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  • TREND Group partners with Kristina Zanic and THG Paris @Dubai Design Week 2021

    December 01, 2021

    TREND Middle East was pleased to participate in Dubai Design Week 2021 with futuristic and interactive installations in collaboration with Kristina Zanic Design Consultants and THG Paris. The 7th edition of the annual week-long festival celebrating design and creativity in the UAE took place in the Dubai Design District from November 8-13. Regenerative architecture and restorative design to reduce human impact on the planet were among the central themes of this year's show.

    In recognition of our commitment to bringing excellence in the Middle East we are proud to have received the award as Best Italian Company 2021 in the UAE. Congratulations to the TREND Middle East team on this milestone!

    Participation at DecorHotel Lisbon Marked TREND Group's Relaunch in Portugal and Spain
    TREND Group had the pleasure to be among the hundreds of companies and professionals gathered in Lisbon October 21-23 for DECORHOTEL, the only fair in Portugal dedicated exclusively to the hotel sector. Our booth showcased our newest glass mosaic collections and their various decorative applications. The show represented a great opportunity to meet new partners and discuss many exciting projects and collaborations for the future.

    etherium® By E-Stone, now featuring Microban® technology
    Watch as our Global CEO Andrea Di Giuseppe and RockSolid Granit Global/TREND Group USA CEO Charlotte Russell discuss the exciting and exclusive partnership between etherium® By E-Stone and the world leader in antimicrobial technology, Microban®.

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  • Jim Cahill inducted into ADSC Hall of Fame

    November 19, 2021

    Keller announces the induction of Jim Cahill into the ADSC Hall of Fame.

    Jim Cahill, a long-time executive with Case Foundation Company, now rebranded as Keller North America, was inducted into The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC) Hall of Fame at the organization’s Annual Meeting during the Final Night Awards Reception and Dinner in Tuscon, AZ on January 31, 2020.

    With over 35 years of experience in the geotechnical construction industry, Jim first participated in ADSC attending the summer meeting in 1985. He was elected to the Board of Directors, serving for a total of 12 years. He chaired the Scholarship Committee, Drilled Shaft Committee, and participated in numerous sub-committees representing ADSC in meetings with federal and state agencies. He was also a member of ADSC’s Industry Advancement Association funding scholarships and industry research projects.

    Upon winning this award, Jim expressed “I was totally surprised and honored to join such a great group of inductees. Not only has this group had a significant impact on the ADSC, but more importantly they have greatly aided our industry. I am truly blessed to join this great group of individuals.” Jim continued to thank all who had a part in the selection process.

    Commenting on Jim’s induction, Mike Moore, CEO of ADSC, stated, “Jim is not only a great ambassador of ADSC, but he is also an ambassador to his company and the industry he has served throughout his years. He demonstrates the type of commitment and dedication that produces valuable results.”

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  • Signals Defense Film vs the other RF Films

    November 10, 2021

    In this post, we are taking one of our most frequently asked questions and lending some clarification and guidance on some of the key considerations when designing and constructing a secure space that requires RF and IR shielding on the windows.

    “What’s the difference between the Signals Defense RF/IR window films, and other ‘clear’ RF window films?”

    Not all shielding films are created equal — and when consistent and high RF attenuation across a broad frequency range is required, you need to be aware of the differences. This is especially true in government sponsored construction, where performance can be very strict, and certain standards must be met to gain accreditation.

    Verify Data was Obtained Using the ASTM F3057 Test Method

    ASTM F3057 is the test standard for Electromagnetic Shielding Effectiveness for Glazings, which is specific to both glass and film. Any shielding product that is being advertised for RF attenuation for high-level security purposes must be tested to this standard, and results and graphs shown in terms of dB, NOT percentage. Unlike other test requirements, such as basic IEEE-299 and D4937, ASTM F3057 requires hundreds of test points across several RF bands, ensuring complete broad-spectrum performance data.

    Are All RF Films Created Equal?

    The technology inside of commercial and residential window films has made tremendous leaps in the last few decades. These high-performance films are great for rejecting solar energy including UV and may only cost a few dollars per square foot. However, some of these ‘clear’ solar films are also being mistaken as “RF” films. They may deliver some low-level RF attenuation, but this is purely coincidental, and frequencies are sporadic, leaving many gaps or holes in protection. Not to mention: these solar films don’t reject the critical IR energy.
    Films specifically built for RF/IR attenuation won’t be found at the same price point as your typical solar film. It's important to know that your secure space is only going to be as good as its weakest point. For example, if your walls and other surfaces offer robust RF attenuation and the windows do not, the space may not satisfy the customer’s requirements.

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  • McElroy Metal provides hurricane-safe solution for Surf City Municipal Complex

    November 09, 2021

    When the Town of Surf City, N.C., made plans to construct a building that would consolidate the police department and other emergency services operations, durability was a main consideration for an area that sees high winds and hurricanes on a regular basis. To meet the high-wind requirements of the coast, the architectural roofing choice was McElroy Metal’s Maxima standing seam metal roofing.

    Highland Roofing of Wilmington, N.C., installed approximately 20,000 square feet of mechanically seamed Maxima panel with a 3-coat Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF finish in Bone White. The official ribbon cutting of the complex was held May 21, 2021.

    “We selected a metal roof to add resilience to the new structure,” says Kyle Breuer, town manager. “Our previous building was lost to water damage during Hurricane Florence (in 2019) and that damage occurred because of water penetration through the roof.”

    Breuer says aesthetics played a role in the selection of metal roofing as well.

    “Metal helped us keep with our coastal theme,” he says. “Maintaining a community aesthetic consistency was an important consideration. Metal helped us achieve that.”

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  • River Oaks Baptist School honored by CENTRIA as 2021 Building of the Year

    November 09, 2021

    River Oaks Baptist School in Houston was named CENTRIA’s 2021 Building of the Year, selected from a group of 12 Building of the Month winners.

    Designed by Jackson & Ryan Architects of Houston, River Oaks Baptist School features CENTRIA’s Intercept: Entyre panel. Wade Architectural Systems of Humble, Texas, supplied the panels and W.S. Bellows Construction Corporation of Houston served as the general contractor. Underwood Sheetmetal Inc. of Houston installed the panels.

    Other Building of the Month winners were:

    American Airlines Hangar, Chicago: Architect-Ghafari Associates, LLC; Dealer/Installer-Crown Corr, Inc.; GC-O’Neil Construction Company; Panel Type-FWDS, 1W-10A, Versawall

    Clover Park Mets Training, Port St. Lucie, Fla.: Architect-Ewing Cole; Dealer/Installer-Five-T-Co; GC-Barton Malow Company; Panel Type-CS-200, Intercept: Entyre

    St. Louis Park Middle School, Silverdale, Wash.: Architect-Cunningham Group Architecture; Dealer-M3Sixty, LLC; GC-Kraus Anderson Construction; Installer-Progressive Building Systems; Panel Type-CS-200, Intercept Entyre, RZR

    Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.: Architect-Cunningham Group Architecture, Inc.; Dealer/Installer-Flynn Group of Companies; GC-Absher Kitchell; Panel Type-FWDS, MetalWrap

    Carver Elementary School, Carver, Minn.: Architect-Architects Rego & Youngquist; Dealer-M3Sixty, LLC; GC-Kraus Anderson Construction; Installer-Innovative Building Concepts; Panel Type-CS-200

    Essex County of Technology, West Caldwell, N.J.: Architect-DiCara Rubino Architects; Dealer-Pravco, Inc.; GC-Dobco; Installer-Pravco, Inc.; Panel Type-FWDS, DS60, DS58, C/S Sunshades

    St. John’s on the Lake, Milwaukee: Architect-Eppstein Uhen Architects; Dealer/Installer-Construction Supply & Erection, Inc.; GC-VJS Construction Services Inc.; Panel Type-FWDS

    St. Michael Medical Center, Silverdale, Wash.: Architect-NBBJ; Dealer/Installer-Flynn Group of Companies; GC-Balfour Beatty; Panel Types-FWDS, DS60, IW-40A, CS Louvers, C/S Sunshades, FV 600

    St. Pete Pier, St. Petersburg, Fla.: Architect-ASD|Sky; Dealer-M3Sixty, LLC; GC-Skanska USA Building, Inc.; Installer-MG McGrath; Panel Type-Econolap ¾-inch Roof

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    November 04, 2021

    Impact Security, LLC. (IS), the manufacturer of DefenseLite® has announced a strategic alliance with Binswanger Glass, a leading national retail and commercial glazing firm based in Memphis, TN. Binswanger will launch their DefenseLite program at their locations in Dallas and Houston, TX, offering clients high-security window glazing options for maximum protection against security threats.

    DefenseLite is a retrofit security shield designed to mount onto existing glazed openings, creating unmatched forced entry protection at what is typically the weakest link in a building’s security profile, transforming windows and doors into impenetrable openings that are 250 times stronger than glass alone. A bullet-resistant version of DefenseLite, BulletShield, is available, backed by independent tests that yielded UL 752 ballistic ratings, preventing breach against 9MM, .44 Magnum, and other aggressive attacks.

    This patented retrofit glazing system is exclusive to Impact Security, and only available through authorized dealers once they are trained and certified.

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  • Keller ranks #1 on ENR list

    November 04, 2021

    Engineering News Record (ENR) ranks Keller #1 Excavation and Foundation firm for 2019. This top position has been held by Keller company Hayward Baker for the past 17 years. This year, Keller’s geotechnical and foundation companies combined into a single entity, Keller.

    Operating as one company in each local market, offering all products and services, Keller becomes easier to understand and engage with and clients can be confident they are getting the optimal, most competitive solution for their project. For more information on the change click here.

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

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  • Hydrofloors® Pro at The Kimpton Pittman Hotel

    November 03, 2021

    The Kimpton Pittman Hotel is a new boutique hotel in downtown Dallas, Texas. Located in the Deep Ellum district, this hotel needed to maximize every inch of their downtown property. Hotel operators wanted to have a pool for guests on hot summer days but did not want to give up valuable outdoor deck space.

    With Hydrofloors® Pro, the hotel and their guests can enjoy a 55 ft long pool by day and transform their space for outdoor dining & dancing by night.

    The pool is 55 ft long and 12.5 ft wide. Equipped with full-width steps on one end and a 3 ft sitting bench on the other.

    Since its opening in March 2021, the pool deck has already drawn a lot of outside use. Hotel operators have rented out the space for pool parties, weddings, and other private events atop their Hydrofloor.

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  • The Incredible Versatility of Vinyl Film

    November 03, 2021

    Unless you live in a concrete bunker, the chances are high that you regularly come into contact with vinyl film. You just might not know it.

    Vinyl film is used in a wide array of applications. You’ll find vinyl in bumper stickers and floooring, roofs, showers, and swimming pools. In other words, vinyl film is incredibly versatile. Here’s why.

    Vinyl film is both functional and decorative.

    As a material, vinyl film is a bit like a blank slate (albeit a blank slate that can hold up gallons of water). It’s perfect on its own, but it can also be formulated to do so much more. You can incorporate properties to make vinyl film scuff-resistant (think luxury vinyl tile). You can also, for example, incorporate additives to make it resistant to very, very cold temperatures, or resistant to fading in UV. It can also be formulated to be smoke, and flame retardant.

    In addition, vinyl film is the material of choice for many designers because it can feature an almost infinite number of beautiful designs on printed vinyl. So that shower or pool liner isn’t just functional, it’s also visually appealing. Vinyl products can be customized for a shiny, matte, or iridescent finish and formulated in a wide array of colors.

    Plus vinyl film isn’t just versatile; it’s also sustainable.

    Meet the Play-Doh of manufacturing.

    Alex Grover, COO of i2M, calls vinyl film “the Play-Doh of manufacturing in that the material can be repeatedly remolded and reprocessed into something new usually with the same level of integrity and functionality as the original product.”

    i2M, a manufacturer of vinyl film used largely for commercial and residential construction applications in multiple sectors, is a member of the Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC). Grover explained that joining the VSC is part of the company’s broad commitment to sustainability. “We are passionate about developing innovative solutions to help our planet and we believe that leveraging the impressively sustainable nature of vinyl is an important first step,” she said.

    i2M aims to reduce the environmental impact of vinyl by addressing sustainability at different stages in the product life cycle. Grover explained that her company captures scrap and trim during its manufacturing process. That material is then chopped up and fed back into production. The company also purchases and reprocesses over a million pounds of vinyl scrap from secondary manufacturers and distributors each year. Instead of having that vinyl film end up in a landfill somewhere, it’s chopped up and reused in new products. And, thus, vinyl film’s cycle of life continues.

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  • BMO Tower, Milwaukee named Metl-Span’s 2021 Building of the Year

    November 02, 2021

    Metl-Span, an industry-leading manufacturer of high-quality, durable and energy-efficient insulated metal panels, has announced the BMO Tower in Milwaukee is the winner of the company’s annual Building of the Year award.

    A total of 12 projects were named Building of the Month for 2021, including the BMO Tower, which was designed by Kahler Slater of Milwaukee. Irgens Partners LLC of Milwaukee was the general contractor on the project and Muza Sheet Metal Co. of Oshkosh, Wis., headed up the installation of Metl-Span’s CF Architectural and CF Light Mesa insulated metal panels.

    Other winners were:

    448 N. La Salle, Chicago: Architect-Lamar Johnson Collaborative; GC-Lendlease; Installer-All American Exterior Solutions; IMP-CF Architectural

    Saltzer Health Clinic, Boise, Idaho: Architect-Cushing Terrell; GC-Mark Guho Construction; Installer-Madison Roofing Inc.; IMP-CF Architectural

    ASU Downtown, Phoenix: Architect-Studio Ma; GC-DPR Construction; Installer-True Metal Solutions, LLC; IMP-CF Striated

    Boston Swordfish and Tuna, Boston: Architect-CMS Design-Build; GC-Commodore Builders; Installer-Controlled Environmental Structures; IMP-CF Mesa, CF Light Mesa, CF Mesa, Partition

    Dartmouth Indoor Practice Facility, Hanover, N.H.: Architect-Sasaki; GC-Engleberth Construction, Inc.; Installer-Dutton & Garfield, Inc. / Riess Construction; IMP-CF Architectural

    Galvion, Portsmouth, N.H.: Architect-Pratte Architects, Inc. and Market Square Architects; GC-Sullivan Construction LLC; Installer-Seacoast Crane & Building Co., Inc.; IMP-CF Striated

    Kornneef Produce, Beamsville, Ont.: Architect-Brouwer Architecture; Installer-Brouwer Building Systems, Inc.; IMP-CF Mesa, CFR Roof, ThermalSafe

    Las Vegas Municipal Court Building, Las Vegas: Architect-PGAL, LLC; GC-Martin-Harris Construction; Installer-Sierra Metals, Inc.; IMP-CF Architectural

    SUNY Morrisville Alternative Energy Building, Morrisville, N.Y.: Architect-SWBR; GC-Northland Associates; Installer-Henderson-Johnson Company, Inc.; IMP-7.2 Insul-Rib, CFR Roof

    Extra Space Storage, North Hollywood, Calif.: Architect-James Goodman Architecture; GC-DAI General Contracting, Inc.; Installer-Emeral Metal Products, Inc.; IMP-CF Architectural

    Wanda Vista, Chicago: Architect-BKL Architecture, Chicago; GC-McHugh Construction Co.; Installer-All American Exterior Solutions; IMP-CF Architectural, CF Mesa

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  • Beyond Epoxy: Resinous Flooring Chemistries

    November 02, 2021

    There are some flooring chemistries that have existed in the United States for more than 15 years but are rarely specified relative to their epoxy counterparts. Epoxy has become the Kleenex or Band-Aid of resinous flooring. That said, every construction project has certain needs that cannot always be solved by only specifying one flooring type or chemistry.

    So, what other resinous flooring options are available? Urethane cements, methyl-methacrylate (MMA), urethanes, and polyaspartics have already been established as viable resinous flooring solutions for a variety of challenges. Urethane cements, for example, are good for resisting thermal shock from steam, grease, and other hot contaminants, while MMA can accept a fresh topcoat at any future time without requiring mechanical preparation.

    The best practice for a specifier is to partner with a manufacturer. When partnering with a resinous flooring manufacturer, there are endless combinations of system builds that can be customized to achieve the perfect system for the customer. Epoxy still belongs in certain specifications, but urethane cements, MMAs, and polyaspartics all deserve equal consideration based on the project’s demands.

    Joe Lasko of Res-Tek explains the various types of chemistries available along with the pros and cons of each in the October issue of The Construction Specifier.

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  • Keller acquires RECON

    October 26, 2021

    Acquisition of specialty contractor RECON further strengthens Keller’s product range, sector diversity, and geographic footprint in the industrial services and environmental remediation markets.

    Keller North America (Keller) announces the acquisition of RECON Services, Inc (RECON), an industrial services, soil stabilization, and environmental remediation company headquartered in Houston, Texas.

    RECON will continue to operate as a separate company within Keller providing customers with the same industry-leading service. The business will be managed by Danny Brown, SVP of Operations – RECON, and report through Moretrench Industrial, Keller’s existing Florida-based business.

    RECON works principally for industrial clients, many in the petrochemical sector, predominantly along the Gulf and East coasts of the United States. Its geotechnical work is focused mainly on the environmental remediation and solidification of soils, while its industrial services activities support the specialized needs of the power, mining, and manufacturing industries. Together, RECON and Moretrench Industrial significantly broaden Keller’s capability in the growing environmental services sector. In addition, their shared industrial focus and their geographic proximity will provide synergies both between the two businesses, as well as with the Keller foundations businesses.

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  • greenscreen® Recognized by Architizer Best Products of 2021

    October 22, 2021

    greenscreen® is a three-dimensional modular trellis system providing you with endless combinations for creating green facades, freestanding elements, shapes and fencing. greenscreen® can transform space or define it… act as a wall, change a facade or create an environment.

    The gsTree was the Winner of the 2021 Architizer A+Product Awards in Conceptual Design. The all-inclusive unit consists of a column trellis at the ground level leading up to the horizontal panels overhead. You can place plants in the ground that fill the column with vines and are directed up to the horizontal panels on top.

    The Café Series was chosen as 2021 Architizer A+Product Awards finalist in the Hospitality and Flexible Design categories and received Special Mention in the Landscape category. The Café Series provides a graceful, natural way to shape spaces. The series includes planters that are straight or curved with greenscreen® trellis panels on top. Curved benches and square planters can be combined with the trellis panel planters to create a variety of different shapes and configurations. Add the Café Series to provide privacy in restaurants, define rooftop and lobby spaces or shield unwanted views.

    The Elysian Interior Series was also chosen as 2021 Architizer A+Product Awards finalist in the Commercial category and received Special Mention in the Hospitality and Accessories categories. This collection of fiberglass planters come with greenscreen®’s 3-inch steel trellis panels, which are designed to spruce up interior spaces. These living sectionals encourage social distancing, add beauty to your layout and create healthy spaces. The greenscreen® Elysian Interior Planter Series is available in a variety of colors, finishes, sizes and configurations. Additionally, planters have a built-in, watertight irrigation reservoir with two- to four-week watering cycles.

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  • Andres Baquerizo receives 2019 ASCE Roebling Award

    October 20, 2021

    Andres M. Baquerizo, P.E., MSE. is the recipient of the 2019 Roebling Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award was presented at the 2019 ASCE Annual Convention in Miami, FL on October 13, 2019.

    Andres began his career in Bogota, Colombia in the 1990s, working at his family’s consulting and construction company. He joined Keller in 2002 as an assistant project manager for HJ Foundation and began to work his way up in the company. In 2011, he became vice president for HJ Foundation and received the 2011 ASCE Miami Engineer of the Year Award. Four years later, he was appointed as the leader of the Global Product Team for continuous flight auger piles at Keller.

    Upon winning this award, Andres expressed “It’s amazing to be recognized by your peers for all the hard work over the years...I also receive this as a team award. In construction we build on each other’s ideas and it takes a team to implement them.” Andres also credits his professional mentors and his wife.

    Commenting on the award announcement, Frank Fonseca, Senior Vice President stated, “Working with Andres for the last two decades, it is no surprise he won this award. We are very proud of his dedication and accomplishments at Keller.”

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  • The Sustainability of Vinyl Flooring

    October 15, 2021

    Vinyl flooring is everywhere. You’ve probably seen it at your favorite box store. You’ve definitely seen it if you’ve been to an upscale hotel recently. More and more, vinyl is becoming the material of choice in retail, hospitality and other sectors.

    Indeed, the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) market has grown by double digits in recent years. And there are good reasons why businesses and commercial builders are turning to LVT and other vinyl flooring options. It’s all about design, ease of use, performance, and sustainability.

    Three practical reasons to choose vinyl flooring.
    But design without function isn’t enough – and vinyl flooring is a cost-effective option in hotels and other public spaces which typically want to renovate and update the décor on a regular basis. It’s easy to install – and easy to maintain. Vinyl flooring can withstand water and moisture so cleaning is simple. Plus it’s an excellent choice for basements and other areas where flooding can be a problem.

    Here’s why vinyl flooring is a sustainable choice.
    In addition to its design and performance attributes, vinyl flooring offers architects and designers a sustainable option for healthy buildings. For one thing, PVC is highly sustainable from a material health perspective. Leading flooring brands moved away years ago from heavy metal stabilizers and orthophthalate plasticizers. They also reduced volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions below most stringent green building standards and implemented takeback programs to reclaim flooring and enable a circular economy. From a planetary health perspective, the embodied carbon footprint of vinyl flooring—the amount of CO2 emitted during manufacturing, transportation, and construction—is less than 1 percent of a whole building’s embodied carbon.
    Vinyl’s small footprint is due to both its inherent properties and the fact that the industry has a long track record of innovation, including the abilities to recycle products and develop smarter manufacturing processes.

    Giving old flooring a new life.
    Vinyl flooring is also a sustainable choice because it can effectively be recycled—giving the old materials new life in new floors. Vinyl Sustainability Council member Tarkett USA, for example, has a takeback program in which the company recycles and reuses a growing percentage of the vinyl composite and luxury vinyl tiles that it sells in the commercial sector.

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  • Nucor Fastener to Expand with Acquisition of Coil Processing Facility

    October 14, 2021

    Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today that it is expanding its Nucor Fastener division with the acquisition of an existing state-of-the-art coil processing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. This facility includes an automated clean and coat line, 2 STC® furnaces and wire drawing capabilities. In addition to coil processing, the Company will also be expanding its fastener manufacturing capabilities by installing bolt making equipment at the Shelbyville facility. This new operation will employ approximately 33 team members at the outset with the potential to double those jobs as it reaches full capacity.

    "We are excited to grow our Fastener Division with the acquisition of these assets," said Joey Loosle, General Manager of Nucor Fastener. "Adding bolt making capability to the Shelbyville facility will help expand our offerings to the automotive, heavy truck, industrial/MRO and structural fastener markets. Nucor Fastener is already a leader in steel fasteners and this expansion will further enhance that position."

    By recycling steel in electric arc furnaces, Nucor is among the cleanest steel producers in the world, with greenhouse gas emissions that are one-third of the global steelmaking average and nearly one-fifth of the average blast furnace steel producer. Nucor's Fastener Products are made with 97% recycled content, which is far more sustainable than fasteners produced from blast furnace steel made overseas.

    Along with recently announced upgrades at the Nebraska engineered bar mill, this new facility will allow Nucor to better service the automotive cold heading quality (CHQ) market and provide customers with the highest quality products. The Shelbyville facility will allow the Nucor Engineered Bar group to offer processed coil with superior surface quality for the most demanding automotive CHQ applications.

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  • Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® Announces Its New High Performing Thermal Window Wall With Seamless Design, Fit and Installation

    October 13, 2021

    Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® (OBE), a leading global supplier of architectural glass, metal and hardware, announced today the addition of a new thermal window wall system to its portfolio: TCR-225. TCR-225 thermal window wall joins OBE’s suite of façade products for projects and markets requiring high-performing solutions.

    “We designed a triple threat answer to our customers’ challenges on projects requiring elevated thermal performance by putting energy performance, aesthetic appeal and ease-of-installation into one standard, cost effective window wall solution,” said Don Pangburn, Product Designer at OBE.

    For unmatched energy performance, OBE leverages thermal strut technology resulting in industry-leading U-Factors with a variety of infill options. A U-Factor as low as 0.30 with 0.24 COG can be achieved without the need for triple glazing while a U-Factor as low as 0.34 with 0.29 COG can be achieved without the addition of high-performance glass or argon. This allows customers to customize the solution making TCR-225 a more cost-effective window wall option.

    The innovative front screw spline allows for tight, more consistent joints that eliminate visual gaps between the horizontal and vertical mullions for a seamless look while the dual finish option allows for color selection to match the exterior and interior. Get product details here.

    “We also designed this product to help address some of the challenges with labor we know our customers are facing,” added Pangburn.

    TCR-225 is available dry glazed and as a pre-glazed system to save time, ensure quality and significantly reduce field labor required during installation. To learn more about how the new TCR-225 window wall system offers top thermal performance, seamless design and simplified installation, visit

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  • StruXure Helps Boost Restaurant Sales with Covered Outdoor Seating

    October 07, 2021

    For the past 15 months, StruXure has helped many restaurants create new outdoor seating configurations, as well as to cover existing open-air seating, so that eateries could continue serving their customers. It wasn’t a new idea, but the pandemic certainly motivated restauranteurs to find an outdoor seating solution in a hurry, and StruXure was ready.

    According to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, 62% of fine dining and 56% of casual dining operators dedicated more resources to developing and expanding outdoor dining since the start of the pandemic.

    “We’ve been installing our Pergola X product at restaurants, country clubs, and other commercial properties for years,” said StruXure’s CEO, Scott Selzer, “but when restaurants were forced to close their indoor dining due to COVID-19 restrictions, it became critical for them to create comfortable outdoor spaces in which to serve their patrons in order to stay in business.”

    The Pergola X is made of strong, ultra-durable powder-coated extruded aluminum. With automated louvers that pivot 170-degrees, it offers versatile weather protection. The system can also accommodate lights, fans, heaters, and screens. An integrated 360° patented gutter system collects rainwater from the closed louvers and sends it to concealed downspouts for the most water-tight system on the market, offering one more way to keep customers comfortable while dining outdoors. The automation is provided using top-of-the-line Somfy motors and the MyLink app, providing confidence and ease when adjusting the louvers, and any add-ons, at the touch of a button.

    StruXure’s Pergola X helps businesses expand by optimizing the property they already own. “It’s a relatively quick install yet a long-term solution,” added Selzer, “for an investment that produces big dividends.” And, based on the NRA Report that also shows 85% of consumers who are planning to return to on-premise dining would consider choosing at an outdoor table, there is evidence that concerns about health and dining out will linger. However, there is also evidence that people want their dine-out options back (restaurant sales rose sharply in March 2021 according to the U.S. Census Bureau). For more information on Pergola X for restaurants, go to

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  • Debunking Myth Series: Can Window Film Be Layered?

    October 06, 2021

    Window films are used for a variety of purposes, whether it's to provide glare reduction, solar energy improvement, visual privacy, safety protection, to attenuate RF and IR energy, or simply to help decorate or brand a property. One question that is commonly asked is: Can window films be layered so that multiple benefits are combined?

    The answer: Yes, but it should only be considered under the right circumstances and conditions. Layering window films, or dual application, is the process of placing one film on top of another film. It's a practice that's typically carried out when a customer has specific needs that aren't met by just one film. In this post, we'll take a look at some of the common situations where dual application makes sense and what property owners, and managers should know before installing layered film on their glass.

    When Does Dual-Application Make Sense?
    Only under the right circumstances. Dual application commonly occurs when a customer wants to alter the visual appearance of the windows so they look more aesthetically pleasing, or to provide visual privacy, after an initial layer of film is installed.

    Dual Application Pitfalls
    However, while dual application can make sense and can be a somewhat common request, there are some drawbacks that property managers and owners should be aware of before layering window films.

    The bottom line is that while layering window films is common, it is important to make sure that the benefits outweigh any potential drawbacks before making the decision to perform this on your interior or exterior glass.

    Choosing the right window film for your particular scenario can be complicated. Let the experts at Signals Defense help. Click the button below for a free consultation.

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  • OmniMax International, LLC acquires Verde Industries, Inc.

    October 05, 2021

    OmniMax International ("OmniMax", or the "Company") has acquired Verde Industries, Inc. (“Verde”). Verde is a leading manufacturer of high-quality roof flashing and plastic weather-blocking products, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Verde will operate as a subsidiary of OmniMax and be integrated into its Consumer segment in a complimentary manner to OmniMax’s residential building and roof drainage products. The combined companies will greatly benefit customers of both firms, providing a more extensive product portfolio, enhanced service across broader geographies and increased investments throughout the new manufacturing footprint.

    John C. Wayne, CEO of OmniMax: “We are delighted to add Verde to the OmniMax portfolio of brands and see it as an exceptional complement to Berger and Flamco. We believe Verde is the perfect platform for OmniMax to grow its residential roofing accessories business in the Southwestern and Western U.S. This acquisition will allow us to deepen our relationships with key customers, by providing greater geographic reach and product depth. We are excited to welcome the Verde employees into OmniMax, and we look forward to working with them to further augment the company’s strong 30-year foundation that has grown under the leadership of George Goettl.”

    George Goettl, President of Verde: “We are excited to join the OmniMax family and to continue to grow the great business we have built. With the support of the ownership group at SVPGlobal, this combination will bring the resources, capital, and scale that will allow us to further strengthen our customer service, broaden our spectrum of products, grow our geographic footprint, invest in our manufacturing capabilities, and provide opportunities for our employees to advance and flourish. I would like to thank our loyal customers that believe in and trust Verde Industries and thank the many employees that helped grow our company over the years. I am looking forward to joining the OmniMax team and working with them to continue to build Verde for generations to come.”

    Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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  • Mike Nuckolls joins ISE Logik as Southeast Regional Manager

    October 04, 2021

    Industry veteran Mike Nuckolls has joined ISE Logik to head up sales and client service in the Southeast. Nuckolls started his flooring career with Shaw Industries and held sales management positions in Residential, Commercial, and Shaw Contract. Most recently, he managed sales for FloorFolio Commercial Flooring.

    "Mike brings a deep understanding of the commercial side of the flooring business and the importance proper moisture mitigation plays in successful installations," said David Seland, founder and CEO of ISE Logik. “He is one of the most highly respected and trusted professionals in flooring.” ISE Logik specializes in admixtures and topical treatments warranted to 100% RH with no moisture testing required for new or existing concrete slabs receiving flooring or roofing.

    “I met David Seland when he was at Shaw years ago. They are building a category-leading company, and it's great to be a part of that excitement and growth,” said Nuckolls.

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  • TREND Group USA Receives 2021 Best of Miramar Award

    September 30, 2021

    TREND Group USA has been selected for the 2021 Best of Miramar Award in the Granite category by the Miramar Award Program.

    Each year, the Miramar Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Miramar area a great place to live, work and play.

    Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2021 Miramar Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Miramar Award Program and data provided by third parties.

    About Miramar Award Program
    The Miramar Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Miramar area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

    The Miramar Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

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  • Metl-Span IMPs provide desired aesthetic for new Las Vegas Courthouse

    September 29, 2021

    The new buildings that seem to be always rising as part of an ever-changing Las Vegas skyline are casinos, resorts and hotels. The new City of Las Vegas Courthouse is only two stories tall, but it makes quite an impression. Visitors are greeted by walls of metal and glazing, including a stunning entry canopy constructed with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span.

    “We wanted to deliver a courthouse that is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood and municipal buildings, while providing an attractive structure where court employees will enjoy working and serving the community,” says Lance Berrey, RA, Senior Associate at PGAL of Las Vegas. “Basically, we wanted to provide a building the residents can be proud of.

    “Insulated metal panels were chosen because of the R-value they offered for building-envelope efficiency and performance. Additionally, the panels helped create a smooth, contemporary façade that fit the aesthetic of a new modern and forward-thinking Municipal Court.”

    Metl-Span IMPs make up the canopy and a large portion of the exterior walls. More than 21,000 square feet of two-inch-thick IMPs were installed in two colors, Silver Metallic (10,962 square feet) and custom Eames for Blue (10,576 square feet). The Architectural Flat profile was selected for the exterior to provide a modern, sleek look.

    “Insulated metal panels are an economical option,” says Michael Romack, project manager for A.R.J. Inc. of Las Vegas, the installing contractor on the project. “The goal was to get the smooth look of ACM and the Architectural Flat exterior finish definitely helped achieve that.”

    ACM from Alfrex was used on the interior and exterior columns.

    “The front canopy and plaza are elements of the project that really stand out and give the project a strong personality,” Berrey says. “Overall, we’re very satisfied with the completed project and happy that it’s working out to be a successful addition to the justice corridor in downtown.”

    Romack says A.R.J. frequently works with Metl-Span IMPs, so it was a rather straightforward job.

    “The entry canopy is what makes this project unique,” he says. “We installed IMPs essentially as a soffit, so it’s on upside down with a lot of angles. Fortunately, it’s a pretty simple system to work with.”

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. a Finalist in 2021 Construction Computing Awards

    September 28, 2021

    Vectorworks Architect Nominated for BIM Software of the Year

    In its 16th year, the Construction Computing awards affectionally known as "The Hammers" are looking to showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes.

    “We’re honored to have this recognition of our efforts and commitment to the AEC industry,” said Vectorworks UK Director of Customer Success Tamsin Slatter. “Innovation and performance enhancements drive our focus and the launch of Vectorworks 2022 demonstrates our commitment to investing in developments that deliver workflow freedom to designers and creators everywhere.”

    Vectorworks is nominated in the following categories:

    • BIM Software of the Year: Vectorworks Architect
    • Architectural Design Software of the Year: Vectorworks Architect
    • Company of the Year: Vectorworks, Inc

    The awards are determined by voter submission and a panel of judges. Voters are encouraged to place their votes here by Nov. 1. Winners will be announced on Nov. 11 at the awards ceremony at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City Hotel.

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  • Reducing Embodied Carbon and How Vinyl Can Play a Role

    September 23, 2021

    At Greenbuild this year, the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool was launched by the Carbon Leadership Forum. This new tool takes lifecycle assessments (LCAs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to estimate a product’s embodied carbon emissions. The goal of the tool is to provide a simple method of evaluating and comparing embodied carbon emissions in the design and procurement phase to enable a lower carbon footprint overall.

    Through collaboration with the Carbon Leadership Forum and the development of this tool, the Vinyl Institute aims to help manufacturers highlight the relatively low carbon impacts of their vinyl products for architects and contractors, while helping the industry discover new opportunities for continued improvement. Our vision is to make a positive contribution to the building and construction market as they seek to change the culture from being focused on first-cost metrics, to one which prioritizes long-term societal benefits.

    What is embodied carbon?

    Good question. When it comes to building and construction projects, there are two types of carbon engineers, architects, designers and others look at: operational carbon and embodied carbon.

    Operational carbon considers how many greenhouse gases (GHGs) are released during the useful life of a building, which can include heating and cooling the building, electricity, hot water use, etc. Embodied carbon considers the amount of GHGs that are released during the life cycle of a product from raw material extraction through installation in a building, all the way through the end of its useful life and beginning of its next one where appropriate. Another way of thinking about embodied carbon is that it is the carbon footprint of a material.

    Why is our carbon footprint important?

    In 2017, carbon dioxide made up 82 percent of all GHG emissions in the U.S., making it the primary GHG emitted through human activities. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GHG emissions from human activities are also “the most significant driver of observed climate change.”

    According the Carbon Leadership Forum, the building and construction sector is responsible for at least 39 percent of global carbon emissions. Currently, most of these emissions are coming from the operational carbon of the building. But over the next 40 years, that’s going to change, and embodied carbon will make up most of building and construction’s carbon footprint, as it’s predicted that the world’s population will be building the equivalent of an entirely new New York City every month.

    You’re probably familiar with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, or have at least heard of it. It’s the U.S. Green Building Council’s green building rating system. The most recent LEED update addresses and rewards lower embodied carbon in building projects through a new pilot credit. Building materials, while part of the climate problem currently, can be part of the climate solution in the future.

    Why is the launch of EC3 so exciting?

    The EC3 tool can help anyone determine ways to reduce the carbon footprint of a building in the early stages of the construction process. Within the tool, you can map out your entire project and see where the embodied carbon emission is highest and where you can reduce through identification and selection of alternative materials. The EC3 tool relies on digitized versions of thousands of environmental product declarations (EPDs) that have been made available. Even in its early days, the hard work by the developers pays off in that the tool projects a clear path toward being broadly beneficial across the entire range of building and interior materials.

    The tool was also designed to be free so it’s available for use by anyone, and you don’t need to seek approval from leadership to purchase access to the tool—it makes the option to increase sustainability just a little bit more accessible to everyone.

    How does vinyl fit in?

    As for vinyl’s role in this discussion, life cycle assessments have repeatedly shown that vinyl products provide low-carbon alternatives in many building applications. Nonetheless, the industry is committed to further cutting emissions. Led by the Vinyl Sustainability Council, and based on an industry-specific materiality analysis, we formed an Emissions Task Group, whose work supports the +Vantage Vinyl priority areas and emissions goals. One priority area is to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions to air, notably GHGs that are included as part of the embodied carbon of the building products that would be listed in the EC3 tool.

    With +Vantage Vinyl, we’ve structured this initiative to demonstrate the vinyl industry’s commitment to continuous improvement. Each year, we will determine a new set of goals that need to be met that are more difficult to achieve and more impactful to the environment—we’re in the midst of establishing 2020’s emissions goals right now. Individual companies are also demonstrating their own commitment by creating more EPDs that summarize the impacts of their products.

    EPDs for vinyl products such as LVT flooring are already being compiled into the beta version of EC3, and we have started working with the EC3 developers and product manufacturers to establish categories for a variety of vinyl building materials in the tool. We anticipate that collaboration with the Carbon Leadership Forum and the EC3 tool developers will help project specifiers and general contractors to realize both the first cost and the societal benefits of selecting vinyl for their project needs, delivering a robust return on investment for their stakeholders as well as for those manufacturers who are committed to developing and delivering lower-carbon alternatives.

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  • S-5! Presents at METALCON, Sponsors New Solar Education Center & Launches its WindClamp2X

    September 22, 2021

    S-5!, the leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions, presents several sessions at METALCON in Tampa from Oct. 6-8, providing opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits.

    Solar is a rapidly growing energy sector in the U.S. and globally. This increased focus on energy efficiency and sustainability has brought attention to the pairing of solar and metal roofing. Business owners, designers, contractors, EPCs, solar developers and installers interested in learning more about the benefits of solar and metal roofing can attend a variety of educational sessions at the new Solar Education Center sponsored by S-5!

    One of the featured panel presentations, Metal Takes on Solar – A Metal Roofers Perspective on Solar Installations,―moderated by LeeAnn Slattery, sales support manager of ATAS International and market development chair for the Metal Construction Association (MCA)― is based on a newly released MCA report, Metal Roofing & Solar PV Systems and takes place on Oct. 7.

    S-5!’s Founder and CEO, Rob Haddock presents the fundamentals of Understanding Metal Roofing: Parts I and II on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 beginning at 8.30 a.m. each day. Often billed as "Metal Roofing 101" and known as the best “crash course” available for all in-industry personnel, it includes technical information presented in a common-sense fashion that makes the art and science of metal roofing clear, concise and understandable. Contractors, sales people, architects, specifiers, roof consultants, engineers, building owners and maintenance staff will all benefit from attending.

