Tubelite names Sage Architectural Products as sales representative in Texas

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. announces that Sage Architectural Products, LLC of Austin, Texas, will serve the state’s central and southern region. As manufacturer’s representatives, the firm will provide Tubelite’s clients with storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems for commercial building needs.

As the owners of Sage Architectural Products, Todd and Kim Joubert share nearly 30 years of experience in architectural products, specializing in fenestration products for the commercial building sector. “We are impressed with Tubelite’s product selection, quality and service, and its financial strength and stability,” says Todd Joubert.

Prior to beginning their own business, they worked with ACE Glass Co., Inc., a specialty glazing contractor in Little Rock, Ark. Todd Joubert began his career in 1984 with Vistawall. He later worked with U.S. Aluminum and Efco, where he held the title of vice president of sales and marketing for each company.

Sharing their knowledge and experience, Sage Architectural Products provides educational and consultative support to architects, buildings owners and glazing contractors. The company regularly presents continuing education seminars for members of American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The Jouberts are members of the Texas Society of Architects/AIA, AIA Austin and Austin CSI, and Todd also is certified as a CSI Construction Documents Technologist (CDT).

The work of Sage Architectural Products in south and central Texas is supported by Tubelite’s new office and team in Dallas, and by Mike Efeney, who covers clients in north Texas and Oklahoma. To learn more about Tubelite’s products and connect with its representatives, please visit http://www.tubeliteinc.com.

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Tubelite expands into South Carolina and Texas

Walker, Mich. — As part of its planned market expansion, Tubelite Inc. has opened two offices in South Carolina and Texas and added five, experienced personnel to its team. Both locations are fully operational to support clients’ needs for storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems. These offices also extend support for the markets Tubelite already serves through increased sales representation in Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia, as well as South Texas.

“Expanding to serve clients in these markets has been part of our long-term strategic plan. This thoughtful approach has positioned us for growth and helped us attract knowledgeable, talented people who deliver the high service levels to our clients,” says Mary Avery, Tubelite’s vice president of marketing.

She continues, “Our reputation for dependability is not only embodied by our employees, client services representatives and distributors, it is integral to every aspect of our business — from our factory-controlled extrusion presses and eco-friendly finishing, to lead times that are typically half of the industry average, to our Damage Free Guarantee delivery.”

Avery notes that all of Tubelite’s personnel may be reached through the toll-free national phone number at 800-866-2227. A map of local representatives and distributors also is available online at www.tubeliteinc.com.

Serving Tubelite’s clients from the new office in Mesquite, Texas:

* Tony Evans, client services manager — He most recently worked as U.S. Aluminum’s engineering products manager. Prior to this, he worked for 23 years with Vistawall as its national products manager and director of client services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Iowa.

* Cynthia Waller, client services representative and estimator — She has served in similar roles at U.S. Aluminum, YKK and Oldcastle. She earned an associate’s degree from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, and a bachelor’s from the University of North Texas.

Serving Tubelite’s clients from the new office in Rock Hill, S.C.:

* Kenny Skaggs, client services representative — For more than 15 years, he worked in the inside sales and customer service department at U.S. Aluminum. He earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

* Scott Marquess, estimator — He also worked at U.S. Aluminum and draws from 22 years as the estimating manager and inside sales manager. He graduated with a bachelor’s from Troy University in Alabama.

* Adam Swofford, estimator — Working in the glass and architectural industry for 12 years, he most recently served as estimator for U.S. Aluminum. He holds a Bachelor of Science industrial management from Clemson University in South Carolina.

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SVSU Pioneer Hall Achieve Acclaim, LEED

Walker, Mich. — Saginaw Valley State University‘s Pioneer Hall continues to draw praise from students, staff and the surrounding community. Not only was Pioneer Hall the first “green” building on the Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) campus, it was also the first project in the northeastern and mid-Michigan areas to earn Silver certification under the LEED® Green Building Rating System™, thanks in part to curtainwall units manufactured by Tubelite Inc.

Originally built in 1977, Pioneer Hall houses SVSU’s science, engineering and technology colleges. At less than 46,000 square feet, the building was badly in need of additional space to accommodate a growing student body. In late 2005, SVSU officials made the decision to expand and renovate the building.

