In the News: Campus International School, Ohio

Campus International School designed with emphasis on daylighting, connectivity and transparency with Tubelite’s systems

Campus International School (CIS) in Cleveland opened in September for the 2017 academic year. Serving 720 students in grades K-8, the new facility incorporates curtainwall, entrance and storefront systems from Tubelite. Light and connectivity guided the architectural vision of ThenDesign Architecture (TDA) and Perkins+Will, brought to life in the exterior glass and metal façade and throughout the school’s transparent interiors.

Construction manager ICON, LLC selected Environmental Glass, Inc. as the glazing contractor for CIS. Working on an accelerated schedule, the project began in March 2016 and was completed in August 2017 one month prior to opening.

Environmental Glass installed a combination of:

The aluminum framing members of these products were finished in a Black color, 70% PVDF resin-based coating by Linetec.

The CIS project success story is featured in the November 2017 issue of PROPERTIES: Northeast Ohio’s Monthly Realty, Construction, and Architecture Magazine.

The $24 million dollar, four-story, 93,000-square-foot CIS was constructed on an L-shaped parcel owned by Cleveland State University that previously was used for parking. Today, it provides a permanent home for its students. A four-year expansion plan anticipates adding a new grade each year through grade 12.

Perkins+Will described, “The classrooms face north and south to maximize controllable daylighting, boosting wellness among students and staff and decreasing operating costs. …To increase the amount of both outdoor learning areas and parking, the 93,000 square foot building stacks up efficiently on four levels, surrounding a central, naturally daylit atrium. Gathering the entire student body at least once a week is essential to the program.”

Developed as a public school partnership between the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Cleveland State University, CIS is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme World School and a candidate for the Middle Years Programme. Starting in kindergarten, students receive an international education that includes Mandarin as a second language.

Jeff Henderson, project architect with TDA, told PROPERTIES: “The idea of everybody seeing everybody – the visibility between classrooms and down into the first-floor atrium, and everybody’s connected – that was the most important design element in the building.”

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Campus International School, 2160 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115; http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/CIS

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Renovation of Minneapolis’ Baker Center features Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront

Photo by Paul Crosby

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the renovated 90-year-old Baker Center showcases a prominent new building entry featuring Tubelite curtainwall and storefront systems. At the corner of Marquette Avenue and Eighth Street, the main entry provides a unified façade for the four buildings that comprise the complex.

Owned by The Travelers Companies and managed by Transwestern, the Baker Center boasts more than 1 million square feet of office and retail space. It consists of the Baker Building, Investors Building, Roanoke Building and the 730 Building. The Baker, Roanoke and Investor buildings were built in the 1920s. The 730 Building was completed in 1968. The $25 million renovation started in 2016, continued in phases to minimize distribution to occupants and concluded in July 2017.

“The goal of the design was to honor the historic aspects of the buildings, while creating unique modern spaces to support today’s mobile worker,” stated David Serrano, AIA, a principal with RSP, the architectural firm heading up the design. “The result takes advantage of the art deco bones of the building, while introducing forward-thinking amenities like the concierge desk and rooftop deck.”

To reflect the updated look and performance for this property, Brin Contract Glazing‘s team worked closely with the architect, construction manager Hightower Initiatives, general contractor JE Dunn and Tubelite to install the curtainwall. “It was a logistically challenging project,” admits Scott Ide, Brin Contract Glazing.

He elaborates, “Each time the demolition team removed a window, you didn’t know what you’d find. The four buildings had been combined over the years into one. With different construction techniques for each, and no existing drawings from the original architects or the many earlier remodeling contractors, drawings and revisions were nonstop throughout the renovation.”

An essential design element in the Baker Center’s renovation is the dramatic corner constructed using Tubelite’s 400TU Therml=Block® Screw Spline Curtainwall, vertically butt-glazed with horizontal covers. Ide notes, “A massive amount of steel was added to properly anchor the curtainwall. It’s the main feature of the building from the fourth to the top floor.”

Photo by Paul Crosby

The lower levels feature Tubelite’s TU24000 Therml=Block dual-pocket, poured and debridged thermal storefront on the exterior, and 4500 Series storefront on the interior. Expanded window lines at street level offer a view into the new entry lobby featuring a 60-foot media wall. At the architect’s request, TU24000 Therml=Block storefront also was used for the windows on the upper stories.

“In Minnesota’s cold climates, Tubelite Therml=Block products provide superior energy and condensation resistance performance using multiple thermal barriers, while providing structural integrity and aesthetic flexibility,” explains Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing.

She continues, “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.”

Tubelite relies on Linetec to provide the thermal strut, thermal pour and debridged, plus the finishing for its aluminum framing members. For the Baker Center project, the aluminum is finished in a clear anodize. Anodizing is the most durable and longest lasting option for finishing architectural aluminum building products. Because it is an integral part of the aluminum substrate, the anodic coating provides excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance.

Photo by Paul Crosby

Complementing the low-maintenance, durable, thermally broken, high-performance aluminum framing, Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront was glazed with low-e, 1-inch Solarban® 60 and low-iron glass with warm edge spacers and argon fill from Vitro Architectural Glass provided by Oldcastle.

Within its glass-enclosed comfortable interior, the Baker Center’s top amenity floor sports high-tech, flexible conference room space, a collaborative lounge and concierge services designed to appeal to today’s workforce. There is also an on-site fitness center and rooftop patio with views of the Minneapolis skyline.

The project team modernized the downtown icon, while maintaining some of its history through design elements. “Now that the project’s completed, everybody’s happy with it,” reports Ide. “It’s a better performing building with a dramatically improved look.”

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Baker Center, 8th Street and Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

* Owner: The Travelers Companies, Inc., https://www.travelers.com
* Property manager: Transwestern®, https://www.transwestern.com
* Architect: RSP Architects, http://rsparch.com
* Construction management company: Hightower Initiatives, http://www.hightowerinitiatives.com
* General contractor: JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc., https://www.jedunn.com
* Glazing contractor: Brin Contract Glazing, http://www.bringlass.com/brin-contract-glazing
* Glazing systems – glass fabricator: Oldcastle, Inc.; http://www.oldcastle.com
* Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: Vitro Architectural Glass; Pittsburgh; http://www.vitroglazings.com
* Glazing systems – finishing and thermal improvement services: Linetec, Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Glazing systems – storefront and curtainwall manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Photos by: Paul Crosby
* Video – animated tour by RSP Architects: http://rsparch.com/2017/02/20/baker-center-animation

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).

To learn more about Tubelite’s projects, personnel, products and programs, please visit www.tubeliteinc.com. For information on employment opportunities at Tubelite, please click on “Careers” at the top of the home page.

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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwestpr.com

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In the News: Hotel Henry

Opened in April, Hotel Henry at the Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York, transforms a progressive 19th-century psychiatric hospital into an elegant urban resort and conference center.

The building is a National Historic Landmark and part of a 1,500-foot-long complex of stone and brick buildings by Henry Hobson Richardson that are surrounded by 100 acres of grounds.

Reimagined by New York architects Deborah Berke Partners, the new Hotel Henry features a glass box main entry constructed using Tubelite’s curtainwall system. Blending historic and modern elements, the fresh concept remains true to the original philosophy of this healing environment, which emphasized the restorative and therapeutic potential of daylight, fresh air, and pleasing spaces and views.

Click here to read Architectural Record’s article about this inventive renovation project.

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UND’s aerospace research facility’s glass tower and façade features Tubelite curtainwall and storefront

The University of North Dakota’s (UND) Robin Hall opened last year as the tallest building in Grand Forks and the headquarters for the unmanned aircraft systems programs at UND’s nationally acclaimed John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. The new building’s sleek, light-filled design features curtainwall and storefront systems from Tubelite Inc. to meet the structure’s modern aesthetic, sustainability goals and performance requirements.

