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  • GREENBUILD International Conference and Expo - November 19-22, 2019 - Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    August 20, 2019

    Breaking News: President Barack Obama Joins the Keynote Stage at Greenbuild 2019!

    "A Conversation with President Barack Obama"

    Date: Wednesday, November 20
    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, winning more votes than any candidate in history. In times of great challenge and change, President Obama's leadership ushered in a stronger economy, a more equal society, a nation more secure at home and more respected around the world.

    Join President Obama for the first time ever on the Keynote Stage at Greenbuild for a moderated conversation.

    Access to President Obama's keynote is included with a Four-Day, Three-Day, or Wednesday Conference Pass.

    Register now to secure your seat and take advantage of Early-Bird Discounts.

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  • Arriscraft Adds Architectural Linear Series Brick Production At Georgia Plant

    August 13, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has added production of its incredibly popular Architectural Linear Series Brick (ALSB) at the Fort Valley, Georgia plant. This elongated brick rivals the premium, long brick offered by European companies. Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world's oldest green building materials.

    “Since introducing ALSB in 2018, we've had overwhelming interest. By adding production at our Georgia plant, it's now easily accessible to major markets in the southern United States. This long, elegant brick features a distressed finish that designers love,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “Our Georgia version features an even slimmer face rise and four new colors to add to the existing colors available from Canada.”

    This Architectural Linear Series Brick is 2-1/8" high in random lengths up to 23-5/8" (depth is standard at 3-¾"). Installing this one large size is simple and efficient. To augment the full product offering, Arriscraft has added four exclusive Georgia colors: Burnt Umber, Cedar Woods, Harbor Grey, and White Pearl.

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

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  • Multi-Cor from McElroy Metal installed as residential wall panels

    August 06, 2019

    Corrugated metal shines on architect's unique river view home

    Bossier City, La. — Practicality and product familiarity led an architect and his wife to choose corrugated metal panels for the exterior walls of the home they built for the view along the Mississippi River. McElroy Metal's Multi-Cor panels, installed horizontally, provided the durability and unique aesthetic they were looking for.

    The back of the Ingram home faces the river from just outside of Vicksburg, Miss. Viewing sunsets over the Mighty Mississippi is a great way to wrap up each day.

    “We built it for the view,” says Paul Ingram, owner of Ingram and Associates in Vicksburg. “There are very few vacant lots with Mississippi River views left here and this property is triangular in shape, lending itself to an unconventional floorplan. The design was not conducive to brick, with exterior walls extending over lower walls.

    “I'm an architect. This home is for me and my wife, but I haven't had much experience designing homes. My niche the last few years has been convenience stores with gas stations. I became familiar with McElroy Metal a long time ago, using their soffit panels on canopies over gas tanks.”

    Ingram says the metal was less expensive to install than brick veneer and the 24-gauge corrugated metal and factory finish exceeded his expectations. Consistent, rounded corrugations make Multi-Cor the ideal panel to provide a strong appearance. The 3,000 square foot home required 3,037 square feet of Multi-Cor panels from McElroy, in the color Ash Gray, a PVDF coating from Sherwin-Williams.

    “The aesthetic intent was to have contrasting color and materials, but with prominent horizontal lines, which resulted in the light gray metal and western red cedar,” Ingram says.

    To create an air space between the panels and the 2x6 studs, plastic furring strips called Sturdi-Starter, from Cor-A-Vent Incorporated, were installed to the studs. Open cell spray foam insulation between the studs provided an R-value close to 25. The home has 57 windows and doors.

    “It was a lot of work, but I knew I could do it,” says Mike Hogan, owner of Riverbend Construction in Vicksburg, Tenn. “I’ve been around metal all my life, so we just got right in there, figured out what we had to do and made it work. It was me and one other guy and we were onsite the better part of a month, so about 20 working days.”

    The key to any successful installation is working with properly constructed framing. Lance Murrah does a lot of framing in the area for Richard Coward Inc., the general contractor on the project, and Hogan says everything was level and straight.

    “We started on the long wall and installed panels from left to right so you couldn't see the laps from the front,” Hogan says. “We did the same thing on the triangles right above that. About three days into the job, Paul texted me and said he liked the way everything was looking. We took special care to do it right.

    “At first, I wasn't sure this is something I would consider doing if I ever built my own house, but it turned out pretty neat. I'd definitely consider it. It is a unique application.”

