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Langford Elementary School | Skylight Retrofit

“Superior Aesthetics. Superior Performance”

Architect: Capitol Studio Architects
Skylight System: Wasco Skylights
Wasco Sales Representative: PACE Representatives
Wasco Certified Installer: Angel Creek

The existing skylight at the John A. Langford Elementary School in East Hartford, Connecticut was in dire need of being replaced. It annoyingly leaked, created undue glare, and was thermally inefficient and aesthetically unappealing. The transparent glazing had discolored with age, reducing the amount and the quality of natural light entering the building.

The architect on the project, Capital Studio Architects, contacted Wasco’s sales representative at PACE for a skylight replacement solution. Since a new skylight would have involved rebuilding the curb, not to mention the cost of a completely new system, it was decided to retrofit the existing skylight frame with Wasco’s light-framed Classic system and 25mm Lumira® aerogel-filled polycarbonate panels.

The original 34.5’ x 34.5’ pyramid skylight had featured acrylic panels. Replacing the glazing with glass would have required extensive framework reinforcement to support the additional weight, increasing both material and installation costs.  Lightweight, durable, and easy to install, multiwall polycarbonate was the ideal replacement glazing choice for this renovation project.

Additionally, the light diffusion benefits from the inclusion of Lumira® aerogel will eliminate the glare of direct sunlight, and the superior insulating properties of the dry silica particulate will help the school reduce their HVAC energy usage and its costs.

Headquartered in Wells, Maine, Wasco Skylights offers a full line of commercial and residential daylighting solutions made in the U.S.A. Click here to visit their website.


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WFBA 2017 Annual Conference & Tour | Stop at AmeriLux

The Wisconsin Frame Builders Association (WFBA) held their 2017 Conference last week at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel and Convention Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. This annual meeting provides its attendees with many opportunities to advance their industry knowledge as well as learn about new ideas to incorporate into their building designs.

Each year, the conference includes a tour to local building designs that use the latest designs and engineering along with manufacturers of products used in the Post Frame Industry. This year’s tour included stops at an 80 x 200 post frame building at Manitowoc County Fairgrounds, robotic milking parlor at Clover Edge Dairy, AmeriLux International, and the Stone Cellar Brewery.

AmeriLux was honored to be a part of this year’s WFBA tour schedule. Following a company overview presentation, forty-plus conference attendees were split into groups and taken through the distribution center to observe key areas. On the tour, the groups were shown a broad range of products, fabrication services, and component assembly operations.

WFBA is an organization of builders, affiliates and suppliers whose business is supplying materials and the construction of frame buildings for the Wisconsin Consumer. Click here to visit their website.



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AmeriLux | Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

Q: What are closure strips?

A: Typically made of foam or plastic, closure strips are designed with a profile that matches the configuration of a corrugated panel. Closure strips seal the opening created where the corrugated polycarbonate sheet meets a flat surface, filling the gap in corrugated roofing and sidewall applications.

Closure strips provide a finished, professional appearance and increase the weather-tightness of polycarbonate corrugated panels by preventing moisture, insects, and debris from getting under the panels.

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AmeriLux Employee Spotlight

Amie Verboomen | Customer Relations Manager

Joining AmeriLux in October, Amie Verboomen brings to the A-team a strong background in client management and employee benefits administration. Her experience has allowed her to jump right into her role as a Customer Relations Manager. She also oversees the employee health benefits program, including processing forms, answering questions, and resolving benefits-related problems.

When asked what she has enjoyed most about her time at AmeriLux so far, Amie replied, “The atmosphere is remarkable and truly creates an environment for employees to succeed and grow. This is a value I hold dear to my heart and am truly grateful for.” Amie continued by stating the company as a whole is truly unlike any other and places an enormous priority on the good and wellness of its employees.

Fun Fact: Amie has served her community as a part-time firefighter for more than 7 years. She enjoys metalworking and is the proud mom on one son, who is the light of her life.


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DIY Tip of the Month

Winterizing a Hobby Greenhouse

Winterizing your hobby greenhouse from cold winter winds and plunging temperatures is an ideal way to extend the growing season. The first step is deciding on a heat source. Do your research. There are many ways of heating your greenhouse, including some energy-conscious options.

