Michael Ross named as Tubelite client development manager for northern Georgia

Michael RossTubelite Inc. has named Michael Ross as client development manager serving the northern Georgia market. He reports directly to Tubelite regional sales manager Patrick Daniels. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Ross joins Tubelite with over two decades of operations, business development and sales leadership experience in the commercial construction industries. Previously, Ross held management positions at various locations for ARAMARK’s uniform services. He received numerous promotions during his nearly 10 years of employment at the company. Following this, he joined American Window and Door (AWD) in Georgia and served as its owner and senior project manager.

In addition to his professional experience, Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and public administration at the University of Akron in Ohio, and a master’s of business administration from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.

For information on employment opportunities at Tubelite, please click on “Careers” at the top of the home page.

About Tubelite Inc.

For more than 70 years, glazing contractors have counted on Tubelite’s 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. Its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation. The company also has offices in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Warwick, Rhode Island.

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 National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Glass Expo Midwest, Nov. 8-9, Indianapolis

Tubelite returns to the Glass Expo Midwest, Nov. 8-9, exhibiting in booth #215 at the JW Marriott of Indianapolis. Look for Terry Britt and Terry Robinholt and during the educational sessions and regular expo hours: 3-8 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.

The event is co-sponsored by USGlass magazine, USGNN and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal. Avoid long lines and save up to $69 by registering online today. Pre-registration is available until Oct. 12.

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Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center in Texas features Tubelite systems inside and out

photo by Chad DavisCelebrating the beginning of its second academic year, the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center (CTC) serves approximately 2,400 students from across the Arlington Independent School District (AISD) in Texas. Designed by VLK Architects, the CTC incorporates Tubelite Inc.’s storefront, curtainwall, entrances and sun shades – on both the building’s exterior and interior – emphasizing transparency to promote collaboration and connection.

Providing real world experiences and skills for high school juniors and seniors, the CTC’s purpose-built, two-story structure spans 169,800 square feet to accommodate Career Technical Education programs in 18 specialized academies ranging from culinary arts to robotics. The facility is designed for flexibility to evolve and adapt to changing programs and future areas of interests.

photo by Chad Davis“Collaboration at all levels is the driving force behind the design,” described VLK Architects Project Designer Richard Hunt, AIA, LEED® AP. “Expressive and monumental, the architecture is unique to the neighborhood and city as a whole. The expansive curtainwall, featuring diagonal sun shade fins, serves as a subconscious billboard to passersby – visitors and students understand they are entering an institution of higher learning and not just another run-of-the-mill high school building.”

Signature Look, Durable Performance

photo by Chad DavisTubelite worked closely with VLK Architects and glazing contractor Pierce Riverside Glass to achieve the CTC’s architectural vision and meet the project’s performance requirements. Tubelite’s Wide Stile Entrances employ durable tie-rod corner construction to withstand continuous use from students, staff and visitors.

Enhancing the façade’s strength and thermal performance, the Wide Stile Entrances are installed within Tubelite’s T14000 Storefront Framing system. T14000 Storefront is flush-glazed system ideally suited for low-rise applications. Also suited for the Texas heat, the CTC’s storefront and curtainwall systems uses Solarban® 60 Solar Control glass. This high-performance low-e glass blocks unwanted solar heat and allows in visible light for year-round comfort, as well as heating and cooling cost savings.

Further minimizing costs and maintenance, the clear anodize finish on all of Tubelite’s aluminum systems for the CTC meets the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s AAMA 611 specification. Applied by Linetec, anodize protects the structural integrity of the aluminum for lasting durability. In total, Linetec finished nearly 75,000 feet of Tubelite’s extruded aluminum framing systems.

photo by Chad DavisPierce Riverside installed every inch of material from Tubelite, including the 400 Series Curtainwall and custom MaxBlock® sun shades define the CTC’s building envelope. Kevin Haynes, Tubelite’s architectural specification manager, elaborated, “We worked on this project from conception with VLK and engineered a custom 24-inch vertical sun shade detail that runs the length of the of the 9-inch-deep curtainwall. Not only is the sun shade custom, but is on a slant connecting at the bottom of one vertical curtainwall mull and carries across to the top of the next vertical curtainwall mull.”

Tubelite used its 3-D printer to create various sizes and thicknesses of the sun shade detail. “Having the 3-D printed prototypes saves a lot of money and time. These samples let the architect see something and determine the right look before committing to the expense of a bunch of new dies,” said Dan Smith, Tubelite’s client development manager. “Because of all the upfront work Tubelite’s engineering team did, Tubelite was the basis-of-design for the project.”

Transparent and United in Building and Brand

photo by Chad DavisInside the CTC, VLK Architect’s specified Tubelite’s INT45 Interior Flush Glaze Framing system. The system’s perimeter trim members were pre-applied on one side of the frame opening for fast, simple installation by Pierce Riverside.

