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  • Airlite Plastics Co. - Fox Blocks ICF Acquires TRUEGRID Paves way for accelerated growth in sustainable construction products

    April 22, 2019

    Omaha, Nebraska – Airlite Plastics acquired TRUEGRID on April 15, 2019, adding the permeable paving grid system to its line of environmentally sustainable construction products.

    TRUEGRID high-performance pavers control runoff, create less thermal pollution and reduce waste for landfills, among other ecological benefits. Made of post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene, the pavers have revolutionized the construction industry with versatility, attractiveness and 100% permeability.

    Some of the most recognizable national names rely on TRUEGRID for parking areas, streets, walkways and bike paths -- Whole Foods, NASCAR, AutoNation, Super Bowl LI's Club Nomadic, the New York City Ferry.

    Airlite Plastics headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and manufactures a wide range of custom plastic products for consumer and construction markets, including containers and lids for food packaging, drink cups and lids, and Fox Blocks insulated concrete form (ICF) building blocks.

    TRUEGRID joins the family of Airlite products aimed at innovating the sustainable construction market. The paving system is a natural complement to Airlite's Fox Blocks brand of ICF building blocks. TRUEGRID will continue to operate in Houston, Texas and sell under its TRUEGRID name.

    “We are delighted to welcome TRUEGRID to our family of world-class products,” said Brad Crosby, President and CEO of Airlite Plastics. “This exciting acquisition launches a new period of strategic growth. Airlite Plastics will aggressively continue to develop or acquire additional sustainable construction products.”

    “Our companies share a like-minded passion for developing quality products that are both functional and environmentally friendly,” said Barry Stiles, founder of TRUEGRID. “We are proud to join forces with Airlite Plastics, a leading-edge business with a track record of success.”

    The companies finalized the acquisition on April 15, 2019, and the terms of the agreement remain private.

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  • Historic Armory Transformed into Student Center with SCW3000 Series Windows Earns Preservation Massachusetts Robert H. Kuehn Award

    April 22, 2019

    ST. CLOUD, MN – St. Cloud Window Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance and acoustically-rated commercial aluminum windows, historic replacement windows, architectural terrace doors, aluminum sliding glass doors and acoustically rated curtain wall products is pleased to announce that Springfield Technical Community College's new Student Learning Commons has won a Robert H. Kuehn Award from Preservation Massachusetts. The 170-year-old building, originally for storing gunstocks, never fully enclosed is now the heart of the campus with St. Cloud Window SCW3000 Series windows comprising nearly 50% of building's 747-foot façade. Congratulations to Ann Beha Architects and everyone involved in the restoration and repurposing.

    Building 19 is part of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and is one of 13 National Historic Registered buildings on the college campus. It housed gunstocks from 1846 until it was closed and given to the college in 1968. However, because of the old infrastructure and the many considerations that go in to renovating and remodeling historic sites, it sat largely unused for nearly 50 years.

    One of the largest challenges in updating Building 19 was its windows. Built as a storehouse for gunstocks more than 170 years earlier, it was never fully enclosed. Major updates would be required to make it an accessible, usable space. And the building is large – 767 feet long and three stories high. The fenestration made up nearly 50 percent of the building's façade, which meant a lot of windows – 552, to be exact. And due to the historic construction, no two windows were alike, with openings ranging from 10 by 7 feet to 10 by 13 feet.

    The architect turned to St. Cloud Window and the SCW3000 series to update the windows while maintaining the historical look and feel. St. Cloud Window worked with the National Park Service and the Massachusetts Historical Commission to develop the fenestration, fully enclosing the building while maintaining natural light. In addition, historical louvers originally designed for ventilation were retooled as exterior sun shades to manage and minimize heat.

    Today, Building 19 is an accessible, sustainable and vibrant part of campus life, housing administrative offices, a student commons, student services, a health center, a café, study spaces, a library, and campus bookstore.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. is First to Receive IFC4 Export Certification

    April 19, 2019

    Substantial geometry and data advancements in latest IFC version

    Columbia, MD (April 18, 2019)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces that it is the first architectural software developer to achieve IFC4 Reference View 1.2 Export Certification (Architectural Reference Exchange). The certification comes from buildingSMART International (bSI), the worldwide authority driving the transformation of the built asset economy through creation and adoption of open, international standards.

    The new IFC4 certification means Vectorworks officially meets the export criteria for the International Organization for Standards ISO-16739. This standard gives users a publicly-defined and accepted standard to serve as the basis for contracts.

    “The IFC file format gives focus to the standardized exchange of data when sharing information among different software systems used in the building industry, said Rubina Siddiqui, director of product marketing at Vectorworks. “In the past, IFC was more focused on the technical side of data, making it difficult to navigate for architects and designers. The alignment with familiar and accepted standards of ISO makes IFC more relatable for architects.”

    Vectorworks has supported IFC4 import and export since Vectorworks 2018. This certification process proves to the AEC industry that Vectorworks’ IFC4 export has been quality-tested against the bSI benchmarks, ensuring that users are sharing quality IFC models with other BIM software products.

    “Supporting the needs of BIM workflows for our customers has always been a top priority,” said Darick DeHart, vice president of product management at Vectorworks. “Receiving certification for our IFC4 export is a recognition of our commitment to openBIM workflows with Vectorworks."

    Moving forward, Vectorworks will work to implement IFC4 Import certification once it’s offered by bSI.

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  • Symmetrical standing seam roofing system installed as a re-cover with unique detail and without interrupting operations inside the building

    April 17, 2019

    ‘Transverse' panels installed above skylights to prevent leaks

    Bossier City, La. — The versatility of a symmetrical standing seam metal roofing system has given birth to a new way of dealing with damaged metal roofing. Northwest Distributors in Hays, Kan., is a busy warehouse, dealing with auto parts and supplies. The R-panel roofing on the original building and an addition both sustained damage in several hailstorms over the years. After a 2017 hailstorm, the insurance company for Northwest Distributors agreed a new roof was needed and it would cover the damage.

    The tried and true method of replacement involves complete roofing tear-off and replacement. Obviously, this would expose the valuable contents of the facility to the elements. Roofmasters Roofing & Sheet Metal of Hays proposed the patented 238T tall clip re-cover using the 238T symmetrical standing seam roofing system from McElroy Metal.

    The roof re-cover would not require the removal of any existing roofing panels and therefore, would not interrupt any activity inside. It would be business-as-usual at Northwest Distributors during the install.

    The owners at Northwest Distributors decided to go with the re-cover. Project manager Andrew Bizzell and project superintendent Andy Littrel headed up the assignment for Roofmasters.

    “The tall clip re-cover cost is about the same as a removal, but the benefit comes from the contents of the building not being exposed to potential damage from rain or wind or hail,” says Bizzell. “Plus, they were able to keep working without interruption. That saved Northwest money as well.”

