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FDOT Improving Bicyclist Safety with SlipNOT®

FDOT Improving Bicyclist Safety with SlipNOT®

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

Source: http://www.slipnot.com/all-news/fdot-improving-bicyclist-safety-with-slipnot/

Tags: Floor | Metal | Safety

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Railing Infill Face-Off: Cable vs. Glass

Railing Infill Face-Off: Cable vs. Glass

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:

Cable Infill

Wind
Allows full air flow across the deck or balcony area.

Installation
CableRail is easy to install with patented automatic locking jaw Quick-Connect® fittings. No crimp tools or wedge-type compression fittings required.

Sustainability
Stainless steel cables contain 70% pre-consumer content and 0% post-consumer content.

Safety
Compliant with the International Building Code and International Residential Code when vertical or horizontal cable spacing is 3 inches or less.

Maintenance
Minimal. Periodic treatment with a stainless steel cleaner and protectant is recommended. Occasional cable tightening is a routine procedure.

Tempered Glass Infill

Wind
Offers a full or partial wind break, which can be a consideration in coastal projects.

Transparency
Can be modulated from clear to custom tinted, helping manage light flow and privacy.

Environmental impact
Clear tempered exterior glass panels can prove to be a hazard to birds. 

Durability
Tempered laminated glass can be specified for varying safety and security levels.

Maintenance
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

Source: http://media.feeneyinc.com/blog/railing-infill-face-off-cable-vs.-glass

Tags: Exterior Design | Glass | Metal | Railing System | Safety

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Brass clad & bronze clad doors & frames

Brass clad & bronze clad doors & frames

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.

Company: Ambico

Product: Decorative Doors and Frames

Source: https://www.ambico.com/brass-clad-bronze-doors/

Tags: Design | Doors | Entrances | Metal

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The Dock Gate's custom gas struts make the vertical gate easy to open. Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Gas Struts for ease of operation
Gas Struts for ease of operation

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.

Source: https://www.safetygate.com/dg-series-carbon-steel.html

Tags: Entrances | Metal | Safety

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Mirror polished stainless steel enclosure top and return grilles at New York City Hospital Lobby

Mirror polished stainless steel enclosure top and return grilles at New York City Hospital Lobby

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.

Grille Details

At a Glance

Type: Linear Bar Grille
Style: AAG100
Frame: Custom C Frame
Detail: Removable Cores
Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Mirror Polish

Company: Artistry in Architectural Grilles by Advanced Arch Grilles

Source: http://www.aagrilles.com/project/nyc-hospital-lobby

Tags: Access Covers | Entrances | Floor | Interior Design | Metal

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Armortex Waterjet Cutting

Armortex Waterjet Cutting

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.

Company: Armortex

Source: http://www.armortex.com/products-services/armortex-waterjet-cutting/

Tags: Building | Design | Glass | Metal

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E2JS thin line louver used on Reptile House at the Cincinnati Zoo

E2JS thin line louver used on Reptile House at the Cincinnati Zoo

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).

Features:

  • 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)

Specs:

  • 48.7% free area for a 48" wide x 48" high louver
  • 725 fpm first point of water penetration
  • 30 psf wind load rating

Options:

  • 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

Source: http://www.archlouvers.com/Louver_E2JS.htm

Tags: Access Covers | Exterior Design | Metal | Window Shades

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Summer 2016 in the Hamptons

Summer 2016 in the Hamptons

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 sjgiumenta@archgrille.com for further information. If you would like to order custom lighting, please contact Kenneth Nilson at ken@kennethnilson.com

Company: Architectural Grille

Source: http://www.archgrille.com/blogs/news/summer-in-the-hamptons

Tags: Access Covers | Design | HVAC | Metal

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Benefits of Decorative Metal Ceilings

Benefits of Decorative Metal Ceilings

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.

Calming Nature

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.

Temperature Control

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

Product: Hand Faux Tin & Metal Ceiling Tiles & Panels

Source: http://www.metalceilingexpress.com/blog/benefits-of-decorative-metal-ceilings/

Tags: Ceiling | Interior Design | Metal

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Structural steel services for the building and construction sector

Structural steel services for the building and construction sector

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

Structural steel

  • Made to order
  • 3D Modellling Software
  • CE Certified Structural Steel

Structural Steel Services

Steel Beams, Metal Fabrication and Architectural Metalwork to your specification.

