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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 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

Intersolar South America attracted over 9.000 visitors
11.09.2014 Intersolar South America 2014, held in Săo Paulo, SP, on August 26 to 28 at the Expo Center Norte, exceeded the expectations of exhibitors and the participating public. Over the three-day event, 75 exhibiting companies from 10 countries presented their latest products and services to 9,000 visitors. read more

François Hollande opens Mayotte Airport’s new terminal operated by SNC-Lavalin
29.08.2014 SNC-Lavalin, one of Canada's largest engineering firms, announced that François Hollande, the President of France, officially opened Mayotte Airport's new terminal alongside Youssef Sabeh, Senior Vice-President Operations & Maintenance, Europe, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. on August 23. The new terminal was designed and built by SNC-Lavalin, which has also operated the Airport since 2011. read more

Bauma Conexpo Africa to move to a three-year cycle after 2015
27.08.2014 Africa's largest trade fair for the construction machinery and mining industry celebrated its premiere in 2013. The next Bauma Conexpo Africa takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) from September 15 to 18, 2015. Following next year's exhibition, Bauma Conexpo Africa will move to a three-year cycle, meaning the next fair will then be held in 2018. This decision was made after close consultation with local and international industry representatives who recommended the three-year cycle for the markets of Africa. read more

industry news

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

Atkins appoints managing director for its Power business
16.09.2014 Atkins has appointed a new managing director for its Power business as part of the company's strategic aims to further expand its energy capability, with a particular focus in the Middle East. read more

Strabag building Koscierzyna bypass in Poland
15.09.2014 A consortium of Strabag and its subsidiary Heilit+Woerner has been awarded the design-and-build contract for a 7.6 km bypass around the city of Kościerzyna in northern Poland. The contract has a value of about € 40 million (PLN 165 million). read more

Mabey Hire appoints ex Balfour Beatty & Harsco UK MD as Chief Operating Officer
15.09.2014 Non-mechanical plant hire supplier, Mabey Hire, has appointed former Balfour Beatty Workplace and Harsco UK Managing Director, Steve Farmer, as Chief Operating Officer. read more

Bilfinger receives significant orders in the industrial business
15.09.2014 German industrial services and construction group Bilfinger has won two orders in Romania and Norway with a total volume of over €90 million. The largest German provider of industrial services has thus strengthened its position in Eastern Europe and bolstered its position as market leader in Scandinavia. read more

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