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Major Industries & Specified Building Products:
Creating Environments Where People Can Shine
For more than three decades, Major Industries has worked with architects, engineers and designers to create energy-saving custom skylights and translucent wall systems that fit a wide range of applications and budgets. From complex custom skylights to curved translucent wall systems to simple pre-engineered Quick Ship™ translucent panel skylights, Major can provide you with the right daylighting solution for your next project.
Only Major Industries can offer you the flexibility of four distinct product lines
- LightBasic™ provides simple, low cost performance.
- Guardian 275® the industry standard, offering the most design and performance flexibility.
- Clima-Tite™ engineered with pultruded fiberglass framing for improved thermal performance versus aluminum-based systems.
- Auburn® glass and mixed glazed skylights for a more traditional look and views to the sky.
Skylights & Canopies
LightBasic™ value-engineered Quick Ship™ translucent skylights are the perfect mix of price and performance. LightBasic™ Quick Ship™ Self-flashing Single Slope translucent panel skylights are the perfect balance of economy and performance. Shipped ready-to-install, they’re a unique blend of performance and price that’s aimed at budget-conscious buyers who demand an economical translucent panel skylight that will hold up to the elements.
LightBasic™ Quick Ship™ skylights are available in pre-engineered sizes from 2’ x 4’ to 5’ x 20’, and feature an acrylic-based AcrylitGC® face sheet and an insulation option for enhanced thermal performance. LightBasic™ Quick Ship™ Single Slope skylights are also self-flashing, allowing for ease of installation and less time on-site.
For quick and easy ordering of select sizes, check out our new online store – shopmajorskylights.com – where you will find versions of our LightBasic™ Quick Ship™ skylights in sizes from 2ft. x 4ft. to 5ft. x 10ft. ready for quick delivery. Don’t see the right configuration in the online store? Call us and we’ll work with you to find a system that fits your project’s needs.
If you’re looking for a unique blend of glare-free light and thermal performance in an economical package, take a closer look at LightBasic™ Quick Ship™ single slope skylights. Whether it’s new and retrofit construction, their light weight, durability and built-in light control make them a versatile daylighting tool.
Guardian 275® translucent skylights provide a wide range of color, thermal performance and specialty application options. Guardian 275® skylights and canopies provide diffuse natural light without the hot-spots and glare commonly associated with glass glazed skylights. Their aluminum framing and sandwich panel construction also make them strong but lightweight, reducing the need for additional support structure compared to glass systems.
Guardian 275® systems feature advanced Ultimate Series™ face sheet technology, available thermal breaks, numerous insulation and sheet color options and industry-best warranties. TransCURVE™ curved skylights and canopies are also available for a unique design element.
- Save money in initial cost and long-term energy expenses.
- Possible LEED® credit opportunities for both new construction and existing buildings
- High-performance EPDM gaskets.
- Guaranteed against defective materials and construction for one year from date of purchase (exclusions apply – see final warranty for details).
- Universal “slope adapters” fit all standard rafters, creating precise slope control regardless of product geometry.
- Tubular rafters, which frequently eliminate the need for support tubes, are standard.
- Instant pricing from our SkyPrice™ computer system
Specified Building Products Wall Systems
LightBasic™ value-engineered translucent wall systems are the perfect balance of price and performance. LightBasic™ translucent wall systems from Major Industries are the perfect balance of economy and performance, delivering outstanding sun control at an economical price.
What makes LightBasic™ different from other translucent panel systems? LightBasic™ offers a simplified aluminum framing system and acrylic-based AcrylitGC® face sheet. It’s a unique blend of performance and price that’s aimed at budget-conscious buyers who demand an economical translucent daylighting system that will hold up under a variety of conditions.
Perfectly suited for office spaces, schools, libraries, manufacturing centers and other locations where glare-free light is instrumental to occupant performance and comfort, LightBasic™ translucent panel wall systems are a good fit for both new and retrofit construction, and can be custom-designed to fit your specific needs and requirements.
Guardian 275® translucent wall systems provide a wide range of color, thermal performance and specialty application options. Guardian 275® translucent wall systems provide glare-free natural light to interior spaces, while also allowing for flexibility in design and long-term durability.
Guardian 275® wall systems feature lightweight sandwich panels and a framing system that holds panels in place without visible fasteners. Their innovative design provides a “snap and capture” detail that provides rapid field installation and secure holding power for a clean, uncluttered sight line that improves aesthetics and tamper resistance. Guardian 275® wall systems also offer unsurpassed protection against water and air infiltration by using only EPDM gasketing and long-lasting high-performance sealants.
Clima-Tite™ features pultruded fiberglass support members for a new level of thermal performance and condensation resistance. In order to create the pultruded fiberglass members in a Clima-Tite™ system, continuous strands of glass are combined with resins and pulled through a heated die. Pultruded fiberglass has numerous advantages over aluminum, including dimensional stability and increased protection from temperature differences and condensation, which can enhance occupant comfort.
Fiberglass is also environmentally sound, as the manufacturing processes require less energy compared to aluminum (about 80% less embodied energy). The main ingredient in fiberglass is silica sand, an abundant natural material. Once properly converted, the inherent thermal properties of fiberglass allow for reduced HVAC loads, which can reduce greenhouse emissions. The long lifespan and durability of pultruded fiberglass also delivers reduced costs over the lifetime of the system.
Case Study #1
Ingraham High School in Seattle, Washington was recently given an overhaul that included a dozen new classrooms and an open, tiered space for the school’s technical programs. An open courtyard space was created to help tie together the multiple floor levels and provide an area for both socializing and casual learning activities. To help bring light to the area, translucent panel skylights were utilized, allowing for controlled natural light to fill the space without the distracting glare or uncomfortable hot-spots that could occur with clear glazing materials. Beyond the light control capabilities of translucent panel systems, they’re also a good choice for renovation projects because of their light weight, requiring significantly less structural support than a comparable glass skylight system.
The Ingraham School Project, designed by Integrus Architecture, is clearly a beautiful design – but it’s an award-winning one as well, including the 2013 AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award, the 2012 AIA Washington Civic Design Awards – Citation Award, and the 2012 IIDA – INawards / Design IN Public – Winner in Class.
Case Study #2
HSR Associates recently completed the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) and Area Maintenance Support Facility in Madison, Wisconsin. The facility is made up of administrative and support offices with open office areas, recruiting offices, an assembly hall, a weapons simulator room and more, including indoor vehicle storage bays. Insulated translucent wall systems, configured for blast protection, were used to help provide glare-free natural light to the vehicle maintenance area while still providing great thermal performance.
Construction on the new building followed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines for improving indoor environmental quality.
Case Study #3
The Jackson Jet Center recently added about 25,000 square feet of new space and remodeled about 8,000 square feet at its executive jet terminal in Boise, Idaho. The project, designed by Glancey Rockwell and Associates, included an expansion of the hangar space to accommodate larger jets. The project features a large section of translucent panels that bring light and privacy to the hangar, as well as providing enhanced thermal performance and light control that helps to reduce overall energy use costs.