Dramatic design for Chicago theater created with Tubelite curtainwall

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare brings a new trend in theater architecture to the city and completes part of the grand plan to transform Navy Pier into a global destination. The new theater features captivating views of the skyline and Lake Michigan through curving curtainwall, sweeping storefront and entrance systems from Tubelite Inc.

Designed by Chicago’s Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, with the British theater consulting firm Charcoalblue, the new, 33,000-square-foot expansion connects to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s (CST’s) existing building through a two-level, 170-foot-long glass lobby. The lobby’s curtainwall showcases one of Chicago’s first electrochromic (EC) glazing installations.

Complex Curtainwall

Chicago-based glazing contractor Northern Glass Inc. installed 5,000 square feet of Tubelite’s 400SS Series four-side, structurally glazed, aluminum curtainwall. In addition, they used Tubelite’s 400 Series standard curtainwall on the main entrance, and 14000 I/O Series storefront on the vestibule and second floor balcony terrace. The curtainwall and storefront systems were finished by Linetec in Class I clear anodize. Bone White painted finishes were applied to Tubelite’s Narrow Stile Standard Doors and Medium Stile Therml=Block® Doors.

Eric Martinson of Northern Glass notes that the crescent-shaped lobby “is the building’s main feature” composed of Tubelite’s four-side, structurally glazed curtainwall. He explains, “Each segment of the curtainwall’s horizontal members had to be cut to a different degree; with some down to just a half of a degree difference.”

He acknowledges the project “was a tough challenge.” Within the curtainwall’s aluminum framing members are concealed the wires for the EC glazing from SageGlass, plus 2-by-4 steel reinforcing.

Martinson continues, “We ran it all in our shop and then brought it to the job site. Getting the material there was extremely tricky, as we couldn’t drive down the south side of the pier to the site. Instead, we went down the north side, unloaded, carted it all the way around and through the building, and then used a scissor lift to set in place. Not only did we have to tie into the existing structure, but we had to be careful not to disrupt the occupants in the space beneath the construction zone.”

High Performance

Beyond installation challenges, Martinson notes that Lake Michigan presented special performance requirements. “As it’s a four-side, structurally glazed curtainwall, air and water aren’t much of an issue, but the wind was a big concern. That’s why there’s so much steel inside it.”

Keeping The Yard’s patrons comfortable in every season, optimizing thermal performance for cold winters and hot summers also contributes to the building’s energy efficiency and condensation resistance. The computer-controlled dynamic EC glass adjusts the opacity depending upon the level of sunlight. This maintains the view, while managing unwanted heat gain and glare.

“Not only did the SageGlass solve the thermal issues, but it also offered the opportunity to create numerous façade expressions, creating a ‘technological veil’ for the lobby that the client can manipulate as required,” said architect Gordon Gill. “The result is a beautiful and diverse experience consistent with the concept for The Yard.”

Adaptable and Sustainable

When planning the expansion, CST’s leadership took both an economically and environmentally sustainable approach by deciding to repurpose elements of the underutilized former Skyline Stage on Navy Pier. Beneath the existing, signature, white tent, The Yard emerged as a fully enclosed, indoor theater.

The decision to employ adaptive reuse in The Yard’s architectural design reduced building costs dramatically, bringing the total cost to $35 million. CST estimates this is far less than half of the projected estimates for entirely new construction. General contractor Bulley & Andrews not only managed the project within budget, but also within schedule.

The Yard’s resulting versatility includes an adjustable auditorium that can be reconfigured from a proscenium house to thrust, traverse and in-the-round configurations. Nine four-story-tall moveable seating towers enable the creation of 12 different stage formats seating between 150 and 850 patrons.

“Nothing is more thrilling to theater-makers than flexibility,” noted CST’s artistic director Barbara Gaines. “The adaptable platform of The Yard gives artists a theatrical ‘blank slate’ in which to shape their work without the physical constraints of a fixed footprint—and gives audiences an exciting, new perspective from their seats for each production.”

