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Protecting Metal Part II: Coil Coatings

Latest curtain wall trends
Trending colors for healthcare facilities
Resilient design and future-proof building

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Protect Your Next Design with Coatings that Stand the Test of Time
by Channing Beaudry, Global Technical Director, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings

Coil anodizing solves quality control issues in architectural exteriors
by Phil Pearce, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Lorin Industries, Inc.

Curtain Walls – On Trend
by Terry Carespodi, National Sales Manager, YKK AP

Using trending colors and innovative design to enhance the healthcare experience
by Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, architectural coatings

Building for a future of extreme weather events
by Heather Bender, Strategic Marketing Manager, CornellCookson

Resiliency: Future-Proof Building Design
by Ashley Eusey, PE, LEED AP, GGP


Yanmar Corporation's headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. gives a nod to nautical style with a dramatic 35 ft., three-sided conical-shaped curtain wall. Courtesy of YKK AP America Inc.

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

by Channing Beaudry, Global Technical Director, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings

Whether it is specifying products and materials for the interior or the exterior of the building, architects have the difficult task of staying up to date on the latest enhancements, trends and innovations. 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. Here are five things to consider when specifying a metal exterior and the coatings that will protect it from the elements.

1. Coating Properties

Before selecting the appropriate coating for your design, it’s important to understand coil coating properties and how they lay the foundation for its performance. There are four principal ingredients in every coating:

• Resin: The primary component of a coating. Binds together all components of the paint formulation and is the source for the coating’s durability, physical properties and weather resistance.
• Pigments: Provide color and function such as camouflage and chemical resistance.
• Solvents: Transport solids to and from the substrate.
• Additives: Any number of chemicals added to the coating to enhance paint performance.

Coating applications also range from good to best in performance depending on the resin types. Continue reading

With its shimmering, iridescent exterior, Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral beckons visitors with its unique appearance. Sherwin William’s Fluropon Effects Kameleon™ enable the tower’s color to shift in different light and at different angles. (Photo from Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings)

Coil anodizing solves quality control issues in architectural exteriors

by Phil Pearce, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Lorin Industries, Inc.

High-quality process achieves greater strength, durability, and consistency than paint or batch anodizing

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.

Strength and durability

Continuous coil anodizing delivers excellent quality control benefits in terms of the strength and durability of final products. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that grows the aluminum oxide layer from the base aluminum, bonding at the molecular level, so it cannot chalk, chip, flake or peel like coatings or paint. It is actually part of the aluminum, while coatings are a separate material either sprayed or roll coated onto the aluminum. Additionally, coatings often require a separate primer or adhesion promoter to help the material stick to the aluminum. Continue reading

Coil Anodized Aluminum finishing on the Residences at Pacific City, Huntington Beach, Calif. Photo courtesy of Lorin Industries, Inc.

Curtain Walls – On Trend

by Terry Carespodi, National Sales Manager, YKK AP

These days, the word “trending” typically means that something is hot right now, but in a few days something cooler or better will come along and you will forget all about that original “something.” To those who operate within the world of architecture and façade systems, trendy things will come and go, but there will always be one consistent component our industry needs to stay focused on – curtain wall.

As architecture goes, it is incredible to think how much the concept of curtain wall has changed. From a simple stone wall linking a castle’s towers centuries ago, to the stunning curved glass façade of projects like the more recent Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. And with the trends we’re seeing for 2019 and beyond, it is only going to get better.

Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. Inspired by Tulane’s mascot, the Wave and several 100+ year old oak trees lining the street, this scalloped curtain wall was designed as the heart of this expansion project. The trees were preserved and YKK AP’s YUW 750 XT unitized curtain wall was selected to help achieve high performance and meet LEED Gold criteria. Photo credit: J.T. Blatty


NOAA recently cited that 2018’s hurricanes caused $265 billion in damages, making it the “costliest year in terms of weather and climate disasters for the nation.” Our industry has a critical role in creating buildings designed not only to withstand the elements, but also to be manufactured sustainably and perform with higher efficiency over time.

