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  • U-Line Introduces 5 Class Collection of Products

    February 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Insulated metal panels deliver energetic aesthetics for Finley Center

    February 05, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February 01, 2019

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

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

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

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

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  • tyco - Technical Data Release Update

    January 29, 2019

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

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

    January 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    January 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    January 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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  • Hallmark Floors joins Starnet® Commercial Flooring Network

    January 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

    January 08, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Excel Dryer and D|13 Group to host live CEU event, January 8 at Gillette Stadium

    December 21, 2018

    Leading Edge Sustainable Stadium Design to highlight remarks from expert panelists

    As both sustainability and efficiency advance in the built environment, architects, specifiers, and buyers alike increasingly select products that are both environmentally friendly and can achieve project performance and client welfare goals. When it comes to sustainable arena design, another factor must be considered: fan experience.

    On January 8, an expert panel will be assembled at Gillette Stadium to discuss sustainable design considerations with a focus on sports arenas. A subset of the talk will focus on how green technology can contribute to cost-savings and the overall fan experience. Speakers include Scott Jenkins, general manager of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Chris DeVolder, managing principal of HOK, Summer Minchew, managing partner of Ecoimpact Consulting and Jim Nolan, chief operating officer of the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium.

    “Excel Dryer is a long-time partner of the New England Patriots. Our XLERATOR Hand Dryers have helped the Superbowl champions save 95 percent versus paper towel costs, maintenance and waste while reducing the carbon footprint by 70 percent,” said William Gagnon, vice president marketing and sales at Excel Dryer.

    Now, in this new age of transparency, the stadium is going even greener—with the help of Excel Dryer and D|13 Group. Gagnon furthered, “This year, integrated sink systems from D|13 Group and featuring XLERATORsync Hand Dryers have been installed on the premises, and are a hygienic, sustainable and cost-effective way to wash and dry hands.”

    Attendees of the event will include architects and designers who will surely glean valuable information that can be applied to their own designs and put into practice. Former Patriots players and the team mascot, Pat the Patriot, will be also on hand to round out what is sure to be a well-attended—and memorable—event.

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  • Roof re-cover with symmetrical metal standing seam panels chosen to solve transition leaks in Texas school

    December 20, 2018

    Bossier City, La. - The roof re-cover at Roma High School in Roma, Texas, was a long time coming. Leaks at various transition points were causing excessive damage. Ultimately, the school district decided to invest in a major renovation, which ended up including new metal roofing, new low slope roofing, repairs to masonry and metal walls, as well as the replacement of windows and skylights.

    The biggest fix ended up being the original roofing, which required 233,335 square feet of McElroy Metal’s symmetrical standing seam metal roofing in PVDF Brite Red. A leaky tile roof was removed and replaced with McElroy’s 138T symmetrical standing seam metal roofing. Additionally, the company’s 238T symmetrical standing seam metal roofing was used to re-cover an existing R-panel.

    According to a report put together by the school district, the water infiltration issues were considerably worse than anyone realized. Most of the leaks were associated with walls and transitions between roofing and walls as well as the foundation and the walls.

    To ensure history did not repeat itself, Amtech Solutions of Pharr, Texas, investigated thoroughly and recommended the best solutions, including designed leak-proof “saddles” where the roof and walls met.

    “When we got involved, they were unsure of what the real causes of all the problems were,” says Mike Hovar, AIA, RRO, LEED AP, of Amtech Solutions. “When you see water running down the wall, immediately you think the problems were only with the roofing. Once we got a closer look, it wasn’t just the roof, but the walls, the drainage over the walls. No one had any idea how bad it was.”

    Amtech is a full-service design and restoration consulting firm, offering architectural, engineering and building envelope expertise. Hovar says from the start, there was a contingent that wanted to go with the tile roof again to maintain the original design intent, but another group simply wanted a solution that would eliminate any repeating problems moving forward.

    “Both systems would be appropriate, installed correctly,” Hovar says. “We talked about the advantages of metal as opposed to tile, how it would be easier to get a properly functioning roof and that it would be less expensive. It’s safe to say we helped steer them in that direction.”

    Rio Roofing of Harlingen, Texas, roll formed the panels onsite, as they were needed for installation.

    “We brought the roll former out on weekends to run panels because it draws a crowd,” says Hedley Hichens, vice president at Rio Roofing. “Obviously with a school there are fewer people around on weekends.

    “We also purchased a SnapTable Pro from Swenson Shear to cut panels we installed in the valleys and to notch the panels. We easily got our money’s worth out of that thing on this job alone.”

    Hichens says the school board and community were very excited about the project because problems have aggravated the district for the more than 25 years the school existed. The school held an actual “groundbreaking ceremony,” with catered food for guests and a band for entertainment.

    “Because there were a lot of issues to deal with, it really was committing to one detail at a time,” Hichens says. “Amtech designed the details, everything; some things change when you get in the field, but they did a great job of making sure everything was going to work the way it was supposed to.”

    In other words, no leaks in the many valleys and the transitions between sections and walls. Among the details designed by Amtech included an aluminum saddle from the low eave; an aluminum saddle from the high eave; and an aluminum saddle from the gable/façade.

    Hichens says the 238T symmetrical panels work well with all the details and he likes the way they look when completed. “In the past, we had done a lot of work with 1-1/2-inch mechanical lock and 2-inch double-seamed panels,” he says. “With the 238T, you don’t have to worry about the seamer jumping off; it finishes beautifully.

    “We’re in a windstorm area, so the uplift performance sold us on the 238T.”

    Amtech specifies 138T and 238T for a lot of large-scale roof recovers.

    “Let me count all the ways we prefer to use the 138T and 238T panels,” Hovar says. “First, it’s the easiest panel to design and install complex or simple flashing details, which was a big deal on this job. Second, because the panels are symmetrical, we can start installing panels anywhere on the roof.

    “The panels handle better when they’re being carried, they don’t fold over on themselves like other profiles can. Seaming goes faster because you can seam the cap going in either direction. Also, you can replace damaged panels without removing any panels that are not damaged. And flashing with curbs is a dream!”

