Tubelite debuts TerraPorte 7600 terrace doors

Ideal for mid-rise residential projects, condominiums and hotels, Tubelite Inc. introduces TerraPorte 7600 terrace doors. Sizes extend up to 12-feet-tall and easily integrate with Tubelite’s curtainwall, ribbon window or storefront systems, or used as a standalone door.

The 3-1/4-inch aluminum-framed TerraPorte 7600 terrace doors achieve AW-70 Architectural Performance Class requirements set by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Testing for AW-70 includes stringent criteria for air, water and structural performance, including AAMA 910-16 lifecycle testing to 4,000 operating cycles, with supplemental thermal cycling.

Ensuring safety requirements are met, TerraPorte doors feature multi-lock hardware. Low-profile accessABLE™ sills may be specified to achieve universal design goals. The doors’ heavy-duty aluminum hinges, along with corner key and crimped construction, provide increased durability for frequent use.

Durable anodize or painted finishes also reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles. Paint options include a large palette of colors plus a two-color, split finish option.

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Tubelite ForceFront Storm products provide hurricane impact-resistant framing and entrance systems

Tubelite Inc. helps commercial buildings meet impact building codes with ForceFront Storm™ curtainwall, storefront and entrances, providing a complete, easy-to-install, hurricane impact-resistant system. ForceFront Storm products are designed for to meet the Florida Building Code’s High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) requirements. They are approved through the Florida Product Approval (FPA) and Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) review processes.

“These hurricane impact-resistant products are engineered to help protect building occupants and property from windborne projectiles and rain water,” says Tom Mifflin, Tubelite’s product manager. “Verifying their performance, Inertek (formerly ATI) tests and approves our ForceFront Storm products to meet today’s industry standards.”

 

Tubelite ForceFront Storm products include:

* ForceFront Storm Curtainwall (FFS-CW) systems feature a 2-1/2-inch face pressure bar system for use on single- and twin-span applications. FFS-CW has a shear block construction and is available in captured or structural glazed options. A thermal separator and 1-5/16-inch laminated-insulated glass also support stringent, modern energy code requirements.

* ForceFront Storm E44000 Series and E/T34000 Series Storefront systems are design for use on first floor, single-span applications. The E44000 Series 2-1/2-by-5-inch, flush-glazed storefront system’s impact-resistant, screw-spline framing is designed to be glazed with 9/16-inch laminated glass. The E/T34000 Series is available with either a thermal or non-thermal frame and accepts 1-5/16-inch laminated-insulated glass.

* ForceFront Entrance Doors complement Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront products. The entrance systems’ stile dimensions include Monumental 2-by-6-inch Wide Stile and 1-3/4-by-4-inch Medium Stile. The Medium Stile door is available with both thermal and non-thermal frames. ForceFront Storm entrances are glazed with 1-1/16-inch-thick laminated-insulated glass. Options include, transom lites, heavy-wall extrusions and steel reinforcing. Thresholds comply with the ADA requirements for accessibility.

In addition to impact-resistance performance, ForceFront Storm products have been tested to industry standards for air, water, structural, thermal and acoustical performance. The framing for Tubelite ForceFront Storm products’ extrusions also can be specified as using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition. Coupled with daylight, views, energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, these attributes also may support projects seeking LEED® certification or other green building criteria.

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Tubelite achieves NFRC ACE certification

Tubelite Inc. has been approved by the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) as a Manufacturer Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization. NFRC is the global leader in delivering energy and related performance ratings and certification for fenestration products and systems.

In addition to the company’s ACE certified individuals in both the engineering and marketing departments, three Tubelite representatives have earned a Certificate of Approval for successfully completing the ACE Training Workshop: client development manager Dan Goodman, and representatives Rick Hillesheim and Matt Tschida of Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc.

As an NFRC ACE, each is qualified to carry out performance calculations of fenestration products for design support and final certification using the NFRC Component Modeling Approach (CMA) and software tool (CMAST). Through NFRC’s CMAST libraries of approved frames, glass and spacer components, users can configure fenestration products for a project, and can obtain a U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance rating for those products. Performance values are then compared to the energy requirements of local energy codes to determine compliance.

