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Free Web-Based Tool for Estimating Tilt-Up Panel Reinforcing Developed By Tilt-Up Design Systems, LLC

Tilt-Up Design Systems, LLC – a company that develops integrated project design and construction technology solutions for the site-cast precast (tilt-up) concrete industry – has released a free web-based tool for quick preliminary panel thickness and reinforcing estimates.

The tool works by simply entering the panel width, height, thickness, design wind speed/exposure and opening width for your project. An estimate of the reinforcing steel required will be provided measured in pounds per square-foot based on the gross panel area. The tool was developed using Tilt-Werks® technology.

Tilt-Werks is the only tilt-up application that integrates structural engineering design with the generation of drawings, BIM data, material quantities and cost estimates in one package. As a fully integrated resource, Tilt-Werks expedites the construction of tilt-up projects from preliminary design through structural engineering, preparation of shop drawings and continues on to material take-offs, project cost estimates and integration with industry suppliers.

“Created to help owners, developers and contractors determine panel thickness and estimate the amount of reinforcing steel required for a tilt-up panel, this free online tool is a great resource for both seasoned tilt-up construction professionals and those that are new to the industry,” said Joe Steinbicker, President of Tilt-Up Design Systems. “It helps take some of the guess work out of the tilt-up estimating process. Users can check various panel thicknesses to determine optimum reinforcing.”

Visit http://www.tilt-werks.com/EstimatingTool/tiltup_tool_login.php to access this free online tool. For more information about Tilt-Up Design Systems, visit www.tilt-werks.com or contact by phone at (407) 833-4982.

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Architects Against “Dramatic” Cuts to Architect of the Capitol’s FY 2013 Budget
Maintenance of Capitol Dome and Other National Government Buildings at Risk

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and 10 other groups today sent a letter to Congressional leaders warning that cuts to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC)’s budget could lead to further deterioration of the U.S. Capitol and wind up costing taxpayers more in the long run.

You can see this press release online here: http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB095077

“There is little disagreement that the federal government, including Congress, must live within its means and be judicious in its consideration of short and long term expenditures,” the letter states. “However, the AOC’s FY2013 budget is focused primarily on needed maintenance and repair projects that are designed to keep the buildings of the Capitol complex – some of them nearly two centuries old – in proper working order.”

Among the projects at risk, the letter states, is the ongoing renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome and its supporting structures.

“These projects are not discretionary, nor are they luxuries; their upkeep and maintenance is imperative to the effective operations of the Capitol. In fact, delays will undoubtedly lead to higher costs for taxpayers as defects worsen and repair costs rise due to inflation,” the letter adds.

“The U.S. Capitol is not merely Congress’ work space; it is also an attraction for millions of visitors from around the world, a shining example of American architecture – and home to priceless works of art - and a potential target for those who wish to do us harm,” states the letter. “Delaying or cancelling needed improvements will make the Capitol complex less safe, harm the functioning of Congress and endanger our country’s cultural heritage.”

The letter was also signed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASHRAE, the Glass Association of North America, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Ingersoll Rand, the Institute for Market Transformation, the National Institute of Building Sciences, AEC Science & Technology, Ecobuild America and The Stella Group, Ltd.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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Construction Employment Experiences Largest Decline In Two Years In May Even As Spending On Construction Activity Inched Up By 0.3 Percent In April

Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction Suffers Largest Employment Decline Within Sector, Likely Reflecting Impacts of 1.4 Percent Decrease in Public Construction Activity During the Previous Month

Construction employment fell in May by 28,000, the largest decline in two years, and is now at the lowest level since last August, according to an analysis of new federal data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. The drop in construction employment comes as new figures show a 1.4 percent decrease in public construction spending restrained overall construction activity growth to 0.3 percent.

“With construction employment shrinking for the fourth month in a row, the industry is clearly having a difficult start to the year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “In particular, cuts to public sector investments in construction are taking their toll, given that heavy and civil engineering construction experienced the largest employment decline within the sector.”

Total construction employment now stands at 5,516,000, or 0.5 percent lower than a month earlier but 18,000 higher (0.3 percent) than in May 2011, the economist said. Meanwhile the industry’s unemployment rate is at 14.2 percent, nearly double the national average. He added that overall construction employment is still far below its peak level of 7,726,000 in April 2006.

The nonresidential construction sector lost 17,400 construction jobs in May, Simonson noted. Heavy and civil engineering construction firms – which perform a large share of publicly funded construction work – shed 11,200 jobs while nonresidential specialty trade contractors lost another 7,700. Nonresidential building contractors added 1,500 for the month. Residential construction lost 11,000 total jobs as the residential specialty trade contractors shed 10,000 jobs and residential builders lost 1,000 positions in May.

Meanwhile, construction spending in April increased by 0.3 percent compared to March 2012 and 6.8 percent compared with April 2011 and is now at an annualized rate of $820.7 billion. Private sector demand for construction expanded by 1.2 percent for the month and 12.5 percent year-over-year, but overall growth was held back by a 1.4 percent monthly decline in public construction activity and a 3.2 percent drop from the April 2011 level.

Association officials said the new construction employment and spending figures underscore the need for quick Congressional action on a number of long-term infrastructure measures, including reauthorizing clean water and surface transportation programs. They said members of Congress participating in a conference committee negotiating what could possibly be a new highway and transportation bill should feel a new sense of urgency given the grim construction employment figures.

“Getting a highway and transit bill passed would certainly help counter any possible backslide in construction employment,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “While the overall economy will need to be much stronger before private sector construction activity and employment begin to approach pre-recession levels, investments in infrastructure will certainly help put more construction workers back on the job.”

