1st Annual CONSTRUCT Young Professionals / Student Day

There has been a lot of recent discussion on the sparsity of young professionals in the AEC community. This is evident when looking at the attendance of the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) and Construction Specification Institute (CSI) monthly meetings and annual trade shows. We need to encourage more young professionals to enter the many fields offered in the architectural, engineering & construction industries.

Cindy Barrand with Informa, who presents the CONSTRUCT show in conjunction with the CSI Annual Convention, decided to do something about it. She created a special package for young professionals (max 35 years of age) and students that offered education, a full day specifically designed for them, networking events and a few social occasions, spanning 4 days of the convention all for a reduced price.

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SCIP – Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice

When CONSTRUCT announced last year that the 2015 convention would be held in St. Louis we were thrilled. We knew we had a great opportunity to show off our hometown and Hager Companies.

We were lucky enough to entice two groups to our headquarters for a tour.  The first was held yesterday and by all accounts it was a success.

Last year, through connections on Twitter, we were able to reach out to the President of SCIP, Dave Stutzman, to offer a tour of our facility and dinner for any interested SCIP members.  SCIP holds their annual meeting the day before CONSTRUCT opens. Our BHMA Testing Lab and Engineering Lab are located at our St. Louis headquarters and we felt both might offer noteworthy learning opportunities to the SCIP members.

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Introducing – Mark Hoialmen

Please join us in welcoming Mark Hoialmen as an architectural specification consultant for Hager in the Georgia area.

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Mark began his career in Atlanta in the advertising industry working with manufacturers from semiconductors to apparel. Later, as Director of Marketing for a production software firm, he delivered the company’s newest Windows conversion in manufacturing software to the dental lab industry. An opportunity to start a business as a group health insurance benefits broker was presented and Mark began providing group insurance coverage to software companies and a few architect firms in Georgia for the next 9 years.

Mark decided on a new course after selling his company to a national brokerage firm and opened his own representative company in the acoustic treatment industry. Now working for Hager, Mark has nine AIA accredited presentations for architectural firms and a specification writing team behind him to help with door hardware specs.

Mark lives in the North Atlanta area with his wife Mady and their 14 year old son Wyatt.

If you are in Georgia and need to catch up on AIA CED/HSW credits before the end of the year or would like to learn more about our products, give Mark a call at 678-215-2859 or email: [email protected]

 

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September – National Preparedness Month

Watching the news this week we’ve seen it all: fires, floods, tornadoes and watching tropical systems coming off the coast of Africa. It can be overwhelming! Being prepared and keeping an eye on the news is the best thing we can do to combat these stressful feelings.

This month is National Preparedness Month and there is a lot of information to help all of us get ready. Here is a great website with tons of information!

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First make a plan. We do it for our finances, work, school, vacation, etc. and yes, for possible disasters. If you need help with a template, several can be found here.

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Archispeak – A podcast for architects

There are a lot of publications and trade groups who would like us to advertise in their magazine, either digital or print and sometimes both! While we think all are worthwhile our goal is to support our partners while broadening the Hager brand.  Our partners include distributors, facilities managers, end users, general contractors and architects.

Through our social media platforms we follow several architects in order to promote and share their services and projects. However there are three architects that caught our eye when they decided to try something new. They started a podcast called Archispeak for “all things architecture” by architects, in late 2012.  The hosts are Evan Troxel, Neal Pann and Cormac Phalen.  We’ve been following them for a while.

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They talk about everything! Really – from premature renderation to architects and egos, nothing is sacred. They also work hard to provide a resource to emerging architects. We were thrilled when they picked up a steady sponsor in ARCAT.

ARCAT, in case you don’t know, provides free building products specifications. We hear from architects all the time how difficult writing hardware specs are so in order to try to simplify their work load our specifications are listed on ARCAT’s website.

We had been thinking about sponsoring a few shows for a while but needed it to be the right time. For the next few months we have a convergence of events happening so we felt this was it. Episode #70 is out now. There is a special opportunity for listeners of the show if you are attending CONSTRUCT or the Texas Society of Architect trade shows but you have to listen to the podcast to find out what it is.

In the meantime thanks Evan, Neal and Cormac for providing great content that everyone in the AEC community can learn from.

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Project Profile: Muirfield Village Golf Club (Renovations)

The golf course is often times considered the outdoor office.  It is a great place to network with customers, business associates and team members. Hager team members love getting out on the golf course as our Pinterest Golf Board can attest too.

Project Name:            Muirfield Village Golf Club (Renovations)
Architect:                     Peacock & Lewis Architects & Planners
General Contractor:  Ruscilli Construction
Distributor:                 Ott, Inc.
Door Openings:         200

When we were presented with the chance to be part of the team that renovated the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin Ohio, we jumped at it. This golf course is one of the top ranked courses in the world and has been home to the Memorial Tournament for 40 years. It also has hosted the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, President’s Cup and the U.S. Amateur.

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Rendering provided by Peacock & Lewis Architects & Planners

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New Products Announcement

4500 Series Exit Device Decorative Lever Options

The decorative lever options on our 2300 Series Tubular and 3800 Series Mortise Locks are now available with our 4500 Series Exit Device. Now you can complete the elegant look on door openings requiring exit devices.  Available in US3, US4, US10, US10B, US26 & US26D. Additional information is available here.

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Huttig Building Products – Celebrating 130 Years!

In the quick changing market of residential and light commercial construction Huttig strives to make their customer’s construction projects easier.

Started by two brothers Charles and William Huttig, in 1866, who founded a sawmill and lumberyard in Muscatine, Iowa. Their goal was to help rebuild and restore America after the Civil War ended. Through hard work, integrity and creating a high quality product, their business quickly grew.

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Huttig truck from 1950. Photo from the State Archives of Florida

The business evolved into a window sash and door manufacturer and the brothers opened their first distribution center in St. Louis, Missouri. Huttig continued to grow throughout the years and partnered with several of the most reliable and reputable names in building products. We are proud to be one of those partners. To better reflect the many products Huttig now offers they changed their name to Huttig Building Products.

Huttig believes in giving back and donates building products to Habitat Restore locations across America. If you haven’t been into a Habitat Restore check out a local store near you.

Charles and William Huttig would be proud that the foundation they built their business on: hard work, integrity and providing quality products, continues today.

Happy Birthday!!

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Project Profile: International Training Center (Phase V)

Project Profile:             International Training Center (Phase V)

Client:                            United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America

Architect:                       Carlile Coatsworth Architects

General Contractor:     Penta Building Group

Distributor:                    Hallgren – Las Vegas

Installers:                       American Door Installation

Door Openings:            200

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) maintains its International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. With the completion of Phase V this campus consists of nearly a million square feet. At the core of this facility are the training areas that will keep union carpenters skills up to date with emerging technology.

Phase V comprises a 223,000 square feet building which houses 30 classrooms, a working shop, ballrooms and a museum/lobby area. There are over two dozen custom display cases dispersed throughout the lobby full of historic UBC artifacts. More …

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Don’t get locked out!

Understanding which lock function a customer needs can mean the difference between a happy customer or an unhappy one, if the lock doesn’t function how they expected.

The function is the mechanical behavior of the lock. The need (or not) for security on the door opening dictates what type of function is required. A door to a coat closet typically requires less security than a door to a mechanical room. As buildings become more complex, door openings and therefore door hardware also does. We offer over 35 ANSI functions that we discussed in a previous blog post here.

The use of the cylindrical mechanical lock entry function ANSI F109/Hager 53 and the office function ANSI F82/Hager 50 are sometimes misunderstood. More …

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