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

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Tubelite introduces Therml=Block ribbon window

Tubelite_900RW_corner_webTubelite Inc. adds a new 900RW Series ribbon windows, with single and dual poured-and-debridged thermal options, as part of its growing Therml=Block™ product line.

“Designed for strip window applications in low- to mid-rise commercial buildings, 900RW ribbon windows save installation time and labor, while meeting model energy codes and supporting LEED® certification,” said Mary Avery, Tubelite’s marketing director. “Even in extreme cold climates, Therml=Block products provide superior energy and condensation resistance performance using multiple thermal barriers, while providing structural integrity and aesthetic flexibility.”

Tubelite’s 900RW ribbon windows have been successfully tested per the National Fenestration Council (NFRC) 102-14 procedure, achieving a U-Factor of 0.30 for thermal transmittance. They also successfully were tested per the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 1503-09 standard, achieving a frame condensation resistance factor (CRFf) of 72. The single and dual thermal break options allow designers to select appropriate thermal performance levels to meet their projects’ requirements.

Glass is positioned at the exterior of Tubelite’s frame and installed from the interior side. Azon’s Lancer™ mechanical surface conditioning of the aluminum extrusion cavity ensures long-term resistance to shrinkage of the polyurethane barrier.

The new 900RW Series high-performance, 2-1/4-inch-wide thermal framing is available in depths of 4-1/2 or 6 inches. Options are offered for slab edge covers. These ribbon windows may be specified as part of a complete offering of Therml=Block entrance, storefront and curtainwall systems, or individually as needed. They also are compatible with Tubelite’s aLuminate™ light shelves and Max/Block™ sun shades.

The aluminum used to produce all of Tubelite’s framing systems, light shelves and sun shades can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition. The aluminum is finished in a choice of seven anodized finishes or 20 standard paint colors, or, upon request, blended and custom colors may be specified. Durable finishes reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles.

For an AIA-approved continuing education course on “Product Selection for Aluminum Fenestration” or other presentations, please email dependable@tubeliteinc.com or call 800-866-2227.

 

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Tubelite expands Therml=Block product offering, introduces TU24650 storefront

Tubelite_TU24650ThermlBlock_webExpanding its Therml=Block™ product line, Tubelite Inc. announces TU24650 Series storefront system with a dual pocket poured-and-debridged thermal break. This new storefront is part of Tubelite high-performance thermal framing systems designed to address today’s fast-track construction schedules and stringent energy codes. Even in extreme cold climates, Therml=Block products provide superior energy and condensation resistance performance using multiple thermal barriers, while providing structural integrity and aesthetic flexibility.

Tubelite TU24650 storefront is engineered for use on ground floor storefront or protected low-rise applications and tall openings up to 14 feet high. It may be specified as part of a complete offering of Therml=Block entrance, storefront and curtainwall systems, or individually as needed.

This storefront system has been tested per AAMA 1503-09’s standards, achieving a U-Factor of 0.31 for thermal transmittance and a frame condensation resistance factor (CRFf) of 75. “Our new TU24650 dual thermally broken storefront improves U-Factors by 36 percent and increases CRF by 30 percent over a single poured-and-debridged pocket when using the same size and type of insulated glass,” said Mary Avery, Tubelite’s marketing director.

Label certificates validating energy performance for Tubelite’s TU24650 Series storefront can be obtained from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Component Modeling Approach (CMA) program. Azon’s Lancer™ mechanical surface conditioning of the aluminum extrusion cavity ensures long-term resistance to shrinkage of the polyurethane barrier.

Avery added, “Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reducing associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent building materials.”

Beyond performance, Tubelite TU24650 storefront aesthetically matches T14000 and TU24000 storefront systems’ glass plane. Its 2-by-6.5-inch profiles also complement other Therml=Block products’ 4.5-inch system depth for a pleasing reveal.

The aluminum framing can accommodate glass or panels up to 1-inch thick. Verticals can be steel-reinforced for high performance against strong windloads. Members can be assembled using screw spline or clip joinery, and framing is compatible with Tubelite Medium and Wide Stile Therml=Block Doors. Tubelite 3700 Series operable windows also can be glazed into the storefront framing pocket for natural ventilation.

