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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Kristopher Clemson as First Entertainment Winner of Richard Diehl Award

    October 22, 2019

    Scholarships awarded to 30 students for 20 winning projects in 2019 Vectorworks Design Scholarship

    Columbia, MD (October 16, 2019)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. continues to support the next generation of designers, naming Kristopher Clemson winner of the 2019 Richard Diehl Award, the grand prize for the Vectorworks Design Scholarship. With over 1,600 submissions, scholarships were awarded to 20 student projects from the architecture, entertainment, landscape and interior design industries. Winners included both individual and group submissions.

    The winning project, “The Octagon,” submitted by Clemson, a recent graduate of Full Sail University and founder of Bifröst Lighting LLC, focuses on lighting design, Vision and MA 3D renderings. Clemson used Vision alongside Vectorworks Spotlight to help with previsualization and implementing MA lighting on a PC.

    “It is an incredible honor to receive this scholarship and to be the first entertainment winner of the Richard Diehl Award,” said Clemson. “As my first time applying to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I struggled with the design process, but the usability, flexibility and overall presentation was achievable with Vectorworks software. I advise anyone looking to apply next year to suffer for your art and to ensure you have a well-balanced life of creativity surrounding yourself with creative mentors and friends.”

    In addition to the Richard Diehl Award winner, we congratulate the regional scholarship winners selected by an international panel of design, academic and media professionals. Submissions were evaluated based on design integrity, originality, the effective use of computer technology and communication of design vision. Here are the winning projects:


    •“Caretaker’s House” by Tom Hudson-Davies, Aarhus School of Architecture (Arkitektskolen Aarhus)

    •“Collage City” by Alex Wong and Ningxin Huang, Columbia University

    •“Cultura Gastronomy Centre” by Jeremy Shigemitsu, British Columbia Institute of Technology

    •“Haus der Begegnung Halberstadt” by Julia Fehling, Technical University of Braunschweig (Technische Universität Braunschweig)

    •“Listotektura” by Marina Georgieva, Birmingham City University

    •“Microcosmes: Sublimation Des Paysages Inconscients” by Pauline Soulenq, Charlotte Batifoulier, Matthieu Faria and Elisabeth Sala, National School of Architecture of Clermont-Ferrand (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Clermont-Ferrand)

    •“PROTOCELL_00” by Monika Kalinowska and Denys Karandiuk, University of Applied Arts Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien)

    •“Wasserschloss” by Geraldine Recker and Saida Brückner, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)

    • “Wooden Crown” by Mickael Minghetti and Karol Wojtas, Delft University of Technology (Technische Universiteit Delft)


    •“Indoor Community Park: De Potterij” by Robin van Vemde, Thomas More Mechelen

    •“Pawilon Plansza” by Weronika Kempińska and Marta Kluba, Academy of Fine Arts Władysław Strzemiński in Łódź (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Władysława Strzemińskiego w Łodzi)

    •“Raum für Abschied” by Claudia Hynek, Darmstadt College (Hochschule Darmstadt)


    •“Amphibian Orinoquia” by Ekaterina Trosman and Christian Cueva, University of Pennsylvania

    •“Dreiklang Landschaft” by Jonathan Sironi and Marie-Luise Tschirner, Technical University Dresden (Technische Universität Dresden)

    •“IMBROS: Marine Experience and Gastro Tourism” by Zeynep Gulsah Aygun, Istanbul Technical University (İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi)

    •“Kalmthout Centraal: Trap de Heide in Gang!” by Brent van den Bossche, University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen)

    •“Les Toits d’Ardoines” by Zacharie Malan, University of Lorraine (Université de Lorraine)

    •“Rewitalizacja Obszaru Przed Dworcem Nadoddrze We Wrocławiu” by Kinga Sadowska, University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw (Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wrocławiu)


    •“Pyura: The 333 Tour” by Mauro Pujia, Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

    •“We congratulate all winners of this year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship, and we hope these scholarships play a fundamental role in their education,” said Vectorworks Marketing Programs Director Alice Lowy. “Each year, we receive more submissions and are always impressed with the quality of work the next generation of designers come up with.”

    In addition to the monetary awards, winners received free Vectorworks educational software licenses for their schools and complimentary training for faculty and students.

    Visit the Vectorworks Design Scholarship web gallery to view the winning designs and runner-up projects. Interested students may sign up for notifications regarding future scholarship awards.

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  • Connecticut Crews Battle Fire at Wood-Framed Apartment Complex

    October 21, 2019

    Three residents and one firefighter injured in 2-alarm blaze that caused extensive damage

    Silver Spring, MD – On Thursday afternoon, fire crews were called to the scene of a fire at a three-story, wood-framed apartment complex in Middletown, Connecticut, resulting in the hospitalization of three residents and one firefighter, who was injured when part of the building collapsed. Additionally, ten pets were rescued, and unfortunately, one dog perished in the fire.

    Seventy-five firefighters from all three of Middletown's fire districts responded to the incident, and were forced to deal with freezing and icy conditions. According to The Hartford Courant, “a third-floor unit was a complete loss, and smoke and water caused extensive damage throughout the 24-unit building.”

    The blaze comes at a time of a number of spectacular fires in wood-frame, multi-family residential structures – most notably in Princeton, NJ; East Boston, MA; Lakewood, NJ; Weymouth, MA; Haverhill, MA; Waltham, MA; Charlotte, NC; Warner Robins, GA; Midvale, UT; Oakland, CA; Dorchester, MA; Lawrence, MA; East Hollywood, CA; Lowell, MA; Waterbury, CT, Emeryville, CA; St. Petersburg, FL; Arlington, VA; College Park, MD; Overland Park, KS; Raleigh, NC; and Maplewood, NJ. There have been dozens over the last few years.

    “Sadly, incidents of this sort will continue to occur as long as builders and developers prioritize building cheaply with combustible materials over resilient products like concrete and steel,” said Kevin Lawlor, spokesperson for Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association comprised of community organizations, fire professionals, engineers, architects and industry experts. “No family should be forced to experience the loss of a loved one – even a pet – or their home and possessions over what amounts to a misguided economic decision.”

    A number of cities and small towns have already taken proactive steps to protect themselves from preventative fires in construction of this type, including Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Sandy Springs and Tucker, GA. Last year, the Waltham City Council in Massachusetts voted unanimously to ask the state to update their building codes to prevent this sort of construction, as well, after a string of fires devastated the region.

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  • Metl-Span features top projects in 2020 calendar

    October 15, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Metl-Span has compiled its annual list of Projects of the Month and is featuring them in its 2020 calendar.

