October 22, 2014

Duradek Introduces the New LEGACY Line with Two Vintage Looking, Wood Inspired Finishes
Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane expands its response to market demands for naturally inspired textures and colours for outdoor living space and now, in its 40th year, launches a brand new line in its extensive collection of 60 mil vinyl colours and patterns. Discover Duradek Ultra Legacy. Your deck can have a comforting look similar to that of aged wood without sacrificing safety, security or waterproofing peace-of-mind. Up close, you can recognize the characteristics of the vinyl membrane with its slip resistant, textured surface; but when laid out...

October 8, 2014

Duradek’s 40th Anniversary Convention Was a Success!
A great big THANK YOU to all of the talented Duradek professionals that made it out to Kelowna, BC last weekend for Duradek’s 4oth Anniversary Convention and celebration. Duradek distributors and dealers from all over North America gathered for 3 days, sharing their experience and expertise on deck waterproofing with Duradek vinyl membranes…and it was a lot of fun too! It’s very impressive to see any business stick around for 40 years, but even more impressive (and certainly more rare) is that many of Duradek’s customers have consistently...
October 6, 2014

Kiwi winners at World Architecture Awards
An Auckland architecture firm is celebrating the biggest win by a Kiwi firm at the World Architecture Festival awards. Fearon Hay became the first New Zealand firm to win two categories in the seven-year history of the festival, held this year in Singapore. The three-day festival, which took place last week, featured 600 entries from more than 80 countries. Fearon Hay's first win came on day one in the Display Buildings category for Te Kaitaka 'The Cloak', which is part of The District at Auckland Airport. The Cloak makes up part of an expanding urban environment at...
October 1, 2014

The High Line effect: Why cities around the world are building parks in the sky
The High Line was always going to be a success. But how much of one? Well before the first section opened in 2009, the group behind turning an old rail line into an elevated park in New York estimated it would attract 400,000 tourists a year, and raise tax revenues by $286-million (U.S.) over 20 years. Impressive, but hardly overambitious. The final section of the 2.4-kilometre-long park was completed last month, putting the finishing touch on what has become the most successful public-space transformation in the United States, if not the world. The High Line...
September 29, 2014

An Adventure Playground for Unstructured Fun in Abu Dhabi
Of all the eye-catching construction projects in Abu Dhabi, a playground outside its newly opened Hazza Bin Zayed athletic stadium is one of the least ostentatious. The requisite monkey bars, swings, slides, and sandboxes have been replaced by sculptural pieces designed for unstructured play rather than prescribed activities. The abstract-looking equipment is the work of Dan Schreibman, a New Jersey management consultant, who began rethinking the playground after watching his daughters, who were then 3 and 5 years old, interacting...
September 23, 2014

UltraShield to attend the ArchXpo 2014, Sep 29 – Oct 1 , Singapore
NewTechWood invites you to its booth at the ArchXpo 2014, from Sep 29 – Oct 1 in Singapore. Celebrating their 10th year of excellence, NewTechWood will introduce UltraShield Naturale series, which is the latest in capped composite outdoor decking. UltraShield is engineered and made for those who appreciate extraordinarily elegant and durable decking. Online pre-registration for free show passes: click here
September 10, 2014

Article featuring Rain Bird's Don Clark explains how smart controllers improve plant health & watering efficiency
Smart controllers (a few of the various models aimed at the residential and light commercial market are profiled below) go far beyond basic time-based (clock) controllers to incorporate factors such as local climate and site conditions, time of year and occasionally soil moisture measurements, to determine an efficient schedule for irrigation, based on how much water the landscape will need. Having a computer crunch all of these numbers and calculate - on an ongoing basis - irrigation schedules removes what has traditionally been the biggest obstacle...
August 15, 2014

Jaypro Sports Construction Group Becomes Progressive
SPICELAND, IND—Jaypro Sports Construction Group is now known as Progressive Sports Construction Group.
“This change in name will not change the level of service or high expectations of quality for our gym equipment products,” according to Neal Turner, Sales Manager for Progressive SCG. “Everyone at Progressive SCG is dedicated to providing sports equipment designed and manufactured to the highest standards in the industry.” Progressive will continue to offer one of the industry’s most complete lines of gym...

August 13, 2014

NanaWall Folding Doors Encourage Creativity at the Wells Residence
This one-of-a-kind home in La Jolla uses shipping containers and colorful NanaWall folding door systems to create additions to an eccentric home. Homeowner Rob Wells, coming from a family with a background in the window and door industry, knew he had to find the perfect, large folding doors for his home to create a fun environment for his kids. “The first folding door that I ordered was not a NanaWall—rather a competitor. I dismissed the NanaWall believing they were ‘too expensive’ but quickly regretted my decision. The other doors sagged, failed to perform...
August 6, 2014

Hycrete Used In Winning Canoe at Annual Concrete Canoe Competition
The University of Nevada, Reno Takes Home First Place with Hyc
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MCARLSTADT, N.J., – Hycrete, Inc., a leader in waterproofing and corrosion protection technologies for concrete, is proud to announce the use of its hydrophobic concrete admixtures in the winning design at the annual Concrete Canoe Competition organized by the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers). The team from the University of Nevada, Reno took home first place, utilizing an optimized concrete mix design containing Hycrete’s hydrophobic admixture. According to Kristin Kramer, a University student and Co-Project Manager for the team...
August 6, 2014

Schindler Elevator Brings State-of-the-Art Mobility to 4 World Trade Center
MORRISTOWN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schindler Elevator Corporation has provided state-of-the-art elevator technology at 4 World Trade Center including 37 custom high-performance Schindler 7000 elevators (34 passenger cars with Schindler’s industry-leading PORT Technology destination-dispatch system, and three high-rise service cars). Schindler also provided two custom hydraulic elevators, two geared service elevators, and six Schindler 9300 escalators to transport passengers to two separate retail areas serving the building...
July 30, 2014

Durarail Rounds Out its Selection of Railing Solutions by Adding a Cable Railing System for Your One-Stop Decking Shop
Durarail's selection now includes the unique, contemporary Cable Railing System that combines minimum view obstruction with maximum style. Stainless Steel fasteners cleverly hidden within the posts and 3 different sizes of stainless steel cables are as durable as the powder-coated aluminum posts and top rails. A great low-maintenance railing solution. The advantage of Durarail™ is its simplicity. Everything snaps on or fits together with minimum on-site work and few exposed fasteners. Durarail gives you a one-stop decking shop. When combined with Duradek's...
July 28, 2014

Fypon launches National Curb Appeal Month
Fypon is deeming August its first-ever "National Curb Appeal Month" in an effort to teach homeowners new ways to add value to their homes. The month-long event will feature daily tips disseminated on the Fypon Facebook and Twitter pages, including color advice from national color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color. "Realtors tell us that potential home buyers make a 'street decision' in less than 12 seconds on whether or not to view a home that's for sale," said Niki Decker, senior manager of product and marketing for Fypon. "That's a very short time to make..."
July 14, 2014

Fort Campbell’s New Fitness Center Designed for Program Flexibility
Featuring Robbins Sports Surfaces Multipurpose Sports Floor

The Department of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) at Fort Campbell, Ky., recently unveiled a new multi-functional physical fitness center/athletic complex designed to provide programming flexibility to meet the needs of today's Army. the $16.4 million, 67,484-square-foot Physical Fitness Center (PFC) project was paid for with FY12 Military construction Army (MCA) funds, and came in in under budget, officially opening on April 14.  Architect Gresham, Smith &Partners and construction company Paladin & Hoar Construction worked within the Physical ...
July 14, 2014

How Icynene Spray Foam Insulation is Helping More Housing Meet Green Standards
Creating a house that is healthier, more sustainable and encourages eco-friendly living is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. These dwellings provide a significant return on investment in terms of financial and global impact, as well as offering a sense of well being thanks to the healthy components used to construct these edifices. Icynene spray foam insulation is increasingly seen as a presence in high-profile projects of this kind, highlighting how important industry experts regard this insulation material. Its ability to go on as a liquid and totally...
July 3, 2014

American Hydrotech Launches iPad App for Planning Green Roofs
American Hydrotech Inc. has released a free, interactive digital version of the company’s popular Garden Roof® Planning Guide. The app was unveiled last week at the AIA Expo in Chicago. Visit www.Hydrotechusa.com/GRPG to download the Garden Roof® Planning Guide app or search for ‘American Hydrotech’ in the iOS App Store. Any iPad user can immediately download the app for a comprehensive guide to vegetative roofs, from concept to completion. Users can also learn about the American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assembly and its benefits, including...
June 30, 2014

Sno Gem, Inc. Introduces PV Cube™ Standing Seam Attachment System
Innovative WaveLock™ Technology offers strength unparalleled in the industry

McHENRY, Ill. – Sno Gem, Inc. recently introduced the PV Cube™ standing seam attachment system, a clamp-to-seam solar panel racking and mounting system that provides unparalleled strength, thanks to patent-pending WaveLock™ Technology with three points of attachment. “We’ve designed four PV Cube™ profiles to accommodate virtually any standing seam metal roof,” says James T. Carpenter, Vice President of Operations at Sno Gem. “Our Silver Bullet™ set screws include a rounded bullet tip to maximize strength, but they in no way damage the paint...
June 26, 2014

Epic Deep Space Glass Curtain Wall
Ronstan is a global leader in the area of Tensile Architecture. Our experience has led us to contribute to some of the world’s most intriguing examples of projects involving structural bracing. Epic Deep Space is a specialized and unique design, featuring a dramatic glass facade at its forefront. The Epic Deep Space Auditorium is the latest addition to the 811-acre campus of the medical records management company Epic which was completed in the fall of 2013 in Verona, Wisconsin. The new 11,400 seat auditorium will be used by the company for client and staff...
June 25, 2014

Free Play’s Sensory-Focused, Abstract Play Structures Inspire Kids to Get Creative
Free Play’s innovative playground modules challenge kids to think and play beyond the normal playground set-up with abstract structures that invite open-ended creative engagement. The sensory-focused structures encourage make believe, letting kids create their own environment. Rather than typical swings and slides, the brightly colored Free Play structures inspire a child’s intellectual, social and physical development. Read on for more details about each of these alternative, innovative designs!
June 16, 2014

TubeliteInc.com connects to BIM libraries, AIA/CES course menu, product specifications, performance data and more
Tubelite Inc. offers architects and other building team members on-demand, free access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) libraries, product specifications, performance data and other information on its entrances, windows, storefront framing, curtainwall, sun shades and light shelves. From TubeliteInc.com, visitors can access Autodesk® Seek’s and CADdetails’ BIM libraries by clicking on the Products menu and following the links for either Product Types or Technical Data Index. The Technical Data Index also features CAD files, product details and specifications...
June 11, 2014

Largest Telecom in South America Selects Chatsworth Products Server Cabinets for New Data Center
CPI Passive Cooling® Technology Helps Company Achieve LEED Gold Status

MEXICO CITY, — Telefônica Vivo, the largest integrated telecom in South America, provides services to more than 100 million clients in Brazil. When it became necessary to consolidate seven data centers into one facility, Vivo trusted Chatsworth Products (CPI) to provide a solution that would not only help sustain the network, but make it the most energy-efficient data center in South America. The challenge was to build a data center that could sustain all of the company’s prepay and contract mobile segment for the next 10 years, while adhering to the company’s...
June 6, 2014

Lafarge North America Sponsors National Building Museum's Designing for Disaster Exhibition
Multimedia exhibition will showcase innovative research, cutting-edge materials and technologies, and disaster-resistant designs for creating safer, more durable and disaster-resilient communities. Lafarge North America, the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada, announced that it is the lead sponsor of the exhibition Designing for Disaster at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Designing for Disaster will discuss disaster mitigation as an evolving science and highlight tools and strategies for building...
June 9, 2014

Jakob USA Announces New Website
We are glad to present the renovated face of Jakob Rope Systems USA. With more than 110 years in business and our products selling in over 55 countries, Jakob is one of the market leaders in high-end, cutting-edge design solutions in Cable Railing, Wire Mesh Rope Mesh and Green Walls. Visit us at www.jakob-usa.com.
June 4, 2014

Fun New Interactive Online Recycling Game Introduced
As a part of Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council’s “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign, St. John & Partners has created a new interactive online game called Super Sorter that shows people different ways items can be sorted and recycled. The Super Sorter game takes place in a material recovery facility (MRF) where mixed recyclables are separated by different types of sorters. The goal of the game is to sort all of the materials in the queue as they progress down the conveyor belt and send the recyclables on their way to becoming something new...
May 20, 2014

Excel Dryer Announces New High-Speed, Energy-Efficient XLERATOReco® Hand Dryer
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Excel Dryer, Inc., manufacturer of the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR® hand dryer, introduces the new XLERATOReco® hand dryer. The XLERATOReco® uses new “no heat” technology to dry hands in 15 seconds* using only 500 watts, making it the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly hand dryer on the planet. “At Excel Dryer, we put a lot of energy into saving it” said Vice President of Marketing William Gagnon. “XLERATOReco® continues Excel Dryer’s commitment...

May 7, 2014

Introducing the Urban Bike Parking Guide
Why aren’t all modes of transportation treated equally? If we provide X number of feet for vehicle parking or for the width of a sidewalk should we not also consider the amount of space that a cyclist needs to properly lock and secure their bicycle? If you’re looking at a bicycle parking solution then the goal is not so much to buy a bike rack but to have a solution that allows bicyclists to park their bikes safely and securely. It may sound like a simple statement but we believe that time and money can be saved in the long run by recommending solutions that work from...

May 7, 2014

Changing the Landscape in Salt Lake City One Roof Deck at a Time
The Broadway Park Lofts are a victorious triumph in architectural achievement and urban residential development perseverance. These luxurious loft-style condominium units are refining urban lifestyle preferences and changing the landscape in Salt Lake City. After a rocky start with the first phase of the project, construction halted when the housing market took a dive in 2009 and the promising development was left sitting as an empty shell. After a three year stalemate and a maze of legalities, the developers at ClearWater Homes acquired the project through grit...

May 2, 2014

Aqua Control is pleased to Announce Launch of Select Series 2
Aqua Control is very pleased to introduce the launch of the newly re-engineered Select Series 2. Select Series has been a corner stone to the Aqua Control Water Features Product line for many years.Select Series 2 was engineered for improved durability, increased performance at lower cost, a trifecta unmatched in the industry! The Select Series 2 has been in development for over four years. To have such high performing aerating fountains that start at $3,000 is unheard of in the water features industry. It has taken extensive design, experimentation and testing...

April 29, 2014

Light the Way to Better Outdoor Living Spaces with Starlight® by AGS Stainless
Bainbridge Island, Wash., – AGS Stainless, Inc. (www.AGSStainless.com) proudly unveils its newest product offering – Starlight solar-powered LED accent lights that are easily-mountable and an energy-saving lighting option for any deck or outdoor living space. Starlight is the first solar powered light designed specifically for cable railing systems. Housed in a stylish yet sturdy marine-grade stainless steel shell, this new exterior lighting accessory nicely complements the full-line of AGS’ stainless steel decking/stairway cable rail systems offering sleek, long-lasting...

April 24, 2014

BCI Burke Company Celebrates National Playground Safety Month
Essential Play Advice Offered

FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin – In celebration of National Playground Safety month in April, the BCI Burke Company encourages awareness and safe playground practices for both kids and adults. “There is nothing better than letting off steam at your favorite playground, and there are simple things we can all do—young and old—to make our playgrounds safer,” said Tim Ahern, BCI Burke CEO/owner. “Some of my fondest memories as a kid are of swinging and sliding at the local Fond du Lac parks, and outdoor play areas all over the globe are still one of the most compelling...

