07.13.10 Client News

Two new AIA/CES programs address integrated façade design

“Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design” and “Understanding U-Factors” are two new, educational presentations available through the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). Each of the courses are offered as one-hour, in-person presentations to architects through several providers: Harmon, Inc.; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

The AIA/CES courses’ integrated façade design recommendations, project examples and training draw on the technical expertise of all of these companies. Together, they offer the design community balanced and competitive solutions to meet the energy challenges of today’s commercial and institutional buildings.

1999 K St., D.C., photo by RainerViertlböck

1999 K St., D.C., photo by RainerViertlböck

Those who attend and successfully complete the “Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design” course will learn how to:
* Identify the key variables, components, and benefits of integrated façade design
* Analyze glazing by “daylight” types
* Discover how integrated façade design can create successful daylighting with greater than 30% window-to-wall ratio using performance-based design
* Describe appropriate window size and configuration for use with sun shades and light shelves

Those attending the “Understanding U-Factors” course will be instructed in:
* Identifying five attributes affecting window U-Factor
* Employing at least three design options to improve window U-Factor
* Differentiating between National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) testing and certification processes
* Drafting non-defective specification requirements for U-Factor
* Recognizing other important, energy-related window design factors

Participants receive 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for Health/Safety/Welfare and Sustainable Design (1.0 LU/HSW/SD) for each program. AIA-registered architects are required to earn a total of 18 LUs per calendar year to maintain their AIA membership. Of these, eight must be in Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) subjects. Sustainable Design (SD) is a subset of HSW. Four of the eight HSW LUs must meet the established SD guidelines for mandatory continuing education.

To request a presentation or other educational information, please contact:
* Harmon, one of the largest U.S. full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies, at 877-525-9566, info@harmoninc.com
* Tubelite, a leading manufacturer of architectural, extruded aluminum products with high recycled-content, at 800-866-2227, dependable@tubeliteinc.com
* Viracon, the leading fabricator of coated, high-performance architectural glass for global markets, at 800-533-2080, glass@viracon.com
* Wausau Window and Wall Systems, an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems, at 877-678-2983, info@wausauwindow.com

Harmon, Inc.; Tubelite Inc.; Viracon, Inc.; and Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Inc. are part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a publicly held, U.S. corporation.


05.28.10 Client News

Cyndy Workman-Snow named as Wausau’s representative serving New Mexico, Utah and Colorado

Wausau Window and Wall Systems named Cyndy Workman-Snow as its architectural sales representative in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Workman-Snow supports architects and design teams, general and specialty contractors, as well as owners and developers of commercial building projects.

Based in Denver, Workman-Snow says, “At this time, we see many opportunities in the region to provide high-performance window and curtainwall systems for health care, government and institutional construction, as well as renovation projects. Energy-performance and other green building goals are especially important to those who design, construct and manage these facilities and to the local communities who use them.”

Demonstrating her commitment to environmentally-responsible design and building, Workman-Snow belongs to the U.S. Green Building Council and is pursuing LEED accreditation. She recently joined the Construction Specifications Institute. Locally, she has served as a long-time member of the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association.

Prior to her new role with Wausau, Workman-Snow served as a senior sales representative for glazing contractor Harmon, Inc.‘s Denver office. During her five years at Harmon, she was involved with several projects featuring Wausau’s systems including window renovations for student residence towers at the University of Denver.

Workman-Snow studied at the University of Houston‘s College of Architecture, but says that she “was born into the glazing industry” through her father’s curtainwall consultancy in Houston, Texas. She went on to work for Shelton Greer in Houston. In the 1980s, Workman-Snow moved to Colorado and took a drafting position with RPS, followed by a similar position with Elward Construction, and later, A-1 Glass, Inc.

Download a PDF of the full news release by clicking here.

04.20.10 Client News

Bradley Austin named Harmon, Inc. president

Harmon, Inc., one of the largest U.S. full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies, today announced its new president, Bradley J. Austin, previously senior vice president, sales and marketing for Viracon, a leading fabricator of coated, high-performance architectural glass for global markets. Austin reports to Russell Huffer, chairman and chief executive officer of Apogee Enterprises, parent company of both Harmon, Inc. and Viracon.

