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2017 August

2017 August


Exclude Pest Pigeons From Your Property With Pigeon Netting

Exclude Pest Pigeons From Your Property With Pigeon Netting

Pigeons can create a major problem for property owners and their managers. Regrettably, the larger the building, the bigger the problem and, in turn, more reason to exclude pigeons. For strip malls, warehouses, loading docks, hangars and other large structures, pigeons can quickly become a very costly nuisance. The birds often nest under awnings, overhangs, open roofs and covered beams in breezeways.

Pigeon Droppings: Damaging and Unsanitary

Pigeon droppings can be highly destructive. The acidic content of these droppings can eat into paint, plastic, metal, wood and even degrade stonework. Pigeon droppings can also deface and damage expensive signage—whether the signs are fabricated of metal, wood or plastic. For commercial and retail properties, pigeon droppings can create an image problem. Droppings on entryways, walkways, display windows, benches, umbrellas and nearby lampposts can be a turn off (calling for costly frequent cleanups). In addition, contact with pigeon droppings may pose a health risk, for they have been known to cause such diseases as histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and psittacosis. This can pose a particular problem for any property that stores, prepares or serves food. In such venues, health inspectors have been known to shut down a property where evidence of bird droppings are present.

The Solution: Pigeon Netting

One of the most effective and humane ways to keep pigeons from your property is to seal them out with specially designed pigeon netting. The bird control pros at Bird B Gone offer just the right netting to keep pigeons out of areas where they don’t belong.  It’s called Bird Net 2000, the #1 specified bird netting by architects and government agencies. 

Specially fabricated of a tough UV-stabilized polyethylene mesh, this industrial strength bird netting is rot-proof, waterproof, and flame resistant. The netting is made up of six monofilaments, each 0.0012 thick and twisted together to produce a strong twine with 160-200 twists per meter. The durable netting is designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures—from -250F to +270F. It meets the requirement of ISO 1806 & 9001 Protocol Mesh Test for quality and mesh break strength. Each net is thoroughly inspected, tagged, and signed before leaving Bird B Gone’s warehouse. The netting is non-conductive, so it can be used around electrical systems and RF transmission systems without worrying about shorts or interference.

Easy to Install

Bird Net 2000 is available in stock sizes and custom cuts to fit a variety of needs and applications. Same-day shipping is available even for custom cuts. And Bird B Gone adds a FREE extra foot around the net perimeter. This bird netting is also available in three different mesh sizes, including a 1-1/8-inch mesh for pigeons. The netting even comes in three colors—black, stone and white—to blend in with the area of installation. To ensure fast efficient installs, Bird B Gone offers all the necessary hardware as well as an installation video to ensure the netting is properly installed.  Once installed, the netting is virtually invisible. A wise investment in effective bird deterrence, Bird B Gone Bird Net 2000 is backed by an industry leading 10-Year Guarantee (for black netting).

Pre-Installation Measures

Before pigeon netting is installed on a property, there may be a need to clean up pigeon nests and droppings. It’s important to keep in mind that during any such cleanup effort, precautions should be taken to protect the public as well as work crews. The use of disposable gloves, eye protection and facemasks are recommended. If cleanup crews are working in enclosed areas, such as attics, respirators should be used.

Ask the Experts

If you’re unsure about which product would work best for your specific situation, Bird B Gone has over 100 years of combined experience in the field of bird control. We can help you with product selection, installation and cleanup. Just call us at 888-723-5930 for a catalog, pricing, or product samples or email us at nobirds@birdbgone.com. We also work with a network of authorized installers, call today for a trained bird control professional in your area.

Company: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Product: Bird Netting

Of: Alex Kecskes

Source: https://www.birdbgone.com/blog/exclude-pest-pigeons-property-pigeon-netting/

Tags: Bird Control

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Removable storm shutters & panels

Removable storm shutters & panels

Removable storm shutters and panels are designed to be 'put up' in the event of a hurricane or storm by placing them into a pre-installed panel mounting system over a window, door, or other area to be protected. The mounting system may incorporate a 'direct mount' hardware combination, or a more convenient, header and sill track.

Economical and easy to use, these products protect against flying debris and water penetration associated with hurricane force winds. Additionally, panels are available in various materials to suit application and budget. They are typically taken down and stowed away when not in use. Designed with convenience and storage in mind, removable storm shutters and panels are a huge advantage and recommended alternative to cumbersome "homemade", plywood shutters.

Panels come in aluminum, galvanized steel or see-thru polycarbonate materials. Aluminum panels are typically used in residential applications for the inherent light weight. Steel panels are more commonly used on very large commercial applications such as storefronts. Where needed, Willard provides a clear polycarbonate alternative to allow light to pass though the storm shutter. While effective, clear panels pose some limitations over other materials available, and consultation is recommended before specifying.

Panels may be installed using washer wing-nuts or spring clips. Spring clips are made of ¾ hard, 304 stainless spring-steel. Preferred track mounting hardware is a 410 stainless steel, ¼" diameter Tapcon® typically provided with tracks. In direct mount or removable track applications, hardware shall be nickel-plated brass, or stainless steel machine screw in conjunction with brass insert.

In all cases, header and sill tracks are mill extruded, heavy duty, 6063-T6 aluminum alloy, and cut to specified lengths based on the number of panels to be used per opening. They are typically provided with pre-determined, "factory drilled" mounting holes to facilitate simple and accurate installation. The extruded aluminum tracks are mill coated with a modified, acrylic/polyester enamel and cured at 400°F. All mill coated finishes pass recommended ASTM and AAMA standards testing.

Key Features

  • Economical and simple
  • Can be made entirely removable
  • Easy to carry, put up, and store
  • Multiple materials and gages available to suit application and budget

Company: Willard Shutter Co., Inc.

Product: Removable Storm Shutters

Source: http://www.willardshutterco.com/products/removeable-storm-shutters.aspx

Tags: Exterior Design | Hurricane | Louvers | Safety | Windows

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Design A Better Shaftwall System

Design A Better Shaftwall System

With the continued popularity of high-rise corporate headquarters, institutional buildings and high-density housing, the gypsum shaftwall system, known as the Cavity Shaftwall System, provides economic benefits – and also peace of mind due to its fire-resistant qualities. Originally designed for the 110-story World Trade Center in 1973, the Cavity Shaftwall System replaced heavier, more expensive masonry walls. This shaftwall system utilizes gypsum board framed with metal studs and tracks to enclose elevator shafts, stairwells and service shafts. These shaftwalls withstand the positive and negative air pressure forces exerted by high-speed elevators. Cavity Shaftwall Systems are also ideal for fire-rated, interior partitions where access is restricted to one side and as fire-rated, horizontal membranes.