April 15, 2014

Application deadline for the 2014 SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award is April 15
HILLSBORO, Ore., – SolarWorld, the largest solar manufacturer in the United States and Europe, will accept applications for the annual SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award until April 15. Now in its ninth year, the Junior Einstein Award is the oldest and most prestigious prize for young scientists who undertake research relevant to the photovoltaic industry. The award offers a 5,000-euro prize. The SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award aims to awaken young scientists’ interest in the solar field and promote their innovative ideas. Winners will be announced at a...

April 14, 2014

BCI Burke Commits $1.5 Million to “Play Today”
FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin - BCI Burke’s avid commitment to create outdoor recreation opportunities for kids’ play and fitness is ramping up savings on the most innovative and industry leading structures. Burke’s Nucleus™, Intensity®, NaturePlay®, Little Buddies™, and Voltage™ play systems are featured in the “Play Today” grants totaling $1.5 million, along with an array of play freestanding favorites that include Burke Basics spinners, swings, climbers, drums and Rock ‘N’ Ride racecar. The “Play Today” grants incentivize leaders at schools, churches...

April 14, 2014

Manpower for 9,000 SF of ICF Wall Cut in Half!
FFox Blocks ICF products played an important role in reducing the time of construction and reduced manpower on the Las Vegas Army Reserve Center Phase 2 located in Sloan, Nev. Ease of stacking and quality interlocking corners made for fast and efficient installation on the 9,000-square-foot ICF project. The Las Vegas Army Reserve Center Phase 2 is a two story above ground structure with three buildings totaling approximately 62,430 square feet. The Phase 2 facilities will include a 37,060-square-foot training building, a 20,965-square-foot Area...

April 7, 2014

Windsor Windows and Doors adds powder coat paint line in West Des Moines manufacturing facility
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – A newly installed aluminum extrusion powder coat paint line will allow Windsor Windows and Doors to paint its aluminum cladding in-house, as well as offer its customers more color choices in a more durable finish. Windsor installed the fully automated state-of-the-art powder spray system at its West Des Moines manufacturing facility over the course of three months. Now fully operational, the equipment has prompted Windsor to expand its standard paint palette from seven to 22 colors, supplemented with 20 so-called feature colors...

April 7, 2014

DeWitt Celebrates 40 Years of Innovation: Larry DeWitt pioneers the use of landscape fabric in the industry
Forty years ago, Larry DeWitt worked as a landscaper during his senior year in college. What he didn’t know at the time was how he would pioneer the use of landscape fabric and change the future of the industry forever. After graduating with a degree in horticulture, he launched DeWitt Landscaping, a landscape design and contracting firm. In 1975, DeWitt expanded the operation and opened DeWitt Landscaping & Garden Center, a full service garden center from design to build. As business grew he also started a re-wholesale division. In 1977, DeWitt was...

April 2, 2014

Rhino Linings Corporation Expands Building Product Lines
San Diego, Calif. —Rhino Linings Corporation made a name for itself in the truck accessories market as the leader in sprayed-on truck bed liners. But over the past several years, the company has expanded its focus to include the building and construction market. Today, in addition to its vehicle protection, elastomeric and specialty coatings business units, Rhino Linings also has a growing building products business unit. “The products and brands that consumers readily associate with Rhino Linings are here to stay,” said Pierre Gagnon, president and CEO of Rhino...

April 1, 2014

Mark Chittock Now Serves as National Sales Director with No Fault Sport Group, LLC
Baton Rouge, LA, - Mark Chittock joins No Fault Sport Group, LLC as National Sales Director after more than 28 years in the playground industry. Mark began his career with Paris Playground Equipment, Inc. in 1986, initially selling wooden play structures for parks, schools and daycares throughout Canada. Mark later became National Sales Manager with Paris Playground Equipment which was eventually purchased by Rubbermaid and later sold to PlayPower, Inc. in 2004. PlayPower, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial playground...

March 10, 2014

Pexco Releases a New Durability Study on its “City Post”
Tacoma, Wash. (March 2014) - Pexco has just released a new study that details just how durable their new City Post is and offers examples of many applications in the field. The study is full of data and test information, real world results and installations that support their statement that the City Post really is the "Most Durable Channelizer Post on the Market".City Posts have been rigorously tested at the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). The TTI tests demonstrate the durability of the City Post, with all 12 posts surviving 99 impacts at 60mph (100km/h) and just to show...

March 10, 2014

Outstanding Achievement in Recycling-Private Sector: Wausau Tile, Inc.
AROW's Outstanding Achievement in Recycling Award is given to an individual or a group that has excelled in their recycling program. This year's recipient is Wausau Tile, Inc. Wausau Tile recognizes that being "green" is not only good for the environment, but is also good for its  bottom line. Over the course of the past several years it has introduced a wide variety of processes and activities that are environmentally friendly in both facility operations and in the manufacturing process. Wausau Tile believes it can meet the highest standards of quality...

March 5, 2014

Pexco’s Turnpike Grade Curb System Installed to Improve Safety of an Iconic Bridge
Tacoma, Wash. (March 2014) – When the Newport Pell Bridge was built almost a half century ago, it was thought of as an engineering marvel and a structure that would positively affect the livelihood of Aquidneck, Rhode Island and its surrounding communities. Now, the 45 year old Pell bridge has become the site of too much heartache! The result of two fatal head-on accidents in the past two years. And because the bridge carries approximately 27,300 vehicles per day, the driving public is demanding something be done to make the bridge safer...

March 4, 2014

Utah Recreation & Parks Association Members Set to Embrace the Madness
Delano, Minn.— Landscape Structures Inc., a Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground equipment manufacturer, along with its Utah playground consultant, Sonntag Recreation, LLC, will exhibit at the 2014 Utah Recreation & Parks Association 53rd Annual Conference March 9-12, in St. George. The conference will feature Matt Jones, world-class professional speaker and author, as the keynote speaker. This learning experience was made possible through the 2013-2014 State Association Speaker Scholarship program from Landscape Structures...

February 27, 2014

METEOR Whiz Series’ newest addition reaches 27,000lm at 300W
A new dynamic addition to the Whiz Series, WS 300W delivers higher efficacy and higher lumen output in a compact size fixture. Whiz Series are known to generate high lumen output in one single fixture, and thus have been specified into numerous projects. Due to its well-received recognition since its launch, METEOR strives to challenge itself by developing another Whiz fixture that sets a new ground for commercial lighting. A rare compact size 300W fixture delivering up to 27,000lm with aesthetic design that offers versatile installation specification...

February 25, 2014

ASLA Survey Reveals Hottest Outdoor Design Trends for 2014
Washington, D.C., 2014—Consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing, according to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Residential design is the largest market for ASLA members’ services, constituting nearly 40 percent of private firms’ billable hours annually. Landscape architects who specialize in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety...

February 19, 2014

See How Free Play™ Playgrounds Could Make Children More Creative
Free Play™ is a studio that creates interactive learning environments for children through sensory-focused play structures that can be customized to ft any landscape - and they're getting noticed. Wired, FastCo.Design, and FORM: Pioneering Design take an inside look at the inspiration behind Free Play...

February 19, 2014

Icynene ProSeal spray foam insulation sets the bar for best in class
When it comes to enhancing the heating and cooling management in a home or making a building more comfortable in general, residents need to know that the materials they're adding are the best available. That's why Icynene is such a great addition to any home. Spray foam insulation products from Icynene are constantly setting the bar for excellence in terms of return on investment, heating control and moisture management, making them the best in the industry. These qualities were showcased in Icynene's most recent product addition. According to the Digital...

February 19, 2014

Pexco adds new features to its Temporary Pedestrian Access Route (TPAR) Barricade
Tacoma, Wash. – What started out as a great product to keep pedestrians safe in work zones, just got better with the improvements that Pexco, Davidson Traffic Control Products has now added. The TPAR barricade was first introduced in 2011 to address the need to keep pedestrians of all abilities safe while passing through an urban work zone. The TPAR provides safe “continuous” guidance, is MUTCD & ADA compliant and is quick and easy to assemble and transport. For pedestrians will sight impairment, the TPAR offers a smooth and continuous top panel that can...

February 7, 2014

Bring the Indoors Outside with Interactive Play from Lappset
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n addition to our line of 100% recycled HDPE playgrounds, we now offer a collection of components that are both engaging and entertaining with Interactive Play from Lappset. This innovative line brings the indoors outside, providing an exciting group of products that are paving the way for the future of play. Interactive Play from Lappset offers games that intrigue players, improve fitness, and develop and hone motor skills. The product line is particularly attractive to children who spend a lot of time indoors on computers, game consoles, or other electronic devices...
February 6, 2014

Interest in spray foam insulation thriving across Atlantic Canada says region’s largest Icynene contractor, MJM Energy
Interest in spray foam insulation and building performance solutions is flourishing across Atlantic Canada says Jamie Muirhead, owner of MJM Energy, the region’s largest Icynene spray foam insulation partner. Meeting with Icynene board member, Annette Verschuren in Toronto this week, the Dartmouth-based building performance contractor said that interest among homeowners and local businesses looking to improve their energy efficiency and comfort had skyrocketed recently. “Particularly with the extreme cold weather conditions that Atlantic Canada...

February 5, 2014

Landscape Structures Introduces What’s Next in Play—Netplex™
Delano, Minn. — Landscape Structures Inc., a Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground equipment manufacturer, has introduced Netplex™, a complex of multi-level, webbed nets designed to challenge kids ages 5 to 12. The newest member of the PlayBooster® family of playstructures, Netplex creates a futuristic climbing experience to push kids beyond their known boundaries. Even more, Netplex can be installed on its own or connected to any new or existing PlayBooster playground design. Netplex offers kids ages 5 to 12 the challenge levels they need for healthy...

January 30, 2014

Fox Blocks ICF to Acquire Arxx Building Products Assets
Select key assets will become part of Fox Blocks on February 3, 2014

Omaha, NE – Fox Blocks ICF announced today that it will acquire select key assets from Arxx Building Products on February 3, 2014, integrating those assets into its own operations and augmenting the Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) product line. The companies have started working together now to develop and implement a plan that ensures a seamless transition for customers and employees. The transaction was approved by the Canadian Court on January 29, 2014 and is before the US Court for approval on January 31, 2014...

January 29, 2014

K
olbe showcases VistaLuxe Collection in three designs: Modern, Mountain Contemporary and Country Contemporary
Kolbe will be exhibiting at the International Builders Show in booth #C2608

Wausau, Wis. – On exhibit at the 2014 International Builders Show (IBS), Kolbe's new VistaLuxe™ Collection features multiple design styles that highlight the warmth of wood and expansive glass views with energy-efficient performance. Demonstrating the creative versatility of these products, each wall of the display showcases a distinctive aesthetic – Modern, Mountain Contemporary and Country Contemporary. "The VistaLuxe Collection display is our showpiece. This is the first time it will be presented at IBS," says Cindy Bremer, Kolbe's vice president...

January 29, 2014

40 Years of Duradek & Decades of Deck Love
Surrey, BC - Duradek™, the original vinyl deck waterproofing membrane reaches its 40th spring and are proud to have spent the last 4 decades providing waterproof protection. A roofing approved, walkable waterproof membrane and so much more - Duradek is a complete waterproofing system. With all components for successful installation researched and proven to be compatible with Duradek vinyl membranes. Adhesives - PVC Coated Drain Accessories - Perimeter Treatments Plus—the performance you can count on...

January 29, 2014

The Biofiltration of Indoor Air: Putting nature to work indoors
You are invited to a free online seminar, hosted by Nedlaw Living Walls founder, Dr. Alan Darlington. This seminar will be of special benefit to architects, developers, building managers, and anyone looking for ways to improve the indoor living environment. Did you know that a Living Wall Biofilter is more than just pretty plants on a wall? Living Wall Biofilters actively improve the indoor environment.  The buildings we inhabit are frequently designed to be 'air tight' to keep heating and cooling costs down, but this also traps all the pollutants that arise indoors...

January 14, 2014

Jonite Decorative Grates Transform Paver Patios
Jonite architectural stone grates are making waves in the U.S. hardscape market for their ability to add sophistication and efficient drainage to paver patios. With the new Jonite decorative channel drain system by IronStone Drainage, contractors and homeowners no longer have to choose between beauty and functionality. IronStone Drainage, a market newcomer, introduced a line of plastic channel drains designed for paver patios. The channels, which incorporate decorative Jonite grates, eliminate traditional aesthetic concerns. “Before, homeowners only had...

January 10, 2014

Lafarge Sells Aggregates Assets in Maryland (USA) for a Total Enterprise Value of $320 Million
Lafarge announces the sale of 5 aggregates quarries and related assets in Maryland (USA) to Bluegrass Materials for a total enterprise value of $320 million (equivalent to €235 million). With these divestments, the Group has now largely completed its strategy of refocusing on its core markets in the United States. Lafarge today operates a strong network of integrated positions mainly located in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions. Our US operations consist of 9 cement or grinding plants and associated cement terminals, with a combined capacity...

January 10, 2014

Kolbe adds multi-slide door to new VistaLuxe Collection
Kolbe will be exhibiting at the International Builders Show in booth #C2608

Wausau, Wis. – Kolbe's VistaLuxe™ Collection now offers complementary multi-span doors exemplifying the product lines' contemporary aesthetic. Intended for large openings – up to 24 feet wide and 10 feet tall – these doors help homeowners erase the boundaries between inside and outside living spaces. Kolbe's multi-slide doors either stack open or pocket into the wall. Upon request, these doors also can be manufactured as custom corner units. Square sticking matches the crisp, clean lines of the VistaLuxe Collection's inswing and outswing doors...

January 6, 2014

Duradek Reaches its Fabulous 40s!
Duradek™, the original vinyl deck waterproofing membrane reaches the notable benchmark of 40 years in business. Having grown from pioneering product to leading brand in the competitive niche market of deck waterproofing, our job is to protect where you live and allow you to enjoy it as much as possible. Originally conceived by two contractors in British Columbia’s Okanagan region in 1974, Duradek was inspired by a marine vinyl used to cover the interior floor of small boats. These two boating enthusiasts recognized that the attractive, slip resistant vinyl...

January 4, 2014

Murdock Manufacturing is Prepared for 2014 Lead-Free Laws
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - Morris Group International, parent company of Murdock Manufacturing, recently released a statement regarding the Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act that will go into effect in the United States on January 4, 2014. The statement outlines the requirements of the lead free law and the steps that Morris Group International companies, including Murdock, have taken to comply with the law and certify their products as lead-free. Murdock Manufacturing and the other divisions and partnerships of Morris Group International have...

December 18, 2013

American Hydrotech Offers Complimentary Resource for Planning Vegetative Roofs
American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today released the third edition of the company’s Garden Roof® Planning Guide. This new, complimentary resource empowers both new and veteran architects, landscape architects, building owners, contractors and installers to learn more about vegetated roofs and the various assemblies that are currently available and being used on today’s structures around the world. The Planning Guide addresses vegetative assemblies...

December 12, 2013

RoLanka Celebrates 20 Successful Years of Providing True Green Solutions for Erosion and Sediment Problems
Since 1993, RoLanka International, Inc. has been the most reliable supplier of high quality GeoNatural™ products for erosion & sediment control and soil bioengineering in the USA. When RoLanka opened its doors to supply GeoNatural erosion control products, most of the restoration was done using synthetic materials, rock and concrete. Very little information was available on the advantages of using strong natural coir products for environmental restoration or on the possible damages to the ecosystem from using synthetic materials in environmental restorations...

