Greening A Building from Top to Bottom
Advances in sustainable building have made it easier than ever to create green buildings and office spaces that take a minimal toll on the environment. From the highest point of your building to the lowest subterranean basement, there are steps you can take to make your building greener and more sustainable. Here are some of the ways buildings can become more environmentally friendly.
A roof garden or green space on the roof of a building provides a number of benefits to the building itself as well as the workers inside it. Green roofs reflect heat so you can run interior cooling systems less. They can also collect rainwater that can be reused for landscaping.
In addition to the environmental benefits, green roofs also have health benefits. Workers can access roof gardens to soak up some natural light and relieve stress on their breaks or lunches.
Buildings that receive plenty of sun have lots of space for solar panels. While installing enough panels to power a full-sized office building is an expensive proposal, solar power is an investment that will pay for itself in the long run.
For new buildings, consider using recycled or sustainable materials for the exterior. Locally-sourced materials that don’t require a lot of fuel to transport to the building site also help reduce the carbon footprint of new construction projects.
There are many changes that can be made to the interior of an office building to make it more environmentally friendly. Most of these are the same as the suggestions given to homeowners on how to make their residential properties greener. Install LED light bulbs for all fixtures, low-flow toilets in the restrooms, and make it easy for employees to recycle to greatly reduce a building’s impact on the environment. Incorporating glass into interior spaces can also help to reduce the building’s reliance on electricity for lighting, allowing natural light to enter interior spaces.
Greening your building can start before you even walk in the front door. Make the building easily accessible to public transportation, and provide plenty of bike racks for workers to use so they don’t have to drive.
When landscaping, use native plants that don’t require a lot of additional watering. This reduces the need for irrigation and also creates a relaxing and inviting green space for employees. It is also a good idea to get educated regarding landscaping methods that can reduce water runoff. Allowing rainwater the chance to penetrate into the soil replenishes groundwater and keeps plants looking greener with less watering.
Greening doesn’t stop once you descend below street level. This is where cisterns that collect rainwater for reuse are located. These large tanks store water for use in building toilets, sinks, and other sources of water that are not used for drinking.
Geothermal pipes can also be installed underground. These provide a natural and green energy alternative to solar that makes use of the natural temperature of the earth to heat and cool buildings year-round.
Few buildings have taken advantage of all these sustainable building practices. However, instituting one or two is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to invest in the future of your building and the future of the planet.
Avanti Systems USA are the experts in manufacturing and distributing of interior glazed solutions. For more information, visit www.avantisystemsusa.com.
Company: Avanti Systems USA
Linear Motion Track Systems: 115RC & 116RC
Linear track systems are making a big splash in residential and commercial applications. That’s because linear tracks bring movement to a bevy of creative applications, making environments more space-efficient and easier to handle.
What is a Linear Track System?
A linear motion track system allows you to move an application, like a panel or even a sliding door, back-and-forth along a rail. There are two main components:
- A carriage, also known as a cartridge or cassette
- A track, also known as a rail
In systems like the 115RC, the cartridge uses an innovative design—recirculating ball bearings that offset the weight of an application. This allows a user to slide an application (in the 115RC’s case, one up to 265 lbs.) with ease.
An image of an Accuride 116RC used on a large sliding door inside a hospital. The 116RC linear track system supports such heavy-duty applications thanks to a 793 lb. load rating
A close-up of a 116RC mounted onto a large sliding inside of a children’s hospital. The 116RC requires less than 5 lbs. of pull-force, making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Usually, both parts are made from light-weight materials, often aluminum with some use of polymers. These materials are also corrosion-resistant, making them useful for outdoor, moist, and other tough environments. This corrosion-resistance also means there’s little need for maintenance.
Linear track systems also support multiple mounting arrangements, including side-, flat-, and vertical-mounting.
Linear Movement Solutions in Action
Thanks to their lightness, load capacity, corrosion-resistance, and precision movement, you can find linear motion track systems in many industries: aviation, medical, logistical, and commercial transportation are just a few.
Some specific industrial applications include:
- automotive assembly
- tool changer system
- medical sample machines
- food packaging
- parts loaders and unloaders
Linear track systems aren’t just for commercial and industrial use. There’s a burgeoning use for them in homes, especially micro-living spaces. Linear tracks can allow residents to move walls, panels, and certain furniture, creating transformable living spaces.
A Summary of Linear Track Systems’ Benefits
Accuride linear track systems give users many benefits:
- Easy installation
- Low-resistance linear movement
- ADA-compliance (116RC)
- Corrosion-resistant, low-maintenance, light components
- Max load capacities from 265 (115RC) to 793 lbs. (116RC)
For more helpful information on linear motion systems, stay tuned to Accuride.
Company: Accuride International
How colorful stains, dyes, marbling and effects can help you do more with exposed concrete flooring.
Today’s commercial interiors are increasingly being defined by organic shapes, playful palettes and inviting contrasts of opposing materials, such as wood accents and exposed concrete flooring. For both commercial and residential design pros, there’s an opportunity to expand the way you think about using color underfoot — specifically in the form of concrete stains and finishes.
“Whether you’re reclaiming a beautiful old warehouse space for a loft or office, or designing a retail space from scratch, you can do so much more now with concrete flooring than just traditional polished gray,” says Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams.
From retail to office environments, interiors today need to be human, engaging, adaptive, durable and high-performing — and that includes flooring. With concrete, new technology is leading the way, as enhanced stains, reactive dyes and protective concrete coatings offer vivid, customizable colors and organic effects.
