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  • McElroy Metal Cor-Ten AZP Raw Helps Major Renovation of a Wisconsin Ironworking Plant

    July 19, 2018

    BOSSIER CITY, La., July 19, 2018 – Beloit, an industrial city along the Rock River in southeast Wisconsin, has undergone a facelift during recent years. Among the largest renovations has been at the original Beloit Corporation, which closed its doors in 1999 after more than 140 years.

    The property was purchased in 2001 by ABC Supply Inc. co-founders Diane and the late Ken Hendricks, who then began redevelopment of the property. Nearly 50 different businesses occupy or plan to occupy space in the building, renamed Ironworks. To maintain the historic industrial appearance, Multi-Cor Cor-Ten AZP Raw corrugated panels from McElroy Metal were installed on exterior walls and used in a variety of interior locations as design accents. As the renovation continues, more Cor-Ten AZP Raw will be installed.

    “The whole feel of the campus is for the industrial look,” says Jim Tibbetts, AAIA, project manager at Angus-Young Associates Inc. of Janesville, Wis. “During the first stages of renovation, there was still industry going on within the buildings. It was eventually phased out and it’s now dedicated to office space, retail and some restaurants.”

    In addition to office space and restaurants, the Ironworks campus is home to a golf training center and several tech startups.

    “We looked at several panels with Hendricks Development, but this one really captured the eye,” Tibbetts says. “It is a true rustic look. The corrugations are only 7/8 of an inch deep, so it doesn’t take a lot to back it up like a rainscreen would. Cost is also a consideration. It’s not over-the-top expensive.”

    “The rusty industrial look is what they were after,” says Lindsey Hartwig, project coordinator at CCI. “The installation went just like it was supposed to on the exterior. It looks great.”

    Hartwig says many of the businesses on campus have selected the Cor-Ten AZP Raw for interior design highlights … the YMCA has it wrapped around the reception desk and as part of the donor wall.

    The ongoing $30 million renovation at Ironworks includes new entrances, parking and road upgrades, as well as new windows, flooring, lighting, electrical and other amenities. The original manufacturing building, with 50-foot ceilings, still stands, but has been converted to a three-story building, creating more floor and loft space.

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  • RCI, Inc. Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium

    July 17, 2018

    Technical Education for Canadian Building Envelope Professionals
    2018 RCI Canadian Building Envelope Symposium September 13-14, 2018 Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Mississauga, ON

    RCI’s Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium is a two-day educational program offering cutting-edge information regarding design, construction, maintenance and repair of modern and/or older building envelopes. The event’s open, inclusive environment encourages attendees to ask questions and stimulates dialogue. Speakers offer relevant solutions by referencing real-world examples and specific case histories.

    To find out more and register, please click on the Read More button below.

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  • JL Industries Introduces the New Diamond Series Roof Hatch

    July 13, 2018

    Bloomington MN 7/11/2018: JL Industries is now offering a redesigned line of steel and aluminum roof hatches providing higher insulation value, easier installation and improved cover operation. The new Diamond™ Series is designed to reduce energy costs with R-6 polyisocyanurate insulation in both curb and cover – exceeding IECC requirements of R-5 for curbs. One-handed latch opening for ladder access, and counter-balanced lid provide the functionality and safety building owners are looking for to comply with OSHA fall protection standards. Installation is easier with the new Diamond Grip™ feature that secures the roofing membrane and backer rod without special tools.

    The Diamond Series replaces the RHG and RHA series that have been offered for the last 22 years under the Samson Products and JL Industry brands, and will be available in seven standard sizes and a full range of custom sizes. Double wall and higher R-Value curb insulation are optional features for this new series. To reduce solar heat gain, the standard finish for steel models is a durable, textured, IR-reflective white powder coat finish. When ordered with JL’s compression-fit safety railing system and self-closing rigid gate, the roof hatch meets the new OSHA 1910.28 and 1910.29 standards for protection of workers on walking/working surfaces.

    About Activar Construction Products Group

    Headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, Activar Construction Products Group (ACPG) is a manufacturer of products for the commercial construction industry. Products include the JL Industries brand of fire protection equipment, access doors, entrance flooring systems, and roof accessories. ACPG brings more than 75 years of experience, dependable service and high-quality products to the market with ten shipping locations nationwide.