Product Benefits

  • 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

Source: http://www.howegreen.com/structural-steel/index.php

Tags: Building | Metal

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Slip Resistant Aluminum Flooring in Bubble Capsule

Slip Resistant Aluminum Flooring in Bubble Capsule

The Situation

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.

The Solution

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.

The Impact

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
INDUSTRY Recreational
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
WEBSITE www.aahom.org

Company: SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring Div.

Source: http://www.slipnot.com/case-studies/slip-resistant-aluminum-flooring-in-bubble-capsule/

Tags: Floor | Metal | Safety

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Sotheby's 2016 Designer Showhouse + Auction

Top Left Hand Photo above courtesy of Harrison I. Epstein of HIE Photography
Top Left Hand Photo above courtesy of Harrison I. Epstein of HIE Photography

Architectural Grille recently collaborated with Kenneth Nilson and Christi Rogers of CRD Associates on custom metalwork for the Sotheby's 2016 Designer Showhouse + Auction.

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.

Contact Details for Designers mentioned in this blog:
Christi Rogers: https://www.facebook.com/CRDassociates
Kenneth Nilson: https://www.facebook.com/kenneth.nilson

Company: Architectural Grille

Source: http://www.archgrille.com/blogs/news/97262145-sothebys-2016-designer-showhouse-auction

Tags: Furniture | Interior Design | Metal

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Wood grain finishes for aluminum

Wood grain finishes for aluminum

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.

Company: Linetec

Source: http://www.linetec.com/wood-grain-finishes.html

Tags: Coating | Exterior Design | Metal

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Slip Resistant Aluminum Grating Utilized on ASLA Green Roof

Slip Resistant Aluminum Grating Utilized on ASLA Green Roof

The Situation:

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.

The 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.

The Impact:

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.

Download this case study as a PDF

Company: SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring Div.

Source: http://www.slipnot.com/industries/commercial/case-studies/

Tags: Landscape Design | Metal | Safety | Sustainability

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Creative Bike Racks That Make Your Space Stand Out

Creative Bike Racks That Make Your Space Stand Out

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

Source: http://www.madrax.com/ProductInfo/CreativeBikeRacks.aspx

Tags: Design | Metal

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Video of Extech's newest kinetic wall

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.

Video of Extech's newest kinetic wall

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Tags: Exterior Design | Metal | Wall Panels

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Advanced Arch Grilles brings Artistry to historical projects

Advanced Arch Grilles brings Artistry to historical projects

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.

Company: Artistry in Architectural Grilles by Advanced Arch Grilles

Source: http://www.aagrilles.com/project/brooklyn-architects-delight

Tags: Interior Design | Metal

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Please be Seated: New York City expands its CityBench program and grows ‘Street Seat’ parklets in Brooklyn

NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at Jordan L. Mott Middle School 22 in the Bronx with a ribbon cutting. Six new CityBenches were recently installed as part of a community beautification project at the school. (Courtesy NYC DOT)
NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at Jordan L. Mott Middle School 22 in the Bronx with a ribbon cutting. Six new CityBenches were recently installed as part of a community beautification project at the school. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

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.

(Courtesy La Fantastica)

(Courtesy Studio Fantastica)

Street Seats

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.

(Courtesy La Fantastica)

(Courtesy Studio Fantastica)

Company: Landscape Forms Inc.

Of: Jason Sayer

Source: http://blog.archpaper.com/2015/10/nyc-department-transport-receives-1-5-million-expand-citybench-program

Tags: Landscape Design | Metal

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304 vs. 316 Stainless Steel: What’s the Difference?

Contrary to its name, stainless steel is valued for its anti-corrosion properties rather than its resistance to staining. It is an alloy composed primarily of iron—but when combined with other elements, it can achieve properties desirable for a range of applications. Chromium is the defining ingredient that makes stainless steel what it is, making up a minimum of 10.5 percent of total composition. Other common alloy ingredients include nickel, titanium, aluminum, copper, nitrogen, phosphorous and selenium.

The difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel is the presence of molybdenum, which provides a much higher degree of corrosion resistance—especially for more saline environments where exposure to chlorides is expected. For outdoor site furnishings, stainless steel is an ideal corrosion-resistant material that will withstand long-term exposure to the environment.

304 and 316 stainless steel are manufactured in a range of common forms. Chromium oxide offers a reflective finish that protects materials beneath. Stainless steel is often used in the food and beverage industry.
304 and 316 stainless steel are manufactured in a range of common forms. Chromium oxide offers a reflective finish that protects materials beneath. Stainless steel is often used in the food and beverage industry.

