Historic House Restored To Former Glory
This stately fieldstone mansion, built in the mid-1800’s, was a vacation home to famous Presidents and Authors. Artisans at Advanced Arch Grilles, working alongside our architect and contractor partners, assisted in the renovation that helped restore its rooms and pay homage to its historical and cultural significance.
Custom fabricated bronze perforated grilles blended nicely with the rich mahogany woodwork that has stood for over 100 years.
Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, today announced that the Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA, is quite satisfied with the functioning and cost savings of their Boon Edam Tournex revolving door. The Tournex is an example of a classic automatic revolving door and is designed to handle high capacity applications.
The historic building housing the Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square originally had a manual revolving door flush with the building’s facade. Somewhere along the way, it was decided to remove the relatively smaller gauge revolving door and replace the entrance with a double set of sliding doors.
New Entrance Solution to Address Negative Pressure in Lobby
“Our HVAC system was designed for a revolving door entrance,” said Ray Hewitt, the hotel’s Director of Engineering, “we wanted to put a revolving door back in to address the negative pressure we were experiencing in the lobby.” That negative pressure was pulling in cold air during the winter months, and cooled, conditioned air was escaping out the double doors in the summer.
During a complete lobby renovation project a few years back, designers worked to return to a revolving door lobby entrance. Because the Warwick is in a historic building, they could not change the facade of the building, so they pushed the entire entrance into the lobby itself. The architects and the designer chose a 12’ diameter Boon Edam Tournex automatic revolving door, with three door wings and a highly polished (mirror) stainless steel finish. The Boon Edam door is enclosed in a stylish glass cube, accented with purple neon lighting.
Now, those entering the hotel first pass through a double set of sliding doors at the building envelope, leading to the revolving door. Swing doors are also available on either side of the revolving door to enter the lobby itself. The effect of the sliding doors and the revolving door in a cube is to virtually eliminate air flow from outside in, and vice versa.
The Warwick has 301 hotel rooms and 106 permanent residents. On any given day, between guests, residents, staff, and visitors, up to 1000 people are passing through the entrance. Since the installation of the new entrance, the effect has been night and day—guest and visitors utilize the lobby space longer and in greater numbers. A big community table is usually filled all day long and the lobby is accented with attractive fireplaces. The hotel lobby also offers two full service food and beverage outlets (Bluestone Lane & Prime Rib Steakhouse), with a third to be announced sometime this year.
Energy Savings Pays Off
In addition to a now grand sense of arrival and more useable, comfortable space, the new entrance is also paying dividends on energy savings. “With the old entrance, our HVAC was running constantly, it could not keep up. Now, the unit can shut down periodically; that’s good for the health of the system, and we’re seeing substantial savings on energy bills,” said Hewitt.
The Boon Edam revolving door has an important feature for installations like a hotel or large office building—in the event of an emergency, the doors stop and the wings can be “book folded” to create wide open ingress and egress. The hotel has a maintenance contract with Advanced Door, but since installation the Boon Edam revolving door has been virtually trouble free.
Company: Boon Edam Inc.
Product: Revolving Doors
A new critical environment damper series from Ruskin® is designed and manufactured to withstand the elements of coastal and corrosive applications. The CD50CE and TED50CE combine the strength of stainless steel and protection of anodized aluminum to combat salt water elements.
“Our reps can now easily select a damper model with features suitable for coastal or corrosive applications,” said Mike Coyazo, commercial and life safety product manager at Ruskin. “Stainless steel linkage and anodized aluminum frames and blades come standard in these new models, making them perfect for harsh applications where salt water is present.”
The CD50CE is Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) licensed as Class 1A and, thanks to low-leak extruded aluminum, meets the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The damper features low-maintenance, non-corrosive bearings and shake-proof linkage; airfoil blades for high-velocity heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, low pressure drop and quieter performance; and mechanically-fastened blade edge seals.
The thermal-efficient TED50CE eliminates thermal transfer and the potential for condensation. The damper also meets the IECC, features the same non-corrosive bearings and shake-proof linkage as the CD50CE and includes twin seals to ensure no thermal path.
