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Best places to use cable railing

Cable railings have become a popular choice in recent years for completing decks, stairways and other projects in homes, commercial buildings and public spaces. They are easy to install and designed to withstand weather extremes, providing a low-maintenance railing with many benefits. In fact, many buildings that incorporate cable railings through remodeling or retrofitting see an increase in resale value.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to install a cable railing, here are the more popular places where they are used.

DECKS

Best places to use cable railing

Undoubtedly the most common place to install a cable railing is on a backyard deck. Builders and homeowners know that a deck can be a prized possession, especially in the warm summer months when we all love to barbecue and relax with family and friends outside.

In every municipality, building codes require certain precautions to keep occupants safe. This almost always includes a railing. The one thing about adding a railing to a deck, however, is that they tend to block the scenic views — the reason many decks are built in the first place. Cable railings allow for the clearest view, and the least amount of work to maintain it.

BALCONIES OR TERRACES

Stainless Cable & Railing

A balcony is a lot like a deck, but in this case the platform is supported by the structure of the building rather than standing alone as an attachment. Balconies and terraces are usually smaller than a deck, but still deserve a strong, stylish railing. Used for smaller outdoor spaces, a cable railing’s transparent quality can provide a feeling of spaciousness and an optimal view.

STAIRS

Stainless Cable & Railing

Stairs are another common place for cable railing. There is almost no instance where a railing isn’t required where there are stairs. A cable railing is an affordable, easy-to-install railing option for staircases and other interior applications. With an inconspicuous yet complementary look, cable railings provide the open feeling so many homeowners desire.

OUTDOOR PATHWAY/GARDEN

Stainless Cable & Railing

Cable railings can easily be incorporated in outdoor spaces to mark pathways and add interest to landscaping. By using a cable railing rather than a wooden fence, you can appreciate the entire outdoor space without obstruction. Also, installing cables in a garden setting will allow climbing plants and other vines to show off and make the railing a part of the landscape.

POOLSIDE

Stainless Cable & Railing

If you have a pool or spa on your property, you’re already aware of the municipal codes requiring you to have a protective fence or railing. Chain-link fences can ruin the aesthetic of your property, and wood fences usually require a great deal of upkeep. Installing a cable railing around your pool will keep your property looking nice, cut down on chores, and keep children safe. This type or guard rail is approved by many building codes as a pool perimeter, although you should always check with your city or county before ordering or installing one.

Company: Stainless Cable & Railing Inc.

Product: CableView® Stainless Steel Cable & End Fittings

Source: http://site.stainlesscablerailing.com/blog/best-places-to-use-cable-railing/

Tags: Design | Railing System | Safety

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Oceanside: the 2018 color of the year

Oceanside: the 2018 color of the year

A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is our 2018 Color of the Year. A complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what's old and new.

The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.

Oceanside's multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door. Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.

Oceanside is universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary.

Using the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer, you can explore the Color of the Year and with the swipe of a finger see it on any wall.

Tag your Oceanside Twitter and Instagram posts with #SWCOLORLOVE or upload a photo. 

#SWColorLove Terms of Use

2018 Key color combinations featuring Oceanside

Oceanside's versatility allows it to play well with many colors. It is a bright counterpart to equally eye-catching colors like Exuberant Pink SW 6840 or Honey Bees SW 9018 or it can rest relaxingly alongside other blues like In the Navy SW 9178 or Adrift SW 7608. It is also the ideal companion for corals and copper metallic tones because of its timeless association with nature.

Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company

Product: High Performance Architectural Coatings

Source: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/color-forecast/2018-color-forecast/2018-color-of-the-year-oceanside

Tags: Color | Design | Finishes

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Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete flooring is one of the hottest trends for homeowners and business owners alike. Thanks to recent advancements in equipment and technology, the process of polishing concrete is more efficient and economical than ever. Concrete surfaces, both old and new, can be polished to a high-luster finish. When compared to other types of flooring: marble, tile, linoleum, wood and coated concrete, polished concrete is more durable and better performing. Polished concrete never needs waxing and is therefore low maintenance as well.

Aesthetically pleasing, polished concrete flooring has a striking high-luster appearance. The exposure of aggregate in the substrate reveals beautiful textures and natural looking patterns. It can also be stained or colorized in some other way to achieve a one-of-a-kind look that resembles natural stone.

One of the keys to achieving a beautiful high-luster polished concrete floor is to obtain a less porous concrete substrate. This is the job of a product known as a concrete densifier or colloidal silica densifier. Concrete densifiers have been around for nearly 100 years and are specifically designed for this task.