    Attendees are invited to stop by S-5!’s booth #527 to see first-hand its award-winning WindClamp2X™, designed to increase wind resistance for standing seam metal roofs. These small aluminum clamps are placed over the roof’s seam at designated intervals to prevent multiple modes of failure and provide a cost-compelling solutions for increasing wind resistance by up to three times. S-5!’s team will be on-hand to explain the features and benefits of this technology.

    And, don’t forget to sign up for the Solar Trivia Games. Moderated by S-5!’s solar expert, Mark Gies, teams of three to five individuals can pre-register or join a team on the first morning of the games. Each day’s winning team from Days #1 and #2 will win prizes before facing off on the final day for the grand prize.

    “We are very excited to be so actively involved in METALCON this year,” says Haddock. “It’s the place to be if you are in the industry, and we are honored that our new WindClamp™ has been named a METALCON Top Product Award winner.”

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  • McElroy Metal roofing, siding a vital piece of Net Zero ‘tiny homes’

    September 15, 2021

    Dwayne Borkholder spends more time than most thinking of others. The president of Borkholder Building and Supply as well as New Energy Homes, of Nappanee, Ind., modestly has been a part of humanitarian projects all over the world.

    “It’s always been a part of my philosophy to build a home with materials that won’t have to be replaced before the 30-year mortgage is paid off,” Borkholder says. “With (asphalt) shingles you get 10 or 15, maybe 20 years. Vinyl siding has to be replaced after 20-25 years. If you can use a product like metal, that has a proven record of lasting longer, why wouldn’t you use it?”

    Borkholder says that South Bend, Ind., has, in the last few years, changed its ordinances to allow for the construction of an Auxiliary Dwelling Unit, or an ADU, on city lots. By erecting an ADU, there’s no need to purchase additional land or add infrastructure like electricity and water. It adds value to the property and creates a source for added revenue as a rental space.

    The homes are 600 square feet, but have a spacious feel because of the way they are designed by Borkholder and his staff architect, Mike Blue. They have nine models available on the New Energy Homes website with plans for more. The homes were submitted for consideration in the 2021 Builders Showcase of the Home Builders Association of St. Joseph Valley and garnered several awards, including Best of Show. In addition to the metal panels from McElroy Metal, other sustainable products used on the project included metal panels from Quality Edge Vesta in Gilded Grain, entry doors from Therma-Tru, thin-film laminate solar panels from MiaSolé and balcony railing from Westbury Aluminum Railing’s Tuscany line.

    Why metal? Borkholder sites three reasons: Aesthetics, longevity and energy efficiency.

    When it comes to energy efficiency, Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF reflective paint colors help reduce heat transfer. McElroy Metal’s Multi-Rib roofing and wall panels on the tiny house are Matte Black.

    “Steel has a lot more value than most people think,” Borkholder says. “People need to see and feel what it’s like, they need to ‘experience’ the Tiny Homes.”

    Of the first two Tiny Homes, one was sold to an executive at Inovateus Solar, the MiaSolé solar panel supplier. The second remains available on Air BNB.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Launches 2022 Version of BIM and CAD Product Line

    September 15, 2021

    Latest Version Provides Next Generation Performance, Feature-Rich Improvements Empowering Designers to Design Without Limits

    Columbia, MD (September 15, 2021)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. releases Vectorworks 2022 emphasizing product quality improvements, superior performance and the user experience. This latest release includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision.

    In addition, Vectorworks reveals its comprehensive solution for designers working within multiple industries has been renamed to accurately reflect its full range of design and BIM capabilities. Vectorworks Design Suite, formerly Vectorworks Designer, offers all the up-to-date features of Vectorworks Fundamentals, Architect, Landmark and Spotlight, providing the entire suite of technology in one interface.

    “Vectorworks 2022 is an invitation to embrace the exceptional flexibility and interoperability that is expected of our purpose-built, design-focused products,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “When you dive into all the advances in the product line, you can see how we are constantly investing in developments that deliver workflow freedom to designers and creators throughout the architecture, landscape, interiors and entertainment design industries.”

    The Vectorworks 2022 product line includes improvements focused on next-gen tech, 3D and BIM workflows, interoperability, landscapes and GIS and entertainment design workflows.

    Next-Gen Tech

    With Vectorworks 2022, the main areas of development in core technologies and interfaces make Vectorworks products faster and more intuitive, while also providing the stability and accuracy required for maximum efficiency. Vectorworks is the first major BIM application to run natively on Apple silicon processors. Testing of Vectorworks 2022 has shown speed increases of two to four times.

    Additional improvements in this area include full use of Metal on Mac and DirectX on Windows in the Vectorworks Graphics Module, Maxon’s Redshift Render Mode and a new Direct Link to Twinmotion. Plus, a redesign of the attribute and snapping palettes and new per-face texture mapping support an intuitive process for creating and visualizing designs.

    3D and BIM Workflows

    Vectorworks continues to provide design-focused tools for BIM workflows that work for all designers. Direct editing improvements to the stair tool help simplify the process of designing complex objects. Updates to the worksheet database and data manager provide a consistent interface, better visual cues, a new search mode and an improved formula bar with a new set of functions to help make generating targeted reports, schedules and material take offs easy. With a focus on re-engineering and the modernization of core architectural objects like wall components and data reporting to support the creation of accurate BIM models, Vectorworks 2022 offers improvements to your workflow for greater precision, control and accuracy for both the visual model and the corresponding data.


    Vectorworks takes pride in being a design hub and continues to invest in optimizing the most-used file formats, supporting value-added partner products and ensuring that project teams and BIM collaboration remain unrivaled. Version 2022 includes improvements to the DWG file import to support Civil 3D, DWG and GIS georeferencing. Additionally, IFC import/export capabilities are enhanced for improved quantity takeoffs and GIS workflows.

    Landscape and GIS

    As the BIM platform of choice for landscape architecture, Vectorworks Landmark 2022 delivers more options for accurate modeling reflective of real-life design considerations. Improvements to the site model make it easier to define and report on soil layers. Updates to the plant tool, hardscape objects, and integrations with Esri make it easier to produce landscape BIM models that leverage GIS workflows while meeting the demand to create sustainable sites.


    Our commitment to users in the entertainment industry is to invest first and foremost in re-engineering for better file performance and to provide highly responsive tools. Version 2022 of Vectorworks Spotlight, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision has greater consistency between tools and functionality focused on simplifying processes such as cable and power planning to make your overall workflow efficient. This latest release also delivers many usability enhancements such as better controls on the camera tool, a position name field for truss and context menus for shifting data around. Improved placement and direct editing of objects in Schematic Views makes day-to-day documentation work in Vectorworks Spotlight faster and more intuitive.

    To learn more about the latest release, visit or join the conversation on social media with #Vectorworks2022.

    The English-language editions of Vectorworks, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision 2022 are available today. The release of localized language versions will begin in October and conclude the first quarter of 2022. For more information about the availability of Vectorworks 2022 in other markets, contact your local Vectorworks distributor. Vectorworks Service Select and subscription users will receive upgrades to Vectorworks 2022 as soon as the product is released in their local markets.

    Press can visit for more information, high-res images and videos, or contact for press interviews, demos and more.

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  • For the 7th Time, StruXure Appears on the Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 2079

    September 14, 2021

    Inc. magazine today revealed that StruXure is No. 2079 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

    “It is a testament to our dedicated staff and amazing dealer network that we are making our seventh consecutive appearance on the Inc. 5000,” says Scott Selzer, Founder and CEO of StruXure. “And it is incredibly gratifying to see that our unwavering mission to improve the way people live, work, and gather through the use of our smart pergolas and cabanas continues to gain momentum.”

    “The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”

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  • Architecture Transformed: How the Iconic Don CeSar Hotel Was Made Accessible for All

    September 13, 2021

    Renovating historic buildings is a tricky proposition because the way a space is used inevitably changes over time, even if it’s being used for its original function. Such is the case for the Don CeSar, an iconic resort hotel first opened on Florida’s St. Pete Beach in 1928. The Don CeSar, visible for miles due to its distinctive, Mediterranean-inspired design and bright pink stucco exterior, was transformed from hotel to military hospital before being reopened as a hotel again in 1973.

    As the building approaches its 100th year, it recently underwent another transformation to be brought up to 21st-century design standards. Along with this change came the need to accommodate modern accessibility standards, a key concern when renovating historic structures. Parker-Torres Design, which led the renovation, accomplished both by creating deliberate spatial sequences and thoughtful sightlines, as well as harnessing the innovative technology of Ascension Lifts.

    “Creating a new accessible and usable space for all within a building that was built in 1928 is a challenge in itself,” said Heather Gray, Senior Designer at Parker-Torres. As any seasoned designer knows, retrofitting an historic building for accessibility often means creating significantly more open space than it originally had. “The seaside retreat is composed of many small guestrooms that we designed to feel much larger, creating more livable space while also keeping the feel of the original hotel,” she said.

    In common areas, the desire to streamline a series of compartmentalized spaces into an open environment came hand-in-hand with the increased circulation space needed for accessibility. “The bar was rotated a full 90 degrees from the side of the space and lowered to the adjoining lobby level to create a striking arrival view from the main entrance,” Gray explained. Furthermore, “the entrance of the restaurant was shifted to create a more interesting and dramatic transition from the lobby,” she added.

    Outside, a new centerpiece was added to the hotel’s grounds in the form of the Beacon Pool Bar & Lookout, a poolside bar with an upper-level outdoor lounge lofted directly above it. The Beacon derives both its namesake and its design from the Don CeSar’s status as a nautical landmark for ships navigating the adjacent Gulf of Mexico. From the hotel’s grounds, its elevated profile is a landmark for guests, beckoning them upstairs to enjoy unobstructed views of the water.

    While the benefits of creating a desirable, elevated space may be obvious, Parker-Torres designers found themselves facing the same obstacles when creating a new addition as they did when re-organizing the resort’s interior. “Creating a multi-level structure from a single, existing pool bar was a challenge for many reasons but creating accessibility to the upper level was the main concern,” Gray said. Like the rest of the historic hotel, the new outdoor lounge had to be able to be enjoyed by all.

    To accomplish this, the Beacon’s designers unobtrusively placed an open-air, accessible lift between the lounge’s two exterior staircases. “We used a lift next to the new lit staircase and created multiple different seating arrangements,” Grey said. Design for accessibility was also integrated into the layout of tables, chairs and countertops. “High-top and low-top tables were integrated with drink rails and low lounge seating so the picturesque sunset could be enjoyed from all locations of this space,” she said.

    Wishing to complement the resort’s aesthetic style, Parker-Torres designers needed to specify a lift that performed both functionally and visually, blending in with its surroundings rather than drawing attention to itself. As a result, they chose Ascension’s Clarity lift for its small footprint and glass enclosure. “The sleek design allows for a visually pleasing look that matches with the overall design concept while still providing ADA compatibility so that all guests have access to experiencing the Beacon Lookout,” said Joseph Zummo, the Don CeSar’s Director of Engineering.

    The Clarity lift is specifically designed to bridge significant height gaps in small spaces while keeping a low profile. Reaching up to 14 feet vertically, the lift’s cabinet is mounted directly to the face of the upper landing, while both the upper and lower entries meet the adjacent floor without ramps. The entire assembly is also installed on the existing floor surface, without an operating pit or overhead equipment.

    Because the Don CeSar’s poolside bar is located directly below the Beacon Lookout, a straight through entry/exit orientation was utilized so the lift wouldn’t interfere with bar operations, although the Clarity can be specified with a same side orientation as well. Parker-Torres also picked a muted black finish to match the rest of the Beacon Lookout’s architectural metals, though the Clarity’s aesthetics are highly adjustable, with custom colors and even window etchings available.

    To see more design-focused accessibility solutions, check out Ascension’s wide range of lifts and the many ways they’ve been applied to historic building projects.

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  • TELLING INDUSTRIES, LLC Announces: Environmental and Sustainability Verification (EPD)

    September 10, 2021

    TELLING INDUSTRIES, LLC announced that their cold-formed metal framing products now carry the SFIA Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

    Telling is now a recognized holder of latest LEED™ certification, EPD or Environmental Product Declaration. Telling’s manufacturing processes and products underwent rigorous audits by SCS Global Services to qualify for the SFIA EPD program listing. Telling Industries has joined other business and organizations around the world working to provide products and services that meet the highest environmental, social, and quality standards.

    Telling Industries is a recognized leader in metal framing innovation. With multiple plants to service most of the USA, Telling excels at problem solving for metal framing needs of the commercial construction industry. Please visit our web site at for more information about our exciting products!

    SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party quality, environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, power generation retail, and more.

    The Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA) is dedicated to expanding the market for cold-formed steel in construction through programs and initiatives that promote the use of cold-formed steel framing as a sustainable and cost-effective solution, advocate the development and acceptance of favorable code provisions, educate members with reliable data and other critical information that is essential to effective business planning, and create a positive environment for innovation.

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  • Registration Opens for 2021 Vectorworks Design Summit

    September 09, 2021

    Global, Virtual Event to Provide Exclusive Trainings, Thought Leadership Sessions and Networking Opportunities

    Columbia, MD (September 7, 2021)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. opens registration for its sixth Vectorworks Design Summit. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, design professionals, customers, educators and students across the globe in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries will virtually hear the latest from Vectorworks leadership and product experts, take part in live training sessions and network with Vectorworks partners and fellow users—all at no cost.

    “Even though we’re going virtual for this year’s Design Summit, we’re committed to providing an exceptional training and networking experience for customers all around the world,” said Customer Success Director Juan Almansa. “We’re tailoring this event to not only include exclusive trainings, networking opportunities and a look at our future developments but to also help attendees gain confidence in their design skills using Vectorworks software.”

    Each day of the event will have a specific focus for attendees.

    Monday, Nov. 1: Hear from Vectorworks leadership including CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer Steve Johnson and Product Marketing Director Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA in live presentations followed by a Q&A session.

    Tuesday, Nov. 2: Participate in live and on-demand trainings, attend thought leadership sessions on key industry topics and get exclusive content from the Vectorworks Partner Network.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3: Ask questions and connect with product experts and Vectorworks partners in an open-house style networking session.

    “I'm thrilled to speak at this year’s Design Summit about Stageport's research into BIM, digital twins and the entertainment industry, and I look forward to sharing our Vectorworks experience with the community,” said Jazz Hutsby, visualization technologist at Stageport. “With all the advancements in Vectorworks features and the industry over the last year, I’m hopeful attendees will gain insights into the benefits of creating digital twins of venues to help change the way they create, adapt and share their own drawings.”

    All design professionals, customers, educators and students are invited to the Vectorworks Design Summit.

    Secure your spot and learn more about the event by visiting the registration page.

    Media interested in press interviews with Vectorworks team members can submit their requests to

    Connect with other design professionals in the latest conversations by following #VectorworksDesignSummit.

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  • Staron Adds 18 New Colors to 2021 Solid Surface Line

    September 03, 2021

    LOTTE Chemical California, Inc. expands its 2021 line of premium solid surfaces with 18 new additions, available now from the company’s network of North American dealers and distributors. The new colors deliver the outstanding performance for which Staron is famous – non-porous construction for exceptionally easy cleanup, dimensional flexibility for use in wide-ranging commercial and residential applications, unparalleled durability, and low maintenance requirements.

    A new addition to the Evermoin® Collection – Angel White – provides a fresh option engineered for environments that require ultra-hygienic materials. Manufactured to suppress the growth of microbes, including common bacteria, Evermoin surfaces are specifically designed for environments requiring exceptionally-clean conditions – healthcare facilities, retail establishments, and high-traffic office environments.

    “The popularity of our premium solid-surface line continues to grow among commercial customers and homeowners,” stated John Kim, director of the architectural products team for LOTTE Chemical California, Inc. “We now offer more than 100 superior Staron color and pattern options, capable of meeting the need of almost any application imaginable.”

    Each of the 2021 colors adds a new dimension of choice for interior designers, architects, builders, and the residential and commercial customers with whom they collaborate.

    The Staron Terrazzo Collection
    New Terrazzo patterns feature the old-world look of broken, polished stone, presented in classic aggregate with interesting shapes and textures.
    • Bologna – a warm collection of dark and light brown aggregate
    • Torino – a sophisticated mix of black, gray, and white aggregate

    The Staron Supreme Collection
    An assortment of beautiful, flowing veined patterns that resemble those found in marble and other natural stone.
    • Arctic White – an undulating combination of light and dark whites

    The Staron Solid Collection
    Rich single colors for a uniform, clean look or as an accent to other Staron color choices.
    • Forest – dark, rich, fertile green
    • Piano Black – elegant polished black
    • Tusk – concentrated, regal ivory
    • Cave – mesmerizing matte black
    • Champagne – light, bouncy beige
    • Moonstone – rich, layered gray
    • Ultramarine – deep ocean blue

    The Staron Sanded Collection
    A selection of dense grain patterns for a subtle, sophisticated look.
    • Loft – tan with beach-like patterning

    The Staron Aspen Collection
    A blend of particulate sizes with tone-on-tone chips resembling natural granite.
    • Altai – sophisticated beige with subtle tan and brown specks
    • Attica – gray with light and dark speckles
    • Crema – cream-coloring bejeweled with white flecks

    The Staron Pebble Collection
    Surfaces with larger particulates creating a visual depth that resembles natural stone.
    • Crema – rich light-brown fused with light and dark specks
    • Iceland – crisp gray with a hint of floating white
    • Straw – tan intermingled with subtle brown markings

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  • For Some, Vinyl Flooring Is Life Changing

    September 01, 2021

    We don’t talk enough about the social aspect of design—but we really should.

    Medina Creative Housing didn’t opt for vinyl flooring because of its aesthetics or its affordability. For its residents, vinyl flooring is literally life changing.

    Medina Creative Housing offers housing and services for people with developmental disabilities. Their homes enable people in Medina County, Ohio, to live independently (with support services) in affordable, accessible, and safe neighborhoods.

    “Quite simply, vinyl allows for barrier-free living,” says Medina Executive Director Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty.

    There are two important ways that vinyl changes lives: (1) safety and (2) independence.

    From a safety perspective, vinyl flooring provides a seamless surface to walk on and navigate across. So a person with a cane, for example, doesn’t have to transition across different surfaces. Nor does someone who might have equilibrium problems due to a pharmaceutical regimen or a medical condition need to worry about tripping on frayed or uneven carpet or falling onto hard tiles.

    Vinyl flooring is also really easy to disinfect, something that has become a critical aspect of property maintenance for Medina Creative Housing since the coronavirus outbreak. “Our residents and staff are especially vulnerable during this pandemic,” says DePasquale-Hagerty. “It would be catastrophic to our ability to provide necessary services and safe living spaces if we had any concerns about viral material spreading on common surfaces in our facilities, so we must maintain them to a high degree. Vinyl flooring allows us to do that easily with chemical disinfectants, and without expensive and disruptive steam cleaning.”

    Along with safety, vinyl flooring enables greater independence. Residents in wheelchairs can more easily mop the floors in their units and maintain their living spaces, which helps them to develop skills that enable them to enter the workforce. Similarly, the ease of moving around on vinyl floors makes cooking, washing, and other activities of daily living easier for residents. Vinyl floors in workplaces can help people with certain disabilities be able to work safely—a key to economic independence.

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  • METALCON Launches Project Photo Competition

    September 01, 2021

    METALCON launches a metal in design and construction project photo competition at this year’s annual conference and tradeshow in Tampa from Wednesday, Oct. 6 - Friday, Oct. 8.

    Architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners are invited to submit high-quality photos of their best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior OR exterior design in one of the following categories:
    • Roofs
    • Walls
    • Interiors
    • Ornamental/Architectural Features

    A panel of judges comprised of the Metal Construction Association (MCA) council chairs and other metal construction and design industry experts will determine one winner in each of the four categories with one grand-prize winner. Entries will be judged based on the use of metal in design and construction communicated through photographs, not based on photo composition. Entrants may submit multiple projects. Each project requires its own entry form and photo. Submissions including photo and entry form must be received by September 2.

    Top entries will be displayed in the METALCON Metal in Architecture Gallery at the Tampa Convention Center during the show. Photos selected for inclusion in the gallery will be automatically entered to win. All winners will be announced at METALCON, and the grand-prize winner will be awarded a $1000 cash prize.

    To enter, register your project at or go here. Project photos must be in color and high-resolution; download the specs sheet for more information.

    “We are excited to launch this competition and also create the ultimate display of projects that illustrate the beauty, durability and functionality of metal in all kinds of architecture, from firehouses and truck stops to museums and universities at the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction,” said Judy Geller, METALCON’s Vice President of Tradeshows.

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  • Five benefits of specifying manufacturer certified installers on your projects

    August 31, 2021

    Manufacturer certification programs can be a source of confusion. Most often, the confusion stems from using words like “certified,” “approved,” “authorized,” and “qualified” interchangeably. While they may mean the same thing to architects and building owners, those terms often mean completely different things to manufacturers.

    For this article, let’s assume that “certification” means an installer has completed system-specific installation training by the panel manufacturer. With that definition established, let's focus on discussing the benefits of requiring a “certified” installer for your next project

    1. Better Quality Installs
    2. Weathertightness Warranty Requirement
    3. Contractor Commitment
    4. Manufacturer Contact
    5. Quicker Install

    Key considerations for Requiring Manufacturer Certification

    While the benefits of manufacturer certification are numerous, there are some key considerations when including this requirement in your project specifications.

    Programs Differ. While the term manufacturer certification is used interchangeably through the metal roof and wall panel industry, certification programs vary widely between manufacturers. Some manufacturers conduct their programs in a conference room at a local hotel where participants are taught only through PowerPoint or by reviewing install manuals for one or two hours.

    Bidders Can Be Limited. While requiring contractor certification can help ensure the benefits previously discussed, it’s important to understand that it does so by limiting the installers that can bid on your project. When a contractor isn’t already certified by a manufacturer, they can experience two hurdles:1. They may be able to get certified but can’t do so within the time frame the project requires.2. They simply may not be able to meet the manufacturer’s specified criteria.

    Know Who is Certified. While there are some variations, most manufacturers certify the individual who attended the training program instead of the company that employs them.

    Certification Expires: Once achieved, manufacturer certification typically lasts for a limited time frame. Once the established time passes, contractors are required to complete a recertification process. This process also varies widely by the manufacturer and is often impacted by the contractor’s quantity and quality of work during their initial certification window.From the architect’s perspective, it’s most important to understand that certifications can (and do) expire. Someone who may have previously been certified with a manufacturer may no longer hold that designation. Consequently, if installer certification is important to you, it’s imperative that a copy of the contractor certification be a requirement in the submittal package.

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  • Niagara Debuts Over 100 New Toilet SKUs Designed with Advanced Technology, High Performance and Water Efficiency for the Traditional Wholesale Channel

    August 30, 2021

    Niagara®, the leader in high-performance, high-technology, water-saving toilets, is launching a full line of products today with four new toilet product suites dedicated to the traditional wholesale channel and designed specifically with features and benefits for builders, remodelers, and plumbing professionals. The new product lineup is the first in the industry to carry a 15-year warranty. Specific characteristics that make this new product line attractive to pros include:

    • Three Flush Technologies including Stealth®

    • Superior Performance

    • Notable Convenience

    • Outstanding Confidence

    “With continued growth in new housing construction and remodeling, we’ve taken the time to listen closely to the building pros who install, repair and specify toilets – including plumbers, plumbing engineers, builders, service plumbers, contractors and architects – to learn what details are important to them when installing toilets in homes,” said Jeff Pratt, vice president of sales at Niagara. “Using that knowledge, we have developed a full lineup of products for pros to choose from that not only delivers advanced technology, but powerful performance and easy installation. These products provide savings and are offered in a variety of flushing options: 0.8, 1.0, 1.1 and 1.28 GPF.”

    More than 100 new SKUs comprise Niagara’s new product line, which includes four categories of products:

    The Liberty™ Product Line

    The Sabre™ Product Line

    The Shadow™ Product Line

    The Barron™ Product Line

    Niagara's new line will be sold exclusively through wholesalers across the United States.

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  • METALCON Launches Project Photo Competition
    Highlighting the Use of Metal in Design and Construction

    August 26, 2021

    METALCON launches a metal in design and construction project photo competition at this year’s annual conference and tradeshow in Tampa from Wednesday, Oct. 6 - Friday, Oct. 8.

    Architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners are invited to submit high-quality photos of their best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior OR exterior design in one of the following categories:
    • Roofs
    • Walls
    • Interiors
    • Ornamental/Architectural Features

    A panel of judges comprised of the Metal Construction Association (MCA) council chairs and other metal construction and design industry experts will determine one winner in each of the four categories with one grand-prize winner. Entries will be judged based on the use of metal in design and construction communicated through photographs, not based on photo composition. Entrants may submit multiple projects. Each project requires its own entry form and photo. Submissions including photo and entry form must be received by September 2.

    Top entries will be displayed in the METALCON Metal in Architecture Gallery at the Tampa Convention Center during the show. Photos selected for inclusion in the gallery will be automatically entered to win. All winners will be announced at METALCON, and the grand-prize winner will be awarded a $1000 cash prize.

    To enter, register your project at or go here. Project photos must be in color and high-resolution; download the specs sheet for more information.

    “We are excited to launch this competition and also create the ultimate display of projects that illustrate the beauty, durability and functionality of metal in all kinds of architecture, from firehouses and truck stops to museums and universities at the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction,” said Judy Geller, METALCON’s Vice President of Tradeshows.

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  • Virtual Learning: Structural Engineer & Architect Continuing Education

    August 25, 2021

    Still looking for virtual learning options, even as the country continues to re-open and people begin to attend more in-person gatherings? If so, we have you covered!

    At Fabreeka, we’ve partnered with AEC Daily, an e-learning provider for architects, engineers and other construction professionals. We sponsor two self-paced courses on the website, free for anyone to take. Whether you’re an industry professional, or just someone looking to learn more about what our products can do for you, the course can offer a wealth of benefits.

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA Continuing Education Services for these courses. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon completion of the course and passing the subsequent test.

    Additionally, Fabreeka’s online courses have been approved by multiple associations. AEC Daily Corporation has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP at A certificate of completion will be issued to each participant.

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  • Feeney Introduces ColorEasy™ Powder Coated Colors for DesignRail® Railing System and Awning Kits

    August 24, 2021

    Feeney Inc., a leading manufacturer of stainless steel and aluminum railing systems and related architectural products, has launched ColorEasy™, a new powder coating program for its DesignRail® Aluminum Railing System and Awning Kits. ColorEasy™ features 18 colors, including 15 on-trend and classic colors along with three realistic wood grain finishes, for optimal design versatility.

    When developing ColorEasy™, Feeney’s product development team looked at the latest paint, siding, trim and hardware trends and then created an assortment of fashion forward colors that work effortlessly with the design themes most frequently used in today’s spaces.

    “At Feeney, we understand how important it is for retailers to offer building products in colors that complement popular exterior and interior palettes,” said Katrina Ralston, president, Feeney Inc. “We designed ColorEasy™ to provide an expanded range of color options for our railings and awnings, making it easier for retail customers to achieve seamlessly coordinated spaces.”

    ColorEasy™ powder coated colors include: Bright White, Modern White, Coffee Cream, Bronze, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Silver, Sparkling Champagne, Dove Gray, Iron Gray, Blue Steel, Matte Black, Textured Black, Brickyard Red, Commodore Blue and Hartford Green along with Cherry, Walnut and Weathered Gray wood grain finishes.

    Available for all powder coated aluminum products, including DesignRail® frames and Awning Kits, ColorEasy™ colors meet AAMA 2604 specifications for superior impact and weather resistance, and color adherence – while providing durable, low-maintenance performance.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Chief Human Resources Officer Wins Silver Stevie® Award in 2021 International Business Awards®

    August 20, 2021

    Tania Salgado-Nealous Honored in the Human Resources Executive of the Year Category

    Columbia, MD (August 18, 2021)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. proudly announces Chief Human Resources Officer Tania Salgado-Nealous, PHR, SHRM-CP was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Human Resources Executive of the Year Category in the 18th Annual International Business Awards®.

    The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world’s premier business awards program, open to all individuals and organizations worldwide. The 2021 IBAs received more than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and industries in 63 different nations and territories. This year’s competition featured a number of categories to recognize organizations’ and individuals’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The various and creative employee engagement efforts Salgado-Nealous has implemented in her 14-year career at Vectorworks have helped to make employee’s lives better not only at the office, but also at home. Since 2019, Salgado-Nealous has executed paid paternity leave for employees, hired over 70 new employees for the U.S., U.K. and Canada offices and helped to reinforce and communicate Vectorworks’ core values of inclusion, balance, collaboration and innovation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she also successfully oversaw the transition of all three company offices to full-time remote work in less than one business day, implemented several pandemic-friendly employee engagement activities and transitioned company training and development opportunities to a new virtual environment.

    “After such a remarkable year and a half tackling great adversity, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this achievement,” said Vectorworks Chief Executive Officer Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Tania is a dedicated champion of our employees and a leader by example of the culture at Vectorworks.”

    Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 260 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from June through early August.

    “What we’ve seen in this year’s IBA nominations is that organizations around the world, in every sector, have continued to innovate and succeed, despite the setbacks, obstacles and tragedies of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stevie Awards President Maggie Gallagher. “All of this year’s Stevie Award winners are to be applauded for their persistence and their resilience. We look forward to celebrating their achievements with them during our December 8 virtual awards ceremony.”

    Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at

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    August 18, 2021

    ICD, an industry leader in manufacturing water-based coatings for 35 years, has announced today the company will begin operating under a newly extended formal name, known as ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries.

    Kris Vockler, CEO & President expresses the significance of this pivotal moment in the company’s history, “This rebrand strategy isn’t only a name change, it cements ICD’s vision for the future by expanding both our product offerings and promoting our silicone expertise.”

    Describing market reach expansion, Casey Anderson, ICD Marketing Manager states, “In addition to our B2B architectural, automotive, and decorative/protective coatings, we now manufacture and offer upstream solutions for the broader coatings formulation market. This is also achieved while prioritizing sustainable contributions.”

    The proprietary product magnifying ICD’s sales channel opportunities is a 1-component, water-based silicone elastomer named PerformaSil™ 100. It’s formulated to improve overall coating properties and out-perform solvent-based silicones, while aiding easy application and cleanup.

    The unique capabilities of PerformaSil™ 100 are characterized by DJ Widmer, ICD Global Sales Director, “This revolutionary silicone latex is best utilized as a co-resin or sole binder when formulating ambient-cure or baked architectural coatings. It plays well in the waterproofing, protective, anti-graffiti, and air and weather barrier segments as a co-binder to increase coating weatherability and water resistance. Incorporation in exterior coating formulation is also beneficial when harsh weather conditions are a concern. As a bonus, it exhibits excellent adhesion to a wide range of substrates, such as masonry, glass, metal, wood, and textiles.”

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  • Sto Corp. Introduces StoVentec® for Masonry Veneer Facades: Sto’s Rainscreen® System for Thin Brick Masonry Veneer

    August 18, 2021

    Sto Corp., the innovative world leader in claddings, air barriers, coatings, and restoration systems announced the launch of StoVentec® for masonry veneer facades, a new offering in the StoVentec® line of ventilated rainscreen cladding systems to support thin brick masonry veneer cladding.

    The latest introduction is part of Sto’s ongoing effort to expand their array of unlimited design flexibility with a broad range of architectural surfaces. “This is part of our ‘Creativity Begins. Sto Finishes®’ initiative” explains Larry Hilovsky, Director, Rainscreen – Sto Corp., “We’re offering the widest range of aesthetic options in combination with the most complete selection of fully engineered and tested building envelope systems. Designers know they can find the look they want without compromising the performance of the building enclosure.”

    Following standard procedure with a new product introduction, Sto is conducting full system testing. In particular, they are testing the sheer bond strength of industry standard thin brick masonry veneer products with Sto’s masonry adhesive. “Customers need to know that the products they’re using will work together seamlessly. By offering a complete, tested system, we’re making sure that they will,” said Sto Senior Product Manager Karine Galla. When describing their testing program, she said, “When you combine the complete system approach with the aesthetic possibilities that come with Sto, nobody else can compete. Nobody really even comes close.”

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  • 5 Reasons Why Your Hotel and Resort Projects Need Antimicrobial Glass Protection

    August 17, 2021

    HMI understands that microbes can live anywhere, including on the most beautiful showers found in high-end resorts and hotels. With the addition of Microban® technology, our C.10 Glass Protectant is the premium choice for fighting mold, mildew, and bacteria to maintain high-end shower enclosures and other glass products.

    We are proud to be the first and only glass manufacturer to offer this advanced antimicrobial protection to general contractors, architects, and commercial designers serving clients in the hospitality industry.

    Here are five reasons why you should add a layer of invisible protection when specifying HMI for your next hotel or resort project.

    1. Guests rank cleanliness is ranked above all else.

    According to, cleanliness is the most important attribute hotel guests look for when choosing accommodations – even when considering price and location.

    Even though they may not be visible to guests, bacteria reproduce rapidly on untreated surfaces, doubling in number every 20 minutes. On a C.10 with Microban treated surface, the bacteria are reduced by up to 99%.

    HMI’s C.10 with Microban is proven effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria on your shower glass, giving guests the cleanliness and peace of mind they seek.

    2. 24/7 protection reduces housekeeping efforts.

    In the coming years, the hospitality industry will have to balance increased cleaning efforts without diminishing the guest experience that is expected. That means more thorough cleanings from housekeeping without adding to their time spent in the room or requiring earlier guest checkouts.

    C.10 with Microban works continuously to keep shower glass cleaner between showers. The invisible protection results in visible cleanliness and less mold and mildew between cleanings, so housekeeping can work efficiently in the bathroom without sacrificing effectiveness. Just think what five minutes in time savings could do for your team when multiplied by the number of rooms cleaned.

    3. Clients enjoy peace of mind for the life of the product.

    HMI’s C.10 with Microban is integrated during the glass manufacturing process and becomes part of the molecular structure of the custom glass product. It is designed to last the lifetime of the glass and will not wash off or wear away. Your hospitality clients will rest assured that they’ve been treated to smart, cleaner glass for years to come.

    4. Architects and designers can specify with confidence.

    By protecting custom shower glass from degrading microbes, C.10 with Microban helps to extend the product life. This longevity gives architects and designers confidence that they are specifying a shower that is built to last.

    Plus, clients will love this added layer of protection to safeguard their custom glass investment, ensuring the work of art is safe from wear and tear.

    5. The clear coating can be added to any design.

    Last but not least, C.10 with Microban is invisible! Because of it’s clear nature, it is an ideal protectant for any custom design with digital in-glass printing. The product will not affect or tint the design, allowing designers and their clients full creative freedom with color and texture.

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  • McElroy Metal’s Medallion selected for Texas condo reroofing project

    August 12, 2021

    There’s always going to be competition when you’re bidding on a visible re-roofing job. Sam Mott, owner of Wimberley Roofing in Wimberley, Texas, is not one to shy away from a little competition.

    “It was a fun project,” Mott insists. “We were humbled and happy to be offered the opportunity to complete this project. There were eight bids and we were not the cheapest. Fortunately, our reputation and experience with these kinds of projects was enough to convince the owners that we were the best-suited to do the job right.”

    Mott’s bid included 24,000 square feet of McElroy Metal’s 24-gauge Medallion-Lok standing seam panels. Medallion-Lok features a narrow 1-3/4-inch-tall standing seam that creates crisp, clean visual lines. The roof color chosen was Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF Terra Cotta, similar to the color of the concrete tiles when they were originally installed.

    “The number one concern with this project was dealing with the fact the buildings were fully occupied,” Mott says. “We had a safety person on hand at all times, to make sure the residents knew when we were working and on what part of the buildings we would be working on. Concrete tiles coming off a roof can do a lot of damage.”

    Mott says the job was completed in 2-1/2 weeks, beginning to end. Tearing off the concrete tiles took a full two days.

    “The original roofing system consisted of a single-layer felt underlayment, which was in pretty bad shape,” Mott says. “We had to do some cleanup, replace some deck boards. We used GAP Guardshield for most of the roof and Carlisle WIP 300 (High Temperature) underlayment in the valleys and all penetrations.”

    The roofs on both buildings are pretty cut up, with several valleys, gables, slope changes and penetrations, including four skylights on each building, measuring 4 by 4 feet.

    “They were a little bigger than we like to work with, but we’re always extra careful with skylights,” Mott says. “We put new curbs behind the skylights and wrapped them up with the PSU underlayment to keep them watertight. Some of the old stucco on the chimneys had to be cleaned up and touched up before we could install the metal curb detail around them.”

    Ultimately, the job was completed on time and everyone was pleased with the results.

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  • IOTA® ILBHI emergency drivers address the challenges of 347-480 VAC applications

    August 11, 2021

    IOTA® introduces the ILBHI Series emergency drivers for applications using 347-480VAC line power. The IOTA ILBHI converts the incoming 347-480VAC power to DC voltage for operating the LED array or light engine from the internal battery supply for the code-required 90-minutes during a loss of normal power.

    With the ability to accept the native 347-480VAC input, the IOTA ILBHI Series eliminates the challenges created by using typical 120/277VAC emergency driver products, such as the need for stepdown transformers, dedicated 120/277VAC circuits, potential incompatibility with other control devices, or the use of additional surge suppression equipment.

    The IOTA ILBHI Series includes emergency drivers for both Class 2 and non-Class 2 luminaires on the 347-480VAC circuit, with mounting and wattage options to match individual lighting requirements.

    Other benefits of the IOTA ILBHI emergency drivers include: • Constant Power delivers consistent emergency illumination from Minute 1 to Minute 90 • Auto-Sense forward voltages for both 15-55VDC and 55-250VDC luminaires • Self-test/self-diagnostics automatically conduct required monthly and annual tests. • High-efficiency design helps meet CA Title 20 energy performance standards for battery chargers • UL 924 Listed for factory or field installation in the United States and Canada • 5-Year Warranty

    IOTA’s emergency driver designs are carefully engineered, manufactured, and handled to deliver optimal customer satisfaction and performance in the field.

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  • 8 Reasons PVC/Vinyl is a Sustainable Choice

    August 10, 2021

    1. PVC is recyclable and recycled.
    In 2019, more than 1.1 billion pounds of PVC was recycled in the US and Canada. Testing has shown that PVC can be recycled up to seven times without losing its mechanical properties - proof of its circularity.

    2. It’s durability allows products to be in service for upwards of 100 years.
    Vinyl siding stays in use for decades and doesn’t need to be replaced as often as other products. Termites and insects won’t destroy it, and hail won’t dent is. PVC pipes last much longer than metal, clay, or cement pipes that rust, corrode, and break much sooner, requiring additional energy to replace and fix.

    3. Vinyl can withstand harsh cleaning requirements.
    Items like flooring, wallcoverings, and upholstery all need to be regularly disinfected in medical settings. Many other materials deteriorate in those settings due to the harsh cleaning and disinfecting regimens, requiring repeated replacement and disposal. Vinyl can last longer and stay in use longer.

    4. PVC has less embodied carbon than most other building materials.
    Iron, steel, and concrete are some of the most significant contributors to the high carbon footprints of buildings because they require more energy to manufacture and transport.

