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Sto Werkstatt features alternative glass architecture by Space Popular

Sto Werkstatt features alternative glass architecture by Space Popular

Werkstatt – which means workshop in German – is a showcase and test center in London for Sto’s innovative facade and interior materials. In addition to the workshop’s extensive resource library, the center offers technical consultations, exhibitions, speakers and seminars.

The current exhibit, “The Glass Chain”, is by Space Popular, a Bangkok-based multidisciplinary design and research practice led by Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg.  The exhibit, which will run until December 14, features StoVentec Glass that can be used as an external rain screen cladding system, and as an interior decorative option. In their UK debut at Werkstatt, Space Popular has redefined the potential of the material with its colorful and energizing installation, which encourages the imaginative use of glass in building design.

The title “The Glass Chain” is a reference to the infamous exchange of letters by a group of German architects from 1919-1920 initiated by Bruno Taut, who fantasized about the vast possibilities of an incredible new construction material: glass. He believed that all architecture, and even furniture, could be made of glass. His vision of the material was never realized, and glass simply became a solution for windows and walls.

Now, almost 100 years later, Space Popular – inspired by Taut’s vision — is taking glass applications to a new level. Working with Sto technical experts, they have created a kaleidoscopic glass construction that explores different ranges of scale, playing with our visual perception of glass doorways as grand arches and small steps as giant pediments.

Curated exhibitions such as this at Sto Werkstatt are an opportunity to explore the changing nature of collaboration, between architects, materials manufacturers and applicators.

Materials on display include glass and rendered rain screen cladding, seamless acoustics, facade elements and intelligent interior and exterior paint coatings.

Company: Sto Corp.

Product: Specialty Systems

Source: http://blog.stocorp.com/2017/10/sto-werskstatt-features-alternative-glass-architecture-by-space-popular/

Tags: Architecture | Design | Glass

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ViuLite® insulating glass with integrated premium quality blinds

ViuLite® is a system of blinds that are permanently sealed within a double-glazed cavity for a completely dust-free and maintenance-free environment. ViuLite® ensures total protection against dirt, germs and weather conditions.

ViuLite® provides protection from solar radiation and can quickly regulate the internal environmental lighting levels. It filters light transmission and controls the effects of daylight with a simple tilting of the blinds. Heat and visual comfort are easily adjusted to accommodate the changing seasonal conditions.

Hermetically sealed, ViuLite® Venetian blinds are produced with 1/2” (12.5mm) wide aluminum slats featuring a choice of colors. The versatility of both product choice and control mechanisms makes ViuLite® suitable for all types of framing systems.

Ideally suited for healthcare, commercial, educational and residential building or renovation projects
Ideally suited for healthcare, commercial, educational and residential building or renovation projects

Applications

Unicel provides various aluminum framing systems, glass stops, and door trim kit options to glaze Viulite® in:

  • Interior partitions
  • Sidelights
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Curtain walls

Benefits

  • Blinds are sealed in an insulating glass unit for a germ-free, hygienic environment with reduced risk of infection and allergies
  • Enhanced solar shading features, blocks unwanted glare, heat, and harmful UV rays
  • Blinds can tilt and raise (tilt-only also available)
  • No cleaning or maintenance required
  • Protected from damage unlike exterior blinded systems
  • Variable control of vision (the blinds can be angled such that vision is permitted from one area to another, but limited in the opposite direction)
  • Esthetically pleasing design element for daylight and vision control

Features

  • Made with industry-leading ScreenLine® technology, 100% original Pellini Design
  • Custom-manufactured with any glazing types (tempered, heat-strengthened, tinted, laminated, wired, polycarbonate, leaded, glass-clad polycarbonate, and more)
  • Warm-edge spacers for enhanced energy efficiencies
  • Argon filled airspace for up to 25% in U-value improvements
  • 27/32” (21.4mm) airspace to fit into tighter glass pocket depths
  • Between-glass-blinds can be readily installed in exterior and interior applications
  • SL20A/SL20C/SL20P/SL20B/SL20S/SL20M models available
  • Options for both external and internal motors
  • Electric accessories are available for control networks
  • Standard warranty: 5 years on blinds (10 years with premium), 2 years on electrical accessories
  • Supported by Unicel’s 50+ years record of exemplary customer service

Company: UNICEL Architectural Corp.

Product: ViuLite™

Source: http://viulite.com/

Tags: Blinds | Design | Health | Windows

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Armstrong® Ceilings Taps Broad Range of Capabilities To Bring One-of-a-Kind Ceiling Ideas to Life

Armstrong® Ceilings Taps Broad Range of Capabilities To Bring One-of-a-Kind Ceiling Ideas to Life

With the broadest portfolio in the industry and over a century of design and installation experience, Armstrong® Ceiling Solutions now offers more ways for architects and designers to make out-of-the-ordinary ceilings a reality.

Whether its modifying standard product shapes and sizes or creating custom sizes, shapes, colors, finishes, images, or perforations, no other ceiling manufacturer offers the broad range of options available from Armstrong Ceilings.

The You Inspire™ Solutions Center, a free service which provides collaborative design and pre-construction assistance, rounds out the full range of capabilities Armstrong taps to bring one-of-a-kind ceilings to life.

“Whatever your idea for a ceiling is — no matter how unique — bring it to us”, says Nick Taraborelli, vice-president, commercial marketing, for Armstrong Ceilings. “We will do whatever we can to make it happen and help you to create your next great space.”

