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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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East Carolina University renovates, expands football stadium with Tubelite’s doors, windows, curtainwall and storefront

Designed by architectural firm LS3P Associates Ltd. of Wilmington, North Carolina, the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium southside renovation project team also involved AECOM and the joint venture general contractors of TA Loving Co. and Frank L. Blum Construction Co. Early in the project’s development, Apogee Renovation consulted on high-performance glass, aluminum framing and window system solutions that included Tubelite’s products.

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Today’s color trends and how experts predict them

“Today’s color trends and how experts predict them” by Kiki Redhead, CMG, Global Color & Trend Manager, Sherwin-Williams DesignHouse, discusses color trends for architectural metal coatings, including the science behind these trends, the color possibilities now available to architects and designers, and the future of color forecasting.

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Contemporary, curvy curtainwall creates comfortable, sustainable, luxury residences using Technoform’s thermal barrier strip and warm edge spacer

Designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners, 465 North Park Apartments’ curved, jewel-like exterior is comprised of several EFCO products. EFCO relied on a combination of Technoform’s polyamide thermal barrier and plastic hybrid stainless steel (PHSS) warm edge TGI®-Spacer M to meet the project’s specified aesthetics, thermal performance, durability and sustainability.

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Vertically expanded Philadelphia office renovation re-clad in glass and aluminum with wood grain finishes by Linetec

The new design of Philadelphia’s 2400 Market Street property was conceived by architecture firm Gensler, with Varenhorst serving as the executive architect. The renovated and expanded building was re-clad in a modern, high-performance façade. Its fresh exterior showcases Viracon’s glass within Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ aluminum-framed window wall system finished by Linetec.

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What’s happening today at METALCON?

Attending METALCON at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh? Today’s schedule includes a keynote address being given by seven-time Stanley Cup winner, Bryan Trottier. There will also be an update on the status of steel Tariffs at the PPG Theater later this afternoon.

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METALCON vice president of tradeshows retires after 35 years

METALCON was established in 1991, and Claire Kilcoyne has been there every step along the way. Responsible for the organizational leadership of a tight-knit team in the planning and execution of METALCON’S event logistics, Kilcoyne began her career with parent company, PSMJ Resources, Inc., in 1985 with a focus on tradeshow sales. METALCON has come full circle for Kilcoyne with her grand finale taking place in Pittsburgh’s Steel City, home to long-time partners’ United States Steel Corporation and PPG Industries, both actively involved with METALCON since its inception.

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Architects inspire new color series from Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams selected 10 unique colors of the hundreds created by architects during Color Mixology and matched them in various Fluropon 70 percent PVDF systems for exterior metal architecture. This special edition color series incorporates a wide range of color, texture and effects.

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John Giusti joins Tubelite as logistics manager

Tubelite Inc. has named John Giusti as logistics manager in Walker, Michigan. He will report directly to Tim Salach, vice president of finance, and his main focus will be on freight operations, and material planning and logistics. has named John Giusti as logistics manager in Walker, Michigan. He will report directly to Tim Salach, vice president of finance, and his main focus will be on freight operations, and material planning and logistics.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Tubelite Inc.’s Therml=Block® TU24650 Series storefront system features aluminum framing with a dual pocket poured-and-debridged thermal break. Even in extreme cold climates, TU24650 dual thermally broken storefront improves U-Factors by 36 percent and increases CRF by 30 percent over a single poured-and-debridged pocket when using the same size and type of insulated glass. Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reduce associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent materials. The framing also can be specified in high recycled-content aluminum composition.

Tubelite Inc.’s Therml=Block® TU24650 Series storefront system features aluminum framing with a dual pocket poured-and-debridged thermal break. Even in extreme cold climates, TU24650 dual thermally broken storefront improves U-Factors by 36 percent and increases CRF by 30 percent over a single poured-and-debridged pocket when using the same size and type of insulated glass. Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reduce associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent materials. The framing also can be specified in high recycled-content aluminum composition.

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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.

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Curtain Walls – On Trend

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 [...]

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