    5. PVC pipes are slick, using less pumping energy to move fluids over their lifetime.
    On the other hand, iron pipes rust and corrode, which requires more energy to pump water. This means that PVC has a lower operational carbon footprint than rusty, corroded piping systems.

    6. PVC is lightweight, so it costs less to ship and install.
    PVC pipes need less heavy machinery to move and install, requiring less fuel. Lightweight PVC auto parts reduce the weight of our vehicles, which improves gas mileage and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Replacing steel components with plastic has been essential to achieving greater fuel efficiency.

    7. PVC packaging keeps food safe and fresh longer
    This reduces food waste, which is an enormous carbon creator.

    8. PVC supports renewable energy.
    Durable, lightweight PVC is used in the core of solar turbine blades, the film, and wiring in solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations.

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  • CSI's highest honor, Distinguished Member, is presented to Louis Medcalf, FCSI, CCS® and Casey F. Robb, FCSI, Lifetime Member, CDT®, CCPR™.

    August 04, 2021

    These two members are recognized for their outstanding careers in the AECO (architecture, engineering, construction, and owner) industry and notable support for, and advancement of, CSI. Louis and Casey become CSI's 56th and 57th Distinguished Members.

    These honors will be bestowed at the CSI National Conference during CSI Celebrates, Wed., Sept. 23 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., EDT.

    Louis Medcalf, FCSI, CCS®

    Louis Medcalf started his journey with CSI in October 1982. Since then, he has exercised his skills and expertise with technical writing, education, and service to and on behalf of CSI at the chapter, region, and national level. Louis' contributions toward developing electronic communications and his service to CSI on the Specifications Subcommittee, the Practice Subcommittee, the UniFormat® Task Team, as Editor of the Memphis Perspective, and as President of the Cincinnati and Memphis Chapters, in addition to many other extraordinary accomplishments, ensured his induction as a CSI Fellow in June 2007. He participated in the long-standing monthly webcast sessions of the CSI Specifying Practice Community which has served to engage CSI members and specifiers and has provided insight and education to many in the AECO industry. Louis was bestowed with CSI's Outstanding Contributions Award and the CSI Board Chair’s Plaque for extraordinary services to the Institute in 2019.

    Trusted colleague and confidant, mentor, and friend, Louis receives this honor posthumously, having peacefully passed on July 7, 2021.

    Casey F. Robb, FCSI, Lifetime Member, CDT®, CCPR™

    Since joining CSI in May 1986, Casey has served in numerous CSI chapter, region, and national committees, on various CSI task-teams, and in many leadership roles. He is an accomplished motivational speaker and educator, having presented at countless building science and CSI training, and educational functions and events. He has made it his mission to help others engage with CSI, to learn and grow, and advance CSI principals.

    Casey has served on the boards of CSI’s Saint Louis and Atlanta Chapters, and Southeast Region in a variety of leadership positions. He has also served at the national level as a Board member and officer, and notably as CSI President from 2012-2013. He continues his service in CSI as the current College of Fellows Chancellor.

    Casey is a recognized construction industry professional, a principal business development consultant, a mentor, an educator, and sought-after motivational speaker. As a trusted advisor, he is constantly inspiring others by connecting them with CSI and his own national network of design and construction professionals.

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  • Colorado’s Most Visited Tourist Destination Features S-5! Snow Retention

    July 28, 2021

    Standing at 14,115 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is home to majestic views, a National Historic Landmark, more than a half a million visitors per year, and for the past three years, the highest ongoing construction site in North America. Mounted on its new $60 million, 38,000-square-feet Pikes Peak Visitor Center's standing seam metal roof is S-5! ColorGard.

    Constructed in material similar to Pikes Peak granite and designed for visitors to take in its surrounding beauty, richness and scenery, this three building campus–the Pikes Peak Summit Complex–features a visitor's center with dining and rooftop terraces, observation decks and interactive displays, and a high-altitude research and communications center. It offers sweeping views and features interpretive outdoor exhibits and digitally interactive displays on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak.

    "We are honored to be part of this extraordinary project on 'America's Mountain' right in our backyard," said Rob Haddock, CEO & founder of S-5! "The new Pikes Peak Summit Complex is an extraordinary place to visit, with unobstructed inspiring views – a place where all people can experience the summit of a magnificent Colorado 14er. And by the way, a companion natural attraction at the foot of the Peak is the Garden of the Gods. Its visitor center also sports an S-5! ColorGard installation."

    Photo credit: Moss Photography

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  • U-Line Adds Specialty Products to Commercial Product Line

    July 28, 2021

    U-Line is proud to introduce a new commercial collection resulting from a collaboration with Desmon. Desmon is a commercial refrigeration specialist based in Italy and has been part of the Middleby family since 2014. As a leader in chilling and freezing technologies, their products are known for innovation, energy efficiency, and craftmanship. The collection includes 33 specialty models including pizza prep tables, refrigerator & freezer base units, blast chillers & freezers, and upright freezers & refrigeration in various sizes.

    President of U-Line Andy Doberstein noted, “The combination of Desmon’s unique product mix and our growing expansion into the commercial space brings opportunities for both companies and we anticipate our U-Line by Desmon collection to expand over time”. These specialty products are sold exclusively through a network of commercial dealers throughout the United States. President of Desmon, Corrado De Santis says, “We are excited to tap into the vast US Market and believe leveraging the heritage and strength of the U-Line brand and the extensive Middleby network will allow us to showcase our products in commercial applications both large and small.” U-Line by Desmon products are made in Italy and stock is maintained at U-Line in Milwaukee.

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  • Metl-Span IMPs have a contemporary appearance for military eyewear producer

    July 21, 2021

    To say Galvion produces glasses would not do the company justice. Galvion "utilizes a robust design to deliver protective eyewear solutions that save lives" for use by the military and law enforcement. The company's new manufacturing and office facility in Portsmouth, N.H., constructed with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span, reflects that bold and durable design.

    "The goal was to ensure consistency with the branding of Galvion products," says Mallory Mae Conway, Architect, Director for Jodoin, Lamarre, Pratte Architects Inc. in Montreal. "Galvion is focused on its eyewear line, so the insulated metal panels and aluminum composite material (ACM) helped us achieve a contemporary look; the panels are very smooth, as opposed to the rough finish of a concrete or stucco material."

    Conway says the front of the building contains a crease in the metal to represent the folded elements consistent with the company’s branding. "The availability of bright green and the grays for the metal panels allowed us to easily match the corporate colors," she says. "You can't do that with other materials."

    Seacoast Crane & Building Company of Kittery, Maine, installed the insulated metal panels and the ACM that make up the colorful façade of the Galvion building.

    "We've been doing more and more work with insulated metal panels the last 4-5 years," says Bill Belanger, project manager at Seacoast Crane & Building. "Up here in New England, it's become a trend; there are a lot of large warehouse-type buildings. I think the growing popularity of insulated metal panels has a lot to do with the energy codes. Insulated metal panels allow you to achieve almost any R-value you want."

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Joins the Open Geospatial Consortium to Contribute to GIS and BIM Standards

    July 21, 2021

    Global Design and BIM Software Provider Will Serve as Technical Member of International Consortium

    Columbia, MD (July 19, 2021)—Today, global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc. announces its official membership in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), a global resource for geospatial information and standards. As a technical member, Vectorworks will offer its experience and expertise in connecting BIM and GIS workflows to the OGC.

    “Joining the OGC is a milestone that not only shows our commitment to standards for BIM and location data, but also demonstrates how we’re continually progressing to advocate for the needs and standards of the AEC and landscape industries,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Together with the 500-plus businesses and organizations this partnership brings, we look forward to discussions with innovative thought leaders on emerging tech trends, open geospatial standards and the future of BIM and GIS that will define solidified and streamlined principles for the industries.”

    Through their member-driven consensus process, OGC serves as the leading authority on geospatial standards, ensuring that location information is findable, accessible, integrable and reusable. Vectorworks global architecture, landscape architecture and planning customer-base, along with the use of geospatial data across BIM and BIM for landscape workflows, are leading priorities for the company. As such, together with the OGC, Vectorworks will participate in discussions that ensure interoperability of geospatial data within design and BIM projects.

    “I'm happy to welcome Vectorworks to our collective global , problem-solving community of geospatial experts and users that is the OGC," said OGC CEO Dr. Nadine Alameh. "A key part of the mainstreaming of geospatial is the integration of information between the AEC and geospatial information environments in the architecture and landscape architecture industries. Vectorworks’ commitment to such an integration across BIM workflows based on international open standards and best practices cannot be timelier and more impactful to the Consortium and the community overall.”

    Read about OGC’s mission and vision here and learn more about their newest member by visiting

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  • Meet Katrina Ralston: Business owner, mother, wife, sailor and good friend

    July 20, 2021

    We had the good fortune of connecting with Katrina Ralston and we’ve shared our conversation below.

    Hi Katrina, what is the most important factor behind your success? People. We live in a global economy and the internet has leveled the playing field from a buying perspective. Folks can review and buy from a wide variety of places online and in person. So what keeps a company relevant these days? It’s the people. How we treat each other matters. How we function and support one another is more important now than ever. Customer service is no longer a buzz word it is a game changer. If you are not supporting the people inside and outside of your company, people won’t come back. It’s not just about the consumer, it is about your entire human experience.

    Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others? Feeney, Inc. is a family owned and operated business. Our passion and the foundation of our business is a product called CableRail. We brought this product to the United States back in the mid 80’s. It is an environmentally friendly, sustainable in-fill alternative for railing. It’s sexy. It’s easy to maintain and we love it.

    People initially teased us about the product and now it is one of the hottest, most sought after in-fill alternatives on the market. We also specialize in powder coated aluminum railing for interior/exterior commercial and residential spaces. Our co-offerings include awnings, garden and industrial rods for the places you live, work and play.

    One of the many challenges of being a business owner is being a woman owned and operated company in a predominantly male industry. There are not a lot of female, building material’s owners out there. It sometimes feels like pushing a rock uphill to manifest change. There aren’t a lot of women in power in our industry. I am usually the only woman at the table in corporate executive level meetings. I’ve had to work hard to balance my professional side with my feminine side. The industry is changing and I hope we have had some small role in that. A large portion of our staff is female and hold positions of influence. We are proud of our equitable stance.

    I consider myself an environmentalist and while I wish I could say our company is plastic free and that we don’t use fossil fuels, we aren’t there…yet. But we do what we can when we can at Feeney. Such as the installation of a 380 panel (over 5,000 square foot) photovoltaic solar array that can produce as much as 90 kilowatts direct current (DC) of clean, sun-generated electricity at our Oakland, CA facility. We also don’t use styrofoam peanuts and instead use cornstarch peanuts that melt in water or can be composted. We also started the conversation about phasing out plastic as much as we possibly can. We don’t use plastic knives, forks or cups around the offices. And we implemented a company recycling program.

    The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? To The Feeney Family, I would not be where I am today without the love and support you have provided through the years. My sincere thanks.

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  • The World's Best Architecture: Announcing the Winners of the 9th Annual A+Awards!

    July 07, 2021

    Finally, after weeks of anticipation, the best architecture of the year can be revealed: Architizer is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Annual A+Awards!

    For the ninth year running, Architizer's A+Awards has attracted breathtaking creative and technical talent from around the globe, with thousands of projects being submitted for consideration. After a rigorous and highly democratic judging process, the top accolades for the world’s largest and most international awards program for architecture have been decided.

    Without further ado, explore every winner in the Jury and Popular Choice winner here: See the Winners of the 2021 A+Awards.

    After a year of unprecedented social and environmental challenges, the theme of this year's A+Awards — Architecture for a Changing World — celebrates the architects and designers whose work strives to create a more resilient built environment for the years to come.

    The 2021 winners include innovative projects — both built and conceptual — by internationally renowned firms and emerging practices alike. As well as year-round exposure online, every winning project will be published in a stunning hardbound compendium by The Monacelli Press, set for release later this year.

    In its 9th season, the A+Awards received over 5,000 entries from 100+ countries, including countless pioneering projects that respond to the most pressing global challenges of today — from climate change and urbanization to rising inequity and the COVID–19 pandemic.

    Notable jurors included Professor Lesley Lokko (Founder & Director, African Futures Institute), Tom Kundig FAIA, RIBA, (Principal/Owner, Olson | Kundig), Céline Semaan (Founder & Executive Director, Slow Factory Foundation), Aric Chen (M+ Museum, Design Miami), Fernanda Canales (Founder & Director, Fernanda Canales Arquitectura) and many more. A Jury-selected Winner and a Popular Choice Winner were awarded in each category, with over 400,000 votes cast by the voting public.

    Get Ready for the 10th Anniversary A+Awards The next season of the A+Awards promises to be the biggest yet, as we hit an amazing milestone! It will be our 10th year celebrating the world's best architecture, and we will be running special editorials, events and more to mark a decade of design innovation. We’ll also be searching for the architects who will set the benchmark for the next 10 years — and we would love to see your practice be a part of it.

    To register your interest for 10th Anniversary A+Awards Awards and secure an exclusive Early Bird Discount on your submissions, head this way: Register for the 10th Annual A+Awards

    Thank you to every single participant in this year's A+Awards — the world of architecture and design is richer thanks to your hard work and dedication, and we are honored to be able to share your work with the world. Watch out for special coverage of this year's A+Award Winners and Special Honorees on Architizer Journal and across social media throughout the coming weeks!

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  • S-5! Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Office Campus

    July 06, 2021

    Shawn Haddock, Rob Haddock and Dustin Haddock break ground on S-5!'s new office campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado, designed to provide sufficient space for staff and to better serve its customers. The two-story building will sport metal finishes, a solar roof and comfortable but provocative space for its thought-leaders to collaborate. A support building will house S-5!'s video training center, prototype shop and test facilities. S-5!'s new corporate headquarters will be located in Black Forest, Colorado, where S-5! clamp-to-seam technology was birthed 30 years ago.

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  • Metl-Span IMPs installed on construction company office/shop

    June 25, 2021

    When it came time to erect a new office building, Kevin Johnson, owner of Rhoads and Johnson, a design/build construction firm in Fenton, Mich., decided to stick to what he does best.

    Johnson says the new office and shop, a 12,000 square foot facility, is a showcase for what his company does. The framing is from Butler Manufacturing and the shell of the building consists of 8,000 square feet of insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span.

    Johnson says IMPs provide a cost-effective way to construct offices, shops, recreational storage, industrial facilities or retail shops and restaurants. Rhoads and Johnson has also used metal building framing and IMPs to erect medical facilities and churches.

    For the new Rhoads and Johnson office/shop, the exterior and interior of the Metl-Span IMPs is CF Light Mesa, coated in Igloo White. The panels are 42 inches wide and filled with a three-inch urethane insulation."Insulated metal panels eliminate the need for interior finishing," says John Asselin Jr., AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, partner at Asselin McLane Architectural Group (AMAG) in Flint, Mich. "Kevin’s been in the industry a long time and he’s done a number of metal buildings with insulated panels. These panels are smooth and we wanted to stay away from the crinkled barn look."

    The project took nine months to complete – Rhoads and Johnson moved into the facility in March 2021.

    Johnson says weather doesn’t affect IMPs the way it can damage other forms of more traditional insulation. The cost of other construction materials, including plywood and steel, also makes IMPs a more cost-effective option.

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  • AEC Daily Announces Strategic Partnership with Material Bank

    June 24, 2021

    AEC Daily, North America’s leading continuing education provider for construction, architectural, interior design and engineering communities, and Material Bank, the world’s largest material marketplace, have announced a strategic partnership. The two companies will collaborate to connect product sample ordering on Material Bank, directly within AEC Daily’s CEU (Continuing Education Unit) platform.

    “Education is the cornerstone of the construction and design industry, and CEUs are a common entry point to brand and material discovery,” said Jeff Rice, President of AEC Daily. “This partnership with Material Bank will allow design professionals more efficient access to sample ordering.”

    AEC Daily offers complimentary continuing education courses 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. In an industry where technologies are constantly advancing, design professionals rely on AEC Daily to maintain their accreditation and keep them up-to-date with new products and innovations.

    With close to 400 brands and thousands of unique product skus on a single site, Material Bank facilitates smart, sustainable sampling. The platform is committed to working with AEC Daily to close loops and advance automated methods to support all aspects of the material selection and specification process.

    “The easier we can make it for design professionals to discover, search and sample materials, the more we can streamline workflows for our brand partners, members, and the industry as a whole,” said Adam I. Sandow, Founder and CEO, Material Bank. “We are proud to partner with AEC Daily to create greater efficiencies in the sampling process.”

    “Brands represented by AEC Daily and Material Bank will be able to leverage their investments in both tools by increasing exposure and access to their CEUs and their samples on multiple platforms,” said Rice. “This is truly a symbiotic partnership, which will benefit countless stakeholders in the architecture and design community.”

    About AEC Daily
    AEC Daily is the largest provider of free online continuing education to construction professionals. Courses are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and credits are automatically tracked and reported. Architects, engineers, interior designers and other construction professionals rely on AEC Daily to maintain their accreditation with ease.

    About Material Bank
    Material Bank was founded in 2019 with the goal of creating the most user-friendly and sustainable sampling system for designers and architects in North America. With thousands of materials from hundreds of brands, Material Bank offers an incredible search engine, the ability to find and request samples with endless categorizations. Always free for design professionals, Material Bank operates from a state-of-the-art robotics-powered logistics hub located in Mississippi just minutes from FedEx Express’s world hub, allowing overnight carbon neutral shipping for every order placed by midnight EST.

    For more information on AEC Daily, please contact Jenna Illies.
    For more information on Material Bank, please contact Laura Steele.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Names Leslie Majer Richard Diehl Award Winner

    June 24, 2021

    Fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship Presents Awards to 28 Students

    Columbia, MD (June 16, 2021)—Continuing its support for emerging designers, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces Leslie Majer as the Richard Diehl award winner for the fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship. With over 1,800 submissions, scholarships were awarded to 28 students for 21 projects in the architecture, entertainment, landscape and interior design industries. Winners included both individual and group submissions.

    The winning project titled “Badehaus Breitstrom” was submitted by Majer for her thesis studio project at Bauhaus Universität Weimar and focuses on bathhouses and urban facilities. The project includes a historical reference with a focus on contemporary design, construction methods and sustainability. Majer used Vectorworks for drawings and connected them to Maxon’s Cinema 4D to create renderings.

    “Leslie Majer’s project is a true gem,” said Vectorworks Product Marketing Director Rubina Siddiqui. “It showcases very impressive work—not just in the graphics and the thoroughness or the detail, but the space that is created through the juxtaposition of simple and heavy elements to create something so massive and intricate is quite an accomplishment. We congratulate Leslie and all this year’s winners for their creative achievements. We hope the scholarships aid these designers in continuing to elevate and progress the design industry with their contributions.”

    “It’s an incredible honor to win this scholarship and to be recognized by a jury of experienced, diverse design professionals,” said Leslie Majer, now graduate architecture student at ETH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. “In architecture school, we’re very much taught to learn and form our own stance on what’s important more so than the real parameters of construction or what our ideas will actually affect in the real world. It is an amazing feeling that the Vectorworks Design Scholarship gave the project and the topics it incorporates a bigger forum, which reaches beyond the discourse of my own university.”

    This year’s winners represented countries from around the globe United States, Dominican Republic, Australia, England, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Japan. Submissions were evaluated based on design quality, concept and originality, the effective use of computer technology, presentation and explanation of design.

    Congratulations to all winners:

    Architecture Winners

    • “Pliable Display-Ground,” by Han Zhu, Xinyu Chen, and Wanting Zhou, Rice University • “Swinburne Station!,” by Shengye Yu, Swinburne University of Technology • “The Invisible Castle,” by Henri Kopra, University of Nottingham • “Hideout, Self-sufficient Huts in Cambodia,” by Justyna Dmytryk, Wrocław University of Science and Technology • “Ziemlich beste Nachbarn - Ein dezentrales Nachbarschaftszentrum,” by Sina Dreßler, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design

    • “Badehaus Breitstrom,” Leslie Rahel Majer, ETH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich • “Forest Revolution,” by Wang Jiawen, Tama Art University

    Landscape Architecture Winners

    • “Cooling UHI via Parametric Design in Landscape Architecture,” by Chien-Yu Lin, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry • “Industrial Complex of an International Company Dedicated to Manufacturing Electronic Devices,” by Solange Lantigua and Lindi Patricia Oviedo Aguilar, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo • Eden Project Productive Garden,” by Joss Paine, Cornwall College, University of Plymouth • “The Project of Podwawelski Park in Krakow,” by Łukasz Byś, Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology • “Dandelion - Zbrojovka Reloaded,” by Carina Brandl and Amelie Kessler, Technical University of Munich • “Fjorde in der Berliner Mitte - Bepflanzungskonzept Innenhöfe Charlie Living,” by Caroline Kemkes, Frauke Weerts, and Christian Lepper, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences • “Le Bain Sauvage,” by Elisa Fomasi, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil

    Interior Design Winners

    • “Projekt Adaptacji Wnętrza Stodoły na Cele Mieszkalne,” by Martyna Jaworska, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw • “,” by Lukas Riedl, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design • “In Situ - Ein Marktplatz mit Geschichte,” by Michelle Mosiman and Sara Vergallo, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

    Entertainment Winners

    • “Subject to Change,” by Mollie Singer, University of Maryland College Park • “All We Have Is Time,” by Wei Guo, Victoria College of the Arts • “Covid-19 Music Tour,” by Alex Forey, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art • “Dzika Kaczka - Teatr Telewizji,” by Maciej Strzałkowski - Rajca, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

    Visit the Vectorworks Design Scholarship web gallery to view the winning designs, runner-up projects and projects from previous years.

    To learn more about Vectorworks academic programs, visit Students and professors can also download a free individual copy of Vectorworks

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  • And the BEAT goes on: Women in Architecture

    June 18, 2021

    How a grassroots organization committed to empowering women in architecture is now poised to forever reshape the Canadian architectural profession from Vancouver to St. John’s.

    One evening in early June, 72 women in architecture from across Canada hopped on a Zoom call to discuss their profession among colleagues, most of whom they had never met before. On this particular night, the theme was pretty much anything that came to mind. As the meeting progressed into more manageable breakout rooms, participants began to express various topics that resonated with others, including how to deal with derogatory remarks during construction site visits or what to expect when re-entering the workforce after an extended maternity leave. Others introduced themselves as new associates about to embark on obtaining their licences, a journey that typically takes three years or more to complete. The event’s host was BEAT, which stands for Building Equality in Architecture; the T indicating the Toronto chapter of a volunteer organization that first took shape in 2015 and now has four regional chapters from coast to coast.

    BEAT’s rapid expansion across the country is a clear sign of just how necessary its support is needed. While architects consider themselves to be out-of-the-box thinkers and seekers of innovations that improve quality of life, they have sorely lagged in addressing many socio-economic inequalities in their profession, including gender. In Canada, women make up 50% of architecture school graduates, but less than 30% stick with it in such a male-dominated field. That gap has begun to close incrementally in recent years. However, there are still many "leaks in the pipeline," as the BEAT website describes it, where various obstacles prevent or dissuade women from reaching their full leadership potential. Pressing issues include low and unequal pay and non-family-friendly working hours. But the more complicated matter to pinpoint is the unconscious biases that permeate the work environment in subtle and not-so-subtle ways: from sexism at job sites to female architects being sidelined by their male counterparts or given fewer experience-building opportunities from project leads.

    Architect Sonia Ramundi is the current Executive Director, a role she has held for the past two years. "For me, the inequality issues weren’t apparent at school. Only until I was in the workplace did I start to feel I had to work harder to show I could do it." Now practicing at Williamson Williamson, she has been an active BEAT member since its formation. She has used her early career experiences to become an exemplary mentor, a leadership skill BEAT considers critical for empowering new graduates to stay committed to their chosen field. The goal is to create a positive network where one generation passes on its expertise and know-how to the next for the betterment of the entire profession. "I will take extra time to make junior staff and summer students feel comfortable as they join the office," says Ramundi. "And I treat all of my colleagues the same way. Creating that kind of open communication is important."

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  • McElroy Metal roofing panels cover Tennessee events center

    June 16, 2021

    The Barn at Sycamore Farms, built on a historic property in Arrington, Tenn., is designed to be a luxury event venue, suitable for corporate events, weddings and conventions. The Barn can accommodate more than 300 guests and is topped by 16,000 square feet of Medallion-Lok roofing panels from McElroy Metal.

    "The panels were delivered in two stages," says Sam Lamberth, owner of National Barn Company (Eastern Division) of Portland, Tenn. "Panels for the lower roof were delivered first and the panels for the upper roof came a couple weeks later. We craned panels to the roof and we needed a lift that could get us 120 feet up."

    The upper roof has a 7:12 pitch and the lower roof has a 4:12 pitch, so the upper roof provided a tougher challenge for the National Barn crew. The roof color chosen was Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF Mansard Brown. Medallion-Lok effectively captures the elegance of a standing seam roof, because the narrow 1-3/4-inch-tall standing seam creates crisp, clean visual lines. Medallion-Lok features hidden clips and a snap-together seam which eliminates the need for jobsite seaming.

    DC Builders of Damascus, Ore., designed The Barn at Sycamore Farms. DC Builders is a nationwide design and construction firm with nearly two decades of experience crafting custom structures, ranging from timber frame homes in Oregon to barn-style equestrian estates in North Carolina.

    The owners at Sycamore Farms wanted their events center to be constructed with durable products, but also wanted it to have a "Wow Factor" that made it the dream place for weddings and parties.

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  • GKD Secondary Finishes Provide Designers with Full Spectrum of Color

    June 10, 2021

    GKD Metal Fabrics, the leading provider of architectural metal mesh, now offers designers and specifiers an unlimited array of color coating options when designing with metal fabric. Powder coating, specialty painting and also screen printing are used for adding color to stainless steel wire mesh, results in colorful fabric options that are also resistant to extreme heat, cold, bending and flexing.

    "For designers who want the functional advantages of stainless steel mesh, but want to explore a color palette beyond the alloy’s signature silver, powder coating and other painting methods solve all challenges at once," explains Darren Bromwell, GKD-USA Estimating Manager / Coatings Specialist. GKD offers a handful of secondary finishing techniques when it comes to colors and surfaces:

    • Powder Coating Process
    • Wet Coating Process
    • Screen Printing and Digital Printing

    GKD’s custom capability and turnkey technical consultation are combined to help the architect determine the best and most effective method of color coating, keeping key specification criteria in mind. This includes geographic location, exposure to sun, moisture and other elements, as well as aesthetic considerations such as viewing distance, angle and readability. GKD applies its many decades of innovative metal mesh fabrication and installation to guide the specifier in the optimal use of its vast product options and finishes.

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  • Feeney: Resin Panel Infill and Laser-Cut Aluminum Panel Infill for DesignRail®

    May 20, 2021

    Alternative infills for railings are a growing trend. The ease of installation and unlimited design potential make them a great way to add to the look and feel of any space!

    Resin Panel Infill

    Resin panels are composed of 1/4" thick resin panels with organic embedded materials, suitable for indoor applications only. We have nine standard styles with additional designs available.

    Panels come in either 32 inch or 42 inch heights, at a width of 5 feet, field trimmable using straight edge and saw. Panels are compatible with all DesignRail® top rail styles except Square (Series 100) and Graspable (Series 150).

    Laser-Cut Aluminum Panel Infill

    Powder-coated finishes available in 5 standard colors - the color samples shown represent approximate colors only. Custom color matching or specific color selections are available upon request for an additional fee.

    Laser-Cut Aluminum panels are compatible with all DesignRail® top rail styles except Square (Series 100) and Graspable (Series 150). Panels are available for 36 inch railing height (with a max width of 6 feet) and 42 inch railing height (max width of 5 feet).

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  • Unilock makes major investment in the Québec market

    May 20, 2021

    Unilock Ltd. and Rocvale Inc. are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement whereby Unilock has acquired a majority interest in Rocvale. This transaction is the continuation of an alliance that began in 2013. It will allow Rocvale to meet the challenge to have a product offering that is constantly on the cutting edge of innovation.

    “This acquisition by Unilock will allow Rocvale to fully benefit from the tremendous synergies that will arise within the Unilock group of companies and I’m excited and proud to see Rocvale becoming part of the Unilock family,“ said Pierre Normandin, President of Rocvale.

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  • Metl-Span Helps Bring Car Collection Under One Roof

    May 18, 2021

    Collectors eventually want to display their collection. A classic car enthusiast wanted a state-of-the-art facility in the Adirondack Mountains of New York; a “green” building to showcase his stable of Fords and Packards. To help the facility be energy efficient, insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span were chosen for the roofing and walls.

    “The goal was to create a work shop and storage space for a collection of vehicles that is energy efficient, low maintenance and has the simple aesthetic of an agricultural barn,” says Gary McCoola, Architect PLLC. “Since it is a relatively large structure with a footprint of 10,900 square feet, it was important that the shape and massing of the building allow it to appear as a smaller structure set into the wooded site.”

    McCoola says IMPs were chosen because they provide a weather-tight exterior skin, a high thermal resistance and a pre-finished interior skin in a single component. “When erected and fastened to the pre-engineered metal building, they read like a modern version of wood board and batten siding on a timber-framed barn,” he says. “So as not to overshadow the design of the vehicles stored within, the metal panels provide a simple, clean background surface.”

    Munter Enterprises of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., erected the metal framing system from Metl-Span’s sister company, Ceco Building Systems, and installed the insulated metal panels. The framing was coated in Medium Bronze to match the exterior wall panels. Metl-Span’s 4-inch thick CF Flute panels (8,000 square feet), 42 inches wide, were installed as wall panels in Medium Bronze. Metl-Span’s CFR Galvalume panels (15,000 square feet), 42 inches wide, were craned up on to the framing to be installed on the roof.

    “On the exterior, the brown siding color was selected so the building would blend into the wooded site, particularly during the winter when foliage was down,” McCoola says. “The galvanized roof color was selected to resemble that of a tin barn roof and to reflect the summer solar heat. On the building’s interior, windows high in the walls allow natural light to fill the space, so the light color of the panels reflect the light and provide contrast to the symmetry of the building frame.”

    “What makes this project special is the owner’s interest in creating a sustainable project using ground-source heat pumps for radiant slab heating, roof-mounted photovoltaic panels for electric generation and an efficient thermal envelope. The final outcome is an uncluttered structure with practically invisible mechanical systems which provides contrast to the stylized vehicles that are highly mechanized.”

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  • One For The Books: Reimagining the Missouri City Branch Library

    May 17, 2021

    A New Chapter Originally founded in Missouri City, a suburb southwest of Houston in 1992, the 18,458-square-foot Missouri City Branch Library was due for expansion to keep up with the growing community it served. It was also overdue for some high-tech updates to keep up with the digital age. Local voters approved funding for the expansion and renovation of the library in a 2015 bond election, with plans that included a three-story, 11,009-square-foot addition, with a soaring balcony, study rooms, a computer lab, self-service checkout machines and more.

    Merriman Holt Powell Architects (MHPA) was chosen to design and manage the update. "Our office did the original building in 1991, and we were asked back by the county to do the expansion," said Michelle Carter, principal with Merriman Holt Powell. MHPA’s design brings the nearly 20-year-old library into the 21st century, with a sharp, triangular three-story addition boldly pointing due east.

    Acute Approach "The site defined the shape of the addition," explained Carter. Phase II of the library was meant to create an iconic new library image. "The county wanted the addition to be a beacon for the public, so they could see the library and the overall county complex."

    The Entyre Idea The design team selected CENTRIA’s Intercept Entyre panels due to their smooth, unbroken appearance – adding to the sleek, isometric style of the exterior design. But that’s not all. “There are a lot of good reasons for a public entity to choose products like Intercept,” said Selig. Intercept Entyre is large and flexible, capable of creating angular shapes like the triangular addition required by MHPA’s design. The large module sizes provide sleek, unmatched edge-to-edge widths. Selig also explained that with no plastic cores, the panel is environmentally friendly and safely recyclable at the end of its life cycle.

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  • Green & Sustainable Cooking Options for Extended Stay Hospitality

    May 14, 2021

    Extended stay hospitality properties; whether they be an economy, mid, or up-scale flag within the segment offer a kitchenette equipped with a 2-burner cooktop. This cooktop can vary considerably based on the age of the property as the brand specifications have become keenly focused on green and sustainable options that offer enhanced safety options for both the user and the facility.

    Prior to the new normal of the global coronavirus pandemic, the extended stay hospitality segment continually outperformed other hospitality segments with respect to occupancy and revenue generation. The challenges that the pandemic unleashed on travel and lodging clearly illuminated and reinforced the bright spot that extended stay hospitality continues to maintain under these pressures.

    The great recession presented new pressures on next generation products with built-in safety features; which is again being challenged by the economic pressures from the pandemic; but is unlikely to prevail as brand standards have progressed substantially in the period in-between these two events and sustainability, energy efficiency and user and facility safety play a greater role in product selection.

    The specific type used for extended stay hospitality, resorts with kitchenettes, and time-share lock-outs has traditionally been of the compact electric 2-burner radiant type with knob control.

    The cost differential between the coil units and the ceramic models has faced numerous challenges, and over the last twenty years, the delta between the two has narrowed, due to raw material costs of the cooktop components. Furthermore, the features, advantages, and benefits of the smooth top ceramic cooktops far outweigh the initial cost advantage of the coil type units; although this cost differential is not as great as it was twenty years ago.

    In the final analysis, these ceramic cooktop value added features have promoted their use from "upgrade" to "brand standard" in the product selection process. The argument towards socially responsible and sustainable hotel construction is reinforced by the ceramic cooktop savings over their coil counterparts, as after-purchase savings are realized from greatly reduced maintenance, significant decrease of replacement parts purchases, and higher energy efficiencies of 10-15% over the coil models.

    The benefits of the smooth top ceramic cooktops are well documented by green gurus and field tested and proven by hospitality developers, owners and operators. Coil cooktops present a false economy, given the post-purchase operating costs. Now the vast majority of the cooktops specified and installed in extended stay hospitality are radiant ceramic types at a minimum, with a nearly equal split between the knob control and digital touch control radiant cooktops. A much smaller percentage are using induction cooktops; which at this time are largely reserved for high-end boutique suites and not the mainstream extended stay type accommodation; largely due to the cost differential.

    Based on their sustainability and value-added features, in the past 20 years +/-, ceramic cooktops have been the established "green" standard for extended stay hospitality, resorts with kitchenettes, and time-share lock-outs. This is attributable to their easy-to-clean smooth surface, absence of replacement parts excluding knobs, reduced maintenance needs, and savings from better energy efficiencies of 75-80% due to the enhanced transfer of energy from the cooktop surface to the bottom of the cooking vessel.

    More recently, the new generation of compact 2-burner cooktops based upon induction technology is taking up residence at the inn. These induction cooktops offer even higher operating efficiencies of nearly 90%. And there is no need for built-in automatic shut-off as the heat is not generated by the burner at the surface, but rather through the excitement of electrons in the cooking vessel, where the heat is produced to cook the food. If the cooking vessel is not in contact with the electromagnetic generator under the ceramic panel, the cooktop is not using energy and is in resting mode.

    In summary, each new generation of cooktop…radiant coil, smooth top knob and touch control radiant ceramic, and now induction cooktops have successively reduced or eliminated externally wired timers, cleaning time, user maintenance, and replacement parts, while at the same time have increased energy efficiency and/or enhanced user and facility safety. The upcharges for these technological advancements results in overall lower costs based on simplification and efficiencies of operation.

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  • Dean Craft earns Assoc. DBIA® Professional Credential

    May 03, 2021

    Dean E. Craft, a principal and co-founder of ISE Logik Industries, has successfully completed the certification exam to receive the designation of Assoc. DBIA® from Design-Build Institute of America. This marks the completion his education, training and testing toward his National Design-Build Certification. Only candidates with substantial design and construction experience are eligible. DBIA certification is the nation’s only measurable standard of an individual’s knowledge of the Design-Build Done Right® principles that are vital to successful project delivery.

    “DBIA is proud to offer the industry’s gold standard in education and to continue to certify record numbers of dedicated design-build professionals each year,” stated to Lisa Washington, DBIA Executive Director/CEO.

    Mr. Craft is a retired U.S. Marine Corp. LtCol with a doctorate in Global Leadership. He has presented over 1,000 times on how to proactively address concrete moisture in the design phase. In addition to his appointment by CSI, he is the principal author and technical chair of ASTM F3191–16: “Standard Practice for Field Determination of Substrate Water Absorption (Porosity) for Substrates to Receive Resilient Flooring.” Mr. Craft is a voting member of the ASTM Committee D08 on roofing and waterproofing, among others.

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  • MBCI IMPs, standing seam roofing complete wastewater treatment facility in eastern Washington

    April 28, 2021

    When the City of Spokane, Wash., was making plans for a major upgrade of its water treatment facility that would treat an average wastewater flow of 50 million gallons a day, it was important to choose construction materials that would stand the test of time. Insulated metal wall panels and standing seam roofing from MBCI were selected for the new Membrane Filtration Building at the Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility to help the city with its $126 million project.

    “The insulated metal panels were also selected for compatibility with the pre-engineered metal building superstructure,” Kirsten says. “Last, the MBCI insulated metal panels offered the advantage of having the ribbed profile integral with the panel that matches the AMP. This allowed for a cost savings from the approach used on a previous project at the facility, which used a built-up cladding system that was much more labor intensive.”

    Two MBCI insulated metal panel profiles were installed as wall panels on the water reclamation facility, 5-inch thick 7.2 Insul-RibTM panels in Medium Bronze (14,250, square feet) and 2-inch thick Striated panels in Slate Gray (9,000 square feet) and Classic Green (9,500 square feet). All have a 22-gauge Galvalume exterior panel. The canopy roofing is MBCI’s BattenLok HS, a 12-inch wide mechanically field-seamed structural standing seam roofing system, also in Classic Green (3,000 square feet).

    Halme Builders handled the erection of the metal building framing, assembling framing on the ground outside the building and then craning it into place with a large boom. Halme also installed some IMP roofing, translucent wall panels and skylights, overhead doors and walk-through doors.

    Halme Builders recently achieved AC478 accreditation for metal building erectors. The Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA) introduced the program in 2016 with the goal of recognizing metal building assemblers who are devoted to excellence. Achieving that accreditation provides proof that companies like Halme Builders have the experience and commitment to correctly assemble metal building systems.

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  • McElroy Metal’s 238T symmetrical standing seam panel solves problem for Georgia technical college

    April 27, 2021

    Aging roofing and poor details on four adjacent buildings on the Central Georgia Technical College campus in Warner Robins, Ga., got to the point they were beyond another temporary repair job. After approximately 10 years of patching the problem, the college wanted a permanent solution and eventually elected to re-cover the modified bitumen roofing with symmetrical standing seam panels from McElroy Metal.

    Most of the roofing – a mix of modified bitumen with aluminum coating and some existing metal sections – was simply old and had weathered until it had no useful life cycle remaining.

    “This facility could have been successfully reroofed with any of several low-slope options including single plies and modified bitumen,” says Jody Usry of Edifice Consulting Inc. of Bryon, Ga. “The system chosen was in our client’s best interest in this particular application because the shape and slope of the building made continuous-run panels practical and cost-effective. It could also be installed over existing sections covered with modified bitumen and sections already covered with metal roofing.”

