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Five Myths of Specifying a High-Performance Door

Specifications are an essential part of the design process, but not the most glamorous. It was said by Charles Eames that the details are not the details, they make the design. If the specification is unclear or lacking detail, it will often result in the wrong product being installed. In the case of high-performance products, it can mean costing a company time and money. Don’t fall for these top five myths related to specifying a high-performance door.

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HGA Welcomes Lisa Matthiessen as National Sustainable Design Director

HGA Architects and Engineers is pleased to welcome Lisa Matthiessen, FAIA, LEED Fellow, as Associate Vice President and National Sustainable Design Director. In this newly created leadership position that reinforces HGA’s commitment to sustainable design, Matthiessen will help shape the firm’s approach to high-performance building design, guide related research, education and marketing efforts and support industry-leading projects.

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KAI Design & Build Expands Marketing Department

KAI Design & Build has expanded its Marketing Department with the addition of new hire Daniel Poole as Director of Marketing and Michelle Gray as Senior Marketing Coordinator. Ashley Mensinger and Kristina Glassl were also promoted within the department.

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U.S. Silica Announces Price Increases on Industrial and Specialty Products

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced February 8, that its Industrial and Specialty Products business has increased prices for the majority of its non-contracted silica sand, cool roof granule, aplite and specialty products used primarily in glass, foundry, paints, coatings, elastomers, roofing, chemical, recreation, building products and other applications.

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St. Cloud Window Launches New Historic-Replication Window Line

St. Cloud Window Inc., is pleased to introduce the SCW3000 -Series, a new line of historic replication/narrow sightline windows and terrace doors. The SCW3000 Series is designed around a three-inch frame engineered to maintain a narrow sightline profile yet facilitate the structural needs of large window openings and maintain the historic integrity required for landmark properties. It is available for awning, hopper, casement and fixed applications, as well as floating vent fenestrations that are common in buildings of historic significance.

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Kryton unveils its latest disruptive technology to the global construction industry

Kryton unveiled its latest product, Hard-Cem®, an award-winning integral concrete hardening admixture. This solution is added directly to the concrete mix and is specifically engineered to provide concrete with extraordinary resistance to abrasion and erosion, and increased mechanical-wear durability. This disruptive technology allows Hard-Cem-treated concrete to last up to 6 times longer than untreated concrete.

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UL and USGBC Announce Strategic Collaboration to Help Architects and Designers Find Products that Contribute to LEED v4 Requirements

“UL strives to solve the challenges that architects, designers and purchasers face finding products that help contribute to LEED v4 credits,” said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager, UL Environment. “UL’s SPOT platform is the largest credible green database in the market and enables users to search more than 50,000 products by the LEED credit they contribute to. This greatly simplifies the LEED design, building and submittal process.”

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Kingspan introduces GreenGuard XPS products in new thicknesses and for the commercial roofing market

Kingspan Insulation continues to expand its GreenGuard extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation board product offering with additional thicknesses of 3 inches and 4 inches in select 25, 40 and 60 psi compressive strength boards, and a new 4-sided routed drainage channel board. The new products help to round out Kingspan’s GreenGuard line in commercial markets such as roofing, cold storage, and various below grade and vertical wall applications.

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The 2018 Most Innovative Building Product Goes to AeroBarrier

Receiving the top award, AeroBarrier is being called the decade's most disruptive energy efficiency product.  Mandalay Homes, an Arizona homebuilder, uses Aerobarrier on all new homes.  Geoff Ferrell, Chief Technology Officer at Mandalay Homes says, "AeroBarrier is the key for us building net-zero homes as a standard feature.  Before AeroBarrier, it was not financially feasible or practical on a mass scale." 

2018 Brick Trends Show Whites, Grays, Black, Painted and Glazed Exteriors

Brick Industry Association (BIA) member manufacturers around the country report that clean, cool shades top the trends at all home price ranges, primarily whites with white mortar and all grays from light to charcoal and steel. Sandy earth tones are also trending, reflecting how fired-clay brick is made from abundant natural resources.

