Event: CSI CONSTRUCT, Sept. 9-11

Tubelite returns to the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI’s) CONSTRUCT show, where it will be exhibiting in booth #748 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

CONSTRUCT is the only national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that specify and source building products. This event is dedicated to institutional, industrial and commercial building industries.

Event: GlassBuild America, Sept. 9-11, Las Vegas

Tubelite returns as an exhibitor to GlassBuild America, Sept. 9-11 at Nevada’s Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #2263.

GlassBuild America is organized by the National Glass Association, in partnership with the Glass Association of North America, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association.

Chicago’s Audi dealership showcases Tubelite’s curtainwall

1Tubelite_IL_Audi_ExteriorAudi Hoffman Estates dealership in Illinois showcases Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall and reflects the efficiency, performance, luxury and environmental themes of its vehicles. The new $9 million, 47,000-square-foot facility is one of the first in the Midwest to feature a square, metal-clad “terminal” prototype design by Munich-based Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten.

In 1990, Audi Hoffman Estates became the first exclusive, stand-alone Audi dealership in the United States. In 2013, it also became one of the first new dealerships in the U.S. to use Allmann Sattler Wappner’s design. The Dobbins Group’s Chicago-based architectural team helped the Illinois dealership bring this prototype from concept to reality.

Celebrating Audi’s “Vorsprung durch Technik,” “Progress through Technology,” the dealership’s prototype reflects a corporate philosophy that “reminds us to challenge ourselves, rewrite the rules from time to time and always fuel our pioneering spirit.”

The terminal design gives the Audi a new identity throughout the world. It also increases dealers’ space to accommodate the growing range of cars, as well as the company’s market presence in international cities. These heterogeneous locations demand an architectural language with both a single consistent typology and a distinctive design. Developed as a modular system, the facility’s structural and spatial concept is flexible and scalable.

“It’s a very unique look,” observed Brian Hall, Audi Hoffman Estates’ general manager. “Audi is very demanding on all of their products and the way they’re installed, so it was not easy.”

Well-suited to the precise design, scale and metallic aesthetic of Audi’s dealership, Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall is engineered for low- and mid-rise applications. For Audi Hoffman Estates, Leopardo Companies served as the project’s general contractor. Glazing contractor Northern Glass Inc. specified and installed the curtainwall system on time and within budget.

Tubelite_IL_Audi_Ext-ParkingLot_web“First, Tubelite came in under my original design budget. What’s more, they were able to produce materials in a very timely manner,” said Eric Martinson, project manager and estimator with Northern Glass Inc. “Thanks to the Tubelite team, the entire process was a pleasant experience.”

The curtainwall features offers 2.5-inch sightlines and the strength of 8-inch-deep backmembers with an overall 10-inch system depth. Every other vertical was butt-glazed. Low-E insulating glass reduces solar heat gain in the summer and heat loss in winter – important in the Chicago climate. An exterior screw-applied pressure bar secures the glass.

The durable framework of the curtainwall provides exceptional structural performance, reducing the need for steel reinforcing. “Tubelite helped engineer the curtainwall, letting us know what size steel reinforcement was needed,” noted Martinson. “They also helped with some very difficult bends, located in the opposite top and bottom corners, and delivered all stock length material in a couple of weeks.”

The aluminum used to produce this curtainwall can be extruded by Tubelite using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly finishes. Enhancing the project’s environmental attributes, longevity and metallic appearance, the aluminum framing was finished by Linetec using clear anodize, which contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Because anodize is an integral part of the substrate, the coating delivers excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance. Anodize process by-products are recyclable and anodized aluminum is 100 percent recyclable.

“It’s got a lot of metal on the exterior for a very specific look,” added Audi Hoffman Estates’ Hall. “Everyone seems to love it. …and as for customers, they are all very impressed.”


Audi Hoffman Estates, 1200 W. Golf Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60169; http://www.audihoffmanestates.com
* Owner: AUDI AG; Germany; Audi of America, http://www.audiusa.com/
* Architects: Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten GmbH; Munich, Germany; http://www.allmannsattlerwappner.de;
The Dobbins Group; Chicago; http://www.dobbinsgroup.com/
* General Contractor: Leopardo Companies, Inc., Hoffman Estates, Illinois; http://leopardo.com
* Glazing Contractor: Northern Glass Inc.; Elk Grove Village, Illinois
* Entrance Systems – Manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; http://tubeliteinc.com
* Entrance Systems – Finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://linetec.com/
* Photography: Leopardo Companies, Inc.
* Video: Leopardo Companies, Inc.; http://vimeo.com/77605308


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Tubelite adds Rene Buggs as director of HR

Rene Buggs joins Tubelite Inc. as director of human resources. As part of the executive leadership team, she reports to company president Amy Cole. Tubelite provides clients and their commercial building projects with storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems.Tubelite_ReneBuggs

Helping direct Tubelite’s strategic growth, Buggs works with all employees, supports organizational development and promotes talent acquisition. Current openings are available at all of Tubelite’s locations in Michigan, South Carolina and Texas, including the director engineering position.

“Our mission is to not only be the easiest and most dependable supplier for our client to partner with but also be the employer of choice,” explains Buggs. “Every day, our people deliver on this mission and uphold our strong reputation.”

Buggs brings extensive experience in human resources (HR) to Tubelite. She most recently served as senior employee relations manager at the Dean Foods’ corporate office in Dallas, where she has worked in many progressive HR roles for 12 years. During her time there, she had HR responsibility for five accounting centers in different locations. Her previous employment included working as a branch manager/officer and HR officer at Fifth Third Bank of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

A certified senior professional in HR, Buggs earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and management from Michigan’s Davenport University. She also received an MBA from Western Michigan University.


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TubeliteInc.com connects to BIM libraries, AIA/CES course menu, product specifications, performance data and more

Tubelite Inc. offers architects and other building team members on-demand, free access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) libraries, product specifications, performance data and other information on its entrances, windows, storefront framing, curtainwall, sun shades and light shelves. 3Tubelite_BIM2

From TubeliteInc.com, visitors can access Autodesk® Seek’s and CADdetails’ BIM libraries by clicking on the Products menu and following the links for either Product Types or Technical Data Index. The Technical Data Index also features CAD files, product details and specifications, test reports, windload charts, door hardware, glazing charts and installation instructions.

Further supporting the architectural community’s professional development needs, Tubelite’s associates deliver one-hour, in-person educational presentations available through the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). Participants can receive 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for each program and three of the courses are recognized for health, safety and welfare (HSW) credits.

Currently, Tubelite’s AIA/CES course menu includes:
* How to Select the Right Architectural Aluminum Product3Tubelite_BIM1
* The In’s and Out’s of Architectural Aluminum Doors and Frames
* Green: Architectural Aluminum Products
for Commercial Construction (HSW)
* What Are Modified and Custom Aluminum Doors
* Integrated Façade Design: Daylighting (HSW)
* Integrated Façade Design: U-Factors (HSW)


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Jim Flandreau serves as Tubelite’s director of IT

Tubelite_JimFlandreau_webTubelite Inc. announces Jim Flandreau as director of information technology (IT) business relationship management. Efficient IT practices further support Tubelite’s clients and their commercial building projects with storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems.

