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

Photo by: John HeiderMichigan’s Novi High School‘s new $3 million fitness center replaces an outdated weight room that served only a few of the 2,000 students.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

Something for Everybody

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

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

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

 

Visual Icon, Curved Façade

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

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

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

 

Precision Engineering and Installation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Enduring Performance, Strong Presence

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

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

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

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

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About Tubelite Inc.

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

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

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Glass Expo Northeast, March 30-31, New York

Jim Oberlin, Mike Bodnar and Daryl Bertollini will be representing Tubelite Inc. at Glass Expo Northeast (GENE), held at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington Hotel in New York. The show floor is open at 3-8 p.m. on March 30 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 31.

Registration is open through March 7 or until sold out. Please reserve at http://www.usglassmag.com/gene/

GENE is the region’s largest glass-related conference and trade show dedicated to the architectural glass and metal industry. It is sponsored by U.S. Glass magazine, USGNN.com, Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal and the Long Island Glass Association.

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NFMT Expo, March 7-9, Baltimore

Apogee Building Retrofit Strategy Team will be exhibiting at the Building Operating Management’s National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference & Exposition in booth #2558 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Expo hours are:
March 7, 12-4 p.m.
March 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
March 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

NFMT offers broad-based education for facilities professionals from every type of organization: government, education, commercial office health care, retail, hospitality and industrial. Learn more at http://www.nfmt.com/baltimore/

Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team combines industry-leading glass and aluminum framing systems with expertise from its architectural segments to enhance the aesthetics and energy efficiency of buildings. http://www.apog.com/renovation.html

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CSI MSP Annual Expo, Feb. 28, Minneapolis

Tubelite Inc. will be exhibiting at the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter’s annual expo on Feb. 28, 2-7 p.m., at the Solar Arts Building in northeast Minneapolis.

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CSI Nebraska Product Show, Feb. 22, Omaha

Tubelite Inc. will be exhibiting at the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Nebraska chapter’s Product Show on Feb. 22, 1:30-5:30 p.m., at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha. After the expo, an invitation-only dinner event will be held. Educational sessions also are offered.

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CSI Mississippi, Feb. 22

Tubelite Inc. will be participating in the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Mississippi Chapter‘s Product Show on Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl. After the expo, an invitation-only dinner event will be held. Educational sessions also are offered.

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Tubelite adds Jim Leadbetter as director of operations in Reed City, Michigan

Tubelite Inc. welcomes Jim Leadbetter as director of operations in Reed City, Michigan. He reports directly to Steve Jaskolski, vice president of operations. He will lead and support the company’s business growth strategies through safety, quality and productivity improvements.

Drawing from more than 25 years of operational and management experience, Leadbetter has generated significant results in cost reduction strategies and productivity improvement throughout his career. Most recently, he worked as the logistics sort center leader for Amazon Logistics in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Prior to this, he was employed for 17 years at FMC Corporation where he began as a facilities manager in North Carolina for the chemical manufacturing company. Through regular promotions at FMC, he eventually earned the role of manufacturing director at the corporate headquarters in Philadelphia.

Joining Tubelite, Leadbetter returns to Michigan where he earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lawrence Technical University. He also holds an MBA from Augusta State University in Georgia.

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About Tubelite Inc.

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

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

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

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CSI Kansas City Product Expo, Feb. 2

Tubelite Inc. will be participating in the annual Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Kansas City chapter’s Product Expo on Feb. 2, 3-6 p.m., at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown’s Muehlebach Lobby. 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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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi features Tubelite curtainwall and entrances

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

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

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About Tubelite Inc.

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

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

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Tubelite adds Kent Baumann as a business development manager

Tubelite Inc. has added Kent Baumann as a business development manager based in its Dallas office. He reports directly to Steve Green, Tubelite’s vice president of sales and client services, and works with strategic accounts in the retail, healthcare, hospitality and corporate office markets.

Baumann will work closely with building owners, together with Tubelite’s partner glazing contractors, providing services and products including storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems. He explains, “We offer an industry-leading, turnkey solution to building owners and property managers seeking a dependable partner to meeting the needs of their energy-efficient buildings.”

Prior to joining Tubelite, Baumann worked for 27 years with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope and the Vistawall Group. He held numerous sales and management roles with these businesses. Since 2008, he served as Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope’s business development manager.

Baumann studied architecture at the University of Texas–Arlington. He also is a LEED® Accredited Professional.

 

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About Tubelite Inc.

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

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

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

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Dennis Mills represents Tubelite in Idaho, Utah and New Mexico

Dennis MillsTubelite, Inc. has named Dennis Mills Associates as its manufacturer representative serving clients in Idaho, Utah and New Mexico. Representing leading manufacturers that specialize in architectural glass products, Dennis Mills and Bret Summers work closely with architects, engineers and glazing contractors throughout the Intermountain West region. They provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems from design to installation.

“Our business operates from a perspective that exceeding customer expectations is standard operating procedure, and that everyone deserves outstanding customer service,” says Mills.

Mills started in the glass industry in 1981 and has focused on representing quality architectural building products throughout his career. After graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in management and finance, he joined Capitol Glass and Aluminum Corporation. He worked there for 16 years including as vice president of sales and marketing. In 1999, he founded and became president of Dennis Mills and Associates.

Summers joined Mills in June 2016 bringing an additional 20 years of glass industry experience to the team. His previous positions have included branch manager of Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions, business development for Arcadia Inc. and general manager of Arch Aluminum & Glass. He earned his Bachelor of Science in finance from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Boise State University.

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About Tubelite Inc.

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

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

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

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Tubelite achieves NFRC ACE certification

Tubelite Inc. has been approved by the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) as a Manufacturer Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization. NFRC is the global leader in delivering energy and related performance ratings and certification for fenestration products and systems.

In addition to the company’s ACE certified individuals in both the engineering and marketing departments, three Tubelite representatives have earned a Certificate of Approval for successfully completing the ACE Training Workshop: client development manager Dan Goodman, and representatives Rick Hillesheim and Matt Tschida of Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc.

As an NFRC ACE, each is qualified to carry out performance calculations of fenestration products for design support and final certification using the NFRC Component Modeling Approach (CMA) and software tool (CMAST). Through NFRC’s CMAST libraries of approved frames, glass and spacer components, users can configure fenestration products for a project, and can obtain a U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance rating for those products. Performance values are then compared to the energy requirements of local energy codes to determine compliance.

Performance of specific Tubelite frame-glass combinations can be obtained from the NFRC Certified Products Directory or the CMA process. In addition to active product listings in the NFRC Certified Products Directory for factory-glazed fenestration, Tubelite has several approved curtainwall, storefront and entrance system products in the CMAST library, and new product variations frequently are added.

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About Tubelite Inc.

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

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

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Tubelite names Mike Bodnar as client development manager for eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Mike BodnarMike Bodnar has been named as Tubelite Inc.’s client development manager serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is based in Brigantine, New Jersey, and reports directly to Tubelite’s regional sales manager Jim Oberlin. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Bodnar draws from 20 years of commercial sales and customer service experience. Most recently, he held estimating and customer service responsibilities at Scranton Products, a leader in the plastic partitions and lockers industries. Prior to that, he worked in sales positions with plastics supplier and manufacturer Vycom Corporation, Stroudsburg Door & Trim, and The Home Depot. He also was the owner and operator of M&J Distribution, Inc., specializing in commercial and residential construction materials.

Bodnar earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Marywood University in Pennsylvania.

Continuing his professional development and supporting Tubelite’s clients, Bodnar will represent Tubelite at industry association events including for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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About Tubelite Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Tubelite Inc.

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

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

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

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