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  • Metl-Span announces personnel changes in engineering department

    May 22, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, May 22, 2018 – Rahim Hakimi has retired from the position of Vice President of Engineering after 35 years at Metl-Span. He served the company and industry well, having worked for Metl-Span from inception. Hakimi spearheaded the development of almost all proprietary products at Metl-Span.

    Chad Draxler replaces Hakimi as Vice President of Engineering. Draxler, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, was previously employed at Steel King Industries and ADC Custom Products.

    Craig Storch has joined Metl-Span as its new Director of Engineering. Storch, a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer in many states and brings experience with insulated metal panels, steel buildings, CAD and project management.

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  • LiftMaster® Wins 2018 Muse Creative Award

    May 17, 2018

    Oak Brook, IL, April 23, 2018 — LiftMaster®, the number one brand of professionally installed access control solutions, is pleased to announce that the integrated marketing campaign introducing its Automatic Garage Door Lock, has won a prestigious Platinum award in the 2018 Muse Creative Award competition. The winning campaign was developed by Upshot, a Chicago-based marketing agency.

    The Muse Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals who inspire through concept, writing or design, whether through traditional or electronic media. “With over 1,350 submissions from 37 countries, winning a Muse Creative Award is a great honor,” said Beril Altiner, director of marketing communications for LiftMaster. “Partnering with Upshot has enabled us to create a unique, idea-driven campaign that resonates with consumers.”

    As the Automatic Garage Door Lock from LiftMaster makes garages more secure – think front door deadbolt but for your garage door – the winning campaign centers around the sound of security and the feeling of peace of mind.

    Upshot’s creative team, led by Kat Tushim, developed the campaign based on research showing how hearing a lock click makes people feel safe and secure. The launch campaign started with a television spot that took that sound of safety – deadbolts, bike helmets, seatbelts – to showcase how the LiftMaster Automatic Garage Door Lock works. The integrated campaign also included print, digital and traditional and internet radio to help spread the word, letting homeowners know there is an extra layer of protection that can offer security and peace of mind.

    Muse Creative Awards is administered and judged by International Awards Associates (IAA) and an elite panel of internationally recognized creative professionals. IAA oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets the competition’s rigorous standards.

    “Winning a Muse Creative Award can be a significant career milestone,” said Kenjo Ong, president for IAA. “With vetted panelists, tough criteria, blind judging processes, and strict bylaws limiting winners, only the best entries receive this coveted statuette. Each year, I am both amazed and inspired by the level of craft and art submitted.”

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  • Feeney Architectural Rod Assemblies

    May 11, 2018

    Feeney’s grade-316 stainless steel rod assemblies with Sta-Lok® fork ends provide an elegant, high strength, low-maintenance alternative to traditional steel rod and wire rope rigging systems, with the added benefit of being able to support loads in both tension and compression conditions. They can be used in a variety of structural and decorative applications – from glass curtain wall and door canopy supports to guardrail balusters and trellis infill grids.

    Assemblies include special left- and right-hand threaded Sta-Lok® Tension Fork ends, offering easy adjustment and tensioning without the need for bulky in-line turnbuckles; simply spin the rod to adjust length. Flats are machined onto each rod so that wrenches can grip without scratching the finish. Available in diameters from 5/16-inch to 1-inch, all assemblies are made to order with the Tension Forks set in the mid-adjustment position to allow maximum open and close adjustment without any exposed threads.

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  • S-5! ® DualGard™ chosen by Building Design Construction as a 2017 “Top Product”

    May 11, 2018

    Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11, 2018The S-5! DualGard Snow Retention System recently gained national recognition from Building Design Construction (BD+C) Magazine as a “Top Product” for 2017 in the Building Envelope Category.

    The DualGard snow retention system from S-5! uses an assembly of two one-inch pipes to keep snow and ice in place while it melts, while also preserving the warranty of the metal roof. DualGard can be painted, powder coated, or anodized, and can be fully engineered for the specific roof and environment. The system is mounted with S-5! mini clamps and comes with two sizes of snow clips to fit any seam profile. DualGard effectively protects people and property from dangerous roof snow avalanches. It joins S-5!’s other snow retention systems: ColorGard, X-Gard, SnoRail, and SnoFence.