New Capabilities

Some of the new capabilities Armstrong recently added to its portfolio include:

  • New cloud, striated, and other custom profiles for SoundScapes® Blades™ panels
  • Larger 4' x 4' sizes for MetalWorks™ Torsion Spring panels
  • More options in panels with Total Acoustics™ performance, including more standard Ultima sizes, FastSize™ options, and wood and metal offerings.
  • Colorations® Colors now for Lyra® Concealed PB (plant-based) ceiling panels.
  • Drywall linear lighting and intersection down lighting

To be inspired by the broad range of capabilities Armstrong offers, visit https://www.armstrongceilings.com/capabilities. There you can view “Unleash Your Imagination,” a colorful, 18-page brochure that illustrates the many unique ceiling designs that have been brought to life utilizing the capabilities of Armstrong Ceilings. 

Company: Tectum Inc.

Source: https://www.armstrongceilings.com/capabilities

Tags: Acoustics | Architecture | Ceiling | Design

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Special Brick Shapes

Special Brick Shapes

The experts at Belden Brick's Special Shapes Division are prepared to move new brick concepts from your mind to the mason's hand. Architects and designers need not let their creativity be stifled by existing ideas of what a special shape brick should look like. We invite you to explore the artistic impact that special shape brick can have on your design. We have already created an amazing array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures for projects across the country. The brick you have in mind may already be here for your use. If not, we are prepared to offer you design and production services customized to your exact needs. You can rely on our special shape brick to provide unique design elements - corners, angles, curves, slopes and other dramatic effects that go on to become signature pieces of residential and commercial architecture. We can also provide unique colors, making your next building project stand out as a one-of-a-kind structure or blend in with its surroundings or existing companion buildings. For those elements of your project that need to stand out, you require unique products like Belden Brick special shapes.

Company: Belden Brick Co.

Product: Face bricks

Source: http://www.beldenbrick.com/Gallery/special-brick-shapes

Tags: Architecture | Design | Masonry

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Linetec finishes Loewen windows for Canada’s Windermere House

Designed by E3 Architecture and builder Birkholz Homes
Designed by E3 Architecture and builder Birkholz Homes

Located in a high-end residential suburb of Edmonton, Alberta, the Windermere House serves as a luxury show home with top-notch, European-inspired finishes – inside and out. Designed by E3 Architecture and builder Birkholz Homes, the prestigious residence blends metal, glass, wood, warm hues and natural light. Completed in 2014, this 8,000-square-foot house features Loewen’s aluminum-clad windows painted by Linetec to ensure the intended, high-quality presentation with minimal maintenance.

Conforming to the neighborhood’s Victorian-Georgian strict architectural standards, E3 changed the perimeter of the house from a square to a U-shape to maximize the Windermere House’s daylight and views with glass balconies, patio doors and Loewen’s custom-made, triple-glazed windows. To optimize placement, the architectural drawings incorporated 3-D renderings of Loewen’s products from the project’s earliest phases.

Linetec finished Loewen’s windows in a Tuscany Brown color using a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating. These coatings meet the stringent requirements of AAMA 2605 and exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. The resulting finish provides durability and requires minimal maintenance throughout the show home’s lifespan.

Learn more about Linetec’s paint finishing services by clicking here. For personalized assistance in selecting the right coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

Company: Linetec

Product: High-Performance Fluoropolymer Paint Coatings

Source: https://linetec-blog.com/2017/09/25/linetec-finishes-loewen-windows-for-canadas-windermere-house/

Tags: Architecture | Coating | Color | Design

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4 Major Advantages of Decorative Concrete in Commercial Settings

4 Major Advantages of Decorative Concrete in Commercial Settings

Known for its incredible beauty, strength and affordability, thousands of retailers, restaurants and showrooms nationwide are choosing decorative concrete. With decorative concrete coatings and finishes, your business can transform a dull slab of grey concrete into a work of art and extend the life of your flooring. While decorative concrete coatings offer many great benefits, here are some of the key advantages:

1. Design flexibility

Decorative concrete can be applied to new or existing concrete surfaces, and the design options are virtually limitless. Due to advances in concrete mixing and setting, contractors can create any color and texture you can think of. Decorative concrete coatings can be applied through a variety of methods, including acid staining, thin stamp overlays, splatter texture, and slate trowel down finishes, which can be used to create decorative textural patterns or custom designs. Decorative concrete can even be made to resemble natural stone.

2. Strength and longevity

Along with its aesthetic appeal, decorative concrete coatings will increase the strength, durability and longevity of concrete surfaces. It’s stronger than many comparable materials and will deteriorate at a much slower rate. Decorative concrete will make your floor resistant to heavy loads, weather, and mold and dust.

3. Low maintenance

Decorative concrete is easy to clean and requires very little maintenance. There’s no regular polishing or coating, and spills can easily be cleaned up with soap and water. You just need to apply a sealer about every 4 years. The low maintenance and durable properties of decorative concrete will save you valuable time and money on maintenance and repairs.

4. Affordability

Despite all its amazing benefits, decorative concrete coatings are very low cost and affordable. Decorative concrete is inexpensive to install, and with its extreme durability, resistance to most damages and low maintenance requirements, it’s the most economical flooring solution.

