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Corrugated Metals & Thacher Island, Massachusetts

Posted by Ken Carlton

Oct 16, 2015 4:00:00 PM


Thacher_Island_IMG_0356One of this year’s interesting projects, was an order for corrugated Aluminum replacement panels for a 50 year-old catch basin for rain water. The 25,000-gallon basin is located under a roof on Thacher Island, a 50-acre National Historic Landmark off the coast of Rockport, Massachusetts. Captain John Smith visited the island in 1614.

Peter Bergholtz, VP of the Thacher Island Association, said that our Sinewave panels fit perfectly over the 50-year old panels. “I was very elated with everything, just what we wanted”, was Peter’s comment after finishing the first phase of the project this year.

Thacher Island hosts about 2,000 visitors annually. A ferry runs every Wednesday and Saturday from June through the first weekend in September. If you are interested in visiting or viewing images of Thacher Island, check out their website: http://thacherisland.org/.


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Topics: metals, corrugated, quality materials, aluminum, customers

Cedar Rapids, IA Parking Garage

Posted by Ken Carlton

Aug 7, 2014 1:53:00 PM


This architecturally pleasing parking garage is a new addition to downtown Cedar Rapids, IA. CMI is proud to be a supplier for this high profile job.

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Corrugated Metals, Inc. and our sales representative in Iowa, RW Brimeyer Sales closed the deal to supply the siding panels for the Cedar Rapids Parking Garage in Cedar Rapids, IA. This unique project designed by OPN Architects from Cedar Rapids, IA, managed by Knutson Construction and erected by Rushton Sheet Metal out of Iowa City, IA, encompassed our Bold Rib I profile made out of 0.080 Non-Clad perforated aluminum. The design started with perforated .25” diameter x .437” staggered center holes supplied by Accurate Perforating Company, Inc from Chicago, IL. CMI formed the metal in our Bold Rib I siding profile that comes 33.5” wide. We cut the panels to custom lengths dictated by our customer. After the product was formed into CMI’s Bold Rib I profile it was post painted by Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc. in 4 different colors on both sides. The colors used for this project were blue and various shades of gray. Detailed inspections of all critical dimensions ensured the integrity of this 25,000 sq-ft project.

Construction for this project commenced in January 2013 and was completed in June 2014.

Corrugated and perforated panels are a simple yet elegant solution for creating striking designs that give depth and texture to a building exterior, and our precision workmanship brought life to this architect’s aesthetic expression. 

 

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Topics: corrugated metals, aluminum, Bold Rib, Parking Garage

The Construction Industry’s Increased Use of Energy Efficient Building Materials

Posted by Ken Carlton

Apr 22, 2014 9:00:00 AM

galavnized-steel-box-providence-park-hospital-2As construction companies research and learn about new and innovative construction materials, the industry grows and evolves.  One of the biggest evolutions in today’s construction projects is the use of sustainable and more energy efficient building materials for both residential and commercial construction.

A part of the new interest in energy efficient and sustainable building materials has been a focus by many government levels on providing tax incentives to encourage the usage of these types of materials and components. 

Tax credits, rebates, and other incentives from the Federal and state governments has encouraged construction companies and architects to include purchases and installation of a variety of new and energy efficient materials.  Everything from efficient insulation and hot water systems to increased energy efficient windows, doors, siding, and roofing materials have all become critical to construction.

A Continuing Transformation

In addition to these incentives, the construction industry has undergone some transformation in its own view of working with these types of materials, components and systems.  This transformation has seen a greater inclusion of sustainable materials and a strengthening view that increasing energy efficiency in the design of new construction is beneficial to their company’s ongoing business and place in the construction market.

The Legislative Research Commission in their publication “Energy-efficient Building Design and Construction Practices” commented that, “The whole-building design approach integrates building design and siting, including the use of components that feature the latest in energy-efficient technologies and practices, evaluation of all building materials for environmental preference, and completion of a base-case analysis to understand design strategies that will have the greatest impact on the design for a particular building function. “

The report continues to describe how the whole-build approach includes both the architectural design combined with its energy design for a particular building.  “The capacity of mechanical and electrical systems can be minimized by incorporating passive solar technologies to help meet indoor space-conditioning requirements and lighting loads.