    Panels for the 58,000-sqaure-foot re-cover were produced onsite and stacked on the roof. Roofmasters owns its own roll former that produces the 238T symmetrical standing seam panel. The 24-gauge panels are 24 inches wide with striations in PVDF Regal White. Panels were approximately 64 feet long.

    “It really was a straightforward job,” Bizzell says. “We have installed several re-covers with the 238T. We like the ease of installation. It provides a great benefit to the building owner because if a panel is damaged, a single panel can be removed and replaced anywhere on the roof. If a panel is damaged with another type of standing seam system, you have to start on an end and remove all of the panels up to and including the damaged panel. Obviously, that is a much greater expense.”

    Bizzell says not all insurance policies cover cosmetic damage sustained in weather events like hailstorms. The symmetrical standing seam system allows for the replacement of a single panel or only damaged panels the owner feels the need to replace, reducing his financial hit.

    Roofmasters installed 3-1/2 inches of batt insulation between the original roof and the new panels to eliminate the possibility of condensation forming between the two metal systems. It also provided the owner with an added R-value of R-12, which will help reduce heating and cooling costs.

    It should be noted the Northwest Distributors warehouse roof includes 36 skylights, a feature the owner wanted to keep. To eliminate the problem of standing water behind curbs above the skylights, Roofmasters installed transverse panels from the top of the skylight to the ridge. Transverse panels are installed perpendicular to the slope using floating purlins that lift the transverse panels and skylights above the field of the new roof. This system lifts the leak-prone skylights out of the water plane. None of the exposed fasteners used for this detail penetrate the roof.

    Roofmasters installed a polycarbonate skylight panel from MWI Components over the original skylight hole.

    “We use transverse panels with skylights and other roof penetrations,” Bizzell says. “We also use the traditional curb. Installed correctly, they both do what they’re supposed to do.

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  • U-Line Introduces U-Chill™, The Perfect Serving Companion

    April 09, 2019

    Milwaukee, WI – U-Line introduces U-Chill™, an in-counter cooling cylinder that maintains the temperature of chilled beverages while you enjoy them. With no ice and no drips, U-Chill™ is perfect for wine, champagne, craft beer, carafes, bottled water, juice, soda, and spirits.

    “Known for our industry-leading innovations, U-Line continually strives to enhance the lifestyle of our customers,” says David Carr, Director of Product & Marketing for U-Line Corporation. “U-Chill™ is a natural companion for our undercounter refrigeration products, especially our Wine Captain® Models and Beverage Centers.”

    U-Chill™ maintains the temperature of your chilled bottle within 2° - 4°F without the need for ice. Using patented technology, a jacket of cool air surrounds the bottle, keeping it cool and dry. Simply touch the hand polished stainless steel crown and choose from 27 different color options or choose the color flow setting which cycles through the spectrum of colors. It can be easily installed into nearly any surface in minutes, is virtually silent, & maintenance free.

    “It’s efficient, stylish, and can be built into a variety of settings both residentially and commercially,” says David Carr. U-Chill™ is available at and select dealers nationwide.

    ABOUT U-LINE - For over five decades, U-Line continues to be a leader in innovation, quality, and value in the premium modular refrigeration, ice making, and wine preservation market.

    U-Line is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Since 2014, U-Line has been part of the Middleby family of brands.

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  • Metl-Span IMPs installed quickly to keep business up and running

    April 04, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – To keep up with the company's growing customer base, SKS Bottle & Packaging Inc. required a new, larger facility. To keep any interruption of service as brief as possible, the 140,000 square foot office and warehouse was constructed with insulated metal panels (IMPs).

    Metl-Span delivered more than 90,000 square feet of CF-42 insulated metal panels in two profiles and colors, both filled with a three-inch urethane. SKS moved from Watervliet, N.Y., to this new facility in the WJ Grande Industrial Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., less than five miles from the home office of Munter Enterprises, Inc. who was the general contractor as well as the IMP installer for the project.

    Since beginning operations in 1972, Munter Enterprises Inc., has become a leader in the Northeast construction industry. Munter Enterprises offers their customers a variety of construction services beginning with land acquisition and design, through planning and general contracting. Self-performing the major trades, such as steel and IMP erection, using the highest quality and skilled personnel in the region, assures their customers' projects are completed proficiently and safely.

    With the assistance of firms such as Paone Architecture, Munter Enterprises offers comprehensive guidance through all stages of design-build projects – site and building design, local permitting, and of course the construction. This has enabled Munter Enterprises to provide construction services for some of the largest companies in the region and nation. Munter Enterprises is committed to the continued satisfaction of their customers by providing many more years of quality, value, safety and superior service.

    “It was an aggressive 268 days from building permit to certificate of completion – the land was cleared in the fall, foundations started in November into December 2017 followed by steel erection in a bitter cold January,” says Todd Coffin, Project Coordinator for Munter Enterprises. “Other than a couple key open wall areas for access of equipment, cement trucks and management of materials into the building, we had the building essentially enclosed by May of 2018.”

    SKS is a supplier, consultant and designer of plastic bottles and jars, glass bottles and jars, metal containers and closures for packaging. SKS is a worldwide supplier of containers, offering more than 6,000 containers and closures.

    Coffin says Munter Enterprises has a lot of experience with IMPs, so these vertically installed panels went up without a glitch. “It’s always easier to go with vertical cladding when you have a typical pre-engineered girt design,” he says. “With horizontal panels, you’re required to install additional vertical framing and backers and need to coordinate the seam layouts with structural constraints, aesthetic elements and shipping lengths.”

    The offices located in the front of the building are clad with the CF-42 panels which feature a 24-gauge Galvalume exterior in Charcoal Gray with a Santa Fe finish. The remainder of the CF-42 insulated metal panels have a 26-gauge Galvalume exterior in Tundra with a Light Mesa finish. The interior of all of the IMPs is 26-gauge Galvalume in Igloo White with a Light Mesa finish.

    The flat roof features an internal gutter system and is 31 feet high. The IMPs exceeded the eave lines to create a parapet of varying heights to break up the “boxy” look of the building and provide screening of the mechanical systems on the roof. In some spots, the IMPs are 35 feet high and in others, they are stepped down to 32 feet.

    The offices and the corners of the facility are highlighted by glass – even the upper corners of the warehouse area – with overhangs above and below the windows to enhance the aesthetics of the building. The soffit panels installed on these overhangs are Artisan L12 beaded soffit panels from MBCI, a sister company of Metl-Span, so the colors match perfectly. Using the beaded panels greatly reduces the chance of oil canning.

    John A. Paone, RA, Project Architect at Paone Architecture in Saratoga Springs, has gotten quite comfortable taking advantage of the many benefits offered by insulated metal panels. “It’s the one-stop shop,” he says. “You only have to visit the wall once during installation. In one pass, the 'skin' you are installing is a finished product that can easily meet the energy codes – which are continually getting stricter. And with the variety of colors, finishes and textures, it's easy to achieve a great look.

