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Blue polycarbonate translucent wall system for Gap in Times Square NYC

The Gap store in Times Square, NYC. The blue facade is EXTECH's LIGHTWALL 3440 translucent wall system coupled with custom-colored polycarbonate. Image by Vanni Archive Architectural Photography
The Gap store in Times Square, NYC. The blue facade is EXTECH's LIGHTWALL 3440 translucent wall system coupled with custom-colored polycarbonate. Image by Vanni Archive Architectural Photography

The new Gap store in Times Square, NYC is clad in EXTECH's LIGHTWALL 3440. Nearly 5,000 square feet, the blue polycarbonate panels are a custom hue that matches Gap's color palette and was chosen based on polycarbonate samples provided by EXTECH. To ensure even light transmission, the facade utilizes specialized mounting clips that EXTECH developed and the panels are treated with an anti-glare coating that promotes balanced light filtration. 

The LIGHTWALL 3440 polycarbonate wall panel system offers beauty, durability, and economy with vertical panels that can extend up to 54 feet long and eliminate leak-prone horizontal joints.

Translucent polycarbonate wall panels offer a host of benefits including energy savings via daylighting, outstanding insulating value, and elimination of leak-prone horizontal joints. LEED credits are also available for 100% recyclable polycarbonate and aluminum framing. The LIGHTWALL 3440 has provided façade solutions for a wide range of structures in a wide range of industries, and has been subjected to a complete battery of air, water, and structural testing to ensure it offers superior insulation, durability, and weather-tight performance. 

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Product: Translucent Walls

Source: https://extechinc.com/lightwall-3440-gap-times-square-nyc/

Tags: Architecture | Color | Lighting | Wall Panels

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Design spotlight: daylighting for privacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Company: Major Industries Inc.

Product: Guardian 275® - Translucent Panel Skylights & Curtainwall

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

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

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High gloss acrylic wall panels - back painted glass alternative

High gloss acrylic wall panels - back painted glass alternative

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.

100% waterproof

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

Source: http://innovatebuildingsolutions.com/products/bathrooms/high-gloss-acrylic-wall-panels

Tags: Color | Interior Design | Wall Panels

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Now from Armstrong ceilings: Tectum wall & ceiling panels

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.

Now from Armstrong ceilings: Tectum wall & ceiling panels

KEY FEATURES

  • Durable for heavy-use interiors
  • Sound absorption (NRC) values up to 1.0
  • Great acoustical retrofit solution
  • Color options include standard, Colorations colors, and custom Sherwin-Williams colors
  • Contributes to LEED credit areas including FSC certified wood
  • Attach to a variety of ceiling substrates
  • Easy to install
 

SPECIAL APPLICATIONS

  • Gymnasiums
  • Auditoriums
  • Multi-purpose Spaces
  • Acoustical Retrofits
  • Exposed Structures
  • Education Spaces

Company: Armstrong Building Solutions

Product: TECTUM Ceiling & Wall Panels

Source: https://www.armstrongceilings.com/commercial/en-us/articles/tectum-part-of-armstrong-portfolio.html

Tags: Acoustics | Ceiling | Color | Interior Design | LEED Certification | Wall Panels

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Lines, grids & aesthetics in translucent panel systems

Lines, grids & aesthetics in translucent panel systems

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

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

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

Company: Major Industries Inc.

Product: Guardian 275® - Translucent Panel Skylights & Curtainwall

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

Tags: Design | Glass | Wall Panels | Window Shades

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Kawneer Project Profile: Heifer International World Headquarters

FROM BROWNFIELD TO SHINING STAR: “LEED”-ING THE WAY IN LITTLE ROCK

A non-profit organization dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty, Heifer International provides livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially disadvantaged families around the world. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, the organization was faced with the need for larger headquarters, but wanted the project to remain true to the earth’s resources. Heifer identified a long abandoned railroad yard in the city’s old warehouse district, an environmentally dirty site known as a brownfield, and made the decision to transform it – the “green” way. One of the first of its kind in the area, the project was designed with careful consideration for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®*) certification standards.

Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects, Ltd., developed the building’s design, capturing every opportunity to achieve LEED points and reflect the overall mission. Glazing contractor ACE Glass Company, Inc. and product manufacturer/design engineering team from Kawneer North America were called in to collaborate on the project. Completed in March 2006, the project is expected to receive its LEED certification in 2007.

Photography: ©Timothy Hursley
Photography: ©Timothy Hursley

Design Highlights

  • The curved shape of the building served to take advantage of the solar orientation by stretching in an east/west direction and maximizing sun exposure. To block excessive sunlight, the team integrated sunshades into the exterior, while Kawneer’s InLighten™ Light Shelves were installed on the interior of the wall to “bounce” natural light up to the ceiling and reflect it into the building.
  • Deeper, custom sun shades were created to be hung vertically between the punchouts, a unique design feature that served to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional, as they protect the interior from both east and west sun exposure.
  • The combination of the building’s narrow floor plate and the curtain wall allows natural light to penetrate to the center of every floor, while strategic interior glazing continues the indoor/outdoor aesthetic and keeps individual offices bright and open. Fixed and storefront framing systems, in conjunction with swing and sliding entrances, were used throughout the interior offices and conference rooms. In addition, clean glass, white frost and green glass added a light and modern aesthetic.

Challenges

  • The complex design required the customization of several existing Kawneer products, and the curved building footprint complicated fabrication.
  • The increased focus on recycled materials (per the Materials & Resources category under LEED required the coordination of a sizeable order of secondary aluminum billet necessary for the project. In fact, 97 percent of the building materials used for the project contain recycled content.

Featured products

Architect

Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects,
Ltd., Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Glazing contractor

ACE Glass Co., Inc. 
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Company: Kawneer Co., Inc.