“All 18 academies surround a central space fronted with glass to maximize transparency,” observed VLK’s Hunt. “Strolling down this main corridor, one can view students engaging in a variety of skills, from aligning the wheels on a Ford F150 or programming and operating CNC machines, to students styling hair or conducting TV Newscasts.”

photo by Chad DavisVLK Architects extended the CTC’s signature look to create all-inclusive, branded facility. Hunt explained, “The brand for the program and the building had to be united, easily recognizable, simple and powerful, symbolizing the opportunities the Center affords students in this large district. It was inspired by the building itself, using the (Tubelite) sun shade fins as the repeating image throughout.

He added, “The image not only works to identify the school, but also provides wayfinding so that academies can be easily located. …Visitors and students can easily identify the Dan Dipert CTC and will remember it long after they experience it.”

An Incredible Accomplishment

photo by Chad DavisLocated on the former site of Hutcheson Junior High, the CTC’s districtwide facility was funded as part of the AISD’s $663.1 million bond program approved by voters in 2014. Construction manager Balfour Betty US broke ground in April 2016 and completed the project on schedule for its opening in August 2017. A dedication ceremony followed in February 2018.

At the dedication event, VLK Architects Partner Sloan Harris, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, stated, “This project is an incredible accomplishment for Arlington ISD. The Center is second to none in the state and will be a tremendous benefit to the AISD students for decades to come. The Center not only represents the educational leadership and innovation that AISD provides, it is symbolic of the diversity and global business leadership of the Arlington community. We are very proud to have been a partner with Arlington ISD in bringing their visions to life.”

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photo by Chad DavisArlington Independent School District, Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center (AISD CTC); 2101 Browning Drive, Arlington, Texas 76010; https://www.aisd.net/career-technical-center/
* Owner: Arlington Independent School District; Arlington, Texas; https://www.aisd.net
* Architect: VLK Architects, Inc.; Fort Worth, Texas; https://vlkarchitects.com
* Construction Manager: Balfour Beatty US; Dallas; https://www.balfourbeattyus.com
* Glazing Contractor: Pierce Riverside Glass; Justin, Texas; http://www.prglass.com
* Glazing systems – glass: Vitro Architectural Glass; Cheswick, Pennsylvania; http://www.vitroglazings.com
* Glazing systems – storefront, curtainwall, entrances, sun shades manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – aluminum finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://linetec.com
* Photos: by Chad M. Davis, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
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About Tubelite Inc.

For more than 70 years, glazing contractors have counted on Tubelite’s 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. Its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation. The company also has offices in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Warwick, Rhode Island.

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 National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America (NGA/GANA), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Energy Congress, Oct. 13-14, Charlotte, N.C.

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will be representing Tubelite at the 41st World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) in North Carolina’s Charlotte Convention Center. Apogee will exhibiting at the Expo in Hall A, booth #229 on Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

WEEC Expo attendees will be introduced to Apogee’s Building Retrofit Team’s free energy modeling, which helps identify opportunities for energy savings in existing building envelopes using today’s high-performance glass and aluminum window systems.
 
In addition, Apogee’s Retrofit team provides design and specification assistance, budgeting, tax and utility incentive research, and a network of installers covering North America.
 
To connect with Apogee’s Retrofit team at WEEC, please register for the free expo-only registration at http://www.energycongress.com


About Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team
Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, in conjunction with its businesses, assists building owners and property managers to evaluate the benefits of window renovation and upgrades, such as:
* Improving the building’s appearance and views
* Saving energy
* Downsizing HVAC capacity
* Increasing occupants’ comfort, wellness and productivity
* Protecting property and occupants
* Reducing maintenance
* Adding usable floor space
* Lowering vacancy rates
* Increasing rental rates
* 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; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

To learn more about Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s services and success stories, please visit http://apog.com/renovation.html or contact Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-409-0821.


About the Association of Engineer Engineers and WEEC
Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers, WEEC will be begin with pre-show workshops on Oct. 15 and continue its programming through Oct. 19 at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina.

Registration options are available for the full conference, where participants can earn up to 10.0 Learning Units toward professional development licensing and certification requirements.

The Association of Energy Engineers includes more than 18,000 members from 100 countries and a network of 98 local chapters. Their mission is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development.” Learn more about the association at https://www.aeecenter.org.

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AIA Arkansas, Oct. 17

Tubelite Inc.’s John Wiemer and Kevin Haynes will be participating in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arkansas State Convention, on Oct. 17-20 at Hot Springs Convention Center.

The event includes opportunities to earn continuing education credits, learn about new products and visit with local representatives. During the convention, the annual golf tournament and Bikitecture tour will be held on October 18.

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