Building knowledge and connections


  • Belden Metallic Black Brick

    September 20, 2018

    Canton, OH - Quality that out shines the unusual!

    Be bold, be dramatic, be Belden! Brick...Your only limitation is your imagination.

    Read More
  • Differences Between Installing IMPs Vertically and Horizontally

    September 20, 2018

    By Paul Collyer, Vice President of Business Development, Metl-Span

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Insulated metal panels (IMPs) can be installed either vertically or horizontally. With most manufacturers’ wall panels, the exact same panels are used for either orientation. However, there are key differences in how the supporting wall system must be designed to accommodate the panel direction. In addition, the details used to design and the labor used to install vertical vs. horizontal panels can be quite different. Let’s explore some of the similarities and differences in the two approaches.

    Vertical IMP applications

    Vertically installed panels typically offer the most cost-effective and simple wall assembly. There are numerous panels available in lengths of up to 52 feet, offering the ability to install a single panel from base to eaves.

    When laying out the panels on a wall, the starting panel at the corner can be cut along its length so the first and last panel on a wall elevation are equal in size (width). Standard metal flashings are generally used to close off the cut ends and edges of vertical panels.

    Windows are usually installed to align with the outside plane of the structural framing and are therefore recessed (not flush) relative to the outside face of the panel. Typical wall framing systems for vertically installed panels involve the use of horizontal supports, usually light or heavy gauge girts.

    Horizontal IMP Applications

    Horizontally installed panels require more sophisticated details and tighter tolerances for both panels and framing. Panels are usually arranged so the ends of the panels align with architectural features, such as framed openings for windows and doors. Corners are often built with factory-folded transverse bent panels, shipped to the jobsite ready to install.

    The vertical ends of horizontal panels are often post-fabricated with trimless ends. This involves manufacturing the exterior panel face longer than the interior face of the panel, providing extra metal at the ends that can be bent back at a 90-degree angle. This trimless end is an efficient and attractive way to cover the exposed foam core at the ends of the panels.

    Some companies offer an integrated window system that fits directly into the panel’s joinery, allowing them to be installed to provide a flush window system. That along with the exterior panel faces improves continuity of building control layers. Horizontal panels also require a vertical support system, which is generally comprised of a steel stud wall assembly or occasionally a vertical tube steel system.

    When using horizontal panels, it is also generally necessary to use thicker (22 gauge) exterior faces to achieve satisfactory aesthetic performance, particularly when using flat or nearly flat panel profiles. Thicker gauges tend to stiffen the metal and provide a visually flatter appearance than lighter gauges, greatly reducing the tendency for oil-canning (waviness). Also, it is important to keep horizontal panels shorter (usually no more than 20 feet in length) than those used in a vertical orientation. This is because the casual observer tends to detect more visual flaws when looking along the length of horizontal panels than looking up and down vertical panels.

    Read More

    September 19, 2018

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has augmented its natural limestone product offering with the introduction of Adair® Georgian Blend. 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.

    “Our customers will love the rich colour blend of this full-bed Adair® limestone product,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “The new ashlar configuration also makes our Adair® limestone more accessible for residential customers. Unlike most quarried stone that has to be custom cut on-site, our new Adair® Georgian Blend comes in a classic pattern and can be installed much like our Building Stone, through standard installation techniques.”

    Adair® Georgian Blend is an equal mix of the traditional Sepia and Blue-Grey Adair® colours and features a split face texture. Three face rises (2-1/8”, 4-3/4” and 7-3/8”) in random lengths up to 23-5/8” make up the ashlar configuration. The colour blend and size combination augment the natural appeal of this classic quarried stone.

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

    Read More
  • Vectorworks Releases 2019 Version of Its Award-Winning Design & BIM Software

    September 13, 2018

    With a focus on increased performance and quality, Vectorworks 2019 allows designers to work faster and accomplish more

    Columbia, MD (September 12, 2018)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces the 2019 release of Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Designer, as well as BraceworksTM and Vision. With a focus on increasing design efficiency through overall performance and quality, this new release offers innovations and enhancements to significantly improve the 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows for designers in the architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design industries.

    “For this release, we listened closely to our customers and balanced new innovations with exceptional quality and performance improvements,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Specifically, in Vectorworks 2019 we concentrated on our customers’ most common workflows and usage patterns to increase their overall productivity with Vectorworks products across the board.”