Building simulation software can guide decisions to achieve this strategy. All suggested design changes should be re-evaluated through simulation before implementation to ensure they will not detract from meeting building design goals.”

New Materials, Systems and Design Concepts

In addition to the tax incentives and this new approach to construction, there are new materials and systems that provide opportunities that are increasing the use of these materials.  As well, new innovative designs are taking a fresh look on how to utilize every aspect of a building’s construction to increase its overall energy efficiency.  Some of the new materials, systems, and design concepts include:

  1. Occupancy sensors for indoor and outdoor lighting to maintain energy efficiencies when actually needed.
  2. Electrochromic windows that instantly shade, when hit with direct UV rays reduces overall costs for running air conditioning in hot summer months.
  3. High performance insulation for flooring, exterior walls and roofs maintain a building’s heat in colder weather and also retains coolness when operating an A/C system in the summer.
  4. Utilization of metal roofing materials to reflect the sun’s hot rays to keep a building cool and reduce cooling expenses.
  5. Functional use of natural ventilation and ceiling fans to cool buildings to reduce the need for air conditioning.
  6. Application of light colored materials or paint for a building’s exterior, including roofs in order to reflect the sun’s rays and reduce overall cooling costs.

All of these efforts by the construction industry are focused on reducing the general energy use of a building.  The efforts focus on how to effectively and efficiently use energy, but also water and other resources. 

Included in the design are factors such as materials that will protect the people who occupy or work in a building.  And finally, the construction industry is also using these new methods in an attempt to reduce waste and promote better use of materials.

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Topics: Steel, aluminum, American Construction, energy efficiency,

Aluminum and the LEED Revolution

Posted by Ken Carlton

Mar 10, 2014 7:42:00 AM

aluminum_bitsSince its introduction in 1993, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been promoting sustainability in America’s building industry. Its most well known initiative is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (or LEED) green-building rating system. According to the USGBC website, LEED provides: “a framework that gives project teams the ability to choose solutions that contribute to aggregate environmental progress.”

When it comes to actual building materials, aluminum finds its way into many LEED-rated projects. In 2008, aluminum producers claimed that approximately 85% of domestically produced, flat rolled products for the construction market were made of recycled content. This high level of recyclability is not a surprise when it comes to aluminum. Not only does both post-consumer and post-industrial aluminum contain high percentages of recycled content, but also aluminum itself is 100% recyclable. Other amazing eco-friendly qualities of aluminum include:

  • Aluminum from recycled materials requires only around 5% of the energy required to produce aluminum from bauxite ore.
  • Using recycled over raw materials to create aluminum reduces air pollution by 95% and water pollution by 97%.
  • There is no limit to how many times aluminum can be recycled, so it never loses quality. Therefore, even after it long lifespan, it can be quickly reintroduced into the material stream.
  • LEED buildings, many of which feature recycled aluminum, use 25% less energy than the national average, which adds up to $675.26 per employee!

It is clear that the LEED rating system is becoming a critical part of the American construction industry. As more construction professionals discover the benefits of LEED-rated buildings, the more it becomes clear just how eco-friendly and versatile aluminum can be.  

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Topics: corrugated metals, aluminum, American Construction

Steel vs. Aluminum: What’s Right for Your Trailer?

Posted by Ken Carlton

Jan 14, 2014 8:37:00 AM

trailer_hauling_livestockHere’s a question that has been plaguing manufacturers for decades: Do you use steel or aluminum for your product? As you might imagine, the choice is critical on a wide range of levels. Issues like weight, strength, corrosion-resistance, carbon footprint and cost all play roles in deciding which direction to go. When it comes to trailers (the ones used to transport horses, cars, livestock and other products and materials) most of the industry’s leaders are fans of aluminum. So how did all the biggest names in trailers conclude that aluminum was far superior to steel for their products?

