Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Outpatient Clinic Utilizes Translucent Skylight

The Department of Veteran's Affairs medical campus in Vancouver, Washington recently added a 20,000 square foot Outpatient Specialty Clinic, and the design blends practicality with comfort. While traditional glass windows allow for views to the exterior, a translucent skylight adds soft, diffuse light to the interior space.

Congratulations to PKA Architects, Kevcon Inc. and the Department of Government Affairs for the Outpatient Specialty Clinic's recent award for the Best Public Building Under $10M Award from the Associated General Contractors' 2012 Build Washington Awards for Construction Excellence.

Visit www.DCD.com for the Jan/Feb 2013 issue and additional information related to the project.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Guardian 275® Named One of Architectural Products' Top 50 of 2012

Guardian 275® translucent panel daylighting systems were chosen as one of Architectural Products' Readers Choice Top 50 Products for 2012.

Guardian 275® translucent daylighting systems are lightweight, offer a variety of insulation options for enhanced thermal performance, and provide diffuse natural light without the worry of hot-spots or glare. Visit our Guardian 275® page for additional details, or call us at 888-759-2678 to find out more!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New from Major - Guardian 275® Design Guide and BIM Product Models

We recently introduced two new items related to our Guardian 275® translucent skylights and wall systems - an updated design guide featuring new project photos, product details and more, plus we now have BIM product models available for a wide range of Guardian 275® systems.

The new Guardian 275® catalog can be downloaded online at www.majorskylights.com/pdfs/guardian275catalog.pdf , or you can request a free copy by calling 888-759-2678 or emailing us at info@majorskylights.com.

Guardian 275® BIM models can be found by visiting our BIM page - www.majorskylights.com/technical/bim.php . They've been created with architects and designers in mind, and are easy to use and feature small file sizes.

For additional information on any of our daylighting products - including our new Clima-Tite™ suystems that feature pultruded fiberglass framing for enhanced thermal performance - visit us at www.majorskylights.com.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Major Industries booth at the AIA National Show in New Orleans.

We also take a moment to stop and remember those who lost their lives proudly serving our country.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

While we pledge every day to illuminate interior spaces with natural daylight, you can make your own pledge here... http://www.earthday.org/

Monday, March 21, 2011

Clima-Tite™ Translucent Panel Systems Now on Major's Website!

Major Industries has taken translucent daylighting to a new level of thermal performance with the introduction of its new Clima-Tite™ daylighting system.

Officially unveiled at the 2010 Greenbuild Convention and Expo in Chicago, and recently released, Clima-Tite™ features the same built-in water management as our standard Guardian 275® translucent panel daylighting systems, but replaces the aluminum structure with pultruded fiberglass. This allows for improved u-factors and improved Condensation Resistance Factor (CRF) numbers versus aluminum-based systems.

Clima-Tite™ systems also offer a unique snap-to-lock installation feature that saves labor costs and eliminates the need for unsightly visible fasteners and provides a simple, clean and uncluttered appearance. Clima-Tite™ features Major’s Ultimate Serie™ FRP face sheet technology for unbeatable weathering performance and unmatched warranties, plus superior color retention, an erosion veil for extreme environments, and industry-long warranties.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Everyone at Major Industries would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and a great 2011!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Greenbuild in the Windy City...

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at the 2010 Greenbuild Convention and Expo in Chicago last month. We're already looking forward to the 2011 Greenbuild Show in Toronto!

Besides product literature and daylighting system samples, Major also unveiled a new translucent panel system that features fiberglass support members for revolutionary thermal performance. The new system will also feature a snap-to-lock installation system that eliminates exposed fasteners. Stay tuned to www.majorskylights.com for additional updates and an official product release.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Trade Show Season

Major Industries is once again preparing for trade show season. Join us at the AIA-Iowa convention September 30-October 1 in Des Moines, the ALA Chicago Conference October 5th and the AIA-South Dakota Convention in Sioux Falls October 14th and 15th.

We will also be at the Design-Build Expo in Las Vegas October 18th-20th at Caesar's Palace and at Greenbuild in Chicago November 16th -18th.

Stop by our booth and check out a wide range of samples, literature and new products!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Guardian 275® Translucent Skylights Receive Florida Approval

Major Industries’ Guardian 275® translucent panel skylights were recently approved by the Florida Building Commission for use in the Florida construction industry (Windzone 3 / Missile Level D). The Guardian 275® hurricane system, engineered to provide the highest level of hurricane protection, offers the same high-quality, glare-free light found in Major’s standard Guardian 275® translucent panel systems.