    The Project of the Year, featured on the cover, is the 54 Middlesex office building renovation in Bedford, Mass. Metl-Span provided approximately 16,000 square feet of 3-inch CF Architectural insulated metal panels in 24-inch and 36-inch widths. The IMPs, with a 22-gauge exterior skin and 26-gauge interior skin, were installed over an existing split-face masonry wall with a custom clip, to metal studs. Half of the panels were Regal Gray and half were Polar White. IMPs provided a fresh look to a dated office building which is now a source of pride for the employees and surrounding area.

    “Architects and installers continue to use Metl-Span insulated metal panels to construct what turn out to be their signature projects, which rejuvenate communities,” says Amanda Storer, Director Brand Marketing at Metl-Span. “Insulated metal panels are becoming more and more popular in a variety of construction markets, from schools to offices to recreational facilities. Durability, aesthetic variety and performance are a few of the reasons IMP usage is growing.”

    Other winning projects featured in the 2020 Metl-Span calendar include the EFI Inkjet office in Londonderry, N.H.; Home2Suites by Hilton in Chicago; Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley, Mass.; Zialena Winery in Geyserville, Calif.; Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire; Amazon in Spokane, Wash.; North Star Academy in Newark, N.J.; Sofidel America in Circleville, Ohio; Boston Medflight Hangar in Bedford, Mass.; High Point Climbing and Fitness in Memphis, Tenn.; and Atlantic Aviation PDK in Atlanta.

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  • Multiple Studies Confirm: After Costliest Year for Natural Disasters in History, Building with Resilient Materials Saves in the Long Run

    October 15, 2019

    Silver Spring, MD – According to a report released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2017 was the most expensive year on record for disasters in the United States – thanks to historically powerful hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and devastating wildfires in the west.

    In 2017, there were 16 separate billion-dollar disasters, with the cumulative damage of these events totaling $306.2 billion – shattering the previous U.S. annual record of $214.8 billion from 2005.

    As expected, the storms' impact on the U.S. also led to the costliest year in history for the global insurance industry – totaling $135 billion – with the U.S. accounting for half of these costs according to a recent report by Munich Re, one of the most prominent global reinsurers.

    “There's evidence that building with less resilient materials costs more in the long run,” said Robert Garbini, president of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in a letter to The Orlando Sentinel. “Whether the issue is stability in the face of high winds, or rotting and molding after floodwaters, the materials used to build make a difference.”

    According to studies by MIT, initial investment in hazard mitigation is the key to a sound structure and can be cost effective. An equation developed by the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) evaluates the cost-effectiveness of incorporating mitigation features into a building design in a particular location by factoring in the expected damage a conventional building that's designed to code would endure over its lifetime, and comparing that to a more resilient, enhanced building design.

    “In some areas of the country, especially along the coast, hazard-induced maintenance costs can be significant, sometimes even exceeding the initial building cost,” said Jeremy Gregory, Executive Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “As such, increasing spending on mitigation is fully justified in areas prone to natural disasters. Through our Break Even Mitigation Percentage (BEMP) project, which offers a data-informed approach to investment in hazard mitigation, we aim to support the widespread adoption of codes that take hazards into account because designing homes and buildings in hazard-prone areas with the expectation that damage will occur can make communities safer and reduce costly repairs in the long run.”

    Insurers are also seeing the efficacy of designing buildings to withstand extreme weather.

    According to a recent study underwritten by the NRMCA by Dr. Pieter VanderWerf and Nicholas Haidari of Boston College entitled “Survey of Insurance Costs for Multifamily Buildings Constructed with Wood-frame and Concrete,” building insurance rates will be lower for midrise apartment buildings constructed with resilient materials like concrete rather than wood‐frame.

    While the extent of the insurance savings for a concrete building varied widely for builder's risk insurance quotes, it was within the range of 22‐72% for all regions. For commercial property insurance, the quoted savings were within the range of 14‐65%.

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  • Soil Retention - D.R. Horton and Soil Retention - A Success Story!

    October 10, 2019

    Verdura® at Skyline in Vista, CA

    In early 2018 D.R. Horton contracted Soil Retention to build over 25,000 sq ft of Verdura® walls at their new project site in Vista, CA - Skyline.

    Challenge: The City of Vista, CA has a strict guidance on planting and irrigation, D.R. Horton had to comply to.
    Landscape Architect: Gillespie Moody Patterson, Inc.
    Engineering: Excel Engineering
    Irrigation Specialists: Hunter Industries
    Retaining Wall Design and Engineering: Soil Retention Systems, Inc.

    In less than one year after planting, the Verdura® walls look exceptional and meet and exceed the City of Vista's landscape manual. The walls are irrigated with conventional sprayers by Hunter Industries atop the walls (pictured below).

    The maximum height of the 2 walls reach 16 feet. The project was completed in record time in July 2018. Based on the expertise and collaboration of a great team of consultants, this project is considered a huge success.

    Skyline is home to 2 condominium developments by D.R. Horton, as well as the latest Ayres Hotel in San Diego County. D.R. Horton and Soil Retention Systems, Inc. have been working together successfully on several projects over the years, i.e. Crosby Estates in Rancho Santa Fe, Santa Rosa Highlands in Murrieta, Morgan Hill in Temecula, Seaglass in San Marcos to name a few.

    Please help us welcome our new team members:
    Shawn Higgins - Contractor Business Development
    Natasha Indegno - Office Manager
    Rex Revard - Architectural Sales

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  • CENTRIA® Formawall® Completes Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research

    October 07, 2019

    Metal panels achieve aesthetic unification across neighboring structures

    Moon Township, PA - One Research Drive is home to the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR). CENTRIA®, the world's leading provider of high-performance building envelopes, contributed more than 13,000 square feet of Formawall™ to the building façade, which visually echoes nearby campus buildings also clad in Formawall.

    “We aimed to have the material connection across all facades, – the ICAR and the Center for Emerging Technologies – in addition to the same durability and speed of installation we enjoyed with the Emerging Technologies project,” says Chris Stone, Associate Principal, LS3P, the firm responsible for the building design.

    The 85,000 square-foot structure aesthetically unites other nearby Clemson structures with the same clean lines and modern aesthetic. The design team with LS3P associates leveraged the sleek exterior and consistency afforded by working with Formawall. “We utilized the CENTRIA panels in a continuous ribbon across the building, which enabled it to have a uniform, distinct façade: Its 4 sides all have prominent frontage and CENTRIA panels formed the primary skin that wrapped around the entire building,” says Stone. Formawall is CENTRIA's flagship line of insulated metal panels, combining unprecedented design freedom with unmatched performance. The product's five distinct profiles deliver unlimited design combinations and create the world's most imaginative building envelopes with varying articulations, rhythms, and textures.

    Not only did Formawall provide the optimal building façade for Clemson's needs, but the design team also opted to use the product for its accelerated and seamless installation capabilities.

