Terry Robinholt joins Tubelite as Central and Southwest regional sales manager

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. has hired Terry Robinholt as regional sales manager for 21 states in the Central/Southwest region. He will work closely with Tubelite’s client development managers to provide selected glazing contractors in the region with storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

Robinholt will support the company’s sales team with 40 years of industry knowledge as they continue delivering Tubelite’s approved American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES) programs and assisting the architectural community with product selection.

Based in Edinburgh, Ind., Robinholt joins Tubelite following 27 years with Oldcastle, where he most recently worked as a regional sales manager serving a similar region. “I love this industry. I started at the press and have learned the business by working hands-on in extrusion and finishing, engineering, purchasing, customer service, field sales and management.”

He adds, “While the region is familiar and the relationships I have within it span many years, I am excited to help Tubelite expand its market. The Tubelite name is well known in the market and regarded very highly. I’m glad to be a part of it and enjoy the opportunity to help grow the business. The clients that I’ve met with are very positive about their experience with Tubelite’s dependable products and customer service.”

All of Tubelite’s products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. These include: energy-efficient Therml=Block™ entrances; standard doors, windows, storefront and curtainwall; and Max/Block™ sun shade and aLuminate™ light shelf daylight control systems. These recycled and energy-efficient attributes may contribute to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED® Green Rating System™.

Tubelite is a member of the USGBC, the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America, the Michigan Glass Association, and an approved continuing education provider through the American Institute of Architects. Robinholt will help represent Tubelite as a member of these organizations and in other industry events.

To learn more about Tubelite’s products and connect with its representatives, please visit http://www.tubeliteinc.com.


Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

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Tubelite Announces Hazard-Mitigating Entry Doors

Walker, Mich. — Helping protect low- and mid-rise buildings in need of storm hazard mitigation, Tubelite’s Force Front Storm monumental entry door systems have received Florida Product Approval (#14563).

Designed for compliance with High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) Windzones 2 and 3, Force Front Storm doors and frames also are tested to meet Miami Dade large missile impact requirements (ASTM E1886/E1996 – TAS 201) and passed pressure cycling at +100/-100 psf.

Tubelite’s Force Front Storm monumental entry doors feature durable tie-rod construction, wide stiles and heavy-duty hardware. Single doors up to 4-feet-wide and 8-feet-high and pairs up to 8-by-8-feet have been qualified. The units include nominal one-inch insulated glazing with a laminated pane incorporating a DuPont™ SentryGlas® Interlayer. Dry glazing and sealing can be completed at the jobsite.

“Introduced last year, our Force Front products are being specified throughout our service area, especially in the southeastern coastal and southern Texas regions,” says Tubelite’s marketing manager, Mary Olivier.

In addition to impact protection, Tubelite’s Force Front monumental entry door products support facilities’ environmental goals. All of Tubelite’s products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. These qualities may contribute to projects seeking certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™.


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Shared Learnings: Lessons for a New Year

by Tom Minnon, LEED® AP, CDT, Eastern Region Sales Manager for Tubelite Inc.

As we begin 2012, I add blogging to my list of New Year’s resolutions and new skills. In our industry, “What’s new?” is a question we’re constantly asked by architects. Staying current, accessible, relevant and knowledgeable are expectations. These are especially important qualities when discussing sustainable design and environmentally responsible construction.

The challenges, codes and opportunities pertaining to green building will continue to increase in the coming months. For the last several years, sustainability issues have gained momentum and the conversations have gained depth. In my upcoming blogs, I’ll explore considerations and requirements of green attributes in commercial fenestration. Topics are likely to include daylighting, views, natural ventilation, indoor air quality and VOCs, recycled content, maintenance and durability, re-use and restoration, energy-efficiency and thermal performance, as well as specific applications such as in high-security projects or hurricane zones.

For me, the green building conversation and its practical implementation are a way of life. I’ve been working with architectural glazing systems for almost four decades. I earned my Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) professional accreditation when this green building rating system was still on version 1.0.

I also wake up each morning with the knowledge it takes to renovate a 30-year-old house into a water-efficient, energy-efficient home using sustainable materials. I understand what it’s like to sort through a myriad of manufacturers’ claims regarding recycled content, regionally sourced materials, energy efficiency, eco-friendly manufacturing and life cycle analysis (LCA) when selecting building products, interior finishes, sustainable landscaping practices, and renewable energy sources.

Whether prescribing green goals to residential, commercial or governmental project, the complexity will remain, even as established organizations and institutions attempt to simplify it. Two approaching milestones will be the USGBC’s release of LEED 2012, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which will be available this Spring, and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code.