    “When you're constructing a warehouse you generally have massive wall areas to address – and unless you have an unlimited budget, you can't afford to spend too much money on product systems that are both energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Insulated metal panels simply address both of these elements and work as well for the warehouse area as well as they do for the office sections – the colors and textures make it easy to dress up the façade so the building doesn’t look like just another box warehouse.”

    The varying heights of parapet walls was a design element Paone tried on a different project and believes it helps improve the appearance. “With each job we try to do something new, change it up a little,” Paone says. “You can do that with these panels. You have some design freedom.”

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  • TELLING INDUSTRIES, LLC Announces: True-Brace Bridging

    April 03, 2019

    Willoughby, Ohio - TELLING INDUSTRIES, LLC announced True-Brace Bridging, an innovation from Telling Industries.

    True-Brace is used as mechanical bridging for studs. Typically, U-Channel or CRC, is attached to studs via clips or a weld to eliminate stud rotation and minor axis bending under wind or axial loads. 1-1/2” True-Brace is passed through the stud knockout and snapped securely into place with Telling’s patent pending technology saving valuable time and money.

    True-Brace features an innovative, highly engineered design that securely locks the True-Brace into the stud slot hole without the need for clips or welding for most non-structural applications.

    TELLING INDUSTRIES, LLC are registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries.

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  • New Study: Americans Want to Flush Less Water Down the Drain in Style

    April 02, 2019

    Style and water conservation are not mutually exclusive, according to new research from Niagara®

    LAS VEGAS – According to new consumer research conducted by Radius Global on behalf of Niagara Conservation®, creators of water-saving toilets that use Stealth® Technology, among 2,010 Americans who place a priority on saving water with new toilets for their home, but don’t feel they should give up style and design in the name of water conservation. More than half (55 percent) of Americans would prefer a toilet that is both stylish and conserves water over one that is only stylish, or only conserves water.

    Consumers also place a high value on combining flushing power and performance with water conservation. Additional research conducted by SMS Research Advisors on behalf of Niagara in 2017 showed that 52 percent of consumers believe a toilet should be powerful while also conserving water.

    When asked to rank features in order of importance, consumers consider water conservation as the most important aspect when thinking about a new toilet. Other essential features, in order of importance are easy maintenance, innovation and performance, and finally style.

    According to the EPA, toilets account for 30 percent of the total water usage in an average home. Water conserving toilets not only help the environment, but they can help save money on residential water bills as well. The EPA estimates that water conserving toilets, such as the Nano® Dual Flush toilet from Niagara, can reduce water usage up to 60 percent every year, lowering monthly water costs significantly and saving more than 13,000 gallons of water annually.

    “Water conservation and reduced water bills make it an easy decision for homeowners, contractors and property managers to choose Niagara products,” said Niagara Executive Vice President, Carl Wehmeyer. “People have an interest in saving the environment – it's the right thing to do – but they also want to save money while enjoying function and style in their home.”

    Niagara®s newest dual-flush toilet, the Nano, is one of the most water efficient toilets available using 77 percent less water than most other toilets on the market. The Nano offers users the option of a .5 or .8 GPF with the same power as the industry standard 1.6 GPF, a significant improvement over older toilets, which can use up to six gallons per flush. The Nano was also selected as one of This Old House's “Top 20 New Bath Products for 2019.”

    More than 31 million Americans agree that water conserving toilets save them the most money when it comes to water usage in their home, followed by water-saving shower heads and faucet aerators. They see it as the fourth highest cost-saving, environmentally friendly home item, behind energy-efficient insulation, LED light bulbs and smart thermostats.

    Additional findings from the study show how different demographic groups view water conservation and style when it comes to their toilets:
    · More men (12 percent) than women (5 percent) said they would prefer a toilet that is only stylish
    · Those over 45 are more likely to rank water conservation as the most important aspect of a toilet versus those 44 and under
    · The majority of Americans age 18-24 prefer a toilet that is both stylish and conserves water

    For more information on the study and water conserving toilets that don’t compromise style or power, visit Niagara Conservation this week at KBIS in Las Vegas at booth SL1812.

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  • Come visit us at the 2019 Intex Show in National Harbor, Maryland

    March 27, 2019

    PAC International, Inc. will be at at the 2019 Intex Show, Gaylor National Resort & Convention Center. Show dates are April 25-26, 2019.

    Stop by and visit us at Booth #315 to get information on the newest assemblies, tests, and products available from PAC International, LLC.

    Thank You for all of your continued support.

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  • TYCO® RFII - MRI 5.6K Concealed Pendent Sprinkler

    March 27, 2019


    TYCO® RFII - MRI 5.6K Concealed Pendent Sprinkler

    Non-Magnetic Model ideal MRI Room Applications. Extended coverage option allows for fewer sprinklers.

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  • Arriscraft Introduces Adair® Studio Featuring All-New Glacial Finish

    March 21, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has expanded its natural limestone offering with Adair® Studio, featuring an elegant and unique finish. Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world's oldest green building materials.

    “We're very excited to release our first Adair® product using an entirely new finishing technique,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “Adair® Studio features our all-new Glacial finish which exposes the natural beauty of this gorgeous limestone in a way we haven't achieved before. This new finish technique creates a smooth finish that architects will certainly love for modern and classic designs.”

    Studio is designed for coursed installation (laying one size continuously), which is an efficient option to a classic ashlar pattern (also available). Studio features Adair's sepia tone and the Glacial finish highlights the distinct fleuri pattern and natural elements, like fossils, in the limestone. This product is available in three face rises (2-5/16", 5" and 11-5/8") at lengths of 35-5/8".

    Arriscraft's Adair® Limestone is a natural, quarried stone harvested in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario. Since the 1960s, the quarry has offered Blue-Grey and Sepia tones. In addition to Studio, Arriscraft produces Adair® Masonry Units, Anchored Dimension Stone, Tile, Landscaping Stone, and Thin Adair®.

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  • Arriscraft Introduces Adair® Parliament

    March 21, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has expanded its natural limestone offering with Parliament Adair® Limestone. Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world's oldest green building materials.

    “We've recently increased our extraction capabilities at our Ontario limestone quarry and, in turn, expanded our finishing equipment,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “So, today, we are excited to announce our Adair® Parliament Limestone. These new quarried limestone units open up new opportunities for our architectural clients to incorporate our beautiful Adair limestone on commercial and high-end residential projects.”

    Adair Parliament is designed for coursed installation (laying one size continuously), which is an efficient option to a classic ashlar pattern, which is also available. Parliament features a rugged split face finish and natural sepia tone, and is available in three face rises (3-5/8", 7-5/8" and 11-5/8") at random lengths up to 35-5/8".