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The American Institute of Architects Answers Market Demand with Introduction of New Sustainable Project Construction Documents

Due to overwhelming market demand created by the sustainable design movement, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today launched five new cutting edge documents to meet the growing needs of the construction industry in this important area. Following up on its popular Guide for Sustainable Projects introduced in 2011, the AIA’s Sustainable Projects (SP) documents apportion the new roles, responsibilities, and risks inherent in sustainable design and construction projects to the party in the best position to address them. Additionally, the AIA today released an updated scope of services document for LEED Certification. All are available through AIA Contract Documents software and online through AIA Contract Documents-on-Demand.

As has been its practice for decades, the AIA developed the SP documents only after soliciting and incorporating feedback and valuable input from a multitude of industry groups. This long-standing collaborative approach was especially critical for the AIA’s creation of the SP documents as sustainable design and construction practices continue to evolve.

“The AIA is committed to meeting the immediate and evolving needs of the marketplace and these new documents reflect that commitment by addressing the dramatic shift in the industry toward sustainable design,” said Molly Lindblom, Managing Director of AIA Contract Documents.


“The new Sustainable Documents provide a comprehensive approach to managing sustainable projects – from initial goal-setting through project completion and certification – and allocating responsibility among project participants,” said William Kelley, J.D, LEED AP BD+C, an attorney at Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP. “They are also integrated into the already-familiar conventional family of AIA Contract Documents, which is especially convenient for the end user and further reflects the AIA’s commitment to providing users with valuable tools,” he added.

The new AIA Contract Documents created for use on sustainable projects include:
  1. A101™–2007 SP, Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Contractor, for use on a Sustainable Project where the basis of payment is a Stipulated Sum
  2. A201™–2007 SP, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, for use on a Sustainable Project
  3. A401™–2007 SP, Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor, for use on a Sustainable Project
  4. B101™–2007 SP, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect, for use on a Sustainable Project
  5. C401™–2007 SP, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant, for use on a Sustainable Project
  6. B214™–2012, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: LEED® Certification

Availability
Sustainable Project Sample Documents can be found at www.aia.org/contractdocs/conventionsustainable along with comparatives and other sample documents.

In addition, more than 7,000 users have downloaded the AIA Document D503™-2011, Guide for Sustainable Projects, including Agreement Amendments and Supplementary Conditions, since its release last May. Because the AIA believes the Guide is an important resource for the design and construction industry, it remains available as a free download at www.aia.org/sustainableprojectsguide.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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American Institute of Architects Launches Education and Training Portal
New portal to host Contract Documents training, education resources in one convenient place

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today launched its Contract Documents Education Portal, aia.org/docucation, a comprehensive, user-friendly web site that offers contractors, builders, and architects high-quality Contract Documents-related education programs and materials in one convenient online location. Users of the new site can access live training webinars, podcasts, and on-demand courses, some eligible for continuing education credit, as well as an extensive library of written resources such as comparisons of old and new AIA Contract Documents and commentaries to better understand key terms and clauses of AIA Contract Documents.

“Many of America’s contractors, architects, owners, developers and other building professionals have told us they need a one-stop educational resource where they can learn more about AIA Contract Documents and software. The New AIA Contract Documents’ Education Portal will advance AIA’s commitment to meeting the needs of every career stage and serve as a valuable tool in the marketplace,” said Molly Lindblom, Managing Director of AIA Contract Documents.

Additionally, aia.org/docucation visitors can access over 500 frequently asked questions about using AIA documents, guides – available as free downloads – on methods in design and construction projects, and register for in-person events and audience-centered and dialogue friendly workshops and discussions groups.
  • Led by experts in their fields, current courses offerings include:
  • Sustainable Design and Construction: Identifying, Understanding, and Addressing, the Key Issues,
  • An overview of the recently released green model building code, the International Green Construction Code (IcCC),
  • New federal regulations on implementation of the ADA guidelines and the relevant issues facing accessible design,
  • Owner/Contractor Agreements and Choosing the Right One for A Project,
  • Payment Applications and Change Orders,
  • Docs 101: Introduction to Construction Contracts for Small Firms,
  • Contract Documents for Digital Practice, and
  • Managing Risk: Using Owner/Contractor and Subcontractor Construction Contracts.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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SUMMIT® Synthetic Underlayment No Match for Long Open Times

ATLANTA – Atlas Roofing Corporation’s SUMMIT® Synthetic Underlayment for steep-slope roof applications is designed for a long anticipated open time before the roof covering is installed.

SUMMIT® Synthetic Underlayment is manufactured from an inorganic, lightweight, and extremely strong woven polypropylene fabric, and has UV and water resistive coatings.

SUMMIT® is unaffected by exposure to water and sunlight for at least 6 months, protecting the structure throughout the roofing project. It has good walking traction, and is able to hold fasteners very well.

SUMMIT® is packaged for convenience in 10 square rolls weighing less than 30 lbs. each.

The product’s UL Classification demonstrates conformance to critical fire testing requirements.

SUMMIT® is fully compatible with asphalt shingles, metal roof coverings, Clay Tile, Slate, Concrete Tiles, Wood Shingles and Shakes or any other code approved, steep slope roof covering.

For more information on all the Atlas Roofing products, visit www.AtlasRoofing.com or call toll free 800-388-6134.

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Nonresidential Construction Index Continues to Rise
FMI Reports Confidence Among Panelists Reaches Record High

FMI (www.fminet.com), the largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, announces the release of its Second Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) for 2012. Rising 1.7 points from the first quarter, this is the highest confidence rating ever achieved, since the index was developed in 2007.

