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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Tubelite’s Michigan Facility Expands Extrusion Capacity

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 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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ALA Chicago Architecture Product Show, Oct. 22

Tubelite will be exhibiting at the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) 15th Annual Chicago Architecture Conference and Product Show in booth #210 on Oct. 22 at the Drury Lane Conference Center.

The ALA is an organization open to all architects and professions related to architecture. It represents architects registered or licensed in any state, territory or possession of the United States or foreign country. ALA was founded in 1999 by architects who previously served as board members of other architects’ associations. Shortly thereafter, the Illinois Society of Architects (ISA), the oldest independent state organization in the country, combined efforts with ALA, bringing respected expertise and historic significance to the association.

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