The $22 million, 72,000-square-foot aerospace research facility was designed by ICON Architectural Group. Olaf Anderson Construction served as the general contractor. After more than a year of construction, the first students arrived in autumn for the 2016-17 academic year.

As the area’s tallest building, Robin Hall’s base rises five stories and ascends into a 127-foot glass and metal tower at the structure’s entrance. Brin Contract Glazing worked closely with ICON and Tubelite to accomplish this signature element. Brin’s senior project manager, Elias Tovar, says, “It’s the first thing you see when you arrive. It’s a statement piece and it looks fantastic.”

ICON’s Matti Roinila, AIA, agrees, “Robin Hall not only represents the innovative and aspirational nature of the University of North Dakota Aerospace School, but also serves as a beacon for the entire University of North Dakota campus.”

According to Roinila, the new building accommodates the exponential growth of unmanned aerial systems in the region. “We carried this vision into the design with such areas as the executive board room featuring floor-to-ceiling curtainwall and the ultra-clear glass tower observation floor. These two areas invoke the sense of expanse and are where some of the most remarkable views in all of the Red River Valley can be witnessed.”

Capturing these views, Brin enclosed the building’s tower on all sides using Tubelite 400 Series screw spline curtainwall. The aluminum-framed system was fabricated using 11,261 square feet of insulated glass with low-e coatings. “The tower’s glass is crystal clear. When backlit at night, it radiates across the campus. During the day, the interior is brightly lit with natural light,” describes Tovar.

Roinila also emphasizes, “Managing solar heat gain was a key performance requirement due to the design intent for the 127-foot glass tower. The Tubelite system provided this performance requirement, while allowing ultra-clear glazing to be utilized.”

Screw-applied pressure bars secure the glass and a cover plate conceals the fasteners. Enhancing the tower’s structural performance, 17,500 pounds of steel reinforce the aluminum framing members. For added durability, Linetec applied a black anodize finish.

Including the curtainwall on the glass tower, the building’s façade showcases four Tubelite systems installed by Brin: Nearly 10,000 square feet of Tubelite’s 400 Series screw spline shear block curtainwall for the tower and lower levels; 1,400 square feet of 200 Series shear block curtainwall on the northwest corner; 13,000 square feet of 14000 I/O Series storefront for the punched openings; and 360 square feet of E4500 Series interior framing for the vestibule. All the aluminum framing was finished by Linetec in matching black anodize.

“We needed to be very careful with rough openings as we didn’t have the luxury of being able to field verify,” comments Construction Manager Lyn Narum at Olaf Anderson. “Both our framing crew and Brin did an outstanding job of making sure items were built per the shop drawings.”

Some unusually shaped, trapezoidal units were necessary to achieve the precise appearance of the tower and the lower concave, segmented wall. Brin pre-glazed all of these units in its facility and then shipped them to the job site for installation. Tovar explains, “It drastically reduced the time to install that portion of the building. Given the northern climate, this was key to sheltering other work from the elements during construction.”

“The project was placed under an aggressive 14-month schedule,” notes Roinila. “Due to this schedule, a majority of the tower steel and glass installation occurred during winter months. Strong winds and protecting the building from the elements were constant hurdles contractors successfully handled.”

Tovar continues, “One notable challenge was the scale and height of the work to cap off the 12-½ story tower with a metal-framed Wasco skylight, which was designed with a steeply sloped pitch. The surrounding areas of the tower lacked any outside catwalk framing to work from, so to make it accessible for manpower, equipment and material staging, our team brainstormed and devised a unique solution.”

An engineered floor truss deck system at the skylight base provided a staging area for materials and access to the anchor locations. From this vantage point, Brin’s glaziers used an overhead crane to set and secure the aluminum rafter and purlin sections atop the curtainwall.

“Once on site, they completed each item quickly and were really good to work with. They definitely take a lot of pride in their craftsmanship,” praised Olaf Anderson’s Narum.

Roinila echoes this sentiment: “Brin Contract Glazing was efficient at installing the Tubelite system in unfavorable conditions and allowing the overall project to be completed on schedule. The final product surpassed the client’s needs and provides an aesthetically unique statement for the University of North Dakota.”

Inside Robin Hall, four floors house a large auditorium, student study space, administration offices, classrooms, collaborative learning spaces and a hangar space for flight testing. The building’s basement also includes an open research space with laboratories and simulators. A skywalk directly connects the new facility to UND Aerospace’s Ina Mae Rude and Ryan Hall.

UND’s School of Aerospace Sciences has seen tremendous growth. The university was the first to offer a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aircraft systems, which has been a major focus since 2008.

In an earlier interview with KVRR-TV, U.S. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota explained the benefit of UND’s program to Grand Forks and state of North Dakota: “(It) means we can fly unmanned aircraft without a chase plane beyond line of sight. Now that gives companies and NASA a real reason to come here because they can now do testing here that they can’t do in other places.”

Private donations and $1.5 million in matches from the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Challenge Fund largely financed Robin Hall. The building’s name honors the largest contributors to the project, Mary E. Bazar and Si Robin.

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University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Robin Hall, 4275 University Ave., Grand Forks, ND 58202

* Owner: University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation; Grand Forks, North Dakota; http://aero.und.edu

* Architect: ICON Architectural Group; Grand Forks, North Dakota; http://www.iconarchitects.com

* General contractor: Olaf Anderson Construction; Fargo, North Dakota; http://www.olafanderson.com

* Glazing contractor: Brin Contract Glazing; Waite Park, Minnesota; http://www.bringlass.com

* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com

* Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®; PPG Solarban® 60 on Starphire® and Solarban 60 on Optigray®; Albertville, Minnesota

* Glazing systems – finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com

* Photos: Robb Siverson

* Video: https://vimeo.com/168805633

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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Grand award winner: First Tennessee Visitor Center, Memphis

Grand Award Winner! Metal Architecture magazine’s Design Awards honors Shelby Farms Park’s First Tennessee Visitor Center in Memphis, which features Tubelite’s storefront system.

Editor Marcy Marro describes the project as:

One of the largest urban parks in the country, Shelby Farms recently implemented a master plan developed by James Corner Field Operations to revitalize the 4,500-acre park into a nationally renowned landmark. As part of the master plan, the $50 million, 180-acre Heart of the Park was completed in 2016, and consists of an ensemble of buildings and structures located around the 80-acre Hyde Lake.

Designed by Marlon Blackwell Architects, the visitor center is an 8,000-square-foot building with a 7,560-square-foot covered porch. The cantilevered form glistens during the day from the reflected sunlight and glows at night when illuminated with site lighting.

Read the full article on this award-winning project by clicking here.

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Award winner: Knox College’s Whitcomb Art Center, Illinois

Honored as a Metal Architecture Design Award-winner, Knox College’s Whitcomb Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois, features Tubelite’s storefront system.

According to Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh:

The 29,950-square-foot art building designed by Lake|Flato Architects comprises five total bays, with three large ones connected by smaller bays. Large windows cut into the corners of the bays so anyone approaching from the campus can see deep into the building and students working on art. The corner windows also reveal the iconic tapered columns of a metal building system.

Click here to read the entire article describing this award-winning project.

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Window replacement: Unrealized benefits to building owners

Most U.S. buildings currently in use will continue to be until 2050 and, eventually, will require renovation. Helping building and property managers evaluate and maximize the benefits of window system renovation and upgrades, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team offers a new 28-page publication. “Window replacement: Unrealized benefits to building owners” is available free for download at http://www.apog.com/documents/ApogeeRetro_WhtP.pdf.

“Replacing aging windows with new, high-performance systems provide a better environment for the building’s occupants and greater value for the building owner,” says John Bendt, vice president of Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team.

“Window systems and components have evolved significantly since the 1980s,” explains Kevin Robbins, Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team account manager. “About half of all U.S. commercial and institutional buildings were constructed prior to this period, which presents a significant opportunity for owners and occupants to benefit from façade improvements and window replacement.”