As the world faces these continuous and rapid changes in weather patterns, the International Code Council (ICC) is driving the steady improvement of building and energy codes to better suit regions with changing climate and extreme weather.

However, architects and builders are also taking it upon themselves to be proactive with their high-performance product recommendations and designs. Architects are designing in curtain wall elements that are more energy-efficient and better able to withstand harsh elements such as hurricane-force winds. Clients are also requiring higher-performing curtain wall systems that may even exceed their climate zone requirements, staying ahead of the ever-increasing requirements being led by the ICC.

One of the most impressive code changes to be activated in Oct. 2019 is to ASHRAE Standard 90.1 2018. This will strengthen the code across the United States, bringing stricter requirements from the most extreme weather zones into more temperate climates. Cities and municipalities within the impacted zones will be tasked with adopting and enforcing this code accordingly. Continue reading

Yanmar Corporation’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. gives a nod to nautical style with a dramatic 35 ft., three-sided conical-shaped curtain wall. Courtesy of YKK AP America Inc.

Using trending colors and innovative design to enhance the healthcare experience

by Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, architectural coatings

As the American healthcare system continues to evolve in a predominately-digital world, affordability, acute care and behavioral health are just some of the many factors shaping the industry today. To elevate and enhance the patient experience in a field facing challenges, designers and architects are stepping in and producing innovative design solutions for healthcare facilities, using the transformative power of color to design spaces dedicated to wellness, recovery and rest.

Delivering value to patients and their families has become a critical part of healthcare design. Healthcare organizations can go only so far in affecting social issues, such as socio-economic status, housing and nutrition, so having relationships with community resources that can help to manage critical needs is considered a must-have for health systems. Urban design is also placing an emphasis on accessible and convenient healthcare by incorporating hospitals and treatment facilities at the center of urban development plans. Many hospitals today are embracing the trend of removing outpatient services from traditional, larger hospitals and moving them into more consumer-friendly, hospitality-influenced environments, like new medical buildings near shopping malls or transportation centers.

Another growing trend in healthcare design is to move away from the color palettes of days past that feel institutional or cold, and instead, create welcoming, home-like settings for patients who require long-term recovery. Using color schemes that promote healing, such as bright to mid-tone greens and blues, and incorporating biophilic design, like roof top gardens or an interior courtyard, is believed to accelerate healing, reduce stress and promote a general feeling of wellbeing, as well as improve clinical and operational outcome.  Continue reading

Building for a future of extreme weather events

by Heather Bender, Strategic Marketing Manager, CornellCookson

The United States experiences more tornadoes than any other country. More than 1,200 twisters touch down per year, four times the number of tornadoes that the entire European continent experiences. To put things into perspective, this more than 10 times the number experienced by Canada, which ranks second in total annual tornadoes.

In 2011, Joplin, MO experienced the single deadliest EF-5 tornado in history. That single tornado tragically took the lives of 161 people and left close to 1,000 injured. Since then, thousands of other tornadoes and dozens of hurricanes have caused billions of dollars in damage to communities from coast to coast – destroying lives and uprooting families in the process.

While it is a sad reality that extreme weather events will continue to wreak havoc on communities, new and evolving construction standards have led to advanced code-driven building products solutions. From doors to windows, building envelope systems to roofing material, the A&D community have powerful new tools in creating safe rooms and hurricane shelters.

At the heart of this evolution are FEMA P-316 and ICC 500 standards, both of which were created to provide guidelines and requirements that promote life safety. While there is still work to be done, FEMA P-316 and ICC 500 have made lasting changes on the industry and are helping to safeguard communities around the country.  Continue reading

Resiliency: Future-Proof Building Design

by Ashley Eusey, PE, LEED AP, GGP

Sustainability in the building industry is evolving. As the market evolved and sustainability became the new standard, buildings were now lasting longer. Building professionals now are asking how to protect a building with an extended lifespan into a future 20 years down the line. Enter resiliency – a concept now applied to the built environment, but is it revolutionary?