Protect and beautify your concrete surfaces with decorative concrete. If you are interested in installing decorative concrete at your business, contact Elite Crete Systems today: 1-888-323-4445.

Company: Elite Crete Systems, Inc. (Headquarters)

Product: Decorative Concrete Finishes

Source: http://www.elitecrete.com/4-major-advantages-decorative-concrete-commercial-settings/

Tags: Concrete | Design | Floor

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New facility at Dupage Airport in Chicago features Extech's systems

Images ©balloggphoto.com
Images ©balloggphoto.com

Chicagoland’s DuPage Airport Authority is home to the largest concentration of corporate aircraft in Illinois. It supports more than 400 based aircraft and is the only general aviation airport in Illinois with four active runaways, two instrument landing system approaches and a 24-hour FAA Air Control Tower, U.S. Customs and 24-hour onsite rescue and firefighting capabilities.

In addition to the aircraft on site, the airport receives daily transient aircraft. To better accommodate their aviation needs, the DuPage Airport Authority opened a new hangar in August 2017, reflecting its goal to build and maintain a world-class facility in the heart of the United States.

The new 31,000-square-foot hangar spans 244 feet wide by 134 feet deep with 29-foot-high doors. It features EXTECH's LIGHTWALL 3440 and SKYGARD 3300 polycarbonate systems. Mark Doles, the Director of Aviation Facilities and Properties and DuPage Flight Center, says of the new facility and EXTECH's systems: "We chose EXTECH’s systems to give us the architecturally attractive look we wanted and the translucent polycarbonate lets us take advantage of the borrowed light. With the natural light, we usually will not have to utilize any electric lighting at all during the day. When we do illuminate the hangar, it’s stunning to see at night.”

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Product: Custom Facades

Source: https://extechinc.com/see-photos-dupage-airport-chicago/

Tags: Design | Skylights | Wall Panels | Window Shades

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Stagescreen Portable Projection Screen®

Stagescreen Portable Projection Screen®

In response to requests from leading AV rental dealers, the StageScreen® is a totally new concept in projection screen design. It is designed specifically to be flown, but can also be used with legs. Either way, it is the strongest and most rigid screen on the market.

The truss system is completely modular. All available sizes of StageScreen® are built from combinations of the same 6 standard color-coded frame sections pictured in the images above. Not only does this make screen assembly faster and easier, but if a frame section should ever become damaged you can replace it in seconds without tools.

AV rental dealers can easily streamline their inventory with the StageScreen®. You can change a Multiformat to an NTS. 

  • The StageScreen® utilizes an 8” truss that is significantly stronger than traditional truss folding screens
  • It is engineered to hold tolerance after repeated usage.
  • Color coded frame sections ensure fast and easy assembly.
  • Draper performed in-house testing of the strength of the StageScreen® truss compared to a folding truss screen. The results were dramatic: StageScreen® proved to be over 60% stronger, holding strong long after the folding truss failed.
  • The image area of each screen is exact and true to format.
  • StageScreen® can be assembled in about half the time of a comparable truss folding screen. See video below.
  • No hinges, no snaps, and no Handy Cranks are required.
  • Frame sections are connected with permanently attached threaded links and guide pins. No lost handy cranks.
  • Easy to follow color-coded assembly instructions are included with each StageScreen®
  • StageScreen® features a revolutionary new viewing surface attachment method. Using the attached DuraLoop™ bungee cord loops with handy nylon pull-tabs, simply hook the surface to the posts on the frame. DuraLoops are longer lasting than traditional snaps, and provide even self-centering tension for the viewing surface. You’ll never want to use snaps again.
  • The viewing surface is stretched perfectly flat, resulting in the highest picture quality.
  • Sizes available are listed in charts below and depend on surface selected.

Company: Draper, Inc.

Product: Projection Screens

Source: https://innovative.draperinc.com/projectionscreens/productdetail.aspx?detail=581

Tags: Audio Visual | Color | Design | Lighting

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Mitigating Protests, Smart Mobs and Crime with Manual Revolving Doors

Mitigating Protests, Smart Mobs and Crime with Manual Revolving Doors

It is no secret that we’re living in a time of great unrest. The news is laden with headlines publicizing 'lives matter' and 'occupy Wall Street' movements, political protests, active shooter incidents… the list goes on. As a result, businesses are seeing an urgent need to protect their customers and staff from the impacts of these disruptive, destructive, and even deadly acts.

You may have seen it on the news, a Fortune 500 financial firm fell victim to a smart mob after the firm provided funding to an unpopular project, bringing into question their stance on environmental sustainability, among other topics. Angry protestors walked right through the front door of one of the firm’s offices and, with signs in tow, hooked arms in front of an elevator bank to prevent employees from getting to work. It wasn’t until 4 hours later that the protestors finally vacated the lobby.

Tangible and Intangible Impacts of Unauthorized Entry

What could be the impacts of such an incident? The tangible, bottom line impacts include bad press, a loss of productivity, and potential property damage if things turn sour. There can also be some intangibles, like physical pain and suffering, and a feeling of anxiety, stress, and insecurity among employees as they wonder what could happen tomorrow. According to a study conducted by SHRM in 2016, over 88% of those surveyed stated that “feeling safe in the work environment” was either important or very important to their overall job satisfaction.

