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Retrofitting with ALPOLIC Metal Composite Materials
Retrofitting with ALPOLIC Metal Composite Materials
October 31, 2018
With a focus on cost savings and environmental stewardship, retrofitting is a popular choice for building owners and designers. Whether the building façade is worn, dated or just unattractive, the best choice for modernizing the look of a structurally sound building is to clad it in ALPOLIC Metal Composite Materials (MCM).Typically much less expensive than demolishing and rebuilding, MCM cladding is ideal because it can be attached to block, brick, steel studs — virtually any substrate. Composite, in particular aluminum composite material (ACM), is extremely lightweight, easy to fabricate and available with a fire-retardant core for buildings that are more
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Red Is Not Simply Red at ALPOLIC
Red Is Not Simply Red at ALPOLIC
September 17, 2018
When companies choose to make dynamic color choices in their branding, even small changes in hue can alter the intended visual story. Crimson, scarlet, ruby, brick … there are hundreds of shades to choose from that inspire and assert your brand’s message. ALPOLIC helps to make sure that the desired vision is realized, just as the designer intended.If you are looking for inspiration, we have over 20 different red finish samples you can order today, free of charge. If our stock colors aren’t a perfect fit, we’ll find the color that is. Through our partnership with Sherwin Williams Coil Coatings
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Rainscreen
Choosing an Installation System for Your Metal Composite Cladding
July 23, 2018
ALPOLIC has been an innovation leader in metal composite materials for decades and is the clear choice for architectural cladding because of its unsurpassed variety of colors, durability, and adaptability. However, our MCM products are just one part of the decision process when designing a building envelope. When it comes to selecting a cladding system, it is important to understand the options.Cladding systems fall into one of two general categories, sealed and rainscreen, and there are multiple factors that should be evaluated when determining the ideal cladding system for your specific project. Some considerations include: the project environment, aesthetic needs,
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Texas Childrens Hospital The Woodlands Celebrates Spirit of Design
Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands Celebrates Spirit of Design
April 5, 2018
 Project Texas Children’s Hospital The WoodlandsLocation The Woodlands, TXArchitect FKP Architects, Houston, TXFabricator Byrne Metals, Humble, TXInstaller Byrne Metals, Humble, TXProduct ALPOLIC® fr/CMX Champagne Metallic/ 4MMGreat architectural design should be distinctive and pull inspiration from its surroundings.When the award-winning Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) decided to expand its services with a new facility in The Woodlands, a planned community located in the heavily forested region north of Houston, the lush landscape was clearly a source of inspiration for FKP Architects.  The resulting state-of-the-art facility’s overall concept was based on the theme “Spirit of the Woods,” and that concept can be seen in every aspect of the interior
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Can You Identify This Cladding Material
Can You Identify This Cladding Material?
March 1, 2018
Ask 10 architects if they’ve ever specified this cladding material and it’s a safe bet most will answer “no,” and this in spite of the fact it covers tens of thousands of U.S. buildings and its environmental benefits may be without equal in its category.Welcome to the remarkable world of metal composite materials (MCM). Today, MCM sheets beautify and shield leading commercial, medical, hospitality, and academic structures worldwide, from the iconic Burj Al Arab to tens of thousands of U.S. structures across all property types.  Click for more.See the possibilities in MCM for yourself. Order free samples from ALPOLIC today.
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ACM versus Fiber Cement
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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UWM’s Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex
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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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. 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 a place as bright and busy as midtown Manhattan, this
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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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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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Ryerson University Student Learning Centre
Ryerson University Student Learning Centre
September 16, 2015
Project: Ryerson University Student Learning CentreLocation: Toronto, Ontario, CanadaFabricator: Flynn CanadaInstaller: Flynn CanadaArchitect Zeidler Partnership Architects in association with SnøhettaExterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials/Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc.Product: ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant aluminum composite materialCoating: Lumiflon® FEVE in Custom ALPOLIC® SEP Prismatic Blue Valfon® coatings supplied by ValsparCompletion: August 2014Industry: Architectural - EducationIt’s said that Ryerson University can be found at the intersection of Mind and Action. Ryerson’s new Student Learning Centre can certainly be found there, although the actual street address is the intersection of Yonge and Gould, in the busy heart of Toronto, one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities.Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson University’s provost and vice president academic,
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Inspired By Nature: Our New Matte Series
Inspired By Nature: Our New Matte Series
August 3, 2015
Countless architects around the world have found inspiration in the incredible color and gloss range of our aluminum composite material finishes. Now, they can take inspiration from the colors of nature with our new Matte Series finishes, drawn from the living earth’s subtle palette.Our aluminum and metal composite materials have helped transform the face of contemporary architecture. Skylines are bolder. Colors are brighter. Possibilities are grander. But sometimes it’s good to stay grounded – to honor the earth that gives birth to everything. That’s what our new Matte Series finishes are all about.Available in both our traditional ALPOLIC®/PE and fire-retardant
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