Some say the beauty is in the details. Along with custom metal work for your projects, Coco Architectural Grilles & Metalcraft offers a variety of finish options like antiqued, brushed, mirrored and even blackened finishes to bring the project together for a complete look.
What is a blackened finish
Black oxide or blackening is a conversion coating for various materials like stainless steel, copper and copper based alloys, zinc, powdered metals and silver solder. It is used to add mild corrosion resistance for appearance and to minimize light reflection. The process includes a series of chemical baths or heat until it reaches the desired color.
How it works
The process of blackening is done in primarily two different ways. Cold blackening is a process we use here at Coco Architectural. We add a cold finish on mechanically polished metals and then submerged it in a blackening chemical. We also add a clear lacquer to the metal to add an extra layer of protection. Hot blackening is the process of using a machine that spreads a thin layer of black oxide onto a product’s surface and is heated to the desired black finish.
Why blackened steel
Blackening not only protects the steel from rusting, but the look is undeniably chic. The blackened finish also gives projects an industrial, edgy look in commercial or high-end residential projects.You may have seen black accents on a fireplace or stairwell or blackened pieces that complement large commercial facilities to create unique architectural elements.
We can create customized fabrication options for unique installations. Our offerings are adaptable to all of your job requirements including new construction, remodeling, and historic renovations.
Like the Linear Bar Grilles and Perforated Grilles, our custom metal products are manufactured with the same standard of excellence and our commitment to total customer satisfaction. If you're thinking about adding blackened steel to your project, download our catalog and request a free quote.
The 3135EC Eclipse is here! We re-engineered this undermount slide with a series of changes to offer premium performance. We’ve made a series of changes to this slide to make a big difference in the overall performance of this fully-concealed undermount slide.
Equipped with soft–close functionality, these slides won’t bounce back even when you slam them. Say you find yourself in a rush to get to work and you slam the drawer. Hard. Harder than you would if you weren’t in a rush.
With the 3135EC, you don’t have to worry about the contents inside getting thrashed around. The 3135EC’s soft-close action brings drawers to a gentle close every time. And we mean every time.
But how have we achieved this soft-close feature?
We’ve added an internal fluid dampener that catches the drawer in the last two inches and brings it to a gentle close over and over again. This feature also reduces the envelope of the slide. All of this with just 4.8 lbs. of pull force. Talk about easy!
When you open this drawer, you’ll notice how effortless it is to open it. That effortlessness is thanks to new lower spacer clips. These clips now carry additional ball bearings that help provide extra lateral support, reducing migration.
The 3135EC slide is great for retail display cabinets because of how easy it is to conceal. This slide will allow you to keep a drawer in an open position and have no visible functional hardware.
Additional features include a front lever disconnect for easy drawer removal and improved full extension. And, like many Accuride products, the 3135EC is manufactured in compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.
Company: Accuride International
Of: Claudia Tuttle
SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring, a manufacturer of non-slip metal flooring products, recently released a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) case study addressing bicycle lane safety.
T.Y. Lin International, an architectural firm, was hired to study the inventory of metal grate bridges and their link to bicycle safety. The introduction of the report states: “These metal grate bridges…can be difficult and intimidating for a bicyclist to cross. Depending on the type and direction of the grating, grooves can cause a “channeling effect” or “sliding” for bike tires, and narrow tires can be lodged in gaps between the bridge grates. In addition, the metal can become increasingly slippery when wet, making these bridges even more difficult for bicyclists to safely cross in rain or snow.”
In order to prevent these hazardous situations, FDOT has proactively sought to improve public safety by specifying SlipNOT® on various applications including expansion joint covers, subway emergency exit doors, pedestrian bridge plates, bicycle safety lanes, and vault covers. Specifically, FDOT specified SlipNOT®’s galvanized steel perforated plates to retrofit over an existing grating deck on a bascule bridge in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The perforated plates were bolted down, providing a durable and secure lane for bicyclists. The perforation allows drainage and since this is an outdoor application, FDOT chose a galvanized finish for corrosion resistance. The high traction SlipNOT® surface provides a safe transit way for cyclists in all weather conditions.
SlipNOT® continues to provide slip resistant solutions for FDOT projects whether it’s directly through the agency or various contractors such as Steel Tech, Inc. of Charlotte, NC. Following successful installations, Steel Tech has continued to utilize SlipNOT® for innovative solutions on complex projects. David Schultz, the owner of Steel Tech Inc., said “The problem of bicycles safely traversing open steel grid bridge decks has been an ongoing issue in many areas of the country. Superimposing slip resistant perforated plates over existing open steel grid installations may prove to be a viable solution. Durability and ease of installation is the key.”
