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

    March 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    March 19, 2019

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

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

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    March 14, 2019

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

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  • Renovation at Montana readiness center earns LEED Gold certification

    March 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    March 05, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Quick, clean construction of vineyard villas provided by Metl-Span IMPs

    February 21, 2019

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Overmountain Vineyards, a family-operated vineyard in Polk County, N.C., wanted to offer its visitors comfortable overnight accommodations. Working with some talented designers, the plan was to construct two 1,300 square foot guest houses, using insulated metal panels (IMPs) from Metl-Span for the walls and roofing.

    The two-bedroom, two-bath luxury villas each offer a scenic view of the Overmountain Vineyards along with a private patio. Suitable for four guests, both villas are just five minutes from the Tryon International Equestrian center and housed members of teams from Europe during the September 2018 competition. Each is stocked with a complete inventory of household items for the kitchen and bedrooms.

    Each building is constructed on a concrete slab, which serves as the interior flooring as well. The concrete, which was colored while mixing in the truck, is finished with an acrylic coating.

    “The vineyards' owner, Frank Lilly, wanted the guest houses to have a modern look,” says architect Julia McIntyre of Tryon, N.C. “The outside is a very minimalist look, but the inside is not. Each house front features sliding glass doors that lead to an extended patio with a view of the vineyards. The insulated metal panels have a clean look and are very low maintenance, easy to care for.

    “With the insulated metal panels, you’re building with a system and we were very pleased to discover the different colors and different textures we could choose from. One couple that stayed there has already approached me about designing a mountain home for them using insulated metal panels. I don't believe they have a lot yet, but we've started work on the design.”

    Interior decorating features a combination of modern design as well as some antique architectural woodwork, salvaged from older buildings in the area.

    McIntyre says the insulated metal panels, installed on a metal framing system from Mesco Building Solutions, helped shorten erection time and therefore, reduced construction costs.

    “This was our first time installing insulated metal panels,” says Myron Yoder, owner of M. Yoder Construction Inc., Columbus, N.C. “We really liked the way they went together and it didn't take too long. We’ve done a lot of steel buildings; we build a lot of barns and do some commercial work, but if you can do steel buildings, I believe you can build with insulated metal panels.”

    The roof slopes from the front of the villa to the back and extends 6 feet beyond the front wall to cover the patio area, creating more “living space.” The roof extends five feet beyond the walls in the back and on the sides. To achieve an R-value of R-34 to reduce energy costs, the Metl-Span LS-36 insulated roof panels contain a 5-inch urethane core. The exterior traditional rib panels are 26-gauge Galvalume in Sandstone, while the interior panels are 26-gauge Galvalume in Mesa Almond.

    LS-36 insulated metal panels have an overlapping, through-fastened joint, allowing for installation that is quicker than other construction methods. This reduces labor costs and made the villas available for occupancy sooner.

    Metl-Span's CF-42 panels were used for the walls of the villas – 14 feet tall in the front and 8 feet tall in the back. The 26-gauge Galvalume exterior and interior panels contain a 2-1/2-inch urethane core, providing an R-value of R-19. Exterior panels are Sandstone, matching the roof. The interior panels are Almond.

    Yoder says the panel handling and installation isn't much different than constructing a steel building. “We used a lift to get the panels in place, but we didn't need a crane or any other outlandish equipment,” he says. “It's a very economical construction and it's a pretty tight house.”

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  • Vibrant colors, maintenance-free MCM leads architect to Citadel Architectural Products

    February 20, 2019

    Indianapolis – The new four-story headquarters for Consumer Direct Care Network in Missoula, Mont., stands as an impressive structure in the city's new business park. For the colorful façade, a metal composite material (MCM) panel from Citadel Architectural Products was just what everyone was looking for.

    Consumer Direct Care Network provides services and supports that help people and families of all ages and people with disabilities, remain safe, healthy and independent in their own homes. Services are available in 14 states.

    “Consumer Direct Headquarters continued to grow throughout the design process and when considering a myriad of alternative envelope products to maintain the aesthetic goals, Citadel MCM panels offered great flexibility, custom color options as well as a one stop shop for panel transition profiles,” says Marie Wilson, AIA, LEED BD+C, of In2itive Architecture of Missoula.

    “We made a change very late in the building process, after the windows were already installed. Everyone was on board when we decided it needed a little more punch, so we changed the color scheme midstream.”

    Citadel’s Envelope 2000® composite panel consists of two aluminum skins, bonded to a thermoset phenolic resin core. Standard sizes available include 8-, 10- and 12-foot lengths, in widths of 4 or 5 feet, available in dozens of colors. Regal Blue (4,631 square feet), Sky Blue (9,751 square feet) and Silver Grey (4,507 square feet) were ultimately selected as the colors for the Consumer Direct Care Network project.

    “We were looking for something that is durable and maintenance-free,” Wilson says. She says the Envelope 2000, attached with the Reveal System over a new insulation product, allowed for a quicker installation.”

    Swank Enterprises, with four locations in Montana, installed the Envelope 2000 system on the Consumer Direct Care Network project. Burt Geiger, project superintendent onsite, says everything went according to plan and the only real challenge was working through the winter months.

    “Because of the height of the building, there were some spots that were tough to access,” Geiger says. “We used a 110-foot boom for working on the fourth story. We used a sling stage in some areas and scaffolding. As far as the installation goes, it was fine.”

    Geiger says he’s been working with wall systems from Citadel Architectural Products more and more.

    “It seems to be the look the architects and everyone else is after,” he says, “and Citadel is competitively priced. That’s an important factor to everyone.”

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  • Meet the new and improved DV-5A Deluge Valve

    February 19, 2019

    The DV-5A deluge valve is what happens when you’re never satisfied with good enough. We streamlined the original DV-5, creating a more powerful and efficient deluge valve. The new DV-5A comes with a lower pressure drop and higher pressure rating of up to 300 PSI, plus a reduced footprint and integrated alarm port make installation and maintenance easier than ever. The difference is in the details.

    Higher pressure rating & lower pressure drop - Allows water to travel further at specified system pressure. Simple valve design - One moving part means less complicated maintenance and operation. Easy installation and maintenance - Modular trim saves time. Smaller footprint - Reduced trim sizes provides a smaller footprint.
    Flat back side. Integrated alarm port - No additional check valve needed for Preaction Systems.

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  • U-Line Introduces 5 Class Collection of Products

    February 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Insulated metal panels deliver energetic aesthetics for Finley Center

    February 05, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February 01, 2019

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

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

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

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

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  • tyco - Technical Data Release Update

    January 29, 2019

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

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

    January 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    January 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    January 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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  • Hallmark Floors joins Starnet® Commercial Flooring Network

    January 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

    January 08, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December 21, 2018

    Leading Edge Sustainable Stadium Design to highlight remarks from expert panelists

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Whitehall Manufacturing - Bariatric Toilet and Sink

    December 18, 2018

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

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

    December 17, 2018

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

    Metl-Span provided approximately 16,000 square feet of 3-inch CF Architectural insulated metal panels in 24-inch and 36-inch widths. The IMPs, with a 22-gauge exterior skin and a 26-gaute interior skin, were installed over the existing split-face masonry wall using a custom clip, and to metal studs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

    December 06, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December 06, 2018

    MRIL CEO Recognized by CSI as Outstanding Technical Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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