    Arriscraft's Adair® Limestone is a natural, quarried stone harvested in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario. Since the 1960s, the quarry has offered Blue-Grey and Sepia tones. In addition to Parliament, Arriscraft produces Adair® Masonry Units, Anchored Dimension Stone, Tile, Landscaping Stone, and Thin Adair®.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Lumion Live-Sync Rendering, Linked Panoramas and My Virtual Rig Advancements

    March 21, 2019

    Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3 brings deeper workflow connections to the design community

    Columbia, MD (March 19, 2019)—With the release of Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3 (SP3), global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. is continuing its commitment to quality and performance improvements, and introducing three new features that greatly improve presentation and visualization capabilities, along with overall workflow between products.

    Experience the Power of Real-time Rendering with Lumion LiveSync

    Many designers create artistic and photo-realistic renderings of their designs using Vectorworks’ integrated rendering feature, Renderworks, while some designers also use the popular real-time rendering application, Lumion. To prioritize these varying needs, designers will enjoy a new live-sync rendering connection that allows designers to perform real-time rendering while making design changes in Vectorworks software. The LiveSync plug-in is developed by Lumion and is the first partner plug-in to use a new Vectorworks Graphics Sync (VGS) API, created by Vectorworks. The VGS API provides live access to the Vectorworks 3D scene and enables third parties to connect Vectorworks to any 3D visualization engine imaginable.

    “Lumion is highly respected in the AEC and landscape design industries and has been incredibly popular with our users as a stand-alone tool,” said Dave Donley, director of product technology at Vectorworks. “Offering the live-sync rendering connection within our software shows our commitment to equipping designers with connections to the best tools, so they can easily and quickly complete their work while still providing top-notch quality presentations to their clients.”

    Lumion and the LiveSync plug-in are available on the PC, and the plug-in is available immediately for English language users on the Lumion website. Additional language options will be offered soon. Learn more about how LiveSync works in this video, and sign up for the upcoming webinar with Michael Brightman on April 11 at 2 p.m. ET.

    “We’re thrilled that Vectorworks users can now link with Lumion to immediately create a whole new level of sensorial experience in their 3D models,” said Ferry Marcellis, CEO at Lumion. “We’re confident that seeing the 3D model in a beautiful setting while simultaneously working on the design can open the door to a more productive, more enjoyable design and visualization experience for many Vectorworks users.”

    Immerse Clients in Your Design with Linked Panoramas

    With SP3, a new Vectorworks Cloud presentation feature allows designers with an active Vectorworks Service Select membership to use Vectorworks Cloud Services to generate presentations of designs with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Presentations include interactive 360 rendered panoramas that can be linked together to create a holistic, immersive experience. This unique presentation capability helps communicate and connect your design ideas with your clients’ expectations. Providing better communication among designers and clients, the feature allows the creation of a high-quality experience of a project’s design and a shareable web link. This video showcases the Vectorworks Cloud presentation feature.

    Discover a Better Way to Work

    Lastly, a year ago Vectorworks — along with MA Lighting and Robe lighting — announced the creation of a new open file format called the General Device Type Format (GDTF), which has continued its development to support the needs of the entertainment design and production workflow. In line with that effort, the founding companies of GDTF have also created a file format called My Virtual Rig (MVR). The MVR file format creates a two-way connection between planning, previz and console systems that implement the support needed for a seamless workflow. The MVR format contains the 3D model, texturing, position information and GDTF information from the design in Vectorworks Spotlight. With SP3, Vectorworks has implemented import and export of MVR in Vectorworks Spotlight 2019 and import of MVR into Vision 2019, the previz software from Vectorworks. Now, entertainment designers are able to create a more efficient and connected workflow between design planning and previz, merging the iterative changes of the model between Spotlight and Vision without re-importing and redefining the performance cues each time. Watch the video to see the GDTF updates in action.

    “Our release of Vectorworks 2019 Service Pack 3 is the perfect example of our focus on connecting quality features and improvements with the end goal of superior workflows,” said Steve Johnson, vice president of product development. “With our forward-thinking methods and latest developments, we’ve demonstrated our power of connecting design with innovative cloud and mobile features, as well as our dedication to offering robust live-rendering applications.”

    Enjoy Additional Quality and Performance Improvements

    In addition to these great new features, SP3 also contains a number of additional performance improvements, including several fixes to compatibility with macOS Mojave and significant redraw speed enhancements with Space Objects.

    This Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2019. To install, click "Read More" or select “Check for Updates” from the Vectorworks menu (Mac) or Help menu (Windows). To find out more about this release, read the tech bulletin. Contact with any technical questions.

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  • Architectural Digest Design Show - March 21-24th, 2019

    March 19, 2019

    4 DAYS. 400 BRANDS. COUNTLESS WAYS TO CELEBRATE DESIGN. A world of design inspiration awaits at the the 18th annual design show on March 21-24th, 2019.

    The world's leading brands along with today's top talent come together in a carefully curated presentation of design, offering inspired vignettes by respected brands, design seminars, culinary demonstrations, and special appearances. From furniture, accessories, lighting, and art to kitchen, bath, and building projects, the show offers thousands of products to source and shop - both from independent makers and established manufacturers.

    Now in its 18th year, the Architectural Digest Design Show draws approximately 40,000 design aficionados to interact with incredible design displays from more than 400 brands.

    Expo Hours: Friday-Saturday, March 22-23: 10:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M.
    Location: PIERS 92 & 94 55th Street at 12th Avenue New York City 10019
    Register Today! To Register for #ADDesignshow Tickets

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  • Facades + NYC - April 4th & 5th, 2019

    March 19, 2019

    Facades + NYC is a 2-day conference that unites top professionals from the worlds of design, fabrication, and construction to consider how high performance envelopes contribute to and are shaped by New York City's unique architectural landscape.

    Join AGS Stainless at Facades + for the morning workshop "Materials, Systems & Applications." Earn 1 HSW Credit as we explore the advantages of requiring off-site fabrication for your project's custom rails in our CEU course Prefabricated Ornamental Railings. You can Earn a Total of 16 CEUs between the two days of presentations, panels and workshops.

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  • Johnson Controls appreciates your interest in receiving information about their firefighting Foam Concentrates and Hardware

    March 14, 2019

    Your time is valuable, and Johnson Controls would like to ensure they send only the information you want. Therefore, please click on the 'READ MORE' button below to be directed to brand options. Simply check the box of one or more brands, and you will receive the latest news and information on applicable products.

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  • Renovation at Montana readiness center earns LEED Gold certification

    March 14, 2019

    Indianapolis – During the late 1990s, a changed mission and substantial growth at the Helena Aviation Readiness Center, required a renovation and addition of the relatively new facility. The new Aviation Readiness Center included a 40,000 square foot overhaul and a 60,000 square foot addition to what was originally designed as an Attack Battalion Armory. The project included more than eight acres of site improvements and six additional buildings.

