Flipper & Pocket Doors: What’s the Difference?
March 29, 2018
Once relegated to storing console televisions and video cassettes, flipper and pocket doors have made a resurgence in space-saving designs. If you haven’t considered or may be totally unfamiliar with, these types of entries, you could be missing out. Here’s a quick overview.
Educational design: Connecting people and place
March 28, 2018
Cal Poly Dexter Patio Design - Educational design is evolving and a trend to more flexible learning spaces is evident. The learning environment is moving beyond the classroom walls and emphasis has been put on the quality of and access to outdoor spaces, to create balance between the indoors and out.
How to Fluid-Proof Circular Joints in Concrete
March 26, 2018
Earth Shield® has solved a long-standing problem for engineered concrete structures with circular protrusions, such as columns, pipes, piers, and pilasters. The problem: how to permanently seal the concrete joint when cast-in-place concrete is formed against an existing circular member.
Ceiling tiles - what you need to know before you buy
March 23, 2018
In this video we are talking about Ceiling Tiles. Installation methods, styles, materials, colors, and sizes. Everything you’ll need to know in order to select your perfect ceiling tiles.
How Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) works: clearing the confusion
March 21, 2018
Ambient light rejection (ALR) projection screen technology has been around for a while now. Despite this, there is some confusion in the AV marketplace as to how ALR works. Some of this confusion is caused by manufacturers making inaccurate claims or promoting non-ALR surfaces as a solution. To help clear the confusion, here are some things to remember about ambient light rejection:
Understanding the five phases of design
March 18, 2018
Do you understand the five phases of design? Here is some insight:
Last chance to prepare for Swallow Season!
March 17, 2018
The Swallows Are Coming. Are You Prepared? The swallows are on their way, looking for places to roost and nest for Spring. Will they choose your building? They will if you're not prepared to deter them with effective bird control measures. Swallows like to build their nests in colonies, swallows will leave an unattractive patchwork of mud nests on your building. With that comes all the natural bird debris-- feathers, droppings eggshells--the detritus that attracts insects and other pests. Keep in mind that swallow droppings (or most any bird droppings for that matter) carry diseases that can infect humans. When swallow nests eventually drop to the ground, the bugs, fleas, ticks and mites harboring inside can create an awful mess that you'll be forced to clean up. So, what can you do?
Linear Grille Wall Cladding
March 14, 2018
Design challenge: how to incorporate light weight, grille-style wall cladding, built to accommodate light diffusers, in an aesthetically pleasing way that would be appropriate in a high-end corporate environment. The grilles would need to run floor to ceiling, be easily mounted and have soft edges. In addition, budget constraints required all of the above to be incorporated into a cost effective solution.
How are mantrap portals designed to mitigate physical security risk?
March 12, 2018
Organizations around the globe are looking for ways to reduce the risk of unauthorized entry due to tailgating and piggybacking. If not addressed appropriately, that risk can quickly turn into a liability, costing a company added time and expense, a bruised reputation and even the removal of members of the leadership team.
Folded Zinc Panels in One Henry Adams, A Multi-Family Residence in Design District, South San Francisco
March 9, 2018
One Henry Adams- Multi-Family Residence in Design District, South San Francisco featuring Folded Zinc Panels.
Your Guide to Salt Resistant Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
March 7, 2018
Salt resistant outdoor lighting fixtures are life changing, especially in coastal environments with high salinity levels. Moisture and salinity are incredibly harsh on lighting fixtures and other outdoor furnishings, especially those made of porous materials. Moisture creates enough issues for lighting fixtures, but add salt to the mix and corrosion sets in even faster. Without salt resistant outdoor lighting fixtures, you’ll be replacing lighting poles and other fixtures in no time.
The Benefits of Using Interior Glass in the Office of 2018
March 5, 2018
Incorporating glass into office interiors is a trend that has skyrocketed over the past 10 years. But this is more than just a trend; glass walls provide a number of practical benefits to offices and the people who work in them. They maximize space, minimize the need for interior light, and can even increase productivity and collaboration. These are some of the biggest benefits of outfitting your office with glass walls and doors.
Entrances & entryways - making an impact
March 2, 2018
First impressions are important, and the same holds true for building entrances. Whether you're welcoming potential customers, trying to calm worried patients, or hosting teachers and students, their initial interaction with the space can set the overall mood and tenor of their experience.
Smoke Control in High Rise Buildings
March 2, 2018
A fire in any building can be cause for alarm. Smoke and flames pose dangers to the people inside, while at the same time causing thousands of dollars to damage to the building itself in just minutes. High rise buildings in particular have very special needs when it comes to smoke and fire control. Because smoke can travel through a building very quickly, it makes it more difficult for occupants of the upper floors to reach clean air safely. That’s why smoke control in high rise buildings is so important, and why simply having fire extinguishing equipment on site is not enough.