New Mexico School Features Eco-Friendly Anodized Walls

Bernalillo Elementary School achieves sustainable design goals using products by Linetec

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The first new elementary school in New Mexico's Bernalillo Public Schools district in 30 years features anodized storefronts and curtainwalls that send 90 percent less waste to landfills.
 
Linetec finished the storefront and curtainwall systems' aluminum framing members for Bernalillo Elementary School applying paint on the interior and clear anodize on the exterior. This eco-friendly anodize process sends 90 percent less waste to landfills than traditional anodizing.
 
The eco-friendly etch process creates an aesthetically appealing "frostier" appearance that helps hide small defects, such as die lines, flow lines, minor corrosion and scratches, that may occur on the aluminum surface of architectural products. Although neither conventional caustic nor acid etch removes all irregularities in the aluminum, acid etch does a better job of concealing them. This gives the material a better aesthetic finish on both primary and secondary (recycled) billet.
 
Linetec's eco-friendly anodize process meets or exceeds all AAMA 611 specifications. Standard warranty of 5 years and optional extended 10 year warranty apply.
 
Painted finishes also are applied and controlled in an environmentally effective manner to minimize, or even eliminate, volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These architectural-grade finishes help minimize maintenance and further protect the entrance systems' rigorous operation.
 
Bernalillo Elementary School serves approximately 450 third- through fifth-grade students and faculty. Previously, these students attended Carroll Elementary, which was built in 1980 as the district's last "new" elementary. The kindergarten through second-grade students attended Roosevelt Elementary. When the new elementary opened in August 2010, Carroll became the kindergarten through second-grade campus and Roosevelt transitioned to administrative offices.