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May 12, 2021

Constitutional Crisis?

Walking my dogs, I was hit with a flood of thoughts when I saw the spire of a nearby church wrapped in scaffolding. It reminded me of the destroyed spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which recently passed the second anniversary of the devasting fire that destroyed its roof. In investigating its current state of repair, I came across an image of the inner vaults being supported by engineered wooden braces. Connecting the members were thick black steel braces. It immediately put me into mind of Simpson Strong-Tie’s Outdoor Accents collection, and the fact that the company, appropriately, is sponsoring the ICC’s annual Building Safety Month, this month. But more so, I found the make-shift stone and wood combination to be an interesting look that might be worth experimenting with in older, if less unique spaces. In the interim, here are some roof-related products worth perusing.

New & Noteworthy

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.

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A Newsworthy Roof-Raising

A 22-year renovation of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, was completed recently as workers finished their efforts replacing the 1894 structure’s massive roof. Designers with Vancouver’s Proscenium Architecture & Interiors, Inc., opted for standing-seam zinc for the complicated project, which required extensive detailing to address a large number of pitch changes and other transitions.

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Get Fleeced

EPDM roofing systems can be specified with a 55-mil fleece layer adhered as a backing for long-term protection against high winds, hail and punctures. These FleeceBack membranes are also well-suited for roof gardens and solar applications and can be installed with Flexible FAST adhesive, which reinforces the fleece for increased protection.

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Discover How Air Becomes Comfort

By combining humanity and technology, heritage and innovation, we find the perfect balance to create living spaces where you can enjoy clean, healthy air.

For over 80 years, Hitachi Cooling & Heating has been driven by the challenge to reshape the perception and possibilities of climate control solutions for the residential and commercial spaces and for those that work with it in a professional capacity. We strive to improve existing technologies and innovate as lifestyles and businesses evolve.

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Create a Stylish Connection to Nature

Feeney’s resin infill panels deliver on a popular trend—incorporating key elements of the natural world within interior spaces! Removing the barriers between built and natural environments, Feeney’s resin infills, which feature organic material, create a seamless transition between interior and exterior design.

Infill options include, but are not limited to:

  • Bamboo Rings Natural
  • Bear Grass Lite
  • Connection Square Gray
  • Fossil Leaf Spade Random
  • Ginko Thatch
  • Kathali Grays
  • Rice Grass
  • Thatch 50 Percent

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Panels in a Variety of Metal Options

The Dri-Design Metal Panel System can be manufactured in a wide variety of metal options. With the capability to produce panels from Aluminum, Zinc, Stainless Steel, Weathering Steel and virtually any flat or lightly embossed metal, the options are nearly endless. Different materials can also be used in conjunction with other options, like shadow, tapered and perforated series panels. Regardless of design choice, Dri-Design’s patented and highly tested attachment and water management system is at the foundation of everything we do. Aesthetic versatility and performance in one system.

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BIM Continues to Offer Cost and Time Benefits

As BIM adoption grows every year, more AEC professionals are enjoying its benefits. Use of BIM Libraries can lead to a decrease in project time, faster cost estimates, better coordination, better safety, accurate visualization, and much more. But where to get BIM Libraries? While many quality generic models are available online, use of a model based on a manufacturer’s specific product can have many more benefits. That’s where companies like ARCAT have stepped in, offering leading manufacturer BIM files for free and without registration.

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Multi-tone Finishes for Metal Cladding

The design of the Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex, includes a classic, farm-style metal roof, a direct reflection of the area’s agricultural roots. A Weathered Steel finish was the perfect material to give the project it’s rustic feel.

Weathered Copper and Weathered Steel are Petersen’s first two-coat finishes that replicate the multi-tone appearance the colors’ namesake metals acquire after years of environmental exposure — covered by a 30-year non-prorated finish warranty.

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Modular Pop-Up Park Deck System

The city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa had been hoping to make sidewalks along 3rd Street livelier, but narrow sidewalks had posed a problem in the past. Bison Pop-Up Parks were just the solution! The platforms are constructed using Bison Pedestals, Aluminum Cubes, and 2x2 Ipê Wood Tiles, and measuring 20x8 feet, they each fit inside a parallel parking spot. Being removable, they can be easily assembled during warmer months when outdoor dining and activities are at their peak and disassembled in winter and stored. The Pop-Up Park Deck System has low installation and maintenance costs, increases the interest and visibility of local businesses, and creates space for patrons to enjoy the weather and their purchases.

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