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Window Wells

December 9, 2019

Window Wells

Installing a #windowwell is an economical way to add natural light to any #basement. Depending upon your budget, BILCO has an egress window well system that is right for you. Products are available in a planter design for added beauty inside your home or in a modular design that is the fastest, easiest and most cost effective way to add basement egress.

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Retail Resurgence: 90 Percent of Gen-Z Shoppers Have Made an In-Store Purchase Within the Last Week

December 6, 2019

Retail Resurgence: 90 Percent of Gen-Z Shoppers Have Made an In-Store Purchase Within the Last Week

Package Concierge®, the trusted provider of automated locker solutions, unveiled new findings about the shopping behaviors of adults aged 18-25 years old. Among the findings, nearly 60 percent of the 1,000 people polled say they’ve visited a mall within the last week and almost 90 percent have made an in-store purchase during their visit. While Generation Z shoppers may be using traditional shopping methods, they’re leveraging non-traditional retrieval methods - more than half (58 percent) have used Buy Online Pickup In-Store (BOPIS) with nearly two-thirds using it within the last month.

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Use Smoke & Fire Curtains to Achieve Fire Code-Compliance in Multi-Story Atriums

December 3, 2019

Use Smoke & Fire Curtains to Achieve Fire Code-Compliance in Multi-Story Atriums

A multi-level atrium can be a beautiful and welcoming architectural feature to any building, creating a sense of openness and bringing in natural light. With an ever-increasing focus on energy efficiency and employee wellness, using natural light can make a building more attractive to potential tenants and visitors.

But several stories of open space pose unique challenges when it comes to fire safety planning. In the event of a fire, an atrium without the proper smoke and fire control technology can facilitate the rapid spread of fire from one floor to the next, leading to extensive property damage and creating dangerous conditions for building occupants as they evacuate.

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Daylighting Design Guide: Athletic Facilities

November 29, 2019

Daylighting Design Guide: Athletic Facilities

Belief in the sun’s power to influence physical performance dates back to the first Olympic athletes of ancient Greece who were required to routinely bathe in the sunlight in preparation for competition; and as more studies on the subject emerge, it is becoming increasingly evident how based in fact this belief really is. Recent research has now confirmed the sun’s role in everything from reducing the risk of sports-related injuries and regulating the release of muscle-building hormones like testosterone to developing healthy sleep habits and improving reflexes. And as more athletic competitions move to indoor gymnasiums, arenas, and practice facilities, it is more important than ever that athletes have access to the abundant advantages of natural daylight during indoor workouts as well.

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Red Alert! Security Entrances and Emergency Egress Plans

November 27, 2019

Red Alert! Security Entrances and Emergency Egress Plans

Alarms are sounding, lights are flashing, and there is a sense of panic in the air. Security entrances, which provide a seamless access control solution in all types of buildings, are usually not intended to be the only means of emergency egress from a facility. Even so, some security entrance types such as tripod turnstiles, full height turnstiles, revolving doors and security portals, can be a main component of your emergency egress plan that can help ensure a safe evacuation.

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5-Minute Safety Topic: Corporate Active Shooter Training

November 25, 2019

5-Minute Safety Topic: Corporate Active Shooter Training

Corporate offices are among the locations most susceptible to gun violence—and least prepared to respond effectively. In America, violent crime has steadily declined since the 1990s. But the workplace has proven to be an anomaly: Workplace shootings are on the rise. Today, the bulk of American active shooters attack places of business. And yet, very few businesses embrace substantive active shooter training and prevention.

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Your Personal Guide To Faux Wood Beams

November 22, 2019

Your Personal Guide To Faux Wood Beams

Looking to add a little character to your space? Seeking decorative items on a budget? Look no further than decorative faux wood beams. They make it possible to style and refine your space in a cost-effective, elegant, and sophisticated manner.

Faux wood beams transform any space with their natural wood finish. Let’s look a little bit closer at what makes them such a good choice for your home.

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New Advanced Thermal Dispersion Airflow Measurement System Flyer

November 20, 2019

New Advanced Thermal Dispersion Airflow Measurement System Flyer

Take a Look at the New Advanced Thermal Dispersion Airflow Measurement System Flyer- Showing the TDP05K and AIRFLOW-IQ. The TDP05K Advanced Thermal Dispersion air measurement system is changing the way air measurement is delivered.

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Take the guesswork out of wood ceilings and walls with CertainTeed

November 18, 2019

Take the guesswork out of wood ceilings and walls with CertainTeed

We’ve made it easy to select and specify wood ceilings and walls by offering the most popular products, species, finishes and sizes. From lay-in panels and grilles, to linear planks and canopies, CertainTeed’s complete line of wood ceilings and walls gives you all the styles you’re looking for, all at a superior value.