Modern concrete densifiers contain microscopic colloidal silica particles suspended in a low-tension liquid. When the densifier is applied to concrete, it is immediately absorbed into the concrete’s pores. The colloidal silica reacts with the soft calcium in the concrete. This reaction creates a new hard material that is not water-soluble and expands to fills the pores in the concrete. The newly hardened concrete will take a better polish and is more durable providing better abrasion resistance.

Hermetix Densifier is Duraamen’s high performance concrete densifier product. It penetrates more deeply and reacts faster than other brands. Once applied, it starts working in 1-2 minutes. After the application there is nothing to broom off and nothing to dispose of. Hermetix is non-hazardous as well.

To obtain an ultra-high luster, it is recommended that a colloidal silica finishing conditioner is also applied to the finished floor. Hermetix Shield is Duraamen’s protective finishing conditioner that further hardens the polished concrete by adding additional colloidal silica while helping to protect the finished floor with specifically engineered polymers.

Company: Duraamen Engineered Products Inc.

Product: Concrete Flooring: Concrete Densifier

Source: https://www.duraamen.com/p/polished-concrete/

Tags: Color | Concrete | Design | Finishes | Floor

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Design spotlight: daylighting for privacy

When we talk about daylighting, the first thing that comes to mind is often the image of natural light pouring into a space... but what happens when you need to bring light to a area that also demands privacy?

HDR/TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE - Guardian 275® Wall System - Mix Natural Light and Privacy!
HDR/TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE - Guardian 275® Wall System - Mix Natural Light and Privacy!

Translucent panel systems, like the Guardian 275® wall system above, allow for building occupants to enjoy controlled, glare-free light while eliminating direct lines of sight from the exterior and maintaining a feeling of safety and security. This can be a great asset to traditionally dark and window-less areas like public restrooms, hallways, in waiting areas in medical centers and hospitals (for patient confidentiality), or in secure facilities where it's of up-most importance to maintain a certain level of secrecy.

Translucent systems can also benefit schools as they allow students the advantages of natural light while affording them privacy from outside eyes. And while there are other options in the market such as fritted or channel glass, these systems are often on the higher end of the cost scale. Electrochromic glass options are also available, but can cost even more and may require additional maintenance and upkeep.

Their versatility, light weight and design flexibility make translucent panel systems a great choice for letting light in and keeping prying eyes out. From simple wall panels to curved systems to our Verti-Lite™ option that has an appearance similar to channel glass, we have a system that will fit your needs. 

Bruns General Contracting/St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church/Miamisburg, OH - Guardian 275® TransCURVE® Dome; Garcia Architecture and Design/Rosetta/San Luis Obispo, CA - Guardian 275® with Verti-Lite™ Grid Pattern

For additional information on our full line of daylighting systems, as well as thermal performance and testing information, visit our website.

Company: Major Industries Inc.

Product: Guardian 275® - Translucent Panel Skylights & Curtainwall

Source: https://majorskylights.com/products/wall-systems/guardian-275/

Tags: Architecture | Design | Lighting | Wall Panels | Window Shades | Windows

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Architectural Wall Louvers

Architectural Wall Louvers

Architectural Wall Louvers are used to allow air into a building, while keeping out undesirable elements from mother nature like rain, water, dirt, and debris. They also add the extra element of aesthetic design to a building exterior. Use your air intake or ventilation requirements to improve the look of any building.

What if I want more rain protection?

Gain the utmost protection against water penetration by using one of our Wind Driven Rain Louvers. These louvers will protect your building from water damage, even under heavy wind and rain conditions.

What if I have high wind loads?

Any of our louvers can be modified to handle higher wind loads (within limits). However, if you are in Florida or other coastal states with hurricane force winds, use one of our Hurricane Louvers to gain the highest levels of protection.

Louvers are commonly specified in project documents under these divisions:

  • 08 90 00 Louvers and Vents (sometimes listed as 08 9000, 089000)
  • 08 91 00 Louvers (sometimes listed as 08 9100, 089100)
  • 08 91 19 Fixed Louvers (sometimes listed as 08 9119, 089119)

Company: Architectural Louvers

Source: http://www.archlouvers.com/Louver_Applications.htm

Tags: Architecture | Design | Louvers | Ventilation

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Fast-Fold NXT Screen System

Fast-Fold NXT Screen System

Fast-Fold NXT is a stronger, faster and simpler screen system for rental and staging environments. The re-invented design features a stronger extrusion, hinge and corner as well as new height adjustment that allows the viewing area to be raised and lowered easily. A new case design upgrades the storage and transport capabilities, and a foldable 4K-ready surface is the first and only available on the market.

