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PRESS RELEASE: ICD High Performance Coatings Releases Paper; Silicone Opacifiers for Spandrel Glass Applications: Risk Mitigation in Thermal Stresses

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PRESS RELEASE: ICD High Performance Coatings Releases Paper; Silicone Opacifiers for Spandrel Glass Applications: Risk Mitigation in Thermal Stresses

ICD High Performance Coatings is pleased to announce that Chris Fronsoe – ICD Sales Manager – will be speaking at Glass Performance Days, June 28th through June 30th, 2017. Chris will be presenting our recently released paper on using silicone opacifiers for spandrel glass applications and their inherent risk mitigation benefits, especially when it comes to thermal stresses.

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Portland Architecture With OPACI-COAT-300 Spandrel

Recently, I got a chance to get out and shoot some of our projects in our own backyard. Portland, Oregon is an interesting place. We have a sense of pride in being strange. As Brian Libby shows in his excellent blog on Portland Architecture, we have a rather robust architecture style that ranges from stoic Federal buildings to new design concepts. Never a dull moment around here! Unless you are, of course, a concrete Federal Building. It's fitting that I not only run a fantastic construction products company, that makes coatings for skyscrapers and interior design, but I'm also an architecture photographer. On a fine fall day in the Pacific NW I set out to document some of our newer projects in town. All of these projects used our OPACI-COAT-300 Water-Based Silicone Spandrel for glass. A cool product, with virtually no VOC's and no heavy metals. This allows architects and designers to make the glass of the skin of a building, any color they wish. We've been doing it for over 25 years and it's as fun as it was on day one.

Tons more to shoot in town but here is a set from this recent day of shooting.

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Winnipeg Building Gets Design Facelift with ICD's Spandrel Product

Winnipeg Facelift ICD OPACI-COAT-300 One of the most prominent office towers in Winnipeg,Manitoba, Canada is getting a $4 million facelift that will not only make it more energy efficient, but dramatically alter its appearance.

ICD High Performance Coatings of Vancouver, WA will play an instrumental role in this renovation.  OPACI-COAT-300® has been selected as the spandrel coating for the project.

“This is going to put a new face on Broadway”, Karen Lund, general manager of the Winnipeg regional office of Morguard Investments Ltd., said of the renovations to the 16 story building located at 363 Broadway in downtown Winnipeg.  Morguard manages the building, which is owned by a pension fund.

“We kind of think (when it’s done) people are going to look at it and say, ‘When did they build that building?’”, Lund said.

The project is now underway and is expected to take 9-12 months to complete.

It involves replacing the existing curtain wall and then re-glazing with 80,000 sqft of AGC Ti-AC 40 over Gray.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to rebrand the building.  If you’re going to do an upgrade, you don’t want to put up the same glass”, Lund said.

Ron Suzuki of Smith Carter Architects and Engineers is the lead architect and project manager—said some really innovative and interesting buildings are beginning to pop up all around Winnipeg.

“Winnipeggers have become more open to new designs”, Suzuki said.  Suzuki went on to say, “we chose ICD’s OPACI-COAT-300® due to the color range they can provide, the fact that it contains no VOC’s and because we have a favorable and documented history with ICD”.

He and Lund said their design team considered more than half a dozen color combinations before settling on the blue-green-grey combination.

Suzuki said the 363 Broadway renovation was part of a national trend that has seen a lot of 1960’s and ‘70’s era buildings undergo major exteriors renovations in the past decade.

That’s because commercial buildings have a life cycle and the common thinking is that the interior should be upgraded every 10 years, the mechanical systems every 20 years and the exterior every 40 years.

“We wanted to create interest, but also wanted to it to be timeless”, Suzuki said, noting that the glass and spandrel units will likely be there for close to 40 years.

Winnipeg Building Getting New Design

 

Glazing Contractor:  Border Glass and Aluminum- Winnipeg

Architect:  Smith Carter Architects and Engineers- Winnipeg

Glass Fabricator:  Trulite Glass and Aluminum Solutions- New Berlin, WI.

Spandrel Coating:  ICD High Performance Coatings- Vancouver, WA USA

Glass Supplier:  AGC Glass- Kingsport, TN

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Al Salam Tecom - Dubai, UAE (OPACI-COAT Spandrel)

The tower rests on a 28m podium which accommodates the recreational facilities at deck level including two swimming pools and health clubs, individually dedicated for the serviced apartments tenants and the other for office space tenants. The serviced apartments are accommodated on 15 typical floors and comprise of mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments.

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OPACI-COAT-500® Passes Full Range of Testing Under GANA 89-1-6(2008)

Important news that I neglected to report on, this occurred back in December 2009. OPACI-COAT-500® was subjected to testing under the Glass Association of North America 89-1-6(2008) Specification for Environmental Durability of Heat Treated Spandrel Glass with Applied Opacifiers. All colors submitted passed all sections without issue. Contact ICD for a copy of the full report.

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Delay New Lead Paint Rules By EPA? Why?

Found this link today via Twitter: http://wddalliance.org/industry-resources-lead-paint.html; it's a call by the Window & Door Dealers Alliance to contact your congressman about delaying new April 22nd rules on lead in paint. Why do this is my question?

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