The aluminum used to produce all of Tubelite’s storefront, window, entrance and curtainwall systems can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition. The aluminum is finished in a choice of seven anodized finishes or 20 standard paint colors, or, upon request, blended and custom colors may be specified. Durable finishes reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles. Coupled with TU24650’s recycled aluminum content, daylight, views, energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, these attributes also may support projects seeking LEED® certification or other green building criteria.

Please click here to learn more about Tubelite’s high-performance TU24650 storefront systems’ design details, test reports, installation instruction and specific performance data. For an AIA-approved continuing education course on “Product Selection for Aluminum Fenestration” or other presentations, please email dependable@tubeliteinc.com or call 800-866-2227.

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Tubelite introduces INT45 Interior Flush Glaze Framing

Installation perfect for commercial office and retail space

Installation perfect for commercial office and retail space

Tubelite Inc. announces a new extension of its 4500 Series Storefront framing called INT45 Interior Flush Glaze Framing for commercial interiors. Specialized adapters allow Tubelite INT45’s frames to be installed before or after the drywall, completely covering the end of the stud wall and helping meet fast-track construction schedules.

“Our interior framing project was born from listening to our clients. As part of our New Product Introduction process, we seek the Voice of the Customer where clients in various regions share their feedback on market opportunity and design concepts. Their input helped with the new product’s development and ultimately resulted in Tubelite’s first interior framing product line – INT 45,” said Piet Visser, Tubelite’s product development engineer III.

4500-interior-detailTubelite INT45 easily incorporates standard aluminum storefront with metal stud and drywall systems. Perimeter trim members are pre-applied on one side of the 4.5-inch frame opening for simple, fast installation.

Gaskets accommodate 0.25-inch to -0.5-inch glass thicknesses and are available in black or grey. Recycled aluminum content may be specified for the storefront framing members. Aluminum extrusions are stocked in Dark Bronze and Clear anodize, and can be requested in five other anodize colors, 20 standard paint choices or a custom paint color. Matching finishes are offered for standard swing doors and frames to complete the system.

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Announcing the INT45 Storefront Framing

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Perfect for commercial and retail interior applications

Tubelite is pleased to announce a new extension of 4500 Series Storefront framing called INT45 for commercial and retail interior applications.

Tubelite INT45 has adapter options for installing before or after adjacent drywall has been finished to meet construction schedules. Options for this versatile system include:

  • Easy installation – perimeter trim is pre-applied to one side of the frame to position the system in the opening
  • Standard swing doors and frames w/o thresholds
  • Black or Grey silicone gaskets
  • Glass thicknesses of ¼”, 5/16”, 3/8”, and ½”
  • Recycled aluminum for wall framing members

Design details and installation instructions can be found on the Tubelite website at https://www.tubeliteinc.com/int-45/. Active Glazing Contractor accounts with Tubelite can access price book pages for INT45 on the Client Portal of Tubelite’s website.

The updated Easy Estimate spreadsheet will be sent to you and is also available on the Client Page.

Please contact your Client Development Manager if you do not have a login for the client section of the website or if you have any questions regarding this interior framing system.

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Tubelite’s new 400TU Series thermal curtainwall meets today’s stringent energy codes

Tubelite_400TU-CwebDesigned for today’s stringent energy codes, Tubelite Inc. introduces 400TU Series high-performance thermal curtainwall system for medium- and low-rise commercial buildings. Combining aluminum framing, dual thermal strut and high-performance insulated glass, 400TU Series dual-glazed achieves industry-leading U-Factors of 0.30 for thermal transmittance and a frame condensation resistance factor (CRFf) of 81.

Thoroughly tested by an independent laboratory, Tubelite’s 400TU Series curtainwall demonstrated that it meets or exceeds ASTM and AAMA industry standards for air, water, structural, thermal, acoustical and seismic performance. The 400TU Series curtainwall’s enhanced thermal break is located in the tongue area of the back member, and the insulated glass is positioned to the system’s exterior for enhanced resistance to rainwater. In addition to thermal performance, this curtainwall system is tested to meet acoustical performance ratings for Sound Transmission Class (STC) 38 and Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) 32.