Here’s a look at three ways you can expand your design possibilities using exposed concrete flooring:
When it comes to adding color to a properly treated and conditioned smooth concrete floor surface, your palette is virtually unlimited. Water-based solutions like H&C®ACRYLA-DECK® Water-Based Solid Color 100% Acrylic Deck Coating or H&C COLORTOP™ Water-Based Solid Color Concrete Stain can be tinted to match any color. ACRYLA-DECK provides resistance to chalking. COLORTOP provides additional durability and color-retention features, including resistance to salts, acids, alkalis, water, UV rays and oil.
Both products offer a natural sheen, but you can also specify a clear coat on top, to add a glossy finish that looks fantastic in spaces where natural light is a key design element.
Marbling and organic effects
For projects where you want to go beyond a solid-color result and provide your client with a more signature design feature, such as swirls, layers of color depth or patterning, you can explore specifying a metallic coating or reactive dyes.
H&C Pro Series Metallic Flooring System allows you and your contractor to build up a bold and beautiful result in layers. The system starts with a durable basecoat, to which you can add a metallic coat, and a vibrant color and finish coat to achieve your final desired look. There are 30 colors to choose from, which you can mix and match, and your final finish can come in either satin or gloss.
For spaces where you want the concrete floor to retain an earthier, organic look that highlights and celebrates its natural imperfections — such as in spaces where the floor needs to complement exposed wood beams — a reactive stain is the best solution.
H&C Infusion® Reactive Concrete Stains creates a translucent, variegated appearance, so small cracks and other imperfections in the concrete take on rich, lustrous character. This solution comes in 12 standard colors that can be intermixed to achieve a custom look.
Texture + color
Finally, in projects where you have a heavy traffic area that requires a texture for slip resistance, you can specify a combination concrete resurfacing solution with a color application.
H&C Dura-Top™ Heavy Traffic Concrete Resurfacer is a low-maintenance, abrasion-resistant polymer that can be stamped or troweled to achieve your desired design or texture. A rich palette of color possibilities comes into play with the addition of a Dura-TopConcrete Resurfacer Color Pack, which can be added to the mixture as a pigment. The Color Packs come in 30 colors, in a spectrum that ranges from Cotton Ball to Pepper Black.
“Concrete has so much design potential,” Wadden says, “which is great since it’s everywhere now, from commercial spaces to multifamily lofts. A more organic-looking concrete finish can function as a neutral base that allows the rest of the interior’s materials and finishes to be the hero. Or you can get really colorful with it and make the floor the star. It’s really up to you.”
Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company
Product: Interior Stains
The debate still rages over whether closed or open office floor plans are better for productivity. Glass walls offer a compromise that makes the best of both worlds and provides a balance of collaboration and privacy that is ideal for many office set-ups. However, installing glass walls represents a significant investment, so before you commit to incorporating them into your workspace, check out these seven things to consider.
1. Workplace Aesthetics
Glass walls are typically associated with modern construction, but can be incorporated into older buildings to modernize an interior space and give it the feeling of openness. Glass complements other stylistic aspects of the office, allowing them to come to the forefront and works in both modern interiors as well as more traditional settings.
2. Sound and Acoustics
One of the most commonly heard complaints against open workspaces is how noisy they can be. This is especially apparent in businesses that rely heavily on phone calls. Glass walls offer a solution in that they can be outfitted with noise absorbing materials to help cut down on office noise, without blocking light or making interiors feel enclosed. It’s important to hire a contractor specialized in acoustic planning to adequately plan and address acoustic design before building or remodeling a commercial interior, to avoid issues such as echo.
3. Space Requirements
Glass walls can make small spaces look larger because they open up a floor plan. However, in a floor plan that is already open, they can restrict space and make a previously roomy office seem cramped. Make sure that you choose the right space and have adequate room for these types of walls before planning and installing them.
4. Natural Light
Perhaps the biggest benefit of glass walls is the natural light they let in. They allow sunlight to penetrate even into interior rooms. This saves money on energy bills, reducing the need for interior lighting. Exposure to natural light also has an effect on mood. It has been shown to make employees feel more alert and happier in general.
5. Privacy Concerns
One of the major concerns associated with glass walls is that they allow relatively little privacy. People passing by may catch a glimpse of private meetings or even sensitive information on a computer screen. These concerns can be mitigated by installing blinds or by having designated private areas. Companies such as Avanti Systems offer privacy smart glass that will transform from transparent to opaque almost instantly, offering instantaneous privacy when needed.
While glass walls do act as a partition, they are not necessarily an impediment to communication or collaboration. Often, simply being able to look through the wall and see that a colleague is available is enough to open up communication. While walls and doors often impede communication, glass walls take away these barriers and allow employees to collaborate more openly.
7. Frames vs. Frameless
Frameless glass walls are a popular option in today’s modern office, giving a clean and polished look to an interior space. Frameless walls look great, but unfortunately, they can also pose a safety hazard. Workers and visitors can easily walk into them, which can be embarrassing as well as dangerous. If you have a space that tends to echo, glass walls can also be framed with sound-dampening materials to cut down on noise.
Glass walls can offer many benefits when incorporated into a commercial space and companies like Avanti Systems USA are the experts in manufacturing and distributing of interior glazed solutions. For more information, visit www.avantisystemsusa.com.
Company: Avanti Systems USA
Howe Green has supplied over 400 access covers to Tier 1 contractors working on Europe’s largest construction project – Crossrail. The new Elizabeth line will comprise 118 kilometres of track running through London and the South East and is set to reduce average journey times significantly. The Elizabeth line will open in December 2018 when services commence through central London. Tier 1 contractor Laing O’ Rourke has specified Howe Green access covers for Canary Wharf, Custom House and Tottenham Court Road stations.
2017 has been a busy year for Howe Green Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fabricated metal floor, wall and ceiling access covers.
Howe Green’s access covers have been specified and installed in a diverse range of projects over the last 12 months, from Scottish castles to Swedish museums. The strongest demand has, however, been generated from the infrastructure sector.