Key Features

New Extrusion

  • More aluminum means a slightly larger frame and more strength
  • Channels give additional strength where you need it and prevent bowing
  • Shape improves aesthetic of frame and streamlines accessories by centralizing the location of all attachments
  • Fly any model with fly kit

New Hinge

  • Internal hinge improves durability and aesthetic
  • Increased strength in design that uses epoxy instead of exposed rivets
  • Push Button release for easy tear down

New Corner

  • Push Button release for easy tear down
  • Fixed corner design improves durability
  • Welded insert for additional reinforced strength
  • Surface alignment that is the same every time

New Legs

  • No speedy cranks. Easily adjust screen height while screen is assembled and upright with micro-tooth height adjustment
  • Easily add height adjustment sections when additional height is needed
  • Latch-attach to frame
  • Independently leveling feet for uneven floors

New Reinforced Case

  • Reinforced for increased strength
  • Updated internal organization to protect surface and components 
  • New design featuring 4 wheels
  • Designed to be stored upright or stacked horizontally

New Surface Binding

  • New vinyl binding design replaces a woven binding and allows for easier attachment and flexibility
  • Smaller 1” white binding wrap-around option for borderless viewing area
  • RF Weld for clean lines
  • Easy attachment with new clip design

Company: Da-Lite

Product: Fast-Fold®Portable Screens

Source: https://www.milestone.com/en/products/da-lite/screens/fastfold_portable_screens/fastfold_screen_systems/fastfold_nxt_screen_system

Tags: Audio Visual | Design

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Visual Blog: Kalwall Retrofit

Visual Blog: Kalwall Retrofit

The design challenges facing architects and builders when renovating older buildings are considerable from increasing energy efficiency, to navigating inherited structural and building code changes. Here are five projects highlighting how such issues were solved, and illustrate some incredible transformations.

Charles H. Shaw Technology & Learning Center

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A

Farr Associates converted a century-old industrial powerhouse into a modern learning center filled with natural diffuse daylight, while preserving key structural elements, including brick walls and floor tile, as well as some of the original machinery.

Charles H. Shaw Technology & Learning Center

Buurtsporthal Parkloods

Antwerp, Belgium

This neighborhood sports park utilized Kalwall for its ability to provide balanced daylight and line of sight for athletes inside. The translucent panels help ensure the safety & security of athletes with visual privacy and impact resistance. As an extremely lightweight option in retrofit design, Kalwall offered large clear spans and accommodated the existing brick walls of a historical munitions factory.

Buurtsporthal Parkloods

Crouch End Picturehouse

London, UK

VertiKal™ panels were factory unitized with sash, for a sleek, energy efficient recladding of the Crouch End Picturehouse – a renovated 1950s factory building. The Panter Hudspith design, which won three industry awards, uses the curtainwall to create gentle backlighting at night as a visual marquis.

Crouch End Picturehouse

1060 Redwood Office Building

Mill Valley, California, U.S.A.

An ordinary commercial box building was transformed by adding top-lighting from Kalwall skylights. This modern workspace is now filled with natural, diffuse daylight, creating an ambiance that ensures a healthy work environment that boosts productivity. The OSHA fall-through compliant (`man-safe’) translucent skylights enable effective and easy maintenance without the need for safety cages.

1060 Redwood Office Building

Featherstone High School

London, UK

Kalwall window replacements were an economical energy upgrade for an old school building that was failing due to decay and ingress of water. The highly-insulated translucent sandwich panels bathe the classrooms in diffuse natural daylight while reducing HVAC and artificial lighting costs. Unitized construction allowed for fast installation and minimal disruption to school operation.

Featherstone High School

Company: Kalwall Corporation

Product: Wall Systems

Source: https://www.kalwall.com/2017/11/02/visual-blog-kalwall-retrofit/

Tags: Architecture | Design | Skylights | Walls | Windows

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Builder Spotlight: Jordan Iverson - Pride of Eugene, Oregon

To get an idea of Jordan Iverson's growing reputation as a world-class home designer and builder, Houzz.com is a good place to start. All 18 of his reviewers share a common verdict: A 5-star rating. Perhaps more telling is the fact his home designs, voted on by the vast Houzz community, have earned the Best of Houzz – Design Award the last five years running.