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  • Insulated Metal Panels Lend Recreation Center Weather and Fire Performance

    July 12, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, July 12, 2018 – The new Lander County Recreation Center, also known as “BM Rec” to area residents, provides a daily splash of energy and enthusiasm to the quiet mining community of Battle Mountain, Nev. Featuring bold, ribbed insulated metal panels, single-skin rainscreen panels and a standing seam roofing system, the project showcases a comprehensive metal building envelope and the best in performance and aesthetics offered by NCI Building Systems Inc. Designed by VanWoert Bigotti Architects, the Lander County Recreation Center strikes the perfect balance between industrial and commercial architecture. The project pairs a steel frame system by Star Building Systems with over 50,000 square feet of metal panels by Metl-Span and MBCI.

    Metl-Span insulated metal panels make up the bulk of the project’s high-performance metal exterior, providing thermal and moisture performance in a single, easy-to-install component. Designers blended 16,997 square feet of the ribbed 7.2 Insul-Rib profile with 4,595 square feet of lightly-corrugated CF Mesa panels for dramatic wall relief. Specified in both Charcoal Gray and Igloo White, the insulated metal panels provide exceptional aesthetic versatility. While the 3-inch insulated metal panels boast an exceptional R-value of 23.58, the project team was equally impressed with the product’s unique, single-component construction. The ease of installation creates a weathertight building envelope after just one pass, creating efficiencies throughout the construction process.

    Designers accented the ribbed insulated metal panels in Charcoal Gray with a custom green single-skin metal panel from MBCI that provides aesthetic harmony with interior design and signage elements. The bold green exterior also serves as the project’s aesthetic focal point, drawing attention to the street-facing entrance.

    The project also incorporates fire-rated ThermalSafe insulated metal panels, featured solely on a storage facility on the eastern side of the building’s perimeter. While not part of the initial design, Lander County Recreation Center representatives requested additional storage space to meet the needs of its growing suite of programs and activities. Measuring approximately 600 square feet, the new addition “called for a firewall because of its proximity to a nearby school to meet codes,” Rogers said. The team from VanWoert Bigotti did not hesitate to specify Metl-Span ThermalSafe panels.

    ThermalSafe mineral wool panels combine exceptional fire-resistance with the thermal and moisture performance that can be expected from Metl-Span insulated metal panels. The product’s unique LockGuard interlocking side joint further enhances the fire-resistant performance of the panel with its tongue-and-groove engagement of the mineral wool core. The fire-rated panel also offers excellent structural characteristics and span capability.

    The Lander County Recreation Center incorporates 972 square feet of 24-gauge, 4-inch ThermalSafe insulated metal panels with a Light Mesa profile and matching Charcoal Gray hue.

    To complete the all-metal building envelope, VanWoert Bigotti Architects specified 22,853 square feet of 24-gauge CFR insulated metal standing seam roof panels. Featuring 2-inch standing seams with the lightly-corrugated Mesa profile, the CFR panels are exposed on the interior for smooth sightlines and a modern aesthetic appearance.

    The product combines durable exterior and interior faces of Galvalume steel with Metl-Span’s unmatched polyurethane insulating core. Factory-cut panel ends and factory notching eliminate field work and erection costs, while weathertight vertical side seaming leads to additional installation efficiencies.

    Battle Mountain residents celebrated the grand opening of the new Lander County Recreation Center with two days of free admission in July 2017.

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  • greenscreen® Announces New Office Location and Naming of New Vice President of Sales

    July 11, 2018

    Our office and design studio is now conveniently located in downtown Los Angeles with our factory based in Fontana. All proudly designed and fabricated in California with quality control from start-to-finish.

    725 South Figueroa Street, Suite 1825, Los Angeles CA, 90017

    Following a nationwide search process, President Kory Levoy has named a new Vice President of Sales. We are pleased to share that Marc Cohen has joined greenscreen® leadership filling this important position. Marc is a versatile and experienced executive with more than 20 years in large and small business contexts.

    Marc spent 20 years serving several roles as Vice President of Sales with a strong background in architectural products, construction and metal manufacturing. Marc and his wife Mindy were married on the island of Antigua in 2016 and reside in Mission Viejo, CA with their dog Bobka. Marc has two grown children of which he is very proud.

