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April 15, 2020

Look Where You’re Going

I’m not sure about you, but my days can be so busy and chaotic, that in my rush, I sometimes miss a step—it’s definitely the case in the middle of night when anxiety is gnawing at my brain, and I miss that last step on the stair landing on the way to get a drink or something from the kitchen. The Niteglow luminous stair tread below, surely, would have been handy. Like a lot of things in life, it’s easy to look past taken-for-granted assets that help us, including the stairs that bring us from one level to another. Despite their humble nature in the built environment—as well as their long history—there’s a lot going on with this overlooked interior component, as you can see in the products below. Let me leave you with one last thought: stairs truly connect us, so maybe we should put more thought into adding a little flare into this seemingly unvarying constituent building part.

New & Noteworthy

No Budget Buster

A narrow lot and stringent codes presented challenges for this remodeling project that required custom stairs. Working with Viewrail, a complete set of plans and a quotation for floating stairs, including a powder-coated stringer, white oak treads and handrail, was managed.

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Treading Hard

Roppe Rubber Stair Treads with Kevlar are engineered to resist damage from wear and abuse. Available in eight profiles and 134 color options, they are 100% recyclable and backed by a 25-year warranty. Roppe Rubber Stair Treads are FloorScore indoor air quality certified and meet ASTM F2169, Type TS performance specifications.

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Doubling Down

Flowing, tiered areas are an increasingly popular feature of today’s atria, as they create an open and welcoming feel, inviting people to linger. At Arizona State University’s Beus Center for Law and Society, New York City-based Ennead Architects were looking to take this trend a step further. Their aim was to create a space which also could double as a more formal auditorium.

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Helping to build the American dream since 1971

Fabcon’s first precast panels rolled off the line in 1971, and since then we’ve been instrumental in shaping the growth trajectories of big and small companies alike. Structural precast is the perfect product for organizations interested not only in making their mark, but in building their legacy. Discover how Fabcon’s value proposition of speed, versatility and lower operating costs have figured into a multitude of American Success Stories across a wide range of business segments, from canned foods to fishing gear.

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Metal Panels Create a Standout Roof

Petersen’s Tite-Loc Plus metal roofing system in a distinctive Marquis Orange finish brightens the vision of the new Latrobe Elementary School. The 22-gauge panels, along with 3,800 sq. ft. of .032 gauge PAC-750 soffit, complement the classic terra cotta-toned brick that clads the upper two-thirds of the school’s façade.

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Get Your Fill

With endless infill design options, Feeney makes it easy for you to create a look and feel that will perfectly complement any project. Easily fitting within the pre-engineered DesignRail frame, the panels are available in both 36 in. and 42 in. heights and can be fully customized.

Feeney infill designs are available in:

  • Laser cut aluminum panels
  • Resin panels
  • Stainless steel mesh panels

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Soap Dispenser and Faucet Sets

Unify the look of your washrooms with Bradley’s new matching Verge soap dispenser and faucet sets. These perfect touch-free handwashing pairings enhance the look of Verge washbasins and work seamlessly with any other basin.

Choose from an industry-leading collection of the most styles, finishes and advanced features. Verge soap and faucet sets include advanced sensing technology, hidden sensors to deter tampering, optimized sensing to eliminate false activations, longer spouts for more handwashing space, and cast brass spout construction with popular and environmentally friendly PVD finishes.

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Now birds see it, now you don’t.

Guardian Bird1st glass is the clear answer for safer birds year-round. It offers the right balance of solar performance, aesthetics and bird safety — so you can start designing your bird-friendly building through one trusted source.

A patent-pending UV stripe coating on the first surface is virtually invisible to the human eye in dry conditions. Views remain pristine unlike traditional ceramic frit solutions, all while helping to protect birds. The stripe coating visually signals an impending barrier to birds and helps prevent collisions. With an acceptable Avoidance Index score from the American Bird Conservancy, the product follows the 2x2 rule to account for different sizes and species of birds.

Paired with select Guardian SunGuard low-E coatings, Bird1st glass offers the high performance you want and need.

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New Acoustically Sound Rated Automatic Smoke Vent

The BILCO Company has introduced a new automatic smoke vent that provides the highest level of protection against exterior noise intrusion on the market. The vent is specifically designed to provide fire and smoke protection for applications where exterior noise intrusion is undesirable, such as in auditoriums, concert halls, and theaters. The vent carries an OITC-46 sound rating to guard against low-frequency outdoor sounds and an STC 50 sound rating. In addition, the product has an ISO-140-18 rating in testing vs. rainfall sound. The ratings are superior to similar products on the market.

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