Over 60 of Howe Green’s 7500 Series Multipart Stainless Steel Floor Access Covers were supplied for Tottenham Court Road station. When completed this will be one of London’s busiest stations with over 200,000 passengers a day. All components of the building envelope in such a highly trafficked and challenging environment need to be robust and easy to maintain.
The large 4 part units were precision made to order to ensure that they would be a perfect fit. Installed by specialist stone contractor Vetter UK, the covers have been infilled with granite to match the surrounding area. Supplied with barrel lifting points, with just the securing bolt and barrel edge visible, the covers fit flush with the flooring to reduce the risk of slip and trip hazards.
The 7500 Series can be supplied as a single cover, in duct runs or as a multipart. Standard sizes are available from stock or can be custom made to order if a specific size or loading is necessary. There is the option to have up to a 3 hour fire rating BS 476: Part 20 1987 on stainless steel single covers or 2 hours on duct and multipart covers if required. The covers can also be supplied double-sealed to meet the highest standards of hygiene and security.
The 7500 Series can withstand up to a 5 tonne pneumatic wheel loading and is resistant to rust and corrosion.
If you have a requirement for a safe solution for accessing concealed services in a demanding environment please call 01920 463230
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Company: Howe Green US
Product: Medium Duty Floor Access Covers
If you’ve decided to build a new home – or remodel an existing one – you’re probably motivated by the words of famous TV chef Emeril Lagasse to “kick it up a notch.” Out with – boring, old, ugly, stained, chipped countertops, walls, ceiling, showers and enclosures. You want to be in with – fun, functional, low maintenance and cool items to leverage hot style trends. You don’t want to bust your budget in the process. What’s I’m seeing is hot, hot, hot in progressive remodeling project today are 3D textured products. You may be asking why are 3D textured products sizzling in today’s marketplace? Consider the following:
5 reasons why 3D textured designs are hot
- We’re living in a 3D high-tech world today – 3D printing, 3D televisions, 3D pens and 3D objects of all types are growing at a breakneck pace.
- Three dimensional products are easier to get and install – If you’re looking to do a bedroom feature wall or a grout free shower system there are simple to install premade panels to make these projects a breeze to do.
- Packing more style into smaller spaces – Given the increasing cost of land, permitting fees and a desire for simpler spaces – our homes for the first time in decades are getting smaller (the Mega-Mansions of the 2000’s is dead). However, our homes are getting cooler with more function and style per square foot. 3D walls, ceilings, counters and enclosures are part of our desire for more “cool-factor.”
- Hide scratches – When a countertop or wall is smooth it’s easy to see every little scratch. 3D textured building surfaces hide some ills which come from the beating your home “lives through.” Not everyone in the family treats your home with TLC (if you’ve got teenage boys like me you know what I’m talking about).
- Creating a focal point – Many people hire interior designers because they not only want colors and textures to work together, but they want to create an impression. You’re looking for a wow when entering the room. 3D textured surfaces do this. They are an element which is not like surrounding walls, floors and counters. A featured wall. A backlight glass counter. An interesting ceiling. Something unique – which will cause people to ask you, “Where did you get that?”
Enough about the reasons why 3D walls are getting popular, strap onto your seat and check out these 5 cutting-edge ideas to add cool-factor into your home today:
Cutting edge 3D idea #1 – Glass, leathered and brushed quartzite countertops
The central gathering place in the home is your kitchen (it really is all about the food – isn’t it?). Whether you’re hosting a big party for family or friends for the holidays – or enjoying a meal around the island with your kids (when you can slow them down for a few minutes) – the kitchen is the hub of the house. While cabinets are obviously a key item in a kitchen remodel– your countertops can also make a big impact.
One idea would be to use a leathered quartzite top. This top has a honed finish which is textured with diamond tipped brushes. It is less likely to show scratches and etches from everyday life.
A second idea is a cast glass countertop with LED lighting. This top not only gives a one of kind style with texture on the bottom surface of the glass – but in the evening, it can glow. How cool is that?
Cutting edge 3D idea #2 – Wood feature walls
There is no material which adds as much warmth to a room as wood. When you combine wood of different depths in the same wall you have an automatic focal point for a room. These feature walls are wonderful in a contemporary bedroom, a lofted seating area or even a rustic basement remodel. Since these wood feature walls are constructed in panels they are simple to install.
Cutting edge 3D idea #3 – Glass walls
When you think of glass, what do you think of? Windshield, house windows, glass table tops? These products use flat glass pieces (also called float glass in the industry). They can be tempered, laminated and even colored – but what they all have in common is they are flat.
Here’s an idea which demands attention. 3D textured glass block walls. These blocks jut out with a pyramid or fluted shape.
They do an excellent job moving light through interior spaces in a downtown loft or for a light-transmitting privacy wall between a bedroom and a bathroom. One thing you’ll be certain of – is they will not look boring or blend into bland drywall walls!
Cutting edge 3D idea #4 – Ceiling tiles and panels
Most ceilings in homes are completely forgettable. Who pays attention to the same old same old popcorn stippled textures in most homes? Ceilings can make a statement and add warmth to a library, den, kitchen or basement remodel. These 2” x 2” panels create the look of a more expensive coffered ceiling at a fraction of the cost. They add an elegant finished touch and draw your eye up.
Cutting edge 3D idea #5 – 3D textured shower and tub wall panels
When people think of shower panels the words which come to mind are – cheap, white, smooth and plastic. Not exactly what you’re looking for in an upgraded new home or remodel (you might have lived through these cheap panels already because a builder slapped them in your first low-cost production home).
In most cases when people want a stylish shower they will choose tile. However, with tile comes its evil stepsister – grout. With grout comes your scrub brush and a ton of maintenance.