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  • Brick in Architecture Awards

    July 31, 2019

    2019 Call For Entries Now Open - Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs. For decades, BIA has been recognized by the architectural community as the authority on clay brick. As such, the Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick.

    With 8 categories, you can submit your projects in a variety of areas. All entries must be complete by the October 31, 2019 deadline.

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  • Hadrian Takes Enhanced Privacy To New Heights With Elite Max

    July 29, 2019

    Growing demand for more privacy options and gender neutral toilet partition solutions was the catalyst behind the introduction of Hadrian's new Elite MAX toilet partition series, which features 92-inch high doors and panels while also eliminating all sightline gaps.

    Hadrian Elite Max enhanced privacy toilet partition

    Available in 22 powder coated colors and stainless steel finishes, Elite Max is the most private solution of Hadrian's Elite series. 92-inch high doors, panels mounted 4 inches (102mm), 6 inches (152mm) or 9 inches (229mm) above the finished floor with continuous stop, hinge filler and continuous channel made to match the height of the partition.

    Architects and designers can choose from three styles to achieve the level of privacy required for the space. Headrail braced mounted 6 to 12 inches AFF, headrail braced with pedestal 4 or 9 inches AFF, or floor to ceiling mounted 6 to 12 inches AFF.

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  • Black Rock Fireproof Column has made some improvements

    July 24, 2019

    It is now easier to discover the information you need when deciding if you should specify fireproof columns on your projects:
    Live chat w/ Black Rock employees during business hours
    Product shapes and sizes with ALL available sizes, WF from 4x13 to 14x730 and HSS from 4x4x1/4 to 22x22x7/8!
    Specification section including a sample specification sheet in MS Word format, MANU-SPEC SHEET and SPEC-DATA SHEET PDFs
    Education section with links to our videos, AIA accredited online courses and Lunch & Learn request form
    Submit budget and quote requests through website including the ability to upload drawings

    Check out one of our latest projects;

    Penn Medicine at Radnor in Radnor, Pennsylvania. The Architect & Structural Engineer was Ballinger out of Philadelphia. On the project, we provided 26 fireproof columns with 32 shells weighing over 93 tons! The columns were Type OH with a 2-hour UL fireproof rating.

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  • McElroy Metal's 238T is the only HVHZ-rated structural aluminum panel approved in Florida

    July 17, 2019

    Bossier City, La. — Advanced Roofing Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., runs its operation by the belief that what the customer wants, the customer gets.

    The Solid Waste Authority (SWA) in West Palm Beach, Fla., had a building with an aging and leaking R-panel metal roofing system. “It was leaking everywhere,” says Mike Scardina, the Sheet Metal Department Manager at Advanced Roofing. “The original roof looked to be over 20 years old.”

    Advanced Roofing Inc. (ARI) is a commercial roofing company with nine locations, specializing in roof re-roofing, repairs and maintenance services for occupied buildings in Florida and the Caribbean. When it comes to commercial re-roofing to meet strict building standards and wind codes, Advanced Roofing has seen it all.

    This particular SWA building was used as a dumping site for foliage collected from the community. Eventually, the leaves are moved to a compost site or a recycling facility. Roof leaks were threatening electrical components and creating many problems in a small workshop within the building. The SWA wanted a permanent solution to fix the leaks and wanted a long-lasting solution for an area where hurricane-force winds are a constant threat.

    The 238T symmetrical roof system was chosen because of its extremely high uplift capacity over the open framing and ease of repair if it would ever become damaged by a future storm. This system also eliminates the need for additional edge and corner framing typically required when re-roofing an open frame metal building like this, with existing 5-foot on-center purlin spacing. Instead of a complete tear-off of the original R-panel roof, Advanced Roofing left the roof in place and installed Roof Hugger sub-purlins every 5 feet on-center … 7,600 feet of Roof Huggers. Leaving the existing roof in place maintained the structural diaphragm that the R-panel provides to the building. The roof re-cover was completed with the 238T symmetrical standing seam roofing system from McElroy Metal in .040 aluminum. This assembly is the only Florida High Velocity Hurricane Zone-approved aluminum structural standing seam panel system.

    “SWA wanted their roof system engineered to the highest standard possible and in line with their goals of durability in the most extreme conditions … and that's what we gave them,” Scardina says. “This system will last a long time and hold up under tough conditions.”