December 10, 2013

Toro Announces Winner of ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ Grant Program
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The Toro Company today announced that Shannon Ranch Elementary School , in Visalia, CA, won top prize in the company's 'Ready. Set. GROW!' grant program. As a result of the public vote, a $7,000 grant will be awarded to Shannon Ranch Elementary. The grant will enable the school to enhance their life sciences program including installing a water-efficient drip irrigation system at their school garden for use by students throughout the year. The garden will also serve as a model on smart irrigation practices for the surrounding...

December 4, 2013

Tournesol VGM Modular Living Wall System chosen for Re-Envisioned Marketplace
The new Villa Marina Marketplace is establishing itself as the spot for dining, shopping and entertainment in Marina del Rey. The mid-century modern architecture plans called for a distinctive building design that would set the center apart as the future of retail in the area. Landscape Architects EPT Design, were asked by Callison to research living walls as a way to add some punch to the shopping center remodel (see the living wall sketched in the center of the illustration above). We worked with Scott Goodman at EPT Design to explore their options...

November 25, 2013

Thermablok® Aerogel Insulation Featured in NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise Exhibit at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
TAMPA, Fla., – Thermablok, an aerogel insulation product derived from NASA’s aerogel technology is included as a NASA technology spinoff product in the popular Space Shuttle Enterprise exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Aerogel, considered the highest insulating material known and one of the lightest solids, was successfully used by NASA for insulation purposes on the space shuttle, Mars Pathfinder and other rovers, and STARDUST spacecraft missions to combat extreme temperature environments. NASA first recognized...

November 20, 2013

Fox Blocks ICF to Acquire Reward Wall Systems Assets
Omaha, NE – Fox Blocks ICF announced today that it will acquire select key assets from Reward Wall Systems, Inc. on February 15, 2014, integrating those assets into its own operations and augmenting the Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) product line. The companies have started working together now to develop and implement a plan that ensures a seamless transition for customers and employees. Fox Blocks ICF, recognized as the fastest growing ICF Manufacturer in North America and a Best in Class Sustainable Green Building Solution...

November 18, 2013

Tensar International Announces Regional Partnership with G & O Supply Co., Inc.
ATLANTA – Tensar International, the global leader in geosynthetic site development technology, has announced an expanded partnership with G & O Supply Co., Inc., which will increase Tensar’s product accessibility and support service in Mississippi. This new partnership will allow for increased Tensar® TriAx® Geogrid availability to local customers, especially along the Gulf Coast and North Mississippi. G & O Supply Co., Inc., is Mississippi’s leading distributor of construction drainage products for the site development marketplace. The locally owned Mississippi...

November 15, 2013

Toro Wins Irrigation New Product Contest for Third Straight Year
EVOLUTION® Controller Named Winner of 2013 Turf/Landscape Category

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Toro once again demonstrates its innovation leadership with the EVOLUTION® controller recently being named winner of the Irrigation Association's 2013 New Product Contest in the Turf/Landscape category at the Irrigation Show in Austin, Texas. The patent-pending EVOLUTION controller was developed from years of customer research to find the perfect balance of simplicity and sophistication. Launched in the spring of 2013, the product has been well received by contractors and homeowners alike for its intuitive interface, USB functionality...

November 14, 2013

MI Windows and Doors Thrives in Kansas City Market Through Partnership and Charity
MI Windows and Doors prides itself on creating strong, effective relationships with its partners. Recent involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through their partnership with Summit Custom Homes and Kansas City Building Supply exemplifies the high level of commitment, care, and trust MIWD is known for. Summit Custom Homes of Kansas City recently completed the building of the Kansas City St. Jude Dream Home. The home is a qualified “Zero Hero” home because all of the materials required to complete the home were donated...

November 14, 2013

CPG Building Products Partners with McIlveen Lumber Industries (Alta)(2012) Ltd. to Distribute the Full Line of AZEK® and TimberTech® Products in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada
SCRANTON, PA, — CPG Building Products today announced that McIlveen Lumber Industries (Alta)(2012) Ltd. will distribute the full line of AZEK® premium, low-maintenance, exterior products in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Already a successful distributor of TimberTech composite decking, railing and accessories, the Calgary and Edmonton locations will begin stocking all AZEK product lines immediately. The full offering of AZEK products includes AZEK Trim, the leading brand of low-maintenance trim; AZEK Deck, the leading brand of cellular pvc decking;...

November 11, 2013

GRHC and LO Embark on Green Infrastructure Project
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and Landscape Ontario are pleased to announce the official launch of a research and community engagement initiative funded by the Metcalf Foundation. This project will develop the capacity of communities throughout Ontario to understand the costs and benefits of investing in living green infrastructure development. The project involves the development of a tool that features detailed descriptions of multiple green infrastructure technologies and the average costs and benefits and then applying this analysis to areas...

November 8, 2013

Meteor Expands Sustainable Lighting: SP-8 and SP-018 Exclusively Solar Powered
Meteor is expanding sustainable lighting with new additions, SP-8 and SP-018, to its smart solar LED bollard selection. The SP-8 and SP-018 runs exclusively on solar power with zero power consumption and can be installed in wide range of new applications where traditional wired bollards have not been installed. Functions include separating pedestrian and vehicle traffic, increasing safety of walkways, improving landscape designs, and complementing its architectural surroundings with its understated design. The revolutionary bollards are ideal for installations...

November 5, 2013

Hufcor® Summit® Vertical Lift Partition Earns Award
Hufcor is proud to be honored by Buildings magazine's Product Innovation Awards 2013 for the Summit® vertical lift partition. The Summit earned a MERIT award from the magazine's editors and industry judges in the "Walls & Partitions" category at this year's NEOCON exhibition. The new Summit automatic vertical retractable wall is one of Hufcor's newest electrically-controlled operable partitions. The patented Summit vertical lift system neatly and efficiently lifts individual Hufcor 640 Series operable panels up for storage above the ceiling. The panels operate...

October 30, 2013

Duradek Invites You to ABX 2013 – Free Admission
One of the largest events for the design and construction industry in the country, and the largest conference and trade show in New England, Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) is just around the corner! Taking place from November 19-21, 2013 at the Boston Convention and Expo Center – Hall C, ABX offers an abundance of educational opportunities that can allow you to earn AIA/CES Learning Units, some intriguing pavilions like the fascinating 3D Printing Pavilion and a variety of social opportunities to keep your trip well-rounded. But one of the most valuable resources...

October 17, 2013

Fox Blocks ICF Partners with Habitat for Humanity’s 30th annual Jimmy & Roslyn Carter Work Project located in Union Beach, N.J.
LAS VEGAS – Fox Blocks donated Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) to the Habitat For Humanity’s 30th Annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project which took place in Union Beach, N.J., on October 10-12. The volunteers and materials donated by Fox Blocks will help rebuild the home of Elmer Lamberson’s whose home was lost in Superstorm Sandy.  Superstorm Sandy leveled blocks of neighborhoods in the Borough of Union Beach, close to 270 homes were demolished. Nine months after the storm, Union Beach homes are finally starting to rebuild...

October 16, 2013

Synthetic Turf International Participates in Southern Living Showcase Home
If you were building the home of your dreams, shouldn’t the backyard be just as fantastic? That’s certainly what award-winning Dillard-Jones Builders LLC, thought in constructing the 2013 Southern Living Showcase Home at Currahee Club in Lake Hartwell, South Carolina. One of the points of distinction of the gorgeous 4,000-square-foot home overlooking Hole #17 on Currahee’s award-winning championship golf course is a beautiful synthetic turf putting green from Synthetic Turf International (STI). But don’t take our word for it. The showcase home at Currahee...

October 9, 2013

SolarWorld Solar Panels Will Power Carpet Tile Manufacturing Plant in Georgia Town
Shaw Industries Group Inc. increases use of alternative energy using American-made panels

CAMARILLO, Calif., – About 1 megawatt of solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. manufacturer of solar technology for more than 35 years, soon will go live atop a carpet-tile manufacturing plant of Shaw Industries Group Inc. (Shaw) in Cartersville, Ga., located about 45 miles northwest of Atlanta. The Cartersville solar power system, expected to be commissioned later this month, will contribute about 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of power into the Georgia Power utility grid, enough power to supply about 100 homes...

October 8, 2013

Growing Popularity of Indoor Sports Leads Customers to Synthetic Turf International
The world of sports continues to grow, and Synthetic Turf International has been there to support the enthusiasts outside and indoors for years. STI leads the industry with a superior range of outdoor and indoor products that are designed for the highest levels of performance and safety. These products are designed to replicate natural reactions of ball bounce and human activities. STI’s products range from non-infill options with a performance foam backing to field products that can be filled with combinations of sand
and crumb rubber to develop all of the specific...
October 8, 2013

MI Windows and Doors Improves Team Member Communication With Electronic Bulletin Boards
As the business continues to grow with the new ownership, MI Windows and Doors has put new energy and effort into updating their employee communication system. Electronic communication boards, dubbed Team Windows, are powered by the Marlin Co. software, and have been installed in all offices and manufacturing facilities to better inform employees of events, policies, safety tips, and changes to the organization. "The new electronic bulletin boards have been outstanding tools...

October 3, 2013

Under Cover: 3 Manufacturers Close the Loop by Recycling, Reusing Their Own Materials
LittleFootprint™ Lighting, Santa Cruz, Calif., a manufacturer of task lighting, produces the HeronLED personal task light from recycled e-waste, closing the loop on plastics from e-waste. "LittleFootprint Lighting was founded on a belief that we can make LED lighting more sustainable by using recycled plastic and steel to produce our made-in-USA desk lamps," said Nancy Wahl-Scheurich, CEO. The recycled plastic is sourced from MBA Polymers, which produces sustainably mined plastics, including plastics-rich electronic shredder residue to injection mold the lamp...

October 1, 2013

ROXUL® Announces Rebrand of OEM Business. Introducing CORE SOLUTIONS.
MILTON, ONTARIO – ROXUL Inc., the largest manufacturer of stone wool insulation products in North America is pleased to announce the renaming of the ROXUL OEM business unit to CORE SOLUTIONS. The CORE SOLUTIONS banner captures the greater Original Equipment and Manufacturing (OEM) opportunity and highlights the expertise of ROXUL in developing solutions in a factory-to-factory environment. In renaming to CORE SOLUTIONS, ROXUL also aligns itself with its parent company ROCKWOOL International in this important and rapidly growing segment...

September 27, 2013

MI Windows and Doors EnergyCore Series Windows Installed in Tucson VISION House
September 13th marked a milestone for MI Windows and Doors as their involvement in the VISION House® in Tucson, AZ came to its peak. After six months of work, the day finally came to install the EnergyCore series windows in the home. “This is a really exciting time for MI Windows and Doors,” stated Patrick Schutte, Director of Marketing for MIWD. “We know we have a great product, and to have it showcased in the VISION House is a great honor. We are so excited for the exposure of our windows and for the completion of the project." Heather Wallace...

September 20, 2013

SolarWorld Summit Convenes Authorized Installers Across U.S.: ‘Stronger Together’
HILLSBORO, Ore. – More than 250 people from every region of the United States and nearby islands are convened for an inaugural, two-day annual summit meeting of SolarWorld’s authorized installers, where they are reviewing the latest product, manufacturing and marketing advances in support of high-reliability solar solutions from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years. The summit meeting has brought together many representatives of the company’s large but still fast-growing core of authorized installers, which have more...

September 17, 2013

Hufcor Introduces Folding Wall Marker Boards at CEFPI
In another step to provide schools, universities and commercial building users with the most choices in folding wall options, Hufcor Inc. introduces a new dry erase marker board system. The new dry erase markerboards will be introduced at this week's Counsel of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) conference in Indianapolis. If you're attending the international conference, please visit booth #63 to see first hand how the new marker boards function. With the introduction of the new dry erase systems, Hufcor now offers more marker...

September 11, 2013

Landscape Forms introduces the Chipman collection: Elegant Outdoor Furniture for Terrace Life
KALAMAZOO, Michigan—The Chipman collection marks the most recent addition to Landscape Forms’ Terrace Life group of products. “Design professionals know Landscape Forms as a manufacturer of site furniture for streetscapes, parks and campuses,” explains company president Richard Heriford. “Now we are going to places we haven’t been before with furniture by award-winning architects and landscape architects designed specifically for terraces, rooftop gardens and other private and protected spaces. With Terrace Life we’re creating new modern...

September 4, 2013

Duradek Selected in Best 101 New Products
After 40 years, Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane gains recognition for the best new products in 2013 with two new stylish additions to their successful line of vinyl membranes. Professional Remodeler Readers Chose Duradek Ultra Forest Floor Ash as one of the 101 Best New Products for 2013 Duradek Ultra Forest Floor Ash brings such a notable style with this unique vinyl option that one almost forgets its
primary function is superior waterproof protection. Inspired by nature, the Forest Floor line of vinyl has a distinctive fossilized leaf pattern...

August 21, 2013

Goodwill Partnership Recycles More Than 400,000 Pounds from CertainTeed Gypsum Manufacturing Facility in Moundsville, W.Va.
(Tampa Fla.) – As part of a recycling partnership between CertainTeed's Moundsville, W.Va., gypsum manufacturing facility and Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries Inc. of Zanesville, Ohio, employees at the plant diverted more than 400,000 pounds of waste from landfills last year. While recycling began shortly after the plant opened in 2008, the relationship with Goodwill began in mid-2011. The partnership with Goodwill was the seed that has steadily grown as part of CertainTeed's broader commitment to continuously improving the...

August 20, 2013

Landscape Forms Debuts the Morrison Collection: Lifestyle Furniture for Terrace Life
KALAMAZOO, Michigan— Landscape Forms is pleased to introduce the Morrison Collection, outdoor furniture of refined classic modern design  from a master of the genre. Designed by award-winning architect Lionel Morrison, the collection is part of the Terrace Life group of products,  Landscape Forms’ lifestyle furniture for terraces, rooftop gardens and other private and protected spaces. Morrison, which includes an elegant  high table with stools and a sybaritic wide, low bench, is designed to complement the unique ambience and quality of social life...

August 16, 2013

2013 Healthiest Employers: Draper Inc.
Draper Inc. brings wellness on­­-site with amenities, fitness challenges

Draper Inc. is on the edge of Spiceland, a small town about 40 miles east of Indianapolis. Which is a nice way of saying that the company is located between two cornfields. That means Draper has to bring fitness to its employees. Almost everything Draper does in the name of employee wellness happens on-site, said Linda Brinson, safety and wellness director for the company, which makes window shades, gymnasium equipment, projection screens and lifts. When the 111-year-old company started it’s wellness program seven years ago...

August 15, 2013

CertainTeed Teams Up with Penn State University to Drive Training in Contemporary Solar Roofing Technologies
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation has partnered with Penn State University in the construction of a solar power training facility. The project is the second phase of the groundbreaking, new smart energy campus GridSTAR Center at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Functionally designed with input from CertainTeed, the building will showcase the manufacturer’s line of innovative solar roofing products and provide an outlet for training students and building professionals in contemporary solar roofing system installation...

August 13, 2013

CADdetails Has Partnered with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)
GRHC is pleased to announce a new agreement reached in June 2013 between CADDetails and GRHC that will promote green roof providers to the architects, landscapers, engineers and others that use the service. This agreement will further GRHC's efforts to promote green roofs to the broader design community, and will save money for GRHC Corporate Members interested in a CADetails subscription...