    The DualGard system, launched just a year ago, has become a popular choice by design professionals and contractors who prefer the looks of a pipe-style snow retention system while desiring the benefits they have come to expect from S-5! Like the other S-5! snow retention systems, DualGard features a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty and is fully tested on virtually every metal roof manufacturer profile and material allowing for a fully engineered system that will last the life of the roof.

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  • Registration Opens for 2018 Vectorworks Design Summit

    May 09, 2018

    Early bird discounts for Phoenix event, offering training and thought-leadership sessions for architecture, landscape and entertainment design, end June 22

    Columbia, MD (May 8, 2018)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. invites professionals, educators and students in the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries to attend the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit from November 4 to 6, 2018.

    Hosted at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Ariz., the conference includes industry sessions, tech support, networking events, inspiring keynotes and hands-on training. Multiple sessions will offer continuing education credits.

    “The Summit is the most cost-effective way for designers to maximize their investment in Vectorworks and improve their company’s bottom line,” said Vectorworks CEO Biplab Sarkar. “It is my hope that all attendees will leave Arizona with inspiration and valuable experience to strengthen their career in the design industry.”

    There will be two keynotes and 50 sessions led by 35 industry experts, like Joseph Marshall, project architect and technology coordinator at Flansburgh Architects; Todd McCurdy, president and director of landscape architecture and planning at Huitt-Zollars; Scott Barnes, lighting console programmer for motion pictures and many more.


    Pre-Early Bird: Now to June 22:

    Attendees can register for $399 and take advantage of a waived resort fee. Plus, there is a buy one, get one free special on registration.

    Early Bird: June 22 to July 31:

    Registration for the event will increase to $499, but the resort fee will still be waived. Plus, there is still a buy one, get one free special on registration.

    Regular Conference: July 31 to September 28:

    Registration will increase to $599.

    Last Chance: September 28 to November 2:

    Registration will increase to $699.

    Student and Professor Rate:

    As part of Vectorworks’ commitment to supporting the academic community, students and professors can register from now until June 22 for just $49, or at any time after for $99.

    *Room rates are $199 per night for all guests.

    To see the full list of sessions and to register, please visit

    Press can register for free by emailing Vectorworks PR Manager Lauren Meyer at

    Join the Summit conversation by following and engaging with #VectorworksDesignSummit.

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  • Vectorworks Architect Earns 92 Percent Satisfaction Score in 2018 G2 Crowd Report

    May 01, 2018

    Columbia, Md. (April 26, 2018)—The world’s leading business solutions review website, G2 Crowd, featured global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. in its Spring 2018 Grid and Index reports.

    The reports rank software based on unbiased and real-time reviews from verified users. Specifically, Vectorworks Architect was ranked second in the “Highest Rated” and “Easiest To Use” categories for Building Design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. Scoring ahead of other BIM software programs, Architect received a 92 percent satisfaction score and an 8.5 usability score.

    According to G2 Crowd, a product’s satisfaction and usability scores are calculated by a proprietary algorithm that factors in real-user satisfaction ratings from review data. Software buyers can compare products according to their satisfaction scores to streamline the buying process and quickly identify the best products based on the experiences of their peers.

    “Rankings on G2 Crowd reports are based on data provided to us by real users,” said Michael Fauscette, chief research officer at G2 Crowd. “We are excited to share the achievements of the products ranked on our site because they represent the voice of the user and offer terrific insights to potential buyers around the world.”

    As the architect’s BIM tool, Vectorworks Architect enables designers to tackle complex ideas in 2D and 3D, refine construction details, explore project’s energy efficiency and streamline costs.

    “It is an honor to have Vectorworks Architect recognized by G2 Crowd, but this wouldn’t be possible without the support of our amazing users,” said Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “They are the ones who keep us motivated in our mission to offer the best BIM software for the AEC industry year after year.”

    Visit the Vectorworks Architect G2 Crowd profile to view additional ratings and reviews.

