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2020 January

2020 January


What is Progressive Movement in a Slide?

January 31, 2020

What is Progressive Movement in a Slide?

The ball bearing telescopic slide was a step forward in drawer movement. ‘Progressive movement’ is a step forward from that. Even the telescopic drawer slide has room for progress.

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Skraffino concrete microtopping project by Dominick Cardone

January 29, 2020

Skraffino concrete microtopping project by Dominick Cardone

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Three glazing myths debunked - dispelling common concerns about specifying glass railing

January 29, 2020

Three glazing myths debunked - dispelling common concerns about specifying glass railing

No matter how you look at it – or through it – glass is a clear choice among today’s commercial architects and designers. From sports arenas and shopping malls to hotels and healthcare facilities, savvy specifiers are increasingly looking to incorporate glass into their project designs, presenting a huge growth opportunity for contract glaziers. However, taking on projects involving glass railing can be challenging due to lack of familiarity with the products or concerns related to engineering.

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Automatic Smoke Vents

January 27, 2020

Automatic Smoke Vents

Automatic Smoke Vents protect property and aid firefighters in bringing a fire under control by removing smoke, heat, and gases from a burning building. Smoke vents are ideally suited for large expanses of unobstructed space such as factories, warehouses, auditoriums, and retail facilities. Mechanical smoke vents are activated upon the melting of a fusible link and options are available for smoke detector and fire alarm activation.

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Moisture Control for Commercial Cladding

January 24, 2020

Moisture Control for Commercial Cladding

Building owners want to keep energy costs down, which means they need a tight building envelope. The problem? A tight building envelope, if the wrong products are used, can actually create issues with moisture and mold. Moisture control beneath the cladding can help solve these issues, creating a more secure exterior and a more comfortable interior for all.

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Permanent building mounted ladder receivers

January 22, 2020

Permanent building mounted ladder receivers

Almost everyone that has ever used an extension ladder, roof hatch or permanently mounted vertical ladder has some type of “scary” story to tell. After years in the commercial heating and air conditioning business, climbing up and down many different types of ladders and hearing all of those stories, the inventor/developer of LadderPort™ decided to find a safer way for all construction trades to access roofs when using an extension ladder.

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Varying Perforation Pattern Technique Provides Sun Shading System

January 20, 2020

Varying Perforation Pattern Technique Provides Sun Shading System

The Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB Krone) opened in 2015. It was built with the intention of creating a space where Georgia Tech engineers and scientists can work together on new medical technologies and curing diseases. Much like bees - or Yellow Jackets - the mascot of Georgia Tech, work together in a hive. It is possible that design architect, Lake Flato, and local architect Cooper Carry considered this when creating the building design.

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White aluminum cable railing

January 17, 2020

White aluminum cable railing

This Bay Area home had recently undergone a yard and deck renovation to update the outdoor space into something more modern and open. The customers wanted a railing solution that fit this contemporary theme while maintaining an open view of their newly landscaped yard.

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Trends in façade design: Office and Multifamily

January 15, 2020

Trends in façade design: Office and Multifamily

People of all ages continue to move into multifamily communities, requiring developers to meet a range of needs. Kawneer delivers systems and solutions that offer the performance, aesthetics and sustainability required by today’s multifamily applications.

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Creative Option: Removable Skylights

January 13, 2020

Creative Option:  Removable Skylights

Hospitals and medical centers have found a unique way to utilize removable skylights by placing them over equipment like MRI machines that are too large to move and occasionally need to be serviced. In these applications, the skylight, or a portion of it, is simply removed and workers are provided with easy access to the machinery.

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Louver and Architectural Solutions

January 10, 2020

Louver and Architectural Solutions

Designed to provide superior performance and great aesthetic appearance, Ruskin® louvers are backed by experienced engineers and reflect Ruskin’s commitment to high quality product standards.

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How to Make Your Commercial Planters Last Longer

January 8, 2020

How to Make Your Commercial Planters Last Longer

Investing in commercial planters is no small undertaking, and so the goal is always to get planters to last as long as possible. First and foremost, buying the right planters made from long lasting materials will make a huge difference in how long your planters last. In this article, we will go over the best material for planters that outlive the competition, as well as things you can do to make just about any commercial planter last longer.

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StonePly Textures & Finish Options

January 6, 2020

StonePly Textures & Finish Options

StonePly, world's leading producer of lightweight natural stone panels, provides natural stone that is lighter, stronger, faster to install and offers greater design freedom. StonePly offers a wide variety of textures, finishes, and edging options for stone. See how each option can put a unique spin on your project's stone panels.

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Lead alternatives: innovating the radiation shielding industry

January 3, 2020

Lead alternatives: innovating the radiation shielding industry

An area where material science is advancing the field of radiation shielding is in the development of non-lead shielding materials. Lead is used today because it’s cost-effective, easy to work with, and most importantly has the ability to reduce gamma radiation. One drawback of lead is that it is a toxic substance if ingested into the body. Given the toxicity, innovations are being made to produce thinner, more flexible and effective non-lead shielding solutions. Specifically, polymers are being utilized for their material properties. They are infused with tungsten and other metals to produce a new generation of shielding products.

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Podcast Outlines Productivity Benefits of Window Shades

January 1, 2020

Podcast Outlines Productivity Benefits of Window Shades

While reducing energy costs continues to be a major factor in the specification of window shades, more architects and designers are now using shades for a much different reason. “Energy savings is definitely a big part of window shades but we’re seeing more and more discussions about occupancy comfort and workroom productivity,” said Jeff Miller, LEED®AP, solar control product manager for Draper, Inc.

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