Flandreau serves Tubelite from its parent company, Apogee Enterprises, Inc. He brings more than 17 years of experience in IT strategic planning, governance and business process improvements, and in manufacturing operations. Throughout his career, he has focused on operational excellence in manufacturing, packaging and the supply chain.

Before his role at Apogee, he worked at L. Perrigo Company, a Michigan-based company and the largest manufacturer of private-label over-the-counter pharmaceuticals in the United States. Previous employers include SAP, as well as Procter & Gamble Co. and its Clairol division.

Flandreau earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. He also received an MBA from Ohio’s Xavier University – School of Business Administration.


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Tubelite adds Tim McMenamin as Lean Champion

Tubelite_TMcMenaminTim McMenamin joins Tubelite Inc. as Lean Champion helping to drive efficiency and quality, improve productivity and optimize the company’s value stream. Tubelite provides clients and their commercial building projects with storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems.

Most recently, McMenamin applied his “Black Belt” in Six Sigma/Lean manufacturing at E&J Gallo Winery and previously served as a team leader managing several bottling production lines. He began his career in Michigan’s automotive production industry as a project design leader with the General Motors’ Chevrolet Avalanche launch team. He also worked as a production supervisor at Ford Sterling Axle Plant, as Daimler Chrysler’s production team leader in the final assembly of Dodge Ram and Dakota trucks, and as a production supervisor for American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc.

McMenamin earned a bachelor’s degree with a focus on supply chain/logistics from Davenport University-Eastern Region in Dearborn, Michigan.


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Oklahoma’s high school features new performing arts facility and academic wing with Tubelite’s systems

Tubelite is exhibiting at AIA Expo in booth #4634

Charles Davis Smith, AIA, architectural photographer; DallasBefore Oklahoma’s Broken Arrow Public Schools renovated and expanded South Intermediate High School, nearly 200 classrooms throughout the district were in portable buildings. Students and educators were in dire need of permanent space. Upgrading the facility, the $9.4 million project renovated 9,800 square feet and added approximately 33,700 square feet of space. Tubelite’s storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems help convey a sense of connectedness across the large campus, while offering outside views and natural daylight.

South Intermediate High School’s extensive makeover was designed by Perkins+Will. Oklahoma-based Selser Schaefer Architects assisted in reinventing the school’s single-story Modern architecture. Ideal for low-rise applications with contemporary aesthetics, Tubelite’s T14000 Series Storefront, 400 Series Curtainwall and seven, Wide Stile doors were used throughout the campus’ renovation and addition.

Architectural Glass and Metal, Inc. installed more than 390 linear feet of Tubelite’s products, under the guidance of CMS Willowbrook who served as general contractor. South Intermediate High School remained open throughout construction of the project, which started in September 2011 and continued through December 2012. Today, the high school actively serves 1,400 students in grades 9 to 12.

A simple planning strategy was used to integrate the school’s existing structures with the expansion. The design created a courtyard that can be used for impromptu outdoor theatrical plays, as a pre-function space for basketball games, as a space for art projects, or for large all-school assemblies. “The courtyard gives the school a new identity. Visual and layered connections between arts and athletics facilitate a blended approach to community and education,” said Perkins+Will’s principal and k-12 regional practice leader, Patrick Glenn, AIA, REFP, LEED® AP.

Charles Davis Smith, AIA, architectural photographer; DallasOriented to capture indirect northern daylight, the courtyard provides deep overhangs to block the western and southern sun, while allowing for eastern morning light in the new art room. The art room is part of a massive, 33,700-square-foot multi-faceted performing arts addition. This addition was substantially complete in December 2012. Along with the art room, it houses a centralized theater, media center, art gallery, band hall, orchestra room and a choir rehearsal hall.

Oklahoma limestone topped with a sleek metal panel eyebrow and canopy denotes the performing arts center’s entry. According to Glenn, Tubelite’s products were used extensively throughout the performing arts facility addition. He noted, “Layering a sequence of spaces – outdoor to indoor and protected to open – promotes a hierarchy of arrival and gathering. The design provides a transparent wrapper crafting an indoor/outdoor destination and concentration for arts and the community. The pre-function lobby provides openness and transparency to the courtyard, while becoming a beacon for evening community events.”

On the new academic wing, large amounts of clear glazing continue to promote transparency from indoor to outdoor space. The space includes six state-of-the-art science classrooms, computer labs, administration areas and a teacher planning area. Brick masonry, light-colored exterior plaster and dark bronze anodize on the storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems’ aluminum framing complement the existing architecture.

Supporting educational facilities’ sustainability goals, the aluminum used to produce these systems’ framing can be extruded by Tubelite using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content composition. Building upon these environmental attributes, Linetec’s eco-friendly anodize process sends 90 percent less waste to landfills than traditional anodizing. These durable architectural-grade finishes help minimize maintenance and meet the rigorous performance expectations of high school.

The project’s enduring and outstanding design earned a 2013 Built: Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Dallas, the chapter’s highest recognition of excellence.

“This project was a joint effort between the architects who brought their design skills to the table for conversations with the teachers and other end users of the facility,” said Michelle Bergwall, chief operating officer for operational services for Broken Arrow Public Schools. “The result is a building that is both beautiful and practical for daily operations.”


South Intermediate High School, 301 W. New Orleans St., Broken Arrow, OK 74012
* Owner: Broken Arrow Public Schools; Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; http://www.baschools.org
* Architect: Perkins+Will; Dallas; http://www.perkinswill.com/
* Assisting Architect: Selser Schaefer Architects; Tulsa, Oklahoma; http://www.selserschaefer.com/
* General Contractor: CMS Willowbrook; Oklahoma City; http://www.cmswillowbrook.com/
* Glazing Contractor: Architectural Glass & Metal, Inc.; Alma, Arkansas; http://archglassmetal.com/
* Entrance Systems – Manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Michigan; http://tubeliteinc.com
* Entrance Systems – Finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wisconsin; http://linetec.com/
* Photography: Charles Davis Smith, AIA, architectural photographer; Dallas


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Event: AIA Expo, June 26-28, Chicago

Tubelite Inc. will be at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo 2014 in booth #4634. It is one of more than 700 exhibitors at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

AIA Expo 2014 Hours

Thurs., June 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fri., June 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat., June 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more than 150 years, members of AIA have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.

Event: AIA Wisconsin, May 7-8, Madison

Tubelite returns to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Wisconsin’s Convention & Building Products Expo. This year’s event will be held in Madison on May 7-8.

Register before April 25 for discounted rate. Online registration forms and additional information can be found at http://www.aiaw.org/convention/.

