Window Replacement Project at SUNY Maintains Historical Style

To improve efficient energy use,  SUNY initiated a window replacement project to upgrade more than 350 single-pane, steel-framed windows.

To improve efficient energy use, SUNY initiated a window replacement project to upgrade more than 350 single-pane, steel-framed windows.

Multiple student residences across the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia campus rely on windows from Wausau Window and Wall Systems, entrances from Tubelite Inc. and architectural finishes by Linetec. All three contributors are part of Apogee Enterprises Inc.’s building retrofit strategy team.

As account executive with Apogee’s building retrofit strategy team, Kevin Robbins assists building owners and facility managers in evaluating the benefits of energy-efficient building envelope renovations and upgrades. He and his team offer free energy modeling, product selection and design assistance, and a network of installers covering North America.

SUNY is committed to creating more sustainable campuses for its 465,000 students. On its Fredonia campus, SUNY serves more than 5,200 students and 1,100 staff on 256 acres. Amongst the Fredonia students’ residences are Disney Hall, Igoe Hall and Schulz Hall.

To improve efficient energy use in these buildings, SUNY initiated a window replacement project to upgrade the single-pane, steel-framed windows. The project began in 2013 and is scheduled for completion in 2017. In total, more than 350 windows in SUNY Fredonia residence halls will be replaced with Wausau windows.

For more than 30 years, Wausau’s products have been used to meet both renovation and new construction applications. One of Wausau’s products for these applications is its INvent Retro-XLT Series projected windows with beveled exterior face and optional ogee or cove profiled rebates. For more historically sensitive projects, Custom Window by Wausau’s products mimic the sightlines, divided lights and arched tops of classic windows. Both product lines bring the performance of today’s aluminum frames and low-e glass.

Each Wausau window installed on SUNY Fredonia features solar control low-e glass and polyurethane thermal barrier, aluminum framing, which contributes to building’s energy-saving goals and condensation resistance. Linetec finished the aluminum framing in Medium Bronze and Champagne anodize to match the existing design palette.

As part of the Advantage by Wausau standard product offering, Wausau’s windows are backed with a warranty of up to 10 years. They also are available on a delivery schedule made to meet an educational projects’ budgets and construction schedules.

On Disney Hall, glazing contractor TGR Enterprises Inc. installed 190 of Wausau’s project-out, project-in and fixed units. These projected windows allow for natural ventilation, which offers a seasonal opportunity for air-conditioning energy savings when included as part of a facility’s HVAC design.

Each window's aluminum framing is finished in durable Medium Bronze and Champagne anodize to match the existing design palette.

Each window’s aluminum framing is finished in durable Medium Bronze and Champagne anodize to match the existing design palette.

Wausau’s windows on Disney Hall are NFRC-labeled and AAMA AW-rated, indicating that they meet industry testing for air, water and structural performance. These attributes contribute to helping improve Disney Hall’s energy performance by 24.5 percent over the ASHRAE standard for residential buildings.

The updates to Disney Hall were part of the $6 million Kirkland Complex window replacement project. Named for Walt Disney, SUNY opened Disney Hall in 1967. Today, the three-floor building is a co-ed residence filled with three-bedroom kitchen suites with shared dining and living areas. Disney Hall primarily houses junior and senior year students.

Igoe Hall and Schulz Hall also are mostly designated for upperclassmen’s residences. Two of the four buildings within the Andrews Complex, Igoe and Schulz halls each have shared common areas and private four-bedroom suites. Both halls opened in 1970. Igoe honors former student James Robert Igoe. Schulz Hall is named for famous cartoonist and “Peanuts” comic strip illustrator, Charles Schulz.

Part of the $6.1 million Andrews Complex window replacement project, glazing contractor Window Specialists Inc. installed 120 INvent Retro-XLT 2250i Series windows plus 70 Wausau 3250-Z Series project-out zero sightline windows on Igoe Hall.

In addition, a combination of Tubelite’s T14000 I/O Series thermal storefront and 17 Wide Stile entrance doors were installed within the Andrews Complex. Linetec provided the aluminum-framed window, storefront and entrance systems with an anodized finish to maintain their intended appearance and performance.

1 Comment on "Window Replacement Project at SUNY Maintains Historical Style"

  1. It’s a shame that the replacement windows are warrantied only for 10 years. How is it more sustainable to trash the original steel windows, manufacture new aluminum ones only to repeat this cycle over and over? I’d like to hear how much analysis was done to assess the repetitive cost of short-cycle replacement versus restoring, reglazing, and weatherizing the original, steel-framed, single-pane windows which lasted 46 years, Isn’t steel, with proper surface preparation, more long-lasting than aluminum? For additional improvement couldn’t the old windows be supplemented with attractive storm windows?

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