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

Photo by Paul Crosby

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Paul Crosby

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

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

She continues, “Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reducing associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent building materials.”

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

Photo by Paul Crosby

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

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

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

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

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

About Tubelite Inc.
Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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

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

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Tubelite promotes Dan Smith to client development manager for Northeast Texas

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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IFMA World Workplace, Oct. 18-19, Houston, Texas

Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team will be representing Tubelite Inc. and exhibiting in booth #1304 at the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference and Expo. The Expo is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

In conjunction with the its businesses, Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team assists building owners and property managers evaluate the benefits of window renovation and upgrades, such as improving the appearance of the building, saving energy, downsizing HVAC loading, reducing maintenance, lowering vacancy rates, increasing rental rates and enhancing the value of the building. Apogee’s business units supporting these building retrofit strategies include Alumicor; EFCO Corporation; Harmon, Inc.; Linetec; Sotawall; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

To learn more about Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team’s services and success stories, please contact John Bendt at jbendt@apog.com, 612-790-3137; or Kevin Robbins at krobbins@apog.com, 715-409-0821. To connect with them at IFMA World Workplace, please sign-up for the free expo-only registration at http://worldworkplace.ifma.org.

A variety of other pricing options are available to attend the World Workplace conference and its related events. Pre-conference courses and workshops start Oct. 14 and conference activities conclude Oct. 20 with the IFMA Awards of Excellence Banquet.

IFMA produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. It also certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research and provides educational programs. The association is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 104 countries. This diverse membership participates in 133 chapters, 15 industry councils and six area-of-interest communities. Together, IFMA’s members manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $526 billion in products and services. .

Read the latest issue of IFMA’s Facility Management Journal featuring John Bendt’s article, “Building Owners See the Light: The impact of window systems on a healthy building.”

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AIA Arkansas, Oct. 19-21

Tubelite Inc.’s John Wiemer will be exhibiting at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arkansas State Convention. Held on Oct. 19-21 at Hot Springs Convention Center, the event includes opportunities to earn continuing education credits, learn about new products and visit with local representatives.

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AAMA National Fall Conference, Oct. 15-18, South Carolina

As 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 National Fall Conference, Oct. 15-18, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Greenville in South Carolina. Watch for details online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Photos: Robb Siverson

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

About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Bob Boyer represents Tubelite in southern Georgia, South Carolina and the Florida Panhandle

Tubelite Inc. has named Building Products’ Specialists, and its owner Bob Boyer, as a manufacturer representative serving clients in southern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. Chris McLelland, owner of Heritage Architectural Sales, will work with Boyer and cover southern South Carolina. Jeff Tate continues to serve clients in the northern Georgia region as a Tubelite client development manager.

Boyer, McLelland and Tate report 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.

With more than 40 years of industry experience, Boyer was employed for 14 years at Amarlite Architectural Products including the position of chief operating officer. He founded Building Products’ Specialists in 1993. Prior to that, he started at Kawneer Company as a corporate tax accountant after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and marketing. Building Products’ Specialists has offices in Destin, Florida, and Jonesboro, Georgia.

McLelland adds 17 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry working at W.C Johnston Architectural Sales before he established Heritage Architectural Sales in 2006.

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).

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

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