    Usry says the existing roof system, due to age and workmanship, was substantially under-attached to the cementitious wood fiberboard decking. The metal option, unlike other systems, made it practical to leave the poorly attached roof systems in place and attach exclusively to the steel framing, which reduced expense, construction time and risk exposure.

    McElroy Metal’s 238T symmetrical standing seam panel is setting a new standard for performance with ease of installation, outstanding wind uplift and strength characteristics, individual panel replacement capability and jobsite roll forming for long length panels. The symmetrical legs are topped with a mechanically seamed cap, which can be removed when the replacement of a damaged panel or panels is required.

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  • S-5 Attachment Solutions Help New York Orchard Add Rooftop Solar Power

    April 27, 2021

    S-5! is regarded as one of the world's leading providers of attachment solutions for the direct mounting of solar panel arrays to metal roofs. Joining the company's ever-growing portfolio of successful installations is KC Bailey Orchards in upstate New York. On that project, the company's S-5-PVKIT®2.0 solar attachment solution and S-5-S Mini clamps were used to secure solar panels to five new apple storage buildings. Panels were added to four existing older buildings as well, but conditions dictated those panels be mounted using the more traditional rail system.

    A standing seam roof was selected to allow direct-attach of the solar panels to the seams or ribs of the roof, preserving the PV assembly’s longevity by providing a penetration-free system. The PVKIT mounting system was chosen to secure the solar panels to the metal roof because it provides a rail-less, aesthetically-pleasing, penetration-free, and cost-effective solar mounting solution.

    Another added benefit of the solar is that is creates a shaded air space between the solar panels and the metal roof, lowering the surface temperature on the roof and lessening the refrigeration load because the exterior structure is cool, thus creating a more energy-efficient building. Together, the solar PV and the metal building components provide the sustainability the Baileys hoped to achieve.

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  • Metal-Fab Fights the Fire with DynaGuard™

    April 23, 2021

    How can a ceiling radiation damper be tested and listed for use on an active blower air handling system? It must be dynamic.

    Changes in the international building and mechanical codes have generated the need for safer ceiling radiation damper installations. DynaGuard™ is the first and only product developed exclusively from Metal-Fab that is able to meet these new code requirements.

    In 2015, the International Code Council (ICC) made significant changes to the IMC and IBC, requiring the use of dynamic ceiling radiation dampers for air systems with fans that remain on in the event of a fire. The tempo-rary solution was accomplished with costly electrical control systems known as micro switches that are unique to each building design. The simpler and more economical solution to the problem is provided by using UL listed “dynamic” ceiling radiation damper or DynaGuard™ damper that is tested and listed for such conditions.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Expands Reach in Asia With Two New Distributors

    April 23, 2021

    New distributors bring experience, innovation to Asian market

    Columbia, MD (April 22, 2021)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is expanding its service in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region by onboarding two influential distributors in the design and production industry: Tathastu Techno Solution and Total Solution Marketing. Tathastu Techno Solution and Total Solution Marketing will expand and grow the Vectorworks business to better serve customers in the APAC market.

    “We’re proud to add Tathastu Techno Solution and Total Solution Marketing to our growing roster of distributors in the APAC region to best serve our customers in the industry” said Vectorworks Global Channel Operations Director Victoria Morris. “By expanding our presence in the APAC market and bringing in proven experience within the design industry, both distributors will improve our ability to give our customers the best possible support.”

    Based in Mumbai, Tathastu Techno Solution joins Datalogics, an existing Vectorworks distributor, in the burgeoning Indian market. Tathastu Techno Solution, which currently distributes 3D, animation VFX and motion graphics software by sister company Maxon, will represent Vectorworks in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

    “Vectorworks products fit perfectly with our vision to partner with world-renowned 2D/3D software companies,” said Chetan Jain, CEO of Tathastu Techno Solution. “India is a diverse and innovative market and partnering with Vectorworks will give us the opportunity to better serve our customers with the best software solutions. Customers are acquisitive to adapt to new products and technologies and we see great potential to introduce Vectorworks products to customers and assist them in changing their existing workflows and product pipelines. This partnership between Tathastu and Vectorworks will definitely scale new heights in business across India.”

    As a distributor for MA Lighting — a platinum partner with Vectorworks, Total Solution Marketing joins existing distributors Softedge and Quick Solutions to represent Vectorworks in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The experience they bring to the media and entertainment industry will expand access to product support, training and customer success in the region, including offering Vectorworks training conducted by Linesmith founder and long-time Vectorworks user Gabriel Chan.

    “We are privileged to be appointed a distributor for Vectorworks and look forward to our collaboration,” said Total Solution Marketing Executive Director Tevin Heng. “In the past few years, we have seen the continued partnership of Vectorworks and MA Lighting and other lighting manufacturers to enhance lighting design workflow processes in the entertainment lighting industry. We believe Vectorworks is the one-stop solution for entertainment show documentation and design. With the Vectorworks team support, we will offer local training and improve the quality of technical support to Vectorworks users.”

    To learn more about becoming a Vectorworks distributor or to find a local distributor in your region visit or click "READ MORE"

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  • Expanding the Exterior Footprint with Mid-Door Spaces and Beyond: Breathing Life, Biophilia and Wellbeing into Modern Outdoor Spaces

    April 19, 2021

    Architects are often seeking for ways to create or enhance outdoor spaces in commercial buildings. But in this unprecedented year, all eyes have turned to examining whether a business has the physical space to take it outside. And if not, how can adjacent exterior spaces be adapted for this new design objective? A new charge for architects in 2021 will be expanding the footprint of usable space to the outdoors, a trend with potential to impact all building types and markets.

    “Now more than ever, public spaces are poised to become the grand lobbies and public waiting rooms of our neighborhoods and cities,” says Michael Wagner in Gensler’s blog. “At a time when crowds will be metered and access controlled like never before, public space is where people will spend a lot of time, waiting and doing all the things people do when they’re idle,” wagers Wagner.

    Buildings with atriums, overhangs and semi-enclosed spaces provide enhanced access to these extended outdoor spaces. These “mid-door” spaces – a term coined by Transsolar’s Erik Olsen in his series What is Indoors? for Fast Company – also provide biophilic benefits fundamental to human performance while delivering a flexible program rife with daylight, ventilation and naturally filtered and humidified air.

    On the coattails of companies like Amazon, many workplaces are adopting this approach to their facilities. For example, C3, a Gensler spec project in Los Angeles, transforms the border between an office building and a parking structure into a curated series of outdoor spaces. In environments like this, where building materials must maintain a high level or both performance and aesthetic, metal fabric is an ideal material for expanding the exterior footprint of existing buildings. In addition to its modern look and customization options, metal fabric brings performance characteristics such daylighting ability and providing natural ventilation, safety and security.

    Airport design is also evolving to make the passenger journey more of a semi-permeable experience, says Wagner, pointing to JFK’s JetBlue Terminal 5, which weaves a new outdoor dining roof terrace into the design. In this case, metal mesh may be designed to include railings, balustrades and gabions for rooftop lounges or restaurant terrace spaces without obstructing views.

    In addition to fall protection, metal mesh can secure a semi-permanent perimeter for after hours. GKD’s collaboration with CornellCookson resulted in a sleek security product called SteelWeave. This metal mesh grill combines GKD fabric with CornellCookson roller shutter technology for elegant theft protection in retail, restaurant and hospitality settings.

    With current health and safety precautions encouraging socially distanced, outdoor activities, architects are exploring sunshades, overhangs, and other ceiling structures to hover above and define an exterior space. Metal mesh provides a flexible design solution that can adapt to the design of outdoor spaces depending on factors such as location, exposure to sun, moisture and other elements. However, architects do not have compromise on aesthetics, as there are multiple customization options using a wide variety of finishes, weaves and metal alloys.

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  • Three-Coat vs. Two-Coat Paint Systems for Buildings

    April 16, 2021

    More is better right? For many architects and building owners, the decision of three-coat vs. two-coat paint systems certainly isn’t black and white.

    What’s the Difference? As the name implies, one system has three layers of coating (or film), and the other consists of two coating layers.

    Most often, a two-coat system includes the primer and a top coat whereas three-coat systems include the primer, top coat, and a third coating (most often a clear coat) that is applied over the top.

    So while the apparent difference involves the number of coating layers, there are other important differences. When the coatings are applied, two-coat systems can be produced in one pass through commercial coil coating lines, whereas three-coat systems routinely require a second pass through the coating lines.

    Additionally, two-coat systems tend to be industry standard for most manufacturers, while three-coat systems are most often considered a special order. As you might guess, these last two nuances can carry both cost and lead-time implications.

    Are Three-Coat Systems Necessary? For the vast majority of colors, a two-coat PVDF system of a primer and a topcoat are sufficient. There are, however, times when a three-coat PVDF system — primer, color coat and clear — coat is necessary to improve the color retention and chalk resistance of the solid color or metalescent base color.

    Saturated colors like reds, oranges, and purples are good examples of colors that may benefit from the addition of a clear coat. A clear coat may also be needed for some metallic colors, like bright silvers, to protect the aluminum flake from losing its brightness and turning dark. Lastly, there are some special effect coatings available on the market that may also require three-coats; a primer, a base color coat, and an effect coating. Click here to learn more about this unique group of products. Outside of these situations (saturated colors like reds, oranges, and purple; bright silvers and special effect coatings), three-coat systems are rarely necessary nor beneficial.

    In summary, the first consideration for a two-coat vs. three-coat system should center around the intended colors. Certainly, for projects involving saturated color families like purples and oranges, it may be prudent to have a three-coat system specified as the base bid.

    Outside of saturated color families and bright silver metallics, most would agree that while a three-coat system might perform incrementally better than a two-coat, the differences are minimal and rarely (if ever) offset the additional project costs and lead-time.

    Considering the intended color, project budget, construction schedule, desired performance, and harshness of the environment should all be considered in the decision-making process. Will these considerations make the decision miraculously black and white? Likely not. But hopefully, with a bit more knowledge about two-coat vs. three-coat systems, the decision is at least a little less gray. And if it’s not, contact us; we’re always happy to help!

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  • Cooper Lighting Solutions Wins 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of The Year – Sustained Excellence Award

    April 14, 2021

    Cooper Lighting Solutions announced today that it has won the 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for the seventh consecutive year. This award recognizes continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR.

    In line with its sustainability goal, Cooper Lighting Solutions deployed millions of ENERGY STAR-certified solutions in both commercial and residential markets, increasing the number of ENERGY STAR-certified configurable models by 19% with new products. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ENERGY STAR-certified products provided by the company to consumers represented a 48% increase in avoided electricity consumption compared to the previous year. Between 2017-2020, Cooper Lighting Solutions’ HALO LED Recessed Lighting offering to businesses and consumers averaged an annual increase of 40% in avoided electricity consumption.

    Commenting on this win, Kraig Kasler, President of Cooper Lighting Solutions said, “We are honored to win this award. Sustainability is a primary goal for us and as a responsible company, we are committed to delivering the most innovative, energy-efficient solutions to our customers through a strong and robust agent and channel partner network, and industry partnerships like the one with ENERGY STAR. Winning this award for the seventh year in a row is very encouraging and reinforces our dedication to advancing the understanding and offering the best and most valuable lighting technology solutions for the benefit of communities.”

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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates handwashing guidelines and materials

    April 09, 2021

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated handwashing guidelines, standardizing language and updating visuals. Though hand dryers have always been recommended by the organization, language around the topic of hand drying was inconsistent across industries and materials. Now, with the latest updates, the CDC’s stance is unequivocally clear: hand dryers are a supported hand drying solution.

    The CDC has shared that “germs spread more easily when hands are wet” and recommends thorough hand drying with clean towels or hand dryers to mitigate germ transfer and the spread of viruses like COVID-19. The organization’s robust hand hygiene media library now visually depicts both towels and hand dryers as a means to complete hygienic hand drying in materials supporting the Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands campaign including fact sheets, posters and other downloadable assets. Additionally, CDC hand drying FAQs and reopening guidelines across industries, including schools, make specific mention of hand dryers among recommended supplies to have on hand.

    “Hand drying is a critical step of proper hand hygiene but has not received the same media attention that handwashing has throughout the pandemic,” shared William Gagnon, vice president of marketing and sales at Excel Dryer. “Ask most anyone how long you should wash your hands and they’re likely to respond with ’20 seconds’ or ‘the amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.’ I don’t believe they realize how important hand drying is to the process and am hopeful the updated materials will help to mitigate confusion and, in turn, the virus’ spread.”

    Excel Dryer’s line of sensor-activated, touchless hand dryers have long been trusted to achieve proper hand hygiene by retail stores, airports, restaurants, schools and universities, stadiums and arenas, hospitals and healthcare facilities, public safety complexes—and any commercial facility with public and/or employee restrooms.

    The CDC’s updated guidelines provide peace of mind to facility managers and members of the public who will interact with hand dryers as these sites reopen.

    “We encourage policy makers, owners, operators and any decision makers or organizations responsible for commercial facilities to consult the updated CDC hygiene resources when reopening guidelines are formulated,” furthered Gagnon. “In some instances, these guidelines will need to be updated to correct incorrect guidance on the use of hand dryers. The CDC has made this point clear: hand dryers are recommended.”

    To review the CDC’s handwashing recommendations, visit To learn more about Excel Dryer’s hygienic hand drying solutions, visit:

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Invites Users to its First Virtual Open House on April 21st

    April 08, 2021

    Registration is open globally for Vectorworks Open House, allowing users to connect with Vectorworks developers

    Columbia, MD (April 7, 2021)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will host its first-ever Open House for all users on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. This interactive virtual event will provide customers in the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment design industries the opportunity to meet the minds behind the software, ask questions of product experts and dive into new and improved software features.

    “Bringing this brand-new global experience to the Vectorworks community is the perfect opportunity to connect with users all over the world to incorporate their feedback and requests into our development process,” said Darick DeHart, chief product officer at Vectorworks. “We can’t wait to open our virtual doors and interact with customers from each industry on a plethora of topics from BIM and GIS workflows to performance improvements and upcoming new features designed to improve the everyday experience in Vectorworks products.”

    Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of engineers, product experts and the Vectorworks leadership team in a series of Zoom rooms that focus on a wide range of topics, including:

    • Public development roadmap
    • Collaboration
    • Algorithms-Aided Design (AAD)
    • 3D modeling and rendering
    • Entertainment design
    • Site design and GIS workflows
    • BIM and data management
    • Academics
    • Licensing and purchasing options
    • Usability and learning

    Registration is free and the event will take place from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET. Attendees from around the world can join at any time during the event’s duration. Prospective attendees can visit the registration page to secure their spots.

    Press interested in attending should contact Vectorworks PR at for more information, to request a demo or to schedule a press interview with executives, industry experts and/or customers.

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  • A Timely Solar Power Conversion in the Deep South

    April 05, 2021

    One of the most galvanizing 2020 APsystems project entries arrived courtesy of The Next Solar Energy Technology, and it took the APsystems honors for commercial winner in 2020. With an astonishingly prescient sense of timing, the Kenner, Louisiana-based solar power company transformed a solar array into a symbol of restored freedom in the Deep South.

    Next Solar Energy was contacted by Liberty Self Storage, a multi-site business in Louisiana, about taking on the conversion project for one of their locations. Liberty Self Storage had dedicated itself to green energy in 2016, commissioning solar conversion for the first 9 of their 12 stores in St. Tammany Parish, but wanted to do something different for this location.

    Next Solar Energy’s design arranged the solar panel array into an American flag. In trading string inverters for 64 APsystems microinverters in the project design, they created one of the most energy-efficient locations in the Liberty chain, and helped Liberty take the prize as one of the most progressive mid-sized companies in the South.

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  • McElroy Metal’s Wave panel serves as façade for training, strength facility in South Carolina

    March 30, 2021

    Gaffney High School in Gaffney, S.C., wanted a new training and strength facility adjacent to its stadium that represented the rich football tradition at the school. The 8,000 square foot building was sided with McElroy Metal ribbed metal panels coated in the school’s color.

    “It’s a free-standing building, built adjacent to the football stadium,” says Ron Smith, Managing Principal, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture of Spartanburg, S.C. “It had to have some elements that enhanced the athletic department and the stadium. We were on a bit of a tight budget, so we wanted a cost-effective functional facility.”

    McElroy Metal’s Wave Panel was installed vertically on the metal building in two Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF colors – Surrey Beige (7,000 square feet of 22-gauge) and Matte Black (200 square feet of 24-gauge). The Wave Panel is a 16-inch concealed fastener wall panel with 3/4-inch-deep ribs, designed to be installed horizontally or vertically over a solid substrate or sub-framing to provide clean, visually appealing lines for both new construction and retrofit projects.

    “We really liked the looks of the vertical element,” Smith says. “It gives it a little bit of its own design look. Metal was the cost-effective choice that provided durability and helped the project be completed on time.”

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  • Ozone Resistant Waterstop for WTF

    March 22, 2021

    Modern water treatment facilities, particularly ozone contactor structures, have utilized Earth Shield® waterstop for over 20 years. Earth Shield® Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV) is immune to the corrosive effects of concentrated ozone. Our TPV polymer waterstop is suitable for ozone exposures up to 600 pphm (parts per hundred million).

    Independent ozone resistance testing (ASTM D 1171) has been performed on our product under direct contact, side-stream, off-gas, and finished water conditions. There was only a slight deviation from the control sample and negligible loss of physical properties.

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  • LA2 Connected Shapes

    March 13, 2021

    LA2 Connected is customizable modular lighting system, without the custom cost.

    • Using a standardized kit of parts, specify unique configurations tailored to meet the needs of each project and budget.
    • Choose from an array of modular components to create truly limitless combinations, each adaptable to your design goals.
    • Handmade in the USA offers precision construction, UL Compliant and fully integrated LED Components, solid stat system with dimming capabilities.
    • Living Building Challenge-Complaint Declare Label

    The entire LA2 collection, which includes Connected Shapes, Rings, Ellipses, and Essentials are Declare Label certified products. Declare is a transparency initiative to communicate complex chemical analysis and raw material sourcing. The label allows build teams and designers to make informed choices about products that are toxin free and support efforts to minimize the impact on the environment.

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  • ISE Logik Webinar - March 10, 2021

    March 12, 2021

    You are cordially invited to a Live Partner Exclusive webinar event. Join us as we explore the features and benefits of our complete line of topical treatments that stop moisture in its tracks, for existing concrete slab construction.

    Save the Date - March 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET Join Here

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  • FOREVERLAWN Partners with Jeffrey Earnhardt for Majority of the 2021 Season

    March 02, 2021

    JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is proud to announce that ForeverLawn, the leading synthetic turf producer in the country, will serve as Jeffrey Earnhardt’s primary sponsor for the majority of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

    ForeverLawn’s first foray into the NASCAR world was last season as part of a three-race deal with Earnhardt and the No. 0 Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway. This season, ForeverLawn has signed on for many additional races, covering over half of the schedule.

    The expansion of ForeverLawn’s support underscores their belief in the fourth-generation driver and grandson of NASCAR Hall of Fame member, Dale Earnhardt. In December, it was announced that Jeffrey Earnhardt would be returning to the seat of the No. 0 Camaro full-time and compete for a spot in the NASCAR Playoffs. Earnhardt’s team is ready to get the season started off in a big way and has high expectations to deliver with on-track results.

    Jeffrey Earnhardt was quoted saying “I am very proud to represent all of the great people at ForeverLawn this season. Their core leadership team shares the same values as my crew and I, and we were able to share a special bond over the three races we had together. With the start of the season just around the corner, I couldn’t be more excited to get down to Daytona and lay the foundation for what I think will be my best season yet. We are here to make a statement this year, and I think we can kick some serious grass!”

    The first races for ForeverLawn will be at Daytona International Speedway on both the superspeedway and road course configurations. Further sponsorship announcements for Earnhardt will be in the forthcoming weeks.

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  • Introducing the New Kingspan GreenGuard LG XPS Insulation Board

    March 02, 2021

    The Kingspan GreenGuard LG XPS Insulation Board product line will continue with our 25-year history of:

    • The same green foam color
    • The same high R-value of 5 per inch
    • The same wide range of compressive strengths including 25 psi, 40 psi, 60 psi
    • The same superior moisture resistance

    There are also improvements and changes:

    • The new formulation will have a GWP (Global Warming Potential) of less than 50!
    • The board face print will be blue!
    • New literature specific to the LG product line with new product numbers: GG25-LG, GG40-LG, and GG60-LG. We believe these new product numbers will enhance the communications regarding which product a customer is requesting and expecting.
    • GreenGuard® XPS LG (low GWP formula) is a premium product with ZERO ODP and <50 GWP.
    • HFC134-A has been completely eliminated.

    This new product line is fully in support of the Kingspan Group’s world-wide Planet Passionate Initiative.

    New Regulations

    GreenGuard XPS currently contains a zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) blowing agent. New laws and regulations are being implemented to lower the Global Warming Potential (GWP) impact of the product.

    • These new regulations are overall very positive and Kingspan is fully in support of this effort
    • Our approach is a measured and customer focused approach

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  • Three McElroy Metal Panels Provide Contemporary Aesthetics for Terminix Headquarters

    March 02, 2021

    In an effort to consolidate operations in several buildings into one modern office and warehouse facility, Terminix constructed a two-story corporate office in a highly visible location along Interstate 26 in Columbia, S.C. Aesthetics were essential for this project so three distinct panel profiles from McElroy Metal adorn the façade of the headquarters.

    “The exterior design expression needed to pay homage to the materials and color palette of the original structures, but in a contemporary and forward-looking way,” says David Sickinger, AIA, LEED AP, at Garvin Design Group of Columbia. “Since the original buildings on this campus used a gray/beige brick and gray metal panels, the intent was to replicate those material selections as a means to provide a link to the past. The building’s architecture was to be much grander in scale and open in terms of the amount of exterior glazing, so the veneer selection provided an opportunity to incorporate a sense of familiarity. However, the scale of the brick and profiles of the metal panels were changed to respond to the larger scale of the new structure.”

    Sickinger says the team added black as a contemporary accent to play off the other panel color and the brick.

    “It was a challenging job, one that makes you look forward to getting to the jobsite when you wake up in the morning,” says Dale Hutto, Manager for Aqua Seal Manufacturing & Roofing of Cayce, S.C. “The toughest part was detailing the transitions between different panel profiles and keep it all watertight. We were careful and it all worked the way it was supposed to.”

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  • Here's What The New HMI Glass Means For You

    February 03, 2021

    As a heritage custom glass brand dating back to 1946, we've provided high-quality glass to glaziers, designers, and homeowners for 75 years. 2021 brings many exciting changes for our company, beginning with a new look and vision.

    Whether you are a previous customer of HMI Cardinal (Cardinal) and Woon-Tech Inc., or a new client, we're thrilled to share all that's in store for the future of HMI Glass and how these changes will best support your home design, renovation project, or glass industry business.

    Keep reading to learn about our third fabrication facility, redesigned website, new sales resources, and fresh design inspiration.

    What's The Story Behind HMI's Rebrand? - The transition began in 2018 when Cardinal acquired Boston-based Woon-Tech. The intention was to blend the best in custom glass shower design, manufacturing, and service with the latest in innovation and creativity. Woon-Tech's excellence in boutique glass fabrication, digital in-glass printing, and glass lamination perfectly complemented the existing Cardinal products.

    We recognized this dual expertise was a one-of-a-kind find in the industry and called for a landmark rebrand. The new look and vision positions HMI as a true innovator in glass.

    With this launch, we're ready to deliver next-level craftsmanship to new and existing partners of any size. We can't wait to serve you and bring your unique vision to life.

    Opening In Reno, Nevada: HMI's Third Facility - We have opened an additional glass fabrication facility beyond our Boston and Louisville hubs to best provide these increased product offerings, uphold high standards of customer service, and continue to improve lead times.

    This latest state-of-the-art facility is located in Reno, Nevada, deepening our roots throughout the United States while catering specifically to the robust design and construction markets on the West Coast.

    HMI Unveils A Bold New Look - Today we are proud to present new branding that brings together Cardinal and Woon-Tech, as well as our three facilities across the country.

    Our history as an American manufacturer served as the key inspiration. From partnering with nationally-recognized artists and influencers to spotlighting the craftspeople “behind the glass” inside the HMI factories, our heritage is showcased and elevated.

    The revamped look is bold and industrial, but also detailed and artistic. We can say with confidence that no other company is offering this visual feast for the eyes.

    HMI's Website Becomes A Key Tool - With a merger, new facility, and rebrand under our belt, we got to work on new tools just for you. The recently-launched website is a true sourcebook for homeowners and designers while serving as an essential tool for glaziers.

    Armed with a tablet or smart device, our vast national network of preferred dealers can now walk into any home and showcase custom glass products in high-resolution, quality, and style using the improved website. Before and after consultations, homeowners will be able to envision their dream bathrooms with the help of striking photography.

    Similarly, architects and designers will find it easier than ever to explore the latest collections and glass technologies. Plus, product specifications are available for download in a few simple clicks.

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  • Aluminum Top Rail in Wood Grain Finishes

    February 01, 2021

    Aluminum Top Rail in Wood Grain Finishes: Feeney's DesignRail® Top Rail in Wood Grain Finishes offers the organic look of wood without the ongoing maintenance requirements. Well-suited for both interior and exterior applications, the durable, powder coat finishes adhere to AAMA 2604 coating specifications for superior impact and weather resistance, and color retention.

    Finishes include Cherry, Walnut and Weathered Gray. The Wood Grain Top Rail can be mixed with any DesignRail® frame color, including standard and custom colors, and matched to the wood used on a deck to create a seamless look.

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  • Metl-Span insulated metal panels help speed up school completion

    January 26, 2021

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – If you make it simple, they will build it.

    To simplify the entire process of constructing a K-12 school building, TLS Choice of Santa Ana, Calif., has developed plans for building systems of various sizes, already Division of the State Architect (DSA) pre-checked. The CUUBE by TLS Choice is a pre-engineered building, using pre-approved building plans that utilize pre-sourced and pre-verified materials and components, including insulated metal roofing and wall panels from Metl-Span.

    “Because all CUUBE buildings have gone through the DSA approval process for the structural components, they do not have to be re-evaluated when submitted for the site-specific plan review,” says Corey McElhinney, Project Manager at TLS Choice. “Using one of our pre-engineered CUUBE DSA-approved PC plans can save the district up to six months.”

    McElhinney points out that TLS stands for “Total Learning Space.” The initial CUUBE project was Vail Elementary School in Temecula, Calif. She says two more projects broke ground in December 2020 and several more are in pricing stages.

    “We offer nine options for the shell of the building,” McElhinney says. “The interior space can be designed for any needs the district requires. Because we use a moment-frame design, it allows for flexibility in location of doors and windows. We use Metl-Span insulated roof and wall panels, allowing the client to select style, color and thickness to meet the district specification and campus aesthetics.”

    The wall panels for Vail Elementary were Metl-Span's CF36 with a TuffWall® exterior finish in Light Stone color to provide the appearance of stucco. The 36-inch-wide panels with a 2-1/2-inch urethane core boast an 18 R-value. Pascal Steel Corporation of Encinitas, Calif., installed 5,766 square feet of wall panels and 6,844 square feet of insulated roofing panels in a Terra Cotta finish. The 42-inch-wide roof panels are 3 inches thick.

    “This was a great project to be a part of and we've got two more on the books,” says Tim DePascale, Project Manager for Pascal Steel. “This school will be the flagship for future projects. While we were onsite, there were numerous walk-throughs with other school districts, so it has great potential.”

    Pascal Steel is used to installing insulated metal panels on cold storage buildings and other industrial type facilities. The use of IMPs on schools may be unique now, but it could take off.

    “The design plans make it easy to erect,” DePascale says. “Everything is thought out ahead of time. We still have work to do onsite as far as ductwork and doors and windows, but it's all laid out in the plans. Insulated metal panels work because they achieve the energy codes for heating and cooling requirements in California.”

    DePascale enjoys going back to take a look at the completed project. “With the TuffWall finish on the insulated metal panels, it has a durable stucco appearance,” he says. “It's a great idea and it's pretty simple to erect.”

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  • Arkansas college campus building features four McElroy Metal products

    January 12, 2021

    Bossier City, La. — Thanks in part to the largest grant the school has ever received, the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has completed the $4.7 million Creativity and Innovation Complex in Hot Springs, Ark. The 21,000-square-foot building, the first new classroom in the 25-year history of the school, houses the Dan Fredinburg Technology Center, the Oaklawn Foundation Community Center, as well as a flexible use space for staff and students to meet on campus.

    McElroy Metal delivered four different products for the new CIC, including roofing and soffits and two different wall panel systems.

    “It was one of those rare projects where the owner provides some parameters and just turns you loose on the design,” says Rico Harris, AIA, vice president at Harris Architecture of Hot Springs. “We considered stucco and cement fiber board, but ultimately chose metal because it gave us the modern, contemporary aesthetic the owner wanted. It just looks good.

    “It's a no-maintenance product and it's durable. It will look good for a long, long time.”

    Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF Patina Green and Slate Gray were the colors chosen for the metal façade and roofing panels. The 24-gauge Maxima panels (13,200 square feet) are Patina Green, installed on the low-slope roof (1-1/2:12). McElroy's Wave panel (7,500 square feet) in Slate Gray and the 138T standing seam panel (13,800 square feet) in Patina Green were specified for the façade. The Wave panel was installed horizontally and the 138T was installed vertically. Marquee-Lok soffit panels (3,800 square feet) in both colors were used on the CIC.

    Because McElroy Metal was able to supply all four products, it was more convenient for the owner to order everything from one manufacturer/supplier. McElroy Metal delivered a profile for the metal roofing, two different metal panels for wall cladding and the metal soffit panels. With everything coming from one supplier, everyone involved with the project was more comfortable also knowing the colors would match.

    Hooper Construction of Hot Springs erected the metal framing for the CIC, and installed the metal walls and roofing from McElroy Metal. Owner Corey Hooper had his crew onsite on and off for almost one year, working around other trades. The project was completed in February 2019.

    “This was a great project for us to work on,” says Hooper. “We've never worked with the Wave panel before and this was the first time we installed the 138T as a wall panel. We took extra care to make sure everything was installed straight, we snap-lined all the way around the building. And it was something new for us to run a mechanical seamer straight up the wall. Once we got the right equipment onsite, it all went really well.

    “I think it looks great, especially at night. They've added waterfalls and it's all lit up. I wasn't sure about the colors and how well they'd look together, but now that it's done, it turned out just great.”

    The new Creativity and Innovation Complex is home to computer science classrooms, a digital arts lab, entrepreneurship lab, D-Space, Maker Space, Morris Rehearsal Studio, network infrastructure and faculty offices.

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  • Sound Seal Launches a Portable Acoustic Enclosure as Part of Sound Curtains Line of Acoustic Solutions

    January 12, 2021

    Agawam, MA – Sound Seal, a leading manufacturer of noise control products serving the industrial, architectural, commercial and construction industries, is pleased to introduce the Portable Acoustic Enclosure.

    Portable Acoustic Enclosures are completely mobile with built-in locking casters, optional vent baffles and windows and Velcro seals to join the panels together. It also combines high-performance sound curtain panels with a modular steel-tube frame. The slip-fit modular frame construction means easy, no-tool assembly in multiple configurations. The reinforced loaded vinyl noise barrier provides up to a 15dB reduction in mid-range frequencies.

    “Portable enclosures were the next logical evolution for our industrial product line,” said Dave Ingersoll, Vice President of Sales for Sound Seal. “With newer plant and shop equipment being made more compact and movable, we wanted to accommodate that with a customizable, modular and sturdy enclosure that can quickly be relocated as needed”.

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  • A Customer Portal Made For You MyEdge™ Online Customer Portal

    January 11, 2021

    Project Overview - Ryan Purdie, Inventory Purchasing Agent for Davis Door Service, has been sourcing products for Davis Door for over 20 years and is always looking for ways to order products and manage his manufacturer relationships as efficiently as possible. Ryan was looking for a way to improve Davis Door's turn-around time on projects for customers where time was of the essence.

    The Challenge - Davis Door takes great pride in offering fast response services for their customers. Sometimes this means working after hours; sourcing products, providing quotes, or installing products even during offhours. This can be challenging when you can't get quotes while manufacturers are closed. “The Customer Service team at Miller Edge has always done a great job, but every once in a while, there were situations where being able to place orders, check order history, or get quotes after hours would have been very helpful,” said Purdie.

    The Solution - Miller Edge recently released its online customer portal called MyEdge. MyEdge is a unique online customer portal that allows customers to access their accounts, anytime day or night. Customers can use MyEdge to place orders, generate quotes, check order history, and much more - all from the convenience of their own devices. Ryan immediately took advantage of the new tool and has been using it actively since its launch. “MyEdge is one of the easiest to use portals I have ever seen — very intuitive and customer friendly. It allows me to get the information I need back to customers faster,” says Purdie.

    The Result - Davis Door Service is able to quickly and easily create quotes in MyEdge, allowing them to respond quickly to customers. Over time, Purdie has grown to utilize MyEdge for nearly all his ordering. “For quoting, ordering and checking status, now I use MyEdge almost all the time because of its ease of use and the convenience of getting what I need quickly. I still contact Miller Edge by phone or email every now and then in special situations and they do a great job for me, but for the most part I use MyEdge just because it’s so convenient and it’s available to me anytime I want – even if Miller Edge is closed,” said Purdie.

    About MyEdge - Miller Edge customers can use MyEdge to access their Miller Edge accounts, create quotes, check pricing, and access their account history, billing, and current orders all in one location. Additionally, MyEdge offers unique sales and marketing programs designed to make branding your showroom, truck, fleet, and marketing efforts very easy. This portal has been customized for MyEdge users to stay up to date on Miller Edge news and updates, as well as downloadable resources. Register at to gain access!

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  • BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2021

    January 08, 2021

    These innovative products reduce carbon emissions and include negative embodied carbon carpet, repurposed EV battery storage, carbon sequestering aggregate, and more.

    Every year for the past 19 years, BuildingGreen has selected ten green building products that significantly improve upon standard “business-as-usual” practices. This year's products address our most pressing challenge: reducing the environmental impacts of greenhouse gases. The products do so by sequestering carbon, conserving energy and resources, and reducing emissions, fundamentally changing our building systems.

    Please click the READ MORE button to be taken to this year's BuildingGreen Top 10 winners.

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  • Q-railing – USA Announces Opening of New Office and Warehouse in Orlando, FL

    December 23, 2020

    Q-railing – USA, a quality leader in glass and metal guardrails & railings, will be opening a new office and warehouse in Orlando, Florida at 3734 Mercy Star Ct. - Suite 130 in January 2021. Due to steady growth within the United States, the company is expanding operations to build upon their promise for product availability and logistics excellence. The new location will serve as a distribution hub for product shipments within the Southeast region and showroom for local design professionals.

    “With European design and a modern aesthetic, our products are very relevant to this market,” Jan Hulin, General Manager for Q-railing – North America expressed. “We are excited to become part of this community to serve our regional customer base and foster new business relationships.”

    With the addition of the new location, Q-railing will have three U.S. offices in Tustin, CA, Brooklyn, NY, and Orlando, FL.

    Q-railing, headquartered in Emmerich am Rhein, Germany, is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing railing system providers in the world today, with representation on six continents. Q-railing - USA, started selling in North America in 2009. Currently, it ships throughout the United States with additional sales presence in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    As the premium brand in railing systems, Q-railing is a trusted source for glass & metal railings, guardrails, handrails, balconies, and more. The products celebrate panoramic views, modern design, safety and innovation.

    Systems are engineered for residential, light commercial, commercial applications, including production homes, custom residences, retail shops, multi-story residential buildings, restaurants, offices, mid & high-rise structures and large public spaces such as shopping malls, museums, stadiums, swimming pools and airports.

    Q-railing promotes components parts, prefabricated assemblies and project solutions to designers, architects, installers, contractors, builders and developers.

    The “Premium” at Q-railing, stands for superior quality products at a competitive market price with customer service you can count on; this reputation for excellence grows with every system installed.

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  • Versatile Aluminum Railing Systems: Quick to Install, Designed to Last

    December 21, 2020

    Aluminum Top Rail in Wood Grain Finishes: Feeney’s DesignRail® Top Rail in Wood Grain Finishes offers the organic look of wood without the ongoing maintenance requirements. Well-suited for both interior and exterior applications, the durable, powder coat finishes adhere to AAMA 2604 coating specifications for superior impact and weather resistance, and color retention.

    Finishes include Cherry, Walnut and Weathered Gray. The Wood Grain Top Rail can be mixed with any DesignRail® frame color, including standard and custom colors, and matched to the wood used on a deck to create a seamless look.

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  • McElroy Metal's Multi-Cor panels bring durability as well as desired aesthetics to California apartment complex

    December 17, 2020

    Bossier City, La. — You'd never guess the 30-unit complex known as Downtown Terrace in San Luis Obispo, Calif., was made up entirely of mobile homes. Each two-story unit was manufactured in a factory and delivered with OSB siding. As a finishing touch, corrugated panels from McElroy Metal were installed as the façade to each building.

    “Technically, they're mobile homes,” says John Belsher, project manager at Belsher Law of San Luis Obispo. “They are registered by the state as mobile homes, licensed as mobile homes and taxed as mobile homes. They were manufactured in a mobile home factory. I didn't like the factory finishes that were available, so I found the corrugated metal siding.”

    Mathieu Anfosso, Lead Designer at Ten Over Studio in San Luis Obispo, says the Multi-Cor panel from McElroy Metal was selected for its aesthetic qualities and paneled look, which was in line with the pre-manufactured concept of the homes.

    “Metal siding was really helpful in our design and assembly process,” Anfosso says. “It allowed the construction crew to side the buildings after assembly on site, rather than in the home manufacturing plant, since each building is composed of four different modules. Siding on site helped the design team hide the modules for a more holistic siding design on each building.”

    Anfosso says the colors are reminiscent of the direct project surroundings and the San Luis Obispo area. “The darker gray echoes the dramatic mountain backdrop of the Cerro San Luis, while the burgundy is a playful nod to the wine heritage that San Luis Obispo is nestled in,” he says.

    The four Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF colors selected for 24-gauge Multi-Cor panels were Charcoal, Brandywine, Ash Gray and Light Stone. Consistent, rounded corrugations make Multi-Cor the ideal panel to achieve nostalgic appeal.

    “Metal is very durable and it has a very avant-garde feel to it that appeals to millennials,” Belsher says. “It's a clean, distinct look, an industrial revitalization; a hip look for young urban professionals. It can easily be cleaned and will never have to be repainted. It's a lifetime product.”

    Belsher says extra care was taken during the installation process to ensure all details were waterproof.

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  • Stationary Awnings From Feeney Add Style And Protection From The Elements

    December 14, 2020

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

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

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

    Suitable for a broad range of climates, the awnings are Class 4 impact rated and have been engineered to withstand snow/wind loads up to 35.5 psf. Built-in rain gutters at the front edge of the awnings direct runoff to the sides. The polycarbonate panels come in a choice of clear, textured and gray tint, and awning frames are available in 14 standard colors, including Feeney's vibrant Express Yourself hues, along with custom colors. Optional extension kits can be added to extend awning coverage on straight sections and around corners.

    The awnings are available from Feeney or from authorized Feeney dealers.

