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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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  • Designing with IMP Roof Panels

    November 30, 2018

    By Kira Rogatnik, Business Development Manager, Metl-Span

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, November 27, 2018 – Combining both utility and aesthetics, insulated metal roof panels are growing in popularity. Once used primarily for cold storage, this versatile building solution is ideal for numerous commercial and industrial projects. The IMP roof panels provide air, water and vapor barriers all in one product. Office buildings, schools, community buildings, athletic facilities, data centers, retail centers and industrial warehouses are ideal applications.

    Roof Durability - IMP roof panels have a design life of 50 years or longer. In fact, IMPs can outperform traditional membrane roofs by many decades. Greater roof longevity helps reduce maintenance and repair expenses over the course of a building’s lifetime.

    Streamlined Installation - Most field-assembled roof systems require numerous trades to install the components that serve as insulation and a moisture barrier. Such roof assemblies boost installation costs and allow more opportunities for errors or construction delays. IMP roofs streamline the installation process because they are a one-piece solution. Also, because the roof panels are light-weight, they are easy for a small team to install.

    Most manufacturers cut roof panels to size and feature a simple clip and fastener system. This speeds up the installation process, reducing labor costs. It is also helpful to have an engineering department review the project to ensure the use of the roof panels fits the overall project design. For a successful installation, it is important to follow the panel installation guidelines.

    Attractive Options - In addition to being practical, insulated metal roofs are also attractive and aesthetically versatile. IMPs come in a variety of designs and colors and are seamlessly integrated with insulated metal wall systems as well as other wall assemblies.

    Energy Efficiency - Building codes have become more stringent and now require an R-value of 19. IMP roof panels rise to the challenge. The polyurethane core comes in thicknesses of 2 to 6 inches. IMP roof panels with 3 inches of continuous insulation meet the new building codes and offer a simple, comprehensive solution.

    Continuous polyurethane insulation boosts energy performance of the project for the life of the roof and does not have issues with compressed insulation points. The polyurethane core prevents thermal bridging for exceptional thermal performance.

    Many designers and builders are taking advantage of IMP roof panels for a variety of applications. The final product is both attractive and functional.

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  • Three-year Investment Return Expected from Solar Project at McElroy Metal Plant

    November 30, 2018

    McElroy Metal Plant in Adelanto, CA, has added solar panels to its second manufacturing facility. Secure module attachment was done with S-5!® Clamps.

    Colorado Springs, Colo., November 23, 2018 – Wanting to offset the plant’s electrical usage, and still show a return on investment, McElroy Metal chose a solar solution system for its plant. A solar addition is old hat for McElroy, as they previously re-roofed their Peachtree City, GA standing seam roof facility with 1,960 solar panels. The amount of energy generated through these panels is above what the plant consumes. In addition, McElroy expects to see a return on this solar investment within just three years.

    Best Clamp for the Job - It doesn’t make much sense to install a solar array on something that will fail long before the solar plant does. So, a roof inspection was performed prior to installation to ensure it was corrosion-free and suitable to outlast the service life of the solar. Being in the desert (Adelanto is less than 100 miles from Los Angeles) certainly helped. It then became a matter of selecting the right structurally-sound attachment solution that would not only handle harsh sun elements but would also preserve a durable panel connection.

    For McElroy, it was all about function. “Being a roofing manufacturer, we are obviously concerned about the overall roof performance for the long-term,” said Ken Gieseke, Vice President of Marketing at McElroy. And as a long-time convert to S-5! products, it was, “for us, the obvious, and frankly only, solar attachment solution to consider.”

    In Adelanto, the project called for 646 solar modules to be added to McElroy Metal’s manufacturing facility. To ensure secure attachment, the aluminum RibBracket IV was selected. Compatible with most metal roofing materials, this economical bracket also fits a number of trapezoidal roof profiles too.

    McElroy saved time on installation too. The slotted top hole on the bracket, which accommodates the S-5-PV Kit, simplifies alignment and maximizes flexibility in attaching ancillaries. The RibBracket IV also comes with a factory-applied EPDM rubber gasket seal on the base. And even though moisture might not be a concern, the heat, wind, and parched conditions wreak havoc on metal, sealants, and screws. To help combat this, the reservoir on the bracket conceals the EPDM from UV exposure, preventing drying and cracks.

    Solar Now and Beyond - Now that “we have…added solar panels to two of our own manufacturing facilities, and S-5! was utilized on both,” McElroy plans to explore more solar mounting opportunities for its other facilities. It was a grand undertaking to invest in and complete such a massive solar panel installation strictly for one’s own company. McElroy hopes such a project can “serve as a showcase for those interested in the use of solar panels with metal roofing.”

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  • Vectorworks Named “One to Watch Company” at Construction Computing Awards

    November 29, 2018

    Vectorworks Architect and training also recognized at annual ceremony

    Columbia, MD (November 28, 2018)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. was named the winner of the “One to Watch Company” category at the Construction Computing Awards. In addition, Vectorworks Architect was runner up for the “Architectural Design Software of 2018” award, while Jonathan Reeves, director of Jonathan Reeves Architects (JRA), was runner up for “Training Software/Provider of the Year” for Vectorworks training.

    “We are honored to have received these awards from Construction Computing,” said Jeremy Powell, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “It is gratifying to see that the industry has taken notice of the commitments we have made to developing innovative new tools and to building superior architectural design and BIM software.”

    Reeves has spent the last 25 years at the forefront of digital architecture and related fields since graduating from Sheffield University with three degrees, including a Master’s in Architecture and Computing. After establishing JRA in 2000, Reeves has divided his time between architectural practice and providing high-quality CAD training as well as reselling services to architects and designers all over the UK.

