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Impactable Dock Doors Help Increase Safety in Warehouses

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Warehouse doors can help increase safety by helping protect the integrity of the floor. They are designed to prevent the elements from the entering the facility, and reduce the threat of condensation from creating a slipping/tripping hazard for those on foot or those trying to quickly maneuver forklifts in tight areas. They also serve to reduce impact accidents and injuries by absorbing ‘hits.’ To ensure the right assembly, there are numerous high-pressure and missile-impact tests that demonstrate the strength of the doors—important for facing up to high winds.

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Designing Plaza Hardscapes: Considerations from insulation and waterproofing to structural support

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Plaza construction typically incorporates various products from different manufacturers intended to provide the thermal resistance, water management, structural capacity, and wearing surface needed to meet a particular project’s requirements. This article discusses the importance of evaluating the strength and stiffness characteristics of a plaza system, particularly when heavy loading is anticipated. Designs that do not properly account for overall system strength and stiffness are vulnerable to damage, potentially resulting in cracking and displacement of the hardscape materials, reduction of drainage capacity, and reduced service life of the plaza.

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Exploring Mica Coatings’ Potential: A look at Port Canaveral’s Exploration Tower

Photo (c) Rip Noel, Noel Studios Inc. Photo courtesy Valspar Corp.

The welcome center at Florida’s Port Canaveral space shuttle facility is Exploration Tower. Clad in aluminum panels and a curtain wall assembly, it is also the first major project to be finished with paint that changes color depending on the light reflectance. This article looks at how such a coating is applied, and what design professionals need to know about the visual potential of such materials.

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Exploring Mica Coatings’ Potential

Welcoming visitors to Florida’s Space Coast, the new Exploration Tower (Port Canaveral) embraces its futuristic look by making use of a new type of color-changing coating on the building’s exterior metal cladding.

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Designing Plaza Hardscapes

Frequently constructed over occupied spaces, outdoor plazas break up the massing of neighboring buildings with landscape treatments and traffic pathways. How can one design for the various structural and waterproofing needs? Standing on a mattress can help.

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