    Users of all Vectorworks products will enjoy significantly faster workflows and improved software performance thanks to multiple core support in the Vectorworks Graphics Module, new layer and class search and filter options, and image effects. Vectorworks Architect and Landmark customers will experience improved BIM capabilities, including 3D site model sculpting; the unique ability to have BIM objects display with varying levels of detail in plan, elevation and section drawings; enhanced openBIM interoperability; and a new partnership integration with AutoTurn online for analyzing vehicle swept paths. Vectorworks Spotlight users will enjoy support of the new My Virtual Rig (MVR) import and export file format, as well as enhancements to 3D modeling with Spotlight tools and commands. Braceworks users will benefit from support for bridle analysis. And users of Vision will discover an improved user interface and up to 7x faster performance of the previz application.

    "Vectorworks 2019 is a release that will have a dramatic impact on productivity, allowing designers to make their day-to-day design work faster and easier,” said Vice President of Product Development Steve Johnson. “Users will experience the benefits of this version the moment they open the new software and see files open up to four times faster. Advances with the Vectorworks Graphics Module now take advantage of all available user hardware, and harnessing the power of all available CPU cores with increased usage of GPU on sheet layers makes all workflows feel much faster. Users will greatly benefit from the ability to refine renderings and images without having to export to Photoshop. And, the ability to add, show and adjust the level of detail that hybrid objects display in a drawing is something no other BIM program offers.” To learn more about the release of Vectorworks 2019, please visit

    The English-language editions of Vectorworks, Braceworks and Vision 2019 are available today. The release of localized European, Australian and New Zealand editions will be followed by Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese versions. For more information about the availability of Vectorworks 2019 in your market, please contact your local Vectorworks distributor. Members of the Vectorworks Service Select maintenance program will receive their upgrades to Vectorworks 2019 as soon as the product is released in their local markets.

    Note to editors: Please visit for images and other media, including feature illustrations, videos, testimonial quotes and more.

    Read More
  • Metl-Span insulated metal panels provide cost-effective solution for church renovation, expansion

    September 07, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, Sept. 6, 2018 – The leaders of the Soul City Church on Chicago’s west side sought help with plans for expansion to meet the needs of a growing congregation. The project evolved into a 29,000 square foot addition and 20,000 square foot renovation of the existing building, complete with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span.

    Insulated metal panel systems offer a wide array of profile, texture and reveal configurations. The product provides high-performance thermal efficiency and moisture control, while a factory foamed-in-place insulating core minimizes insulation gaps.

    Just more than 18,000 square feet of Metl-Span’s CF 7.2 Insul-Rib was installed on the Soul City Church. The panels contained a 4-inch urethane insulating core. The exterior was the Insul-Rib panel in Slate Gray PVDF and the interior was a Light Mesa finish in an Igloo White polyester.

    Working in tight quarters created some logistical challenges for T.A. Bowman Constructors LLC of Chicago. Safely installing insulated metal panels measuring 40 feet long and 3 feet wide required some planning and the enlistment of special equipment.

    “On the east side there’s an existing building and there was an alley on the west side,” says Tom Bowman Sr., owner and project manager at T.A. Bowman. “The south side was an active city street, so there was a lot going on in that area.”

    Because insulated metal panels are a single-component product, installation requires only one pass from the crew, minimizing labor time and costs. Bowman says this install required a crane to move panels into place and manlifts to move installers up and down the building, but it was done in less time than would have been required with other products.

    T.A. Bowman Constructors supplied the steel framing, steel erection as well as the engineering on the project. Focus Construction of Chicago was the general contractor.

    Read More
  • Citadel Architectural Products Relaunches Faster, Mobile Friendly Website

    August 30, 2018

    Indianapolis, August 29, 2018 – Citadel Architectural Products, a leading national manufacturer of cladding solutions, has relaunched its website at

    “When we began this effort, our goal was simple,” says Sean Walker, marketing manager at Citadel Architectural Products. “We wanted to create a site that presents our products in an easy to understand format; a site that is fast and mobile friendly.”

    The new Citadel site features:

    • Simplified product categories to make comparison and selection easier
    • Large color swatches to aid in finish evaluation
    • Project examples to illustrate design solutions
    • Representative and distributor locator to identify local contacts
    • Resources available for download, including editable specs, CAD drawings and product literature

    In addition, the site has been visually organized in such a way to facilitate a better understanding of the key decision factors between the available products and finishes. Data “snapshots” provide information at a glance without requiring the user to scan through lengthy paragraphs.

    While the first phase of the new site has been completed and launched, other functionality and information will be added over the weeks and months to come.