The CD50CE and TED50CE are covered under the Ruskin five-year limited warranty program. The program – recently extended from one year to five years from the date of delivery – demonstrates the company’s commitment to quality and makes it easier for engineers to specify Ruskin products.
To learn more about the Ruskin CD50CE and TED50CE dampers, visit http://www.ruskin.com/catalog/category/995~critical-environment-dampers.
Product: Control Dampers
It's your music-out of sight. Unlike wireless speakers that require counter space, Sensonic™ speakers with Bluetooth® wireless technology fill your room with rich sound from above. From hard rock to news talk, play any audio through the dual high-fidelity speakers and enjoy entertainment and privacy at the touch of a button.
Enjoy entertainment and privacy at the touch of a button
- Dual High-Fidelity Sensonic™ Speakers
- Bluetooth® wireless technology
- Brilliant audio performance concealed behind your fan grille
- Play any audio through most Bluetooth®-enabled devices
Quiet, powerful QT ventilation fan
- Effective, extremely quiet ventilation clears humidity and odors quickly
- ENERGY STAR® qualified
- Motor engineered for continuous operation
- UL Listed for use over bathtub or shower when installed with a GFCI protected branch circuit
- Type IC for use in direct contact with thermal insulation
- Fits 2"x 8" ceiling construction
- Includes unique spacer for easy I-joist mounting
- Mounts between joists with optional QTHB1 Hanger Bar Kit (sold separately)
Company: Broan-NuTone LLC
Product: Bath and Ventilation Fans
New pressure-independent automatic balancing dampers (ABDs) from Ruskin® mitigate stack effect in high-rise applications
A new series of pressure - independent automatic balancing dampers (ABDs) from Ruskin - the ABD, ABD-SEA (with grille and steel enclosure box) and ABD-SEA-E (with grille and steel collar) - automatically regulate damper positioning for precise and automatic airflow in both supply and exhaust applications. The result is energy-saving performance that mitigates stack effect in high-rise buildings and improves comfort for building occupants. The dampers will be shown at booth C3334 during AHR Expo , Jan. 30–Feb. 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visitors can conduct simulations and demos on the dampers.
“Drawing on nearly 60 years of experience in the air control industry, we’ve developed a product that raises the bar in terms of making buildings more comfortable and healthy,” said Tim Vogel, director of air control solutions at Ruskin. “That’s because the Ruskin ABD is perfect for balancing supply ducts or more precisely controlling exhaust/supply ventilation requirements, improving indoor air quality and saving energy in the process, as it does not require electricity.”
The factory-assembled dampers also reduce installation, maintenance and labor costs by providing a single and simple, bi-directional design that works across the full pressure range in both exhaust and supply applications. Contractors and facility managers will find the dampers easy to install and manage, thanks to tool-free CFM adjustment - and up to 20 set point positions - with access through the damper grille, eliminating the need for the access door typically required with manual dampers. A universal Quick-Connect Adapter Ring further facilitates installation of the ABD, as it fits most adapter plates, and a Ruskiprene™ “T” seal ensures long-lasting durability.
The ABD also features a unique-to-the-industry, antimicrobial agent that mitigates the growth of mold and bacteria and contribute s to improved indoor air quality. As a result, the dampers lend themselves to restroom and healthcare applications, along with hospitality, commercial/retail, clean room and office building installations, and can be installed in horizontal or vertical applications.
The dampers are UL 2043 listed with a UL94V-0 flame and smoke spread rating. The ABDs are also qualified for use in all FAA, FHWA, FRA, AMTRAK and FTA projects. To download a brochure about these innovative new dampers, visit www.ruskin.com/ABDnews.
Product: Control Dampers
Proper home ventilation is especially important when your house is closed up during winter. Here are some tips to improve your indoor air quality this winter.
Keep Your House Clean
Using a quality vacuum to remove dust and dirt is a great way to improve indoor air quality, but unless you’re using a central vacuum system, such as the PurePower™ Series from NuTone, you’re just recirculating dirty air throughout your home. Unlike a canister or upright vacuum, a central vac system actually exhausts the dirt and dirty air outside your home.