An Unlikely Solution to a Likely Problem

While these types of incidents are happening regularly across the nation, it shouldn’t take the prospect of hundreds of picketing protestors outside your door, or looting and fire wielding on your street after sunset, to get you to start thinking about increased building protection. And, that protection starts right at the front doors. Could a plain old, manual revolving door provide that first layer of protection against unwanted building infiltration? The answer is “yes!”

While revolving doors are typically known for providing energy and space efficiency, certain manual revolving doors can be equipped with security features. These doors are being deployed in urban locations to safeguard residents in high-rise apartment buildings located near neighborhoods with more incidents of crime. They are popping up in both urban and rural areas where management wants to keep outside altercations from coming inside. Revolving doors are providing comfort to staff members entering office buildings or public spaces such as museums, afterhours, often alone and at night.

Four Security Features of Manual Revolving Doors

Take a look at what’s new for manual revolving doors in these distressing times. These features are more applicable today than ever and some require electrical power to operate:

  • Exterior night locking doors. Perfect when you want to convey “this establishment is closed!” A set of bi-parting doors slide over the revolving door opening, closing off its compartments. The exterior doors act as a visual deterrent against infiltration afterhours.
  • Security lockdown. During normal business hours, in the event of an immediate security threat, facility or reception staff can electrically lock the door wings immediately, in any position, at the push of a remotely located button.
  • Remote locking. Door wings can be locked manually at the push of a remotely located button, or locked automatically at say, 5:00pm by an access control system. This method is different from the security lockdown feature, though. Overhead anti-entrapment sensors scan the compartments for user presence. If someone is inside the door while the lock is engaged, the door will continue to rotate until the compartments are clear rather than stopping on a dime. The door will stop in the “x” position, with its wings pointed at the end posts and then lock in place until unlocked.
  • Access control integration. Secure afterhours access is possible via an access control device mounted on the outside of the door. Upon valid authorization, usually by means of an access card reader, the door wings will unlock and the user can push to enter the facility. Once the user is clear, the door positions itself and locks.

It’s a crazy world out there, but there is something that you can do today to safeguard your business, and it can begin right at the front door. Ask your revolving door provider which models are equipped with these security features (ours is called BoonAssist TQ).

Company: Boon Edam Inc.

Product: Revolving Doors

Of: Amy Coulter

Source: http://blog.boonedam.us/mitigating-protests-smart-mobs-and-crime-with-manual-revolving-doors

Tags: Design | Doors | Entrances | Security

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Green: The Color that Became a Building Philosophy

Green: The Color that Became a Building Philosophy

Solar panel arrays. Reclaimed wood. Ultra low-flow toilets. Smart thermostats.Continuous insulation. Volatile organic compound (VOC)-free paint. Recyclable railings. The list of ways American home designers, developers, builders, and owners slash energy expense, promote household comfort and health, and embrace green building practices grows by the day.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is carefully monitoring these practices, too. The people behind the widely known LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program for commercial and residential structures say more than 121,900 residential units have now earned LEED certification worldwide.

USGBC research also indicates more than of half of consumers rank green and energy-efficiency as top requirements for their next home. Even renters say a LEED-certified property is topped only by a prime central business district location as a desirable feature, according to USGBC studies. Today the USGBC predicts a whopping 84 percent of all 2018 residential construction will have sustainable features.

High on that list of sustainable features are the Feeney’s CableRail stainless steel cable infill and DesignRail® aluminum railing systems.

“All of our architectural products are made from stainless steel and/or aluminum which are among the most recycled materials on the planet,” says Brad Adsit, Feeney’s Product Development/Engineering Manager. “But that’s just the beginning of how we support a green building ethic.”

Feeney may have one of the most comprehensive, earth-friendly manufacturing programs in the architectural products business. Points of proof:

  • The grade 316 stainless steel cable used with Feeney CableRail products contains 70 percent pre-consumer recycled content.
  • The aluminum extrusions used in the DesignRail® railing system contain 40% pre-consumer and 30% post-consumer recycled content.
  • Low maintenance requirements mean no treatments, stains, solvents, varnishes, or preservative that may contain harmful chemicals.
  • CableRail fittings and cables use less raw material and allow easier handling, lower shipping costs, and less transit fuel consumption.
  • Feeney’s California manufacturing facility is nearly energy self-sufficient thanks to an immense 5,000 square foot solar panel array.
  • Feeney’s powder coating facility in Nebraska emits no V.O.C.s or heavy metal waste, uses a non-chromium pre-treatment wash, and reclaims 93 percent of the wastewater.

This is only a partial list. As you consider railing system options as part of a green homebuilding project, keep Feeney in mind as a LEED-friendly supplier. 

“Feeney contributes points to the various LEED version 4 rating systems in the Materials and Resources credit category, by disclosing product ingredients to demonstrate raw material optimization,” according to Adsit.

“We work hard to be thoughtful stewards of our natural resources,” notes Adsit. “Improving our ability to deliver greener building solutions is a continuous, relentless priority.”

To learn more, read the Feeney Environmental Statement and Feeney LEED info.

Company: Feeney, Inc

Product: CableRail Stainless Steel Standard Assemblies

Source: http://media.feeneyinc.com/blog/the-color-that-became-a-building-philosophy

Tags: Design | LEED Certification | Metal | Railing System

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Ogden by Maglin Site Furniture offers flexible straight, curved or circular bench options to suit any style

Ogden offers flexible curved, circular or straight bench options to configure any style that you visualize. Available in a variety of radii, various seat material and leg options for you to design your individual creation.