Blast-resistant consulting to mitigate terrorist attacks on government buildings; redundancy in power for hospital life-support systems during outages; and bullet-resistant materials for police stations have been in the works for years. Only recently is this same scale promoted as the new standard we should strive to attain. From our experience working with these building types at Hoefer Wysocki, three pillars of resilient design have emerged as most successful: integrated design, flexibility and education. Focusing on these pillars early and throughout the design process will generate greater success in the battle against an unknown future.

Integrated design

Integrated design – another recent sustainability-themed buzzword – simply entails getting more brain trust at the table. The earlier these brains are gathered, the better the building will be. Building user groups, or brains, will vary by project. For example, a school user group may include students, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, parents, and even a Chief Security Officer. Hospital stakeholders include representatives from each department since healthcare needs differ across disciplines. Sometimes even city officials, utility companies, or certain product manufacturers need to be brought into the discussion.

Once the now-integrated design team is established, the groundwork can begin. Resiliency is an investment. Although resilient design has some potential financial benefits – lower operating costs, reduced re-work, and lower insurance premiums – the upfront cost of implementing these measures needs to be considered in the initial budget. Once that budget is established, then hazards need to be identified and weighed. The RELi Action List, a comprehensive list of resilient design criteria developed by C3 Living Design Project, as well as other resiliency resources are a great way to guide the conversation, especially when the concept of resiliency is unfamiliar. Continue reading

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | San Jose Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in San Jose, Calif. Courtesy of Hoefer Wysocki

The Oklahoma City Innovation District – Economic Growth in a Rising Metropolis

by Stephen Coulston, Principal, Perkins and Will

Courtesy of Perkins and Will

Courtesy of Perkins and Will

The definition of work has rapidly changed over the past few years. More companies are embracing a flexible work model, and the line between work and play has increasingly blurred as technology allows employees to be available 24/7. This shift in perspective has led to the rise of what are called Innovation Districts, an emerging trend that is changing the way industries, economies, and communities are developing.

As today’s students graduate from college and enter this evolving workforce, companies are choosing to set up shop where promising young talent want to live — in on-the-rise areas that embody a “cool factor” like Denver, Austin, and Seattle, and even Oklahoma City, where we are designing an Innovation District. These targeted urban areas have great potential for entrepreneurship, opportunity, and growth — especially given the right catalysts. In a successful Innovation District, spaces and ideas develop organically, promoting mutually beneficial connections between people and industries and encouraging significant economic development within a community, resulting in the attraction of additional talent to the area as well.

The Oklahoma City Innovation District is an excellent example of its kind — a burgeoning community. Oklahoma City is home to the State Capitol; the University of Oklahoma (OU) Medical Center; the OU Research Park; Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Devon Energy; Baker Hughes-GE; Tinker Air Force Base; and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, among other entities. With a number of industries centered in this area, such as aeronautics, oil and gas, biomedical, and healthcare, this blossoming district will foster an environment where different industries can seamlessly forge a common discourse and effectively demonstrate a positive impact on each of these disparate sectors. This positive impact will ultimately lead to further economic growth for the city in the process. Continue reading


OLE Health’s newest location clad with Linetec-finished aluminum wall panels

OLE Health – South Napa location, Calif. Photo credit: Bryan Gray Photography, courtesy of OLE Health and of Linetec

OLE Health – South Napa location, Calif. Photo credit: Bryan Gray Photography, courtesy of OLE Health and of Linetec

On May 22, OLE Health celebrated the grand opening of its Napa Valley Vinters South Napa Campus in California. More than 15,000 patients are anticipated to use the healthcare services annually at this new facility, which is OLE Health’s ninth location.

