The University of Washington’s recently opened Nano Engineering and Sciences Building (UW NanoES) provides modern performance and visual continuity with the adjacent Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building (MolES). Demonstrating its energy-efficiency and daylight-focused design, the project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.
Unlike most other aluminum posts on the market, which are too small and thin-walled to withstand the tension of cable infill, Stainless Cable & Railing™ products are uniquely engineered specifically for cable railing applications.
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.
Heat conduction, or the transfer of heat through a solid material at the molecular level, is a problem that occurs in aluminum framing. Providing a thermal break in the aluminum is the most common solution for disconnecting the exterior and interior of the aluminum frame. The frame is literally split into two components and must be connected by a structural material that is of significantly less conductivity as the aluminum. Simultaneously the thermal break material must bond the two components together.
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.
SlipNOT® provided (10) 3/8” x 4’ x 8’ aluminum plates, (7) 3/8” x 4’ x 12’ aluminum plates, and (11) 3/8” x 5’ x 12’ aluminum plates in a Grade 2 mill finish. Capone Iron was committed to not only install aesthetically pleasing walkways for their customer, but also provide a permanent safety solution.
Commercial Architecture magazine’s June Portfolio section spotlights California’s Keyes Automotive’s European Mercedes-Benz Dealership featuring a 41-foot-diameter, custom, multi-slope dome skylight from Super Sky Products. The skylight’s durable finishes were applied by Linetec to the aluminum framing members. The finish’s resilient attributes combine with daylight, views and high thermal performance glass to support the dealership’s LEED® Silver certification.
The shaped Aluminum Top Rail used in this photo captures the perfect look for this home in Happy Valley, OR.
The University of Iowa (UI) School of Music in Iowa City celebrated its 110th anniversary with a new home – Voxman Music Building. Designed for durability, sustainability and the highest acoustic performance, the 190,000-square-foot project features energy-efficient window and curtainwall systems, finished and thermally improved by Linetec.
This stately fieldstone mansion, built in the mid-1800’s, was a vacation home to famous Presidents and Authors. Custom Period-Matched Perforated Grille PatternsCustom fabricated bronze perforated grilles blended nicely with the rich mahogany woodwork that has stood for over 100 years.
A Howe Green 7500 Series Medium Duty Aluminum Floor Access Cover was recently installed at the Lennox Addington County General Hospital in Napanee, Ontario. The hospital, which first opened in 1966, provides General Medicine and General Surgery, a 24 hour emergency service and an increasing number of outpatient clinics to the population of Lennox and Addington and the surrounding towns.
Seaside and coastal areas are beautiful locations for commercial and residential buildings, but also pose the greatest challenges in protecting exterior-facing architectural aluminum products from corrosion. Without proper precautions and finishes, corrosion to these aluminum components can damage the building envelope's structural integrity, leading to systemic failure.