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  • Whitehall Manufacturing - Bariatric Toilet and Sink

    December 18, 2018

    Click on the 'Read More' button below to view a YouTube video where Whitehall® Vice President Kristin Kahle showcases the various features and benefits of Whitehall bariatric products. Rated at 1,000 – 1,500 lb. bariatric load bearing capability when used with the proper carrier, bariatric toilets and sinks provide patients and healthcare professionals the stability they need to further promote safety in healthcare environments. Watch the video to see why our bariatric products are the industry’s safest!

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  • Metl-Span IMPs a big part of office building renovation

    December 17, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Insulated metal panels were specified to provide a more modern look to the two-story Middlesex Turnpike office building in Bedford, Mass. The owner wanted to escort the facility, erected in the 1970s, into the 21st century.

    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 a 26-gaute interior skin, were installed over the existing split-face masonry wall using a custom clip, and to metal studs.

    “The original building was constructed in two phases,” says Michael Frechette, AIA, of Dacon in Natick, Mass, noting the casual observer could notice the differences in the construction phases. “Insulated metal panels allowed us to pull it all together and provide the updated aesthetic the owner was seeking in an energy-saving system.”

    Horizontal IMPs were installed in widths consistent with windows and other design elements of the building. Frechette says the Middlesex Turnpike office building now boasts a clean, consistent look, all around the building.

    “The original façade was ripped off and we installed the insulated metal panels,” says Dave McGrath, sales engineer for Controlled Environment Structures (CES) of Mansfield, Mass. “Most of the work we do is from-the-ground-up new construction, because that’s the work that’s out there. We do our share of renovations. On this project, we installed insulated metal panels to metal studs and to the masonry.

    “It’s a lot more difficult to do a horizontal renovation than a new vertical installation. We had to line up our seams with the mullions on the storefront windows. There is a lot of custom field work because we weren’t working off a blueprint; these are field conditions.”

    “It was a dramatic transformation,” says Frechette. “The original CMU (concrete masonry unit) was a very rough surface, but CES came up with a clever solution to attach the insulated metal panels to a sub-framing system. Now, you’d never know there was basically a concrete block building under there.”

    McGrath says CES developed a clip to attach the IMPs to the masonry. Another challenge was working with panels that have a smooth finish. “The quality of manufacturing has to be right on with smooth panels or it can become problematic,” McGrath says. “Every imperfection shows up; you can’t hide sins in a smooth panel, but the Metl-Span panels were perfect.”

    McGrath says the owner is extremely happy with the finished project and the building at Middlesex Turnpike is attracting some attention. “They light it up with LED lights at night and it looks great,” he says.

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  • Metl-Span creates video library for installation assistance, testimonials

    December 12, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Metl-Span, a manufacturer of durable and energy-efficient insulated metal panels, has developed an online video library that includes several installation instructional videos as well as videos featuring specifiers discussing their success stories with Metl-Span products.

    “We’ve put together three installation videos to help contractors and installers get it right the first time,” says Paul Collyer, Vice President of Business Development at Metl-Span. “The videos are on our website, so they can be accessed in the office or in the field.”

    The installation videos cover Commercial-Industrial Roof Installation, Roof Installation and Commercial-Industrial Wall Installation.

    The library also includes testimonial videos featuring customers who have completed successful projects with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span. There are also videos explaining the benefits of using insulated metal panels.

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  • McElroy Metal publishing blogs to help contractors, consumers, homeowners

    December 06, 2018

    Bossier City, La. — McElroy Metal has developed three blogs to help educate contractors, consumers and homeowners on the benefits and frequently asked questions regarding metal roofing and wall products.

    McElroy Metal’s Commercial Building blog features some of the many successful commercial projects completed with the company’s products.

    McElroy Metal’s Homeowner blog speaks to anyone looking for design inspiration and information about installing metal roofing on their home. It also offers information about the benefits of metal roofing.

    McElroy Metal’s News blog showcases the company’s new products as well as projects featuring McElroy products, including several award-winning projects.

    “Our goal is to help our customers and consumers learn about metal roofing and walls,” says Ken Gieseke, Vice President of Marketing at McElroy Metal. “The three blogs contain information useful to contractors, consumers and homeowners, information that helps promote the use of metal roofing and walls and explains the benefits to consumers.”

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  • S-5! Rob Haddock named 2018 CSI Award Recipient

    December 06, 2018

    MRIL CEO Recognized by CSI as Outstanding Technical Writer

    Colorado Springs – Metal Roof Innovations Limited (MRIL) announces Rob Haddock as the 2018 recipient of the Ben John Small Technical Writing Award. Construction Specifier’s Institute (CSI) awards this honor to those “recognized by their peers as an outstanding technical writer and/or expert in their field.”

    CSI recognizes Rob Haddock for technical expertise in innovation and technical writing in the roofing industry. Specifically notable is his series, Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc). CSI also wishes to acknowledge Rob for sharing his passion for metal roofing through technical articles and through one hundred plus presentations.

    CSI strives to improve construction specification best practices. The award is named after Ben John Small – founder and former president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of CSI. Small chaired the Chapter’s Technical Committee.

    Rob Haddock is no stranger to metal construction. With now 47 years in the industry, his unwavering confidence in metal roof superiority, built S-5!’s strong foundation. His attachment solutions make metal the most user-friendly roof type on the market, maintaining S-5!’s dominance as the industry leader in that field.

    Frequently requested by trade groups for speaking and educational engagements across the country, Rob also serves as Director of the Metal Roof Advisory Group, Ltd. and consults on roofing solutions and services worldwide. He is an inaugural member of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Carl Cash Award from ASTM (for technical writing), and winner of the Pat Bush award from Metal Construction Association for unselfish contributions to the industry. He also holds lifetime honorary memberships to the MBCEA and the MCA.

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  • Designing with IMP Roof Panels

    November 30, 2018

    By Kira Rogatnik, Business Development Manager, Metl-Span

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, November 27, 2018 – Combining both utility and aesthetics, insulated metal roof panels are growing in popularity. Once used primarily for cold storage, this versatile building solution is ideal for numerous commercial and industrial projects. The IMP roof panels provide air, water and vapor barriers all in one product. Office buildings, schools, community buildings, athletic facilities, data centers, retail centers and industrial warehouses are ideal applications.

    Roof Durability - IMP roof panels have a design life of 50 years or longer. In fact, IMPs can outperform traditional membrane roofs by many decades. Greater roof longevity helps reduce maintenance and repair expenses over the course of a building’s lifetime.