Inspect all joints, hinges, and panels. Tighten and adjust if needed. Seal any cracks. They can leak warm air outdoors. Plug holes to prevent unwanted pests from taking shelter. Add some form of insulation to the back (north-facing) or sidewalls – locations where the sun will not be blocked. Do not completely shut all vents. Good ventilation is essential. Greenhouses need fresh air no matter what the season.

Winterizing your hobby greenhouse will keep the cold air out and the warm air in so you and your plants stay comfortable inside.


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Season’s Greetings from AmeriLux!

“A special holiday message from our CEO”

Dear Friends,

I love this time of year. ‘Tis the season to step back, reflect on our blessings, celebrate the accomplishments of the year, and look ahead with a goal to “be even better” than before!

2016 was a year in which AmeriLux achieved growth in every aspect of our enterprise. With the help of our customers, strategic partners, and employees, our momentum carried us to a 27% increase in business. As part of that growth we continued to expand the team here at AmeriLux and empowered them to “make a play”. We developed a system to measure and enhance employee engagement, and implemented emotional intelligence coaching to foster personal and professional growth. We also formalized our culture, a topic we will share more about in a future newsletter.

As we look ahead and anticipate continued growth in 2017, we have approved plans to build a 26,000 square foot expansion of our Distribution Center. We will also upgrade our racking to optimize our use of space and enhance the safety of our employees. The expansion will allow us to preserve our short lead times, strengthen our quality and inventory control systems, and continue our robust growth. Targeted completion date is late spring 2017.

As the 2016 calendar year winds down, the activity and excitement here in De Pere, Wisconsin is ramping up. We look forward to welcoming the New Year, and having even more opportunities to create “win-win” relationships, a bedrock commitment of our organization. I’d like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to our customers, vendors, employees and their families, and the communities in which we live and work for being the other side of the “win-win”.

May God bless you and your family richly in 2017. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kurt Voss


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Link of Interest: Blighted Home transformed into Greenhouse

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Once a northeast Detroit eyesore, the “Afterhouse” has been transformed into a subterranean greenhouse. The building sits on the original foundation and is constructed from recycled materials, many from the original home.

Instead of a total demolition that leaves nothing more than a vacant lot; the Afterhouse is a wonderful example of a new way of dealing with homes that have long since been abandoned.

Click here to read full article by Nick Wallace.






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Link of Interest: Khan’s Forests Installation for MINI

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“Challenging the Future of Urban Society”

Featured at this year’s London Design Festival, three translucent box-shaped structures explore a concept called Third Places. Shared spaces for people to meet, work, and relax outside of their home or workplace.

Filled with a variety of plants, the structures consisted of aluminum frames clad with translucent corrugated polycarbonate. Polycarbonate was an ideal covering choice for this installation, emphasizing the semi-public nature of the installation.

Click here to read full article by Ben Hobson.





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Tyler Brown | Account Manager – AmeriLux Logistics

This past spring, Tyler Brown graduated from St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI) with a degree in Business Administration. He joined the A-Team shortly after graduation as an Account Manager with AmeriLux’s Logistics Division. “I was attracted to join the AmeriLux team because of its culture and values,” said Tyler. “The people here are kind, hardworking, and extremely dedicated to making AmeriLux successful.”

As an AmeriLux Logistics Account Manager, Tyler coordinates and facilitates incoming and outgoing freight, creating worry free situations for its customer’s freight moving needs. Negotiation and relationship building are Tyler’s favorite aspects of his job. The most challenging part he says is finding functional ways to account for every detail. “There is significant value in staying organized so that our customer’s freight is moved effectively. The transportation industry is full of variables out of my control that can eradicate the initial plan. Being organized can advance the time it takes to manage predicaments.”

Fun Fact: Tyler is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and enjoys sharing the positive benefits of movements with others.


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Frequently Asked Polycarbonate Question

Q. Do polycarbonate sheets expand and contract with temperature changes?

A. Yes, polycarbonate sheets have a natural tendency to expand in hot weather and contract in cold. Temperature changes throughout the day and night will cause the sheets to expand and contract, making allowances for this thermal movement during installation is very important. Otherwise, the resistance to these temperature adjustments will cause undue stress on the sheet. Possible sheet failure may result in the form of distortion, buckling, and/or cracking.



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