Panelists reveal that backlogs remain about the same at a median of eight months. However, all markets, with the exception of education construction, are expected to improve slightly over the next quarter. Productivity has also shown improvement. Holding down the NRCI is the continued increase in labor and material costs.

With U.S. elections and global economics dominating the headlines this year, FMI asked panelists to identify what issues may affect their business strategies. Topping the list of global issues are rising inflation as the result of U.S. monetary policy and the collapse of the European Union. Although debt default in Greece and Spain are important, they ranked considerably lower on the list of concerns.

Topping the list of election-year issues are the need to reduce spending on entitlement programs and to reduce the national debt. Since NRCI panelists are all senior executives, FMI asked them what they might do if elected president of the United States. The most mentioned action items include:
  • Tax reform
  • Balanced budget
  • Cost cutting
  • Entitlement reform
  • Collaboration rather than confrontation

To download a copy of the full report, click here. For reprint permission or to schedule an interview with the author, please contact Sarah Vizard Avallone at 919.785.9221 or savallone@fminet.com.

About FMI
FMI is the largest provider of management consulting, investment banking and research to the engineering and construction industry. We work in all segments of the industry providing clients with value-added business solutions, including:

  • Strategy Development
  • Market Research and Business Development
  • Leadership and Talent Development
  • Project and Process Improvement
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Consulting
  • Compensation Data and Consulting

Founded by Dr. Emol A. Fails in 1953, FMI has professionals in offices across the U.S. FMI delivers innovative, customized solutions to contractors; construction materials producers, manufacturers and suppliers of building materials and equipment, owners and developers, engineers and architects, utilities, and construction industry trade associations. FMI is an advisor you can count on to build and maintain a successful business, from your leadership to your site managers. For more information, visit www.fminet.com.

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Sphere 1 Recognizes Simpson Strong-Tie as 2011 Partner of the Year

Sphere 1, a cooperative of independent tool and fastener distributors, has recognized Simpson Strong-Tie as its 2011 Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year. The company received the award over 84 other Sphere 1 preferred suppliers.

The Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year Award is based on overall ranking of six weighted criteria, including sales volume increase over 2010, growth percentage, number of members purchasing from the supplier, completion of Gateway for Growth Programs and Sphere 1 University student course completions in 2011. Simpson Strong-Tie had the largest margin of victory between the company and the next closest supplier in the history of the award.

“Simpson Strong-Tie came on board as a preferred supplier in the Anchor and Connector product categories in April 2008, at the cusp of the worst market meltdown since the Great Depression. These tough times allowed the Simpson Strong-Tie team to truly shine. They never gave up on our members and stayed steadfast in pursuit of the goal to establish strong partner bonds and growing our mutual business as market conditions began to improve. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with one of the most recognized brand names in our industry,” said Sphere 1 CEO Carol Shackelford.

“Sphere 1’s recognition of Simpson Strong-Tie as Preferred Supplier Partner of the Year is a great honor for the company and for all of our employees. We thank the Sphere 1 membership for their support as we continue to serve you with the products, customer service and testing we are known for,” noted Simpson Strong-Tie President Terry Kingsfather.

The award was presented at the 13th Annual Member Meeting on May 7-10, 2012 in Las Vegas. With the recognition, Simpson Strong-Tie receives the exclusive opportunity to address the entire Sphere 1 membership at the 2013 meeting in Tucson.

About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
For more than 55 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, Simpson Strong-Tie works closely with industry professionals to provide code-listed, field-tested products and value-engineered solutions. Its structural products are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. The company’s extensive product offering includes connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, lateral-force resisting systems, anchors and products for concrete repair, strengthening and protection. Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to helping customers succeed by providing exceptional products, full-service engineering and field support, product testing and training. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.strongtie.com.

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Construction Employment Declined In 28 States And D.C. From March To April While 22 States And D.C. Add Jobs For The Year Amid Sluggish Demand
Texas Adds the Most Construction Jobs and North Dakota Adds the Highest Percentage Year-over-Year While Florida Experiences Largest Annual Decline and Alaska Has Largest Percentage Drop in Construction Jobs

Construction employment remained on a seesaw in April as only 19 states added jobs, 28 states and the District of Columbia had declines and three states maintained March employment levels, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. The year-over-year figures showed a similar but slightly better pattern, association officials added, as 22 states and D.C. posted construction employment increases between April 2011 and 2012 while 27 lost jobs and employment was unchanged in Rhode Island.

“The close balance between job gainers and losers among states reflects the sluggish growth in construction nationally,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Private nonresidential and multifamily projects have been increasing by double-digit percentages in much of the country. Single-family homebuilding is finally coming back to life in selected locations. But public construction is declining nearly everywhere.”

Simonson noted that the three locations with the largest percentage gains in construction jobs between April 2011 and April 2012 also led the league standings the previous month: North Dakota (18.9 percent, 4,300 jobs), followed by D.C. (13.8 percent, 1,600) and Iowa (11.6 percent, 7,200). Texas added the most jobs (14,100, 2.5 percent), followed by Indiana (9,400, 8.1 percent) and Arizona (8,600, 7.8 percent).

The economist said that among states that lost construction jobs during the past year, Alaska lost the highest percentage (-17.6 percent, -2,800 jobs), followed by Alabama (-10.5 percent, -8,500) and Delaware (-9.0 percent, -1,800). Florida lost the most jobs (-24,500, -7.3 percent), followed by Alabama and Illinois (-8,400, -4.7 percent).