    “I am proud of the Training Software/Provider of the Year recognition in this year’s Construction Computing Awards,” said Reeves. “It’s a huge acknowledgement of the contribution we have made to the Vectorworks-based design profession in the U.K. over the last 18 years and means we can reach out to even more practices who can benefit from our unique services."

    Now in its thirteenth year and known as “The Hammers,” the awards program showcases and rewards the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes.

    The winners were announced at the annual gala event at the Radisson Blu Portman in Marylebone, London on November 15. Over 250 guests gathered to see the result of the readers’ online voting and judging panel’s deliberations. A full list of the award winners can be found here. Winners will appear in the November/December ’18 issues of CAD User and Construction Computing Magazine.

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  • Insulated metal panels meet the call for cold storage performance, aesthetics

    November 15, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – The latest addition to the Blount Fine Foods manufacturing and processing chain employs an insulated metal panel building envelope by Metl-Span with a unique, textured aesthetic that simulates the look and feel of precast concrete without sacrificing performance.

    Blount Fine Foods is one of the nation’s leading providers of prepared gourmet soups, entrees, sides and sauces for retail grocers and restaurant chains. The family-owned business is dedicated to product quality and manufacturing excellence with state-of-the-art production processes in each of its three plants.

    The recent transition and expansion of a McKinney, Texas, manufacturing facility, acquired in 2016, required a high-performance building envelope that could maintain an internal temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit, while meeting the city’s unique aesthetic demands.

    “The city of McKinney wanted to use tilt-wall from the beginning,” says Andrew Bowser, P.E., principal and design architect with Team Group, Ltd., a design-build firm specializing in food processing and distribution facilities.

    Typical tilt-wall construction entails pouring the structure walls directly at the jobsite in large slabs of concrete, before lifting the walls with the use of a crane and bracing them safely into place. Concrete tilt-wall “is the most ubiquitous construction method in northern Texas,” according to Bowser. However, the product and installation process have some notable disadvantages when compared to insulated metal panels.

    “Imagine the cost of using the cranes to lift the tilt-wall up,” Bowser said. “Insulated metal panels are a much more lightweight product; overall it’s a much more cost-efficient and speedier construction process.”

    With the highest insulating value per square inch of any metal wall insulation solution, insulated metal panels are ideal for cold storage projects. The panels combine durable steel exterior and interior faces with Metl-Span’s unmatched polyurethane insulating foam core. Insulated metal panels also provide a complete air and vapor barrier in a single component.

    Precast concrete construction often requires separate insulation components to meet energy-efficiency requirements, leading to a more complex installation process that impacts everything from interior trade coordination to the bottom line.

    “Tilt-wall doesn’t have the inherent insulation value, and nothing offers lower permeance than a steel panel skin,” Bowser noted. “Insulated metal panels are a simplified means of construction with improved R-value for the building envelope.”

    Metl-Span products also met the call for a textured aesthetic to complement the surrounding industrial architecture in McKinney. Team Group, Ltd. specified nearly 30,000 square feet of CF42 Tuff-Cast insulated metal wall panels in a 4-inch thickness and Textured White color. The product’s textured exterior finish is an aggregated, fiber-reinforced polymer coating that accurately simulates the appearance of finished precast concrete.

    Bowser did not hesitate to recommend the Tuff-Cast insulated metal panel system to meet Blount Fine Foods’ aesthetic and performance requirements.

    The project also incorporates another 2,000 square feet of Metl-Span CF42 Mesa insulated metal panels, offering a lightly corrugated aesthetic for even sightlines and symmetry from one façade to the next. Both insulated metal panel systems deliver an exceptional R-value of nearly 33 to encase the facility’s hydro-chiller system and food packing lines.

    A licensed professional engineer, Bowser brings more than 25 years of experience in food facility design and construction to the Blount Fine Foods expansion. He said insulated metal panels are the go-to solution for cold storage projects.

    “Metl-Span is the best option for cold storage and has been forever,” Bowser reported. “It’s a great product and the stucco finish just makes it that much more attractive.”

    Construction was completed on Blount Fine Foods in McKinney, Texas in December 2017. The facility spans more than 123,000 total square feet.

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    November 14, 2018

    BOW, NH – Structures Unlimited, Inc. is introducing decorative rolled tubes as a new feature that will add a refreshing architectural element into a wide array of building projects.

    Decorative rolled tubes compliment any system designed by the premier single-source manufacturer of structural skylights, Skyroofs®, pool enclosures, canopies, walkways and entire pre-engineered structures.

    “We wanted to offer a more ornamental appearance to our designs and the decorative rolled tubes accomplish that,” says Mark McNichol, Director of Sales for Structures Unlimited, Inc. “We spent a considerable amount of time making sure we produced just the right look and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product.”

    The rolled tubes add radius elements to connect with other elements on the site and soften the lines of the units.

    Structures Unlimited Inc. is featured in projects across a spectrum of industries that include education, healthcare, transportation, athletic and recreational facilities. Structures Unlimited projects all feature Kalwall® translucent sandwich panels to create the most energy-efficient, diffuse-light-transmitting structures.

    Among the more high-profile projects that feature the work of Structures Unlimited Inc. are the Grand Hall at Yankee Stadium, the aquarium at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center.

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  • Hayward Baker ranks #1 on ENR list

    November 12, 2018

    Engineering News-Record (ENR) has again ranked Hayward Baker as #1 on their 2018 Top 20 Firms in Excavation and Foundation list. This marks the 17th straight year that Hayward Baker has earned the top position in this category.

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

    The Keller companies are well represented on this list with Keller in Canada ranking #15, Case Foundation #17, McKinney Drilling #18, and HJ Foundation #20.

