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  • Insulated metal panels offer desired economic aesthetics for winery, hospitality center

    June 25, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Fourth-generation siblings oversaw the construction of the new Zialena Winery production facility and hospitality center in Geyersville, Calif., using insulated metal panels from Metl-Span on both buildings.

    “We started with a steel frame system and to reduce cost, selected insulated metal panels that provide finished interior and exterior walls as well as insulation all in one,” says Dave Siegert of Osborn Architects in Santa Rosa, Calif. “Aesthetically, we were after a modern texture, a sleek finished product.”

    Zialena Winery sits on a 120-acre property and dates back to the early 1900s when Giuseppe Mazzoni immigrated from Italy to become a grape farmer and winemaker. Giuseppe's sons, Fred and Jim, produced wine until the 1970s. Jim's son, Mike expanded the grape growing business that exists today under the name of Mazzoni Vineyards. Mike's children, Mark and Lisa, brought back the winemaking tradition under the Zialena name and constructed the new production facility and hospitality center.

    The 10,000 square foot production building was constructed using steel framing from Garco Building Systems and insulated metal panels for the walls and roofing. Lanning Construction of Sonoma, Calif., installed the insulated metal panels. The IMP roofing panels (10,669 square feet) were 5 inches thick with a 22-gauge Charcoal Gray exterior. The 2,200 square foot hospitality center, which was constructed with wood and steel framing, was finished with Metl-Span's CF42 panels to match the production facility. CF42 wall panels were installed in three colors: Charcoal Gray (7,213 square feet), White (5,988 square feet) and Terra Cotta (2,248 square feet).

    “The landscape of the area helped us decide on colors,” Siegert says. “The Charcoal Gray and Terra Cotta go well with the surrounding woodlands.”

    Conventional, multi-component building envelopes address the weather barriers with multiple product sources and installation steps, leading to an overly complex wall assembly and lengthy construction schedules. IMPs provide the same performance elements in a single, easy-to-install component. The end result is a more efficient building envelope that impacts everything from interior trade coordination to the bottom line. The product provides thermal efficiency and all-weather control in a single component. The highly efficient insulation delivers an added advantage by minimizing building energy usage and construction costs. The product's unique foam core even allows the performance of the insulation's R-value to increase as the core temperature of the panel decreases. Durable interior panels are easy to keep clean, which is important in a facility where beverages are produced.

    “We are very pleased with the outcome of the Zialena Winery,” says Steve Lanning, owner of Lanning Construction. “Our unique challenge was the layout of the seams with the horizontal panels with preformed corners. Once we adjusted the spacing, it all went together like it was supposed to.”

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  • Tech Data Release Update - TYCO

    June 25, 2019

    Updated Sections:
    ° Section 1: Standard Spray Sprinklers
    ° Section 4: Residential Sprinklers
    ° Section 6: Special Sprinklers
    ° Section 7: Sprinkler Warnings, Patterns and Accessories
    ° Section 9: Wet System Valves and Accessories
    ° Section 18: Fire Grooved Products

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  • Statistics Architect at Work Canada

    June 19, 2019


    APRIL 1 & 2, 2020

    15 Countries

    26 Editions

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  • Save the Date for the Vectorworks Design Summit in April 2020

    June 14, 2019

    Fifth design event brings balance of technology, training and socializing to San Diego retreat venue

    Columbia, MD (June 13, 2019)—Mark your calendars for April 22 to April 24, 2020 because global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. will host the Vectorworks Design Summit in San Diego, California at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries are welcome at the fifth event that will offer industry workshops, product training for all levels of expertise, inspiring keynotes, networking opportunities and a customer appreciation party.

    “The Summit will be held on the West Coast, and it will not only offer the ultimate training experience, but a getaway from the routine of everyday life,” said Tara Grant, director of channel operations at Vectorworks. “We hope professionals take time out of their busy schedules to broaden their design expertise, and network with fellow Vectorworks enthusiasts while relaxing and enjoying all that the beautiful Omni La Costa Resort & Spa — one of the world’s top resorts — has to offer.”