    Tim Meldrum, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, principal/owner at SMA Architects of Helena, Mont., says larger federally funded military projects are required to meet at least LEED Silver certification. The Helena Aviation Readiness Center achieved Gold status, with some help from the Envelope 2000® composite wall panel from Citadel Architectural Products.

    “We are proud to have been part of a military design process that allowed for sophisticated materials and use of color,” Meldrum says. “The Department of Military Affairs was supportive and even excited to challenge traditional military design. It's a project that got to be a showcase for both the military and SMA.”

    Citadel's Envelope 2000® composite panel consists of two aluminum skins, bonded to a thermoset phenolic resin core. Standard sizes available include 8-, 10- and 12-foot lengths, in widths of 4 or 5 feet. The life cycle and recyclability of the product helped achieve LEED certification. The colors selected for the Helena Aviation Readiness Center renovation were Statuary Bronze and Spanish Red. The Envelope 2000 panels with the Deep-Reveal attachment system, featuring a 1-5/16-inch depth, were installed by Swank Enterprises of Montana.

    The existing facility was constructed in 1995 as an attack battalion armory with a strength of approximately 240, which was increased to more than 400 in the late 1990s. Studies on the renovation started in 2006, the project started in June of 2015 and ultimately completed in August 2017.

    “Swank built the original structure in the mid-90s,” says Kevin Forbes, project manager with Swank Enterprises. “Not long after that, the mission changed and the building was pretty much obsolete, but they worked with it for 20 years. We came in and built around the original 40,000-square-foot structure. It’s now 100,000 square feet. Between that renovation and the five other buildings, it’s the biggest project I've been a part of at Swank.

    “The exterior façade is masonry veneer and Citadel panels. The building has two different roofing systems with many different lines. In general, the panels are located above the veneer and scattered about the main building. In most cases, we worked above the many different roof elevations which created some challenges during install.”

    Swank Enterprises installed 8,230 square feet of Statuary Bronze along with 7,660 square feet of the Spanish Red on the main Readiness Center building. Another 2,575 square feet of Statuary Bronze was installed on a new maintenance garage.

    “This project has been a big part of my career and I’m extremely happy to have seen it through,” Meldrum says. “I've had multiple roles in this project as my role changed in the firm, starting as a young designer and now as the principal/owner. It's a very special project for me and it always will be.”

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  • Introducing the Living Umbrella by Living Canopies®: the patio umbrella reimagined as a canopy-garden

    March 13, 2019

    College Park, MD--Living Canopies Ltd. is excited to offer the world's first and only Living Umbrella®—a canopy-garden above your head that creates beautiful, nurturing shade and cooler temperatures. It is shaped like a patio umbrella but it has live plants for its canopy instead of a sheet of plastic like old-fashioned umbrellas. It uses beautiful flowering plants, like Suntory's Sun-Parasol Mandevillas, to shade and protect people naturally. The Edible Umbrella® can make urban farming possible where space is limited by growing fruits and vegetables above your head for easy access. Its smart, programmable, solar powered irrigation system makes care simple and easy.

    The Living Umbrella® keeps temperatures cool by transpiring water, reflecting sunlight and blocking UV rays. It is net carbon positive with each umbrella avoiding the emission of 25 pounds of CO2 per year. It reduces stormwater flows by acting as microstorage, similar to a forest canopy. It provides pollinator habitat when desired. It supports human wellness via its biophilic design. Its living, dynamic canopy can make people feel better about themselves and about their world.

    The Living Umbrella® is a splendid way to make customers happier at restaurants, resorts, hotels, and theme parks by improving the guests' environment. The experience of sitting beneath a Living Umbrella® while sipping on a glass of cabernet is pure, sharable joy.

    Ecological engineers at the University of Maryland invented The Living Umbrella®, which is now patent-pending in the United States and European Union.

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  • Metl-Span's insulated metal panels check all the boxes - Speed of construction, durability, aesthetics required for new office, warehouse

    March 05, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – The owners of Electronics for Imaging (EFI) had high expectations moving into a new east coast headquarters in Londonderry, N.H. Versatility, durability, ease and speed of construction as well as aesthetics all played a role in the selection of insulated metal panels from Metl-Span for the 185,000 square foot project – that's a little more than four acres!

    EFI is a worldwide provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analog to digital imaging. EFI designs, engineers and manufactures large format inkjet printers as well as the inks.

    The new building is comprised of three parts, including 39,200 square feet for a two-story office, demo and training area; 100,800 square feet of room dedicated to engineering, product development and manufacturing; and 45,200 square feet of warehouse.

    “IMPs were selected for their aesthetics, insulation value and ease of installation,” says Keith Wentworth, Vice President at Dutton & Garfield of Hampstead, N.H. “The panels are a single-step process compared to other exterior cladding assemblies that include anywhere from two to three or four steps and multiple trades. IMPs provide a weathertight building quicker than traditional methods.”

    Dutton & Garfield installed four different Metl-Span insulated metal panels:

    ·Striated in Regal Gray (4,756 square feet)
    ·TuffWall in Textured White (14,199 square feet)
    ·Light Mesa in Polar White (27,642 square feet)
    ·Mesa in Igloo White (2,472 square feet)

    “We’ve worked with this product before and we’ve been quite pleased with the results,” says Steve Burnell, AIA Architect, Burnell-Johnson Architects of Manchester, N.H. “The textured panel has a desirable aesthetic, as opposed to a metal building. It's just a nice finish.

    “Because of the size of this project – it's about 185,000 square feet – there were plenty of challenges, mostly with the mechanical workings inside the facility. So, it was nice to work with the insulated metal panel which is a one-stop weathertight system. It's the interior wall, the insulation and the exterior wall in one product.”

    Dutton & Garfield used a 40-ton crane to set the panels, which were moved from the staging area to the work area with an all-terrain forklift. “The men worked out of boom lifts to attach the panels to the building,” Wentworth says. “Although we typically would use a vacuum lifting machine, we chose not to because a large portion of the panels were TuffWall and the machine doesn't work well on that type of panel.”

    Wentworth says the project was a huge success. “Everyone, most importantly the owner, thinks the building looks great,” he says. “They were able to consolidate multiple locations and are more efficient and generate more income. It's their new home and they are proud to show it off to customers and the community.”

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  • Quick, clean construction of vineyard villas provided by Metl-Span IMPs

    February 21, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Overmountain Vineyards, a family-operated vineyard in Polk County, N.C., wanted to offer its visitors comfortable overnight accommodations. Working with some talented designers, the plan was to construct two 1,300 square foot guest houses, using insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span for the walls and roofing.

    The two-bedroom, two-bath luxury villas each offer a scenic view of the Overmountain Vineyards along with a private patio. Suitable for four guests, both villas are just five minutes from the Tryon International Equestrian center and housed members of teams from Europe during the September 2018 competition. Each is stocked with a complete inventory of household items for the kitchen and bedrooms.

    Each building is constructed on a concrete slab, which serves as the interior flooring as well. The concrete, which was colored while mixing in the truck, is finished with an acrylic coating.