Iowa added the highest percentage of construction jobs from March to April (4.1 percent, 2,700 jobs), followed by North Dakota (3.4 percent, 900) and Montana (3.4 percent, 800). Texas added the largest number of jobs during the month (7,300, 1.3 percent), followed by Iowa.

Of states that lost construction jobs for the month, Alaska had the steepest percentage decline (-8.4 percent, -1,200 jobs), followed by New Hampshire (-4.7 percent, -1,100). Florida had the largest number of job losses (-9,200, -2.9 percent) followed by California (-6,700, -1.2 percent). Construction employment held steady for the month in Ohio, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Association officials said the mixed results in construction employment reflect continued declines in public sector investments in construction activity and growing uncertainty about future infrastructure funding levels. They noted that many firms that work on public projects, especially infrastructure projects, are hesitant to add staff while action on highway and transit, water and federal construction projects remains in limbo.

"Many construction firms will be stuck in neutral unless Washington can complete a host of long-term infrastructure measures,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. “It looks like public sector uncertainty is taking some of the energy out of the mild private sector recovery in construction demand.”

View the state employment data by rank and by state.

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Bluebeam® Software® Debuts New Integration into Bentley® ProjectWise® for Real-Time Collaboration
New Plug-in Enables Users to Create Bluebeam Studio Sessions On Demand to Help Teams Solve Problems Faster

Today at Be Together: The Bentley User Conference, Bluebeam Software is debuting new technology that will make it easier for departments of transportation and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms to digitally manage project drawings and collaborate on the fly. Bluebeam, leading developer of PDF-based workflow solutions for the AEC industry, has added a ProjectWise plug-in into its flagship product, Bluebeam Revu 10. Now, Revu users can simply click a button in ProjectWise to instantly create a real-time collaboration session in Bluebeam Studio™, enabling project team members around the globe to view and redline PDFs simultaneously to quickly resolve jobsite issues.

"Unforeseen project issues require immediate attention to move the job forward," said Don Jacob, Bluebeam Software VP of Engineering. "By enabling users to instantly start real-time collaboration sessions, Revu's new cohesive integration with ProjectWise eliminates meeting coordination time and allows team members to immediately work on finding and implementing solutions."

Released last March, Revu 10 is an award-winning project collaboration solution that leverages the PDF file format. The software enables users to create and redline PDFs and 3D views with industry-standard markups including text, shapes, clouds, leaders, CAD symbols and takeoffs. All comments are tracked in Revu's integrated Markups list, which can be sorted, filtered and summarized. While Revu is a desktop application, its Studio technology brings the software's redlining tools to the cloud. Users can upload an unlimited number of PDFs to Studio and invite project partners to redline them online - either together in real-time or separately on their own time. Only the session host must own a license of Revu, invited guests may view and redline PDFs stored in Studio sessions using Bluebeam's free PDF viewer, Bluebeam Vu.

Be Together is taking place today through May 17th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Attendees can see live demonstrations of Revu 10 at Bluebeam's kiosk in the Projects Zone. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to attend the presentation, "Design Review with ProjectWise and Bluebeam," scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 in Room 105B. During this session John Simmons, Director - ProjectWise Content Management at Bentley and Bluebeam's Jacob will discuss how ProjectWise is used with Bluebeam to facilitate PDF design review, and offer attendees a sneak peek at Bentley's latest innovation around PDF in action: the Dynamic Review for PDF.

Bluebeam Software products are sold direct and through a global network of authorized resellers. For more information, visit www.bluebeam.com.

About Bluebeam Software, Inc.
Not your typical software company, Bluebeam Software makes smart, simple solutions for paperless workflows based on the PDF format. Founded in 2002 in Pasadena, California, Bluebeam's award-winning PDF creation, markup and collaboration solutions are used today by the world's top architectural, engineering and construction firms, as well as government agencies, accountants and even attorneys, as an intuitive, easy-to-use, PDF-based software solution for dramatically improved workflow and more sustainable, paperless operations. Bluebeam supports customers in over 50 countries directly through its Account Services team in addition to an extensive reseller network. For more information, visit www.bluebeam.com.

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Garland Engages Customers with Social Media

The Garland Company, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of high-performance solutions for the building envelope, recently announced its commitment to interactively connect a world-wide community of building owners, facility managers, contractors, architects, and suppliers with its family of Garland employee owners through the use of social media.

GarTalkGarTalk (www.gartalk.garlandco.com) is an interactive blog where Garland experts post technically robust content about commercial roofing, exterior waterproofing, and other construction-related topics. Customers are invited to register on-line to join the conversations by posting their own comments and questions. Garland intends to develop the blog into a comprehensive central repository of technical knowledge to help educate and inform individuals seeking best practice methodologies for waterproofing the exterior building envelope. Visitors can subscribe to topic-specific feeds to keep abreast of areas of special interest such as sustainable design or metal roofing.

Garland Facebook (www.facebook.com/GarlandCompany) offers a transparent window into the people and culture that make Garland unique. Posts include links to trade articles of special interest to facility managers, architects, and commercial building owners; photos and descriptions of completed projects; news on recent product and service introductions; and updates on trade shows, contests, and other events involving Garland and its extended family of employee-owners.

Garland president Dave Sokol explains, “By creating a positive on-line presence, Garland social media provide a platform for developing recognition and awareness of the Garland brand worldwide. Tools such as GarTalk also provide a convenient business communication platform to help our sales force throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. build and sustain effective relationships in a changing world.”