Product: Curtain Wall

Source: https://www.kawneer.com/kawneer/north_america/en/products/project_detail.asp?project=heifer_kna&bus=north_america&pc=Commercial_Office_Space

Tags: Doors | Entrances | Glass | LEED Certification | Sustainability | Wall Panels

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Translucent Panels | Chesapeake Boathouse, Oklahoma City

Translucent Panels | Chesapeake Boathouse, Oklahoma City

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

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

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

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

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Product: Translucent Walls

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

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

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LumiSplash™ Decorative Laminates with LED Edge Lighting

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

The “Lumisplash Top” includes printed artwork and a protective surface. It has the option of extra graphics. The “Lumisplash Kit” includes ATI light guide panel, LED lights, and a decorative graphic panel. It also has the option of different molding configurations and extra graphics.
The “Lumisplash Top” includes printed artwork and a protective surface. It has the option of extra graphics. The “Lumisplash Kit” includes ATI light guide panel, LED lights, and a decorative graphic panel. It also has the option of different molding configurations and extra graphics.

Company: Decorative Ceiling Tiles, Inc.

Source: https://www.decorativeceilingtiles.net/idea-library/by-material-lumisplash-idea-library/#prettyPhoto

Tags: Color | Furniture | Interior Design | Lighting | Wall Panels

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Which Metal Ceiling Tile Finish Is Right For You?

Which Metal Ceiling Tile Finish Is Right For You?

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.

Popular Finishes

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

Source: http://www.metalceilingexpress.com/blog/metal-ceiling-tile-finish/

Tags: Ceiling | Interior Design | Metal | Wall Panels

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Sustainable Single-Family House

Sustainable Single-Family House

Project: Prescott Passivhaus
Architect: Studio 804
Engineer: Norton & Schmidt
LEED: Platinum

Designed to use minimal energy through affordable, passive means, this 1,700-square-foot house in the Prescott, Kansas neighborhood, is just minutes from downtown Kansas City. To achieve its goal of a 90-percent reduction in heating and cooling costs, strategies including louvers, thermal mass, high-performance windows, super insulation, southern orientation and an airtight building envelope were employed. National Gypsum’s Gold Bond® BRAND eXP® Interior Extreme® Gypsum Panels are components of this project.

Company: National Gypsum

Product: Gold Bond® XP® Fire-Rated 5/16” Radius Wall

Source: http://designcenter.nationalgypsum.com/design-center/category/project-profiles/detail/prescott-passivhaus-prescott-ks

Tags: Construction | Energy | LEED Certification | Wall Panels

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New facility at Dupage Airport in Chicago features Extech's systems

Images ©balloggphoto.com
Images ©balloggphoto.com

Chicagoland’s DuPage Airport Authority is home to the largest concentration of corporate aircraft in Illinois. It supports more than 400 based aircraft and is the only general aviation airport in Illinois with four active runaways, two instrument landing system approaches and a 24-hour FAA Air Control Tower, U.S. Customs and 24-hour onsite rescue and firefighting capabilities.

In addition to the aircraft on site, the airport receives daily transient aircraft. To better accommodate their aviation needs, the DuPage Airport Authority opened a new hangar in August 2017, reflecting its goal to build and maintain a world-class facility in the heart of the United States.

The new 31,000-square-foot hangar spans 244 feet wide by 134 feet deep with 29-foot-high doors. It features EXTECH's LIGHTWALL 3440 and SKYGARD 3300 polycarbonate systems. Mark Doles, the Director of Aviation Facilities and Properties and DuPage Flight Center, says of the new facility and EXTECH's systems: "We chose EXTECH’s systems to give us the architecturally attractive look we wanted and the translucent polycarbonate lets us take advantage of the borrowed light. With the natural light, we usually will not have to utilize any electric lighting at all during the day. When we do illuminate the hangar, it’s stunning to see at night.”

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Product: Custom Facades

Source: https://extechinc.com/see-photos-dupage-airport-chicago/

Tags: Design | Skylights | Wall Panels | Window Shades

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Design A Better Shaftwall System

Design A Better Shaftwall System

With the continued popularity of high-rise corporate headquarters, institutional buildings and high-density housing, the gypsum shaftwall system, known as the Cavity Shaftwall System, provides economic benefits – and also peace of mind due to its fire-resistant qualities. Originally designed for the 110-story World Trade Center in 1973, the Cavity Shaftwall System replaced heavier, more expensive masonry walls. This shaftwall system utilizes gypsum board framed with metal studs and tracks to enclose elevator shafts, stairwells and service shafts. These shaftwalls withstand the positive and negative air pressure forces exerted by high-speed elevators. Cavity Shaftwall Systems are also ideal for fire-rated, interior partitions where access is restricted to one side and as fire-rated, horizontal membranes.

Advantages Of The Cavity Shaftwall System

Cavity Shaftwall Systems provide many benefits. They are lightweight, easy to install, weather-, sound- and fire-resistant and more economical than masonry shaft construction. Four to five times lighter than traditional masonry enclosures, gypsum shaftwalls weigh approximately 10 pounds per square foot of wall compared to 40 or 50 pounds per square foot for a masonry wall. Buildings utilizing this shaftwall system require less structural steel and extensive underground support pilings. In addition, the core of the gypsum panels in the Cavity Shaftwall System contains about 21 percent water by weight, creating a fire barrier with 1- to 4-hour fire-ratings from either side. When gypsum board is exposed to fire, the water turns to steam and slows the passage of heat through the assembly, keeping the building safe for a longer period of time.

Installations

Typical installations use 1-inch thick gypsum shaftliner panels inside a minimum 2-1/2-inch metal framing system with an integral space to hold the panels in place on the shaft side. Metal J-tracks are placed horizontally at the top and bottom and vertically at partition ends. They also frame openings. Depending on the fire-rating you are trying to achieve, install one to five layers of 5/8-inch fire-rated gypsum board to the outside of the stud, creating a corridor side of the enclosure.

