall, comfortable feel of the interior space, especially the clerestory windows,” remarks Lizer.

He continues, “The front door, one of the coolest parts on the house for us, turned out to not disappoint in any way. It looks just as good as we hoped, and already got several comments from the guys helping me unload as well as the delivery man. Doors like this are not too common, so we are pretty excited to have found it. Cost wise, it was really no more than others we were looking at.”

On the inside, Lizer carefully selected wood detailing so as not to interrupt the clean, straight lines and contemporary design. “The windows and doors’ pine frames give a little bit of warmth without being too heavy,” he observes.

Kolbe_IA_LizerHome_V904Other notable green design aspects on the Lizer home include:
* A one-step, energy-efficient vertical wall system that uses 39 percent more foam insulation than standard insulated concrete form (ICF) construction to achieve an R-30 insulation value, which is 25 percent better than standard ICF construction would yield. The wall system was placed on an insulated basement slab. Instead of absorbing cold from the ground below, the slab captures heat and maintains a temperature level that is close to the thermostat setting.
* An open floor plan and cathedral ceilings maximize the use of incoming light. In the great room, a natural, rough sawn cedar mantel draws the eye, and the LED fireplace contributes to the ambiance and also produces heat when needed.
* A continuous row of double T5 florescent fixtures above the crown on the kitchen cabinets sits on an angled ledge to project light out into the space. This indirect lighting setup fills the space, creates zero shadowing and is much more energy efficient than traditional “can” ceiling lights. More T5 fixtures are mounted under the kitchen cabinets. Pendant lighting fixtures hang over the island and sink. Every kitchen light source also has a separate switch to vary illumination levels and optimizing energy use.
* A 98 percent high-efficiency, modulating gas furnace accurately sized to handle the small heating loads for the house
* A tankless, gas-fired water heater and high-efficiency water conserving appliances
* A spray foam attic seal with R-60 blown in insulation and no can ceiling lights
* The window’ sills and apron were built with scrap bamboo flooring, respectful of the interior design and efficient use of renewable materials

During the day, Lizer says, “We rarely have our lights on. I love the windows and doors and am extremely satisfied with their energy performance. Kolbe not only came through with the customized windows and door I desired, I got everything within very reasonable lead times. All in all, the ratings for my new home have been very good. It is performing as modeled and estimated.”

He adds, “It’s a fraction of the cost to operate. In our Climate Zone, a typical winter day is 5 degrees outside, but inside our home, it stays 72 degrees without the furnace running. On average, our utility bills are $100 or less per month in winter compared with our neighbors’ bills of $300-400/month. …The energy-efficiency goals might have seemed fairly extreme, but we managed to put together a very efficient home.”


Key building team members:
* Homeowners: Jesse and Shannon Lizer; Dike, Iowa;
* Architect: Jesse Lizer, AIA, Struxture Architects; Waterloo, Iowa;
* Window manufacturer: Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc.; Wausau, Wisconsin;
* Window distributor: Squaw Creek Millwork; Hiawatha, Iowa;


Association News: North Carolina rejects temporary rule discouraging use of low-e windows

The North Carolina Rules Review Commission has rejected the temporary rule, which allowed permit holders to opt-out of using low-e fenestration products in residential construction.

In an Aug. 8, 2014 letter to the North Carolina Building Code Council, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) led a coalition of industry organizations including the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) in conveying that the Emergency Rulemaking was established utilizing inaccurate information and that the required criteria for issuing this rule had not been satisfied.

The letter specifically stated that the use of low-e windows significantly improves building envelope energy efficiency. Low-e windows are now used in millions of homes throughout the country and continue to contribute to lowering consumer’s energy bills and helping conserve energy.

The letter elaborated on the energy efficiency of low-e fenestration products in the state. “North Carolina has been a longtime leader in adopting and advancing residential and commercial building energy codes that reduce energy dependence. The use of low-e glass has played a key role in reducing energy use in North Carolina and across the country. Low-e glass has been used safely as an integral part of construction projects for decades and continues to grow in popularity, because it provides comfort and value. It works and it works well.”