New lines of grout free shower wall panels are stylish and textured. You don’t have to be embarrassed by your bathroom or have to deal with maintaining your tiled shower. There are tile patttern and faux stone shower walls which give you the benefit of a textured look – while eliminating maintenance.
You’ve worked hard to upgrade your home so why settle for another generic kitchen, bathroom, rec room or living room? 3D textured walls, ceilings and countertops give you the special look you deserve and will have family and friends asking, “You’ve got to tell me where you got that!”
If you’re looking for nationwide supply of 3D shower panels, glass block walls, or wood feature walls call Innovate Building Solutions nationwide at 877-668-5888 or in Columbus at 614-252-3242. For a Cleveland bathroom or kitchen remodeling project call Cleveland Design and Remodeling (216-658-1290).
Company: Innovate Building Solutions
Of: Mike Foti
The typical point of entry into an interior environment tends to be simple, boring, and often mediocre. The primary purpose is to allow access, paying no attention to any crucial design attributes Avanti Eclipse sliding glass doors are a collection of quality Sliding Glass Door Systems that provide a contemporary solution to applying design and seamless flexibility.
Integrated Sliding Glass System
The Eclipse Sliding Glass Door incorporates a series of functional components, creating a unique system that fuses stainless steel hardware and single pane glass. This creates a simple sliding system that may be integrated with corresponding glass wall systems such as Elite or Solare Single Glazed. We also now carry the Eclipse Plus Sliding Glass Doors that functions with our Double Glazed Wall Systems. Eclipse utilizes a series of module and glass panel mounted stainless steel hardware components.
The Eclipse Sliding Glass Door system can be fixed on glass partitions and even solid walls. This provides a high degree of flexibility, creating practical solutions which satisfy specific requirements. This system provides a unique “floating” look, as the rollers glide on a track. Each Eclipse Sliding Glass Door System comes standard with a 4 Foot Stainless Steel Handle and includes other locking and pull options.
Single Elevation – Integrated with Solare Single Glazed
Pair Elevation (Barn Doors) – Integrated with Solare Single Glazed
Assisted Close Glass Systems
Glide the Eclipse Sliding Glass Door System to the closed position and you will see a halo right before your eyes. This halo consists of a 1 1/2’’ overlap at the top, left, and right of the system. The Eclipse Sliding Glass Door is a gateway to a translucent space, and is also a gateway to promoting a sustainable environment. Eclipse is compliant with LEED sections including recycled content, daylight and views, acoustic performance, and regional material.
Company: Avanti Systems USA
Product: Eclipse Standard Doors
High gloss acrylic walls provide a sleek, contemporary look for bath/shower walls, kitchen backsplashes, reception desks and office areas while being light and easy to work with. Learn the many benefits of this product.
Creates a clean, contemporary look
The high gloss acrylic wall panels created a fresh clean European look with a luxurious and elegant finish.
Unique colors adds a stylish touch for a backsplash or tub or shower wall
Choose from a wide range of fun colors like arctic white, blue atoll, glacier, mocha, carbon black, red rouge, and titan gray to dress up any indoor residential or commercial space.
Flexible material can be used in a wide range of remodeling and new construction
High gloss panels from Innovate Building Solutions can be used in bathrooms, bedrooms, media rooms, hallways, reception desks and commercial lobbies to name just a few rooms. Cool, eclectic and exciting are just some of the words used to describe these panels.
Easy to clean with no grout to maintain
While tile is the most commonly used material in shower and tub wall panels and kitchen backsplashes most people hate the cost and hassle of cleaning and resealing grout! With these innovative wall panels you’ll get a sleek euro look and eliminate the effort and cost of maintaining grout. These smooth/non-stick walls are easily cleaned with warm water and a soft cloth.
Glass type look with the benefits of acrylic
High gloss acrylic panels are 25 times tougher than glass with 1/2 the weight.
More cost effective than back painted glass
Back painted glass is also very stylish - but in most cases will be 2 times as expensive as high gloss acrylic wall panels.
Durable long lasting material
High resistance to UV light, cracking and chipping makes this is popular materials vs. glass, ceramic tiles, aluminum or wood.
Simple installation process
These high gloss acrylic panels can be cut drilled and shaped with common woodworking materials and the panels can be set with double sided foam tape and neutral cure silicone. Installation will take 1/3 of the time of a tile job.
In wet applications likes showers, tubs and backsplashes it’s nice to know with high gloss acrylic walls you don’t have to worry about moisture growing behind the wall.
Multiple panels sizes for design flexibility
Choose either our 2 standard panel sizes (39"x96" and 60"x96") or get your panels custom made to your size through our custom cut program.
Company: Innovate Building Solutions
Product: High Gloss Acrylic Wall Panels
Elite Crete Systems has solutions to concrete floor problems and the design and decor experience to provide a truly unique one of a kind floor system.
REFLECTOR Enhancer Flooring Systems for a residential garage floor.
REFLECTOR Enhancer Flooring Systems in a dining room. Seamless, durable and beautiful.
Although this floor looks like traditional wood floor, it is not actually wood at all. It was created with THIN-FINISH™ Pre-Mixed Overlay and is a polymer modified cementitous topping. Because it is cement based, it is seamless and will not scratch like conventional wood floors.
Custom seamless floor created with REFLECTOR™ Enhancer Flooring System.
This beautiful and custom floor was created with THIN-FINISH™ and MICRO-FINISH™ polymer modified cementitious overlay.
This floor is not tile. It is fluid applied but made to look like stone tile. It was created with TEXTURE-PAVE™ pre-mixed overlay and colored with ULTRA-STONE™ Antiquing Stain.
