Advances

Outdoor Accents Expanded

Designed to deliver timeless beauty and tested strength into any outdoor space, the Outdoor Accents line  of connectors and fasteners, from Simpson Strong-Tie, deliver the flexibility to build a wide range of custom outdoor spaces. The newest addition, the APBDW Outdoor Accents decorative post wrap enhances the appearance of post base connections and adds design flair by enclosing them in an offering that fits around most nominal 4x4 and 6x6 post bases. Originally developed for the MPBZ moment post base, the APBDW decorative post wrap accommodates other post bases from Simpson Strong-Tie, including the CBSQ, ABUZ, ABWZ and ABAZ (screw and nail application only). In addition, it can be u

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Outperforming Steel Walls  

Simpson Strong-Tie’s Strong-Wall high-strength wood shearwall (WSWH), is a versatile, high-performance solution for lateral-force resistance in light-frame residential and commercial construction. The code-listed, prefabricated WSWH has a patented design that provides the highest allowable loads for a wide variety of applications. And unlike other shear walls, the high-strength WSWH is fabricated from a wood-based material that is field trimmable for the ultimate in fit and flexibility at the jobsite. Ideal for providing additional structural strength and lateral-force resistance in areas subject to earthquakes and high winds, the WSWH is code listed to the 2018 IRC/IBC, conforms

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Finishes Adorn Stunning Western Archrib Glulam Pieces on World-Class Track & Field Facility

High-performance wood protection manufacturer, Sansin, along with glulam fabricator Western Archrib, recently showcased their work on the stunning track and field facility, Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The open and airy structure, re-envisioned by SRG Partnership, showcases Oregon history, culture and forest products. To that end, more than 462 Douglas Fir glulam structural wood pieces, protected with Sansin’s low-VOC architectural finishes, were used to create 77 unique curves, each containing six pieces of curved wood. There were over one million linear feet of Douglas Fir lumber used in all the glulam pieces – equating to 830.5 laps around a 400-meter t

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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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No Holes in this Plan

The Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State brings together many materials to create a modern space. Dri-Design’s Perforated Imaging Panels were used to create the school’s logo in the Lear Auditorium. The panels were installed over light diffusing fabric and a mounting structure. Lighting color can be changed depending on the activity taking place, be it a community or school function. On exteriors, the panels don’t impede airflow, and can provide shade without sacrificing style or design.

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Athens High School, Athens, Texas

Metal Adds Modern Look

Façade retrofit is an effective option to consider as buildings are upgraded or converted to continue their service. Such was the case at Athens High School in Athens, Texas, which required a mix of renovation and new construction to bridge old and new buildings. To create a modern design, metal was chosen. Installed on the school were 10,800 sq. ft. of 24-gauge 12-in. PAC-CLAD Flush Panels in White and Silver finish, 17,500 sq. ft. of 24-gauge 12-in. Flush Soffit panels in White finish, and 5,500 sq. ft. of PAC-3000CS Composite Panel finished in a custom maroon school color. Cost was an issue, but ultimately the school felt the investment was made for the metal’s ability to create a d

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Outstanding CRI

Downlights are universal solutions that embody modular flexibility. The one-piece heat sink helps to expand the lifetime and enables them to outperform in every application with 225,000 hours (L70), 55,000 hours (L95), and are available with output options from 700 lm to 4000 lm. The Lumencore family offers exceptional color rendering, which includes CRI 80+, CRI 90+ and CRI 95+ options.Judge’s Comment: “The downlights deliver modular flexibility, as well as durability, suited to this market.”

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Get Creative

Designed with fully articulating elbows and connectors, the Aloft low profile, cylindrical luminaire system allows designers to create unique configurations. Installation and onsite adjustment is simplified with a plug-and-play connection system. Its HE Tech lens provides excellent light distribution from a narrow 0.5-in. aperture diffuse lens.Judge’s Comment: “The corner connector is clever, and allows for the basic fixture to be expanded into numerous forms that put creativity with the architect.” 

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Downlight Palette

Finding consistency across product families in downlighting can be a challenge. Liteistry features a broad palette of architectural downlights that provide consistency in appearance and performance. Reflectors provide a 50-degree shielding angle that shields the source, but also creates a quiet reflector surface above the shielding angle.Judge’s Comment: “Good choice for designs of multiple spaces.”

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Good Moon Rising

A family of fixtures, ALW’s additions to its “MoonRing” series include: MoonRing Acoustic (pictured), which brings acoustic options to the flagship luminiare; MoonDisc, a line of circular acoustic discs between 3—6 ft. in diameter, incorporating acoustics with optional indirect lighting, designed to complement MoonRing luminaires; and MoonDish, a side-emitting ring luminaire with a 1.5 aperture and an optional 0.5-in.-thick acoustic panel with an NRC of 0.85. The MoonDish delivers a uniform illumination with a modern design. A new twist on the ring trend, the luminaire offers a side-emitting profile, creating a glowing aesthetic. The optional acoustic panels are compo

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