I’m looking forward to sharing the lessons that I’ve learned, and those that I’ve yet to learn, with you. Feel free to add your comments and questions. It’s through our individual experiences that we find the insight in collective wisdom and enrich the value of our industry for a brighter future.


Tom Minnon, LEED® AP, CDT, is the eastern region sales manager for Tubelite Inc., serving clients from Maine to Georgia. With nearly four decades of industry experience and many professional accreditations, he regularly provides educational and consultative support to architects, buildings owners and glazing contractors regarding storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.







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John Young serves the Carolinas, Virginia as Tubelite’s client development manager

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. has named John Young as client development manager providing storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems for North and South Carolina, and southern Virginia.

Owner of J&L Young, LLC, Young serves this territory as an independent sales representative, while working closely with Tubelite’s new office in Rock Hill, S.C. He brings 27 years of experience in the glass, glazing and architectural metal’s industry, including six as an independent sales representative.

Prior to his own business in 2005, Young held various positions with United States Aluminum — Corporation as a fabrication supervisor, purchasing manager, estimating manager, customer service manager, field sales, and as a regional sales manager for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic areas. Given Young’s familiarity with these regions, he notes that he is impressed with Tubelite’s new Force Front™ curtainwall and entry door systems for high security and high wind applications.

Providing complementary performance, aesthetics and environmental attributes, all of Tubelite’s products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. These include: energy-efficient Therml=Block™ entrances ; standard doors, windows, storefront and curtainwall; and Max/Block™ sun shade and aLuminate™ light shelf daylight control systems.

To learn more about Tubelite’s products and connect with its representatives, please visit http://www.tubeliteinc.com.


Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

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Tubelite’s Products Add to High-Tech Look and Feel

Walker, Mich. — Berrien Springs School District’s Virtual Learning Academy is taking public education to the next level. The recently opened facility, which offers area students both traditional “on-site” education and online courses, features the latest advances in technology, design and materials, including storefront systems manufactured by Tubelite.

The building’s striking exterior, designed by local architects CARMI Design Group, is the first indication that this school is different from other schools in Southwestern Michigan. “We wanted the building’s form to portray the modern style of learning that occurs within its walls,” said Tony Leininger, president of CARMI Design Group. “Tubelite’s range of products and industry expertise gave us the freedom to execute our design concept in a way that other products could not.”

The resulting design features three distinct spaces, sharp angles and generous uses of glass framed in recycled aluminum by Tubelite’s 14000 and T14650 Series Storefronts. Linetec painted the aluminum in Hartford Green fluoropolymer finish, corresponding with the school’s “Home of the Shamrocks” motto.

Designed for low-rise applications, Tubelite’s 14000 Series Storefront durable, flush-glazed system offers optimal strength and thermal performance. Framing members have 2×4.5-inch profiles. Tubelite’s 14650 Series frame offers the same design, assembly and accessories as the 14000 Series’ 2-inch face, but features a depth of 6.5 inches. The additional 2-inch depth on the interior side of the frame provides greater structural properties and allows taller first floor openings.

Inside the 6,700-square-foot learning facility, the futuristic features continue. Visitors enter the building’s lobby, which houses an interactive cyber café, with vending area, café-style tables and chairs, and lounge seating. The structure’s two “pods” include a conference room with interactive whiteboards, high-resolution projectors, image-capturing equipment and other high-tech components, and a state-of-the-art computer lab. In addition to 60 computers, the lab has three large-format projection screens on different walls to support the concept that the “front” of the room is wherever the instructor is at that moment.

The Virtual Learning Academy’s edgy architecture has garnered positive reviews from district staff and the community, and helped the building become the face of the district. But according to Leininger, the most important feedback has come from the students themselves.

Berrien Springs Technology Director Brandon Waggoner has said that the building’s state-of-the-art feel helped the students learn more effectively by making them feel as if they had arrived someplace special.

The $1.8 million Virtual Learning Academy opened for high school students at the start of the fall semester, September 2010, and is now offers enrollment for middle school students.


Berrien Springs Virtual Academy; One Sylvester Avenue, Berrien Springs, Mich.
* Owner: Berrien Springs Public Schools
* Architect: CARMI Design Group. Inc.; Edwardsburg, Mich.
* General contractor: Shelton Construction; Benton Harbor, Mich.
* Glazing contractor: Midwest Glass & Mirror; Stevensville, Mich.
* Glass fabricator: PPG Industries; Pittsburgh
* Storefront systems: Tubelite Inc.; Grand Rapids, Mich.
* Storefront systems’ finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wis.

Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

High-resolution photos available for download: vertical and horizontal.
Include credit line: photo by Joseph Hilliard, courtesy of Tubelite Inc.

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