To construct lightweight fire barriers for cavity shaftwalls (1-4 hr.), we recommend Gold Bond® BRAND eXP® Shaftliner. It is an approved component in specific UL fire-rated designs, including G586 (horizontal, 2-hr.) and W419 (vertical, 1-4-hr.).

Questions About The IBC 2009 Code Updates For Buildings?

If you are designing a building of occupancy category III or IV with occupied floors over 75 feet tall and all buildings over 420 feet tall IBC Section 403.2.3 require increased impact resistance for exit stairways and elevator hoistway enclosures. If you have questions, contact your construction design manager for clarification and for assistance with the best and most affordable options for your project.

Company: National Gypsum

Of: Scott Hughes and Thad Goodman

Source: http://designcenter.nationalgypsum.com/on-board-newsletter/display/08-2017

Tags: Fire Resistant | Safety | Wall Panels

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Blast protection and pressure relief systems

Blast protection and pressure relief systems

Explosives have become the weapon of choice for terrorists around the world, and the force of these blasts can wreak havoc on standard building materials. As an explosion impacts your building, a flying debris field is created which can cause a variety of injuries to your building’s occupants. In fact, studies show that lacerations due to high-speed flying glass fragments are responsible for a significant number of injuries sustained in explosions. Less flying debris equals less chance of injury, and because they’re designed to “flex” with the force of an explosive blast while remaining intact and secure in the opening, Guardian 275® Translucent Daylighting Panels can reduce the amount of dangerous fragments created by an explosion.

Guardian 275® translucent daylighting systems also shield occupants from a direct line of sight. Potential terrorists observing from busy streets and other uncontrolled locations are offered few clues to the activity within occupied spaces while interior spaces are enhanced with glare-free, energy-saving daylighting.

Tested, Abused – and Performance Verified

During a series of tests conducted by Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants Inc., a world-renowned engineering and testing firm, a variety of Guardian 275® panels were attached to a large shock tube, a test device that creates specific pressures and applied impulses (an applied impulse, measured in psi-msec, is equal to the net force on the panel times the time period over which this force is applied) to simulate the effects of an actual explosive device.

Guardian 275® panel configurations were put through a range of pressures and impulses in order to thoroughly evaluate their blast resistance and safety. A machine-generated blast pressure range of 5 to 6 psi, with applied impulses between 41 and 69 psi-msec, was chosen to test commonly specified blast loads for anti-terrorism protection of buildings in the United States. To put these numbers into a real-world scenario, a similar blast load of 5 psi could snap a wooden utility pole. A larger applied pressure of 10 psi with an applied impulse of 90 psi-msec was used to generate a medium level blast load that studies show could cause significant structural damage and serious health risks. Testing conducted in the 5 to 6 psi range showed that Guardian 275® panels resisted the applied loads over a range of impulses and retained their structural integrity. The largest applied pressure, used to recreate a devastating medium level blast, was 10 psi with an applied impulse of 90 psi-msec. The Guardian 275® panel once again “flexed” with the pressure and remained intact.

Please view below for high-speed video of a Guardian 275® panel “flexing” with the force of a blast.

 

Department of Defense (DoD) Minimum Anti-terrorism Standards for Buildings (UFC 4-010-01) for conventional building standoff distances and ISC Security Design Criteria Level C loadingGuardian 275® panels, after going through the most punishing blast tests in the translucent daylighting industry, meet or exceed the following related performance requirements:

  • US General Services Administration (GSA) Standard Test Method for Glazing and Window Systems Subject to Dynamic Overpressure Loadings – Condition “1”, Hazard Level “None”
  • ASTM F 1642-04 Standard Test Method for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loading
  • AAMA 510-06 Voluntary Specification Guide for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Fenestration Systems

Since specific system configurations are dependent on a variety of factors, including stand-off distances and additional conditions, please contact us at 888-759-2678 or sales@majorskylights.com for more information.

Pressure Release Systems

For test laboratories, research facilities and other high risk areas, Guardian 275® systems can also be fitted with third-party certified fasteners that relieve sudden pressure surges by releasing the panels before structural damage occurs. Stainless steel safety lanyards keep the panels attached to the framing, minimizing the risk to people and property.

Company: Major Industries Inc.

Product: Guardian 275® - Translucent Panel Skylights & Curtainwall

Source: http://majorskylights.com/products/specialty-applications/blast-protection-pressure-relief-systems/

Tags: Glass | Safety | Security | Skylights | Wall Panels | Windows

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Tectum Panel Art

Tectum Panel Art has become wildly popular in the past year. Interested in seeing a sample? We'd be happy to send you one.

Tectum Panel Art

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.

Key features

  • Durable for heavy-use interiors
  • Sound absorption (NRC) values up to 1.0
  • Great acoustical retrofit solution
  • Color options include standard, Colorations colors, and custom Sherwin-Williams colors
  • Contributes to LEED credit areas including FSC certified wood
  • Attach to a variety of ceiling substrates
  • Easy to install

Special applications

  • Gymnasiums
  • Auditoriums
  • Multi-purpose Spaces
  • Acoustical Retrofits
  • Exposed Structures
  • Education Spaces

Company: Armstrong Building Solutions

Product: TECTUM Ceiling & Wall Panels

Source: https://www.armstrongceilings.com/commercial/en-us/articles/tectum-part-of-armstrong-portfolio.html

Tags: Acoustics | Color | Interior Design | Wall Panels

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Global warming: how architects & building owners can prepare the world

Global warming: how architects & building owners can prepare the world

With the effects of global warming upon us, architects and building owners need to mitigate its impact in the built environment. This is not a new idea, but the necessity for design that protects against volatile weather, rising temperatures, and insect-borne diseases is now more pressing than ever. Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the Building Resilience website, a tool that connects community planners, home builders, architects, and engineers with building science, climate data, and community resilience resources.  This is crucial information designers and building owners need if they want to confront the effects of climate change.