Assembled using screw spline or clip joinery, 400TU Series can be specified with either an aluminum or polyamide pressure plate, and as a stick-built system or shop-assembled into “ladders” for field glazing. Verticals can be steel-reinforced for strong windloads. The system’s 6-, 7.5- and 10-inch system depths can accommodate glass or panels of 1- to 1.75-inches thick, and easily integrates with Tubelite’s Therml=Block® entrance systems.

Tubelite’s 400TU Series can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. Seven anodized finishes and 20 standard paint colors are available, and upon request, blended and custom colors may be specified.

Durable finishes reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles. Coupled with 400TU Series’ recycled aluminum content, daylight, views, energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, these attributes also may support projects seeking LEED® certification or other green building criteria.

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Tubelite adds 34000 Series storefront to ForceFront Blast product offering

Tubelite_34000FFBlast_Blue_webTubelite Inc. introduces E/T34000 Series storefront system as part of its ForceFront™ Blast products, engineered for high-security in low- and mid-rise building projects. The storefront’s framing provides improved thermal performance, and are glazed with insulated laminated glass for energy efficiency and safety. ForceFront curtainwall and Monumental Wide Stile entrance systems match Tubelite’s 34000 Series storefront’s performance and sightlines to offer a complete blast hazard mitigation system.

ForceFront Blast products are designed for compliance with ASTM International standard F 1642-04, the U.S. General Services Administration Interagency Security Committee (GSA/ISC) TS01-2003 security design criteria and U.S. Department of Defense Unified Facilities Criteria (DoD UFC) 4-010-01 requirements. The products are tested to meet blast performance of 6 psi peak pressure at 42 psi-msec impulse, but each project requires separate review to meet unique specifications.Tubelite_34000FFBlast_CloseUp_web

Tubelite’s 34000 Series features a 2-1/2-by-5-inch flush-glazed system and screw-spline framing, glazed with 1-5/16-inch laminated glass positioned in the center of the frame. This new addition is offered as either a non-thermal system or with a single poured-and-debridged thermal improvement option. Both choices easily accommodate insulated glass.

The aluminum used to produce all of Tubelite’s ForceFront systems can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. Seven anodized finishes and 20 standard paint colors are available, and upon request, blended and custom colors may be specified.

Durable finishes reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles. Coupled with 34000 Series’ recycled aluminum content option, daylight, views, energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, these attributes also may support projects seeking LEED® certification or other green building criteria.

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Tubelite meets ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10)

Tubelite Inc.’s facilities Walker and Reed City, Michigan, successfully meet ICC Evaluation Services, LLC (ICC-ES) Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10). This third-party inspection by Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI)/Intertek  verifies Tubelite’s quality control process for its products, systems and materials.

“At Tubelite, ‘dependable’ is more than part of our brand identity, it’s part of our everyday culture, our products and our services. Our reputation for dependability is closely connected with our ongoing investment in quality, our continuing improvement initiatives, and our product development and certification efforts,” said Mary Olivier, Tubelite’s director of marketing.

Grace Bartrand, Tubelite’s quality assurance specialist, added, “Being a manufacturer with an AC10-compliant quality system also contributes to achieving Florida Product Approval for our hurricane-resistant, impact-rated storefront, curtainwall, window and entrance systems.”

ICC-ES requires a qualifying inspection of the facilities’ manufacturing products prior to issuing a new evaluation report. According to ICC-ES, “The qualifying inspection is intended to verify that the manufactured products are consistent with the products described in the evaluation report, and that the manufacturer has documented and effectively implemented a quality control system that meets all requirements of the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10).”