Led by the architectural firm Wigen, Tincknell Meyer & Associates and general contractor Spence Brothers, the $16 million project began in 2006 and was completed the following year. Pioneer Hall’s 30,000-square -foot addition melded state-of-the-art laboratories, offices and gathering spaces into the building’s existing footprint. The renovation included upgrading materials in both of the building’s two floors and redesigning the layout of the teaching, learning and administrative spaces to take advantage of the natural light provided by the window and curtainwall systems.

Glazing contractor Calvin & Co, Inc. installed Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall. Designed for low- and mid-rise applications, the curtainwall’s aluminum framing is manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. The system’s recycled content, high-performance glass for optimized energy performance and thermal comfort, regionally manufactured materials, daylight and views, and low-maintenance, clear anodize finish all contributed toward the building’s sustainability goals and LEED Silver certification.

“It [LEED] is definitely the way construction is going. It means we’re all thinking about the environment in the construction process,” Michael Pazdro, SVSU’s project manager, told the Saginaw News.

Recognizing the design and building team’s efforts, Pioneer Hall was honored in the Environmental Category by the Michigan chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America with a 2008 Build Michigan Award.

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Pioneer Hall; Saginaw Valley State University; 7400 Bay Road University Center, Saginaw, Mich.
Owner: Saginaw Valley State University; Saginaw, Mich.
Architect: Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates; Saginaw, Mich.
General contractor: Spence Brothers; Saginaw, Mich.
Glazing contractor: Calvin & Com., Inc.; Flint, Mich.
Curtainwall system – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Mich.
Curtainwall system – glass fabricator: PPG Industries; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Curtainwall system – aluminum finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wis.
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Introducing ForceFront Blast Curtainwall and Entry Door

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite announces ForceFront™ Blast curtainwall and entry door systems are now available for high-security projects seeking blast hazard mitigation in low- and mid-rise applications.

Providing complementary performance, aesthetics and environmental attributes, Tubelite’s ForceFront curtainwall and entry door 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.

For projects in need of blast hazard mitigation, ForceFront Blast products are designed for compliance with ASTM International standard F1642-04, the U.S. General Services Administration Interagency Security Committee (GSA/ISC) security design criteria and U.S. Department of Defense Unified Facilities Criteria (DoD UFC) 4-010-01 requirements. The products are tested to meet blast performance of 6 psi peak pressure at 42 psi-msec impulse.

“This new system will complement our current product offering in many of our geographic areas with a high count of governmental buildings, such as the Virginia/D.C. area, the Carolinas and Texas,” says Tubelite’s marketing manager, Mary Olivier.

Tubelite’s ForceFront Blast entry doors feature durable tie-rod construction, 6-inch-wide stiles and heavy-duty hardware. A single door measures 3-feet-wide and 7-feet-high. A 5.5-inch back member reinforces the curtainwall system’s structural performance. The systems include nominal one-inch insulated glazing with a SentryGlas® Plus Interlayer. Dry glazing and sealing can be completed at the jobsite and a variety of anchor options are available to ease installation.

In addition to Tubelite’s new ForceFront Blast curtainwall and entry door systems, all of its products are manufactured using EcoLuminum. These include: energy-efficient Therml=Block™ entrancesstandard doorswindowsstorefront and curtainwall; and Max/Block™ sun shade and aLuminate™ light shelf daylight control systems.

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Tubelite Names Glaz-Tech as Distributor in Idaho, Utah

Walker, Mich. — Tubelite Inc. announced Glaz-Tech Industries, Inc., has been named as a distributor for the company’s architectural aluminum products, serving clients in Idaho and Utah.

Headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., Glaz-Tech is a wholesale supplier and manufacturer of energy-efficiency glass and aluminum products. Operating across the southwestern states for more than 20 years, the company now offers Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylight control systems.

“Glaz-Tech has made a commitment to offer, mainly ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ products. We are fortunate to have customers who see value in this,” says Gordon Clark, Glaz-Tech’s general manager. He adds, “When working with Tubelite, I feel as though we are on common ground, a team. Quality and service is what I appreciate the most.”

All of Tubelite’s quality, architectural products are manufactured using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally-friendly finishes. In addition to recycled content, Tubelite’s systems and services can help building project teams pursuing certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™ in the areas of daylighting and views, thermal comfort and energy efficiency.

To learn more about Tubelite’s distributors, please visit www.tubeliteinc.com. For specific information on Glaz-Tech Industries, Inc., please see www.glaztech.com.

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