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Custom roof hatches at Virginia Department of Transportation

Hybrid Roof Hatch Solves Corrosion Dilemma

Architects sought a unique remedy in a hazardous material storage building. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) hazardous material storage building is used to store salt and de-icing products that are used on snowy and icy roadways. Problem is, the corrosive nature of salt can adversely affect nearly any building material. Some building materials, especially roofing components on the VDOT building, had deteriorated over time due to that corrosive impact. As the building ages, the overall salt content of the building increases. The building fabric tends to become damper over time. When the salt dries out, it crystallizes and expands, causing crumbling, spalling, flaking and crack


Roof Hatches Integral to Seattle Hotel Design

The $470 million, LEED Gold Hyatt Regency Seattle is the new crown jewel for the Emerald City. The Hyatt Regency Seattle soars more than 500 ft. and is the largest in the Pacific Northwest. One key component in the construction process—often overlooked in luxury hotels—was in the installation of roof hatches to provide rooftop access to mechanical equipment.


Slopes No Challenge

The Type BR door from BILCO is designed for installation on sloped sidewalls of brick, stone, block or poured concrete. Unlike the company’s previous door model for sloped walls, the frame of the new model does not hang down into the masonry opening, making installation fast and easy. The door is designed with a flat frame that can simply be placed on top of the sidewalls and positioned as required to accommodate the areaway opening dimensions.


Safer Access

Falls are the construction industry’s leading cause of death, an issue addressed by the new Fall Protection Grating System for floor-access doors. Compatible with most existing doors, the aluminum grating features stainless steel hardware and an automatic hold-open device, along with a unique hinge that allows the panel to open to a full 90 degrees. 

Blanton Museum of Art on the campus, Univ. of Texas

Texas Teamwork

Ellsworth Kelly developed a clear vision for the final piece of his career as an internationally-acclaimed artist. In “Austin,” Kelly wanted to bend light in different ways through an array of 33 colored windows, 14 black and white marble panels and an 18-ft. tall totem, one of Kelly’s common sculptural forms. The project, constructed at the Blanton Museum of Art on the campus of the Univ. of Texas, was hailed by The New York Times as his masterpiece, “the grandest exploration of pure color and form in a seven-decade career spent testing the boundaries of both.”The signature project required extreme collaboration with the design team at Overland Partners, and th