The Garland Company, Inc. is a worldwide leader of quality, high-performance roofing and building maintenance systems for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets. For over 100 years, Garland has continually developed unique product and service offerings that raise industry standards of performance in order to meet the technical performance requirements of a wide range of challenging waterproofing applications throughout the world. Over 200 local representatives are strategically positioned throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to provide integrated product and service solutions for single and multi-property facilities. The Garland Company, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com, or contact your local Garland representative at 1‑800‑321‑9336.

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Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors Building Safety Month in May

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to announce its sponsorship of the International Code Council Foundation’s (ICCF) 2012 Building Safety Month. Simpson Strong-Tie is supporting Building Safety Month as a gold-level sponsor and is encouraging the industry to join the “I Support” campaign.

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year during May to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. The four-week campaign focuses on key safety areas each week, including energy and green building, disaster safety and mitigation, fire safety and awareness, and backyard safety. The overall goal is to reinforce the need for adopting modern, model building codes as well as implementing strong and efficient code enforcement. HGTV star and construction safety advocate Mike Holmes is this year’s honorary ambassador of Building Safety Month and is hosting a Q&A session on his website www.makeitright.ca on Wednesday, May 9.

“Simpson Strong-Tie is focused on creating structural products that help people build safer, stronger homes and buildings, so our support of Building Safety Month is really an extension of our work,” said Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Strong-Tie. “We’re proud to support the ICCF in raising awareness about the importance of safe, well-built structures through Building Safety Month.”

As a sponsor, Simpson Strong-Tie has several resources that help support the initiatives of Building Safety Month, including educational materials about designing and building homes and buildings to resist earthquakes and high winds as well as building and retrofitting outdoor decks safely. These resources can be found on the Building Safety Month website and the Simpson Strong-Tie® homeowner website, SafeStrongHome.com.

About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
For more than 55 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, Simpson Strong-Tie works closely with industry professionals to provide code-listed, field-tested products and value-engineered solutions. Its structural products are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. The company’s extensive product offering includes connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, lateral-force resisting systems, anchors and products for concrete repair, strengthening and protection. Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to helping customers succeed by providing exceptional products, full-service engineering and field support, product testing and training. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.strongtie.com.

About the International Code Council Foundation
The International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to promote public awareness of ideas, methods and technologies that encourage the construction of safe, durable and sustainable buildings and homes, reducing the devastating effects of building damages due to natural disasters and other tragedies. The ICCF is a subsidiary of the International Code Council, Inc., an organization that develops and enforces the most widely adopted building codes in the nation. The Foundation enhances and supports the activities of the International Code Council and its members by achieving the goal of being the premier nonprofit addressing the safety of the built environment.

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Architecture Billings Index Reverts to Negative Territory
Decline is possibly a brief pause from unusually strong winter activity

After five months of positive readings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has fallen into negative terrain. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 48.4, following a mark of 50.4 in March. This score reflects a decrease in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 54.4, down from mark of 56.6 the previous month.

You can see this press release online here: http://www.aia.org/press/releases/AIAB094780

“Considering the continued volatility in the overall economy, this decline in demand for design services isn’t terribly surprising,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Also, favorable conditions during the winter months may have accelerated design billings, producing a pause in projects that have moved ahead faster than expected.”

Key April ABI highlights:
  • Regional averages: Northeast (51.0), Midwest (50.1), South (49.0), West (48.0)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (53.8), multi-family residential (50.5), institutional (46.6), mixed practice (45.0)
  • Project inquiries index: 54.4

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the index and inquiries are monthly numbers.

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI. These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months. The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the White Paper Architecture Billings as a Leading Indicator of Construction: Analysis of the Relationship Between a Billings Index and Construction Spending on the AIA web site.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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ASSA ABLOY Announces Aperio Integration With RedCloud

ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, and RedCloud, an innovative provider of web-based, access control solutions, announce the integration of RedCloud's revolutionary access control platform with ASSA ABLOY'S range of Aperio™ wireless locks.

Aperio integrates with RedCloud's line of web-based, access control network appliances: RedCloud Express (control of 1-32 doors), RedCloud Enterprise (24-2000+ doors), and RedCloud Virtual (24-2000+ doors). RedCloud Express is a compact, all-in-one, access control network appliance designed for small-to-medium-sized installations, such as schools, offices, hospitals and museums. RedCloud Enterprise is a rack-mounted, access control network appliance that enables enterprises of all sizes to secure their facilities, people and assets across multiple offices, buildings or locations from any web browser. RedCloud Virtual is VMware Ready for deployment in a virtual server environment, eliminating the need to maintain a separate, stand-alone server or dedicated network appliance.

All RedCloud products are accessible anytime, anywhere from any standard web browser, including Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, with RedCloud Security Management Software. This 100-percent, browser-based web application is embedded in all RedCloud network appliances, allowing security and facility managers to control employee and visitor facility access privileges quickly and easily from any location.

"We're excited to bring this new level of flexibility to our customers," said Jeff Ross, Vice President, Product Management, RedCloud. "The integration of Aperio Technology with RedCloud's access control platform will provide a superior security solution that can meet the unique requirements of any business, regardless of size or number of facilities."

“RedCloud's products provide customers with innovative access control over a wide range of end-user markets and any number of doors," said Martin Huddart, Vice President of Electronic Technologies, ASSA ABLOY Americas. "This integration offers customers a flexible, affordable access control solution for enhanced security levels and is the perfect complement to our family of Aperio wireless locks that can address almost any application within a facility."

