06.17.10 Client News

Steve Seeling joins Tubelite as client development manager

Tubelite Inc. has hired Steve Seeling, CDT, as a client development manager representing the company’s architectural aluminum products. In this role, he assists commercial building teams in Nebraska, Kansas, western Missouri and Arkansas.

Seeling draws from three decades of experience in helping owners, designers and installers select windows, entrances, storefronts and curtainwall systems. Most recently, he worked at Traco as an architectural sales representative with a similar territory. Throughout his career, he has contributed to dozens of educational health care, hospitality and historically-significant projects in the region, including facilities at the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and the University of Nebraska.

In addition to his new position with Tubelite, he also serves as an architectural sales representative for Wausau Window and Wall Systems. “Tubelite and Wausau’s products complement each other to offer customers a full range of performance choices for their building envelope,” says Seeling. “Working exclusively with these two companies, I’ll specialize in premium fenestration products; ones that add value through energy efficiency, distinguished style and dependability. When customers understand their options, they can make better-informed decisions to ensure the correct product for their application.”

As an example, Seeling notes that Tubelite and Wausau’s products contribute to customers’ green goals such as 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. Many products also are available with high thermal performance to support buildings’ energy-efficient operations. “Along with the right products, Tubelite and Wausau provide educational programs to help architects increase their knowledge of the total, integrated façade,” says Seeling.

A graduate of Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., Seeling earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He continues his professional development with industry associations such as Construction Specifications Institute, through which he successfully completed the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) program.
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06.10.10 Client News

Tubelite adds Mike Efeney as architectural sales representative in North Texas

Mike Efeney joins Tubelite Inc. representing the company’s architectural aluminum products in northern Texas and Oklahoma.

Located near Dallas in Rockwall, Texas, Efeney shares educational and technical information on Tubelite’s contribution to green goals such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™. Among green buildings’ goals are energy-efficiency and recycled materials.

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. Tubelite’s EcoLuminum contains a minimum of 80% reclaimed aluminum.

Efeney is well-versed in LEED criteria and other green building guidelines. Most recently, he worked as a sales manager with Armstrong World Industries, Inc.’s Ceilings – Architectural Specialties. While there, he was responsible for high-end wood and metal products, as well as coordination for nine local representatives serving Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Drawing from nearly 20 years of experience in architectural product sales, the majority of Efeney’s career has been in the glass and glazing industry. After graduating from the University of North Texas, he began working with U.S. Aluminum. He quickly moved from assisting with the customer installation program into territorial sales serving Georgia.

From there, he accepted a position with Vistawall as territory sales manager for North Texas and western Oklahoma. He continued to grow sales and develop strong customer relationships, leading to his eventual role as district sales manager with responsibilities for four local sales representatives, major projects in the southern states, and architectural consultations.

Efeney, his employers and their clients have contributed to such notable projects as the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, American Airlines Center in Dallas, Love Field Airport renovation in Dallas, Tulsa Convention Center in Oklahoma and the renovation of Oklahoma City’ Will Rogers World Airport.

Throughout Efeney’s professional path, he has been an active member of the Texas Glass Association and the Construction Specifications Institute. Also a husband, father and avid cyclist, he enjoys sharing his passion for sports and the outdoors with this family.
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06.08.10 Association News

AAMA Announces Five Scholarship Award Winners

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) celebrates 10 years of furthering the careers and educations of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding five scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. This is the ninth consecutive year that these scholarships have been awarded. The scholarship award winners were announced at the 2010 AAMA National Summer Conference, held June 6-9 in Oak Brook (Chicago), Ill.

“We’re proud to recognize many accomplished students each year who have worked hard to achieve their educational goals in pursuit of a career in architecture, engineering and related fields,” stated Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “There is great value in supporting these students at a formative time in their education so that they can later make important contributions through their work in the building products industry.”

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the program, past winners were recognized during the association’s National Summer Conference. Past scholarship winners are now working in a variety of fields including construction management, architecture, medicine and engineering.

The AAMA Scholarship Program offers families of employees of AAMA member companies the opportunity to obtain financial aid for higher education in pursuit of a degree in an engineering or technical field relating to the building products industry. The scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000. Applicants are judged on grade point average, college entrance exam scores, and a 500-word essay. Eligible candidates must be high school seniors or college students, who are children of employees of AAMA member companies in good standing.