Ogden by Maglin Site Furniture offers flexible straight, curved or circular bench options to suit any style

Company: Maglin Site Furniture

Product: OGDEN

Source: http://www.maglin.com/products/OGDEN/index.html

Tags: Color | Design | Furniture | Landscape Design

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Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

The right light is essential to experience and enhance the viewing of art, and Kalwall® has become the preferred choice of architects to provide museum-quality daylighting™ for cultural projects worldwide.

Calder Foundation Gallery

New York, New York, U.S.A.

The diffuse daylight of Kalwall panels cleverly showcase the unique sculptures and mobiles of Alexander Calder and the other artists on display. Softly balanced, glare-free light envelops the art from every angle. The use of Kalwall turns what was once three disparate rooftop sheds into a breathtaking space.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Luxembourg Freeport

Niederanven, Luxembourg

The ability to provide necessary temperature control, along with safety and security, made Kalwall the choice for this duty-free storage unit where wealthy art investors can store their valuable collections. Kalwall provides museum-quality daylighting for viewing artwork as well as privacy and superior structural integrity that allows peace of mind.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Elgin Artspace Lofts

Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A.

A centerpiece Kalwall skylight was reintegrated into a 1908 Sears building being converted to a mixed-use space. Kalwall panels with .10 U values were chosen to provide exceptional thermal performance and low solar heat gain. The skylight provides diffuse daylight to both levels of this historic building and beautifully highlights the central gallery.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Crocker Art Museum

Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

Perfectly diffuse top lighting by Kalwall allows the vibrant colors of the artwork below to come through naturally, as opposed to the harsh effects of artificial lighting.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

Sisika, Alberta, Canada

The architect of this breathtaking building viewed his design as “a reinterpretation of a vast range of Blackfoot cultures,” and Kalwall is a dominant feature in that design. Kalwall panels are used to create the central teepee that greets visitors as they enter this historical center that promotes and preserves the culture of the Siksika Nation Peoples. The panels emit an ethereal glow at night reminiscent of traditional lanterns created by ancient cooking fires, reflecting the functionality of teepees as well as a connectedness to earth and sky.

Visual Blog: Kalwall in the Cultural Market

Company: Kalwall Corporation

Source: https://www.kalwall.com/2017/08/09/visual-blog-kalwall-in-the-cultural-market/

Tags: Design | Lighting | Skylights | Window Shades | Windows

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Ruskin's acoustical louvers are AMCA licensed for water penetration and air performance

Ruskin's acoustical louvers are AMCA licensed for water penetration and air performance

Acoustical louvers

Ruskin Sound Control offers the most complete line of acoustical louvers on the market. All products are AMCA licensed for water penetration and air performance. The product is offered in standard galvanized steel or alternative aluminum construction, and can be offered in a wide variety of finishes. The LAS louver family includes standard or airfoil blade design and depths between 4" and 12".

Primary Applications 

Cooling towers, mechanical rooms, tunnel ventilation, parking garage ventilation, general ventilation 
Characteristics

  • Acoustical attenuation across all eight octave bands
  • Good water penetration performance
  • May be provided with a number of variations such as filter racks, security bars, and insect and bird screens

Key Design Features

  • Architecturally appealing appearance
  • AMCA licensed water penetration performance
  • AMCA licensed air performance
  • Acoustically transparent perforated liner
  • Acoustical grade fibrous media

Company: Ruskin

Product: Louvers

Source: http://www.ruskin.com/category/336~Acoustical-Louvers

Tags: Acoustics | Design | Louvers

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Not all access covers are created equal

Not all access covers are created equal

When it comes to solving the problem of accessing concealed services under floors, behind walls or above ceilings there are an abundance of products on the market that could do the job. However, if your requirement is for a quality access cover or panel that will provide quick and easy access to concealed services safely then those 'cheap' foreign imports are unlikely to make the grade!

In the world of construction the old adage, 'You get what you pay for' definitely rings true. Of course the majority of building services professionals involved in the specification process clearly understand that principle. A building component, such as an access cover, is just one of hundreds of constituent parts that make up a building. However insignificant the component to the overall structure it still has to possess certain attributes, satisfy stringent criteria and integrate positively with the other products being used.

As a busy architect or specifier how do you determine the best solution to the access scenario in your particular project?

PERFORMANCE

The level of performance required from an access cover is generally dictated by the type of environment where the concealed services are to be located.

  • Is it internal or external?
  • Loading requirement - will it be used by pedestrian traffic only or vehicular traffic?
  • Is access required frequently or just occasionally?
  • What size of aperture is needed to access the concealed services?
  • What type of material will cover the services?
  • How important is security?

At Howe Green we offer a wide range of floor, wall and ceiling access solutions designed to satisfy all of these performance criteria.

Need a single access panel for emergency access to a stopcock in a ceramic tiled bathroom wall? Or a duct run of floor access covers for regular maintenance of underfloor drainage systems beneath vinyl flooring in a hospital?

Whatever your performance specification Howe Green can provide the solution.

AESTHETICS

Whether you are working on a new build or refurbishment project the impact that an access solution has on the overall look and feel of the building is a consideration for the vast majority of projects.

By using the latest CNC and CAD technology access covers can be precision engineered to your exact specification. A perfectly sized access cover removes any hassle from the installation process and ensures that the cover fits seamlessly into the flooring, reducing the risk of slips and trips.