SlipNOT® perforated plates provide increased safety for bicyclists and other bridge patrons throughout Florida with minimal disruption on bridge operations. The flexibility of SlipNOT® products allow companies such as Steel Tech Inc. the ability to creatively address complex safety and operational issues.
To download a copy of the study with images, please visit http://www.slipnot.com/case-studies/fdot-bicycle-lanes/.
Company: SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring Div.
Product: Perforated Plate
With all the direct work we do with residential and commercial architects, we know meeting your design vision is at the heart of our business. That’s why we offer a premium palette of posts, top rails, frame colors, and infill options for your specification needs.
When that interior or exterior aesthetic calls for maximum transparency, as it often does, the usual railing infill defaults are a cable or a tempered glass system. It may come as a mild surprise to some to learn our DesignRail® system offers designers both view-friendly systems. Yes, we’re a single-source, infill agnostic when it comes to meeting your project goals and budget.
Both glass and cable railing systems offer style, proven performance, and unfettered sight lines for interior or exterior applications. As you consider the best infill solution for your project, keep this in mind:
Allows full air flow across the deck or balcony area.
CableRail is easy to install with patented automatic locking jaw Quick-Connect® fittings. No crimp tools or wedge-type compression fittings required.
Stainless steel cables contain 70% pre-consumer content and 0% post-consumer content.
Compliant with the International Building Code and International Residential Code when vertical or horizontal cable spacing is 3 inches or less.
Minimal. Periodic treatment with a stainless steel cleaner and protectant is recommended. Occasional cable tightening is a routine procedure.
Tempered Glass Infill
Offers a full or partial wind break, which can be a consideration in coastal projects.
Can be modulated from clear to custom tinted, helping manage light flow and privacy.
Clear tempered exterior glass panels can prove to be a hazard to birds.
Tempered laminated glass can be specified for varying safety and security levels.
Requires periodic cleaning, though higher quality glass can help reduce cleaning time and frequency.
Tempered glass or cable... both infill msystems offer important design advantages. Feeney is at your service with winning solutions for both.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Ambico Limited was involved in retrofitting the Victory Building, a well-known piece of Winnipeg’s downtown core that was constructed in the 1930s. Ambico was approached by the owner of the building to manufacture and retrofit doors at the entrance and lobby. Heritage architects of the Public Works Department of the Canadian government worked with AMBICO engineers to replicate doors that would complement the original design intent of the building’s design team. This project was featured in DHI Magazine as a Case Study. Read the full case study.
Ambico decorative brass clad and bronze clad doors and frames combine outstanding visual appeal with rugged performance in the field. Products are designed in consultation with our project design team to meet the unique requirements of each job. Brass clad or bronze frame cladding is fastened to a heavy gauge steel sub-frame with a touch of craftsmanship. Decorative door face material is fastened to a rugged steel core with care and old world attention to detail. Door face can be manufactured in a stile and rail configuration or in a one piece seamless construction. Gleaming appearance of polished brass or bronze clad products projects an exclusive image at a surprisingly moderate cost. Antique finish of satin brass or bronze clad products suits the design requirements of historical renovation projects.
Product: Decorative Doors and Frames
DG Series - Carbon Steel Dock Gate
The Dock Gate provides protection against falls from loading docks. Custom gas struts make the vertical gate easy to open, and tapered guides on the receiver post make for easy alignment when closing.
The Dock Gate is available in 8’ and 10’ widths. It takes up minimal space and is easy to install using basic tools. Also available in stainless steel by special order. Meets or exceeds OSHA standards.
Determining the proper gate size for your application only requires the measurement of the inside clear opening.
Carbon Steel with Safety Yellow Powder Coat
Model No. DG14 - 96PC
Fits Clear Opening: 8’
Estimated Weight: 80 lbs.
Model No. DG14-120PC
Fits Clear Opening: 10’
Estimated Weight: 88 lbs.
Company: FabEnCo, Inc.
Our customer’s objective was to have a stainless steel, linear bar grille manufactured to match the finish and style of a newly installed mirror polished stainless steel radiation enclosure within a renovated hospital lobby. Due to security and safety concerns, the grilles had to not only be structurally strong, but also firmly secured to the unit to prevent unintended removal.
Artistry in Architectural Grilles’ engineering and manufacturing team designed a custom “C” style frame allowing for secure fastening as well as professional removal to access the unit’s controls. This was accomplished with mechanically fastened frames in concert with mechanically fastened removable cores. All of which were given a #8 mirror polish finish to perfectly match the existing convector enclosure.