Advantages Of The Cavity Shaftwall System

Cavity Shaftwall Systems provide many benefits. They are lightweight, easy to install, weather-, sound- and fire-resistant and more economical than masonry shaft construction. Four to five times lighter than traditional masonry enclosures, gypsum shaftwalls weigh approximately 10 pounds per square foot of wall compared to 40 or 50 pounds per square foot for a masonry wall. Buildings utilizing this shaftwall system require less structural steel and extensive underground support pilings. In addition, the core of the gypsum panels in the Cavity Shaftwall System contains about 21 percent water by weight, creating a fire barrier with 1- to 4-hour fire-ratings from either side. When gypsum board is exposed to fire, the water turns to steam and slows the passage of heat through the assembly, keeping the building safe for a longer period of time.

Installations

Typical installations use 1-inch thick gypsum shaftliner panels inside a minimum 2-1/2-inch metal framing system with an integral space to hold the panels in place on the shaft side. Metal J-tracks are placed horizontally at the top and bottom and vertically at partition ends. They also frame openings. Depending on the fire-rating you are trying to achieve, install one to five layers of 5/8-inch fire-rated gypsum board to the outside of the stud, creating a corridor side of the enclosure.

To construct lightweight fire barriers for cavity shaftwalls (1-4 hr.), we recommend Gold Bond® BRAND eXP® Shaftliner. It is an approved component in specific UL fire-rated designs, including G586 (horizontal, 2-hr.) and W419 (vertical, 1-4-hr.).

Questions About The IBC 2009 Code Updates For Buildings?

If you are designing a building of occupancy category III or IV with occupied floors over 75 feet tall and all buildings over 420 feet tall IBC Section 403.2.3 require increased impact resistance for exit stairways and elevator hoistway enclosures. If you have questions, contact your construction design manager for clarification and for assistance with the best and most affordable options for your project.

Company: National Gypsum

Of: Scott Hughes and Thad Goodman

Source: http://designcenter.nationalgypsum.com/on-board-newsletter/display/08-2017

Tags: Fire Resistant | Safety | Wall Panels

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Manchester Blend tan bricks a hot trend in the color world

Face Brick

Brick makes any building look beautiful, of course, but face brick isn't just for an added touch of beauty. Face brick is the term used for brick that isn't needed just for the structure, but also for look, energy efficiency and value. You've likely seen face brick on homes, commercial buildings, fire places, backsplashes, entry walls/gates, multifamily developments, retail developments and schools/universities. It comes in a wide selection of color, texture and size options for a customized look and feel.

Specifically purposed for long-term application, face brick requires little maintenance and allows your home to require less heating and cooling. Belden Brick offers pre-blended face brick to avoid color concentrations and have less scrap at the job site. Belden Brick has been a trusted source for brick manufacturing with a solid reputation built on years of customer satisfaction. From the selection of the brick to the delivery of the product, Belden Brick provides premium customer service and quality. 

Manchester Blend tan bricks a hot trend in the color world

Earth tones work well with any color scheme

Tan bricks offer a similar look to some of the lighter varieties of brick, but with more color saturation. They go well with almost every color scheme, which makes it easy to suit your specific taste. Just about every style of architecture looks good made with tan bricks, both modern and traditional. Each variety of tan bricks provides outstanding quality. 

Company: Belden Brick Co.

Product: Tans & Buffs

Source: http://www.beldenbrick.com/onlinecatalog/brick-colors/tan-bricks

Tags: Architecture | Building | Color

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Ogden by Maglin Site Furniture offers flexible straight, curved or circular bench options to suit any style

Ogden offers flexible curved, circular or straight bench options to configure any style that you visualize. Available in a variety of radii, various seat material and leg options for you to design your individual creation.

Ogden by Maglin Site Furniture offers flexible straight, curved or circular bench options to suit any style

Company: Maglin Site Furniture

Product: OGDEN

Source: http://www.maglin.com/products/OGDEN/index.html

Tags: Color | Design | Furniture | Landscape Design

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Blast protection and pressure relief systems

Blast protection and pressure relief systems

Explosives have become the weapon of choice for terrorists around the world, and the force of these blasts can wreak havoc on standard building materials. As an explosion impacts your building, a flying debris field is created which can cause a variety of injuries to your building’s occupants. In fact, studies show that lacerations due to high-speed flying glass fragments are responsible for a significant number of injuries sustained in explosions. Less flying debris equals less chance of injury, and because they’re designed to “flex” with the force of an explosive blast while remaining intact and secure in the opening, Guardian 275® Translucent Daylighting Panels can reduce the amount of dangerous fragments created by an explosion.

Guardian 275® translucent daylighting systems also shield occupants from a direct line of sight. Potential terrorists observing from busy streets and other uncontrolled locations are offered few clues to the activity within occupied spaces while interior spaces are enhanced with glare-free, energy-saving daylighting.

Tested, Abused – and Performance Verified

During a series of tests conducted by Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants Inc., a world-renowned engineering and testing firm, a variety of Guardian 275® panels were attached to a large shock tube, a test device that creates specific pressures and applied impulses (an applied impulse, measured in psi-msec, is equal to the net force on the panel times the time period over which this force is applied) to simulate the effects of an actual explosive device.

Guardian 275® panel configurations were put through a range of pressures and impulses in order to thoroughly evaluate their blast resistance and safety. A machine-generated blast pressure range of 5 to 6 psi, with applied impulses between 41 and 69 psi-msec, was chosen to test commonly specified blast loads for anti-terrorism protection of buildings in the United States. To put these numbers into a real-world scenario, a similar blast load of 5 psi could snap a wooden utility pole. A larger applied pressure of 10 psi with an applied impulse of 90 psi-msec was used to generate a medium level blast load that studies show could cause significant structural damage and serious health risks. Testing conducted in the 5 to 6 psi range showed that Guardian 275® panels resisted the applied loads over a range of impulses and retained their structural integrity. The largest applied pressure, used to recreate a devastating medium level blast, was 10 psi with an applied impulse of 90 psi-msec. The Guardian 275® panel once again “flexed” with the pressure and remained intact.

Please view below for high-speed video of a Guardian 275® panel “flexing” with the force of a blast.

 

Department of Defense (DoD) Minimum Anti-terrorism Standards for Buildings (UFC 4-010-01) for conventional building standoff distances and ISC Security Design Criteria Level C loadingGuardian 275® panels, after going through the most punishing blast tests in the translucent daylighting industry, meet or exceed the following related performance requirements:

  • US General Services Administration (GSA) Standard Test Method for Glazing and Window Systems Subject to Dynamic Overpressure Loadings – Condition “1”, Hazard Level “None”
  • ASTM F 1642-04 Standard Test Method for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loading
  • AAMA 510-06 Voluntary Specification Guide for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Fenestration Systems

Since specific system configurations are dependent on a variety of factors, including stand-off distances and additional conditions, please contact us at 888-759-2678 or sales@majorskylights.com for more information.

Pressure Release Systems

For test laboratories, research facilities and other high risk areas, Guardian 275® systems can also be fitted with third-party certified fasteners that relieve sudden pressure surges by releasing the panels before structural damage occurs. Stainless steel safety lanyards keep the panels attached to the framing, minimizing the risk to people and property.

Company: Major Industries Inc.

