Coatings & Finishes

French Grays

The color of the year, Metropolitan AF-690 is a shade of cool gray. The comforting, sophisticated color exudes beauty and balance, says Ellen O’Neil, Benjamin Moore’s director of strategic design intelligence. Its understated yet glamorous hue creates a soothing impactful common ground. A corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues range from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks that complement and accentuate the calming role of gray. 

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Breathe-Easy Walls

DIRTT’s zero volatile organic compounds (VOC) mixture for its painted walls was developed in partnership with Envirotech. The new zero-VOC formula coats DIRTT’s Chromacoat painted walls and is more durable and impact resistant than other painted finishes. Chromacoat uses a single-coat process, meaning painted building components are ready to be packaged and shipped in just nine minutes.

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Performance that Never Fades

Water-based, low-VOC topcoats and compatible primers restore and protect building exteriors for long-lasting performance. The NeverFade Façade Restoration Coatings with Kynar Aquatec coating system is formulated with a PVDF resin that resists thermal, chemical and ultraviolet degradation. The coating features high-performance additives and specialty grade organic pigments; is resistant to color fading, chalking, dirt, staining, algae, mold, fungal growth and erosion, while protecting against rust and corrosion.

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Theater Achieves Open and Unique Aesthetic

The new Writers Theater, located in Glencoe, Ill., designed by Studio Gang Architects, creates a space that brings energy to the town while maintaining an essence of transparency and fluidity. In 2016, Writers Theater packed up and moved to a new location in Glencoe, Ill., in order to perform in a larger space and attract additional followers.  Decked with floor-length windows and open social spaces, collaboration is encouraged with the hope of better uniting people through theater. Located in the downtown area, the building reflects the theater company’s objective to maintain intimacy and audience involvement. The main theater seats 250 patrons with a second performance venu

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Clearly Rugged Ceramic

Transparent ceramic products are often unseen, but always indispensable. This is the case of CeramTec’s Perlucor transparent ceramic glass coating, which has many uses in the built environment. Last month at Light + Building in Frankfurt, Germany CeramTec’s innovative coating material was introduced as part of the new Dasar Premium product series for lighting manufacturer SLV as a glass cover fitted with a transparent layer of Perlucor. It acts as the reinforcement of in-ground and at-grade landscape luminaires. The transparent ceramic is a functional addition to the design of SLV’s 316L-type stainless steel fixture; at the same time, it also lives up to the design’s

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Depth and Dimension

Arisfor Stencils add character, depth and visual dimension to a variety of exterior surfaces. They can be used for horizontal surfaces such as patios, walkways, pool decks, driveways and steps, as well as vertical surfaces, including walls, perimeter walls, signs, building exteriors, and balcony platforms. Stencil templates are used to create visually aesthetic patterns in vertical and horizontal cementitious overlay systems. Currently, Arisfor offers 18 design templates that give design value to an otherwise ordinary surface.

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Outpatient Center Revitalizes Neighborhood

What was once a vacant lot is now a vibrant outpatient surgery center to pump life into the neighborhood and generate jobs along the way. Located between the OMNI Plaza and Kirkland Day Habilitation Center Arc, the OMNI Outpatient Surgery Center was constructed on a decade-vacant lot to generate jobs and perform outpatient procedures to address pain management for its patients.  With a small staff of efficient medical professionals and surgeons, streamlining was the most common theme in the center’s culture. To match this unique concept in the building’s façade, Bennetts & Huysman Architects, PC conceptualizes a building design that veered off the path of traditional bui

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Steel Coating Gains Attention from World Architecture Festival

Designed by Stockholm-based Utopia Arkitekter, “Skýli” or Skyline, is a prototype emergency hiking cabin meant to serve Reykjavik’s remote areas. It features a sharp-angled roof augmented with GreenCoat color-coated steel from SSAB, a Nordic/U.S.-based steel company. SSAB is always in search of innovative architects who work with sustainable materials and currently offers the only coating product on the market that replaces fossil-based oils with Swedish rapeseed oil. GreenCoat color-coated steel provides additional resistance to corrosion and scratches, and lengthens color retention. Furthermore, it provides specifiers with a significantly lighter material compared to alte

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Monument Showcases High Heritage

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on D.C.’s National Mall relied on a bronze wash which was a monumental component of the design, and its longevity. Built on the last available spot on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) included many partners that worked collaboratively during the design and construction phases. Three American architecture firms, The Freelon Group, architect of record and design team leader—and now part of global design firm Perkins+Will; Davis Brody Bond, with extensive experience in museum projects; and the local D.C.- based firm SmithGroup, joined forc

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Bold Architectural Statement

The Riverton Community Housing cooperative was presented with an opportunity to build a new student housing structure near the University of Minnesota. The end result is a building with an active facade—it’s bright and fun with a cohesive and modern design. The healthy construction market in Minneapolis presented Riverton Community Housing cooperative with an opportunity to build a new student housing structure near the University of Minnesota, in the Dinkytown section of campus. The tight site with busy car and pedestrian traffic was one of the larger challenges in the project. The solution was to move the parking below grade and combine it with the neighboring building. “We needed to provi

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