With options available for all types of hard floor finishes and the Visedge flexible floor access cover, Howe Green can be specified whatever the flooring finish.

STANDARD OR BESPOKE?

Many of the projects that cross your desk may well require a standard size access solution. At Howe Green standard size floor, wall and ceiling covers are available to order from stock, ensuring a speedy delivery to site when required.

Other projects may require a bespoke solution. This is where over 35 years of experience combined with continual investment in equipment, technology and processes ensures that whatever bespoke solution is required it can be supplied. If you need to specify a custom size, loading or finish Howe Green can accommodate your requirements without cost or time penalty.

MAKING THE DECISION

Whether you have most of the knowledge and information you need to prepare your specification or you are looking at our product ranges from scratch, the team at Howe Green are available to help.

The quality and performance of our products, flexibility of our service and the expertise of the team is what sets Howe Green access covers apart from our competition. Architects, specifiers, building engineers, flooring and tiling specialists and contractors have put their trust in Howe Green to deliver a tried and tested access solution since 1983.

If you are looking for an access solution to concealed services look no further than the industry standard and you will soon discover that "Not all Access Covers are created equal".

For more information about any of our products or for assistance with your specification please call 01920 463 230, we are always happy to help.

Company: Howe Green US

Source: https://www.howegreen.com/howe-green/news/not-all-access-covers-created-equal.php

Tags: Access Covers | Design | Safety | Security

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Little things make a big difference

Draper’s exposed hem bar options
Draper’s exposed hem bar options

Sometimes the smallest detail can make a huge difference in our perception of interior design—even something as small as the pocket and hem bar on window shades. That’s why we have a hem bar solution for every design need.

Since introducing Draper’s shade line at the 2016 CEDIA Expo, reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. But one comment we’ve noticed on occasion is that our standard hem bar option has too much of an “industrial” look.

Truth be told, we have several options to choose from. Yes, we have some options that have a more industrial look, but whatever your personal design preference, Draper has a hem bar solution for you.

Our standard hem bar is low profile, and designed to blend in with the shade. We’ll provide it with a 1″ elliptical slat inside the 1-5/8″ heat seamed pocket, with heat sealed ends, or with open pocket ends and decorative end caps on the hem bar. These options do look more “industrial” to some of our dealers—especially on the residential side. These are often found in commercial settings.

If you want the hem bar to be a more visible and elegant part of your design, we also have three options for exposed hem bars:

  • A 1-1/2 inch x 5/16 inch rectangular hem bar with end caps. A
  • A 7/8 x 5/16 inch version that brings the same clean look in a smaller package to residential and well-designed commercial applications.
  • A ¾ inch round hem bar with end caps for another elegant alternative.

All three of these options are available in our five standard colors. For an upgrade, we can provide custom powder coat.

These hem bar options give our dealers a wider variety of cosmetic choices, so our shades can better compliment many various room styles. There is also a functional benefit when using a shade with side channels. With the open hem pocket or flat hem bar, the fabric and hem bars are the same width, allowing more bar to travel in the side channel.

These hem bar options are available on Draper Motorized, Clutch, Clutch XD, and Techmatic FlexShades. They are not available on Spring Roller or Bottom-Up FlexShades.

Click here for more information on our shades, and all the various options to give them that special look you want..

Company: Draper, Inc.

Product: Window Shades

Of: Amy Madden

Source: http://blog.draperinc.com/2017/08/little-things-make-a-big-difference/

Tags: Design | Window Shades

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How to deliver true color to your clients

How to deliver true color to your clients

Simple tips to help you improve your understanding of color performance in the paint — ultimately allowing you to deliver more accurate, consistent hues to your clients’ projects.

  • When creating a specification, how can you ensure the color sample you’re using will ultimately match the final tinted paint?
  • How can you be confident the color in the first gallon of paint applied on a job site matches the final gallon applied?
  • How can you get custom color matches to be as true as possible to the swatch or sample you’re working from?

The answers to all of these questions come down to two things: color accuracy and color consistency. They’re two sides of the same coin, and knowing the right things to look for from your paint and coatings provider is the best way to ensure you can deliver color excellence to your clients.

“First of all, you want to be sure you’re working with paint products, colors and color formulas that are all designed to work as an integrated system,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

For example, color formulas should be programmed to flex subtly and precisely depending on the product and finish combination you specify, ensuring the most accurate color result in the final tinted paint.

Another tip: Avoid working with paint providers that use third-party manufacturing.

“The paint manufacturer should control its own manufacturing and quality,” says Steve Revnew, senior vice president of product innovation at Sherwin-Williams. “That includes the colorant it uses to tint its paint.”

When paint providers turn to third parties to manufacture base products or colorants, the color results in the final tinted paint can show wider variances.

Ultimately, color accuracy and consistency are a lot like cooking: Success depends on trained experts and repeatable systems. When you work with a paint and coatings provider that has the human and technical expertise to manage color accuracy and consistency at every stage — product design, quality manufacturing, color formula management, final tinting — you radically reduce the possibility of color issues on the job site.

“Ask a contractor,” Revnew says. “They’re the ones who have experience with gallon-to-gallon color consistency and reliable color touchups.”

ColorSnap Precision

When you specify Sherwin-Williams, your designs are powered by ColorSnap® Precision, our exclusive system for ensuring exceptional color accuracy and consistency in the paint.