    In addition, the following Keller companies made the 2018 Top 600 Specialty Contractors list: Hayward Baker #23 (an improvement from last year’s #30), Suncoast Post-Tension #98, Case Foundation #249, Keller in Canada #225, McKinney Drilling #254, HJ Foundation #289, and Bencor #396.

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  • Flat vs. profiled; embossed vs. smooth: How to select a wall system that’s right

    October 30, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Innovations in building science are enabling contractors, builders, architects and property managers to meet new performance and aesthetic goals. Insulated metal panels provide a simple solution with a variety of looks and appearances, combining both design freedom and functionality. This versatile product provides a simple solution for retrofit and new construction applications alike.

    There are several different options to consider when selecting a wall system. These variations impact the appearance, spanning abilities, texture and even thermal properties of the architectural panels.

    Flat vs. Profiled Panels - Insulated metal wall systems come in a variety of textures for greater design freedom and functionality. In some projects, a large field of panels needs some contrast to catch the eye. In other projects, a lightly corrugated profile with subtle striations delivers a clean appearance.

    Profiled commercial wall panels can provide just the right accent with horizontal or vertical lineation. Striated wall systems also help mask imperfections by deflecting light, giving projects a more pristine, eye-catching appearance.

    A continuous polyurethane foam core insulation system boosts the energy efficiency of the building envelope, reducing heating and cooling costs. Keep in mind, deep striations in panels decrease thermal performance because they reduce the thickness of the foam core in the low points.

    Striated insulated metal panels also have impressive performance characteristics that reduce installation costs. In fact, profiled panels with heavy creases and deep striations have better spanning abilities because the profiles increase the strength of the panels. Smooth panels lack the added strength and have shorter spanning capabilities. Therefore, some profiled architectural panels come in lengths up to 52 feet compared to smooth flat panels with a maximum panel length of 16 feet.

    Embossed vs. Smooth Panels - Embossed commercial wall products have an orange-peel texture and warm, visually appealing qualities. Embossing helps obscure dirt and blemishes for a consistent appearance. Like striated panels, embossed panels have greater spanning abilities, and flat panels come in lengths up to 32 feet when embossed. Longer panels are advantageous because they typically have lower installation costs because they are quicker and easier to install.

    To ensure architectural panel durability, high-quality coatings must be applied. PVDF coatings provide excellent resistance from metal weathering over time for product protection. Flat, profiled, embossed, and smooth panels alike will stay pristine and attractive with quality PVDF coatings.

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  • Green Span Profiles, McElroy Metal team up on CubeSmart project

    October 25, 2018

    Bossier City, La.— There’s nothing wrong with constructing any building to be aesthetically attractive, including a self-storage facility.

    CubeSmart storage facilities in Cranston, R.I., has embraced a new-look storage facility and enhanced the attractiveness by erecting energy efficient buildings through the use of insulated metal panels (IMPs).

    “Lately, people are doing whatever they can to avoid having a big plain-Jane gray building,” says Ed McKean, owner of EKM Construction Inc. in Burlington, N.C. “Staggering the colors in a random pattern is one way of doing just that, that seems to be a new trend. It’s not hard, but you have to pay attention when you’re installing the panels.”

    There are two storage facilities on this site in Cranston, R.I., with plans for a third facility to be erected by the same contractors. All are operated on electricity produced by rooftop solar panels. The specification of solar panels as well as insulated metal panels meets the needs of the owner seeking to construct “green” facilities. McKean says the entire team has plans to construct similar storage facilities in Warrick, R.I.

    McElroy Metal supplied approximately 30,000 square feet of 24-gauge, 4-inch thick Green Span Profiles WaveLine insulated metal panels for the project – all panels were 42 inches wide. Plans called for 24,000 square feet of 4-inch thick Ash Gray panels, 5,000 square feet of 2-inch thick Ash Gray panels, 5,000 square feet of 4-inch thick CubeSmart Red panels and 5,000 square feet of 2-inch thick CubeSmart Red panels. McElroy Metal provided the CubeSmart Red framing material, preformed trims and all associated insulated metal panel accessories.

    McKean says this project worked because the entire team was on the same page … the property owner, architect, general contractor and the EKM team all worked together to complete the successful project in about a year.

    The main building is a three-story storage facility with units in a variety of sizes and two banks of elevators. IMPs installed on the three-story climate-controlled building are 4 inches thick. The one-story building is not climate controlled, so 2-inch IMPs were satisfactory. The IMPs feature 24-gauge exterior metal and 26-gauge interior metal in Regal White.

    “We really like working with this entire team, from the owner on down,” McKean says. “We’re already looking forward to the next project with them.”

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  • McElroy Metal publishes E-book on economic benefits of roof recover with metal roofing

    October 24, 2018

    Bossier City, La., — No one wants the hassle and expense of replacing a worn-out roof. However, when that time arrives, McElroy Metal is poised to help building owners make the best decision with the company’s new E-book. This valuable reference identifies the many long-term and cost-effective benefits of installing a metal roof. The title of the E-book is Need a New Roof? How Building Owners Reduce Cost with a Metal Roof.

    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.

    Need a New Roof? was developed to help building owners understand re-roofing options and present the features and benefits of Metal-Over-Metal and Metal-Over-Shingle Recover Systems. These two symmetrical standing seam metal roofing systems represent the optimal solutions with regard to both long-term performance and cost.

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  • REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Flooring Systems Unique Colors and Patterns

    October 19, 2018

    REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Floors are usually specified because they are able to create a completely custom design to match any surrounding environment. Since these floors are unrepeatable, the options of design are endless. You can create different visual effects with the one to twenty color options available. At times, these colors meld together creating custom colors. Designs can range from simple to completely wild. Depending on your specific commercial space, REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Floors have endless design possibilities.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About ICF Homes

    October 18, 2018

    For as long as we’ve been building homes they’ve been susceptible to all kinds of problems. The typical building materials which are so popular among construction teams around the world come with a laundry list of weaknesses and potential hazards that could put both you and your family at risk. Not only are common building materials likely to fail in event of extreme weather, they also tend to cost more and take longer to build with.