Tubelite’s Michigan facility expands extrusion capacity, offers larger and more complex shapes

At its facility in Reed City, Mich., Tubelite Inc. has increased production capacity, as well as its aluminum extrusion capabilities, offering larger and more complex shapes for storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems. These improvements were accomplished with the addition of a third aluminum extrusion press and the application of Lean manufacturing principles.

Tubelite_MI_Capacity1“The successful integration of Press 3 required a company-wide effort – from equipment acquisition in late 2012 through production-capable operations as of March 1, 2014,” says Tubelite’s vice president of operations, Glen Barfknecht. “This is a great example of the dramatic results that can be achieved using Lean to drive continuous improvement year-over-year.”

Leading these continuous improvement efforts in Reed City, Barfknecht recognizes an entire team effort, but identifies four key Tubelite associates:
* Eric Ziegler, Process Engineer
* Bill Martin, Process Engineer III
* Dave Carr, Maintenance Technician
* David Smith, Maintenance Supervisor

Tubelite_MI_Capacity2“Working with the four walls of our 245,000-square-foot facility, we reclaimed underused storage space to house Press 3. This not only has allowed us to be productive, but also more efficient. We are maximizing our use of materials and space, and minimizing waste,” says Martin.

Barfknecht agrees and adds, “Our production throughput has doubled and our aluminum billet recovery has improved. We regularly invest in technological automation, upgrades and training. We are optimizing our employees’ time and efforts by building upon our existing best practices for safety, quality and delivery. We remain dedicated to providing customers with the industry’s most dependable, on-time delivery and personalize customer service. Supporting our success and growth, we anticipate increased employment opportunities in Reed City and throughout our company.”


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Event: CSI Red River Valley, April 10, Fargo, N.D.

On April 10, Tubelite will be participating in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Red River Valley Chapter Product Showcase in Fargo, N.D.

Event: Great Lakes Renaissance Symposium, May 9, Cleveland

On May 9 in Cleveland, Tubelite representatives will be at the Great Lakes Renaissance Symposium on High-Performing Building Enclosures. The event’s hosts are the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) Cleveland and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cleveland chapter.

Register before April 16 for the best pricing. Click here to learn more.

Event: CSI Gulf States Regional Conference, May 16-17, New Orleans

On May 16-17, Tubelite will be at the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Gulf States Regional Conference in New Orleans. The conference site is the Four Points Sheraton in the French Quarter.

Register before April 11 for discounted rate. Online registration forms and additional information can be found here.

Tubelite names Mike Peters and Kelly Townsend as client development managers

Tubelite Inc. adds Mike Peters and Kelly Townsend as client development managers. Both have been hired to replace their recently retired predecessors and will be working closely with Tubelite customers and architects to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems. Peters replaces Steve Seeling in serving clients in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Townsend assumes the responsibilities of Don Walker for clients in Oklahoma and northern Texas.
Peters joins Tubelite following nine years of owning and operating his own business as an independent sales representative serving EFCO’s customers in Oklahoma and Kansas. He began his career in 1989 with EFCO as a field service technician and progressed to become a field service manager.

To gain additional industry knowledge, Peters left EFCO after 13 years and accepted a position with a glazing contractor in Ohio where he led their service division. He transitioned to Vistawall Architectural Products (now Oldcastle Building Envelope) to become the company’s sales representative in Ohio, before starting his own firm.

Tubelite_KellyTownsendTownsend draws from more than three decades of experience in the commercial glazing and architectural products industries, as well as a lifetime of connections in Texas. He most recently worked as a Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ Texas-based architectural sales representative.

Prior to joining Wausau, he held the position of national sales director of Columbia Commercial Building Products in Rockwall, Texas. Previous positions include working as an estimating manager and as a senior project manager for Vistawall Architectural, as vice president of field operations at Alco Glass in Mesquite, Texas; and as a project foreman at Haley-Greer, Inc.


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Event: CSI Middle Atlantic Region Conference, April 3-6

Tubelite’s architectural specification manager Tom Minnon will present “Integrated Façade Design – Daylighting” at the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Middle Atlantic Region Conference. Presentation attendees have the opportunity to earn 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for health, safety and welfare (HSW).

With nearly four decades of industry experience, Minnon is a LEED® Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified FenestrationMaster™ by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.

The conference will be held April 3-6 at the Crown Plaza Hampton-Marina Hotel in Hampton, Va. The event schedule, registration details and more can be found at http://tidewater.csinet.org/

Event: CSI South Central Region, April 3-4

Tubelite representatives will participate in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) South Central Region Conference/Tradeshow, April 3-4 in Austin, Texas. Register and learn more at http://www.scr-csi.org/9-news/13-scr-region-event

Event: Buffalo Future Green Trends Workshop, March 27

On March 27, Tubelite’s architectural specification manager Tom Minnon will present on daylighting at the Future Green Trends workshop in Buffalo, N.Y. The workshop is being provided by DPC Continuing Education, Inc., and will be held at the Buffalo-Amherst Holiday Inn.

Minnon and Daryl Bertollini, architectural sales representative for Syracuse Glass, will meet with attending architects at the companies’ tabletop display.

Additional information on the event and registration forms are available at http://www.dpcceinc.com/event_pages/14-03-27_ep.html

Event: Glass TEXpo, April 10-11, San Antonio

During Glass TEXpo™ 2014, April 10-11 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, Tubelite welcomes visitors to booth #74.

On April 10, Tubelite’s architectural specification manager Tom Minnon will be a panelist at Glass TEXpo’s “Daylighting, Integrated Façade Design and Energy Efficient Buildings” event, held 9-10:15 a.m. Discounted registration is available until March 28 at http://www.usglassmag.com/texpo/

Co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association and USGlass magazine, USGNN and Window Film magazine.

Event: CSI Central Pennsylvania, March 19

On March 19, Tubelite’s architectural specification manager Tom Minnon will speak at the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Central Pennsylvania’s 39th Annual Exhibitors’ Show at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill. He plans to present on “Integrated Façade Design – Daylighting.”

Minnon will be joined by George Rand, Tubelite’s client development manager serving the area. Tubelite also will have a tabletop display at the exposition. Learn more at http://www.cpc-csi.org/.

Event: CSI Duluth/Twin Ports, March 11

On March 11, Tubelite participated in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Twin Port Chapter’s Product Showcase in Duluth, Minn. Read more at http://twinports.csinet.org/.

Amy Cole named President of Tubelite Inc.

Tubelite_AmyColeAmy Cole has been named president of Tubelite Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of architectural aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall systems in the United States. She joins Tubelite on March 31 and will report to Joseph F. Puishys, chief executive officer of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., parent company of Tubelite.

“Amy brings more than 25 years experience in the construction industry, as an executive leading sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering,” said Puishys. “She has successfully grown businesses by implementing innovative strategies, while meeting business objectives.”