    Streamlined Installation - Most field-assembled roof systems require numerous trades to install the components that serve as insulation and a moisture barrier. Such roof assemblies boost installation costs and allow more opportunities for errors or construction delays. IMP roofs streamline the installation process because they are a one-piece solution. Also, because the roof panels are light-weight, they are easy for a small team to install.

    Most manufacturers cut roof panels to size and feature a simple clip and fastener system. This speeds up the installation process, reducing labor costs. It is also helpful to have an engineering department review the project to ensure the use of the roof panels fits the overall project design. For a successful installation, it is important to follow the panel installation guidelines.

    Attractive Options - In addition to being practical, insulated metal roofs are also attractive and aesthetically versatile. IMPs come in a variety of designs and colors and are seamlessly integrated with insulated metal wall systems as well as other wall assemblies.

    Energy Efficiency - Building codes have become more stringent and now require an R-value of 19. IMP roof panels rise to the challenge. The polyurethane core comes in thicknesses of 2 to 6 inches. IMP roof panels with 3 inches of continuous insulation meet the new building codes and offer a simple, comprehensive solution.

    Continuous polyurethane insulation boosts energy performance of the project for the life of the roof and does not have issues with compressed insulation points. The polyurethane core prevents thermal bridging for exceptional thermal performance.

    Many designers and builders are taking advantage of IMP roof panels for a variety of applications. The final product is both attractive and functional.

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  • Three-year Investment Return Expected from Solar Project at McElroy Metal Plant

    November 30, 2018

    McElroy Metal Plant in Adelanto, CA, has added solar panels to its second manufacturing facility. Secure module attachment was done with S-5!® Clamps.

    Colorado Springs, Colo., November 23, 2018 – Wanting to offset the plant’s electrical usage, and still show a return on investment, McElroy Metal chose a solar solution system for its plant. A solar addition is old hat for McElroy, as they previously re-roofed their Peachtree City, GA standing seam roof facility with 1,960 solar panels. The amount of energy generated through these panels is above what the plant consumes. In addition, McElroy expects to see a return on this solar investment within just three years.

    Best Clamp for the Job - It doesn’t make much sense to install a solar array on something that will fail long before the solar plant does. So, a roof inspection was performed prior to installation to ensure it was corrosion-free and suitable to outlast the service life of the solar. Being in the desert (Adelanto is less than 100 miles from Los Angeles) certainly helped. It then became a matter of selecting the right structurally-sound attachment solution that would not only handle harsh sun elements but would also preserve a durable panel connection.

    For McElroy, it was all about function. “Being a roofing manufacturer, we are obviously concerned about the overall roof performance for the long-term,” said Ken Gieseke, Vice President of Marketing at McElroy. And as a long-time convert to S-5! products, it was, “for us, the obvious, and frankly only, solar attachment solution to consider.”

    In Adelanto, the project called for 646 solar modules to be added to McElroy Metal’s manufacturing facility. To ensure secure attachment, the aluminum RibBracket IV was selected. Compatible with most metal roofing materials, this economical bracket also fits a number of trapezoidal roof profiles too.

    McElroy saved time on installation too. The slotted top hole on the bracket, which accommodates the S-5-PV Kit, simplifies alignment and maximizes flexibility in attaching ancillaries. The RibBracket IV also comes with a factory-applied EPDM rubber gasket seal on the base. And even though moisture might not be a concern, the heat, wind, and parched conditions wreak havoc on metal, sealants, and screws. To help combat this, the reservoir on the bracket conceals the EPDM from UV exposure, preventing drying and cracks.

    Solar Now and Beyond - Now that “we have…added solar panels to two of our own manufacturing facilities, and S-5! was utilized on both,” McElroy plans to explore more solar mounting opportunities for its other facilities. It was a grand undertaking to invest in and complete such a massive solar panel installation strictly for one’s own company. McElroy hopes such a project can “serve as a showcase for those interested in the use of solar panels with metal roofing.”

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  • Vectorworks Named “One to Watch Company” at Construction Computing Awards

    November 29, 2018

    Vectorworks Architect and training also recognized at annual ceremony

    Columbia, MD (November 28, 2018)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. was named the winner of the “One to Watch Company” category at the Construction Computing Awards. In addition, Vectorworks Architect was runner up for the “Architectural Design Software of 2018” award, while Jonathan Reeves, director of Jonathan Reeves Architects (JRA), was runner up for “Training Software/Provider of the Year” for Vectorworks training.

    “We are honored to have received these awards from Construction Computing,” said Jeremy Powell, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “It is gratifying to see that the industry has taken notice of the commitments we have made to developing innovative new tools and to building superior architectural design and BIM software.”

    Reeves has spent the last 25 years at the forefront of digital architecture and related fields since graduating from Sheffield University with three degrees, including a Master’s in Architecture and Computing. After establishing JRA in 2000, Reeves has divided his time between architectural practice and providing high-quality CAD training as well as reselling services to architects and designers all over the UK.

    “I am proud of the Training Software/Provider of the Year recognition in this year’s Construction Computing Awards,” said Reeves. “It’s a huge acknowledgement of the contribution we have made to the Vectorworks-based design profession in the U.K. over the last 18 years and means we can reach out to even more practices who can benefit from our unique services."

    Now in its thirteenth year and known as “The Hammers,” the awards program showcases and rewards the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes.

    The winners were announced at the annual gala event at the Radisson Blu Portman in Marylebone, London on November 15. Over 250 guests gathered to see the result of the readers’ online voting and judging panel’s deliberations. A full list of the award winners can be found here. Winners will appear in the November/December ’18 issues of CAD User and Construction Computing Magazine.

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  • Insulated metal panels meet the call for cold storage performance, aesthetics

    November 15, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – The latest addition to the Blount Fine Foods manufacturing and processing chain employs an insulated metal panel building envelope by Metl-Span with a unique, textured aesthetic that simulates the look and feel of precast concrete without sacrificing performance.

    Blount Fine Foods is one of the nation’s leading providers of prepared gourmet soups, entrees, sides and sauces for retail grocers and restaurant chains. The family-owned business is dedicated to product quality and manufacturing excellence with state-of-the-art production processes in each of its three plants.

