Back to Basics
AIA Brings Architects Back to the Fundamentals
In the age of cell phone app’s, super-size meals and vehicle accessory
add-ons the world has left basics behind and focused on “bigger is better.”
This year in Miami the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is taking
architects back to basics in order to focus on the most important aspect
of their job—design. AIA’s 2010 national convention, sporting a theme
entitled “Design for the New Decade,” will take place June 10-12 in Miami.
The convention will feature a show floor of more than 800 exhibitors,
a full seminar program and a wide variety of tours and other special events.
Some of the tour highlights include the Key West Overnight Tour, Fort
Lauderdale, South Beach and Fisher Island, The Port of Miami, The Art
Deco District, American Airlines Arena, Jackson Memorial Medical Campus
and Little Havana.
The seminar schedule will offer sessions such as LEED Design Tips and
Tricks: Demystifying Key Credits to Achieve Great Design and Great Ratings;
Designing for Diverse Clients: What You Need to Know to Work Successfully
with Clients in this Era of Increasing Diversity and Sustainability Standards;
Lighting and Daylighting for Sustainable Commercial Spaces and many more.
Azon USA Inc. of Kalamazoo, Mi. will be making an appearance in the seminar
rooms. Presenting on “Optimizing Performance in Commercial Fenestration,”
Azon will focus on structural thermal barriers for aluminum window framing
and warm-edge spacer technology for insulating glass. Attendees of this
seminar will listen to a comparison of these technologies and can receive
1 AIA/CES learning unit.
Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind and the products being displayed
by exhibitors reflect that trend. Following you will find a sampling of
what you will see on the show floor.
AIA Product Preview
Three Products, One Stop
DORMA, of Reamstown, Pa., is not just bringing one new product to display
at AIA, it is bringing three. The MAGNEO sliding door system from DORMA
Entrance Systems provides an even gliding action that’s virtually free
of sound and friction. Another door system that will be displayed is the
new DORMOTION system. This system promotes assisted closing and comfortable
cushioning of interior glass doors. In addition to doors, attendees will
find walls on display too. The MOVEO® Moveable Glass Wall System from
Modernfold offers the benefits of openness while providing sound insulation.
Alice Dresses Up Glass
Products that assist in the design and appearance of glass also will be
displayed all over the show floor. General Glass International of Secaucus,
N.J., will display Alice™, its direct-to-glass printing technology that
allows custom, multi-colored designs to be printed on glass. This system
can permanently print an image onto glass at a 360 dpi resolution, including
photos, drawings, logos, lines, dots and text.
INvent a New Solution
Wausau Window and Wall Systems of Wausau, Wis., will be introducing its
INvent™ Series of projected window products. This line of windows seeks
to meet the needs of energy efficiency, protection against the elements
and durability. The windows have been tested to meet AAMA AW-100 Architectural
Performance Class ratings, including life cycle testing, and can assist
buildings that are trying to obtain the U.S. Green Building Council’s
LEED® Green Rating System™.
Innovations in Glass
Pittburgh-based PPG’s newest innovation in glass will be available at
booth #1023. Its transparent-reflective SOLARBAN R100 glass features solar
control and low-emissivity and a 14-percent interior reflectance, as well
as color-neutral exterior reflectance of 32-percent. According to the
company, the glass has visible light transmittance of 42-percent and a
solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23 that helps architects and building
owners meet stringent building codes.
Booth #945: Protection
From the Unexpected
Acurlite Structural Skylights of Berwick, Pa., will showcase its Secure
Series large and small missile impact tested skylight system, which just
recently completed impact testing in South Florida and has been assigned
Notice of Acceptance NOA 10-0271.07 by the Miami-Dade Building Code Compliance
Office. The company also will feature products such as blast-rated skylights,
Florida-approved skylights, heavy-duty commercial skylights and pre-glazed/pre-assembled
Booth #2271: Steel
Framing and New Windows
With both a new steel framing system and new windows, Kawneer of Norcross,
Ga., will be displaying its latest releases. The new Steel Framing Systems
from Forster features interior r steel and stainless steel framing systems
for fire-rated and non-rated applications. Attendees will also find the
fuego light door in the Forster thermfix vario curtainwall. Also on display
will be the AA® 3350 ISOPORT® window. These windows can be single-hung,
double-hung or fixed with an innovative polyamide thermal break design
and factory glazing.
Saving Time and Energy
The unofficial theme of energy efficiency at AIA is met by Pedricktown,
N.J.-based JE Berkowitz’s RENOVATE by BERKOWITZ and SentryGlas® Expressions™
laminated glass. RENOVATE is a window retrofit system that can convert
single-pane windows to create an energy-efficient, triple-glazing
system without having a full window replacement that can disrupt tenants
and create waste. SentryGlas® Expressions™ uses a process developed
by DuPont that prints directly onto the plastic interlayer and allows
photos and patterns to be applied to a range of architectural laminated
Tubelite Inc. of Walker, Mich., will display its newest environmentally
friendly addition to its line of products. EcoLuminum™ is a high recycled-content
aluminum billet composition featuring environmentally friendly finishes.
