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ACM Versus Fiber Cement: Know the Difference For Your Design
ACM Versus Fiber Cement: Know the Difference For Your Design
October 24, 2017
It’s good to have choices as you survey materials for use in your next exterior or interior project.  Along with traditional materials, the industry is seeing an increase in the use of fiber cement, especially in the Quick Service Restaurant and Hospitality segments.  While it does the job, it also may limit the options available to designers and architects.Multiple materials can (and do) come together to create a breathtaking design, but ensuring your brand identity and its color palate are reflected can be tricky with fiber cement because of its limited selection. If you are searching for a matte
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3 Steps to Fail-Safe Composite Panel Performance
3 Steps to Fail-Safe Composite Panel Performance
October 9, 2017
Observing IBC 2015 Section 1407 is one thing. Making sure the MCM panels you specify live up to it is another. Metal composite materials (MCM) have proven to be one of the most versatile architectural cladding products in the designer’s palette. MCM panels can help a designer achieve nearly any exterior aesthetic they desire, with hundreds of styles and finishes available to achieve the architect’s vision.Like any building material, specifying MCM comes with compliance responsibilities. What questions should you be asking at specification? What actions can you take to ensure the architectural panels you specify live up to the expectations the
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ALPOLIC and Valspar: Achieving Custom Color Excellence
ALPOLIC and Valspar: Achieving Custom Color Excellence
June 29, 2017
Having been in the business of painted aluminum composite material since 1991, ALPOLIC, as you can imagine, has a staggering amount of color formulas in its archives. But in today’s brand-driven world, it’s not uncommon for a client to request a color that needs to be created from scratch.Daily, architects and fabricators come to ALPOLIC to get the exact color they require for their architectural designs. While reformulating an existing color or creating one from scratch relies heavily on modern technology, it remains as much an art as a science — one requiring the know-how of well-trained experts.When clients
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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 CenterLocation West Chester, OHArchitect McGill Smith Punshon Inc, CincinnatiDistributor Brock Associates LLC, PittsburghFabricator Composite Panels Innovations (CPI), PittsburghInstaller Valley Interior Systems, CincinnatiProduct ALPOLIC® fr/BBR Red/two-coated 4MMCoating FEVEFor 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 HouseLocation: Los Angeles, California, United States of AmericaFabricator: Electroland, LLCArchitect: Electroland, LLCExterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc.Product: ALPOLIC®/PE aluminum composite materialCoating: Lumiflon® FEVE in ALPOLIC® TOB Black Valflon® coating supplied by ValsparIndustry: ResidentialA 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 historyACM 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 CommonsLocation: Harrison, New Jersey, United States of AmericaFabricator: Fairfield Metal, LLCArchitect: Minno & Wasko Architects and PlannersExterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc.Product: ALPOLIC PE in CMX Champagne MetallicCoating: Champagne Metallic (CMX)Industry: Multi-Family HousingNewly 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 ComplexLocation: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of AmericaFabricator: John W. McDougall Co. Inc.Architect: Flad ArchitectsExterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc.Product: ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant aluminum composite materialCoating: Lumiflon® FEVE in ALPOLIC® BSX Silver Metallic and custom COT Terra Cotta Valfon® coatings supplied by ValsparCompletion: Dedicated October 2, 2015Industry: 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 HospitalLocation: Dallas, Texas, United States of AmericaFabricator: NOW Specialties Inc.Architect: HDR+Corgan joint ventureExterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc.Product: ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant aluminum composite materialCoating: Kynar® PVDF resin in ALPOLIC® PEX Pewter Metallic Fluropon® coating supplied by ValsparCompletion: Opened to patients on August 20, 2015Industry: HealthcareBuilt 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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