August 12, 2013

See How HGTV's "Decked Out" Covers Wood Support Posts with Deckorators Postcovers
Do you have plans to build a porch, pergola or elevated deck and want to dress up those pressure-treated support posts? As seen on HGTV Canada's "Decked Out", Deckorators cast stone postcovers are a perfect option. They are available in 42” and 53” heights, and can be stacked to create robust stone-look columns that run the entire height of the post. Deck featured in HGTV Canada's "Decked Out".  To stack, slide the postcovers over the post on top of one another and use an exterior-grade construction adhesive where they meet to solidify...
August 1, 2013

Hill-Rom Launches EasySpec™ Custom 3-Part Specifications Tool for Architectural Products
Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC), a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and services for the health care industry, has launched a powerful new online tool for architects. EasySpec™ allows architects and designers to "Build Their Own” custom 3-part specifications directly from Hill-Rom.com. EasySpec for Basis™ Headwall System, EasySpec for Elements® Headwall, and EasySpec for Latitude® Arm System were launched on August 1st and can be accessed by visiting Hill-Rom’s Architectural Products page: http://www.hill-rom.com/usa/Products/Category/Architectural-Products/
July 24, 2013

American Hydrotech Hires Rob Erklin and Rick Kile as Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinators
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products, today announced the addition of two new Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinators to the company’s Garden Roof Department – Robert Erklin for the Eastern Region and Rick Kile for the Western Region. "We are proud to have these two industry veterans join the American Hydrotech Garden Roof Department team,” said Richard Hayden, Garden Roof Department Manager at American Hydrotech, Inc....

July 17, 2013

Parallel 42™ Seating New To Market
Kalamazoo, Michigan— Landscape Forms is pleased to introduce Parallel 42™, available to markets worldwide. Parallel 42™ is a modular wood bench system created from reclaimed wood and metal. Lengths of hardwood in parallel lines wrap steel supports to create elegantly simple building blocks for activating social space. Three pieces—a left hand, right hand, and wedge—are modules that can be used singly or in any combination to create borders, resting places or enclaves. Designed by Landscape Forms designer Brian Revoir, Parallel 42™...

July 16, 2013

Eco-Roofs Donates Green Roof Eco Trays to Solar Decathlon Entry
Eco-Roofs has donated 300 of their green roof Eco Trays to West Virginia University. They will be used to create the green roof as part of WVU’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon. WVU is one of 20 teams from around the world that have entered a home in this biennial event. It challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-efficient, energy-efficient and attractive. Eco-Roofs’ sales manager Homer Trecartin, Jr., says, “The goals of the Solar Decathlon and Eco-Roofs are...

July 3, 2013

Nation’s Largest Solar Garden Roof
Green Roof Technology is proud to announce their partnership with BHC Architects to design the largest Solar Garden Roof in North America. The Solar Garden Roof will rest atop the new, soon-to-be build Exelon headquarters in Baltimore, MD.  Exelon’s office tower will be the tallest building in the upcoming Harbor Point multi-use business park, scheduled for completion in Fall 2014. The Exelon headquarters rooftop will house a 40,000 sf green roof and an estimated 400 Sun-Root™ Modules, which will generate approximately 120,000 kWh’s a year...

July 7, 2013

Earn AIA credits over lunch! Join Dr. Darlington in Ottawa on Tuesday July 16 for his course "Indoor Air Biofilters Deliver Clean Air Naturally"
Please join Nedlaw Group for an interesting presentation on Living Walls presented by Dr. Alan Darlington. Nedlaw Living Walls is widely know in the industry and developed the living wall at the University of Ottawa – Faculty of Social Sciences Building. Get your continuing education credits while you eat. The Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council is a non-profit corporation that fosters the design...

June 28, 2013

Coastal Living Magazine’s 2013 Showhouse Opens Today Featuring AZEK® Deck and AZEK® Porch
Scranton, PA – AZEK Building Products, a leading manufacturer of premium, exterior building products, announces that AZEK Deck and AZEK Porch products are featured on Coastal Living Magazine’s Showhouse on Daniel Island near Charleston, SC, opening today for tours. The Showhouse designers chose AZEK Deck and Porch planks in Slate Gray to complement the home’s exterior. AZEK Deck, available in 14 different color options, offers low maintenance with long-lasting durability and beauty. AZEK Porch, available in five color options...

June 19, 2013

Reliance Foundry Launches Elegant But Economical New Plastic Bollard
Reliance Foundry has launched a plastic bollard cover that combines the aesthetics of traditional iron bollards with the weather-resistance and cost-effectiveness of thermoplastic. The all new model R-7176 plastic post cover is composed of highly-durable polyethylene and features a fluted shaft. It will transform unattractive security posts into architectural highlights while providing an unsurpassed level of elemental protection. This cost sensitive, new, plastic bollard cover is the perfect combination of classic ornamentation and...

June 12, 2013

Kolbe expands Architect Library and online resources with multiple websites and social media channels
Wausau, Wis. – Kolbe's online resources now include multiple audience-specific websites, social media channels, demonstration videos and expanded on-demand content within the Architect Library. Kolbe's main website, www.kolbe-kolbe.com, continues to address the architectural community and other building professionals. Helping simplify the research and specifying process, the Architect Library contains a database of products' sizes, architectural drawings, 3-D Revit® building information models (BIM) and specifications, energy...

June 12, 2013

Wausau Tile Celebrating 60 years in business 1953 - 2013
Wausau Tile, established in 1953, is celebrating 60 years in business. Ed Creske, founder of Wausau Tile, once said, “There are four key elements to any type of business; quality, service, common sense and loyal employees”.  A true success story; from a terrazzo contractor’s hard work and dreams evolved a thriving business, occupying 450,000 square feet and employing over 340 people.  Today with his son Bill and the entire Creske family, Wausau Tile has risen to the forefront of manufacturing in the concrete and terrazzo industry, shipping...

June 11, 2013

Outdoor Living Trends for 2013 Reveal Duradek as a Top Decking Solution
Spring home improvement puts outdoor living space on the top of many homeowners’ lists. Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine identifies the top Trends in Patios, Porches and Decks this May to assist you in choosing what upgrades will bring you the most satisfaction from your outdoor living space. Duradek has been in the decking industry for nearly 40 years, and many of the same benefits Duradek vinyl has brought to homeowners through the decades are the same solutions that can make outdoor living a great experience today. Top Trends...

June 11, 2013

Hufcor Wins Award for Operable Partition Retrofit
Last night, Hufcor Minnesota was awarded the prestigious Rebecca L. Foss Environmental Sensitivity Award by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI). The award honors an individual, team or firm who has designed a project that incorporates environmentally sensitive products and promotes waste recycling; or a contractor that voluntarily incorporates waste recycling and other innovative environmental aspects into its construction project. This year's award was given to the Hufcor Minnesota team for...

June 4, 2013

Kolbe's Ultra Series folding windows displayed at AIA 2013, ideal for restaurants, retailers and residences
Wausau, Wis. – Kolbe's Ultra Series folding windows allow architects to design open spaces that take advantage of expansive views, fresh air and natural light. Adored by restaurant owners, retailer owners and homeowners who enjoy entertaining, Kolbe's folding windows will be on display at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention & Design Exposition in booth #334. Kolbe's Ultra Series folding window unit on display at AIA 2013 spans more than 8 feet wide and 3 feet high (99-3/32- by 37-5/16-inches). Each of the four panels...

June 3, 2013

Kohler Headquarters is LEED Gold using Hufcor Glasswall
Congratulations to the new Kohler Global Communications center in Kohler, Wisconsin that was awarded a LEED-NC Gold rating. Hufcor and their distributor, JWC Building Specialties are proud to have been a part of this building, supplying a Hufcor GL1 frameless movable glass wall. The project was featured in the May 2013 issue of Architectural Products. The article outlines all of the design features and products used to achieve the rating. Click here to read the article. Kudos to the Gensler Chicago office design team and the Kohler project...

May 28, 2013

RELIANCE FOUNDRY LAUNCHES TWO NEWLY-DESIGNED BIKE LOCKERS
Stylish, new bike lockers provide cyclists with “peace of mind” storage

Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd., North America’s premier supplier of bollards, custom castings and bike racks, announced the next step in the development of its most secure bike storage line today with the launch of the model R-8281and R-8182 bike lockers. Both models are created from top-quality materials and provide the highest standard in bicycle security but each model was designed with a distinct design aesthetic in mind. Delivering “peace of mind bicycle storage, ”the model R-8181 bike parking locker boasts an avant-garde style while the model...

May 28, 2013

Lunasol LED Solar Bollards Now Offered by Fibrex Group
Fibrex Group announces the new Lunasol Solar powered LED bollards which are an ideal choice for low level architectural, commercial way finding, and landscaping lighting applications. Visual appeal combined with high quality construction and unequaled solar power performance make the Lunasol Solar LED Bollards an excellent fit where quality low level lighting is required. Our new Lunasol M1, P2 asymmetrical, and T3 architectural post models will add to the beauty of your property while providing...

May 15, 2013

Duradek Makes a Cool Shade the Hot New Color
Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane once again brings contemporary style to waterproof security for your outdoor living space!
Following the popularity of the existing Ultra Cork line in Duradek’s wide selection of 60 mil vinyl colors and patterns, a fourth color is now being introduced in this versatile and stylish designer pattern. Duradek’s intent is to provide tasteful outdoor living space that can compliment a variety of exterior color schemes with naturally inspired colors and textures while still benefiting from guaranteed waterproof protection...

May 15, 2013

SIGN UP for NAHB’s Webinar on “Noise Control: Reduce Tenant Complaints in Your Multifamily Project”
James R. Keene, Owner of Keene Building Products, an entangled net manufacturer of 3-dimensional filament products for the building envelope and noise control markets. This webinar counts as one hour of continuing education credit for NAHB professional designations.

May 14, 2013

KONE to deliver escalators and elevators to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands
KONE has won two European tenders to deliver 43 eco-efficient elevators and 50 escalators and autowalks for the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands. The equipment order is part of the airport's project to enable centralized security procedures in its non-Schengen area to replace security at the gates in the future. The order includes 43 KONE MonoSpace® elevators, 28 TravelMaster® 110 escalators, 13 TransitMaster® 120 escalators, one TransitMaster® 140 escalator, and eight TransitMaster® 185 autowalks. Thirty-two of the escalators...

May 13, 2013

Fox Blocks and Habitat for Humanity – Partners in Sustainability
Eco-Village in River Falls Wisconsin Uses ICF in Eighteen LEED® Platinum Homes

LAS VEGAS, NV. – When Dr. Jim Farr, the Executive Director of St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity (SCVHFH) in River Falls, WI and the Board of Directors decided to embark on the development of an innovative, sustainable community and wanted to secure a LEED for Homes Platinum certification, he knew he needed construction products that would enable him to achieve his goals. Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) was one of the construction product partners that proved to have both the experience and commitment to sustainability...

May 1, 2013

Highwood USA Furniture Announces New Benefits Program For Garden Centers
Program helps garden centers enhance outdoor furniture display areas with low-risk, discounted merchandise samples.

Highwood USA, a manufacturer of outdoor furniture and accessories made from high-quality synthetic wood, offers a new dealer benefits program for garden centers. The program includes an initial special floor sample offer, allowing retailers to purchase highly discounted Highwood USA products for merchandising displays with free point-of-purchase materials and no shipping fees. Some of the products in the dealer program include Highwood USA’s Pocono Deep Seating Collection and new deck storage boxes...

May 1, 2013

Freenotes Harmony Park selected as a 2013 "Colorado Company To Watch"
Colorado Companies to Watch, presented by CapitalValue Advisors, energizes the state of Colorado by recognizing second-stage companies that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the state. Second-stage companies fuel the economic fire of Colorado by accounting for much of the economic growth and economic independence of individuals throughout the state...

April 5, 2013

Aqua Control is pleased to Announce New Sales Manager
Aqua Control is very pleased to introduce their new Sales Manager, Curtis (CJ) Nilson. CJ has extensive sales experience in a variety of industries. He will be responsible for all North American sales on a full time basis and will travel extensively. He is joining ACI just they are about to come to market with some very exciting new products; the totally redesigned Select Series 2 and their revolutionary new canned motor (patents pending on each). The Select Series 2 has been reengineered for increased durability and functional improvements...

April 4, 2013

Acoustical Harmony new sculpted wallcoverings from Hufcor®
Hufcor is very excited about a new wallcovering finish choice - Acoustical Harmony. Hufcor Acoustical Harmony is a unique line of sculpted carpets fabricated 100% from recycled plastic bottles. Acoustical Harmony is offered in a handful of patterns and selected color choices and offers an alternative to standard "ribbed" carpets available for decades. Acoustical Harmony is the only non-woven wallcovering product made in the USA from 100% post-consumer recycled pastic bottles. The technology uses 15 pastic bottles to create 1 yard of acoustical wall...

April 3, 2013

Autodesk 2014 Design and Creation Suites Give Flexibility to Innovate More
The new Autodesk, Inc. Design and Creation Suites offer unprecedented access to the Autodesk 2014 software portfolio spanning the desktop and cloud and allow building, product, plant, and factory design; engineering, construction and infrastructure; and entertainment creation professionals to innovate more. For the first time, the 2014 Design and Creation Suites include new reality capture software and services that more easily incorporate both laser scans and digital photographs of the physical world into the 3D design and engineering...

April 2, 2013

Dow Building Solutions and Designing Spaces† Partner to Assist With a Rebuilding Together Project for an Underprivileged Family in Florida
As showcased on an upcoming three-part Designing Spaces† special “Spaces of Hope – Rebuilding Together” airing on Lifetime Television on April 4th, Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a market-facing business unit of The Dow Chemical company, joined forces with Designing Spaces† to help transform the home of a family of five in Florida. DBS provided both GREAT STUFF™ Insulating Foam Sealant and building expertise to help achieve high-performing air sealing that will help the family to save on energy bills, increase comfort levels throughout...

March 22, 2013

Kolbe's president Mike Salsieder elected as national chair of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association
Wausau, Wis. – Mike Salsieder, president and general counsel of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Company, Inc., was elected by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) Board of Directors to serve a the national association's 2013-14 chair. WDMA's mission is to define the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door and skylight industry and advance these standards among industry members, while providing resources, education and professional programs designed to advance industry businesses and provide greater...

March 13, 2013

Duradek Brings Style to Waterproof Security
A Roofing Approved, Walkable waterproof Membrane and so much more! Duradek is a Complete Waterproofing System. With all components for successful installation researched and proven to be compatible with Duradek vinyl membranes. Quickly becoming the colors of the season, Duradek Ultra Cork has a blend of rich, deep colors to emulate a natural looking cork pattern for a look that suggests subtle, comfortable luxury...