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    April 25, 2018

    Register now for our free upcoming webinar covering the topic of Challenges in an Ever-Changing Recycling Industry! In this webinar, we will explore why recycling can be so challenging for homeowners and local businesses. We will look at some of the ways you can combat these setbacks and make recycling more straightforward for everyone!

    Additionally, we will explore some practical and proven solutions for implementing waste minimization strategies to reach your sustainability goals.

    What: Webinar to learn common challenges of recycling and ways to improve

    When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 @ 11:00 am EST

    Why: Learn how to improve your recycling efforts and ultimately learn how it can benefit you and your business

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    April 20, 2018

    Visit Us at NW Wall & Ceiling Convention!

    Tuscon, AZ | May 3-5

    Talk to our Tech Experts about solving reverse vapor drive, view mock-ups and examine samples of our high drying capacity WRB/Air Barrier membranes at booth #18!

    Join us at ABAA Conference & Trade Show

    Salt Lake City, UT | May 8-9

    Come visit us at ABAA 2018 Conference on May 8th & 9th. View mock-ups and samples of our simplified air-barrier system at Booth #26. See you there!

    Visit us at Humid Climate Conference

    Austin, TX | May 21-22

    Join us at the Humid Climate Conference May 21 & 22, and learn how our products are essential to energy efficiency and passive home design.

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  • Wilsonart Blends Nature with New Quartz and Solid Surface Designs

    April 06, 2018

    Versatile Hard Surface Palette Perfect for both Home and Workplace

    TEMPLE, TX (March 20, 2018) – Technology may be everywhere, but consumers today are still looking for ways to bring nature into their everyday lives. From bringing plants indoors to add color, visual texture and cleaner air to choosing accessories and paint colors with natural themes, nature is top of our list for making our environments comfortable, calm and aesthetically pleasing. Wilsonart, the leading manufacturer of engineered surfaces, introduces new Quartz and Solid Surface designs that blend nature’s beauty and look stunning in both home and commercial settings.

    “Nature was the inspiration behind the color palette in Wilsonart’s new Quartz and Solid Surface offering,” said Paul Mikulencak, Senior Product Designer, Wilsonart. “These new designs capture the same natural beauty of granite and marble but with a refined, artistic flawlessness that works equally well in both residential and commercial environments. They address the growing desire for corporate workplaces to incorporate a casual, nature-inspired, home-like design in commercial applications. We call this Nature Blending.”

    The new hard surface designs tap into the color trends of warm and cool whites, greys and neutrals but also takes advantage of the resurgence of classic black stone. Several of the new Quartz “inspired-by-nature” veining patterns were created through robotic technology, making them unique in the marketplace.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Chinese Language Version of Vectorworks 2018 Software

    April 06, 2018

    Launch of 11th language to be celebrated with eight launch events

    Columbia, MD (April 2, 2018)—As part of a worldwide rollout that began with the English release in September 2017, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the release of the Chinese version of its Vectorworks 2018 software line, which includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as BraceworksTM, a structural load analysis add-on module. The Chinese language version is the final installment to join other languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish.

    “Year after year, Vectorworks makes strides to continue as a superior, global design tool, and this year is no different,” said Cecil Fung, managing director of Mad Macs Technology Distributions, Ltd., the Vectorworks distributor in China. “Chinese designers choose Vectorworks because it offers dual platform capability, 2D tool flexibility and a variety of tools for the landscape and entertainment industries, such as plant tags, truss tools, reporting functions, stage analysis and more. They can look forward to the even more robust and efficient workflows with Vectorworks 2018.”

    To showcase the new features of Vectorworks 2018, Mad Macs Technology Distributions Limited will host the following free events this spring across China:

    • Shanghai: April 17

    • Nanjing: April 19

    • Hangzhou: April 20

    • Guangzhou: April 23

    • Wuhan: April 25

    • Chongqing: May 4

    • Chengdu: May 7

    During each launch event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about successful projects completed with Vectorworks software. Attendees of the events can also enjoy free refreshments. Space is limited, and registration can be completed here. Questions about the events can be emailed to

    Some of the well-received updates in the Vectorworks 2018 Chinese version include:

    • Multiple drawing views: Use multiple views of a project simultaneously and begin work in one view pane and finish it in another. Switch effortlessly between viewports, views and visibility settings — simply set up panes and view them all at once. Instantly gauge the impact of a design change across 3D, plan, section and elevation views, and even start a rendering in one view while working in another.

