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MCM Fire Performance Testing in the United States and Canada
MCM Fire Performance Testing in the United States and Canada
June 19, 2017
Recent global fire events have heightened the awareness regarding the use of metal composite material (MCM). Safeguards in place in North America help to ensure these types of fire incidents do not take place. By adhering to the performance criteria defined in the International Building Code (IBC) in the United States, the National Building Code (NBC), and the Provincial Building Codes in Canada and working with the experienced MCM Manufacturers and Certified Fabricators, MCM can be used safely and effectively on a variety of construction types. Continue reading
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Problem solving in Asheville with R-Trac & ALPOLIC Materials
Problem solving in Asheville with R-Trac & ALPOLIC Materials
June 13, 2017
Developers of the recently opened Asheville City Center sought out a cost-effective design that met code requirements while still allowing the building to feel open from the outside. Read more about how ALPOLIC and R-Trac helped provide a beautiful solution.
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Butler Tech Bioscience Center Modernizes Technical Education
Butler Tech Bioscience Center Modernizes Technical Education
June 13, 2017
Project Butler Tech Bioscience Center Location West Chester, OH Architect McGill Smith Punshon Inc, Cincinnati Distributor Brock Associates LLC, Pittsburgh Fabricator Composite Panels Innovations (CPI), Pittsburgh Installer Valley Interior Systems, Cincinnati Product ALPOLIC® fr/BBR Red/two-coated 4MM Coating FEVE For nearly 10 months, drivers along Ohio’s Interstate 75 watched a building take shape in a new planned healthcare epicenter in the town of West Chester. What began as an unassuming black building during the initial stage of its construction became the talk of the town once bold red aluminum composite panels were added to the exterior. Accentuated with glass and brick, the new Butler Tech Bioscience Center is a striking presence where instructors and students are now
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Five Reasons Why ALPOLIC is Great For Retail
Five Reasons Why ALPOLIC is Great For Retail
May 23, 2017
As the leading supplier of aluminum composite material for some of the world’s largest and best known Corporate Identity Programs, ALPOLIC® Materials is uniquely familiar with the distinct needs of retail branding. [caption id="attachment_6272" align="alignnone" width="860"] Croc's Flagship Retail Store, New York, NY[/caption] We’re as colorful as your business. ALPOLIC’s trusted color matching system allows you to establish your brand’s identity before customers walk in the door. At the Crocs flagship store in New York, ALPOLIC materials were used to create a facade in the brand’s signature green, with yellow and black accents that suggest the look of Crocs’ iconic clog. Even in
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The Tivoli Project: Unprecedented Residential Design
The Tivoli Project: Unprecedented Residential Design
March 30, 2017
Project: Tivoli House Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America Fabricator: Electroland, LLC Architect: Electroland, LLC Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/PE aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE in ALPOLIC® TOB Black Valflon® coating supplied by Valspar Industry: Residential A newly completed house in Los Angeles features a unique hanging façade fabricated of ALPOLIC® materials. The Tivoli house, designed and built by Electroland LLC, is the newest addition to the firm’s extensive portfolio of projects that bring engaging architectural artworks to highly public spaces. Completed in January, 2017, the project was designed and built by Cameron McNall, founder and principal of Electroland. The hanging façade resembles a decorative box
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What is ACM?
What is ACM?