March 11, 2013

CAST Lighting offering In-Depth Perimeter Lighting Webinar
March 20th & 21st: Register for an in-depth webinar on Perimeter Lighting using the award-winning CAST LED Perimeter Lighting System. Learn the essentials of perimeter security lighting - how to achieve up to 90% savings in material, labor, and energy; and how to add this service to your existing business. Click here to register.
March 08, 2013

PlayPower Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer
PlayPower, Inc. announced that Lynne Vandeveer has joined PlayPower as Chief Marketing Officer effective February 19, 2013. Vandeveer will report to Joseph Copeland, PlayPower’s Chief Executive Officer. As Chief Marketing Officer, Vandeveer will be responsible for leading PlayPower’s branding strategy, marketing, innovation and product development teams on a global basis. Vandeveer joins PlayPower with over 17 years experience in key sales, marketing and innovation roles in leading global companies. Since 2011, she has served as Senior...
February 25, 2013

LEO Light Wins Award in Next Generation Lighting Competition
Kalamazoo, MI - Landscape Forms is proud to announce that LEO, the company’s most efficient LED light, has won a 2012 Next Generation Lighting (NGL) Design Competition award. LEO won a “Recognized” award in the streetscape lighting category. It was one of just 37 lighting products out of 176 submissions to pick up an award at the annual Strategies in Light Conference, held in February in Santa Clara, CA. The LEO luminaire was designed by John Rizzi and engineered by Landscape Forms lighting engineers. The NGL solid-state lighting competition was...
February 13, 2013

LANDSCAPE FORMS INTRODUCES THE RAMA LIGHT
Designed by Barcelona based Santa & Cole

Kalamazoo, MI - Landscape Forms is pleased to announce the introduction of Rama, a striking and versatile pedestrian light from Barcelona based global partner, Santa & Cole. Rama is a “tree of light.” Architectural in form and minimalist in expression, Rama features “branches” stemming from a trunk that support multiple luminaires on a single pole. Designed by Gonzalo Mila, this distinguished element in the Santa & Cole Urban Elements collection is recipient of an ADI-FAD Silver Delta Award from Spain’s Association of Industrial Design. Rama...
February 13, 2013

Fox Blocks Recognized at 2013 ICF Builder Awards
Projects from Five States Receive Award

LAS VEGAS, NV. – Projects from five states using the Fox Blocks ICF  system were recognized at the ICF Builder Awards, recently held at World of Concrete in Las Vegas,  NV. Within seven total categories, five Fox Blocks projects received awards. The annual awards  competition showcases the most innovative projects from ICF companies around the globe and  received fifty entries from the best in the industry. The award winners exemplify the energy efficiency, creative architecture, and speed of installation that can be achieved with ICF construction...
February 13, 2013

Register today to take full advantage of the NEW Tensar website.
Tensar is proud to announce the launch of the new Tensar website. Here you'll find easy-to-navigate access to new geogrid products and systems, project case studies, industry white papers, product literature and more. Search by application, system or market sector to learn how Tensar's wide range of geogrid products, systems and applications can benefit your next project. In order to take advantage of SP4 PRO, Dimension Solution and other valuable Tensar software, you'll first need to register...
February 4, 2013

KONE to modernize escalators and moving walkways at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
KONE has been awarded the contract to modernize 29 escalators and moving sidewalks at the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The project features 15 KONE EcoMod® escalators ranging in rise from 13 to 46 feet and 14 moving sidewalks ranging in length from 167 to 307 feet. KONE's relationship with the airport spans over 30 years, serving as the airport's maintenance provider since its construction in 1979. This is the airport's fourth project utilizing KONE's EcoMod solution, a unique modernization approach that...
February 1, 2013

KONE Centre Rated No. 1 in Illinois Green-Certified Buildings
The KONE Centre in Moline, Ill., was named the highest-rated LEED-certified building in Illinois by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), announced this week. The building received LEED Platinum certification under the Core & Shell (CS) rating system after it opened in August 2012. In addition, KONE Centre received LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification for its interior office design. The KONE Centre received the highest rating among the 156 LEED projects certified in the state last year. The centre is a mixed-use development that houses KONE operations and...
February 1, 2013

Earn LEED credits with Vortex Aquatic Play Solutions
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide a set of standards and guidelines for energy efficient and environmentally sustainable design. The LEED rating system examines environmental and sustainability issues around the planning, energy and water management, materials use, indoor air quality and innovative designs. Possible LEED credit points for Vortex Aquatic Playgrounds...
January 31, 2013

Xtra-Light® by EeStairs
When we say custom, you think expensive. Well at EeStairs, this is not always the case. For example, take note of our XtraLight staircase by Eestairs. This stair system is a simplistic yet custom staircase in several aspects. The XtraLight staircase by EeStairs is a straightforward design, with several options and advantages. The first option is choice of balustrade. Either glass (TransParancy 1-03) or horizontal rods (FlatRhythm 2-01) can be used depending on the appearance desired. Additionally, the stringer supporting the treads can be single and central...
January 22, 2013

Acoustiblok Exhibiting at Booth No. 1049 at International Builders Show in Las Vegas Today
LAS VEGAS, Nev., – Tampa based Acoustiblok Corporation is exhibiting the company’s line of certified and lab tested acoustical soundproofing products for single and multi-family residential applications this week at Booth number 1049 at the 2013 NAHB International Builders Show being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 22 – 24, 2013. top by Booth 1049 (highlighted in pink on floor plan) in North Hall to speak to a knowledgeable Acoustiblok sales representative. Be sure experience Acoustiblok’s sound reducing capabilities with the "top hat" demo...
January 21, 2013

TWIG Bench Named Product-of-the-Year by Architectural Record Magazine
The TWIG Bench by Tournesol Siteworks was selected by a jury of architects, interior designers and product specialists as one of Architectural Record's "Products of the Year" for 2012. Not only that, it was named the "top pick" (of five other products) in the furnishings group. This is an extremely prestigious list. The TWIG has developed into a best-selling bench in Australia and throughout Europe. Now that Tournesol has brought it to the US, there's no reason to think it isn't going to do just as well here. Obviously, the Architectural Record jury agrees!
January 18, 2013

What does sustainability mean for the aquatic play industry?
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and environmental requirements of present and future generations...
January 18, 2013

Synthetic Turf International Expands Into Canada
With our network of more than 70 dealers, Synthetic Turf International (STI) has provided high quality synthetic turf for thousands of landscape, golf, pet turf, playgrounds and indoor sports facilities throughout North America. Now we’re significantly growing northward by forming an alliance with Synthetic Turf International of Canada (STIC) to aggressively expand into Canada. Strong market demand prompted this move. With the growing usage and acceptance of synthetic turf in local landscape and golf sectors, Canadians have been asking for better access to our...
January 16, 2013

SofSURFACES replaces wood chip surfacing with SofTILE playground surfacing
Two-foot square safety playground surfacing tiles (SofTile by SofSurfaces) replaced the wood chip surfacing on the Fort Cougar playground at the Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia. The ‘multigrain’ and ‘spring-meadow’ colored playground surfacing tiles are set in a grid over a concrete slab. SofSurfaces replaces the wood chip surfacing on Fort Cougar playground at the Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia with their trademarked playground safety surface, SofTILE. The new safety surfacing for the playground (24-inch square SofTILE safety tiles from...
January 16, 2013

Acoustifence Quiets Noise from Florida Water Treatment Facility
TAMPA, FL, – An Acoustifence barrier recently installed near a noisy exposed aerator motor at the Hillsborough County Northwest Regional Facility resulted in an immediate and significant reduction in noise pollution for neighboring residents. The facility is part of a 1,500-acre multi-use tract owned by Hillsborough County. It is a Type 1 advanced wastewater treatment facility built to process five million gallons of wastewater per day. The facility is located on a 67-acre parcel of land 10890 South Mobley Road in Hillsborough County Florida. A residential community called...
January 16, 2013

SofSURFACES: Kate’s Kause Playground Safety Surface
Kate’s Kause is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to community projects and awareness related to a rare, neurological disorder called the Angelman Syndrome (AS). The organization was inspired by founder, Kelly Meissner’s young daughter Kate, who was diagnosed with AS as an infant. Raising a child with AS, Kelly understands the importance for children to interact with other children in play-grounds as part of their development and socialization. However, she also recognizes that not all community playgrounds are necessarily safe...
January 9, 2013

MI Windows and Doors Launches New Window Series: The HomeMaker3
MI Windows and Doors announces the launch of a new energy efficient window line, the HomeMaker3 Series. Available in the Western Region, HomeMaker3 windows are designed to meet the new stringent energy requirements for the proposed ENERGY STAR Version 6 and are manufactured in a state-of-the-art production facility in Prescott Valley, AZ. The HomeMaker3 Series is a complete line of traditionally styled windows designed for optimal energy efficiency and high performance. HomeMaker3 Series windows come standard with ¾” dual pane...
January 1, 2013

InPro repeats as Green Master
Second annual award highlights sustainable leadership

MILWAUKEE – InPro Corporation has again been recognized as a Green Master, the highest level in the Green Masters program. The 2012 honor came at the recent Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference held in Madison, Wis. bLaunched in 2011 by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, the Green Masters program defines a range of sustainable actions that companies can take in the areas of: waste management, energy efficiency, water use, transportation, natural resources, purchasing, education, outreach and social equity...
December 12, 2012

Impact Recovery Systems: Traffic Safety Products for Traffic Roundabouts
Statistically, traffic roundabouts are a very effective way to alleviate traffic congestion and minimize crashes. However, because roundabouts are still relatively uncommon in the United States, some drivers still have difficultly navigating them. Studies indicate that traffic roundabouts reduce crashes by 40% and reduce injury-causing crashes by 80%. However, crashes still exist on these parts of the road. Luckily, there are traffic safety products that can help with these crashes. A recent study of crashes in Maryland traffic roundabouts indicated that four types...
December 11, 2012

Stoneyard.com: Choosing the Perfect Stone for your Fireplace
So you have decided to take the leap and FINALLY cover that old brick fireplace or include a natural stone fireplace in your new home. The amount of different choices available to you, and questions that go along with it, may feel overwhelming. Here are a few things to consider, some tips from Tim Carter (a licensed contractor), and some great fireplace examples to give you inspiration! Rustic, Colonial, Contemporary, Modern or Old World, Tuscan or Log Cabin, these are just a few of the different designs that you may choose for your home or space...
December 6, 2012

Holiday "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to feature Pella® products
Dec. 10 episode marks 29th Pella Windows and Doors donation

PELLA, Iowa — On Monday, Dec. 10, a special Christmas episode of ABC television network’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (EMHE) includes energy-efficient products Pella Windows and Doors donated for the project. The two-hour holiday episode will air at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on ABC-TV. The makeover of a home in Lincolnton, N.C. (near Charlotte) marks the 29th appearance of Pella products on EMHE, which builds new homes for deserving families. The Charlotte home features 32 Pella wood windows with low-maintenance EnduraClad® ...
December 3, 2012

For the City of Davis - Bicycling means Business
The City of Davis (Dave “DK” Kemp, Active Transportation Coordinator for the City of Davis) has teamed up with Davis Downtown (Stewart Savage, Executive Director), and Park a Bike to experiment with a new, innovative technology of bicycle parking. The League of American Bicyclists is visiting Davis next week in order to present to Davis the newly, designed “Diamond Level” challenge, the latest in Bicycle Friendly Community designations. Park-a-Bike and the City of Davis hope to offer staff from the League of American Bicyclists a glimpse into the latest...
December 3, 2012

Duradek Offers Discount on Deck Rebuilds After Sandy
While we at Duradek cannot begin to fully appreciate the destruction that eastern U.S. residents faced with Hurricane Sandy and the amount of work required to clean up the damage left behind, we certainly would like to assist in the rebuilding process and help those who dealt with property losses get back to their quality of life. Being in the decking business, we know that communities from coast-to-coast take great pride in their natural environments and outdoor living space. Sandy packed a far-reaching punch and hundreds of residents certainly lost their decks...
December 2, 2012

Eskom to use Bergvik Iso Floor as a standard for Power Transmission Substations in South Africa
Since 2009, Eskom has been using the Bergvik Iso Floor raised floor system for their Power Substations in South Africa. They have found the Bergvik floor system to be highly modular and with a self-supporting and solid steel substructure that meets their static and dynamic loading requirements. The short lead-times, together with the high level of service Bergvik provides, have convinced myself and Eskom that we have the right raised floor partner. Therefore, we can highly recommend Bergvik,' says Dawie Naude, Architect, Substation civil engineering at ESKOM...
November 23, 2012

Bergvik Flooring opens Show Room in London
We are proud today to present the opening of our new Show Room in Central London, UK. The new Show room is a vital component of our intensified effort to bring our dynamic Raised Access Floors to the UK market.  With a large financial and industrial sector the UK is a key market for Bergvik Flooring. On the UK market there is a need for strong, stable and durable Raised Access Floors and we have just that in our portfolio. With a totally unique approach to the Raised Access Floor construction we are bringing a much needed quality product to the UK market...
November 14, 2012

Brand-new Detroit playground equipment honors boy's efforts
A 10-year-old boy’s quest to improve the play space in his Detroit neighborhood has resulted in spanking new playground equipment. The new playground equipment at Zussman Park, 3800 Waverly St. on Detroit’s west side, will be unveiled at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday. The family-owned Playworld Systems donated nearly $50,000 worth of its Activo Kino equipment to the city of Detroit in honor of Joshua Smith. Joshua heard a radio report about the city’s financial crisis and jumped into action to help the city in hopes that doing so would improve the...
November 13, 2012

EllisDon celebrates LEED achievements
EllisDon has celebrated six Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in recent months. “Sustainability has migrated from being a competitive advantage to becoming a market expectation,” said Andres Bernal, managing director of Sustainable Building Services at EllisDon.“As the industry progresses in terms of green construction, expectations are higher, more complex and even becoming part of contractual obligations.” The projects contained a few firsts for EllisDon, including the first LEED Platinum project for the company in Eastern...
November 9, 2012

MIWD Representative Supports Window Installation at UMC Parsonage
 
On November, 3, 2012, MI Windows and Doors' independent representative, Brad Holtz, from Authorized Independent Sales Firm Flyover Premier Sales, supported the installation of 20 new windows and a new front door in the parsonage of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Rising City, NE. As with any task, the work of a church is easier when people work together. This was exemplified when people came from the sister United Methodist Church in Brainard, NE, to assist in the installation. The members of both churches installed the windows in the house while Brad...
November 6, 2012

Duradek and Mother Nature Team Up in Decking with Duradek Ultra Forest Floor ASH
Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane has done it again! Following the successful addition of the Forest Floor line to Duradek’s extensive collection of 60 mil vinyl colors and patterns, a third color is now being introduced in this innovative and popular pattern. An instant favorite with designers and home owners alike, Forest Floor resonates with the desire for naturally inspired colors and textures, and the ability to provide stylish outdoor living space while still having guaranteed waterproof protection...
November 5, 2012

Acoustiblok Donates Noise Abatement Material to Children’s Home
TAMPA, Florida – Tampa-based Acoustiblok, Inc. has donated its noise reducing Acoustiblok Wallcover® material to the Bellewood Home for Children in Anchorage Kentucky, to block noise from the campus’s multi-machine laundry room from passing through a common wall and into the facility’s therapy room. Installation of the Acoustiblok Wallcover effectively reduced noise in the therapy room by 10 decibels, which translates to a perceived volume reduction of 50 percent. The donated Acoustiblok Wallcover was installed last week as part of a large-scale project...
October 26, 2012

Jerith® Acquires DELGARD® Premier Aluminum Fencing Company
Philadelphia, PA – Jerith Manufacturing Company, Inc., the oldest and largest producer of aluminum ornamental fences, acquired Delgard Premier Aluminum Fencing from Delair LLC on October 26, 2012. “Delgard offers Jerith several designs that we do not currently offer, along with a network of dealers that are used to selling high quality aluminum fence products,” said Bruce Schwartz, President of Jerith. “The Aero and the American Series lines will expand our product offerings by adding new designs that are unique in the fence industry. We couldn’t be happier...
October 22, 2012

greenscreen® releases a new white paper titled “Considerations for Advanced Green Facade Design”
greenscreen® announces the release of a white paper titled, “Considerations for Advanced Green Facade Design,” utilizing over 18 years of collected knowledge, observation, implementation, and experimentation to describe successful strategies that include system selection, design, plant selection, maintenance and client/owner education. Also included are sections describing current research, designing for benefits and a bibliography with references.The white paper addresses best maintenance practices for long term survivability of the living system, access to...
October 22, 2012

Highwood® Privacy Fence–Coming Soon!
After the successful recent installation of a 12 foot high highwood® privacy fence/sound barrier along a busy freeway in northern Virginia, we are now on the brink of launching our ½" x 6" embossed board that fence contractors can use on a pressure treated wooden post/rail frame. This simple, single profile will offer exceptional value and a virtually maintenance free fence. Early testing has proven to be extremely successful and our fence partners are helping us iron out the details of this program in time for the 2013 season...
October 17, 2012