Bendt continues, “Among the many benefits, modern window systems improve the appearance and performance of aging buildings. New, high-performance glass and aluminum frames with thermal barriers help save energy, reduce maintenance, lower vacancy rates, increase rental rates, provide a better environment for the building’s occupants and creates greater value for the building owner and enhance occupants’ satisfaction and comfort.”

SUNY Fredonia Campus, Andrews Complex, Photos provided by Lauren M. Kaufmann, Flynn Battaglia Architects, PC

Describing these benefits and best practices in achieving them, the paper shares nine case studies along with detailed considerations regarding energy payback, fossil fuel savings equivalents, code compliance and green standards, environmental stewardship, tax credits, product selection and renovation specification tips, plus a glossary of industry terms and acronyms.

The paper’s projects range from the 1800s to the 1970s with geographies from Boston to Portland, Oregon, and include the State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia Campus’ Andews Complex featuring Tubelite‘s storefront and entrance systems. As many of the project examples demonstrate, re-cladding and renovating building exteriors with high-performance window systems can have a significant affect on the building’s energy efficiency. To compare performance data between a building’s existing windows and proposed, new, high-performance, replacements units, Apogee’s Retrofit Strategy Team offers free energy modeling that provides building performance information on annual energy, peak demand, carbon emissions, daylight, glare, and condensation.

“Looking beyond simple energy payback, today’s owners and facility managers consider all the factors involved, including carbon footprint reduction, maintenance savings, and safety and occupant productivity,” adds Robbins. When window replacement is timed in conjunction with an HVAC system upgrade, significant reductions in peak load can yield further savings in equipment costs. For building owners seeking enhancements in security, design criteria for façade renovation also can include blast hazard mitigation, hurricane impact resistance, electronic eavesdropping protection and forced entry deterrence.

“Establishing clear goals, priorities and expectations for building envelope maintenance and renovation will significantly contribute to future success. Working with an experienced building envelope retrofit team that includes the installer and manufacturers, building owners and facility managers will optimize the intended benefits and return on investment,” concludes Bendt.

To learn more about Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s services, or for a copy of “Window replacement: Unrealized benefits to building owners,” please visit http://www.apog.com/renovation.html or contact John Bendt at jbendt@apog.com, 612-790-3137; or Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-409-0821.

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, in conjunction with the its businesses, assists building owners and property managers evaluate the benefits of window renovation and upgrades, such as improving the appearance of the building, saving energy, downsizing HVAC loading, reducing maintenance, lowering vacancy rates, increasing rental rates and enhancing the value of the building.

Apogee’s business units supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; EFCO Corporation; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Sotawall; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new student residence highlights Florida sunshine, views and comfortable interiors with Tubelite’s systems

Charles LeRette PhotographyEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s newest 650-bed student residence hall opened in January on its Daytona Beach, Florida campus. The new $25 million, 145,000-square-foot facility designed by PQH Group showcases an ultra-modern look, natural light, campus views, and comfortable living and learning environment. Contributing to these goals, Tubelite Inc. provided window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems, and an airfoil fin, to meet the project’s required aesthetic, sustainability and performance specifications.

“The new student residence is the first of two buildings that bend to form the portal to the main pedestrian entrance of the university,” says PQH Design Team Leader and Project Manager Aldo Minozzi, AIA. “The courtyard bordered by these two structures is a starting point for the Embry Riddle campus. Legacy Walk, the central pathway that crosses the campus.”

As an iconic gateway to the university, the new student residence now offers five stories of semi-suite style living to students. Along with the private and semi-private living spaces, each of the building’s wings contains a lounge, study room and laundry room, plus a ground floor with community space.

 Charles LeRette PhotographyFast-Track Schedule, High-Tech Look

PQH’s partner-in-charge Ricardo Quiñones, Minozzi and their colleagues emphasize that collaboration was essential. According to Minozzi, working within the project’s budget and timeline were challenging, and critical. He explains that the university was eager to replace the outdated McKay Hall as part of its master plan.

To match the plan, the new student residential hall broke ground in March 2016 and was fast-tracked for an on time completion in 11 months. The quick-paced schedule allowed McKay Hall’s 420 students to move into the new student residence after their winter break. Once they were in their new home, McKay could begin demolition in Feb. 2017 and make way for another new residential hall.

Helping maintain the project’s schedule, budget and architectural intent, Tab Glass & Window worked closely with PQH, Perry-McCall Construction and Tubelite. Tab’s senior project manager John Koskosky acknowledges, “The speed of installation was brutal, but Tubelite performed for us.”

In total, Tab Glass & Window selected and installed 10,000 square feet of windows; 15,000 square feet of curtainwall; 14 door leaves and an airfoil fin that extends 10 inches from the building. “We incorporated the fins as part of the building’s architectural vocabulary to create a very modern, high-tech look, while maintaining a certain hominess as these are the students’ residences,” says Minozzi.

He continues, “We played with the scale of the glazing systems, too. The majority of the large-scale glass units were installed on the common areas and study rooms where the dominant views are of the airfield, the Daytona Speedway and across the campus. There’s a connection to these from the shared spaces, yet they still have their more private areas. There’s a happy medium that we achieved.”

 Charles LeRette PhotographyCollaborative Approach, Smooth Installation

Contributing to this achievement, Minozzi adds, “John and his team at Tab were very helpful. We contacted them early in the project’s development.”

Koskosky agrees that early involvement and being “part of the team” were key factors to the project’s overall success. Similarly, he credits Tubelite’s collaborative approach.

Tubelite provided Tab with its 400CW and 400SS Series curtainwall systems, 4500 Series storefront systems, and Medium Stile Door leaves. Helping make installation as easy as possible, Tubelite doors’ steel tie-rod construction can be modified, disassembled or resized right in the field. Also contributing to quick, accurate installation, Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall systems use exterior screw-applied pressure bars to secure the glass in place and snaps fit with a cover plate to conceal fasteners.

Tubelite’s 400CW Series curtainwall’s durable framework provides exceptional structural performance, reducing the need for steel reinforcing. The curtainwall can withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour, meeting the specified performance design criteria for the climate and location.

 Charles LeRette PhotographyBalancing Function, Appearance

Along with mitigating the high winds on this new student residence hall, Tubelite’s systems feature Viracon glass to help manage Florida’s sunshine, maximizing the window-to-wall ratio and exceeding current domestic energy code requirements. Viracon VUE-30 low-e glass delivers an industry-leading solar heat-gain coefficient of 0.18. Viracon VE-2M and VRE1-59 also was installed as part of the project’s 25,000 square feet of vision glass. These products contribute to students’ comfort and views, allowing for more natural light and less potential glare, while balancing light with energy savings and low UV transmittance.

“Much of the performance is code-driven, but we designed it holistically to ensure the building envelope, the HVAC and all the systems work well together. Beyond performance, we were very committed to having the blue glass, which matches the university’s school colors and has become a theme for its newer buildings. It’s especially stunning at night,” says Minozzi. “There’s a balance of appearance and function at work.”

Also contributing to the Embry-Riddle’s new student residence’s high-tech look and high-performance functionality, Linetec anodized all of the Tubelite systems’ aluminum framing members to enhance the metallic appearance and durability. Anodized aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping, with minimal maintenance under Florida’s extreme coastal conditions and the students’ daily use.

With pride in the team’s accomplishment in creating the new residential hall, Koskosky describes the building’s resulting aesthetic as a “high-tech, NASA-inspired appearance to work with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical brand.”