Product: Guardian 275® - Translucent Panel Skylights & Curtainwall

Source: http://majorskylights.com/products/specialty-applications/blast-protection-pressure-relief-systems/

Tags: Glass | Safety | Security | Skylights | Wall Panels | Windows

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Concrete Resurfacing

Before & After: Concrete surface restoration using THIN-FINISH™ Pre-Mixed Overlay
Before & After: Concrete surface restoration using THIN-FINISH™ Pre-Mixed Overlay

When unsightly, old and damaged concrete is no longer acceptable the option for concrete resurfacing should be your top choice. Concrete floors over time will often develop cracks, show surface spalling, stain, and begin to deteriorate.

Typically the structural concrete slab will be fine but its surface is in need of repair and concrete resurfacing. Elite Crete Systems has been leading the concrete resurfacing industry for decades and has a wide variety of products and systems to choose from.

Once it has been determined that something needs to be done about the old concrete, the fun begins! Concrete resurfacing systems open the door to wide range of design and decor options. There are purely functional concrete resurfacing products that will look and feel similar to standard grey concrete floor, but for those who want to take their concrete flooring to whole new level, decorative concrete systems should be considered.

Here are some common concrete resurfacing systems with overviews of what the look and design can be expected from each:

Broom Finish Concrete - Skim, Bond or Broom Coat 

This system is designed to resurface concrete with a very thin layer of polymer modified cement. This thin layer can be squeegeed and smoothed out at 1/8th inch thick or less to provide a vibrant new surface to damaged concrete. Because of its thin nature, the concrete should be patched and leveled prior to the application so that any imperfections are corrected. This product can be colored and applied with a variety of textures to create a cost effective and limitless design to beautify concrete slabs and floors.

Splatter Texture - Splatter, Knock down, Sprayed texture concrete

Often found around pool decks and large outdoor patios and walkways. This functional concrete resurfacing system provides a textured, slip resistant finish that can be efficiently applied with a hopper spray gun. The final look is that similar to a splattered wall finish standard in many homes. The texture helps the surface stay cool for bare feet in the hot sun and creates a functional anti-slip surface for wet areas. This texture is most often installed on top of a skim or bond coat and can then be coated in any color similar to a painted surface top while providing a sealed, consistent floor finish.

Thin Stamped Overlay - Stamped topping, Stamped concrete overlay, Texture Pave

When a natural custom look is what you are after, a thin stamped overlay will provide a new surface to your concrete that resembles stone, rock, slate or wood. When resurfacing concrete with a thin stamped overlay, you can expect to cover the concrete with 3/16” to 5/8” of material and then imprint or stamp a pattern into the freshly placed material. When using thin stamped materials you are limited to thin, or shallow stamp mats that require only minimal material displacement. These systems are ideal for interior and exterior spaces where a textured finish is desired that resembles a natural material or paver.

Design Options for Concrete Resurfacing:

  • Color Choices: 
    Integral Color, Stains, Dyes, Solid Coatings
  • Sealers: 
    Matte, Satin, High Gloss
  • Surface Textures: 
    Stone, Brick, Rock, Wood, Pavers.
    Also includes a range of anti-slip additives that can be incorporated in to the sealer system.

For more information about concrete resurfacing, please feel free to contact Elite Crete Systems with any questions.

Company: Elite Crete Systems, Inc. (Headquarters)

Product: Concrete Surface Restoration

Source: https://www.elitecrete.com/concrete-resurfacing/

Tags: Concrete | Finishes | Floor | Landscape Design

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Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

The right light is essential to experience and enhance the viewing of art, and Kalwall® has become the preferred choice of architects to provide museum-quality daylighting™ for cultural projects worldwide.

Calder Foundation Gallery

New York, New York, U.S.A.

The diffuse daylight of Kalwall panels cleverly showcase the unique sculptures and mobiles of Alexander Calder and the other artists on display. Softly balanced, glare-free light envelops the art from every angle. The use of Kalwall turns what was once three disparate rooftop sheds into a breathtaking space.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Luxembourg Freeport

Niederanven, Luxembourg

The ability to provide necessary temperature control, along with safety and security, made Kalwall the choice for this duty-free storage unit where wealthy art investors can store their valuable collections. Kalwall provides museum-quality daylighting for viewing artwork as well as privacy and superior structural integrity that allows peace of mind.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Elgin Artspace Lofts

Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A.

A centerpiece Kalwall skylight was reintegrated into a 1908 Sears building being converted to a mixed-use space. Kalwall panels with .10 U values were chosen to provide exceptional thermal performance and low solar heat gain. The skylight provides diffuse daylight to both levels of this historic building and beautifully highlights the central gallery.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Crocker Art Museum

Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

Perfectly diffuse top lighting by Kalwall allows the vibrant colors of the artwork below to come through naturally, as opposed to the harsh effects of artificial lighting.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

Sisika, Alberta, Canada

The architect of this breathtaking building viewed his design as “a reinterpretation of a vast range of Blackfoot cultures,” and Kalwall is a dominant feature in that design. Kalwall panels are used to create the central teepee that greets visitors as they enter this historical center that promotes and preserves the culture of the Siksika Nation Peoples. The panels emit an ethereal glow at night reminiscent of traditional lanterns created by ancient cooking fires, reflecting the functionality of teepees as well as a connectedness to earth and sky.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Company: Kalwall Corporation

Source: https://www.kalwall.com/2017/08/09/visual-blog-kalwall-in-the-cultural-market/

Tags: Design | Lighting | Skylights | Window Shades | Windows

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Ruskin's acoustical louvers are AMCA licensed for water penetration and air performance

Ruskin's acoustical louvers are AMCA licensed for water penetration and air performance

Acoustical louvers

Ruskin Sound Control offers the most complete line of acoustical louvers on the market. All products are AMCA licensed for water penetration and air performance. The product is offered in standard galvanized steel or alternative aluminum construction, and can be offered in a wide variety of finishes. The LAS louver family includes standard or airfoil blade design and depths between 4" and 12".

Primary Applications 

Cooling towers, mechanical rooms, tunnel ventilation, parking garage ventilation, general ventilation 
Characteristics

  • Acoustical attenuation across all eight octave bands
  • Good water penetration performance
  • May be provided with a number of variations such as filter racks, security bars, and insect and bird screens

Key Design Features

  • Architecturally appealing appearance
  • AMCA licensed water penetration performance
  • AMCA licensed air performance
  • Acoustically transparent perforated liner
  • Acoustical grade fibrous media

Company: Ruskin

Product: Louvers

Source: http://www.ruskin.com/category/336~Acoustical-Louvers

Tags: Acoustics | Design | Louvers

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Tectum Panel Art

Tectum Panel Art has become wildly popular in the past year. Interested in seeing a sample? We'd be happy to send you one.

Tectum Panel Art

Tectum wall & ceiling panels: a perfect fit of durability, acoustics, and unique visuals

From a natural factory finish or white, to integration with Colorations colors (that’s 13 standard colors) or made-to-order Sherwin-Williams® colors, TECTUM panels can coordinate or complement your color palette with the sizes, shapes, and forms that make your designs happen.

