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EcoHawks Research Facility

LEED Platinum Building on the University of Kansas Campus Features Lumira® aerogel-filled LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ Polycarbonate Panels

EH_frSouthSqon_smThe University of Kansas’s “Studio 804”, an organization for graduate students studying architecture at KU, used Lumira® aerogel-filled LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ polycarbonate panels in their most recent LEED Platinum certified building project. Opened this summer, the Hill Engineering Research and Development Center on KU’s West Campus will house the EcoHawks, the School of Engineering’s student research program focused on alternative energy for transportation.

The research facility was designed with a wide variety of energy conservation features and is one of six LEED Platinum buildings built by Studio 804. The building is divided into three pods: two enclosed spaces for working on electric vehicles, and an open-air volume. The two enclosed spaces, pods one and two, are high-bay fabrication spaces completely glazed to allow for maximum visibility, solar gain, and daylighting.

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To offset the high heat transfer and improve energy performance, Studio 804 developed a motorized ‘sunshade’ system behind the glass facade which features Lumira® aerogel-filled LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ panels. These insulated, motorized panels can be raised or lowered depending on the thermal insulation needs of the building and to control the amount of glare from direct sunlight.

Studio 804 students collaborated with several manufacturers to design this one-of-a-kind, operable shading system. Aerolenz of Santa Fe, New Mexico was the primary systems integrator working on the project. AmeriLux International worked both with Aerolenz and the students in product selection, coordination, and supplied the polycarbonate panels filled with Cabot Lumira® aerogel. Duo-Gard Industries, Canton, MI, provided the 40mm aluminum framing system that was used on the project.

The two-story high, custom-designed installation is the first use of the highly efficient Lumira® aerogel-filled insulated polycarbonate panels in the Lawrence area.

LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ is a registered trademark of SABIC.

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Cold Bending for Arched Applications

Multiwall Polycarbonate Sheet for Cold “Curving” Bending

Multiwall polycarbonate sheets can be successfully cold bent to suit many glazing applications such as arched walkways, barrel vaults, and domed roof lights.

Sheets must always be bent longitudinally, never across the width of the sheet. Flexing or installing a sheet past the max bending radius or to the point of buckling may cause rapid deterioration in highly stressed areas.

Sheet thickness and structure design will impact the extent of the radius bending. The basic rule states that sheets can be radiuses to 100 their thickness (R = T x 100).

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“Going Above and Beyond”

Employee Spotlight: “Keith Frelich”

The AmeriLux team members who work on the warehouse floor play a critical role in satisfying customer orders. That role – the facilitation of orders – has significant customer service implications that could impact a customer’s willingness to do repeat business with AmeriLux. Because of this, it is important that everyone who has a hand in fulfilling orders understands the importance of their position.

keith frelichA key member of the warehouse team is Keith Frelich. Keith understands how important it is to take care of het customer and ensure that every order ships correctly, and on-time. “It is important that we respond quickly and accurately to our customer’s needs,” said Keith. “Shorter lead times are a constant challenge, but a challenge we willingly accept.”

Keith’s warehouse responsibilities include the operation of warehouse equipment, crating orders for shipping, and fabrication of multiwall polycarbonate orders. When asked to describe a time when he went above and beyond the call of duty to help a customer, Keith responded, “Once, a customer’s truck broke down on the way to our warehouse to pick up material. So I drove them to nearest automotive store to get the parts they needed to fix their truck.”

Going “above and beyond” the call of duty by providing superior customer service can make a world of difference. That is why AmeriLux International strives to provide a superior and memorable customer service experience each and every day…for each and every customer.

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Distance Learning Options

With the end of the year less than two months away, many architects are looking to meet the last of their AIA Continuing Education requirements. AmeriLux International’s Distance Learning Program is an excellent way to get required Learning Units and to learn more about daylighting and multiwall polycarbonate.

If you are an architect looking for additional Learning Units, please take a look at the options below. If you have customers or contacts who are architects, please share this information or sign up yourself to learn more about your customer’s needs.

 

AEC Daily Course:

New in August, this course provides an excellent overview of multiwall polycarbonate and daylighting systems. The easy to use format involves reading through a presentation, taking a simple 10 question quiz, and can be completed in under an hour. The ability to take this course at any time, from any location, makes it one of the most convenient ways to get Learning Units.

 

Webinars:

Webinars are offered online and can be attended from any location with an internet connection. Through the remainder of the year, AmeriLux will be offering a webinar every 2 to 3 weeks. These webinars offer convenience with the added benefit of live instruction. There are four topics to choose from and a webinar on each topic will be scheduled before the end of the year.

Daylighting with Aerogel-Filled Multiwall Polycarbonate:

Vertical Translucent Glazing Multiwall Polycarbonate Systems:

Daylighting and Energy Efficiency with “Green” Polycarbonate Solutions:

  • Scheduled Time: TBD

Achieving Sustainable Design with Polycarbonate Standing Seam Products:

  • Scheduled Time: TBD

If you would like to schedule a webinar, please contact Tim Fikkert at 888.602.4441. For more information on the AmeriLux AIA Approved Distance Learning Program, please click here to visit our website.

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