Designed by INDE architecture of San Francisco, the 29,000-square-foot, three-story building’s exterior colors showcase a contemporary, agriculturally inspired palette including terra cotta, light brown and slate gray tones. More accurately, the slate color is called, “Charcoal Smudge.” It was applied by Linetec using Sherwin-Williams Fluropon® 70%, two-coat, PVDF resin-based coatings. Continue reading

Dickinson College’s new residence hall showcases zinc exterior with RHEINZINK façade cladding

New High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. Photo by Chris Cooper, courtesy of RHEINZINK

New High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. Photo by Chris Cooper, courtesy of RHEINZINK

The new High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College, showcases modern student living inside, and a zinc façade in durable, distinctive and sustainable RHEINZINK cladding, on the outside. As the first residence constructed in 40 years on the historic Pennsylvania campus, High Street opened in Aug. 2018, and in Jan. 2019, earned LEED® Platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

Historic Setting, Modern Design

The new building takes a prominent place on the main thoroughfare of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where this private, liberal arts college has welcomed students since 1783. The campus hosts numerous architectural styles, unified by their stone exteriors.

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New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin


New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed are the first LEED-certified New York City Department of Sanitation facilities. Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed are the first LEED-certified New York City Department of Sanitation facilities. Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design teamed up to design New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. The two buildings are the first LEED-certified New York City Department of Sanitation facilities, nominated for AIA COTE’s Top Ten Green Projects in 2017.

The architects explain, “The Garage and Salt Shed celebrate the role of civic infrastructure by integrating architectural design with sustainability and a sensitivity to the urban context. The building is wrapped in a custom perforated double-skin facade that reduces solar gain while allowing daylight and views in personnel areas.”

The architects further describe the building as a source of local pride, serving the community’s 300,000 residents and providing service such as winter snow clearing, a vital resource in the Northeast. The new facilities provide space for sanitation vehicles, office space for personnel, training, lunch and locker rooms.

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PPG Duranar coatings give encore performance at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Photography courtesy of Javits Center

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Photography courtesy of Javits Center

Few cities appreciate an encore performance more than New York, so it was an honor when PPG DURANAR® coatings were selected to reprise their role as the metal coating of choice for the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Modeled after London’s iconic Crystal Palace, the original Javits Center opened in 1986 and immediately gained status as the largest space frame structure in the world. In addition to incorporating a luminous glass and metal framework with brilliant views of the Hudson River and the city skyline, the groundbreaking project was characterized by the extensive use of black PPG Duranar coatings.

Today, nearly four decades after its debut, Javits Center is undergoing a major renewal. A $1.5 billion expansion will stretch the capacity of the convention center to 3.3 million square-feet of event-related space. It will include more than 350,000 square-feet of function space, a one-acre rooftop farm and a rooftop pavilion capable of hosting up to 1,500 guests.

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Sustainable Design Excellence: ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C.

ASLA Center building front. Photo credit: Jen Morris/EPNAC

ASLA Center building front. Photo credit: Jen Morris/EPNAC

The ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture, the headquarters of the American Society of Landscape Architects, is a showcase for sustainable design excellence. The built and natural environment of the office have been designed to be healthy for occupants and environmentally sustainable.

The 12,600-square-foot headquarters, located in the historic Chinatown district of Washington, DC, was built in 1995 and completely renovated in 2016 to achieve LEED Platinum, with a focus on maximizing energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and sustainable design. ASLA is also pursuing WELL Gold certification, with a focus on improving indoor air quality, lighting, nourishment, and promoting active lifestyles.

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Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C.

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C. Photo credit: © Joseph K Fuller

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C. Photo credit: © Joseph K Fuller

The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedrals’ interior features dozens of arches varying in style and radii, a dramatic aesthetic most commonly achieved through the use of labor-intensive plaster, and here expertly crafted by the Sears Contract team and made almost entirely from drywall. Accounting for these arched angles, the Sears Contract team heavily molded and contorted several layers of drywall boards to custom fit the cathedral’s many curved surfaces.