    That’s why a new kind of building material has been introduced to the world, ICF’s. ICF’s are insulated concrete forms, and they hold a multitude of advantages over typical materials like wood and metal.

    Not Your Average Concrete Block

    An average block of concrete is completely rigid and unmoving. It’s entirely comprised of concrete and is very susceptible to crumbling, erosion, and other types of damage. An ICF block, however, is made from density modified EPS foam. This is stronger than regular concrete and much less susceptible to damage.

    But, that’s not all. Your average straight ICF block is actually comprised of two pieces of EPS foam that are tied together by 6 full-length strong plastic molded ties that are injection molded and created from PP regrind resin.

    As each block is stacked on top of each other to build a wall, there are reinforcing horizontal steel bars inserted into each layer as it is completed. They are securely locked in place and give the wall an extra layer of strength against strong winds and other elements which could potentially damage it.

    ICF’s come in a variety of different forms, because every building needs multiple kinds of concrete blocks to facilitate proper construction. The various types of ICF’s are as follows:

    • Brick-ledge Block
    • Half Corner Block
    • Half Straight Block
    • Radius Block
    • T Block
    • Corner Block
    • Straight Block
    • Curb Block
    • Taper Top Block
    • Transition T Block

    By using all of these blocks in combination, construction teams are able to build almost any kind of design no matter how complex.

    The Benefits of ICF’s

    Obviously, the number one benefit of ICF’s is their resistance to strong winds and flying debris. This is very important in areas like the south-east United States, where hurricanes and high winds are known to ravage the homes of thousands of families every year.

    Because of the steel-reinforced design described above, ICF built homes are far more likely to stand up against hurricane abuse than your average home. ICF’s are actually the ideal choice for tornado and hurricane shelters for this reason.

    Many people choose to have their basements constructed with ICF’s as well. Basements can be vulnerable to flooding and leakage through the walls after a while, but with ICF basements you don’t need to worry about this happening. On top of being one of, if not the safest building material on Earth, ICF’s are also extremely energy efficient. Especially in basements and cold weather areas, ICF’s are able to keep heat in and cold out with astounding efficiency. This is thanks to their high thermal mass as well as the continuous air barrier they provide. They are also very good at keeping moisture out when combined with a waterproofing membrane, which will prevent mold from growing in your basement.

    More Advantages You Should Know

    When it comes to the financial side of things, you might expect ICF’s to cost a lot more, but they don’t. They actually cost less than or the same as most building materials, despite offering many more benefits. They also aren’t created with any harmful chemicals like VOC’s or formaldehyde, meaning your air quality won’t suffer from them. ICF’s also eliminate the need for insulation, which can be messy and take up a lot of space. They provide an excellent sound barrier as well, which is why most movie theaters are now built with ICF’s. You don’t have to worry about infestation or rot with them either, as they are much more resistant to these things than your average material, saving homeowners thousands in future repair costs.

    When it comes time for you to buy or switch your homeowner’s insurance, you’ll get a lower premium with an ICF built home. This is because insurance companies are well aware of the safety rating on ICF built homes and are more than willing to compensate you for it.

    Consider ICF’s For Your Next Home

    Indeed, when you consider the many benefits and advantages of ICF’s when it comes to building basements or entire houses, it’s safe to say there isn’t another material out there that can compete.

    The financial savings combined with the increased security and comfort that ICF’s provide are hard to ignore, judging by the number of people who are now choosing to build homes and other buildings with ICF’s rather than typical materials.

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  • Metl-Span IMPs serve as roofing and siding for commercial project

    October 18, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Insulated metal panels as roofing and siding proved to be the most effective choice for the architectural team and installation crew at the General RV Center store in Orange Park, Fla.

    Metl-Span provided approximately 4,500 square feet of insulated metal panels installed as siding and another 8,600 square feet installed as roofing on the new store.

    “The heat here in Florida is ferocious,” says Robert Taylor, AIA, of Scherer Construction of Gainesville, Fla. “New buildings of this type are required to have a roofing R-value of 38 and insulated metal panels go a long way in helping achieve that. They certainly speed up the installation process and give you a durable and attractive end product.”

    The insulated metal panels were installed as siding on the upper two-thirds of the building and were 2-1/2 inches thick. The siding is a 26-gauge panel, Light Stone in color with a Mesa finish, to complement the split-faced concrete block installed on the lower third of the storefront. The roofing consists of 4-inch thick insulated metal panels with a 24-gauge exterior finish in Galvalume Plus, coupled with an Igloo White vinyl-faced interior insulation to help achieve the required 38 R-value.

    “I’m a big fan of the insulated metal panel,” says Leonard Cassidy, project superintendent for IMP installer Pre-Engineered Steel Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla. “This facility is a metal building system from Ceco Buildings, finished with IMPs from Metl-Span.

    “Insulated metal panels were chosen for this project mostly for aesthetics. The inside of the building was open, so the panels are exposed. With insulated metal panels, you can achieve the required R-value and you have the interior skin or protective panel. It’s a clean look. I think when you put the numbers together, it just makes financial sense to use the insulated metal panel.”

    Insulated metal panel systems offer a wide array of profile, texture and reveal configurations. The product provides high-performance thermal efficiency and moisture control, while a factory foamed-in-place insulating core minimizes insulation gaps.

    Cassidy, who has been with Pre-Engineered Steel for 26 years, appreciates a couple things about insulated metal panels, including the fact that a rainstorm does not stop construction. “You have to be careful when working with some insulation products,” he says. “They can’t get wet. The summer is our rainy season and it rains almost every day. With insulated metal panels, we can keep working and that’s important because time is money.”

