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  • Industry Changing Products Released at IPSE 2019

    November 14, 2019

    The International Pool and Spa Expo is a great venue for launching new products, meeting with existing customers and prospective customers. At this year's show we introduced a wide range of new products, including some industry firsts.

    New for 2020 are several new controls, new sauna rooms, a new larger size combination InfraSauna room new accessories.

    The most exciting new product/new technology released at IPSE is the SaunaLogic2, North America's first sauna control with global mobile capability. For the first time ever, a sauna user can turn his/her sauna on from anywhere in the world where cell service or Wi-Fi is available. Sleek design, about the size of an iPhone, the control is feature rich giving sauna users flexibility to control their sauna easily, from anywhere. There will be posted shortly a separate blog on the SaunaLogic2.

    Building on the strong interest from customers on InfraSauna combination rooms, an exclusive Finnleo product. Due to overwhelmingly positive response to the IS44 2-person InfraSauna, combination room, we introduced a new, larger size 5-person model, the IS565. The IS rooms are exclusive to Finnleo and are matched with the newly released SaunaLogic2 and provides the “best of both worlds” of Infrared and Traditional Sauna. There has been immediate demand for the new IS565, with the unit being sold out through year-end, with new orders to be filled in January.

    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of our parent company, TyloHelo World Group, a luxurious new Designer Series Sauna, the Centurion, was released at IPSE. The Centurion combines rich and historic Finnish sauna design elements with new heater and control technology. Finnleo's exclusive black Taika sauna paneling on the walls, combined with nicely contrasting light colored clear vertical grain Canadian Hemlock benches and backrests and integral backrest lighting, the sauna provides a highly relaxing environment. A wall-to-wall middle platform bench wraps around a Himalaya rock-tower heater and is matched with Finnleo's new Elite touchscreen control.

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  • Solar Innovations® Brightens the Path To Natural Light With Lumira® Aerogel Integration

    November 14, 2019

    PINE GROVE, PA – Solar Innovations® Architectural Glazing Systems has taken the guess work out of natural lighting by integrating polycarbonate panels with Lumira Aerogel technology. Though the aerogel matter inside the panel appears as solid crystals, the material is actually an extremely light dry silicone compound that provides extreme insulating, acoustical, and light diffusing capabilities. These filled polycarbonate panels can be integrated into nearly every product Solar Innovations has to offer, including windows, doors, curtain walls, skylights, sunrooms, pool enclosures, and more.

    The natural lighting benefits of Lumira-integrated products have benefits far beyond their appearance. Workplaces with natural lighting experience up to a 16% increase in productivity, while classrooms that provide substantial natural light help with concentration and can be attributed to as much as a 20% increase in test scores. Additionally, businesses whose daytime lighting comes mostly from skylights often experience a 25-40% increase in sales, while simultaneously lowering energy costs with diffused light and thermal regulation.

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  • Despite Overwhelming Consensus, A Developer is Looking to Build with Combustible Materials in Newark

    November 13, 2019

    Decision to construct tall timber structure comes after Essex County (NJ), which governs City of Newark, endorsed statewide legislation that prohibits such construction

    Silver Spring, MD – On Monday, Lotus Equity Group, a New York developer, announced plans to build a 500,000 square foot building in Newark, New Jersey, to be constructed primarily out of combustible building materials.

    The 11-story mixed-use building will feature 2,000 residential units, and would require a special permit to construct due to New Jersey's existing building codes. Newark's existing building code restricts heavy timber construction to 6-stories.

    The announcement comes just three months after the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the governing body for the City of Newark, unanimously adopted a resolution supporting statewide legislation that would amend New Jersey's construction code for fire safety reasons, and provide an added level of protection for firefighters and residents alike.

    “Building and fire codes exist for a reason,” said Kevin Lawlor, spokesperson for Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association comprised of fire service professionals, engineers, architects, industry experts and community experts. “Combustible building materials are a safety hazard for residents, firefighters, and properties, and developers need to be conscious of the impact they have on the communities they serve.”

    The resolution adopted in Essex County was mirrored by local lawmakers in Camden County, Mercer County and the Middlesex County Boards of Freeholders, all of which voted unanimously to adopt similar resolutions to strengthen New Jersey's building codes.

    The legislation calls for the installation of an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13, measuring the number of stories from the grade plane, using noncombustible materials for construction, and installing a fire barrier with a fire resistance rating of at least two hours that extends from the foundation to the roof.

    The push for stronger codes comes after devastating fires in the state in buildings constructed with combustible materials over the past couple years – namely in Princeton, Maplewood and Edgewater. There have been dozens of fires of a similar nature throughout the country over the last several few years.