    The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is home to the Chopra Center’s total mind-body healing retreat, offers golf courses with history of PGA Tour events, eight pools, tennis courts and an athletic center with fitness classes. Located nearby in downtown San Diego, the home to the Padres baseball team, Petco Park was designed by last year’s keynote speaker Antoine Predock, architect at Antoine Predock Architect.

    “My favorite part of the Design Summit is just getting to learn all the different ways people use Vectorworks and the different things I can do, whether it’s in my industry as entertainment or different industries,” said Kaitlin Hill, who attended last year’s event. “Also, it’s great meeting the other people in the industry and just making those connections.

    Become a Speaker/Trainer

    The call for speakers and trainers at the Vectorworks Design Summit is open. Presentations must be one or two hours and share best practices, tips or techniques that streamline workflows and empower designers to create innovative design solutions.

    In addition to completing a short application, candidates who have not spoken at a past Design Summit must include a short video demonstrating their presentation skills. Proposals are due July 12, 2019, and those chosen will be notified by phone or email by August 2, 2019.

    Those chosen to be speakers will receive free conference registration and travel to the conference as a thank you.

    Become an Exhibitor/Sponsor

    Additionally, Vectorworks hardware, industry and product partners can showcase their products and services to attendees by becoming an exhibitor/sponsor at the Summit.

    For the latest information regarding the Design Summit, bookmark and follow #VectorworksDesignSummit.

    Press can register for free by emailing Vectorworks Senior Media Relations Manager Lauren Meyer at

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  • Arriscraft Introduces Adair® Clip: Large Format Limestone Panels

    June 11, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has introduced an incredibly exciting thin natural limestone product - Adair® Clip. 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.

    “Adair® Clip is unlike any other stone cladding on the market. We've essentially designed very large sheets, or panels, of limestone that clip into a channel system for an outstanding aesthetic,” says Craig Swirzon, Thin-Clad Product Manager. “Not only does Adair® Clip offer a completely unique look – with panels up to six feet long - it's also natural limestone which means its performance and durability is unmatched by concrete-based manufactured stone.”

    At 1-1/4" thickness, Adair® Clip is designed for installation using the Gridworx® channel system, which Arriscraft has successfully used for its thin ARRIS.clip calcium silicate stone product for many years. Three heights - 11-3/4", 15-3/4", 23-3/4" - are available in lengths of 47-3/4" and 71-3/4" making this finished installation absolutely unique. Customers can choose from Blue-Grey or Sepia tones, in Fleuri or Veined patterns.

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

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  • BIMobject and AEC Daily announce partnership, enhancing BIM object selection and education process

    June 11, 2019

    BURBANK, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIMobject, the world's largest BIM content platform, has entered a strategic partnership with AEC Daily, a world-leading developer of online educational courses for the construction sector, to leverage each company's worldwide presence and increase specification success-rates enhancing the BIM process from design through procurement.

    This collaboration streamlines the process of taking AEC Daily's educational CEU courses and connects the designer with the manufacturer-specific building products on BIMobject, allowing a more efficient design process. Additionally, designers and contractors searching for products on BIMobject will find associated training course links.

    “Our industry is in need of both intelligent automation and process change to make it easier for professionals to design and build,” said Mark Haddad, president of BIMobject, North America. “We’re excited to strategically align with AEC Daily and provide a connected process combining education with access to manufacturers' digital BIM products, such as architectural lighting, interiors, mechanical and electrical components.”

    On, building product manufacturers (BPMs) are able to showcase their products to 1.4 million users, where those products can be specified and incorporated into construction projects. BPMs can review users’ profile information, find out what file types were used and see how many downloads have been accumulated. Architects can select from over 1,500 brands that represent 56,000 actual products. The BIM objects become shared knowledge that form a reliable basis for decision-making during the entire lifecycle of a project—from conception to demolition.

    “In addition to increasing product understanding through education, designers need an easy way to incorporate those products into their projects,” said Jeff Rice, president of AEC Daily. “BIMobject provides that solution, and our partnership allows us to raise the BPMs' success rate of getting specified in projects.”