Toughness and acoustics are at the heart of TECTUM interior products, ideally suited to open spaces and high traffic, high impact areas. Panels can be attached directly to walls and ceilings in forms of panels, clouds, and square or curved. TECTUM linear hanging baffles give you even more design options.

Create a signature element in a space to complement your interior design. The possibilities are endless, the look is one-of-a-kind, and the acoustic properties of TECTUM panels can help quiet the space.

Key features

  • Durable for heavy-use interiors
  • Sound absorption (NRC) values up to 1.0
  • Great acoustical retrofit solution
  • Color options include standard, Colorations colors, and custom Sherwin-Williams colors
  • Contributes to LEED credit areas including FSC certified wood
  • Attach to a variety of ceiling substrates
  • Easy to install

Special applications

  • Gymnasiums
  • Auditoriums
  • Multi-purpose Spaces
  • Acoustical Retrofits
  • Exposed Structures
  • Education Spaces

Company: Armstrong Building Solutions

Product: TECTUM Ceiling & Wall Panels

Source: https://www.armstrongceilings.com/commercial/en-us/articles/tectum-part-of-armstrong-portfolio.html

Tags: Acoustics | Color | Interior Design | Wall Panels

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Anodize Nickel Test

Anodize Nickel Test

When extreme hardness is required for aluminum building components, such as in high-traffic areas, like entranceways and railings, an AAMA 611-14 anodized aluminum finish should be specified.

The hardness of anodized aluminum rivals that of the diamond.

This “Nickel Test” demonstrates why a Class I high-performance anodize coating is the perfect choice for exterior architectural applications.

LINETEC'S ANODIZE

Architectural Class I Anodize

Class I anodize is used on the exterior of architectural projects. It has a higher mil thickness than Class II anodize; it is more resistant to salt spray and the sea coast; and it is more durable in high traffic areas.

Class I anodize, with a minimum mill thickness of 0.7 (18 microns), can be a suitable choice for coastal climates as it possesses exceptional resistance to corrosion, discoloration and wear; however, its natural beauty can be marred by harsh chemicals, rough conditions or neglect. These conditions may only affect the surface finish and not reduce the service life of the aluminum, but mortar, cement, and other alkaline materials will quickly corrode an anodize finish if allowed to dry on the metal surface. 

Class I anodize meets or exceeds all requirement of AAMA 611 “Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural Aluminum.

Eco-Friendly Anodize

Linetec utilizes a more eco-friendly etching method within the anodizing process. Eco friendly anodize improves the finishes ability to hide small defects in the the aluminum and works exceptionally well with recycled billet. ;
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Copper Anodize

Copper anodize offers the look of rich, real copper without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion and patina. This unique and  consistent process involves using actual copper to color the aluminum while isolating the copper in the coating.
Read more

Company: Linetec

Product: Anodizing

Source: https://linetec-blog.com/2017/08/16/anodize-nickel-test/

Tags: Aluminum | Coating | Exterior Design | Metal

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Bike lockers: The right bike parking for your site

Bicycle lockers offer ideal protection against weathering and thieves
Bicycle lockers offer ideal protection against weathering and thieves

Keep your bicycles safe from thieves—and other threats you may not have considered

Because of the health benefits and cost savings it provides, cycling continues to grow as a form of transportation. But as the number commuters who cycle increases, so too does the demand for secure bike parking. Providing safe options will increase traffic to your location, but there are a lot of considerations to make when choosing what form is right for your building. Whether you are managing a business park, apartment complex, or office tower, you must recognize the vulnerabilities present at your site. There are more threats than just thieves out there, and in many situations, providing the optimal level of security will require more than a traditional bike rack can offer.

When deciding on the appropriate level of bike security required, the first questions that should be asked are how long the bikes need to be stored for and how frequently they will have eyes on them. These two questions address the two potential threats to bicycle security most commonly forgotten when deciding what type of bike storage unit to install: the elements and vandalism.

Damp weather can quickly wear at a bike’s mechanisms and finish, and bikes stored in areas not regularly frequented are not only more likely stolen but also defaced. This means in high-traffic areas where bicycles are only secured for a few minutes at a time, like a store front, a traditional bike rack will provide an adequate level of security. But in isolated areas where bicycles are stored for long periods of time out of public view, such as schools, gyms, transit terminals, and theatres, a higher level of protection is recommended.

Black bike lockers interlocked together to create line of units

The wedge-shaped design allows individual bike locker units to fit together easily.

A fully enclosed bike parking infrastructure is best for these settings; bike lockers offer the optimal level of security. A bike locker is a compact and durable storage unit with box-like construction that prohibits contact from would-be thieves and vandals. Bike lockers can be considered “mini garages” for bicycles and they providepeace of mind in ways a standard bike rack cannot. Many models are also designed to prevent moisture entering. Most models feature a solid door-locking mechanism and feature enough room to protect additional equipment such as helmets, lights, water bottles, and pannier bags.

While bike lockers have been popular in urban cities across Europe and parts of Asia for some time, the market has just started to grow in North America. Bike lockers are now available in many designs, ranging from the rectangular box-type, to the triangle-shaped type, where the widest part accommodates the bicycle’s handlebars. Many designs also feature components that allow multiple lockers to be formed into a modular arrangement.

Installation requires very little in terms of mechanical ability, and if a concrete base or footing is available, it can usually be completed within minutes. Bike lockers are generally held in place with washers and bolts that pass through the locker’s floor and into a concrete anchor that sits in a hole drilled into the concrete base or footing. In most cases, all that is required to secure a bike locker is a drill with masonry bit and a wrench to tighten the lug bolts. Bike locker maintenance is also very easy. Polyethylene units can endure any weather nature throws their way with minimal wear-and-tear to the bike locker. Both plastic and powder-coated metal units can usually be cleaned with only warm soap and water.

Bike lockers are not only good for people and the environment, but they are good for business. They do require a more substantial initial investment than traditional bike racks, but the peace-of-mind security they provide also attracts the business cyclists. Some facility managers have even offset the initial purchase cost of bike lockers by renting the units.

Open black bike locker with blue bicycle halfway inside

These low-maintenance bicycle lockers are made with low-density durable polyethylene.

As the urban landscape changes and an increasing number of urbanites eschew driving a vehicle in favour of a bicycle, the demand for storage solutions that are both weather and vandal proof will continue to grow. Traditional racks may be the right solution for many applications but many vulnerable areas require the increased level of protection that can only be provided by bike lockers. Keeping building occupants happy, easing vehicle parking demand, and preventing property damage will require the correct decision by facility managers.

Company: Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.

Product: Bike Lockers

Source: http://www.reliance-foundry.com/

Tags: Exterior Design | Furniture | Landscape Design | Safety

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Accuride Integrated Access Solutions: The New Frontier of Access Control

Accuride Integrated Access Solutions: The New Frontier of Access Control

Accuride Integrated Access Solutions: The New Frontier of Access Control

While known for premium drawer slides, Accuride is also a major leader in access control solutions. Our electronic locking systems are found in many cabinet-level applications, from medical carts to inventory systems, and in countless industries, from automotive to healthcare.

