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The basics: Just five months after a category F4 tornado hit this Henryville, Ind., school, students returned to a newly reconstructed facility with replacement entrance and window systems. The original elementary and secondary school buildings featured entrances and windows from Kawneer and Traco. “Of all of the window and door units throughout the buildings, only one window unit was lost in the tornado,” said Alan Gates of Stanley Schultze & Co., the installer on the project. The products were again selected for the rebuild because of their strength, functionality and durability, according to an Alcoa release. The new glazing units also feature suspended film insulating glass for thermal performance.
The players: General contractor, BELFOR; entrance and window supplier, Kawneer Co. and Traco, brands of Alcoa Building and Construction Systems; glass supplier, Southwall Technologies; glazing contractor, Stanley Schultze & Co. Inc.
The glass and systems: High performance insulating glass with Heat Mirror Suspended Coated Film Technology to achieve high thermal performance, maximize occupant comfort, control UV and help with noise control. During reconstruction, every exterior entrance was replaced, along with several of the building’s interior doors. The systems include Kawneer’s 350 Medium Stile Entrance and Traco’s TR-3500 and TR-3800 windows.