Tubelite Adds 34000 Series Storefront to ForceFront Blast

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 Criteria for Quality Documentation

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

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; http://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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