Accuride Integrated Access Solutions (AIAS) feature “Intelligent Subversion Protection”: multi-sensor systems that utilize onboard logic and two-way communication. These advanced systems verify that an application, such as a parcel locker or a CSA schedule drug cart, is truly secure.

Better still: Accuride access solutions are energy-efficient, silent, and emit little heat.

An Adaptable Solution

An Adaptable SolutionAnother great aspect of Accuride Integrated Access Solutions is their adaptability. Each solution is tailored to fit a customer’s needs, fitting all sorts of ancillary systems: RFID, biometric, keypad, retinal scanning, etc.

We’ve found our customers often need their solutions to comply with strict standards and certifications, such as those from the FDA, FAA, and HIPPA. Luckily, Accuride’s global team of specialists are thoroughly experienced in compliance.

A Compact Wonder

A Compact WonderCutting-edge electronic locks are a key component of Accuride Integrated Access Solutions. Each e-lock is the embodiment of efficiency, utilizing a lean, compact, low-profile design and consuming no more than 50mA per 200mS on 12v of power.

Don’t let their size fool you: Accuride e-locks can resist hundreds of pounds of break-force.

Subtlety is Key

Another key aspect of Accuride Integrated Access Solutions is their subtlety. Each solution is meant to become part of the application, not an addition to it. Whether that application is a DNA analysis machine or a tool checking system, each Accuride solution works as part of the core design.

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That’s because Accuride engineers work closely with partners to achieve that seamless integration. From the conceptual stage to final production, Accuride technicians are there to make sure everything works flawlessly.

For more on Accuride Integrated Access Solutions, visit our dedicated page and speak to one of our experts today.

Company: Accuride International

Source: https://www.accuride.com/blog/access-control/accuride-integrated-access-solutions-the-new-frontier-of-access-control/

Tags: Access Control | Furniture | Interior Design | Management | Office | Safety

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Not all access covers are created equal

Not all access covers are created equal

When it comes to solving the problem of accessing concealed services under floors, behind walls or above ceilings there are an abundance of products on the market that could do the job. However, if your requirement is for a quality access cover or panel that will provide quick and easy access to concealed services safely then those 'cheap' foreign imports are unlikely to make the grade!

In the world of construction the old adage, 'You get what you pay for' definitely rings true. Of course the majority of building services professionals involved in the specification process clearly understand that principle. A building component, such as an access cover, is just one of hundreds of constituent parts that make up a building. However insignificant the component to the overall structure it still has to possess certain attributes, satisfy stringent criteria and integrate positively with the other products being used.

As a busy architect or specifier how do you determine the best solution to the access scenario in your particular project?

PERFORMANCE

The level of performance required from an access cover is generally dictated by the type of environment where the concealed services are to be located.

  • Is it internal or external?
  • Loading requirement - will it be used by pedestrian traffic only or vehicular traffic?
  • Is access required frequently or just occasionally?
  • What size of aperture is needed to access the concealed services?
  • What type of material will cover the services?
  • How important is security?

At Howe Green we offer a wide range of floor, wall and ceiling access solutions designed to satisfy all of these performance criteria.

Need a single access panel for emergency access to a stopcock in a ceramic tiled bathroom wall? Or a duct run of floor access covers for regular maintenance of underfloor drainage systems beneath vinyl flooring in a hospital?

Whatever your performance specification Howe Green can provide the solution.

AESTHETICS

Whether you are working on a new build or refurbishment project the impact that an access solution has on the overall look and feel of the building is a consideration for the vast majority of projects.

By using the latest CNC and CAD technology access covers can be precision engineered to your exact specification. A perfectly sized access cover removes any hassle from the installation process and ensures that the cover fits seamlessly into the flooring, reducing the risk of slips and trips.

With options available for all types of hard floor finishes and the Visedge flexible floor access cover, Howe Green can be specified whatever the flooring finish.

STANDARD OR BESPOKE?

Many of the projects that cross your desk may well require a standard size access solution. At Howe Green standard size floor, wall and ceiling covers are available to order from stock, ensuring a speedy delivery to site when required.

Other projects may require a bespoke solution. This is where over 35 years of experience combined with continual investment in equipment, technology and processes ensures that whatever bespoke solution is required it can be supplied. If you need to specify a custom size, loading or finish Howe Green can accommodate your requirements without cost or time penalty.

MAKING THE DECISION

Whether you have most of the knowledge and information you need to prepare your specification or you are looking at our product ranges from scratch, the team at Howe Green are available to help.

The quality and performance of our products, flexibility of our service and the expertise of the team is what sets Howe Green access covers apart from our competition. Architects, specifiers, building engineers, flooring and tiling specialists and contractors have put their trust in Howe Green to deliver a tried and tested access solution since 1983.

If you are looking for an access solution to concealed services look no further than the industry standard and you will soon discover that "Not all Access Covers are created equal".

For more information about any of our products or for assistance with your specification please call 01920 463 230, we are always happy to help.

Company: Howe Green US

Source: https://www.howegreen.com/howe-green/news/not-all-access-covers-created-equal.php

Tags: Access Covers | Design | Safety | Security

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Little things make a big difference

Draper’s exposed hem bar options
Draper’s exposed hem bar options

Sometimes the smallest detail can make a huge difference in our perception of interior design—even something as small as the pocket and hem bar on window shades. That’s why we have a hem bar solution for every design need.

Since introducing Draper’s shade line at the 2016 CEDIA Expo, reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. But one comment we’ve noticed on occasion is that our standard hem bar option has too much of an “industrial” look.

Truth be told, we have several options to choose from. Yes, we have some options that have a more industrial look, but whatever your personal design preference, Draper has a hem bar solution for you.

Our standard hem bar is low profile, and designed to blend in with the shade. We’ll provide it with a 1″ elliptical slat inside the 1-5/8″ heat seamed pocket, with heat sealed ends, or with open pocket ends and decorative end caps on the hem bar. These options do look more “industrial” to some of our dealers—especially on the residential side. These are often found in commercial settings.

If you want the hem bar to be a more visible and elegant part of your design, we also have three options for exposed hem bars:

  • A 1-1/2 inch x 5/16 inch rectangular hem bar with end caps. A
  • A 7/8 x 5/16 inch version that brings the same clean look in a smaller package to residential and well-designed commercial applications.
  • A ¾ inch round hem bar with end caps for another elegant alternative.

All three of these options are available in our five standard colors. For an upgrade, we can provide custom powder coat.

These hem bar options give our dealers a wider variety of cosmetic choices, so our shades can better compliment many various room styles. There is also a functional benefit when using a shade with side channels. With the open hem pocket or flat hem bar, the fabric and hem bars are the same width, allowing more bar to travel in the side channel.

These hem bar options are available on Draper Motorized, Clutch, Clutch XD, and Techmatic FlexShades. They are not available on Spring Roller or Bottom-Up FlexShades.

Click here for more information on our shades, and all the various options to give them that special look you want..

Company: Draper, Inc.