ColorSnap provides you with:

  • Color samples engineered to match the final tinted paint
  • Paints and colorants designed as an interlocked system
  • Consistent gallon-to-gallon color delivery via our 4,000-plus locations
  • State-of-the-art technology to precision match custom colors
  • Real-time color formula updates

To learn more, contact your local Designer or Architectural Account Executive, or call our Information Line at 800-321-8194.

ColorSnap color selection tools are available both online and in-store. Visit swcolorsnap.com to learn more.

Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company

Source: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/stir/sw-art-stir-cs-precision

Tags: Coating | Color | Design | Finishes

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Sustainable and small: The tiny house movement

These two sheds showcase the outdoor beauty of ellensburg, washington. The shed on the left serves as a bedroom and the one on the right is a living room, both designed by modern shed.
These two sheds showcase the outdoor beauty of ellensburg, washington. The shed on the left serves as a bedroom and the one on the right is a living room, both designed by modern shed.

As the trend to downsize picks up speed, vertical and lap siding from AIA partner James Hardie has the look, efficiency, and durability to fit right into a tiny design

After years of buying bigger homes, the trend to downsize is picking up speed. You can see it in the tiny house communities across the United States, the slew of reality TV shows on the subject, and an increase in the number of architects specializing in tiny living spaces.

In 2013, the average new house size was 2,598 square feet, 41 percent larger than the average new house size in 1973—and those homes were filled with more family members. Just four years later, the zeitgeist steers toward scaling down on square footage, which includes benefits such as reduced cost and environmental impact. Tiny homes, which typically range from 100-400 square feet, produce about 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year as compared to the 28,000 pounds produced by an average-sized home.  

Architects designing for small living spaces, including Ryan Smith of Modern Shed, focus on creating a mixed-use space with a stripped back aesthetic that relates to its surroundings in a big way.

“We design to solve needs for space,” Smith says. “Sometimes singular use, sometimes a full home.” Smith has designed hundreds of customizable sheds that have served as summer homes, winter cabins, offices, meditation rooms, a Seattle Seahawks-colored man-cave, even a sound-resistant recording studio and a sauna.

His structures are panelized and completely adaptable for the client’s needs. All components—the doors, windows and roofing—are all designed and made under one roof, as part of a streamlined and efficient system. Any leftover materials roll into the next shed, which means hardly any scraps, Smith says.  Everything else is used as firewood to heat the space.

“There’s a wonderful modularity and flexibility around the structure itself,” Smith says.

The panels can be carried into and around tight spaces, like between your house and your fence, for fast backyard assembly, or can be completely dismantled and reassembled in a new location.  

“You can literally take it apart. So if you wanted to make modifications to it, you can pull the puzzle pieces off,” Smith says.

Smith uses HardiePanel vertical siding and HardiePlank lap siding because they feels right for the design of the structure, and they’re durable and energy conscious, he says.

When it comes to designing sustainably, modular construction is an interesting way to save it and use it again, Smith says. Small structures like these can have a different lifespan than a larger home.

One project in Central Washington [pictured above] combined two Modern Sheds to create one summer compound for working farmers. The space on the left side—tucked into the hillside with a wall of windows—is the bedroom, and the structure on the right—with a standout water view—is a living space with an office and a living/dining room. The center of the home is the outdoor kitchen, connected and covered by a pergola with a sky-view polycarbonate protection but wall-less and open to interact with the outdoors. Because the spaces are so small, the windows help to heat and light the indoor rooms, which makes having a tiny footprint simple.

“Living small doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice,” Smith adds. “Quite the opposite, if you do it right. Living small could mean what’s left is the most important part of the experience.”  

The AIA does not sponsor or endorse any enterprise, whether public or private, operated for profit. Further, no AIA officer, director, committee member, or employee, or any of its component organizations in his or her official capacity, is permitted to approve, sponsor, endorse, or do anything that may be deemed or construed to be an approval, sponsorship, or endorsement of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

Company: AIA (American Institute of Architects)

Of: James Hardie Building Products

Source: https://www.aia.org/articles/141631-sustainable-and-small-the-tiny-house-moveme

Tags: Architecture | Building | Design

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Architectural Series Roof Guardrail System

Architectural Series Roof Guardrail System

The BlueWater Architectural Series combines our OSHA compliant non-penetrating guardrail system with an aesthetically pleasing architectural appeal. Full protection with visual appeal. Optional Straight and Incline Stanchions available.

The Architectural Series combines our non-penetrating guardrail system with an architectural appeal for those applications where appearance of the railing is important. The Architectural Series has a pleasing sightline and can enhance the overall appearance of your building while maintaining a fall protection barrier around the roof edge that meets OSHA Regulations. Since the Architectural Series utilizes the same patented, non-penetrating base as the SafetyRail 2000, your roof system will maintain its integrity and not be compromised by having to penetrate the roof surface for installation. The Architectural Series is ideal for new building construction, adding passive fall protection to an existing building or as an addition to existing guardrails.

