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How to Solve your Shielding Challenges with Sheet Lead Product Options

February 21, 2020

How to Solve your Shielding Challenges with Sheet Lead Product Options

Sheet lead for Radiation Protection in laboratories, clinics, dental and medical application can be a challenge. Many contractors and architects face challenges due to space criteria and the weight of the shielding requirements. How to solve your shielding challenges with sheet lead product options?

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Visual Blog: Kalwall in Sports and Recreation

February 19, 2020

Visual Blog: Kalwall in Sports and Recreation

The ability to control natural daylight enhances any athletic facility, from recreational to professional sports. Providing glare-free, full-spectrum light is ideal for videography, mental focus and visual acuity. Kalwall® translucent sandwich panels have been a preferred choice of athletic facilities large and small because of their ability to couple museum-quality daylighting™, with increased visual privacy and protection from the elements. Here are five athletic facilities across the globe where Kalwall® translucent sandwich panels have been used to provide the right diffuse natural daylighting solution.

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Safe Rooms: A New Approach To Workplace Violence

February 17, 2020

Safe Rooms: A New Approach To Workplace Violence

Many companies are exploring ways that they can create “safe rooms” in their existing office—addressing the special challenges of corporate security. One of the greatest challenges: the attacker is very often someone familiar to the target and victims. As a result, security measures that are highly effective in many settings—like access control—are only one part of the puzzle.

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5 Reasons to Choose a Security Revolving Door for Your Physical Security Plan

February 14, 2020

5 Reasons to Choose a Security Revolving Door for Your Physical Security Plan

Are you looking at different types of security entrances and trying to compare which one is right for you? Security revolving doors have been gaining in popularity over the past 10 years. Why? In this quick video, I'll share with you the top 5 features of a security revolving door that make it one of the most desirable security solutions for many types of facilities.

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Residential Landscape Inspiration Catalog

February 12, 2020

Residential Landscape Inspiration Catalog

Outdoor living spaces are particularly sentimental areas of the home. For dozens of years, the County Materials team has crafted long-lasting concrete landscape products that are used and loved by families across the country. Our 2020 Residential Landscape Inspiration Catalog showcases our products and provides everything you need for designing your next project. Get a digital download here.

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Steel vs. Stainless Steel - Consider the differences in corrosion resistance and cost

February 11, 2020

Steel vs. Stainless Steel - Consider the differences in corrosion resistance and cost

Steel and stainless steel are both reliable metals found in a wide range of products, from substantial applications to very small parts. So, which one is better? The answer is “it depends!”

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Creative Option: Energize your next daylighting design with Spectra-Grid™

February 7, 2020

Creative Option: Energize your next daylighting design with Spectra-Grid™

Incorporating colored insulation into your daylighting design can illuminate a space with bright, vibrant hues as the sun shines through! This Spectra-Grid™ application is perfect for creating a stained glass look or showcasing school or company colors. Click HERE for more information on this eye-catching visual effect!

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Conserving resources with shades

February 5, 2020

Conserving resources with shades

The construction industry has a significant impact on the environment. Much of the impact is in carbon dioxide emissions and energy use. Here are a few ways we can contribute to your efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of buildings—during construction and operation:

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Clay Coats: Expanding Colors

February 3, 2020

Clay Coats: Expanding Colors

The Belden Brick Company is again expanding its offering of product lines. Belden has increased its production of coated brick products. Along with its recently expanded Glazed Brick line, offering a core of 30 standard colors and a multitude of custom colors, Belden Brick has increased its clay coated offerings in a variety of new grays. These complement our ever-popular Alaska White and Spectrum Series, such as Black Diamond.Current trends in color selection tend to draw towards coated brick. We are happy to provide these new styles and provide options to designers for the desired look with the permanence expected of brick masonry.

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What is Progressive Movement in a Slide?

January 31, 2020

What is Progressive Movement in a Slide?

The ball bearing telescopic slide was a step forward in drawer movement. ‘Progressive movement’ is a step forward from that. Even the telescopic drawer slide has room for progress.

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Skraffino concrete microtopping project by Dominick Cardone

January 29, 2020

Skraffino concrete microtopping project by Dominick Cardone

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Three glazing myths debunked - dispelling common concerns about specifying glass railing

January 29, 2020

Three glazing myths debunked - dispelling common concerns about specifying glass railing

No matter how you look at it – or through it – glass is a clear choice among today’s commercial architects and designers. From sports arenas and shopping malls to hotels and healthcare facilities, savvy specifiers are increasingly looking to incorporate glass into their project designs, presenting a huge growth opportunity for contract glaziers. However, taking on projects involving glass railing can be challenging due to lack of familiarity with the products or concerns related to engineering.

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Automatic Smoke Vents

January 27, 2020

Automatic Smoke Vents

Automatic Smoke Vents protect property and aid firefighters in bringing a fire under control by removing smoke, heat, and gases from a burning building. Smoke vents are ideally suited for large expanses of unobstructed space such as factories, warehouses, auditoriums, and retail facilities. Mechanical smoke vents are activated upon the melting of a fusible link and options are available for smoke detector and fire alarm activation.

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Moisture Control for Commercial Cladding

January 24, 2020

Moisture Control for Commercial Cladding

Building owners want to keep energy costs down, which means they need a tight building envelope. The problem? A tight building envelope, if the wrong products are used, can actually create issues with moisture and mold. Moisture control beneath the cladding can help solve these issues, creating a more secure exterior and a more comfortable interior for all.

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Permanent building mounted ladder receivers

January 22, 2020

Permanent building mounted ladder receivers

Almost everyone that has ever used an extension ladder, roof hatch or permanently mounted vertical ladder has some type of “scary” story to tell. After years in the commercial heating and air conditioning business, climbing up and down many different types of ladders and hearing all of those stories, the inventor/developer of LadderPort™ decided to find a safer way for all construction trades to access roofs when using an extension ladder.

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Varying Perforation Pattern Technique Provides Sun Shading System

January 20, 2020

Varying Perforation Pattern Technique Provides Sun Shading System

The Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB Krone) opened in 2015. It was built with the intention of creating a space where Georgia Tech engineers and scientists can work together on new medical technologies and curing diseases. Much like bees - or Yellow Jackets - the mascot of Georgia Tech, work together in a hive. It is possible that design architect, Lake Flato, and local architect Cooper Carry considered this when creating the building design.

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White aluminum cable railing

January 17, 2020

White aluminum cable railing

This Bay Area home had recently undergone a yard and deck renovation to update the outdoor space into something more modern and open. The customers wanted a railing solution that fit this contemporary theme while maintaining an open view of their newly landscaped yard.

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Trends in façade design: Office and Multifamily

January 15, 2020

Trends in façade design: Office and Multifamily

People of all ages continue to move into multifamily communities, requiring developers to meet a range of needs. Kawneer delivers systems and solutions that offer the performance, aesthetics and sustainability required by today’s multifamily applications.

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Creative Option: Removable Skylights

January 13, 2020

Creative Option:  Removable Skylights

Hospitals and medical centers have found a unique way to utilize removable skylights by placing them over equipment like MRI machines that are too large to move and occasionally need to be serviced. In these applications, the skylight, or a portion of it, is simply removed and workers are provided with easy access to the machinery.

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Louver and Architectural Solutions

January 10, 2020

Louver and Architectural Solutions

Designed to provide superior performance and great aesthetic appearance, Ruskin® louvers are backed by experienced engineers and reflect Ruskin’s commitment to high quality product standards.

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