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March 31, 2021

Re-Thinking Fundamental Principles

These days, it seems the architectural world, and the so-called “real” world, are colliding more and more, be it dealing with affordable housing issues, carbon footprint, waste, or simply improving human living. That said, there’s often a chasm between the theoretical and the practical. Yet an ancient, but re-invented material offers hope on all fronts: wood—more specifically CLT, and other engineered and fabricated—and disassemblable—systems. Case in point is the Perkins & Will internal design competition-winning “Arroyo” co-living project. Literally including a “canyon” between a pair of residential towers to represent the titular moniker’s example of life transforming after a storm, the goal of the design is to provide a model for more sustainable, affordable and healthier living. It’s composed significantly of CLT from Danzer—the folks that supplied the material for London’s “Smile” (see below). Also check out the virtual Mass Timber Conference happening now, featuring many of the products included here.

New & Noteworthy

Smile Pavilion a Nod to Hardwood

London Design Festival’s Landmark Project ‘Smile’ was designed to transform the way the industry views timber as a way to create space, form and structure. What does a city that has an eye need? A smile, of course. Designed by Alison Brooks Architects and engineered by Arup as a Landmark Project for the London Design Festival 2016, The Smile is set to transform the way the A/E/C industry views timber as a way to create space, form and structure.

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Grocery Store Goes Au Naturel

The Madison Festival Foods Store features 12 ash columns culled from local parks due to infestation from an invasive and lethal insect. “The partnership between Madison Parks Department, WholeTrees and Festival Foods has been an excellent example of how the city can work in concert with business to benefit both the private and public sector,” said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.

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Transparent Color Blocks Create Attractive Seating

LIGHTBLOCKS’ Designer was incorporated into the beautiful benches in front of Missouri’s Joplin Public Library, creating a unique and functional seating area for patrons. LIGHTBLOCKS' Designer is used when applications requires precise color and translucency for illumination. This makes LIGHTBLOCKS well-suited for endless applications in every industry. With a fingerprint-resistant, scratch-resistant and non porous surface, LIGHBLOCKS resins stand the test of time.

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NEW Perimeter Spacer

Creating an edge restraint for roof paver applications, Hanover's NEW Perimeter Spacer has been designed for conditions in which pavers must be cut to fit along the roof perimeter. The Perimeter Spacer's spring action design allows for easy installation and helps to maintain a tight roof paver system. The slots of the Perimeter Spacer fit onto the tabs of the Elevator Top Plate or High-Tab Pedestal. Adjustments are easily made by sliding the spacer to fit snugly along the edge of the paver. 

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A Whole New Platform for Change.

Available now, the new KB310 and KB311 baby changing stations from Koala Kare represent our unparalleled investment in craftsmanship. One-piece, deep-drawn, uniform-grain stainless steel components eliminate seams, sharp edges and weld lines. New thoughtfully designed patron amenities, including an enhanced liner dispenser and convenient bag hook, improve the end-user experience.

Product owners and end users will appreciate that KB310 and KB311 bed surfaces feature exclusive antimicrobial product protection from Microban, the world leader in built-in antimicrobial technology, that inhibits growth of bacteria on the product’s surface and provides ongoing protection for its expected lifetime.

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Adjustable Versadjust Deck Supports

Apartment living has become more competitive in the nation’s top markets and Boston is no exception! 345 Harrison’s vast amenities include a rooftop dog park, pool, lounge area, and firepit that express the building’s upscale vibe. Bison Versadjust Pedestals support more than just the concrete pavers, they also support wood tiles, traditional joist and plank decking, and artificial turf expanding the variety of surface materials found on the rooftop spaces. These versatile deck supports create level rooftop decks over sloped surfaces, support a variety of different surface materials, have patented features that improve performance and stability, and can be installed over any structural surface!

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Structural Thermal Barriers Save Energy

While Azon does not make windows, the company does offer turnkey technology for the manufacture of polyurethane polymer thermal barrier aluminum fenestration. Using thermal barriers to improve energy savings in the window assembly helps manufacturers meet strict energy codes and standards worldwide, ranging from monumental architectural to residential aluminum window classes. The newest ultra-performance Azo-Core high-density foam thermal barrier by Azon contains the best combination of energy efficiency and the highest shear strength of all thermal barriers used in the most demanding climates and conditions.

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