Most recently, Cole was general manager, residential/light commercial business at Kohler Power Systems, Kohler, Wis. From 1988 to 2012, she was with Hilti North America, a world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing construction-related products and systems for the construction industry and building maintenance. She had positions of increasing responsibility at Hilti, her last as senior vice president, channels Hilti North America, where she led customer service, distributor and rental channels, and retail marketing.

Tubelite_KenWerbowyShe is succeeding Ken Werbowy, who is retiring after 20 years as president of Tubelite.  “I congratulate Ken on his retirement from Tubelite, which has seen outstanding growth under his leadership since Apogee acquired the company in 2007,” said Puishys. “I am pleased that Apogee will continue to benefit from Ken’s deep industry knowledge as he supports Apogee’s corporate development efforts on a part-time basis.”

Cole has an MBA in finance from the University of Tulsa, Okla., and a bachelor’s degree in romance languages from Colorado College, Colorado Springs.

About Tubelite Inc.
Tubelite was established in 1945 and is part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. The company’s headquarters, distribution, warehousing and assembly operations are in Walker, Mich. It also has distribution, warehousing and assembly operations in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, and aluminum extrusion operations in Reed City, Mich.


Event: CSI Cincinnati, March 12

On March 12, Tubelite’s architectural specification manager Tom Minnon will present on performance glazing and “Integrated Façade Design – Daylighting” at the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) Cincinnati 35th Annual Products Showcase. Tubelite also will have a tabletop display at the exposition.

Minnon will be joined by Joe Fleming, Tubelite’s client development manager serving Ohio. They are scheduled to speak 4-5 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center. There is no cost to participate, but attendees are asked to register online at http://www.csicincinnati.org/registration-cps.php

Event: CSI Nashville, March 11

On March 11, Tubelite architectural specification manager Tom Minnon will be a featured speaker at the Specheads Lunch and Learn Series, hosted by Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) Nashville Chapter.

The presentation on “Integrated Façade Design – Daylighting” will be at Southland Design Center, 667 Wedgewood Ave. Lunch and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation is scheduled at 12-1 p.m. Attendees have the opportunity to earn 1.0 Learning Unit (LU) for health, safety and welfare (HSW). Reserve a seat by March 7 at http://www.csinashville.org/ or email rsvp@csinashville.org.

Minnon will be joined by representatives from G. Bowie and Associates, http://gbowieandassoc.com/. With nearly four decades of industry experience, Minnon is a LEED® Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified FenestrationMaster™ by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. G. Bowie & Associates represents the top manufacturers of architectural building products, and specializes in Division 8 products, historic, new construction, retrofit and interior design.

Event: CSI Minneapolis, Feb. 24

On Feb. 24, Tubelite participated in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter’s Product Showcase. Representatives met with attendees and discussed their commercial glazing needs including storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Jim McMahon joins Tubelite’s Texas team

Tubelite_JimMcMahonTubelite Inc. has added Jim McMahon as a client development manager based in Houston and reporting to regional sales manager Terry Robinholt. McMahon will assist architects and glazing contractors with their commercial glazing needs including storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

McMahon previously worked for C.R. Laurence Co., Inc./U.S. Aluminum as an architectural sales representative in the Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi area. Throughout his career, he has held various sales and management roles at YKK AP America, Inc.; Craftsman Fabricated Glass, Ltd.; Oldcastle Glass (now, Oldcastle Building Envelope); and Arch Aluminum and Glass Co., Inc.

A member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), McMahon earned his Construction Documents Technology certification. Helping others maintain their professional credentials and knowledge, he shares Tubelite’s continuing education presentations with other members of CSI and approved courses to American Institute of Architects’ members.


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Tubelite grows Southeastern regional team

Tubelite_TimDoughtyTubelite Inc. has promoted Tim Doughty to Southeastern regional sales manager. Focusing on Louisiana and Mississippi, Keith Hocutt has been hired as a client development manager. Both work closely with architects and glazing contractors to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Doughty will continue his role as client development manager for Tubelite’s clients in Georgia with the addition of managing the sales representatives of four other territories. He has been closely involved with projects requiring protection from the region’s solar heat, humidity and hurricanes. Meeting these high-performance needs, he helped introduce Tubelite’s ForceFront™ Storm storefront and entrance products throughout the area.

BasTubelite_KeithHocutted in Mississippi, Hocutt joins Tubelite with nearly 15 years of experience in the industry. He recently worked at YKK AP America, Inc. as an architectural sales representative in the Southeast. Previously, he was an outside sales representative at ARCH Aluminum and Glass Co., Inc.

Prior to beginning his career in architectural aluminum and fenestration products, Hocutt served as a squad leader at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. He earned an Army Accommodation Medal for Meritorious Service while serving in a leadership role at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Good Conduct Medals for each of his three tours of duty. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Mississippi’s Bellhaven University.

Both Doughty and Hocutt are known for industry knowledge and their consultative approach. They frequently present continuing educational courses to architects and other building professionals. Tubelite Inc. currently offers programs approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES).


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Event: GANA BEC, March 16-18, Las Vegas

Tubelite will be participating in the Glass Association of North America‘s Building Envelope Contractors Division (GANA BEC) conference, March 16-18 in Las Vegas.

GANA strives to provide members with premiere educational programs, publications, networking opportunities, meetings and conventions. The BEC is comprised of glazing contractors and suppliers to the contract glazing industry.

Tubelite’s Mary Olivier and Tom Minnon promoted, Jim Oberlin joins the Eastern/Midwestern regional sales team

Tubelite Inc. has promoted Mary Olivier to marketing Tubelite_MaryOlivierdirector. Reporting to Olivier, Tom Minnon has been promoted to architectural specification manager. Jim Oberlin has been hired to fill Minnon’s previous role as Eastern/Midwestern regional sales manager providing consultative support regarding storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.

Most recently, Olivier served as Tubelite’s marketing manager and has worked at the company for seven years. As marketing director, she manages Tubelite’s architectural specification and continuing education, public relations, advertising, sponsorships and trade show exhibitions, as well as the website and price book.

Tubelite_TomMinnonWith nearly four decades of industry experience, Minnon has earned many professional accreditations including LEED® Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Certified FenestrationMaster™ through the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). He readily shares his knowledge with architects, specifiers and all those involved with design and construction. Earlier this year, he presented at the national Construction Specification Institute’s (CSI) CONSTRUCT show and represented Tubelite at GlassBuild America and at the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Tubelite_JimOberlinIn addition to leading the Eastern and Midwestern sales team, Oberlin regularly meets with architects and glazing contractors to assist with their current projects’ commercial glazing needs. He joins Tubelite from Oldcastle Building Envelope and draws from nearly 30 years of industry experience. Along with his professional and practical insights from the field, his educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in finance.


Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

Greenbuild 2013 Show Report

United States Green Building Council’s national conference was held Nov 20-21 in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Client Development Managers George Rand & Fred Haas, joined Marketing Director Mary Olivier and Promotions Coordinator Walt Lutzke to meet with attendees and connect them with the Tubelite products and solutions for their sustainable building product requirements. Tubelite’s sister company Wausau Window & Wall Systems also exhibited and we are following up with requests and comments from architects and other visitors to our booths.

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DBIA Tradeshow Report

Design Build Institute of America’s national conference was held Nov 4 – 6 in Las Vegas at The Mirage Resort & Casino. Architectural Sales Rep John Priebe and Marketing Promotions Coordinator Walt Lutzke were present to meet with attendees and connect them with the Tubelite products and solutions to meet their needs. This was the DBIA’s 20th anniversary and speakers Cal Ripken, Jr. and Sugar Ray Leonard delighted record crowds. Tubelite’s sister company Wausau Window & Wall Systems also exhibited, and we are looking forward to DBIA’s 2014 conference in Dallas, TX on October 6 – 8.

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Glen Barfknecht named as Tubelite’s VP of operations

Tubelite_GlenBarfknechtTubelite Inc. has appointed Glen Barfknecht to the position of vice president of operations. Based at the company’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich., he is part of the executive team and reports to Tubelite’s president, Ken Werbowy.

Werbowy praises Barfknecht’s early involvement saying, “Since Chuck Pope’s retirement in mid-May, Glen has been instrumental in helping lead our operational efforts. As a result, he has gained a solid familiarity with many of Tubelite’s operations, our facilities in Michigan and Texas, and our team members.”

Barfknecht joins Tubelite from its parent company, Apogee Enterprises, Inc., where he served as director of operational excellence. He draws from 28 years of experience working in a variety of senior operations management roles within several large corporations including Pentair, Reviva and Progress Energy.

Previously located in Minnesota, Barfknecht received an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.


Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

Event: USGBC Greenbuild, Nov. 20-22, Philadelphia

Tubelite returns to U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, exhibiting in booth #430 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Exhibition Hours:
Wed., Nov. 20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Expo Hall Open
Thurs., Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Expo Hall Open

The UGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the four-time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award.

The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

Event: ArchitectureBoston Expo, Nov. 19-21

Representatives from Tubelite will be in SIGCO’s booth #436 in Hall C at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for ArchitectureBoston Expo 2013. Watch the ABx website for more information about the conference.

Shared Learnings: FenestrationMaster

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

This month, I am proud to add Certified FenestrationMaster (CFM) to the list of certifications, accreditations and accomplishments I’ve gained during my 38 years of experience in this ever-changing industry. I am one of the first people to earn this certification through AAMA’s FenestrationMasters™ program.

FenestrationAssociate is offered for entry-level certification and is available to all. FenestrationMaster is the advanced level and requires the candidate to have either six years fenestration product-related experience, or a four-year degree in engineering, architecture or applied sciences plus four years of industry experience. Those who choose to enroll in the program receive a Candidate Guide, Study Notebook and three-month access to AAMA’s Study Resource Center with read-only access to AAMA documents referenced in the courses.

While I may have been qualified as a candidate for the advanced-level certification, I still needed to do my homework and successfully complete the 32 in-depth, online courses. These include:

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• Window Selection
• Glass Selection
• Requirements of NAFS-08 Standard (and variances from earlier editions)
• Specialty Tests (blast, impact, tornado, acoustics)

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• Profile Performance and Material Considerations
• Coatings and Finishes

Group 3
• Hardware, Weatherstrip and Weatherseals
• Sealants and Adhesives Used during Factory Fabrication

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• Code Requirements
• History of the I-Codes & Current Requirements
• AAMA Certification and I-Code Compliance
• Special Code Requirements: ADA, WOCD, fire safety, safety glazing
• Energy Efficiency and Thermal Performance
• ICC energy code requirements and Energy Star requirements
• Thermal Performance Certification versus Testing
• Skylights for Daylighting

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• Installation
• Commercial Installation Standard Practice
• Residential Installation
• Flashing
• Field Testing and Forensic Evaluation
• Fenestration Anchorage

Group 6
• Aluminum Curtain Wall Design
• Aluminum Storefronts and Entrances
• Energy and the Architectural Fenestration Industry

Since I have been involved in commercial fenestration most of my career, it was challenging to learn some of the courses that involved PVC and fiberglass windows, residential installation standards and anchorage.

Once I finished the coursework and spent several hours studying the material, I felt prepared and completed the exam. The final exam must be completed at an official testing center or using AAMA-authorized proctor. The test itself was straightforward and I felt confident about the results. If a candidate fails, they are encouraged to brush up on their studies and retake the test. They have up to three attempts in 12 months to pass the exam.

For me, scheduling the exam was probably the most difficult task. As my years of experience add up, so too do my professional responsibilities. I’m proud to be part of a company that continues to grow and thrive, especially in light of the economic climate. As the company expands its products, its locations and its knowledge, we continue to keep our customers as the top priority.

As I consider my commitments for the New Year, I must say good-bye for now. Thank you to Key Communications for the opportunity, to those who took the time to comment or email me, and to all of you who took the time to read. It’s been a pleasure to share this last year with you.


Tubelite_TomMinnonTom Minnon, CFM, 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.


Tubelite expands ForceFront Storm hurricane impact-resistant products

Expanding its ForceFront™ Storm hurricane impact-resistant products, Tubelite Inc. introduces E44000 Series storefront and entrance systems. Together, they provide a complete impact-resistant system that is easy to fabricate and install.
Tubelite’s E44000 Series’ non-thermal hurricane-impact storefront is a 2.5-by-5-inch flush-glazed, system for use on first floor, single-span applications in impact areas. This impact-resistant, screw-spline framing is prepared for glazing with 9/16-inch laminated glass positioned in the center of the frame. This storefront system meets the requirements High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) Windzone 4 with large missile impact, (ASTM E 1886-05/E 1996-09 TAS 201).

Complementing the storefront system, ForceFront medium stile entrance doors are designed for compliance with HVHZ Windzone 3 with large missile impact (ASTM E 1886-05/E 1996-09). They also are tested to meet the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s specification, AAMA 1304-02, for forced entry resistance.

The aluminum used to produce Tubelite’s ForceFront Storm systems can be extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes.


Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

Event: Design-Build, Nov. 4-6, Las Vegas

Tubelite returns to the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA’s) Design-Build Conference & Expo in booth #819 at the Mirage, Las Vegas.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Mon., Nov. 4, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
Tues., Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall Luncheon; 4:15 – 6:15 p.m., Exhibit Hall Networking Reception
Wed., Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Exhibit Hall Luncheon

The DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value, while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals.