    “We have been working with CENTRIA products for quite some time and find that their speed of installation, longevity, and durability are all factors that make them ideal for our needs,” says Stone. “At the International Center for Automotive Research, the CENTRIA product was installed quickly enough to get the core and shell enclosed on-schedule.”

    Other members of the design and construction team included general contractor, Sherman Construction, and CENTRIA dealer, Steel Clad, Inc.

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  • McElroy Metal's ribbed wall panels refresh appearance for visitors at Cape Cod Potato Chip manufacturing facility

    October 03, 2019

    Bossier City, La. — Everyone wants to look their best for company. With its growing popularity, Cape Cod Potato Chips has seen its annual number of visitors grow to more than 250,000 at its manufacturing plant in Barnstable, Mass. The nearly 40-year-old facility was in need of a fresh look and ribbed metal wall panels from McElroy Metal were prescribed for the exterior renovation.

    “The facelift was simply to improve visitor experience,” says Michael Pellegrino, AIA, at J.J. White Inc., in Boston. “They've got a huge international following now and the original building had a tired look and really needed a cosmetic upgrade. “We took it from a 1970s beige and white building to a modern-looking bright blue and gray building with a bold white trim.”

    The original plan was to install McElroy Metal's Wave panel vertically, but ultimately, the client decided on the bolder Mega-Rib, installed horizontally. Mega-Rib is a 7.2 exposed fastener panel that provides strength and spanning capabilities. The distance from rib to rib is 7.2 inches.

    “The use of metal panels was cost-driven and they speed up construction,” Pellegrino says. “To install the panels horizontally, we required an engineered substructure. McElroy's engineering group provided that assistance and the installation was completed without issue.”

    More than 8,500 square feet of 26-gauge Mega-Rib was installed by Robert Ganter Contractors Inc. of Quakertown, Penn. The panels were a combination of Roman Blue and Ash Gray.

    “It was a pretty simple project, straight-forward installation,” says John Gannon, estimator and project manager for Robert Ganter Contractors. “We were in a bit of a hurry to get everything done before the busy tourist season in summer. We got in and out in about two months.

    “It was really one of those rare flawless projects. Deliveries were on time, in the right order and to the right place. We've heard nothing but good things.”

    The Cape Cod Potato Chip facility, which is owned by the Campbell Soup Company, now has a look as unique as the taste of its kettle cooked chips. Visitors can enjoy a 30-minute self-guided tour, a behind-the-scenes look at the process, from peeling and cutting the potatoes to bagging the finished product. New signage and televisions explain the kettle chip making process. The tour concludes at the redesigned gift shop for a complimentary bag of chips on the new outdoor patio.

    “We've even gotten some positive feedback from visitors,” Pellegrino says. “That's unusual, so it's safe to say everyone is pleased with how the renovation turned out.”

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  • Metl-Span introduces ThermalSafe with a striated exterior profile

    October 02, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Metl-Span's proven ThermalSafe® insulated metal panel is now available with a Striated exterior profile, in addition to the already existing Ultra-Light Mesa and Santa Fe exterior options. “The demand for more fire-resistant options led us to produce ThermalSafe with a striated exterior profile,” says Jennifer Franz, Metl-Span product manager. “Striations offer an aesthetic customers are familiar with and asking for.”

    Fire-resistant ThermalSafe is equipped with a LockGuard interlocking side joint, achieving one-, two- or three-hour fire resistance rating for walls and 1-1/2 hours for ceilings. The insulated metal panel features a core made from non-combustible structural and non-toxic mineral wool boards processed to maximize compressive strength. The core insulating properties are 3.61 “R” per inch. ThermalSafe panels are 42 inches wide and available in thicknesses of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 inches. Panels have been extensively tested to meet the fire standard requirements of FM4880 and the structural requirements of FM4881.

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  • New Dyson product launch - Evening October 16

    September 30, 2019

    On October 16 at 6 pm ET, Dyson will unveil our newest, most advanced technology to date in New York. We'd like to invite you to the official reveal of this new product and witness its special technology.

    We can’t say much about the new technology we are launching other than it is a new B2B product. We think you’ll find it to be unlike anything we’ve done before. You’ll have the opportunity to see the product first and get hands on with it while enjoying a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. A handful of Dyson engineers will be onsite to walk you through the technology featured in the product and answer any questions you may have.

    We hope you are able to join us on October 16 from 6:30pm – 9pm.

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  • Arriscraft Thin-Clad Stone Approved by Florida Building Code for Use in High Velocity Hurricane Zones

    September 22, 2019

    “After extensive evaluation, we're excited to share that our thin-clad exterior wall system meets the tough standards for the newest Florida Building Code, including the High Velocity Hurricane Zone section,” says Craig Swirzon, Thin-Clad Product Manager. “What the testing concluded, and the Miami-Dade approvals confirm, is that when our thin-clad stone is installed with Laticrete's MVIS system it can be used for areas anticipating up to 202.5 mph winds, specifically for Building Risk Categories I through IV.”

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  • CENTRIA Formawall® and Integrated Formavue Windows Enhance Salish Cancer Center Exterior

    September 22, 2019

    Flagship system provides advanced thermal and moisture performance

    Moon Township, PA - The Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center is the first ever tribal-owned cancer care facility in the Native American community and the United States as a whole.

    Over 28,000 square feet for CENTRIA Formawall was installed on the building's exterior to create the desired all-metal aesthetic and provide multiple lines of defense against water infiltration.

    The addition of 12,000 square feet of integrated Formavue windows forged the complete wall system with fully integrated details and CENTRIA's advanced thermal and moisture performance (ATMP®) technology.

    “The CENTRIA system was not only light but incorporated an exterior insulation that would meet energy code requirements for even a new building,” says project architect Chris Tongray, of TGB Architects. “Additionally, the CENTRIA system was sole-source, with windows and panels by a single manufacturer installed by a single subcontractor as a single system.”

    Formawall is CENTRIA's flagship line of insulated metal panels, combining unprecedented design freedom with unmatched performance. The product's five distinct profiles deliver unlimited design combinations and create the world's most imaginative building envelopes with varying articulations, rhythms, and textures.

    The high-performing system was also successfully able to achieve the modern aesthetic desired by the building owners, the Puyallup Tribe, who purchased the structure in 2015. The Tribe founded the hospital to create a truly unique form of care, blending traditional oncology treatments with integrative medicine techniques like naturopathy and acupuncture. The team from TGB Architects specified the mottled, natural finish provided by CENTRIA's AllusionTM Rust print coat system, designed to simulate natural materials like wood, slate, bronze or zinc.

    “The client is very satisfied with the project thus far,” says Tongray. “The contractors on-site have said that "everyone loves it."

    The Salish Cancer Center was completed in August, 2016. TGB Architects provided architectural services, Andersen Construction was the general contractor, and the CENTRIA dealer/installer was Cobra BEC, Inc. Morrison Hershfield was brought on board as a wall consultant.

