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 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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ALA Midwest, Oct. 3, Chicago

At the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) 2017 Midwest Architecture Conference, Oct. 3, Tubelite’s Doug Dietrich will present “Storefont or Curtain Wall” at 11:15 a.m. in Room B. Attendees who successful complete this continuing education course may earn 1.0 Learning Unit for health, safety and welfare (1 HSW LU).

Participants can earn up to 7.5 LUs in a single day, including 1.0 LU for attending the trade show. Tubelite will be exhibiting in booth #504. The floor is open from 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Networking continues at the “After 5” cocktail reception.

ALA’s annual event is at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Registration is required.

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CSI Indy, Sept. 28, Indianapolis

Tubelite Inc.’s Terry Britt will be participating in the Indianapolis chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) 43rd Annual Trade Show on Sept. 28, 3-7 p.m., at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

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CSI CONSTRUCT, Sept. 13-16, Rhode Island

Tubelite returns to the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI‘s) CONSTRUCT show, Sept. 13-16, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.

The convention and educational sessions take place Sept. 13-16. The Expo is open Sept. 14-15 and Tubelite is located in booth #1002.

CONSTRUCT is the only national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that specify and source building products. This event is dedicated to institutional, industrial and commercial building industries.

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SCIP Annual Member Meeting, Sept. 12, Rhode Island

Tubelite is proud to support the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) throughout the year and at its annual member meeting. The 2017 meeting will be held on Sept. 12 at the Hilton Providence in Rhode Island. This conveniently precedes the CONSTRUCT Show, which opens Sept. 13 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Look for Tubelite at the SCIP annual meeting and also in the CONSTRUCT Show expo hall in booth #1002.

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GlassBuild America

Returning to Atlanta with GlassBuild America, Tubelite will be exhibiting in booth #1415 and sponsoring the Express Learning Educational Program, Sept. 12-14, in the Georgia World Congress Center’s North Halls.

Expo hours are: Tues., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed., Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Thurs., Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Express Learning Theater is located in the exhibit hall’s Aisle 1300 with more than 20 regularly scheduled presentations given during expo hours.

This year’s GlassBuild America exhibition hall is the largest in recent history. Now in its 15th year, GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo is the largest and most comprehensive event for the entire glass, metals, and window and door industries in the Americas. Held annually, GlassBuild America is presented by the National Glass Association (NGA) and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance (WDDA), along with association sponsors: the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), and in conjunction with the industry’s leading publications – Glass Magazine and Window & Door.

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AIA Dallas Credit Carnival, Aug. 29

As part of the American Institute of Architects Dallas chapter (AIA Dallas) Credit Carnival: Entrances event, Tubelite’s architectural specification manager Kevin Haynes will present “Storefront vs Curtain Wall, Seeing Through the Difference.”

Held at the Dallas Center for Architecture, Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., the full day of AIA Continuing Education System (AIA CES) courses allows participants to earn up to 8.0 Learning Units – (6.0 Health/Safety/Welfare; 1.0 Barrier Free). Lunch, snacks and a happy hour also will be provided.

Preegistration is required. Members may attend at no cost, but no-shows will be invoiced. The rate for non-members is $175.00.
Please click here for details.

Learn more about Tubelite’s AIA CES courses by clicking here.

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AIA Montgomery CEU-n-AUG, Aug. 16

Tubelite Inc.’s Keith Hocutt will be exhibiting at the “CEU-n-AUG” event hosted by American Institute of Architects’ Montgomery, Alabama chapter (AIA Montgomery). Held at the Montgomery Country Club on Aug. 16, the full-day event offers opportunities to earn continuing education credits, learn about new products and visit with local representatives.

Registration is free to members of AIA and the America Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Lunch and door prizes are provided. To register or for more information about the event, please click here.

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Grand award winner: First Tennessee Visitor Center, Memphis

Grand Award Winner! Metal Architecture magazine’s Design Awards honors Shelby Farms Park’s First Tennessee Visitor Center in Memphis, which features Tubelite’s storefront system.

Editor Marcy Marro describes the project as:

One of the largest urban parks in the country, Shelby Farms recently implemented a master plan developed by James Corner Field Operations to revitalize the 4,500-acre park into a nationally renowned landmark. As part of the master plan, the $50 million, 180-acre Heart of the Park was completed in 2016, and consists of an ensemble of buildings and structures located around the 80-acre Hyde Lake.

Designed by Marlon Blackwell Architects, the visitor center is an 8,000-square-foot building with a 7,560-square-foot covered porch. The cantilevered form glistens during the day from the reflected sunlight and glows at night when illuminated with site lighting.

Read the full article on this award-winning project by clicking here.

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Award winner: Knox College’s Whitcomb Art Center, Illinois

Honored as a Metal Architecture Design Award-winner, Knox College’s Whitcomb Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois, features Tubelite’s storefront system.

According to Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh:

The 29,950-square-foot art building designed by Lake|Flato Architects comprises five total bays, with three large ones connected by smaller bays. Large windows cut into the corners of the bays so anyone approaching from the campus can see deep into the building and students working on art. The corner windows also reveal the iconic tapered columns of a metal building system.

Click here to read the entire article describing this award-winning project.

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nwaAIA Scholarship Fundraiser, Aug. 4, Arkansas

Tubelite is proud to be a silver sponsor of the University of Arkansas’ Architecture Scholarship Fundraiser and the sixth Annual Bowling Tournament for the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the American Institute of Architects (nwaAIA).

Held Aug. 4 at the Fast Lane Entertainment in Rogers, Arkansas, all proceeds support the scholarship fund.

Doors open for the event at 11 a.m. Lunch begins at 12  p.m. and is accompanied by an AIA continuing education presentation. Bowling starts at 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m.

Look for Tubelite’s Arkansas-based client development manager, John Wiemer, on the lanes.

For questions about the event, please email aianorthwestarkansas@gmail.com.

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