    A September 2016 poll of 400 registered voters in New Jersey found respondents very supportive of the state making changes to building codes following the devastating Edgewater apartment complex fire in January 2015.

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  • Variety of profiles, colors from McElroy Metal clads medical office building

    November 13, 2019

    Bossier City, La. — By specifying a variety of exposed fastener profiles from McElroy Metal on the Lewiston (Pa.) Community Health Center medical office building project, the design team was able to achieve the desired aesthetic and still construct a facility for the non-profit real estate development company with durability and budget constraints in mind.

    The Lewison facility, established by Keystone Healthcare Development Corporation, is home to two primary tenants: Primary Health Network and Geisinger Lewiston Hospital. Keystone Healthcare Development is a non-profit developer created to provide expertise and capital to support the growth of health centers.

    “After exploring several options for the exterior cladding for this building that did not meet the construction budget, the design team selected the exposed fastener metal panels as a cost-effective solution that still provided a striking appearance,” says David Nitchkey, principal at CORE Architects in Pittsburgh. “The exposed fastener metal panels were selected for their aesthetic appeal, durability, low maintenance and economical value. The challenge was to create a building design that would be a signature statement for the client and provide striking visibility from the highway, through the use of color and materials, while also providing an economical and functional solution. While the building is a simple rectangular box in its overall form, the architecture aesthetic relies on the metal skin to provide scale, texture and visual interest. The three different metal panel profiles were selected to provide relief to the otherwise flat building façades. The four-color scheme creates visual interest and further defines the composition of the elements that create the architectural order of the building façades.”

    Hudson Construction of Hermitage, Pa., installed the metal panels from McElroy Metal, including vertical U-Panels (4,700 square feet) in Patina Green, horizontal Mega-Rib (9,750 square feet) in Copper Penny and Surrey Beige, vertical Multi-Cor (9,000 square feet) in Medium Bronze, flush soffit panels (400 square feet) and flat sheet for fabrication (13,000 square feet). All colors are Fluropon® PVDF coatings from Sherwin-Williams.

    “We've installed these exposed metal fastener panels on several jobs recently and we've had no issues or challenges,” says Keith Brown, project manager/estimator for Hudson Construction. “We're happy with the final product and I think everyone else is as well.”

    Metal makes for the unique look of the Lewiston Community Health Center medical office building.

    “The various metal panel profiles and depths allowed for the exterior skin to be a textured graphic expression, that responds to the direction of the sunlight, creating movement through shade and shadow resulting in dynamic and everchanging building façades,” Nitchkey says.

    Nitchkey has experience working with McElroy Metal products, including three smaller projects and his own residence! “I'm very familiar of the high quality of the materials and with the design of the details,” he says. I once again worked very closely with Jon Farrer, sales manager at Brock Associates, and detailer Jeff Raymond, throughout the process to achieve an overall striking architectural design. We have worked together as a team to complete the designs for five additional projects, all utilizing McElroy Metal exposed fastener panels.”

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  • CENTRIA® Launches TotalClad™ MW Fire-Resistant Insulated Metal Wall Panels in Striated and Heavy Embossed Profiles

    November 07, 2019

    Additional, dynamic profiles expand exterior design possibilities

    Moon Township, PA…CENTRIA®, leading innovator and manufacturer of the world's most advanced building envelope wall and roof panels, integrated components and coating systems, is proud to introduce TotalClad™ MW fire-resistant insulated metal wall panels. Building upon its current offering, Micro Planked, the panels are now available in Striated and Heavy Embossed options.

    TotalClad MW fire-resistant insulated metal wall panels reimagine fire protection by offering a single component metal panel solution for both interior and exterior applications.

    TotalClad MW fire-resistant insulated metal panels feature a non-combustible mineral wool core that provides superior fire performance as well as good thermal characteristics. The mineral wool core is bonded to exterior and interior metal skins and achieves 1-hour, 2-hour, and 3-hour fire ratings with 4”, 6”, 7”, and 8” thick panels, respectively.

    “CENTRIA is dedicated to innovation and enabling design teams to achieve their vision while ensuring a safer, healthier built environment,” says Tom Zombek, Project Manager. “By expanding upon our current exterior profile selection, we are better meeting the needs of our customers and satisfying their aesthetic goals – plus helping protect buildings for all occupants and users.”

    TotalClad MW is ideal for commercial and industrial applications, arenas, and manufacturing facilities — all equally well-suited to interior and exterior applications. It is able to adhere to the most stringent fire performance building codes and provides a vapor barrier thanks to its noncombustible mineral wool core. The panels are also dimensionally stable, water repellent, and will not expand, thereby maintaining structural integrity and aesthetics.