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  • Continuing a trend: Excel Dryer is the first hand dryer manufacturer to publish independently verified Health Product Declarations

    September 22, 2019

    High-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR®, XLERATOReco® and ThinAir® Hand Dryers were reviewed and their materials verified by third party

    EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – Excel Dryer, Inc., today announced that the Health Product Declarations (HPDs) of three of their hand dryer models, the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® Hand Dryer, the XLERATOReco® Hand Dryer and the ThinAir® Hand Dryer, were thoroughly reviewed and verified by an independent agency. HPDs, developed by the instructions set forth by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC), are “a standardized format for the transparent disclosure of building product ingredients and associated hazards.” HPDs are a tool that helps buyers and specifiers better understand the environmental and health impacts of a product’s materials, to make more informed product selections.

    As common concern for sustainability and health continues to grow, manufacturers like Excel have committed themselves to transparency in their products and processes. In publishing their HPDs, Excel Dryer continues to set a trailblazing path for their industry.

    “The publication of the Health Product Declarations demonstrates our ongoing commitment to manufacturing transparency,” explained Vice President of Sales and Marketing, William Gagnon. “We at Excel Dryer continually challenge ourselves to lead the industry in environmental sustainability, reliability and product innovation.”

    Excel was also the first in the industry to have their products independently evaluated, and their environmental claims substantiated with the publication of the hand dryer industry’s first Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). An Environmental Product Declaration is a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product by studying the raw materials and energy consumption during its production, use and disposal. EPDs are intended to help purchasers better understand a product’s sustainable qualities and environmental repercussions during their decision-making processes.

    “We work hard to source the best materials from quality vendors that are as local as possible, so we are happy to share what goes into our products,” explained Excel Dryer President, Denis Gagnon. “Our primary goal has always been to influence the entire industry to pursue greater transparency in matters of sustainability and health.”

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    September 22, 2019

    New kits offer stylish protection from the elements

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Feeney, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum railing systems, has introduced a line of stationary awnings designed to provide protection in a wide variety of climates and settings.

    Constructed of powder-coated aluminum and strong polycarbonate panels for long-lasting durability and defense from the weather, the Awning Kits are available in two styles: Icon, a streamlined design with clean lines and curves, and Era, a classical design with a more ornate look and feel. A modular approach simplifies installation and enables selection of components based on project and design preferences. Customers simply choose a style, and then select the desired polycarbonate panel option, frame color, and any extension kits.

    “Awnings offer a great way to enhance the exterior of a residence or building, adding an aesthetically pleasing architectural component while also making the entry more welcoming and protecting people from the elements,” said Andy Penny, vice president of marketing and advertising for Feeney. “Our kit system makes it easy for customers to choose from a variety of design options to create an awning that will elevate their structure and provide a beautiful, statement-making exterior.”

    The Awning Kits are suitable for a broad range of climates and have been engineered to withstand snow/wind loads up to 35.5 psf. Built-in rain gutters at the front edge of the awnings direct runoff to the sides. The polycarbonate panels come in a choice of clear, frosted and gray tint, and awning frames are available in 14 standard colors, including Feeney's vibrant Express Yourself hues, along with custom colors. Optional extension kits can be added to extend awning coverage on straight sections and around corners.

    The Awning Kits can be ordered direct from Feeney or from authorized Feeney dealers.

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  • Vectorworks UK and Ireland Partner with CMYK Digital Solutions

    September 19, 2019

    Collaboration will expand design solutions in Scotland

    Columbia, MD (September 19, 2019)—On March 9, 2017, the Scottish Government announced that as part of its digital technology strategy, BIM should be considered for the design, construction and operation of all public buildings and infrastructure.

    In turn, this is increasing the demand for 2D/3D/BIM design software in the Scottish market. Therefore, along with the release of Vectorworks 2020, Vectorworks is delighted to announce a new partnership with Scottish software and support specialist CMYK Digital Solutions.

    “With the existing demand and growing interest in design solutions incorporating BIM capability, it’s a meaningful development to add CMYK Digital Solutions to our network of partners across the UK,” said Vectorworks UK & Ireland Sales Director Adrian Slatter. “Together with ever increasing software capability as evidenced by the release of Vectorworks 2020, this will further strengthen the ongoing growth of Vectorworks in this market. Scotland represents a significant part of the Vectorworks business and this move will help further accelerate the growth we have seen across the UK and Ireland in recent years.”

    CMYK Service Operations Director David Crosby explained that they have been keen to better serve their existing and prospective architectural clients by extending their existing software portfolio.

    “With the addition of Vectorworks’ intuitive design software, architects, architectural technicians and BIM managers in Scotland will have a better choice of design tools and a supplier committed to helping them make the most of their investment,” said Crosby. “With the government’s ongoing commitment to BIM requirements for public buildings and infrastructure projects in Scotland, we are ideally placed to help customers and prospective customers who need to deliver projects that meet the new standards.”

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  • Mortar Net Solutions Presents Scholarships to Benefit Masonry Students

    September 09, 2019

    Mortar Net Solutions awarded scholarships to four students at the National Masonry Instructors Association's Annual Conference.

    PORTAGE, Indiana – Mortar Net Solutions™, the leading supplier of moisture management solutions for masonry walls, presented scholarships to benefit four masonry students at the National Masonry Instructors Association's (NMIA) Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This year's conference marked the 30th Anniversary for the organization. The following students were awarded scholarships by Mortar Net Solutions:

    Sean Hicks, Center of Applied Technology North, Severn, Maryland
    Jan Pelaez-Garcia, John F. Kennedy High School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Joseph Presley, Carvers Bay High School, Hemingway, South Carolina
    Michael Vaughn-Sims, Wallace Community College, Salem, Alabama

    Mortar Net Solutions worked with masonry instructors across the country, as well as the NMIA, to select which students would benefit the most from the scholarship. The scholarships were presented to the students' instructors by Mortar Net Solutions' Steven Fechino. In addition to the scholarships, the recipients each received tool bags to help them as they work through their education and apprenticeships.

    “I am proud to help these students discover the tradition of working in masonry and to work with the NMIA,” said Steven Fechino, Engineering and Construction Manager at Mortar Net Solutions. “I greatly support the work they've done for this industry over the past 30 years. We hope to provide more scholarships in the near future as a means to allow students a chance at an opportunity to learn the craft.”

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  • Elite Crete Systems - Engineered High Performance Surfaces

    September 05, 2019

    HERMETIC™ Flake Floors are extremely durable and provide adjustable levels of slight texture and color to match any design theme or surrounding.

    A seamless REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Flooring System was installed in this reception area because these floors are easy to maintain and anti-microbial.