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s founding partner, Gordon Gill, noted, “At the foundation of my philosophy is the idea that ‘Form Follows Performance’ – and nowhere is that more clear than in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Its ability to adjust and adapt to the needs of the art is genuinely innovative… and we’ve accomplished it in a sustainable, cost-conscious way, which I believe will make it a model for theaters to come.”

“The Yard is forward-thinking and responsive – and a fitting expression of the theater that Chicago Shakespeare has become,” said Criss Henderson, CST’s executive director. “The versatility of the space means that it is perfectly suited to the widest range of our work: from large-scale musicals and new commissioned works, to international imports and programs for young audiences, and, of course, bold imaginings of Shakespeare’s plays and the classics.”

The theater debuted in Sept. 2017 in its proscenium configuration to accommodate the largest possible audience.

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 East Grand Avenue on Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611
* Owner: Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Chicago; https://www.chicagoshakes.com
* Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Chicago; http://smithgill.com
* Associate Architect: Charcoalblue; London; http://www.charcoalblue.com
* General Contractor: Bulley & Andrews, LLC; Chicago; http://www.bulley.com
* Glazing Contractor: Northern Glass Inc.; Elk Grove Village, Illinois; http://www.nglass.com
* Glazing Systems – electrochromic glass manufacturer: SageGlass; Faribault, Minnesota; https://www.sageglass.com
* Glazing Systems – thermal improvement and finishing services: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Glazing Systems – window and entrance systems: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Photos by: Michael Lipman
* Videos and photo slideshow: https://www.chicagoshakes.com/yard

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GANA BEC, March 4-6, Las Vegas

Tubelite’s president Amy Cole and director of sales Steve Green will be among the industry leaders attending the Glass Association of North America’s Building Envelope Contractors (GANA BEC) Conference.

Located at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the event begins March 4 with a welcome reception at 6 p.m. More than 400 contract glaziers, industry suppliers and technical experts are expected to paticipate, connect and discuss trends that impact the glass and glazing industry.

On March 5, breakfast starts at 7 a.m., accompanied by table top exhibitions. Educational and motivational speakers are scheduled through 5 p.m., immediately followed by a networking reception. The conference continues on March 6, starting again with breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by three morning presentations, and concluding at 12:15 p.m.

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Glass Magazine spotlights Phantom 5000

Glass Magazine spotlights Phantom 5000 zero sightline awning and casement windows from Tubelite. Allowing occupants to enjoy the benefits of natural ventilation and natural light, these windows integrate and install easily into Tubelite’s curtainwall, window wall and storefront systems.

 

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MSCSI Product Show, Feb. 28

Tubelite’s representatives Keith Hocutt and Kevin Hayes will be exhibiting at the Mississippi Construction Specifications Institute (MSCSI) chapter’s Product Show & Seminar. Held Feb. 28 at the Clyde Muse Center in Hinds Community College, the exhibition runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged and enters participants for a chance to win two cash door prizes. On-site registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The morning seminars start at 8 a.m. The afternoon seminars immediately follow the Product Show at 2 p.m., ending at 5 p.m.

Please click here for event and registration information.

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University of Washington’s NanoES featured in Architect’s Newspaper

hotos by: Aaron Leitz Photography, courtesy of ZGFThe University of Washington’s newly opened Nano Engineering and Sciences Building (UW NanoES) relies on Tubelite’s Therml=Block® entrances with thermal strut, customized electric security and automatic hardware. Demonstrating its energy-efficiency and daylight-focused design, the project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Seattle offices of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP (ZGF) designed the NanoES as the second phase of a 168,000-square-foot complex located at the center of the UW Seattle-based campus. The first phase, the 90,000-square-foot Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building, was completed in 2012.

Read more about this project success story in The Architect’s Newspaper.

Photos by Aaron Leitz Photography, courtesy of ZGF

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Considerations for door corner construction methods – BD+C Q&A with Tubelite

Tubelite’s clients know that a door is one of the hardest-working elements of a building. It has to be engineered and manufactured for high durability. There are millions of aluminum entry doors installed across the country, with some having been in service since the 1950s.