“Brad brings more than 30 years commercial construction expertise to Harmon,” said Huffer. “He is a well-respected architectural glass industry leader, who has been instrumental in Viracon’s growth and positioning as the leading value-added glass fabricator. His industry expertise will contribute to Harmon’s competitiveness, especially in the energy-efficient green building sector, and he is a motivating manager who will help Harmon weather today’s challenging markets and grow and thrive when our markets rebound. He will focus on leveraging Harmon resources and Apogee synergies within the commercial construction industry.”

Brad Austin

Brad Austin

Austin’s leadership team at Harmon includes Chad Hoffmann, vice president, operations, and Robby Sauls, vice president, contract sales.

Austin joined Viracon in 1978 and has spent his career helping the organization better meet customer glass needs. He started in field sales working directly with customers on design assistance, budget and return on investment costing, specification writing and as the liaison between the architect, Viracon and the glazing contractor. In 1985, Austin was named director of architectural sales, where he was responsible for the inside sales and technical service departments. He was later named vice president and general manager of Marcon Coatings, another Apogee company, for 18 months before returning to Viracon to lead domestic, international field and inside sales, as well as marketing, technical services and research and development as senior vice president.

Austin holds a bachelors degree in economics and business from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn. He has completed advanced training in coatings technology with Airco; sales and management training with Xerox school; attended the Minnesota Management Institute with the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management; and completed course work at the University of Michigan. He also has completed the Apogee Lean Six Sigma Champion, Green Belt and Black Belt training. In addition, Austin was on the Glass Association of North America board from 2005 to 2010, serving as president from 2008 to 2009 and immediate past president from 2009 to 2010.

02.14.10 Client News

UMMA celebrates art, architecture, academics and 190,000 visitors since it re-opened one year ago

This March, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) will celebrate its one-year anniversary since the reopening of the expanded facility. The institution doubled the size of its space and ushered a new transparency that forges connections within the artistic, educational and local communities.

Previously, the 1908 Alumni Memorial Hall served as the museum’s home to 19,000 artworks representing 150 years of collecting by the University of Michigan. The existing, Beaux-Arts, 41,000-square-foot building was originally designed by Donaldson and Meier Architects. This was completely renovated and integrated within the new, contemporary, 53,000-square-foot addition. UMMA

Skanska USA Building Inc. began construction in Autumn 2006 on the centerpiece of the new museum. The Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing is named in honor of its lead benefactors. In spite of the down economy, the University was able to generate more than 90 percent of the $41.9 million building and renovation budget through private donations.

The new Frankel Wing opens onto State Street and the Diag, which symbolically and physically places it at the intersection of campus and community. Designed by Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Ore., the firm describes the project as “three, cantilevered, structural arms pinwheel[ing] around a triple height vertical gallery, unfolding outward toward campus and uniting the building in plan and section. … The vertical gallery provides views toward each of the three arms, orienting the visitor with glimpses into the varied collections galleries on all levels.”

The Frankel Wing presents a light-filled expanse of galleries, classrooms, museum store and 225-seat auditorium. The 12,000-square-foot, 40- to 60-foot-high, custom, cantilevered curtainwall that frames UMMA’s new gallery were engineered, supplied and installed by Harmon, Inc. Harmon also installed additional, high thermal performance, storefront curtainwall. To achieve the high performance, this storefront system features Viracon‘s VE13-2M glass with a warm edge spacer. Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided the aluminum-framed system, which was finished by Linetec.

“The curtainwall is like a piece of art in itself, like a transparent canvas draped from the exterior,” says Dave DeBettignies, regional sales manager for Wausau. “The system was custom-engineered to accommodate the museum’s specific loads and long spans. Like many museums, interior humidity is kept high to prevent damage to art on display. In a cold climate, like Ann Arbor, this high ambient humidity can cause condensation or frost to form on standard curtainwall framing.”