Kryton unveils its latest disruptive technology to the global construction industry

Kryton unveiled its latest product, Hard-Cem®, an award-winning integral concrete hardening admixture. This solution is added directly to the concrete mix and is specifically engineered to provide concrete with extraordinary resistance to abrasion and erosion, and increased mechanical-wear durability. This disruptive technology allows Hard-Cem-treated concrete to last up to 6 times longer than untreated concrete.

YKK AP Curtain Wall Creates a Modern Look

Founded in the 1980s, the prestigious Georgia State School of Law was in need of a new facility that would meet the demands of modern schooling and standards of sustainability. For architect, John Elvin, it was vital that the vision not only be durable for college activity, but also inventive and meaningful to the local area. A key feature of the building would be a 7 ½- inch curtain wall. The team selected the YCW 750 XT IG Curtain Wall System from YKK AP America, a system proven to meet the strictest sustainable building codes and provide excellent energy efficiency.

U.S. Silica Announces Price Increases on Industrial and Specialty Products

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced February 8, that its Industrial and Specialty Products business has increased prices for the majority of its non-contracted silica sand, cool roof granule, aplite and specialty products used primarily in glass, foundry, paints, coatings, elastomers, roofing, chemical, recreation, building products and other applications.

Solarban 90 glass by Vitro Glass used in “transformational” arts facility

Solarban® 90 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) is a defining feature on the Ent Center for the Arts, the first purpose-built performing and visual arts center on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ (UCCS) 550-acre campus. Designed by Semple Brown Design of Denver to encourage and support working relationships with community cultural organizations and to provide direct public access to performances, exhibits and classes, the 92,000-square-foot facility consolidates the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, which had previously been spread across six campus venues.

Calling all interior design students: Sherwin-Williams Design Competition now open

The 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is accepting submissions for residential and commercial projects through March 15. “Sherwin-Williams is proud to encourage excellence among the future leaders of the interior design industry,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “The Student Design Challenge provides students a unique opportunity to showcase their work to top designers and celebrates their creativity.”

New Jersey’s 3 Journal Square frames Manhattan views with Winco windows featuring dual color finishes by Linetec

Opened in June 2017, 3 Journal Square’s mixed-use 240-unit apartment building attracts New Jersey’s young professionals with a high-style aesthetic, modern performance and LEED® Silver certification. Framing the urban views and daylit interiors, Winco Windows supplied its 8250 Infinity Series windows, finished by Linetec, for the property’s 628 daylight openings.

U.S. Silica Announces Price Increases on Industrial and Specialty Products

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced February 8, that its Industrial and Specialty Products business has increased prices for the majority of its non-contracted silica sand, cool roof granule, aplite and specialty products used primarily in glass, foundry, paints, coatings, elastomers, roofing, chemical, recreation, building products and other applications.

Johns Manville Advances EPDM FIT Product Line with Tape-to-Tape Offering

Johns Manville (JM) announced yesterday the availability of a new reinforced EPDM membrane sheet with tape-to-tape technology (JM EPDM R FIT). This next-generation product, designed to work on the single ply waterproofing membrane, is field tested and proven to speed up installation by as much as four times, leading to lower labor costs.

Substantial’s new open work space

Substantial is a digital product studio that was founded in 2006 and moved into the 100-year-old building in 2013. goCstudio was brought on board to redesign the entire 14,000-square-foot upper floor of the building to create an open plan office that would accommodate the growing needs of the company. The challenge was to create a cohesive open plan work space which retained the feel of the original Substantial space and would maximize the existing character of the building; exposed brick walls, old growth Douglas Fir beams and roof decking, and warehouse style window walls.

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Shepley Bulfinch Unveils Iconic Library at Ringling College of Art and Design

Shepley Bulfinch announced the formal grand opening of the Ringling College of Art and Design’s new Alfred R. Goldstein College Library in Sarasota, Florida. At a cost of $20 million, the nearly 50,000 SF new facility is one of the largest art research libraries in the southeastern United States. The library creates a vibrant locus for learning at the heart of Ringling College’s expanding campus.

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Pitt, UPMC Announce $200 Million Immunotherapy Investment, Creation of Innovation Facility

Pitt and UPMC leaders today announced plans to establish the new UPMC Immune Transplant and Therapy Center (ITTC), with much of its activity planned within an eight-story innovation hub—all part of a concerted effort to harness the power of the human immune system to treat and cure a wide range of diseases. As part of the collaboration, UPMC has made a $200 million commitment to ITTC, and the University will transform a century-old building at 5000 Baum Boulevard into a world-class space for labs, offices, startup companies, and industry partners. 