    “The vineyards' owner, Frank Lilly, wanted the guest houses to have a modern look,” says architect Julia McIntyre of Tryon, N.C. “The outside is a very minimalist look, but the inside is not. Each house front features sliding glass doors that lead to an extended patio with a view of the vineyards. The insulated metal panels have a clean look and are very low maintenance, easy to care for.

    “With the insulated metal panels, you’re building with a system and we were very pleased to discover the different colors and different textures we could choose from. One couple that stayed there has already approached me about designing a mountain home for them using insulated metal panels. I don't believe they have a lot yet, but we've started work on the design.”

    Interior decorating features a combination of modern design as well as some antique architectural woodwork, salvaged from older buildings in the area.

    McIntyre says the insulated metal panels, installed on a metal framing system from Mesco Building Solutions, helped shorten erection time and therefore, reduced construction costs.

    “This was our first time installing insulated metal panels,” says Myron Yoder, owner of M. Yoder Construction Inc., Columbus, N.C. “We really liked the way they went together and it didn't take too long. We’ve done a lot of steel buildings; we build a lot of barns and do some commercial work, but if you can do steel buildings, I believe you can build with insulated metal panels.”

    The roof slopes from the front of the villa to the back and extends 6 feet beyond the front wall to cover the patio area, creating more “living space.” The roof extends five feet beyond the walls in the back and on the sides. To achieve an R-value of R-34 to reduce energy costs, the Metl-Span LS-36 insulated roof panels contain a 5-inch urethane core. The exterior traditional rib panels are 26-gauge Galvalume in Sandstone, while the interior panels are 26-gauge Galvalume in Mesa Almond.

    LS-36 insulated metal panels have an overlapping, through-fastened joint, allowing for installation that is quicker than other construction methods. This reduces labor costs and made the villas available for occupancy sooner.

    Metl-Span's CF-42 panels were used for the walls of the villas – 14 feet tall in the front and 8 feet tall in the back. The 26-gauge Galvalume exterior and interior panels contain a 2-1/2-inch urethane core, providing an R-value of R-19. Exterior panels are Sandstone, matching the roof. The interior panels are Almond.

    Yoder says the panel handling and installation isn't much different than constructing a steel building. “We used a lift to get the panels in place, but we didn't need a crane or any other outlandish equipment,” he says. “It's a very economical construction and it's a pretty tight house.”

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  • Vibrant colors, maintenance-free MCM leads architect to Citadel Architectural Products

    February 20, 2019

    Indianapolis – The new four-story headquarters for Consumer Direct Care Network in Missoula, Mont., stands as an impressive structure in the city's new business park. For the colorful façade, a metal composite material (MCM) panel from Citadel Architectural Products was just what everyone was looking for.

    Consumer Direct Care Network provides services and supports that help people and families of all ages and people with disabilities, remain safe, healthy and independent in their own homes. Services are available in 14 states.

    “Consumer Direct Headquarters continued to grow throughout the design process and when considering a myriad of alternative envelope products to maintain the aesthetic goals, Citadel MCM panels offered great flexibility, custom color options as well as a one stop shop for panel transition profiles,” says Marie Wilson, AIA, LEED BD+C, of In2itive Architecture of Missoula.

    “We made a change very late in the building process, after the windows were already installed. Everyone was on board when we decided it needed a little more punch, so we changed the color scheme midstream.”

    Citadel’s Envelope 2000® composite panel consists of two aluminum skins, bonded to a thermoset phenolic resin core. Standard sizes available include 8-, 10- and 12-foot lengths, in widths of 4 or 5 feet, available in dozens of colors. Regal Blue (4,631 square feet), Sky Blue (9,751 square feet) and Silver Grey (4,507 square feet) were ultimately selected as the colors for the Consumer Direct Care Network project.

    “We were looking for something that is durable and maintenance-free,” Wilson says. She says the Envelope 2000, attached with the Reveal System over a new insulation product, allowed for a quicker installation.”

    Swank Enterprises, with four locations in Montana, installed the Envelope 2000 system on the Consumer Direct Care Network project. Burt Geiger, project superintendent onsite, says everything went according to plan and the only real challenge was working through the winter months.

    “Because of the height of the building, there were some spots that were tough to access,” Geiger says. “We used a 110-foot boom for working on the fourth story. We used a sling stage in some areas and scaffolding. As far as the installation goes, it was fine.”

    Geiger says he’s been working with wall systems from Citadel Architectural Products more and more.

    “It seems to be the look the architects and everyone else is after,” he says, “and Citadel is competitively priced. That’s an important factor to everyone.”

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  • Meet the new and improved DV-5A Deluge Valve

    February 19, 2019

    The DV-5A deluge valve is what happens when you’re never satisfied with good enough. We streamlined the original DV-5, creating a more powerful and efficient deluge valve. The new DV-5A comes with a lower pressure drop and higher pressure rating of up to 300 PSI, plus a reduced footprint and integrated alarm port make installation and maintenance easier than ever. The difference is in the details.

    Higher pressure rating & lower pressure drop - Allows water to travel further at specified system pressure. Simple valve design - One moving part means less complicated maintenance and operation. Easy installation and maintenance - Modular trim saves time. Smaller footprint - Reduced trim sizes provides a smaller footprint.
    Flat back side. Integrated alarm port - No additional check valve needed for Preaction Systems.

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  • U-Line Introduces 5 Class Collection of Products

    February 14, 2019

    Milwaukee, WI - U-Line, the industry leader in premium ice making, refrigeration, and wine preservation products launches a new collection of premium products featuring stainless steel interiors and a host of industry leading features designed with residential users in mind.

    All models include an industry exclusive full-depth lower interior that maximizes storage options. This is made possible by using a variable speed compressor which delivers maximum energy efficiency, faster temperature responses, and quieter operation.

    "The commercial strength of these products is evident with stainless steel inside and out, but that's only part of the story," says David Carr, Director of Product & Marketing for U-Line Corporation. "We paid close attention to details homeowners are looking for such as Slide & Secure Bins™, soft close doors, and our U-Adjust™ interior that includes 19 points of adjustability, allowing users to configure to their specific needs."

    The 5 Class Collection is most complete undercounter premium offering available, providing designers the most options when designing custom kitchens. The collection includes 42 models that span 3 product categories: Beverage Centers, Wine Captain® Models, and Refrigerators. All models are available in stainless steel and integrated finishes. Integrated models accept custom panels designed to match surrounding cabinetry. Additionally, integrated models can accept U-Line's Stainless Handleless Panels for a clean, modern design. Models can be built-in or used freestanding. Available widths include 15", 24", and industry exclusive 18”.

    "Our new 5 Class Collection demonstrates U-Line's leadership in the premier segment of the undercounter landscape," says Andy Doberstein, President of U-Line Corporation. "Dealers and consumers are excited about this new collection and we look forward to delivering more new products throughout 2019 and beyond."