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  • Eaton to participate in Baird Global Industrial Conference November 6, 2019

    November 06, 2019

    October 30, 2019

    DUBLIN, Ireland ... Power management company Eaton (NYSE:ETN) today announced that Rick Fearon, vice chairman and chief financial and planning officer, will participate in the Baird Global Industrial Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Fearon will be making comments at 4 p.m. Central time, discussing the company's business prospects with securities analysts and institutional investors.

    A real-time audio webcast of the presentation will be available at An audio replay will be available following the presentation at the same link.

    Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 100,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

    Cara Klaer, Media Relations, +1 (248) 864-9875
    Yan Jin, Investor Relations, +1 (440) 523-7558

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  • Learn everything there is to know about Infratech and tell your customers they have a chance to win 7 days/6 nights in Paradise*

    November 05, 2019

    Picture you and three friends escaping the cold this winter to enjoy a bit of paradise! Simply take Infratech's video training (Click on the red "Read More" button).

    The Sales Course consists of 6 separate videos. The course has been designed to be easy to complete while reinforcing the principles taught.

    How to take the video training course; Selling, Promoting and Specifying Infratech Heaters
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    *The location can be determined by the winner. The prize will be sourced through AMPRO Vacations offering luxury accommodations at almost 2,000 destinations worldwide.

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  • Niagara Conservation - Visit our booth and you can win

    November 05, 2019

    Niagara Conservation- Meet with us to Win! November 20, 21, 2019Greenbuild 2019Booth #29

    Schedule an appointment in our booth on November 20th or 21st to explore our sustainable products and you will be entered to win a Yeti Cooler. Click on the red "Read More" button for more details.

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  • Wooden DC Apartment Complex for Seniors Up in Flames After Three-Alarm Fire

    November 05, 2019

    Several hospitalized following massive rescue efforts by firefighters and even the United States Marines

    Silver Spring, MD – In Southeast DC, a devastating three-alarm fire ravaged a senior affordable housing complex on Wednesday, leaving residents of the 161 occupied units displaced and at least four injured. The massive plumes of smoke could be seen throughout the district and have lingered long enough to produce school closings due to air quality. This is reportedly the wooden building's third major fire in the past ten years.

    “They had to call in the Marines, that is how bad this has gotten, yet in city councils and state houses throughout the United States those who make money off of the promotion of combustible wooden structures are telling lawmakers that their products are perfectly safe,” said Kevin Lawlor, a spokesperson for Build With Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association comprised of fire safety professionals, engineers, architects, community groups and industry experts committed to strengthening the nation's building codes. “In our nation's capital, where our laws are made, let's hope that images of Marines, first responders, and good Samaritans rushing to save senior citizens from the very structure that was built to protect them is a catalyst for strengthening our building codes to prohibit the use of combustible materials.”

    The entire complex consisted of affordable housing, with many of the seniors disabled and unable to flee on their own. Marines were seen carrying paralyzed residents out of the building, and the fire department released a video showing a firefighter carrying a resident down a ladder leaning against the side of the apartment building. Video from the scene showed people rushing toward the building with wheelchairs to rescue residents inside. Local schools and businesses have closed following the fire.

    Compounding the danger was a brick façade, masking the weak wooden structural make-up of the building. “A passerby, reporter, first responder, or even a tenant wouldn't know that the structure and frame of the building was actually something more akin to firewood than brick until, as it did in this situation, a spark becomes a devasting fire that endangers the lives of an at-risk population, puts people on the street, and diverts the fire, police and medical resources of an entire city toward an entirely preventable event,” continued Lawlor.

    This blaze comes on the heels of a disturbing trend of fires in the Washington, DC area. Just earlier this week, Prince George's County, Maryland saw a devastating three-alarm fire that led to 132 displaced people and $2.2 million worth of damages. On a single day this May, two fires struck Prince George's County and Fairfax County, Virginia, with the latter also striking a senior housing development.

    Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), has launched a campaign to educate citizens, local and state officials, and industry experts about the inherent dangers of wood-framed construction, particularly in multi-story, residential and commercial buildings. As a grassroots organization, they work with local elected officials and industry workers, from architects to project managers to advocate for the safety benefits of working with concrete-based construction.

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  • Fifty-Plus People Displaced After Fast-Moving, 3-Alarm Blaze Torches Wooden Apartment Complex in Burlington County, New Jersey

    October 28, 2019

    Fire in Suburban Philadelphia Comes as New Jersey's State Legislature and Philadelphia's City Council Consider Measures to Strengthen Building Codes

    Silver Spring, MD – On Monday evening, firefighters were called to the scene of what quickly became a 3-alarm fire at a wood-framed apartment complex in Willingboro, New Jersey – a suburb of Philadelphia. More than 50 people were displaced in the blaze that injured one firefighter and one resident, both of who have since been released from the hospital.