    AEC Daily is one of the largest providers of continuing education (CE) to the construction, architectural, interior design and engineering communities. These professionals rely on AEC Daily to maintain their accreditation and keep them up-to-date with new products and technologies. Courses are complementary and available online with automated credit reporting to numerous organizations across the United States and Canada.

    “We know from our post-course surveys that most of our learners specify the course sponsor's products,” Jeff continued. “And that those products are then extremely likely to be purchased for a project. Now that we're bringing both BIMobject and AIA CEU training to BPMs, it's the best of both worlds.”

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  • Do you know the history of big fans?

    June 11, 2019

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  • Roof re-cover meets challenges of historic integrity

    June 11, 2019

    Bossier City, La. — Some roofers are simply cut out to do their thing in the spotlight. Empire Roofing of Austin, Texas, executed the removal of an existing leaking stainless-steel metal roof and the installation of McElroy Metal’s 238T symmetrical copper standing seam roofing system on a historic centerpiece building on the campus of Sam Houston State University.

    Historic Austin Hall in Huntsville, Texas, was reroofed less than 10 years ago. It's the oldest building west of the Mississippi River to have been used continuously by an educational institution. Austin Hall was first occupied in October 1851 and completed the following year.

    Unfortunately, it soon became evident that there were defects pertaining to the 2009-10 roof installation and it needed to be replaced. The stainless-steel interlocking panels were not seamed or soldered as specified and in accordance with historically accurate methods, resulting in wide-spread water infiltration beneath the metal roof assembly. Armko Industries of Austin was contracted to determine the best plan of action for resolving these issues and restoring the Austin Hall roof, internal gutters and cupola back to a watertight condition. During the evaluation, portions of the existing roof were needing to be removed to verify conditions. Sam Houston State and Armko requested Empire Roofing assist the evaluation.

    “Based on my initial observations, I was hired to come in and actually remove and replace some of the roof near the cupola and internal gutters to assess and verify the exact nature of the perceived defects,” says Aaron Todd, who leads the metal roofing and sheet metal division at Empire Austin. “I hated to be the bearer of bad news, but it was a lot worse than they anticipated. The flat-seam panels were installed using a Pittsburgh seam, which really isn't designed to be a watertight seam in a low-slope (2:12) roofing application. The underlayment that was installed did a better job of keeping out water than the flat-seamed panels.”

    Working together, Empire and Armko put together a plan that required the removal of the stainless-steel flat-seamed panels and the internal gutter liner. The Texas Historical Commission was involved in the renovation to ensure the new roof would be as historically accurate as possible. Plans and specifications issued by Armko Industries were to remove the existing stainless steel and to reroof with the 20-ounce copper 238T standing seam on all roof sections, interior gutters and related sheet metal components. Specifications and details issued siding removed at the cupola walls and a new liquid-applied waterproofing membrane was applied over the new sheathing, with new siding installed to match the original siding. At the base of the cupola, the specifications and details called for the installation of thru-wall flashing using 20-ounce copper. Titanium PSU-30 high-temp self-adhering underlayment covered the roofing substrate and was used as a lining in the internal gutters, under the 20-ounce copper.

    We set up scaffolding and worked on the octagonal cupola first,” Todd says. “The design incorporates a convex curvature with all roof sections meeting at the apex. Together with my superintendent, Diego Trevizo, and our lead foreman, Uri Contreras, we measured everything we needed for the cupola roof and gave the cut list to our shop fabricators, who produced the panels and trim for the cupola roofing, the design of which was proposed by Empire and approved by the Texas Historical Commission and Armko. We also had a 10-foot mechanical brake onsite to fabricate and modify any panels as needed during the installation process. My team and I love working with copper, because aside from the obvious qualities inherent in its chemical make-up, it allows for a more thorough arsenal of seaming and joining techniques due to its unique malleability relative to most other types of commonly used metal components.” Todd says standing seams were incorporated at each hip of the cupola to avoid the need to solder vertical joints. At the apex of the cupola, standing seams were folded down and lapped under the finial skirt. The crew sealed/riveted/soldered the finial base to the copper panels to create a watertight and wind-resistant detail at this very exposed and relatively flat area.