Sharing some of the key success factors in dependable, aluminum entrance systems, Building Design+Construction interviewed Tubelite for “Considerations for door corner construction methods.”

Click here to read this online feature answering the following frequently asked questions:
* Why is door corner construction important?
* What types of extruded aluminum door corner construction are available?
* Which is type of construction is the most durable?
* Does one type have any advantages over the others?
* Are there applicable performance standards?

Please contact us if we can answer any additional questions for you regarding aluminum entrance systems, and let us know how we help you select the most dependable products for your next project.

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AAMA National Annual Conference, Feb. 19-22, Orlando

courtesy of AAMAAs part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Company representatives will be participating in the AAMA 81st Annual Conference, held at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (Universal Studios) in Orlando on Feb. 19-22. The AAMA Southeast Region Winter Summit immediately follows the annual conference at the same location, Feb. 22-23.  Learn more https://aamanet.org/.

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Centrum Bucktown luxury high-rise showcases three of Tubelite’s newest products

Centrum Bucktown, Photo by Michael Lipman, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.Bucktown, one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods, welcomed a new, high-end apartment complex in May 2017. Centrum Bucktown is a six-story, 100-unit building with a gleaming façade wrapping the corner of North Leavitt Street and North Milwaukee Avenue.

Designed by Hirsch Associates and Forum Studio, the project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Contributing to the attractive building, as well as its sustainability and performance, Northern Glass installed Tubelite’s Therml=Block® TerraPorte 7600 Series terrace doors and 900RW Series ribbon window, plus Phantom 5000 vents.

Centrum Bucktown is the first project to showcase all three of these Tubelite products, which have been introduced to the U.S. market during the last 18 months. “Now, when we’re looking at 10-, 12- 15-story buildings, we can use Tubelite’s 900RW on the upper floors, the Phantom vents and terrace doors throughout, and storefront on the first floor,” says Eric Martinson with Northern Glass. “We have a complete package. It gives us the option to do more and go higher on projects like Centrum.”

Centrum Bucktown, Photo by Michael Lipman, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.With the flexibility of this product breadth, Martinson reveals, “It’s changed the way we work. By pre-glazing about 90 percent of the system in our shop, we cut down on the time and labor in the field.” He estimates this savings as high as 25 percent. “Tubelite’s 900RW is now our favorite system to install.”

Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing, adds, “This project offers a great example of how 900RW ribbon windows save installation time and labor, while meeting model energy codes and supporting LEED certification.”

For Centrum Bucktown, Tubelite’s Therml=Block terrace doors and ribbon windows are thermally improved by Linetec using a poured-and-debridged process. Avery notes, “Even during Chicago’s tough winters, our Therml=Block products provide thermal performance and condensation resistance, contributing to the project’s energy efficiency, natural light, outdoor views and interior comfort.”

Martinson agrees, “Tubelite’s products exceeded the project’s performance requirements.”

Centrum Bucktown, Photo by Michael Lipman, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.Tubelite’s 900RW dual poured-and-debridged ribbon window system has been successfully tested per the National Fenestration Council (NFRC) 102-14 procedure, achieving a U-Factor of 0.30 for thermal transmittance. The system also successfully was tested per the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 1503-09 standard, achieving a frame condensation resistance factor (CRFf) of 72. The single and dual thermal break options allow designers to select appropriate thermal performance levels to meet their projects’ requirements.

In addition to contributing to energy efficiency, daylight and views, TerraPorte doors and Phantom vents allow for natural ventilation during Chicago’s warmer months. With sizes extending up to 12-feet-tall, TerraPorte 7600 terrace doors achieve AAMA AW-70 Architectural Performance Class requirements, which includes stringent criteria for air, water and structural performance plus AAMA 910-16 lifecycle testing to 4,000 operating cycles, with supplemental thermal cycling.

Multi-lock hardware is standard on TerraPorte doors and low-profile accessABLE™ sills may be specified to achieve universal design goals. The doors’ heavy-duty aluminum hinges, along with corner key and crimped construction, provide increased durability for frequent use.