DeBettignies continues, “Wausau’s HP-Wall was chosen for its industry-leading condensation resistance, keeping interior surface temperatures above dew point under design winter nighttime conditions. Since it’s introduction more than 10 years ago, HP-Wall has been used in art museums and hospitals throughout the northern tier of states. When necessary, HP-Wall also readily accepts high-performance triple insulating glass infill of varying thickness. The blue-green glass used on UMMA’s curtainwall also allows the casual person passing by to peak inside and see some of the pieces on display.”

When the new wing was still under construction, UMMA Director James Steward shared his thoughts on the project’s complexities: “The exigencies of what I often characterize as the Frankel Wing’s ‘warm minimalism’ mean that the variances in construction — the degree of ‘wiggle room,’ if you will, that is possible in fitting a window or a metal detail — are incredibly small, requiring exceptional skill and on-the-job ingenuity on the part of our contractors and craftspeople. Carefully selected paint colors that look great when tested have to be refined once subjected to the varying natural and artificial light conditions of both a century-old historic landmark and a new piece of modernist construction.”

The museum’s glass, aluminum and limestone exterior expresses the intended architectural vision, bridging the historic and modern structures. University of Michigan’s historic preservation guidelines suggest that additions to historic structures “be stylistically distinct from the original.” In other words, there should be a clear declaration where the “old” ends and the “new” begins. While distinctive in its design, the Frankel Wing is scaled in proportion to the Alumni Hall, honors the uniform setback along State Street, and uses construction materials and tones that fit with the surrounding buildings.

Steward added, “…in an age of many new museum buildings and expansions, scrutiny both to the broad brushstroke issues of design and to the details of both design and execution is exceptionally high. Especially when a building is, like ours, intended to be both a thing of beauty on its own terms and a highly functional ‘container’ for art and educational and social experience, success or failure is often to be found in the details that ultimately help shape the behaviors and experiences that will take place within.”

UMMAEncouraging such positive experiences, Steward later emphasized, “The aim is to create a ‘town square’ for the arts, and in doing so become one of the most dynamic university museums in the country.”

Realizing this goal, UMMA has hosted more than 190,000 visitors since it reopened last Spring. Along with the praise from its academic community of 70,000, the refreshed facility also has earned design awards from the American Institute of Architects’ chapters in Portland, New York and Detroit.

UMMA’s 19,000 artworks include paintings by Monet, Picasso and pieces from the Tiffany Collection. Before the addition, approximately three percent of the entire collection was on view. This has increased to 10 percent with pieces rotating from storage and into the galleries.

Download a PDF of the full success story by clicking here and see Wausau’s online Green Building section for more educational facility project examples and resources.

Client News 7/1/09

Orlando’s greenest building — Reliable Plaza — relies on Harmon’s Florida “Green Team”

Harmon, Inc.’s “Green Team” is helping Florida building owners achieve the benefits of daylighting, energy-efficiency and other environmental goals for their properties and their tenants. Exemplifying this, Harmon’s contract glazing and glass services specialists recently applied their knowledge and skills to support Reliable Plaza — Orlando Utility Commissions’ (OUC’s) new customer and administrative center — in becoming one of the city’s greenest buildings.

Reliable Plaza opened in November 2008 and has since hosted such notable visitors as Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Central Florida chapter president of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Christina Webb. Last year, the building received the Orange County Design Excellence Award from the Orange County Urban Design Commission. In March 2009, it was honored with a “Best of the Best” award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties’ Central Florida chapter.

This 10-story facility at 100 West Anderson Street was designed by Baker Barrios Architects Inc. With an estimated construction value of $40 million, the project was built by Skanska USA Building Inc., in joint venture with JCB Construction, to meet the Gold-level requirements for USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Rating System™. It is expected to be the first building in Orlando to achieve this rating, and the first building in Florida to which Harmon, a USGBC member, has contributed to earning a LEED certification.