As daylighting manufacturers, we have some thoughts on how daylighting can be used to reduce the impact of global warming on the built environment.

Daylighting that can withstand Severe Weather

Because of global warming, weather events like hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes have become more powerful (Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Supertyphoon Haiyan in 2013 have both been partly attributed to global warming).

But just because nature has become more dangerous doesn’t mean we should barricade behind steel walls. Instead, robust daylighting systems should be utilized. By incorporating daylighting into architecture, occupants remain connected to the outdoors, and the structure reduces its carbon footprint.

It’s important to use daylighting systems and materials that possess excellent water weepage and can withstand high wind loads. These attributes will be determined by the system’s glazing and framing.

Polycarbonate is one of the best forms of glazing when it comes to strength and durability, and it by far outperforms glass (polycarbonate is 250 times more resistant to impact than safety glass), as well as fiberglass reinforced panels, or FRP (polycarbonate is 4 times more resistant to impact than FRP).

Additionally, the system framing must have elements that facilitate excellent water control and leak resistance, like properly placed weep holes and water stops. An example of a highly resilient daylighting system is EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL 3100LSpolycarbonate wall system, which meets ASTM E-1886 and E-1996 tests for hurricane impact / windborne debris at clear spans of 8 feet. It is an excellent daylighting product in the face of torrential weather.

Protection Against Intense Heat

With global warming comes rising temperatures. Data has uncovered a long-term warming trend, and at this rate, temperatures could rise as much as 8 degrees by the end of this century (though that does not sound like much, a global increase in this scale would have dire outcomes). Even if carbon emissions worldwide are drastically cut, escalating temperatures are a factor humans must face.

With warmer temperatures comes the threat of increased solar heat gain (the temperature inside a structure that results from solar radiation). If precautions are not taken when choosing the daylighting glazing, people will either bake in a convection oven, or the cooling system will have to run at non-stop full capacity – neither choice is ideal. To protect against these scenarios, glazing that blocks infrared rays is recommended for daylighting structures. Polycarbonate is one of the few materials that can effectively and economically block infrared radiation.

Though humans can take many actions to reduce global warming, its effects will never be completely vanquished; mitigation is the only way forward. By accepting this, architects and building owners can be a leading force in climate change preparation – if they have the foresight now to build structures that deal with global warming’s impact, humankind will be safer, happier, and quite possibly, live to one day stop climate change for good.

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Product: Translucent Walls

Source: https://extechinc.com/global-warming-how-architects-building-owners-can-prepare-the-world/

Tags: Energy | Exterior Design | Lighting | Louvers | Sustainability | Wall Panels

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5 Little Known Facts about High Gloss Acrylic Wall Panels

5 Little Known Facts about High Gloss Acrylic Wall Panels

It’s fun to look at the glass-like appearance of high gloss acrylic wall panels in a shower, kitchen backsplash or feature wall in an office and say, “Wow – that material is cool.” Yes –gloss wall panels are striking in appearance – but just like you and I – there is a lot more to know about them than is evident on the surface. While these panels fly off the shelves in countries like Australia and Japan – they are still new to homeowners and business owners in the United States (and a bit of a mystery).

In this article, I’d like to dig “under the hood” to give you some little-known facts (at least in the United States) about these fun and functional high gloss wall panels. At the end of the article let me know if you have any questions which weren’t covered in these 5 facts.

Little known high gloss acrylic wall panel fact #1 – They can be used in a steam room or behind a stove

When people think of acrylic and hot spaces most assume they can’t be used in steam showers and behind stoves in the kitchen, however this is not the case with optical grade (hard coat) acrylic wall panels. If the temperature is lower than 130 degrees you can use these decorative colored wall panels in a steam room or behind an electric stove top. Standard acrylic wall panels (not high gloss) are not be recommended in these places.

A black colored high gloss acrylic wall panel kitchen backsplash creates a sleek contemporary look | Innovate Building Solutions

This high gloss kitchen is sleek. It is using a carbon black kitchen backsplash and mocha colored gloss cabinet fronts.

Little known high gloss acrylic wall panel fact #2 – They can be pre-cut if you want (or need) to do it yourself

If you’re like a lot of parents and tell your kids to stay away from the skilled trades (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry etc.) and go into fields like computer technology you are contributing to the problem of finding a decent contractor in your town to install a product they have not worked with before. So, when you ask a recommended contractor to install a product (like high gloss wall panels) don’t be surprised if they tell you they are too busy – or they only work with tile showers or ceramic kitchen backsplashes. When there is a lot of demand for their services your contractor not be willing to try to install a hot new product like high gloss wall panels. The good news is there is something you can do about this problem (even if you’re not the second reincarnation of Tim the Tool Man Taylor).

Simply get the high gloss panels precut and predrilled with holes you need for your shower heads and valves (in the case of a shower) or with the outlets cut out (in the case of a kitchen backsplash).

CNC laser cutting of high gloss wall panels for shower walls and kitchen backsplashes can save owners money and make DIY project simpler | Innovate Building Solutions

CNC equipment can pre-cut wall panels to make a shower kitchen or commercial installation of high gloss wall panels easier

In this way, all you need to do to self-install them is apply the silicone and double-sided tape on the back and slap them up.

Little known high gloss acrylic wall panel fact #3 – Not all acrylic wall panels are created equal

High gloss acrylic wall panels are not the same as the 1/8” thick acrylic walls used by nationwide “One Day Bathroom” franchises who focus in on lower end showers. High gloss wall panels have a hard coat applied to the front which allows them to create a mirror like look and pop out from the wall. The high gloss surface has 20 times the impact strength of back painted glass – but is only ½ the weight. In addition, the hard surface has superior scratch resistance to standard acrylic wall panels. They are sleek, contemporary, colorful and create a Euro-inspired look.