Elite Crete Systems is a leading manufacturer of exterior decorative concrete finishes and custom seamless interior flooring. With a national network of trained installers and local technical support offices Elite Crete Systems is able to service individual residential clientele along with large corporate installations and construction projects.
TECTUM WALL & CEILING PANELS: A PERFECT FIT OF DURABILITY, ACOUSTICS, AND UNIQUE VISUALS
From a natural factory finish or white, to integration with COLORATIONS colors (that’s 13 standard colors) or made-to-order Sherwin-Williams® colors, TECTUM panels can coordinate or complement your color palette with the sizes, shapes, and forms that make your designs happen.
Toughness and acoustics are at the heart of TECTUM interior products, ideally suited to open spaces and high traffic, high impact areas. Panels can be attached directly to walls and ceilings in forms of panels, clouds, and square or curved. TECTUM linear hanging baffles give you even more design options.
Create a signature element in a space to complement your interior design. The possibilities are endless, the look is one-of-a-kind, and the acoustic properties of TECTUM panels can help quiet the space.
Company: Armstrong Building Solutions
Product: TECTUM Ceiling & Wall Panels
Whether a client wants a perfect neutral, refreshed trim or a bold accent wall, the new West Elm paint palette has a hue for your next project.
The Sherwin Williams Fall/Winter 2017 paint palette from west elm makes it simple to coordinate colors with their latest collections of furniture, bedding and home accessories. Whether you're picking the perfect neutral, refreshing tired trim or adding a bold accent wall, find favorite hues for every room of the house.
*Wall colors shown are Dustblu SW 9161, French Moire SW 9056, and Rocky River SW 6215.
Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company
Product: Interior Paints
The challenge: heat, humidity and sea breezes infiltrating the building. The solution: revolving doors.
Since opening in October 2014, Andamar Lifestyle Center struggled to contain strong Veracruz winds, which consistently left its swinging doors open and exposed the facility to heat, humidity, and sea breezes. In turn, this allowed the shopping center’s air conditioning to escape, resulting in a second challenge: higher electricity expenses.
Andamar Lifestyle Center is home to over 100 different stores spread throughout the nearly 2 million square feet of retail, restaurant, and lesiure space.Taking the mall’s estimated 5.3 million annual visitors into account, and the fact that 40% of them are entering through the main entrance, the air infiltration and loss situation became unsustainable. As a result, Rosa María Bueno, director of Andamar, began looking for solutions.
“At first, we tried to find a way to solve the problem without getting rid of the manual doors that were already installed. So, we had about one guard at every door to make sure the doors were closed or to hold them shut against the wind. The reality is that we weren’t going to solve the problem that way,” Bueno explained.
Two important factors the center needed to consider were the location and use of each door. In addition to its main guest entrances, Andamar has entryways to its terraces and ocean views, which are primarily used by waiters in transit – making easy access a must. “Because we’re beside the ocean, many people go outside to enjoy the air, take photos, and eat; as a result, waiters go in and out with their hands full of food, huge trays, etc. We needed to find the right entryway that wouldn’t make this process any more difficult,” Bueno said.
Andamar also had to consider its original architects’ opinions. “The architects who designed the center were very worried that the new doors would change its visual design and obstruct the ocean views, two important points that were taken into account from the beginning. After a detailed search, we found the ideal solution with Boon Edam,” the director said.
In total, the shopping center installed eight Boon Edam doors: three Crystal TQ automatic revolving doors, three Crystal TQ manual revolving doors, and two Crystal BoonAssist semi-automatic revolving doors. With the help of AVANCE Inteligente, a local door installation company, each door was installed with the specific entryway’s purpose and location in mind.
Bueno affirmed that, in addition to receiving a customized analysis, the shopping center experienced nonstop assistance and dedication from Boon Edam support staff during the project’s duration. This led to the right solutions, and gave the client complete confidence in the quality and adaptability of Boon Edam’s team.
“We’re very happy with the solution from all angles. It meets its functional and aesthetic purposes, it contributes to our positive image, and the doors have allowed for the flow of visitors to achieve a good rhythm,” Bueno concluded.
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Company: Boon Edam Inc.
Product: Revolving Doors
LumiSplash is a patent pending, multilayered, ultra-thin 1/4″ (6mm) decorative laminate that emits light evenly across its surface and has impressive impact, scratch, chemical, and abrasion resistant properties. LumiSplash is:
- The first ultra-thin, lighted laminate system with no air gap required for LEDs. This system uses a Light Bar and Light Guide Panel to produce luminance across a translucent surface.
- A one-of-a-kind product that combines art with lighting in a durable laminate, creating a unique focal point for any home or business.
- A low-voltage system that comes with the necessary electrical components to simply plug into a 110-volt receptor. LumiSplash can also be hardwired for permanent installations by a local electrician.
- Suitable for most vertical and horizontal applications where other decorative laminates could be used.
- Easily fabricated with standard woodworking tools such as routers, saws, and drills.
- Easily used to backlight your own stone, acrylic, or other translucent materials with it’s Light Guide Panel.
Lumisplash Idea Library
Company: Decorative Ceiling Tiles, Inc.
The comfort of well-designed theater seating is essential to the enjoyment of productions that often last several hours. With this in mind, we provide theater seats which are made to be durable and comfortable, utilizing the latest materials to enhance the patron's experience. Our high-quality theater seating is designed with gravity assisted spring mechanisms that retract the seat quietly, so as not to disturb other patrons. Preferred theater seats are virtually indestructible and are built to withstand years of use.
We also restore and renovate theater seating and offer used theater seating for sale at a lower price than new.
Company: Preferred Seating
Product: Theater Seating
One of the most beautiful parts of metal ceiling tiles is the sheer number of options there are when selecting one. There are numerous sizes, shapes, and colors to choose from. It is practically guaranteed that you will be able to find a metal ceiling tile that fits not only the atmosphere of the room it will be in but your personal taste as well. Nothing demonstrates these options better than the different finishes available for tiles.