    Citadel Architectural Products offers a variety of cladding options, ranging from high-end fabricated metal composite material (MCM) to field-assembled systems and glazing infill panels.

    Read More
  • Church Expansion Project Combines Unconventional Aesthetic Design with High-Performance Building Envelope Components

    August 24, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, August 23, 2018 – A longtime staple of the Bloomington, Ill., community, Vale Church has seen its congregation increase by more than a third in recent years. Their response, in addition to boosting staff, was to purchase 37 acres of land for a brand-new facility — designed from the ground up to be a physical representation of the church's modern philosophy and sense of community.

    Construction for the new facility began in August 2017, with an aggressive timetable that targeted building enclosure by the end of the calendar year. Considering the fast-track construction schedule and a tight budget, BLDD Architects targeted multiple pre-engineered metal building frames from Star Building Systems as the basis for design.

    "Our number one goal was to not look like a typical metal building," reported Project Architect Brian Sommerfeld, BLDD, who designed the church's exterior façade and also handled construction administration throughout the building process. Vale Church's high-performance building envelope features more than 18,000 square feet of Metl-Span 3-inch CF Striated insulated metal panels in 24/26 gauge.

    Metl-Span insulated metal panels offer exceptional thermal performance in a single-component wall system. While traditional wall assemblies require multiple components and installation steps, insulated metal panels formed a weathertight barrier from the elements after just one pass from the installation team at P.J. Hoerr. Combining a steel face and liner and closed-cell foam insulation, Metl-Span CF insulated metal panels are strong but lightweight, weighing considerably less than comparable precast, brick or glass building materials. The manageable weight reduces structural support requirements and also helps to deliver "quick and easy installation," according to Sommerfeld.

    "Another one of our goals was to have the building weathertight by the end of 2017 to move to interior work," Sommerfeld added. "How quickly the insulated metal panels went up was a huge factor. Flashing in the panels together was very simple, as well." Metl-Span insulated metal panels are available in a variety of profiles with thicknesses up to 4", offering a maximum R-value of 32.57 to meet even the most daunting environmental conditions. Sommerfeld specified the product in three distinct panel widths "to align the integrated windows with panel joints."

    Vale Church utilizes warm red and orange hues for their logo and web properties. While relying predominantly on Polar White and Slate Gray panel colors, the new facility features nearly 2,000 square feet of CF Striated insulated metal panels in a striking shade of Copper Metallic to capture the church's warm atmosphere.

    Sommerfeld accented the vertical insulated metal panel aesthetic with MBCI’s Designer Series Flat concealed fastener panels on the wing walls and main entrance. The single skin metal rainscreen panels features the same Copper Metallic finish in a horizontal orientation. "Overall, the building is very vertical," he says. "We incorporated the single skin panels as a way to add some variation to the aesthetic with a horizontal element."

    Metl-Span panels also served as the basis for the project's roofing system. Vale Church features more than 30,000 square feet of Insulated BattenLok metal roof panels in matching Regal Gray. The composite roof panel design combines durable interior and exterior metal faces with Metl-Span’s unmatched polyurethane core.

    Just like their wall counterparts, Insulated BattenLok roof panels are offered in a variety of widths, lengths and thicknesses to meet unique project parameters. The panels feature two-inch high standing seams for long, dynamic sightlines, along with the lightly corrugated Mesa exterior face between the seams.

    The new Vale Church opened its doors to the public June 1. All told, the project incorporates approximately 50,000 square feet of metal panels by Metl-Span, Star Building Systems and MBCI — showcasing the best in design and performance from industry-leader NCI Building Systems Inc. The end result is an ultra-modern, aesthetically pleasing facility for the church's growing congregation.

    Read More
  • Kaycan - Take Sustainable, Contemporary Design Mainstream

    August 21, 2018

    Elevate the look of your home with our new Urbanix Collection.

    The sleek look is perfectly suited for modern contemporary designs

    Urbanix’ clean lines will push style to the edge.

    Incorporate it with other materials and finishes to create contrast and add curb appeal.

    * Stunning colors, from solid low gloss bold colors to two tone authentic wood tones

    *Contemporary look is exhibited through the unique design

    *Premium 0.027” thickness

    *Manufactured with high tensile strength aluminum.

    *Will not rust or rot

    Read More
  • BUILD Magazine Names Vectorworks a “2018 Ones to Watch” Award Winner

    August 19, 2018

    The program recognizes companies for innovation, design and service

    Columbia, Md. (August 16, 2018)— Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. is a winner of BUILD magazine’s “2018 Ones to Watch” awards program. This program showcases companies around the world that are innovating, trailblazing and deserving of recognition.