Embry-Riddle serves nearly 29,000 full-time students at its two residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, and through its Worldwide Campus of more than 125 locations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East, plus a virtual presence via online learning covering every continent on the globe. It is recognized as the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious university specializing in aviation and aerospace, and celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach campus, New Student Residence Hall; 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114; http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/campus-life/housing/residence-halls/index.html
* Owner: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Daytona Beach, Florida; https://erau.edu
* Architect: PQH Group Design Inc.; South Jacksonville, Florida; http://www.pqh.com
* General contractor: Perry-McCall Construction, Inc.; Jacksonville, Florida; http://www.perry-mccall.com
* Glazing contractor: Tab Glass & Window Corp.; Clearwater, Florida; http://tab-glass.com
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: Viracon; Owatonna, Minnesota; http://www.viracon.com
* Glazing systems – finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Photos by: Charles LeRette Photography
* Video: PQH Group Design’s conceptual design tour, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJPuRnSSjoE

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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Blue Water Convention Center capitalizes on waterfront views through Tubelite curtainwall

Located about one hour’s drive from Detroit, the Blue Water Convention Center (BWCC) is the largest project in Michigan’s St. Clair County for more than a decade and the final piece of the private-public redevelopment offering waterfront views in the City of Port Huron. Tubelite 400 Series curtainwall frames the enviable riverside views showcased inside BWCC, as designed by Progressive AE.

The 40,000-square-foot, $9 million event facility’s Great Lakes Reception Hall presents a grand welcome with 22-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to the patio. A ballroom, several breakout rooms and 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall round out the floor plan and views.

Preferred Glass Inc. installed Tubelite’s curtainwall systems throughout BWCC, under the guidance of Orion Construction. “Every header was at an angle, creating a custom opening,” noted Howard Beindit, president of Preferred Glass.

Making installation as easy as possible, this curtainwall uses an exterior screw-applied pressure bar to secure the glass in place. The curtainwall can withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour, meeting the specified performance design criteria for the climate and location. According to Seth Horton, PE, project manager with architecture and engineering firm Progressive AE, managing solar heat gain was a key consideration when determining use of the curtainwall. Tubelite’s curtainwall features a low-e glass with a solar heat-gain coefficient of 0.38 to allow for more natural light, while keeping the convention goers comfortable in all seasons.

Ensuring the curtainwall could withstand both the exterior exposure to the elements and the interior demands of high traffic, Linetec finished all of Tubelite’s 7-inch-deep aluminum framing members for the curtainwall in Clear Class I anodize. Unlike other finishes, anodizing highlights aluminum’s metallic appearance. This high-performance finish meets or exceeds the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent standard, AAMA 611. 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 all contributing to the project’s long life cycle.

Part of a successfully completed, four-year economic development plan, the new BWCC celebrated its grand opening in April 2015. It connects to the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and Freighters Eatery & Taproom. More than 900 hotel rooms in the area support event functions at the BWCC and at the nearby Baker College’s Culinary Institute. The convention center complex is anticipated to generate nearly $20 million in private investment and approximately 200 jobs, in addition to thousands of new visitors annually to the community.

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Blue Water Convention Center, 500 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron, MI 48060; http://www.bluewaterconventioncenter.com
* Owner – County of St. Clair; Port Huron, Michigan; https://www.stclaircounty.org
* Architect – Progressive AE; Grand Rapids, Michigan; http://www.progressiveae.com
* General contractor – Orion Construction, Inc.; Grand Rapids, Michigan; http://orionbuilt.com
* Glazing contractor – Preferred Glass Inc.; Marine City, Michigan
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: Guardian Glass; Auburn Hills, Michigan; https://guardianglass.com
* Glazing systems – finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Photo courtesy of: Blue Water Convention Center, County of St. Clair, Michigan
* Video tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikub1t7Hw_c

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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Novi High School’s new fitness center features curved Tubelite curtainwall with stadium views, welcoming interior

Photo by: John HeiderMichigan’s Novi High School‘s new $3 million fitness center replaces an outdated weight room that served only a few of the 2,000 students. Now a modern facility, it welcomes everyone, including 30 varsity sports teams and 10 physical education classes per semester. Featuring a glass and metal curtainwall by Tubelite Inc., the new fitness center offers natural light and views overlooking the north end zone at the school’s Wildcats Stadium.

Something for Everybody

Opened at the start of the 2016-17 academic year, the 5,700-square-foot space more than doubles its predecessor. Novi High’s new fitness center contains both a traditional weight room and a large area outfitted with six treadmills, six elliptical machines, five stationary bikes and other cardiovascular equipment. “No matter if you’ve ever lifted a weight or done cardiovascular training, whether you are on a sports team or not, there’s something there for everybody,” said Novi Community School District’s assistant superintendent of business and operations, Steve Barr.

Barr oversees construction projects in the school district. During the planning stage, he and TMP Architecture‘s chair John Castellana, FAIA, REFP, held visioning sessions with students, coaches and physical education teachers. With their feedback, the new fitness center’s design was refined into a cohesive, functional space plan.

“There was a clear need for division between the cardiovascular and weight training areas. In addition, it was requested that a stretching area be located in a quiet corner,” explains Castellana. “Aesthetically, the District wanted to make a strong statement about the variety and vitality of the athletics programs at Novi High School.”

 

Visual Icon, Curved Façade

Castellana elaborates, “The design opportunity was to create an innovative fitness center that would be an interior and exterior magnet for the high school. Due to the proximity of the competition running track and football field, the design responded by incorporating a slightly curved glass façade that reinforced the geometry of the site and allows spectacular views to the stadium.”

He continues, “Also, because the existing high school was predominately brick with very minimal windows, the new glass-enclosed center becomes a visual icon during the day and at night to highlight the ‘Home of the Wildcats!'”

Photo by: John HeiderWorking closely with construction manager McCarthy & Smith to bring this vision to reality, glazing contractor Preferred Glass Inc. selected and installed Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall systems. “The Tubelite system offered the necessary flexibility to craft a unique design. This success of this project incorporated a concave curved wall façade with an acutely angled corner condition,” describes Castellana.

 

Precision Engineering and Installation

“We needed to meet very exacting specification standards and Tubelite was the perfect solution to provide us the performance that is critical in a high-profile project,” emphasized Castellana. “Tubelite is the indispensable element for a project of this caliber.”

TMP’s senior associate Brett Carte adds, “The curtainwall’s installation location combined with the construction tolerance variances made it impossible to fabricate curtainwall framing members until the structure was in place and field measurements could be taken.”

Structural scan by Great Lakes Geomatics, LLC; courtesy of Preferred Glass Inc.According to Howard Beindit, president of Preferred Glass, “very accurate measurements were produced” by Great Lakes Geomatics using 3-D laser scans of the structural frame. He says, “Great Lakes verified the dimensions and layout of the structure was going to mate up exactly to our fabricated shop drawings. This turned out to be a great tool to alleviate any issue during the installation process and proved the final product would work perfectly.”

“These measurements allowed the vertical members of the curtainwall to center on the exposed structural steel columns and hold tightly to the curvature of the building’s footprint with precisely mitered horizontal members where they meet the vertical members,” says Carte.

The curtainwall framing system is anchored to the building with cantilevered clips back to the structural steel framing rather than resting on a traditional sill wall.

Photo by Preferred Glass Inc.“Construction-wise, the main challenge was access,” notes Castellana. “The site is at a depressed level with no vehicular access from the main building level. Construction space was greatly restricted due to the addition’s position directly between the existing building and the edge of the existing track/football field. A temporary retaining wall and ramp were constructed to accommodate construction vehicles and equipment.”

In light of the project’s challenges and complexity, McCarthy & Smith’s superintendent Dave Sprecher said the curtainwall “went together pretty well. The teamwork was good. And, the school’s very happy with the result.”

 

Enduring Performance, Strong Presence

Contributing to the project’s attractive appearance and durability, all of Tubelite’s 7-inch-deep aluminum framing members for the curtainwall were painted by Linetec in a Bone White color. Using a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating, the finish meets or exceeds the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent standard, AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification for a lasting positive impression.

The nearly floor-to-ceiling curtainwall system frames the “spectacular views” sought by students to enjoy while they work out in the facility.

Proud of the accomplishment, assistant superintendent Barr noted, “We have some colleges and universities telling us that we have a better fitness room and equipment than what they have. …There’s something there for every student.”