Iverson's work has appeared in print in Eugene Magazine as well as Portrait of Seattle magazine. And cable TV powerhouse HGTV also recognizes Iverson’s design skills. In the popular home design channel's Faces of Design, Iverson is one of six top U.S. designers in their “Kitchen + Dining” category. As Iverson’s reputation has spread worldwide, he has had to politely decline numerous commission opportunities from nearly all points across the globe, including some from as far away as Australia, Dubai, Canada, and South America. "With a wife and three kids, leaving home for a month or two at a time just wouldn’t work," the owner and designer of Jordan Iverson Signature Homes quietly observes.

This is Jordan Iverson, the do-it-all home-building designer, interior designer, and builder that's rapidly emerging as Eugene, Oregon's go-to custom home builder. International praise just happens to be a well-earned by-product of delighting Eugene-area homebuyers for the last 16 years.

Builder Spotlight: Jordan Iverson - Pride of Eugene, Oregon

Self-Taught

"My dad was a builder so I grew up around it,” Iverson explains. "When I married at 22, I decided to strike out on my own. We do every square inch of the design, inside and out. Each home we build is from the ground up. We’ve never built the same home twice."

If you detect a hint of pride, you wouldn't be mistaken. Iverson is a self-taught home and interior designer, claiming magna cum laude in the unforgiving school of the marketplace. Today Steve Wright, licensed architect, Driana Zehr, interior designer, and Chris Langenberg, project manager/site supervisor, round-out the Jordan Iverson Signature Homes team.

Deliberate Design

Iverson describes his design aesthetic as "warm modern" and "very Northwest inspired with warm wood materials and warmer gray colors that are never cold or harsh."

As home building auteurs, Iverson and his team work will happily honor the owner’s wishes but are more accustomed to making nearly all design decisions. After all, that’s what the owner is buying: A superbly-integrated design vision.

That vision routinely includes a signature design statement … the use of cable rail systems inside and out.

Feeney Makes It Easy

"Almost every design has had stainless steel cable rail of some kind. It really opens up views with a really nice, slim profile. The maintenance-free benefit is also great," Iverson says.

"Longevity and style are big benefits," he adds. "We don'’'t sell upgrades or issue change orders. If it'’'s right, we do it. The value of cable rail is very easy to present."

For Iverson, Feeney is more than his supplier of choice for cable rail systems. The Feeney name itself is morphing from a noun into a verb. "Feeney is the industry standard. A Feeney system has the clean look we’re after. Quality and budget are also important considerations where Feeney shines.

"The Feeney name is synonymous with cable rail systems. They’re the Kleenex® or Xerox® of cable rail," Iverson declares. Can 'Let’s Feeney those steps' be far behind?

What's Next?

Today Iverson is broadening his brand to include four subdivisions that are expected to open later this year. "We're excited by that," Iverson says.

And so are the home buyers of Eugene, Oregon.

Company: Feeney, Inc

Product: CableRail Stainless Steel Standard Assemblies

Source: http://media.feeneyinc.com/blog/builder-spotlight-jordan-iverson-pride-of-eugene-oregon

Tags: Design | Railing System | Safety

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Custom outdoor furniture that reflects your vision

Custom outdoor furniture that reflects your vision

Let Thomas Steele help make your vision come alive

Your project requires more than generic, mass-produced site furnishings—it yearns for handcrafted custom outdoor furniture products that are as innovative and unique as your vision. Bringing your vision to life requires hard work and dedication to ensure that every particular aspect of your design is met to your exact specifications.

Our passion is to take your vision from concept to creation by custom designing site furnishings that aren't completed on an assembly line, but shaped, welded, assembled, and finished one at a time by our skilled and experienced team. Our custom outdoor furniture is fabricated with care from the finest materials available, and we offer a unique e-Steele™ technology that you can choose for your custom project for a durable finish and backed by an unsurpassed 5-year warranty.

For more than a decade, we have helped hundreds of clients develop custom designs that are not only unique but also functional, durable, and striking in appearance. We have built our reputation on our ability to provide our clients with custom site furnishings that bring their vision and design project to life. Located in Waunakee, Wisconsin, we take pride in our efficient ordering, local manufacturing, and speedy shipping processes that get you your products right on time. 

Contact a Thomas Steele site furnishings expert at 608-849-1080 or at sales@thomas-steele.com with questions or custom design needs.