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  • Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens Introduces New CEU Course on Outdoor Amenity Solutions

    July 10, 2018

    Wallingford, Conn. – June 21, 2018 – Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens announces the availability of a new continuing education (CEU) course. The course, titled “Outdoor Amenity Space Solutions for Hospitality, Commercial and Multifamily Applications,” reviews trends in outdoor kitchen and entertaining spaces for these three market segments with a focus on the use of stainless steel cabinetry in outdoor kitchen design.

    Topics explored include outdoor kitchen components, mobile food and beverage service carts, and the post and panel system developed for multifamily applications. The course is registered with the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), and is eligible for a credit of 0.1 CEU for members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Interiors Designers Association (IIDA), and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

    “The growth of outdoor kitchen and amenity design provides additional opportunities for architects, interior designers and landscape architects to expand their businesses while providing their clients with attractive, high performance outdoor entertaining solutions,” said Mitch Slater, president of Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, licensee of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens. “We understand how important it is for these busy professionals to maintain their licenses and are pleased to be able to offer an informative and engaging course to help them do so.”

    The online, self-paced course can be accessed at no charge on the AEC Daily website or Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens website. An in person, lunch-and-learn version of the course will also be available and can be scheduled by reaching out to

    For more than 70 years, California-based Brown Jordan has been the industry leader in innovative and iconic leisure furnishings that continue to define and transform outdoor living. The Brown Jordan portfolio features more than 30 collections in a range of design styles and materials. In 2012, Brown Jordan entered into a licensing agreement with CT Acquisitions, LLC to develop the Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens Collection. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers a complete line of stainless steel outdoor cabinets, designed to fit most outdoor appliances, including grills, bartending centers and refrigerators. The company combines unmatched style with unrivaled quality and functionality to provide enhanced outdoor living solutions for homeowners, designers and builders.

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  • Robotics Headquarters Features All-Metal Aesthetic, Building Envelope

    June 27, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, June 27, 2018 – Whether they’re developing highly advanced data server racks for military use or educational toys to inspire the next generation of engineers, robotics developer Innovation First International is at the forefront of technological advancement. The company behind the popular HEX BUG micro robotic toy line was founded on the belief that product and technological innovation are vital to success, so it’s no wonder the company turned to a state-of-the-art Metl-Span building envelope for its new, 63,500 square-foot headquarters.

    Based in Greenville, Texas, Innovation First operates out of a 55-acre complex that houses an advanced metal fabrication plant, prototype development and model shop, distribution center and corporate offices for more than 200 employees worldwide. With its staff of in-house professional engineers and designers, the company brought its own specific design and performance parameters to the drafting table, creating a wholly unique, collaborative design process with architectural firm ID Studio 4.

    The new headquarters features more than 83,000 total square feet of Metl-Span insulated metal wall and roof panels for an all-metal aesthetic “that perfectly represents the Innovation First business,” according to Jones. The project incorporates 63,626 square feet of CFR 42 insulated metal standing seam roof panels and 19,380 square feet of CF 36 Santa Fe insulated metal wall panels.

    “It was a collaborative design process from the beginning,” said Studio Director Peter Brown with ID Studio 4. “Their internal design department had a good idea of the color combinations and the way they wanted it to look. Our job was to pull their designs into a construction-ready plan with an eye on insulation performance.”

    Innovation First capitalized on an industrial aesthetic with Metl-Span’s stucco-embossed Santa Fe profile in multiple shades of gray: Burnished Slate, Charcoal Gray, Medium Bronze and Tundra. The panel’s dynamic embossed texture, another suggestion from the Innovation First design team, provides subtle light and shadow variation to lend the panel visual depth.

    CF Santa Fe panels combine bold aesthetics with a high-performance polyurethane insulating core for exceptional thermal and moisture protection. Designers specified the product’s maximum 4-inch thickness for an R-value of more than 32.

    The overarching design concept also called for a metal roof system in the form of Metl-Span’s high-performance CFR 42 insulated standing seam panel. The product’s sleek 2-inch standing seam provides long, even sightlines, further contributing to the project’s industrial aesthetic. The panels also incorporate concealed clips and fasteners.

    CFR panels showcase an innovative weathertight vertical seam, which leads to installation savings thanks to fewer side joints. Factory-cut panel ends and factory notching also help to eliminate field work and erection costs.

    The team from ID Studio 4 brought a strong familiarity with insulated metal wall and roof systems to the project. While the Innovation First designers were drawn to the all-metal aesthetic, the architectural firm knew an insulated metal building envelope system would lend additional benefits to the construction process thanks to ease of installation. The products’ single-step installation process reduces labor costs and expedites scheduling, while making way for interior trade work in a fraction of the time.