To achieve the look, Sears Contract selected CertainTeed Gypsum‘s drywall boards throughout the interior, applying a mix of Type X boards; its M2Tech moisture and mold resistant drywall, which is specially engineered to protect against mold growth; and Diamondback Tile Backer, a lighter, more efficient tile backer board to prep and prepare surfaces where tile is incorporated into the building’s interior design. Continue reading

Miller Hull and Lease Crutcher Lewis to design and develop University of Washington’s cutting-edge Population Health Initiative in Seattle

Northwest entry of the Population Health Facility, University of Washington in Seattle. Courtesy of The Miller Hull Partnership

Northwest entry of the Population Health Facility, University of Washington in Seattle. Courtesy of The Miller Hull Partnership

The groundbreaking Population Health Facility establishes a new type of venue for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. The 290,000-square-foot building is conceived as a hybrid facility designed to respond directly to the mission of the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative—a 25-year vision to address the most persistent and emerging challenges affecting human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity across the globe. The $230 million building supports this goal by bringing related yet disparate specialties together in the pursuit of global health and a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

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Blair + Mui Dowd Architects set the standard at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt is one of the most recognized educational and healthcare brands in middle Tennessee. With a design process that is research-focused and data-driven, Blair + Mui Dowd Architects sought to further enhance Vanderbilt Medical Center’s image through strategic visual branding, in particular through creating a consistent, recognizable set of architectural finishes in every facility. To attract the best clinicians, scientists, and educators, the new finishes integrate sustainable materials that reflect modern standards in addition to their consistent aesthetic appeal.

New York State’s first proton therapy center reaches completion

Stantec led the architectural and interior design of the state-of-the-art, 135,000 square foot facility with four treatment rooms and one research room. The three-story center, expected to treat 1,400 patients annually, is a collaboration between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Health System, Mount Sinai Health System, and ProHEALTH Proton Management LLC.

KTGY-designed Granada Hotel & Spa commences construction in downtown Morgan Hill, Calif.

“The architectural design thoughtfully marries traditional with modern and incorporates vintage brick veneer, wood, steel, and other materials that reference the local palate and setting,” said Sean Martino, director in KTGY’s Los Angeles office. “A special design element is the Krion façade system with translucent panels and integrated lighting, which will create a dynamic façade at the corner of Monterey Road and East 1st Street.”

MGM Springfield receives industry’s first LEED Platinum certification

MGM Springfield has received the world’s first United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) New Construction Platinum level certification for a gaming resort. Working closely with state and city officials, as well as the local community, MGM Resorts committed to designing and building a property that exemplifies the Company’s values in support of environmental sustainability and positive social impact while honoring local history and architecture.

Leers Weinzapfel Associates completes sustainable Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences

Intended to be a visible demonstration of sustainable design, the Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences incorporates enhanced metering for the Institute’s use and student demonstration. The project exceeds the City of Boston’s requirements of sustainability with a highly-efficient thermal envelope, including sun shading on the east, south and west facades, as well as mechanical equipment designed for maximum efficiency including low-flow fume hoods. As the campus is vulnerable to flooding, resilience measures included raising the ground floor two feet above current grade and minimizing systems equipment in the basement. The building is designed to be LEED Silver Certifiable under LEED v.4.

US Federal Properties Co. partners with Hoefer Wysocki on four new Veterans Affairs health clinics

In collaboration with USFP, which develops, finances, owns and operates federal government-leased properties, Hoefer Wysocki will lead the architectural and interior design of the new healthcare clinics. “With the growing number of Veterans in our nation, it is imperative that their healthcare needs are fully addressed,” said Hosam Habib, AIA, principal, director of design at Hoefer Wysocki. “Each clinic is uniquely designed to empower Veterans to gain ready access to healthcare, to enable providers to deliver the highest quality care, and to engage and improve the communities in which the clinics are located. To that end, the design of each clinic is inspired by its community context, the site and its topography, and a spirit of compassion for our Veterans.”


HLW designs Inmarsat’s new London headquarters ‘Project Odyssey’

HLW designs Inmarsat’s new London headquarters ‘Project Odyssey’

Known to the Inmarsat team as ‘Project Odyssey,’ the transformation delivers six refreshed floors of agile, flexible, and collaborative work space for up to one thousand employees—infusing a diverse design that reflects their culture and brand. Developing new ways to work in an engaging environment, HLW’s design for Inmarsat captures the brand’s vision and strengthens its position as a communications powerhouse.