In order to receive Florida approval (which encompasses most Florida counties), Major’s Guardian 275® translucent skylights had to withstand a variety of missile impact, water and air infiltration and pressure load tests. Guardian 275® translucent skylights, with their unique sandwich panel design and use of high-performance materials, offer strong protection against hurricane-force winds and flying debris – without sacrificing the numerous health and environmental benefits that daylighting provides.

To learn more about Guardian 275® translucent panel systems, and for a free 28 page catalog detailing the LEED-friendly and protective benefits of Guardian 275®, call 888-759-2678, email us at sales@majorskylights.com or visit www.majorskylights.com. For more information about Florida building requirements and codes, visit www.floridabuilding.org.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beyond Custom...

There are times when a standard skylight fits the bill - and other times when you need a daylighting system that does more than let in light. Check out just a few unique translucent daylighting applications:

* RETROFIT READY - Add a unique look without a unique price tag with Guardian 275® Translucent Adapter Panels that offer seamless integration between 2.75" Guardian 275® translucent panels and conventional 1" framing systems.

* BLAST PROTECTION - Guardian 275® panels, after going though the most punishing blast tests in the translucent daylighting industry, meet or exceed Department of Defense (Level "C" Loading) and General Services Administration (Condition "1", Hazard Level "None") performance requirements. If your next project needs to meet anti-terrorism standards, but you're concerned about including daylighting in the design plan, visit our Blast Protection page - you'll find high-speed video of the actual testing.

* REMOVABLE SYSTEMS - Guardian 275® skylights can be configured with lifting hooks for easy access to machinery or medical equipment. Our curtainwall systems can also be easily disassembled for access to necessary equipment.

* COLORFUL OPTIONS - Besides a wide range of custom finish options, Major also offers Spectra-Grid™ colored insulation options for a unique stained-glass look, as well as a wide range of sheet color options - from Aqua to Desert Rose - that ensure a unique and eye-catching look.

When you're in need of a system that becomes and integral part of the building, Major Industries can work with you to create a system that's right for your next project.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Greenbuild Needs Your Artistic Talents...

Attention all creative-types... the U.S. Green Building Council is calling on producers, directors and writers to submit their work for screening at the fourth Annual Greenbuild International Film Festival. The Film Festival will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17 through Thursday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m at McCormick Place in Chicago.

In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Generation Green: Redefining Our Future, the Greenbuild Special Programs Working Group is seeking submissions including documentaries, films and informational videos that promote innovative green building practices and address social, environmental and health topics related to the built environment.

For details, visit http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Events/Film-Festival.aspx .

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tax Credits for Daylighting

Want to know if your state offers tax credits for daylighting? Check out http://www.dsireusa.org/, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Tim Wissbroecker, the Major Industries employee who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident on July 5th, has been upgraded to fair condition and is recovering. Police report that they have apprehended a suspect in the case.

Everyone at Major wished Tim the best during his recovery process, and we hope to see him soon. In order to assist the family through the recovery process, a donation fund has been set up in Tim’s name at CoVantage Credit Union locations in Wausau, Rhinelander and Antigo, Wisconsin. If you would like to donate, please call 1-800-398-2667.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Tim Wissbroecker, a Design Drafter at Major Industries, was involved in a hit-and-run accident on July 5th, 2010. Tim is an avid runner and bicyclist and was training for an upcoming triathlon when the incident occurred. The accident left Tim in critical condition, with numerous internal injuries, and he is still under close watch. Though he has a long road ahead, there are signs of improvement and it’s hoped that he will be able to make a full recovery.

Unfortunately, the driver that hit Tim has not been found, and police are still on the lookout for the vehicle and any other passengers who were at the scene. Police report that the vehicle is a newer model silver or gray Honda SUV with front passenger side damage.

The Wissbroecker family has posted a $5000 reward for information leading to an arrest/conviction in the case. In order to support the family’s efforts, and due to the criminal nature of the event, Major is matching the reward contribution up to an additional $5000. (If you have any information about this incident, the family asks that you call the Langlade County Sheriff's Department at 715-627-6411.)

If you would like to assist the Wissbroecker family as they deal with these tough times, a donation fund has been set up in Tim’s name at CoVantage Credit Union locations in Wausau, Rhinelander and Antigo, Wisconsin. If you would like to donate, please call 1-800-398-2667.