Benefits Of Having Different Metal Ceiling Tile Finishes
There are hundreds of different finishes available, each one unique. Finishes can be worn and weathered to shiny and bright. Some may be bold, while others may be dull. This variety is great for a few reasons.
- You will be able to match existing ceiling tiles. If you are looking to replace a few ceiling tiles that are a part of an existing ceiling, there will not be a problem finding a tile to match the tiles that are already in place. This will make the replacement process much easier for you.
- You will find the perfect ceiling tile for whatever aesthetic appeal you are in search of. Whether you want a vintage appearance or a modern appearance, there is no shortage of metal ceiling tile finishes. Metal ceiling tiles allow you to express your individuality. Your creativity and style can be directly seen by the metal ceiling tiles you wish to display around your home.
How Can Different Finishes Impact A Room?
The room where the metal ceiling tile will be placed can directly impact the style and feel you wish to convey. For example, you may want a bold ceiling tile for your bathroom to liven it up while preferring a more neutral ceiling tile for your bedroom. Metal ceiling tiles can fit into a room in practically any way possible. If you wish for them to be the focal point of a room, there are metal ceiling tile finishes that achieve that. If you wish for your metal ceiling tiles to compliment or blend into a room, there are finishes that will achieve that as well.
Consider using metal ceiling tiles around your home in these different ways. Obviously, the finish you choose will affect how each tile is portrayed in a room.
- Ceilings – Their name says it all. Metal tiles can be used to give your current, boring ceiling more character. Ceilings made of tin tiles can make a room feel more warm and welcoming
- Walls – Instead of painting, consider hanging metal ceiling tiles on your wall to provide a unique dynamic. It may be best to consider more conservative or flat-based finishes here, as a wall of shiny tin can be distracting and overwhelming. Then again, it’s your room and you can decorate it as you see fit!
- Wall Art – Simply using individual tiles can spice up a room. A vintage finish can make for a great piece of decorative wall art.
- Backsplashes – A tin ceiling tile backsplash makes a great compliment to a laundry room or kitchen. Not only do they look good, but they provide practicality as well. Metal ceiling tiles are easy to wipe down and clean. Removing grease or detergent from paint or wallpapering is difficult, but this is not the case with metal tiles.
- Memo Boards – Cork boards are outdated. Metal tiles can be used in an office or kitchen as a perfect complimentary piece.
- Bookshelves – Add a vintage look to your room by replacing the backboard of a bookshelf with a metal ceiling tile that has a rustic appearance.
There are hundreds of finishes to choose from, but these are some popular choices that can fit any style of room. You can purchase a color sample of each to ensure that the tin tiles will perfectly achieve the look you are striving for.
- Alaska Finish – This finish provides a very rustic and antique look. It is a hand-faux finish in transparent copper, with hints of very light blue and teal.
- Key West Finish – Consider this finish the opposite of the Alaska Finish. The hints of teal that are seen in the Alaska Finish make up the base of the Key West Finish. Perfect for a sunroom or beach home, this tile comes in an antique brass, white, and green finish.
- Oklahoma Finish – This tile is hand finished in Renaissance gold and ivory.
- Classic Gold Finish – Much shinier than the previous three options, this tile is powder coated in white wash and transparent yellow gold with shiny gold embellishments.
So what metal ceiling tile finish did you decide on?
Company: Metal Ceiling Express
Product: Decorative Metal Ceiling Tiles
As the use of glass in offices and workspaces grows in popularity the world over, its many uses are being discovered and put to use in the most modern buildings and retail locations everywhere from Beijing to London, Barcelona to Zurich, and of course Los Angeles to New York City. From colored glass to sliding glass, textured glass to ceiling glass and much more, one thing is clear: glass interiors are on-trend and have the stylish staying power that will keep your office from needing a facelift forever.
Moveable Glass Walls: Creating More Spacious Settings as Needed
When you have a large, open office layout, you have a great way of inviting in natural light and making people more accessible to one another. Open layouts are increasingly popular. However, drawbacks can occur as a result. Sometimes, workers need to break off into groups, or clients come in for a meeting and needs discretion, but also needs to meet with a group too large to fit into an office suite. The only other option is a conference room, which many workspaces with open layouts don’t have, or may seem too large for the size of the group — this creates an awkward physical imbalance and disturbs the mood or flow of the meeting.
With the advent of the sliding glass wall, companies can work with architects or remodeling professionals to decide how many glass walls they want, where they will be placed, and the various sizes of spaces they can create. Glass walls move quickly, easily, and quietly, so different groups can create different-sized spaces throughout the day or week. This transformation of the workspace suits the needs of the team from a meeting to a breakout session, or from a meeting that requires discretion to a single-person project that requires a level of placidity.
Large, Ultramodern Interior Glass Doors
Glass doors have been around in offices for quite a while, but the glass doors of today are much more innovative in their style, design, and utility. For example, as part of the interior design motif in some offices in Japan, glass doors that lead to different offices and rooms are colored in different vivid hues. In American offices, the CEO’s corner suite might have a larger glass door than those of others in the office as a show of their station as well as a way to accommodate higher foot traffic and meetings where multiple team members converge each morning.
Large glass doors add pop to the interior of the workspace and also create a more inviting atmosphere. For progressive companies that have an open-door policy, the translation is a literal one. Workers are more likely to take advantage of such a policy when their superiors have glass doors as opposed to wood doors that isolate senior executives inside. A closed solid wood door is intimidating, and makes the idea of knocking scary for junior associates.