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Tubelite adds 34000 Series storefront to ForceFront Storm hurricane resistant products

Tubelite_34000_T-Sample_webTubelite Inc. introduces 34000 Series storefront system as part of its ForceFront™ Storm products, engineered for hurricane resistance on low- to mid-rise commercial buildings. The 34000 Series has been tested to Florida Building Code TAS 201, 202 and 203 standards and are compliant with ASTM E 1886/1996 Wind Zone 4 impact/cyclic criteria. ForceFront medium stile entrance doors also were tested with 34000 Series storefront to provide a complete impact-resistant system. Tubelite’s 34000 Series features a 2-1/2-by-5-inch flush-glazed system and impact-resistant screw-spline framing, glazed with 1-5/16-inch laminated glass positioned in the center of the frame. This new addition is offered as either a non-thermal E34000 Series system or as the T34000 Series with a single poured-and-debridged thermal improvement option. Both choices easily accommodate insulated glass. Along with hurricane impact resistance and thermal performance, ForceFront medium stile entrance doors are designed for compliance with large and small missile impact, and for forced entry testing to meet AAMA 1304-02. The door stiles have a 4-inch profile width and a depth of 1-3/4-inch. The aluminum used to produce all of Tubelite’s ForceFront systems can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

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Chicago’s Audi dealership showcases Tubelite’s curtainwall

1Tubelite_IL_Audi_ExteriorAudi Hoffman Estates dealership in Illinois showcases Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall and reflects the efficiency, performance, luxury and environmental themes of its vehicles. The new $9 million, 47,000-square-foot facility is one of the first in the Midwest to feature a square, metal-clad “terminal” prototype design by Munich-based Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten.

In 1990, Audi Hoffman Estates became the first exclusive, stand-alone Audi dealership in the United States. In 2013, it also became one of the first new dealerships in the U.S. to use Allmann Sattler Wappner’s design. The Dobbins Group’s Chicago-based architectural team helped the Illinois dealership bring this prototype from concept to reality.

Celebrating Audi’s “Vorsprung durch Technik,” “Progress through Technology,” the dealership’s prototype reflects a corporate philosophy that “reminds us to challenge ourselves, rewrite the rules from time to time and always fuel our pioneering spirit.”

The terminal design gives the Audi a new identity throughout the world. It also increases dealers’ space to accommodate the growing range of cars, as well as the company’s market presence in international cities. These heterogeneous locations demand an architectural language with both a single consistent typology and a distinctive design. Developed as a modular system, the facility’s structural and spatial concept is flexible and scalable.

“It’s a very unique look,” observed Brian Hall, Audi Hoffman Estates’ general manager. “Audi is very demanding on all of their products and the way they’re installed, so it was not easy.”

Well-suited to the precise design, scale and metallic aesthetic of Audi’s dealership, Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall is engineered for low- and mid-rise applications. For Audi Hoffman Estates, Leopardo Companies served as the project’s general contractor. Glazing contractor Northern Glass Inc. specified and installed the curtainwall system on time and within budget.

Tubelite_IL_Audi_Ext-ParkingLot_web“First, Tubelite came in under my original design budget. What’s more, they were able to produce materials in a very timely manner,” said Eric Martinson, project manager and estimator with Northern Glass Inc. “Thanks to the Tubelite team, the entire process was a pleasant experience.”

The curtainwall features offers 2.5-inch sightlines and the strength of 8-inch-deep backmembers with an overall 10-inch system depth. Every other vertical was butt-glazed. Low-E insulating glass reduces solar heat gain in the summer and heat loss in winter – important in the Chicago climate. An exterior screw-applied pressure bar secures the glass.

The durable framework of the curtainwall provides exceptional structural performance, reducing the need for steel reinforcing. “Tubelite helped engineer the curtainwall, letting us know what size steel reinforcement was needed,” noted Martinson. “They also helped with some very difficult bends, located in the opposite top and bottom corners, and delivered all stock length material in a couple of weeks.”

The aluminum used to produce this curtainwall can be extruded by Tubelite using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly finishes. Enhancing the project’s environmental attributes, longevity and metallic appearance, the aluminum framing was finished by Linetec using clear anodize, which contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Because anodize is an integral part of the substrate, the coating delivers excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance. Anodize process by-products are recyclable and anodized aluminum is 100 percent recyclable.

“It’s got a lot of metal on the exterior for a very specific look,” added Audi Hoffman Estates’ Hall. “Everyone seems to love it. …and as for customers, they are all very impressed.”