“This is an important victory for our industry, both in North Carolina and in any state or jurisdiction that values the energy efficiency that today’s fenestration products offer to consumers. AAMA sincerely thanks all of the members and industry representatives who worked together to ensure this outcome,” says Rich Walker, AAMA’s president and CEO.

The North Carolina Building Code Council stated that they will not attempt to issue additional temporary rules regarding this matter.

“We must remain ever vigilant, however, because the North Carolina Building Code Council will return to this subject later this year, when they start development of a permanent rule,” adds Walker.


Association News: AAMA and World Vision fill 500 backpacks with supplies for in-need children

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2014 Fall Conference, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a Title I elementary school in the Denver area. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.
After including hand-written notes of encouragement for the current academic year, volunteers traveled to the school to distribute the backpacks in person. This event was coordinated in partnership with World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to help them reach their full potential. World Vision does this by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. AAMA and World Vision have been working together since February 2012.

“Education is extremely important to AAMA,” says Rich Walker, AAMA’s president and CEO. “We support World Vision’s mission, and we’re thankful for our volunteers who worked hard to help children in the Denver area get this school year off to a brighter start.”

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 member companies and personal contributors collectively donated $11,000 to sponsor 500 backpacks.

“AAMA continued their social responsibility outreach during their Fall Conference by sponsoring backpacks filled with school supplies for children at Hodgkins Elementary and FM Day Elementary Schools in Denver,” says Mary Garcia, corporate relations director at World Vision. “World Vision’s partnership with AAMA continues to make a significant impact to build hope here at home for children and families in financial distress.”


Association News: Hodgson addresses the impact of California regulations on the U.S. during AAMA Fall Conference

Michael Hodgson, ConSol founder, spoke at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2014 Fall Conference during a Sept. 16 general session. His presentation, “California Regulatory Proceedings Impacting the Nation,” discussed how California’s 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.
The California Energy Commission has a number of proposals for the 2016 Energy Code, bearing in mind the eventual goal of getting the state of California to Zero Energy by 2020. These include using high-performance attics and walls, LED lighting and 0.82 Energy Factor water heaters.

Hodgson pointed out that Time-Dependent Value energy is more expensive at different times of day, such as between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the summer after residents get home and turn on air conditioning in the West and Southern zones.

The trend toward larger homes on smaller lots is resulting in HVAC units being placed within the attic space, noted Hodgson. This is problematic, since the typical attic in that early evening timeframe reaches 140 degrees. High-performance attics feature above or below roof-deck insulation and vented attic design to combat extreme temperatures. High-performance walls, which may prompt changes to window installation instructions or frame design to accommodate the necessary 1-inch stucco and 2-inch exterior foam sheathing, have also been proposed.

He added that performance-based codes are also critical. Builders choose what the market demands, i.e. homeowner choices, and what is practical and deemed cost-effective by the builders to install.

“There is still time to participate [in rule-making proceedings],” emphasized Hodgson. He stressed that this is an important time to get involved.

The California code often influences national code, according to Hodgson. Code in California are moving to reflect utility actual costs and will allow trades between envelope and equipment energy-efficiency features – and eventually renewables.

“Renewables will get us to Zero Energy by 2020,” Hodgson concluded.

About the Speaker

Hodgson founded ConSol in 1983. He has more than three decades’ worth of experience in making new and existing buildings more energy efficient. He has positioned ConSol as the building owners’ energy advocate at the local, state and national levels. Hodgson has worked extensively in resource utilization, market research and assisting in the development of energy regulations. Hodgson led the development and implementation of ComfortWise®, the largest new construction above code program in California.

More recently, he took part in the creation of the Green Builder Guidelines. In 2007, Hodgson served on the International Code Council’s consensus committee that developed the National Green Building Standards -ANSI 700 (NGBS), the nation’s first consensus standard for green building. Hodgson chaired the revision of the NGBS energy chapter during 2011 and 2012.