Also AAMA AW rated and NFRC tested, Phantom vents’ hinging options allow opening from the bottom or side of the window. Their concealed aluminum frame design is virtually invisible from a building’s exterior, providing a consistent appearance.

Enhancing this appearance, Linetec provides one the most durable finishes for architectural aluminum products – Class I clear anodize – on all of Tubelite’s systems for Centrum Bucktown. Linetec’s anodize finish also supports environmentally responsible practices and design-forward thinking. It creates a frosty matte appearance, contains no VOCs and meets or exceeds all AAMA 611 specifications. When it is time for the installed architectural product to be removed, anodized aluminum is 100 percent recyclable, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building.

Centrum Bucktown, Photo by Michael Lipman, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.Tubelite’s products are manufactured to meet the aesthetic, performance and environmental goals of each project. Demonstrating its dependability and partnership, Tubelite’s Damage Free Guarantee ensures orders are delivered undamaged, complete and on time for easy fabrication and installation. Both Phantom vents and TerraPorte doors are engineered for simple integration with Tubelite’s 900RW ribbon windows.

Today, Centrum Bucktown’s daylight-filled apartments are available for lease. Studio, one-, two- and three bedroom apartments, as well as tenant amenities are on the second through sixth floors. Each features high-end fixtures and finishes, and such shared amenities as a resident lounge, cyber café, fitness center and expansive outdoor terraces. A new, remodeled ALDI store now anchors Centrum Bucktown’s first floor, along with a new location of the Yolk breakfast restaurant chain.

Originally known as Centrum 606 due to its proximity to the popular elevated “606” walking and biking trail, Centrum Bucktown provides convenient access to downtown as well as nearby parks, recreation, shops and restaurants. A surface parking lot for retail customers, electric vehicle charging stations and underground parking for residents add convenience for those not already taking advantage of nearby public transportation and pathways.

 

Centrum Bucktown, 1743 North Leavitt Street, Chicago, Illinois 60647; http://centrumbucktown.com

* Developers:
Centrum Partners, LLC; Chicago: http://centrumpartners.net
and Hubbard Street Group, Chicago; https://www.hubbardstreetgroup.com
* Property manager: 33 Realty, LLC; Chicago: http://33realty.com
* Architects:
Hirsch Associates LLC; Chicago: http://hirschassociates.com
and Forum Studio, Inc.; Chicago; https://www.forumstudio.com
* General contractor: ARCO/Murray National Construction Company, Inc.; Downers Grove, Illinois; http://www.arcomurray.com
* Glazing contractor: Northern Glass, Inc.; Elk Grove, Illinois: http://www.nglass.com
* Glazing systems – glass fabricator: Vitro Architectural Glass, Solarban® 60; Cheswick, Pennsylvania; http://www.vitroglazings.com
* Glazing systems – window and door manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – finishing and thermal improvement services: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com
* Photos by: Michael Lipman

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 and 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 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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CSI Kansas City Product Expo, Feb. 8

Tubelite’s representatives Doug Dietrich and Doug Urich will be exhibiting in booth #42 at the Construction Specifications Institute’s chapter in Kansas City, Missouri (CSI KC) 20th Annual Product Expo on Feb. 8, 12-8:30 p.m., at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

After the expo, an invitation-only dinner event will be held. Educational sessions also are offered.

For invitation and registration information, please see http://www.kccsi.org/expo.html.

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Utah’s Sandy Commerce offices feature mountain views framed by Tubelite’s systems

Attracting Utah’s discerning office tenants, Sandy Commerce boasts floor-to-ceiling glass with mountain views, thanks in part to the storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems provided by Tubelite Inc. These high-performance systems also contribute to the project’s energy efficiency and sustainability goals, earning LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Owned by The Boyer Company, the new, five-story, 120,958-square-foot, Class A building is visible to more than 170,000 vehicles traveling each day on I-15. Babcock Design helped the owner capitalize on its prominent location with a modern glass and metal façade that is as appealing on the exterior as it is to occupants on the interior.