Aperio is a global, wireless platform that provides an easy, affordable way to connect additional openings to an existing electronic access control system. It uses wireless communication (IEEE 802.15.4) between the lock and an Aperio hub to link to an electronic access control system. This simplifies installation, reducing costs and complexity compared to traditional access control. With the flexibility to address almost any application, Aperio wireless technology is available in the SARGENT IN100 and PR100 commercial and institutional locks, Adams Rite A100 narrow stile locks, Medeco M100 eCylinders, and HES K100 cabinet locks.

About ASSA ABLOY
ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user demands for security, safety and convenience. www.intelligentopenings.com

About RedCloud
RedCloud, formerly known as PlaSec, is a revolutionary access control solution, engineered from the ground up by IT and security veterans to deliver a new standard in performance, integration and efficiency that can only be achieved through convergence. RedCloud’s patented, web-based, physical and virtual appliance platform leverages an open architecture, integrates identity management and video surveillance and achieves the highest level of scalability with the lowest cost of ownership, making RedCloud the logical choice in access control. For more information, please visit www.redcloudsecurity.com

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Architects Renew Agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Agreement Promotes Sustainability in Army Designs

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced it had renewed a partnership forged almost 20 years ago with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). USACE is responsible for the Army’s military construction program valued at $44.6 billion between 2006 and 2013, which is the largest military construction program since World War II.

The wide-ranging agreement, which was first signed in 1994, calls for both the AIA and USACE to promote their respective mutual interests in providing safe, effective and efficient architectural services and commits both organizations to a series of goals, including:
  • Promoting excellence in the design and construction of the country’s public and civic buildings, facilities and spaces;
  • Promoting excellence in the Corps design practices
  • Expanding cultural diversity within the architectural profession to ensure the inclusion of a multitude of perspectives and voices in the design and construction processes;
  • Advance partnering initiatives with the design and construction industry to improve the delivery of service to clients and the general public.

“Like the Corps, architects have embraced the challenges and opportunities of design that advances sustainability,” said AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA. “In pursuing a course of action that makes the best use of precious human and natural resources, we have much to learn from one another to advance the vision of our nation’s Founders.

“We look forward to continuing that learning process in the years ahead and to making sure architects are first and foremost in the thinking of USACE whenever design challenges present themselves,” Potter said.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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Construction Materials Prices Inch Up In April, While Contractors' Prices For New Nonresidential Buildings Rise Moderately

Construction Association Notes that Uneven Growth of Construction, Lack of Long-Term Infrastructure Funding Leave Firms Vulnerable to Price Spikes

The cost of construction materials took a breather in April, while contractors showed slightly greater ability to roll past price increases into their bids, according to an analysis of producer price index figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that despite the temporary reprieve from materials price hikes, market conditions for construction remain difficult.

“Contractors caught a bit of a break on major input costs in April, enabling some firms to make up for recent price spikes,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “However, workloads remain uneven by segment and geographical region, leaving many firms very vulnerable to unexpected price hikes for key materials.”

Simonson noted that there was a rise of 0.1 percent in April and 2.5 percent over 12 months in the producer price index for inputs to construction—a weighted average of the cost of materials used in all types of projects, plus items consumed by contractors such as diesel fuel. That was the smallest year-over-year increase since early 2009, he observed.

There have been slightly larger increases in the indexes for new nonresidential buildings, which are a measure of what contractors estimate they would charge to put up a new building, Simonson added. He pointed to increases of 0.5 percent for the month and 4.3 percent over 12 months for new school construction; 0.5 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively, for new warehouse construction; 0.6 percent and 3.2 percent for industrial buildings; and 0.1 percent and 3.2 percent for offices.

Prices moderated in April for a variety of materials, some of which had experienced large jumps earlier in the year, Simonson noted. For instance, the price index for diesel fuel dropped 0.9 percent for the month and 0.1 percent year-over-year. The price index for gypsum products such as wallboard, which leaped 14 percent in the first quarter of the year, fell 1.9 percent in April, although it remained 11.5 percent higher than in April 2011. The biggest monthly and year-over-year decreases among key materials occurred in the price index for copper and brass mill shapes, which tumbled 2.7 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively.

Association officials said that while improvement in the price indexes for finished buildings is a positive sign, it will do little to help construction firms working in the public sector, where the volume of projects has been declining. They added that because most firms have to guarantee their bids months before knowing what they will have to pay for materials, the industry remains particularly vulnerable to future price spikes.

“Until Washington finalizes a number of long-delayed infrastructure measures, public sector demand for construction is likely to continue to decline,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “With less work available, firms working on public projects will be particularly susceptible to price spikes.”

Click here to view the Producer Price Index tables.

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Construction Employment Remains Nearly Flat In April But Rises 1.1 Percent From A Year Ago; Unemployment Rate Falls To 14.5 Percent, A Four-Year Low

Industry Association Notes Workers are Leaving Industry as Employment Gains Remain Sluggish; Officials Call on Congress to Act Promptly on Long-Term Infrastructure Funding

The construction industry lost 2,000 jobs in April, following similar declines of 3,000 in March and 1,000 in February, but still added 63,000 jobs over the past year as the industry unemployment rate shrank to 14.5 percent—the lowest April level in four years, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that lack of long-term federal highway and transit funding, along with other infrastructure budget cuts, threatens to limit construction job growth.

“The plunge in the unemployment rate for former construction workers from 17.8 percent in April 2011 and 21.8 percent two years ago is good news for them,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Unfortunately, few of them have found jobs in construction, which actually employed 1,000 fewer workers than it did in April 2010.”

Construction started losing jobs in 2006—more than a year before the rest of the economy—and did not touch bottom until February 2011, a year after other sectors, Simonson pointed out. Even in the past year, there have been construction job losses in half the months, he said.