    The recent transition and expansion of a McKinney, Texas, manufacturing facility, acquired in 2016, required a high-performance building envelope that could maintain an internal temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit, while meeting the city’s unique aesthetic demands.

    “The city of McKinney wanted to use tilt-wall from the beginning,” says Andrew Bowser, P.E., principal and design architect with Team Group, Ltd., a design-build firm specializing in food processing and distribution facilities.

    Typical tilt-wall construction entails pouring the structure walls directly at the jobsite in large slabs of concrete, before lifting the walls with the use of a crane and bracing them safely into place. Concrete tilt-wall “is the most ubiquitous construction method in northern Texas,” according to Bowser. However, the product and installation process have some notable disadvantages when compared to insulated metal panels.

    “Imagine the cost of using the cranes to lift the tilt-wall up,” Bowser said. “Insulated metal panels are a much more lightweight product; overall it’s a much more cost-efficient and speedier construction process.”

    With the highest insulating value per square inch of any metal wall insulation solution, insulated metal panels are ideal for cold storage projects. The panels combine durable steel exterior and interior faces with Metl-Span’s unmatched polyurethane insulating foam core. Insulated metal panels also provide a complete air and vapor barrier in a single component.

    Precast concrete construction often requires separate insulation components to meet energy-efficiency requirements, leading to a more complex installation process that impacts everything from interior trade coordination to the bottom line.

    “Tilt-wall doesn’t have the inherent insulation value, and nothing offers lower permeance than a steel panel skin,” Bowser noted. “Insulated metal panels are a simplified means of construction with improved R-value for the building envelope.”

    Metl-Span products also met the call for a textured aesthetic to complement the surrounding industrial architecture in McKinney. Team Group, Ltd. specified nearly 30,000 square feet of CF42 Tuff-Cast insulated metal wall panels in a 4-inch thickness and Textured White color. The product’s textured exterior finish is an aggregated, fiber-reinforced polymer coating that accurately simulates the appearance of finished precast concrete.

    Bowser did not hesitate to recommend the Tuff-Cast insulated metal panel system to meet Blount Fine Foods’ aesthetic and performance requirements.

    The project also incorporates another 2,000 square feet of Metl-Span CF42 Mesa insulated metal panels, offering a lightly corrugated aesthetic for even sightlines and symmetry from one façade to the next. Both insulated metal panel systems deliver an exceptional R-value of nearly 33 to encase the facility’s hydro-chiller system and food packing lines.

    A licensed professional engineer, Bowser brings more than 25 years of experience in food facility design and construction to the Blount Fine Foods expansion. He said insulated metal panels are the go-to solution for cold storage projects.

    “Metl-Span is the best option for cold storage and has been forever,” Bowser reported. “It’s a great product and the stucco finish just makes it that much more attractive.”

    Construction was completed on Blount Fine Foods in McKinney, Texas in December 2017. The facility spans more than 123,000 total square feet.

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    November 14, 2018

    BOW, NH – Structures Unlimited, Inc. is introducing decorative rolled tubes as a new feature that will add a refreshing architectural element into a wide array of building projects.

    Decorative rolled tubes compliment any system designed by the premier single-source manufacturer of structural skylights, Skyroofs®, pool enclosures, canopies, walkways and entire pre-engineered structures.

    “We wanted to offer a more ornamental appearance to our designs and the decorative rolled tubes accomplish that,” says Mark McNichol, Director of Sales for Structures Unlimited, Inc. “We spent a considerable amount of time making sure we produced just the right look and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product.”

    The rolled tubes add radius elements to connect with other elements on the site and soften the lines of the units.

    Structures Unlimited Inc. is featured in projects across a spectrum of industries that include education, healthcare, transportation, athletic and recreational facilities. Structures Unlimited projects all feature Kalwall® translucent sandwich panels to create the most energy-efficient, diffuse-light-transmitting structures.

    Among the more high-profile projects that feature the work of Structures Unlimited Inc. are the Grand Hall at Yankee Stadium, the aquarium at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center.

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  • Hayward Baker ranks #1 on ENR list

    November 12, 2018

    Engineering News-Record (ENR) has again ranked Hayward Baker as #1 on their 2018 Top 20 Firms in Excavation and Foundation list. This marks the 17th straight year that Hayward Baker has earned the top position in this category.

    ENR, a construction-industry based publication, performs annual surveys and ranks companies engaged in general contracting, specialty contracting, engineering, architecture, planning, and studies. Rankings are based on annual revenue at home and abroad.

    The Keller companies are well represented on this list with Keller in Canada ranking #15, Case Foundation #17, McKinney Drilling #18, and HJ Foundation #20.

    In addition, the following Keller companies made the 2018 Top 600 Specialty Contractors list: Hayward Baker #23 (an improvement from last year’s #30), Suncoast Post-Tension #98, Case Foundation #249, Keller in Canada #225, McKinney Drilling #254, HJ Foundation #289, and Bencor #396.

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  • Flat vs. profiled; embossed vs. smooth: How to select a wall system that’s right

    October 30, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Innovations in building science are enabling contractors, builders, architects and property managers to meet new performance and aesthetic goals. Insulated metal panels provide a simple solution with a variety of looks and appearances, combining both design freedom and functionality. This versatile product provides a simple solution for retrofit and new construction applications alike.

    There are several different options to consider when selecting a wall system. These variations impact the appearance, spanning abilities, texture and even thermal properties of the architectural panels.

    Flat vs. Profiled Panels - Insulated metal wall systems come in a variety of textures for greater design freedom and functionality. In some projects, a large field of panels needs some contrast to catch the eye. In other projects, a lightly corrugated profile with subtle striations delivers a clean appearance.

    Profiled commercial wall panels can provide just the right accent with horizontal or vertical lineation. Striated wall systems also help mask imperfections by deflecting light, giving projects a more pristine, eye-catching appearance.

    A continuous polyurethane foam core insulation system boosts the energy efficiency of the building envelope, reducing heating and cooling costs. Keep in mind, deep striations in panels decrease thermal performance because they reduce the thickness of the foam core in the low points.

    Striated insulated metal panels also have impressive performance characteristics that reduce installation costs. In fact, profiled panels with heavy creases and deep striations have better spanning abilities because the profiles increase the strength of the panels. Smooth panels lack the added strength and have shorter spanning capabilities. Therefore, some profiled architectural panels come in lengths up to 52 feet compared to smooth flat panels with a maximum panel length of 16 feet.