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  • ISE Logik launches new website and brand strategy

    December 04, 2020

    Gulfport, Miss.– ISE Logik Industries, the industry's #1 specialist in moisture vapor mitigation for new or existing concrete slab construction, announced the launch of a totally new website to serve its customers. Under the theme “Concrete Science for Moisture Mitigation,” the new site radically expands the amount and depth of information about the company, its products and the concrete industry it serves.

    “We took a look at the information out there, as well as our current site and determined some big improvements could be made,” said David P. Seland, principal and CEO of ISE Logik. “The construction, flooring and roofing industry is intensely interested in solutions for vapor transmission, and we saw the need for a better way to get the word out.” features easy connecting points and links of the company's comprehensive education program throughout the construction industry's leading publications and forums. Also new is a blog with extensive technical articles to help specifiers, contractors, installers and specialists understand the science of stopping moisture transmission in its tracks before it causes extensive and costly damage.

    “Our new website is a perfect reflection of our company's take on its role in the industry. It's the destination for the best admixture and topical products, knowledge and help in our business,” observed Dean Craft, principal and COO of ISE Logik. “And over time, it'll just keep getting better.”

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  • School Wins First Place Interiors Award in ATAS' Project of the Year Competition

    November 25, 2020

    Allentown, PA - The new Moser School for fourth and fifth grade students is a 79,000 square foot building which opened in September of 2019. Due to increasing student enrollment, a new school was built, making it the fifth school for the town of Rocky Hill, CT.

    ATAS International's Linear Ceiling panel in a custom wood grain pattern, created with a high-performance 70% PVDF paint finish, was used in the project. Black recessed filler strips were installed between the panels to create a striking shadow line. The Moser School was the first-place winner in ATAS' 2019 Project of the Year competition, in the interiors category.

    The architect for Moser School was Kaestle Boos Associates of Boston, Massachusetts. The contractor was GDS Contracting Corporation and the panels were purchased through KAMCO of New England.

    Linear Ceiling is a system comprised of suspended or positive fastened carriers with metal panels snapped into place within the carrier. The Linear Ceiling system is available in two distinct profiles: a round edge or a square box, with or without filler strips. Each profile has a choice of two widths that are interchangeable due to the 4” increments of the carrier system. The two ceiling widths provide coverages of 4” and 8”. The use of filler strips provides either a flush or revealed appearance. Filler strips can be removed to provide ventilation within the system or panels can be perforated or louvered if desired. Microperforations are available and recommended for interior use only.

    The metal panels are available in over 35 standard colors, and in addition to the 70% PVDF paint finishes, they are also available in anodized aluminum, wood grain laminates, various print coats, and a mirrored finish.

    Metal is being used more often for interior applications, including ceilings, walls, column covers, and other accents. It is being discovered that a building's interior can benefit from the beauty, longevity, and durability of metal. Curved, tapered, and custom capabilities expand options for building owners and architects, bringing design ideas to life.

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  • McElroy Metal's 238T symmetrical panel recovers coliseum roof, wall

    November 24, 2020

    Bossier City, La. - The usually busy Fort Hays State University campus was closer to a ghost town when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. Students were attending classes online and athletic events were canceled. It turned out to be the perfect time to re-roof – and re-wall – Gross Memorial Coliseum.

    After 50 years of enduring heavy winds, hailstorms and whatever Mother Nature could throw at it, an aging copper batten roof was leaking in spots and had to be removed by Roofmasters of Hays, Kan. Approximately 50,000 square feet of McElroy Metal's 238T symmetrical standing seam panels were installed as the replacement roof.

    “Everyone was used to the way that roof looked,” says Kelly McMurphy, AIA, Partner at Landmark Architects of Hutchinson, Kan. “The owner wanted to keep the look of the standing seam roof and the color. Metal was the only option as a replacement and to keep the same look, Dark Bronze was chosen as the color.”

    McMurphy says the roof is very visible from the nearby highway and everyone wanted to be sure it would look good and last for decades.

    “Working with Roofmasters and (McElroy Metal National Recover Manager) Charlie Smith, I felt we had all our bases covered,” McMurphy says. “Roofmasters has installed a lot of standing seam roofing. I knew this roof would be detailed better and installed better than the original roof. I couldn't be more pleased with how it all turned out.”

    Luke Haines, President and owner of Roofmasters, says the 2-inch by 2-inch redwood battens the copper panels were attached with had disintegrated from being subjected to years of extreme heat under the copper caps. His crew removed the battens and some of the roof deck then covered the entire roof with a self-adhering high-temperature ice and water shield. Roofmasters installed 50,000 square feet of McElroy Metal's 238T symmetrical standing seam panels – most as roofing, but some as walls. Dark Bronze resembles the original copper roof when it reached its 50-year-old patina.

    “We've installed this system on many roofs, but this was the first as a large vertical wall,” Haines says. “It's an exceptional watertight system, so it can be installed as a wall.”

    The vertical “walls” are between the four steep-slope (14:12) entrances around the building. At the bottom of the metal panel walls is a lower slope roof (8:12). Roofmasters hoisted a roll former to the upper low slope roof deck of the coliseum and the panels for the steep slope and the 20-foot vertical walls were produced there. Each panel, up to 65 feet long, was lowered by hand from the flat roofing section into place with a rope and clamp.

    “Where the wall panels meet the lower slope roofing sections, there were some serious leaking problems there,” Haines says. “The original copper panels were not continuous panels; they were only eight feet long and they were folded at the bottom of the wall where it meets the lower sloped roofing. Years of expanding and contracting left some gaps. With the new roof, we were able to work up a detail to avoid that problem. The wall panels are pinned at the top, so they can move at the bottom. Customized proper flashing at the transition of the vertical to steep slope was installed and stripped in with high-temp ice-and-water underlayment. We were careful to design and implement redundancy in the details as the roof and wall project will be here for years in the future.

    Another challenging detail was the internal gutter at the bottom of the steep-sloped roofing above the entrances. Haines says the PVC-coated metal was heat-welded with strips at the laps to make it watertight. The gutters are more than a foot wide. The details were important from the design to the installation and Roofmasters workmen were a key component for a timely quality finish.

    Gross Memorial Coliseum, constructed in 1973 with a capacity of 6,814, was named a Top 5 Arena in NCAA Division II by Hero Sports and to the Best Division II Arenas list by the NCAA in 2018. It was voted the Best Arena in Division II by T3Bracketology Twitter Arena Bracket Challenge in 2020.

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  • Metl-Span - Call it Continuing Education with a Conscience

    November 19, 2020

    Choose your course. Select your cause. Earn your credits.

    All NINE of Metl-Span's webinar courses qualify for the program!

    Metl-Span will donate $100 through Credits for a Cause on behalf of every architectural firm that completes one of their nine CEU webinars.

    For more information, please click the "Read More" button.

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  • CSI Fellowship Awarded to Employee of ATAS International

    November 17, 2020

    Allentown, PA - Lee Ann M. Slattery, FCSI, CDT®, CCPR, LEED AP BD+C, sales support manager at ATAS International, has been awarded CSI Fellowship in the 2020 Class of Fellows, as one of five members elevated this year. She was nominated through a rigorous application process, then elected by the Jury of Fellows for membership. Fellowship is one of the top two honors given by the Institute. Slattery has been an active CSI member at the local chapter, region, and Institute levels over the past 18 years, and is well deserving of this award. Fellowship was bestowed during a virtual honors and awards ceremony on November 5th.

    Slattery said, “I am very humbled to be included in this year's Class of Fellows. Being a member of CSI has provided so much to me. In addition to gaining knowledge and guidance though a vast network of industry colleagues, it also provided me with leadership opportunities. I learned how to be a better team member when working as a group to achieve a goal, and I also learned to pass along my knowledge and guidance to others to advance their own careers in our industry.”

    The CSI Fellowship award reads “For creating public awareness of the construction industry through the Let's Build Construction Camp for Girls, Canstruction of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and Homes for Our Troops; for initiating change to broaden the membership reach of CSI and expand the educational offerings of the Middle Atlantic Region events; and for being an outspoken champion of the value of CSI certifications, memberships, emerging professionals, corporate partnerships, and Master Specifier Retreats, you are hereby advanced to Fellowship in the Institute on this 5th day of November 2020”.

    Dick Bus, president of ATAS, stated, “There is no one more deserving of a Fellowship award than Lee Ann. I was pleased to have the opportunity to recommend her for CSI Fellowship this year. She has been an ambitious and highly motivated employee of ATAS for over 14 years, and a very engaged and active CSI member for over 18 years.”

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  • What is the cost difference between standard PVDF color, Premium PVDF color and Metallic colors for metal roofing and siding?

    November 17, 2020

    By Kathi Miller, Architectural National Accounts, McElroy Metal

    Bossier City, La.— The paint used to coat metal roofing and siding panels has three basic components: pigment, which creates the color; solvent, which helps to dissolve the pigment; and binder or resin, which acts like the glue to hold everything together.

    Due to differences in both pigment cost and the amount of pigment required, most metal panel manufacturers segment their PVDF offering into three pricing tiers.

    Standard PVDF (Kynar 500/Hylar 5000) Colors - The first and lowest priced group is often referred to as the standard colors. These colors represent the bulk of the metal roof and wall panel industry. Given the basic laws of economics (the more you buy, the cheaper it is), most people expect this color offering to be the least expensive. And they're right. But what many folks don't realize is that these colors require less pigment, so their lower cost is actually reflective of the fact that they are less expensive for paint manufacturers to produce.

    While most of the colors in these groups fall in the white, beige or earth tone family, dark bronzes and blacks are also commonly included.

    Premium PVDF (Kynar 500/Hylar 5000) Colors - While the Standard colors work for most projects, there are times where something a little more spectacular is desired for the color of a metal roof or wall system. Often, the decision stems from the desire to match a corporate brand or perhaps a designer or owner wants all or part of a building to make a bigger statement. In those cases, Premium colors are often considered.

    While there are many variables in the equation, a good rule of thumb is to allow 8-10 percent additional cost for colors in the Premium PVDF family. The additional cost stems from several factors.

    First, the pigments used to produce these dramatic colors are more expensive than their standard color counterparts.

    Secondly, Premium colors typically require more pigment (and less filler) than standard colors, which also makes them more expensive. As a side note, some of the colors in this family also carry a reduced paint warranty due to the performance of the pigments used in this process. So, if the warranty length is important, always check with a reputable manufacturer during the color selection process.

    It's also important to note that the 8-10 percent upcharge for the premium colors “typically” applies only to panels and doesn't apply to labor, trims and accessories. Consequently, the total cost increase to move from a Standard to Premium color is often less than expected. As an example, for a 20,000 square foot standing seam roof, the cost difference to go from Standard to a Premium color might cost an additional $3,000-$5,000 total on the project. So, while it is a higher price, the cost difference is pretty negligible, especially if it's critical to the brand or building owner.

    Colors in this family fall more into what you might call the exotics and include things like oranges, reds, vibrant blues and greens.

    Metallic PVDF (Kynar 500/Hylar 5000) Colors - Moving the discussion onto metallics, it's important to note that we're referring to metallic “colors.” Metallic colors are completely different from an unpainted product like Galvalume or galvanized, which have an actual metallic coating.

    When comparing Standard, Premium and Metallic finishes, Metallic PVDF colors are the most expensive and normally carry a 10-12 percent cost increase over the standard PVDF colors.

    Like Premium colors, some of the higher cost can be attributed to higher pigment cost. In some cases, the coating lines which apply the paint to the steel are also required to run at slower speeds for metallic paints, which can increase cost.

    It's also important to note that Metallic finishes can be directional, meaning they must be installed in the same direction to prevent perceived shade differences. Consequently, installers are required to take more care in the layout and installation of materials, so installation costs are often higher for Metallic coatings than they are for either Standard or Premium colors. And, while it may not impact cost, metallic colors tend to be “batch sensitive,” meaning there may be slight differences between paint produced at different times. Using products from several different batches on the same project can create aesthetic issues and should be avoided whenever possible.

    Colors in this family tend to be coppers, silvers, bronzes and champagnes.

    Summary - Keep in mind that the cost increase percentages outlines here are simply for budget purposes. If you have color or budget questions for an upcoming project or even want to chat more about the possibility of custom colors, contact us. We would love to help.

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  • Wilsonart Unveils New Laminate Collection Designed To Enhance Wellness

    November 17, 2020

    The 2020 Virtual Design Library offers textures and colors that help bring calm and relaxation to healthcare settings

    TEMPLE, TX – As interior design that prioritizes mindfulness and comfort becomes increasingly important, Wilsonart continues to push the practice forward with its 2020 Virtual Design Library. Embracing the concept of “Wellness,” the new curated collection of boutique laminate designs takes inspiration from nature and brings healing, calm, and serenity to healthcare-built environments and beyond.

    Based on research that suggests a strong connection between well-being and familiar elements found in the natural world, these new Wellness offerings feature organic patterns, textures, and colors. From large-scale abstract scenes reminiscent of foggy grey mountains to layered sky motifs that exude warmth, all are designed to soothe the soul and invigorate the senses. This collection also introduces the Hinoki range, consisting of three neutral-hued woodgrains that get their name from Japanese cypress trees famous for their “divine wood.”

    “The concept of wellness has rippled through communities and industries as people look for a bit of respite from the stresses of modern life. We're proud to offer intentional design coupled with high performance that can bring tranquility to healthcare settings,” says Danielle Mikesell, Global Vice President of Marketing and Design for Wilsonart. “The best part is that while these looks were created with healthcare in mind, they also work beautifully for hospitality, retail, and residential.”

    Extending the 2020 Virtual Design Library umbrella theme of “Community,” the Wellness collection offers individual appeal — while also harmonizing to create a unique palette. Their coordinating possibilities increase exponentially when combined with Wilsonart's engineered surfaces portfolio, including Wilsonart® Quartz, Solid Surface, High Pressure Laminate (HPL), and Coordinated Surfaces. This flexibility helps facilities quickly adapt to new modes of care.

    Staying true to the durability and easy maintenance Wilsonart is known for, the 2020 Virtual Design Library Wellness collection also offers exceptional cleanability and resistance to scratches and scuffs for lasting beauty and high-quality appearance.

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  • BIA Launches New US-Canada Industrywide Clay Brick EPD Contributes Toward LEED v.4.0 and v.4.1 Materials and Resources Requirements

    November 16, 2020

    RESTON, Va. — The Brick Industry Association (BIA) announces that clay brick can now contribute toward fulfillment of Materials and Resources requirements in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4.0 and v4.1 for projects pursuing LEED certification.

    A new United States-Canada Industrywide Clay Brick Environmental Product Declaration (Brick Industrywide EPD) has been completed, third-party certified and published, reflecting data associated with the manufacture of units that comply with nearly every currently active ASTM clay brick specification. The full EPD can be viewed here.

    The Brick Industrywide EPD qualifies for use in the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization –Environmental Product Declarations credit as a Type III EPD, conforming to ISO 14025 and ISO 21930 with a cradle to gate scope. The requirements of this credit can be viewed here.

    “The new EPD provides evidence of clay brick's sustainable benefits and allows designers to further recognize clay brick's role as a major element in sustainable design and construction,” said BIA President Ray Leonhard.

    Products from an industrywide EPD are valued by LEED v4.1 as one (1) whole product for the purposes of the credit achievement calculation, whereas LEED v4.0 awards a value of one-half (1/2) for these products. A total of 20 products are required on a project to receive this credit.

    The Brick Industrywide EPD represents the average environmental impact of clay brick production in the U.S. and Canada. The data for the EPD captures 32% of 2018 brick production submitted by 13 different manufacturers from plants in 14 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada. The range of data includes brick formed by the stiff-mud and soft-mud processes and includes brick made in tunnel and periodic kilns.

    Participating BIA manufacturers include Acme Brick Company, The Belden Brick Company, Bowerston Shale Company, Brampton Brick, Inc., Endicott Clay Products Co., General Shale, Inc., Glen-Gery Corporation, Hebron Brick Company, Lee Brick & Tile Company, Meridian Brick LLC, Meridian Brick Canada, Ltd., Pine Hall Brick, Inc. and Statesville Brick Company.

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  • Wilsonart Redefines Rare Beauty with Its Calacatta Quartz Collection

    November 09, 2020

    Four Stunning Designs Inspired by the Classic Elegance of Calacatta Marble

    TEMPLE, TX – Wilsonart, one of the world's leading manufacturers of engineered surfaces, announced its breathtaking Calacatta Quartz Collection launch. The unique designs are inspired by Calacatta marble, derived from Italy's Carrara region. Wilsonart's world-renowned design team spent months refining the vibrant whites and deep, elegant veining of their Calacatta Collection, providing timeless designs that effortlessly complement a wide variety of interiors. "The new Wilsonart® Calacatta Quartz Collection provides an environmentally sustainable choice over its marble muse, one of the rarest natural stones on the planet," said Danielle Mikesell, Wilsonart Global Vice President of Marketing and Design. "The Calacatta Collection is elegantly fulfilling the promise of engineered surfaces and making readily available one of the world's most sought after marble-looks. Inspired by the splendor of nature, our design team was able to replicate the look and feel of marble, yet do so in a more responsible way to help protect our planet while meeting the design community and consumers' demands alike. Now, you can have the exceptional style of Calacatta without the concern of disturbing one of the most beautiful places on Earth."

    Wilsonart® Quartz is man-made, using state-of-the-art technology that gives architects, designers, and homeowners color consistency throughout slabs, and allows for a beautiful installation.
    "The advantages of engineered quartz are numerous, giving you the best of both worlds: a coveted look combined with daily ease and long-term durability," shares Andrew Korzen, Global Vice President of Hard Surfaces at Wilsonart. Calacatta Quartz designs provide numerous advantages:

    · Stronger, harder and more scratch-resistant than most surfaces
    · Non-porous, non-absorbent, and stain-resistant surface inhibits the growth of mold and bacteria
    · Does not need to be chemically sealed
    · Maintenance-free, easily cleaned with only soap and water
    · 10-year product-only warranty, non-transferrable
    · Certified UL GREENGUARD Gold for Indoor Air Quality, NSF International Seal for Safe Surfaces for Food Preparation, and Kosher for the U.S. under the Kashruth Division of the Orthodox Union

    The Collection includes:

    Calacatta Aquilea (Q4056)
    Calacatta Aquilea has wide cool grey veins running diagonally within the slab and accented by thin darker grey veins giving this design a unique large-scale marble look.

    Calacatta Volegno (Q4057)
    Calacatta Volegno is a bright, white large-scale marble design with soft and wide, cool grey veins. The thin veining adds warmth with dark grey and brown.

    Calacatta Pastino (Q4058)
    Calacatta Pastino is a large-scale Calacatta marble design in cool tones. The wide veins are in a soft grey with thin darker grey veins throughout to accentuate.

    Calacatta Serchio (Q4059)
    Calacatta Serchio is a large-scale Calacatta marble look. The background is a slightly warm white with wide soft grey veins accented by slightly darker thin veins throughout.

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  • Barrette Outdoor Living Generates Massive Power With Another Solar Panel Installation

    November 05, 2020

    Barrette Outdoor Living has completed the installation of a rooftop solar array on their 200,000 square foot aluminum fence and railing manufacturing facility in Brooksville, FL, making it the largest privately-owned solar project in Florida at the time of contract.

    The 2.35 Megawatt DC system was designed and installed by Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) of Fort Lauderdale, FL. The array is comprised of 27 invertors, 6,354 solar panels and is capable of producing more than 2,352,489 watts DC of power output which will offset approximately 81 percent of the facility’s electricity consumption.

    This rooftop array is a major step in not only reducing operating costs, but minimizing Barrette Outdoor Living’s carbon footprint on the community. The energy generated by the solar array will produce approximately 3.465 gigawatt hour of energy annually with a CO2 offset of 2,450 metric ton. This equates to driving 6,079,140 miles in a passenger vehicle, charging 312,440,375 smartphones or planting 40,510 trees.

    This is the second Barrette Outdoor Living plant to undergo a transition to solar power. In April 2019, the company completed installation of a 2.14 Megawatt DC rooftop system at their 400,000 square foot facility in Galloway, NJ. “As a leading manufacturer, we are proud of our commitment to build sustainable and environmentally-responsible practices to help green our supply chain and decrease our carbon footprint,” said Jean desAutels, President of Barrette Outdoor Living. The company will continue to further their sustainable gains by working to implement solar panel programs throughout some of their other facilities over the next few years.

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  • Durable and Attractive Metal Chosen to Accent New Regional Corporate Headquarters

    October 27, 2020

    Allentown, PA - A 200,000 square-foot, three-story building houses the new regional headquarters for Geico in Tucson, Arizona. It occupies 20 acres of land, and includes modern workspaces, an onsite cafeteria, fitness center, credit union, and 20,000 square feet of patios and outdoor space for associates to use during breaks. This project won first place in ATAS International's 2019 Project of the Year competition in the accents category. The building is located in The Bridges, which includes a 65-acre tech park, 112 acres of retail development, and 175 acres of residential development. It is poised to be one of the most desirable employment hubs in Tucson.

    ATAS' Belvedere 6” Short Rib solid and perforated panels in clear satin anodized aluminum were used on portions of the walls, along with solid panels in a custom blue color. For the stairwells, custom perforated ATAS panels in clear satin anodized aluminum were installed. The metal panels accented the concrete tilt-up panels, of which the building was constructed.

    Belvedere 6″ Short Rib wall panels are structural in nature and can be installed either on solid substrate or open framing. It is a 1½” deep ribbed panel that features six broad low and six narrow high cells. This panel can be installed horizontally and vertically with exposed fasteners. They are manufactured in .032, .040 and .050 aluminum, as well as in 24, 22, or 20-gauge metallic coated steel or 55% Al-Zn alloy coated steel with acrylic coating. The Belvedere 6” Short Rib panels provide a rugged, urban-industrial aesthetic desired by many building owners and architects alike. They are easily installed and the long-lasting, high-performance fasteners and accessories in matching colors are made to resist weathering and deterioration.

    The architect for this project was ONYX Creative of Tucson, Arizona. J.B. Steel was the installer of the stairwell panels, and Roofing Southwest was the installer of the wall panels, both of Tucson. Panels were purchased through Beacon Building Products.

    Randall Paine, procurement manager for J.B. Steel, stated, “For this particular project, the design and pattern for the perforated aluminum panels was specified by the architect. Since our expertise is in steel and not aluminum, we relied heavily on ATAS to help us design and detail the perforated panels in both a functional and aesthetically pleasing manner. We believe this was achieved on this project through close cooperation between the design team, the Renaissance Companies, ATAS, and J.B. Steel. We would like to give a special thanks to David Jarrett, the ATAS product rep, for his commitment to working with J.B. Steel to help address issues and questions that developed during the project.”

    Approximately 230 perforated stairwell panels in over 40 different perforation patterns were manufactured by ATAS. The technical department created a program for each perforation pattern; the panels were then perforated and cut on ATAS' turret presses in Allentown, PA and Mesa, AZ. Once removed from the turret press, all the edges were bent for each panel.

    Shawn Wood, metal expert at Roofing Southwest, said, “We chose ATAS for the wall panels due to their ability to provide small quantities of custom colors by post-painting the panels, as well as for the wide variety of wall panel profiles that they offer. David Jarrett of ATAS was great to work with during the entire process.”

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  • Private School in Dallas Area Solves Leaking Issues with McElroy Metal Symmetrical Standing Seam Roofing System

    October 27, 2020

    Bossier City, La. — After a decade of throwing money at ongoing problems, Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, finally decided it was time to deal with leaky roof issues on its gymnasium and natatorium. The solution came from McElroy Metal's 238T symmetrical standing seam roofing system, installed by Supreme Roofing of Dallas.

    Greenhill School is an independent school in the greater Dallas area, serving more than 1,300 students, grades prekindergarten through high school. Founded in 1950, the campus consists of 15 buildings, including a full athletic complex and state-of-the-art performing arts center.

    “The school was getting a new gym floor, so it was decided the best thing to do was repair those areas and eliminate those problems that might end up damaging that new floor,” says Todd Gilmore, Sheet Metal Manager at Supreme. “There were two roof leaking issues on campus and we've been helping out the client for many years with both of them.”

    Gilmore says the gym, with its 25-year-old 7/8-inch T-panel roof, was always overwhelmed with rain and the clearstory windows would get flooded out.

    On the barrel roof of the gym, the existing roof system was left in place. Supreme flute-filled the original panels with a 1.25-inch ISO to help bring the system to an R-25 to meet building code. That was covered with 18,300 square feet of 238T curved symmetrical standing seam panels in Acrylic-coated Galvalume. Not having to tear off the gym roof protected the new gym floor from any inclement weather during construction.

    The natatorium featured a 20-foot x 60-foot skylight, and dealt with issues caused by a dead valley above the skylight, leading to constant leaks into the pool. When tearing off the 25-year-old T-panel on the natatorium, the Supreme Roofing crew discovered there were significant deck areas that had rotted because of the leaks.

    “There were also a lot of safety concerns on this one, no way to flag it off, guys were tied off consistently to structural steel,” Gilmore says. “We had the large skylight in the middle of the natatorium to work around which presented its own set of problems.”

    The natatorium roof ended up being a complete tear-off.

    “On the natatorium roof, we removed the existing panel and installed a 1.25-inch ISO,” Gilmore says. “We then installed an 18-inch wide, 238T panel, a new skylight and the single-ply system. We introduced a new, 8-inch high skylight and we raised that curb up to 15 inches. We put a 5-square gray single-ply TPO roof with a cricket behind the skylight, instead of trying to create a cricket out of metal.”

    The natatorium roof was approximately 7,000 square feet of 238T, also in Acrylic-coated Galvalume. Supreme Roofing also installed 3,500 square feet of the 238T on a canopy adjacent to the gym. The 18-inch Galvalume Plus 238T panels were formed and curved 118 degrees onsite. The 238T symmetrical standing seam system is setting a new standard for performance with ease of installation, outstanding wind uplift and strength characteristics, individual panel replacement capability and jobsite roll forming for long length panels.

    “The school has a 20-year warranty with this,” Gilmore says. “Those battles they've been fighting the last 10 years that I've been helping them with, will no longer exist.”

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  • Fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship to Open December 1

    October 20, 2020

    Global competition will recognize design students’ best work

    Columbia, MD (October 20, 2020)—Continuing its commitment to cultivate future generations of designers, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. will open submissions for its fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship on December 1, 2020. The Vectorworks Design Scholarship invites undergraduate and graduate students in major disciplines related to architecture, landscape architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design to submit either new or old projects.

    “Last year, we received over 1,600 submissions worldwide and we’re looking forward to getting even more submissions this year,” said Marketing Programs Director Alice Lowy. “The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is an amazing opportunity for students to take the next step in their professional development by submitting to win scholarship prizes while showing off their creative designs.”

    Students will be able to submit their best work for a chance to win up to $10,000 USD and gain professional recognition. Winners will also acquire free Vectorworks design software for their school’s lab and free virtual workshop training.

    Those who wish to enter are encouraged to start thinking of their submissions now. Visit to learn more and to enter your email address to be notified of when entries open.

    Additionally, students can visit the academic portal to receive a free educational copy of Vectorworks Designer and check out the inspiration gallery of last year’s winners to help get started.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Receives Nine Nominations for the 2020 Construction Computing Awards

    October 14, 2020

    Voting for the 15th annual awards is open until November 2

    Columbia, MD (October 13, 2020)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. celebrates their nominations for the 2020 Construction Computing Awards. Vectorworks, Inc. and its products Vectorworks Architect and Vectorworks Landmark received nine nominations in BIM, architectural and innovation categories, among others. Additionally, the Vectorworks Nomad app is nominated in the Mobile Application category and Jonathan Reeves of Jonathan Reeves Architects received two nominations for his projects and work as a Vectorworks trainer.

    The Construction Computing Awards, also known as "The Hammers," is now in its 15th year. The awards showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions used in the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. The Hammers are the perfect opportunity for companies from every industry sector to seek recognition for their efforts over the past 12 months.

    “We’d like to thank the Construction Computing Awards for recognizing our efforts and commitment to the AEC industry,” said Vectorworks UK Director of Sales Adrian Slatter. “Despite this unprecedented year, providing innovations to our customers remained our top priority, which is why the launch of Vectorworks 2021 highlights our continued emphasis on improving product quality, performance and the user experience.”

    Vectorworks and its products are short-listed in the following categories:

    • BIM Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect
    • Architectural CAD Application of 2020: Vectorworks Architect
    • GIS/Mapping Product of 2020: Vectorworks Landmark and Architect
    • Mobile Application of 2020: Vectorworks Nomad
    • Product of the Year 2020: Vectorworks Architect
    • Company of the Year: Vectorworks, Inc.
    • Innovation of the Year 2020: Vectorworks Architect 2021
    • One to Watch Company 2020: Vectorworks Architect and Landmark
    • BIM Project of the Year: Jonathan Reeves Architects with Vectorworks for Earth Sheltered Eco Home
    • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Project of the Year 2020: Jonathan Reeves Architects with Vectorworks for Urban Masterplan
    • Editor’s Choice of 2020: Vectorworks Architect 2021

    The awards are determined by voter submission and a panel of judges. The Editor’s Choice award is selected by David Chadwick, editor of Construction Computing Magazine. Voters are encouraged to place their votes here by November 2. Winners will be announced on November 12.

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  • Residence Turns Heads with Attractive Metal Cladding

    October 07, 2020

    Allentown, PA - This striking home is located in Penn Township, which was named after Pennsylvania founder William Penn. CastleTop panels in three shades of green; Forest, Hemlock, and Patina, were used along with Dove Grey Grand C panels, to create this unique façade. This residence won first place in the residential walls category of ATAS International's 2019 Project of the Year competition. Jeff Anderson, R.A. acted as both the architect and contractor for the project. The panels were purchased through Lezzer Lumber Company.

    CastleTop is a diamond-shaped flat shingle for a unique roof or wall appearance. It offers easy install with concealed fasteners. Different colors may be combined to create interesting patterns, as demonstrated on this home. The panels were manufactured out of .032 aluminum and are also available in copper or zinc.

    Grand C panels are manufactured in .032 aluminum and can be installed horizontally or vertically with exposed fasteners. They provide a rugged, urban-industrial aesthetic desired by many building owners and architects alike. Grand C panels are easily installed and the long-lasting, high-performance fasteners and accessories in matching colors are made to resist weathering and deterioration. Grand C panels can also be perforated, if desired. Architects and owners are getting very creative with using multiple metal wall panel profiles on their projects, along with combining a variety of colors, panel orientation, and both solid and perforated panels.

    Jeff Anderson, R.A., stated, “Being a contractor and architect, I am aware of the increasing popularity of metal siding for accenting portions of a residential design, or even the entire skin. I like its unique look with clean lines and of course the no-maintenance advantage. I also like the ability to purchase siding materials in custom lengths to minimize overlaps/joints. The home still turns heads as people drive by. As far as challenges, I need to give credit to our daughter, Ruth, for the color selection and layout of the CastleTop panels. Any other questions I had were always quickly answered by our ATAS product rep, Phil Dorenkott. It has been a good experience throughout the entire process.”

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  • Award Winning Private Residence is Topped with ATAS Roofing

    September 25, 2020

    Allentown, PA - Freeport is a village in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, on the South Shore of Long Island. A settlement since the 1640s, it was once an oystering community and later a resort popular with the New York City theater community. A homeowner in Freeport, New York, chose ATAS' Techo Tile and PC System for the roof on her new residence. The Boysenberry colored panels complement the natural beige and brown hues of the façade, resulting in a gorgeous home, which won the first place award in the residential roofs category of ATAS' 2019 Project of the Year competition.

    Techo Tile has the look of a Spanish tile clay roof without the problems associated with its care. The .032 aluminum panels are installed vertically up the slope of the roof and utilize an anti-siphoning overlap design, preventing water migration at the panel overlap. Due to the deep configuration in the form of an “S” in the Techo Tile panel profile, an air space allows for airflow between the panel and substrate, offering the potential for increased energy efficiency.

    ATAS' PC System is a two-part system offering a standing seam or a batten seam look and is manufactured in .032 or .040 aluminum, 24 or 22-gauge metallic coated steel, and 16 oz. copper. The standing seam option is available in straight, tapered, and curved applications. A unique feature of this system is that you can mix and match colors of the flat panel and the seam if a contrasting aesthetic is desired. For this project, the tapered PC System panels in .032 aluminum were chosen in the same Boysenberry color as the Techo Tile panels, to cover the balcony areas in the center and on both ends of the house.

    The architect for the project was TOC Architects of Hauppauge, New York. The metal roof panels were installed by JA Construction of Port Jefferson Station, New York, and were purchased through Riverhead Building Supply Corporation of Hauppauge, New York.

    Michael Galfano of Riverhead Building Supply, stated, “I was originally called by Brian Silvius, inside technical salesperson with ATAS, asking me if I would speak to the homeowner to provide roofing assistance. After a few meetings with her, we determined she wanted a metal roof because she loves the way it sounds when it rains, and it reminds her of the homes back in Guyana, where she used to live. The homeowner initially got better pricing from a local competitor, but I brought Joe Jackowski, the ATAS product rep, to the job and we assured her that ATAS was the best choice in metal roofing for her home. I explained to her that for a roof of this magnitude, she needed a qualified contractor and I put her in touch with John Arnone of JA Construction. John did an amazing job from start to finish. The homeowner is thrilled with the way the roof came out. This was a challenging project, but the homeowner, contractor, and I were very pleased with the results.”

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. to Host its First Virtual Vectorworks Design Day on October 6

    September 25, 2020

    Registration is now open for global event that will include addresses from Vectorworks’ CEO and leadership team, as well as live Q&A

    Columbia, MD (September 23, 2020)—Following last week’s Vectorworks 2021 release, global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc. invites all users and press to its global Vectorworks Design Day on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. This virtual event is geared toward designers in the architectural, interior architecture, landscape and entertainment industries and will educate customers on the new Vectorworks 2021 features, while providing access to a variety of live and on-demand presentations and discussions.

    This year, attendees can expect a welcome presentation from Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar, where he will share the direction of development and deliver a keynote that covers product strategies centered around the theme of this year’s release “Simplicity to Design the Complex.”

    “The global COVID-19 pandemic has altered the lives of many, which is why we are taking this opportunity to bring Vectorworks Design Day to our users in a virtual format, so more people can learn about the new features and tool improvements in Vectorworks 2021,” said Dr. Sarkar. “We look forward to giving a behind-the-scenes look at how our latest release was created to empower designers of all disciplines with simple solutions to design their most complex projects. Our live Q&A will allow us to connect with our customers worldwide and offer a two-way conversation that not only fields their pressing questions but also shares how Vectorworks is adapting to best support our customers given these challenging times.”

    The event will also include core feature and technology updates from industry experts and exclusive on-demand presentations from global Vectorworks users including:

    • Randolph Gerner, AIA principal at GKV Architects • Linette Brown, exhibit designer at originstudios • Lisa McRavey and Iain Lyon, senior landscape architects at Raeburn Farquhar Bowen • Derek Lee, BCSLA, CSLA, LEED® AP principal at PWL Partnership • Ben Inskip, production designer at ARTDPT and Siyan Lighting • Nick Lawrence BEng (Hons) BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA, director at A&Q Partnership

    “We’re honored to present at this year’s Vectorworks Design Day,” said Gerner. “As a Vectorworks user for more than 25 years, we will explain how as a firm, we have evolved with the platform and now lead the path to a full integration with utilizing other BIM platforms. I look forward to sharing with attendees how Vectorworks allows us to be on the cutting edge of design and productivity with their flexible and intuitive tools.”

    Registration is free and the event will last approximately two hours. To best serve those around the world, times are offered at 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET. Visit the registration page (by clicking READ MORE) to secure your spot and submit questions to be answered during the live Q&A by Dr. Sarkar and the Vectorworks leadership team.

    Press interested in attending can contact Vectorworks PR Coordinator Kamica Price at for more information or to schedule a press interview with executives, industry experts, customers, request a demo of Vectorworks 2021 and more.

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  • New study: hand dryers equally hygienic to paper towels for drying hands

    September 21, 2020

    Findings support World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hand washing recommendations

    EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – After an exhaustive two-year process, a University of Arizona Health Sciences research team have announced the publication of their work, Comparison of electric hand dryers and paper towels for hand hygiene: a critical review of the literature. The review culled the current breadth of data, including published studies, news reports and online content, seeking to uncover which hand drying method, hand dryers or paper towels, is more hygienic and safer relative to human health risks. The researchers found that, while studies in the public arena generally favor paper towels over hand dryers, the conclusions are largely misleading and unsubstantiated.

    Through the scientific research, the use of hand dryers and paper towels to dry hands were found to be equal from a health and safety perspective; the findings echo recommendations from the World Health Organization that everyone “frequently clean [their] hands…” and “dry [them] thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer,” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that report that, “Both [clean towels or air hand dryers] are effective ways to dry hands.”

    To conduct the study, the research team considered 293 papers and published studies for inclusion in their review, rejecting 270 for failing to meet review criteria or for reporting generalized recommendations without sufficient scientific evidence. The 23 peer-reviewed studies that met the inclusion criteria were categorized and prioritized based on their scientific rigor, a score determined by taking into account such factors as sample size, methodology, data quality and whether or not the study was set up to represent real-world scenarios.

    The study that was found to have the highest rigor score was an independent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, Effects of 4 Hand-Drying Methods for Removing Bacteria From Washed Hands: A Randomized Trial. It found that “…there is no difference in bacteria counts when drying with paper towels or hand dryers.” Only three studies received positive rigor scores for having realistic testing conditions, and none of the studies reported any negative effects of either hand drying method on human health.

    Although numerous studies have been published evaluating the “best” method for hand drying, “best” has been defined in a variety of ways relative to bacterial removal efficacy, environmental contamination potentials, ecological or cost benefits, noise and more. Kelly Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D., the corresponding author of the review explained that, “No study to date has examined the “best” drying method,” and that she and her team, “found no empirical data to support one hand drying method over another from a health and safety perspective.”

    In light of the coronavirus pandemic, hand hygiene has been widely covered in the media. Reynolds shared that, “Media reports frequently used sensationalized headlines. While such headlines may increase traffic, they sometimes overgeneralize or exaggerate research results. Consumers may only read the headlines which can influence public opinion toward biased or erroneous conclusions.”

    “At a time when proper hand washing and drying is of the utmost importance, exclusively recommending paper towels is limiting, and frankly, irresponsible,” said William Gagnon, vice president of marketing and sales at Excel Dryer. “Hand dryers provide an effective way to achieve completely dry hands, a critical part of proper hand hygiene, the top defense against the spread of germs, like coronavirus.”

    The scoping review's conclusion calls for future studies to examine the relationship between contamination that occurs due to hand-drying methods and human health outcomes. They offer that this can be accomplished by utilizing real-world scenarios while controlling certain variables.

    “We hope these credible findings will be consulted as part of guidelines and reopening plans,” said William Gagnon, vice president of marketing and sales at Excel Dryer. “Sensationalized news accounts and click-bait headlines created an unsubstantiated concern around hand dryers and hygiene. We're grateful to the researchers for uncovering the truth, and hope the findings will help to dispel myths and categorize hand dryers as the hygienic hand drying solution they are.”

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  • KOAA/SHIELD616 Virtual telethon for Black Forest Fire Rescue gets big boost from S-5

    September 13, 2020

    COLORADO SPRINGS — This year's SHIELD616 border to border ride is happening this week the effort has already raised enough money to outfit the entire Steamboat Springs police department with protective gear and now we are also looking to help a local agency: Black Forest Fire Rescue.

