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Protect Your Next Design with Coatings that Stand the Test of Time

Authored by Channing Beaudry, Global Technical Director, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. “When it comes to building designs that incorporate metal building products as part of the building envelope, whether it’s the entire building or an aesthetic design element, understanding the coatings used on the metal substrate is incredibly important. There are key considerations that specifying architects should be aware of when considering metal and know where to turn to make informed decisions that will ensure their final vision of the building is achieved and stands the test of time.”

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Coil anodizing solves quality control issues in architectural exteriors

Many quality control issues are faced in architectural aluminum products and other architectural exterior metals. Architectural exterior applications require a material that is very durable, can be colored or finished in unique ways, remains clean and beautiful over time, and delivers other important benefits. With its natural, brilliant look, hard anodic structure, environmentally responsible production, and great ROI, anodized aluminum is an excellent choice for architectural exterior applications when quality control is desired.

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High-performance architectural coatings for extruded aluminum

Manufacturers of window, storefront, entrance, curtainwall, skylight framing; rainscreen and canopy systems; and exterior sun shades and interior light shelves all rely on aluminum extrusions to achieve the dependable strength and performance of their architectural products. High-performance, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coatings provide product manufacturers, architects, specifiers and building owners with the capability to select nearly any conceivable color or combination of colors, while enhancing their products’ durability and longevity. A better understanding of the components, aesthetic options and performance specifications will help with selecting the best architectural coating for the architectural extrusions to meet the unique applications and project requirements.

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Northwestern’s DeWitt Family Science Center coated in Fluropon

Northwestern’s DeWitt Family Science Center is an eco-friendly and state-of-the-art 61,000 square-foot facility which creates a grand entrance to the campus of Northwestern College. Northwestern College utilized CMBA Architects, the Architect of Record, and HGA, acting as Design Architect, to bring the Dewitt Family Science Center to fruition. The building is brought to life with Americlad Quality Metalcrafts LLC’s AC-4000 flat lock panels. The panels were coated in three custom hues of Sherwin-Williams® Coil Coatings Fluropon® 70% PVDF coil coating.

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Sherwin-Williams names key partners for new global headquarters and R&D center project

The Sherwin-Williams Company today announced the key external partners it has selected to build its new global headquarters in downtown Cleveland and its new R&D center in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville. Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc.; HGA Architects and Engineers, LLC (HGA); Vocon Partners, LLC; and Welty Gilbane, are among the key project partners announced in the press release.

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One Dalton Place in Boston

Designed jointly by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven, the 61-story One Dalton Place in Boston, features PPG DURANAR® XL liquid coatings in a metallic pewter finish, a color selected for its ability to provide a seamless, nearly invisible complement to the structure’s tinted glass curtain wall.

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FGIA updates Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a document intended to help one understand the value and effective application of plastic glazed skylights and sloped glazing in a building design as well as the features and benefits of different plastic glazing materials. This is the second update to AAMA PSSG-20, “Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing,” originally published in 2016.

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PPG CORAFLON powder coatings reflect industrial heritage of 55 Hudson Yards

Kohn Pederson Fox Associates designed 55 Hudson Yards to incorporate both smooth and textured PPG CORAFLON® coatings on its metal curtainwall and window frames in the color Black Flower. The architectural firm selected the color, which was custom formulated by PPG, to mimic the classic cast-iron facades of neighboring SoHo and commemorate the industrial heritage of the building’s Meatpacking District setting.

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Antimicrobial coatings enhance surface protection

This must-read comprehensive article authored by Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager, describes the development of antimicrobial compounds and their use in product finishes and coatings; how they are tested to prove effectiveness at protecting the paint or coating; and the advantages these coatings provide to owners and operators of public buildings, and the people who use, work and live in them.

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Linetec offers paint coatings with antimicrobial protection for architectural metal products’ high-touch surfaces

Linetec provides architectural coatings with Microban® technology available in 30,000 colors with antimicrobial protection exceeding other conventional finishes on metal building products’ surfaces. Coupled with regularly scheduled cleanings, antimicrobial-based coatings create an inhospitable environment for microbial growth by damaging the microbes’ cell walls.

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Navajo Tribal Utility Authority’s office blends Tubelite’s modern, high-performance systems with traditional, culturally inspired design

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority’s new headquarters brings together administrative departments within its 80,000-square-foot offices located in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Dyron Murphy Architects, a Native-American owned business, said its design was inspired by Navajo cultural elements. Traditional building materials are complemented by modern, high-performance, aluminum-framed curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems manufactured by Tubelite Inc. and installed by Southwest Glass & Glazing.

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Linetec helps Tommy’s Express attract attention in Wisconsin with bright red finishes

Wisconsin’s first Tommy’s Express Car Wash opened in Weston as part of a strategic, national expansion. Linetec supported this new locally owned business with brand-compliant, bright red, architectural finishes. “These 70% PVDF resin-based coatings are formulated and applied for premium durability in our Wisconsin climate. They stand up to snow, humidity, heat, road salt and more. They shield the aluminum against weathering, pollution and aging, as well intense UV radiation,” explained Linetec’s marketing manager Tammy Schroeder.

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