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  • PixelFLEX™ and Vectorworks, Inc. Partner for an LED Video Showcase at AIA Conference

    June 01, 2018

    Industry leaders in technology innovation set to demonstrate the creative potential of a dynamic architectural or commercial design in booth 1157 inside the Javits Center

    Nashville, TN (May 31, 2018)—Bringing together the world’s most creative architects, designers and design firms, the 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture will open on June 21, 2018, inside the Javits Center in New York City. With a conference expo that showcases the technologies needed to create the next generation of architectural innovation, PixelFLEX™ and Vectorworks, Inc. will partner together in booth 1157 on the third floor to demonstrate the dynamic possibilities of an architectural or commercial LED video design.

    Based in Nashville, Tennessee, PixelFLEX offers a complete line of award-winning LED video display technologies that allow architects and designers to create one-of-a-kind visual experiences.

    “Over the last several years, we have seen a tremendous growth in the implementation of LED video and digital signage in the architectural market,” said David Venus, director of marketing at PixelFLEX. “We feel this growth is in response to the many unique, indoor and outdoor applications now available, and working with Vectorworks is the ideal partnership to quickly convey the expansive technology potential.”

    Vectorworks is a global design and BIM software solutions provider serving professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. With their 2D/3D cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout a project life-cycle.

    “Creating and communicating a compelling design is a fundamental need for our users, and therefore our business,” added Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “Our AIA booth needed to reflect that core value, thus the reason why we teamed up with PixelFLEX, so we can showcase the amazing possibilities of our BIM software with one of their state-of-the-art LED screens.”

    Learn more about PixelFLEX and Vectorworks at the co-sponsored Happy Hour on Thursday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Tech Pavilion.

    The AIA Conference on Architecture takes place on June 21–23, 2018, with the Architecture Expo on June 21-22. All conference activities will take place at the Javits Center, W. 35th St. and 11th Ave, New York, New York, 10001. For more information about the AIA Conference on Architecture and the A’18 Expo visit

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  • SCIA Engineer 18 Offers Streamlined Usability, Advanced Material Design and Extended BIM Links

    May 31, 2018

    Herk-de-Stad, Belgium. (Tuesday, May 29, 2018)—SCIA is pleased to announce the release of SCIA Engineer 18, the latest version of the company’s structural analysis and design software. The new release incorporates significant enhancements and functionalities that enable structural engineers to streamline their workflows, design with advanced materials and work more effectively in the BIM process.

    The new improvements in SCIA Engineer 18 include:

    Enhanced usability with streamlined workflows

    The focus on usability delivers multiple enhancements including more automation along the whole workflow, a new graphical control for effective 3D navigation and simplified buckling settings — all of which enable users to work more effectively and intuitively. The corporate SCIA website ( now features a dedicated learning area with improved materials to help new users familiarize themselves with the software faster and to enable existing users to deepen their knowledge.

    Advanced materials and floor systems

    SCIA Engineer 18 expands the array of possibilities for economical and clearly documented designs for new materials and floor systems. In co-creation with Bekaert, a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies, this release supports the design and calculation of steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) and is the first of its kind available in the market. SCIA Engineer 18 also features advanced optimization of composite floors, including studs layout, profile size and support for web openings, as well as extended capabilities of punching shear design, and support of add-ons for structural glass and foundation design.

    Extended information flow in BIM

    The Revit and Tekla Structures links now boast extended information support for concrete and steel detailing. Specifically, the link between Tekla Structures and SCIA Engineer supports bi-directional roundtrip exchange of data and transfer of end reactions to facilitate the detailing of the connections in Tekla Structures. The Revit link now supports the export of reinforcement for beams and slabs.

    Cyril Heck, chief product and marketing officer, SCIA, commented: “We have always incorporated the input of our users in developing SCIA Engineer. In this release, we engaged our users even more. In particular, users participating in the recently launched ‘SCIA Insider’ program reviewed and tested some of the new usability functionalities. They helped us shape the software into the direction that truly fits the needs of the users. I am also proud of the co-creation project with Bekaert. It has enabled us to deliver an innovative solution for steel fiber reinforced concrete, allowing users to realize the benefit of using this material in their designs. With this release, we are truly taking the software to the next level, not only in terms of additional functionality, but also enhanced usability, which is also underscored by a refreshed SCIA brand image.”