    James Rebitski is the Deputy Fire Chief with Black Forest Fire Rescue. “Firefighters are a unique breed of people. They don't ask for much anything and it's not the greatest paying job.”

    Firefighters in general are used to making do with the resources they have, and that is particularly true in Black Forest says Deputy Chief Rebitski. “Black Forest, although we are a department that covers a large number of square miles, we are smaller budget Department.”

    And if you are wondering why Black Forest Fire Rescue has a need for rifle rated ballistics gear, Deputy Chief Rebitski says, “People think we only fight fires. This department does everything from medical transport, firefighting, and hazmat. We don't try to run into a bad situation a lot of times the situation will develop around us. There have been many scenes over the years where there has been an armed assailant in the residence while we're putting out a fire. There have been several times that we have actually had to post watches in the woods for an armed assailant while the other firefighters put out the fire. I personally during my career have been shot at while on an ambulance. We have had many instances where there were guns in the house, we stumbled into a what we thought was a medical call that actually ended up being a scene where people had been shot. You never know what you're going to get into. That's why having protective equipment that will get our firefighters home every night is crucial.”

    A global metal roofing solutions company based in Black Forest, S-5 has come forward in a big way to assist KOAA News5 and SHIELD616 in the effort to raise the $48,500 needed to purchase armor vests and helmets for every member of Black Forest Fire Rescue.

    Rob Haddock is the C.E.O. of S-5. Rob says, “We mount things on metal roofs, from solar arrays to snow guards to satellite dishes, fall protection systems and anything you would mount to a metal roof. We do it penetration free to preserve the warranties of those metal roofs. We've been used on buildings including the world headquarters of Apple, Google, IBM, NATO in Brussels Belgium.”

    Rob's professional background has been in construction his entire professional life, and he says his family has a long history in Black Forest. “The Haddocks have been in Black Forest now for four generations. There are about twenty of us scattered around here depending on how you count them. Many of those folks depend on our company for support and growth of their families, these guys here at Black Forest Fire Rescue are defending us against a lot of different things. They're not just firefighters, they are an ambulance service and I dread to think but people have actually snipped at firefighters, and even set fires to snipe at firefighters.”

    This week, S-5 made a $10,000 donation to the KOAA/SHEILD616 virtual telethon to, as they like to say at S-5, get it started - the right way. Rob says, “We're willing, we're able and I wanted to see this fundraiser get kicked off the right way. It's incumbent on me and it's my privilege to be able to do this for SHIELD616 and for my own Black Forest Fire department, to protect our protectors.”

    SHIELD616 founder Jake Skifstad received the donation with gratitude and excitement. “To start a telethon with a donation like this, a $10,000 donation from a Black Forest resident and a Black Forest business for Black Forest Fire Rescue. I really hope that that's going to challenge and motivate other individuals, other businesses, churches, and foundations that might be in the Black Forest area to get behind our Black Forest Fire Department. We all see what our first responders are going through right now. We want to not only better protect them while they're out there protecting us, but we also want to support them and encouraged them and be praying for them.”

    The $10,000 donation from S-5 ensures 5 of the 22 kits needed for the department which is much appreciated by the department. There is still work to do by the end of this week to raise the rest of the money. Deputy Chief Rebitski says, “It's my job to make sure my guys get home safe at night and so I asked that any little bit anyone can donate will help. If it will get our people home every night to their families and their loved ones and keep them safe that's going to make our lives much better. We greatly appreciate forever any little thing that you can do.”

    Before leaving the Black Forest Fire Department this week, Rob had another generous commitment to SHIELD616. Rob telling Jake Skifstad, “We're a family company and we also have a family Foundation and I would like to commit that we will continue to support SHIELD616 on an annual basis. Our family foundation was created to protect preserve and make lives better, and you're a guy who does that.”

    You can support SHIELD616 AND KOAA News 5 on the 2020 Border to Border ride across Colorado this week, through the virtual telethon on Thursday, September 10th, the first day of the ride.

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  • Unique Façade for Philadelphia Condos Created with ATAS Metal Wall Panels

    September 13, 2020

    Allentown, PA - OTTO Brewerytown is a two-building, two-phase project, with a total of 52 high-end, high-tech condo units. It is located in a rapidly developing neighborhood, just five minutes to Philadelphia's Center City. Phase one was completed last year, which consisted of 20 units, and in February of this year, ground was broken on phase two, for 32 more units. ATAS' custom Grand C panels in three colors, Patina Green, Silversmith, and Brilliant Green, in .032 aluminum, and Versa-Seam panels in Silversmith in .040 aluminum, were used to create an eye-catching design for the building's exterior. This project won the first-place award in the category of commercial walls in ATAS International's 2019 Project of the Year competition.

    The architect for the project was ISA (Interface Studio Architects), and the owner of the building is Equinox Management and Construction, both of Philadelphia. All Seasons Home Improvement Company of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania installed the metal panels, which were purchased through ABC Supply Company of Malvern, Pennsylvania.

    Brewerytown is a neighborhood rich in history. The name “Brewerytown” comes from the nine brick-faced breweries located within its boundaries during the late 19th century. The population was mostly comprised of German immigrants who worked in the breweries. The building's name OTTO is in tribute to the architect, Otto Wolf. His innovative designs of breweries, bottling houses, storage facilities, and more, transformed a neighborhood into an icon. Although much of his work has now fallen, Otto's legacy, and those of the brewers and immigrants which helped to build this neighborhood, continues to inspire those living in and building up Brewerytown. Today, 31st Street is now a hotbed for development in Philly, including new residences, restaurants, and retail.

    Gregory W. Hallquist, Senior Vice President, Development and Construction with Equinox Management and Construction (building owner), stated, “The design concept for OTTO was to organize an existing warehouse plus two new multi-family podium buildings around a courtyard in a way that refers to the site's adjacency to Fairmount Park – one of Philadelphia's great natural and recreational assets. The outside perimeter facades of the new buildings were conceived as being more neutral with a surprise courtyard experience that refers to the natural dimensions of the context. A pair of contrasting green color finishes create a kind of synthetic moss wall within the courtyard, with a series of horizontally jointed gray panels at the outer edge facades. Pops of green along major entry points and terrace moments help link the two façade conditions and make a coherent whole out of the building. Both buildings are five stories and are wood frame over a first-floor podium of steel and concrete. In selecting a façade material, we are extremely focused on the building envelope and achieving a watertight solution. We also consider aesthetics, durability, maintenance requirements, and affordability. Over the years, we have analyzed a wide variety of material for use on our facades, and metal siding has become our material of choice. In fact, we just broke ground on a 50-unit apartment building in Brewerytown that also incorporates ATAS' metal siding products. We chose ATAS first and foremost because they are extremely easy to work with. Our design team, led by Interface Studio Architects in Philadelphia, collaborated closely with ATAS to select products that would achieve the design and aesthetic goals of the project, while also meeting our budget parameters. We also worked with ATAS during the construction to ensure that our installers understood the product and that they followed the installation guidelines and requirements. In summary, we found the products to be aesthetically pleasing, affordable, relatively straightforward to install, and at the end of the day, these products have helped us to achieve a building we will be proud of for years to come.”

    Kerry Moleski, Outside Sales with ABC Supply Company, added, “This was a long process with the owners and architect in working out the products and look they wanted to achieve. The real thanks should go to Bob Crimian in our ABC Supply branch, and especially our ATAS product rep, Mike Krahling. Without these guys, we could have ended up with a lot of waste and unhappy customers. When we were submitting our color samples, I was scratching my head on what it would look like on the building, but it really came out nice. The owner, who acted as the general contractor, was Equinox in Philadelphia. We are excited to be part of their business and look forward to more projects like this.”

    Grand C panels are manufactured in .032 aluminum and can be installed horizontally or vertically with exposed fasteners. They provide a rugged, urban-industrial aesthetic desired by many building owners and architects alike. Grand C panels are easily installed and the long-lasting, high-performance fasteners and accessories in matching colors are made to resist weathering and deterioration. The Versa-Seam panels are manufactured in .032 or .040 aluminum, and are also offered in copper, zinc, and stainless steel. They are installed with concealed fasteners for horizontal or vertical applications. Grand C and Versa-Seam panels can also be perforated, if desired. Architects and owners are getting very creative with using multiple metal wall panel profiles on their projects, along with combining a variety of colors, panel orientation, and both solid and perforated panels.

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  • Frictionless Access

    September 09, 2020

    As offices, homes, and other workplaces are having increasingly more complex security needs, the demand for security products is on the rise.

    An adequately designed access ecosystem must empower people to carry on with their daily lives freely while providing them a peace of mind and sense of security. Frictionless access is a method of permitting access to an area without interfering with the user experience. In other words, tapping into frictionless access allows a person to walk into an otherwise locked room or building, with hands in their pockets. Especially in hectic or crowded environments such as buzzing offices, hospitals, or factories, frictionless access can save time, optimize the people flow, and significantly enhance security.

    Furthermore, as frictionless access is an innovative method to go hands-free, it promotes hygiene and public health. As the concerns about the two peaked due to the COVID-19 outbreak, hands-free access never resonated more with millions of people.

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  • Now Available: Supreme Framing System™

    August 27, 2020


    Willoughby, Ohio - Meeting the needs of today's steel framing applications, Telling Industries is pleased to announce the addition of the Supreme Drywall Framing System™ to their product offering.

    The Supreme Framing System™ stud and track is an engineered EQ design that uses thinner steel, a larger return lip, and superior 57 ksi yield strength when compared to traditional material. The Supreme Framing System™ is available immediately through Telling Industries and is offered in multiple thickness, web sizes, and flange/leg sizes to meet all your metal framing needs.

    The Supreme Framing System™ is a trusted and proven product that has been successfully used in commercial construction for over a decade. This system boasts robust code approvals in all 50 states and Canada. Telling industries is proud to offer it to their customers.

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  • Girls Build Shed with Metal Roof and Awning for Habitat Fundraiser

    August 26, 2020

    Allentown, PA – This year, the advanced campers at the Let's Build Construction Camp for Girls built a shed for a local homeowner. His winning bid at the Lehigh Valley Habitat for Humanity's fundraising auction resulted in a new building for his property. Seven high school aged girls, who have attended the camp in previous years, got together for one week in July to build a structure from start to finish. ATAS International has sponsored this camp since it began four years ago and has been a part of its curriculum from the start.

    The shed construction process began by meeting with its owner, to determine his needs for the building. The design process was guided by architect Samantha Ciotti Falcone, owner of SCF Architecture. Many volunteers from the local construction community came together to provide instruction and help the girls with building the shed.

    This year, Kevin Klersy and Tim Coughlan of ATAS' technical services and inside technical sales departments spent time with the campers, demonstrating and assisting with the installation of ATAS' Colonial Seam standing seam metal roof panels and trims. A retractable awning was constructed with the same roof panels, which covers an opening on one side of the shed. It has a bar on the outside, under which stools can be placed, and a countertop on the inside of the bar area.

    Lee Ann M. Slattery, Sales Support Manager for ATAS, who was involved in the planning of the camp, stated, “ATAS is a strong supporter of the development and training of students within the local community, and this is the perfect opportunity to allow the campers exploration of potential careers in the architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing industries. We are pleased to be involved in the camp again this year, and it was very exciting to see the girls design and build this shed.”

    Let's Build is a free week-long camp designed for high school age girls to explore construction trades, architecture, engineering, and construction materials manufacturing through hands-on experiences. This was the first year for an advanced camp. The fourth annual beginners camp was held virtually this year during the week of August 10th. This camp was created in 2017, the result of a collaborative effort between the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Eastern PA Chapter. The objectives of the camp include:
    ·Provide girls an opportunity to explore a career in the construction industry.
    ·Experience the construction trades through hands-on learning and building.
    ·Learn about architecture, engineering, and manufacturing during construction-related field trips to area businesses.
    ·Develop greater self-esteem by teaching skills to solve challenging projects and successfully complete them.
    ·Provide inspiration and mentoring for girls to understand they have a place in the construction industry, and they can become successful leaders in the future.
    ·Develop a stronger workforce for the future of the construction industry.

    Jon Lattin, President of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of CSI, and Kristen Fallon, Regional Vice President of Member Services of Eastern PA ABC, have led the creation and collaborative organizational efforts for this annual camp. Each year, the event has attracted more sponsors, volunteers, and campers. The camp is structured in such a way that the girls get to experience many different trades, visit area offices of architects, engineers, and contractors, and tour manufacturing facilities that make building products. This gives the campers a well-rounded view of the industry, and the many different careers that are included within it.

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  • UArizona College Of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and Ascension Wheelchair Lifts Partner to Offer Universal Design Studio Prize

    August 26, 2020

    How can architects ensure the widest and fairest use of the spaces they design? The answer is in universal design—a concept that prioritizes accessibility in buildings, products and environments for all people, regardless of age, disability or other factors.

    For third-year Bachelor of Architecture students in studios offered by the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona this semester, it’s a concept they’ll become intimately familiar with—and just may be awarded for.

    Thanks to a partnership between CAPLA and AGM Container Controls and Ascension Wheelchair Lifts—a leading manufacturer of wheelchair lifts since 1992—ARC 301 Design Studio III: Integrations of Place, taught by Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture Teresa Rosano, will offer an awards program for universal design, with $5,000 in student prizes funded by Ascension.

    “This universal design awards program comes at an opportune time in both the students' learning and this consequential moment in time more broadly,” says Rosano. “As we engage in discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion, we often neglect to include our ableist biases in the conversation. This sponsorship is an excellent catalyst for us to identify those biases, understand how they are built into our physical environment and uncover creative solutions for making places we design accessible and experientially rich for everyone.”

    CAPLA Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand agrees: “Universal design is such a critical component of building design, redesign and use—and integrating the concept into architectural education early in the student's career is essential. We are delighted that Ascension is sponsoring this studio, and I couldn't be more excited to see what the students come up with under Teresa Rosano's outstanding guidance.”

    Ascension's sponsorship of the CAPLA studio is one of many ways the company is supporting education for a more accessible future across Southern Arizona and beyond. The company has also partnered with the UArizona College of Engineering, Pima Community College and San Miguel High School.

    “Investing in accessibility and universal design principles today is an investment in a better future for all of us,” says Howard N. Stewart, CEO/president of AGM and Ascension. “Ascension is proud to partner with CAPLA to underwrite studios focused on the importance of designing accessibility into every project. Working together, we can make our community and world more accessible, which allows everyone to participate equally.”

    The studio begins on August 24, and over the span of the Fall 2020 semester CAPLA will highlight student and studio universal design progress on social media, including Instagram at, culminating in an awards ceremony at which Stewart will name the student winners.

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  • The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is Pleased to be Part of Broad Coalition

    August 20, 2020

    Alexandria, VA – The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is pleased to be part of a broad coalition that includes members of the building and construction materials associations, civil engineers, codes and standards organizations, and insurance industries supporting the reintroduction of federal legislation aimed at securing a tax credit to foster the construction of resilient residential and commercial buildings.

    The Disasters Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2020, sponsored by Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Tom Reed (R-NY), Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), would offer a tax credit of $3,000 and $25,000 per structure for residential and commercial construction, respectively, if the structure is built or rebuilt within a federally-declared disaster zone for up to two years following the date of the disaster. A structure is eligible when it meets a variety of resilient construction standards, including standards for high wind, wildfire and seismic events.

    Disasters in the United States are increasing in number and severity each year. Once a disaster strikes, communities are faced with the task of rebuilding so Americans can get back to work. The economic and environmental impacts of rebuilding after each disaster are unsustainable. Resilient construction will help prevent future loss of life, ease economic suffering, reduce our carbon footprint and require less federal assistance during the next disaster. The National Institute of Building Science has found that for every $1 spent on stronger building codes as much as $11 are saved by avoiding future losses.

    “When communities are built to resilient, robust standards, we help to ensure that the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe and sustainable. We applaud Representatives Pascrell, Reed, DeFazio and Diaz-Balart for their leadership on this issue and are honored to be a part of a broad coalition supporting this legislation,” said NRMCA President Michael Philipps. “Building strong homes and businesses with resilient construction techniques saves lives and property, resists the impacts of natural disasters and climate change, and ultimately saves money for taxpayers. If we want resilient communities, we must incentivize building to higher standards. This bill will promote resilient construction for safer, stronger homes and businesses.”

    Similar statements in the support of the bill included a lengthy list of associations and organizations besides NRMCA, including the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, BuildStrong Coalition, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, EPDM Roofing Association, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, International Code Council, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, North American Concrete Alliance, Portland Cement Association and the US Resiliency Council.

    NRMCA, based in Alexandria, VA, represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs.

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  • WILSONART to Acquire Alpine Sales, Inc.

    August 18, 2020

    AUSTIN, TX, USA – Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alpine Sales, Inc., a Columbia, South Carolina based wholesale distributor to the building and remodeling industry. Alpine Sales distributes decorative surfaces, post formed countertops, lacquers and stains, and hardware.

    “Our acquisition of Alpine Sales complements Wilsonart's company culture and greatly enhances the services we offer with three locations in South Carolina and one in North Carolina, said Tim Atkinson, Vice President, Sales. We look forward to expanding Wilsonart's Company-owned distribution footprint and enhancing our penetration of our expanding engineered surfacing offering. We will continue our tradition of best-in-class service, promote our broad engineered surfaces portfolio, and grow our business.”

    “For over forty years, Alpine Sales has partnered with Wilsonart in distributing surfacing products,” Michael Steck, President, Alpine Sales. “Wilsonart's commitment to delivering the highest quality products with unmatched service blends seamlessly with Alpine's founding principles. The acquisition is a logical progression and will solidify our efforts in continuing to service customers in the Southeast with their building and remodeling needs.”

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  • Wilsonart's Virtual Design Library Embraces Separate-but-Connected Selections

    August 18, 2020

    TEMPLE, TX – Today, Wilsonart announced a new collection, The Connected Collection, available in their boutique Virtual Design Library (VDL). Based on a “separate but connected” story, Wilsonart's in-house designers drew inspiration from the exploration of how individual surface designs with threads of similarities can work beautifully together in a choreographed manner, while also able to stand on their own in a given space, resulting in breakthrough looks.

    The new VDL release includes 16 abstracts and unique woodgrains, specially selected to coordinate with each other. The collection's inherent connections make it easy to experiment, mix, match, or even use each design individually.

    Wilsonart's all-embracing theme of 'Connectedness' for its Virtual Design Library Collections for 2020 is no accident. “This collection represents our society as a whole,” said Natalia Smith, Wilsonart Design Manager. “During these profound societal shifts, we all face personal challenges, yet we remain connected. This collection is symbolic of how, when we learn to come together through our differences, we create our strength.”

    “When we took a closer look at the trends, we noticed exciting ideas taking shape, such as sets of dishes designed to look as if they were curated from several different places while still working beautifully together,” said Smith. “By applying this same line of thinking to surfaces, we imagined similar but different choices that bring an eclectic yet intentional look that is unique, bold, and fresh.”

    As a leading engineered surfaces company, Wilsonart's Virtual Design Library offers the design community a more inspirational design choice in the High Pressure Laminate market. The collections are continually released and curated from Wilsonart's designers in conjunction with the broader design community. Now with nearly 600 designs and more launching each quarter, the Virtual Design Library offers unprecedented design choices for commercial and residential applications.

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  • ATAS Copper Roof Crowns the New Saratoga Racetrack Club

    August 13, 2020

    Allentown, PA- A stunning copper Field-Lok standing seam roof is showcased on the 1863 Club at the historic Saratoga Racetrack in Saratoga Springs, NY. The building won first place for the category of commercial roofs in ATAS International's project of the year awards for 2019.

    The Saratoga Racetrack opened in 1863 and is one of the oldest racetracks in America. The 1863 Club is one of the largest single investments to be made at the track since the clubhouse in 1928. Preservation of the historic character of the Saratoga Racetrack was paramount for this project. The 36,000 square foot, three-story luxury facility overlooks the track with a walkway over the paddock that connects to the existing clubhouse, under which the horses pass on their way to the track. The first floor is a banquet space called The Rail that can accommodate 500 people. The second floor has an exclusive members club, named Legends Hall, which can hold up to 100. The third floor offers five luxury suites designed for groups of up to 50, and an adjoining lounge. Vast views of the property are enjoyed from the balconies off the second and third floors.

    Carl Veglia, Project Manager with Mid-State Industries, stated, “It was challenging to keep this project on schedule, so that it would be completed in time for the 2019 Saratoga Meet. Panels had to be ordered in several phases as the roof deck became available for field measurements. Knowing that the pressure of the deadline was high, ATAS' turnaround/delivery time was accelerated and excellent for the duration of the project, which was completed on schedule. The combined efforts of ATAS, Mid-State Industries, Erie Materials, SOSH NY, Frost Hurff Architects, and MLB Construction Services made this project the success that it was.”

    Special facets of this project, as shared by Veglia, included:
    ·Tapered panels on a radiused wraparound porch - mechanically seamed tapered panels are not commonly offered by most manufacturers
    ·Half-round 16 oz. copper gutters and downspouts by ATAS
    ·Seven finials custom crafted by Mid-State Industries, per architect's design to complement historic finials on adjacent grandstand
    ·Multiple roof pitches and tie-ins to valleys, hips, and ridges at towers created challenging details
    ·All roofs were vented either at the ridge, the apron flashing at the walls, or through the Z clips attaching the finials
    ·20-year weathertight warranty was provided, per specifications

    The roof line on the 1863 Club was designed to harmonize with the existing copper and slate roof on the grandstand and clubhouse. Approximately 18,000 square feet of 20 oz. copper Field-Lok panels were installed by Mid-State Industries of Schenectady, NY and were purchased through Erie Materials of Albany, NY. The architects for the project were SOSH NY of New York City, and Frost Hurff Architects of Saratoga Springs, NY. The contractor was MLB Construction Services of Malta, NY.

    The Field-Lok panel chosen for this project has a 1-1/2” high seam, and the panel width is 19-7/8”, which is a custom size. Field-Lok is a standing seam panel system and is available in four different seam heights. The Triple-Lok design on the 2-3/8” seam height creates one of the strongest mechanically locked seams on the market today. The 2” seam height is a double-locked structural panel that can meet severe load requirements. The panels with 1-1/2” and 1” seam heights are non-structural, single-locked or double-locked, with standard plank ribs, and available as tapered and convex curved (with or without plank ribs). Factory panel pre-notching and optional factory-applied seam sealant is also available. In addition to being manufactured in copper, the 1-1/2” Field-Lok is also available in aluminum, metallic coated steel, 55% Al-Zn alloy coated steel with acrylic coating, zinc, and stainless steel. It is installed with an expansion clip and is mechanically seamed in the field.

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  • Miller Edge - Invisible Blanket of Protection - Monitored Light Curtain / MLC-K36

    July 29, 2020

    Project Overview - The Winchester Kentucky Fire Department, located in Central Kentucky, houses four bays with entry and exit sectional doors on two of the bays (6 overhead sectional doors total). Fire apparatus can enter and exit on both sides of the building, making the need for a photo optic device even more essential.

    The Challenge - The ChallengeOHD of Lexington had installed photo eyes and motion sensors on the individual doors. Fire trucks in particular are difficult for photo eyes with less than a 3ft span to detect due to the weight of the truck drastically changing when filled with water. The front of an empty truck may not pass through the single light beam, which can cause unwanted contact with the door. Because of this, the fire department suffered damage to two doors and one truck hood. Additionally, the ground in front of the doors is pitted from truck weight and in general poor condition making it a problematic environment for a motion sensor.

    The Solution - In order to detect all parts of the fire apparatus, OHD of Lexington installed six MLC-K36 (Monitored Light Curtain-3 Ft.) on the six bays on February 24, 2020.

    The Result - With the ability to span three feet high from the ground, these light curtains have prevented damage the fire station experienced prior to the MLC-K36 installation. Not only does this keep the vehicles, facility, and people safe with functioning automated safety solutions, but it has virtually eliminated service calls for this location. Since the light curtains offer monitored protection across a broad area in front of the garage opening, the safety system now can recognize firetrucks that are weighted down, or completely empty, preventing service calls for this location, and virtually eliminating the frustrations of the facility manager. Prior to Miller Edge Light Curtains, Rodney Greene, OHD of Lexington Commercial Sales, stated they were using a competitor's product, which was admittedly less expensive but “we have had more callbacks and warranty (faulty receivers or transmitters) than you would ever believe. I'll pay the price for a better product and no issues.”

    About the Miller Edge Light Curtain - Using a series of thru beam photo eyes attached near the door track or guides, this light curtain is designed to provide a dense barrier of light that, when interrupted, signals the door to reverse. With the ability to span up to 32 feet wide and 6 feet high, it is suitable for use on the majority of commercial and industrial door applications. The Miller Edge Monitored Light Curtain is a UL 325 compliant monitored device that replaces a photo eye and provides extended protection.

    Project Specs Overview - Six Overhead Doors, Six MLC-K36

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. is a Finalist in 2020 Architizer A+Awards

    July 27, 2020

    Vectorworks Architect 2020 competing in Software & Digital Tools category until voting closes on July 31

    Columbia, MD (July 23, 2020)—For the second year in a row, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. ­­is an Architizer A+Awards finalist. Specifically, Vectorworks Architect 2020 is competing against three other products for the 2020 Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award and the Jury Award in the Software & Digital Tools category. Vectorworks Architect 2019 was the 2019 Architizer A+Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Design Tools-Apps & Digital Tools category.

    Now in its eighth season, the Architizer A+Awards will highlight the most pressing issues facing architecture and design today. Through relevant new categories, topical coverage and pioneering jurors, the awards will celebrate industry professionals working at the forefront of today’s creative challenges. The 2020 awards will promote work that is harnessing cutting-edge approaches, materials and technologies to create more resilient spaces and cities for generations to come.

    New this year are awards that emphasize the industry’s most innovative use of materials and technologies, as well as those celebrating sustainable design and new approaches to building. These include categories for sustainable products, design hardware and BIM technology.

    “We are honored to be a finalist again for this prestigious award and thank Architizer for including us alongside other incredible products and companies who are helping to drive the AEC industry into the future,” said Vectorworks Vice President of Marketing Jeremy Powell. “Each year, we strive to provide enhanced and new software capabilities that simplify design workflows from sketch to BIM. In particular, Vectorworks Architect 2020 was created with an emphasis on helping architects strike a balance between practicality and creativity using data-driven insights.”

    The jury evaluates the product categories based on aesthetics, performance and impact.

    The Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award is determined by public voting. Be sure to cast your vote by July 31 on their website. Popular Choice and Jury winners will be announced on August 4.

    To learn more about the nominated product, Vectorworks Architect 2020, visit

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  • Your Software, Your Choice. Vectorworks, Inc. Licensing Philosophies

    July 27, 2020

    With the recent and dramatic change in economic climate due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s important for designers to have access to flexible and cost-effective licensing options to meet their constantly evolving needs.

    In light of this major current event affecting the business world, we sat down with Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar and Vice President of Sales Nicole Davison to explore the ins and outs of their current licensing structure for their global design products.

    What sticks out most? The importance of offering our customers a choice. Read on to see what they shared.

    1. Some software companies limit their options to forced subscriptions. What is Vectorworks’ philosophy when it comes to licensing, and why has Vectorworks chosen a different path from its competitors?

    Davison: At Vectorworks, we value our customers, so we prioritize offering purchasing options and solutions that make the most sense for them. With this in mind, we’ve chosen to offer perpetual, perpetual with maintenance, network, single-user options for perpetual licenses, and subscription with single-user options, so that we can customize a solution that’s best for our customers and their varying needs.

    Additionally, our philosophy is to reward customers for their longevity commitment. A customer who commits to the long-term by purchasing a perpetual license and staying on our maintenance plan always receives the lowest price for our product.

    Sarkar: Historically, our goal has been to maintain cost of ownership lower than our primary competition. Vectorworks is a value-priced product over time, and we find that these cost savings allow us to best support our customers. Continuing to offer versatile purchasing options to our customers around the world allows us the flexibility to challenge our competitors who have limited offerings.

    2. When did Vectorworks begin doing subscriptions? Where have they been rolled out?

    Davison: In April 2018, subscriptions first rolled out in Australia, followed by New Zealand in August 2018, the U.S. in April 2019, Canada in September 2019, in India, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in November 2019 and the U.K. in March 2020. We are looking forward to releasing subscriptions throughout Europe this summer and in South America and additional Asian countries after that.

    Sarkar: We chose to roll out subscriptions in Australia first and then New Zealand soon after because we have great partners interested in testing subscriptions due to their economic climate at the time. The other benefit for us was to kick off subscriptions in the English-speaking countries. Now, all of our main office locations — U.S., Canada, and U.K. — offer subscriptions, too.

    3. What prompted the decision to launch subscriptions?

    Sarkar: Subscriptions offered an opportunity to serve our community of users who weren’t necessarily best served by a perpetual license. This could be someone who is just starting a business or freelancers who only need their design software for a few months at a time. Having a subscription is a much better solution for these individuals.

    4. What types of licensing options do you offer to users?

    Davison: Our software offerings boil down to three main license options:

    1.) Our E Series license is an individual license that is activated over the internet. 2.) Our B Series license is an individual license that gets activated through a hardware key, that the customer owns. 3.) Our Network license is maintained on a server and allows multiple users to share seats. The server can be activated through the internet or a hardware key. Our Network option allows customers with 10+ seats on their license the flexibility to float our different product offerings.

    Our E Series can be activated globally and there’s never a risk of losing a hardware key like with our B Series. This factor is why we are seeing many customers migrating to our internet-authenticated solutions.

    5. What is the difference between a perpetual and subscription license?

    Sarkar: A perpetual license means customers own the software forever and can always use it, as long as your operating system remains compatible. You will be able to upgrade your license for up to three years at a discounted price. Current version perpetual licenses are eligible for enrollment into our Vectorworks Service Select maintenance plan, where you will receive free upgrades to the current version, exclusive training opportunities, and more.

    Since Vectorworks Service Select is a maintenance program and not a subscription program, our customers own a perpetual license of their Vectorworks software and can continue to use it regardless of if they stay enrolled in Vectorworks Service Select or not.

    While subscription licenses are the exact same Vectorworks product as perpetual, they are rented on either a monthly or an annual basis. If subscription is the route for you, and you plan to use the license for a year, we offer a discount to purchase an annual subscription license.

    Davison: For perpetual and subscriptions, there’s the option to request up to three versions back in case a customer isn’t ready to upgrade to the latest version because they’re in the middle of a project or collaborating with others on a different version.

    6. Can you break down the benefits of Vectorworks Service Select vs. the benefits of subscriptions?

    Sarkar: Vectorworks Service Select is the best way to get the most out of Vectorworks software for the most cost-effective price over time. Our members receive an immediate upgrade of new product releases including Service Pack updates, priority technical support, early release of all content through our Resource Manager, and our constantly growing library of on-demand learning tutorials. Further, Vectorworks Service Select members receive special member-only features in Vectorworks Cloud Services such as Photos to 3D Model, cloud rendering, and more.

    While subscription licenses don’t have the same early access to content or all of the training available in Vectorworks University, they do always have access to the most recent Vectorworks version. And, these customers have the flexibility of paying for the software when they need it.

    7. Do you lose access to your work if you cancel a subscription? How can someone access their work if they cancel their subscription?

    Davison: Your work is always yours, and you keep your project files. You must have an active subscription or perpetual license to update, edit, or use your files. Once your subscription period has expired, your access to Vectorworks will end unless you renew for another term or purchase another license type. We always offer our Vectorworks Viewer which allows users to open and view their files.

    8. Are you allowed to convert your subscription license to a perpetual license?

    Davison: Yes, you can easily convert your subscription license to a perpetual license. Since the product is the exact same, once you have purchased a perpetual license you just need to update your serial number for your license to automatically convert to a perpetual license. We often offer promotions and discounts that subscribers can take advantage of to make the conversion.

    Sarkar: For customers considering whether to convert, it’s worth pointing out that our perpetual license is not only a better offer compared to subscriptions, but a better option when compared to our competitors, too. Look at the chart directly below to clearly see how over time Vectorworks is the most cost-effective choice.

    Image courtesy of Vectorworks, Inc.
    Price comparisons are made using Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") in U.S. dollars against competitive annual purchasing options compared to Vectorworks purchasing options. Prices shown are an estimate and may not represent the average or prevailing market price at any particular time. Vectorworks prices may reflect promotional pricing on the initial purchase available in select markets at any given time. Prices are subject to change without notice. Price comparison information is for personal use and guidance only and does not constitute contractual representation or obligation of Vectorworks, Inc.

    9. What’s types of products do you offer? Where can customers learn more about pricing and buy Vectorworks software? Any closing remarks?

    Davison: Vectorworks Fundamentals is our basic CAD software package, while Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, and Spotlight support the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries, respectively. Vectorworks Designer encompasses our entire suite of technology in one interface with Architect, Landmark, and Spotlight. Finally, we offer Vision, a pre-viz software; Braceworks, an add-on rigging analysis module; and ConnectCAD, a signal flow add-on as part of our entertainment offerings.

    Sarkar: We seek to be the go-to software choice for designing anything and this encompasses a vast group of designers with varying needs. Not everyone can make the same pricing or license options work. It’s important for our customers to always have a choice when it comes to their software, and we’ll continue to prioritize this goal like we have before and during the coronavirus pandemic and even when things go back to normal.

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  • LEED, other building certification systems, look to adjust to COVID-19 era

    July 21, 2020

    Building standards such as LEED, RELi and WELL are piloting tweaks to respond to the spread of COVID-19.

    When Minneapolis architect Doug Pierce first envisioned a few years ago a new building standard that could help measure the resiliency of a structure or community, he had imagined design that could help structures withstand extreme weather, economic upheaval and even sea-level rise. But worldwide pandemics weren't high on his list.

    Now the coronavirus pandemic has shifted Pierce's way of thinking on how building resilience, sustainability and general wellness can address the current crisis and those in the future.

    “COVID-19 has really had a huge impact on the way I see resiliency and sustainability. … What was it in the system that we were not prepared for this?” Pierce said in an interview Wednesday.

    Pierce's RELi (pronounced rely) design rating and certification system and similar systems like the popular LEED and WELL building standards are all in the process of being re-evaluated for short-term as well as long-term changes in the face of the coronavirus emergency.

    Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and administered by its sister organization Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is the most widely used green-building rating system in the world. LEED standards focus on numerous factors including energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and health.

    This month, Minnesota was announced to have reached 100 million square feet of LEED-certified space.

    Last year, the state ranked eighth nationally in terms of the amount of LEED-certified gross square feet per capita.

    As a way to address the building-safety concerns raised in the current health crisis, the USGBC is updating LEED strategies to address factors that can affect the spread of the coronavirus such as indoor environmental quality, cleaning and risk management.

    LEED, which operates on a certification system so building owners can earn credits to reach higher LEED levels, has launched new pilot credits that focus on social distancing, nontoxic surface cleaning, air quality and infection monitoring.

    “What our strategy is, is to upgrade and strengthen and evolve our existing standard to make sure that it responds to the global health crisis that we are facing,” said Sarah Merricks, chief of staff for the USGBC.

    USGBC is also asking for ideas on how LEED can continue to evolve.

    “I do believe that LEED buildings are definitely in a much better place to respond to this crisis than traditional construction would do because of the simple reason that a LEED certified building is in a much better place in terms of its design, construction and operations,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief executive of the U.S. Green Building Council.

    In 2017, the RELi standard was adopted by GBCI. In collaboration with USGBC, GBCI is working to further refine RELi, which is in its second round of pilots, said Pierce, who developed RELi and is the chairman of a national steering committee to develop the RELi system.

    Pierce is also the lead of design firm Perkins and Will's Living Design resilience and sustainability initiative.

    RELi is working on pilot credits for things building operators should be thinking about when people are returning back to work as well as gathering ideas for how to enhance its standards, Pierce said.

    For example, a new factor could be making mechanical systems more flexible so that the amount of fresh air going through a building can be changed easily, he said.

    “As architects and designers when you are faced with a problem like this you automatically start trying to solve for that,” Pierce said.

    The WELL building standard, which is led by the International WELL Building Institute, focuses on features that support and advance human health and wellness.

    The institute is forming a task force on coronavirus that will inform new enhancements to the WELL building standard as well.

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  • dormakaba - Mobile and Touchless Access Products a Necessity in the New Era

    July 20, 2020

    Indianapolis, IN - The coronavirus has drastically changed personal and professional views and expectations about cleanliness in buildings and high traffic environments. Convenient, reliable and safe for both the properties and visitors, dormakaba's Mobile Access Solutions and Touchless Access Solutions are excellent choices to reduce hand-to-door contact in high contact public areas such as healthcare facilities, restaurants, schools, offices and restrooms. They offer contactless, barrier-free and user-friendly access that assure secure entry, minimize high frequency touchpoints, and reduce the spread of germs.

    Simplified Mobile Solutions Add to the Guest Experience
    dormakaba's Mobile Access Solutions are touchless, secure, end-to-end mobile credential applications utilizing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the preferred communication technology for dormakaba mobile enabled RFID locks. Its BLE Ilco and Saflok RFID locks are the basis for a simplified transition to reliable mobile access. Properties can issue and manage keys on mobile devices to access rooms so visitors only touch their smartphone to check in, check out, ride the elevator or enter their apartment, pool or common area. dormakaba RFID locks currently in use can be converted to BLE.

    Automatic Openings Offer Safe, Barrier-Free Access
    dormakaba solutions can transform any manual opening door into an automatic opening.

    Low Energy Swing Door Operators can be used in new construction or retrofit onto existing doors. dormakaba's swing doors are designed for high traffic and heavy-duty use. Self-learning microprocessor controls adjust swing door speed for smooth opening and closing. Automatics function in low-energy or full-power mode.

    Automatic Sliding Doors Operators are designed with attractive framing and sleek styles that offer unobstructed views and allow natural light into a building. dormakaba's sliding doors create easy hands-free access with a silent and smooth door opening. dormakaba doors are tested for one-million cycles in harsh weather.

    Touchless Actuators deliver effortless operation for access control, door automation, alerts, and handicap accessibility. dormakaba's RCI switches provide functional control with a selection of options for momentary release, maintained release, time-delay, or emergency release. For increased operator flexibility, switches can be mounted as a remote switch and/or located at the door.

    Expert Mobile and Touchless Access Consulting & Services
    dormakaba's Mobile and Touchless Access Programs can be tailored to meet any building's needs and simplify adoption. Our service team can conduct site visits for compatibility, offer touchless activation packages and perform free existing equipment general health check. Contact dormakaba for a free consultation to learn more about how to integrate mobile and touchless access solutions into any property.

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  • BRIGHTSMITH Coaters' Post-Painting Facility Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

    July 06, 2020

    Trenton, NJ - BRIGHTSMITH Coater's post-painting operation, located in Trenton, NJ, was recently certified to the ISO 9001:2015 quality system standard. This certification assists BRIGHTSMITH Coaters with maintaining industry leadership; utilizing a customer focus and quality improvements that are consistent with continued growth, enhanced customer service, and employee satisfaction; harnessing growth responsibly.

    By conforming to the ISO standard, BRIGHTSMITH provides their customers with confidence in knowing that an established systematic approach to total quality management is employed. BRIGHTSMITH is continuously improving their processes to ensure their customers' needs are clearly understood and fulfilled.