Corrugated Metals - Comparing Aluminum and Steel

While there are many factors involved when choosing between aluminum and steel, the following five factors stand out:

  • Weight - There isn’t much argument that aluminum weighs less than classic steel. While the price of a steel trailer might be lower when purchased, the second you get an aluminum trailer out of the road you instantly begin saving money. Whatever weight the steel adds to the trailer is pounds of cargo that you don’t carry.  This is especially a big deal to over-the-road truckers who must constantly battle with weight restrictions.
  • Strength - Don’t be fooled, modern aluminum is tough and strong. While it cannot match steel’s yield and ultimate strengths, aluminum can certainly hold its own. In addition, aluminum has a better strength-to-weight ratio.
  • Corrosion - In general, aluminum is much more corrosion resistant than regular steel. Some of the extremely expensive and difficult-to-work with stainless steels do offer excellent corrosion protection. However, they are heavy and absolutely cost prohibitive for use in trailers. 
  • Green Benefits - According to the Aluminum Association: “one pound of aluminum in place of 1.5 lbs. of steel in a typical bus or truck application reduces greenhouse gas emissions by almost 90 lbs. over the lifetime of the bus or truck.”
  • Cost - This one isn’t as clear cut as the issues above. The initial cost, what you pay to have a trailer manufactured, will most likely be higher with aluminum. Steel does have a number of cost benefits (upkeep, repairs); but if you crunch the numbers, the costs associated with aluminum and steel equal out in the end, or even in favor of aluminum.

After looking at these factors, and many more, it starts to become clear that when it comes to trailers, aluminum is your best bet. Of course, this is not the case for all situations, and you should always share your unique needs with your trailer manufacturer or salesperson; but in general, aluminum is the perfect corrugated metal material for your next trailer. 

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Topics: corrugated metals, Steel, aluminum, Trailers

State and County Fairs: A Calvacade of Aluminum Trailers!

Posted by Ken Carlton

Aug 28, 2013 8:16:00 AM

horse in aluminum trailer, corrugated metalAugust and September are traditionally the time for state and county fairs across the U.S.  All around America, county and state fairs are drawing thousands of people for a day, week, or month of fun, family times. Today’s fairs are celebrations heavy on the “unique” fried foods, carnival games and rides, and live music.

Some of the more famous and well-attended fairs include:

  • State Fair of Texas (Sept. 27-Oct. 20, 2013)
    In its 127th year, this massive fair drew more than 2.5 million last year and includes complete auto show that covers 300,000 sq ft.
  • Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 22- Sept 2, 2013)
    With over 1.7 million attending last year, this fair is heavy on the livestock and dairy!
  • Los Angeles County Fair (Aug. 30-Sept 29, 2013)
    As far as county fairs, this is the largest and most heavily attended with close to 1.4 million coming in 2012.

Aluminum trailers that carries livestockThese massive modern events began as much smaller concentrated affairs. County and state fairs got their starts in the 19th century as a way to promote modern farming methods and equipment.

The very first county fair was held in Naperville, Illinois in 1841, while the first state fair launched that same year in Syracuse, New York. Though what passes for entertainment has radically changed in the past 172 years, the modern fairs still shine a light on agriculture and livestock.

Most fairs have some sort of livestock-judging aspect, whether it is the prestigious and massive Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions or a smaller local show like The Grange at the Boone County Fair in Belvidere, IL.


No matter the size of the fair, those who bring livestock to these fairs need high-quality trailers for their (hopefully) prize-winning animals. If you attend any size fair the odds are good that you will see corrugated aluminum trailers from some of the biggest names in the industry including, Featherlite, Kiefer Manufacturing and CM Trailers. All of these amazing companies, utilize the corrugated aluminum for their products because it is a durable, lightweight, and fuel-efficient material.

So the next time you visit your local fair, be it a smaller local venue or a giant state event, don’t just eat your weight in fried foods, also take some time out to notice all the innovative aluminum trailers that make all the fun possible! To learn more about Featherlite, Kiefer Manufacturing, and CM Trailers, please visit their websites. 

 

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Topics: corrugated metals, aluminum, livestock