    McElroy's 238T symmetrical standing seam systems do not have male and female seams; instead they are comprised of panels with matching left and right seams. The panels are joined with a mechanically seamed cap. The panels are non-directional and can be installed left to right, right to left or even from the center out. In addition to the installation benefits, symmetrical panels offer easy individual panel removal and replacement. Individual panels can also be re-installed, requiring only the purchase and installation of a new cap.

    Before working on the roof, Advanced Roofing had to replace several rusting 20-foot purlins with new purlins. The roof panels for this project were .040-inch aluminum, painted Ash Gray and 16 inches wide with pencil ribs to reduce the appearance of oil canning. Seventy percent of the panels were 87 feet long and the remaining 30 percent were 100 feet long … all of the panels were run at the eave as Advanced Roofing used its in-house crane division to lift their 238T roll former into place.

    To obtain HVHZ and Florida building code approval, the 238T roofing panels were installed with 100 percent 24-gauge continuous clips, meaning the clips run the entire length of each panel. The C-shaped clips are pre-installed back-to-back and run down each side of the panel and attached to the top of the Roof Huggers using two or three fasteners per side. Because of the extreme -147 psf corner pressures and the 5-foot purlin spacing, a small 22-gauge plate was added on top of the clip base over the Roof Hugger in the edge and corner zones. After three holes were drilled through the plate, clip and Roof Hugger, an AB #14 screw was used to fasten the plate and clip to the Roof Hugger in the edge and corner zones.

    “It's a special fastener that has a point and gets real fat where it meets the hex head,” says Tom Mahon, Sheet Metal Field Superintendent for Advanced Roofing. “It meets the uplift requirements for the area.”

    Scardina and Mahon say to meet High-Velocity Hurricane Zone approval, the installation is more labor intensive, mainly because of the time needed to pre-drill plates, but the level of added durability makes it worth the work. The symmetrical panel legs are capped and the caps are secured by a seamer.

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  • Amba Products Announces Distribution Partnership with Hydrologic

    July 11, 2019

    Amba Products, distributor of heated towel rack systems, announces a partnership with Hydrologic, one of Florida's largest wholesale distributors of plumbing, indoor and outdoor lighting, fans and other home accents. The partnership will provide Amba with permanent space in its showrooms, as well as increased visibility among a wide range of builders, architects and interior designers.

    According to Peter Manidis, Amba marketing manager, Tampa, Florida, serves as a design epicenter and space in Hydrologic's showroom will help Amba reach its distribution goals.

    “Our vision is to have a heated towel rack in every bathroom in America,” he said. “The European consumer market has been utilizing heated towel racks for decades to enhance comfort, reduce towel dampness and conserve the energy it takes to constantly dry towels in a commercial drier. Being featured in Hydrologic's showroom helps more U.S. designers see our product in action, which helps them see the possibilities.”

    Eva Lowe, showroom manager at Hydrologic, said heated towel racks are becoming increasingly popular in U.S. bathrooms, laundry rooms, hotels and dorm rooms. She said the addition of Amba heated towel racks add a unique item to the Hydrologic showroom.

    “Bathrooms and laundry rooms have been trending toward minimalism, so designers are looking for fixtures that enhance both style and function,” said Lowe. “Heated towel racks are sleek, extremely functional and give standard bathrooms a spa-feel. We're excited to partner with Amba and let more designers see how heated towel racks can be easily integrated into their designs.”

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Named a Finalist in 2019 Architizer A+Awards

    July 11, 2019

    Vectorworks Architect 2019 competing in Design Tools – Apps & Digital Tools category before voting closes on July 5

    Columbia, MD (July 1, 2019)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces its selection as a finalist for the 2019 Architizer A+Awards. Vectorworks Architect 2019 is one of four contenders in the Design Tools – Apps & Digital Tools category, competing for two of the most sought after awards: The Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. “It’s an incredible accomplishment to be a finalist in the highly-respected Architizer A+Awards, as the architecture market is filled with fierce competition,” said Jeremy Powell, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “Vectorworks Architect 2019 was created with a focus on increasing design efficiency through overall performance and quality, adding new innovations and enhancements to further improve 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows. Designers will see a dramatic impact on productivity, thus making their day-to-day work faster and easier.”

    The seventh annual awards are judged by a diverse jury from fields such as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development and tech, including Denise Scott Brown and Tom Kundig, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach), Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity) and Barry Bergdoll (MoMA).

    The Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award is chosen through online public voting. Voting is open now until July 5. Winners for both awards will be announced on July 9.

    Learn more about Vectorworks Architect 2019 at, and why you should vote for the leading BIM tool by July 5 on Architizer’s website.