    To learn more about SCIA Engineer 18, please visit

    Contact details

    SCIA nv

    Attn. Ms. Petra Zlotá

    Industrieweg 1007, 3540 Herk-de-Stad, Belgium

    Tel.: ( 32) 013 55.17.75


    Attn. Cyril Heck


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  • Metl-Span provides single-source solution for Metrohm USA

    May 31, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, May 30, 2018 – The plans for Metrohm USA’s new, 90,000-square-foot headquarters called for an all-inclusive layout with space for offices, training facilities, engineering and machining workshops, a distribution warehouse and laboratories designed for collaboration. To meet the project’s unique design and performance parameters, the building team turned to Metl-Span for a turnkey insulated metal panel building envelope solution from the drafting table to the jobsite. Metrohm USA, the North American subsidiary of a major Swiss manufacturer, had long outgrown its original office facility in the Tampa Bay region. Their new, $20 million headquarters in nearby Riverview, Fla. will house several dozen new employees in the coming years with meeting rooms and creative stations that could support more than 200 people.

    Metrohm USA manufactures high-precision instruments for chemical analysis and titration. The complex operation demands the latest in cutting-edge technology and innovation. The design team from HTG Architects in Tampa envisioned a facility that represented the best that contemporary building façades have to offer, utilizing Metl-Span CF Architectural insulated metal panels (IMPs) to deliver not only exceptional performance, but an ultra-modern aesthetic. Within the high-performance walls, Metrohm USA relied upon a truly unique, open layout to enhance overall creativity and teamwork.

    The mixed-medium building envelope incorporates 14,852 square feet of Metl-Span’s 2” CF Architectural insulated metal wall panels in multiple widths. The bold Pewter finish — featuring a 70 percent PVDF fluoropolymer coating — provides an excellent contrast to the matte concrete wall portions while integrating with dynamic windows and sunshades. IMPs deliver unmatched thermal and moisture performance in a single, easy-to-install component. According to Harley, the decision to specify metal panels was “based on comparing costs, speed of erection and the desired aesthetic.” Metl-Span CF Architectural IMPs deliver on all counts.

    This complex, phased process required equally complex drafting, but the team from Metl-Span was up to the task. “The customer wanted to see elevations first to determine joint location early on,” said Metl-Span’s Frank Duran, technical services project coordinator. “We submitted all elevations a week before the full submittal drawings.” Duran said the true challenge was synchronizing the extrusions, formed corners and end fold processes. Each detail demands its own unique lead time and coordination efforts. According to Metl-Span representative Michael Moore, president of Architectural MetalReps, the company provided shop drawings for the entire project scope, walking first-time insulated metal panel installer CA Systems through the process to ensure on-time delivery and seamless installation.

    “There was a lot of intricate detailing on the job; some interesting panel reveals, folded corners, soffits — details you don’t see every day,” Moore explained. “Metl-Span handled all the shop drawings for the project. It was smooth sailing from the beginning.”

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  • Metl-Span announces personnel changes in engineering department

    May 22, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, May 22, 2018 – Rahim Hakimi has retired from the position of Vice President of Engineering after 35 years at Metl-Span. He served the company and industry well, having worked for Metl-Span from inception. Hakimi spearheaded the development of almost all proprietary products at Metl-Span.

    Chad Draxler replaces Hakimi as Vice President of Engineering. Draxler, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, was previously employed at Steel King Industries and ADC Custom Products.

    Craig Storch has joined Metl-Span as its new Director of Engineering. Storch, a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer in many states and brings experience with insulated metal panels, steel buildings, CAD and project management.

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  • LiftMaster® Wins 2018 Muse Creative Award

    May 17, 2018

    Oak Brook, IL, April 23, 2018 — LiftMaster®, the number one brand of professionally installed access control solutions, is pleased to announce that the integrated marketing campaign introducing its Automatic Garage Door Lock, has won a prestigious Platinum award in the 2018 Muse Creative Award competition. The winning campaign was developed by Upshot, a Chicago-based marketing agency.

    The Muse Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals who inspire through concept, writing or design, whether through traditional or electronic media. “With over 1,350 submissions from 37 countries, winning a Muse Creative Award is a great honor,” said Beril Altiner, director of marketing communications for LiftMaster. “Partnering with Upshot has enabled us to create a unique, idea-driven campaign that resonates with consumers.”