    • Direct section and elevation editing: Edit models directly from viewports: add openings, align and distribute windows, reposition doors across multiple layers, reshape walls — it’s all possible. Change the 3D views while in the section to see how edits simultaneously affect plans and model views. And, create better-looking, more-accurate drawings in a fraction of the time.

    • Improved graphic output for architectural documents: Generate documentation from a BIM file much more efficiently. Improved graphic controls within section views of wall joins and wall, or slab and roof components provide the flexibility to quickly achieve high-quality documentation from a 3D model.

    • Braceworks – New Product Module: An add-on module for Vectorworks Spotlight and Designer, Braceworks provides design, production and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary entertainment structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering standards.

    • Direct site model contour editing: Edit a site model easier than ever with improved site model settings and direct 2D contour editing. Modify each contour line as easily as editing a polyline.

    Learn more about Vectorworks 2018 at

    To purchase Vectorworks in your local language, find your regional distributor at

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  • New color from Citadel Architectural Products: Extra Dark Bronze

    April 05, 2018

    Indianapolis, April 4, 2018 – Citadel Architectural Products announced the addition of the color Extra Dark Bronze to several products in its line of metal composite material cladding.

    This coil-coated color has been added to Series G: Premium PVDF and is now available in both 48- and 60-inch widths. Extra Dark Bronze is a match to Classic Bronze (Series D), offering the same hue in a high-performance PVDF with a 30-year standard warranty.

    Visually, it resides between Statuary Bronze and Ebony on the color spectrum, providing the specifier an additional option for complementing window and storefront extrusions.

    Extra Dark Bronze is available on the following products:

    • SinoCore®
    • ProCore®
    • Panel 20®
    • Envelope 2000®
    • GlazeGuard®

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  • Excel Dryer is the first hand dryer manufacturer to publish third-party, verified EPDs

    March 27, 2018

    EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – Excel Dryer, Inc., today announced that three of their hand dryers, the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® Hand Dryer, the XLERATOReco® Hand Dryer and the ThinAir® Hand Dryer, were evaluated, and their environmental claims, substantiated with the publication of the hand dryer industry’s first Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). An Environmental Product Declaration is a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product by studying the raw materials and energy consumption during its production, use and disposal. For buyers and specifiers, the EPDs are a disclosure tool that helps purchasers better understand a product’s sustainable qualities and environmental repercussions so they can make more informed product selections.

    To create an EPD, there must first exist Product Category Rules (PCR) which create testing guidelines and reporting methods through industry consensus, thereby permitting buyers and specifiers to compare products, apples-to-apples. The corresponding EPDs provide insight on the environmental impact of products from cradle-to-grave.

    Last year, UL Environment (a business division of Underwriters’ Laboratories), published the hand dryer PCR, a first for the industry and the first global standard for any industry. Excel Dryer was asked to chair the committee to create the PCR, working in collaboration with UL and other leading hand dryer manufacturers, to achieve the necessary industry consensus.

    For a product to gain EPD certification, it must be studied cradle-to-grave by way of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) conducted by a credible third-party following ISO 14040 standards. Excel Dryer again called upon world-renowned Quantis International, with whom they previously worked, for their latest LCA.

    Excel Dryer continually leads the industry with firsts including inventing the original patented, XLERATOR Hand Dryer that created the high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryer category and set a new standard for performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. Excel Dryer was the first hand dryer manufacturer to become a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and to commission an independent, third-party Life Cycle Assessment of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers versus conventional hand dryers and paper towels. Excel hand dryers are the first and only to achieve Made In USA® certification. The publication of EPDs continues Excel Dryer’s lists of celebrated accomplishments and ushers the hand dryer industry into a new age of transparency.

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  • McElroy Metal’s roof recover system helps preserve historic school

    March 27, 2018

    BOSSIER CITY, La., March 26, 2018 - Multiple problems, including an aging structure and a failing asphalt roof, led Bibb County (Ga.) Schools to recover the roof of historic Alexander II Magnet School with the 138T symmetrical standing seam metal roof from McElroy Metal.