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  • Stone Quarrier Polycor Inc. Expands Its Geographic Presence by Merging with Indiana Limestone Company

    October 15, 2018

    QUEBEC CITY, PRNewswire - The largest producer of natural stone in North America, Polycor Inc., is pleased to announce the completion of its merger with Indiana Limestone Company ("ILCO"), a leading dimensional limestone quarrier and building products producer headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana. This announcement comes shortly after Polycor's recent acquisition of four limestone quarries in France in July, now positioning the company as a global leader in the natural stone industry.

    United by a common business culture, the merger is expected to drive meaningful growth through cross-selling synergies, geographic expansion, and sharing of best practices. In addition, the merger will provide an expanded product offering for customers of both companies, positioning the combined business as the solution of choice for architects, builders, dealers and other stakeholders in the natural stone value chain. Existing customers and suppliers can expect a seamless transition and to receive the same quality of service they have come to expect over time.

    "This transaction represents another milestone in Polycor's journey to become the global leader in the natural stone industry," says Patrick Perus, President and CEO of Polycor Inc. "we are thrilled to be joining forces with the leading producer of Indiana limestone in ILCO, and look forward to welcoming this world-class team into the Polycor family." ILCO is a Nationally recognized brand in North America's natural stone industry, with its stone being used in the construction of some of the U.S. most iconic buildings and monuments. ILCO also produces a wide range of natural stone masonry and hardscape products for use in residential, commercial, institutional and renovation applications.

    Tom Quigley, CEO of ILCO, said "Our business today touches the lives of dealers, fabricators, distributors and architects worldwide. We are proud to be a part of a great industry. Now, by joining with Polycor, a business partner with whom we share common values, passion and ambition, there is unlimited potential to expand our offering and deliver even greater value to our customers."

    Through this merger, both companies expect continued growth and momentum in all phases of business operations. As such, all plants and quarries will continue to operate as normal, with both the Polycor and ILCO management teams leading their respective business operations going forward. Existing ILCO shareholders will become significant minority shareholders in the go-forward entity as the business embarks on its next phase of growth. With a more diversified and expansive geographic presence, ILCO's offices in Bloomington will serve as a primary base to support continued expansion in North America.

    About Polycor Inc. - Polycor Inc. is the world's leading natural stone quarrier and its core mission is to make people fall in love with natural stone. Their world-class reputation comes from a great legacy of stone work on historical landmarks, institutional, commercial and residential projects. Founded in Québec City (Canada) in 1987, the company now employs nearly 1,100 people and owns over 44 quarries and 17 manufacturing plants across North America and Europe.

    About ILCO - Indiana Limestone Company is unmatched as the premier supplier of Indiana limestone in a range of beautiful and lasting building products. Founded in 1926 (with predecessor firms that had been quarrying limestone since the mid-1800s), Indiana Limestone Company today remains the provider of choice for this internationally renowned natural stone. Throughout an illustrious history in which its stone has made such iconic structures as the Empire State Building, National Cathedral, and the Pentagon, Indiana Limestone Company has reliably provided the highest quality products and services carefully tailored to the needs of the market with an environmental, natural focus.

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  • Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2019

    October 12, 2018

    Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance.

    Metropolitan AF-690 is supported by Color Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues.

    “Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It's neutral. It's understated. It just is. This is color, off-duty.”—Ellen O'Neill, Benjamin Moore & Co.

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  • Introducing a New Tool to Calculate the Energy Savings of Building Envelope Upgrades

    October 12, 2018

    Thermolite has developed a new cost-effective tool to help commercial building owners determine the energy savings they can expect from building envelope improvements. According to the Department of Energy, 58% of the energy used in buildings is impacted by its windows. Thermolite’s Energy Savings Assessment (ESA) calculates the rate of energy loss through a particular building’s existing window system, as well as the cost, expected performance and payback period of different window retrofit upgrades. The ESA calculates energy savings based on a variety of factors including the geographic location of a building, its window-to-wall ratio, and the type of heating/cooling system it uses. The ESA utilizes a baseline calibrated eQUEST model along with energy and utility data from around the country to quantify the energy savings associated with installing Thermolite window systems.

    Traditionally, analyzing the expected savings and ROI of commercial building energy solutions is an extensive process, requiring detailed information about a building’s structure and engineering. Thermolite’s new ESA streamlines this process, making it much easier for building owners to understand and decide if a window upgrade is a viable energy solution for their particular building.

    In most cases, a window upgrade can cut annual utility costs by more than 20%. Thermolite has developed the ESA Calculator as a way to help building owners and property managers identify viable opportunities for building envelope upgrades that will achieve the most benefits. If you own or manage a building with single pane windows, contact Thermolite today to request a free energy savings assessment.

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  • McElroy Metal introduces HydraShell underlayments for metal roofing

    October 12, 2018

    Bossier City, La. — HydraShell MAX and HydraShell Supreme SA are McElroy Metal’s new underlayments. HydraShell MAX is the standard synthetic underlayment and HydraShell Supreme SA is a peel-and-stick underlayment. HydraShell MAX has a four-layer construction and can be used under all types of finished roofing materials, including steel roofing and is suitable for roof pitches as low as ½:12. HydraShell MAX requires significantly fewer fasteners than competitive products and provides a durable deck cover. HydraShell Supreme SA is the best choice in high-temperature, self-adhering applications. The SBS modified asphalt provides excellent pliability and the cool gray surface reduces heat build-up.