At a Glance
Type: Linear Bar Grille
Frame: Custom C Frame
Detail: Removable Cores
Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Mirror Polish
Armortex Waterjet cutting is accomplished by using a sophisticated Flow Mach 4 waterjet system. A waterjet allows for cutting of soft and hard materials (from food to granite, glass, metal or composite materials up to 6” thick) using highly pressurized water and an abrasive if required. Precision cutting tolerances are achievable as well as beveling and 3D cutting without the associated heat that is prevalent in other types of advanced cutting systems.
Recently, Architectural Louver's model E2JS louver was used during the renovation of the Reptile House at the Cincinnati Zoo. E2JS is a 2" deep thin line louver with a standard blade. This louver style is ideal for a clean architectural appearance at a low cost. If you are intending the louvers to be used for general ventilation or air exhaust, this is the right choice. Deeper framed models are also available (E4JS). Louvers with a higher performance rating - more free area and lower pressure drop - are also available (E4JP, E6JP).
- Made to order in sizes 8" wide x 8" high up to unlimited size
- Made from heavy gauge 0.063" thickness aluminum extrusion
- 2" frame depth, channel frame
- 2" blade spacing
- Standard blade
- Internal Screen (Bird Screen)
- 48.7% free area for a 48" wide x 48" high louver
- 725 fpm first point of water penetration
- 30 psf wind load rating
- A variety of metal finishes including paint and anodizing
- Insect Screen (replaces bird screen)
- Mounting: flange frame, glazing channel frame, "J" channel frame
- Special shapes for architectural appeal
- Higher wind load ratings
Company: Architectural Louvers
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
Whenever you walk into a room, your mood can be affected tremendously. Think about that nightclub restaurant you went to in the past. When you walk in there, you develop this mysterious vibe that compliments the area and creates an effective mood for the whole crowd. The same principles can be applied when shopping for ceilings for your home. Color and lighting can really help set a variety of moods for the rooms in your house. A common trend in decorative metal ceilings is the incorporation of metal tiles. Let’s us look into some of the benefits associated with decorative metal ceilings.
With a plethora of design of options, you can instill a feeling throughout any part of your house. Designs range from suns, flowers, abstract shapes, and anything in-between. The choice of metal is also something to consider. For example, choosing a copper ceiling will make your room brighter and almost majestic, as opposed to silver, which may make the room darker and not as vibrant. The choice is up to you, but rest assured, there is bound to be an option that fits your needs.
Because of metal’s great insulating capabilities, a metal ceiling can help make a room more toasty. This also helps you to cut down on your heat bill, since the metal can utilize the heat more effectively.
Ability To Block Sound
Metal’s ability to block sound can help you create a nice, quiet, and peaceful room in your house, where the sounds going in other rooms are muffled and don’t disturb you. This could be perfect in a library room, where you need to focus on reading your favorite novel!
Set The Mood Right With Metal Ceilings
Metal ceilings are very unique in style and produce a host of benefits that you may not have been aware of. If you’re in the market to remodel a room in your house, why not consider installing metal ceilings? You, your family, and your guests will fall in love with your home!
Company: Metal Ceiling Express
Steel beams, metal fabrication and architectural metalwork produced to your specification
Since acquiring VTS Hertford in April 2014 Howe Green has the expertise and capability to design and make a wide range of structural steel fabrications including: builders’ beams, RSJs, frames, platforms, stairways, steel columns, channels and posts.
CE marking – meeting a legal requirement
Howe Green attained CE Marking for Structural Steel in July 2014 in line with the legal requirement under the Construction Products Regulation which came into effect from 1st July 2014.
Highly Skilled Team
The team from VTS Hertford have over 30 years of experience in providing structural steel services to builders and contractors in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Middlesex. They have supplied high quality structural steel for new houses, refurbishments, extensions and loft conversions and have gained a reputation for excellence and reliability.
"We've used Howe Green's access covers many times before. They are very good quality and made to order. With a 16-week window to deliver The Tramshed, we needed a supplier that could give us exactly what we needed, when we needed it and so their quick turnaround was a definite bonus."
John Chilvers - Tekne Shopfitting Limited
- Made to order
- 3D Modellling Software
- CE Certified Structural Steel
Structural Steel Services
Steel Beams, Metal Fabrication and Architectural Metalwork to your specification.
- CE Certified Structural Steel
- Over 30 years of experience in the structural steel sector
- Full structural steel service – design, make, install
- Leading edge 3D modelling software
- Work with mild steel, stainless steel or aluminium
Company: Howe Green US
For over 30 years, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has been on a mission to encourage people of all ages to ignite their imaginations through scientific, technological, art, math, and engineering activities. To keep doors open to over 250,000 people a year, Hands-On relies on the generosity from their donors, which include individuals, corporations, government agencies, and foundations. The museum with over 250 interactive exhibits, opened their doors in 1982 after being renovated from the city’s historic brick firehouse.