    The original building that housed the Alexander II Magnet School in Macon, Ga., was completed in 1902. Several significant additions through the years have brought the entire facility up to 41,650 square feet. In June 2000, Alexander II was named to the list of 11 Most Endangered Historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “During an assessment, we discovered that the asphalt shingles were installed with no ventilation and heavy insulation,” says Jody Usry of Edifice Consulting in Byron, Ga., “It was designed for metal so with no ventilation, the shingles were burning up. And there was so much expansion and contraction that the nails were backing out in spots. It was decided that the best thing to do was retrofit with metal.”

    The 138T standing seam system is a quick and efficient method for installing metal roofing directly over asphalt shingles, without an underlayment and without a tear-off. The system is designed around the patented clip paired with the company’s 138T symmetrical standing seam panel. Measuring 1-3/8 inches tall, the 138T is a two-piece mechanically seamed metal roofing system. Combine this 3/4-inch airspace with vented eave and ridge material and you get a total uninterrupted air flow between the two roofs. Known as “above sheathing ventilation,” or ASV, this idea uses airspace to help reduce heat transfer. Testing at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (Tennessee) demonstrated how a free-flowing airspace between a metal roof and shingles can reduce heat transfer by 30 to 50 percent. Reducing heat transfer greatly reduces cooling costs, a savings for the building owner. During the winter months in colder climates, insulating airspace will also reduce the chance of ice buildup caused by heat transfer up through the roof. “There are a lot of trees around the school and the roof is subject to falling branches or trees,” Usry says. “Installing a symmetrical panel allows for the removal and replacement of individual panels that sustain any kind of damage, including falling branches. Obviously, it’s advantageous to the school to not have to tear off an entire roof for a couple of damaged panels.”

    Usry says there were flat roofing areas with an internal gutter that were recovered with new decking and sloped to allow water to flow to an external gutter. All internal gutters were replaced. “Internal gutters are a detail that offers a high probability of being a problem,” Usry says.

    Modified bitumen was applied over existing modified bitumen at low slope areas after thermal scans were done to identify wet insulation. Pittman Waller Roofing of Macon, Ga., installed the modified bitumen as well as 27,500 square feet of the 138T 24-gauge panels in PVDF Ash Gray. The panels were formed at the McElroy Metal manufacturing facility in Peachtree City, Ga. Because some spots of the decking were sagging, the roofers had to “shim” the roofing with 18-gauge framing. “There were two areas in the roofing that were sagging about seven inches,” says John Pearson, president at Pittman Waller. “We shimmed it and you can’t even tell now.”

    Pearson says this project was the first for his crews with the 138T symmetrical metal roofing panels, but the installation went very well. “With the caps, there’s more pieces, but once they got rolling, it was fine,” he says. “It was pretty simple to work with.” Managing logistics were instrumental to the success of the project. The project started in January 2017 and completed the following July, so school was in session during most of the project. The safety of students, teachers and parents was a priority. And with the eaves 25-30 feet high, Pittman Waller crews required the use of two scissor lifts, a manlift and a couple of boom trucks. “We made sure everything was safe,” Pearson says. “We had barricades along the eaves and everyone was wearing personal fall protection. The students and teachers were really good about avoiding areas where we were working, so it went smoothly.”

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  • Proflex Provides Building Professionals with Powerful Configuration Tools Through BIMsmith Partnership

    March 26, 2018

    (Brandon, FL – March 26, 2018) Proflex, an industry pioneer in sound control, vapor barriers and crack suppression, has partnered with BIMsmith®, a leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) platform, to provide building professionals with innovative tools for on-the-fly product configurations in the cloud.

    The partnership makes Proflex the first manufacturer of its kind to have products on the BIMsmith Forge platform, a powerful web-based tool where professionals can assemble complete flooring systems layer by layer in the cloud. Architects and designers can combine Proflex products with other manufacturer-specific products in their configurations, then export the configurations to use in their design projects. Each configuration provides users with all the relevant specifications, cut sheets, and other data for each layer, saving considerable time and effort.