Client News: Utah State University’s Wayne Estes Center attracts student athletes with Tubelite curtainwall’s daylight and views

In his 20-plus years of coaching, Stew Morrill never had an office with a window. Now, Utah State University’s (USU’s) head basketball coach enjoys a gorgeous view of Cache Valley and the Wellsville Mountains framed by Tubelite’s curtainwall systems. Morill’s office is part of the University’s recently completed 32,744 square-foot Wayne Estes Training Center, which houses the campus’ basketball practice facility and 1,400-seat volleyball court. The center seeks LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a standard that all new USU projects within the last seven years has earned.

Tubelite_UT_USUtrainingCtr6_TysonBybee_webMorrill tours USU recruits through the Center with pride and happily hosts them in his office — something he and his staff had never done before the new facility opened in May 2014. The expansive glass and metal façade that characterizes his office — and the $9.7 million facility as a whole — gives the building the aesthetic and practical appeal crucial for competing in the ultra-competitive recruiting environment of college athletics.

The impressive, daylight-filled lobby interior of the new facility, recognizes the Center’s namesake, Wayne Estes, as the greatest basketball player in USU’s history. He played for the Aggies from 1963 to 1965 and likely would have gone on to play in the NBA, but died in an electrical accident in 1965. He was posthumously given All-American honor  by the Associated Press, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1967. A large mural, memorabilia and a touchscreen educational kiosk share his life’s story in the building that serves as a tribute to his legacy. In addition to the memorial lobby and the office space, the facility contains a training room, strength-and-conditioning area, two regulation-size basketball courts and a regulation-size volleyball competition court.

Before the Center came online, USU was utilizing a nearby high school court for some of its basketball and volleyball practices, because there was not enough court space available on campus. These scheduling challenges were in turn causing interruptions to student-athletes’ class schedules. “Wayne Estes Center provides an outstanding opportunity to recruit student-athletes because of the services it provides, and the wow factor it has,” said Scott Barnes, USU vice president and director of athletics.”

Designed by VCBO Architecture, USU’s new Wayne Estes Training Center was built by Okland Construction on a 10-month timeline. Beginning in September 2013, glazing contractor Steel Encounters Inc. installed the Center’s signature exterior curtainwall using Tubelite’s 400 Series system. Using Tubelite’s standard sun shade clips, Ducworks Inc. added a stainless steel, laser-cut, bull-shaped “Aggie” logo to accent the building.

TheTubelite_UT_USUtrainingCtr9_TysonBybee_web room above the court is called “the closing room,” because it presents such an enticing view for recruits visiting the facility. “The curtainwall system that contains the ‘closing room’ had to be as unobstructed as possible to enhance game views from this location,” notes VCBO’s principal, Derek Payne, AIA, LEED AP. “Potential recruits, potential donors and important visitors will all enjoy games from this location. The look of the cantilevering glass cube from the court below is also important. The sleek, mullionless look of this projection into the playing venue adds a bit of surprise and elegance to the game environment.”

Along with its attractive design, USU’s Wayne Estes Training Center was built to meet performance standards set by Utah’s Division of Facilities Construction & Management’s State Building Energy Efficiency Program (DFCM’s SBEEP). This program works to increase energy efficiency in both new and existing state buildings, and includes design and building to LEED Silver requirements. Since 2006, SBEEP reports more than $11 million in energy cost savings. Exemplifying this, Utah’s DFCM introduced an innovative approach to building envelope design on all new buildings that allow the mechanical systems to be downsized, along with significant reduction in ongoing utility costs and associated emissions.

Emphasizing the long-term savings, DFCM’s energy development director John Burningham wrote in the division’s recent newsletter (Second Quarter 2014): “Over the years DFCM has learned the immense value of having high performing building envelopes. Quality systems that perform as designed provide value to the building and its occupants for decades. Unlike mechanical systems that generally have an expected life of 10 to 20 years, the components of the building envelope generally last the entire life of the building. DFCM has one, if not the, most rigorous envelope programs in the nation to ensure the skin of the building is designed and installed with long term performance in mind.”

To support the Center’s energy-efficiency and LEED Silver certification goals, Tubelite’s curtainwall was specified with a fiberglass pressure plate and PPG’s Solarban® low-e glass, achieving a maximum solar heat gain coefficient of (SHGC) 0.34 and U-Factor of 0.39 BTU/hr.sqft.ºF. With the fiberglass pressure plate, the framing system also delivers a high condensation resistance factor (CRF) of 76.

Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall with fiberglass pressure plate has a 2.5-inch sightline and the strength of variable-depth back-members from 4 to 7 inches. Minimizing the need for on-site cutting and fabricating, screw holes and weeps are machined at the factory into the off-white, pultruded fiberglass material.

The curtainwall system’s metal back-members and snap-on covers can be extruded by Tubelite using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition. This also may contribute to obtaining additional credits as outlined by LEED. Enhancing the project’s environmental attributes, longevity and metallic appearance, the aluminum components were finished by Linetec using Class II clear anodize, which contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Anodize process by-products are recyclable and anodized aluminum is 100 percent recyclable. Because anodize is an integral part of the substrate, the coating delivers excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance.

Tubelite_UT_USUtrainingCtr7_TysonBybee_web“Student-athletes have been absolutely blown away by how nice this facility is,” stated USU’s Barnes. “What sets the Wayne Estes Center apart is its functionality as both a first-class basketball practice and elite volleyball competition venue. Our men and women’s basketball and volleyball coaches have some of the best office views in the entire valley and the finishes are spectacular.”


Wayne Estes Training Center, Utah State University Athletics, 800 E. and 900 N., Logan, Utah 84321;
Owner: Utah State University; Logan, Utah;
Project manager: State of Utah, Division of Facilities Construction & Management; Salt Lake City;
Architect: VCBO Architecture; Salt Lake City;
General contractor: Okland Construction;
Glazing contractor: Steel Encounters Inc.; Salt Lake City;
Specialty signage – fabricator and installer: Ducworks, Inc.; Logan, Utah
Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan;
Glazing systems - glass assemblies: PPG Industries; Solarban® 70;
Glazing systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin;
Photographer: Tyson Bybee, Bybee Photography LLC

Client News: Linetec to expand with a third anodize line in Wisconsin adding jobs, capacity, capabilities; maintaining lead times

Linetec, one of the largest architectural finishing companies in the U.S., will expand its capacity and capabilities with a third anodize line. The 120,000-square-foot addition and associated improvements are estimated to cost $15.3 million and to bring nearly 100 jobs to the city of Wausau, Wisconsin. In January 2014, Linetec opened a 30,000-square-foot addition to its existing anodize lines, which are operating at capacity.
“We plan to have this additional line fully functional by Summer 2015 and are breaking ground immediately to get the site work completed prior to the cold, winter months. This will make us the only company in North America to have three architectural anodizing lines,” said Rick Marshall, Linetec’s president. “As the market continues to show strong recovery, our customers continue to experience tremendous growth and we are expanding to meet their needs.”

Linetec’s vice president of sales, Jon Close, added, “We are making this significant investment to stay ahead of demand. As our industry continues to recover and grow, we are seeing finishing lead times, particularly for anodize finishes, being pushed out to lengthier waits. This expansion will ensure ample capacity to give our customers the high-quality anodize finishes, consistent lead time and reliable service that they have come to expect from Linetec, as well as giving us the freedom to introduce new finishing capabilities.”

Linetec’s anodize is specified on architectural aluminum products, such as window and door systems, storefront framing, sun shades, light shelves, canopies, column covers, panels and flat sheets. Unlike other finishes, anodizing highlights aluminum’s metallic appearance. Because it is an integral part of the substrate, the anodic coating results in a hard, durable substance providing excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance.

The new anodize line, like Linetec’s other anodize lines, are fully automated and use the most recent technology. Linetec also pioneered environmental innovations in anodize that resulted in its industry-leading, eco-friendly anodize process. Compared with traditional anodize, Linetec’s process reduces waste by as much as 90 percent, decreases energy use, creates recyclable byproducts and enhances the durability and lifecycle of the finished product.

Once the planned expansion is completed, Linetec’s Wausau campus will span 670,000 square feet and provide room to further enhance production flow throughout the facilities. Along with its anodize lines, this space houses a comprehensive breadth of finishing and related services including liquid paint and powder coat finishing, thermal improvement and stretch forming services, warehousing, packaging and distribution.