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Tubelite curtainwall’s daylight and views
17.09.2014 In his 20-plus years of coaching, Stew Morrill never had an office with a window. Now, Utah State University's (USU's) head basketball coach enjoys a gorgeous view of Cache Valley and the Wellsville Mountains framed by Tubelite's curtainwall systems. Morill's office is part of the University's recently completed 32,744 square-foot Wayne Estes Training Center, which houses the campus' basketball practice facility and 1,400-seat volleyball court. The center seeks LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green read more

Rockfon Island’s frameless ceiling products
17.09.2014 Rockfon Island frameless, stone wool ceiling products expand designers' creative options in achieving acoustic comfort for open plan offices, restaurants, waiting rooms, call centers and other spaces where sound can be overwhelming to occupants. "Innovative and aesthetically pleasing, these frameless acoustic islands provide an alternative acoustic solution for rooms where suspended ceilings are not suitable. They can be used as part of a retrofit or to create a cloud-like design feature," said Cory Nevins, read more

Idaho’s tallest building showcases Wausau’s unitized curtainwall
17.09.2014 Rising above Boise's skyline to become the tallest in Idaho, Eighth and Main prominently features Wausau Window and Wall Systems' INvision Series unitized curtainwall and ClearStory sun shades. The $76 million, 18-story mixed-use building opened Feb. 15, 2014, and is pursing Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system. The project's architect of record, CTA Architects Engineers, not only designed the superstructure, but also occupies the 8th floor. On the 9th floor are Babcock read more

New white paper on antimicrobial protection infused coatings
17.09.2014 Linetec offers "Antimicrobial Protection for Public Building Applications," a new white paper. Co-authored by Linetec, The Sherwin-Williams Company and Microban International, Ltd., the paper is available free for download at The new white paper describes the uses and advantages of antimicrobial infused coatings, as well as details the related technology, testing and specifications. According to the paper, "The need for microbial control stems from the fact that there are an estimated 4.5 million bacterial read more

34000 Series storefront system
17.09.2014 Tubelite Inc. introduces 34000 Series storefront system as part of its ForceFront Storm products, engineered for hurricane resistance on low- to mid-rise commercial buildings. The 34000 Series has been tested to Florida Building Code TAS 201, 202 and 203 standards and are compliant with ASTM E 1886/1996 Wind Zone 4 impact/cyclic criteria. ForceFront medium stile entrance doors also were tested with 34000 Series storefront to provide a complete impact-resistant system. Tubelite's 34000 Series features read more

Valspar's Fluropon exterior coatings
17.09.2014 With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar's Fluropon exterior coatings have become an industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications since its launch in 1965. These field-proven, high-performance, 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings are offered in two- to four-coat systems in nearly any formulation, including low gloss, low sheen, solar reflective and ENERGY STAR. A wide variety of colors also are available, from neutral to bright colors, micas, read more

Next generation of fire risk modelling with release of FLACS-Fire
04.09.2014 GexCon announced the release of a landmark software package, FLACS-Fire. Tailor-made for the oil and gas, processing, and industrial segments, FLACS-Fire combines optimal usability with an unparalleled ability to generate detailed models of jet and pool fires. With over 35 years of experience in developing safety and risk management software, GexCon is a globally recognised authority in its field. FLACS, first released in 1986, is the industry standard in 3D CFD (computational fluid dynamics) gas read more

Cat 826K Landfill Compactor
04.09.2014 The Cat 826 Landfill Compactor has set the design standard for this demanding application since 1978, and with the introduction of the K Series model, that design is further advanced in terms of operator comfort and safety, ease of operation, durability, reliability, low-cost operation, and productivity. Two Cat C15 ACERT engine options are available, meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards or U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA equivalent emission standards. It delivers 405 net horsepower to the 826K's drive train, read more

Determination of design wind loads on building cladding systems
04.09.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA TIR-15-14, "Overview of Design Wind Load Determination for Fenestration Systems." This report discusses the determination of design wind loads on curtain walls and other building cladding systems. The document originally was published in 1985, when Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel (BLWT) testing was a relatively new field, and limited information was available on its methods and uses. "There have been numerous read more

exhibitions and other events

ABB to present leading-edge rail technologies at InnoTrans in Berlin
19.09.2014 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will present several innovative technologies for rolling stock and infrastructure projects at the InnoTrans in Berlin, from September 23-26, 2014. read more

BAU 2015: Resource-efficient solutions for building today and tomorrow
18.09.2014 BAU, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is the biggest and most important event in the sector. The next BAU takes place from January 19 to 24, 2015 at the Messe München exhibition center. Around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and over 235,000 visitors from all around the world are expected to attend. The key role of steel and stainless steel in building construction is amply reflected in the diversity of different types of steel and steel products that are available. read more