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  • Vectorworks, Inc. Adds Two Prestigious Awards from Architosh and BUILD Magazine

    July 02, 2019

    Company recognized as “BEST of SHOW” and “Ones to Watch”

    Columbia, MD (June 26, 2019)—Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has received two more awards, including Architosh’s 2019 AIA National “BEST of SHOW” award in the BIM category for Vectorworks Architect 2019 and BUILD Magazine’s 2019 Design & Build Awards as “Ones to Watch in the USA”.

    “These awards are recognizing our significant presence and achievement in the industry,” said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks. “We would like to thank Architosh and BUILD Magazine for honoring our software and company once again. These awards in particular reinforce that Vectorworks is on the right path, and our goal is to excel as the top BIM software program in the industry with the distinction of being purpose-built around an architect’s design process.”

    The “BEST of SHOW” award is designed to recognize the most interesting and promising technologies making an impact on architectural practice in the United States and globally. The BIM category was measured by:

    • Implementation quality

    • Acceleration of quality of solution

    • Quality of attack on addressing pain points in BIM workflows

    • Adoption, extension and commitment to Open BIM philosophies so that data and toolchains are social and democratized to their fullest extent

    Fitting convergent technology paths and driving at synergistic directions for the industry. “Vectorworks 2019 this year produced a very nice blend of updates, but the addition of live-linked connections to Lumion coupled with a suite of Open BIM and Revit support features truly boost this package’s appeal to architects and other design professionals,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, Architosh.

    The Design & Build Awards are our way of endorsing and recommending the most promising and best performing firms across all sectors of the architecture, construction building and interior design, and each recipient is hand-picked by our internal team through a strictly merit-based process of research and analysis.

    According to the BUILD research team: “Vectorworks was awarded Ones to Watch in the USA in the 2019 Design & Build Awards for their substantial work in BIM software development. They have shown sustained innovation and creativity in their solutions since their launch in 1985, and we believe we can expect great things in 2019 and beyond. Vectorworks’ contribution to the everchanging digital revolution in the AEC industry has shown consistent ingenuity, and we hope to continue celebrating their exceptional and innovative use of BIM in the built environment.” As part of its victory, Vectorworks will appear in an upcoming issue of BUILD magazine.

    To learn more about Vectorworks Architect 2019 and its BIM capabilities, visit

    Follow the award-winning company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Planet Vectorworks.

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

    June 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Tech Data Release Update - TYCO

    June 25, 2019

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

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  • Statistics Architect at Work Canada

    June 19, 2019


    APRIL 1 & 2, 2020

    15 Countries

    26 Editions

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

    June 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    Become a Speaker/Trainer

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

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

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

    Become an Exhibitor/Sponsor

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

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

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

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  • Arriscraft Introduces Adair® Clip: Large Format Limestone Panels

    June 11, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has introduced an incredibly exciting thin natural limestone product - Adair® Clip. Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world's oldest green building materials.

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

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

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

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

    June 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Do you know the history of big fans?

    June 11, 2019

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  • Roof re-cover meets challenges of historic integrity

    June 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June 06, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • PROSOCO acquires Construction Tie Products (CTP)

    May 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Autonomous Fire Suppression (AFS) System

    May 17, 2019

    Licensed by Unifire AB

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

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

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

    May 17, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has expanded production capabilities in Cambridge, Ontario to produce Stack™ thin stone (previously known as ARRIS.Stack). Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world's oldest green building materials.

    “Our newly developed, production line allows us to produce our popular Stack thin stone in Canada,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “Before this, our ARRIS.Stack product came exclusively from our Georgia plant. Now our Canadian and Northeastern U.S. customers have better access to our thin stone line, with a great selection of colors.”

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

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

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  • Expanded Midtown Thin Stone Selection From Ontario Facility

    May 17, 2019

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has expanded production capabilities in Cambridge, Ontario to produce Midtown thin stone. Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world's oldest green building materials.

    “Our new thin stone production line, in Cambridge, now produces our popular Midtown,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “Before this, all thin product came exclusively from our Georgia plant. Now our Canadian and Northeastern U.S. customers have better access to our thin stone line, which continues to grow in popularity.”

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

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

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  • McElroy Metal exposed fastener panels brighten urban neighborhood

    May 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    May 07, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Quikserv Acquires Easi-Serv Products

    May 03, 2019

    Acquisition Unites Market Leaders in Transaction Windows

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

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

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

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

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