    Empire Roofing owns roll formers with dies to produce McElroy's 238T and 138T symmetrical standing seam panels. “Empire's capabilities with regards to commercial, industrial, and historical roofing projects are far reaching, and we love a good challenge,” Todd says. “If you've got a difficult problem, it's our job to solve it, and we love working with innovative manufacturers like McElroy in doing so.” Symmetrical standing seam systems do not have male and female legs, but are comprised of panels with matching left and right legs. The panels are joined with a mechanically seamed cap. The panels are non-directional, meaning they can be installed left to right, right to left, or even from the center out. The seam design on a symmetrical panel is more watertight than a double lock because there is no interruption of sealant in the seam at the clip locations. Most importantly, a symmetrical panel can be easily replaced if there is ever damage or a reason to pull a panel out of the roof at a later date.

    “Through a judicious use of hydrostatic details utilizing butyl tape in lieu of solder at key areas, we were able to achieve a long-term watertight and wind-resistant roof assembly that only minimally relies on soldered joints and that can accommodate thermal movement much better,” Todd says.

    Austin Hall is located on a hill among old-growth trees, so there isn't much room to park a roll former to produce panels up to 25 feet long. It's a relatively small project, about 6,000 square feet. “We set up our staging area in the road, about a quarter-mile from Austin Hall,” Todd says. “To minimize disruptions to daily university activities, we decided to run panels in the evening and have 3-4 guys walk the longer panels up the hill, one at a time. We rented a golf cart to transport guys down the hill to the roll former and bring smaller items up to the jobsite. We've got a great crew and it was all hands-on deck for this one. In one night, we produced all the panels and telescoped them to the roof on our spreader bar, which we attached to the forks of our onsite skytrack. We didn't damage a single panel … that's tough to do with copper!”

    Todd was sure the roofing details would be watertight and wanted to make sure the internal gutters didn't cause any problems. The Empire crew used sandpaper to etch the flat 20-ounce copper before it was fabricated into gutters. Once fabricated and roof-loaded, the gutter pieces were joined in 40- to 50-foot sections in the interior gutter, then lifted out and placed on saw horses. All joints and seams were fully soldered on the saw horses and then placed in their respective areas inside the internal gutter troughs, where the few remaining seams were joined and soldered in place. The gutters then were coated with Kemper 2K PUR, a solvent-free, fleece-reinforced and liquid-applied waterproofing system based in polyurethane resin. Empire used a roller to apply the coating in open areas and brushed on the coating in corners.

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  • Excel Dryer partners with Green Earth Energy to cut energy use with solar panel installation

    June 06, 2019

    EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – When his company decided to team with Massachusetts-based Green Earth Energy to install its new 265 kilowatt rooftop system, William Gagnon knew the long-term benefits would outweigh the initial costs. However, the benefits were much more than expected.

    “To date, we have generated 178,070 kWh and expect to save over $20,000 annually,” explained Gagnon, vice president of marketing and sales for Excel Dryer. “But as a company who prides ourselves on green innovation and sustainability, the decision to invest in a solar panel system was based on more than just cost-savings.”

    Since the company's 1,132 solar panels began operation this spring, the system saved 125,378 kg of harmful CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting 6,955 trees. The goal is to eventually run the entire facility off of solar energy.

    Green Earth Energy installed the company's solar panel system to handle annual usage, which means its solar modules are more cost-effective, efficient and higher performing than conventional models over their lifetimes. “We installed the Canadian Solar brand of solar modules,” Green Earth Energy founder Chris Scyocurka stated. “In our view, this is the most powerful solar product on the worldwide market.”

    A leader in sustainability and manufacturer of products that help facilities qualify the most LEED® v4 Credits in the industry, Green Globes and other certifications to achieve corporate and government sustainability goals, Excel Dryer saw solar panels as an opportunity to further cement its reputation as an industry thought leader.

    “Our high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers promote sustainability and environmental practices in concert with just good business sense,” Gagnon said. “In our own way, we believe solar panels allow us to practice what we preach.”

