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'Tis the Season

'Tis the Season

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit! TerraCast® offers a wide selection of outdoor products that will last through extreme weathers and many winters to come! Create a statement piece for your projects by personalizing the planter with a custom graphic.

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6 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Replacing Your Tile Shower

6 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Replacing Your Tile Shower

Old tile showers are a pain. Moldy and dirty grout joints. Shower curbs which are too tall and dangerous to step over. Cracked shower pans which leaked onto the floors below. And I haven’t even mentioned the constant maintenance. How can you get a new tile shower without the hassles your last one caused you?

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The all-hazards approach to ballistic barriers and physical security

The all-hazards approach to ballistic barriers and physical security

It’s like clockwork. If an electric company payment office receives a threat, the water company office across town calls to look into getting a bullet resistant barrier. If there’s a school shooting anywhere, Total Security Solutions starts getting inquiries about installing bulletproof vestibules from schools nationwide. A bomb is mailed …

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Design Spotlight: Places of Worship

Design Spotlight: Places of Worship

During the holiday season, places of worship often take on a more central role in people's lives and become important social centers, gathering places, and community hubs. With that in mind, we thought we would re-examine some daylighting options for these spaces and their unique design challenges.

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Specialty Shape Louvers

Specialty Shape Louvers

Specialty Shape Louvers are available for stationary drainable and non-drainable, wind-driven rain and hurricane Miami-Dade louver models. If desired, architectural or hidden mullions are also available.

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PVC Waterstop for Concrete

PVC Waterstop for Concrete

Earth Shield® Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Waterstop is used as a fluid-tight diaphragm, embedded in concrete, across and along the joint, for environmental engineered concrete structures. Earth Shield® Flexible PVC Waterstops are resistant to a wide range of water and wastewater treatment chemicals and are certified to meet or exceed the performance requirements of CRD C572-74.

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Microtopping Floors in Retail Furniture Stores

Microtopping Floors in Retail Furniture Stores

Shopping for furniture is a bit like shopping for a new car or a piece of art. The environment in which the furniture is displayed is important enough that it should present the beauty of the furniture while at the same time not distracting potential customers from imagining how it might look if it was theirs. Microtopping floors in retail furniture stores achieve this, by being both durable and beautiful, as well as presenting a clean, blank slate for shoppers to project their own dreams upon.

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Why Choose Glass Deck Railing?

Why Choose Glass Deck Railing?

Since modern glass making was revolutionized in the 1950s, glass has been increasingly used for interior and exterior building applications due to its visibility and versatility. Glass railings are excellent examples of this, adding visibility and versatility to decks, balconies, stairways, pool enclosures, and more. Safety is a main purpose of railings and glass railings are an unobtrusive way to provide safety where you need it, whether inside or outside.

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How to talk about architecture with clients and the public

How to talk about architecture with clients and the public

While there is great respect for architects, there’s little understanding of what we do, or how our work affects others. Architectural practice constantly evolving. To move the profession forward, architects must work together to understand eachother and communicate our value. It’s our job to help others understand what we do, and more importantly, why it’s important to them. We know that when we collaborate effectively, we can design and build better homes, communities and public spaces that benefit us all. That's why we're committed to creating a Blueprint for Better. AIA offers a variety of resources dedicated to helping you explain your work and make an impact. These resources are crafted to support four bold statements:

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Flight Cases Take Off with Accuride Slides

Flight Cases Take Off with Accuride Slides

You’re travelling for business and arrive at the airport, check in your luggage and board your plane. After a loud, turbulent ridden flight with what seemed to be a cabin full of screaming children, you still have to get to your hotel before a meeting later today. You’re impatiently waiting at the carousel to get your luggage. Most of the people around you have already fetched their suitcases and are wheeling them away. You start to panic that your case has been lost. And then you see it…but there is a massive dent in the middle.