Working closely with the architectural and construction firms plus TLC Engineering, Harmon’s Contract glazing staff focused on providing an energy-efficient exterior that withstands Florida’s demanding environmental conditions. Dave Brasch, Harmon’s general manager for the Orlando office, explains, “The façade is clad with 60,000 square feet of our proprietary unitized curtainwall system in three designs: There are areas that are fully captured; areas that are two-sided, vertical structural glazed; and areas that are four-sided structural glazed.”

Brasch notes that Harmon’s unitized system for OUC “is a thermally improved system coupled with clear, low-E high-performance glass for shading and U-value, which is very important to achieving the LEED criteria. The spandrel glass is quarter-inch ceramic frit. The vision glass is one-inch Oldcastle Glass® solar-control SunGlass™, which was labeled ‘proprietary spec’ by the architect and they would accept no substitutions.” Providing further solar control, Harmon also provided and installed horizontal and vertical sun shades.

From the exterior through Reliable Plaza’s interior offices, Harmon’s glazing specialists worked with Commercial Design Services Inc. of Altamonte Springs, Fla. to carry through the green design intentions, high-performance considerations and long-term durability of low-maintenance materials. Harmon’s Glass Services‘ crews installed 640 pieces of clear, laminated glass, also supplied by Oldcastle, for office partitions. “The clear glass allows natural light to be utilized, while reducing energy from heat and HVAC systems,” says Harmon’s sales representative, Tanna Cuff.

“Together, these efficiencies not only can reduce energy consumption, but also reduce the associated green house gas emissions,” explains Michele Eggenberger, national account sales manager for Harmon’s Glass Services division and leader of the company’s “Green Team.”

“Windows, doors and other glass features play a key role in contributing to a fully functional building system that offers daylight and views, which have been connected to higher employee satisfaction, retention and productivity,” adds Eggenberger. “Our staff works with building owners and managers seeking to optimize their properties for energy efficiency and long, low-maintenance lifecycles with products and practices that respect their environment and their tenants. For some owners and managers, this includes seeking LEED or other green building certifications. For others, this means ensuring that tenants enjoy the most comfortable, highest performing, best looking workplaces. For OUC’s Reliable Plaza, it meant all of the above.”

“When the Department of Transportation needed the OUC garage for the expressway expansion, we were faced with the challenge of replacing a facility that had been OUC’s home for 40 years,” OUC Board President Katie Porta said. “We saw the need for a new building as an opportunity — an opportunity to improve convenience for our customers and set the standard for future energy and water efficient buildings in Central Florida.”

According to OUC, it uses 28% less energy and 40% less water than a similar facility built to standard building codes. Reliable Plaza also has earned a Florida Water Star certification, which is a voluntary program for new and existing construction that encourages water efficiency in appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes.

In addition to its high-performance glazing systems, Reliable Plaza’s green features include:

  • A rooftop array of 144 solar photovoltaic panels that generate up to 32 kw hours of electricity
  • Four solar thermal panels to produce hot water
  • High-efficiency glass and daylight sensitive lighting
  • Highly reflective roofing and covered parking to reduce heat absorption
  • Raised flooring for more efficient cooling and heating
  • A 30,000-gallon cistern to collect rainwater for on-site irrigation
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping
  • Low-flow plumbing and water fixtures
  • Bicycle racks and preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles

Public transit also is used by many of the more than 12,000 customers and 300 employees that arrive Reliable Plaza each month. The second largest municipal utility in Florida, OUC provides electric and water services to more than 254,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola, Fla.

Orlando Utility Commissions’ Reliable Plaza

About Harmon, Inc.
Harmon, Inc. services the entire lifecycle of the building’s glazed exterior — from new construction to repair and replacement to renovation. The company’s dedicated, experienced team works in partnership with owners, architects, consultants, contractors and suppliers to provide a full range of glass services that shape the nation’s urban landscape. The company provides these services as part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., a publicly held, international corporation (Nasdaq: APOG). For more information on Harmon, Inc., please call 763-287-4900.

Client News 3/27/09

Harmon, Inc.’s Minneapolis Glass Services – news release:

Harmon’s Glass Services’ “Green Team” Endorses BOMA 7-Point Challenge in Minneapolis