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  • PROSOCO acquires Construction Tie Products (CTP)

    May 29, 2019

    PROSOCO Inc., a Lawrence, Kan.-based manufacturer of construction chemicals, has acquired Construction Tie Products to expand its product offerings in the new construction and restoration masonry markets.

    Since 2005, Construction Tie Products, commonly known as CTP, has manufactured high quality masonry restoration anchors and wall ties. With staff members possessing more than 30 years of masonry construction and restoration experience, CTP has successfully marketed its system of products to architects, engineers, contractors and owners.

    CTP's operations, products, staff and branding will continue with no interruptions in service to customers.

    This acquisition gives PROSOCO a more complete system to offer to masonry and restoration contractors who already use PROSOCO's cleaners and protective treatments for restoration and new construction.

    Additionally, it further rounds out PROSOCO's suite of products required to complete energy retrofits of existing buildings: PROSOCO's R-Guard air- and water-resistive barriers for the building envelope; PROSOCO's Sure Klean cleaners and protective treatments for masonry veneers; and anchors and ties from CTP.

    The compatibility of both companies' market strategies and core values was clear from the very first discussions, according to David Boyer, president and CEO of PROSOCO.

    “Both companies promote construction of new and preservation of existing masonry buildings,” Boyer said. “This acquisition expands PROSOCO's technical expertise and product offering in both market segments.”

    “This industry is about people. Since its inception in 2005, CTP has established a reputation by providing customized solutions for difficult challenges on a project-by-project basis. That parallels much of PROSOCO's reputation in the building restoration, conservation and retrofit industry. Sharing a similar level of dedication to quality masonry construction is very important to us. We strive to do business with like-minded companies.”

    For Steve Getz, owner of CTP, the similarities between the two companies mattered.

    “In addition to both being family-owned, PROSOCO and CTP have very similar core values,” Getz said. “We share the same interests in building and restoring masonry structures with high-quality products. We are proud of the business that we have grown, and excited to watch it continue to thrive as it moves forward under PROSOCO's leadership.”

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  • Autonomous Fire Suppression (AFS) System

    May 17, 2019

    Licensed by Unifire AB

    Replacing combustible cladding in a tall building can generate excessive costs.

    The AFS System reduces the risk associated with combustible cladding. It is engineered to rapidly identify and autonomously fight fires on the exterior of tall buildings with combustible cladding and to provide fire suppression at any height beyond the reach of firefighters.

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  • Exciting, New Thin Stone Offering From Ontario Plant: Stack™

    May 17, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has expanded production capabilities in Cambridge, Ontario to produce Stack™ thin stone (previously known as ARRIS.Stack). 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 newly developed, production line allows us to produce our popular Stack thin stone in Canada,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “Before this, our ARRIS.Stack product came exclusively from our Georgia plant. Now our Canadian and Northeastern U.S. customers have better access to our thin stone line, with a great selection of colors.”

    Stack delivers the aesthetic of full bed stone (with return corner units) yet offers the ease of thin stone installation (applied with adhesive to a suitable substrate). A ledger style stone, Stack features an authentic, split face finish and random lengths (from 4" to 12") in three face rises (2-1/8", 3-5/8" and 5-13/16"), which are conveniently pre-blended to create an ashlar configuration. The new color selection, exclusive to the Cambridge facility, includes a broad color range and six standard colors: Blackcomb, Byward, Granville, Inglewood, Ville-Marie, and Yorkville.

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

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  • Expanded Midtown Thin Stone Selection From Ontario Facility

    May 17, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has expanded production capabilities in Cambridge, Ontario to produce Midtown thin stone. 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 new thin stone production line, in Cambridge, now produces our popular Midtown,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “Before this, all thin product came exclusively from our Georgia plant. Now our Canadian and Northeastern U.S. customers have better access to our thin stone line, which continues to grow in popularity.”

    Midtown thin stone gives designers creative freedom; one size or any combination of sizes can be laid in a coursed fashion or two or three sizes can be combined in an ashlar configuration. Mortar joint installation and return corner units complete a full bed aesthetic. Midtown comes in random lengths and three face rises (2-1/8", 3-5/8" and 5-13/16"), in a natural, split face finish. The new color selection, exclusive to the Cambridge facility, includes a broad color range and six standard colors: Blackcomb, Byward, Granville, Inglewood, Ville-Marie, and Yorkville.