    The scope of BRIGHTSMITH Trenton's certification is post-painting and powder coating of extruded and/or fabricated metal parts. The post-painting services are ideal for applications such as roof coping, railings, storefront, facades, doors, panels, wheels, assorted brake shapes, architectural extrusions, and more. All products go through an in-house pre-treatment stage to ensure a high-quality finish.

    BRIGHTSMITH's coil coating facility in Morrisville, PA has been ISO Certified since June 2006. Their scope of certification is applicable to prepainting, slitting, laminating, and embossing of coiled sheet metals.

    BRIGHTSMITH chose SRI Quality System Registrar as their partner to assist in the renewal of the ISO certification for their coil coating facility, and for the new ISO certification for their post-painting facility. Established in 1991 as Steel Related Industries Quality System Registrar (SRI) to serve suppliers in the steel industry, SRI was one of the first five registrars in the U.S. As a representative on ISO 9000 and 14001 Technical Advisory Groups, a member and past Chair of the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR), a representative of the IAAR on the International Automotive Sector Group (IASG), and former Malcolm Baldrige Senior Examiner, founder and CEO Dr. Peter B. Lake put SRI at the forefront of development and acceptance of standards worldwide. SRI now serves the accreditation needs of businesses in over 40 major industries across North America, Asia, and Europe.

    The ISO 9001 series of certifications is based on seven quality management principles, including: customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making, and relationship management. The 2015 version of ISO 9001 is less prescriptive than its predecessors and focuses on performance.This is achieved by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organization. Greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organization's needs is applied.

    Karen Schwenk, Quality Management Systems Administrator, said, “We are very proud to now have ISO certification for both BRIGHTSMITH facilities. The BRIGHTSMITH team meets regularly to review our progress toward continuous improvement. Everyone is involved and accountable to aligning our quality services to our business strategy for growth. This commitment to certification and excellence ensures that we will continue to deliver the highest quality of services to all of our stakeholders.”

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Offers Discounted Licenses to Graduating Students with student2PRO Program

    July 02, 2020

    Higher education graduates are eligible for a 40 percent discount on award-winning design software licenses up to twelve months after graduation

    Columbia, MD (June 30, 2020)—To help graduating students transition into their professional careers, global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc. is offering recent graduates 40 percent off perpetual licenses as part of its student2PRO program. This deal is applicable to any Vectorworks product.

    “Starting a career after graduation is a momentous milestone for any graduate, and the student2PRO program is the perfect initiative in helping graduates take that first step toward career success without having a huge financial burden setting them back,” said Alice Lowy Marketing Programs Director. “This option is to help ensure up-and-coming professionals have the necessary 2D drawing, 3D modeling, and BIM tools to bring their designs to life.”

    student2PRO is a gateway program helping recent graduates jumpstart their professional careers more easily by offering discounts on the standard price. Additionally, those who take advantage of student2PRO are eligible for a 40 percent discounted membership to Vectorworks Service Select — the maintenance program that includes upgrades to product, priority technical support, exclusive training opportunities and early release of new content libraries. Service Select members also receive member-only features in Vectorworks Cloud Services.

    “Going the student2PRO route was such a valuable option for me and now as a full-time lighting designer, I use the features in Vision and Spotlight in my day-to-day work on theatre productions,” said Chloe Clark, a San Diego State University alumna. “Not only is the program an economical option for graduating students, but it’s also beneficial that Vectorworks updates and enhances its software regularly in conjunction with my industry constantly changing. It’s an easy way for me to always stay up to date.”

    To qualify for student2PRO, graduates must have completed a degree at a university, college, post-secondary vocational or poly-technical school within the past 365 days and submit transcripts or a diploma showing degree completion and graduation date. Alternatively, graduates can take advantage of the current monthly or yearly subscription license offerings on Vectorworks products, where available.

    For more information or to submit your transcripts or diploma, click "READ MORE" below.

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  • Richlite Partners with Charlie Cart Project: Food Education Anytime, Anywhere

    June 29, 2020

    Richlite is proud to partner with like-minded organizations that believe community and sustainability go hand in hand. We fell in love with the Charlie Cart Project and the entire team behind them, who set out to create an affordable and comprehensive food education program, giving kids the power to make healthy choices for life.

    The Charlie Cart Project is an all-in-one, hands-on food education, and nutrition program for any learning environment. With kids in mind who don’t thrive in a traditional school environment, hands-on learning, and cooking, in particular, can unlock a child's potential and open a window to a greater understanding of the world around us..

    Educators from 150 organizations in 38 states are active in the program, teaching basic cooking skills in their communities, and transforming lives with hands-on food education.

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  • SYNLawn brings 'Summer Fun Fore All' to Tanger Outlets

    June 19, 2020

    SYNLawn® Brings Putting Greens to Tanger® Factory Outlet Centers for 'Summer Fun Fore All' Activations

    Dalton, GA — SYNLawn® and Tanger® Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. have collaborated to make this summer more enjoyable by giving families the opportunity to enjoy putting greens during June through September activations at 33 locations across the country and Canada. Golf-loving families can show off their putting skills on a Dave Pelz GreenMaker by SYNLawn Golf during the 'Summer Fun Fore All' events.

    “This is the beginning of a fantastic partnership with Tanger Factory Outlet Centers,” said George Neagle, executive vice president at SYNLawn. “We're thrilled to offer shoppers the chance to play on the finest complete putting green system on the market today, and help make the summer months more enjoyable for families across the country.” Both companies are focused on providing fun experiences for the whole family throughout the season. Tanger Outlets welcomes more than 181 million visitors each year at 39 locations. Due to COVID-19, each of its locations has established the following steps to ensure safety for customers during these activations:

    ~Shoppers will be directed to stay 6 feet apart by following decals instructing them where to stand.
    ~Each putter will be sanitized between use and hand sanitizer will be available at each putting green.
    ~Shoppers are encouraged to wear appropriate PPE at all times.

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  • Roof recover with McElroy Metal symmetrical standing seam system solves 20-year-old leaking issues

    June 16, 2020

    Bossier City, La. — It takes a special roofer to agree to recover a 20-year-old roof that's been leaking since it was installed. Armed with his own roll former that produces McElroy Metal's 238T symmetrical standing seam panel, Marty May is that kind of special.

    May, the Chief Manager at Architectural Paneling LLC of Covington, Tenn., believes he was one of no more than two roofers who submitted a bid to recover the failing roof on the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center at the University of Tennessee-Martin. The original modified bitumen roof was topped once with sub-purlins and a metal roofing system that contained end laps. That retrofit installation didn't solve the problem.

    “Once we got involved with the job, most of the other companies backed off, knowing we would do our due diligence and get the job done right,” May says. “Once we started, we smoked it pretty good; we got it done in four months.”

    The Elam Center is the busy home of intercollegiate athletics and the Department of Health and Human Performance on the west entrance of campus. It houses seven basketball courts with volleyball and badminton options, six racquetball courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an interior jogging balcony and an aerobics room. The arena, which seats 4,800, is home to men's and women's basketball and various campus-wide student activities such as homecoming events, concerts, intramural sports and programming associated with academic speakers, senior preview day and freshmen welcome week.

    “The old retrofit metal roof had end panel splices which were leaking at various areas and required constant maintenance and resealing,” says Mark Maddox, AIA, of TLM Associates in Jackson, Tenn. “Also, the termination/drip edges of the panels were not installed correctly and allowed capillary action rainwater to infiltrate the building.”

    In addition, Maddox says the existing insulation did not meet current code requirements and the cavity underneath the roof was not properly ventilated.

    “Our approach, under the guidance of UT Facilities planning, was to specify complete removal and replacement of the entire metal panel system,” Maddox says. “Metal was chosen due to its long-term durability and life-cycle cost considerations, as compared to single-ply and other systems. We specified a continuous panel, approximately 98 feet long, which required jobsite roll forming. It also called for accommodations at the ridge and eave for the proper thermal expansion/contraction of each panel. A special eave/drip edge was extended sufficiently beyond the supporting wall to solve issues along the previous drip edge.”

    After removing the metal roofing system, Architectural Paneling replaced the curbs around all of the equipment on the roof with new systems from LMCurbs of Longview, Texas. The original parapet walls on three sides of the Elam Center required work so Architectural Paneling removed and re-installed 434 linear feet of parapet wall coping caps.

    The low slope roof (1/2:12) runs in one direction, to the back of the building, where 60 linear feet of headwall flashings had to be replaced. From there is a four-inch drop to a modified bitumen roof on another section of the building that has internal gutters to handle rain drainage. As a last step to preparing the roof for the new panels, 8 inches of unfaced fiberglass insulation was installed between the sub-purlins.

    “Our plan was to hoist our machine to the roof and run the panels on the roof,” May says, “but it was determined that the roof wouldn't be able to support the roll former and the coil, probably about 13,000 pounds.”

    Plan B was to erect scaffolding from Tennessee Scaffolding and crane the roll former and coil to the top, where it was bolted to the scaffolding. A crew of 10-12 collected the 98-foot long, 22-gauge Galvalume Plus panels (18 inches wide) as they came off the machine and stacked them on the roof. May says his crew installed a thermal spacer between the sub-purlins and the 238T roofing panels.

    McElroy's 238T panel is a symmetrical standing seam panel, so it does not have male and female seams. It's comprised of panels with matching left and right seams. 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 new system also called for new insulation to meet the 2012 IECC energy code and proper ventilation. Also included with the specification was a Special Total Roofing System warranty, with a 20-year no-dollar limit.

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  • ATAS Announces Project of the Year Award Winners

    June 09, 2020

    Allentown, PA - ATAS International, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2019 project of the year award winners. This annual competition recognizes projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design of the building. Six project categories were included in the competition: commercial roofs, commercial walls, residential roofs, residential walls, accents, and interiors. An independent panel of judges, comprised of ATAS advisory board members, reviewed photos of all the projects submitted throughout the year and chose first, second, and third place winners in each category.

    Receiving the first-place honors for commercial roofs was the Saratoga Racecourse project in Saratoga Springs, NY. Copper Field-Lok panels were used on this building, which were installed by Mid-State Industries, and purchased through Erie Materials. Architects for the project included SOSH and Frost Hurff, and MLB Construction Services was the contractor. For the commercial walls category, Otto Brewerytown in Philadelphia, PA, a mixed-use retail and condominiums project, took first-place. This building was designed by Interface Studio Architects (ISA), using Custom Grand C panels in Patina Green, Silversmith, and Brilliant Green, and Versa-Seam panels in Silversmith. The panels were installed by All Seasons Home Improvement Company and purchased through ABC Supply. The owner of the building is Equinox Management and Construction.

    Taking the first-place award in the residential roofs category was a private residence located in Freeport, NY. TOC Architects designed the roof of this home using Boysenberry Techo Tile and PC System. The panels were purchased through Riverhead Building Supply and were installed by JA Construction. The residential walls category first-place winner was a private residence located in Penn Township, PA. Jeff Anderson acted as the architect and contractor for this project, which used CastleTop in Forest Green, Hemlock Green, and Patina Green, and Grand C in Dove Grey. The panels were purchased from Lezzer Lumber.

    For the accents category, the Geico Headquarters project in Tucson, AZ, took first-place. ONYX Creative, the architectural firm on this project, used custom perforated panels in clear satin anodized for the stairwells, along with Belvedere 6” Short Rib panels in clear satin anodized and a custom blue color. Also, perforated Belvedere 6” Short Rib panels in clear satin anodized were incorporated into the design. The panels were purchased through Beacon Building Products. The stairwell panels were installed by JB Steel, and the wall panels were installed by Roofing Southwest. For the interiors category, the Moser School in Rocky Hill, CT was recognized as the first-place winner. Custom wood grain PVDF linear ceiling panels with black recessed filler strips were incorporated into the design created by Kaestle Boos Architects. The panels were installed by GDS Contracting and purchased through KAMCO of New England.

    Jim Bush, VP of Sales and Marketing for ATAS, stated, “Once again, we received many entries into ATAS’ annual project of the year competition. We are pleased to honor the architects, contractors and distributors who were involved in the award-winning projects. A 60-page booklet has been created to showcase the projects that won an award or were nominated. This “idea book” should be useful to architects, contractors, and building owners to help them envision possible metal panel applications and design aesthetics for their future projects.”

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  • S-5! Accept the things you cannot change

    May 20, 2020

    S-5! is working full steam ahead on the re-invention of every department, availing of every opportunity for improvement. From marketing and communications to manufacturing and sales to research and development, we are integrating extensive improvements into all phases and functions of our company. We are reinvigorating the entrepreneurial spirit that underpins this organization. We are performing the same functions but in new and different ways.

    Our sales team is facing customers through video conferencing – no planes, airports, rental cars and hotel rooms for now; they are training distribution channels and end-users through educational webinars. We are communicating more and more through social media and online communications. And, we are coordinating interdepartmental functions via digital media. It is actually more time-and cost-effective than the ways of yesterday. We are accelerating the implementation of our new ERP and CRM systems, fast-tracking our manufacturing plant expansion program, stepping up R&D with new products and installing new automation equipment in production. We are working harder and faster than ever before.

    S-5! has and will continue to identify the opportunities hidden within this difficulty and align ourselves, our strategies and preparations to emerge on the other side of this pandemic as a more vibrant company. We will be stronger, more effective, more purposeful, more dynamic, more resilient with more fluid operational procedures and infrastructure, closer customer contact and rapport, higher production rates, and lower operating costs in all departments.

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  • Benjamin Moore Is Making Hand Sanitizer in it's New Jersey Factory - It's just part of the company's COVID-19 relief effort

    May 19, 2020

    As someone who has waxed poetic about certain Benjamin Moore colors, I'm clearly a fan—and designers love their paints, too. Now, the company is giving us all the more reason to love them by rolling out a multifaceted relief program in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The most surprising pivot? Turning its Newark, New Jersey, paint factory to a hand sanitizer production.

    Over the past few weeks, Benjamin Moore—which as operated a facility in Newark since the 1920s—has been investigating how to switch from making paint to making hand sanitizer. Now, the company is in the process of manufacturing 600 gallons (over 2,000 bottles) of sanitizer, which it is donating to local police departments.

    In addition, the company has announced a $100,000 gift to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Frontline Foods, two of the organizations helping to make up for the 50% state increase in demand for food assistance. This donation will facilitate 230,000 meals.

    "Benjamin Moore has operated in New Jersey for more than 100 years, with four locations and our largest employee population based in the Garden State. As a company committed to the communities we serve, we recognize the health and financial hardship that COVID-19 has caused many residents," says chairman and CEO Dan Calkins. "Through our production of much-needed hand sanitizer and monetary donations to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Frontline Foods New Jersey, we hope to bring some comfort to first responders, healthcare workers and community members in need during this difficult time."

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  • Sensitile - materials as dynamic as light

    May 19, 2020

    “Today more than ever we understand the importance of space, and the beauty that can be achieved through its effective and adaptable use. Only when we return to that beauty which we had taken for granted, will we feel alive again.” - Giovanni de Niederhäusern, Senior Vice President Architecture, Samuele Sordi, Chief Architect in Pininfarina USA, Marco Bortolussi, Marketing Specialist

    Marrying beauty and elegance with people's connectivity to the physical space has always been our guiding vision. We aim to draw people in, harness their senses in dynamic ways, and push beyond prevailing thinking of what it means to interact with the material world. The need to distance socially should not preclude connectivity and beauty. Our screen, divider and partitioning solutions achieve privacy without seclusion and are versatile, adaptable and configurable. They are easy to clean and sanitize and relevant for hospitality, healthcare, retail, institutional, educational and residential environments. They divide spaces and create privacy, while at the same time, maintain a delightfully connected whole by extending, distributing and maximizing ambient and daytime light.

    Please click the "Read More" button to view Sensitile's available Screens and Dividers.

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  • Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes Brings Bluworld of Water USA to Central Indiana

    May 01, 2020

    Today's fast-paced lifestyle may generate joy and productivity, but it can also create ample stress, causing homeowners to crave a greater degree of tranquility back on the home front. Rob Delaby, owner of Oasis Outdoor Living & Landscapes, has found homeowners are increasingly seeking to enhance their environment with a calming and soothing element, incorporating water features both outside and inside the home.

    Since the beginning of time, humans have been naturally drawn to water's beauty as it serves to soothe, heal, restore, and uplift us. Moreover, water increases alertness, decreases blood pressure, and lowers depression & anxiety. And here's a great bonus: including a water feature on either the interior or exterior of your home substantially increases its value!

    Last year Delaby met with a local couple who were eager to add flair to their newly constructed home by Christopher Scott Homes, by adding some unique water features. In describing the kind of design they were looking for, these homeowners, who adore Arizona and Las Vegas, said, “We want Scottsdale flair but with a Bellagio kicker.”

    Delaby was eager to deliver, but unfortunately there was nobody in the area that could help him with the type of technologically advanced water features he needed to create the design his clients envisioned. In doing his research, Delaby came across Bluworld of Water in Orlando and was immediately awestruck by the jaw-droppingly unique projects he saw.

    “I was impressed not only in their design capability but also their proprietary trademark of the Blu-Guard system that prevents water from getting stagnant, stale, or growing algae,” says Delaby. (Bluworld has developed a 100% hermetically sealed design that required no water supply, no drainage, no filtration and no regular maintenance. Because the system is 100% encapsulated with distilled water, it can never get dirty or develop any biological growth.)

    “What Bluworld offers isn't currently available in the Indianapolis market,” says Delaby. “We've all seen exterior water features, but how often do you walk into someone's home and see a kitchen tabletop full of water that has bubbles in it? Or an entryway with a wall of water?”

    After flying to Florida, meeting Josh Effron, Senior Account Manager for Bluworld of Water, and touring the state-of-the-art 40,000 sq. ft. facility, Delaby was sold and suggested a partnership.

    “I wanted the opportunity to be the dealer of Bluworld's concept and bring Central Indiana the beauty of Bluworld,” says Delaby, who was thrilled to return to Indy and let his clients know that he could make their dream a reality, complete with a custom Butler Bulldog themed water feature.

    Because of the partnership with Bluworld, the sky is the limit on customizing these water features. Clients can custom build each detail of their water feature, choosing from different panel materials, colors, lighting, and water effects.

    “There is virtually no limit to what we can create or how far we are willing to travel. In fact, we now have installations in more than 35 countries and most recently, in Wah Pakistan where we designed the world's tallest indoor water feature at 165 feet,” says Effron. “This includes using custom stainless steel, any type of glass as well as custom cast acrylic. These designs can also include programmable animation and lighting shows.”

    “I searched high and low to find a partner that could provide cutting-edge interior and exterior water features, and Bluworld has captured the market with high-end design and development with proprietary methods and computer systems,” says Delaby. “I'm honored to be their dealer in Central Indiana and am eager to help any and all residential and commercial design build firms with the installation of Bluworld products and projects.”

    “It was a major success as all the work done by both Oasis Outdoor and Bluworld was absolutely stunning!” says Effron. “Bluworld is thankful to have a trusted and knowledgeable partner in the Indianapolis area. We feel that the opportunities are endless, and we look forward to sustaining this great partnership and working with Oasis Outdoor in the future on many projects!”

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  • New Test Results Prove XLERATORs with HEPA Filtration System Remove 99.999 Percent of Viruses from the Airstream

    April 30, 2020

    Proper Hand Hygiene Top Defense Against Spread of Germs

    EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list proper hand hygiene among the best defenses against spreading germs. Proper hand hygiene involves thoroughly washing hands for at least 20 seconds, and drying them completely. Further, both organizations list warm air dryers as an effective means of drying hands.

    The XLERATOR® Hand Dryer has already been proven to dry hands completely in as little as 8 seconds per global UL Environment Product Category Rules (PCR) testing standards. Now, a new study offers more insight into how HEPA filtration can contribute to hand hygiene. New viral filtration efficiency testing conducted by LMS Technologies found that XLERATOR® and XLERATORsync® Hand Dryers with HEPA Filtration Systems remove 99.999 percent of viruses from the airstream.

    “In these unprecedented times, the health and well-being of our customers is our main concern and it was important for us to confirm how our products interact with viruses,” said William Gagnon, vice president of sales and marketing at Excel Dryer. “These results provide peace of mind to the public and our customers with regard to hand dryer use, especially now, at a time when proper hand washing and drying is paramount.”

    This latest test challenged XLERATOR HEPA Filtration Systems with approximately 380 million viruses ranging in size between 16.5 and 604.3 nanometers. In the end, the HEPA Filtration System removed 99.999 percent of viruses.

    Of the results, LMS Technologies President Al Vatine said, “The virus used in the test represents all viruses, like coronavirus in terms of their size or how they would react to the filter. I can, with confidence, tout the effectiveness of the XLERATORs with HEPA filtration systems. If it can perform this effectively in an enhanced, virus-infused scenario, it surely would provide effective filtration in real-world settings.”

    XLERATOR Hand Dryers with HEPA Filtration Systems provide a more hygienic hand drying experience and environment compared to restrooms using paper towels. This touchless hand hygiene solution eliminates the multiple unnecessary touch points that come with using paper towels as a drying method including handling during their manufacture, shipping, storage, restocking and then, once used, the germ-laden waste removal. By reducing touchpoints, the risk of germ transfer is likewise reduced.

    “Now more than ever, hygiene is a global concern,” Gagnon furthered. “With our latest test results, we can report that when it comes to public health, you’re in good hands with XLERATOR.”

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  • ATAS International Launches New Website for Transpired Solar Air Heating Collector

    April 28, 2020

    Allentown, PA - ATAS International has been involved in the manufacturing of transpired solar collector panels since 2002. Technical insights gleaned from early projects resulted in continual refinement of design, ultimately culminating in the release of the InSpire® wall solar air heating system to the sustainable construction industry in 2006. Since then, InSpire® has been installed on a wide variety of building types including schools, warehouses, and office buildings, earning numerous industry awards and professional recognition along the way.

    A new website for InSpire® was launched in mid-April:, with a nod to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The new site contains more project data and photos, applications and case studies, and real-time performance data of a system installed on a warehouse/production facility. Design considerations, a BIM model, CAD details (in PDF and DWG formats) and color selections are also available on the new site.

    Heating outside air is often the single most expensive energy budget item in a building and this is what the solar air wall system helps to reduce. Solar air heating is a simple, renewable, and efficient technology using the sun as a source of heat. Transpired solar collector panels installed on building walls can be used for heating building space with pre-heated outside air and can also provide process hot air for drying applications across numerous industries. The solar thermal efficiency of the InSpire® wall can exceed 80%, as certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). Christian Vachon, Director of Solar Technology for ATAS International, stated, “I have been selling and installing the InSpire® solar air heating panels for over 10 years and they have always met or even exceeded calculated performance.”

    The InSpire® solar collector is a perforated aluminum or zinc wall panel that is usually mounted on a building over the south-facing weathertight exterior wall (southeast and southwest-facing walls are also adequate to provide preheated air). The precision perforations in the wall panels allow outside air to travel through the face of the panel. When the metal panel is exposed to sunlight, it heats up, creating a layer of warm air on the surface of the panel. This solar-heated air is drawn through the perforations where it rises through the plenum between the two walls and enters the building's central ventilation system or supply fan where it is distributed through the building's duct work.

    To learn more about solar air heating, ATAS offers a course on the topic that is approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 1 LU/HSW and by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) for 1 CE hour. You may request a seminar through the resources tab on the new InSpire® website.

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  • McElroy Metal provides panels for Texas university landmark

    April 28, 2020

    Bossier City, La. — Growth and expansion have defined the ongoing evolution at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) during recent years. The transition from a commuter school for continuing education into a four-year campus with resident students created the need for a recreation and wellness facility that serves as a campus landmark.

    The Clear Lake Recreation and Wellness Center is a new 81,000 square foot facility, featuring McElroy Metal's 22-gauge coil formed into wall panels. MCT Sheet Metal of Katy, Texas, manufactured three custom profiles in the Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF custom color Aged Bronze. A recruiting tool for the university, the facility partners student life with wellness-focused academics as the new home to the university's Exercise and Health Science Department. It houses recreational amenities including fitness/exercise facilities, an indoor track, and multi-use athletic courts for club sports, intramurals and personal training.

    “Campus recreation and wellness centers are powerful tools for recruitment and retention of higher education students,” says Mark Kranz, FAIA, Vice President & Design Director at SmithGroup of Dallas. “To that end, the university wanted a bold, modern new facility to elevate their brand externally, and unite the campus internally with a strong, cohesive identity.

    “Through the use of provocative form reflecting the program within, overarching sustainable strategies, materially and with color, the design epitomizes the UHCL 'Hawk' brand.”

    Kranz points to the south façade of the building, which “is energized with a dynamic composition of custom profile single-skin metal panels, inspired by the motion of a hawk in flight,” he says. “That wing of the building houses research and academic space for the Health and Human Performance (Kinesiology) programs. We knew that we wanted our design to express the many layers and aspects of this active, human-centered field of study. The two-story volume blends in plan in a muscular way. We thought of both the body in motion and the flight of a hawk and overlaid the two as an abstract way to think about how a façade could appear to be kinetic.

    “This dynamic set of ideas led to the exploration and experimentation with broken metal profiles. The result is very poetic and elegant and uses a simple and economical material.”

    MCT Sheet Metal handled the fabrication and installation of metal products on the new center. MCT owner Patrick Coussens says working closely with SmithGroup helped everyone achieve project goals.

    “The procured metal has a fantastic warranty with a large selection of color options to meet the design needs of the architect,” he says. “The 22-gauge sheet metal used is a step above the 24-gauge typical standard, which translates to a more robust panel in terms of strength and wind load. That adds longevity to the project. The profiles SmithGroup designed are fantastic for breaking up the façades into something visually enjoyable.”

    Kranz says a major challenge with such extensive use of glazing is the control of solar heat gain and visual glare as it relates to energy performance and environmental comfort. “Metal components are used throughout the project to help achieve the design's solar control strategy,” he says. “On the exterior, dramatic overhangs, metal shade structures and metal fins reduce heat gain, while on the interior, perforated metal guardrails diffuse sunlight to reduce glare.”

    The project certainly met the aesthetic and durability goals of all involved.

    “Working creatively with a simple metal coil and braking it into three custom profiles, we were able to express the project's kinetic spirit and purpose,” Kranz says. “It isn't easy to capture movement with static materials, but the panel composition makes the architecture move, in a very provocative way.”

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  • Accept the Things You Cannot Change

    April 24, 2020

    Rob Haddock, CEO & Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, Ltd.

    Without the noise of day-to-day fires to put out, many of us are operating in quiet solitude and reflecting on how we will do things both now and when this crisis subsides. I am one of the many.

    There are six words that come to mind in describing the events of the past 60 days: The first two have to do with external stimuli; the second two with our internal reaction to those stimuli. And, the final two have to do with the outcome. So, let me expound on that a bit.

    Change and Upheaval - “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” Known as “The Serenity Prayer,” by Reinhold Niebuhr, these wise words frame how many of us view the current situation. It is hard to dispute this virus and its ripple effects (which are external forces) have changed things dramatically causing serious disruption and upheaval to the way we live. This health crisis has shaken the entire world. It has drastically affected our social, economic and political strata – all three. Such unprecedented change brings upheaval. And upheaval precipitates more change – change in how we work, how we think and how we feel. For many, even change in our value system. It will and should spark a reaction from each of us. We cannot alter the external force. We can change how we react to it.

    Shifting and Redirection - “Tough times never last: tough people do!” This phrase coined by Clergyman, Robert Schuller leads us to respond to negative circumstances in a positive way. So, accepting what we cannot change, we have to shift our thinking to deal with things we can change. How do we do that? We find and focus on the potential silver linings within and beyond the circumstances of the crisis and how they might relate to our businesses – things that represent opportunity shrouded within this disaster; things that we can control and are actionable. We systematically re-evaluate, re-strategize, re-align our strategies and re-direct our activities to accomplish new strategies. Those silver linings will be different from one company to the next. The same shift or redirection will not work for everyone. At S-5!, we are shifting and redirecting. It is energizing –even fun!

    Opportunity and Increase - “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein When we identify the opportunities within the adversity, we must implement our strategies and do it quickly.

    S-5! is working full steam ahead on the re-invention of every department, availing of every opportunity for improvement. From marketing and communications to manufacturing and sales to research and development, we are integrating extensive improvements into all phases and functions of our company. We are reinvigorating the entrepreneurial spirit that underpins this organization. We are performing the same functions but in new and different ways.

    Our sales team is facing customers through video conferencing – no planes, airports, rental cars and hotel rooms for now; they are training distribution channels and end-users through educational webinars. We are communicating more and more through social media and online communications. And, we are coordinating interdepartmental functions via digital media. It is actually more time-and cost-effective than the ways of yesterday. We are accelerating the implementation of our new ERP and CRM systems, fast-tracking our manufacturing plant expansion program, stepping up R&D with new products and installing new automation equipment in production. We are working harder and faster than ever before.

    S-5! has and will continue to identify the opportunities hidden within this difficulty and align ourselves, our strategies and preparations to emerge on the other side of this pandemic as a more vibrant company. We will be stronger, more effective, more purposeful, more dynamic, more resilient with more fluid operational procedures and infrastructure, closer customer contact and rapport, higher production rates, and lower operating costs in all departments. That postures us for an increase in sales and profits.

    Is your business accepting the things it cannot change? Do you have the courage to change the things you can? Do you have the wisdom to know the difference?

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  • ATAS Announces 2019 Sales Team of the Year

    April 15, 2020

    Allentown, PA | April 14, 2020 - At the recent ATAS International employee appreciation and awards dinner, Jared Gorman, CSI, and Ernie Kortvely, were announced as the recipients of the annual Malan S. Parker Award, which recognizes the top sales team of 2019. Malan S. “Steve” Parker was an exemplary ATAS Product Representative in the New England territory, and he passed away in 2002. Since then, to honor his hard work and dedication to ATAS, the sales team of the year award is now known as the Malan S. Parker Award.

    This is the first year that Gorman has won this award. His territory includes eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Gorman joined ATAS in 2016 and has over 15 years of industry experience in a wide variety of roles, including distribution sales and management, estimating, roofing, and carpentry. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. Gorman is the membership chairperson for the Boston Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

    Kortvely is the inside technical salesperson for the territory. He has over 22 years of industry experience, and most of those years were as an ATAS employee. Kortvely was a product representative for ATAS in the Mid-Atlantic region for many years, prior to his current position. He earned the LEED Green Associate certification in 2010 and the CSI Construction Documents Technologist certification in 2011.

    Gorman and Kortvely were chosen as this year’s winners for their teamwork in overall sales growth and observance of corporate goals and objectives. They obtained the highest level of sales in a year for the eastern New England territory, consistently grew sales over the last three years, and diversified their product channels. Kortvely’s support of Gorman and their customers within the region was instrumental to the growth realized in that area. Both Gorman and Kortvely have certification in metal roof installation from the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

    “Jared and Ernie's dedication and hard work in 2019 was outstanding, resulting in continuous years of sales growth”, said Mark Bus, National Sales Manager for ATAS. “We have great customers in the eastern New England market, and Jared and Ernie provide exceptional service to maintain their loyalty. Jared's background within distribution and the trades was also very instrumental in growing the business, along with driving the benefits of ATAS within the architectural community. We congratulate both on this well-deserved award and for their dedication and continued service to ATAS.”

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    April 15, 2020

    Natatorium Is Central Feature in Learning By Design's Outstanding Project Winner

    BOW, NH — The La Joya (Texas) Water Park & Planetarium, which features a natatorium enclosure by New Hampshire-based Structures Unlimited, Inc., was a distinguished winner in Learning By Design's 2020 Educational Facilities Design Awards program.

    The expansive project, built by the La Joya Independent School District to serve its students and the public, includes a water park, planetarium and a natatorium featuring a 10-lane competition pool and two diving boards. The enclosure features two retractable roof systems designed by Structures Unlimited for natural ventilation and a corrosion-resistant aluminum structure.

    The park is the first complex of its kind in Texas owned by a school district and can welcome 1,200 guests at a time. The project was named one of Learning By Design's Outstanding Project winners.

    Learning By Design is produced three times a year in partnership with the American Institute of Architects' Committee on Architecture for Education, the Association for Learning Environments, the Society for College and University Planners, and the Association of University Interior Designers. The Spring Educational Facilities Showcase is a national juried program based on quality, design and community impact of a project.

    “To earn the respect of such a prestigious jury is quite an accomplishment,” says Mark McNichol, Director of Sales for Structures Unlimited. “This was a complex project and the ability of Structures Unlimited to provide a single-source, pre-engineered solution for the natatorium was something the design team was seeking.”

    “It's critical that the glare off the water in a pool is minimized for the safety of the swimmers, and that is what we are able to provide with our structures incorporating Kalwall® translucent sandwich panels. Diffused natural daylight provides the perfect setting for natatoriums.”

    Gignac & Associates, LLP of McAllen, Texas was the architect, D. Wilson Construction of McAllen was the general contractor and Counsilman-Hunsaker of Richardson, Texas was the aquatic design consultant.

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  • Concrete Pavement Webinar Series Off to Strong Start with More to Come

    April 09, 2020

    The first installment of NRMCA's Concrete Pavement Education Series was a great success, with more than 430 individuals attending the Designing Concrete Parking Lots and Streets webinar, reports Senior Vice President, Local Paving, Phil Kresge. These weekly webinars focus on topics related to design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of concrete pavements. The next program in the series, scheduled for Thursday, April 9, at 2 p.m. Eastern time, is Designing Concrete Industrial Pavements and will discuss proper pavement design per the recommendations of ACI 330.2R-17: Guide for the Design and Construction of Concrete Site Paving for Industrial and Trucking Facilities.

    “In this time of mandatory social distancing, the Concrete Pavement Education Series provides you the opportunity to stay in front of your audience while following health and safety guidelines,” Kresge said. “By sharing the link, you can invite your contacts in the A/E and construction communities to register for the webinar. A courtesy follow-up e-mail or phone call after the program keeps you on their radar screen.” The webinars also provide American Institute of Architects (AIA) Elective Learning Units and/or Professional Development Hours (PDH) for continuing education requirements.

    Future programs include Soils 101: What to Know for a Successful Paving Project (April 16), Concrete Pavement Jointing Details> (April 23) and Materials and Construction Specifications for Concrete Pavement Projects (April 30). Each webinar starts at 2 p.m. Eastern time and is free.

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  • Fifth Consecutive Top Workplace Award is Received by ATAS International

    March 31, 2020

    Allentown, PA - ATAS International, Inc. is once again honored to receive a prestigious Top Workplace award. This is the fifth consecutive year that the award has been earned, and ATAS is one of only four manufacturing firms in the Lehigh Valley to receive this 2020 honor from The Morning Call.

    The organizations who receive a Top Workplace award are determined solely on the results of an employee engagement survey consisting of 24 questions, administered by Energage, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including employee engagement, leadership, alignment, connection, coaching, performance, and “the basics” (which include pay, benefits, flexibility, training, and expectations). Companies that participated in the survey could be public, private, non-profit, or governmental, and had at least 35 employees in the region. There is no cost to enter the Top Workplaces program.

    “Recruitment and retention are a key focus for every organization today. The employee engagement survey at the heart of the Top Workplaces program provides the foundation for unearthing unique culture differentiators to recruit and retain the right talent,“ said Bob Helbig, CEO of Energage, The Morning Call's research partner for Top Workplaces of the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. This year, 81 organizations agreed to take the employee survey. Combined, they employ 26,284 people.

    Comments made by ATAS employees while completing the survey were not only shared with the owners and managers at ATAS, but with all the employees. Along with the positive feedback were suggestions on areas for improvement, which will be reviewed and considered for implementation. Some of the survey comments made anonymously by the ATAS team members include:
    · Good work environment that feels like we all have the same goals in mind
    · I love my job because I work with great co-workers and team players
    · The company is always planning for the future
    · Management listens to all opinions and concerns
    · The company consistently works toward making improvements for customers and staff
    · My manager allows me to be a decision maker, values my opinion, and treats me with respect
    · I have been given the ability to shape my future within the organization; hard work and determination are acknowledged

    As the ATAS point of contact for the Top Workplaces survey, Anne Hicks, Executive Assistant, stated, “People have to feel good about what they do to be successful at it. Top Workplace is a tool that can identify a company’s weaknesses, so improving can be achieved. Both employer and staff benefit.”

    Jim Bus, Executive Vice President at ATAS International, said, “ATAS is thankful for our employees and their efforts, which are what truly makes ATAS a Top Workplace. We are proud to support our employees with training and advancement opportunities, and encourage them to provide us with feedback and ideas on a continuing basis. Many of their suggestions have been implemented to improve our products and services, and our work environment.”

    This year, ATAS is celebrating their 57th year in business, and the last 36 years have been in the Lehigh Valley. They will soon be breaking ground on a new world headquarters and expanded manufacturing facility in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, which will enhance their continued growth in production, building materials innovation, and overall employment of additional team members.

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  • Solar Power World's "Top Products in 2019"

    March 30, 2020

    AceClamp was recently featured by Solar Power World for one of the "Top Products in 2019." Learn what Bob Mercier, Director of Business Development has to say about their latest Solar Snap™ product that's hitting the market later this year.

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  • Vectorworks 2020 SP3 Launch Brings Quality and Performance Improvements

    March 19, 2020

    Vectorworks Spotlight quality fixes, BIM enhancements and Enscape and NBS Chorus partnerships are a few of the coveted updates

    Columbia, MD (March 18, 2020)––Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. releases Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3 (SP3) with quality and performance improvements as the central theme of this update. As part of the SP3 release, Vectorworks is introducing additional partner integrations with Enscape and NBS Chorus, as well as providing key updates for users of its BIM, landscape and entertainment design product line.

    “Our release of the Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3 is the perfect example of our focus and drive to improve software quality and performance and to further enable Vectorworks to be a design hub for many workflows,” said Steve Johnson, vice president of product development at Vectorworks. “By continuing to develop connections to the latest technologies and partner solutions, we’re delivering a design ecosystem that is helping designers around the world to ideate, discover and realize their design visions.”

    Improved Performance Speeds and Quality Fixes in Vectorworks Spotlight

    With Vectorworks Spotlight 2020 SP3, lighting devices and their Schematic Views have been re-engineered, improving overall file open time and performance. Specifically, issues with Schematic Views related to project sharing, the display of 2D label legends and how views are updated with model changes have been implemented, which will provide users with significant speed gains. Additionally, quality fixes have been made to optimize snapping and attaching loads to rigging objects in 3D, as well as to improve the graphic generation of lighting fixtures when using Duplicate, Mirror, Rotate and Move by Points commands.

    “We’ve heard our Vectorworks Spotlight customers loud and clear — they want improved performance speeds and quality fixes above all else,” said Darick DeHart, vice president of product management for Vectorworks. “We’ve addressed several priority areas in Spotlight and are happy to share these improvements in Service Pack 3. In testing of Service Pack 3, we’re confident in sharing that Vectorworks Spotlight users will notice file opening and Schematic view creation/manipulation are up to two times faster and that duplicating lighting devices for large projects can be five to 10 times faster.”