Glacier colored high gloss acrylic shower wall panels in bathroom remodel with a ceramic floor | Innovate Building Solutions

Where standard acrylic panels work well is they are low-priced alternative to a tile shower (which can be a good option in rental homes and investment properties).

Little known high gloss acrylic wall panel fact #4 – The “party’s” in the back – and that’s functional and stylish for you

Back in the 1970’s and the 1980’s the “mullet” style hairdo was popularized by the likes of Rod Stewart and David Bowie. It came to be known as the hairdo with the “party in the back.” While that style has (fortunately) gone the way of the powder blue leisure suit I have to admit I wore (hey – I’ll blame my Mom for buying me that!) in the 1970’s, there are still some products where it is good if the “party” is in the back.

High gloss acrylic wall panels are one of those products. Putting the color (or the party) in the back of the panel makes sense because it is not subject to harmful UV rays and discoloration. The color in the back is the same approach as is used in more expensive back coated glass.

High gloss acrylic wall panel colors come in an arctic white, blue attol, carbon black, mocha and silver gray colors | Innovate Building Solutions

The color is on the back edge of these sample chips

Little known high gloss wall panel fact #5 – These panels go onto a wall, but they aren’t the wall itself

High gloss wall panels have their place reflecting light off a wall and creating a mirrored light-filled contemporary look in a room They also help to block the view behind the wall surface (like tile you can’t see through these panels or get any water through the surface either) to the wall backer material they are applied onto. That’s the good news about high glass wall panels.

A moisture resistant greenboard is being prepared for the installation of high gloss wall panels in a shower | Innovate Building Solutions

The bad news may be that they aren’t a transparent or translucent glass material where light can transmit through the panels. If you’re looking to move light through a glass wall you’ll want to use real glass or a plexiglass.

Conclusion

Even though not a lot is known about high gloss acrylic wall panels in this country what can be agreed on is they are a fun, striking material which makes a visual impact on any room you choose to use them (a bathroom, kitchen, classroom or a front desk office area in commercial buildings are most common). I believe as you dig a little deeper into this material you’ll also find they are easy to work with (especially if you have the panels pre-cut) and certainly not the same as the cheap acrylic you’ll see advertised by “One Day Bathroom” companies. It is a stylish, contemporary and a luxury component to make your next bath, kitchen or office project distinctive.

How can I (or a member of my team help you)

If you’re still uncertain how to use, cut or purchase this material I (or a member of my team) would love to help. For nationwide supply or material questions call Innovate Building Solutions at 877-668-5888. To use this product on a local bathroom or kitchen remodeling project in Cleveland call Cleveland Design and Remodeling  at 216-658-1270 or in Columbus the Bath Doctor at 614-252-7294.

Company: Innovate Building Solutions

Product: High Gloss Acrylic Wall Panels

Of: Mike Foti

Source: http://blog.innovatebuildingsolutions.com/2017/07/15/5-facts-high-gloss-acrylic-bath-kitchen-wall-panels

Tags: Color | Design | Kitchen | Office | Shower | Wall Panels

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Kalwall Featured In Winning 2017 RIBA London Award Project

Kalwall Featured In Winning 2017 RIBA London Award Project

The architects of London’s remodeled West Croydon Bus Station were looking for a way to give the busy transport station a brighter and more aesthetically appealing look when it began its remodeling project two years ago. The introduction of Kalwall translucent sandwich panels for the station’s canopy helped achieve that goal. And, in the process, earned the project one of England’s highest honors in architectural design.

Transport for London (TfL)’s in-house design team was recently presented a 2017 RIBA Regional Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects and TfL architect Martin Eriksson won a 2017 RIBA London Project Architect of the Year Award.

RIBA Awards aim to “celebrate the best architecture in the UK and around the world.” London has over 12,000 RIBA members and 1,000 chartered practices. Regional winners are eligible for the RIBA National Award for architectural excellence.

In jury comments, the station is described as a “charming and creative building.” Kalwall panels not only provided an aesthetic beauty, but their lightweight properties factored into the design of the building. The ability to eliminate shadows, hotspots and glare made Kalwall preferable to traditional glazing. Additionally, the translucent panels create an ethereal glow at night, making it a beacon for travelers.

The ability to reduce maintenance expenditures also made Kalwall a great choice. Soil and detritus are less obvious on Kalwall panels than on glass, and cleaning is much simpler because access scaffolding is not required and maintenance staff can safely walk across its surface.

Company: Kalwall Corporation

Product: Wall Systems

Source: https://www.kalwall.com/2017/05/30/winning-2017-riba-london-award-project/

Tags: Award | Landscape Design | Wall Panels

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7 Hot 2017 Bathroom Design Trends You Need to Add Style to Your Space

7 Hot 2017 Bathroom Design Trends You Need to Add Style to Your Space

Do you have the June Cleaver throwback bathroom from the 1950’s, or maybe a “modern” 1970’s bathroom straight out of the Brady Bunch which are practically begging you for an update? You know you NEED a bathroom makeover so bad. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the partially rusted tub, pealed wood on the window sills, tired old particle board vanity with a dated laminate top and nasty looking grout in the shower. The challenge is what are you going to do about it? How can you update for a fresh, clean look? How can you create an updated design which takes advantage of the latest trends and keeps maintenance to a minimum? The question is – where do you start?

One excellent place to begin is to take a sneak peek at the products which are hot today and include these elements in your remodeled “bathroom of tomorrow.” In this article, we’ll look at what’s hot now. At the end, I’d love to hear your “Siskel and Ebert” – two thumbs up or thumbs down on these products.

Hot bathroom trend #1 – A stylish one level “life-cycle” bathroom

Are you staring down the challenge of having to put Mom or Dad into an assisted living facility because their step-filled single family home has become too dangerous? The reality is most homes are not designed to work for family members as they age.