Remove Moisture from Bathrooms
Too much moisture from showering and bathing can cause the growth of mold and mildew in your home. Properly installed bath vent fans, such as the new InVent™ Series from Broan, remove excess moisture and vent it to the outside. Broan fans can also come with a built-in humidistat to cut the fan on and off automatically as needed.
Add Spot Ventilation to Rooms
Bathrooms are the only room that needs good ventilation Broan also makes combination exhaust fans and recessed light fixtures, such as their 744 Series which are perfect for removing musty air in closets and laundry rooms.
Company: Broan-NuTone LLC
Of: Danny Lipford
Recently we were approached by one of our Architect partners to assist with a very unique challenge. They designed a custom ceiling recess with a light fixture access point. To bring HVAC to that area of the room required a grille to match both the curve and the contour of the ceiling. This would mean a linear bar grille incorporating both a top-to-bottom radius and a side-to-side twist.
Our team suggested the AAG Advanced Architectural Grilleworks Plaster J-BeadTM aluminum linear bar grille frame to create a seamless installation. The Plaster J-BeadTM design is quickly fastened to the wall via the outer flange, by either screwing or nailing through the pre-drilled holes. After fastening, the flange is covered with a skim coat of plaster providing a clean, flush appearance.
Both the architect and the homeowner were very pleased with the results and how well the grille fit the contour and character of the ceiling.
At a glance
- TYPE: Linear Bar Grille
- STYLE: AAG10
- FRAME: Plaster J-BeadTM Frame*
- DETAIL: Fixed Core
- MATERIAL: Aluminum
- FINISH: Paint
* patent pending
Ruskin's new Zone Control Solutions brochure highlights not only our sophisticated Z2000 Zone Comfort System but also the many individual zone control solutions as well.
Building owners can choose a complete commercial zone control system utilizing our Z2000 Control Panel System. The panel allows a single HVAC unit to control up to 20 individual zones. Each zone is controlled by its own space thermostat and a modulating or two-position zone control damper. Options include:
- Discharge Air Temp Sensors
- Modulating Zone Temp Sensors with Auto-changeover
- Zone Night Setback TStat
- Static Pressure Controller (for Electronic Bypass Dampers)
When Z2000 systems are not required, Ruskin offers many individual zone dampers that are easily installed, maintenance free and interface with our hand-held remote damper controller - Ruskin model ZRC020. The remote control is equipped with an integral 9V power supply that operates the damper motor via RJ11 wiring terminating at an RJ11 connector located either at the diffuser or wall box.
Ruskin Individual Zone Dampers also include:
- Quick-Connect wall mount or diffuser mount connectors require no special tooling.
- Flush mounted wall plates available in single or multiple port arrangements.
- The Pulse Damper eliminates the need for cable in the “cable-drive” systems!
Ruskin Zone Systems help you achieve LEED certification for Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) by providing:
- Minimum IAQ Performance
- Increased Ventilation
- Controllability of Systems - Thermal Comfort
- Thermal Comfort - Design
Available in 4 styles - 3 Roof Mount Designs and 1 All Purpose Interior Mount. Professional grade solar powered attic fans use no electricity. Attic Fans are designed to reduce heat build-up in your attic in the summer and remove harmful moisture in the winter.
- Cools in the Summer: During the summer, the Solar Powered Attic Fan vents the hot air out of your attic and keeps it closer to the temperature outside. Your air conditioner won't have to run so long to cool the inside of your home.
- Prevents mold and mildew in the winter: In the winter, warm moist air rises from the inside of your home and collides with the cold underside of the roof. The Solar Powered Attic Fan provides the air circulation that prevents the moist air from condensing on the surface. Keeping your attic drier.
- Fans include a Thermal Switch. The thermal switch allows the fan to run when the temperature reaches 80 degrees and shuts the fan off when the temperature dips below 65 degrees. You can bypass the switch if you prefer the motor to run continuously during the day.
Solar Powered Roof Mount Attic Fans
Good - Ventilates up to 1100 square feet.