In addition to these national awards, AAMA member companies have the opportunity to participate in the Scholarship Partner Program in conjunction with the AAMA Scholarship Program to provide a scholarship opportunity for children of their own employees.

For more information on AAMA Scholarship Programs, contact Evy Lipecka, AAMA membership coordinator.

A full news release announcing all of the 2010 scholarship recipients is available online at AAMA’s online news room.

06.08.10 Client News

Auraria Science Building blends beauty, technology to achieve LEED-Gold

Science and beauty don’t often intersect, but when they do, the results can be stunning, or joyous, or artful: all of which have been used to describe the recently opened Auraria Science Building. Contributing to the structure’s praise-worthy façade design, glazing contractor J.R. Butler and Wausau Window and Wall Systems supported the building’s energy-efficient performance and Gold-level requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Rating System™.

J.R. Butler - Alpine Light Pictures Inc.

J.R. Butler - Alpine Light Pictures Inc.

The newest addition to Denver’s Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC), the $120 million Auraria Science Building opened in September 2009 as a premiere teaching facility for students from the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver. The existing Science Building was built in the early 1970s and is being renovated for an anticipated re-opening this autumn. Since the ’70s when the original science building opened, the Auraria Campus has grown 250%. The renovated structure will be united with the newly-constructed building to accommodate students in all three institutions and multiple programs.

Positioned at the campus’ main entrance, the east side of the new, four-story, 197,000-square-foot Science Building faces one of the busiest roads leading in and out of downtown Denver. Rather than shut the public out, the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows invite passers-by to peek inside. The views provided by the glass façade are intentional. In addition to serving as a highly rated educational facility, campus administrators also wanted the building to serve as a gateway, physically and visually connecting the Auraria campus to the greater Denver community.

In an interview with the Denver Post, the Science Building’s principal architect, David Pfeifer of AndersonMasonDale, said transparency was an important to the building’s design and function: “It is unmistakable that high-tech science education and research is occurring in the heart of the city.”

Views and light play an important part in setting the building’s transparent look and feel. From the east, those walking and driving by see into the building’s interior with walls painted in vivid shades of oranges, greens and blues. The building’s exposed vents, pipes and ductwork enhance its modern feel. Those inside the building enjoy abundant natural light, maximized by soffits that pull the interior walls away from the window system.

On the other sides of the building’s unique “7”-shaped design, the generous use of glass offer students and staff an unobstructed view of green spaces and other campus buildings. A shared lobby, hallways and other public access points connect the new building to the campus’ older, three-story science building.

Auraria - Sincere/Duncan Studios

Auraria - Sincere/Duncan Studios

Working with general contractor Haselden | Barton Malow, glazing contractor J.R. Butler selected Wausau as its supplier for the high-performance curtainwall and window systems. “Wausau was able to provide a complete package with its SuperWall for the new building and storefront and ribbon wall for the renovation project. The new construction portion used approximately 45,000 square feet of Wausau’s systems and Viracon’s glass,” says Marc Butler, president of J.R. Butler.  “We also used Lean manufacturing and scheduling, which turned out to be an important aspect in meeting the general contractor’s schedule.”

He explains, “Material management and installation requires careful coordination, especially when working in the field during the dead of winter. We rely on a just-in-time delivery to keep pace with the quick construction schedules. When schedules change, it can be difficult to make adjustments.”

J.R. Butler - Alpine Light Pictures Inc.

J.R. Butler - Alpine Light Pictures Inc.

Working with the Lean principals and tools, with which both Wausau and Viracon are familiar, J.R. Butler was able to shift its attention from the building’s south elevation to the north elevation. “This meant that we could close-in the building’s northwest exposure, protecting it from the majority of winter storms. The general contractor was thrilled that we could accommodate their request and stick to the same, overall timeframe.”

Kevin Robbins, Wausau’s regional sales manager, was confident that Wausau’s products could exceed the project’s rigorous specifications, as well as meet J.R. Butler’s fast-paced schedule. “Thanks to the efficiencies of our Advantage by Wausau offering, we were able to provide the SuperWall system in just three weeks,” says Robbins. “In the past, a system like this could easily take eight to 10 weeks. Cutting the lead-time that dramatically opens up all kinds of opportunities. For Butler, this allowed their glazing team to unitize the system in their shop and quickly install the pre-assembled units on site.”