One important trend is the use of one level bathrooms which eliminate the curb to get into the shower. Not only are shower systems which eliminate the curb hot, they are also sleek and minimalist (more on this trend later) and will save you money, big-time.

A one level barrier free wet room shower system | Innovate Building Solutions

If you’ve priced assisted living facilities for Mom you know they can cost easily $3,000 to $4,000 per month. Using an “aging in place” (I hate this term – but many people use it anyway) solution like a one level shower can be sleek, stylish and eliminate the high cost of assisted living facilities.

Hot bathroom trend #2 – Geometry is in …at least for tile showers and bathrooms!

Although I’m sick guy and actually love math – I still didn’t “get” geometry. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m more of a linear guy than a rhombus dude? Putting mathematics aside, one hot bathroom look for 2017 are geometric tiles. These tile designs not only add a feeling of shape and style – they also add drama to the bathroom. Fun and functional – that’s cool.

A geometric bathroom tile design in a bathroom with a one level contemporary shower and a clawfoot tub | Innovate Building Solutions

Hot bathroom trend #3 – Drop in tubs are way out – larger showers are in

Nothing says, “big hair and 1980’s shoulder-pad-like” look in a bathroom quite like a gigantic soaking or jacuzzi tub in the corner flanked by two massive windows. I know this look was hot – but today you need to stay away from it like the plague. Our schedules are too crazy for bathing. Today’s it’s all about expansive showers. We are seeing people blow up their big tub and small 3’ x 3’ stand up shower next to them and convert to large open walk in showers. Sleek frameless glass walk in showers are all the rage – and why not – they get rid of the cost of the door and take less time to clean (a double benefit to you).

A 6 foot wide walk in shower system with frameless glass system and an acrylic base in a contemporary bathroom | Innovate Building Solutions

Hot bathroom trend #4 – Let’s heat things up a bit

If you live in the Midwest (I live in Cleveland, but also spend a lot of time in Columbus) you know stepping on a cold bathroom floor in January can make a man out of you – even if you’re a woman! It used to be in-floor heating systems where difficult to install and un-godly expensive. Not so today.

Electric and hydronic (liquid) in floor heating systems are no longer super pricey. You can even extend the heating systems inside the shower space – but I’ll warn you may never want to get out if you do this! Another fun idea is to add a towel warming rack to pamper yourself when you get out. This bathroom will be so relaxing it may make you late for work!

Hot bathroom trend #5 – Sleek and minimalist is the thing

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s it seemed the fancier the woodwork in your bathroom the more style points you got. Today – bathroom trends are the opposite of our lives. The goal is to create a sense of calm, serenity, a place which flows with minimalist lines and flair. Think about using wall mounted cabinetry and the one level floors mentioned in trend #1 above. Take complexity out of your bathroom. You already have enough complexity in your life to go around. This will make your space stylish and simple to clean.

Sleek contemporary shower with a barrier free curbless entry, wall mounted cabinetry and large format tiles | Innovate Building Solutions

Hot bathroom trend #6 – Think like “Mrs. Thomas and her English muffins” and use your nooks and crannies

Home sizes historically kept getting bigger until the bottom fell out of the housing market in the late 2000’s. Now people are stepping back and evaluating how big a house they really need. Groundbreaking books like The Not So Big House by Susan Susanka and formerly weird concepts like tiny homes, container homes and houseboats are becoming a larger part of the housing market. So, what does this have to do with Mrs. Thomas her filling the nooks and crannies of her English Muffins?

As homes have begun to scale down we now need to be more thoughtful per square foot and every room including the bathroom. This trend has certainly “washed over” (bad pun intended here) into the bathroom remodeling projects. In 2017, you’ll continue to see inventive soap and shampoo niches (like this one illuminated with LED lighting below) which use the “inside of walls” to create space in a bathroom.

A bathroom recessed niche illuminated with LED lights in a contemporary Columbus Ohio bathroom | Innovate Building Solutions

The movement to level floor showers (see trend #1) has helped because our bathrooms are now – more than ever – thought of as one continuous space. Fun ideas including vanity mirrors built into the wall are another example of superior space planning which in the years of the McMansion would have had no place – but are hot today.

Hot bathroom trend #7 – Maintenance is way out – luxury grout free shower wall panels are in

Tile looks great the day it’s installed. The problem is those doggone grout joints end up sucking up your time cleaning them or needing to schedule a “Grout Dr.” to come out to maintain your shower. What’s hot in 2017 are cool lines of grout free shower wall products to blow up the grout cleaning challenge once and for all.

DIY shower wall panels with a NEO acrylic shower pan in a traditional bathroom | Innovate Building Solutions

Stylish lines like these high gloss contemporary wall panel system provide the sleek, Euro contemporary (low maintenance) look. 3D wall panels are also getting hot because they add a sense of drama and texture.

Contemporary luxury high gloss shower wall panels in a modern bathroom with a custom bench seat which extends outside the frameless glass enclosure | Innovate Building Solutions

Conclusion

If you’re living with your Brady Bunch or June Cleaver bathrooms of yesteryear isn’t it time to blow them up for a fresh, clean, low-maintenance contemporary bathroom of today? What do you think about these 2017 hot bathroom design trends? Which do you like? Do you find any to be butt-ugly? Are there other trends you’d like to add? I’d love to see your comments, ideas and thoughts below.

How can I (or a member of my team) help you with these bathroom trends?

I know it can be challenge to put a fun and functional bathroom design together by yourself. That’s why I (and the members of my team) would be delighted to assist you through your bathroom remodeling project. Whether you need nationwide factory-direct materials to save some money on doing the project yourself or professional design our Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888), Cleveland Design and Remodeling (216-658-1270) and Bath Doctor division in Columbus (614-252-3242) would love to help. Give us a call or click here for a Free Design Consultation.

Follow the Author on Twitter @Mike_Foti or his company @InnovateBuild.

