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Arkema welcomes Deceuninck North America to family of Kynar Aquatec® trademark licensees

“We are thrilled to become a Kynar Aquatec® trademark licensee along our journey to continuously innovate and improve the performance of our products,” said Phil Morton, director of business development and innovation for Deceuninck North America. “For larger windows and doors and commercial applications, using Rovex® XF lineal profiles means no more trade-offs between thermal performance and structural integrity. The added protection of a Kynar Aquatec® coating for extreme weatherability is an unparalleled combination of innovative technologies for achieving the high standards of product performance our customers expect from Deceuninck.”  

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Seattle Landmark Fire Station 5 receives seismic upgrade

Renovated Fire Station 5 designed by Bassetti Architects has been designated a Seattle Landmark. Originally built in 1963, the fire station was in need of significant up-grades to meet many current seismic, safety, and accessibility codes as well as provide improvements to crew, administrative, and support facilities. Bassetti provided comprehensive renovation to the building and pier structure, including seismic reinforcement, building systems renovation, and sustainability improvements.

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AAMA and IGMA to Unify as One Combined Organization

The memberships of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) both voted to proceed with combining into one organization with a new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). “The value of the new organization will be a stronger industry voice, offering members and the industry single-source access to critical information,” said AAMA Board Chairman Donnie Hunter (Kawneer). “With knowledgeable professionals from both the fenestration and glass industries, better synergy for the whole finished fenestration product will be available, as well as direct access to Canadian market, codes and regulatory expertise. A combined organization also delivers expanded technical competencies and a broader document base to support more extensive educational opportunities for members,” he continued.

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AAMA releases new Curtain Wall Manual

Publication of AAMA CWM-19, the “Curtain Wall Manual,” marks the culmination of efforts by volunteers from AAMA Curtain Wall/Storefront Council member companies to update and enhance the former AAMA MCWM1-89, the “Metal Curtain Wall Manual.” It also incorporates content from several other related AAMA publications for ease of access.

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Ware Malcomb announces construction complete on tilt-up LBA Promenade Warehouse

The new, 32-foot clear tilt-up LBA Promenade Warehouse building is comprised of 163,056 square feet, including 5,000 square feet of office space and a 2,500 square foot wood mezzanine. Ware Malcomb provided architecture and civil engineering services for the project. The shell of the building was designed using concrete tilt-up panels, concrete slab flooring, steel beams and trusses, and an aluminum storefront system.

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High-performance architectural coatings for extruded aluminum

Manufacturers of window, storefront, entrance, curtainwall, skylight framing; rainscreen and canopy systems; and exterior sun shades and interior light shelves all rely on aluminum extrusions to achieve the dependable strength and performance of their architectural products. High-performance, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coatings provide product manufacturers, architects, specifiers and building owners with the capability to select nearly any conceivable color or combination of colors, while enhancing their products’ durability and longevity. A better understanding of the components, aesthetic options and performance specifications will help with selecting the best architectural coating for the architectural extrusions to meet the unique applications and project requirements.

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Tubelite completes facility expansion in Walker, Michigan

Tubelite Inc. has completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion at its facility in Walker, Michigan. This location includes the company’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The addition will utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and productivity.

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Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative’s new headquarters features Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront

Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative recently opened its new headquarters in Williston, North Dakota, featuring an expansive curtainwall from Tubelite. The four-story, 85,000-square-foot building was designed by JLG Architects to achieve a LEED® Gold certification with an emphasis on highlighting the efficient use of electricity, while creating a beacon for MWEC on the north side of Williston.

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AAMA updates two specifications for static, dynamic test methods related to seismic drift

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated two documents for evaluating window wall, curtain wall and storefront systems when it comes to seismic drift. AAMA 501.4-18, “Recommended Static Test Method for Evaluating Window Wall, Curtain Wall and Storefront Systems Subjected to Seismic and Wind-Induced Inter-Story Drift,” and AAMA 501.6-18.”

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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