“It is tough to attract and retain workers when employment gains are so spotty,” Simonson observed. “With workers finding jobs in other industries, retiring or returning to school, contractors face a potential shortage of skilled workers in a year or two.”

Simonson noted that the 1.1 percent increase in construction employment over the past year was shared among all sectors of the industry. Employment among residential specialty trade contractors climbed by 33,100 or 2.3 percent, helped by a large increase in multifamily construction. Heavy and civil engineering employment rose by 18,400 (2.2 percent), thanks to work on power, energy and manufacturing projects. Nonresidential building employment increased by 6,000 (0.9 percent), while nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 3,900 employees, as private hospital, higher education, warehouse and transportation work accelerated. Residential building construction, mainly single-family homebuilding, eked out a gain of 700 workers (0.1 percent), he said.

Association officials said that inadequate long-term funding for infrastructure investment is likely to undermine construction employment gains in coming months. They cited the lack of a multiyear federal highway and transit bill as a particular problem, along with shrinking federal funding for a range of construction projects.

“Instead of hiring workers for desperately needed improvements to the nation’s transportation network, contractors must wait to see if lawmakers pass more than a short-term, no-increase highway and transit bill,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Meanwhile, other federal appropriations for water, wastewater and building infrastructure have been cut for two years in a row, with further cuts likely, making the jobs outlook even grimmer, unless Congress passes adequately funded, long-term bills now.”

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Techni-Flo™ Engineered Ventilation System Combines Nailable Polyiso Insulation With Ventilation For Steep-Sloped Roofs

Atlas Roofing® Corporation announces Techni-Flo™, the engineered ventilation system for steep-sloped roofs. Techni-Flo™ is a component system manufactured to meet specific needs of steep-sloped roofs and engineered to ensure consistent intake and exhaust airflow underneath the roof covering of commercial building applications. The three Techni-Flo™ components; Techni-Flo™ RV, CrossVent® and Techni-Flo™ EV are the only complete system in the industry for steep-slope roofs; with features engineered to deliver prescribed ventilation capacity specific to each job. The system works with shingle or standing seam roofs.

Inadequate volumes of properly directed ventilation cause problems to a roof; especially in extreme climates. Build up of mold over time, ice dams due to constant freezing and thawing, and shingle failure from extreme temperatures are among the most common factors that prematurely weaken a steep-slope roof. Heat build up in the attic also places abnormal demands on A/C systems. These and other problems are avoided with air flow volumes engineered to specification using Atlas Techni-Flo™.

The key to optimizing temperature on larger commercial roofs is to use a balanced system, i.e. a system where air intake matches air exhaust. If there is too much air intake or too little exhaust, the temperature cannot remain constant. Techni-Flo™ components are designed to work together to create balanced air flow which optimizes temperature.

Techni-Flo™ supports a larger net free area than any other ventilation system in the industry. By using the Ventilated Roof System Calculator and the Net Free Area Calculator provided at www.atlasroofing.com, users can determine the specifications necessary to ensure balanced, consistent ventilation for any steep-sloped roof.

Techni-Flo™ Engineered Ventilation System Components

Techni-Flo™ RV is an all metal ridge vent engineered to individual job ventilation specs. It installs easily with a snap cover. It's sturdy and won't compress under stress, handles heavy snow loads and resists wind driven rain and snow. It contains slotted fastener holes for correct fastener placement.

CrossVent® is an energy efficient polyiso foam insulation board for use over sloped, unventilated roof decks. It combines insulation, a nailable surface and ventilating airspace all in one panel. CrossVent® RB also combines all these features in a more energy efficient radiant barrier. Both products promote air flow using vent spacer strips to separate 7/16" OSB from the foam insulation, creating airways for flow from the eave to the ridge . Both products are also FSC® Certified.

Techni-Flo™ EV is the eave vent component engineered specifically for each job to prescribed ventilation capacity. It permits air flow through the CrossVent® panel to the ridge. The Techni-Flo™ EV prolongs the life of the roof by evacuating heat and moisture and moderating temperatures of the roof covering .

About Atlas Roofing®
Atlas Roofing® Corporation is an innovative, customer-oriented manufacturer of residential and commercial building materials. Atlas has grown from a single roofing shingle manufacturing facility in 1982 into an industry leader with 16 plants in North America and worldwide product distribution , For more information see www.atlasroofing.com.

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Construction Employment Declined In 36 States Between February And March While 24 States And D.C. Add Jobs For The Year As Infrastructure Bills Languish

California Adds the Most Construction Jobs and North Dakota Adds the Highest Percentage Year-over-Year While Florida Experiences Largest Annual Decline and Alabama Has Largest Percentage Drop in Construction Jobs

The momentum boosting the number of states adding construction jobs stalled in March as only 12 states and the District of Columbia added jobs since February, another 36 states lost construction jobs and employment levels remained flat in two other states, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. The year-over-year figures were little better, association officials added, noting that only 24 states and D.C. added construction jobs between March 2011 and 2012 while 24 lost jobs and two were unchanged.

"The March figures may simply reflect a bit of a correction after last year's harsh winter and this year's mild winter impacted typical March hiring patterns," said Ken Simonson, the association?s chief economist. "But the industry is still burdened in many states by weak demand for single-family housing, retail, office and public construction."

Simonson noted that North Dakota again had the largest percentage gain in construction jobs between March 2011 and 2012 (15.9 percent, 3,600 jobs), followed by D.C. (15.7 percent, 1,800 jobs) and Iowa (9.0 percent, 5,500 jobs). California added the most jobs (10,800, 1.9 percent), followed by Tennessee (8,100, 7.6 percent).