Company: Innovate Building Solutions

Product: High Gloss Acrylic Wall Panels

Of: Mike Foti

Source: http://blog.innovatebuildingsolutions.com/2017/05/20/7-hot-2017-bathroom-design-trends-cleveland-ohio/

Tags: Floor | Glass | Interior Design | Wall Panels

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Designed for resiliency and acoustic performance

The University of Iowa (UI) School of Music in Iowa City celebrated its 110th anniversary with a new home – Voxman Music Building. Designed for durability, sustainability and the highest acoustic performance, the 190,000-square-foot project features energy-efficient window and curtainwall systems, finished and thermally improved by Linetec.

The $152 million project is targeting LEED® for New Construction Gold certification. Wausau Window and Wall Systems worked closely with glazing contractor Architectural Wall Systems (AWS) to achieve the design intent set by LMN Architects and Neumann Monson Architects. Mortenson Construction served as the construction manager agent for UI.

“We conceived the project as a means of extending the public space inside the building, and we do that with glass,” says LMN partner and project designer, Stephen Van Dyck, AIA, LEED AP. “The window systems play a huge part in creating the visual transparency between the public and the performers, and the connection from within and without of this educational and cultural building.”

A Highly Anticipated New Home for the UI Music Department
A Highly Anticipated New Home for the UI Music Department

Linetec Products Support Project Sustainability Goals

Linetec’s thermal improvement services and anodize finishing are key contributors to the window systems’ energy-efficiency, visual appeal and durability. The anodizing process produces a uniform, hard and protective finish. Linetec’s anodize finishes meet the requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s stringent Class I specification standard, AAMA 611-14. The anodized aluminum resists the ravages of time, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping, for a long product life cycle. Anodized aluminum may be specified with recycled content and is 100 percent recyclable.

In addition to durable finishes and recyclable materials, Linetec helped support the project’s sustainable and LEED goals for thermal comfort and energy performance by providing thermal barriers for Wausau’s window and curtainwall systems. Both Linetec and Wausau also are considered local suppliers, as they are located within a 500-mile radius of the UI campus.

Unique Window Systems Supply Natural Light and Visual Appeal

Wausau’s systems also contribute to recognized benefits of daylight and views, and are a main visual feature of the building. The glass exterior begins beneath the concert hall, wraps around and up to the main entrance and continues over the recital hall, reaching heights of 50 feet.

One of the building’s most unique features is the shingled curtainwall – called the “warped wall” – overlaying the recital hall, in which construction of glass and metal units are layered to create an undulating slope that appears to gently pour from the building’s roof to its base. On the interior, a central atrium funnels natural light into the building.

Large-scale window systems are rare in musical spaces due to the acoustic challenges they can present. By choosing a low-iron glass with a low roller wave and horizontal orientation, acoustic and visual distortion was minimized. Large panes of glass diffuse sound at different rates on the shingled wall, and tall and narrow windows minimize vibration throughout.

Prioritizing Acoustic Isolation and Performance

“The acoustic requirements for this project are of utmost relevance,” emphasizes Chucho Loria, AIA, with Neumann Monson Architects. “Wausau’s team looked at the various conditions in the project. They developed details, during the shop drawing review process, to ensure that their system would meet the design intent of the project. It was apparent in those details that Wausau was taking efforts to make their system interact with the rest of the building.”

“We prefer an integrated, whole building approach – especially with complicated engineered projects,” says Doug Laffin, Wausau’s architectural sales representative serving Iowa. “Our systems may be just one part of that whole, but everything must work together to successfully deliver the architectural vision and critical functionality.”

“Almost all of the job was acoustically sensitive,” says Lee Ebel, AWS project manager. “Wausau produced and had tested units that verified the system would meet the necessary STC ratings at the corresponding frequency.”

Sound Transmission Class (STC) is a single-number rating system for acoustical performance, where a higher number indicates better performance. The Voxman Music Building’s design specified an STC 55, which is suitable for blocking loud noises including musical instruments.

“Almost every room is acoustically isolated,” explains Van Dyck. “This means that instead of the usual one wall, one floor between each room, there are two or three walls and two floors to separate most of the rooms and keep sound from transferring between them. We’re also trying to keep the sound from passing from the outside into the building’s interior. The windows are a big part of that equation.”

Adding glazing mass, increasing air space and improving damping by the addition of a laminated interlayer achieve improvement in acoustical performance. Of course, maintaining an airtight assembly to reduce “flanking” noise is critical, especially at high frequency. All three approaches were used to meet the acoustic requirements of the Voxman Music Building.

“The goal was to have virtually no outside noise in the recital hall,” says Randy Arneson, Wausau’s senior estimator on the project. “There’s 5-inch airspace between the inside and outside glass lites of our curtainwall to decrease sound transmittance. For the majority, we used Viracon’s 1-5/16-inch OptiWhite laminated, insulating, specialty glass.”

In the concert hall, the glass was glazed into the window system’s interior-facing plane with a 3-inch airspace. On the exterior-facing plane, electrochromic SageGlass was installed. Electrochromic (EC) glass darkens or clears when a low-voltage DC current is applied. Wausau incorporated the necessary wiring paths to connect the windows’ EC glass with a user-controlled switch. This enhanced functionality allows the faculty and students to reversibly control the sunlight entering their space and to maintain their outside view without shades or blinds.

“Wausau provided these elegant, tall, thin windows with EC glass. They’re really cool. When the windows are turned ‘on’ and tinted, they produce this really nice, diffused light,” says Van Dyck.

“They’re very narrow – some are only 1 foot wide, but 40 feet tall. The smaller span actually helps with the acoustics. The stiffer it is, the less it wants to vibrate.”

Ensuring Quality, Durability and Sustainability

Beyond acoustic performance, Ebel says, “The curtainwall system went through a rigorous performance mock-up test at a certified laboratory in Miami, Florida. The testing included air, water, dynamic, structural, seismic racking and thermal cycling.”