“A sleek, modern façade captures the reflection of the surrounding mountains to passersby,” describes Babcock Design’s project architect, Chad Littlewood, AIA. “Floor-to-ceiling glass and an open floor plan provide all employees with natural light and beautiful views. Likewise, low-emitting materials found throughout the building provide occupants with maximum health and comfort.”

These design elements and building components contributed to achieving the project’s LEED criteria and the owner’s requirements. Bringing the architectural vision to life, Skyview Glass worked closely with Jacobsen Construction. In total, Skyview installed 35,000 square feet of Tubelite’s curtainwall, thermal storefront and entrance systems, plus distinctive shadow boxes, on Sandy Commerce.

Welcoming tenants and visitors, Tubelite’s Monumental Doors with our steel tie-rod construction are engineered to withstand heavy use in high-traffic areas like Sandy Commerce. “Tie-rod assembly is superior to welded-corner construction in many ways,” explains Tubelite’s Mary Avery. “Our doors can be modified, disassembled or resized right in the field.”

On Sandy Commerce, the 17 doors with 10-inch bottom rails are engineered for easy installation into Tubelite’s T14000 I/O Series Storefront at the street level. Above this, Skyview’s Tom Tromley explains that the curtainwall and storefront are integrated throughout all elevations and even within the same floors. On the East, Tubelite’s 400 Series Curtainwall dominates on floors three through five; on the West and North, in floors three and four; and on the South in floors two through five.

Although this is Skyview’s first use of Tubelite’s curtainwall, commercial building teams have depended on Tubelite’s 400 Series since the 1980s. Throughout the decades, the curtainwall continues to prove its aesthetic flexibility and reliable structural performance.

All of Tubelite’s systems on Sandy Park feature Viracon’s low-e glass and clear anodize by Linetec. Providing one the most durable finishes for architectural aluminum products, Linetec’s eco-friendly anodize process also supports environmentally responsible practices and design-forward thinking. It creates a frosty matte appearance, hides small defects common in recycled aluminum, contains no VOCs and meets or exceeds all AAMA 611 specifications. When it is time for the installed architectural product to be removed, anodized aluminum is 100 percent recyclable, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building.

Tubelite’s products are manufactured to meet the aesthetic, performance and environmental goals of each project, as well as for easy fabrication and installation. Demonstrating its dependability and partnership, Tubelite’s Damage Free Guarantee ensures orders are delivered undamaged, complete and on time.

Following its yearlong construction, Sandy Commerce’s first occupants moved into their new offices at the beginning of 2017. Today, ConnexionPoint, Colonial Life and Momentum Lending are all tenants with only a few spaces remaining available for lease.

Sandy Commerce, 9490 South 300 West, Sandy, UT 84070;
http://www.boyercompany.com/project/sandy-commerce-2
* Owner: The Boyer Company; Salt Lake City; http://www.boyercompany.com
* Architect: Babcock Design; Salt Lake City; http://www.babcockdesign.com
* General contractor: Jacobsen Construction Co., Inc.; Salt Lake City; http://www.jacobsenconstruction.com
* Glazing contractor: Skyview Glass; Orem, Utah; http://www.skyviewglass.com
* Glazing systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; https://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Glazing systems – glass fabricator: Viracon; Owatonna, Minnesota; http://www.viracon.com
* Glazing systems – finishing provider: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://www.linetec.com

* Photos: Robert Casey
* Video – “Office Space for Lease in Utah” by Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors Intermountain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwDWDBx4H78&feature=youtu.be

 

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

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Tubelite’s continued growth brings in additional, experienced support staff

Tubelite has added Sharrod Szydloski, Matt Tschida and Bret Summers as support staff to continually improve client partnerships across expanded territory coverage and increased new product offerings.

 

Sharrod Szydloski

In southern Missouri, Sharrod Szydloski joined Archon Fenestration Technologies (Archon Fen-Tech) as a sales agent. He works closely with Doug Urich, Tubelite’s client development manager for Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. With 24 years of industry experience, Szydloski owns and operates DV8 Dynamics, a professional shop drawing service, while servicing customers for the Archon Fen-Tech team.

