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Posted: Oct 24, 2019

PPG's New Mineral Series Color Line: Thoughts On The Future Of Color For Metal Architectural Coatings

PPG unveiled a new series of colors for its PPG Duranar™ MXL and PPG Durabrite™ metal coatings at METALCON 2019. The new Mineral Series color line offers architects new design options that blend seamlessly into urban landscapes with semi-transparent earth tones that subtly shimmer when exposed to sunlight. Following is a brief Q-and-A with David C. Story, chief stylist and manager of color science, coil and building products, PPG, who was instrumental in the development of this new PPG color palette.

Posted: Sep 26, 2019

Anodized Metal Enhances Image For Trendy Restaurant's High-Profile Locations

It’s difficult to imagine Shake Shack as anything other than a trendy global food destination. But Shake Shack began just a few years ago in 2013, as a humble hot dog cart in Manhattan’s Madison Square. Today, the casual restaurant chain operates over 200 restaurants, each with its trademark sleek surfaces and modern look. With high-profile venues like Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, Washington’s DuPont Circle, and London’s Leicester Square, Shake Shack has to look the part to draw in customers.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019

Standing Seam Metal Roofs Offer Advanced Protection Against Fire And Wind

Nationwide, severe weather and geological events are causing astronomical property damage. The consequence: communities strained by a loss of resources, security and access to shelter. Certain areas are so devastated that recovery seems next to impossible.... An increasing number of industry experts are proactively responding to these challenges by specifying more resilient building products. Standing-seam metal roofs, which offer superior protection against the elements, fit this category.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019

The Many Advantages Of Metal Wall Panels

It's no wonder metal walls are popular in both commercial and residential construction. They offer a multitude of design capabilities and a sustainable barrier to weather. While most often utilized in commercial office, educational and manufacturing buildings, metal wall panels also have unique uses in residential homes and condos.

Posted: Feb 14, 2019

Attractive And Durable, Cable Railing Goes Public

Cable rail in-fill systems are increasingly being specified by architects and contractors. On the surface, the reasons appear obvious. The sleek, streamlined cables are well-suited for both indoor and outdoor settings, and complement a variety of architectural styles while helping to preserve the view. But the appeal goes much deeper.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019

Specifying IMPs? Experts Say Keep It Standard

Standard sizing of lumber products began nearly a century ago to create a shared understanding between the lumber mills and the markets. That same understanding is still required and is one of the reasons why Metl-Span's various factory-insulated metal wall and roof panel systems are offered in recommended standard sizes.

Posted: Nov 29, 2018

Prescient's Light-Gauge Construction System Gaining Popularity In Denver And Beyond

In late October 2018, Prescient began assembly of its 19th project in the Denver, CO area. Phase II of the Colorado Christian University (CCU) Resident Hall joins eight other buildings currently under construction using Prescient’s light-gauge steel framing system, accounting for more than 2.9 million square feet of construction.

Posted: Nov 01, 2018

All Weather's OneDek™ Roof System Saves Time And Money On Low-Slope Projects

In Europe, the use of insulated metal panels (IMPs) comprises about 50 percent of building projects in the commercial-industrial category. In North America, IMPs, though growing, remain in the minority – about one in 10 projects use them. More telling, however, is that the vast majority of IMPs in Europe are for roof applications. In America, it’s walls.

Posted: Oct 25, 2018

Banker Wire Products Prove Ideal Design Complement For Campus Sports Projects

Whether it’s to entice blue-chip athletes or to appeal to the fitness interests of prospective students in general, colleges and universities know the importance of having facilities that make a good first impression. Fresh and modern is almost always a must and for both ground-up new construction projects and makeovers to existing structures, products from Banker Wire have shown to be an ideal design complement.

Posted: Oct 04, 2018

The Next Evolution Of Insulated Metal Panels: Halogen-Free Enhanced Fire Protection

In 1999, CENTRIA launched Formawall® Dimension Series®, the first architectural insulated composite wall system in the industry to provide variable panel thickness, multiple reveal depths, and a variety of profiles. The latest evolution of Formawall enables the architectural community to push the envelope further and create a more sustainable building environment, thanks to the removal of red-list halogens from the product’s insulating foam core.

Posted: Sep 27, 2018

Now Is The Time To Invest In Professional Roofing Software

Contractors make their livings on the job site, not sitting at a desk, so estimating software is not the something they readily think about. Ray Smith of AppliCad USA wants that to change and in a bylined article, explains the time and cost savings associated with his company's industry-leading Roof Wizard roof and cladding software program.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018

IPD Process Leads To Custom Morin Panel For Portland Ambulatory Surgery Center

Integrated Project Delivery is often hailed as a collaborative process that increases project efficiency by bringing all stakeholders together early and often, eliminating misunderstandings and redundancies. In one case, however, its benefits were even greater, leading to the development of a new metal panel profile now offered by Morin, a Kingspan Group Company.

Posted: May 31, 2018

MBMA's First Director Of Research And Engineering, Duane Ellifritt, PE, Ph.D. - A Life Of Engineering And Art

Duane Ellifritt, a renowned engineer, college professor and artist, and the first Director of Research and Engineering for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association, passed away January 22, 2018. Just a few days earlier, MBMA’s current Director of Research and Engineering, Lee Shoemaker, PE, Ph.D., was invited to the Ellifritt home in Gainesville, FL, where he interviewed Dr. Ellifritt about his life with MBMA, his teaching career and his love of art.

Posted: May 03, 2018

Snow Retention Planning For Next Winter Begins Now

Normally, at this time of year, we have already forgotten all about winter and things like snow and ice. This year, however, is a little different. Our calendars say that spring is here, but winter has been clinging to relevance with all its might. If you are a home or building owner, this is the perfect time of year for you to begin thinking about – and researching – snow retention

Posted: Apr 19, 2018

TRA Snow And Sun's Innovative Solar Awning System Installed On Retaining Wall

What do you do when you decide to put a pool where you originally planned to install a solar power system and the roof won’t work? You get TRA Snow and Sun to help you think outside the box and create an innovative concept. That’s what contractors of a Bourne, Massachusetts home did when they encountered this issue on the project being constructed in a beautiful wooded area with a steep hillside at the back of the property.

Posted: Mar 08, 2018

Schweiss Doors Helps Mobile Marketing Company Meet Lofty Expectations

Customer service is a hallmark of Showmotion, a mobile marketing company based in Denver, CO. The same can be said of Schweiss Doors, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of bifold, hydraulic and designer doors, many of which are custom designed. Schweiss recently supplied a hydraulic door for a custom trailer Showmotion was constructing for an oversees aircraft corporation. It was not only the door application that challenged Schweiss, it was the time frame. They needed the 28’ x 7’-11” hydraulic-actuated door—manufactured and installed—in just eight days!

Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Design Flexibility Behind The Success Of All Weather Insulated Panels' FL40 Profile

The sleek, modern facing on the FL40 “flat” insulated metal wall panels (IMPs) from All Weather Insulated Panels often catches the attention of architects, designers and building owners. Adding to their appeal, says Bill Lowery, president of AWIP, are design features such as porthole windows and curved walls, and just about anything else. If it's possible with an insulated metal panel, it can be done with an All-Weather panel.

Posted: Jan 25, 2018

Drones A Good Tool For Roofers, But There Are Limitations

There is a lot of fuss being made about the use of drones in all sorts of applications and roofing is no exception. However, we should keep it in perspective. Drones certainly help capturing an image of a roof so that smart software tools can be used to scale and extract measurements, but the tools for scaling and extracting measurements have been around for decades.

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