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Five incredibly smart, small, and simple AV ideas

Five incredibly smart, small, and simple AV ideas

AV ideas don’t have to be big and complicated to work. In fact, some of the smartest ideas are small and very simple. Here are five audiovisual examples from Draper’s product designers:

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Skylights: bringing out the best in art

Skylights: bringing out the best in art

Curators and collectors continually struggle with the age old dilemma of how to find the right lighting for works of art without risking undue damage. The problem with direct sunlight and artificial light is that they cause damage not only through exposure to light (photochemical action), but from solar heat gain. The result of both will lead to the deterioration of art through cracking, brittleness and change in color. The solution for many museums and galleries are translucent skylights.

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Working Inside Out

Working Inside Out

Maglin Site Furniture’s new Pixel Collection is the perfect solution with its innovative and highly customizable line of modular site furnishings. Inspired by the concept of a pixel and how its square shape allows for near-limitless possibilities in placement and design, the Pixel Collection comprises an interchangeable series of blocks and tops that can be used to create everything from large-scale platform seating to lounge chairs, garden planters, tables, and more. Wired and wireless charging stations can be integrated into the design to support mobile devices. Whether used as an alternate work area or a place for a quick break, Pixel can offer the feeling of privacy through a strategically-placed planter, opposite oriented seating, or incorporating a standing tower into the configuration.

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Color Strategies for a Successful Coworking Space

Color Strategies for a Successful Coworking Space

Increasingly popular coworking spaces foster productivity and collaboration for businesses and entrepreneurs. STIR® got the scoop from designers on what makes these spaces special and how to apply color strategies from them to any project.

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Non-destructive testing: when safety & success must be absolutely assured

Non-destructive testing: when safety & success must be absolutely assured

Radiation shielding is often required in industrial x-ray and non-destructive testing (NDT) applications. MarShield’s broad range of radiation shielding solutions can be used to protect sensitive components and the equipment operator from x-rays emitted by industrial x-ray systems – thus enabling effective and efficient radiation protection in a safe workplace environment.

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Four Elements of Security Entrance Safety that Directly Impact Your ROI

Four Elements of Security Entrance Safety that Directly Impact Your ROI

Safety. This vital component of the security entrance selection process is often missing from the conversation upfront. A failure to consider the safety features of security entrances could quickly and tragically undermine the effectiveness and success of the entire project, negatively affecting your ROI.

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Round stainless steel railing systems

Round stainless steel railing systems

Stainless steel cable railing systems are revered for their beauty, and longevity. The brushed finish, subtle curves and bold lines of our round stainless steel cable railing systems give them modern eye appeal, and class, that exceed anything on the market today.

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An alternative to union metal light poles: resin-based lampposts

An alternative to union metal light poles: resin-based lampposts

Today we want to discuss alternatives to Union Metal bases and Union Metal light poles. While metal is a strong material that can withstand a lot, it will without doubt corrode and break down over time. The goal when installing a lamppost is for it to last as long as possible so you get your money out of it. We took the same underlying ideologies behind our long-lasting planters to create a lamppost with the same durable properties.

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Importance of a Well-Drained Masonry Wall

Importance of a Well-Drained Masonry Wall

No masonry is truly waterproof, whether the result of capillary action, absorption or construction error. During the multi-decade life spans of typical high-quality structures, drainage in the cavity of a masonry veneer wall is necessary to minimize moisture damage and create a long-lasting, low-maintenance wall. Drying of the wall by promoting ventilation within the cavity is of increased importance, most recently due to the application of continuous insulation close to the exterior of the structure.

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Energy saving glazing options cut energy costs

Energy saving glazing options cut energy costs

Ancient forms of architectural glass were far too costly for everyday use and were reserved for the most important buildings in Rome. It wasn’t until the early 1950s that glass windows were widely available. We continue to push the evolution of glass windows today. Engineers are now exploring how energy saving glazing options can help cut costs on heating or air conditioning, as well as provide shade.

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