Glass Meeting Rooms
Glass meeting rooms are a beautiful addition to any office space, and are usually comprised of glass walls, which may or may not be on sliding tracks and glass doors, which may open in the conventional way or operate on sliding tracks. Glass meeting rooms have replaced the solid, walled-off conference rooms of the past, and offer an inviting ambiance for newcomers and regular clients. Glass meeting rooms can be large enough to accommodate a partition or sliding glass wall — this turns one meeting room into two for busy days when the company is double-booked, or to create a smaller, more intimate space for a quiet meeting retreat.
Glass Floors and Ceilings
Creating suites using glass as the primary building material really opens up the atmosphere of the entire office. Allowing in more light, allowing workers to see whether or not the person inside is on a call or otherwise preoccupied, and creating the appearance of a more expansive floor plan are just some of the perks of glass office suites. Of course, for occasions that require privacy, beautiful custom shades can be added in any variety of colors that pair well with other office decor. Many glass office suites in Japan are interconnected with sliding glass walls: this allows inhabitants of each office to literally open up to one another. On days when no clients are expected, the whole office becomes one large space where everyone can hear each other and enjoy open, out loud communication and the ability to walk to each person’s desk free of any encumbrances.
Glass Office Suites
Today’s ultra-progressive offices might incorporate glass floors or ceilings. In some instances, glass floors may be opaque or completely solidly colored to appear like wood or another material, while in other instances, glass floors may be left clear or translucent, which creates an even more modern interior design.
Glass ceilings are an incredible way to add a whole new perspective, as it adds the dimension of the outside world and draws it right into the office. This makes workers feel more in touch with their outdoor surroundings, and provides an incredible amount of light into the interior world. This is actually healthier for people who spend the majority of their time indoors, because glass ceilings provide natural sunlight, which is also proven to improve mental and physical health and make people more productive. Buildings with glass ceilings also have a shade, usually on the building’s exterior, which allows the amount of light let into the space below to be controlled. In this way, everyone can benefit from natural light but also shutter some of it out on particularly bright days, in the morning, or when the workday is over.
Colored or Textured Glass for Privacy
For offices that provide one-on-one therapy, physical examinations, or law firms and other workplaces where client privacy is paramount to the services rendered, colored glass is an excellent choice. It creates the same level of discretion that any heavier, thicker material will, and can be glazed to keep out any prying eyes. Most offices with glass doors and walls will choose one uniform color, though at a place like a pediatrician’s office, different glass walls and doors might be a variety of fun, brilliant hues. When glazed glass is used, it actually lowers the cost of heating and cooling, lowers the carbon footprint of the structure, and does away with drywall, sheetrock, and old-fashioned insulation that can all cause allergy flare-ups and other discomforts. Office that utilize thick, opaque colored glass contain excellent spaces for confidential meetings and other dealings that protect the best interests of both clients and your enterprise.
Company: Avanti Systems USA
Product: Elite Free Standing
A down to the wire request to have two large, intricate, decorative metal screens completed in just 4 days. These laser cut panels also received custom plating.
- An intensely intricate and delicate decorative pattern repeated throughout the piece
- The maximum thickness of the material was limited to 1/16”
- These decorative metal panels have many fine and narrow filigree characteristics that could not be cut quickly on the laser
- The metal screen panels were very large; 113” x 36”
- Artistry in Architectural Grilles’ engineering team programed the pattern in several hours and immediately went into production by 4 PM the first day.
- The laser ran throughout the night continuing on the panels.
- Due to the intricacy of the pattern and light material gauge, the cutting sequence had to be randomly arranged to ensure the material wasn’t melted.
- The grille pattern required over 60 hours of cutting time.
The contractor and Boutique owner were thrilled we could meet an impossible deadline. Their words:
“They look amazing.”
At a glance
TYPE: Custom Laser Cut
STYLE: Custom Pattern
DETAIL: Specialized Cut Sequence
MATERIAL: 1/16″ Steel
Product: Perforated Grilles
How one designer used Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex and color to help create a LEED-certified and gorgeous apartment complex.
Sustainable. Sophisticated. Luxurious. Those words aren’t often used to describe rental properties in Frederick, Maryland, but they capture the brand-new East of Market Apartments complex to a T. The five-building, 160-unit property is the first Energy Star and LEED-certified property in the area — a charming, historic community that’s less than an hour from Washington, D.C. — not to mention the only one with amenities ranging from stone countertops to a pet wash station.
“It’s all about quality construction — and quality of life,” says Shane Pollin, director of development for The Duffie Companies, East of Market’s developer. “We’re a family company and we’re invested for the long term. So we care about the durability of the project and its impact on the community. Sustainable building is just the right thing to do.”
Pollin worked with designer Alice Sydney Minkoff of Alice Sydney, LLC, to construct a LEED-certified, yet design-conscious, complex. Throughout the buildings, Minkoff and her team used Sherwin-Williams Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex paint, which meets the most stringent VOC regulations. “Emerald was the natural choice because of the green aspects of this particular job, as well as the durability requirements,” she says.
In addition, Pollin’s developers used cutting-edge construction techniques and materials, first creating a tightly sealed envelope and then outfitting it with the resource-conserving systems and materials: ultra-efficient heating and cooling, water-saving fixtures, and LED lighting, to name a few. Next came the lifestyle amenities, a long list of luxuries including garages with vehicle charging stations, and a showplace clubhouse with a fitness center, pool, business center, and even a “simulation center” where you can play simulated games of golf or basketball.
“The look of the property was also very important to us,” Pollin says. “We wanted it to be comfortable but elegant.” Minkoff realized that vision, relying heavily on color throughout the design process. “Color is essential to creating the right mood,” Minkoff says. “And in this case, we turned to paint for much of that impact.”