    Embossed vs. Smooth Panels - Embossed commercial wall products have an orange-peel texture and warm, visually appealing qualities. Embossing helps obscure dirt and blemishes for a consistent appearance. Like striated panels, embossed panels have greater spanning abilities, and flat panels come in lengths up to 32 feet when embossed. Longer panels are advantageous because they typically have lower installation costs because they are quicker and easier to install.

    To ensure architectural panel durability, high-quality coatings must be applied. PVDF coatings provide excellent resistance from metal weathering over time for product protection. Flat, profiled, embossed, and smooth panels alike will stay pristine and attractive with quality PVDF coatings.

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  • Green Span Profiles, McElroy Metal team up on CubeSmart project

    October 25, 2018

    Bossier City, La.— There’s nothing wrong with constructing any building to be aesthetically attractive, including a self-storage facility.

    CubeSmart storage facilities in Cranston, R.I., has embraced a new-look storage facility and enhanced the attractiveness by erecting energy efficient buildings through the use of insulated metal panels (IMPs).

    “Lately, people are doing whatever they can to avoid having a big plain-Jane gray building,” says Ed McKean, owner of EKM Construction Inc. in Burlington, N.C. “Staggering the colors in a random pattern is one way of doing just that, that seems to be a new trend. It’s not hard, but you have to pay attention when you’re installing the panels.”

    There are two storage facilities on this site in Cranston, R.I., with plans for a third facility to be erected by the same contractors. All are operated on electricity produced by rooftop solar panels. The specification of solar panels as well as insulated metal panels meets the needs of the owner seeking to construct “green” facilities. McKean says the entire team has plans to construct similar storage facilities in Warrick, R.I.

    McElroy Metal supplied approximately 30,000 square feet of 24-gauge, 4-inch thick Green Span Profiles WaveLine insulated metal panels for the project – all panels were 42 inches wide. Plans called for 24,000 square feet of 4-inch thick Ash Gray panels, 5,000 square feet of 2-inch thick Ash Gray panels, 5,000 square feet of 4-inch thick CubeSmart Red panels and 5,000 square feet of 2-inch thick CubeSmart Red panels. McElroy Metal provided the CubeSmart Red framing material, preformed trims and all associated insulated metal panel accessories.

    McKean says this project worked because the entire team was on the same page … the property owner, architect, general contractor and the EKM team all worked together to complete the successful project in about a year.

    The main building is a three-story storage facility with units in a variety of sizes and two banks of elevators. IMPs installed on the three-story climate-controlled building are 4 inches thick. The one-story building is not climate controlled, so 2-inch IMPs were satisfactory. The IMPs feature 24-gauge exterior metal and 26-gauge interior metal in Regal White.

    “We really like working with this entire team, from the owner on down,” McKean says. “We’re already looking forward to the next project with them.”

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  • McElroy Metal publishes E-book on economic benefits of roof recover with metal roofing

    October 24, 2018

    Bossier City, La., — No one wants the hassle and expense of replacing a worn-out roof. However, when that time arrives, McElroy Metal is poised to help building owners make the best decision with the company’s new E-book. This valuable reference identifies the many long-term and cost-effective benefits of installing a metal roof. The title of the E-book is Need a New Roof? How Building Owners Reduce Cost with a Metal Roof.

    McElroy Metal, a family-owned manufacturer of metal roofing and wall panels for a variety of markets, has developed two symmetrical standing seam metal roofing systems that are installed more quickly and provide a long-term, high-performance solution.

    Need a New Roof? was developed to help building owners understand re-roofing options and present the features and benefits of Metal-Over-Metal and Metal-Over-Shingle Recover Systems. These two symmetrical standing seam metal roofing systems represent the optimal solutions with regard to both long-term performance and cost.

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  • REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Flooring Systems Unique Colors and Patterns

    October 19, 2018

    REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Floors are usually specified because they are able to create a completely custom design to match any surrounding environment. Since these floors are unrepeatable, the options of design are endless. You can create different visual effects with the one to twenty color options available. At times, these colors meld together creating custom colors. Designs can range from simple to completely wild. Depending on your specific commercial space, REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Floors have endless design possibilities.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About ICF Homes

    October 18, 2018

    For as long as we’ve been building homes they’ve been susceptible to all kinds of problems. The typical building materials which are so popular among construction teams around the world come with a laundry list of weaknesses and potential hazards that could put both you and your family at risk. Not only are common building materials likely to fail in event of extreme weather, they also tend to cost more and take longer to build with.

    That’s why a new kind of building material has been introduced to the world, ICF’s. ICF’s are insulated concrete forms, and they hold a multitude of advantages over typical materials like wood and metal.

    Not Your Average Concrete Block

    An average block of concrete is completely rigid and unmoving. It’s entirely comprised of concrete and is very susceptible to crumbling, erosion, and other types of damage. An ICF block, however, is made from density modified EPS foam. This is stronger than regular concrete and much less susceptible to damage.

    But, that’s not all. Your average straight ICF block is actually comprised of two pieces of EPS foam that are tied together by 6 full-length strong plastic molded ties that are injection molded and created from PP regrind resin.

    As each block is stacked on top of each other to build a wall, there are reinforcing horizontal steel bars inserted into each layer as it is completed. They are securely locked in place and give the wall an extra layer of strength against strong winds and other elements which could potentially damage it.

    ICF’s come in a variety of different forms, because every building needs multiple kinds of concrete blocks to facilitate proper construction. The various types of ICF’s are as follows:

    • Brick-ledge Block
    • Half Corner Block
    • Half Straight Block
    • Radius Block
    • T Block
    • Corner Block
    • Straight Block
    • Curb Block
    • Taper Top Block
    • Transition T Block

    By using all of these blocks in combination, construction teams are able to build almost any kind of design no matter how complex.

    The Benefits of ICF’s

    Obviously, the number one benefit of ICF’s is their resistance to strong winds and flying debris. This is very important in areas like the south-east United States, where hurricanes and high winds are known to ravage the homes of thousands of families every year.

    Because of the steel-reinforced design described above, ICF built homes are far more likely to stand up against hurricane abuse than your average home. ICF’s are actually the ideal choice for tornado and hurricane shelters for this reason.

