January/February 2019

True Color

Described as an affordable complement to Vitro’s Starphire Ultra-Clear glass, the new Acuity low-iron glass offers a transparent, neutral and crisper view with a greater fidelity than regular clear glass. Compatible with Vitro’s suite of Solarban glazing, Acuity is also available in 6-mm. thickness for monolithic spandrel glass applications where true-color rendition is necessary, or to be paired with a low-E coated lite in an insulating glass unit.

Excel Dryer D|13 Sink System

User Friendly Restroom Accent

Excel Dryer’s XLERATORsync hand dryer directly integrates with the D|13 Sink System to avert mess. According to Excel’s William Gagnon, vice president of marketing and sales, integrated sink systems are the next generation of “green” restroom design, as they provide form and function that deliver a better user experience. “Further, they solve the potential issues often associated with high-speed, wall-mounted hand dryers: sound, where the water goes, hygiene and aesthetics.”The dryer features an outlet for each hand, while reversing the airflow to blow water down and away from the user and into the sink basin. By integrating the hand dryer directly on


Integrated Faucet Design

With NextGen’s Selectronic faucet, there’s no need to install a separate thermostatic mixing valve as its ASSE 1070-certified integrated SmarTherm safety shut-off automatically protects the user from scalding. Also available without mixing and above-deck mixing, the system’s integrated design incorporates the electronics in the spout, thereby eliminating the need for a control box below the deck.


Refreshing New Look

Incorporating brass construction and ceramic disk cartridges, the Ardmore freestanding bathtub filler is a refreshing update on the traditional floor-mount telephone-style faucet. The new filler offers a hand shower with an independent on/off valve for added functionality and ease of use, and a single-lever handle for on/off activation and temperature adjustment.


Nature Indoors

In expanding its Quartz and Solid Surface selections, Wilsonart has responded to a growing interest in bringing nature to interiors. Capturing the beauty of granite and marble with what the company calls “nature blending,” the new collections tap into warm and cool whites, greys, neutrals and classic black stone.


Super Compatible

Compatible with just about every kind of bathroom décor, the Aylesbury from Newport Brass has been described as a classical style with a touch of modernism. A flared, wide-shaped spout is connected to a traditional, cylindrical tower, and is complemented by ADA-compliant cross handles. The 1.2 gallons per minute faucet is available in 27 different finishes.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station, Toronto

Custom Flair

No two panels are alike in the 1000-plus-panel standing seam roof wrapping the futuristic new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Subway Station in Toronto. Each of the Classic Bright Rolled Panels features an individual taper and length, fabricated using a CNC turret. Though thoroughly modern, the roof of the Grimshaw Architects-designed station also features hammered seams for an old world appearance.

ATAS’ Mesa, Ariz. Facility

Perfect Pairing

Standing-seam roof manufacturers have long touted their products’ suitability for rooftop solar installations, and now one of them is proving the point at its own manufacturing plant. ATAS’ Mesa, Ariz. facility now features 576 solar panels atop its existing metal trapezoidal seam roof, which is expected to pay for itself in energy savings in four years. A larger system is planned for its Allentown, Pa. plant.


Slate-Look Upgrade

When members of St. John’s Lutheran Church were considering a roof replacement for their 60-year-old facility, they decided an upgrade in both performance and appearance was in order. They wanted a roof that would stand up longer to the area’s high-wind events than the existing asphalt roof, and that suited the building’s traditional architecture. Matterhorn Slate metal roofing fit both requirements, with some members saying they would consider the material for their own homes.


Versatile Curtainwall

Accepting both insulated glass units and cellular polycarbonate glazing panels, LIGHTWALL 3000 curtainwall is an extruded aluminum, thermally broken, framing system. This versatility is accomplished by deep glazing pockets, low-friction gaskets and controlled gasket pressure that allow for the thermal movement of polycarbonate, while still providing superior water and air infiltration resistance.