The company now manufactures all of its architectural, extruded aluminum
products with this new composition, which it says is a great way to help
obtain LEED® Green Building Rating System™ certification.
Your Guide to Glass at AIA
Booth #925 is home to both USGlass magazine and Architects’ Guide to Glass,
a publication designed specifically for architects who want to learn more
about design featuring glass and metal. Stop by and pick up a copy of
the latest issue and introduce yourself to editors Megan Headley and Ellen
Rogers. While you’re there find out more about the digital edition and
what you can do to receive it as well as other educational opportunities.
Storm Conscious, Fire-Safe
Architects concerned with safety during natural disasters may find products
of interest at the booth of San Francisco-based SAFTI FIRST. The company
will be showcasing its new fire- and hurricane-resistant product, SAFTIfire
Hurricane System, which was designed to meet fire and hurricane code requirements
while providing unobstructed views. The SAFTIfire Hurricane System is
rated up to 120 minutes and meets a number of test standards for both
fires and hurricanes.
While there, attendees also may want to check out SuperLite X-90, a new
90-minute vision lite solution that the company has added to its growing
family of SuperLite glazing products.
SuperLite X-90 is an economical fire- and safety-rated glazing that meets
all of the standards for 90-minute temperature rise doors. This non-wired
clear glazing provides visual clarity and is impact safety rated to meet
federal and code requirements. SuperLite X-90 can be used in any listed
vision lite frame and comes with a lifetime warranty from the factory.
Listed and labeled by Intertek/Warnock-Hersey, SuperLite X-90 is manufactured
in the United States for fast lead times and competitive pricing.
“After years of research, development and testing, we are very excited
to offer a low-cost, high performance product such as SuperLite X-90,”
says William O’Keeffe, president and chief executive officer. “This is
especially relevant to the current economic climate, where material budgets
are tight and project dollars need to be stretched.”
O’Keeffee adds, “We will continue to introduce products that address the
design, performance and budgetary needs of our clients.”
Glass manufacturer Dlubak Corp. of Blairsville, Pa., will debut a new
line of forced entry and detention products at AIA. With jails and correctional
facilities in mind, the company’s glass clad polycarbonate make-up was
designed to meet the requirements of the four levels of ASTM F1915 along
with modified bullet-resistant levels. In addition, attendees will find
a display of curved laminated decorative glass that, according to the
company, can increase energy efficiency.
Across the Board
Stop by to see Bendheim of Passaic, New Jersey to find out more about
the Robert A.M. Stern Collection. This collection of glass can be used
for partition walls, doors and windows, shower enclosures and decorative
features and incorporates a unique aesthetic. The glass is suitable for
hotels, healthcare facilities, restaurants and residences, according to
Let the Air In
Häfele America Co. of Archdale, N.C. will be bringing its Al Fresco
exterior sliding and folding door system to AIA. The system allows users
to open up dining or entertainment areas at home or in commercial settings.
With a choice of finishes and weight options the Al Fresco system is versatile
for both residential and commercial atmospheres, according to the company.
Pleotint LLC of West Olive, Mich., is bringing energy efficiency to the
show with its sunlight responsive thermochromic (SRT) film. The film was
developed to adapt to changing environmental conditions so that occupants
receive the most amount of sunlight while taking in the least amount of
solar gain. Films such as Pleotint’s can reduce cost and prevent fading
while making consumers more “green.”
A Seat in the Shade
Doralco Architectural Metals, of Alsip, Ill., will display its recent
MIT Media Lab project which featured the company’s Intertec Sunshades.
According to the company, the 100 percent recyclable sunscreens can be
used to create an array of diffused light patterns within buildings while
helping to obtain greater energy efficiency.
Linetec’s Frosty Finish
Linetec of Wausau, Wis., continues the focus on energy efficiency with
the display of its eco-friendly anodize, which has a “frostier” matte
finish to hide small defects, corrosion and scratches that may occur on
the aluminum surface of architectural products. This new anodize process
reduces waste by as much as 90 percent, and also reduces energy used with
traditional etch processes. According to the company, the anodize finish
has the viscosity of water and will not collect in the small recesses
of aluminum extrusions or narrow aluminum tubes.
Following the Pattern
Montreal-based Walker Glass Co. is featuring its new line of patterned
acid-etched glass and mirror along with its new double-sided etched glass.
The line offers five stock patterns available in two different series
providing for ten unique looks. According to the company, the different
looks can provide privacy, style and function to projects. In addition
to the stock patterns, custom capabilities are also available.
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