    A specialty REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Floor was installed in this salon because they are stain and chemical resistant and have numerous color and design options.

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    September 03, 2019

    New product offering significantly expands railing design options

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Feeney, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum railing systems, has introduced DesignRail® Panel Infill, a trend forward line of alternative infills for both interior and exterior railing applications.

    The new infills are offered in a variety of standard materials and styles, and can also be customized to meet almost any residential or commercial design specification. Styles include stainless steel wire mesh and laser cut aluminum panels with powder-coated finishes for interior or exterior applications along with resin panels with embedded materials such as rice grass and leaves for use in interior settings.

    “Alternative infill solutions continue to grow in popularity as architects, builders and homeowners look for creative ways to personalize and differentiate spaces,” said Andy Penny, vice president of marketing and advertising for Feeney. “We're always looking to develop products that combine the highest possible performance with unmatched durability and aesthetic beauty while addressing an unmet market need. This newest addition to the Feeney line delivers on that promise by expanding the range of solutions for our DesignRail® aluminum railing line.”

    Available for 36- and 42-inch railing heights, the infills can be mixed-and-matched with Feeney's other DesignRail® infill options – including CableRail, glass, vertical cable and pickets – and are compatible with all DesignRail® top rail styles and with Feeney Post Accent Lights. The laser cut aluminum panel infills can be powder-coated in any DesignRail® or custom color, providing even more design flexibility.

    Simple to install, the infills fit easily into the pre-engineered DesignRail® frame and are fully surrounded on all four sides with a low-profile aluminum channel, providing an aesthetically clean appearance with minimal transition from panel to frame. For the stainless steel wire mesh styles, all components are fully isolated to prevent contact among dissimilar metals, which is critical in harsh environments.

    DesignRail® Panel Infill can be ordered from authorized Feeney dealers.

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  • Newsweek Honors Vectorworks, Inc. with Inaugural Award

    September 03, 2019

    Vectorworks Architect named to “Best Business Tools 2019” list

    Columbia, MD (August 28, 2019)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. was named to Newsweek’s inaugural list of the “Best Business Tools 2019.” Among the 54 categories, Vectorworks and its award-winning Vectorworks Architect software appeared within the Production & Warehouse Management category.

    The following parameters were taken into consideration for this award:

    • Willingness to recommend the brand to work colleagues
    • Trustworthiness
    • Reliability
    • Fulfillment of service promise
    • Continuous improvement
    • Security

    Further, the Newsweek Media Group worked with Statista Inc., the globally recognized data research company to conduct an independent survey in March 2019. Selections were made based on a nationwide survey of more than 10,000 professional users of software and software service providers. There was also a targeted evaluation of Gen Z users (people born in 1995 or later) – more than 1,500 Gen Z customers completed the survey. The survey was also administered using online access panels; additionally, young entrepreneurs from US business schools were invited by Newsweek to take the survey.

    “We’re thrilled to be named to the first-ever Newsweek ‘Best Business Tools 2019’ list,” said Vectorworks Vice President of Marketing Jeremy Powell. “We are overwhelmed by the participation from so many professional software users in the survey. This recognition helps reinforce the commitment we have at Vectorworks to the values which connect us with our customers.”

    To see Vectorworks and other winners, pick up a copy of the June 21, 2019 Newsweek edition or check their website.

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  • ATAS Introduces New AIA Continuing Education Course on Metal Roofing

    August 30, 2019

    Allentown, PA - A new AIA approved course, “Metal Roofing: History, Material, and Application” is now available from ATAS International, Inc. The learning objectives for the course include:
    · Observe and recognize the history of metal roofing and the different types of metal used
    · Explain the manufacturing process and the importance of finish coatings
    · Describe the differences between low slope roof systems and steep slope roof systems
    · Understand the environmental benefits, sustainable technology and the features of metal roofing

    A total of nine AIA approved courses are now offered by ATAS; three of which can also be taken online. All are approved for health, safety, and welfare (HSW) learning units by the American Institute of Architects' Continuing Education System.

    The three courses available online are:
    · Demystifying Rain Screen Systems Utilizing Metal Wall Panels
    · Metal Roofing: History, Material, and Application
    · Sustainable Building Envelopes

    Three of ATAS' courses are also approved by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), including the Sustainable Building Envelopes course available online. All three of the online courses, in addition to the six others, are available as in-person live learning sessions. As a registered AIA Continuing Education Passport Provider for many years, ATAS can also offer continuing education credit for two live plant tours: a facility which manufactures building envelope components from metal, and a metal coil coating facility. Lee Ann M. Slattery, ATAS' Sales Support Manager, stated, “We are pleased to add to our course offering, and to provide continuing education in a variety of ways. ATAS understands that online learning opportunities are desirable, in addition to live learning sessions. We will continue to offer all nine of our courses in-person for those located across the country who are seeking to bring education into their firms.”

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  • Efficiency and design – the versatility of insulated metal panels in sports facility construction

    August 29, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Sports facilities are unique environments that face varying environmental conditions from both within and outside the structure. In evaluating building materials, client and builder seek proven solutions for meeting environmental requirements, codes and long-term durability without forsaking the art of design.

    Enter the new Boston Sports Institute (BSI), a 130,000 square foot multi-use recreation facility in Wellesley, a suburb of Metro West Boston. A collegiate town and activities hub for surrounding residential communities, Wellesley lacked a professional grade sports facility. Featuring two NHL ice arenas, a synthetic turf field, indoor track, repurposed 2012 Olympic trial pool, warm-up pool, sports rehabilitation area and strength training facility, this $23.3 million complex was completed in July 2019. Centered on a public-private partnership model between the town and the management company Edge Sports Group, BSI prioritizes ice and pool time for local schools who previously traveled to professional facilities. It is also rentable for private organizations and sports groups.

    “We were committed to using insulated metal panels from the earliest design stages, both for its performance and design flexibility,” states Kevin Provencher, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Architecture at the design builder Dacon Corporation. “We have a lot of history with this type of product on a variety of building types. It is an effective solution for multi-use facilities with variable environmental requirements. Both ice rinks and natatoriums have high moisture loads, but the ice rink's temperature will be maintained at 55 degrees Fahrenheit while the pools are at 82 degrees. It's an ideal wall system for a facility with demanding environmental needs.”

    Provencher says insulated metal panels (IMPs) provide a total wall system that incorporates a continuous insulating layer with control layers for weather, air and vapor barriers.

    “It helps that we partnered with a quality metal building builder,” Provencher says. “Collaboration was key to this project's success. Selecting the right details and sharing responsibility eases the burden on the designer.”

    Barnes Buildings & Management Group Inc. of Weymouth, Mass., a Metallic Building Company dealer, installed the insulated metal panels from Metl-Span as well as the engineered metal framing system. Tony Barnes oversaw the erection of the metal framing and challenging installation of 58,000 square feet of insulated metal panels. Tim Allison, the Vice President of Project Management at Barnes, oversaw project administration.