Company: Thomas Steele

Source: https://www.thomas-steele.com/custom-outdoor-furniture/

Tags: Color | Design | Furniture | Landscape Design

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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".

Company: Howe Green US

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

Tags: Access Covers | Design

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Lines, grids & aesthetics in translucent panel systems

Lines, grids & aesthetics in translucent panel systems

Major offers a wide range of glazing options, but even within translucent panel systems there are numerous ways to add customization to meet your project’s needs.

In the shop recently was a project that utilized a 7″ x 7″ grid pattern (left side of image left), giving the panels a distinct geometric look. If you’d prefer to see less grid in the panel, choosing a white face sheet and opting for a larger grid pattern or our Verti-Lite™ option is the way to go. Verti-Lite™ (image) features vertical grids only, providing a channel glass look but with numerous insulation options as well as a lower cost.

Don’t forget that we can also custom color insulation for a unique way to incorporate school colors into a building (or to mimic stained glass), and we can match finish colors as well if you’re looking to tie the daylighting system into another part of the building. Contact our sales team today at 888-759-2678 to find out how we can customize your daylighting experience.

Company: Major Industries Inc.

Product: Guardian 275® - Translucent Panel Skylights & Curtainwall

Source: http://majorskylights.com/2017/09/lines-grids-aesthetics/

Tags: Design | Glass | Wall Panels | Window Shades

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Translucent Panels | Chesapeake Boathouse, Oklahoma City

Translucent Panels | Chesapeake Boathouse, Oklahoma City

Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Architect: Elliot + Associates Architects
System: LIGHTWALL

The Chesapeake Boathouse shows the design capabilities of combining translucent cellular polycarbonate with glass vision panels. Framing systems that can accommodate both polycarbonate and glass effectively are a rare commodity, but EXTECH's systems possess this capability.

To create this sparkling facade, EXTECH's LIGHTWALL standing seam panels were connected directly to steel studs, nominally 2 feet on center. To create the smooth exterior, the standing seams were turned inward.

Due to the lightness of the polycarbonate panels, the installation time for the application was minimized. The end result not only delivered natural daylighting for the daytime hours, but it also provides a charming aesthetic by glowing like a constellation at night.

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Product: Translucent Walls

Source: https://extechinc.com/project-gallery/translucent-walls/translucent-panels-chesapeake-boathouse-oklahoma-city-ok/

Tags: Architecture | Building | Design | Lighting | Wall Panels

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Draper takes new angle to solve glare and heat gain

Draper takes new angle to solve glare and heat gain

The University of Chicago Lab School had a problem. The school was building a brand new arts facility, the Gordon Parks Arts Hall, funded in part by a donation from the George Lucas Family Foundation. It was a high-profile project, making use of daylighting.

“They had a beautiful facade design with unique angles and breaks in the glass,” Clint Childress, LEED®AP, solar control solutions product manager at Draper, Inc. “With this design, they had a problem with finding any solar shading that would work.”

Bryan B. Biggers III, the president of Beverly Venetian Blind Company, agrees it was a complex project.

“We weren’t the only people asked to bid on this project but we seemed to be the only ones that were willing to take on the complexity of this project with its unique angled windows,” Biggers said. “It’s something we had never done before but I felt that it would be a great opportunity to do something very special even though we really didn’t know how we were going to accomplish it.”

Biggers and his team talked to the designers in charge of the project to share some ideas on how to approach a solution for the project.

“This is where my thoughts went straight to Draper, Inc.,” he said. “I knew that if anyone could help pull this off, it would be Draper.”

Biggers’ request came to Draper’s Solar Control Solutions (SCS) division, which designs and manufactures custom solutions for customers around the globe.

“SCS is about bringing solutions to solar shading problems,” Childress said. “There may be too much heat gain, a unique glazing design, an operation which is not standard, or anything that makes standard products not an ideal option.”

Draper’s designers discussed the project with Biggers and, after several conversations, proposed a solution. After some back-and-forth exchange of ideas and on-site meetings, a final design was agreed upon: a custom motorized shade system on tracks, with re-directional rollers to help the shades follow the changes in slope. The shades would be operated via wall switch, and feature Mermet E Screen Charcoal/Gray with a 3% openness factor.

To read the rest of this case study, and download a free pdf copy, click here.

Company: Draper, Inc.

Product: Window Shades

Of: Terry Coffey

Source: http://blog.draperinc.com/2017/10/draper-university-chicago-lab-school/

Tags: Design | LEED Certification | Solar control | Window Shades

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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: Armstrong Building Solutions

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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