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

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  • McElroy Metal exposed fastener panels brighten urban neighborhood

    May 14, 2019

    Bossier City, La. — Strong design scoffs at limitations. Confined to designing a 2,500 square foot residence on a narrow 20-foot by 60-foot lot in a dense urban neighborhood, David W. Nitchkey, principal at CORE Architects of Pittsburgh, designed his own unique three-story home with the use of exposed fastener panels from McElroy Metal.

    “My wife and I both wanted to live in a contemporary urban home, reflecting a modern design on both the exterior and the interior,” Nitchkey says. “We chose metal to create the contemporary industrial aesthetic of the exterior. Beyond aesthetics, the exposed fastener metal panel system provided an economical solution and the material is basically maintenance free. After maintaining a large 1950s era suburban home for 14 years, we were ready to spend less time on exterior maintenance and more time enjoying the benefits of living in a city neighborhood.

    “Building a contemporary home in an urban neighborhood of mostly 100-plus year-old houses presented challenges, but we never second-guessed the selection of metal for the exterior. Metal has played a historic role here and its influence comes from the steel industry in the Pittsburgh region.”

    The design of the home is defined by the long narrow lot and is basically a three-story rectangular box with a simple shed roof. Color on two profiles of metal panels was key to the design goals.

    “As a designer, I looked at the exterior cladding as an exercise in graphic design,” Nitchkey says. “The dimensional profiles, direction of the panel patterns, panel sizes and seaming, and exposed fastener colors, all became part of the layers of the design. Conceptually, the first floor horizontal U-Panels in a Charcoal color, provide a dark base to ground the structure and create a platform to support the silver Galvalume volume of the second and third floors, clad in vertical U-Panels. To provide a visual interest, 'the wedge' utilizes horizontal Mega Rib panels in Regal White. The added depth of these panels contrasts nicely against the shallower U-Panels. I am still fascinated by the way the Galvalume panels change color depending on the weather, sunlight, shade and shadow, all playing a role in creating a dynamic, ever-changing façade.”

    Abreez Contracting of Pittsburgh installed the McElroy panels: 1,140 square feet of U-Panels in Charcoal, 3,408 square feet of U-Panels in unfinished Galvalume, 360 square feet of Mega-Rib panels in Regal White and 162 square feet of Matrix soffit panels in unfinished Galvalume.

    “It is a unique design that had its challenges,” says Roger Wuenschel, owner of Abreez Contracting. “Working with Dave as the designer and homeowner was very helpful. The McElroy panels, profiles and patterns seemed to blend together effortlessly to create a unique look to the exterior of the home.”

    Jon Farrer, sales manager at Brock Associates Exterior Metal Products in Pittsburgh, along with Brock detailer Jeff Raymond, worked with Nitchkey throughout the design process. “Never having utilized the exposed fastener metal panel system in my designs, they were extremely patient and provided me with a wealth of knowledge in understanding how to best utilize these materials to achieve a striking design,” Nitchkey says. “Since this initial collaboration, I have continued to work with Brock Associates in completing the design of five additional projects utilizing McElroy Metal's exposed fastener panels. One of the most humbling compliments that I receive regarding this design is when someone asked me how long it took to renovate our home. For me, that means that this newly constructed home with its contemporary metal skin, still manages to fit into the fabric of the historic neighborhood as a home that has always been there.”

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  • Speed of construction, value, aesthetics, all sell insulated metal panels

    May 07, 2019

    Metl-Span provides cost-effective solutions for award winning Florida fireworks warehouse, retail center

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – The owner of Superior Fireworks in Orange Park, Fla., put his trust in his design/build firm and ended up with a new facility that met all of his needs and came in at budget. The new facility houses a retail outlet as well as a large warehouse and shipping area, so aesthetics was an important consideration. The owner was seeking a stucco look on the exterior of the building. Insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span provided the desired finish at a lower price.