    The BUILD Awards are dedicated to uncovering and rewarding the very best in technical innovation, design and service from across the worldwide construction and property industries. Vectorworks Architect was previously featured in BUILD’s January 2018 issue as a winner of the Visionaries in Technology award for its ongoing modernization and digitation of the architecture and construction sector.

    To select honorees for the “Ones to Watch” program, the BUILD team evaluates company announcements, news articles, industry whitepapers, testimonials and more to find the best of the best.

    “During our research team’s process, we were not surprised to see Vectorworks rise to the top once again,” said Daniel Hornsby, head of features at BUILD Magazine. “The BUILD team was impressed with the way Vectorworks continues to revolutionize the design and BIM technology arena, and we believe Vectorworks exemplifies the kind of technology company we want to recognize with this program.”

    “I would like to thank BUILD magazine for honoring us with the 2018 ‘Ones to Watch’ award,” said Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “Innovation is something at the core of our company’s DNA. We’re always looking for ways to make the lives of our users better through software. So, this award is really about our users, who push for innovation and provide us with the inspiration to produce the world’s best BIM software.”

    As part of its recognition, Vectorworks will be featured in BUILD magazine’s October 2018 issue.

    Read More
  • Brewery Combines Cold Storage, Restaurant And Production Facilities

    August 09, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, August 9, 2018 – Alpha Brewing Company recently took its business to the next level with a new, expanded headquarters in St. Louis that features a high-performance insulated metal panel façade by Metl-Span. At more than 13,000 square feet, the all-inclusive facility combines a taproom and restaurant with seating for approximately 300 patrons and the manufacturing capability to produce 3,000 barrels of beer annually.

    Founded in 2013, the company employs a refreshing, modern take on the ancient art of beer brewing — offering its loyal customer base of “sipsters” an interactive Mug Club membership package, rare and limited brews and fast-casual Latin fare at the facility’s new kitchen, Alphateria. Alpha Brewing Company even offers live entertainment from area musicians twice a week in the tasting room and patio locales.

    “It’s a full-service venue,” says Joe Davidson, lead architect, Dadoworks Architecture + Design of St. Louis. “There’s both a production brewery and a tasting room component. These are separate facilities joined through a courtyard.”

    With a significant investment of $2 million, the owners of Alpha Brewing Company explored multiple cladding options to find the right material to suit their particular needs, which combined cold storage elements with a modern, all-weather building envelope. Veteran insulated metal panel specifiers, Dadoworks weighed the cladding options with their client.

    “The owner initially wanted to clad the building with a single-skin element and then we were looking at a masonry envelope,” said Davidson. “The alternate cladding methods didn’t provide the insulation value we needed for the wall system or an interior and exterior finish in one swoop. These were important factors for us.”

    Dadoworks specified 3,000 square feet of Metl-Span 4-inch CF42 Light Mesa insulated metal panels for the facility’s walk-in coolers. An additional 3,000 square feet of Metl-Span insulated metal panels in the 2-inch thickness were implemented as the brewery’s exterior cladding. The design team relied on two shades of white, Polar White and Igloo White, in a siliconized polyester coating for a clean exterior and interior aesthetic.

    “The 2-inch panels were used for exterior walls and the 4-inch panels were used on the interior of the buildings for walk-in cooler walls and ceilings,” explained installer Brad Langeneckert, president of Langeneckert Homes, Valley Park, Mo.

    Metl-Span panels achieve high R-values in a lightweight system with minimal thickness as compared to other insulation methods. Ideal for both cold storage or commercial industrial applications, the 4-inch CF Light Mesa profile offers an exceptional R-value of 30.86. With factory foamed-in-place thermal insulation and thermal breaks between panel face and liner, the product keeps internal temperatures cool regardless of external conditions.

    Metl-Span insulated metal panels also offer a simple and easy installation process, thanks to the product’s single-component construction. Insulated metal panels minimize construction coordination and provide faster close-in for interior trades. While Alpha Brewing opened the doors to its new location in March 2018, the insulated metal panel building envelope was fully installed by the prior November after approximately seven months of construction.

    Builder Langeneckert Homes handled the installation process from day one.

    Davidson was drawn to an insulated metal panel façade because of the unique, single-source responsibility offered by Metl-Span. Relying on just one material provider helped to keep the Alpha Brewing project on time and budget. “That kind of coordination can lead to time, energy and cost savings throughout the construction project,” Davidson said.