    “We are very excited to have our products featured and available on BIMsmith,” stated Tim Abbott, Chief Operating Officer at Proflex. “BIMsmith makes it easier for architects and designers to configure complete assemblies using our products and that is a very significant advantage for Proflex.”

    “The addition of Proflex products to BIMsmith adds a new depth of customization for building professionals looking to design flooring assemblies,” said Benjamin Glunz, CEO of BIMsmith and former architect. “We are thrilled to offer the Proflex line of sound and vapor barriers on the BIMsmith platform.”

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  • With EPDs, Excel Dryer Continues to Set Sustainable Standards, Industry Firsts

    March 26, 2018

    EPDs and Why They Matter

    EPD certification is important for any manufacturer because they demonstrate a company’s commitment to sustainability and product performance. Published by UL Environment, a business division of Underwriters’ Laboratories, EPDs for our three signature products signify a groundbreaking development for Excel Dryer as a manufacturer as well as for our industry as a whole. This achievement has effectively ushered in a new era of transparency among hand dryer manufacturers.

    On the road to EPDs, Excel Dryer played a key role in leading the hand dryer industry toward a mandatory prerequisite: the creation of Product Category Rules (PCR). These standardize evaluation guidelines and reporting, allowing the specifying community and buyers to conduct a more “apples-to-apples” product comparison and ultimately make a more informed decision.

    Asked to chair the committee to develop the PCR, Excel Dryer worked in collaboration with UL and other leading hand dryer manufacturers, to achieve the necessary industry consensus. Last year, UL Environment published the hand dryer PCR, a first for the industry and the first global standard for any industry.

    To gain EPD certification, a manufacturer’s products must be studied cradle-to-grave by way of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) conducted by a credible third-party, following ISO 14040 standards. Excel Dryer again called upon world-renowned Quantis International, with whom we’d previously worked, for our latest LCA.

    “Excel Dryer has long-expressed a commitment to environmental sustainability and our credible, third-party testing results quantify and substantiate their claims,” said Jon Dettling, U.S. director at Quantis International. “We, at Quantis, are honored to have been chosen to play a part in the historic creation of the first hand dryer Environmental Product Declarations.”

    Sustaining Industry Leadership

    With the publication of EPDs for our products, Excel Dryer has established new standards of transparency and sustainability. From a broader perspective, the EPDs ensure that we will continue to set the tone among leading hand dryer manufacturers.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Showcases Cloud Power with New Reality Capture and VR Features

    March 23, 2018

    Photos to 3D Model, web view VR and Bluebeam integration are among updates in Service Pack 3 of Vectorworks 2018

    Columbia, MD (March 22, 2018)—Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is helping designers harness the power of the cloud with the release of its new reality capture feature, Photos to 3D Model, as well as its virtual reality feature, web view VR. The two technologies, along with the Bluebeam integration announced earlier this week, are available with the latest update to Vectorworks Cloud Services in addition to the third Service Pack (SP3) for the Vectorworks 2018 product line.

    Create 3D Models in a Snap from your Mobile Device The Photos to 3D Model feature is a new reality capture innovation that allows designers to create 3D models without having to measure or re-create existing 3D geometry or pay for expensive laser scanners to re-create existing conditions before modeling. Simply snap some photos on a mobile device and use the Vectorworks Nomad app to send that data directly to Vectorworks Cloud Services to process the 3D model.

    Communicate Designs in Groundbreaking Ways The latest update to web view Virtual Reality (VR) provides the ability to toggle shadows off and on and to control shadow direction in the web view. The ability to interactively section or isolate parts of the model allows designers more flexibility and precision to communicate their designs in groundbreaking ways. Plus, for those with access to higher-end VR gear, the web view feature now also offers support for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Daydream, upping the ability to use web views on five different types of headgear.

    “At Vectorworks, we look forward to continued innovations and improvements in solutions that will incorporate reality into the design process,” said Steve Johnson, vice president of product development at Vectorworks, Inc. “We think designers will love our new Photos to 3D Model and web view VR capabilities, as they can now easily capture and share data using cutting-edge technology that’s already in their pockets.”