Product: Window Shades

Of: Amy Madden

Source: http://blog.draperinc.com/2017/08/little-things-make-a-big-difference/

Tags: Design | Window Shades

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How to deliver true color to your clients

How to deliver true color to your clients

Simple tips to help you improve your understanding of color performance in the paint — ultimately allowing you to deliver more accurate, consistent hues to your clients’ projects.

  • When creating a specification, how can you ensure the color sample you’re using will ultimately match the final tinted paint?
  • How can you be confident the color in the first gallon of paint applied on a job site matches the final gallon applied?
  • How can you get custom color matches to be as true as possible to the swatch or sample you’re working from?

The answers to all of these questions come down to two things: color accuracy and color consistency. They’re two sides of the same coin, and knowing the right things to look for from your paint and coatings provider is the best way to ensure you can deliver color excellence to your clients.

“First of all, you want to be sure you’re working with paint products, colors and color formulas that are all designed to work as an integrated system,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

For example, color formulas should be programmed to flex subtly and precisely depending on the product and finish combination you specify, ensuring the most accurate color result in the final tinted paint.

Another tip: Avoid working with paint providers that use third-party manufacturing.

“The paint manufacturer should control its own manufacturing and quality,” says Steve Revnew, senior vice president of product innovation at Sherwin-Williams. “That includes the colorant it uses to tint its paint.”

When paint providers turn to third parties to manufacture base products or colorants, the color results in the final tinted paint can show wider variances.

Ultimately, color accuracy and consistency are a lot like cooking: Success depends on trained experts and repeatable systems. When you work with a paint and coatings provider that has the human and technical expertise to manage color accuracy and consistency at every stage — product design, quality manufacturing, color formula management, final tinting — you radically reduce the possibility of color issues on the job site.

“Ask a contractor,” Revnew says. “They’re the ones who have experience with gallon-to-gallon color consistency and reliable color touchups.”

ColorSnap Precision

When you specify Sherwin-Williams, your designs are powered by ColorSnap® Precision, our exclusive system for ensuring exceptional color accuracy and consistency in the paint.

ColorSnap provides you with:

  • Color samples engineered to match the final tinted paint
  • Paints and colorants designed as an interlocked system
  • Consistent gallon-to-gallon color delivery via our 4,000-plus locations
  • State-of-the-art technology to precision match custom colors
  • Real-time color formula updates

To learn more, contact your local Designer or Architectural Account Executive, or call our Information Line at 800-321-8194.

ColorSnap color selection tools are available both online and in-store. Visit swcolorsnap.com to learn more.

Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company

Source: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/stir/sw-art-stir-cs-precision

Tags: Coating | Color | Design | Finishes

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Modular Seating - Volare™

Modular Seating - Volare™

If you’re looking for comfortable, durable, and beautiful seating, look to Thomas Steele for a wide selection of handcrafted outdoor benches. Pick the perfect piece for your project from a variety of styles, finishes, and customization options. Browse our current selection of commercial and outdoor park benches, or contact a Thomas Steele site furnishings expert at 608-849-1080 or at sales@thomas-steele.com with your questions and unique design needs.

Volare modular benches in addition with the modular tables will create several unique seating arrangements. The modular benches are available with 1, 2, 3, or 4 seats. Volare is constructed of 5/8" round steel rod. The frame is made with 3” Steel Tube with all welded construction. The bench is available with three installation methods: free standing, in-ground, and surface mount.

Volare flat benches in addition with the modular tables will create several unique seating arrangements. The benches are available with 1, 2, 3, or 4 seats. Volare is constructed of 5/8" round steel rod. The frame is made with 3” Steel Tube with all welded construction. The bench is available with three installation methods: free standing, in-ground, and surface mount.

Company: Thomas Steele

Product: Benches

Source: http://www.thomas-steele.com/ShopSiteFurnishings/Benches/tabid/212/ProductID/77/Default.aspx

Tags: Furniture | Landscape Design | Metal

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Sustainable and small: The tiny house movement

These two sheds showcase the outdoor beauty of ellensburg, washington. The shed on the left serves as a bedroom and the one on the right is a living room, both designed by modern shed.
These two sheds showcase the outdoor beauty of ellensburg, washington. The shed on the left serves as a bedroom and the one on the right is a living room, both designed by modern shed.

As the trend to downsize picks up speed, vertical and lap siding from AIA partner James Hardie has the look, efficiency, and durability to fit right into a tiny design

After years of buying bigger homes, the trend to downsize is picking up speed. You can see it in the tiny house communities across the United States, the slew of reality TV shows on the subject, and an increase in the number of architects specializing in tiny living spaces.

In 2013, the average new house size was 2,598 square feet, 41 percent larger than the average new house size in 1973—and those homes were filled with more family members. Just four years later, the zeitgeist steers toward scaling down on square footage, which includes benefits such as reduced cost and environmental impact. Tiny homes, which typically range from 100-400 square feet, produce about 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year as compared to the 28,000 pounds produced by an average-sized home.  

Architects designing for small living spaces, including Ryan Smith of Modern Shed, focus on creating a mixed-use space with a stripped back aesthetic that relates to its surroundings in a big way.

“We design to solve needs for space,” Smith says. “Sometimes singular use, sometimes a full home.” Smith has designed hundreds of customizable sheds that have served as summer homes, winter cabins, offices, meditation rooms, a Seattle Seahawks-colored man-cave, even a sound-resistant recording studio and a sauna.

His structures are panelized and completely adaptable for the client’s needs. All components—the doors, windows and roofing—are all designed and made under one roof, as part of a streamlined and efficient system. Any leftover materials roll into the next shed, which means hardly any scraps, Smith says.  Everything else is used as firewood to heat the space.

“There’s a wonderful modularity and flexibility around the structure itself,” Smith says.

The panels can be carried into and around tight spaces, like between your house and your fence, for fast backyard assembly, or can be completely dismantled and reassembled in a new location.  

“You can literally take it apart. So if you wanted to make modifications to it, you can pull the puzzle pieces off,” Smith says.

Smith uses HardiePanel vertical siding and HardiePlank lap siding because they feels right for the design of the structure, and they’re durable and energy conscious, he says.

When it comes to designing sustainably, modular construction is an interesting way to save it and use it again, Smith says. Small structures like these can have a different lifespan than a larger home.

One project in Central Washington [pictured above] combined two Modern Sheds to create one summer compound for working farmers. The space on the left side—tucked into the hillside with a wall of windows—is the bedroom, and the structure on the right—with a standout water view—is a living space with an office and a living/dining room. The center of the home is the outdoor kitchen, connected and covered by a pergola with a sky-view polycarbonate protection but wall-less and open to interact with the outdoors. Because the spaces are so small, the windows help to heat and light the indoor rooms, which makes having a tiny footprint simple.

“Living small doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice,” Smith adds. “Quite the opposite, if you do it right. Living small could mean what’s left is the most important part of the experience.”  