    As the Automatic Garage Door Lock from LiftMaster makes garages more secure – think front door deadbolt but for your garage door – the winning campaign centers around the sound of security and the feeling of peace of mind.

    Upshot’s creative team, led by Kat Tushim, developed the campaign based on research showing how hearing a lock click makes people feel safe and secure. The launch campaign started with a television spot that took that sound of safety – deadbolts, bike helmets, seatbelts – to showcase how the LiftMaster Automatic Garage Door Lock works. The integrated campaign also included print, digital and traditional and internet radio to help spread the word, letting homeowners know there is an extra layer of protection that can offer security and peace of mind.

    Muse Creative Awards is administered and judged by International Awards Associates (IAA) and an elite panel of internationally recognized creative professionals. IAA oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets the competition’s rigorous standards.

    “Winning a Muse Creative Award can be a significant career milestone,” said Kenjo Ong, president for IAA. “With vetted panelists, tough criteria, blind judging processes, and strict bylaws limiting winners, only the best entries receive this coveted statuette. Each year, I am both amazed and inspired by the level of craft and art submitted.”

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  • Feeney Architectural Rod Assemblies

    May 11, 2018

    Feeney’s grade-316 stainless steel rod assemblies with Sta-Lok® fork ends provide an elegant, high strength, low-maintenance alternative to traditional steel rod and wire rope rigging systems, with the added benefit of being able to support loads in both tension and compression conditions. They can be used in a variety of structural and decorative applications – from glass curtain wall and door canopy supports to guardrail balusters and trellis infill grids.

    Assemblies include special left- and right-hand threaded Sta-Lok® Tension Fork ends, offering easy adjustment and tensioning without the need for bulky in-line turnbuckles; simply spin the rod to adjust length. Flats are machined onto each rod so that wrenches can grip without scratching the finish. Available in diameters from 5/16-inch to 1-inch, all assemblies are made to order with the Tension Forks set in the mid-adjustment position to allow maximum open and close adjustment without any exposed threads.

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  • S-5! ® DualGard™ chosen by Building Design Construction as a 2017 “Top Product”

    May 11, 2018

    Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11, 2018The S-5! DualGard Snow Retention System recently gained national recognition from Building Design Construction (BD+C) Magazine as a “Top Product” for 2017 in the Building Envelope Category.

    The DualGard snow retention system from S-5! uses an assembly of two one-inch pipes to keep snow and ice in place while it melts, while also preserving the warranty of the metal roof. DualGard can be painted, powder coated, or anodized, and can be fully engineered for the specific roof and environment. The system is mounted with S-5! mini clamps and comes with two sizes of snow clips to fit any seam profile. DualGard effectively protects people and property from dangerous roof snow avalanches. It joins S-5!’s other snow retention systems: ColorGard, X-Gard, SnoRail, and SnoFence.

    The DualGard system, launched just a year ago, has become a popular choice by design professionals and contractors who prefer the looks of a pipe-style snow retention system while desiring the benefits they have come to expect from S-5! Like the other S-5! snow retention systems, DualGard features a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty and is fully tested on virtually every metal roof manufacturer profile and material allowing for a fully engineered system that will last the life of the roof.

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  • Registration Opens for 2018 Vectorworks Design Summit

    May 09, 2018

    Early bird discounts for Phoenix event, offering training and thought-leadership sessions for architecture, landscape and entertainment design, end June 22

    Columbia, MD (May 8, 2018)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. invites professionals, educators and students in the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries to attend the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit from November 4 to 6, 2018.

    Hosted at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Ariz., the conference includes industry sessions, tech support, networking events, inspiring keynotes and hands-on training. Multiple sessions will offer continuing education credits.

    “The Summit is the most cost-effective way for designers to maximize their investment in Vectorworks and improve their company’s bottom line,” said Vectorworks CEO Biplab Sarkar. “It is my hope that all attendees will leave Arizona with inspiration and valuable experience to strengthen their career in the design industry.”

    There will be two keynotes and 50 sessions led by 35 industry experts, like Joseph Marshall, project architect and technology coordinator at Flansburgh Architects; Todd McCurdy, president and director of landscape architecture and planning at Huitt-Zollars; Scott Barnes, lighting console programmer for motion pictures and many more.