    “Insulated metal panels ultimately gave us everything we wanted and needed for this project,” says Kyle Crisp, vice president of Kendale Design Build of Jacksonville, Fla. “Honestly, this was the first time we've ever installed insulated metal panels. We do a lot of pre-engineered metal buildings and that was what was originally proposed for Superior Fireworks. We’ve seen the insulated metal panels before with a metal building structure and because we're a design/build operation, once we ran the numbers, we led the charge to make the change to insulated metal panels.”

    Kendale installed insulated metal panels, with three exterior textured finishes, to help achieve the stucco look the owner was after. The new Superior Fireworks facility houses offices, a retail outlet and a large warehouse that handles a lot of online orders.

    “It's about dollars,” says John Allmand, AIA, LEED AP, AP BD&C, of JAA Architecture in Jacksonville, Fla. “I love insulated metal panels. They have a great look and really, they're easy to construct. They save time and dollars.”

    The bulk (9,763 square feet) of the IMPs featured the Tuff-Wall exterior finish. Just more than 5,000 square feet of IMPs had a Snow White exterior finish and almost 2,500 square feet had a Weathered Zinc finish. All exterior panels were 22-gauge Galvalume. The interior panels were all 26-gauge Galvalume with the Igloo White finish. All IMPs were filled with a 2-inch urethane core.

    “We worked with the owner on this project for about three years, so we had a lot into it,” Crisp says. “He's a young guy, creative and he was very involved. We knew it was going to be a cool building all along.”

    Like any other project, there was a budget. The original site selected for the building called for about $600,000 worth of fill to be brought in before construction even started. Crisp says locating a new site and saving that money allowed for flexibility and upgrades to the building, including an aluminum screen on the front of the building with bright color-changing LED lights.

    “We constructed sleeves through the IMPs so we could attach the screen to the metal building structure,” Crisp says. “That was a unique challenge, but we ironed out all the possible problems during the design phase.”

    Crisp says he received a lot of guidance on this project from Cary Whittier at Metal Building Consultant and Supply LLC of Jacksonville. Whittier is a dealer for Mesco Building Solutions and provided the metal building structure for the project. Mesco presented Whittier and MBCS with a Best of the Commercial Category award for work on Superior Fireworks.

    “It took a while for me to come around on using insulated metal panels,” Crisp says. “But once we ran the numbers it made sense. We got a better system for less money. We got rid of the stucco guy and we got rid of the drywall guy, so we had a more cost-effective building with a cooler look and better R-value. It definitely helped speed up construction and it required fewer contractors onsite. And with less contractors onsite, you reduce your chances for problems.”

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  • Quikserv Acquires Easi-Serv Products

    May 03, 2019

    Acquisition Unites Market Leaders in Transaction Windows

    Quikserv Corp. (“Quikserv”), a leading North American manufacturer of transaction windows, drawer systems, and window security solutions based in Houston, TX, is pleased to announce the acquisition and integration of Easi-Serv Products (“Easi-Serv”), based in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

    With over 40-years of customer service, Easi-Serv brings decades of industry knowledge and a highly-regarded vertical lift window line to Quikserv. The merger combines the industry's leading suppliers for transaction windows in their respective markets and will optimize synergies in sales, marketing and engineering to further strengthen Quikserv’s position in the North American market.

    “We were drawn to Easi-Serv's reputation in the market, both in Canada and beyond,” said Jason Epps, President of Quikserv Corp. “The integration perfectly aligns with Quikserv's strategy to broaden our product lines, customer segments, market reach and spur our overall company growth. We're very pleased to have Easi-Serv on board.”

    “Easi-Serv is excited to join the Quikserv family,” said Brian Hanson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Easi-Serv. “Quikserv is widely known in the pass-thru industry for their customer service and quality craftsmanship. Their manufacturing capabilities will open numerous opportunities for us to better serve our customers.”

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

    April 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • IMPs meet performance, aesthetic needs for celebrated casino resort

    April 24, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – A mixed-medium masterpiece of metal panels, glass, wood, and stone building elements, the award-winning ilani Casino Resort property in Ridgefield, Wash. was designed to reflect the culture of the Northwest with unique aesthetic cues that pay tribute to the heritage of the local Cowlitz Indian Tribe.