    Read More
  • South Carolina YMCA features curved standing seam roof by McElroy Metal

    August 08, 2018

    BOSSIER CITY, La., August 8, 2018 – One majestic wave tops the new Clover School District YMCA natatorium. The standing seam metal roof from McElroy Metal achieved the aesthetic the community was looking for and the architect delivered.

    The 71,400-square-foot facility is part of a 2014 bond referendum in the Clover School District. The aquatic and fitness center features two indoor 25-yard pools, a gymnasium, fitness room, dedicated exercise space for group classes, racquetball courts and a walking track. The outdoor 50-meter pool features an adjoining water park with slides and play equipment for all ages.

    The large natatorium roof has a radius that allowed the preformed panels to lay down without site curving. The ticket booths and outdoor locker room facilities required factory formed panels that had to be curved in the field because of a tighter radius. This required strong coordination and color match of the metal roof to the aluminum composite fascia and soffit material to tie everything together aesthetically.

    Achelpohl Roofing of Prosperity, S.C., installed a total of 21,000 square feet of 24-gauge Maxima 216. The panels for the natatorium roof were manufactured at the McElroy plant. The panels for the ticket booth and locker room were formed and curved onsite. The color was Premium Silver Metallic.

    “We were actively onsite for about six months,” says Amanda Achelpohl Childs of Achelpohl Roofing & Sheet Metal of Prosperity, S.C. “We did the insulated and composite walls as well.

    “We had about 10 people on the roof to handle the 111-foot panels coming off the roll former. The installation of the long panels went pretty quick because we had to have so many people there to help run them out, so we installed at the same time.”

    The main entrance, with Premium Silver Metallic fascia and soffits to match the metal roofing, is highlighted by green screening above the entrance. Visitors have said it resembles the look of a flying saucer. McElroy Metal supplied 60 sheets of 24-gauge flat sheet for the formed trim, including fascia and soffits. The color was also Premium Silver Metallic.

    Read More
  • McElroy Metal Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Missouri

    July 26, 2018

    BOSSIER CITY, La., July 25, 2018 – To meet the needs of a growing customer base, McElroy Metal opened its 13th U.S. manufacturing facility in Diamond, Mo., this summer.

    I look forward to servicing customers from here,” says Billy Howell, operations manager at the new Diamond manufacturing facility. “McElroy Metal has had a service center in this location for more than a decade. We’ve cultivated an excellent customer base, so building a manufacturing facility was just a natural step to meeting the needs of that customer base.”

    Diamond is located in the southwest corner of Missouri, near the borders of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas, serving the four-state area. The new manufacturing facility provides products for the post-frame industry as well as the architectural and commercial construction markets.

    “Now we can better serve our customers with the capability to locally produce the quality products they’ve come to expect,” says Brian Eudy, McElroy manager at Diamond.

    Read More
  • Metl-Span IMPs Offer Energy Efficiency and Splash of Color to Aquatics Center

    July 26, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, July 26, 2018 – Finding a single product that provides solutions for both aesthetics and design, as well as energy efficiency can be challenging. Insulated metal panels from Metl-Span made a splash for the construction of the Huntsville Aquatics Center in Huntsville, Ala.

    The renovation at the Huntsville Aquatics Center included the addition of a 50-meter competition pool and a warm water instructional pool in addition to the Legacy Pool, which was original to the former Brahan Spring Park Natatorium. With these renovations, Huntsville now has two Olympic size pools and the largest seating capacity in the state with more than 14,000 seats. The new instructional pool provides warm water therapy at 90 degrees, an in-water bench with jets and a handicapped access ramp.

    “We knew from the start that we wanted the metal panels,” says Pam Bruce, senior project architect at Nola VanPeursem Architects in Huntsville. “The metal panels came with a wide selection of colors. This allowed us to simulate the feeling of water. The competition wall panels give the feeling of racing in water between lane lines, while the arrangement of colors at the instructional pool feels more relaxing and calm.”

    Bruce says the IMPs are installed over concrete masonry unit walls, so it was, “a no-brainer choice” to go with insulated metal panels. “The City of Huntsville specifically asked for an energy-efficient building,” she says. “Going with insulated metal panels helped us achieve the look we wanted, while satisfying the owner’s request for energy efficiency.

    Installers had to follow a precise pattern when piecing together the insulated metal panels to achieve the unique aesthetic desired by the architect and the City of Huntsville. The sleek appearance helps assimilate the swimmer, a distinct part of the logo, smoothly moving through the water.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More