    Many people choose to have their basements constructed with ICF’s as well. Basements can be vulnerable to flooding and leakage through the walls after a while, but with ICF basements you don’t need to worry about this happening. On top of being one of, if not the safest building material on Earth, ICF’s are also extremely energy efficient. Especially in basements and cold weather areas, ICF’s are able to keep heat in and cold out with astounding efficiency. This is thanks to their high thermal mass as well as the continuous air barrier they provide. They are also very good at keeping moisture out when combined with a waterproofing membrane, which will prevent mold from growing in your basement.

    More Advantages You Should Know

    When it comes to the financial side of things, you might expect ICF’s to cost a lot more, but they don’t. They actually cost less than or the same as most building materials, despite offering many more benefits. They also aren’t created with any harmful chemicals like VOC’s or formaldehyde, meaning your air quality won’t suffer from them. ICF’s also eliminate the need for insulation, which can be messy and take up a lot of space. They provide an excellent sound barrier as well, which is why most movie theaters are now built with ICF’s. You don’t have to worry about infestation or rot with them either, as they are much more resistant to these things than your average material, saving homeowners thousands in future repair costs.

    When it comes time for you to buy or switch your homeowner’s insurance, you’ll get a lower premium with an ICF built home. This is because insurance companies are well aware of the safety rating on ICF built homes and are more than willing to compensate you for it.

    Consider ICF’s For Your Next Home

    Indeed, when you consider the many benefits and advantages of ICF’s when it comes to building basements or entire houses, it’s safe to say there isn’t another material out there that can compete.

    The financial savings combined with the increased security and comfort that ICF’s provide are hard to ignore, judging by the number of people who are now choosing to build homes and other buildings with ICF’s rather than typical materials.

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  • Metl-Span IMPs serve as roofing and siding for commercial project

    October 18, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Insulated metal panels as roofing and siding proved to be the most effective choice for the architectural team and installation crew at the General RV Center store in Orange Park, Fla.

    Metl-Span provided approximately 4,500 square feet of insulated metal panels installed as siding and another 8,600 square feet installed as roofing on the new store.

    “The heat here in Florida is ferocious,” says Robert Taylor, AIA, of Scherer Construction of Gainesville, Fla. “New buildings of this type are required to have a roofing R-value of 38 and insulated metal panels go a long way in helping achieve that. They certainly speed up the installation process and give you a durable and attractive end product.”

    The insulated metal panels were installed as siding on the upper two-thirds of the building and were 2-1/2 inches thick. The siding is a 26-gauge panel, Light Stone in color with a Mesa finish, to complement the split-faced concrete block installed on the lower third of the storefront. The roofing consists of 4-inch thick insulated metal panels with a 24-gauge exterior finish in Galvalume Plus, coupled with an Igloo White vinyl-faced interior insulation to help achieve the required 38 R-value.

    “I’m a big fan of the insulated metal panel,” says Leonard Cassidy, project superintendent for IMP installer Pre-Engineered Steel Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla. “This facility is a metal building system from Ceco Buildings, finished with IMPs from Metl-Span.

    “Insulated metal panels were chosen for this project mostly for aesthetics. The inside of the building was open, so the panels are exposed. With insulated metal panels, you can achieve the required R-value and you have the interior skin or protective panel. It’s a clean look. I think when you put the numbers together, it just makes financial sense to use the insulated metal panel.”

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

    Cassidy, who has been with Pre-Engineered Steel for 26 years, appreciates a couple things about insulated metal panels, including the fact that a rainstorm does not stop construction. “You have to be careful when working with some insulation products,” he says. “They can’t get wet. The summer is our rainy season and it rains almost every day. With insulated metal panels, we can keep working and that’s important because time is money.”

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  • Stone Quarrier Polycor Inc. Expands Its Geographic Presence by Merging with Indiana Limestone Company

    October 15, 2018

    QUEBEC CITY, PRNewswire - The largest producer of natural stone in North America, Polycor Inc., is pleased to announce the completion of its merger with Indiana Limestone Company ("ILCO"), a leading dimensional limestone quarrier and building products producer headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. This announcement comes shortly after Polycor's recent acquisition of four limestone quarries in France in July, now positioning the company as a global leader in the natural stone industry.

    United by a common business culture, the merger is expected to drive meaningful growth through cross-selling synergies, geographic expansion, and sharing of best practices. In addition, the merger will provide an expanded product offering for customers of both companies, positioning the combined business as the solution of choice for architects, builders, dealers and other stakeholders in the natural stone value chain. Existing customers and suppliers can expect a seamless transition and to receive the same quality of service they have come to expect over time.

    "This transaction represents another milestone in Polycor's journey to become the global leader in the natural stone industry," says Patrick Perus, President and CEO of Polycor Inc. "we are thrilled to be joining forces with the leading producer of Indiana limestone in ILCO, and look forward to welcoming this world-class team into the Polycor family." ILCO is a Nationally recognized brand in North America's natural stone industry, with its stone being used in the construction of some of the U.S. most iconic buildings and monuments. ILCO also produces a wide range of natural stone masonry and hardscape products for use in residential, commercial, institutional and renovation applications.

    Tom Quigley, CEO of ILCO, said "Our business today touches the lives of dealers, fabricators, distributors and architects worldwide. We are proud to be a part of a great industry. Now, by joining with Polycor, a business partner with whom we share common values, passion and ambition, there is unlimited potential to expand our offering and deliver even greater value to our customers."

    Through this merger, both companies expect continued growth and momentum in all phases of business operations. As such, all plants and quarries will continue to operate as normal, with both the Polycor and ILCO management teams leading their respective business operations going forward. Existing ILCO shareholders will become significant minority shareholders in the go-forward entity as the business embarks on its next phase of growth. With a more diversified and expansive geographic presence, ILCO's offices in Bloomington will serve as a primary base to support continued expansion in North America.

    About Polycor Inc. - Polycor Inc. is the world's leading natural stone quarrier and its core mission is to make people fall in love with natural stone. Their world-class reputation comes from a great legacy of stone work on historical landmarks, institutional, commercial and residential projects. Founded in Québec City (Canada) in 1987, the company now employs nearly 1,100 people and owns over 44 quarries and 17 manufacturing plants across North America and Europe.