Natural corrosion resistance

Different quantities of chromium, as well as other materials, can be used to achieve certain degrees of corrosion resistance. The two most common stainless steel grades are 304 and 316.

Corrosion is a natural phenomenon. Pure elements, such as iron, inherently react with surrounding environments. In fact, very few elements can be found naturally in their pure form. Gold, silver, copper and platinum are some of the few elements that can be found in large quantities in nature.

Rust is the process where iron molecules combine with oxygen in the presence of water. The result is a red flaky oxide that deteriorates easily—exposing more material to further corrosion. Iron and standard carbon steels are highly susceptible to this type of corrosion.

Stainless steel, however, offers the innate ability to form a natural barrier to corrosion. The chromium found in all stainless steels reacts quickly with oxygen environments, much the same as iron. The difference, however, is that only a very fine layer of chromium will oxidize (often only a few molecules in thickness). This incredibly thin barrier is highly durable and non-reactive. It adheres to stainless steel surfaces and won't transfer or react further with other materials. It is also self-renewing in that it will replenish if damaged or removed. Once oxidized, or passivized, stainless steel typically rusts at a very low rate of less than 0.002 inches per year.

304 Stainless Steel

304 stainless steel has a high resistance to rust. It will withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids and is often used for kitchen and food applications. However, it is susceptible to corrosion from chloride solutions (notably saline environments with high amounts of sodium chloride). Chloride ions can create localized areas of corrosion, called "pitting," which can spread beneath protective chromium barriers to compromise internal structures. Solutions with as little as 25 ppm of sodium chloride can begin to have a corrosive effect.

304 grade is the most common form of stainless steel used around the world. It contains between 16 and 24 percent chromium and up to 35 percent nickel—as well as small amounts of carbon and manganese. The most common form of 304 stainless steel is 18-8, or 18/8, stainless steel, which contains 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel.

316 Stainless Steel

316 grade is the second-most common form of stainless steel. It has almost the same physical and mechanical properties as 304 stainless steel and contains a similar material make-up. The difference is that 316 stainless steel incorporates about 2 to 3 percent molybdenum, which increases corrosion resistance—particularly against chlorides and other industrial solvents. Alternative 300-series grades can contain up to 7 percent molybdenum.

316 stainless steel is commonly used in many industrial applications involving processing chemicals, as well as high-saline environments such as coastal regions and outdoor areas where de-icing salts are common. Due to its non-reactive qualities, 316 stainless steel is also used in the manufacture of medical surgical instruments.

Versatile applications

Both 304 and 316 stainless steels (as well as other 300-series grades) use nickel to maintain an austenitic composition at lower temperatures. Austenitic steels ensure a versatile balance of strength, workability and corrosion resistance, making them ideal for outdoor architectural and landscape applications. The benefits of stainless steel include a long service life that will retain an attractive, clean finish with low maintenance cost. It also maintains a high value if and when equipment and parts need to be decommissioned.

Reliance Foundry offers a selection of stainless steel bollards that can be mounted for various fixed, removable, fold-down and retractable applications. Our stainless steel products use only 316 grade material for the best performance in almost any North American environment.

Company: Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.

Of: Brad Done

Source: http://www.reliance-foundry.com/blog/304-vs-316-stainless-steel

Tags: Building | Metal

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Watch the Kinetic Facade in Action

Extech / Exterior Technologies, Inc. is proud to be collaborating with Arrowstreet on this kinetic facade.

The flappers viewed from inside the garage
The flappers viewed from inside the garage

In East Boston, Arrowstreet has been working to deliver Massport an innovative and beautiful skin for the West Garage of Logan Airport. The design team has been working closely with Extech, out of Pittsburgh, on the 50,000 aluminum wind flappers which will show patterns of the wind across two façades of the new garage.

We were excited to see a full-sized mock up installed on an existing portion of the garage for review; the video clip illustrates how the flappers move and create interesting patterns and shapes across the façade. The wind wall system consists of over 300 of these 5 x 11-foot frames. This wind wall will be visible from the 9/11 Memorial and will function as elegant backdrop to screen views into the garage. It will also be visible from the Airport Hilton Hotel, the Highway, the East Boston waterfront, and the Seaport neighborhood.

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Of: Jordan Zimmermann

Source: http://arrowstreetlive.com/2015/05/watch-the-kinetic-facade-in-action/

Tags: Exterior Design | Metal

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