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Meeting modern trends in multifamily construction

Meeting modern trends in multifamily construction

As demographics and preferences across multifamily shift, AIA partner Kawneer explores how architects are adjusting their exterior designs.

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Facades+ features UW NanoES building with finishing by Linetec

Facades+ features UW NanoES building with finishing by Linetec

The University of Washington’s recently opened Nano Engineering and Sciences Building (UW NanoES) provides modern performance and visual continuity with the adjacent Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building (MolES). Demonstrating its energy-efficiency and daylight-focused design, the project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

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National Fire Protection Month

National Fire Protection Month

Monday marked the beginning of National Fire Prevention Month. Every October local fire stations and other fire protection and prevention agencies campaign safety, security and safe egress in the event of a fire. Dennis Hunsinger, former Regional Director of FEMA said “Annual Observances like National Fire Prevention Week and National Fire Prevention Month are excellent opportunities to focus on fire hazards – but we should all practice fire safety every day – at home, at work and at play”.

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Wind-driven rain resistant stationary louvers

Wind-driven rain resistant stationary louvers

Wind-driven rain louvers provide the maximum amount of protection in keeping wind-driven rain from egressing past an opening. Wind-driven rain louver models have both horizontal and vertical orientations and utilize a chevron style rain resistant blade that rejects horizontal rain as it comes in contact with the louver.

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Traditional + Contemporary = Transitional Design

Traditional + Contemporary = Transitional Design

One of the more interesting outcomes of home design websites like Houzz, Coco Lapine Design, Martha Stewart, Nora Schneider, to name a few, is an inevitable mash-up of design styles. Consider transitional home design, for example. This hybrid design approach blends the best elements of traditional and contemporary looks into a wholly distinct aesthetic that simultaneously charms and soothes with an easy-going elegance.

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Halloween spotlight: daylighting horror stories - sorting fact from fiction

Halloween spotlight: daylighting horror stories - sorting fact from fiction

In honor of the Halloween season, we thought we'd take a look at some "scary" daylighting stories that have been floating around the construction world. Sadly, these two questions seem to be the most discussed, but we're here to set the record straight!

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Resin planters and lampposts: easy to maintain and graffiti resistant

Resin planters and lampposts: easy to maintain and graffiti resistant

Graffiti and other materials often ruin stone and metal products. Unlike metal and stone, resin is immune to being ruined from spray-paint, gum, stickers, and even sharpie marker. Resin is formulated from a Linear Low Density Polyethylene, a non-porous, non-hydroscopic plastic. This keeps moisture and other materials from staining or discoloring it in any way.

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Proper bird problem assessment

Proper bird problem assessment

Assessing the problem of pest birds involves a wide and comprehensive set of factors. It is important that you get as much information as possible to create a comprehensive quote for your customer. Be sure to include the following in your bird problem job assessment.

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Gateway Arch Expansion

Gateway Arch Expansion

Soaring 630 feet above the mighty Mississippi River and its St Louis, Missouri, home, the gleaming stainless steel Gateway Arch is the centerpiece of the Gateway Arch National Park and a popular attraction that draws more than three million visitors each year.

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Why use exterior shading?

Why use exterior shading?

Solar control solutions for inside the window seem to make sense. But one question we often hear is, “Why would you use exterior or outside solutions?” It’s actually a good question, and the answer is in the way energy from the sun is turned into heat.

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Landscape lighting solutions: 7 signs your business should upgrade lighting systems

Landscape lighting solutions: 7 signs your business should upgrade lighting systems

If your business has expensive energy bills, a dark and eerie parking lot, or your current lampposts and lighting fixtures are corroding, it might be time to make the investment in a new commercial lighting system.

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Four steps to prepare your home for the golden years

Four steps to prepare your home for the golden years

With more older Americans remaining in their homes as they age, it’s important for their houses to be equipped to deal with their changing needs. These four steps will help you work with an architect to prepare your home for retirement.

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Daylight modeling services

Daylight modeling services

Daylight modeling brings science to the art of daylighting. Remove the design mystery and reveal patterns of daylight with complimentary modeling services.

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Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Color Forecast 2019

Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Color Forecast 2019

Welcome to the Color Forecast 2019! We’ve gathered 42 trend colors into a master palette, then arranged them into six unique color personalities, each leading its own voyage.

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Metallic black is a dazzling new face brick

Metallic black is a dazzling new face brick

The Belden Brick Company is making news once again with an exciting new addition to their brick family. This gorgeous brick is available in eight different textures.

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3 Functions of an Entrance System

3 Functions of an Entrance System

Entrance systems are one of the most important areas in a building... they make the first impression. Every safe entryway needs to have these three essential elements:

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‘Megadeck’ transforms outdated home into vacation retreat

‘Megadeck’ transforms outdated home into vacation retreat

New Jersey builder, Bob Kiefer, never planned to construct one of the biggest, most elaborate decks of his life in the wilds of Vermont. But when he saw the view overlooking a pine-tree studded lake with rolling mountains as a backdrop, everything fell into place.

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What industries should utilize bullet-resistant glass?

What industries should utilize bullet-resistant glass?

A big question that we often get from customers is what industries should utilize bullet-resistant glass? VP and GM, Rick Snelling, often asks his customers these questions to see if they fall into the category of needed bullet-resistant glass. Do you value your assets? Do you keep cash on site? Do you sell anything? Are you open during hours when most people are asleep? Are life-changing decisions made there?

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Wood door solutions for high-risk areas

Wood door solutions for high-risk areas

Balancing the need for strength and security along with patient comfort is an important goal of behavioral health facility managers and their building design teams. The desire to develop a wood door robust enough to satisfy the physical abuse requirements of behavioral health patients has been an exhausting challenge to concerning architects. At the architect’s request, AMBICO has stepped forward with our latest product to satisfy this demand.

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Louver and Architectural Solutions

Louver and Architectural Solutions

While providing fresh air intake and exhaust, Ruskin Louvers can also provide architectural style to building design. With the variety of models, sizes, and paint finishes available, Ruskin Louvers can add unusual and appealing features to exterior and interior elevation. Ruskin louvers are available in depths ranging from 1.5" to 12", and can accommodate various blade angles with high free area.

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