    About ILCO - Indiana Limestone Company is unmatched as the premier supplier of Indiana limestone in a range of beautiful and lasting building products. Founded in 1926 (with predecessor firms that had been quarrying limestone since the mid-1800s), Indiana Limestone Company today remains the provider of choice for this internationally renowned natural stone. Throughout an illustrious history in which its stone has made such iconic structures as the Empire State Building, National Cathedral, and the Pentagon, Indiana Limestone Company has reliably provided the highest quality products and services carefully tailored to the needs of the market with an environmental, natural focus.

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  • Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2019

    October 12, 2018

    Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance.

    Metropolitan AF-690 is supported by Color Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues.

    “Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It's neutral. It's understated. It just is. This is color, off-duty.”—Ellen O'Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

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  • Introducing a New Tool to Calculate the Energy Savings of Building Envelope Upgrades

    October 12, 2018

    Thermolite has developed a new cost-effective tool to help commercial building owners determine the energy savings they can expect from building envelope improvements. According to the Department of Energy, 58% of the energy used in buildings is impacted by its windows. Thermolite’s Energy Savings Assessment (ESA) calculates the rate of energy loss through a particular building’s existing window system, as well as the cost, expected performance and payback period of different window retrofit upgrades. The ESA calculates energy savings based on a variety of factors including the geographic location of a building, its window-to-wall ratio, and the type of heating/cooling system it uses. The ESA utilizes a baseline calibrated eQUEST model along with energy and utility data from around the country to quantify the energy savings associated with installing Thermolite window systems.

    Traditionally, analyzing the expected savings and ROI of commercial building energy solutions is an extensive process, requiring detailed information about a building’s structure and engineering. Thermolite’s new ESA streamlines this process, making it much easier for building owners to understand and decide if a window upgrade is a viable energy solution for their particular building.

    In most cases, a window upgrade can cut annual utility costs by more than 20%. Thermolite has developed the ESA Calculator as a way to help building owners and property managers identify viable opportunities for building envelope upgrades that will achieve the most benefits. If you own or manage a building with single pane windows, contact Thermolite today to request a free energy savings assessment.

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  • McElroy Metal introduces HydraShell underlayments for metal roofing

    October 12, 2018

    Bossier City, La. — HydraShell MAX and HydraShell Supreme SA are McElroy Metal’s new underlayments. HydraShell MAX is the standard synthetic underlayment and HydraShell Supreme SA is a peel-and-stick underlayment. HydraShell MAX has a four-layer construction and can be used under all types of finished roofing materials, including steel roofing and is suitable for roof pitches as low as ½:12. HydraShell MAX requires significantly fewer fasteners than competitive products and provides a durable deck cover. HydraShell Supreme SA is the best choice in high-temperature, self-adhering applications. The SBS modified asphalt provides excellent pliability and the cool gray surface reduces heat build-up.

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  • Vectorworks Shines on Construction Computing Awards Shortlist

    October 12, 2018

    Voting open to the public until November 2

    Columbia, MD (October 10, 2018)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. received several nominations for this year’s Construction Computing Awards. The company itself and Vectorworks Architect were nominated for three awards, while the Nomad app also received recognition. Jonathan Reeves, director of Jonathan Reeves Architects, obtained three nominations for his projects and work as a Vectorworks trainer.

    Now in its thirteenth year and known as “The Hammers,” the awards program showcases and rewards the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. With more than 20 categories, the Construction Computing Awards allow companies from every sector of the industry to seek recognition for their efforts over the past 12 months.

    “The Vectorworks philosophy is that we never want to stop pushing the boundaries to create software that will empower our users to transform the world,” said Vectorworks UK Director of Customer Success Tamsin Slatter. “Our recognition with the Construction Computing Awards shortlist this year is especially meaningful because it reflects that our software is not only helpful to the AEC market but that our company and trainers are also highly respected within the industry.” The awards are divided into sections and decided by reader voting and a panel of judges. The Editor’s Choice award is selected by David Chadwick, editor of Construction Computing Magazine.

    Vectorworks has received nominations in the following categories:

    • BIM Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect

    • Architectural Design Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect

    • Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect

    • Mobile/Field App Technology of the Year: Vectorworks’ Nomad app

    • Company of the Year: Vectorworks

    • One to Watch Company of the Year: Vectorworks

    • Editor’s Choice: Vectorworks

    • Best Use of IT in a Construction Project of the Year: Jonathan Reeves Architecture with Vectorworks for Swithland Lane

    • BIM Project of the Year: Jonathan Reeves Architecture with Vectorworks for the Bradgate Rd Project

    • Training Software/Provider of the Year: Jonathan Reeves – Vectorworks Training

    Voting closes on November 2 and the winners’ ceremony will be held on November 15. To view the full list of nominees and to cast your vote, click "Read More" below. Winners will appear in the November/December ’18 issues of CAD User and Construction Computing Magazine.

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  • IMPs blend urban, natural atmosphere for residential skyscraper

    October 04, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Spanning 39 stories and more than 500,000 total square feet, the new West Edge Tower in downtown Seattle has already become an iconic architectural feature in the city’s celebrated skyline. The tower relies on a highly efficient mix of cladding materials, including curtain wall, glass, masonry and high-performance insulated metal panels by Metl-Span.

    Located at 2nd and Pike Street, the luxury high-rise sits squarely between Seattle’s thriving retail and financial cores, a strategic location to attract residents for its more than 300 available units. The mixed-use development was designed to reflect the city’s urban core and the surrounding architecture, while paying tribute to the natural landscape of America’s Northwest. The unique design, labeled “sophisticated casual” by the building owner, takes into account the latest in sustainable innovations while providing high-end amenities to its clients, including a premium gym, a Sky Bar restaurant and unobstructed water and city views from resident balconies.

    For residents, access to nature and open space starts on the ground floor with a seven-story atrium occupied by a live Tsuma Gaki maple tree. On the building’s exterior, the inspired use of curtain wall and glass provides a shifting reflection of the sky. The use of insulated metal panels also served as a key design element, according to installer McKinstry Co., LLC.

    “The multi-colored, metal exterior was a feature created by the design team to make the wall look as though it faded into the air,” explained Project Manager Peter Avratin with McKinstry.