    “We have a mixture of panel types in multiple colors that run in two orientations,” Allison says. “When we have just one type of panel and one color, we simply unwrap the bundle and install continuously. With multiple colors, you must spread out bundles so we can access the panels in the order needed. With this site, we didn't have much room, so it was tricky. We paid close attention to the drawings and details to ensure correct installation.”

    Allison says Barnes Buildings erects a lot of structures using engineered metal framing systems and IMPs. He's noticed an architectural trend is using mixed colors and panel orientation to provide a unique aesthetic that is almost impossible to match with other building materials.

    Metl-Span's Smoke Gray, Polar White and Sandstone were installed to create an eye-catching aesthetic. “Our client wanted a strong visual impact on the north façade facing the state highway,” Provencher says. “When passing other commercial buildings commuters notice this vibrant design featuring vertical and horizontal panels. Tim Allison and Marty Barnes provided valuable input, influencing the final outcome.”

    There are several unique details to BSI, including a parapet on the gable end of the building above the pool. It starts low at the eaves and grows to 3 feet at the peak to hide rooftop equipment. Barnes Buildings also installed an accent band near the top of the building, a single skin metal panel that continues horizontally from the windows. The 7.2 Rib panel from Metl-Span is 36 inches wide with ribs that are 1-1/2 inches deep.

    The roofing for more than 75 percent of the building is a double lock standing seam from Metallic in bare Galvalume. The roofing above the pool is a bare Galvalume insulated metal panel, Metl-Span's CFR system. It starts approximately 35 feet from the roof peak, so the top section of roofing is standing seam. At the transition to where the IMPs are above the pool, the roofline drops 1 foot. The interior skin on the roofing and wall IMPs in the pool area are coated with Valspar's Flurothane IV, a finish formulated to protect in exceptionally harsh environments where chemical corrosion protection is needed.

    “It's all things we've dealt with on other projects, but there's a little bit of everything on this one,” Allison says. “It's a special job and a visually appealing project. The IMPs are ideally suited for our New England climate. When used as walls and roofing, they provide excellent continuous insulation on any building.”

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  • PAC International, LLC. is proud to add Low VOC to its list of testing procedures and qualifications.

    August 27, 2019

    The RSIC-1 products were tested recently at a third party testing facility for VOC in classrooms and office spaces per the CDPH Standard Method of testing

    Standards & Codes Recognizing CDPH Standard Method V1.2

    ·USGBC LEED Version 4, BD&C, ID&C

    ·The WELL Building Standard

    ·ANSI/GBI 01, Green Building Assessment Protocol

    ·Green Guide for Healthcare V2.2

    Please click the 'More' button to be directed to the website for the newest assemblies, tests, and products available from PAC International, LLC.

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  • BoMetals Acquires Dowel Bars and Baskets

    August 21, 2019

    Carrollton, GA — BoMetals, inc. of Carrollton, Georgia, announced their acquisition of Dowel Bars and Baskets, LLC today. DBB is a now a wholly owned subsidiary of BoMetals and will continue operations in Farmersville, TX.

    BoMetals, founded in 1989, is a provider of concrete and masonry accessories throughout the US, Canada, and International markets. Dowel Bars and Baskets (DBB) is a leading manufacturer of products used in FAA, DOT, Corp of Engineers, and Commercial/Industrial projects nationwide, with a focus on quality material made to specification. The addition of DBB's product line is a logical addition and increases an already strong market position held by BoMetals. With this acquisition, BoMetals now offers the most complete line of US manufactured concrete jointproducts available from a US owned company.

    When asked about the purchase, Todd Rambo, CEO of BoMetals said, “DBB is a familiar name in the construction industry, and we share the same core value of consistently providing the very best products possible.” Rambo continued, “We are pleased to announce this acquisition, and look forward to continuing to provide the DBB products with the service standard for which we are known at BoMetals.”

    Former owner, Greg Maday, stated, “I am delighted that DBB will become a part of the BoMetals team. Having worked with BoMetals for several months, it has become clear to me that Todd and his team have the tools and resources in house to make DBB a state of the art manufacturing facility. With the support and guidance of BoMetals, DBB will grow to be the preferred manufacturer in that space.” Matt Nicholas, DBB President, adds, “At DBB we built our team around being good stewards in the Paving industry. BoMetals is built the same way. The strengths shared by both companies make this acquisition a tremendous opportunity to experience continued growth in service, sales, and operations. We are excited about the future.”

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  • GREENBUILD International Conference and Expo - November 19-22, 2019 - Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    August 20, 2019

    Breaking News: President Barack Obama Joins the Keynote Stage at Greenbuild 2019!

    "A Conversation with President Barack Obama"

    Date: Wednesday, November 20
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, winning more votes than any candidate in history. In times of great challenge and change, President Obama's leadership ushered in a stronger economy, a more equal society, a nation more secure at home and more respected around the world.

    Join President Obama for the first time ever on the Keynote Stage at Greenbuild for a moderated conversation.

    Access to President Obama's keynote is included with a Four-Day, Three-Day, or Wednesday Conference Pass.

    Register now to secure your seat and take advantage of Early-Bird Discounts.

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  • Arriscraft Adds Architectural Linear Series Brick Production At Georgia Plant

    August 13, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has added production of its incredibly popular Architectural Linear Series Brick (ALSB) at the Fort Valley, Georgia plant. This elongated brick rivals the premium, long brick offered by European companies. 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.

    “Since introducing ALSB in 2018, we've had overwhelming interest. By adding production at our Georgia plant, it's now easily accessible to major markets in the southern United States. This long, elegant brick features a distressed finish that designers love,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “Our Georgia version features an even slimmer face rise and four new colors to add to the existing colors available from Canada.”

    This Architectural Linear Series Brick is 2-1/8" high in random lengths up to 23-5/8" (depth is standard at 3-¾"). Installing this one large size is simple and efficient. To augment the full product offering, Arriscraft has added four exclusive Georgia colors: Burnt Umber, Cedar Woods, Harbor Grey, and White Pearl.

    Arriscraft's Natural Process technology uses only natural materials (plus color pigments) and replicates how stone is created in the earth. This proprietary process creates stone with the natural aesthetics and durability of quarried stone, plus the convenience of standard installation and unlimited supply.

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  • Multi-Cor from McElroy Metal installed as residential wall panels

    August 06, 2019

    Corrugated metal shines on architect's unique river view home

    Bossier City, La. — Practicality and product familiarity led an architect and his wife to choose corrugated metal panels for the exterior walls of the home they built for the view along the Mississippi River. McElroy Metal's Multi-Cor panels, installed horizontally, provided the durability and unique aesthetic they were looking for.