CONSTRUCT 2013 Conference and Tradeshow

Tom Minnon, John Priebe and Walt Lutzke represented Tubelite Inc. at this year’s event sponsored by the Construction Specification Institute. Attended by the country’s leading architectural specifiers and product manufacturer’s, the show was held at Music City Center in Nashville, TN. The newly opened convention center also showcased Tubelite doors and storefront on the interior meeting rooms.Tubelite’s display included TU24000 high performance thermal storefront framing, and previewed the E44000 impact resistant non-thermal storefront framing system. Tom Minnon’s presentation on “Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design” was well received during Friday’s CONSTRUCT Learning Pavillion.

Baltimore, MD is host city for next year’s show, and we are looking forward to exhibiting there.
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Event: Glass Expo Midwest, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Chicago

Tubelite will be exhibiting at the Glass Expo Midwest, Oct. 31, 3-8 p.m. and Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Illinois’ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.

Co-sponsored by the Illinois Glazing Association, the Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin Glass Associations, Detroit Glass Dealers Association, the Association of Glazing Contractors and USGlass magazine, USGNN and Window Film magazine. Members of the co-sponsoring associations and subscribers of USGlass and Window Film magazines who register by Oct. 25, 2013, will receive a free attendee registration (a $79 value) at no charge.

On Oct. 31, attendees of Fenestration Day also will receive the added benefit of having the ability to walk the Glass Expo Midwest show floor.


Music City Center welcomes CSI convention attendees through Tubelite’s doors

TL MCC DoubleTubelite is exhibiting at CSI 2013 Booth #343

Opened in May 2013, the new $585 million Music City Center (MCC) in Nashville hosts the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) annual convention and CONSTRUCT Show. Unlike most convention centers’ “box with docks” design, MCC showcases a glass and limestone exterior highlighting natural light, outside views and open corridors with more than 1,000 doors. Helping achieve this transparency and connection to surrounding spaces, Tubelite Inc. provided storefront and entrance systems that were installed by Nashville-based Alexander Metals, Inc.

Spanning 1.2 million square feet, MCC has been called a “wide-scraper” as it stretches 19 acres and six city blocks. It offers 353,143-square-foot exhibit space with multiple flex space, 90,000 square feet of meeting rooms/break-out space, a guitar-shaped 57,000-square-foot ballroom with built-in stage, and an 18,000-square-foot junior ballroom.

Musical motifs permeate the facility. Nashville’s music and entertainment industry has a $10 billion annual economic impact on the region. Recognizing the economic and cultural importance, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and more than 100 custom art installation also are displayed inside the MCC.

CSI CONSTRUCT attendees are among the many who will experience the facility’s amenities. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau has booked 123 trade shows or conventions at the new center and more than 1 million hotel room nights, a list that extends to 2026. Hotels and other commercial real estate in the surrounding area have responded with new construction and renovation projects to attract arriving visitors.

Inspiring the building boom, MCC’s design team includes tvsdesign of Atlanta with Tuck-Hinton Architects and Moody-Nolan, Inc., both of Nashville. “There is a lot of love, care, heart and soul that have gone into this project from all three firms, the construction team and the mayor,” said one of the project’s principal architects at tvsdesign, C. Andrew McLean, FAIA. “We all wanted to create a landmark that would not only make Nashville proud, but also reflect the unique culture of the area.”

In keeping with the city’s commitment to sustainable development, the MCC is committed to LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Contributing to the project’s green goals, the aluminum used to produce Tubelite’s 8-foot-tall monumental doors and storefront systems was extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes.

TL MCC SingleSupporting the MCC’s indoor air quality control plan requiring the use of low-emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Tubelite’s aluminum framing was finished by Linetec using clear anodize, which uses no VOCs. Because it is an integral part of the substrate, the anodic coating results in a hard, durable substance providing excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance. Anodize process by-products are recyclable and anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable.

“We wanted to not only make this a landmark structure for Nashville, but we also wanted to show a deep respect for the Tennessee environment,” said tvsdesign’s Kevin Gordon, AIA, LEED AP, another of the project’s principal architects.

From top to bottom, MCC focuses on environmental considerations. The facility is capped with 175,000-square-foot vegetative roof with 845 photovoltaic panels. A key design element, the roof is described as undulating “to represent the rolling hills of Tennessee and the sound waves that can be overheard by musicians playing in clubs on Broadway, at the Grand Ole Opry or Schermerhorn Center.”

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the convention center took 3.5 years to construct due in part to its scale and complex geometry, and also to a devastating flood that hit the city in May 2010. (A time-lapse video of the construction can be viewed at http://www.tennessean.com/section/projects07.) More than 7,300 people worked on the project’s construction and completed the project one week ahead of schedule in April 2013.

Leading the effort, general contractor Bell/Clark’s joint venture team is comprised of Bell & Associates Construction, LP, of Brentwood, Tenn., and Clark Construction Group, LLC, in association with Harmony Construction Group, LLC, of Nashville. Additional Nashville-based project partners include Ross Bryan & Associates and Logan Patri Engineering, structural engineers; I.C. Thomasson Associates Inc., and ECS mechanical engineers; and Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., civil engineers.

“The entire project and construction management team and all the subcontractors and suppliers have proven their commitment to the project and the city of Nashville throughout the last three years, giving us regular updates that validated our confidence in them,” said Convention Center Authority chair, Marty Dickens. “They have done an outstanding job.”

“I applaud the project management team and its crew for finishing construction of the Music City Center ahead of their deadline,” Mayor Karl Dean also stated. “It is no small feat to finish construction on time, but to do so for a project of this scale is truly remarkable.

In May, MCC’s grand opening celebrations took place with a concert headlined by Sheryl Crow. In June, the project was honored with an Excellence in Building Green at the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship awards from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. In July, it was named the winner of the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association’s Associate Award of Excellence. In August, the facility’s architectural team proudly joined their colleagues at the AIA Tennessee Convention and Exhibition held at MCC.TL MCC WallCrop

“I continue to be impressed by the size and beauty of the Music City Center,” Dean said. “There’s no doubt we are a city with momentum, and with the opening of the Music City Center… even more tourists and conventioneers will get to see that first hand. We know it’s not going to be the biggest convention facility in the country, but I’m absolutely certain it will be the best.”


Music City Center; G, 150 4th Ave N #250G, Nashville, TN  37219; http://www.nashvillemusiccitycenter.com/
* Owner: Convention Center Authority, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County; Nashville, Tenn.; http://www.nashvilleconventionctr.com
* Architect: tvsdesign; Atlanta; http://www.tvsa.com
with Tuck-Hinton Architects; Nashville, Tenn.
and Moody-Nolan, Inc.; Nashville, Tenn.
* General contractor: Bell/Clark joint venture team of
Bell & Associates Construction, LP; Brentwood, Tenn.;
Clark Construction Group, LLC; http://www.clarkconstruction.com/
in association with Harmony Construction Group, LLC; Nashville, Tenn.;
* Glazing contractor: Alexander Metals, Inc.; Nashville, Tenn.; http://www.alexandermetalsinc.com
* Entrance systems  – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Mich.; http://www.tubeliteinc.com
* Entrance systems  – glass fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope; Santa Monica, Calif.; http://www.oldcastlebe.com/
* Entrance systems  – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wis.; http://www.linetec.com
* Construction Specifications Institute: http://www.csinet.org/
* CONSTRUCT Show: http://www.constructshow.com/


Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com


Event: ALA Chicago Architecture Product Show, Oct. 22

Tubelite will be exhibiting at the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) 15th Annual Chicago Architecture Conference and Product Show in booth #210 on Oct. 22 at the Drury Lane Conference Center.