November 8, 2016
Explore the contemporary buildings in practically any city, and you’re bound to see many examples of a transformational architectural material — although you might not realize it. Aluminum composite materials (ACM) have reshaped the skyline, enabling architects to realize visions that were impractical or wholly impossible less than 50 years ago. A little history ACM was introduced in 1969. As one of the first and most innovative manufacturers of ACM, ALPOLIC® materials began production in Japan in the early 1970s. By the early 1980s, ALPOLIC® ACM was also available in Germany and the U.S. From then on, adoption grew exponentially as architects, fabricators
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Beautifully Revitalized Homes at Harrison Commons
Beautifully Revitalized Homes at Harrison Commons
October 4, 2016
Project: Harrison Commons Location: Harrison, New Jersey, United States of America Fabricator: Fairfield Metal, LLC Architect: Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC PE in CMX Champagne Metallic Coating: Champagne Metallic (CMX) Industry: Multi-Family Housing Newly developed multi-housing units are steadily sweeping the nation. According to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the nation’s largest lenders in the housing market, 2016 is poised to see greater activity compared to 2015, when the two agencies lent nearly $100 million for construction of apartments and condominiums. Multi-family housing projects showcase noteworthy variety, occupying both the affordable and luxurious ends of the spectrum and appearing in both suburban and
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UWM's Bold New Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex
UWM's Bold New Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex
September 13, 2016
Project: Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America Fabricator: John W. McDougall Co. Inc. Architect: Flad Architects Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE in ALPOLIC® BSX Silver Metallic and custom COT Terra Cotta Valfon® coatings supplied by Valspar Completion: Dedicated October 2, 2015 Industry: Education “It is certainly our most distinctive building on campus,” says the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Associate Vice Chancellor Geoff Hurtado. “And it signifies the direction in which UWM is headed. We are stepping up from a good university to a great university and in the top tier of the research community.” This embodiment of
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The New Parkland Hospital
The New Parkland Hospital
August 28, 2016
  Project: Parkland Hospital Location: Dallas, Texas, United States of America Fabricator: NOW Specialties Inc. Architect: HDR+Corgan joint venture Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant aluminum composite material Coating: Kynar® PVDF resin in ALPOLIC® PEX Pewter Metallic Fluropon® coating supplied by Valspar Completion: Opened to patients on August 20, 2015 Industry: Healthcare Built in 1954 as the premier public healthcare facility in the Dallas, Texas region, Parkland Hospital had become severely overcrowded and functionally outdated by the turn of the new century. In November 2008, the voters of Dallas County were asked to approve a $747 million bond toward the construction of a new Parkland with a final price tag of
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Fire-Retardant Safety for Tall Buildings
Fire-Retardant Safety for Tall Buildings
May 25, 2016
In the mid-1970s, disaster movies were as popular as superhero movies are today. The biggest blockbuster of all was The Towering Inferno , featuring an all-star cast, a shoddily built skyscraper, and a raging fire too high up to fight effectively from the ground. People of a certain age still think of that movie as they ride elevators up to floors in the double-digits. Their concern isn’t completely unfounded, as demonstrated by a series of skyscraper fires in Dubai – the latest being a spectacular fire last New Year’s Eve. The cause of that fire was the same as in The
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Green Tranquility at HRT Transit Center
Green Tranquility at HRT Transit Center
April 28, 2016
  Project: Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Norfolk Transit Center Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America Fabricator: Roof Services Corporation Architect: Tymoff+Moss Architects Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/PE aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE in ALPOLIC® SMX Silver Metallic and MBU Blue Valfon® coatings supplied by Valspar Completion: January 2016 Industry: Community Traditionally minded people can be resistant to change when they are accustomed to a particular architectural environment. So when three concepts were presented for a new bus terminal and transfer station to serve the Downtown Norfolk area of Coastal Virginia, Michael Schnekser fully expected the public to support the most conservative option. Schnekser, a principal at Tymoff+Moss Architects, was part
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Quick, Safe Graffiti Resistance & Removal
Quick, Safe Graffiti Resistance & Removal
February 9, 2016
Whatever you may think about the talents of someone like Banksy, graffiti is not art. It’s a crime. And while a Banksy tag may bring an unexpected windfall for the property owner, for the rest of us graffiti is nothing but an ugly and expensive nuisance. The city of Los Angeles cleans up more than 30 million square feet of graffiti every year at a cost of around $7 million. In the U.S. alone, various estimates of the yearly costs of graffiti repair range from about $12 billion to as much as $20 billion – more than the annual budget for
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