    Other improvements in SP3 include the Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio Integration, truss section data for Global Truss and Prolyte, a modified user interface (UI) design for Vectorworks Nomad and other fixes.

    This Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2018. 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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  • Vectorworks Partners with Bluebeam to Make Project Review and Approval Fast, Easy and Paperless

    March 22, 2018

    Vectorworks is the first BIM software to integrate with Bluebeam Studio for real-time markups and review

    Columbia, MD (March 19, 2018)—Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. and Bluebeam, Inc., a leading developer of innovative technology solutions for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, announced today a new integration between Vectorworks Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio that supports a modern, online review and approval process for digital construction drawings and 3D models. Vectorworks is the first BIM software company to connect its cloud services via the Bluebeam Studio API, allowing project team members to host real-time, online markups and review sessions.

    The new integration creates a streamlined, cloud-based process for designers, architects, contractors and owners to collaborate on PDF drawings and models. Vectorworks users can publish drawing sets as data-rich 2D PDFs or models as 3D PDFs to Vectorworks Cloud Services, where they can launch a Bluebeam Studio Session and then invite participants to compare, mark up and collaborate in real time using the tools in Bluebeam Revu. Marked-up PDFs can then be saved back to Vectorworks Cloud Services for easy storage and file management.

    “In a traditional drawing review process, PDF files are typically exchanged by email, then printed and manually marked up,” said Daniel Monaghan, VP of marketing at Vectorworks. “By moving to a cloud-based review workflow, collaboration among project team members becomes easier and helps avoid mistakes, and ultimately allows projects to run more smoothly by reducing review time and costs. By making it easy to share and review files digitally, we’re helping to connect design and construction workflows in ways no other BIM program can offer.”

    Vectorworks has optimized its PDF publishing to better support Bluebeam’s workflow. For example, Vectorworks can batch publish PDF drawing sets, map layers or classes to PDF layers and maintain Vectorworks hyperlinks in exported PDFs. Most recently, Vectorworks Architect’s space object was updated so room data defined in Vectorworks can be mapped to native spaces in Bluebeam Revu, saving time in the review and estimating process.

    “Bluebeam is excited to have Vectorworks bring this integration between Vectorworks Cloud Services and Bluebeam Studio to the industry," said Bluebeam Chief Technical Officer Don Jacob. "Platform integrations like the one announced today, based on open standards such as PDF, create powerful workflows for project teams and are a big step forward in creating seamless exchanges between design and construction solutions.”

    To learn more about the integration of Bluebeam Studio and Vectorworks Cloud Services, click "Read More" below. This new integration is available at no charge to all Vectorworks Service Select maintenance program members. A Bluebeam Studio Prime subscription is required to enable the integration with Bluebeam Studio.

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  • Effective Positive & Negative Cementitious Waterproofing In New Construction & Restoration

    March 20, 2018

    Hampshire, IL – Waterproof reinforced concrete structures and protect against chemical attack with CEM-KOTE FLEX ST, W. R. MEADOWS’ flexible cementitious waterproofing option. CEM-KOTE FLEX ST is a two-component, breathable, fiber-reinforced cementitious coating consisting of a dry and liquid component. Designed for positive and negative waterproofing, CEM-KOTE FLEX ST is effective in both new construction and restoration projects. It can easily be applied by brush or sprayed to suit the application.

    Ideal for waterproofing potable water or wastewater treatment facilities, CEM-KOTE FLEX ST offers excellent adhesion and crack-bridging and is an approved ANS/NSF 61 barrier material. This permeable membrane allows substrate moisture to escape. CEM-KOTE FLEX ST is also recommended for use on tunnels.

    “Features such as hydrostatic head resistance, flexibility, crack-bridging capabilities, and vapor permeability allow CEM-KOTE FLEX ST to provide waterproofing protection for both positive- and negative-side installations. It has a proven track record for over 30 years around the world,” said Russ Snow, building science specialist at W. R. MEADOWS.

    Further information about CEM-KOTE FLEX ST can be found at Our CEM-KOTE FLEX ST product flyer provides a convenient reference of its important features and benefits that can be requested at

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  • MLB youth baseball academy in Kansas City is seventh in U.S.

