Wausau Window System Brings Fresh Air to EMU Residence Hall

Eastern Michigan University has completed a $3.1 million Wausau window upgrade that transformed its First-Year Center.

Ypsilanti, Mich.—Eastern Michigan University recently remodeled its First-Year Center with angled, copper-colored windows from Wisconsin-based Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

The facility includes a dining commons and four wings of a residential hall, which house 600 students. Many of the windows were original to the 1960s construction and needed to be replaced with energy-efficient windows and frames. The window frames were installed at various angles against the building under direction from architects at Hamilton Anderson Associates.

Trainer Glass Company installed more than 675 Advantage by Wausau® 2250-LP Series low-profile windows. The windows earned an AAMA AW-60 rating for EMU’s First-Year Center, and helped to increase lighting, lower heat loss and widen views. The 2250-LP Series fixed windows can acheive a U-Factor as low as 0.32 BTU/hr.sqft.degF in winter months. The window’s performance is achieved with Low-E insulating glass from Viracon and thermal barriers applied by Linetec.

Linetec also applied the eco-friendly, copper anodized finish on Wausau’s aluminum framing. This coating is low-maintenance and does not patina over time. The $3.1 million window renovation is part of the University’s “Education First! Initiative.”

“The renovations we made upgraded and modernized this highly utilized facility,” says John Donegan, EMU’s chief of operations. “Not only will it be more energy efficient, but the exterior renovations will make the entire complex more attractive and visually appealing for our students.”

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