Vitro Glass, Walker Glass products create metallized look for walls at AECOM

Vitro Glass, Walker Glass products create metallized look for walls at AECOM

The growing popularity of interior glass in offices is highlighted in the hallways of the AECOM building in Cleveland, where Solargray® medium-gray-tinted glass by Vitro Architectural Glass silvered and etched with Walker Textures® Satin finish provides the sleek sheen of polished metal without the heavy reflectivity.


The California Trail at the Oakland Zoo takes visitors on immersive and interactive journey

Noll & Tam Architects-designed California Trail project at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif., doubles the size of the zoo complex to roughly 100 acres and furthers the zoo’s mission of conservation, education and research with a focus on native Californian animals. More than 20 years in the making, the $72 million project was a culmination of community collaboration and the dogged perseverance of the Conservation Society of California. The project encompasses 26 structures spread across 50 acres of land, trails, as well as an aerial gondola system.

“Waypoint” at Waypoint Park

Waypoint’s new location draws people into the site to explore and approach the artifact connecting it to both to the city and the water’s edge. “When we thought of a durable, low maintenance, vandal and weather resistant coating, we realized what could be more appropriate than a coating used for highways and roads?” Mutuus Studio studied high index reflective glass bead traffic coatings (0.008 inches in diameter) and were continually surprised by experiments with this humble material and mesmerized by the way the light bounced and interacted with the environment around it.

Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, inaugurated

Inaugurated on 16 May 2019 by hosting the Amir Cup Final of the Qatar Stars national football league, Al Janoub Stadium was the first new stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) together with Aecom began designing the stadium along with its new precinct for the city in March 2013. As one of the venues of the 2022 World Cup, the stadium will host the group and quarter-final matches of the tournament. The stadium is located in the city of Al Wakrah that is 23km south of Doha and connected to the capital via the Red Line of new Doha Metro system.


Sto Corp. introduces StoTherm® ci Mineral system

Developed by Sto Corp. in collaboration with Owens Corning, the StoTherm ci Mineral system combines the fire and thermal advantages of mineral wool with the design flexibility and performance of Sto exterior wall systems.

New ACOUSTIBuilt™ Seamless Ceilings from Armstrong

ACOUSTIBuilt panels offer a smooth, non-directional, monolithic visual for the seamless appearance of a drywall ceiling but also effective acoustical performance in a space. The new ceiling is part of the Armstrong® Total Acoustics® portfolio, offering the combination of sound absorption and sound blocking in one panel. The company says the installed system achieves a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of up to 0.70, indicating it absorbs up to 70% of the sound that strikes it, and also has an extremely high Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC) up to 48, indicating its ability to ensure speech privacy by preventing sound from entering adjacent spaces.

American Concrete Institute releases new ACI 562-19 Repair Code

“This third edition of ACI 562 provides all parties involved in a concrete repair project with a common and clearly defined set of requirements upon which to base its assessment, repair, and rehabilitation,” states Michael L. Tholen, ACI Managing Director, Engineering and Professional Development. “ACI 562-19 provides owners confidence that their repair projects will be designed to a common standard, engineers a uniform set of requirements specific to existing concrete structures, building officials a basis upon which to evaluate design and construction, and contractors clarification of responsibilities.”

Mosa launches line extension to Terra Tones Collection

Mosa’s full Terra Tones series now consists of eight basic tile colors: cool porcelain white, mid warm grey, dark grey brown, light beige, grey green, mid grey, anthracite, and cool black. The new cool white and warm Terra Tones colors have been introduced to offer specifiers more aesthetic choices from this tile line. The Terra Tones series is Cradle to Cradle certified.