    March 20, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, March 15, 2018– The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy is expected to serve the community for generations. The City of Kansas City, Major League Baseball and the Kansas City Royals partnered to turn an old park into an indoor training facility, four state-of-the-art outdoor diamonds and more. Insulated metal panels from Metl-Span encase the indoor facility with a durable wall panel in an attractive array of colors.

    “The insulated metal panels worked best for helping maintain a consistent temperature and reducing heating and cooling costs,” says Kedra Burcham, project engineer for JE Dunn Construction of Kansas City. “The Royals like the look of the metal panels and the city requested to add some stone accents for a consistent look with the surrounding neighborhood. The great thing about the insulated metal panels is they are a one-step process. Once the panels are in place, that’s the wall, insulation and all.”

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  • S-5!® announces new distributor partner: Unistrut Ohio

    March 19, 2018

    Colorado Springs, Colo., March 13, 2018 – S-5! has announced a partnership with North American distributor Unistrut, where Unistrut Ohio will offer the complete line of S-5! zero-penetration clamps and snow retention systems. S-5! manufactures clamps for attaching ancillary items to standing seam metal roofs.

    “We are happy to be the newest member of the S-5! distribution family,” says Toby Rosenthal, manager of business development at Unistrut Ohio. “S-5! provides best-in-class distributor support and that’s gone a long way toward helping us with a successful start with their products.”

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  • Do you have winning projects ready to submit for the 2019 Professional Design Competition?

    March 14, 2018

    NKBA Design Competition

    Get ready for this year's professional design competition! The NKBA is looking for the best in the nation, and that might just be you.

    This year, the competition opens on April 2, 2018,and includes two new categories: concept kitchen and concept bath. Additionally, some of the existing categories have changed.

    This year, the Large Kitchen and Large Bath categories are: Large Luxury Kitchen, Large Luxury Bath, Large Budget-Friendly Kitchen and Large Budget-Friendly Bath. It's a great opportunity to gain industry recognition as well as cash in on prizes totaling $62,000!

    To make things even easier, NKBA is also introducing new, digital submissions and payments. That's right—no more snail mail! Designers will be able to simply submit and pay for entries online.

    The competition is open between April 2nd and July 2nd, but don't wait until the last minute to send in your competition packet. Entries submitted between April 2nd and May 31st are eligible for early bird pricing.

    This means the first entry is free, and all other submissions are $75. After May 31st, standard pricing of $100 per entry goes into effect. There are absolutely no extensions past the July 2nd deadline.

    For more information, please click on the Read More button below.

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  • Excel Dryer Joins the Patriots at Gillette Stadium

    March 07, 2018

    Excel Dryer’s original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® Hand Dryer can be found in iconic facilities from coast to coast. Case in point: Gillette Stadium, home of the five-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The 70,000-capacity stadium plays host to top entertainment and sporting events, and now counts among its offerings the leading brand in hand-drying solutions.

    As state-of-the-art as Gillette Stadium’s facilities were, its restrooms were one area that offered room for improvement. Originally equipped with paper towel dispensers, the stadium used an average of 6,264,000 paper towels per year at a cost of more than $50,000 for paper, maintenance and waste removal. But that all changed in September 2009, when Excel Dryer and The Kraft Group announced a partnership to install more than 125 XLERATOR Hand Dryers.

    The XLERATOR dries hands fast while using 80% less energy than conventional hand dryers. It is the only Made in USA Certified® hand dryer on the market and helps facilities qualify for several LEED® v4 Credits, Green Globes and other certifications to achieve corporate and government sustainability goals.

    The installation was a natural fit for Gillette Stadium, given XLERATOR’s proven environmental benefits and the stadium’s reputation as a leader in conservation. The stadium saved 95% versus paper towels while eliminating their maintenance and waste, reduced the facility’s carbon footprint by 70% and improved its restroom hygiene.

    To learn more about how Excel Dryer's AEC Daily-Endorsed high-efficiency hand dryers can save help save time, money and the environment, visit AEC Daily’s continuing education course featuring Excel Dryer hand dryers, or go to

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