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  • Vectorworks Shines on Construction Computing Awards Shortlist

    October 12, 2018

    Voting open to the public until November 2

    Columbia, MD (October 10, 2018)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. received several nominations for this year’s Construction Computing Awards. The company itself and Vectorworks Architect were nominated for three awards, while the Nomad app also received recognition. Jonathan Reeves, director of Jonathan Reeves Architects, obtained three nominations for his projects and work as a Vectorworks trainer.

    Now in its thirteenth year and known as “The Hammers,” the awards program showcases and rewards the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. With more than 20 categories, the Construction Computing Awards allow companies from every sector of the industry to seek recognition for their efforts over the past 12 months.

    “The Vectorworks philosophy is that we never want to stop pushing the boundaries to create software that will empower our users to transform the world,” said Vectorworks UK Director of Customer Success Tamsin Slatter. “Our recognition with the Construction Computing Awards shortlist this year is especially meaningful because it reflects that our software is not only helpful to the AEC market but that our company and trainers are also highly respected within the industry.” The awards are divided into sections and decided by reader voting and a panel of judges. The Editor’s Choice award is selected by David Chadwick, editor of Construction Computing Magazine.

    Vectorworks has received nominations in the following categories:

    • BIM Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect

    • Architectural Design Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect

    • Product of the Year: Vectorworks Architect

    • Mobile/Field App Technology of the Year: Vectorworks’ Nomad app

    • Company of the Year: Vectorworks

    • One to Watch Company of the Year: Vectorworks

    • Editor’s Choice: Vectorworks

    • Best Use of IT in a Construction Project of the Year: Jonathan Reeves Architecture with Vectorworks for Swithland Lane

    • BIM Project of the Year: Jonathan Reeves Architecture with Vectorworks for the Bradgate Rd Project

    • Training Software/Provider of the Year: Jonathan Reeves – Vectorworks Training

    Voting closes on November 2 and the winners’ ceremony will be held on November 15. To view the full list of nominees and to cast your vote, click "Read More" below. Winners will appear in the November/December ’18 issues of CAD User and Construction Computing Magazine.

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  • IMPs blend urban, natural atmosphere for residential skyscraper

    October 04, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Spanning 39 stories and more than 500,000 total square feet, the new West Edge Tower in downtown Seattle has already become an iconic architectural feature in the city’s celebrated skyline. The tower relies on a highly efficient mix of cladding materials, including curtain wall, glass, masonry and high-performance insulated metal panels by Metl-Span.

    Located at 2nd and Pike Street, the luxury high-rise sits squarely between Seattle’s thriving retail and financial cores, a strategic location to attract residents for its more than 300 available units. The mixed-use development was designed to reflect the city’s urban core and the surrounding architecture, while paying tribute to the natural landscape of America’s Northwest. The unique design, labeled “sophisticated casual” by the building owner, takes into account the latest in sustainable innovations while providing high-end amenities to its clients, including a premium gym, a Sky Bar restaurant and unobstructed water and city views from resident balconies.

    For residents, access to nature and open space starts on the ground floor with a seven-story atrium occupied by a live Tsuma Gaki maple tree. On the building’s exterior, the inspired use of curtain wall and glass provides a shifting reflection of the sky. The use of insulated metal panels also served as a key design element, according to installer McKinstry Co., LLC.

    “The multi-colored, metal exterior was a feature created by the design team to make the wall look as though it faded into the air,” explained Project Manager Peter Avratin with McKinstry.

    Olson Kundig Architects specified more than 38,000 square feet of vertical Metl-Span CF Architectural insulated metal panels in 13 different hues, ranging from dark Obsidian to luminous Off White with multiple shades of gray in between.

    CF Architectural panels offer a smooth, flat profile that is ideally suited for designers seeking a monolithic architectural façade without sacrificing thermal and moisture performance. The flush panels have become a mainstay in several high-end architectural markets including the multi-residential and hospitality industries.

    Metl-Span CF Architectural insulated metal panels provide exceptional thermal performance in the form of polyurethane foam insulation. The designers at Olson Kundig Architects specified the insulated metal panel system in a 2-inch thickness, delivering an R-value of 14.95. CF Architectural panels are available in thicknesses up to 4 inches to tailor thermal performance to meet even the most demanding building requirements.

    Insulated metal panels provide thermal efficiency and all-weather control in a single component. The highly efficient insulation contributes to West Edge Tower’s top-notch energy efficiency by reducing HVAC costs. The system delivers an added advantage by minimizing installation time and effort.

    With reservations starting as early as January, West Edge Tower opened the doors to potential clients in March 2018. The project is slated for LEED® Gold certification, exceeding Seattle’s high standards for sustainable construction.

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  • Marmomac - 53rd International Marble, Technology and Design Exhibition

    October 04, 2018

    Marmomac 2018: natural stone in the forefront of urban redevelopment of cities of the future

    Natural stone must become the key for sustainable urban development and urban re-development. This is what emerged yesterday at Veronafiere during the inauguration of the 53rd edition of Marmomac - the world's leading marble and technology sector event scheduled until Saturday 29 September - in the presence of the President and CEO of Veronafiere, Maurizio Danese and Giovanni Mantovani, the President of the Veneto Region, Luca Zaia, the Mayor of Verona, Federico Sboarina, the President of Confindustria Marmormacchine, Marco De Angelis, the Councillor for Urban Planning of Verona City Council, Ilaria Segala, and Marco dell'Agli, senior architect of the Mario Cucinella studio.

    "Stone is a very ancient material," said President Danese, "that today is experiencing a new renaissance that Marmomac itself also interprets by simultaneously promoting two directions of development in the sector: design and technology." Natural stone and technology brands in Italian marble districts boast 3,300 companies throughout the country with more than 34,000 employees. Turnover comes to 4.2 billion euro, with a balance of trade in the black by 2.8 billion euro. "Marmomac is a fundamental Italian manufacturing sector," said CEO Mantovani, "yet one that is often relegated to a marginal role compared to other fields. In reality, facts and figures prove the exact opposite. Marmomac has the merit of having revolutionised the once residual or luxury use of natural stone into everyday life and urban contexts."