    The composition of buildings like the apartment complex that burned on Monday, which was constructed in 2006 and utilized lightweight wood-framing in order to provide affordable housing to Willingboro's lower-income families, is being called into question in both the state of New Jersey and the city of Philadelphia, where lawmakers are currently debating bills that would amend building codes.

    In New Jersey, Assembly Bill 135 and Senate Bill 1261 have been introduced – legislation that calls for the installation of an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13, measuring the number of stories from the grade plane, using noncombustible materials for construction, and installing a fire barrier with a fire resistance rating of at least two hours that extends from the foundation to the roof.

    This legislation has been endorsed by seven county Freeholder boards, representing nearly 50 percent of the state's population, and is supported by the local New Jersey coalition members of Build with Strength, which include: Bob Carr, the Fire Marshal for Burlington County; The New Jersey State Firefighters' Mutual Benevolent Association; The Professional Association of Fire Fighters in New Jersey; the New Jersey State Association of County Fire Marshals; New Jersey State Fire Chiefs Association; New Jersey State Fire Protection and Prevention Association; Chief “Tiger” Platt of the Brigantine Beach Fire Company; the Bricklayers and Allied Crafts – New Jersey, and the Fire Department of West Orange.

    “The materials that make up a building are a fire safety matter,” said Bob Carr, the Fire Marshal for Burlington County. “Combustible materials like wood, as the name suggests, simply do not have the fire prevention properties of concrete and steel. As a result, firefighters must take extra precautions when combatting fires in properties of that nature.”

    In late December, firefighters responded to a fire at a wood-framed apartment complex in Princeton, New Jersey, that resulted in the death of a 73-year-old resident and the displacement of 35 others. The incident came after a pair of massive fires in the state in buildings constructed with combustible materials over the past couple years – namely in Maplewood and Edgewater. There have been dozens of fires of a similar nature throughout the country over the last several few years.

    A September 2016 poll of 400 registered voters in New Jersey found respondents very supportive of the state making changes to building codes following the devastating Edgewater apartment complex fire in January 2015.

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  • Innovation, desire for unique aesthetic drive design to McElroy Metal

    October 23, 2019

    Mini-Rib panels provide one-of-a-kind look for Texas townhouses

    Bossier City, La.— Everyone likes to feel like they are unique in some way. Dallas area architects and a developer are teaming up to construct modern-looking townhouses for customers interested in cutting-edge aesthetics. The Mini-Rib panel from McElroy Metal is a key component to making it happen.

    Developer Colin Lardner, of the Lardner Group of Dallas, intended to construct something unique in this eastern Dallas neighborhood. “We wanted to do something unique in the neighborhood, something pretty edgy,” Lardner says. “We wanted it to be balanced, to blend in … to be stealth-like, tough, but elegant.

    “We were a little skeptical about using metal, mainly because we weren't used to it for residential applications. Now that it's completed, we love the look.”

    Lardner, who wore a second cap on this job as the project manager with his installing company, Ascend^Co., says most townhouse complexes are made up of six units. He constructed these as five two-story units to provide a little more space for the homeowners. This community is comprised of three attached units and two detached units, each with its own yard and two-car garage. Lardner says the complex takes advantage of the urban lifestyle but still offers adequate sense of privacy and outdoor space.

    Three colors of McElroy Metal's 26-gauge Mini-Rib panels were installed to provide the look everyone was seeking. The three colors were Matte Black, Bright White and Charcoal, all Fluropon PVDF colors from Sherwin Williams. Ascend^Co. also installed 24-gauge Black 12-inch flat seam wall panels.

    “It's right in the middle of an undeveloped neighborhood, so we tried something we've never done before,” he says. “People are intrigued by the look, it's sophisticated. People who have traveled around are drawn to unique, modern homes.”

    Bang Dang, a partner at Far + Dang Architecture in Dallas, has been specifying metal for single-family and multi-family residential projects for more than five years. “People who follow what we do and like our work have a tendency to be a little more cutting edge and open minded to something they may not be used to,” he says. “When you show them drawings, they're really not sure, but when they see it in reality, how clean it is, how it reflects light, they fall in love with it. It's something that has to be experienced.”

    The project was completed in March 2019.

    “Metal offers a cleaner look than other products, like stucco,” Dang says. “At some point, stucco will allow for water infiltration and it stains. Metal goes up easier and is less expensive, so when you build for less, the return is greater. Metal is lighter and places less stress on the structure.

    “The scale of Mini-Rib is smaller and a much more elegant look than wider ribbed panels, which can make you think you're looking at a traditional storage building.”

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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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