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Oakwood Olympic & Olive by KTGY Architecture + Planning

KTGY Architecture + Planning has designed Oakwood Olympic & Olive at 1001 South Olive Street.  The development combines fully furnished apartments with the latest amenities, hotel-like services, and a modern design befitting its location in DTLA’s booming South Park neighborhood. “We love working in South Park with all it offers and all that it is becoming,” said KTGY Principal David Senden. “We wanted to make the most of this relatively compact site and so we arranged the south-facing third-floor pool deck for maximum sunlight, and wrapped the deck around the corner of the building to provide great views of the neighborhood.”

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How Vancouver Greened its Waterfront

The Vancouver Convention Centre West holistically integrates a metropolitan downtown with one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America. Completed in 2009, and certified as the world’s first LEED Platinum convention center (and recently becoming the world’s first double LEED Platinum convention center following LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, v.4), the project weaves together architecture, interiors, urban design, and landscape in a unified piece of the urban fabric that functions literally as a living part of both the city and the harbor.

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Bennett Wagner Grody Architects Joins CannonDesign

Going forward, Bennett Wagner Grody Architects will conduct business as Bennett Wagner Grody Architects | CannonDesign until a future transition to the CannonDesign name. The firm will continue providing architecture and interior design services, while offering new areas of expertise, such as building engineering, technology consulting, workplace strategy and facility optimization.

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Fall Ideal Time for Maintenance of Buildings from Roof to Foundation

“Maintenance of buildings or structures, whether it be the interior or exterior, horizontal or vertical construction, or a hi-rise or single-story, is a necessity across the country,” said Bob Gender, Branch Manager, Western Specialty Contractors. “Many times a quick check today on your properties can help save building owners and managers headaches during the harsh winter months ahead when getting repairs done can be complicated by low temperatures.”

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Company news

AkzoNobel distributor partner opens new location in southeast Texas

AkzoNobel welcomes the news that distributor partner, REO Company, has opened a new location in Beaumont, Texas. Serving refinery and chemical plant owners, fabricators, and paint contractors in the oil and gas and industrial markets throughout the gulf coast, REO exclusively offers product lines including Ceilcote®, Enviroline® and Chartek® from AkzoNobel’s International® and Devoe® ranges of protective coatings and passive fire protection.   

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Wil Wong, AIA, Joins the Board of Directors of KTGY Architecture + Planning

“KTGY’s board of directors is elected by the firm’s shareholders and sets the big-picture vision for direction, fiscal well-being and the growth of the firm,” said Tricia Esser, KTGY CEO. “Wil Wong has proven to be a valuable leader at KTGY. His work and ethic exemplify our commitment to continually searching for better. We are excited to recognize his contributions to KTGY with his election to our board.”

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Oklahoma City architecture and engineering firm hires John Semtner to lead civic practice

FSB has hired fourth-generation Oklahoman John Semtner to lead its civic market. As Civic Market Principal, Semtner will bridge between the complex design work and FSB clients from this sector.  Active FSB civic projects total over $300 million in construction. Some past and current projects include the interior renovation of the Oklahoma State Capitol, Bennett Event Center, MAPS Senior Center #2, and the office relocation for the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.

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Wausau supports continuous growth with remote engineering office

Expanding its engineering capacity and capabilities, Wausau Window and Wall Systems opened a remote office in Oct. 2016 to support its continuous growth. Currently, six of Wausau’s engineering associates have their primary workspace in Minneapolis. This team includes two structural engineers and three design engineers, plus engineering manager Susana Rivera. She hopes to add at least four more associates to the team.

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Seattle’s Third & Harrison is a new 185,000-square-foot, five-floor office building and home to Holland America Cruise Lines. Photo by Doug Scott, courtesy of Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Seattle’s Third & Harrison is a new 185,000-square-foot, five-floor office building and home to Holland America Cruise Lines. Photo by Doug Scott, courtesy of Wausau Window and Wall Systems

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