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Novi High School, Fitness Center, 24062 Taft Rd., Novi, MI 48375
• Owner: Novi Community School District; Novi, Michigan; http://www.novi.k12.mi.us
• Owner’s representative: Plante Moran Cresa; Southfield, Michigan; http://www.pmcresa.com
• Architect: TMP Architecture, Inc.; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; http://www.tmp-architecture.com
• Construction manager: McCarthy & Smith, Inc.; Farmington Hills, Michigan; http://www.mccarthysmith.com
• Surveyor and structural scans: Great Lakes Geomatics, LLC; Warren, Michigan; http://greatlakesgeomatics.com
• Glazing contractor: Preferred Glass Inc.; Marine City, Michigan
• Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
• Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: Guardian Glass; Auburn Hills, Michigan; https://guardianglass.com
• Glazing systems – finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
• Photos by: John Heider
• Video tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnnsi__dWUc

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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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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi features Tubelite curtainwall and entrances

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, photo by Creative Sources Photography, Inc.The new 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi opened in March 2016. The one-story museum’s façade and 30-foot-tall lobby features Tubelite Inc.‘s curtainwall and entrance systems. Owned and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation, the Museum is located in Cleveland, Mississippi near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is the first GRAMMY Museum site outside of Los Angeles. It is similar to its sister museum, the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, in its dedication to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges. The Museum focuses the spotlight on Mississippi’s deep musical roots and impact on modern music, as well as celebrates a broad range of musical styles recognized by the GRAMMY Awards®, such as pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical and gospel. Mississippi’s legendary contributions to music history include Jimmie Rodgers, Elvis Presley and B.B. King.

The $20 million Mississippi Museum was designed as a joint venture by Dale Partners Architects P.A. of Jackson, Mississippi, and Eley|Barkley, P.A. of Cleveland, Mississippi. The Los Angeles Museum’s executive director Bob Santelli and deputy executive director Rita George supervised the museum project design team.

“The design concept was to create a building as contemporary as the internationally recognized brand it represents, while still resonating with the Delta vernacular,” explained Jason Agostinelli, architect with Dale Partners. “The blending of these two themes helps reinforce the idea that, yes, Mississippi has great musical heritage, but we are still very relevant in today’s music scene.”

Describing the Museum’s focus on exhibits, community and climate-appropriate architecture, Agostinelli continued, “This museum required that we have no natural light in the exhibit space. We wanted to combat that with an all-glass lobby to provide a visually active space. The lobby is a great event space for the community and can accommodate over 300 people. The curtainwall allowed the lobby to act as our ‘screened porch’ so that, visually, it was a continuation of the front porch.”

He added, “The South-facing porch was designed to accommodate larger numbers of people during functions and events seeking shelter from the heat. The brise-soleil over the porch was designed to shade the lobby during the summer, but will allow the sun to warm the space during the winter when the sun angles are lower.”

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, photo by Creative Sources Photography, Inc.Overseeing the Museum’s glass lobby and exterior, Flagstar Construction Company Inc. of Brandon, Mississippi, worked closely with Raymond Glass Company, Inc. The glazing contractor team from Raymond, Mississippi installed Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall with 7.5- and 10-inch-deep aluminum framing members.

Making installation as easy as possible, this curtainwall uses an exterior screw-applied pressure bar to secure the glass in place. Meeting the specified performance design criteria, the system can withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour. Additional systems for the Museum included Tubelite’s E14000 Series storefront and Medium Stile Doors.

Linetec painted all of Tubelite’s systems’ aluminum framing in a Bone White color for long-term durability with minimal maintenance.

“We regularly receive compliments on our facility from visitors and the modern, open design makes it ideal for special events,” said Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

The Museum utilizes advanced technology to explore various musical styles through more than 15 permanent exhibits. “Mono To Surround” allows visitors to hear the evolution of sound through a custom listening experience, while “History Of Dance” features a touch-sensitive, multicolored dance floor and dance tutorial video. Exhibits, such as “Mississippi Music Legends,” “Mississippi Music Bar” and “Mississippi Music Trail And Timeline,” will explore the state’s musical history and unique culture. Other exhibits explore subjects such as songwriting, producing and the history of guitar.

In addition to permanent exhibits, the Mississippi Museum presents special exhibits throughout the year. Its inaugural special exhibit, “Ladies And Gentlemen … The Beatles!” provided fresh insight into how The Beatles impacted America in the 1960s and beyond. “Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan” runs through February 2017.

The Sanders Soundstage, a 140-seat, state-of-the-art theater within the Museum, offers audiences space for entertainment and education. An outdoor amphitheater adjacent to the Museum accommodates up to 2,000 people for concerts and special events.

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GRAMMY Museum Mississippi; 800 W. Sunflower Rd., Cleveland, MS 38732; http://www.grammymuseumms.org
* Owner: Cleveland Music Foundation; Cleveland, Mississippi
* Architect – joint venture: Eley|Barkley+Dale Partners
– Eley|Barkley, P.A.; Cleveland, Mississippi; http://www.eleybarkley.com
– Dale Partners Architects P.A.; Jackson, Mississippi, http://www.dalepartners.com
* General contractor: Flagstar Construction Company Inc.; Brandon, Mississippi; http://www.flagstarconstruction.com
* Glazing contractor: Raymond Glass Company, Inc.; Raymond, Mississippi
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: Guardian Glass; Auburn Hills, Michigan; https://guardianglass.com
* Glazing systems – finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Photos by: Creative Sources Photography, Inc.

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About GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

Built and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation — a non-profit organization developed in 2011 — the 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is housed near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industry Studies program, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. Similar to its sister Museum — the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE — GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric area that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape. For more information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, visit www.grammymuseumms.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @GRAMMYMuseumMS on Twitter and Instagram, and like “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi” on Facebook. For behind-the-scenes access, add us on Snapchat at GRAMMYMuseumMS.

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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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San Francisco International Airport’s new air traffic control tower meets high-performance design and LEED Gold criteria – features Wausau curtainwall, Tubelite entrances, finishing by Linetec

SFO's new air traffic control tower meets high-performance design, LEED Gold criteriaSan Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) first-of-its-kind airport traffic control tower and integrated facility relies on high-performance products from Wausau Window and Wall Systems and Tubelite Inc. to meet the multiple performance requirements. The new $80 million, 221-foot-tall, torch-shaped tower has improved safety, security and design standards, and has obtained LEED® Gold status. The seismic design for the tower allows for the structure to withstand a Richter magnitude 8 earthquake.

SFO’s previous air traffic control tower was built in 1984. The new tower and integrated facility’s conceptual design was created by airport master architecture firm HNTB. Fentress Architects served as architect-of-record and Hensel Phelps led the design-build team. The collaborative approach resulted in a distinctive design that is seismically sound and meets the FAA’s strict requirements.

The “cab” at the top of the tower features a cantilevered roof and windows to give controllers an unobstructed view of the airfield below. The tower façade consists of curved metal panels and a vertical glass band that is illuminated to colorfully glow at night.

The base of the new SFO tower includes a corridor and a secure connector between Terminals 1 and 2, a new FAA office space, and improvements to the Terminal 1 Boarding Area C entrance. The corridor offers a unique glass skylight, which provides visitors views directly up the full height of the tower. The secure connector bridge also offers unobstructed views of the runways, a rest area with seating, and an adjoining yoga room.

Construction began in summer 2012, was ready for FAA equipment installation in summer 2015 and opened in autumn 2016. Construction manager, T2 Partners, selected Architectural Glass & Aluminum (AGA) as the glazing contractor. AGA relied on Wausau’s systems to meet the aesthetic, acoustic, blast hazard mitigating (BHM), seismic, thermal and other performance specifications of SFO’s unique facility.

AGA installed more than 4,000 square feet of Wausau’s four-sided, silicone-glazed curtainwall including SuperWall™ 8250 Series curtainwall, INvision™ 7250-UW Series unitized curtainwall and 7250 Series BHM curtainwall, plus INvent™ 3250i Series in-swing casement thermal windows.