In addition to meeting the project’s construction timeline and aesthetic needs, Wausau’s SuperWall system’s high-performance glazing and thermal barrier framing systems contribute toward energy efficiency. Wausau’s 7250 Series system was specified with Viracon‘s VNE 1-63, neutral low-e glass “Given the project’s green goals, this was an important factor in the Science Building’s material selection,” notes Robbins.

The insulating, thermal barrier system was applied by Linetec, as was the aluminum framing’s finish. “The architect choose a custom, Extra Dark Bronze anodize, which is a hard finish to match,” says Butler. “Because Linetec finished all of the SuperWall, storefront and ribbon wall systems, we knew that we’d have a consistent look from one framing member to the next, and across both the new and renovated buildings.”

Linetec’s eco-friendly anodize also contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Using low-VOC paints and materials, assisted in achieving the LEED criteria. Some of Auraria Science Building’s other LEED credit-worthy, features include:
* Manufacturing materials regionally, 20% of which were produced within 500 miles
* Diverting 75% of construction waste from landfills
* Maintaining good air-quality measures during construction
* Installing energy-saving, occupancy sensors for interior lighting

Technology is found throughout the building, which houses everything from a cadaver lab and research spaces to a student lounge and coffee bar. The Science Building’s lab rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art classroom technology including laptop projectors and lectern cabinets with cameras, built-in laptop connections, Internet ports and other features.

Download a PDF of the full success story by clicking here.

Wausau will be exhibiting at AIA Expo2010 in booth #2553.

06.07.10 Association News

AAMA Launches Newly Redesigned Website Showcasing Updated Content and Improved Ease of Navigation

The newly redesigned American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) website was launched today, and is accessible at www.aamanet.org. The association states that a main objective in redesigning the website was increasing ease of navigation to ensure that users can effortlessly take advantage of the vast information AAMA has to offer.

“Updating the AAMA website was a priority initiative, as we think it’s vitally important for our members to have quick and easy access to necessary information that is useful for their business and customers,” stated Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “Additionally, the website was designed to be a resource for other groups, such as homeowners, contractors, and those seeking information on fenestration products or the building products industry.”

According to Angela Dickson, AAMA marketing manager, the site menu navigation has been improved to include menu items for products, materials, codes and resources. New “hot buttons” on the home page, as well as on all pages throughout the site, direct users to the AAMA Publication Store, the AAMA Certified Products Directory and other frequently-accessed pages within the site. The overall design scheme of the website has also been updated, and each audience segment has a distinct branding and color scheme in order to easily differentiate between sections.

“In addition to improving ease of use, website content is customized for the various audience segments who will be visiting the site,” stated Dickson. “The informational needs of an AAMA member company differ from those of a homeowner seeking information on window selection and media representatives searching for news stories. Tailoring content to each individual audience segment ensures that all site users can easily locate information most relevant to their needs.”

Featured news stories will now appear on the AAMA home page, as well as tailored news content for each audience segment. Industry and AAMA news stories, as well as notifications of updates to the site, are available through RSS feeds.

In conjunction with the overall website redesign, changes have also been made to the AAMA e-News, the association’s monthly e-newsletter which contains news items related to AAMA and the work of AAMA task groups, committees and councils. View the newly updated site at www.aamanet.org.
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06.04.10 Association News

AAMA/WDMA Industry Review and Forecast Available; Predicts Industry Trends

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have jointly released the updated 2009/2010 AAMA/WDMA U.S. Market Studies. The study profiles the U.S. market for both residential and commercial windows and doors, including separate analysis for windows, patio doors, interior doors, exterior doors and commercial products in both new and replacement applications. The U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast of the window, door, skylight and curtain wall market trends and product relationships includes historic data for 2004-2009 in addition to forecast data for 2010 through 2013, based on projections of construction activity.

According to the market study data, the demand for residential windows is expected to rebound in 2010 as new construction activity finally begins to recover from record low levels. A somewhat tepid forecasted recovery in 2010 will be followed by multiple years of increased growth.

