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 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.

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.

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.

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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Minneapolis’ Baker Center Features Tubelite’s Products

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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Tubelite Promotes Dan Smith to Client Development Manager

Tubelite Inc. has promoted Dan Smith to client development manager for Northeast Texas. He is based in Dallas and reports directly to Tubelite regional sales manager Terry Robinholt. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Smith joined Tubelite in January 2014 as a senior estimator before being promoted to client development manager in August 2017.

He began his career at Vistawall (now OldCastle BuildingEnvelope) in 1996 as a standard products estimator before being promoted to national accounts estimator/project manager. In that position he oversaw accounts including Target Corporation, Talbots, Taco Bell and AutoZone.

He was hired by Columbia Building Products in 2003 to improve and expand on their storefront estimating and was promoted to outside sales in 2006. He sold storefront and operable windows in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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 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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ABX+Greenbuild, Nov. 8-9, Boston

Join Tubelite in Boston, during the Boston Society of Architects‘ ABX 2017 and the U.S. Green Building Council‘s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo.

Co-located at the Boston Convention Center, the shows will share a combined expo hall. Tubelite is an exhibitor through ABX and will be in booth #877.

Participants in either conference will have access to all the booths and the opportunity to register for educational sessions at ABX 2017, Nov. 8-10, and at Greenbuild, Nov. 6-11.

Expo hours are: Wed. and Thurs., Nov. 8 and 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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CSI Night, Nov. 8, Rochester, NY

Tubelite and Syracuse Glass representatives will be exhibiting at “CSI Night,” 3:30-7:30 p.m., on Nov. 8 in booth #33. Hosted by the Construction Specifications Institute’s Rochester, New York chapter (CSI Rochester) the event is held at the Rochester DoubleTree by Hilton.

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West Michigan Design & Construction Expo, Oct. 26

Dan Goodman will represent Tubelite in booth #23 at the West Michigan Design & Construction Expo on Oct. 26, 12:30-5 p.m., at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. Educational seminars and networking events also are offered. The Expo is hosted by the Builders Exchange of Michigan and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Grand Rapids chapter.

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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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Tubelite announces Phantom 5000 zero sightline windows

New from Tubelite, Phantom 5000 zero sightline awning and casement windows allow occupants to enjoy the benefits of natural ventilation and natural light. Engineered for mid-rise commercial and multi-family projects, condominiums, hotels, offices and schools, the windows integrate and install easily into Tubelite’s curtainwall, window wall and storefront systems.

With a 4-1/4-inch system depth, the Phantom windows’ concealed aluminum frame design is virtually invisible from a building’s exterior, providing a consistent appearance of fixed lites. Hinging options allow opening from the bottom or side of the window. Screens are available with frames to match the window.

Phantom 5000 zero sightline windows are American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) AW-rated, indicating that they meet stringent industry testing for air, water and structural performance. These windows also were tested per the AAMA 1503-09 standard, achieving a frame CRFf of 79 for awning units and 78 for casements. They also been tested and modeled per the National Fenestration Council (NFRC) procedure, achieving a U-Factor of 0.32 for thermal transmittance.

 

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 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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AIA Kansas EVOLVE Conference, Oct. 19, Lawrence, KS

During the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kansas chapter’s EVOLVE Conference, Doug Dietrich and Doug Urich will be representing Tubelite in booth #30, Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Held on Oct. 18-19, the AIA Kansas conference takes place at The Oread Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to the exhibit hall, the two-day event includes opportunities to earn up to 18.0 Learning Units of continuing education credits, tour local projects and network with industry leaders.

To register and learn more, please click here.

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