In addition, AGA installed Tubelite Inc.’s ForceFront Blast™ entrance systems. All of Wausau’s BHM Series products and Tubelite’s ForceFront Blast products are designed for compliance with the General Services Administration Inter-Agency Security Committee’s (GSA ISC) security design criteria and the Department of Defense United Facilities Criteria (DoD UFC) 4-010-01 requirements.

“As doors, windows and curtainwall encounter the extreme pressures released by an explosive mass, all elements of the assembly work together to withstand the blast load and dissipate its energy. Instead of the historical design practice of specifying thick windows with rigid frames, modern blast-mitigating assemblies are designed to be flexible, and absorb, rather than resist, blast energy,” explains Tubelite’s product manager, Tom Mifflin.

Drawing from more than a decade of experience on dozens of major BHM projects, the associates at Tubelite and Wausau apply their technical expertise to interpret the lexicon of hazard mitigation and to achieve safety, security, cost effectiveness and timely completion. Mifflin continues, “Whether building a new structure or replacing, renovating and modernizing an existing facility, Tubelite’s and Wausau’s high-performance systems help design-build teams to create elegant, daylight-filled, energy-efficient and safe buildings. Creating a comfortable, quiet environment promotes concentration and productivity, which is essential to air traffic control.”

Further contributing to the project’s sustainability goals, the aluminum used to produce Wausau’s curtainwall and window systems is a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with durable finishes by Linetec. As a recognized, environmentally responsible finisher, Linetec captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) content using a 100 percent air capture system and safely destroys the VOCs with a regenerative thermal oxidizer. Linetec then re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line.

For the new SFO facility, Linetec applied a Duranar® Sunstorm® Galaxy Silver color, 50 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin based, two-coat, liquid coating on the interior-facing aluminum framing members. For greater protection on the exterior, weather-exposed surfaces, a three-coat Duranar Sunstorm XL Silver color, 70 percent PVDF liquid coating was applied. Applied under Linetec’s stringent factory-controlled processes, these finishes meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2605 industry standards, as well as minimize buildings’ maintenance costs and maximize long lifecycles.

Along with sustainably produced finish materials and natural daylight, the SFO facility’s other LEED-recognized features include photovoltaic panels, a roof garden, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient HVAC systems, programmable LED lighting and electric vehicle charging stations.

SFO offers non-stop flights to more than 45 international cities on 39 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 78 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. During its 2015-16 fiscal year, it set an all-time traffic record of serving ore than 51.4 million passengers.

“Our goal is to be an exceptional airport, in service to our communities,” stated airport director Ivar C. Satero. “Looking ahead, our focus is on the ongoing development of our airport infrastructure, to ensure that SFO can grow efficiently and continue to make a positive economic contribution in the Bay Area.”

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San Francisco International Airport; San Francisco, CA 94128; http://www.flysfo.com, https://sfoconnect.com/air-traffic-control-tower
* Owner: City and County of San Francisco; San Francisco; http://sfgov.org
* Conceptual and schematic architectural design: HNTB Corporation; San Francisco; http://www.hntb.com
* Architect of record: Fentress Architects; San Francisco; http://fentressarchitects.com
* Design-builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; San Jose, California; http://www.henselphelps.com
* Construction manager – joint venture: T2 Partners
* Glazing contractor: Architectural Glass & Aluminum (AGA); Livermore, California; http://aga-ca.com
* Glazing systems – curtainwall and windows manufacturer: Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.wausauwindow.com
* Glazing systems – entrance systems manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: Garibaldi Glass, Inc.; Burnaby, British Columbia; http://www.garibaldiglass.com
* Glazing systems – glass fabricator: Guardian Industries Corp.; Auburn Hills, Michigan; SunGuard® SNX62/27; https://www.guardianglass.com
* Glazing systems – finisher: Linetec, Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com

* Photos available at: http://www.flysfo.com/media/images-video-maps
* Video tour: https://sfoconnect.com/about/inside-sfo/inside-sfo-episode-22-new-airport-traffic-control-tower

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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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DC Group expanded office features Tubelite curtainwall enhancing exterior aesthetic, improving daylight and views

Paul Crosby Architectural Photography DC Group’s “expand in place,” 44,000-square-foot, two-story, $7.3 million office industrial project in North Minneapolis features a contemporary design by UrbanWorks Architecture. To reflect the high-tech business’ brand, UrbanWorks blended DC Group’s new and existing structures using glass, metal and concrete. Helping achieve the aesthetic, performance and economic criteria for the project, Tubelite Inc. provided its 400CW Series curtainwall system.

DC Group provides equipment and maintains uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems for large corporate customers, including AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Verizon, Microsoft and Oracle, among other Fortune 500 companies. The equipment protects computer systems from power surges and transfers them to standby power sources in case of a blackout or brownout.

Experiencing significant growth in the past several years, DC Group grew from 41 employees to 140 employees. Since 2006, the company’s revenue has risen from approximately $5 million to $28 million annually. The company’s space and public presence also needed to grow. Its 14,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1978. A phased construction plan with Greiner Construction began in July 2013 to add 30,000 square feet.

“While their former facility was almost invisible in its typical mid-80’s commercial-industrial plainness, the expanded facility, with its visible branding and exterior lighting design, presents as a gateway to West River Road,” described UrbanWorks Architecture.

Working under the guidance of UrbanWorks Architecture and Greiner Construction, Brin Contract Glazing installed Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall, T14000 I/O storefront and E4500 storefront aluminum framing systems. Tubelite’s Medium Stile thermal doors with 10-inch bottom rails also were installed. Interior framing and doors by Tubelite were used for the vestibule, executive offices and large conference room. Linetec finished the framing and doors in a Class I Clear anodize to enhance the systems’ durability and metallic aesthetic.

Paul Crosby Architectural PhotographyDavid Miller, AIA, LEED® AP, a project designer with UrbanWorks Architecture, elaborated, “As the new corporate headquarters and as a company in the tech industry, DC Group wanted its building to have a modern, sleek, new look. Tubelite’s metal and glass curtainwall helped achieve this contemporary appearance and married up nicely with the existing building.”

Integral to Tubelite’s curtainwall, extruded aluminum, anodized mullions were incorporated as extended exterior fins. Miller added, “Installed on the eastern elevation facing the River, this dramatic curving curtainwall creates an interesting rhythm and design motif. On the interior, it offers access to daylight and panoramic views.”

“The office is inviting and energized now. The big windows and natural light make the workday so much more pleasing,” said one of DC Group’s sales assistants.

New employee amenities, such as fitness rooms and bike storage, encourage healthy lifestyles and alternative transit. The addition and renovation repositions the office/warehouse building as a future-looking headquarters, both through the outward expression of the building and the designed-in flexibility of the structure to accommodate DC Group’s anticipated growth.

Other locations, including new suburban developments, had been considered for the new headquarters. DC Group realized long-term value by remaining on the site. Financial assistance from the City of Minneapolis included Two-Percent and Business Development Fund loans, and tax increment financing. In recognition of DC Group’s commitment to keep and grow jobs in Minneapolis, the company also received City of Minneapolis Grow North funding for the project, a financial incentive focused on bringing jobs and businesses to North Minneapolis. In addition, the company was one of the first recipients of the State of Minnesota’s Job Creation Fund from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED also provided a contamination cleanup grant.

“We needed more space, but wanted a visually beautiful building that complemented the riverbank. We were thrilled to be able to remain in this location and to improve our presence here,” CEO Jon Frank said.

Completed in Sept. 2015, DC Group expects to add more than 30 new jobs in the next few years, increase the number of clients they serve, and provide service to more of North America. “The additional capacity ensures that we’ll continue to be able to provide rapid and professional response and service to our clients, even as we maintain our trajectory of continued growth,” concluded Frank.