    The nearly 400,000-square-foot casino is a joint development between the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe, based in Uncasville, Conn. Construction for the complex project kicked off in early 2016 and included a $32 million upgrade to a nearby freeway interchange.

    At over 150 acres, the ilani is home to more than 2,500 slot machines and 75 tables throughout its 100,000 square feet of dedicated gaming space, in addition to entertainment and retail areas. The resort also features a food court and a variety of restaurants, including the only West Coast location of Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.

    The project showcases a number of design elements inspired by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, according to Chuck Jones, senior vice president with Friedmutter Group, the architectural firm responsible for the project design.

    “The entrance area—the porch—takes its design cue from a blunt nose canoe,” Jones said, referring to the Cowlitz Tribe's historical means of transportation, carved to move fluidly through white-water rapids. “And the iridescent metal panels were inspired by fish scales. The majority of the other elements are featured within the casino interior.”

    Notably, these features include light fixtures inspired by woven basket headwear and the imagery of violet camas flowers throughout the casino floor carpet.

    The project's high-performance exterior relies on more than 75,000 square feet of 2.5-inch Metl-Span CF Architectural insulated metal panels (IMPs) in Champagne and Medium Gray colors. “The color recommendations came from our design team,” Jones reported. “The Champagne worked well in tandem with the stone, wood, and other metal cladding elements.” When weighing building envelope options, Friedmutter Group was focused on meeting energy codes and placed a high emphasis on overall thermal performance. According to Jones, the decision to specify IMPs was based on a recommendation from the building owners. The product proved to be an ideal fit to handle the region's notoriously unpredictable weather systems.

    “Insulated metal panels are a fairly cost-effective way to skin a building, especially in that climate,” Jones said. “It ended up being more suitable than using an EIFS system.”

    An EIFS, or exterior insulation and finish system, relies on multiple wall components working in concert. This complicated assembly can be susceptible to moisture infiltration due to numerous wall penetrations or imperfections in the installation process, which often requires multiple crews and steps.

    Metl-Span IMPs act as a single-component system eliminating the need for separate batt or board insulation, exterior sheathing, or vapor barriers for a one-and-done wall solution. This expedited installation process can have a positive effect on everything from project scheduling to the bottom line. Moreover, the quick installation makes way for interior trade work early in the construction schedule.

    The Metl-Span CF Architectural panel is ideal for high-profile applications with its flat, monolithic appearance—providing a contemporary aesthetic. The IMPs are available in thicknesses up to 4-inches to meet even the most demanding thermal performance requirements.

    The ilani casino resort celebrated its grand opening in the spring of 2017, after more than 10 years of planning and two years of construction. The casino took home 2016 Best Project of the Year honors in the Vancouver Business Journal's Top Project Awards before it had even opened its doors to the public. More recently, the project was the recipient of a Sports-Entertainment Award of Merit from Engineering News-Record (ENR) Northwest and was honored by the NAIOP Washington commercial real estate development association.

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

    April 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April 19, 2019

    Substantial geometry and data advancements in latest IFC version

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April 17, 2019

    ‘Transverse' panels installed above skylights to prevent leaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April 09, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    April 04, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • TELLING INDUSTRIES, LLC Announces: True-Brace Bridging

    April 03, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    March 27, 2019

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

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

    Thank You for all of your continued support.

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  • TYCO® RFII - MRI 5.6K Concealed Pendent Sprinkler

    March 27, 2019


    TYCO® RFII - MRI 5.6K Concealed Pendent Sprinkler

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

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

    March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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  • Arriscraft Introduces Adair® Parliament

    March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    March 21, 2019

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

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

    Experience the Power of Real-time Rendering with Lumion LiveSync

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

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

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

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

    Immerse Clients in Your Design with Linked Panoramas

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

    Discover a Better Way to Work

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

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

    Enjoy Additional Quality and Performance Improvements

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

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

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

    March 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    March 19, 2019

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

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

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

    March 14, 2019

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

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  • Renovation at Montana readiness center earns LEED Gold certification

    March 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    March 05, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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