The ALA is an organization open to all architects and professions related to architecture. It represents architects registered or licensed in any state, territory or possession of the United States or foreign country. ALA was founded in 1999 by architects who previously served as board members of other architects’ associations. Shortly thereafter, the Illinois Society of Architects (ISA), the oldest independent state organization in the country, combined efforts with ALA, bringing respected expertise and historic significance to the association.

Event: West Michigan Design and Construction Expo, Oct. 17, Grand Rapids

Tubelite will be exhibiting at the Builders Exchange of Michigan’s West Michigan Design and Construction Expo, Oct. 17, 12:30-5 p.m., at the DeltaPlex Arena, Grand Rapids.

Highlighting the theme of “collaboration,” the Expo is co-hosted with Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Grand Rapids Chapter.

The Builders Exchange of Michigan is a member-owned organization that was formed in 1885. Its primary mission is to provide news on construction activity in the state of Michigan. The Exchange is overseen by a board of directors elected from the membership.

The Grand Rapids Chapter of the CSI represents an organization that strives to serve the western Michigan construction community. CSI members represent a diverse group of individuals from architects, engineers, contractors, product suppliers and representatives, owners, distributors, construction managers and also specifiers. The Grand Rapids Chapter of CSI has been active in the western Michigan area since 1967.

Tubelite honored among the industry’s “Best Companies to Work For”

U.S. Glass magazine selected Tubelite Inc. as #1 among the glass and metal industry’s “Best Companies to Word For” in the category of 101-1,000 employees. According to the magazine, “Through extensive benefit plans, continual training and corporate cultures that promote their employees’ wellbeing, these companies work hard everyday to make it a joy for employees to come to work.”

This annual industry report ranks companies using a weighted point system that assigns value to each of the various benefits offered by these companies. The point system is based on an independent survey of glass and metal industry company employees who explain which benefits are most important to them. The magazine further organizes the ranking by number of employees at each company. Tubelite includes more than 200 employees at four locations.

Tubelite’s controller, Shari Ludy, said, “We’re growing by leaps and bounds and the company shares that with the employees. The people are phenomenal.” In addition to the “company’s generous benefits package,” she noted that the company works to celebrate its success and growth on a quarterly basis through such events as group family activities, internal promotions, tuition reimbursement and certification rewards that all work to make employees feel supported.

Shelley Van Dyke, Tubelite’s human resources manager, added that the way the company treats its employees is reflected in the pride they demonstrate through commitment to a job well done. “We have a great team that takes pride in providing quality products and services to our customers on time and complete.”

Congratulations to all!


Event: CSI CONSTRUCT, Sept. 25-27, Nashville

Tubelite returns to the Construction Specifications Institutue’s (CSI’s) CONSTRUCT show, where it will be exhibiting in booth #343. This year’s show is being held at the at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., which relies on Tubelite’s products.

Exhibit hours:
Wed., Sept. 25 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CONSTRUCT is the only national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products. This event is dedicated to institutional, industrial and commercial building industries. Join thousands of industry leaders that design, build, specify, engineer, renovate or operate in the build environment to procure real-world, practical knowledge for building success.

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to improving the documentation, management and communication of building information as used by the construction community. CSI accomplishes its mission through the development of construction standards and formats, such as MasterFormat and UniFormat; the promulgation of those formats through master guide specifications and building information management (BIM) software; training and certification programs, including the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) exams; publication of Construction Specifier magazine; and an ever-expanding membership of decision-makers who identify and specify building product solutions. CSI members include a cross-section of specifiers, architects, contractors, suppliers and other construction project professionals who are touched by construction documentation.

Shared Learnings: It’s That Time of Year

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

Summer sets as the autumn tradeshow season dawns. GlassBuild America, Sept. 10-12 in Atlanta, and CSI Construct, Sept. 25-27 in Nashville, bring that bittersweet reminder that we have entered the third quarter. This year’s expos are expected to showcase new fenestration products to meet commercial buildings’ increasingly stringent performance and code requirements.

Last October, Hurricane Sandy proved to be the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history with damages estimated at $68 billion. The 2013 hurricane season already has produced four named storms. Entering into the peak of the season, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an update in August predicting a 70% chance of seeing above-average activity in the Atlantic with potentially 13-19 named storms, six to nine hurricanes, and three to five of those hurricanes becoming major events.

Hurricane impact-resistant fenestration products help address commercial building owners’ concerns for mitigating damage to their property and protecting occupants from shattered glass and wind-borne debris. A breadth of storefront and entrance systems are available to comply with High-Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) wind zones, as well as Miami-Dade and Florida Building Codes.

As Model Energy Codes become a reality, more building owners will seek fenestration systems offering high thermal DOE_EnergyCodes_map_imgperformance. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program maps current and projected commercial building energy code adoption activity. For example, in Georgia where GlassBuild is held, ASHRAE 90.1-2010/2012 IECC or equivalent is projected for adoption by the end of 2015. In California, this already has been adopted.

Energy efficiency, recycled content and daylighting remain key criteria in LEED® v.4, recently approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In Tennessee where Construct is held, the USGBC reports that four “municipal governments have made policy commitments that advance better building practices by rewarding leadership with LEED… Tennessee state ranks 22nd in the nation with 529 commercial buildings that are LEED registered and certified, totaling more than 63 million square feet.”

This November, Pennsylvania will host USGBC members and allied professionals in Philadelphia for the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The state ranks fifth in the nation with 1,816 commercial buildings that are LEED registered and certified. Detailed market reports are available for download online at USGBC.org under the Resources page.

USGBC enjoys membership crossover with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While AIA champions green building goals, it no longer requires its members to specifically earn continuing education credits for sustainable design. Although there are differences by state, AIA members now are required to complete 12 hours of health, safety and welfare (HSW) education, where eight hours previously were needed.

Thousands of AIA members earn these credits at their local chapters’ annual conferences and conventions, many of which are held during the autumn. A list of AIA’s 300 component organizations, contacts and events can be found at AIA.org under the AIA Chapters page. For example, AIA Illinois annual conference is scheduled for Nov 7-9.

Also is hosted in Illinois, Glass Expo Midwest takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Now in its 18th year, the event is conveniently co-located to welcome Fenestration Day attendees.