AirField Systems "AirDrain" Delivers Another Unique Drainage Solution for Synthetic Turf that can be Installed, Removed and Installed Again, with the Changing of Seasons
The MB Financial Park at Rosemont needed a one of a kind solution for its multipurpose courtyard located in the center of the entertainment district at the Village of Rosemont. AirField Systems "AirDrain" provided a drainage layer of 92% air which allowed their ice skating rink to be utilized as a seasonal synthetic turf courtyard during the spring, summer and fall. MB Financial Park at Rosemont which opened in 2012 is a new development that features lively bars and restaurants with live music, casual dining, bowling, and outdoor patios. A seasonal courtyard in...
October 5, 2012

Woodstock General Hospital Receives LEED Silver Accreditation
Woodstock General Hospital has been notified by CaGBC that it has achieved LEED Silver certification. Sustainability is important for the hospital, the community, and the planet as a whole. The hospital made a commitment early in the project to pursue LEED certification. This required the designers, the constructors and the hospital to work diligently to incorporate sustainable features and processes into the project.We are proud to have achieved silver certification. Under the Project Agreement, the constructor, EllisDon was obligated to receive LEED ...
October 4, 2012

2012 ICON Shelter Giveaway
In order to register for the 2012 ICON Shelter Giveaway, please fill in the required blanks below, and enter "Shelter Giveaway" in the Suggestion/Comment/Inquiry box. We will enter two cards for you into the drawing, which will be held the last day of the NRPA Expo in Anaheim. You need not be present to win. Winning entry is responsible for shipping, which will be FOB Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California...
October 2, 2012

Reliance Foundry Launches Cutting-Edge, Solar-Powered Lighting Bollard
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd., North America’s premier supplier of bollards, custom castings and bike racks, announced today that it is increasing the functional reach of its bollard product line with the introduction of Solar-Powered Lighting Bollards. Used to guide pedestrian traffic and to highlight landscapes, lighting bollards provide illumination that increases safety and heightens a site’s aesthetic appeal. In order to provide this illumination, Reliance Foundry has matched the trusted design integrity of its bollards with the innovative design of First Light Technologies...
September 28, 2012

Pine Hall Brick is a Recipient of a STARS Award
The North Carolina Home Builders Association presented 55 prestigious STARS awards at the annual STARS Awards Gala on September 26 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel. The STARS Awards program honors the achievements of home building industry professionals from North Carolina and surrounding states...
September 25, 2012

SolarWorld Einstein Awards go to founders of Water Missions International and SMA
FRANKFURT, Germany, – The parent company of SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, today honored founders of U.S.-based Christian nonprofit Water Missions International and the largest solar inverter manufacturer, Germany-based SMA, in the company’s annual Einstein Awards ceremony here.At an event attended by solar researchers and solar-industry leaders, SolarWorld saluted Water Missions founders Molly and George Greene III of Charleston, S.C., for their organization’s use of solar power to operate water pumps...
September 25, 2012

New Partnership and Grant Capitalizes on Parks as Community Hubs
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Rain CII Carbon LLC (Rain CII) a leading industrial carbon company, have partnered to support park improvement projects in nine communities across the country. As part of its Resourceful Giving program, Rain CII provided a $100,000 grant to NRPA that will be distributed to nine park and recreation agencies in close proximity to Rain CII plants and employees...
September 24, 2012

LANDSCAPE FORMS CONTINUES GLOBAL GROWTH IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Landscape Forms, the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting announces the formation of a strategic alliance with Bailey Streetscene, LTD, a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of high quality street furnishings and amenities in the United Kingdom. This alliance serves to leverage Bailey Streetscene’s sales force and industry expertise to offer Landscape Forms expansive product line with localized service to architects, interior designers and landscape architects...
September 24, 2012

Vista System Launches FLAT Table-Top Display Solution, Via Her Newly Acquired Daughter Company GreenSquare
Recognizing the need for a flat signage solution to complement its well known curve; Vista System International had announced, at the beginning of 2012, the addition of GreenSquare to the Vista Family of signage solutions...
September 21, 2012

SolarWorld provides solar panels for POW-MIA kiosk at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

HILLSBORO, Ore., – SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, announced today that it has donated high-performance solar panels to power a new kiosk and display – located at the popular Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – in support of U.S. military prisoners of war and missing in action (POW-MIA). SolarWorld donated the solar panels to Rolling Thunder-Washington D.C. Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the memory of such U.S. military personnel from the Vietnam War. The installation was dedicated today...
September 20, 2012

ASLA to hold first ever tweetup during 2012 Annual Meeting and EXPO
Follow @landarchitects @ValleyCrest to participate in the #ASLA2012 tweetup
Washington, D.C., – ASLA and ValleyCrest will be hosting a tweetup during the 2012 Annual Meeting and EXPO. The event will be by the tweet board in the ASLA Commons area of the EXPO at the Phoenix Convention Center, Sunday, Sept. 30, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. A tweetup is simply a meet-up for Twitter, where attendees come together to talk about social media and meet others who tweet about similar topics...
September 13, 2012

ASLA Launches the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is pleased to announce the launch of The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. This online, mobile-friendly guide will help visitors and locals discover more than 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. Expert commentary and more than 800 photos are provided by 20 landscape architects...
September 12, 2012

AGA to exhibit at 10th annual CitiesAlive green roof and green wall conference
On October 17 & 18, Advanced Green Architecture will be exhibiting at CitiesAlive, North America’s only conference dedicated exclusively to green roofs and green walls. For the event’s 10th Anniversary, CitiesAlive returns to Chicago – America’s #1 green roof city – for programming that features cutting edge about green roofs and wall design, research and policy, and inspiring ‘on the roof with’ panels featuring the top practitioners in green infrastructure today. There are professional development training courses, guided green roof tours, fantastic...
September 11, 2012

CONSTRUCT 2012 Includes Building Science Related Sessions
CONSTRUCT 2012 and The Annual Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Convention, held this year in Phoenix, Ariz., September 11-14, offer a number of educational sessions focused on building science. National Institute of Building Sciences staff will teach three of them, including...

September 10, 2012

Avoiding Leaky Exterior Tile Decks – With Duradek Ultra Tiledek –
We have recently posted the first 2 parts of a 4 part series on “How to Avoid Leaky Exterior Tile Decks”….What you need to know…
July 30, 2012

Duradek Ultra is the Most Tested Waterproof Vinyl on the Market
Duradek, the leader in vinyl deck waterproofing since 1974, has the most tested vinyl membrane in the North American building industry with Duradek Ultra waterproof vinyl. Duradek Ultra meets or exceeds the performance requirements for North American Building Codes...
July 26, 2012

Autodesk Professional Design App Delivers New Social Capabilities
Autodesk, Inc. today unveiled new social collaboration capabilities in one of the design leader’s most popular professional mobile apps. The enhancements deliver new workflows that help streamline the design development, review and approval process by incorporating functionality made popular by leading social media platforms...
July 25, 2012

Silva Cell Case Study: Planned Watermain Repair, Winnipeg, MB
Broadway Avenue, in Winnipeg, which went in the ground in July 2007, was one of our first Silva Cell installations. Several years later, they had a planned repair that they needed to make to a watermain. What follows is the simple method they used for excavating and removing the cells in the repair area without affecting the rest of the system...
July 24, 2012

Pella Team Members Rally to Help Find a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes: Corporate fundraising efforts surpass $2 million mark
You need the skills of a mathematician, a physician, a personal trainer and a dietician to successfully treat and live with type 1 diabetes, says Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) celebrity spokesperson Mary Tyler Moore. “We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive,” said Moore on the JDRF website. Moore is one of three million Americans who has or may have type 1 diabetes, according to JDRF. Each year...
July 18, 2012

Scientists: Green Walls Lead to Cleaner Cities
Planting living "green walls" of vegetation could provide a faster and cheaper way of cleaning up the air in cities than large-scale initiatives such as congestion charging, scientists will say today. Reductions of street level pollution of as much as 30 per cent could be achieved at a low cost simply by growing trees, bushes, and other greenery amid the concrete and glass "street canyons" that characterise modern cities, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology...
July 17, 2012

July is Park and Recreation Month
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This July we are encouraging you and your community to GET WILD about parks and recreation! Everything from wild workouts and wellness to getting wet and wild at the pool or even wild with nature – you just can’t help but have fun this July, all while expressing the many valuable benefits of parks and recreation!...
July 3, 2012

Made in the USA Foundation taps SolarWorld for Hall of Fame honor
SANTA MONICA, Calif., – SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer for more than 35 years, was inducted Monday, July 2, 2012, into the Made in the USA Foundation’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame celebrates businesses that demonstrate excellence in U.S. manufacturing. The foundation recognized SolarWorld for its contribution to American job creation, commitment to high U.S. environmental and labor standards, and leadership in fighting for fair global competition in the solar industry...
July 16, 2012

InPro Announces New Antimicrobial Handrail That Protects Healing Environments Against Microbial Growth
The double-barreled risk of inadequate hand hygiene and ineffective cleaning led InPro Corporation to launch its new SureContact™ line of handrails. In an article by the American College of Emergency Physicians, “Efforts to cajole healthcare personnel to clean their hands frequently have just about topped out.” The article cited a recent study by Dr. Philip Carling of over 62,500 critical touch points in 103 medical institutions. It was determined that only 34% were effectively cleaned post-discharge...
June 21, 2012

Best Bath Featured on Cover of "Senior Care Products" Magazine
Check out Senior Care Products Magazine, an industry magazine promoting product solutions for independent living & aging in place, which features Best Bath Systems on the cover of their summer 2012 issue. In addition to the cover, Best Bath was pleased to provide the article titled, “the move to accessible showers and tubs – Boost your cash sales with bath accessibility products”. With the assistance of freelancer...
June 21, 2012

Revolving Doors: A Greener, More Secure Environment | CE Course Sponsored By Horton Automatics
What makes a revolving door unique? Is it because it’s always open (receptive to pedestrians) and always closed (shielding occupants from the outside elements)? Is it due to it being the only entrance door solution that actually pays for itself over time? Revolving doors are essentially a free standing vestibule that are eight times more energy efficient than either a slide or swing door system. On top of meeting the demands of energy efficiency and architectural appeal, revolving doors create comfort, improve traffic flow and increase security...
June 20, 2012

Meteor Lighting Launches Smart Illumination Bollard SP-7
Setting New Solar LED Bollaard Standard
Meteor's SP-7 is the first solar LED bollard to incorporate motion sensor offering unparalleled brightness and extended operational period. The SP-7 is the industry's most efficient, advanced, and ecologically-friendly lighting solution designed for effective lighting of cityscapes and landscapes. The revolutionary SP-7 bollard provides superior symmetrical illumination of horizontal surfaces in 180° distributions. Precise lighting control enables seamless lighting between transitional zones. The SP-7 is visibly brighter than other solar LED's on the market. Foot-candle is...

June 18, 2012

Autodesk Introduces New Cloud Services for Next Generation of Building Information Modeling
Reinforcing its technology leadership in the building design, construction and civil infrastructure industries, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today unveiled Autodesk BIM 360, the next generation of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Autodesk BIM 360 includes a set of cloud services that will provide anytime, anywhere access to BIM project information throughout the project lifecycle. Autodesk BIM 360 will work with BIM...
June 13, 2012

Simonton Ranks Highest Among Customers in Satisfaction with Windows and Patio Doors
According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: --Window and patio door customers of brands with high levels of customer satisfaction most frequently cite professional recommendations, quality and their own past experience with purchasing windows as the key drivers in their purchase decision. This is a sharp contrast to brands with lower levels of satisfaction that are primarily selected based on price, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study released today. Now in its sixth year, the study measures satisfaction...

June 7, 2012

The Duradek Way: Home Improvement Expert Asks About Waterproofing
Gary Sullivan, host of 'At Home With Gary Sullivan', America's #1 call-in home improvement radio program is a true home improvement expert, but even the experts know that you can't know everything and sometimes you have to be asking the questions. On Sunday, June 4th Gary Sullivan spoke with Duradek Sales Manager, Kevin MacMillan to ask the questions that he has been hearing about Duradek vinyl waterproofing systems. Gary discovered Duradek at last year's International Builders Show and has been quite intrigued with the product and the guaranteed...

June 1, 2012

LANDSCAPE FORMS INTRODUCES URBANEDGE DESIGNED BY GGN
Kalamazoo, MI - Landscape Forms, the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting, announces the introduction of UrbanEdge, a collection of landscape framing and furniture elements for urban spaces. The collection is designed by Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), the recipients of the prestigious 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. UrbanEdge pairs GGN’s experience in designing urban spaces with Landscape Forms’ expertise in developing and manufacturing...

May 24, 2012

Selux M60 and M100 LED Recognized for Excellence!
Selux is excited to announce that the M100 LED and M60 LED luminaires were recognized for excellence in the prestigious fourth annual Next Generation Luminaires Solid-State Lighting Design Competition May 10, 2012 at LIGHTFAIR International. The judging panel selected the luminaires on the basis of color, appropriate illuminance, light distribution, glare control, appearance, serviceability, value, and energy efficiency. Recognized winner for the Recessed Linear Lighting Category is Selux M100 LED. Judges liked the "good diffuse distribution" and "simple...

May 22, 2012

Fiberweb launches new brand identity reflecting focus on specialist materials
In December 2011, Fiberweb announced it would focus on global Technical Fabrics and Geosynthetics markets. Fiberweb is a leader in the development and delivery of materials to create versatile, cost-efficient and high-performance products, designed to meet the needs of specific applications, and which seek to improve sustainability and deliver significant added value to our customers. As part of delivering this focus, Fiberweb announces the rebranding of the company. Our new brand reflects the ambition and direction of the company and is a clear symbol...

May 23, 2012

Autodesk Developer Network Launches New Applications for Autodesk 2013 Software
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) announced that several Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) members have released new applications to support Autodesk 2013 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. “ADN partners are a vital part of helping Autodesk customers to be leaders in their industries”. The specialized applications created by ADN members help to further enhance Autodesk Design and Creation suites workflows for building, entertainment, engineering, construction, infrastructure, product, plant and...

May 23, 2012

ASLA 2012 Annual Meeting and Expo listed among top 10 coming to Phoenix in 2012
Convention industry is on slow road to recovery
The convention and meeting industry in Phoenix continues to struggle through the economic downturn, but it is picking up steam and likely will recover slowly over the next few years, according to experts. "The economy is not allowing the meeting industry to fully rebound," said Steve Moore, president of the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. Organizations have been conducting fewer meetings, golf outings and trade shows to lower their costs and protect themselves in the tough economy, said Vince Alonzo, editor in chief of Successful Meetings...

May 9,  2012

Tubelite Introduces Curtainwall with Fiberglass Pressure Plate
Expanding on its selection of products with high thermal performance and condensation resistance, Tubelite Inc. introduces 400 Series Curtainwall with Fiberglass Pressure Plate. “The fiberglass pressure plates are applied from the exterior making them ideal for the lower levels of high-rise buildings and buildings with fewer than six stories. The high thermal performance makes them well-suited for cold climates and high-humidity environments,” says Tubelite’s marketing manager, Mary Olivier. Minimizing the need for on-site cutting and fabricating, screw holes...

May 7, 2012

XGrass Announces Debut of Playground Xtreme Synthetic Turf
Dalton, GA, PRWEB -- XGrass, Inc., a leading full-service supplier of synthetic turf and rubber surfacing, announced the debut of their new revolutionary system, Playground Xtreme. Playground Xtreme is the first safety surfacing to offer technology that reduces static, resists germs and reflects heat; making it the only playground surface available that eliminates the most challenging issues. The unique yarn mixture used to manufacture Playground Xtreme, sold exclusively through XGrass, features Static Block, proven to reduce static build-up on the playground...

