Metal Fabrications

Rock the Block: Masonry Goes Heavy Metal

Landscape designer Rocio Gertler, principal of LdG, and the team, found a creative way a landscape architect and project architect of a corporate office complex in San Diego reimagined an old utilities building and parking lot into a campus amenity for office tenant employees using McNichols Ecorock.The gabion-style wire containers created a partition and divider system that is custom-filled with angled rocks harvested from a local quarry. This Wire Mesh and frame grid system can be integrated into seating, partitions, and decorative features. Assembled in container-style arrangements along the slope outside the fitness center, the system became the basis of LdG’s plan for amphith

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Aloft Hotel, Ocean City, Md.

Dovetailing the Benefits

A long-span, “thin slab” floor structure, the Dovetail composite floor deck was used by Iott Architecture & Engineering to build the new Aloft Hotel in Ocean City, Md. Dovetail long-span composite floor deck helped the architect of this hotel project save millions in construction costs and shorten the project timeline by months. The project took 14 months from foundation to certificate of occupancy—2.5 to 3 months quicker than what would have been possible using post-tensioned concrete. Compressing the schedule was important in order for the hotel to book the entire summer tourist season. Along with meeting the opening date, crucial to the project was containing costs a

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Stabilizes Wood Structures

The MPBZ moment post base is the first product to receive an icc-es code listing for moment resistance. Also the first off-the-shelf product to provide the same for wood columns or posts, it is now code listed under icc-es esr-3050 for its 4 × 4 and 6 × 6 sizes. It is also code listed for uplift, download and lateral resistance. 

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Univ. of Delaware Reimagined

By using non-traditional materials, like undulating coiled wire fabric walls and ceiling treatments, the new iSuite boasts an impeccable, award-winning design. Designed by Page, the former metal foundry turned iSuite includes a cyber range, collaborative hub and a maker space. Working with the college directly, the facility was designed using Page’s 3D printers and a student-created virtual reality model, developing a half-scale mockup to demonstrate that inverting the metal fabric would, in fact, be successful.“We’ve seen metal fabric draped as a catenary before, but this is the first time someone has used Fabricoil in the ‘wrong direction,’” says Lou Kru

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Acoustic Control Meets Metal Design

GKD MetalFabrics has created its own line of aluminum-based Acoustic Mesh Panels to help control noise without compromising beauty. The new technology was developed by incorporating research findings from a number of studies and white papers. The panels incorporate a sag-free, one-inch-thick honeycomb support plate, layered with an intermediate blanket of fiber-free acoustic fleece which dampens the noise to near silent at an aw value of 0.9. Lights, downlights and sprinklers are easy to integrate within the panels and they can also be removed and refitted easily which makes it a flexible sound solution for many architectural design needs that require sound dampening. 

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The Museum Built by Gatorade

Gainesville, Fla., recently added an unusual new institution to its cultural landscape—the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention, which is dedicated to both commemorating and inspiring the kind of innovation that built its namesake founder’s career. Dr. James Robert Cade is best known for inventing Gatorade, but his inventions stretch from football helmets to protein shakes. The museum’s design, by Baltimore-based GWWO Architects, features a circular core and extending arms that create a sense of motion. Corrugated metal panels clad the façade, complementing the high-tech image that’s at the heart of the museum’s mission. 

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Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Creating a Visual Voyage

Aptly named Florida’s “powerhouse port,” Port Everglades represents one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. The design vision included a more visually dynamic façade. Update the façade of Celebrity Cruises Port Everglades terminal. The port is one of the top three cruise ports in the world and among the most active containerized cargo ports in the U.S. In 2018, Celebrity Cruises unveiled a renovated Terminal 25 (T25), its first brand-designed cruise terminal located within the port.

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Shading Systems Complete University's Residence Halls

The project team at Texas’ Tarleton State University needed a material that fit with the existing design blueprint and fulfilled solar shading requirements. Exterior coiled wire fabric panels were chosen to enhance comfort for building occupants. The growing academic institution demanded additional residence halls, which came in the form of two new, modern on-campus buildings—Traditions Halls—designed to be both a “living and learning” home for more than 500 students. Social spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows are a key feature of each building, acting as “lantern-like elements” along the bisecting pedestrian route, Rudder Way.

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Silent Growth

The newly opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood features a touch of greenery in the guest rooms and public spaces, bringing the outdoors inside. The 25-ft., custom green wall in the lobby made from Banker Wire I-21 creates a woven fixture screen and custom welded wire mesh hanging baskets for vegetation. The vertical wall blends industrial elements with natural ones against a backdrop of concrete and steel and is laid out in such a way to ensure that vegetation can grow organically over the canvas. 

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A Fabric that Quiets the Crowd

These aluminum-based panels are designed to improve poor workplace and commercial acoustic environments. Acoustic Mesh Panels incorporate a sag-free, 1-in. thick honeycomb support plate, layered with an intermediate blanket of fiber-free acoustic fleece. This dampens noise to a sound absorption value of aw=0.9.

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