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June 26, 2019

Quantifying Sports-Driven Urban Investments

Sports franchises across the country are investing in reinvigorating their surrounding neighborhoods, but has this proven to be a successful strategy? Judging from a survey of residents and visitors coming to Gallagher Way, the new mixed-use development next to Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the answer is yes.

According to Eric Nordness, SVP and CFO of Hickory Street Capital, Chicago, more than 80% of survey participants agree that Wrigley Field’s Gallagher Way has had a positive impact on their neighborhood experience and that the newly added dining options have made the neighborhood more appealing. Furthermore, 72% agree the additional security Gallagher Way provided during non-gameday events has had a positive impact on neighborhood safety.

“More than just an exciting development, the project continues to delight fans, tourists and neighborhood residents while also being an economic engine creating commerce, delivering jobs and pouring millions of dollars into the local economy,” states Nordness.

Below are a few product, material and system options that can make a positive impact on your next urban development project.

New & Noteworthy

Pave Permeable

An eco-friendly green building material made in the U.S., Porous Pave is a highly porous, durable and flexible pour-in-place paving material. Stormwater drains through its permeable surface at a tested rate of 5,800 to 6,300 gallons of stormwater per hour per square foot for on-site stormwater retention. The XL formulation is made from 50% recycled rubber chips and 50% chipped granite aggregate with a moisture-cured, liquid binder. XLS is 100% recycled rubber chips.

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Snap to it

A new solution for installing CableRail stainless steel railing infill into composite sleeved or wrapped wood posts, Quick-Connect lag and pivot fittings now work with wood. Easy to use, cable ends simply insert into the fitting, and the embossed Quick-Connect jaws grab and automatically lock in place. No crimping or hard-to-use compression tools are required. The fittings screw directly into the face of a post or wall, which makes them the perfect solution for projects requiring an inside-to-inside connection.

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Rolling Along

Grasspave2, Gravelpave2 and Beachrings 2 from Invisible Structures allow ADA-compliant access for areas typically difficult to access for wheelchair-bound or disabled individuals. Simple but highly effective components, buried just below the surface, plastic cylinders allow the normally uneven surface to provide uniform resistance to walkers, bikers or wheel chairs, meeting ADA standards for public park and recreational facilities.

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Metal Roof Ensures Dry Start to School Year

A shingle roof that failed less than 10 years after Prospect Mountain High School (Alton, NH) was built prompted school administrators to search for a long-term solution. The roof was retrofitted with R-Mer Shield, a structural standing seam metal roof system with numerous benefits, including: panel widths up to 24¾ inches to reduce costs and simplify installation; the strength to withstand 200 mph winds; unlimited thermal expansion and contraction; and a ½-inch clearance between the panel and substrate for ventilation and to reduce condensation and ice damming.

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Fine Architectural Hardware for Your 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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An Authentic, Reliable Steel Replication Window

Graham Architectural Products’ innovative SR6700 Series window, designed for the Starrett Lehigh building, replicates big steel windows, which enjoyed widespread popularity from their debut in an American factory in 1907 through most of the 20th century. These windows were popular with mills and foundries since they combined durability with low flammability and rigidity against wind pressure. Thin sightlines provided maximum daylight, and the large ventilation area provided air circulation. The SR6700, with an available floating vent, large openings, minimal sight lines and applied grids, brings modern performance to this classic design with such authenticity, it has helped numerous projects attain National Park Service approval.

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2019 Best of LaCantina: Call for Entries

LaCantina Doors invites all residential and commercial architects, interior designers, home builders and developers to submit their built projects by August 20, 2019 for a chance to win a trip for two to attend Archtober, NYC's annual architecture and design month. The 3rd annual 2019 Best of LaCantina design competition aims to showcase the best of contemporary design and celebrate the distinctive ways designers have used LaCantina's products across all sectors including residential, hospitality, commercial, and public spaces. The winning designs will be featured on and shared on their social media platforms.

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The Design Possibilities are Endless

The BILCO Company manufactures type TER floor access doors that are designed to receive architectural flooring materials, making them virtually hidden in finished flooring applications. The pan-type cover accepts a wide variety of architectural materials, allowing the doors to be used in virtually any application. Whether it’s ceramic tile, hardwood or even granite, each TER door is precisely engineered with lift assistance based on the weight of the flooring material to ensure easy, one-hand operation.

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