Residential skylights also experienced a decline in recent years, driven by the downturn in new construction and remodeling activity. As builders looked for ways to cut costs, more discretionary products like skylights saw a significant decline in most home construction categories. For 2010, the market is expected to improve slightly. Sustained growth is likely to occur through 2013 at close to double digit rates as the market looks to slowly return towards long-term averages.

The downturn in new construction starts also had an impact on the residential door market as unit volume decreased in 2009 and will remain stagnant in 2010. Nonresidential door volumes have also decreased in 2009 reflecting the slowdown in nonresidential construction activity. A weak outlook for 2010 is expected to force steep declines in 2010 before flattening out in 2011.

As for window usage in commercial construction, non-residential glazing fell by 19 percent in 2009, with declines across all categories. Looking forward, the market is forecast to decline by an even greater amount in 2010 due to the sharp drop in nonresidential contract awards. Growth is expected to resume in 2012 and is forecast to increase over 2011 levels.

Further and more detailed information on residential and commercial window, door and skylight markets is contained in the 2009/2010 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights (released in May 2010). The full volume of market studies includes this report, as well as the following additional reports that can be ordered separately. AAMA/WDMA U.S. Market Studies includes all of the items listed below.

* AAMA/WDMA U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast summarizes residential, non-residential and remodeling trends from government and industry sources.

* AAMA/WDMA U.S. Industry Channel Distribution Report profiles the residential and non-residential market for windows and doors as it flows through the identified distribution channels.

* AAMA/WDMA U.S. Industry Market Size Report quantifies residential and non-residential market volumes, both historic and projected.

* AAMA/WDMA U.S. Market Installation Practices and Procedures Report compiles the results of a special research effort to evaluate installation products and procedures.

* AAMA/WDMA U.S. Industry Regional Statistical Review and Forecast details information for 11 individual regions.

The AAMA/WDMA U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast is available for purchase from both AAMA and WDMA at www.aamanet.org and www.wdma.com.
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06.02.10 Client News

Wausau will be exhibiting at AIA Expo2010 in booth #2553

More than 20 Wausau products labeled by NFRC

Nearly all of Wausau Window and Wall Systems‘ standard window products are listed in the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) Certified Products Directory. NFRC thermal performance labels are available for each of these architectural-class products, including seven operable and fixed window types, sliding glass doors and unitized curtainwall.

Wausau’s NFRC-labeled window products are included in the Advantage by Wausau line of competitively priced, high-performance, standard products. Advantage by Wausau meets the energy-efficiency concerns and fast pace of construction timelines for buildings such as schools and universities, hospitals and health care facilities, justice centers and government offices.

With consideration to building projects’ performance, NFRC labels are based on overall unit U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). These performance parameters are key to energy efficiency and proper product selection. Wausau’s 2250i-XLT fixed windows exhibit a U-Factor of 0.21 and its 6250i-HRX curtainwall system exhibits a U-Factor of 0.20 when glazed with spectrally-selective low-e glass. In addition to NFRC-labeled products, Wausau design engineers were among the first manufacturers certified as Approved Calculation Entities (ACEs) for NFRC’s new Component Modeling Approach, addressing curtainwall and window wall for commercial applications.

“NFRC is continually fine-tuning their labeling and certification processes for the

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©Architectural Testing, Inc.

unique characteristics of the non-residential business. Energy-related performance parameters such as air infiltration, condensation resistance and durability are being incorporated,” says Tom Mifflin, Wausau’s government market manager and NFRC ACE. “U-Factor will continue to be one of the important performance parameters in window and curtainwall design, but must be considered in the context of test size, configuration, and applicability.”

Mifflin continues, “In spite of the attention given to U-Factor, commercial buildings are usually cooling-mode dominated, even in cool climates, so SHGC is of primary importance. Also, it’s inappropriate to apply the requirements of the residential ENERGY STAR® for Windows program to these commercial properties. Model Energy codes like ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC [International Energy Conservation Code] reflect best practices for non-residential applications. Besides NFRC labeling, in most jurisdictions, other compliance options include prescriptive design requirements, total building energy modeling, and various trade-off methodologies.”

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