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Flexible Bollards vs. Traffic Delineators: Which traffic safety equipment will provide best value for your application?

November 15, 2019

Flexible Bollards vs. Traffic Delineators: Which traffic safety equipment will provide best value for your application?

Bollards—the short posts that mark perimeters and guide traffic—are often made of steel or concrete, designed to stop a car in its tracks. Yet in some places, site planners don’t want a fixed bollard that could do vehicle damage or stop a car. Emergency vehicles may need to access a curb, even across a bike lane. Drivers often bump parking stops while trying to get fully into a space, and a hard bollard may cause unnecessary damage. In parking lots, having a lane marker may be necessary to separate traffic lanes—but frustrate wide-turning trucks. In these situations, a flexible solution is needed.

There have been two major approaches to designing flexible markers. In Europe, flexible bollards, based on regular traffic bollards, have become the norm. In North America, flexibility often comes from traffic-safety equipment, like channelizers and delineators. What is the difference between these approaches?

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Workspace Ceiling Design Case Study: Wacom

November 13, 2019

Workspace Ceiling Design Case Study: Wacom

While the blades layout in this open structure space appear to be randomly patterned, they're anything but.

The panels are actually clustered over workstation areas for better speech intelligibility.

Step inside this smart #workspace design:

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Aluminum Cable Railing

November 11, 2019

Aluminum Cable Railing

Sporting a stark black-and-white color scheme and eye-catching tile designs, this interior certainly makes a statement. Our black aluminum cable railing is the perfect accent. Black aluminum cable railing looks amazing against the intricate design of these tiles.

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Including a Fire Suppression System in Building Design

November 8, 2019

Including a Fire Suppression System in Building Design

Fire suppression systems are required for all commercial buildings and some new residential buildings, as well. While it is possible to retrofit a building to include a suppression system at any time, it’s often the most cost-effective solution to include one during the building design phase of the project. More and different methods of fire suppression can be included during design versus a retrofit where options may be more limited by the building or by expense.

Building a fire suppression system during the design stage is the most effective way of ensuring that you not only meet state or federal building codes, but also help minimize the risk and potential damage to the building in the event of a fire.

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Hurricane Protection Systems

November 4, 2019

Hurricane Protection Systems

Major's Guardian 275® Hurricane Systems make it possible to protect your building from the damage of natural disasters without sacrificing the benefits of natural daylight.

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2019 Innovation Awards - Performative Millwork: The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre

November 1, 2019

2019 Innovation Awards - Performative Millwork: The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre

Trahan Architects used augmented reality to overcome production/acoustic challenges designing Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Stage using hand-crafted millwork. This year, AIA awarded the stunning design with its Innovation Award.

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Incorporating autumn inspiration

October 30, 2019

Incorporating autumn inspiration

Now that the summer has ended, it is time to transition your landscape design for the autumn season. Your landscaping is ready for a revamp once your summer blooms come to an end. This season is all about spending time outdoors and enjoying the landscapes. The maintenance-free TerraCast® resin products will enable an effortless transition to autumn and even winter landscaping.

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Corporate Security Best Practices

October 28, 2019

Corporate Security Best Practices

In most business settings, physical security is either absent or insufficient. “Since nothing has happened,” explains T.J. McComas, a physical security specialist and founder of Bastion Security Group, “the conclusion is that the security works. But, in many cases, it isn’t that the security works, it’s just that they’ve been lucky.“

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Glass house with load-bearing timber curtainwalls

October 25, 2019

Glass house with load-bearing timber curtainwalls

Architect Jerome Engelking was engaged to create a nature-infused vacation retreat for a growing family on a wooded property on Long Island, NY – an architectural space that was to be a natural extension of the landscape. 

His mandate was challenging. The house had to be open, yet private. Warm and natural, but with daylighting and heat controls. Stylish, yet exceedingly functional. Modern, but with an organic aesthetic. And it had to have wood framing that would support the roof structure – a very unique architectural feature. All in all, a tall order!

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3 Tips to Make Sure Cable Rail Wood Frames Last for Years to Come

October 23, 2019

3 Tips to Make Sure Cable Rail Wood Frames Last for Years to Come

Cable railing can be particularly striking when combined with wood frames. However, it’s crucial to take care when constructing the frames to reduce the chance for bowing and possible failure – and accompanying callbacks.

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No Shower Wall Panel Dealer Left Behind – 6 Hot Remodeling Trends You Need to Use to Grow Your Business

October 21, 2019

No Shower Wall Panel Dealer Left Behind – 6 Hot Remodeling Trends You Need to Use to Grow Your Business

Ask yourself, “Am I promoting the wall panel version of the ‘blue sparkle’ drum set? Have homeowner’s tastes shifted and left me behind? Do my products take advantage of today’s hot trends? In this article I’m going to dish out 6 key trends in remodeling you need to know.

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