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DC Group, 1977 West River Rd. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411; http://www.dc-group.com
* Owner: DC Group; Minneapolis; http://www.dc-group.com
* Architect: UrbanWorks Architecture LLC; Minneapolis; http://www.urban-works.com
* Construction manager: Greiner Construction; Minneapolis; http://www.greinerconstruction.biz
* Glazing systems – installer: Brin Contract Glazing, a division of Brin Glass Company; Minneapolis; http://www.bringlass.com
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – manufacturer’s representative: Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc.; Faribault, Minnesota; http://www.hap-inc.net
* Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®; Albertville, Minnesota; http://www.obe.com
* Glazing systems – finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Photos by: Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

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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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New justice complex relies on Tubelite to help balance transparency with security, inside and out

Tubelite_MI_GRJC_DoubleO-AVB_4840webOpened in March, Michigan’s new $23 million Gull Road Justice Complex improves operational collaboration through efficiencies in space, design and function. The 85,000-square-foot, three-story building also houses the family division of the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court. TowerPinkster worked with the County to design a facility that conveyed a transparency and connection to the community, while providing a secure and functional structure.

Helping bring this vision to life and meet the multiple performance requirements, the architectural team selected numerous systems from Tubelite Inc. Working closely with construction manager AVB Inc., and Double O Supply & Craftsman, Inc. installed more than 14,400 square feet of Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront on both the interior and exterior. Double O also installed the entrance systems and exterior sun shades.

“Curtainwall is an important part of the design solution identifying the public realm of the building and to wash the lobby space with natural north light. The proceedings inside the building can be very stress filled and the introduction of natural light can aid in reducing the tension,” noted TowerPinkster‘s project manager and architect, Eric Hackman, AIA.

“Courthouses play a unique role. They must reflect the dignity and importance of the work performed within their walls, and at the same time they must provide space and accommodate the tools needed to accomplish that work,” said Kalamazoo County Probate Judge Curtis J. Bell, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The new building consolidates a number of offices and departments, including the probate and juvenile courts, which previously were located in multiple buildings. Constructed on vacant land, Kalamazoo County’s new justice complex features judges’ chambers, hearing rooms, courtrooms, holding rooms, and offices for the court clerk, Friend of Court and county prosecutor. An enclosed walkway connects the facility to the Juvenile Detention Center.

Tubelite_MI_GRJC_DoubleO-AVB_8457webAccording to TowerPinkster, exterior building materials were carefully selected to tie to the adjacent juvenile center, while blending with the surrounding neighborhood. To ensure the desired look and performance, TowerPinkster specified Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall as the basis for design. Additional systems included T14000 Series storefront, Max/Block™ sun shades, E4500 Series (INT45) interior framing and Wide Stile Doors.

As part of its overall contribution to the project, Tubelite’s team provided the take-offs. Once approved, these drawings guided the manufacturing process for the myriad exterior and interior systems. “There’s a lot of Tubelite systems on this project. It has a little bit of everything,” says Neil Krumrei, an estimator and project manager with Double O. “We use Tubelite whenever we can.”

A self-described “old school guy,” Krumrei adds, “I really like this project. I’ve been doing this for 35 years. From what I’ve seen, things went as well as could be expected for a project of this size. There’s always something that doesn’t go quite to plan, but we have good working relationship with AVB and Tubelite. It doesn’t take long to make adjustments when needed.”

Tubelite_MI_GRJC_DoubleO-AVB_8903webIn Jan. 2015 with temperatures as low as 11ºF, Double O’s glaziers began installing Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront systems to enclose the facility’s exterior. Making installation as easy as possible, Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall uses an exterior screw-applied pressure bar to secure the glass in place. In total, more than 400 glazing units were installed on the north elevation alone.

The north and west elevations are wrapped in Tubelite’s curtainwall with portions topped in clerestory windows created using Tubelite’s 4.5-inch-deep storefront system. The main, north entrance features an 8-inch-deep curtainwall soaring up to 32 feet high and installed in angled segments to form a concave curvature. Walking through the front doors, the north lobby can accommodate up to 30 people. On the interior, the secured vestibules are comprised of Tubelite’s 8-inch-deep curtainwall and 8-foot-tall Wide Stile Doors.

Tubelite_MI_GRJC_DoubleO-AVB_8577webMaintaining the natural light and security on the interior, Tubelite’s interior framing system with security glazing creates a sense of openness for the Friend of the Court area. This is where services are provided to parties with minor children involving divorce, family support, interstate and paternity cases. “To provide a see-through separation, we installed E4500 as free-standing interior windows,” describes Krumrei. “Horizontal open slots are carefully positioned to allow for documents to be passed through.”

Tubelite_MI_GRJC_DoubleO-AVB_8632webA transparent connection between interior and exterior takes the shape of a 52-foot-tall staircase tower formed with Tubelite’s 8-inch-deep curtainwall on the south elevation’s mostly brick exterior. A small portion of the ground-floor uses the same system. Throughout the south and east elevations’ brick exterior, large openings allow for daylight and views. Most of the openings are 4 by 8 feet with some as large as 8 by 8 feet. In each is installed Tubelite 4.5-inch-deep storefront fitted with a 20-inch airfoil sun shade to manage unwanted solar heat gain. Cooling costs can be significantly lowered with sun shades, while still allowing natural light to fill the workspace.

Further supporting occupants’ comfort and heating and cooling cost savings, the PPG Solarblue® glass in Tubelite’s systems helps in lessening the demand for electric lighting and reducing HVAC loads. Fabricated into insulated glass units by Thompson I.G., the sparkling, light, sky-blue appearance balances high visible light transmittance of 50 percent and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.49. Security glazing also was used at the ground level and in designated areas.

Along with contributing to a safe, energy-efficient and stylish facility, Tubelite’s systems are finished for long-term durability with minimal maintenance. Linetec finished all of the aluminum framing, doors and sun shades in a Class I clear anodize. The resilient finish will protect the justice complex’s metal framework and preserve its appearance for many years to come.

Installation of Tubelite’s systems on both the exterior and interior was substantially completed by Dec. 2015. Following a dedication ceremony in Feb. 2016, the facility was operational in early March. The project was delivered on time and budget.

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Gull Road Justice Complex, 1536 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49048; http://www.kalcounty.com/court

* Owner: Kalamazoo County; Kalamazoo, Michigan; https://www.kalcounty.com
* Architectural programming and design: HOK; http://www.hok.com
* Architect: TowerPinkster; Kalamazoo, Michigan; http://towerpinkster.com
* Consulting structural engineers: Nehil • Savik; Kalamazoo, Michigan; http://www.nehilsivak.com
* Construction manager: AVB Inc.; Portage, Michigan; http://www.avbinc.com
* Glazing contractor: Double O Supply & Craftsmen, Inc.; Byron Center, Michigan; http://www.doubleo-sc.com
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – glass manufacturer: PPG; http://www.ppgideascapes.com
* Glazing systems – glass fabricator: Thompson I.G., LLC; Fenton, Michigan; http://www.thompsonig.com
* Glazing systems – finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Video: http://videos.mlive.com/mlive/2016/02/take_a_tour_of_the_new_gull_ro.html
* Photos provided by: Double O Supply & Craftsmen, Inc. and AVB Inc.

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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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MSU’s new Bio Engineering Facility features Tubelite curtainwall finished by Linetec in Valspar’s Fluropon coatings

MSU-BioEng_IDS-KSM1912_webMichigan State University (MSU) opens the doors to its new Bio Engineering Facility and to new, collaborative research opportunities contributing toward technology transfer to the private sector and the state’s emerging bio-based economy. The four-story, 130,000-square-foot research laboratory building is located in the South Academic District in East Lansing.

The Bio Engineering Facility’s design team included MSU and architectural/engineering consultants Integrated Design Solutions (IDS). A palette of gray, white and black in glass and metal distinguish the new facility from both the traditional red brick of the campus standard and beige of the cast concrete of the more recent structures.

