Tough Economic Times May Call for Downsizing Facility Resources

By William S. DeJong
School districts are committed to quality educational opportunities for all students. However, when district administrators are confronted with a tight economy, declining enrollment and decreased public funding, it becomes difficult for them to continue to operate all school buildings.

Arcmatic Welding SystemsUtilize Computer Technology

VALLEJO, Calif. — Arcmatic Welding Systems, based at the former Mare Island Navy shipyard, specializes in turnkey, computer-controlled welding systems for heavy-plate applications, including the fabrication of structural steel beams and columns for the institutional construction sector. Arcmatic systems utilize Versaslag — a patented modular variant of the Narrow-Gap Improved Electroslag Welding process — or a twin-wire Submerged Arc Welding process with metal powder additions that deliver high-deposition rates, cost efficiencies and impact resistance. The modular mechanical and electrical components of both computer-controlled welding processes can be mounted on several application platforms and units, such as Arcmatic’s dual carriage gantry, which facilitates simultaneous two-weld operations that further increase deposition rates (in excess of 300 lbs per hour) and reduce welding times in the fabrication of structural beams and columns. “Box columns for buildings generally require four 20-foot-long partial penetration weld seams,” says company founder William Bong. “With our dual carriage gantry welding system, we can weld the two top seams in one single pass.” Visit Arcmatic Welding Systems.  

Polyfab RELEASES NEW Colors

Polyfab USA, a supplier of shade-structure textiles, announced the addition of three new colors to its fabric line.

KI Unveils Online Spec Tool

KI, a manufacturer of furniture and moveable wall systems for educational facilities, recently released SpecEngine, a new online specification tool designed to make the planning and installation of the company’s patented Genius architectural walls easier.

HMFH Designs Eight New England Projects

HMFH Architects was recently awarded eight contracts in the New England area with a combined area of more than 500,000 square feet.

New Rules For Lab Construction On The Way

The American Institute of Architects and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories are pooling their resources to establish new guidelines for the planning and design of laboratories.

AIA/ALA Awards Library Designs

The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association have recognized eight libraries as recipients of the 2009 American Institute of Architect/American Library Association Library Building awards.

Creating a Safe, Secure School Campus

By Paul Poblocki
Effective signage can alleviate concerns for students, parents and faculty

CHPS Recognizes Four Organizations With Green Apple Awards

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools recognized four organizations at its annual conference for their commitment to creating healthy, high-performing learning environments.

San Diego to Host 85th Annual CEFPI World Conference and Expo

School district and university administrators, architects, engineers and product manufacturers are heading to San Diego Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 for the 85th annual Council of Facility Planners and Educators, International, World Conference and Expo. Be sure to visit us at booth #106.