architecture - engineering - construction

2019 April

2019 April

Transform ordinary spaces into stunning spaces with railing infill options

April 29, 2019

Alternative infill solutions are growing in popularity as architects, builders and homeowners look for creative ways to personalize and differentiate spaces. Beyond being functional, infill can add an element of style that ties together the outdoor living space and the home’s design aesthetic. Here are a variety of railing infill options that deliver style, function and safety.

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Control the Sun with Sunshades: How to shade Southern, Southeastern/Southwestern, Eastern and Western exposures

April 26, 2019

The primary purpose of a sunshade is to control the amount of direct sunlight through your building's windows. The benefits can be found in so many articles that we will not go into them here. The intent of this page is to show you how it works and give you insight into designing a louvered sunshade system that is right for your building, whether it is to be located in Houston, TX or Minneapolis, MN. The explanation can be as simple or as complicated as we want to make it. We opted for simple, yet effective. We will cover these topics: Where to shade How to shade Southern exposures How to shade Southeastern/Southwestern exposures How to shade Eastern and Western exposures

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The History and Innovation of Weather-Resistant Substrates

April 24, 2019

Extended Exposure Meets Its Match.

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Influx in healthcare and senior living means big opportunities for architects

April 22, 2019

The need for senior living and healthcare facilities is greater than ever with an aging population and changing needs in health services. How can architects and emerging professionals rise to the occasion?

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Exploring color in architecture

April 19, 2019

It’s no secret that color provokes emotion. Warm colors, such as those that are bold in appearance like red or yellow, promote positive emotions and are often found in the signage of retail brands. Cool colors, like green and blue are meant to calm and are said to make a space feel larger.

The use of color is viewed quite differently by many in the world of architecture. Some consider it secondary to building form and structure, with architecture critics referring to color decisions as personal in nature, difficult to discuss, and hence inconsequential.

To read the full article by Sto Corp. on Exploring Color in Architecture, please visit:

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Aluminium security windows from Armortex

April 17, 2019

Bullet-resistant security windows are comprised of a composite system of alternating glass and polymeric layers – typically polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). These dissipate the force of an impacting projectile before it penetrates through the other side of the window. Bullets are captured within the composite, providing effective protection for personnel from a variety of small arms fire.

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Integrating security into the growing smart building market

April 15, 2019

It’s no wonder theEdge in Amsterdam has been touted as the world’s smartest building. Everything is connected to the Internet. Lighting, temperature controls – even espresso machines and bathroom towel dispensers – are linked to central dashboards that track usage patterns and adjust settings or send alerts, accordingly. Employees use a smartphone app to check their schedules, find a workspace and much more.

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What types of planters are safe to grow vegetables and fruit?

April 12, 2019

Equivalent to using a safe material for food packaging, finding planters made from safe material is the most important factor in growing edible plants. TerraCast® planters are made from Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) resin, which is the material known to be used extensively in food packaging and other consumer products. Our planters are labeled with a 4 for recycling and they are safe to grow edible plants.

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When it came to choosing entrances for the Dubai Frame in UAE, designers selected revolving doors for security, safety and accessibility

April 10, 2019

Nearly 1000 teams of architects from around the world competed to design an important new building – a “Tall Emblem Structure” that would promote “the new face of Dubai”. The selected winner was the iconic Dubai Frame, and when its doors opened to the public in January 2018, those doors were automatic revolving doors from Boon Edam.

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Extend wood ceiling designs outdoors with new WoodWorks® linear exterior solid wood panels from Armstrong Ceilings

April 8, 2019

The beauty and warmth of solid wood linear ceiling panels can now be extended from indoors to outdoors with the introduction of WoodWorks® Linear Exterior Solid Wood Panels from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions. Made from Western Hemlock, the panels are specially manufactured to withstand outdoor conditions, making them suitable for use on the underside of soffits, overhangs, and other exterior surfaces that are not directly exposed to the elements.

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Start your summer renovation plans and customize the railing system of your dreams

April 5, 2019

This backyard deck follows the curves of its house and overlooks a nearby river. Our bronze aluminum cable railing system keeps this beautiful view open and perfectly matches the deck furniture. The cedar top rail adds a natural touch that livens up the living space with its bright color.

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Spring forward with basement door maintenance: after rough winter, take steps now to evaluate and tend to your entryway

April 3, 2019

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Color Secrets Revealed: Author Kassia St. Clair dishes on the historical twists and turns that continue to shape our charged relationship to color

April 1, 2019

What is it about purple that signifies power and royalty? How did white help our ancestors fight the plague — and how does that dramatic history continue to define the ways we design with it? Kassia St. Clair explores the hidden stories of 75 different colors in her captivating The Secret Lives of Color. We caught up with the author and Elle Decoration color columnist in her London office.

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