    The back of the Ingram home faces the river from just outside of Vicksburg, Miss. Viewing sunsets over the Mighty Mississippi is a great way to wrap up each day.

    “We built it for the view,” says Paul Ingram, owner of Ingram and Associates in Vicksburg. “There are very few vacant lots with Mississippi River views left here and this property is triangular in shape, lending itself to an unconventional floorplan. The design was not conducive to brick, with exterior walls extending over lower walls.

    “I'm an architect. This home is for me and my wife, but I haven't had much experience designing homes. My niche the last few years has been convenience stores with gas stations. I became familiar with McElroy Metal a long time ago, using their soffit panels on canopies over gas tanks.”

    Ingram says the metal was less expensive to install than brick veneer and the 24-gauge corrugated metal and factory finish exceeded his expectations. Consistent, rounded corrugations make Multi-Cor the ideal panel to provide a strong appearance. The 3,000 square foot home required 3,037 square feet of Multi-Cor panels from McElroy, in the color Ash Gray, a PVDF coating from Sherwin-Williams.

    “The aesthetic intent was to have contrasting color and materials, but with prominent horizontal lines, which resulted in the light gray metal and western red cedar,” Ingram says.

    To create an air space between the panels and the 2x6 studs, plastic furring strips called Sturdi-Starter, from Cor-A-Vent Incorporated, were installed to the studs. Open cell spray foam insulation between the studs provided an R-value close to 25. The home has 57 windows and doors.

    “It was a lot of work, but I knew I could do it,” says Mike Hogan, owner of Riverbend Construction in Vicksburg, Tenn. “I’ve been around metal all my life, so we just got right in there, figured out what we had to do and made it work. It was me and one other guy and we were onsite the better part of a month, so about 20 working days.”

    The key to any successful installation is working with properly constructed framing. Lance Murrah does a lot of framing in the area for Richard Coward Inc., the general contractor on the project, and Hogan says everything was level and straight.

    “We started on the long wall and installed panels from left to right so you couldn't see the laps from the front,” Hogan says. “We did the same thing on the triangles right above that. About three days into the job, Paul texted me and said he liked the way everything was looking. We took special care to do it right.

    “At first, I wasn't sure this is something I would consider doing if I ever built my own house, but it turned out pretty neat. I'd definitely consider it. It is a unique application.”

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  • Brick in Architecture Awards

    July 31, 2019

    2019 Call For Entries Now Open - Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs. For decades, BIA has been recognized by the architectural community as the authority on clay brick. As such, the Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick.

    With 8 categories, you can submit your projects in a variety of areas. All entries must be complete by the October 31, 2019 deadline.

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  • Hadrian Takes Enhanced Privacy To New Heights With Elite Max

    July 29, 2019

    Growing demand for more privacy options and gender neutral toilet partition solutions was the catalyst behind the introduction of Hadrian's new Elite MAX toilet partition series, which features 92-inch high doors and panels while also eliminating all sightline gaps.

    Hadrian Elite Max enhanced privacy toilet partition

    Available in 22 powder coated colors and stainless steel finishes, Elite Max is the most private solution of Hadrian's Elite series. 92-inch high doors, panels mounted 4 inches (102mm), 6 inches (152mm) or 9 inches (229mm) above the finished floor with continuous stop, hinge filler and continuous channel made to match the height of the partition.

    Architects and designers can choose from three styles to achieve the level of privacy required for the space. Headrail braced mounted 6 to 12 inches AFF, headrail braced with pedestal 4 or 9 inches AFF, or floor to ceiling mounted 6 to 12 inches AFF.

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  • Black Rock Fireproof Column has made some improvements

    July 24, 2019

    It is now easier to discover the information you need when deciding if you should specify fireproof columns on your projects:
    Live chat w/ Black Rock employees during business hours
    Product shapes and sizes with ALL available sizes, WF from 4x13 to 14x730 and HSS from 4x4x1/4 to 22x22x7/8!
    Specification section including a sample specification sheet in MS Word format, MANU-SPEC SHEET and SPEC-DATA SHEET PDFs
    Education section with links to our videos, AIA accredited online courses and Lunch & Learn request form
    Submit budget and quote requests through website including the ability to upload drawings

    Check out one of our latest projects;

    Penn Medicine at Radnor in Radnor, Pennsylvania. The Architect & Structural Engineer was Ballinger out of Philadelphia. On the project, we provided 26 fireproof columns with 32 shells weighing over 93 tons! The columns were Type OH with a 2-hour UL fireproof rating.

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  • McElroy Metal's 238T is the only HVHZ-rated structural aluminum panel approved in Florida

    July 17, 2019

    Bossier City, La. — Advanced Roofing Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., runs its operation by the belief that what the customer wants, the customer gets.

    The Solid Waste Authority (SWA) in West Palm Beach, Fla., had a building with an aging and leaking R-panel metal roofing system. “It was leaking everywhere,” says Mike Scardina, the Sheet Metal Department Manager at Advanced Roofing. “The original roof looked to be over 20 years old.”

    Advanced Roofing Inc. (ARI) is a commercial roofing company with nine locations, specializing in roof re-roofing, repairs and maintenance services for occupied buildings in Florida and the Caribbean. When it comes to commercial re-roofing to meet strict building standards and wind codes, Advanced Roofing has seen it all.

    This particular SWA building was used as a dumping site for foliage collected from the community. Eventually, the leaves are moved to a compost site or a recycling facility. Roof leaks were threatening electrical components and creating many problems in a small workshop within the building. The SWA wanted a permanent solution to fix the leaks and wanted a long-lasting solution for an area where hurricane-force winds are a constant threat.

    The 238T symmetrical roof system was chosen because of its extremely high uplift capacity over the open framing and ease of repair if it would ever become damaged by a future storm. This system also eliminates the need for additional edge and corner framing typically required when re-roofing an open frame metal building like this, with existing 5-foot on-center purlin spacing. Instead of a complete tear-off of the original R-panel roof, Advanced Roofing left the roof in place and installed Roof Hugger sub-purlins every 5 feet on-center … 7,600 feet of Roof Huggers. Leaving the existing roof in place maintained the structural diaphragm that the R-panel provides to the building. The roof re-cover was completed with the 238T symmetrical standing seam roofing system from McElroy Metal in .040 aluminum. This assembly is the only Florida High Velocity Hurricane Zone-approved aluminum structural standing seam panel system.

    “SWA wanted their roof system engineered to the highest standard possible and in line with their goals of durability in the most extreme conditions … and that's what we gave them,” Scardina says. “This system will last a long time and hold up under tough conditions.”