    The objective focuses on redevelopment and promotion, as explained by the President of Confindustria Marmomacchine, De Angelis: "We are implementing a new network to bring companies and players in the sector together in a major project to defend and promote natural stone products, which Veronafiere has already joined. The ‘Authentic Natural Stone’ initiative will be officially launched on a national scale next year."

    The inaugural round table titled ‘Regenerating abandoned areas: an opportunity for our cities’, during which architect dell'Agli illustrated three urban redevelopment projects in Milan, Aosta and Catania, included reports such as the one by the Governor of the Veneto region, Zaia, who highlighted the pioneering role of the Region as regards law on land consumption, while also announcing that: "The Regional Housing Plan which has already achieved excellent results will be presented again in a reviewed form."

    "Sustainability and urban redevelopment are among the objectives of municipal administration," said the Mayor of Verona, Sboarina. Veronafiere is also involved in the recovery of abandoned sites in the local area. The redevelopment of the former fruit and vegetable market is a fine example."

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  • The Silca® Soil Grid X30!

    September 27, 2018

    A new product for in-ground hardscape installation

    The Silca® Soil Grid X30 is a heavy duty linking grid system that allows you to build stronger hardscapes by stabilizing the base material.


    • Up to 50% base reduction in excavation
    • Up to 30% savings on labor cost
    • Wider weight dispersal
    • Reduced warranty call-backs for settling and shifting
    • Reduced risk of poor sub-base compaction
    • Sustainable, efficient and profitable

    Quick and easy installation also saves you time and labor cost:

    • Lay gravel base and compact
    • Lay down grates, click and snap hooks together
    • Spread out geotextile fabric or SilcaMat for porcelain installation
    • Begin to lay pavers

    The Silca® Soil Grid will be on display at HNA 2018! Stop by our Indoor Booth #21006 or Outdoor Booth #5524-D to see it in action!

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  • Helping Others: Kalwall® Featured in BBC Hit Show

    September 26, 2018

    Kalwall, Partners Come to Aid of London Boxing Club in “DIY SOS”

    MANCHESTER, N.H. – New Hampshire-based Kalwall, its UK distributor Structura and German curtain wall innovator RAICO pitched in to help a revered London boxing club rebuild after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire destroyed its home. The community effort to provide the Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club of London with a new facility was featured on the BBC hit show DIY SOS, documenting the project after the club’s previous home was lost in a deadly fire that caused 72 deaths and destroyed the Grenfell Tower in June of 2017.

    The club has been providing a safe harbor for young people in the community and training top boxers for almost 50 years. After the fire, the club was training out of an abandoned parking garage. The new facility, built on a nearby site, took 63 days to complete and is part of a larger development project.

    “We were honored Structura asked us to be involved in such a worthwhile project,” says Amy Keller, VP of International Sales/Principal for Kalwall. “When we learned what the club means to that community, we absolutely wanted to be part of helping them get into a new home. And from a design aspect, the project was a great way to partner with RAICO.”

    Kalwall, Structura and RAICO teamed up to provide the curtain wall system that envelops the builiding. The façade is comprised of 200 square meters (656 square feet) of Kalwall translucent sandwich panels. The panels are incorporated into RAICO’s innovative THERM+ stick built curtain wall and was the first project in the global partnership between Kalwall and RAICO.

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  • Belden Metallic Black Brick

    September 20, 2018

    Canton, OH - Quality that out shines the unusual!

    Be bold, be dramatic, be Belden! Brick...Your only limitation is your imagination.

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  • Differences Between Installing IMPs Vertically and Horizontally

    September 20, 2018

    By Paul Collyer, Vice President of Business Development, Metl-Span

    LEWISVILLE, Texas – Insulated metal panels (IMPs) can be installed either vertically or horizontally. With most manufacturers’ wall panels, the exact same panels are used for either orientation. However, there are key differences in how the supporting wall system must be designed to accommodate the panel direction. In addition, the details used to design and the labor used to install vertical vs. horizontal panels can be quite different. Let’s explore some of the similarities and differences in the two approaches.

    Vertical IMP applications

    Vertically installed panels typically offer the most cost-effective and simple wall assembly. There are numerous panels available in lengths of up to 52 feet, offering the ability to install a single panel from base to eaves.

    When laying out the panels on a wall, the starting panel at the corner can be cut along its length so the first and last panel on a wall elevation are equal in size (width). Standard metal flashings are generally used to close off the cut ends and edges of vertical panels.

    Windows are usually installed to align with the outside plane of the structural framing and are therefore recessed (not flush) relative to the outside face of the panel. Typical wall framing systems for vertically installed panels involve the use of horizontal supports, usually light or heavy gauge girts.

    Horizontal IMP Applications

    Horizontally installed panels require more sophisticated details and tighter tolerances for both panels and framing. Panels are usually arranged so the ends of the panels align with architectural features, such as framed openings for windows and doors. Corners are often built with factory-folded transverse bent panels, shipped to the jobsite ready to install.

    The vertical ends of horizontal panels are often post-fabricated with trimless ends. This involves manufacturing the exterior panel face longer than the interior face of the panel, providing extra metal at the ends that can be bent back at a 90-degree angle. This trimless end is an efficient and attractive way to cover the exposed foam core at the ends of the panels.

    Some companies offer an integrated window system that fits directly into the panel’s joinery, allowing them to be installed to provide a flush window system. That along with the exterior panel faces improves continuity of building control layers. Horizontal panels also require a vertical support system, which is generally comprised of a steel stud wall assembly or occasionally a vertical tube steel system.