Ecophon Solo Baffles and Clouds from CertainTeed unleash creative freedom for designers working on open spaces

CertainTeed recently launched an expanded line of baffles and a simplified line of clouds to address specifiers’ design and acoustic challenges with large open plenum spaces. In order to provide architects and designers with more design freedom and flexibility, CertainTeed has added two new shapes to its existing line of Ecophon Solo rectangular baffles: Wave and Zig Zag. The undulating waves and cutting-edge zig zag patterns provide a unique and dynamic visual for contemporary spaces.

Dörken Systems Inc. introduces the first self-adhering vapor-permeable air- and water-resistive barrier with a fourth layer for UV protection

DELTA®-STRATUS SA is engineered with two outer layers, made up of high-strength, spun-bonded polypropylene fabric, which are thermally bonded to a highly vapor-permeable, watertight polymeric middle layer. The fourth layer is an UV-resistant acrylic coating that is proven to provide UV protection. Dörken Systems Inc. says this level of extreme protection means that DELTA®-STRATUS SA will be able to provide the high-performance weather protection builders need to ensure the long-term integrity of their buildings.

AAMA releases updated standard for liquid applied flashing for exterior wall openings

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated specification establishing minimum performance requirements for liquid-applied flashing used to provide water-resistive seals around exterior wall openings in buildings that includes fenestration products, such as windows and doors, as well as other through-wall penetrations. AAMA 714-19, “Voluntary Specification for Liquid Applied Flashing Used to Create a Water-Resistive Seal around Exterior Wall Openings in Buildings,” was last updated in 2015.

IdeaPaint™ expands line of dry erase wallcoverings; launches new magnetic, dry erase wallcovering products

In 2018 IdeaPaint™ developed a series of dry erase wallcovering solutions, IdeaPaint WRITE and PROJECT. In 2019, IdeaPaint is launching MAG and ALL-IN-ONE wallcoverings, which help increase the functionality of workplaces and classrooms by offering users not just dry erase functionality, but also magnetic strength and the ability to project with standard projection equipment.

Sto Corp. introduces Sto Intelligent Technology + Design (iQ)™ (Sto iQ Technology™) coatings program

“With iQ Technology, our focus is on the functionality and added value our coatings bring to the building owner and long-term investor,” said Amanda Poole, Associate Product Manager for Coatings for Sto Corp.  “iQ Technology combines functionality with design to offer more than the basic aesthetic features of a coating, rather, they incorporate scientific principles from nature to provide functionality that protects against environmental stimuli which degrade the performance of the coating.”  

Pulp Studio expands architectural glass product offerings with introduction of the ultra-thin, light- and damage-resistant DermaGlass™

Pulp Studio states DermaGlass™ is only 1.3mm in thickness, yet it is as durable and damage-resistant as more traditional thicker heat-treated glass. Using an ion-exchange process, DermaGlass™ is highly resilient and extremely versatile. Due to its thin profile it can be used by designers to bend the glass around columns or into decorative shapes.

HERCULITE tempered glass, a pioneer in keeping the action on the ice

Though tempered glass no longer is used in hockey arenas, windows and doors made with Herculite glass remain the global standard for meeting today’s rigorous safety glass mandates. Heat- and chemically strengthened to be lightweight, sturdy and versatile Herculite glass is a trusted safety glass brand. Vitro Glass has four technical documents (TDs) related to heat-strengthened and tempered glass.

Johns Manville CladStone™ Water & Fire Block included in new wall system for fire protection

Johns Manville announced that JM CladStone™ Water & Fire Block is included in a new wall system, Fusion™ 285, specifically designed to meet requirements for achieving the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 285, a commercial wall assembly fire test. Fusion 285 is the first system nationwide to meet the requirement, which evaluates the flame propagation characteristics of an exterior, non-load-bearing wall assembly.

Rockfon North America enters exclusive agreement with Geometrik

“The ability to supply Geometrik wood ceiling systems complements our stone wool tile offering, providing architects, designers and building owners with design-led, high-performing acoustical solutions with a natural aesthetic,” said John Medio, president of Rockfon North America.


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