    Put GDTF and MVR into Practice with Enhanced Support in Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision

    With SP3, the workflow for using GDTF data in Vectorworks Spotlight is greatly improved. GDTF files can now be directly imported into Spotlight, can be applied to any Vectorworks lighting device and can be managed directly from the Resource Manager. These lighting devices can then be sent to any previz or console that supports GDTF, including Vision which will now recognize GDTF files when using the MVR Import. Other improvements to Vision include the integration of the GDTF fixture builder to allow for direct editing and the customization of fixture attributes such as gobos, colors, effects and more. This enhanced GDTF support streamlines the MVR workflow and creates a fully connected workflow between Vectorworks Spotlight, Vision and consoles that support these open file formats. This video showcases the MVR and GDTF updates.

    Take Visualizations to New Heights with Another Real-time Rendering Connection, the ‘Enscape for Vectorworks: Free Beta’

    In keeping with Vectorworks’ dedication to integrating new technology that brings direct benefit to customers, they have teamed up with Enscape, providers of real-time rendering and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions.

    Enscape goes beyond other real-time rendering applications by developing plugins that work directly inside Vectorworks, so users can accurately gauge the impact of their design decisions as they are being made. Enscape is providing a free beta plugin to all Windows users in the Vectorworks 2020 Service Pack 3.

    The plugin provides a suite of Enscape rendering tools inside Vectorworks which can control the visualization in Enscape. As geometry, lighting, textures or views are changed or added in Vectorworks, users will see these real-time changes in Enscape. For easy virtual reality, the Enable/Disable VR Headset tool connects Vectorworks models directly to a VR headset like Oculus Rift S or HTC Vive with little to no setup.

    “Traditionally, high-quality rendering can be difficult and time-consuming, reserved for specialists and relegated to design reviews and presentations,” said Mortiz Luck, CEO and co-founder of Enscape. “With Enscape, models can be rendered with one click and design changes are immediately reflected — there's no uploading to the cloud, importing files or syncing models. Enscape is the perfect companion to the designer's workflow. Users can have Vectorworks open on one monitor and Enscape open on a second to see the impact of their design changes as they happen.”

    Watch this video to see the Enscape feature in action.

    Easily Connect BIM to Building Specifications Using NBS Chorus Integration

    Data and information is what makes a BIM model useful throughout the project lifecycle. The NBS Chorus integration enables users to access and dynamically link their models to the NBS online specification database, keeping the model as the central source of project information. Users will be able to open a web palette in Vectorworks, letting them work concurrently with their model and NBS Chorus. Any data modified in NBS Chorus via the web palette will update in the data record of the model, ensuring accurate and up-to-date specification information is accessible at all times from the model.

    The NBS Chorus integration is another step in creating a holistic BIM environment within Vectorworks.

    NBS Chorus integration will be available to users of Vectorworks Design Series products with an active Vectorworks Service Select membership.

    Greater BIM Collaboration with BCF Improvements

    The BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is widely used for quality checking, clash detection, coordination and issue tracking in BIM workflows. Vectorworks Architect, Landmark and Spotlight 2020, through Service Pack 3, will support BCF 2.1, the latest and most optimized version of the format. BCF 2.1 gives Vectorworks users extended capabilities in issue tracking and adds new information for spaces and openings. The BCF Manager tool has also been updated to reflect the changes needed to support BCF 2.1, making a more streamlined BCF workflow.

    Stylize Images with Machine Learning

    Creating compelling renderings for presentations can be time consuming and may not be possible due to deadlines or other constraints (like unfamiliarity with Renderworks settings). The Vectorworks Cloud Services web portal will now have the ability to transfer a “style” of one image to another through machine learning. This means that rendering styles can be derived from an image and applied to a simple Vectorworks rendering –– all via the cloud –– making artistic rendering presentations more accessible and customizable.

    This Service Pack is available as a downloadable updater for all U.S. English-based versions of Vectorworks 2020, including Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer, Fundamentals, Braceworks, ConnectCAD and Vision. To install, 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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  • ATAS International Introduces New Matte Colors

    March 17, 2020

    Allentown, PA - To complement the industry accepted standard gloss finish of over 35 standard colors, ATAS International now stocks six new matte colors. The new low-gloss finish offers a more subdued aesthetic, like that which is found with natural metals. Matte Black has been a popular color choice for many building components recently, and that color leads the new matte palette, which also includes Thunder Grey, Anchor Grey, Ash Grey, Char Brown, and Almond. The new matte colors will be stocked in .032 and .040 aluminum and 24-gauge steel; other gauges are available upon special request.

    The matte finish is achieved using a 70% PVDF coating, the same coating used with all the ATAS painted colors, which provides high-performance durability for exterior and interior applications. The only difference with the new matte colors is that the gloss level is only 10 to 20 degrees, as compared to a 30 to 40 degree gloss level with the standard colors. Therefore, the same quality, longevity, and surface color performance can be expected. The coatings are designed to resist fading, chalking, and abrasion, and meet the requirement of AAMA 2605-13 and AAMA 620-02. To further ensure quality of coatings and products, ATAS International and their sister company, BRIGHTSMITH Coaters, are both ISO 9001:2015 certified, with a focus on serving customers and continuous improvements.

    The calming shades of black, grey, brown, and beige in the matte finish softens the look of a panel surface. For a unique aesthetic, glossy and matte finish panels are being used together to create a textured look. The glossy panels can be used for a dramatic effect in a specific area, creating an instant impact against the rest of the wall, which remains visually softer in the matte colors.

    This new ATAS color offering is just one more option in a multitude of finishes, including stock and premium colors, Oxide Series colors (to mimic the look of weathered steel), and laminates and print coats in wood grain patterns. In addition to painted finishes, ATAS also offers a variety of natural metals that include copper, stainless steel, anodized aluminum, 55% Al-Zn alloy coated steel with acrylic coating, and six different zinc colors.

    Jim Bush, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ATAS International, stated, “As design trends develop, and with the input of our customers and advisory board members, ATAS strives to increase our range of colors and products. We are pleased to offer more choices than ever before to meet the needs of building owners and the design community.”

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  • Metl-Span IMPs installed on milestone Home2 Suites in Chicago

    March 11, 2020

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North was designed for travelers who want to maintain their normal routine. It features 206 suites and a range of tech-focused and eco-conscious amenities, while becoming the company's 300th property.

    More than 46,000 square feet of insulated metal panels from Metl-Span were specified and installed on the milestone hotel.

    “Initially, the exterior of the building was designed to have exposed concrete with an applied, colored, weather-resistive coating system,” says Mohan Srinivasan, AIA, CCS, LEED AP, Principal at NORR Architects of Chicago. “When the building envelope was modeled for energy performance, we realized that a continuous exterior insulation product was needed to comply with the updated Energy Code. Initial studies for this included ACM metal panels on clips with continuous mineral wool insulation in the cavity and rain-screen products with rigid insulation behind them. The Building Code requirements for NFPA 285 compliance ruled out several of these options. After some research, we came across the foamed-in insulated metal panel system by Metl-Span which met several requirements in one package; including continuous insulation, air and water barrier, large panel sizes and multiple exterior coating finish options. This is what we ended up selecting as the most efficient exterior cladding system for the project.

    “Insulated metal panels were selected for this project as they met several requirements for exterior wall aesthetics and performance in a complete simple package. The ability to get a large-sized, modular, pre-finished, easy-to-install, NFPA 285-compliant product with continuous insulation as well as an integral air-and-water barrier made the exterior building envelope easy to detail and construct in addition to giving us finish options that fit our aesthetic goals for this project.”

    Working in a busy part of downtown Chicago places some challenges at the feet of the installers. Because there was little to no room for staging any building materials, All-American Exterior Solutions of Lake Zurich, Ill., ordered insulated metal panels from Metl-Span in 15 phases – or basically whatever the crew could install in a week's time. Some deliveries were two days apart.

    “Because the building is constructed out close to the property lines to achieve as much square footage as possible, there is almost no room to work,” says Mike Underwood, Vice President of All-American Exterior Solutions. “These were horizontal panels, installed from the bottom up. We worked around the building, clockwise, so it always appeared like we had half the building completed. We started at Clark and Huron (streets) and worked our way around to the backside.”

    Panels were delivered, all marked, so installing crewmen knew what side of the building each panel was to be installed. One week, panels were marked with an “S” for the south side of the building, the next week, they'd be all marked with an “E” for the east side.

    “We kept a forklift onsite to unload trucks and I don't think we ever had more than one truck delivering at a time,” Underwood says.

    The project started in September 2018 and was completed in March 2019, meaning installation continued through the Chicago winter.

    “We had to deal with the cold and the snow, but if the winds got up to 20 or 25 mph, that limited what we could do as well,” Underwood says. “We had to jump through hoops battling Mother Nature.”

    Underwood says the weather caused a number of delays, including scheduled deliveries. Fortunately, suppliers, including Metl-Span, were able to accommodate the changes.

    All-American had to do some fabricating onsite with the insulated metal panels, in order save on the cost of custom-sized panels. “Every third floor there's a white line,” Underwood explains. “Instead of having customized panels made for those, we cut down standard-sized panels.”

    All of the IMPs were filled with a 3-inch urethane core and featured 24-gauge Galvalume Igloo White interior panels. Colors used on the exterior were Striated Zinc Gray (23,735 square feet), Mesa Zinc Gray (12,398 square feet), Striated Medium Bronze (4,906 square feet), Striated Polar White (4,058 square feet) and Striated Sandstone (1,452 square feet).

    “The insulated metal panels, as a product, have excellent long-term thermal and visual properties with minimal maintenance compared to more conventional exterior rain-screen, cavity or mass wall systems and their corresponding finishes,” says Mario Rosado, Project Manager at NORR. “This was a big selling point for us. Additionally, the fact that the panel system is an integrated and tested assembly meeting NFPA 285 fire rating requirements, allowed us to easily detail the exterior envelope compared to more conventional rain-screen cladding systems where the wall finish systems consist of a careful arrangement of multiple wall components from different kits of parts with complex detailing to achieve an integrated assembly.

    “The insulated metal panels provide the building with a fresh, contemporary look that allows it to stand apart from its more conventionally constructed neighbors. It provides a well-insulated exterior wall that adds to the comfort and energy efficiency of the hotel interior and the striated exterior finish texture gives the long, insulated panels an exceptionally flat surface that is free of oil-canning, resulting in a crisp and sharp look for the hotel exterior. The project has been well received by everyone on the project team, the hotel brand, as well as receiving good reviews online from guests and neighbors.”

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  • Impacta by Sound Seal Launches Cerazorb Low Density and High Density

    March 06, 2020

    Agawam, MA - Sound Seal, a leading manufacturer of noise control products serving the industrial, architectural, commercial and construction industries, announced today the introduction of Cerazorb Low Density (LD) and Cerazorb High Density (HD) acoustical underlayments.

    Cerazorb Low Density (LD) is Designed Specifically for Installation beneath engineered hardwood and stiff-core LVT/LVP Applications.

    Cerazorb High Density (HD) is designed for Tile and Stone applications. Both the LD and HD variations are made out of hemi-crystalline thermoplastic that will not rot, swell or absorb water and are antimicrobial.

    “We are pleased to offer two specific variations of Cerazorb” said David Ingersoll, National Sales Manager for Sound Seal. “Unlike our competitors, our underlayments are uniquely designed and developed to be compatible with specific top floors and applications. This ensures that we are providing solutions that will result in optimal performance.”

    About Sound Seal - Since 1978, Sound Seal has been a leading manufacturer of acoustical noise control products, offering the widest product selection in the soundproofing industry with innovative solutions and outstanding customer service. Sound Seal consists of three product divisions: the Industrial Division that addresses in-plant and environmental noise control; the Architectural Division that handles interiors and finishes, including an award winning line of WoodTrends products; and the Impacta Flooring Division that offers floor underlayments.

    About Catalyst Acoustics Group - Catalyst Acoustics Group is the parent company of an elite group of acoustic, seismic, vibration and noise control companies that together, offer the broadest portfolio of noise control solutions in the market today. The independent brands, channels to market, products and services offered by each business remain unique, while leveraging the scale, deep functional expertise, broad channel reach and significant financial resources.

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  • Curving concrete's carbon footprint

    February 27, 2020

    In a bid to reduce waste while achieving great design, researchers have developed an adjustable frame for casting curved concrete panels

    In our quest for beautiful building design, it can be difficult to also achieve a low environmental impact.

    Bespoke concrete panels have become increasingly popular as they create distinctive buildings, raising their cultural, commercial and aesthetic value. Iconic examples include the Sydney Opera House, and more recently work by Zaha Hadid Architects and Frank Gehry Architects.

    The increased use of computation tools in architectural design, has also made it easier for architects and designers to incorporate elements such as complex curved surfaces in their designs.

    To create curved panels, a curve mould is produced and the concrete set inside to the desired shape. When the panel is curved in two directions it is known as a double curved panel, which is significantly more difficult to achieve using traditional methods.

    Robotic 3D printing and milling processes allow casting of doubly curved concrete panels to reduce construction waste, but typically require a specialist skill in operation and the procedure is significantly time-consuming.

    So researchers from Melbourne School of Design, led by Dr Paul Loh, have developed a re-useable and adjustable mould frame for casting double-curved concrete panels.

    “Moulds are typically made from expanded polystyrene foam and are often discarded after use, generating significant construction waste and contributing to the embodied energy – the total energy used to produce a building,” explains Dr Loh.

    Parametric Adjustable Mould, or PAM, is the bespoke computer numerically-controlled machine developed at the University of Melbourne that allows simple, precise fabrication of elements with any double-curved shape. It uses a flexible, low-cost material that is understood by builders worldwide – reinforced concrete.

    “Consisting of a single adjustable mould frame, PAM interprets digital information from a panelised surface to actuate the mould into desired positions for concrete casting. Once cured, the concrete panel is removed from the mould with no immediate waste,” says co-inventor, Mr David Leggett.

    Dr Loh explains, “This technology eliminates the need for individually unique mould design in the manufacturing of curved panels, reducing manufacturing waste and improving cost efficiency.

    It makes fabricating double-curved construction elements, like cladding, affordable to a wide range of construction projects due to the significantly reduced mechanical part in the system, resulting in a lower capital cost.”

    Australia produces 24 million cubic metres of concrete annually, 10 per cent of which is pre-cast concrete. Formwork – the steel, timber or polystyrene mould into which concrete is poured – typically constitutes up to 15 per cent of the weight, or approximately 0.9 million tonnes of total waste from concrete usage.

    Dr Loh says that PAM is currently designed to produce non-structural panels for external cladding or interior use. If this technology can service 20 per cent of market demand for pre-cast concrete, it could save a projected 225,000 tonnes of waste in formwork annually.

    This is equivalent to the waste created by 112,500 Australians a year – the entire population of Ballarat.

    “With support from the Translating Research at Melbourne program and Wade Institute, the PAM research and technology has been geared toward commercialisation, with Curvecrete born as a start-up company,” Dr Loh says.

    Highlighting its potential for high-end design, Curvecrete was last year shortlisted in the 2019 Melbourne Design Week 'NGV Victorian Design Challenge'. Design professionals and students were invited to tackle the challenge of 'waste'.

    One of five professional firms shortlisted for the design challenge, the Curvecrete team, in collaboration with RMIT industrial designers Marcus Cher, Paul Meeuwsen and Travis Gemmill, centered their proposal around the concept for a chair manufactured using PAM's innovative fabrication techniques.

    The design demonstrated the functionality of PAM in its ability to produce refined decor alongside large scale industrial manufacturing.

    It has recently accepted into the Melbourne Accelerator Program, where it will benefit from an expanded support network and additional mentors for the Curvecrete team, allowing for a concerted focus on reducing waste in great design.

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  • Vectorworks Design Summit Keynote Speakers Announced: CEO and First-Ever Entertainment Design Keynotes

    February 24, 2020

    Vectorworks CEO Dr. Sarkar and International Lighting Designer Roland Greil to address attendees at the ultimate training event

    Columbia, MD (February 13, 2020)—Global design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks, Inc. has named Lighting Designer Roland Greil and Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar as the keynote speakers for the fifth Vectorworks Design Summit. This year’s Summit will have two firsts: an entertainment design keynote speaker and a West Coast location.

    From April 22 to April 24, 2020 in San Diego, California at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries will be able to participate in industry workshops, product training for all levels of expertise, inspiring keynotes, networking opportunities and a customer appreciation party.

    Sarkar with the support of Vectorworks staff will deliver the first keynote on Thursday, April 23 at 9 a.m. His talk “Simplicity to Design the Complex” will focus on Vectorworks’ strategies to see where the company and products are headed, including partnerships, acquisitions and emerging technologies, to name a few.

    “With design trends constantly evolving, we must remain at the forefront of new strategies and technology, giving our customers and users more reasons to feel empowered and confident in their designs,” said Dr. Sarkar. “The Vectorworks Design Summit continues to be the best opportunity to share how we’re supporting designers to create projects that push the limits of what’s been done before.”

    On Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m., Greil of Woodroffe Bassett Design will address all industry professionals in his talk “Design Efficiency in Complex Conditions” focusing on how to stay efficient when given tight deadlines. Using examples from his own entertainment design work, Greil will explore how software-assisted collaboration with project stakeholders — creative and drafting departments, installation and construction professionals, project managers and more — sets the stage for success, no matter the industry.

    “As a Design Summit keynote speaker, I’m honored to have the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of people in various professions and industries who all share the same interest — using cutting-edge design software to meet their needs,” said Greil. “I truly look forward to sharing some insights from my work in the entertainment industry at this year’s Vectorworks Design Summit, and my hope is that people will have inspiring takeaways to apply to their own designs and workflows.”

    In addition to these two motivating keynotes, the conference itself will include more than 40 industry sessions and workshops, one-on-one tech support, networking events and over 90 hours of training. Various sessions will offer continuing education credits, where applicable.

    All design professionals and industry experts are invited to the Vectorworks Design Summit. Register today and view more information by visiting

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

    Engage with other design professionals in the latest conversations by following #VectorworksDesignSummit.

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  • Medallion-Lok from McElroy Metal tops signature barn project

    February 20, 2020

    Bossier City, La. — Rare is the barn that designer, builder, roofer and owner all consider a signature project. The Miller Barn in Churchville, Md., is that rare exception.

    In need of a new barn to store lawn equipment, a rural homeowner had the original barn on his property torn down to construct a new barn. The owner spared no expense on materials, ordered up some top-of-the-line products and topped it off with a standing seam metal roof from McElroy Metal.

    “It was all high-end materials, the best of everything,” says Ted Jasinski, AIA, NCARB, CGP, Vice President and Director of Architecture at Frederick Ward Associates of Bel Air, Md. “The retaining wall, the metal roofing, the exterior siding, the custom doors … it started as a $750,000 project, but with change orders, it ended up being a million-dollar barn. It's in an upscale rural neighborhood.

    “Let's just say it's a real nice storage facility for some lawn equipment.”

    The 4,875 square foot barn also has a loft measuring 1,880 square feet. Windowed dormers in the loft area provide plenty of light into the building. The 14-foot wide doors accommodate equipment stored in the barn. The view from the barn overlooks the pasture below.

    Everyone who worked on the project was focused on executing the details. McElroy Metal's Medallion-Lok standing seam roofing (7,500 square feet) was carefully installed by Agpoint Construction Services of Quarryville, Pa. Project manager Barry Flora had plenty of crew members on the jobsite to handle the lengthy panels in some challenging conditions. The roof had various pitches, some as steep as 9:12, requiring extra safety precautions.

    “That area has a tendency to be subject to some windy days and getting those longer panels into place took extra care,” Flora says. “We also paid close attention to detail during the roof installation, make sure everything was flashed properly. Obviously, you never want to have water infiltration with any building, but with all those dormers, this job provided plenty of opportunities. We made sure it wasn't going to happen.”

    The 16-inch wide panels featured the Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF coating in the color Charcoal Gray and double pencil ribs to increase rigidity. Approximately 7,500 square feet of McElroy Metal's standing seam roofing was used to complete the job, with a small amount of copper standing seam roofing to top off the cupolas.

    The interior of the barn was sided with T-1111 clear cedar siding, featuring grooves 8 inches on center. The T-111 siding was also wrapped around the bottom four feet of the interior glulam columns. The interior of the windows and doors were all carefully trimmed with the T-111 siding. The exterior siding is 1 by 12 #1 cedar board and batten siding. RigidPly Rafters of Richland, Pa., supplied the columns, interior and exterior siding, barn trusses as well as the S-5! ColorGard snow retention system.

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  • Mortar Net Solutions Expands its Masonry Scholarship Program

    February 20, 2020

    Mortar Net Solutions will award 20 financial need-based scholarships and more than $1,000 in tools to masonry students in 2020.

    PORTAGE, Indiana – Mortar Net Solutions™, the leading supplier of moisture management solutions for masonry walls, will continue the success of its 2019 Masonry Scholarship Program by extending the program to 20 masonry students in 2020.

    The national program is intended to give interested individuals an opportunity to enroll in a masonry apprentice training program at the early stages of their career and is open to non-union facilities for qualifying individuals. In addition to the scholarships, the recipients will each receive tool bags to help them as they work through their education and apprenticeships. These tool bags will be equipped with more than $1,000 worth of tools, courtesy of Bon Tool, Kapro Tools and Mortar Net Solutions.

    “For us at Mortar Net Solutions, masonry is something that is in our blood and something we care about deeply,” said Steven Fechino, Engineering and Construction Manager at Mortar Net Solutions. “Therefore, we are proud to have the opportunity to provide aid and the essential tools to those who will one day be the future of our industry.”

    The scholarships will be awarded at the annual National Masonry Instructors Association (NMIA) Annual Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on July 7, 2020. Student selection will be made by instructors and sponsors of the scholarship. Instructors interested in nominating students must be a NMIA member. The entry form for the Masonry Scholarship Program can be found here.

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  • Metl-Span IMPs provide aesthetics, durability for Houston renovation

    February 13, 2020

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Renovating and transforming a 70-year-old manufacturing facility into a contemporary office building with impressive amenities, requires some imagination, careful planning and a lot of communication. The Cannon, an entrepreneurial hub in west Houston, also called for more than 90,000 square feet of insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span for walls and roofing.

    The Cannon, a 120,000 square foot modern, flexible workspace, provides innovators with everything they need to establish a home base for their companies. Home to more than 500 of Greater Houston's most talented and accomplished entrepreneurs, creatives and small business owners, The Cannon includes 131 offices, 300 open and dedicated desks, a movie theatre, game room, event space, full-service kitchen, a health and wellness room and a courtyard with outdoor seating. The facility is marketed as “a citywide ecosystem for Houston's entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers and creatives.”

    Insulated metal panels also helped achieve the desired appearance, inside and outside.

    “We could have gone the conventional route, with insulation and drywall, but we really wanted to maintain some of the original look of the building,” says Ken R. Harry, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal of Abel Design Group of Houston. “With the insulated metal panels, we were able to leave the interior beams and columns exposed. Plus, we got the levels of insulation that were required for the roof and walls. Right from the start, it seemed like the logical way to go.”

    The original building was stripped down to the steel structure. Some of the 70-year-old purlins and cross members had to be replaced. “We had to verify every dimension of all the beams so shop drawings could be accurate,” says David Baldwin, Sales Manager at FSR Services of Houston. “The beams were painted, and the insulated metal panels were installed. The bright blue beams against the white interior finish of the insulated metal panel is a very modern and clean look.”

    The project called for approximately 67,775 square feet of Metl-Span's CF42R insulated metal roofing panels, with 4 inches of urethane insulation, in the color of Burnished Slate. The exterior panels were 24-gauge Galvalume. The wall panels were two profiles and colors: 37,858 square feet of CF7.2 InsulRib in Burnished Slate and 9,437 square feet of CF36A in Chestnut, both with 22-gauge Galvalume exterior panels. All interior panels were 24-gauge Galvalume in Igloo White.

    Baldwin says FSR needed 180 working days to install the IMPs, but ran into weather delays during the rainy Houston summer of 2019, which pushed back the original completion date approximately 90 days. The project was completed in August 2019.

    “We were basically working in a mudhole all summer,” Baldwin says. “There were a lot of days we couldn't get anything done. Our equipment was buried in the mud.”

    The Cannon is the largest IMP project completed by FSR Services. Baldwin says his team, led by owner Steve Seibert and project manager Tommy Pavlicek, did its best to keep the project moving along. Seibert says it was a challenging project, retrofitting an existing structure, but the end product turned out amazing.

    “Insulated metal panels are easy and quick to install,” Baldwin says. “The larger panels cover a lot of space in a single pass. It's a lot easier than making several passes for the exterior system, interior system and insulation.”

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  • Los Angeles County Study Exposes Dangers of Wood-Framed Construction Cost Study Cites Safety Hazards and Negative Economic Impact

    February 05, 2020

    Los Angeles, California—A study released by Urvashi Kaul, Consultant and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, seeks to address the issue of wood-framed residential fires, particularly multifamily wood-framed structures. By examining two California fires, Kaul utilized a cost-benefit analysis of the economic impact incurred by citizens and local governments to determine the potential repercussions of similar fires over the next fifteen years. Focusing exclusively on the County of Los Angeles as a model, the study suggests that under current building codes, the city could be facing billions of dollars in losses over the coming years due to wood-framed construction fires.

    “Los Angeles could lose $22.6 billion in wood-framed residential fire losses over the next 15 years,” Kaul estimates. While property damage accounts for roughly $20.5 billion of this figure, potential city expenditures could amount to $132.5 million, with $70.1 million going to police, fire, and sanitation departments, and another $62.4 million of indirect costs, such as remediation, insurance, and planning.

    Such conditions, the study suggests, set the stage for major fire losses should the structures be framed with combustible materials such as wood.

    “I lost most of my belongings, the family dog, nearly everything due to an electrical fire that burned my wood-framed childhood home,” says Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). CLUE is a member of Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association consisting of community organizations, fire safety professionals, engineers, architects and industry experts committed to strengthening the nation's building codes and ensuring greater access to secure housing.

    One example analyzed in the study involves a 2011 three-alarm fire in Carson, CA. The fire, which occurred at the Renaissance City Center, destroyed five buildings. One hundred firefighters were required to extinguish the flames, and over a hundred people, including many senior citizens, were displaced from nearby buildings and mobile homes.

    The second example in the study involves a 2014 fire in Los Angeles at the Da Vinci apartment complex. The fire required 250 firefighters to extinguish, and it damaged four surrounding buildings and caused a shutdown of the northbound 101 for several hours. Additional crews of firefighters worked for 24 hours after the fire started to quell the flames.

    National and local building codes have been relaxed considerably over recent years, which has led to an increase in wood-framed residential construction. Rabbi Klein sees the examples analyzed in the study as indicative of the need to prevent fire losses by restricting the use of combustible materials in residential framing.

    “It could have so easily been prevented had there not been tinder. In a flash, everything was consumed,” says Rabbi Klein of his childhood home. “Thank God my parents survived. No one should have to experience that kind of a loss, which is why I'm a big advocate for safer building materials.”

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  • 5-Alarm Blaze Rips Through Residential Construction Site, Embers Spark Nearby Fires East Bay inferno latest in devastating string of Oakland building fires

    January 31, 2020

    Silver Spring, MD— Early on Tuesday, massive flames destroyed an East Bay housing complex built of salvaged wood, along with several other buildings in the area's fifth major residential fire in just two years. The five-alarm blaze was so powerful that firefighters could not enter the structure, instead launching a defensive effort to keep the fire from spreading. Over 2,200 homes were without power, and one firefighter was left hospitalized.

    The “Ice House” complex in West Oakland was under construction using salvaged wood beams and brick. Four of the six buildings were completely destroyed, set to house 126 units with plans to welcome residents as soon as December. Just six months ago, the exact same complex was hit by another fire. This time around, the wood building fire blazed for over eight hours with over 90 firefighters working to extinguish it. Embers from the fire fell for blocks, igniting three additional fires around the neighborhood.

    “It's just a big pile of kindling,” said Nick Luby, deputy fire chief with the Oakland Fire Department, discussing Tuesday's fire at the construction site. “Small timber – it just grows quite quickly.”

    Several homes were evacuated in the emergency, as families with young children and pets woke to neighbors' screams warning of a fire. Residents huddled outside while some brave residents grabbed hoses and buckets and attempted to keep falling embers from igniting more homes.

    “The tragic fire in East Bay is about more than construction and building loss,” said Kevin Lawlor, a spokesperson for Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association comprised of fire safety professionals, engineers, architects, community groups and industry experts committed to strengthening the nation's building codes. “This is about the housing and the safety of our families – those who the fire placed in danger, displaced, evacuated, left without power or a place to live. It's about time elected officials recognize the risk of combustible building materials, in Oakland and across the country.”

    Build with Strength works with communities, lawmakers, and industry employees to advocate for safer, sustainable building materials. Strengthening local and national building codes is among the organization's top priorities.

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  • Sustainability Matters – Greenbuild 2019 Roundup | January 2020

    January 27, 2020

    UL’s 2019 Pub Night Review
    Did you make it to Pub Night this year? It was the place to see and be seen at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, one of the largest events for green building professionals. And with over 1,000 attendees, it was our biggest Pub Night yet. Hosted at Skyline Park, an amusement park on the rooftop of the historic Ponce City market, we got to kick back and enjoy a few vintage games with our guests, all in front of breathtaking views of the Atlanta, Buckhead, and Midtown skylines.

    We were thrilled to bring back the hit spin-to-win prizes this year as well. This year nine lucky guests took home great prizes, including a Nest thermostat, Airpods, movie night and Atlanta themed gift baskets.

    Pub Night wouldn't have been possible without the support of our clients. We are incredibly grateful to all of you for trusting us to make your businesses safer, more secure and more sustainable. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us in Atlanta, and for making it the most memorable night of Greenbuild. Stay up to date with UL to see where we take Pub Night for Greenbuild 2020 in San Diego.

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  • IMPs from Metl-Span provide easy convenience store maintenance

    January 24, 2020

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Convenience stores often become neighborhood meeting places, so it's important to the owner to have an attractive and low-maintenance facility. The new and busy Pik-A-Pop in Othello, Wash., was constructed with framing from Star Building Systems and insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span.

    “This was our second convenience store with this panel, and I'll make every effort to use it on more projects like this,” says Joe Park, owner of Joe Park Construction in Yakima, Wash. “I think we've done more than 200 convenience stores in the last 30 years. Insulated metal panels give us an efficient method of construction with a tight system. Trust me, that's a tight system. The interior metal panels give the owners a durable and an easy-to-clean wall. That's obviously important in a busy store where food and drinks are sold.”

    Park says he appreciates the array of finishes the owners can have with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span. The Othello Pik-A-Pop was sided with 10,105 square feet of insulated metal panels, Metl-Span's CF42 panel with a Mesa finish, a 26-gauge exterior panel in PVDF Regal Gray. The minor rib of the Mesa panel provides a flattened appearance. The IMPs have a 2-1/2-inch urethane core and a 26-gauge Igloo White interior panel in Light Mesa, which is an even more subtle corrugated profile.

    “This is simply a more efficient way to construct a building,” Park says. “If you're doing it the old-fashioned way, with a single skin panel and batt insulation and then drywall on the interior, you need more subcontractors and it's not as weathertight.”

    Park says building with insulated metal panels makes it easier for everyone involved to meet ever-changing energy requirements in Washington. “We've got about eight or nine buildings like this in the works,” he says. “IMPs have a clean look on the inside and a durable and attractive appearance on the outside. Using insulated metal panels allows us to present a more polished building with a multitude of different and attractive options.”

    Park Construction was able to use cold-formed purlins as part of the mezzanine construction as opposed to open bar joists, which was a real cost-saving measure. To give the facility a unique and more attractive look, Park Construction added an entry with wooden framing and blue standing seam roofing and added veneer masonry to the front of the building.

    The standing seam metal roofing is a trapezoidal standing seam profile called Ultra-Dek, from MBCI, another sister company to Metl-Span and Star Building Systems. Just more than 7,300 square feet of Polar White panels were installed on the Pik-A-Pop.

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  • Preliminary results released by the ICC for a series of tall wood proposals

    January 23, 2020

    The International Code Council (ICC) has recently released the preliminary results for a series of tall wood proposals, including G108, a proposal that will allow for wooden high-rise buildings and signal to local and state building departments across the country that combustible tall wood buildings are an acceptable form of construction. Among other groups, such as the National Association of State Fire Marshals, Build With Strength stands firmly against these results. Build With Strength is a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association consisting of community organizations, fire safety professionals, engineers, architects and industry experts committed to strengthening the nation's building codes and ensuring greater access to secure housing.

    “We are gravely disappointed in the preliminary results released by the ICC, which, among other changes, signals the ICC's support for combustible wooden high-rise buildings. Where the ICC has failed to protect citizens, fire safety professionals, and local economies from the devastating impact of fires, Build With Strength stands committed to fighting for safer communities. Our coalition will continue to advocate for code policy changes in state and local jurisdictions across the United States.”

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  • Build with Strength Welcomes International Longshoremen's Local 1291 to the Coalition

    January 15, 2020

    Partnership with President Boise Butler Represents a Powerful Alliance for Fire Safety

    Philadelphia, PA – Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association consisting of civic organizations, fire service professionals, architects, engineers and industry experts committed to enacting safer and more sustainable building standards, warmly welcomes the International Longshoremen's Local 1291 as the newest member of the coalition.

    ILA 1291 is a Local that has served the Port of Philadelphia for decades, and their commitment to fire safety has formed the foundation for a partnership with Build with Strength. The dramatic rise in mid- and high-rise combustible framed fires over the past decade has presented challenges in communities across the United States to implement effective solutions.

    “Our dedication to Philadelphia extends beyond our Local, and at the end of the day it is essential for our members and community to live and work in fire-safe buildings,” says Boise Butler, President of ILA Local 1291. “Our alliance with Build with Strength has been a natural next step to solidifying our commitment to fire safety and prevention.”

    As the population of Philadelphia and other urban centers across the US increases, the demand for housing is continuing to grow. To safeguard these communities, particularly low- and moderate-income residents at greatest risk, Build with Strength is working to strengthen building codes to require the use of non-combustible materials.

    "Our partnership with ILA Local 1291 gives us an incredible opportunity to strength our understanding of local needs, work together to develop stronger building codes and educate the community on the importance of building with non-combustible materials,” said Kevin Lawlor, a spokesperson for Build with Strength. “The Local, under the leadership of Boise Butler, is unwavering in their dedication to fire safety in the city of Philadelphia.” Build with Strength works with communities, lawmakers, and industry employees to advocate for safer, sustainable building materials. Strengthening local and national building codes is among the organization's top priorities.

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  • The ICC has issued a statement underlining their decision to prohibit the distribution of “organized advocacy information”

    January 09, 2020

    The ICC has recently issued a statement underlining their decision to prohibit the distribution of “organized advocacy information” during their annual conference, at which hundreds of code officials are expected to attend. Notably, this statement arrives before a crucial vote on G108, an ICC proposal that would allow for wooden high-rise buildings and signal to local and state building departments across the country that combustible tall wood buildings are an acceptable form of construction.

    “Under the guise of fairness, the ICC’s statement underscores their preference to shelter its membership from viewing critical materials. Given the gravity of the proposals being weighed and its impact on code policy throughout the country, the ICC should welcome, not restrict, as much information as possible so that their membership can make fully informed decisions. Human life and devastating economic consequences are at stake when combustible wooden high-rise buildings are on the table, and it deserves the highest level of care and educated consideration.”

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  • Metl-Span's Franz achieves building enclosure certification

    January 08, 2020

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Kevin Franz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CSI, CDT, of Metl-Span, earned certification as an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider and Commissioning Authority+Building Enclosure with the designation of BECxP and CxA+BE from the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. The three-day course includes a two-part exam. Franz is the SE Business Development Manager at Metl-Span.

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  • Firefighters Battle Three-Alarm Apartment Fire, Causing over $2 Million in Damages

    January 07, 2020

    Over 132 people displaced in latest in string of Maryland fires

    Silver Spring, MD – Over 130 people have been left without a home following a three-alarm fire in Lanham, Maryland. The blaze ignited a multi-family apartment home, tearing through all four buildings in the complex. More than 100 firefighters and medical personnel responded to the wood-framed building fire, which created $2.2 million worth of damage.

    Residents rushed to flee the building, many fearing for the safety of their pets and personal belongings. As a group of firefighters battled the flames on the top floor of the building, the roof collapsed and separated the response team. The Prince George's County Fire Department fought for hours to get the fire under control as flame and smoke could be seen through the roof.

    This fire is the latest in a string of disturbing and destructive building fires throughout Maryland. Prince George's County alone has seen several devastating building fires recently, including an April 2017 blaze that was the largest fire suppression effort in the history of Prince George's County, causing $39 million of damages. Many of these fires, in Maryland and throughout the country, have been exacerbated by the use of combustible building materials.

    “Lawmakers must recognize the incredible danger of fire tied to weak building codes and risky building materials, in Prince George's County and across the nation” said Kevin Lawlor, spokesperson for Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association consisting of community organizations, fire safety professionals, engineers, architects and industry experts committed to strengthening the nation's building codes and ensuring greater access to secure housing. “So many have lost their homes, memories, and even loved ones due to preventable fires in combustible buildings. These fires have incredible impact on families and communities throughout the country – everyone deserves a safe, strong, resilient place to live, and the time to act is now.”

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

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  • Roofer chooses McElroy Metal system for his own Texas home

    January 07, 2020

    Bossier City, La. — Most metal roofing installers have a project or two that stand out enough to use as models to sell more metal. Aaron Lenhart of Designer Roofing in Prosper, Texas, reroofed his home with a McElroy Metal standing seam roofing system and it has become a showcase for his roofing company.

    Lenhart is not just trying to sell more metal; he believes this system is the best for his home for a number of reasons.

    “It’s a very cut up roof,” Lenhart says. “There are a lot of valleys, turrets, some penetrations. A standing seam metal roofing system gives us the best architectural look and it provides durability in an area that experiences occasional hail. This system also gives us some energy benefits.

    “We had a lot of details to deal with on this home and that’' the way a lot of homes are built here. We have devised our own way to install a watertight system with these details. We're very careful to match up the seams at the valleys and hips. We have a proprietary ridge vent system, we use an ice-and-water shield near penetrations, flashings and at the eaves and valleys. We even hem our valleys with no penetrations. It all takes more time, but it's the right way to do things. It's what we do every day.”

    The 15-year-old composition shingles, installed by the original homeowner, were in need of replacement. Designer Roofing purchased coil from McElroy Metal and completed the tear-off and reroofing job in about one week. Approximately 11,000 square feet of metal was formed on site with the company's Zimmerman Metals roll former. Lenhart purchased the roll former in New Orleans at the 2015 Metalcon.

    One of Designer Roofing's unique offerings includes the installation of a ½-inch laminated Isoguard from Firestone, which provides an R-value of 8. The Isoguard is covered by a synthetic underlayment and topped by 24-gauge, 1-1/2-inch mechanical lock standing seam panels, 17-7/8 inches wide.

    “The hail-resistant Isoguard gives us a smoother surface to work with and it provides a little more durability to the whole system,” Lenhart says.

    The color chosen for Lenhart's home was Charcoal Gray, an Energy Star-rated Fluropon® PVDF coating from Sherwin-Williams. The longest panels on this project measured 32 feet in length. The steep-slope roof is at least a 10:12 pitch in all areas.

    “Metal just looks so cool,” Lenhart says. “More and more people are going with metal because of the look and once they understand the benefits, it becomes an easier sell.”

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