    Olson Kundig Architects specified more than 38,000 square feet of vertical Metl-Span CF Architectural insulated metal panels in 13 different hues, ranging from dark Obsidian to luminous Off White with multiple shades of gray in between.

    CF Architectural panels offer a smooth, flat profile that is ideally suited for designers seeking a monolithic architectural façade without sacrificing thermal and moisture performance. The flush panels have become a mainstay in several high-end architectural markets including the multi-residential and hospitality industries.

    Metl-Span CF Architectural insulated metal panels provide exceptional thermal performance in the form of polyurethane foam insulation. The designers at Olson Kundig Architects specified the insulated metal panel system in a 2-inch thickness, delivering an R-value of 14.95. CF Architectural panels are available in thicknesses up to 4 inches to tailor thermal performance to meet even the most demanding building requirements.

    Insulated metal panels provide thermal efficiency and all-weather control in a single component. The highly efficient insulation contributes to West Edge Tower’s top-notch energy efficiency by reducing HVAC costs. The system delivers an added advantage by minimizing installation time and effort.

    With reservations starting as early as January, West Edge Tower opened the doors to potential clients in March 2018. The project is slated for LEED® Gold certification, exceeding Seattle’s high standards for sustainable construction.

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  • Marmomac - 53rd International Marble, Technology and Design Exhibition

    October 04, 2018

    Marmomac 2018: natural stone in the forefront of urban redevelopment of cities of the future

    Natural stone must become the key for sustainable urban development and urban re-development. This is what emerged yesterday at Veronafiere during the inauguration of the 53rd edition of Marmomac - the world's leading marble and technology sector event scheduled until Saturday 29 September - in the presence of the President and CEO of Veronafiere, Maurizio Danese and Giovanni Mantovani, the President of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, the Mayor of Verona, Federico Sboarina, the President of Confindustria Marmormacchine, Marco De Angelis, the Councillor for Urban Planning of Verona City Council, Ilaria Segala, and Marco dell'Agli, senior architect of the Mario Cucinella studio.

    "Stone is a very ancient material," said President Danese, "that today is experiencing a new renaissance that Marmomac itself also interprets by simultaneously promoting two directions of development in the sector: design and technology." Natural stone and technology brands in Italian marble districts boast 3,300 companies throughout the country with more than 34,000 employees. Turnover comes to 4.2 billion euro, with a balance of trade in the black by 2.8 billion euro. "Marmomac is a fundamental Italian manufacturing sector," said CEO Mantovani, "yet one that is often relegated to a marginal role compared to other fields. In reality, facts and figures prove the exact opposite. Marmomac has the merit of having revolutionised the once residual or luxury use of natural stone into everyday life and urban contexts."

    The objective focuses on redevelopment and promotion, as explained by the President of Confindustria Marmomacchine, De Angelis: "We are implementing a new network to bring companies and players in the sector together in a major project to defend and promote natural stone products, which Veronafiere has already joined. The ‘Authentic Natural Stone’ initiative will be officially launched on a national scale next year."

    The inaugural round table titled ‘Regenerating abandoned areas: an opportunity for our cities’, during which architect dell'Agli illustrated three urban redevelopment projects in Milan, Aosta and Catania, included reports such as the one by the Governor of the Veneto region, Zaia, who highlighted the pioneering role of the Region as regards law on land consumption, while also announcing that: "The Regional Housing Plan which has already achieved excellent results will be presented again in a reviewed form."

    "Sustainability and urban redevelopment are among the objectives of municipal administration," said the Mayor of Verona, Sboarina. Veronafiere is also involved in the recovery of abandoned sites in the local area. The redevelopment of the former fruit and vegetable market is a fine example."

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  • The Silca® Soil Grid X30!

    September 27, 2018

    A new product for in-ground hardscape installation

    The Silca® Soil Grid X30 is a heavy duty linking grid system that allows you to build stronger hardscapes by stabilizing the base material.


    • Up to 50% base reduction in excavation
    • Up to 30% savings on labor cost
    • Wider weight dispersal
    • Reduced warranty call-backs for settling and shifting
    • Reduced risk of poor sub-base compaction
    • Sustainable, efficient and profitable

    Quick and easy installation also saves you time and labor cost:

    • Lay gravel base and compact
    • Lay down grates, click and snap hooks together
    • Spread out geotextile fabric or SilcaMat for porcelain installation
    • Begin to lay pavers

    The Silca® Soil Grid will be on display at HNA 2018! Stop by our Indoor Booth #21006 or Outdoor Booth #5524-D to see it in action!

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  • Helping Others: Kalwall® Featured in BBC Hit Show

    September 26, 2018

    Kalwall, Partners Come to Aid of London Boxing Club in “DIY SOS”

    MANCHESTER, N.H. – New Hampshire-based Kalwall, its UK distributor Structura and German curtain wall innovator RAICO pitched in to help a revered London boxing club rebuild after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire destroyed its home. The community effort to provide the Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club of London with a new facility was featured on the BBC hit show DIY SOS, documenting the project after the club’s previous home was lost in a deadly fire that caused 72 deaths and destroyed the Grenfell Tower in June of 2017.

    The club has been providing a safe harbor for young people in the community and training top boxers for almost 50 years. After the fire, the club was training out of an abandoned parking garage. The new facility, built on a nearby site, took 63 days to complete and is part of a larger development project.

    “We were honored Structura asked us to be involved in such a worthwhile project,” says Amy Keller, VP of International Sales/Principal for Kalwall. “When we learned what the club means to that community, we absolutely wanted to be part of helping them get into a new home. And from a design aspect, the project was a great way to partner with RAICO.”

    Kalwall, Structura and RAICO teamed up to provide the curtain wall system that envelops the builiding. The façade is comprised of 200 square meters (656 square feet) of Kalwall translucent sandwich panels. The panels are incorporated into RAICO’s innovative THERM+ stick built curtain wall and was the first project in the global partnership between Kalwall and RAICO.

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  • Belden Metallic Black Brick

    September 20, 2018

    Canton, OH - Quality that out shines the unusual!

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

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  • Differences Between Installing IMPs Vertically and Horizontally

    September 20, 2018

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

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

    Vertical IMP applications

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

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

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

    Horizontal IMP Applications

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

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

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

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

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    September 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

    September 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September 07, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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