Coatings & Finishes

Lower Manhattan's Pier 17 Revitalized

Located in New York City’s South Street Seaport, Pier 17 anchors an extensive redevelopment project that is focused on transforming the historic Lower Manhattan neighborhood into a thriving cultural, retail and entertainment center. To apply powder coatings in a challenging marine environment. As the firm selected to rehabilitate Pier 17, a once-thriving festival pavilion that had devolved into a dreary indoor mall, SHoP Architects had four essential demands for the metal coatings supplier.The first was, due to its location, the coating had to include a long-term warranty covering film integrity, chalk and color fade. The second was that the metal coating must be solvent-free to h

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Wing at Florida Mall Offers Sunlit Experience

Florida’s Aventura Mall recently completed a new wing expanding the Miami-area retail destination by 315,000 sq. ft. to 2.7 million. Providing a sunlit experience with indoor conveniences, a custom, vaulted skylight was installed. Opened in 1983 at less than half its current size, Aventura has grown steadily through the decades. The newest addition on the eastern edge was completed in March 2018. “Retail is certainly evolving and we’re always innovating to stay ahead of the curve,” explained Jackie Soffer, co-chair and CEO of Turnberry Associates, owner and managing entity. JPRA Architects served as the project’s architect of record, working with general co

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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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