One of the more popular attractions within the facility is the bubble capsule. The capsule is a circular platform in which you can lift a thin bubble, enclosing you inside of it, trying not to let it pop on the way up. Due to the popularity of the apparatus, Hands-On wanted to seek out options to keep their patrons on their feet when using the slippery and soapy footpad.
SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring was contacted by an exhibit technician for this specific application. With the Ann Arbor museum being environmentally conscious, SlipNOT® products have a minimum recycled content of 40% and a maximum of 83% which seemed like a striking option for them. The museum shipped SlipNOT® their ¼” x 26-¾” diameter aluminum base and ¼” x 15-⅝” x 38-11/16” tread to be coated with Grade 2 6061 aluminum. Once SlipNOT® received the material, it was coated and shipped out the next day.
SlipNOT®’s aluminum floor plates are designed for lightweight applications where complete slip resistant coverage, durability, and safety are vital. Though the nature of the bubble capsule is entertaining to all ages, younger children seem to be the main foot traffic coming through. Installing a slip resistant base to the capsule keeps the kids happy and on their feet. Resulting in a day full of fun without ever realizing they’re actually gaining knowledge at the same time.
LOCATION Ann Arbor, MI
PROJECT OVERVIEW High traction flooring on base of popular museum attraction
SOLUTION ¼” x 26 ¾” aluminum base & ¼” x 15 ⅝” x 38 11/16” tread to be coated
Company: SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring Div.
Christi Rogers curated and designed a spectacular room designated as the "Pantry Bar" which incorporated whimsical elements into a "traditional" space making it one of the most popular rooms within the Showhouse! Artwork by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring as well as several fun Kaws pieces along with a specialty bar serving Bourbon and Absinthe libations and DJ spinning tunes for guests.
Architectural Grille fabricated "honeycomb" or hex-shaped shelves from steel with a clear metallic brass powder coat finish - what do you think?
The intricate "Pantry Bar" metalwork structure consisted of "twigs" steel panels finished in the same clear metallic brass powder coat finish as the "honeycomb" hex-shelves - these panels had concealed lights built-into the structure to add shadows onto the bar and overall space adding an extra design dimension to the room.
Company: Architectural Grille
Achieving the look of wood without the maintenance, Linetec has teamed with Decoral Systems USA to offer decorative, wood grain finishes for architectural products. These finishes are available in a vast variety of different options, colors and species. Decoral coatings are an ideal specificaiton choice for architects and designers wanting the warm, rich look and feel of real wood, with all the benefits of aluminum.
The beauty of wood without the maintenance
The Decoral wood grain system has developed the highest quality powders, inks, films and equipment that, when combined, create high-resolution image and beauty in architectural design. Ordinary materials come to life in splendid color and impeccable wood grain lines, stimulating the imagination and uplifting the spirit with impeccable quality and definition.
Decoral wood grain finishes have been subjected to the most demanding testing for durability, ruggedness, chemical and weather resistance. The results of this testing allow for al long term warranty in most indoor and outdoor environments.
Advantages of Decoral Wood Grain
- Weather and humidity proof
- Corrosion resistant
- Fire retardant
- No maintenance required
- High UV resistance
- Easy to fabricate
- High scratch resistance
- Does not swell, rot or warp
- Less costly than wood
- Termite and insect proof
- Wood Grain Selection
With over fifty options and ranges in wood patterns, Linetec has selected the following AAMA-2604 texure wood grain finishes as our standard palette, however we can provide any wood grain, marble, granite, or custom design that you'd like.
The Decoral System
The Decoral dye sublimation process is a heat transfer system, that is based on the physical reaction that makes the inks, from a solid stage, become gas and again a solid. At the precise temperature and pressure, the pigment inks transfer from the paper support and move into the synthetic layer of Decoral powder, fixing the original color and position into it. Decoral products are constantly submitted to the most severe durability tests both in the laboratories and in outdoor exposure including the Florida test fence. The Linetec wood grain process uses the AAMA 2604 Gold Series Decoral powder coatings.
A general contractor was chosen by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to provide grating for ASLA’s green roof at their headquarters in Washington D.C. The green roof is a part of the ASLA’s commitment to promote environmentally friendly designs to make green roofs a more widely accepted option for architects and contractors. The 3,000 sq. ft. green roof will grow a variety of plants and also have a viewing area for the public. The ASLA was looking for a walking surface that would allow plants to grow up and through the floor surface to maximize the roof space, allow people to walk on the space without damaging the plants and for a product that would remain slip resistant against transpiration from the growing plants. The general contractor contacted Ohio Gratings for a flooring solution.