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  • Insulated metal panels deliver energetic aesthetics for Finley Center

    February 05, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas - The Finley Center sports complex and event venue provides a unique blend of multi-functional space for community sports and fitness, as well as convention and entertainment facilities to boost the local economy in Hoover, Ala. The project 's modern design called for a dynamic, all-metal façade featuring more than 100,000 square feet of Metl-Span insulated metal wall and roof panels.

    The 150,000-square-foot indoor venue sports 11 basketball courts, 17 volleyball courts, a walking track, rock-climbing course, multiple meeting rooms for private events, and even a full-service food court and kitchen designed to meet the needs of a 2,000-person banquet. The Finley Center is the latest addition to the growing Hoover Met Complex, located just outside of nearby Birmingham.

    “The desire was to create visual excitement both from the exterior and interior as those spaces are engaged,” Consuegra explained. “The greys and blues of the Finley Center are primarily drawn from the adjacent Hoover Metropolitan Baseball Stadium that has Hoover-city blue roofing and exposed, cast-in-place concrete. There was a desire for these two facilities to visually relate to one another, creating a common sports campus language.”

    The Finley Center 's exterior implements a combination of 2-inch Metl-Span CF Mesa and 3-inch 7.2 Insul-Rib insulated metal wall panels integrated seamlessly with a pre-engineered metal building from Mesco Building Solutions. The insulated metal panels, which total 31,538 square feet, were specified in metallic Regal Gray. The Metl-Span insulated metal panel system “tied different portions of the facility together in materiality and appearance,” according to Consuegra.

    The entire facility is topped by 99,625 square feet of Metl-Span CFR insulated metal standing seam roof panels in Gallery Blue. The composite panels combine durable interior and exterior steel faces with Metl-Span 's unmatched polyurethane insulating core. The panels feature 2-inch high standing seams for lengthy sightlines and Metl-Span 's lightly corrugated Mesa profile.

    The 2.5-inch, 24/26-gauge CFR panels deliver an R-value of 20.41 for exceptional thermal performance. The product 's weathertight vertical side seaming also provides an unsurpassed weathertight seal and leads to potential installation savings with few side joints to seal at the jobsite.

    As veteran designers of collegiate sports arenas and stadiums, Goodwyn Mills Cawood was drawn to an insulated metal panel building envelope from the project inception, citing several advantages beginning with the installation process. Insulated metal panels provide all the essential thermal and moisture controls in a single, easy-to-install component.

    “Our experience on collegiate sports facilities led to a design around [Metl-Span] products for the Finley Center for ease of installation in an accelerated construction schedule, compliance with energy code requirements and cleanliness and rigidity of the interior of the building with minimal maintenance,” Consuegra said.

    The design team also placed a high emphasis on sustainability. All lighting in the Finley Center is provided by low-energy LEDs, and the project utilizes natural lighting in the form of translucent panel clerestories and fenestrations that surround both the event and auxiliary spaces.

    Metl-Span 's insulated metal panels are constructed from recycled material and deliver a high level of energy efficiency to reduce HVAC costs. In addition, the product 's single-component design leads to efficiencies throughout the installation process.

    Construction was finalized on the Finley Center in the spring of 2017—just in time for the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Baseball Tournament, which hosts more than 14 major college baseball programs as one of the nation 's largest events of its kind.

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  • LATICRETE Expands Adhesives Product Line with MULTIMAX™​​​ Lite for Worry-Free Installations of Ceramic Tile, Porcelain Tile and Stone

    February 01, 2019

    MULTIMAX Lite is suitable for a wide variety of interior, exterior and submerged applications

    Bethany, Conn. ​​-- LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has introduced MULTIMAX™​ Lite, the ultimate one-step, non-sag, Large and Heavy Tile mortar for interior and exterior installations of ceramic tile, porcelain tile, glass tile and stone. Offering superior bond strength and adhesion, MULTIMAX Lite exceeds ANSI 118.15, the industry's highest performance standard for a cementitious-based adhesive mortar, and thanks to its light weight, can be more easily transported and troweled. A 25-pound (11.3 kilogram) bag provides the same coverage as a 50-pound (22.7 kilogram) bag of standard mortar. Additionally, MULTIMAX Lite contains no silica sand benefiting workers on the jobsite with reduced exposure to respirable silica.

    “MULTIMAX Lite offers customers an easy solution to an ongoing problem. Rather than requiring contractors to carry several types of mortar, MULTIMAX Lite is suitable for interior, exterior and submerged applications of Large and Heavy Tile wall and thin-bed installations, thus eliminating an excess of product on-site and simplifying the entire installation process,” said Jonathan Scott, LATICRETE Senior Product Manager. “To increase productivity and flexibility on the job site, MULTIMAX Lite offers users an extended 40-minute open time, which is a major selling point for this product.”

    For maximum strength and durability, MULTIMAX Lite boasts Kevlar®​ reinforcement, and features antimicrobial protection to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. MULTIMAX Lite also utilizes LATICRETE®​ HYDROMATIC CURE CHEMISTRY™​ ​which accelerates the hydration process to rapidly consume water in the system, allowing the material to cure in a predictable manner.

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  • tyco - Technical Data Release Update

    January 29, 2019

    Updated Sections:
    Section 2: Extended Coverage Sprinklers
    Section 4: Residential Sprinklers Section 5: Dry Sprinklers
    Section 10: Dry System Valves
    Section 13: Deluge System Valves and Accessories
    Section 16: Specialty Items
    Section 18: Fire Grooved Products
    Section 19: CPVC Pipe and Fittings
    Section 21: Electrical
    Section 22: Aquamist

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  • Profile depth of Metl-Span’s Insul-Rib panels provides 'shape and shadow'

    January 24, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – The best designs have a specific direction right from the start. The Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wis., was constructed to fit into its site where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet, using traditional and practical façade features, including insulated metal panels from Metl-Span.

    “The location along the river played a big part in the design process,” says Gilbert Oh, AIA, LEED AP at Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York. “Metal panels were a pragmatic decision because of the insulation. The depth of the panels helps the appearance because they are high up and we didn’t want that look to get lost from the street.”

    Almost 29,900 square feet of Metl-Span’s 7.2 Insul-Rib insulated metal panels were installed on the project. IMPs were filled with a 3-inch urethane core. The 22-gauge exterior metal on the panels is Weathered Zinc, while the 26-gauge interior metal on the panels is Igloo White. The symmetrical 7.2 Insul-Rib features distinctive 1-1/2-inch-high ribs on 7.2-inch centers. The IMPs house the main theater.

    In addition to the insulated metal panels, the façade features 18,000 square feet of shop-fabricated copper, supplied by KME, and a 3-1/2-inch sawn height of Aqua Grantique stone from Krukowski Stone Company. The stone is a local product, bringing everything full circle on this unique building.

