Tubelite names Wholesale Glass Distributor to serve clients in Tennessee

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. announced Wholesale Glass Distributors will carry the company’s architectural aluminum products to serve clients in Tennessee and parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi.

Founded in 1984 and located in Memphis, Tenn., Wholesale Glass is the only independent glass distributor and fabricator in this region. The company has earned a strong reputation for its value-added services and its full-line of insulated and tempered, high-performance glass products.

“We are proud of the very great relationships we have established over the years with our customer base,” says Chet Day, Wholesale Glass Distributors’ president. “Tubelite’s systems are a good fit with our current offering. We’re able to provide clients with Tubelite’s doors, frames and stock lengths on a just-in-time delivery for schools, hospitals, shopping centers, residential applications and other building projects.”

Tubelite’s systems and Wholesale Glass Distributors’ in-house technical and customer service staff also can help building project teams pursuing certification through the  U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™. All of Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. In addition to recycled content, Tubelite’s systems may contribute to LEED criteria in the areas of daylighting and views, thermal comfort and energy efficiency. Complementing these architectural aluminum products, Wholesale Glass also is a certified fabricator of PPG SolarBan® and Guardian SunGuard®.


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Tubelite hires Terry Britt to serve Indiana, Missouri, Illinois

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. named Terry Britt as a client development manager serving Indiana, eastern Missouri and central to southern Illinois. He works closely with glazing contractors and architects in this region to provide information on the company’s architectural aluminum products and their green building benefits.

Drawing from more than three decades of industry experience, Britt says, “I’m very impressed with the people at Tubelite, their strategic focus and the quality of their complete product line, from standard storefront to custom doors. It’s a great fit with my previous experience and sales territories. I’m excited to help my contacts and colleagues learn more about Tubelite’s offering.”

Britt began his career with PPG Industries’ Dayton, Ohio office in sales and project management. After 16 years, he joined Indiana-based Glasmont Corporation as an outside sales representative for architectural metals and glass product lines. In 1999, he transitioned this knowledge to Arch Aluminum and Glass Co., Inc., where he worked from Indianapolis as an outside sales representative and branch manager. He was named “Branch Manager of the Year” in 2005 and the branch ranked in the company’s top 10 for all 10 years of his employment.

In addition to his successful career, Britt’s education includes coursework at University of Dayton, Ohio; a degree in applied science from Sinclair Community College, Ohio; and many training and professional development programs. He also shares his knowledge at industry events, such as upcoming Glass Expo Midwest; as a church elder in his community; and as a coach of Bantam football and adult softball teams.

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Tubelite hires Tom Minnon as Eastern Regional Sales Manager

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. has named Tom Minnon as eastern region sales manager of the company’s architectural aluminum products, serving clients from Maine to Georgia. With nearly four decades of industry experience and many professional accreditations, Minnon regularly provides educational and consultative support to architects, buildings owners and glazing contractors.

Minnon’s experience in the fenestration industry includes architectural sales in natural daylighting applications, high-performance glazing, solar energy design and architectural aluminum glazing systems with Kalwall Corporation, Kawneer Company and YKK AP.

He earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) Certification. A resident of Derry, N.H., Minnon currently serves as chairperson on the Town Council’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee. He and his wife have completely remodeled their 30-year-old home to meet sustainable design criteria inside and outdoors, incorporating water efficiency and re-use, renewable energy and efficiency, as well as recycled and recyclable materials.

Minnon says he is impressed that all of Tubelite’s architectural products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems can contribute to projects pursuing certification through the USGBC’s LEED Rating Systems in the areas of daylighting and views, thermal comfort and energy efficiency, low-emitting materials and recycled content.

As members of the USGBC, Minnon and Tubelite share their knowledge through presentations and articles. Most recently, Minnon has been a speaker at Glass Expo Midwest, Glass TEXpo, and the Connecticut Glass Dealers Association. He also has presented at several chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).  In addition to speaking at CSI events, Minnon also is a CSI Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), CSI Certified Construction Products Representative (CCPR) and past president of the CSI New Hampshire Chapter.

Along with his professional accolades, Minnon studied aerospace engineering and industrial design at Atlanta’s Georgia Tech, and has a mechanical engineering degree from New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, N.H.

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Tubelite’s Entrance Systems Featured at Evie Garrett Dennis Campus

Denver Public Schools’ Evie Garrett Dennis Campus is a testament to the power of innovation, environmental responsibility and community support. The first facility in Denver Public Schools to attain Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® for Schools Rating System, it is one of the most efficient school facilities in the State of Colorado. Contributing to this achievement, the E-12 campus features Tubelite Inc.‘s entrance systems manufactured with recycled aluminum and eco-friendly finishes.
Located in the rapidly growing Green Valley Ranch area of northeast Denver, the campus will serve 1,700 students in three separate schools when complete. SOAR K-5 charter elementary school and a second campus of the Denver School of Science & Technology 6-12 charter school opened in September 2010. A third school, Vista Academy, is expected to open in Fall 2011. The campus is named after retired Denver Public Schools (DPS) Superintendent Dr. Evie Garrett Dennis, Denver’s first African-American superintendent.

The 35-acre campus hosts four separate buildings totaling 190,000 square feet. Intentionally designed to resemble a small college campus, the grounds include shared space in a new student union and new regional sports complex. The project’s design goals were created through a collaborative group process comprised of members of the Green Valley River community and led by project architects DLR Group.

Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability were important elements of the Evie Dennis campus‘ $43 million design. Two of the four buildings are classified as net zero-energy facilities. Aiding in this, the complex includes some of the newest technologies that reduce the need for energy and other natural resources.

Contributing to the campus’ sustainability goals and aesthetic appeal are entrance systems from Tubelite. Manufactured using EcoLuminum™, Tubelite’s high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. Tubelite formulated EcoLuminum’s standard billet composition to contain a minimum of 80% reclaimed aluminum. EcoLuminum’s recycled billet consumes 95% less energy to produce than that of standard, non-recycled billet.

In addition, Tubelite products using an eco-friendly anodize finish send 90% less waste to landfills than traditional anodizing. Painted finishes also can be specified, applied and controlled in an environmentally-effective manner to minimize, or even eliminate, volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These architectural-grade finishes, applied by Linetec, help minimize maintenance and further protect the entrance systems’ rigorous operation.

Engineered to withstand heavy use in schools, public buildings and other high-traffic areas, Tubelite’s T14000 Storefront and Monumental Wide Stile doors were selected by general contractor Saunders Construction and installed by glazing contractor Metropolitan Glass.

“We’ve worked with Tubelite for many years,” says Jim Lynch of Metropolitan Glass. “The promptness of their deliveries is reliable and important to us and to keeping the projects’ on schedule. The installation of the doors went smoothly and was on time.”

The doors’ durable tie-rod construction, five-inch-wide stiles, up to 10-inch-high bottom rails, and heavy-duty hardware meet the school’s performance requirements. The entrance systems’ sightlines complement the overall, architectural balance.

DLR Group’s design also incorporated extensive daylighting as a key strategy to lower utility costs. Wausau Window and Wall Systems® fixed and projected 2250 Series windows were specified to assist with maximizing natural light, outdoor views, natural ventilation and thermal performance. Additional sustainability features within the complex include geothermal heating and cooling, solar power, water conservation, materials with recycled content, enhanced indoor air quality, and optimized operational and maintenance practices.

Technology was also an important component of the Evie Dennis campus. Each classroom offers an interactive whiteboard, touch-screen TVs are scattered throughout the four main buildings, and computer network and Wi-Fi capabilities encourage campus-wide connectivity.

The campus was funded through a $454 million bond, the largest school construction bond in Colorado history. The project was completed ahead of schedule and approximately $6 million under budget, allowing Denver Public Schools to add another school building to the two schools originally planned. Planning for the complex was done in partnership with Denver-based homebuilder Oakwood Homes and the Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Evie Garrett Dennis Campus, 4800 Telluride Street, Denver, Colo.
* Owner: Denver Public Schools; Denver
* Architect: DLR Group; Denver, Colo.
* Contractor: Saunders Construction; Centennial, Colo.
* Developer: HC Development/Oakwood Homes; Denver
* Glazing contractor: Metropolitan Glass; Denver
* Entrance systems –  manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Mich.
* Entrance systems –  finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wis.

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Tubelite’s 3700 Series Windows Manufactured with Recycled Aluminum

Tubelite Inc. announces its 3700 Series window now are offered with aluminum extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes. Presenting the opportunity for natural ventilation, these operable windows are available as conventional, concealed and casement units. 
Operable windows offer a seasonal opportunity to reduce energy demands and consumption, while enhancing occupants’ comfort. Coupled with the benefits of maximizing daylight and views, resources with recycled content, Tubelite’s windows may contribute to projects seeking certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating Systems.

“Whether choosing casements; project-in or project-out vent designs — these windows are engineered to let fresh air into the building through a storefront or curtainwall system,” says Mary Olivier, Tubelite’s marketing manager. “The concealed vent design is virtually invisible from the outside of the building, with no visible frame.”

Special glazing pocket adapters allow the 3700 Series windows to be easily incorporated with Tubelite’s other framing systems. The aluminum for each profile extruded by Tubelite using EcoLuminum contains a minimum of 80% reclaimed aluminum. This incorporates a post-consumer content average of 34%. Special requests for even higher recycled content can be provided, up to and including meeting specifications requiring 100% reclaimed aluminum.

EcoLuminum consumes 95% less energy to produce than that of standard, non-recycled billet. In addition, Tubelite products finished in eco-friendly anodize send 90% less waste to landfills than traditional anodizing. Painted finishes also can be specified, applied and controlled in an environmentally-effective manner to minimize, or even eliminate, volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These architectural-grade finishes minimize maintenance and further protect the windows for reliable operation.

Tubelite’s 3700 Series windows are tested to meet, or exceed, the industry’s most stringent criteria for resisting air leakage, water penetration, forced-entry, while upholding structural integrity. Contributing to its architectural-grade and long lifecycles, these windows are fabricated using mitered corners and screw-spline frame joinery.

These durable, operable windows accommodate up to 1-inch glass thickness. Along with selecting glass that promotes energy-efficiency, the units may be specified with a thermal barrier for enhanced performance and comfort.

Extending occupants’ comfort, screens are available to keep out insects. Those with aluminum frames can be finished to match the windows’ framing. Screens also may be specified with optional wickets for easy access to handles and locks through the inset windows. Other hardware choices may be requested, such as roto-crank handles on casements.

Tubelite’s 3700 Series windows joins the company’s other energy-saving products offered with EcoLuminum, which include the Therml=Block insulated door and 300ES Curtainwall, the Max/Block™ daylight control sun shade system, and aLuminate™ light shelves. To learn more about Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems, please visit

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