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Audi Hoffman Estates, 1200 W. Golf Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60169; http://www.audihoffmanestates.com
* Owner: AUDI AG; Germany; Audi of America, http://www.audiusa.com/
* Architects: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten GmbH; Munich, Germany; http://www.allmannsattlerwappner.de;
The Dobbins Group; Chicago; http://www.dobbinsgroup.com/
* General Contractor: Leopardo Companies, Inc., Hoffman Estates, Illinois; http://leopardo.com
* Glazing Contractor: Northern Glass Inc.; Elk Grove Village, Illinois
* Entrance Systems – Manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://tubeliteinc.com
* Entrance Systems – Finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://linetec.com/
* Photography: Leopardo Companies, Inc.
* Video: Leopardo Companies, Inc.; http://vimeo.com/77605308

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Tubelite debuts 34000 Series storefront

0Tubelite_34000_CornerSampleTubelite introduces 34000 Series storefront system, engineered for hurricane resistance. This new product will be on display in booth #4634 at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention and Expo 2014.

Tubelite’s new 34000 Series storefront is offered as either a non-thermal system or with a single poured-and-debridged thermal improvement option. Both choices easily accommodate insulated glass. Enhancing the product’s environmental attributes, the aluminum used to produce Tubelite’s storefront systems can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes.

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Tubelite’s Michigan facility expands extrusion capacity, offers larger and more complex shapes

At its facility in Reed City, Mich., Tubelite Inc. has increased production capacity, as well as its aluminum extrusion capabilities, offering larger and more complex shapes for storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems. These improvements were accomplished with the addition of a third aluminum extrusion press and the application of Lean manufacturing principles.

Tubelite_MI_Capacity1-300x146“The successful integration of Press 3 required a company-wide effort – from equipment acquisition in late 2012 through production-capable operations as of March 1, 2014,” says Tubelite’s vice president of operations, Glen Barfknecht. “This is a great example of the dramatic results that can be achieved using Lean to drive continuous improvement year-over-year.”

Leading these continuous improvement efforts in Reed City, Barfknecht recognizes an entire team effort, but identifies four key Tubelite associates:
* Eric Ziegler, Process Engineer
* Bill Martin, Process Engineer III
* Dave Carr, Maintenance Technician
* David Smith, Maintenance Supervisor

Tubelite_MI_Capacity2-300x156“Working with the four walls of our 245,000-square-foot facility, we reclaimed underused storage space to house Press 3. This not only has allowed us to be productive, but also more efficient. We are maximizing our use of materials and space, and minimizing waste,” says Martin.

Barfknecht agrees and adds, “Our production throughput has doubled and our aluminum billet recovery has improved. We regularly invest in technological automation, upgrades and training. We are optimizing our employees’ time and efforts by building upon our existing best practices for safety, quality and delivery. We remain dedicated to providing customers with the industry’s most dependable, on-time delivery and personalize customer service. Supporting our success and growth, we anticipate increased employment opportunities in Reed City and throughout our company.”

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Tubelite expands ForceFront Storm hurricane impact-resistant products

Expanding its ForceFront™ Storm hurricane impact-resistant products, Tubelite Inc. introduces E44000 Series storefront and entrance systems. Together, they provide a complete impact-resistant system that is easy to fabricate and install.
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Tubelite’s E44000 Series’ non-thermal hurricane-impact storefront is a 2.5-by-5-inch flush-glazed, system for use on first floor, single-span applications in impact areas. This impact-resistant, screw-spline framing is prepared for glazing with 9/16-inch laminated glass positioned in the center of the frame. This storefront system meets the requirements High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) Windzone 4 with large missile impact, (ASTM E 1886-05/E 1996-09 TAS 201).

Complementing the storefront system, ForceFront medium stile entrance doors are designed for compliance with HVHZ Windzone 3 with large missile impact (ASTM E 1886-05/E 1996-09). They also are tested to meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s specification, AAMA 1304-02, for forced entry resistance.

The aluminum used to produce Tubelite’s ForceFront Storm systems can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes.

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Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

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