May 7, 2012

One of Earth's Greenest Buildings Opens in Pittsburgh on May 23
PITTSBURGH, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Opening on May 23, 2012 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the new 24,350-square-foot Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) will emerge as one of the greenest buildings on Earth. Seeking to achieve or exceed the world's highest sustainable standards, including the Living Building Challenge, LEED® Platinum and Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES) certification for landscapes, it will also be the largest operational structure pursuing living building status in the U.S. when it opens.Constructed with local...

May 2, 2012

JELD-WEN Caters to Four-Legged Family Members with Stylish New Entry Options
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.—Indoor outdoor living is undoubtedly one of the most popular concepts in homeownership these days. Now that trend is going to the dogs (and cats). With nearly two-thirds of all U.S. households owning one or more pets, and spending on pets continuing to rise even during tough economic times*, JELD-WEN is unleashing a variety of new products specifically created for four-legged family members. That includes JELD-WEN Vinyl Sliding Patio Door with an integrated pet door – a stylish new door system that provides a unique indoor outdoor...

April 25, 2012

Municipalities Seek Innovative Ways to Increase Recycling
Even though recycling efforts have improved, municipalities and parks still face mounds of jettisoned drink containers. City Managers across the country continue to promote and invest in recycling. In New York City alone, in the recent past, almost 150,000 new recycling bins have incorporated as either permanent resources within New York’s public space or reused at city managed events. But more needs to be done. The Mayor of New York is engaged upon a campaign to double recycling in the city by 2017. It is estimated that only about 15% of New York’s total...

April 25, 2012

Avcon Information Bulletin #2 - Original Series

Over the last 10 years AVCON has engineered, developed, and brought to market its Original Series {Sentry, Protector, Cavalier, and Continental are the railing names in this series.} The Original Series denotes the use of our Expansion Collar at all post to rail connections. We developed the Expansion Collar in our continual effort to provide innovative yet practical railing solutions. The Expansion Collar and Original Series provide several benefits, most specifically...

April 12, 2012

Surprise Benefits of Icynene Spray in Foam Insulation

Energy efficiency is only one of the many benefits offered by Icynene insulation. Problems with allergies? Lack of privacy? You may be surprised how much Icynene could help. Because it dramatically reduces air filtration, Icynene helps prevent airborne allergens and pollutants from entering the building. In addition, because of its moisture management benefits, Icynene also...

April 11, 2012

Information Bulletin - AVCON's Classic Series

Since its' inception nearly 20 years ago, AVCON® has offered the "Classic" Series of railings. Daytona, Malibu, Cape Cod and Harbor Master are the railing styles in this line. The Classic Series of railings remains our most versatile product offering and provides several benefits, most specifically, Total Market Acceptance- The Classic Series has infiltrated nearly every major...

April 4, 2012

World-leading Glass makerAGC to Invest in Advanced Nanotechnology Startup in U.S.

Tokyo, –AGC, a world-leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, announced today that its wholly owned Georgia-based US subsidiary AGC America, Inc. has invested approximately two million U.S. dollars1 in Rolith Inc., a California-based developer of ultra-advanced, industrial-scale nanostructured coatings. AGC intends to combine its proprietary...

April 4, 2012

LiveRoof: Putting the Green in Green Roof

Dave MacKenzie founded Hortech, Inc, in Spring Lake, MI, a wholesale nursery specializing inlow-maintenance, water-conserving turf alternativesin 1983. In 2006 Hortech started LiveRoof, LLC, as ahorticultural science company to design and manu- facture a more innovative, plant-friendly system for green roofs. Dave answers some fundemental questions for Midwest Roofer...

March 30, 2012

March 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps

Choosing the proper plants for use on greenscreen® panels is a very important design aspect. Whether choosing plants for flower, foliage color, food source or habitat creation, consulting the USDA Hardiness Zone Map is the first place to start when selecting plants for successful projects. For the first time in 12 years, the USDA has issued new GIS based Plant Hardiness Zone Maps...

March 27, 2012

AVCON Railing FAQ's: Most Commonly Asked Questions

Is it strong enough? AVCON® Railings are designed and engineered to meet and exceed all applicable building codes. In fact, tests have shown that it surpasses many codes and is stronger than some conventional metal railing. Does it meet code? AVCON® has been independently tested and certified to meet national building codes. Will it fade? AVCON® only uses compounds...

March 27, 2012

10-Year Warranty on BRP Site Furnishing Finishes

With a high-tech 10-step process, site furnishings manufacturer BRP by bison is confident in offering a 10-year warranty on all three outdoor finish options, Weatherbeater Mastercoat™ powder coating, EcoSoft™ thermoplastic, and hot dip galvanized. BRP by bison starts with 100% welded construction, eliminating the risk of finish failure at assembly points. The application process.
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March 23, 2012

New Adjustable Stair Railings from Durarail

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nstalling stair railings just got easier with the addition of Durarail’s new Adjustable Stair Railing. Collapsible, pre-assembled panels means no need to install individual pickets on site and no need to wait for the stairs to be built for measurement as they adjust to virtually any angle. Easy to ship, stock and store, the adjustable stair railings collapse down to approximately 10” tall while adding...
March 21, 2012

New Shark-Fin Style Bike Racks from Reliance Foundry Add Bite to Your Landscape
The popularity of cycling has continually increased over the past decade. People are bicycling for health, fitness, and recreation reasons as well as commuting to work, school, and for transportation around town. With this increase has come the need for cities, businesses and multi-family residences to provide secure bicycle parking. Without a place to park a bike safely, riders resort...
March 16, 2012

Site Furnishings by the New BRP by bison

Bison Inc., a leader in the manufacture of innovative sports equipment for over 25 years, has seized the opportunity to provide municipalities, parks, colleges, churches, and many more facilities and public landscapes with the BRP Enterprises product line thanks to a recent acquisition. The new company, BRP by bison LLC, will continue to provide the high quality landscape...
March 16, 2012

AVCON Expert Article #5: Industry Evolution - Plastics

When the largest oceangoing luxury liner of its time set sail to the open sea, the Titanic was believed by most to be constructed of the very finest materials available. It is now known that the steel used for its hull, although strong, did not have the tensile strength to withstand an encounter with a large chunk of ice, that notorious iceberg. Some 1500 people paid dearly for that...
March 8, 2012

Creating Value in Real Estate and Quality of Life: Hidden Benefits of Duradek - The Walkable Roofing Membrane
When it comes to determining the value of a residential property, square footage of living space is one of the primary considerations, but many homeowners take for granted that their living space is not restricted to the interior of their home. Outdoor living space is a cherished commodity and although its value is certainly subjective for the individual, there is no question that it adds value...


March 8, 2012

EasyTurf's Latest Engineered For Realism
EasyTurf introduces Revolution fiber. According to the company, the product elevates EasyTurf to a new level of realism in synthetic grass, using PPG polymer technology. “During development, we realized that engineering for ultimate durability also created the most realistic movement seen in synthetic grass fibers to date,” said Dave Hartman, EasyTurf president. Proprietary and...


March 1, 2012

AVCON Expert Article #4: Why Consider Structural Thermoplastic Railings
For years one of the most problematic items of building maintenance has been the railing system used to protect its occupants. The condition of the railing is a major factor in the building's appearance and in potential liability. We have grown to accept the "fact" that railing must be constantly maintained and that corrosion was an ever present enemy. Therefore we searched...


February 24, 2012

Premium Wood Grain Finish-Enjoy The Rich, Beautiful Look of Durarail
Durarail is proud to announce that we are now offering a wide variety of authentic looking wood finishes on lineal materials, such as Top Rail, Bottom Rail and Post material. Incorporating a wood finish adds an elegance and sophistication to the interior or exterior of any home. The natural wood grain looks so realistic that it is regularly mistaken for the real thing but has the...


February 24, 2012

Durarail Proudly Introduces Our New Cable Railing System
Durarail, the powder-coated aluminum railing specialist, now offers Cable Railing - a contemporary deck railing system that provides minimal view obstruction with maximum style. The stainless steel cables allow airflow through the deck and provide excellent resistance to the elements for an attractive, low maintenance railing solution. Powder-coated aluminum top rails and posts...


February 24, 2012

Durarail Introduces New Colonial Style Heritage Top Rail
Durarail, your professional provider of complete railing systems has added a new style of top rail to its selection of beautiful and modern looking railing solutions. The Durarail Heritage Top Rail incorporates colonial style with the strength, durability and convenience of aluminum. Available for both glass and welded picket railing systems, the Heritage Top Rail is a one-piece top rail...


February 24, 2012

Durarail – THE PANORAMA POST – For Fences and Pool Surrounds
Durarail’s newest, sleek looking glass railing can also be used for Fencing or Pool & Hot Tub Surrounds...with see‐through glass or etched glass to act as a privacy panel....the options for this new system are endless. The round glass track of the Panorama Post enables the installer to adjust the angle the glass in a 30* degree in both directions, allowing the use of one post...


February 24, 2012

Durarail – Glass Railing Innovation – THE PANORAMA POST
Durarail is very pleased to announce the launch of the newest Glass Railing Innovation in the market today – The Panorama Post. This post is designed for a topless glass railing which incorporates a nearly invisible, sleek look with versatility and functionality. The round glass track of the Panorama Post enables the installer to adjust the angle the glass in a 30* degree in...


February 15, 2012

Railing... Past or Present Technology by AVCON®
When your safety and your pocketbook are involved the astute person does not skimp on research. Previously we discussed the misconceived aura that prevails in many circles concerning "Plastic Railing". Many, without sufficient knowledge of the available materials, have branded plastic as unsuitable for a commercial grade guardrail system. This is a leftover conception from the...


February 13, 2012

Landscape Forms Introduces Larkspur, A Collection Of Cast Concrete Planters
Kalamazoo, MI - Landscape Forms is pleased to announce the introduction of Larkspur, a planter in three variations designed by Larry Kornegay, acknowledged master in the design and production of cast concrete planters for outdoor environments. Larkspur expands Landscape Forms’ offering of planters to include cast concrete, a planter material popular among landscape architects...


February 9, 2012

Meteor Lighting High Ceiling 112W LED Platform – Official IES Progress Report 2011 Selection
Meteor Lighting High Ceiling 112W LED Platform has been selected by the IES Progress Committee to be included in the 2011 IES Progress Report. The Progress Report Committee is the only group in the lighting industry tasked with monitoring “significant advancements to the art and science of lighting” every year and reporting on them. We are honored...


February 3, 2012

AVCON: When is Fence a Railing and Railing a Fence?
A recent conversation went like this: "Hello, we have a pool in our complex that doesn't have a fence around it. We thought about erecting a block wall but decided that this would be overkill, so can you give us information on a fence?" The answer went something like this, "Unfortunately, we do not make fencing, we only manufacture railing." Immediately the caller responded, "Yes...


January 26, 2012

Duo-Gard Industries Inc. Has Announced the First Installation of Its New Butterfly Model Bike Shelter
The bike shelter was selected by Ann Arbor Pioneer High School’s class of 2010 as its parting gift in Ann Arbor, Mich. Senior class officers accepted ideas for the traditional gift and settled on a bike shelter, according to Ms. Lorin Cartwright, Pioneer’s assistant principal and athletic director. “The class wanted a product made in Michigan and realized a bike shelter would promote exercise...


January 25, 2011

Landscape Structures Introduces PebbleFlex® to Keep Kids Safe As They Play
Commercial playground manufacturer Landscape Structures recently announced its newest plans for making the safest and most enjoyable playground equipment possible. The company shared that it will begin using PebbleFlex®, a "one-of-a-kind" surfacing system. The material is made of spherical aliphatic polyurethane pebbles that work to absorb falls better while kids jump and...


January 13, 2012

CertainTeed Corporation Reaches Significant Milestones in Reducing the Environmental Impact at its Manufacturing Facilities
VALLEY FORGE, Pa., PRNewswire via COMTEX -- Through an aggressive, highly organized approach to sustainability at its more than 60 manufacturing facilities in North America, CertainTeed Corporation is making significant strides in reducing its overall environmental impact. Specifically, CertainTeed has reduced energy consumption by 15 percent and water usage by...


January 5, 2012

Duradek—A Practical Product in Colors That Comfort
In late 2011, Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane introduced two new colors in its Ultra Cork line of 60 mil Vinyl that caught on faster than any other color in the company’s 37 year history. Joining the initial, organic-looking Ultra Cork Natural that launched this popular pattern, the Ultra Cork Macchiato and Ultra Cork Espresso offer deeper, richer color options to the...


January 4, 2012

Light Up For Safety & Security
Ever wish you could combine the visibility of light with the strength of a security bollard? Calpipe Security Bollards' complete line of Lighting Bollards enables you to integrate the security features of lighting with the vehicle deterrence and protective attributes of bollards. Whether you're looking to enhance a landscape environment, shed additional light for commuters to increase visibility...


December 16, 2011

Park-A-Bike Wins "Peoples Choice" Award at ASLA Expo
It was not long ago that the American Society for Landscape Architects made history. The recent San Diego conference set a record for exhibitors as well as attendees at their largest conference to date. With that said, Park-A-Bike was honored with one of few ASLA People's Choice awards at the Expo in November of 2011 in San Diego, California...


December 16, 2011

InPro Solidifies Overseas Ppresence: Forms New Company in India and Opens Sales Office in Dubai
MILWAUKEE – InPro Corporation has opened operations in India, and Dubai, which signals the completion of the company’s second phase of a global expansion. The company had previously announced a completed first phase, which encompassed a new strategic alliance agreement with its UK-based manufacturing partner, Gradus Group, headquartered in Macclesfield, UK...


December 16, 2011

InPro Receives “GREEN MASTER” Status
InPro is one of a select group of companies to earn the designation of “Green Master,” the highest tier in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. As a Green Master, InPro has performed actions in each of nine “sustainability areas,” and has scored in the top twenty percent of all participating companies...


December 12, 2011

Windsor Windows Website, windsorwindows.com, Wins Industry Achievement Award
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The website for Windsor Windows & Doors, www.windsorwindows.com, has won a 2011 Crystal Achievement Award for outstanding window and door product marketing. Industry magazine Window & Door this fall honored the Windsor Windows site as the year’s Most Innovative Website in the Large Manufacturer category for companies with annual sales...


December 10, 2011

GAF’s EverGuard Extreme™ TPO Wins Architectural Products’ Product Innovation Award
GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has received the Architectural Products’ Product Innovation Award (PIA) for its EverGuard Extreme™ TPO. The PIAs recognize “products, materials, and systems innovation that leads commercial and institutional design to new heights". A panel of 44 architects and specification experts who focus on product assessment evaluated...


December 9, 2011

Danze Introduces Unique Tumbled Bronze Finish
Tumbled Bronze features a warm tone with vibrant chocolate and bronze highlights. The final result gives each product a textured, tumbled appearance – very different than anything on the market today. Danze achieves its variation on the distressed tone by literally tumbling the faucets during the productions process. Once color is applied, each faucet is placed into a drum with stones...


December 9, 2011

Bergvik Flooring Now Has Local Presence in India
Bergvik Flooring can proudly announce that we now have local presence in India. Our Iso Floor is marketed and sold by Elcom International Pvt. Ltd. Elcom are pioneers in the field of professional grade Electro-mechanical / electronic components and market leaders in India in this line of business. Elcom International Pvt. Ltd. has been in this business for over three decades...