The color palette began with a single piece of upholstery fabric. From that swatch, Minkoff built the entire palette: Moody Blue (SW 6221), Anew Gray (SW 7030) and Dovetail (SW 7018) for the walls; Wool Skein (SW 6148) for the apartment units’ trim and clubhouse walls; Gingery (SW 6363) as the accent in the clubhouse; gradations of Amazing Gray (SW 7044) for the apartment building hallways; and energetic splashes of Goldenrod (SW 6677) throughout.
For extra “wow” factor in the clubhouse, Minkoff brought in decorative painter Laura Farrell of LMI Studios to create hand-stenciled wall borders. “Alice liked the border so much, she had us do the clubhouse ceiling, too. Then, we used a similar motif to create custom art pieces to hang in the foyers of each building,” Farrell says. “We used Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex for all the decorative painting. It’s really easy to work with and has a great depth of color.”
The result is a property that’s unique in its market. “You’d never believe these are rental apartments,” Minkoff says. “The level of finish is that high.” Evidently, the locals agree: East of Market was 30 percent leased by the end of its first day of business. “It feels great to build a different kind of building,” Pollin says. “People can see the difference, and we’re excited to help raise the bar.”
Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company
Product: Interior Paints
Of: Amanda Lecky
Masonry veneers used on exteriors continue to gain market share in the construction industry. However, more recently, their use is trending inside new residential and business construction because they offer stunning visual appeal and many economic benefits. As manufacturers offer a variety of full and thin veneer masonry product options, it’s easier than ever to create stunning features for new home and business construction or remodels, all at an affordable price. In addition, masonry veneer applications can increase home and property values, all while reducing insurance costs due to their high fire and moisture resistance. With County Materials’ many full and thin masonry veneer offerings and color choices, there are many ways to incorporate masonry veneers into your next project. Below are several popular ways our company is seeing customers build and renovate with masonry veneers.
An accent wall can transform the whole look and feel of a home or commercial building by adding a timeless and natural aesthetic at an affordable price. Accent walls create a focal point or appealing backdrop for other unique design elements that are being showcased. Additionally, accent walls withstand bumps and scrapes in heavily trafficked areas. With many color and texture options available, you’ll be sure to find the perfect statement making accent you are looking for.
Fireplaces, Chimneys, and Mantels
A fireplace, chimney, or mantel clad with masonry veneers becomes a stand-out feature for any room or gathering space. Concrete veneers are crafted to resemble natural stone, and veneers also come in natural stone panels for an earthy, natural aesthetic that enhances the timeless appeal fireplaces add to a room. Masonry veneers are the ideal building material for fire features because of their high fire-resistance and insulating characteristics.
Kitchen and Bathroom Backsplashes
Utilizing masonry veneers for kitchen or bathroom backsplashes will take these rooms to the next level. An attractive backsplash made of a masonry veneer requires little maintenance; any cleaning can be accomplished by wiping the backsplash with water and soap similar to other porous surfaces. The impact and high fire-resistance of masonry veneers is also an important factor when installed near cooking appliances.
If you’re looking to upgrade a basement into a more inviting living area, masonry veneers are a simple solution that meet the many challenges of remodeling. A masonry veneer can be directly applied to most wall surfaces, reducing preparation and construction time. Masonry veneers also help with sound insulation and temperature extremes which is beneficial in most basement applications. Many basements are damp spaces, with little air flow, that causes many materials to mold or become food sources for pests. Concrete masonry, on the other hand, does not rot, and is resistant to insects and other pests that can plague basements.
Exceptional Design Freedom
County Materials offers several collections of decorative masonry veneers, each with their own distinct features, aesthetics, and benefits. Reflection Stone™ Masonry Units Masonry Units and County Stone® Masonry Units offer a natural look with the benefits of concrete manufacturing. Their modular sizes and shapes make installation easy. Additionally, they are offered in full (nominal 4”) and thin (nominal (1”) thicknesses for increased versatility. Align International Natural Stone are natural stone panels that come precut and assembled in ready to use panels. Measuring only 3/8” – 1-1/4” wide, the thin veneer panels are lightweight and suitable for use on most interior applications. Premier Ultra® Burnished Masonry Units are manufactured by grinding the surfaces down to reveal a natural mix of aggregates. Premier Ultra is a popular choice for schools, government, and professional office settings because their high strength easily resists abuse. Lastly, Heritage Collection Designer Concrete Brick™ offers the classic look of traditional brick, but are more readily available and significantly more affordable than alternative options. Heralding back to the warehouses and factories of the gilded age, revealing brick veneers inside is an increasingly popular choice for many office spaces and even homes seeking a rugged look.
Company: County Materials Corporation
The average grizzly bear weighs 272 kg - a perfect fit for the new 9300 range
Accuride wanted to strengthen this slide range for today’s tougher applications. That is why we have increased the material gauge for both the inner and outer members, increased the number of ball bearings and improved the ball retainer design.
Now we can announce that the new 9301 (DZ and DP) and 9308 slides can take loads up to 272 kg for a pair of side mounted slides. (See datasheets dated 08/17 for loads per slide length and loads for specific applications and mounting options.)
Redesigned for improved movement
Inching or ball migration is a condition where the ball retainers in the slides move at different speeds and distances, causing them to get out of sync with each other and with the slide members that they support. This is a common problem with all ball bearing slides.
To overcome this, Accuride has redesigned the 9300 bridge retainer to keep the spacer parallel and so reduce ball migration.
Bumpers have also been added to the spacer ends to improve the general movement and feel.
The boxes are clearly labelled with the new “-E” part number for easy identification:
DZ9301-00xxU-E DP9301-00xxU-E DZ9308-00xxL-E DZ9308-00xxR-E
Company: Accuride International
Product: Heavy Duty Slides » 9301
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