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Photo: Green Bay Area Public School District and Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Franklin Middle School in Green Bay, Wis., had many single-glazed windows from its original construction in 1958. For its renovation project, Green Bay Area Public School District wanted energy-efficient, high-performance windows to respond to low temperatures in Green Bay during the winter.

John Oates, NCARB, AIA, vice president and senior project architect at Somerville Inc., says there were many critical components for the windows. "Thermal performance, the ability to color-match the existing window systems, horizontal mullion locations, ease of installation and building operational efficiency were just some of the factors that were considered in choosing the window system," he says.

Somerville specified Wausau Window and Wall Systems' INvent Series 4250i-XLT window system with Viracon Inc's double-glazed, low-E insulating glass with extra-wide polyamide thermal barriers for the project. The operable windows have 5/8-inch blinds enclosed behind a third layer of glass for light and glare control. Linetec finished the windows' aluminum framing and the metal panels with Medium Bronze anodize, which requires minimal maintenance. The windows matched the school's existing aesthetic and met high-performance requirements.

Lueck's Home Improvements Inc. installed more than 125 of Wausau Window and Wall Systems' windows for the project. Units of Wausau Window and Wall Systems' windows were stacked up four sections high for installation. Most of the tall, pre-configured units included two operable windows. Many of the units were topped on the job site with 2-inch, insulated metal panels supplied by Lueck's Home Improvements.

Michael Stangel, executive director of facilities at Green Bay Area Public School District, says the windows needed to be replaced for decades. "So from both an energy and comfort standpoint, new windows were high on the list of facility improvements for Franklin Middle School."

Franklin Middle School serves 710 students and 125 staff. The project included a new HVAC system and mechanical room, replacement of asbestos floor tile in the classrooms and refurbished seating in the auditorium. The $7.2 million renovation of the 192,700-square-foot middle school was completed in November 2015.

Owner: Green Bay Area Public School District, Green Bay, Wis.
Architect: Somerville Inc., Green Bay,
Construction manager: Miron Construction, Neenah, Wis.,
Finisher: Linetec, Wausau, Wis.,
Installer/insulated metal panel supplier: Lueck's Home Improvements Inc., Oshkosh, Wis.,
Glass: Viracon Inc., Owatonna, Minn.,
Windows: Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau,

Photo: Green Bay Area Public School District and Wausau Window and Wall Systems