December 5, 2011

Reliance Foundry and Maritime Hotel Help Build Community in New York City
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd., a leading provider of bicycle parking racks, has recently provided bike stands to The Maritime Hotel in New York City. These stands not only help The Maritime Hotel align with New York City’s overall goal to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles, they have become a place for visitors to the city to feel a part of the New York culture...


December 5, 2011

Windsor Windows Introduces Elite Line of Wood Windows, Pinnacle Select
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Windsor Windows & Doors is introducing Pinnacle Select, an elite line of wood windows constructed from enhanced components. Pinnacle Select products are designed to provide unsurpassed performance. The massive architectural appearance of Pinnacle Select is especially well-suited to luxury home construction. Among a comprehensive list of features...


November 30, 2011

Durarail Proudly Introduces Our New Cable Railing System
Durarail, the powder-coated aluminum railing specialist, now offers Cable Railing - a contemporary deck railing system that provides minimal view obstruction with maximum style. The stainless steel cables allow airflow through the deck and provide excellent resistance to the elements for an attractive, low maintenance railing solution. Durarail’s powder-coated aluminum top rails...


November 29, 2011

Windsor Windows Launches Next Dimension Classic Incorporating Traditional Detailing
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Windsor Windows & Doors has added the Next Dimension Classic line featuring enhanced architectural benefits to its Next Dimension product family of vinyl windows and doors. True to their “Classic” designation, Next Dimension Classic products incorporate traditional sight lines into the smooth operation, convenience and commercially rated...


November 29, 2011

University of Tennessee Chooses Playground Grass by ForeverLawn for Innovative Rooftop Playground
Albuquerque, NM -- The University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, Tenn., recently completed a $6 million renovation project on the Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium. The renovation plans included the development of a showcase playground, designed in UT orange and white school colors, to be located on the roof of...


November 18, 2011

RAB LEDs Assure Self-Storage Facility of Attractive Savings, High Efficiency and Low Maintenance
When it came to supporting Assured Self Storage’s recent needs for a light source that was bright, energy-efficient, and low-maintenance, RAB LEDs were a one-stop solution.  Newly constructed in the fall of 2010, Assured Self Storage of Duncanville, Texas consists of 10 single-story buildings housed on roughly 5 acres of property, with each...


November 11, 2011

Lighting Up A Hardscape With In-Paver Lighting
A growing trend for hardscape contractors is to specify and install in-paver lighting. These lights are an easy way to upgrade clients, as they offer both style and safety benefits. Today's in-paver lighting offerings come in a series of sizes, colors and shapes, including circular, square, rectangle and octagon configurations...


November 10, 2011

QCP Acquires IPC's Coatings Business
Phoenix, AZ – Quest Construction Products, A division of Quest Specialty Chemicals announced that it has acquired the coatings business of Integrated Paving Concepts (IPC) of Vancouver, Canada. Since its founding in 1992, Integrated Paving Concepts has specialized in decorative Stamped Asphalt & Asphalt Coating Technology, facilitating innovative streetscape and hardscape designs...


November 2, 2011

Durarail Introduces New Colonial Style Heritage Top Rail
Durarail
, your professional provider of complete railing systems has added a new style of top rail to its selection of beautiful and modern looking railing solutions. The Durarail Heritage Top Rail incorporates colonial style with the strength, durability and convenience of aluminum. Available for both glass and welded picket...


November 2, 2011

U.S. Federal Building Protected by Reliance Foundry Bollards
The Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House in Lexington, KY is protected by security bollard covers from Reliance Foundry. On the morning of September 11, 2001, as news reports were released of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers and the
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November 1, 2011

Water Feature Specialist Crystal Develops New White and RGB LED Light for Canada's Largest Theme Park
Crystal, a world leader in water feature technology, has completed the first refurbishment of the spectacular Royal Fountain at Canada’s Wonderland, Canada’s largest theme park. To help celebrate the park’s 30th Anniversary, Crystal replaced the water feature’s halogen lights with LED Lights for multi-coloured effects, and specially developed the first of its kind, a Pure White and...


November 1, 2011

Strata Geogrid Helps to Convert Unusable Land Into a Drill Field for the Virginia Military Institute
The Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA wanted to convert an unusable plot of land into a much needed drill field and shooting range complex. The site presented several challenges due to the changing grades and extensive rock blasting and fill areas. The deputy director of construction at Virginia...


October 10, 2011

BCI Burke Voltage Playground Installed and Swarming with Play
FOND DU LAC, Wis. – A state-of-the-art playground recently installed in the City of Strongsville, OH, is fully operational and getting maximum use. The City of Strongsville was the lucky winner of a playground contest held earlier this year by BCI Burke, commercial playground manufacturer with corporate headquarters in Fond du Lac, WI...


September 27, 2011

Canadian Soccer Association and Kwik Goal Agree to Four Year Partnership
Ottawa, ON - Kwik Goal, Ltd. and the Canadian Soccer Association are pleased to announce an agreement naming Kwik Goal as an Official Supplier to the Canadian Soccer Association. Under terms of the agreement, Kwik Goal will provide equipment exclusively to the Canadian National Teams in the soccer goal, soccer field and training equipment...


September 26, 2011

Windsor Windows Donates Replacement Windows to Nonprofit ASK Learning Center
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Windsor Windows & Doors donated double-paned replacement windows to improve energy efficiency at ASK Learning Center in Norwalk. ASK Learning Center is a nonprofit independent school that provides an alternative to the traditional school setting for primary through eighth-grade children. Housed in a rambling two-story frame house on the...


September 26, 2011

ASLA Releases More than 475 Green Infrastructure Case Studies
The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) recently started a national rulemaking process, with the goal of creating a new, comprehensive program to reduce stormwater runoff. The E.P.A. announced that during this rulemaking it will evaluate green infrastructure design techniques that mimic natural processes to evapo-transpire, infiltrate and recharge, and harvest and re-use...


September 26, 2011

Directional Drilling and CertainTeed® Certa-Lok™ Pipe Help Streamline Massive Water Main Replacement in Northeast Indiana
Valley Forge, Pa. – The City of Fort Wayne, Ind., recently replaced approximately 24,000 feet of a corroded cast iron water main that had experienced more than 100 leaks and breaks over the years with corrosion-resistant CertainTeed® Certa-Lok™ C900/RJ restrained-joint PVC pipe. Since the main was located in a densely populated...


September 19, 2011

PDPLAY Partners with TerraCycle On Old Navy Nationwide Recycling Drive, Results In Donated PDPLAY Playgrounds in Texas, California and New York
Vista, Calif., – PDPlay, the leading designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly commercial playground equipment for parks, schools, child development centers, communities and the military, announced today a partnership with TerraCycle, Inc, the pioneer upcycling and recycling company, and Old Navy to design, manufacture and install four new playgrounds...


September 7, 2011

Strata India Achieves National Highway Construction Milestone
CUMMING, GA – As an emerging nation, India is a case study in milestone events – economic growth, global joint ventures and rapid investments in infrastructure, from airports to highways. It’s in this last category – highway construction – that Strata India recently completed a milestone event for the company and for the nation. At the end of May, Strata India produced retaining...


September 7, 2011

Durarail – THE PANORAMA POST – For Fences and Pool Surrounds
Durarail’s newest, sleek looking glass railing can also be used for Fencing or Pool & Hot Tub Surrounds...with see through glass or etched glass to act as a privacy panel...The options for this new system are endless. The round glass track of the Panorama Post enables the installer to adjust the angle the glass in a 30* degree in both directions, allowing the use of one post to achieve...


August 24, 2011

Erosion Control Materials Design Software (ECMDS®) 5.0 is almost here!
With our North American Green® ECMDS® 5.0 launch right around the corner, we're certain you're getting as excited as we are! You're about to enjoy comprehensive site-specific analysis, including channel and slope protection, and even drop-structure design. From the company that first introduced erosion control design software to the industry, this is the future of ECMDS®...


August 22, 2011

Strongsville, Ohio wins BCI Burke Voltage playground contest
WFOND DU LAC, Wis. – A new playground will be installed later this year in conjunction with grand prize contest announcement by BCI Burke recently. The City of Strongsville, OH, was the lucky winner of the contest held by the playground manufacturer, with corporate headquarters in Fond du Lac, WI...


August 3, 2011

Walkable and Waterproof – PVC Membranes for Flat Roofdecks
Urban projects are claiming their roof systems as pedestrian areas to increase their outdoor living space. Unfortunately, roofing products are rarely intended for this sort of traffic. Protective carpeting or treated wood can be placed over an assembly, but these materials are still susceptible to damage from the elements. Similarly, applied coatings and fiberglass have been used...


July 21, 2011

BCI Burke Enhances Green Practices
FOND DU LAC, Wis. –In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, BCI Burke has boosted the commitment to acquire energy from wind and other renewable sources to offset approximately 20% of electrical usage, up from the previous 12%. Burke purchases wind energy through Alliant Energy’s Second Nature Program™ and is the...


July 18, 2011

New Interactive Play Panels from Burke!
BCI Burke’s new Interactive Play Panels encourage exploration, interaction and develop fine-motor skills for children with all abilities. They provide opportunities for social interaction and imaginative play. Panel options for different ages 2-5 and 5-12 include Sprocket, Propeller, Charade, Waver and Paratroop. Combine with Burke’s existing interactive panels to maximize and enhance play...


July 13, 2011

New Ulm Playground Receives Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Award of Excellence
NEW ULM, Minn. – The benefits of a free playground awarded to the New Ulm Parks and Recreation Department last summer keep multiplying as the project has been named a recipient of the 2010 Award of Excellence by the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) recently. The New Ulm Parks and Recreation Department had been trying over a five year period to replace old...


July 8, 2011

Durarail – Glass Railing Innovation – THE PANORAMA POST
Durarail is very pleased to announce the launch of the newest Glass Railing Innovation in the market today – The Panorama Post. This post is designed for a topless glass railing which incorporates a nearly invisible, sleek look with versatility and functionality.  The round glass track of the Panorama Post enables the installer to adjust the angle the glass n a 30° degree in both directions...


May 30, 2011

Gone to the Dogs: Why Parks for Pets Are One Of The Fastest Growing Trends In Military Communities
Recent statistics show that nearly 40 percent of all American homes include at least one dog. In fact, there are currently more canines than children in the United States. So it should come as no surprise that what started with a single Dog-ON-It-Parks dog park established in Berkeley, California, in the late 1970s has grown to more than 1,200 parks across the United States...


May 13, 2011

Bergvik USA to produce Raised Access Floor in Indiana
In order to help create American jobs and offer lower costs and shorter lead times to customers, Bergvik Flooring is presently setting up production of its Iso Floor and Seismic Bracing steel in Indiana. 'We plan to start US production of the stable and flexible substructure by August 2011 due to the growing demand for our floor system in the Data Center segment', says Peter Brandstrom...


May 4, 2011

Delgard Introduces New Dumpster Gates
Delair, NJ,. - Delgard Premier Aluminum Fencing introduces our new Dumpster Gates. Fabricated from durable, heavy duty rust-free aluminum, these visually appealing Dumpster Gates are virtually maintenance free. Constructed with a strong, fully welded frame that is light weight, the Delgard Dumpster Gate is easy to install...


May 4, 2011

Tensar International Announces Acquisition of Mulch and Seed Innovations, LLC
Combined Company to Deliver High Quality Hydraulic Erosion Control Products

Alpharetta, Ga. - Tensar International today announced the completion of its acquisition of Mulch and Seed Innovations, LLC (MSI). The transaction was finalized Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The combination of Tensar International and MSI supplements an industry-leading portfolio in soil reinforcement, stabilization and, now, hydraulic erosion control and vegetation establishment...


April 25, 2011

BCI Burke Plays Up Safety with Evans School
Partners in Education better playground experiences with knowledge

FOND DU LAC, Wisc. ---BCI Burke and Evans Elementary school are working together to raise awareness of playground safety to celebrate National Playground Safety Week, April 25-29. As part of the Fond du Lac School District’s Partners in Education (PIE) Program, Burke is leading the awareness project in which Evans students created posters about playground safety...


April 14, 2011

BCI Burke Selected as 2011 Head Start Body Start Preferred Vendor
PRESTON, VA, -- Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS) announced that BCI Burke has been selected as one of 28 playground and play space companies, equipment manufacturers, and other creators of playground and play space-related resources for inclusion on its 2011 HSBS Preferred Vendor Catalog (PVC)...


March 31, 2011

ASLA: Free Digital LAM to Celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month
In celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month, the April issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine has been posted online for free downloading and viewing, compliments of Kornegay Design. Please celebrate with us by forwarding this link to colleagues and clients, posting it to your own web site, and sharing it via your social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)...


March 23, 2011

Poly-urethane Posts with Proven Performance - Davidson Traffic Control Products FG 300 Model UR – the Industry Workhorse
Tacoma, WA - Davidson Traffic Control Products released a report highlighting the durability of their Flexi-Guide FG 300 series of poly-urethane channelizer posts. Channelizer posts save lives by properly directing traffic and reducing the chance of accidents in high risk locations. FG 300 Model UR posts are highly visible, day and night, and clearly delineate driving lanes with bright...


March 23, 2011

"American-Made" Identifies Quality & Consistency for Tensar's North American Green Coir Logs
Alpharetta, Ga. - Tensar's North American Green has led the erosion control industry in offering the most complete line of high quality, performance-proven erosion control products since 1985. Today, a U.S.-manufactured addition to that line salutes a patriotic commitment and delivers quality and consistency currently unduplicated in foreign counterparts...


March 21, 2011

ShoreMax® Soft Revetment Scour Protection Mat Supercharging Green Alternatives to Hard Armor
Alpharetta, Ga. - In recent large-scale channel testing by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials’ National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (AASHTO-NTPEP), North American Green's new ShoreMax® Soft Revetment Scour Protection Mat pushed turf reinforcement mat (TRM) performance to a new level...


February 16, 2011

NanaWall at IBS 2011
At the 2011 International Builders' Show in Orlando, NanaWall introduced the latest innovations in folding glass walls and single-track sliding glass wall systems including Hurricane System for Mid-Rise Buildings, NanaGlass, Beyond LiftSlide, Bird Protection Ornilux® Glass, and NanaWall framed with Lamboo....


February 7, 2011

Acoustical Solutions works with Liberty University to Improve Band Room Acoustics
The Liberty University Band was upgrading and moving to a new rehearsal room when they called Acoustical Solutions. Together, the two came up with a plan to install acoustic panels and hanging acoustic ceiling tiles to compliment the sound diffusion that had already been planned. In the end, the noise control solutions that were put into place...


February 1, 2011

NRPA Launches Largest Online Networking Platform in the Park and Recreation Industry
ASHBURN, Va., – Today, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) launched
NRPA Connect, the largest online networking platform for parks and recreation in the U.S. The
platform, available at www.nrpaconnect.org, will connect members of the association through e-mailgroups, forums, networks and blogs, providing a one-stop venue for sharing news and information, networking with colleagues, and participating in industry-related discussions...


January 26, 2011

TimberTech® Announces Partnership with OWL Distribution
WILMINGTON, OH, /CNW/ - Today, TimberTech entered into a new multi-year agreement with OWL Distribution Inc., a leading distributor of building materials and provider of logistical services for more than 30 years. The agreement will enhance TimberTech's presence in the Canadian market. "Aligning ourselves with stable distributors is always a goal for TimberTech and the multi-year agreement with OWL expresses the importance of this goal," states...


January 13, 2011

TRON designs CORIAN®
Creativity and innovation meet design, Disney meets DuPont™ Corian® at next Milan week of design (11-17 April 2011), the most important venue for interior design professionals around the world. DuPont and Disney will showcase “TRON designs CORIAN®”, an exhibition inspired by the film “TRON: Legacy” from Walt Disney Studios, which has been released in The United Kingdom...