Whichever tradeshows and conferences you attend this autumn, remember to do more than just attend – participate! If you’re in a seminar, ask the speaker a question. If you’re in the expo hall, make time to see the newest products. If you’re at lunch, strike up a conversation with a colleague. These events are among the few industry forums for face-to-face interaction. Be sure to take advantage of them.


Tubelite_TomMinnonTom 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.


Event: AIA North Dakota, Sept. 16-18, Fargo

Tubelite will be exhibiting at the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) North Dakota Design Conference and Trade Show
Sept. 16-18, at the Fargo Radisson Hotel and Fargo Civic Center.

The AIA is the largest and most influential professional association for architects, interns, and those directly involved with the practice of Architecture in the world. Based in Washington, DC. the AIA has almost 300 state and local chapters representing almost 80,000 members, including a majority of licensed architects in the United States. AIA North Dakota, a state chapter of AIA, is based in Bismarck, North Dakota and represents almost 200 members.

Events: GlassBuild America, Sept. 10-12, Atlanta

Tubelite returns to GlassBuild America, where it will be exhibiting in booth #1607.

GlassBuild America is organized by the National Glass Association, in partnership with the Glass Association of North America, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association.
GlassBuild America 2013 will be held Sept. 10-12 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

John Priebe joins Tubelite as an architectural representative for the South Central states

TL_JohnPriebeTubelite Inc. has added John Priebe as an architectural representative serving clients in South Central states with storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems, including Tubelite’s ForceFront™ Storm and Blast products.

A fourth generation glazier, Priebe has worked in the industry his whole life and most recently served as general manager for glazing contractor Harmon, Inc.’s Cleveland office.

From an early age, he was cutting glass at his family’s glazing business in Buffalo, N.Y. He earned his construction technologies certification and joined the Glazier Union Local #660 where he served his apprenticeship. With three decades of professional experience in the shop and in the field, Priebe remained active with the Union as trustee of the Glaziers Trust Funds.

Moving from New York, Priebe sought out a position with Harmon and was hired at the company’s Orlando location as a small contracts project manager. Less than five years later, he was overseeing small contracts and glass services in both Orlando and Tampa. He continued to excel and eventually became director of service and special projects for Harmon’s clients in Florida and throughout the U.S. He remained with Harmon for 13 years.

Priebe is pleased to be a part of Tubelite’s team. He will share his industry knowledge and leadership with architectural clients in South Central states.


Media contact: Heather West, heather@heatherwestpr.com

Shared Learnings: The NFRC Non-Residential Program

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

For the past 20 years, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has provided a fair, accurate, and credible rating and labeling system for windows, doors, and skylights used in residential construction. Anyone who has shopped for a residential window has seen a label similar to the one below:

ES_NFRC_LabelRatings on the NFRC label have been achieved through standardized test methods at independently operated laboratories. This standardized method allows you to fairly compare window performance of “Manufacturer A” to “Manufacturer B.”

The NFRC testing protocols involve testing of the full window — including glass, frame, spacers, and any other component that is a permanent part of the complete product. This strategy provides a more accurate reflection of how the product will perform in the home than testing of just glass, as the framing and other components influence ratings such as U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and Visible Transmittance (VT).

In commercial storefront and curtainwall glazing systems, glazing contractors combine various components that have not been tested as a complete product. For instance, storefront or curtainwall from one manufacturer; glass, coatings and infill from another; and the insulting glass spacer from yet another.

NFRC’s Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Product Certification Program enables whole product energy performance ratings for non-residential projects. CMA uses a simulation tool called CMA Software Tool (CMAST), which includes a database of online performance data for the three primary components of a fenestration product — glazing, frame, and glass spacer — to generate overall product performance ratings for U-Factor, SHGC and VT. The database is essentially a library that houses data on a wide variety of fenestration components. Microsoft PowerPoint - EduCode Presentation R2 [Read-Only] [Compatibility Mode]

While the CMA program has been around for a number of years, it is just now beginning to be widely used and accepted. CMA’s non-residential energy performance data is used in determining code compliance and for meaningful whole building energy analysis. The certification and rating program is credible, simple, cost effective, fair, uniform and useful.

Though the current non-residential program offered by the NFRC Site-Built program provides consistent and reliable energy performance ratings, the CMA program allows for different segments of the fenestration industry to obtain standardized energy performance ratings for fenestration components and component systems including glass, spacers, and frames.

Once tested by an accredited lab, modeled by an Approved Calculation Entity, validated by an approved Inspection Agency, and entered into the CMAST database, these systems reside in electronic libraries that can be easily accessed by those who wish to determine and/or obtain NFRC energy performance ratings (U-Factor, SHGC, VT) for entire window, entrance, storefront, and curtainwall systems.

The libraries are especially useful to architects and builders for:

  • Designing envelope/fenestration systems for maximum energy efficiency — whether solar control, energy efficiency, daylighting, or passive solar design
  • Comparing the energy performance of different fenestration components and products, and making more informed choices
  • Enforcing – related specified performance to installed performance

In the example below, the total performance characteristics of the total system are as follows –

  • U-Factor: 0.34
  • SHGC: 0.20
  • VT: 0.43
  • LSG: 0.43/0.20 = 2.15 (visible light to solar heat gain)


These values are based on the following components:

  • Tubelite’s 400 Series curtainwall with 2.5 x 7.5-inch aluminum framing and fiberglass pressure plate
  • PPG’s Solarban® 70XL low-e glass with 90% argon fill
  • Technoform Glass Insulation’s warm edge spacer

CMA shows how changing one component affects overall energy efficiency and provides information on which components can be combined. Ultimately, the information obtained from CMA can be used to determine a whole product energy performance rating for a fenestration system.

Efficient Windows Collaborative, http://www.commercialwindows.org/
ENERGY STAR, http://www.energystar.gov
National Fenestration Rating Council, http://www.nfrc.org/Tubelite_TomMinnon
Technoform Glass Insulation, http://www.glassinsulation.us/
Tubelite Inc., http://www.tubeliteinc.com


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.


Tubelite’s new Dallas/Fort Worth facility is now operational

Tubelite_Texas_FrontTubelite Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of architectural aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall systems in the United States, is pleased to announce that is has completed the initial set-up of its new Texas facility at 4900 Langdon Rd., Suite 500 Dallas, Texas 75241. The new facility is now staffed and operationally ready to service the company’s clients within the Texas and South Central region.

“We are very pleased with how well everything went on the project,” says Ken Werbowy, president of Tubelite. In addition to carrying stock Tubelite_Texas_Interiorproduct inventory and servicing clients with damage-free delivery service, the new 27,500-square-foot building area will provide on-site CNC machining for door and frame fabrication. Employees previously working out of the company’s Mesquite, Texas office in addition to several employees from the company’s Walker, Michigan plant have already transitioned to the new location.

Werbowy adds, “This facility is easily accessible to accommodate shipping needs and is centralized within the region to provide even faster lead-times and damage-free shipments to our customers in the region.”

An upcoming open house is being planned for clients in the region.



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