The AIA does not sponsor or endorse any enterprise, whether public or private, operated for profit. Further, no AIA officer, director, committee member, or employee, or any of its component organizations in his or her official capacity, is permitted to approve, sponsor, endorse, or do anything that may be deemed or construed to be an approval, sponsorship, or endorsement of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

Company: AIA (American Institute of Architects)

Of: James Hardie Building Products

Source: https://www.aia.org/articles/141631-sustainable-and-small-the-tiny-house-moveme

Tags: Architecture | Building | Design

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Architectural Series Roof Guardrail System

Architectural Series Roof Guardrail System

The BlueWater Architectural Series combines our OSHA compliant non-penetrating guardrail system with an aesthetically pleasing architectural appeal. Full protection with visual appeal. Optional Straight and Incline Stanchions available.

The Architectural Series combines our non-penetrating guardrail system with an architectural appeal for those applications where appearance of the railing is important. The Architectural Series has a pleasing sightline and can enhance the overall appearance of your building while maintaining a fall protection barrier around the roof edge that meets OSHA Regulations. Since the Architectural Series utilizes the same patented, non-penetrating base as the SafetyRail 2000, your roof system will maintain its integrity and not be compromised by having to penetrate the roof surface for installation. The Architectural Series is ideal for new building construction, adding passive fall protection to an existing building or as an addition to existing guardrails.

  • More pleasing sightlines
  • No holes need to be drilled
  • Three uprights available: Curved, Incline or Straight 
  • Meets and exceeds OSHA Regulations for Fall Protection
  • No intermediate counterweights required
  • Up to 10 foot spacing between uprights
  • Special orders for powder coated rail sections
  • Custom engineering / manufacturing available for special applications
  • Architectural Series has been tested by a nationally-known engineering firm and found to be in accordance with OSHA regulations
  • These regulations are in fall protection for guardrail; sections 1910.23 and sections 1926.500 -1926.503

Company: BlueWater Mfg

Product: SafetyRail 2000 Architectural Series

Source: http://bluewater-mfg.com/product/safetyrail-2000-architectural-series/

Tags: Design | Railing System | Roof | Safety

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Slipnot® provides slip resistance and aesthetic display for Times Square spotlight on Broadway project

Slipnot® provides slip resistance and aesthetic display for Times Square spotlight on Broadway project

The situation

The presence of Broadway began in 1750, and has since shaped the essential character of New York City. Spotlight on Broadway is a multimedia project of NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment located in the heart of Times Square. The project celebrates the unique charm and incredible legacy of Broadway and its forty theaters. It displays an in-ground map, made out of steel and granite, allowing visitors to engage and visualize the density of the world’s largest and most recognized theater district.

The solution

The designers at Creative Edge Master Shop contacted SlipNOT® for a solution to the bare steel lettering that presented a safety hazard when made slippery due to wet weather or other outdoor elements. The fabricating company sent in custom cut 3/8” thick letters which were blasted for imperfections, then coated with SlipNOT®’s Grade 2 stainless steel. Stainless steel is easy to clean and offers corrosion resistant properties that are exceptionally functional in wet environments both indoors and outdoors. The gripped surface of the coating not only provided higher traction for pedestrians, but also added another dimension to the piece, exhibiting a sleek and modern aesthetic.

The impact

Creative Edge is a world leader in creative architectural water jet fabrication and has been in business for over 27 years. The Spotlight on Broadway project won a Pinnacle Award, which honors companies for a job that “stands above the rest.” The Award Institute declared the project a “Clever design that pays homage to timeless Times Square,” which was ultimately awarded merit for “Commercial Exterior”.

Due to the slip resistant surface provided by SlipNOT®, tourists from all over the world can enjoy the innovative and engaging map of Broadway and its 40 theaters without having to worry about possible injuries due to slip, trips, and falls.

Award Recognition:
http://www.marble-institute.com/default/assets/File/awards/2014_MIA_pinnacle_brochure_FINAL_lo.pdf

Company: SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring Div.

Source: http://www.slipnot.com/case-studies/slip-resistant-stainless-steel-letters-for-times-square-spotlight-on-broadway/

Tags: Award | Design | Floor | Metal | Safety

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Custom Ornamental Bronze Grilles

Custom Ornamental Bronze Grilles

Coco Architectural offers custom fabrications for ornamental grilles and other products. In a recent project located at 80 8th Ave, in New York City, we created several custom pieces for the client, including a custom ornamental bronze grille over the entrance, a bronze header and jamb assembly for the Newsstand, and a custom bronze radiator enclosure with bronze bar grilles in the lobby.

Here at Coco Architectural, we offer upscale custom metal fabrications for a variety of different industries. In the 80 8th Ave project, our craftsmen created a custom ornamental bronze grille to protect the windows over the entrance of the business (shown above). The unique decorative twist on the custom bronze bars added a grand entrance feel to the business.

Our specialized CNC Waterjet services allow us to offer unlimited possibilities for any metal work on custom orders. Waterjet cutting is often used during fabrication of machine parts but can also be used for custom-perforated metal sheets and other architectural metalwork. In this project, we created custom waterjet lettering for the newsstand area and cut the brake formed bronze header and jamb assembly to complete the look.

Finally, as all of our work is custom for each project, we provided a satin bronze radiator enclosure with custom linear bar grilles in the main lobby, rather than your basic cookie cutter HVAC products. The aesthetic impact on the space and functional performance of the grille is very important to us, so we leave no detail untouched to provide our clients with a flawless, functional piece.

If you’re interested in custom ornamental grilles for your project, we can help your ideas come to life. From choosing metals for your project to matching unique designs with our waterjet and laser technology, we can add unique details to your commercial business or home to make your space feel complete.

Company: Coco Architectural Grilles & Metalcraft

Product: Custom Metal Fabrication Products

Source: http://www.cocometalcraft.com/custom-ornamental-bronze-grilles

Tags: Access Covers | Grilles | HVAC | Ventilation

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Getting Contractors The Right Bullet Resistant Barrier For Their Clients

Getting Contractors The Right Bullet Resistant Barrier For Their Clients

Today Total Security Solutions is a major nationwide bullet resistant barrier component manufacturer—but that wasn’t always the case.  TSS started out exclusively sub-contracting, supplying contractors and glaziers.  Although TSS does a great deal of “tier 1” direct client work now, roughly 60 percent of their business is still in subcontracting.  “We really value keeping that balance,”  TSS CEO Jim Richards says. “We can be as hands-on as the contractor needs, without getting between them and their client.”

Designing and Implementing the Right Bullet Resistant Barrier for the Project

In contrast to many bullet resistant component suppliers, even as they’ve grown TSS has avoided punching out cookie-cutter mix-n-match pieces. They specialize in complete, end-to-end bullet resistant barrier systems, each of which is custom designed, engineered, and fabricated to meet a specific client’s needs.

“Every barrier,” Jim notes, “Is a specific solution for a specific situation. And because we have a lot of experience handling the full client experience—not just sub-contracting—we’re sensitive to all the places something can start to go off the rails: A mismatch in hardware when the client needs discreet security, tolerance stack-ups creating installation issues, miscommunications that can drive up costs or slow down delivery.”

Framing is a perfect example. Most bullet proof companies are still using un-rated frames. This helps keep their quote low, but it is a big security trade off. It’s troubling to imagine a bullet resistant barrier with a UL-rated window held in place with framing someone ran out and grabbed at Home Depot.

