Coatings & Finishes

Taking Out Microbes

The SPYSCAPE Museum in New York utilizes Gordon Inc.’s Metal Architectural Wall System and ACROSTAT Anti-Microbial Powder Coat finish. The museum features real spy stories and devices as well as interactive spy challenges. During the Special Ops Challenge, visitors travel through a tunnel trying to press lighted buttons on the walls, while dodging lasers that cross the path from wall-to-wall. Because the walls are constantly touched by visitors, they needed a durable, anti-microbial finish. ACROSTAT provided a secondary protection against microbial contamination by supplementing proper hygiene practices. The powder coating finish interrupts the growth of a wide range of pathogenic micr

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Anodized Advantages

In the process of anodizing, Coil aluminum goes throughan electrochemical process that builds an anodic layer that’s bonded to its surface at a molecular level. The resulting finish won’t chip, flake, peel or corrode. The material is 100% recyclable, and in finishes like stainless and copper, the finishes can match natural metal looks, but with better performance and durability.

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Engineers of Color

Rocky Rochon has brought his science-based paint line, The Paint Laboratory (TPL), to Southern California. Launched in Seattle, the line is available, along with hand-painted samples, at the new studio in West Hollywood. Created to solve the evergreen issue of how a paint’s color, and thus the goals of a designer, is affected by a shift in light source, the line is focused on the properties of metamerism—the science of the reflection of light and its impact on how color is defined.

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Hyvee Arena, Kansas City, Mo.

HyVee Arena’s Sports Complex Repurposes Building

Considered the nation’s first multi-level sports complex, Hyvee Arena adaptively reused the historic Kemper Arena’s single-level venue transforming it into a modern, four-level, multi-functional, 10,000-seat recreational facility in Kansas City, Mo. Working with McCownGordon Construction, the building owner and design team devised a solution that inserted a second floor in the middle of the existing facility.According to McCownGordon Construction, the construction of the facility was complex due to the addition of the new structural upper sport floor over the existing lower arena sports floor and seating. The renovation also included enhancements to the interior environ

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Color Stability and Exterior Durability

Durapon 70 spray PVDF extrusion coating is a proprietary resin blended with 70% PVDF fluorocarbon resin. Extremely resistant to chalk and fade, it provides outstanding protection from acid rain, chemicals and corrosive exposures, and offers long-term color stability and exterior durability.

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Union Station Skylight Reimagined

The original 177-ft.-long, barrel-vault system was restored while a new 187-ft.-long, high-performance system was installed above it. The original skylight’s cast-iron frame consisted of 13 individual, 12-ft. wide × 83-ft. long, segmented “ribbons” with a total of 2,068 lites of 0.25-in. wire glass. In restoring the historic skylight, the system was de-glazed, repaired and re-painted, and its existing glass lites were replaced with 9⁄16-in.-thick translucent, laminated, heat-strengthened glass. 

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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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