    Pre-Early Bird: Now to June 22:

    Attendees can register for $399 and take advantage of a waived resort fee. Plus, there is a buy one, get one free special on registration.

    Early Bird: June 22 to July 31:

    Registration for the event will increase to $499, but the resort fee will still be waived. Plus, there is still a buy one, get one free special on registration.

    Regular Conference: July 31 to September 28:

    Registration will increase to $599.

    Last Chance: September 28 to November 2:

    Registration will increase to $699.

    Student and Professor Rate:

    As part of Vectorworks’ commitment to supporting the academic community, students and professors can register from now until June 22 for just $49, or at any time after for $99.

    *Room rates are $199 per night for all guests.

    To see the full list of sessions and to register, please visit

    Press can register for free by emailing Vectorworks PR Manager Lauren Meyer at

    Join the Summit conversation by following and engaging with #VectorworksDesignSummit.

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  • Vectorworks Architect Earns 92 Percent Satisfaction Score in 2018 G2 Crowd Report

    May 01, 2018

    Columbia, Md. (April 26, 2018)—The world’s leading business solutions review website, G2 Crowd, featured global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. in its Spring 2018 Grid and Index reports.

    The reports rank software based on unbiased and real-time reviews from verified users. Specifically, Vectorworks Architect was ranked second in the “Highest Rated” and “Easiest To Use” categories for Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. Scoring ahead of other BIM software programs, Architect received a 92 percent satisfaction score and an 8.5 usability score.

    According to G2 Crowd, a product’s satisfaction and usability scores are calculated by a proprietary algorithm that factors in real-user satisfaction ratings from review data. Software buyers can compare products according to their satisfaction scores to streamline the buying process and quickly identify the best products based on the experiences of their peers.

    “Rankings on G2 Crowd reports are based on data provided to us by real users,” said Michael Fauscette, chief research officer at G2 Crowd. “We are excited to share the achievements of the products ranked on our site because they represent the voice of the user and offer terrific insights to potential buyers around the world.”

    As the architect’s BIM tool, Vectorworks Architect enables designers to tackle complex ideas in 2D and 3D, refine construction details, explore project’s energy efficiency and streamline costs.

    “It is an honor to have Vectorworks Architect recognized by G2 Crowd, but this wouldn’t be possible without the support of our amazing users,” said Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “They are the ones who keep us motivated in our mission to offer the best BIM software for the AEC industry year after year.”

    Visit the Vectorworks Architect G2 Crowd profile to view additional ratings and reviews.

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    April 25, 2018

    Register now for our free upcoming webinar covering the topic of Challenges in an Ever-Changing Recycling Industry! In this webinar, we will explore why recycling can be so challenging for homeowners and local businesses. We will look at some of the ways you can combat these setbacks and make recycling more straightforward for everyone!

    Additionally, we will explore some practical and proven solutions for implementing waste minimization strategies to reach your sustainability goals.

    What: Webinar to learn common challenges of recycling and ways to improve

    When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 @ 11:00 am EST

    Why: Learn how to improve your recycling efforts and ultimately learn how it can benefit you and your business

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    April 20, 2018

    Visit Us at NW Wall & Ceiling Convention!

    Tuscon, AZ | May 3-5

    Talk to our Tech Experts about solving reverse vapor drive, view mock-ups and examine samples of our high drying capacity WRB/Air Barrier membranes at booth #18!

    Join us at ABAA Conference & Trade Show

    Salt Lake City, UT | May 8-9

    Come visit us at ABAA 2018 Conference on May 8th & 9th. View mock-ups and samples of our simplified air-barrier system at Booth #26. See you there!

    Visit us at Humid Climate Conference

    Austin, TX | May 21-22

    Join us at the Humid Climate Conference May 21 & 22, and learn how our products are essential to energy efficiency and passive home design.

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  • Wilsonart Blends Nature with New Quartz and Solid Surface Designs

    April 06, 2018

    Versatile Hard Surface Palette Perfect for both Home and Workplace

    TEMPLE, TX (March 20, 2018) – Technology may be everywhere, but consumers today are still looking for ways to bring nature into their everyday lives. From bringing plants indoors to add color, visual texture and cleaner air to choosing accessories and paint colors with natural themes, nature is top of our list for making our environments comfortable, calm and aesthetically pleasing. Wilsonart, the leading manufacturer of engineered surfaces, introduces new Quartz and Solid Surface designs that blend nature’s beauty and look stunning in both home and commercial settings.