Solar power attic fan uses no electricity. 14 inch fan blade. Heavy duty construction. Stands up to high winds, hail, rain, and snow. 10 Watt solar panel. Quite simply the best product you can buy to reduce heat build-up in your attic in the summer and remove harmful moisture in the winter. The solar panel and fan motor have up to 25% more power than other fans, providing much better circulation and improved airflow. The advanced design provides more efficient attic ventilation while using no electricity. One fan alone can ventilate up to 1150 square feet of attic space reducing the energy needed to keep your home cooler in the summer. By running year-round, it can also remove harmful moisture in the winter months keeping your attic space drier, reducing condensation, and the potential for ice daming, mildew and mold. Download Product Brochure
Better - Ventilates up to 1350 square feet.
Professional grade solar power attic fan uses no electricity. 14 inch fan blade. Heavy duty construction. Stands up to high winds, hail, rain, and snow. Commercial grade 10 Watt solar panel. Our Better Solar Attic Fan is designed to reduce heat build-up in your attic in the summer and remove harmful moisture in the winter. It's commercial grade, heavy duty construction provides up to 25% more power than other fans, providing better circulation and improved airflow in your attic space. One fan can ventilate up to 1350 square feet and can lower the attic temperature so your air conditioning won't have to run as long and as hard to cool your home. By running year-round, it can keep your attic space drier by removing moisture in the winter, reducing condensation and preventing the growth of harmful mold and mildew. Download Product Brochure
Best - Ventilates up to 1900 square feet.
New patent pending enhanced design will ventilate up to 1900 square feet of attic space with a single fan. The new, patent pending, Smooth-air Deflector in the shroud of the fan produces a smoother air flow and increases exhaust performance by up to 30% from previous models. This next generation solar powered attic fan is our most powerful and efficient model yet. Commercial grade 15 Watt solar panel. Download Product Brochure
Solar Powered All Purpose Interior Mount Fan
Ventilates up to 1250 square feet. Installs indoors behind an existing static vent and converts vent to a powered vent. All Purpose - install into existing gable end vents, roof static or turbine vents, crawlspace vents, etc. Anywhere you want a powered vent!
Professional grade solar power attic fan uses no electricity. 14 inch fan blade. Heavy duty construction. Commercial grade 10 Watt solar panel mounts on roof, wall, soffit, etc. Stands up to high winds, hail, rain, and snow. Requires no cutting of your roof or tiles. Turbocharge any static or turbine vent. Easy do-it-yourself installation. Vent your attic through a gable or static vent.
ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE was excited to exhibit our Linear Bar Grilles as well as Custom Metalwork at the inaugural Hamptons Contemporary: The Home Design + Decor Show earlier this summer. The first ever luxury design show staged at the Elks Fairground in Southampton, NY brought together designers, exhibitors and local homeowners interested in products reflecting high end design and architecture.
Collaborating with designer, Kenneth Nilson, we were able to exhibit custom designed pieces such as the below (left to right): Entrance Doors showcasing Custom Design Panels/Screens in Brass and Stainless Steel with a variety of finishes and Honeycomb/Hex Door Pulls Hardware in Solid Brass; Honeycomb/Hex Shelving in Stainless Steel with Brass powdercoat finish; Bugeye Bauble Light Fixture in Brass suspended on Custom Design Truss in Stainless Steel with Brass powdercoat finish by Kenneth Nilson; Linear Bar Grille inset into Walnut Woodwork.
If you're interested in purchasing any of the featured Custom Design Pieces, please contact Stephen Giumenta directly at email@example.com for further information. If you would like to order custom lighting, please contact Kenneth Nilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Company: Architectural Grille
Free Webinar Louver Selection & Application Using Ruskin's LEADS Software, 2nd Wednesday of every month
Join Ruskin on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 2:30 CST for a discussion of relevant HVAC topics. These webinars may qualify for PDH credits. Please contact your local Ruskin representatives for more information.
- August 10, 2016
Louver Selection & Application Using Ruskin's LEADS Software
- September 14, 2016
Ruskin Industrial Damper Capabilities & Case Studies
- October 12, 2016
Ruskin Fire/Smoke Damper Product & Code Update
- November 09, 2016
Ruskin Extreme Duty Louvers - Blast Resistant, FEMA, Wind-Driven Rain, Hurricane Zone & More
- December 14, 2016
Air Measuring & Control Basics - Application & Installation