    McElroy's 238T symmetrical standing seam systems do not have male and female seams; instead they are comprised of panels with matching left and right seams. The panels are joined with a mechanically seamed cap. The panels are non-directional and can be installed left to right, right to left or even from the center out. In addition to the installation benefits, symmetrical panels offer easy individual panel removal and replacement. Individual panels can also be re-installed, requiring only the purchase and installation of a new cap.

    Before working on the roof, Advanced Roofing had to replace several rusting 20-foot purlins with new purlins. The roof panels for this project were .040-inch aluminum, painted Ash Gray and 16 inches wide with pencil ribs to reduce the appearance of oil canning. Seventy percent of the panels were 87 feet long and the remaining 30 percent were 100 feet long … all of the panels were run at the eave as Advanced Roofing used its in-house crane division to lift their 238T roll former into place.

    To obtain HVHZ and Florida building code approval, the 238T roofing panels were installed with 100 percent 24-gauge continuous clips, meaning the clips run the entire length of each panel. The C-shaped clips are pre-installed back-to-back and run down each side of the panel and attached to the top of the Roof Huggers using two or three fasteners per side. Because of the extreme -147 psf corner pressures and the 5-foot purlin spacing, a small 22-gauge plate was added on top of the clip base over the Roof Hugger in the edge and corner zones. After three holes were drilled through the plate, clip and Roof Hugger, an AB #14 screw was used to fasten the plate and clip to the Roof Hugger in the edge and corner zones.

    “It's a special fastener that has a point and gets real fat where it meets the hex head,” says Tom Mahon, Sheet Metal Field Superintendent for Advanced Roofing. “It meets the uplift requirements for the area.”

    Scardina and Mahon say to meet High-Velocity Hurricane Zone approval, the installation is more labor intensive, mainly because of the time needed to pre-drill plates, but the level of added durability makes it worth the work. The symmetrical panel legs are capped and the caps are secured by a seamer.

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  • Amba Products Announces Distribution Partnership with Hydrologic

    July 11, 2019

    Amba Products, distributor of heated towel rack systems, announces a partnership with Hydrologic, one of Florida's largest wholesale distributors of plumbing, indoor and outdoor lighting, fans and other home accents. The partnership will provide Amba with permanent space in its showrooms, as well as increased visibility among a wide range of builders, architects and interior designers.

    According to Peter Manidis, Amba marketing manager, Tampa, Florida, serves as a design epicenter and space in Hydrologic's showroom will help Amba reach its distribution goals.

    “Our vision is to have a heated towel rack in every bathroom in America,” he said. “The European consumer market has been utilizing heated towel racks for decades to enhance comfort, reduce towel dampness and conserve the energy it takes to constantly dry towels in a commercial drier. Being featured in Hydrologic's showroom helps more U.S. designers see our product in action, which helps them see the possibilities.”

    Eva Lowe, showroom manager at Hydrologic, said heated towel racks are becoming increasingly popular in U.S. bathrooms, laundry rooms, hotels and dorm rooms. She said the addition of Amba heated towel racks add a unique item to the Hydrologic showroom.

    “Bathrooms and laundry rooms have been trending toward minimalism, so designers are looking for fixtures that enhance both style and function,” said Lowe. “Heated towel racks are sleek, extremely functional and give standard bathrooms a spa-feel. We're excited to partner with Amba and let more designers see how heated towel racks can be easily integrated into their designs.”

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Named a Finalist in 2019 Architizer A+Awards

    July 11, 2019

    Vectorworks Architect 2019 competing in Design Tools – Apps & Digital Tools category before voting closes on July 5

    Columbia, MD (July 1, 2019)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces its selection as a finalist for the 2019 Architizer A+Awards. Vectorworks Architect 2019 is one of four contenders in the Design Tools – Apps & Digital Tools category, competing for two of the most sought after awards: The Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. “It’s an incredible accomplishment to be a finalist in the highly-respected Architizer A+Awards, as the architecture market is filled with fierce competition,” said Jeremy Powell, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “Vectorworks Architect 2019 was created with a focus on increasing design efficiency through overall performance and quality, adding new innovations and enhancements to further improve 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows. Designers will see a dramatic impact on productivity, thus making their day-to-day work faster and easier.”

    The seventh annual awards are judged by a diverse jury from fields such as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development and tech, including Denise Scott Brown and Tom Kundig, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach), Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity) and Barry Bergdoll (MoMA).

    The Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award is chosen through online public voting. Voting is open now until July 5. Winners for both awards will be announced on July 9.

    Learn more about Vectorworks Architect 2019 at, and why you should vote for the leading BIM tool by July 5 on Architizer’s website.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Adds Two Prestigious Awards from Architosh and BUILD Magazine

    July 02, 2019

    Company recognized as “BEST of SHOW” and “Ones to Watch”

    Columbia, MD (June 26, 2019)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has received two more awards, including Architosh’s 2019 AIA National “BEST of SHOW” award in the BIM category for Vectorworks Architect 2019 and BUILD Magazine’s 2019 Design & Build Awards as “Ones to Watch in the USA”.

    “These awards are recognizing our significant presence and achievement in the industry,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks. “We would like to thank Architosh and BUILD Magazine for honoring our software and company once again. These awards in particular reinforce that Vectorworks is on the right path, and our goal is to excel as the top BIM software program in the industry with the distinction of being purpose-built around an architect’s design process.”

    The “BEST of SHOW” award is designed to recognize the most interesting and promising technologies making an impact on architectural practice in the United States and globally. The BIM category was measured by:

    • Implementation quality

    • Acceleration of quality of solution

    • Quality of attack on addressing pain points in BIM workflows

    • Adoption, extension and commitment to Open BIM philosophies so that data and toolchains are social and democratized to their fullest extent

    Fitting convergent technology paths and driving at synergistic directions for the industry. “Vectorworks 2019 this year produced a very nice blend of updates, but the addition of live-linked connections to Lumion coupled with a suite of Open BIM and Revit support features truly boost this package’s appeal to architects and other design professionals,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, Architosh.

    The Design & Build Awards are our way of endorsing and recommending the most promising and best performing firms across all sectors of the architecture, construction building and interior design, and each recipient is hand-picked by our internal team through a strictly merit-based process of research and analysis.

    According to the BUILD research team: “Vectorworks was awarded Ones to Watch in the USA in the 2019 Design & Build Awards for their substantial work in BIM software development. They have shown sustained innovation and creativity in their solutions since their launch in 1985, and we believe we can expect great things in 2019 and beyond. Vectorworks’ contribution to the everchanging digital revolution in the AEC industry has shown consistent ingenuity, and we hope to continue celebrating their exceptional and innovative use of BIM in the built environment.” As part of its victory, Vectorworks will appear in an upcoming issue of BUILD magazine.

    To learn more about Vectorworks Architect 2019 and its BIM capabilities, visit

    Follow the award-winning company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Planet Vectorworks.

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