    “Nature was the inspiration behind the color palette in Wilsonart’s new Quartz and Solid Surface offering,” said Paul Mikulencak, Senior Product Designer, Wilsonart. “These new designs capture the same natural beauty of granite and marble but with a refined, artistic flawlessness that works equally well in both residential and commercial environments. They address the growing desire for corporate workplaces to incorporate a casual, nature-inspired, home-like design in commercial applications. We call this Nature Blending.”

    The new hard surface designs tap into the color trends of warm and cool whites, greys and neutrals but also takes advantage of the resurgence of classic black stone. Several of the new Quartz “inspired-by-nature” veining patterns were created through robotic technology, making them unique in the marketplace.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Chinese Language Version of Vectorworks 2018 Software

    April 06, 2018

    Launch of 11th language to be celebrated with eight launch events

    Columbia, MD (April 2, 2018)—As part of a worldwide rollout that began with the English release in September 2017, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the release of the Chinese version of its Vectorworks 2018 software line, which includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as BraceworksTM, a structural load analysis add-on module. The Chinese language version is the final installment to join other languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish.

    “Year after year, Vectorworks makes strides to continue as a superior, global design tool, and this year is no different,” said Cecil Fung, managing director of Mad Macs Technology Distributions, Ltd., the Vectorworks distributor in China. “Chinese designers choose Vectorworks because it offers dual platform capability, 2D tool flexibility and a variety of tools for the landscape and entertainment industries, such as plant tags, truss tools, reporting functions, stage analysis and more. They can look forward to the even more robust and efficient workflows with Vectorworks 2018.”

    To showcase the new features of Vectorworks 2018, Mad Macs Technology Distributions Limited will host the following free events this spring across China:

    • Shanghai: April 17

    • Nanjing: April 19

    • Hangzhou: April 20

    • Guangzhou: April 23

    • Wuhan: April 25

    • Chongqing: May 4

    • Chengdu: May 7

    During each launch event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about successful projects completed with Vectorworks software. Attendees of the events can also enjoy free refreshments. Space is limited, and registration can be completed here. Questions about the events can be emailed to

    Some of the well-received updates in the Vectorworks 2018 Chinese version include:

    • Multiple drawing views: Use multiple views of a project simultaneously and begin work in one view pane and finish it in another. Switch effortlessly between viewports, views and visibility settings — simply set up panes and view them all at once. Instantly gauge the impact of a design change across 3D, plan, section and elevation views, and even start a rendering in one view while working in another.

    • Direct section and elevation editing: Edit models directly from viewports: add openings, align and distribute windows, reposition doors across multiple layers, reshape walls — it’s all possible. Change the 3D views while in the section to see how edits simultaneously affect plans and model views. And, create better-looking, more-accurate drawings in a fraction of the time.

    • Improved graphic output for architectural documents: Generate documentation from a BIM file much more efficiently. Improved graphic controls within section views of wall joins and wall, or slab and roof components provide the flexibility to quickly achieve high-quality documentation from a 3D model.

    • Braceworks – New Product Module: An add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer, Braceworks provides design, production and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary entertainment structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering standards.

    • Direct site model contour editing: Edit a site model easier than ever with improved site model settings and direct 2D contour editing. Modify each contour line as easily as editing a polyline.

    Learn more about Vectorworks 2018 at

    To purchase Vectorworks in your local language, find your regional distributor at

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  • New color from Citadel Architectural Products: Extra Dark Bronze

    April 05, 2018

    Indianapolis, April 4, 2018 – Citadel Architectural Products announced the addition of the color Extra Dark Bronze to several products in its line of metal composite material cladding.

    This coil-coated color has been added to Series G: Premium PVDF and is now available in both 48- and 60-inch widths. Extra Dark Bronze is a match to Classic Bronze (Series D), offering the same hue in a high-performance PVDF with a 30-year standard warranty.

    Visually, it resides between Statuary Bronze and Ebony on the color spectrum, providing the specifier an additional option for complementing window and storefront extrusions.

    Extra Dark Bronze is available on the following products:

    • SinoCore®
    • ProCore®
    • Panel 20®
    • Envelope 2000®
    • GlazeGuard®

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