    When using horizontal panels, it is also generally necessary to use thicker (22 gauge) exterior faces to achieve satisfactory aesthetic performance, particularly when using flat or nearly flat panel profiles. Thicker gauges tend to stiffen the metal and provide a visually flatter appearance than lighter gauges, greatly reducing the tendency for oil-canning (waviness). Also, it is important to keep horizontal panels shorter (usually no more than 20 feet in length) than those used in a vertical orientation. This is because the casual observer tends to detect more visual flaws when looking along the length of horizontal panels than looking up and down vertical panels.

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    September 19, 2018

    CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO – Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally-made products that emulate quarried stone, has augmented its natural limestone product offering with the introduction of Adair® Georgian Blend. 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 customers will love the rich colour blend of this full-bed Adair® limestone product,” says Marta Zonneveld, Marketing Manager. “The new ashlar configuration also makes our Adair® limestone more accessible for residential customers. Unlike most quarried stone that has to be custom cut on-site, our new Adair® Georgian Blend comes in a classic pattern and can be installed much like our Building Stone, through standard installation techniques.”

    Adair® Georgian Blend is an equal mix of the traditional Sepia and Blue-Grey Adair® colours and features a split face texture. Three face rises (2-1/8”, 4-3/4” and 7-3/8”) in random lengths up to 23-5/8” make up the ashlar configuration. The colour blend and size combination augment the natural appeal of this classic quarried stone.

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

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  • Vectorworks Releases 2019 Version of Its Award-Winning Design & BIM Software

    September 13, 2018

    With a focus on increased performance and quality, Vectorworks 2019 allows designers to work faster and accomplish more

    Columbia, MD (September 12, 2018)—Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces the 2019 release of Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Designer, as well as BraceworksTM and Vision. With a focus on increasing design efficiency through overall performance and quality, this new release offers innovations and enhancements to significantly improve the 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows for designers in the architecture, landscape, entertainment and interior design industries.

    “For this release, we listened closely to our customers and balanced new innovations with exceptional quality and performance improvements,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “Specifically, in Vectorworks 2019 we concentrated on our customers’ most common workflows and usage patterns to increase their overall productivity with Vectorworks products across the board.”

    Users of all Vectorworks products will enjoy significantly faster workflows and improved software performance thanks to multiple core support in the Vectorworks Graphics Module, new layer and class search and filter options, and image effects. Vectorworks Architect and Landmark customers will experience improved BIM capabilities, including 3D site model sculpting; the unique ability to have BIM objects display with varying levels of detail in plan, elevation and section drawings; enhanced openBIM interoperability; and a new partnership integration with AutoTurn online for analyzing vehicle swept paths. Vectorworks Spotlight users will enjoy support of the new My Virtual Rig (MVR) import and export file format, as well as enhancements to 3D modeling with Spotlight tools and commands. Braceworks users will benefit from support for bridle analysis. And users of Vision will discover an improved user interface and up to 7x faster performance of the previz application.

    "Vectorworks 2019 is a release that will have a dramatic impact on productivity, allowing designers to make their day-to-day design work faster and easier,” said Vice President of Product Development Steve Johnson. “Users will experience the benefits of this version the moment they open the new software and see files open up to four times faster. Advances with the Vectorworks Graphics Module now take advantage of all available user hardware, and harnessing the power of all available CPU cores with increased usage of GPU on sheet layers makes all workflows feel much faster. Users will greatly benefit from the ability to refine renderings and images without having to export to Photoshop. And, the ability to add, show and adjust the level of detail that hybrid objects display in a drawing is something no other BIM program offers.” To learn more about the release of Vectorworks 2019, please visit

    The English-language editions of Vectorworks, Braceworks and Vision 2019 are available today. The release of localized European, Australian and New Zealand editions will be followed by Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese versions. For more information about the availability of Vectorworks 2019 in your market, please contact your local Vectorworks distributor. Members of the Vectorworks Service Select maintenance program will receive their upgrades to Vectorworks 2019 as soon as the product is released in their local markets.

    Note to editors: Please visit for images and other media, including feature illustrations, videos, testimonial quotes and more.

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  • Metl-Span insulated metal panels provide cost-effective solution for church renovation, expansion

    September 07, 2018

    LEWISVILLE, Texas, Sept. 6, 2018 – The leaders of the Soul City Church on Chicago’s west side sought help with plans for expansion to meet the needs of a growing congregation. The project evolved into a 29,000 square foot addition and 20,000 square foot renovation of the existing building, complete with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span.

    Insulated metal panel systems offer a wide array of profile, texture and reveal configurations. The product provides high-performance thermal efficiency and moisture control, while a factory foamed-in-place insulating core minimizes insulation gaps.

    Just more than 18,000 square feet of Metl-Span’s CF 7.2 Insul-Rib was installed on the Soul City Church. The panels contained a 4-inch urethane insulating core. The exterior was the Insul-Rib panel in Slate Gray PVDF and the interior was a Light Mesa finish in an Igloo White polyester.

    Working in tight quarters created some logistical challenges for T.A. Bowman Constructors LLC of Chicago. Safely installing insulated metal panels measuring 40 feet long and 3 feet wide required some planning and the enlistment of special equipment.

    “On the east side there’s an existing building and there was an alley on the west side,” says Tom Bowman Sr., owner and project manager at T.A. Bowman. “The south side was an active city street, so there was a lot going on in that area.”

    Because insulated metal panels are a single-component product, installation requires only one pass from the crew, minimizing labor time and costs. Bowman says this install required a crane to move panels into place and manlifts to move installers up and down the building, but it was done in less time than would have been required with other products.

    T.A. Bowman Constructors supplied the steel framing, steel erection as well as the engineering on the project. Focus Construction of Chicago was the general contractor.

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