Ebel adds, “The typical LEED requirements applied to this project.” The window systems’ high performance features contribute to quiet, comfortable spaces that promote concentration and creativity, as well as a whole building approach to energy-efficiency, daylighting and outside views.

AWS installed Wausau’s SuperWall™ curtainwall, custom-engineered fixed and operable windows, and nearly 23,000 square feet of INvision™ 1050i-UW Series unitized curtainwall. Glazing and sealing in a factory-controlled environmental ensures that conditions are maintained to achieve the intended performance required for the project. Shipped one lite wide by one floor tall, the interlocking, pre-assembled units make the system easy to install on the job site. This saves labor, time and associated costs.

The curtainwall and window systems’ installation was finished on time and on budget. “It took a lot of coordination between all parties, and modeling of the curtainwall and structure to ensure that everything would fit correctly in the field once installation started,” Ebel says.

“Aesthetically, the project looks great,” concluded Van Dyck. “But, let’s face it, for this project, it wouldn’t matter how great it looks if doesn’t sound great, too. The window systems are a critical part of that success.”

UI’s new music facility replaces its former location, which was damaged by the 2008 flood. Programming and schematic design began in 2011. In 2014, the new building’s essential structure was completed and the building envelope could begin taking shape.

The Voxman Music Building was substantially completed in July 2016 and welcomed its 450 music students and 60 full-time faculty on Aug. 22, 2016. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting event was held on Oct. 21, 2016. The 324-room space includes classrooms, teaching studios, a library, offices, recital spaces, a rooftop terrace, a 700-seat concert hall and a 200-seat recital hall.

David Gier is the first to serve as the UI School of Music’s director in the Voxman Music Building. The facility’s name honors one of his predecessors, the late clarinetist Himie Voxman who served as the school’s director from 1954-1980. Gier and the School of Music have eagerly awaited their new home.

Company: Linetec

Source: https://linetec-blog.com/2017/05/16/designed-for-resiliency-and-acoustic-performance-university-of-iowa-voxman-music-building-features-linetecs-anodize-finishing-and-thermal-improvement-services/

Tags: Acoustics | Aluminum | Energy | Glass | Sustainability | Wall Panels | Windows

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EXTECH offers LIGHTWALL 3440 translucent wall system with three new glazing options

EXTECH provided anti-reflective (AR) polycarbonate glazing and its LIGHTWALL 3440 system for this entertainment venue. AR polycarbonate enabled lighting effects to be projected onto the translucent facade
EXTECH provided anti-reflective (AR) polycarbonate glazing and its LIGHTWALL 3440 system for this entertainment venue. AR polycarbonate enabled lighting effects to be projected onto the translucent facade

Three new polycarbonate glazing options are available for the LIGHTWALL 3440® interlocking translucent wall panel system from Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH): Anti-Reflective, Infrared-Blocking and Anti-Graffiti.

  • Anti-Reflective – When high-efficient light transmission is paramount for a building’s design, EXTECH offers anti-reflective polycarbonate glazing. Systems using this UV matte option facilitate a better distribution of light throughout a building’s interior, while reducing reflections and glare. This option is also ideal for entertainment venues that want to project high-resolution images and lighting effects onto a translucent backdrop.
  • Infrared (IR) blocking – When high light levels and solar control are equally important, EXTECH provides polycarbonate glazing with an external surface that filters out unwanted IR and UV waves. EXTECH systems use this material to reduce solar heat gain, ensure comfortable interior temperatures, protect interior finishes from accelerated fading, reduce demand on the HVAC system and save on electric lighting costs.
  • Anti-Graffiti – When a project is in a high-traffic area and is at risk of damage or vandalism, EXTECH can enhance daylighting systems with anti-graffiti glazing that resists vandalism and scratching. Anti-graffiti glazing is also more resistant to natural weathering and typical chemicals, and is easier to clean.

In addition to these functional glazing choices, EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL systems contribute to commercial buildings’ aesthetic, performance, and sustainability goals. Lightweight and easy to install, the LIGHTWALL system helps construction teams facing condensed schedules, and facility managers seeking low-maintenance longevity.

“As our most popular product, the LIGHTWALL 3440 offers beauty, durability and economy with vertical panels that can extend up to 54 feet long and eliminate leak-prone horizontal joints,” says EXTECH Director of Product Application and Development Kevin Smith, R.A. “Our LIGHTWALL system does not require framing members within the field of the glazing, which allows for a clean, modern architectural aesthetic.”

In addition to enhancing a building’s appearance, the LIGHTWALL 3440 meets demanding performance specifications, including high wind loads, impact resistance, fire rating, air infiltration, water penetration, thermal (0.25 U-Factor) and structural performance – the LIGHTWALL 3440 possesses some of the highest performance numbers in the industry due to its advanced framing. These attributes support energy efficiency and sustainability goals, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating systems.

Smith adds, “The diffusing characteristics of the cellular polycarbonate reduces dependence on electric lighting and reduces solar heat gain into the building envelope, as well as reduces light pollution emanating from the building. Because it is a dry-glazed system, VOC emissions also are reduced.”

LIGHTWALL 3440 also uses highly insulating, 100 percent recyclable, 40 mm structural cellular polycarbonate and 38.95 percent recycled aluminum framing manufactured in Pittsburgh.

To order a sample and learn about EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL 3440, please visit the product web page. For more information on EXTECH’s products and services, please call 800-500-8012 or email info@extechinc.com.

Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH) is an award-winning manufacturer and designer of wall, window, skylight, canopy and custom façade systems. The company delivers solutions for a variety of industries and applications, and is committed to collaboration, innovation, and exceptional engineering.

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Product: Translucent Walls

Source: https://extechinc.com/lightwall-3440-polycarbonate-wall-panels/

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