Hodgson addresses the impact of California regulations on the U.S. during AAMA Fall Conference
18.09.2014 Michael Hodgson, ConSol founder, spoke at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2014 Fall Conference during a Sept. 16 general session. His presentation, "California Regulatory Proceedings Impacting the Nation, " discussed how California's energy policy is driving the market to time-of-use energy pricing, incentivizing ways to reduce peak load and detailing how the policy impacts energy choices in buildings. The California Energy Commission has a number of proposals for the 2016 Energy Code, bearing in mind the eventual goal of getting the state of California to Zero Energy by 2020. read more

ABB unveils the future of human-robot collaboration: YuMi
12.09.2014 ABB has unveiled the world's first truly collaborative robot. YuMi is a human-friendly dual arm robot designed for a new era of automation, for example in small parts assembly, where people and robots work hand-in-hand on the same tasks. YuMi is short for 'you and me, ' working together. YuMi has been developed to meet the flexible and agile production needs of the consumer electronics industry in the first instance. It will increasingly be rolled out to cover other market sectors. read more

industry news

Mott MacDonald acquires design and build JV partner Bentley
19.09.2014 Mott MacDonald has acquired its UK water industry design and build joint venture partner Bentley Holdings Ltd (including its subsidiary company JN Bentley Ltd). The move is a natural progression in the highly successful 15 year partnership between the companies through the joint venture Mott MacDonald Bentley. read more

Vantaa Energy waste-to-energy plant inaugurated in Finland
19.09.2014 The largest and most energy efficient waste-to-energy plant in Finland has been inaugurated in Vantaa, Finland. At the event, the Finnish minister for Economic Affairs, Mr Jan Vapaavuori, gave a speech together with Vantaa Energy CEO Mr Pertti Laukkanen and Chairman, Mr Kalevi Helppolainen. read more

NCC named Best Property Developer for seventh consecutive year
18.09.2014 NCC Property Development has once again been named Best Property Developer in the Nordic region in international financial magazine Euromoney's annual Real Estate Awards. Each year, financial magazine Euromoney carries out an online survey among its readers, who are primarily made up of company leaders and senior managers from the global banking and finance sector. The survey takes place in 50 countries and the Best Property Developer is named in one category. read more

Bilfinger to manage 125 hydroelectric power plants in Sweden
18.09.2014 In Sweden, the engineering and services group Bilfinger will in future be responsible for the maintenance of Finnish utility Fortum's entire portfolio of hydroelectric power plants. The new framework agreement covers technical management of 125 power plants with more than 250 dams. The agreement also calls for the transfer of 200 Fortum employees to Bilfinger. read more

Linetec to expand with a third anodize line in Wisconsin
17.09.2014 Linetec, one of the largest architectural finishing companies in the U.S., will expand its capacity and capabilities with a third anodize line. The 120,000-square-foot addition and associated improvements are estimated to cost $15.3 million and to bring nearly 100 jobs to the city of Wausau, Wisconsin. In January 2014, Linetec opened a 30,000-square-foot addition to its existing anodize lines, which are operating at capacity. Linetec's anodize is specified on architectural aluminum products, such as window and door systems, storefront framing, sun shades, light shelves, canopies, column covers, panels and flat sheets. read more

Strabag builds section of A4 motorway in Poland
17.09.2014 A consortium consisting of Strabag Sp. z o.o. and Budimex S.A. has signed the contract to build a 41 km section of the A4 motorway from Rzeszów to Jarosław in south-eastern Poland. The gross contract has a value of about € 170 million. Strabag holds a 50 % share in the consortium. read more

John Holland announced as construction contractor for Ravenhall Prison
17.09.2014 Australia's John Holland has been awarded the contract for the design and construction of the Ravenhall Prison in Melbourne's west, in consortium with GEO, Honeywell and Capella Capital. read more

Acciona to provide a service to more than 200 treatment plants and 500 pumping stations in Sardinia
17.09.2014 Acciona has been awarded the handling, supervision, control and maintenance of the Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) and pumping stations and the conservation, adaptation and improvement of Abbanoa SpA's complex of plants, located in the north and center of Sardinia, for almost 65 million euros. The operating contract is for 36 months and covers more than 200 treatment plants and 500 pumping stations grouped in three batches: read more

Salini Impregilo to construct expressway in Poland
17.09.2014 The Salini Impregilo group has been awarded a contract in Poland with a total share of 95%, for the design and construction of the ring road north of Warsaw on the S8 expressway to Bialystok between Marki and Radzymin (Lot 1) for a length of about 8 km. The contract value is approximately € 80 million and the works will last 32 months. read more

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