    “The stone is Wisconsin stone, mined less than 50 miles from the site,” Oh says. “That was important because historically, a lot of Eau Claire structures are built using masonry; it’s more brick than stone, but it’s a familiar look in the area. The curved copper extends as close to the river as possible and it contrasts the stone.”

    The Pablo Center was definitely designed with durability in mind. “When you construct a civic facility like this you do so with the intent that it will last over 100 years,” says Malcom Holzman, Partner-in-Charge at Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture. “And the stone, the copper, the metal, provide an appearance that you might find at any civic center in Wisconsin.”

    The Insul-Rib panels from Metl-Span offer a rib that is 1-1/2 inches high, which played an important role in the design plan. “The profile depth of the panels is important,” says Holzman. “We want the building read as a volume and not as a panel. The shape and shadow deceive the eye so it reads as volume.

    “When you’re building a stage tower, it gets to be pretty high, so when you go to clad it, you want to get it done easily and quickly, so you can get it enclosed, which was important in this case. Insulated metal panels allowed that to happen.” Division V Sheet Metal of St. Paul was in charge of installing the 7.2 Insul-Rib panels.

    “It was a pretty straightforward job for us,” says Bruce Reed, senior project manager at Division V Sheet Metal. “With the copper, the stone and the IMPs, there had to be some coordination with the delivery and installation, but it went well. The biggest challenge for us was working in the middle of winter instead of the middle of fall. Fortunately, the insulated metal panels were delivered on time and they were packaged by elevation so they were in the order we requested. That saves even more time during the installation because we don’t have to spend time sorting out panels.”

    Because the insulated metal panels were installed on the upper mezzanine level, the use of a tower crane was required to hoist panels to the roof. From there, panels were lowered into place with a swing crane. “Hoisting the vertical panels was a bit of a challenge,” Reed says. “We developed some clamps to hold them into place. We work a lot with insulated metal panels, so we know our way around.”

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  • J P Specialties, Inc. has earned certification to NSF/ANSI 61, the American National Standard for Drinking Water Treatment Components

    January 16, 2019

    J P Specialties, Inc. has earned certification to NSF/ANSI 61, the American National Standard for Drinking Water Treatment Components - Health Effects for its Earth Shield® PVC Waterstop from global public health organization NSF International.

    Government agencies around the world utilize NSF International standards to verify the safety and performance of water treatment chemicals, pipes, and plumbing components and to ensure these products do not leach harmful levels of contaminants into drinking water.

    To earn NSF/ANSI 61 certification, J P Specialties' Earth Shield® PVC Waterstop was subject to rigorous testing and evaluation to verify the product met requirements for use in treating drinking water. NSF International also audited J P Specialties' manufacturing facility to verify compliance with the standard requirements.

    NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards and protocols, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality, and Indoor Environment.

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  • McElroy Metal introduces E-book: Tired of Replacing Your Shingle Roof?

    January 15, 2019

    Bossier City, La. - In its continuing effort to educate building owners, McElroy Metal has published a second E-book. Tired of Replacing Your Shingle Roof? is available for download on the McElroy Metal website.

    Tired of Replacing Your Shingle Roof? discusses installing a metal-over-shingle recover system that offers a long-term solution with cost-saving benefits. McElroy Metal, a family-owned manufacturer of metal roofing and wall panels for a variety of markets, has developed two symmetrical standing seam metal roofing systems that are installed more quickly and provide a long-term, high-performance solution.

    Tired of Replacing Your Shingle Roof? was produced to help commercial building owners understand there is a better way to recover a failing shingle roof than to apply another short-term asphalt shingle. Metal offers the advantages of aesthetics, long service life, lower utility expenses, higher recycled content and it can be recycled after service life. Metal is also fire resistant, hail resistant and resistant to high winds.

    Along with the list of the advantages of metal, the E-book discusses the growing variety of metal roofing options. It also illustrates how the airspace created between the old roof and the metal roofing system enables energy to move and vent into the atmosphere and not get absorbed into the building. This "above sheathing ventilation" reduces utility load and expenses.

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  • Hallmark Floors joins Starnet® Commercial Flooring Network

    January 14, 2019

    Ontario, CA - Hallmark Floors is pleased to announce a new marketing partnership with the Starnet Commercial Flooring Cooperative effective January 1, 2019. As a Starnet Vendor Partner, Hallmark will market its commercial flooring offerings to Starnet Members across the United States.

    Hallmark Floors is launching exciting new products that will enhance their portfolio, including, NEW to the industry - "through color" hardwood flooring along with a PVC FREE plank collection delivering the highest rated heat stability available.

    For over a decade Hallmark has been supplying hardwood and vinyl floor coverings for both commercial and residential applications across the nation. With Hallmarks National network of distributors, they are currently well poised to service and support the immediate needs of Starnet Members.

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  • Insulated metal panels offer quicker, easier construction of ice arena

    January 08, 2019

    Metl-Span provides color-matched panels for Clearwater, Fla., addition

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – When the owner of the Clearwater Ice Arena wanted to expand the current building, hoping to lure the local National Hockey League team into a state-of-the-art practice facility, constructing an energy-efficient building was among the top considerations.

    Insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span provided the solution with the desired R-value, while offering single-pass construction to help erect the building quicker and with less expense. Metl-Span also had color options available to match the color scheme of the original building.

    “Typically, we use precast concrete for ice arenas,” says Tom Moorse, partner at HTG Architects, with offices in Minneapolis, Tampa and Bismarck, N.D. “We took a look around the site with the general contractor and there wasn’t a lot of room to work with tip-up concrete. It was decided that using the structural framing of a pre-engineered steel building with insulated metal panels would make the construction a lot easier.” HTG has been a part of numerous ice arena projects and Moorse has specialized in designing them for 10 years. Most are community-owned facilities for school or youth program use with a seating capacity of 1,000 to 1,200. This project was an addition to an existing rink and training facility to be used by the community and area schools. In addition to hockey and figure skating programs and camps, the new NHL-sized ice rink will be available for private parties. The owner hopes to have the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning use the facility for training. Among the amenties added within the walls of the addition are a spacious “pro” locker room and weight training area.

    “This project will be a valuable resource for us,” Moorse says. “We will definitely be using insulated metal panels again. In addition to being a time saver for the installer, we learned that insulated metal panels are cost-effective, which is a big consideration for privately owned or community owned facilities.”

    Moorse says the variety of color options made it easy to match the colors on the existing building. Almost 23,000 square feet of insulated metal panels from Metl-Span were installed vertically on framing from Ceco Building Systems. The insulated metal panels were 4 inches thick with a Polar White exterior and an Almond interior.

    “Using insulated metal panels offered an upfront savings because of the efficient erection,” Moorse says. “The savings continues with the energy efficiency of the insulated metal panels. We’re basically building a big refrigerator, so having energy benefits is an important consideration, especially in Florida.”

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