architecture - engineering - construction

2019 September

2019 September

Dark Sky Compliance

September 30, 2019

Protect and preserve the night time environment and minimize light pollution. Many municipalities and local communities have been working to help reduce the amount of light pollution by encouraging the use of dark-sky compliant lighting fixtures. Many of TerraCast ® Products' lighting fixtures have the dark-sky compliant options!

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CEU: Ceiling that perform - how decorative ceilings tiles can do so much more than look beautiful

September 27, 2019

If there’s one topic that’s resonating across the interior design industry right now, it’s acoustics. With the open office plan firmly established as the go-to approach to workplace design, people are waking up to the fact that acoustics and privacy were often overlooked or not addressed comprehensively enough. This CEU will explore various characteristics and benefits of decorative ceilings that specifiers should (re)consider for their next commercial interiors projects, including acoustical properties, durability, sustainability, aesthetics and historic renovations.

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Terracotta Rainscreen Facades give Durham County Human Services Complex an urban presence

September 25, 2019

The Durham County Human Services Complex in Durham, NC is designed as a courtyard building using Terracotta Rainscreen Facades to give the building an urban presence while the internalized courtyard is a hidden gem within the urban setting.

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Preventative maintenance for smoke and fire curtains

September 23, 2019

Smoke and fire curtains are a critical component of any fire and life safety system, but since they’re generally out of sight during normal day-to-day operations, it can be easy for them to become out of mind. However, in the event of an emergency, you need to know that they are going to work. Not to mention, maintaining and showing documentation of testing may be required by local fire departments and insurance providers.

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Linetec adds Bordeaux Anodize to its palette of architectural aluminum finish options

September 20, 2019

Linetec continues to grow its expansive palette with the introduction of Bordeaux Anodize. This new color is available as another of Linetec’s proprietary finishes for architectural aluminum products. As the name describes, the hue leans toward rich burgundy tones and is created using organic tin and copper metals in the anodizing process. “Architects appreciate this unique, bold, earthy finish for a wide range of projects: from eye-catching modern designs to historic restoration projects,” said Linetec’s marketing manager Tammy Schroeder, LEED® Green Associate.

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Techstyle® Ceilings: redefining what's possible

September 18, 2019

One panel structure with thousands of design possibilities. There’s more to Techstyle than typical wall-to-wall grid installations. A full range of trim products enables the same basic panel structure to take on countless creative forms.

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11 Shower remodeling mistakes you don't want to make

September 16, 2019

This article gives you practical shower remodeling tips to reduce mistakes to save you time, money and aggravation. So, let’s look at 11 shower remodeling mistakes you don’t need to make.

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Cellulose Fiberboard – how does it REALLY measure up against Maxxon's Gyp-Crete®?

September 13, 2019

Cost has long been a deciding factor for decision makers in the construction industry. Many gypsum underlayment system alternatives, including fiberboard systems, boast a lower price point, but how do they really measure up?

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Tuffline - the entrance systems that are tougher than all the rest

September 11, 2019

When it comes to sports, athletes and fans are tough. Our 350/500 Tuffline™ Entrances are a complete system of door, frame, and hardware, designed and engineered to create total performance for stadiums, arenas, and more. Heavy traffic? Totally tough!

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Pathway Illuminance: Hard-Wired vs. Solar Bollard Light Fixtures

September 9, 2019

Considerations when installing outdoor bollard lights. Bollard lights are short posts that provide landscape lighting along pathways and other outdoor locations. They offer safety for pedestrians and accentuate the beauty of a site. Light bollards are useful where lamp standards would be impractical or undesirable. Their low profile minimizes light pollution while preventing accidents by illuminating people and pathways.

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Is glass going out of style?

September 6, 2019

Glass has been used as the portal to the outdoors for centuries. But times are changing.

In a world where we are becoming more aware of the environmental effects of structures and people’s changing needs, architects and other industry professionals are concerned that glass no longer adequately addresses these key building factors:

  • Daylighting
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Aesthetics
  • Safety & Privacy

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The daylighting difference: student health & learning

September 4, 2019

Children need sunlight; and because most children and adolescents spend the majority of their daylight hours in school, it’s important that students have access to sunlight by incorporating daylighting systems into classroom design. Exposure to natural light not only contributes to a student’s physical well-being by boosting their daily intake of Vitamin D, but also enriches their mental health by regulating the Circadian Rhythm and the release of influential hormones that, for adolescents in particular, can be difficult to manage on their own. Studies show these students sleep better, think more positively, concentrate longer, and miss fewer days of school due to illness. Studies also show that happier, healthier children perform better academically; and by diffusing daylight through halls and classrooms, schools can improve test scores, support student well-being, reallocate saved energy costs for school supplies and other needs, and promote sustainability.

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New ACOUSTIBuilt™ Seamless Ceilings from Armstrong look like drywall, perform like an acoustical ceiling

September 2, 2019

New seamless ceiling provides performance benefits of both Armstrong® Total Acoustics® and Sustain® portfolios.

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