“The color was selected… to somewhat match the color palette and context of the surrounding buildings,” explained Jeff Kasdorf, MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities‘ design representative. “We did not however want to replicate the precast concrete or metal panel that was used in the adjacent facilities.”

IDS senior associate and project architect, Kevin S. Marshall, AIA, LEED® BD+C, agreed, “The facility had to blend into the campus, tie into its surroundings, but also stand out as its own destination.”

Essential to the building’s aesthetic and function, Tubelite Inc. provided the Bio Engineering Facility’s curtainwall and entrance systems. Linetec finished all of Tubelite’s aluminum framing in Valspar‘s Fluropon® coating systems in Bone White.

MSU-BioEng_IDS-KSM1895_web“Getting the white just right was important,” emphasized Marshall. “We wanted the white of the curtainwall and the metal panels to match. We didn’t want one to look dingy or dirty compared to the other.”

“Utilizing the latest technologies to analyze and formulate thousands of color variations ensures creation of the exact color specified,” said Linetec‘s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate. “Valspar’s Fluropon coatings offer the ultimate protection in building performance and lasting color.”

Valspar’s premium Fluropon systems are comprised of 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) proprietary resins for field-proven, exterior quality finishes that meet or exceed the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent standard, AAMA 2605 high-performance exterior specification. Fluropon demonstrates reliable performance, including resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, chemical degradation, abrasions and humidity. Durable finishes contribute to the project’s longevity and reduce the need for maintenance throughout its life cycle.

Linetec’s industry-leading practices also safely capture and destroy the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in liquid paints at the factory before arrival on the building site to support green building goals, such as MSU’s sustainability guidelines. Further contributing to green campus projects, the aluminum used to produce Tubelite systems was extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition.

Multi-phased, Multidisciplinary

Faculty from the College of Engineering, College of Human Medicine and the College of Natural Science are the primary occupants of the building. Additional interdepartmental benefits are anticipated as the Bio Engineering Facility is physically connected to the Clinical Center C-wing, and the Life Science B-wing, and is adjacent to the Radiology buildings.

According to MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities: “Collaboration between researchers from different disciplines, ranging from chemical engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering to pharmacology, physiology and radiology, will be essential in the development of new areas of research, such as tissue engineering. The new laboratory space will provide research capacity necessary to support new hires and funded researchers in the area, and allow collaborators from different academic units to be co-located.”

MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities involved IDS early in the Bio Engineering Facility’s development to ensure the strategic, aesthetic and performance goals were achieved. Construction started in September 2013 and was completed in December 2015. Ken Gottschalk, MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities’ construction representative, oversaw the $57.7 million budget and worked closely with Clark Construction Company on the multi-phased timeline.

“Because this is a multi-disciplinary research facility, it did not need to hold to an academic calendar,” said Marshall. “The first phase focused on the building envelope, shell, core and first two floors. The other two floors were then built to include wet-bench research laboratories, offices and additional collaborative space, such as shared equipment areas.”

Scale, Style, Specification

MSU-BioEng_IDS-KSM1851_webWithin the Bio Engineering Facility, laboratories have an open-floor design and their modular construction provide flexibility as the nature of research evolves. “The design of the new building features a four-story atrium with an artistic stairway configuration that resembles a giant DNA strand. The terrazzo flooring design mimics a nerve cell pattern,” described IDS vice president and director of workplace architecture, Jeffrey D. Johnson, AIA.

Marshall elaborated, “On the exterior, the curtainwall design corresponds to the activity taking place inside. The communal spaces are represented by tall sections of curtainwall and the workstations by the shorter sections. While the exposed structure allows for tall floor-to-floor spans, we chose to emphasize the horizontal.”

Bringing the architectural vision to reality, Glazing Solutions installed Tubelite’s entrance systems and its 400 Series curtainwall with 5-inch-deep back members. Tubelite’s Narrow Stile and Wide Stile Doors were selected with continuous hinges and subframes. The aluminum-framed doors’ tie-rod assembly is as durable as welded-corner construction, but can be modified, disassembled or resized in the field for a precise fit. Engineered for low- and mid-rise applications, like MSU’s four-story Bio Engineering Facility, Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall‘s durable framework provides exceptional structural performance, reducing the need for steel reinforcing.

Complementing the curtainwall, a ribbon of tri-colored composite metal panels further defines the main entrances. Black brickwork and stainless steel rainscreens carry the facility’s color palette from exterior to interior.

Engineered for Energy Savings

MSU-BioEng_IDS-KSM1920_web“Along with providing a leading-edge facility that helped change the way scientists work, the university’s top performance objective was the ambitious goal of 50 percent overall energy savings,” noted Johnson. “The result was a groundswell of cooperation and support to reach new heights in energy savings.”

Walt Lutzke, Tubelite’s marketing coordinator, observed, “Research laboratory facilities are well known for being energy consumers, not conservationists. It’s an impressive achievement and we were glad to be involved.”

In addition to the MSU-owned co-generation plant and Bio Engineering Facility’s energy recovery systems, Tubelite’s curtainwall system also contributes to this achievement. “The curtainwall provides thermal performance, and manages solar heat gain and condensation risk, as supported by the insulated and low-e coated glass,” explained Marshall.

Guardian Industries supplied the raw glass and Oldcastle fabricated the insulated glazing units. Making installation as easy as possible, Tubelite’ 400 Series curtainwall uses an exterior screw-applied pressure bar to secure the glass in place. The high-performance curtainwall system provides year-round comfort and supports heating and cooling cost savings.

Marshall continued, “Throughout the building’s façade, there’s a graduated pattern from transparent to solid. Two types of silkscreened patterns were used: one with 40 percent dots and one with 80 percent dots. Its subtle shading cuts down on glare. On the south side of the building, there’s also interior light shelves and automated shading to help control and direct the natural light.”

“Across the country, 40 percent of the energy used is from buildings. By investing in highly efficient energy-control systems, we can save money that can be better used for academics,” Dan Bollman, assistant vice president for strategic infrastructure planning and facilities at MSU, told the Lansing Business Review. “We are always looking to improve the quality and quantity of the research we do. This facility will advance science and strengthen our research portfolio.”

Stephen Hsu, MSU vice president of research and graduate studies, concluded, “This building, with its emphasis on bringing together engineers and basic science researchers with medical researchers, will provide us with remarkable opportunities for solving some of humanity’s biggest challenges. It also will help us attract more competitive, nationally funded projects and recruit the best minds to work with us – both faculty and graduate students.”

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Michigan State University’s Bio Engineering Facility, East Lansing, MI
* Owner: Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan; http://www.msu.edu
* Design representative: Michigan State University’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities; East Lansing, Michigan; http://ipf.msu.edu
* Architectural/engineering consultant: Integrated Design Solutions; Troy, Michigan; http://www.ids-troy.com
* Construction representative: Michigan State University’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities; East Lansing, Michigan; http://ipf.msu.edu
* Construction manager: Clark Construction Company; East Lansing, Michigan; http://www.clarkcc.com
* Composite metal panels – fabricator: 3A Composites USA, Alucobond®; Benton, Kentucky; http://www.alucobondusa.com
* Composite metal panels – fabricator: Sobotec Ltd.; Grand Rapids, Michigan; http://sobotec.com
* Glazing contractor: Glazing Solutions, Inc.; Morrice, Michigan; http://www.glazingsolutionsinc.com
* Curtainwall and entrance systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Curtainwall and entrance systems – glass manufacturer: Guardian Industries; Auburn Hills, Michigan; https://www.guardian.com
* Curtainwall and entrance systems – glass fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®; http://www.obe.com
* Curtainwall and entrance systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Curtainwall and entrance systems – coatings manufacturer: Valspar; Minneapolis; http://www.valspar.inspireme.com

* Photos by: Integrated Design Solutions, Kevin S. Marshall; courtesy of Valspar

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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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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwest

 

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