SlipNOT®slip resistant aluminum grating was chosen as the optimal grating for the project. Slip resistant aluminum was the ideal substrate because it is a light weight material that reduced the overall weight of the grating on the roof while still being extremely durable. The aluminum coating also remains slip resistant against transpiration from plants and other outdoor elements providing a safe walking area for pedestrians. SlipNOT® slip resistant aluminum grating is corrosion resistant and will be able to withstand installation in an outside environment with minimal maintenance. Ohio Gratings worked extensively with the general contractor to provide the appropriate dimensions for the project.
SlipNOT® aluminum grating has provided the American Society of Landscape Architects with an aesthetically pleasing slip resistant walking surface for the green roof. The aluminum grating has proven to be the ideal solution to help the ASLA’s showcase their green roof.
Company: SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring Div.
Whether your area of expertise is in residential, commercial, industrial or landscape architecture or engineering, Madrax products offer you creative, innovative bike parking solutions to meet your clients’ needs.
Our wide variety of styles and colors are the perfect complement to any setting. We can help you provide the best possible design to suit your requirements and your clients’ requirements. Spending a few minutes at our website can save you hours of research. Cut your specification time while getting bicycle parking stands that set the standard for security, durability, and aesthetics. Partner with Madrax for bicycle parking that reflects your vision.
Company: Madrax Bike Racks
Extech is proud to be part of this exciting design collaboration with Arrowstreet for the new Boston Logan Airport parking garage. Extech fabricated the aluminum flapper wall system which consisted of over 48,000 aluminum flappers set into 353 individual frames.
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
Brooklyn - An Architect's Delight
Fort Greene, known for its many tree-lined streets and elegant low-rise housing, is a New York City designated Historic District. Restoring and renovating any building in this area requires deep rooted knowledge to ensure historical proportions and materials are utilized.
When a circa 1892 historic brownstone was undergoing restoration, our team of craftsmen were brought in. Each room with its high ceilings, wide, tall windows and warm wood floors, required classic perforated metal grilles to accent the finely detailed wood radiator enclosures.
Advanced Arch Grilles brings Artistry to your historical projects.
Please be Seated: New York City expands its CityBench program and grows ‘Street Seat’ parklets in Brooklyn
If there’s one thing New Yorker’s won’t stand for, it’s a lack of benches. After unveiling the 1,500th addition to its CityBench program, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has revealed that a federal award package of $1.5 million will be used to develop the CityBench scheme further. In addition to this The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has initiated a colorful “Street Seats” program as seating projects gain popularity in the city.
Over three years ago, an initial $3 million funded the CityBench initiative which pledged to place 1,000 new seats in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Now, according to NYC.gov, a further 600 benches have been promised by 2017.
The program aims to bring seating to areas where there are few areas of rest aiding the elderly and disabled, with hot spots being around bus stops and areas with high concentrations of senior citizens. Since the scheme started in 2011, citizens have been able to request benches if they choose. Requests can be made via a website form here.
So far over 110 senior citizens have made requests and the program has contributed significantly in aiding the pedestrianization of New York City’s streets. As a result, distances that would once upon a time be deemed too far to walk by some residents are now possible with the aid of sufficient public seating.
“DOT is proud to install our 1,500th CityBench and receive additional federal funding to continue serving our communities, particularly our children and seniors,” NYCDOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a statement. “Not only are CityBenches a valuable urban amenity in this dense city but they also add to the changing New York City streetscape. I’d like to thank our partners at the federal level for their continued support of this much needed project.”
Behind the design aspect of the scheme is NYC-based Ignacio Ciocchini who is Director of Design for Chelsea Improvement Company. Focusing on durability and withdrawing the need for constant maintenance, backless and backed styles provide comfortable resting spaces. Made from domestic steel and manufactured in the USA, they are designed to meet the rigorous demands of New York City’s streets and are coordinated with the look of existing street furniture.
For the people of Brooklyn however, the notion of sidewalk seating is going a step further. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a non-profit local development organization has begun working with designers Studio Fantástica to produce “Street Seats.” These more colorful additions to Brooklyn’s sidewalks began popping up in 2014 and have been a huge hit. So much so that NYC DOT has started working with the Studio Fantástica to establish a Street Seats design standard to be used throughout the city. The first example was officially unveiled by DOT on September 11 in East New York and further installments are planned in other boroughs.
Company: Landscape Forms Inc.
Of: Jason Sayer
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