Apogee Enterprises Inc. started its 2017 fiscal year with a 3-percent revenue increase in the first quarter from the year before, according to the company. It saw revenues of $247.9 million for the period, and its backlog of $509.7 was up 8 percent from last year.

The architectural glass segment, consisting of Viracon, recorded revenues of $93.4 million. This represented an 8-percent decrease, though the company says that was expected based on timing of project activity. Architectural services, made up of Harmon Inc., increased revenues by 13 percent to $62.8 million.

The company’s architectural framing systems segment includes Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Tubelite, Alumicor and Linetec. Revenues for that part of the business were $81.1 million, an increase of 13 percent.

All three architectural segments saw significant operating income growth, according to the company’s report.

“For fiscal 2017, we expect continued top- and bottom-line growth, based on our backlog, commitments and bidding activity,” says Joe Puishys, CEO of Apogee. “… Apogee expects mid-single digit U.S. commercial construction market growth in fiscal 2017, as market activity, the Architecture Billings Index, office employment and office vacancy rates all show positive momentum. With our internal market visibility and external metrics moving in the right direction, we see sustained U.S. non-residential market growth at least through fiscal 2020.”

He adds that fiscal 2017 capital expenditures are anticipated to be approximately $60 million as Apogee invests to increase capabilities, productivity and capacity. Gross margin is expected to be greater than 26 percent and operating margin at least 11 percent.

“Longer term, we believe our strategies to grow through new geographies, new products and new markets, along with our backlog, bidding activity and focus on better project selection, productivity and operational improvements, support our fiscal 2018 goals of at least a 12 percent operating margin on revenues of $1.2 to $1.3 billion,” Puishys says.