 

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Matt Tschida (©Ryan Siemers)

As part of the Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc. (HAP, Inc.) team, Matt Tschida works closely with Rick Hillesheim, Tubelite’s client development manager for Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Tschida focuses on plan/specification review, design assistance, and supporting the needs of architects and glazing contractors.

 

Bret Summers

At Dennis Mills Associates, Bret Summers supports Mills and works closely with architects, engineers and glazing contractors in Idaho, Utah and New Mexico.

This support staff actively works with Tubelite’s departments, client development managers and regional sales managers to contribute to Tubelite’s dependability and industry leading performance.

 

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

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Tubelite Names Jeff Wright as Client Development Manager

Tubelite Inc. has named Jeff Wright as client development manager serving clients in Maryland; Washington, D.C. and north Virginia. Based in Baltimore, he reports directly to Tubelite regional sales manager Patrick Daniels. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Beginning his career in the residential construction market in 1986, Wright’s previous positions include regional manager at Champion Windows & Patio Rooms in Delaware, and national sales manager at Novik, focusing on increased sales and distribution in the United States. He was most recently the mid-Atlantic regional sales manager at Michigan-based Wojan Window & Door Corporation, working with window and glazing contractors, specifiers and distributors to specify and install its products.

Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Connecticut School of Business. He also is an authorized course presenter through the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Continuing Education Licensing Program.

Through Tubelite, he will continue his involvement in AAMA and with other industry associations, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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 and 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 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 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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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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Tubelite Unveils New 400T Series Thermal Curtainwall

Tubelite Inc. introduces 400T Series Thermal Curtainwall, a thermally broken curtainwall product designed to meet or exceed today’s stringent energy codes. Recommended for use on medium- and low-rise applications, the system is well suited for retail, office, health care and school buildings.

The new 400T Series has a 2-1/2-inch sightline, with system depths ranging from 6-1/4 to 10-1/4 inches and optional polyamide pressure plates. The system is a shear block, outside glazed, captured curtainwall that can be stick fabricated for field glazing. Its concealed fastener joinery creates a smooth, monolithic appearance. The curtainwall easily integrates with Tubelite’s operable windows, Therml=Block® entrances, MaxBlock® sunshades and aLuminate™ light shelves.

“Customers have depended on our 400 Series curtainwall since the 1980s. The new 400T curtainwall’s expanded thermal break and thicker gasketing offers improved U-Factors and increased condensation resistance factors (CRF) for project needs that exceed Tubelite’s current 400CW thermal barrier system when using the same size and type of insulated glass,” explains Tubelite’s product manager, Tom Mifflin. “Building on Tubelite’s dependable products, our clients have even more choices when selecting and specifying for thermal performance.”

Tubelite’s 400T Thermal Curtainwall with optional polyamide pressure plate has been tested and modeled per the National Fenestration Council (NFRC) procedure, achieving a U-Factor of 0.32 for thermal transmittance. This configuration was also tested per the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 1503-09 standard, achieving a frame CRFf of 79.

Within the 400T Series, the glass is positioned to the system’s exterior for enhanced resistance to rainwater. The 1/2-inch bite securely grips insulated glass or panels of 1-inch thickness. Infill thicknesses from 1/8 inch to 1-5/16 inches also can be accommodated. Verticals can be steel-reinforced for high performance against strong windloads. An improved horizontal member allows for expansion/contraction clearances to minimize splice requirements.

Seven anodized finishes and 20 standard paint colors are available. Upon request, blended and custom colors, and two-color, split finish options may be specified. Durable finishes also reduce buildings’ maintenance costs and enhance long lifecycles.

Tubelite’s products are manufactured to meet the aesthetic, performance and environmental goals of each project, as well as for easy fabrication and installation. Demonstrating its dependability and partnership, Tubelite’s Damage Free Guaranteed ensures orders are delivered undamaged, complete and on time.

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 and 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 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 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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