“We can help you with clients who are having trouble coming to grips with the gap between what they want, what they need, and what they can afford.”

Helping Contractors Through the Hard Conversations

TSS has a lot of experience helping manage sticker shock. As TSS Sales Manager Bob George explains, “Many clients come in saying ‘We want Level 8, we want the highest.’ Yes, Level 8 is going to protect your from some pretty heavy-duty stuff, but the windows will be 2.5” thick—double the thickness of Level 3, and almost triple the weight, nearly 30 pounds per square foot. It’s a very difficult material to work with. The material itself is more expensive, and much more difficult to fabricate. The added weight means you need to beef up walls and counters, and make special arrangements to bring the material in and position it. Two guys aren’t going to put a thousand pound window in place on their own. Going up to Level 8 drives up labor costs significantly.  Do you need that extremely high level of protection?”

Jim adds, “They often can’t fathom that this material is at least double what normal glass costs. Depending on the scope of work, it can climb from there to three times, even five times more.  Talking someone down in this situation, that might not be comfortable for you—after all, we’re talking about people’s safety here. But these are conversations we have every day. We’re ready to drill down and figure out what they really need and how we can get that to them within their budget.”

Giving Contractors No-Drama Installations

Jim and his team pride themselves on “silent installations”—an installation that’s so hassle-free it’s almost like magic. For TSS, the proof is in the testimonials:

  • “They were here when they said they were going to be, with the estimates and the drawings, they showed up when they were supposed to, and everything was just as neat as a pin.  We were really, really tickled with their work.”—Holly Eades, Clark Energy vice president of finance
  • “It was very easy for us, very easy to deal with TSS.  We just had no issues at all. … They did all their work at night.  I made sure they were set up, they came and talked to me beforehand, told me what they needed, and  made sure the alarms were good and gave them time frames, and they were in and out, totally cleaned up when the left—it was seamless. … It looks great.  We love it.”—Gina Mims, facilities supervisor for the Health Plan of San Joaquin

“Sure, we like the ‘wow factor,'” Jim says. “We’re really pleased when a client walks in and says, ‘Wow! This looks so good, so much better than we’d hoped!’ But I’ve gotta say, that silence—when something went so smoothly they don’t even think to remark on it until you ask—that’s when we know we really made a contractor look good.”

Company: Total Security Solutions Inc

Product: Bullet Resistant Barriers

Source: http://www.tssbulletproof.com/getting-contractors-right-bullet-resistant-barrier/

Tags: Glass | Security | Windows

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Lake Avenue light poles restoration - Pasadena, California

Niland's in-house pattern and machine shop recreated the cast iron foundry tooling needed for an exact replication
Niland's in-house pattern and machine shop recreated the cast iron foundry tooling needed for an exact replication

This light pole was originally installed in the City of Pasadena in the early 1920s. Its design consists of intricately detailed cast iron sections. After 85 years of service the need for additional light poles down Pasadena's famous Lake Avenue Drive became apparent. Representatives with the city expressed a desire to duplicate this early design and provide a period luminaire cast in solid bronze. Our in-house pattern and machine shop recreated the cast iron foundry tooling needed for an exact replication. Each section of the iron casting was sand blasted and several layers of paint removed revealed the raw iron casting.

Secrets of the early artisans that created the original tooling began to surface. The master journeyman of that era indeed had a story to tell and their work and creative ingenuity came to light. We estimated the original carvings in the original all wood tooling to be just over 4,000 man-hours back in 1920. Each individual section of detail had to be individually hand carved back then. The use of pillow blocks and triple radii shrink ratios allowed for a tight level uniform fit with an "as cast" casting. We came to discover this "trick of the trade" through careful analyzing the core prints after the old paint layers had been completely removed. We pulled sections of original detail out of the castings with a high performance non-shrinking reproduction polymer resin. The shrink ratios were added back to the wood turnings and the detail added back to the top of the pattern to bring the castings back into original tolerance. With the use of reproduction polymer resins and fine dental tools we were able to complete all the tooling on this job in less than 1,000 man-hours, allowing us the luxury of winning this work and learning from the master craftsmen of a bygone era.

Innovations in the casting process have come along way in the last century. One hundred years ago, wet "green sand" was the standard method of production. Erratic shrinks and tooling pulls would justify the use of triple radii shrink and pillow blocks. Today modern chemistry has given the age old foundry process the ability to control shrink more accurately. The use of chemically bonded "dry sand" to cast the individual parts allowed us to tighten up the tolerances and ensured a crisp detail throughout every pour. Very little machine time was spent preparing these castings for their final end use, yet the rich grain texture of fine iron castings gives each pole an individuality unique to itself. High performance acrylic primers and finish coatings completed this pole which will provide a maintenance free finish for at least 20 years.

The luminaire itself was also duplicated, only Niland was able to cast this tool in bronze, keeping with the original design from 85 years ago. Over the years most of the luminaires had been replaced with cast aluminum recreations. Our ability to cast this luminaire in bronze got the design back to its original historical intention. The light source recommended to the city utilizes electronic ballasts fully enclosed and potted in resin. This ballast allows increased life of the lamp and increased performance due to the decreased light loss factor associated with these high performance products.

Company: Niland Co.

Source: http://www.nilandco.com/project-gallery/lake-avenue-restoration

Tags: Design | Landscape Design | Lighting

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An Award-Winning Project that Includes StoGuard®

Disney Springs won an award for its contractor and kudos for a key vendor on the project: Sto. Photo: Chad Baumer
Disney Springs won an award for its contractor and kudos for a key vendor on the project: Sto. Photo: Chad Baumer

KHS&S is an international design-assist specialty contractor with a portfolio that includes more than 5,000 casino resorts, hospitals, hotels, entertainment venues, retail facilities, theme parks, attractions and public works projects around the country and overseas. Founded in 1984, the firm is now the second largest specialty wall and ceiling contractor in the USA.

At the recent Florida Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association (FWCCA) convention and trade show in Orlando, the company picked up the award for Project of the Year for the work they did on Disney Springs, an elegant shopping, dining and entertainment complex at Florida’s Walt Disney World. A key partner in the KHS&S supply chain? Sto Corp, who provided wall components for two stucco buildings, that included products from its leading air and moisture barrier system:Sto Gold Fill® and StoGuard Mesh, Sto VaporSeal®, Sto TurboStick™ and Sto DrainScreen.

Sto worked with Disney’s architects on the specification details. Now that the work is done, the results speak for themselves.

The Disney Springs design team specified StoGuard for the KHS&S project. Photo: Chad Baumer

The Disney Springs design team specified StoGuard for the KHS&S project. Photo: Chad Baumer

StoGuard

The handsome brick facing was constructed using StoGuard Vaporseal for protection. Photo: Chad Baumer

Company: Sto Corp.

Product: Air and Moisture Barriers

Of: Tony Cook

Source: http://blog.stocorp.com/2017/07/award-winning-project-includes-stoguard/

Tags: Architecture | Building | Coating | Waterproofing

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