The economist said that among states that lost construction jobs during the past year, Alabama lost the highest percentage (-10.4 percent, -8,500 jobs), followed by Alaska (-10.1 percent, -1,600) and Nevada (-9.6 percent, -5,200). Florida lost the most jobs (-13,500, -4.0 percent), followed by Illinois (-9,500, -4.7 percent), Georgia (-8,800, -5.9 percent) and Alabama. Employment was unchanged over the year in Idaho and Wyoming.

Arizona added the highest percentage and largest number of construction jobs between February and March (3.4 percent, (3.4 percent, 3,800 jobs), followed by Missouri (2.4 percent, 2,400). Iowa was third in percentage growth (2.0 percent, 1,300) and New York was third in number of jobs added (1,600, 0.5 percent).

Of states that lost construction jobs for the month, Wisconsin had the steepest percentage decline (-4.9 percent, -4,500 jobs), followed by Arkansas (-4.3 percent, -2,100 jobs). Ohio had the largest number of job losses (-7,000, -3.9 percent) followed by Illinois (-5,000, -2.5 percent) and Wisconsin. Construction employment held steady for the month in Oregon and Wyoming.

Association officials said the continuing job losses in many states shows that it is important for policy makers to enact the kind of long-term infrastructure measures and tax policies that will give business owners the certainty and confidence they need to hire. They cited congressional passage of yet another temporary highway and transportation bill as one of the factors creating uncertainty for construction employers.

"Many construction firms are hesitant to hire when they have no idea how much work will be available later this year or how much they will owe in taxes next April," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. "At this point, Washington's failure to act is holding back what should be a more pronounced rebound in private sector demand."

View the state employment data by rank and by state.

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Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors

The patented Ultrex® coating system of Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors is the first and only window finish to be listed under the Verified Components List of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) for specifications 623-10, 624-10 and 625-10.

In addition, AAMA has verified that the Ultrex coating system meets all the requirements of specification 623-10 and has completed the performance requirements for specifications 624-10 and 625-10. (Long-term outdoor weathering performance tests for 624-10 and 625-10 are currently in progress.)

“We’re pleased to be the first and only window maker on the Verified Components List for these three key specifications,” said Becky Felling, Director of Marketing for Integrity Windows and Doors.

“What this means is that architects and builders can specify Integrity windows and doors, knowing that our Ultrex finish has been verified by the premier testing organization serving the professional architect,” Felling said.

Ultrex meets these performance requirements for specifications 623-10, 624-10 and 625-10:
  • Dry Film Thickness of >3.0 mils (minimum is 1.2 mils)
  • Dry Film Hardness of 2H (minimum is F)
  • Dry, Wet and Boil Adhesion with no loss of adhesion
  • Direct Impact with no film removal
  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Chemical Resistance test of muriatic acid, mortar and nitric acid without blistering
  • Detergent Resistance test with no loss of film adhesion or blistering
  • Window Cleaner Resistance with no loss of film adhesion or blistering
  • Humidity Resistance
  • Cold Crack Cycle
  • Oven Aging

Ultrex fiberglass is made with a patented pultrusion process. It’s as strong as steel and eight times stronger than vinyl.

Our tough finish is up to three times thicker than competing products, and resists cracking, chalking and fading. We’re so confident in the performance of Ultrex that we offer it in six exterior colors, including Ebony.

And now both our All Ultrex and Wood-Ultrex series are available in special sizes to 1/64 of an inch.

“We’ve been telling architects and builders that Ultrex will stand up to the toughest conditions,” Felling said. “Now our confidence is backed by a rigorous, third-party testing process that’s designed specifically to meet the long-term needs of architects, builders and owners.”

For more information visit www.integritywindows.com

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Garland’s New Corporate Website Offers Refreshed Look, User-Friendly Navigation

The Garland Company, Inc. recently launched a new corporate website – http://www.garlandco.com – featuring a refreshed design that provides quick and easy access to information on our expansive line of high-performance building envelope products and solutions. The company's most popular links, which range from their architectural manual to application videos to Garland sustainable products, are now accessible from the homepage, providing visitors with instant access to the information needed.

Garland’s comprehensive product section features drop-down menus for each product category in addition to detailed product information in an easy-to-read format that allows visitors to quickly identify product advantages, technical data, and product approvals. Each product page also features an information request form that can be used to submit questions or comments with a quick click of the button. That information is then forwarded on to the appropriate Garland representative, who will address inquiries in a timely manner.

“The new website reflects the true Garland business model. It provides visitors with in-depth information on product solutions and deliver it in a format that allows users to quickly and easily identify what they seek. Aside from that, the site makes if very easy for people to contact the company with questions or comments through product information request forms,” reports Garland’s General Manager, Scott Craft.

The new site also provides visitors with the most up-to-date information on Garland’s product releases and corporate successes through the Garland News ticker located on the homepage. Garland’s new website is accessible from mobile devices or tablets, and can be viewed on all platforms.

The Garland Company, Inc. is one of the worldwide leaders of quality, high-performance roofing, and building maintenance systems for the commercial, industrial, and institutional markets. For over 100 years, Garland has continually developed unique product and service offerings that have raised the bar of performance while exceeding the individual needs of customers throughout the world. Today, our network of representatives is ideally positioned throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to provide quality roofing solutions for single and multi-property facilities. The Garland Company, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company.

For more information, visit http://www.garlandco.com or contact Garland at 800-321-9336.

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