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June 30, 2020

Doesn’t Seem to be a Shadow in the City

The Lovin’ Spoonful once lamented this fact in their smash “Summer in the City” ‘70s hit, which still manages to make it onto many playlists about this time, as we’ve officially hit summer. Based on the events of the late spring, it’s going to be a hot one in more ways than just surface temperature. That said, in the May/June issue, we continued our ongoing exploration of the urban environment, which offered a number of suggestions architects proffered for managing cities. Following are a few products that will help deal with the heat.

New & Noteworthy


Hygienic, Resilient and Beautiful Ceilings

HEALTH: Easy to disinfect and clean. Highly stain-resistant. Use above food preparation. Unlike mineral fiber ceilings, our thermoformed panels do not water damage, mold, nor release hazardous silica fibers. Greenguard Gold certified for indoor air quality.

FUNCTION: Acoustic. Flexible yet strong, robust and durable. Lightweight and easy to install. Closed-loop recycling. Class A surface-burning characteristics. Use as drop-out ceiling beneath fire sprinklers.

LOOKS: 40+ attractive styles. 16 colors and finishes including light-transmitting grades for Transluminous ceilings.

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Above the Rest

We’ve got you covered. With the new line of high-quality stationary awnings designed to provide maximum protection, Feeney makes it easy for you elevate any exterior space with a beautiful, long-lasting accent for a home or business.

The Icon and Era Awnings from Feeney Feature:

  • Powder-coated aluminum for long lasting durability
  • Fully assembled awning for easy installation
  • Modular design gives customers the opportunity to select the components they need for their specific project
  • Engineered to withstand high snow/wind loads of up to 35.5 psf
  • Strong polycarbonate UV2 panels for high levels of protection from the elements
  • Available in three panel options: Clear, Textured or Gray Tint

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Verge Soap Dispenser and Faucet Sets

Harmonize your washroom aesthetics and enhance touch-free hand washing with Bradley’s new matching Verge soap dispensers and faucets. This stunning selection of no-touch styles coupled with advanced sensing technology will express your design vision while providing reliability and durability for years to come.

With a wide array of shapes—from graceful arcs to bold angles—Verge soap and faucet sets complement any washroom design. Featuring four styles and six finishes, these hand washing pairings enhance the sophisticated look of Verge washbasins and work seamlessly with any other basin.

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Modular 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles

Bison Wood Tiles offer the design flexibility to create versatile, unique rooftop environments. This independently tested system allows rooftop decks to be installed quickly and easily. Since alignment and material layout are paramount to the connection between architecture and landscape, OJB Landscape Architecture collaborated with Bison to create custom 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles to align to the typical five-foot architectural mullion spacing for Partner’s HealthCare Administrative Campus in Sommerville, MA. Bison now offers these beautiful Ipê Wood Tiles as a standard surface option! The 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles have a smooth surface, 10 top running planks, and each tile weighs only 34 pounds.

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Wire Mesh Creates a Dramatic Focal Feature at Frost Tower

Banker Wire’s M22-80 woven wire mesh in a stainless steel and brass mixed alloy configuration was chosen for a stunning wall covering at Frost Tower in San Antonio by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. To enhance the visual effect of M22-80, custom mirror panels behind the wire mesh leverage the mix of alloys and lighting. The depth and movement of the contrasting helical woven wires dynamically changes with the viewer’s perspective. Down lighting and exterior wall wash lighting illuminate the wire mesh. In all, the lobby showcases two flanking feature walls that encompass 2,900 square feet and face outward, enclosing the elevator corridor. The walls measure 100 feet in length and more than 30 feet wide.

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Fine Architectural Hardware for Fine Furniture

Doug Mockett & Company specializes in providing “Fine Architectural Hardware for Your Fine Furniture”. A timeless blend of classic and contemporary style, creating beautiful complementary accents that add function and value to your furniture. Enjoy our collection of Power Grommets and Wire Management solutions, Drawer Pulls, Table Legs, Shelf Brackets, and more! Architectural Hardware plays a vital role in the design process by providing the finishing touches that define and enhance your overall design. You do what you do best – take care of your customer. Let us worry about the details.

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Being Clean Means Being Safe

Finding the balance between beauty and efficiency, aesthetics and practicality has never been more important. We should look at building design through a new lens, one more focused on surfaces that can be easily maintained and cleaned to safeguard our health.

Whether it is an interior surface, exterior cladding or an outdoor canopy, using hygienic materials needs to be a priority. Kalwall translucent panels with fiberglass reinforced polymer faces are resistant to dirt and particulate build-up and are easily cleaned to remove harmful microbes. This is the best of both worlds.

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See the Design, Not the Sprinkler

The Tyco Model CWS Concealed Window Sprinkler is a specific application sprinkler that is a cost-effective alternative to fire-rated glass. The sprinkler discharges an even coat of water when activated, which cools the window to help prevent shattering in a fire event. The flat-plate concealed design houses the sprinkler above the ceiling and the cover plate is available in a variety of colors and finishes. This solution offers the cost-saving and aesthetic benefits of using non-fire-rated glass, while also providing an effective fire protection solution that blends into the ceiling.

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