  • More pleasing sightlines
  • No holes need to be drilled
  • Three uprights available: Curved, Incline or Straight 
  • Meets and exceeds OSHA Regulations for Fall Protection
  • No intermediate counterweights required
  • Up to 10 foot spacing between uprights
  • Special orders for powder coated rail sections
  • Custom engineering / manufacturing available for special applications
  • Architectural Series has been tested by a nationally-known engineering firm and found to be in accordance with OSHA regulations
  • These regulations are in fall protection for guardrail; sections 1910.23 and sections 1926.500 -1926.503

Company: BlueWater Mfg

Product: SafetyRail 2000 Architectural Series

Source: http://bluewater-mfg.com/product/safetyrail-2000-architectural-series/

Tags: Design | Railing System | Roof | Safety

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Slipnot® provides slip resistance and aesthetic display for Times Square spotlight on Broadway project

Slipnot® provides slip resistance and aesthetic display for Times Square spotlight on Broadway project

The situation

The presence of Broadway began in 1750, and has since shaped the essential character of New York City. Spotlight on Broadway is a multimedia project of NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment located in the heart of Times Square. The project celebrates the unique charm and incredible legacy of Broadway and its forty theaters. It displays an in-ground map, made out of steel and granite, allowing visitors to engage and visualize the density of the world’s largest and most recognized theater district.

The solution

The designers at Creative Edge Master Shop contacted SlipNOT® for a solution to the bare steel lettering that presented a safety hazard when made slippery due to wet weather or other outdoor elements. The fabricating company sent in custom cut 3/8” thick letters which were blasted for imperfections, then coated with SlipNOT®’s Grade 2 stainless steel. Stainless steel is easy to clean and offers corrosion resistant properties that are exceptionally functional in wet environments both indoors and outdoors. The gripped surface of the coating not only provided higher traction for pedestrians, but also added another dimension to the piece, exhibiting a sleek and modern aesthetic.

The impact

Creative Edge is a world leader in creative architectural water jet fabrication and has been in business for over 27 years. The Spotlight on Broadway project won a Pinnacle Award, which honors companies for a job that “stands above the rest.” The Award Institute declared the project a “Clever design that pays homage to timeless Times Square,” which was ultimately awarded merit for “Commercial Exterior”.

Due to the slip resistant surface provided by SlipNOT®, tourists from all over the world can enjoy the innovative and engaging map of Broadway and its 40 theaters without having to worry about possible injuries due to slip, trips, and falls.

Award Recognition:
http://www.marble-institute.com/default/assets/File/awards/2014_MIA_pinnacle_brochure_FINAL_lo.pdf

Company: SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring Div.

Source: http://www.slipnot.com/case-studies/slip-resistant-stainless-steel-letters-for-times-square-spotlight-on-broadway/

Tags: Award | Design | Floor | Metal | Safety

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Lake Avenue light poles restoration - Pasadena, California

Niland's in-house pattern and machine shop recreated the cast iron foundry tooling needed for an exact replication
Niland's in-house pattern and machine shop recreated the cast iron foundry tooling needed for an exact replication

This light pole was originally installed in the City of Pasadena in the early 1920s. Its design consists of intricately detailed cast iron sections. After 85 years of service the need for additional light poles down Pasadena's famous Lake Avenue Drive became apparent. Representatives with the city expressed a desire to duplicate this early design and provide a period luminaire cast in solid bronze. Our in-house pattern and machine shop recreated the cast iron foundry tooling needed for an exact replication. Each section of the iron casting was sand blasted and several layers of paint removed revealed the raw iron casting.

Secrets of the early artisans that created the original tooling began to surface. The master journeyman of that era indeed had a story to tell and their work and creative ingenuity came to light. We estimated the original carvings in the original all wood tooling to be just over 4,000 man-hours back in 1920. Each individual section of detail had to be individually hand carved back then. The use of pillow blocks and triple radii shrink ratios allowed for a tight level uniform fit with an "as cast" casting. We came to discover this "trick of the trade" through careful analyzing the core prints after the old paint layers had been completely removed. We pulled sections of original detail out of the castings with a high performance non-shrinking reproduction polymer resin. The shrink ratios were added back to the wood turnings and the detail added back to the top of the pattern to bring the castings back into original tolerance. With the use of reproduction polymer resins and fine dental tools we were able to complete all the tooling on this job in less than 1,000 man-hours, allowing us the luxury of winning this work and learning from the master craftsmen of a bygone era.

Innovations in the casting process have come along way in the last century. One hundred years ago, wet "green sand" was the standard method of production. Erratic shrinks and tooling pulls would justify the use of triple radii shrink and pillow blocks. Today modern chemistry has given the age old foundry process the ability to control shrink more accurately. The use of chemically bonded "dry sand" to cast the individual parts allowed us to tighten up the tolerances and ensured a crisp detail throughout every pour. Very little machine time was spent preparing these castings for their final end use, yet the rich grain texture of fine iron castings gives each pole an individuality unique to itself. High performance acrylic primers and finish coatings completed this pole which will provide a maintenance free finish for at least 20 years.

The luminaire itself was also duplicated, only Niland was able to cast this tool in bronze, keeping with the original design from 85 years ago. Over the years most of the luminaires had been replaced with cast aluminum recreations. Our ability to cast this luminaire in bronze got the design back to its original historical intention. The light source recommended to the city utilizes electronic ballasts fully enclosed and potted in resin. This ballast allows increased life of the lamp and increased performance due to the decreased light loss factor associated with these high performance products.

Company: Niland Co.

Source: http://www.nilandco.com/project-gallery/lake-avenue-restoration

Tags: Design | Landscape Design | Lighting

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