LATICRETE Resinous Flooring Estimator Simplifies Floor Coating Specification and Ordering Process

Leading manufacturing company introduces end-to-end floor coating project estimation and ordering tool for construction professionals interested in the SPARTACOTE™ resinous flooring line

November 1, 2018, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has introduced its Resinous Flooring Estimator— a state-of-the-art online tool for construction professionals utilizing SPARTACOTE™ products for their floor coating projects. The new tool allows users, both the general public and authorized LATICRETE distributors, to specify their floor or wall area, receive a detailed estimate of the individual components of any SPARTACOTE system, quantities and optional accessories, and place an order to be shipped directly from LATICRETE in a few quick steps.

“We have combined our existing estimation tool with an online ordering system to create a brand-new project estimation experience. Our Resinous Flooring Estimator represents a significant advantage to contractors who specify SPARTACOTE products for their projects. It not only provides a direct purchase path to speed up the entire ordering process but also helps introduce high-performance products to customers that may not have known about them previously,” said Kenneth Tarwood, LATICRETE Director of Marketing Information Systems.

SPARTACOTE resinous and decorative coating systems offer customers customizable floor coatings that suit a wide variety of applications. Key advantages of using SPARTACOTE systems for coatings contractors include excellent impact, chemical and abrasion resistance, extended working times and rapid cure properties that are designed to dry within a couple hours and be driven on within 24 hours. Additionally, these systems offer superior durability for long-lasting installations.

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To access the tool, visit laticrete.com/estimator.

 

Loba joins international Ardex Group – Wakol becomes majority shareholder

Ditzingen, Germany (October 29, 2018) — Adhesives manufacturer Wakol is increasing its share in Loba, a global manufacturer of surface treatments, and now holds a majority stake in the company. Wakol has been majority-owned by Ardex since 2015, and this transaction will make Loba part of the international Ardex Group.

To facilitate the transaction, four long-standing Loba shareholders have put their shares up for sale. The overriding goal of this decision is to safeguard the company’s long-term success. Therefore, the new shareholder structure consists of Wakol and Michael Fischer, who will remain as managing partner.

“By linking Loba with Wakol, we have managed to provide our company with an extremely sustainable perspective and pave the way for my succession early on,” said Michael Fischer, managing partner. “The international operations of the Ardex Group offer excellent opportunities to continue growing and to lead Loba into a successful future”.

Christian Groß, Wakol shareholder and CEO, sees the strengthening and expansion of the existing cooperation as a common goal: “Loba and Wakol have been working together excellently for over 20 years and we are now able to reinforce this even further. I am convinced that the Ardex Group offers great opportunities for both companies, whilst at the same time preserving the values and culture of a family business.”

Loba’s Ditzingen headquarters will be expanded as a development and production center for surface finishing within the Ardex Group. The treatment and finishing of wood and cork currently play a key role for Loba. Additionally, the company is expanding its activities in finishing resilient floor coverings as well as cementitious surfaces.

The company name, brand, and sales structure will remain unchanged, as well as the contacts for customers and suppliers. In both companies, the organization and personnel will remain the same. Following a mandatory review by the antitrust authorities, the transaction is expected to be completed at the latest by the end of November 2018.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2019 CERAMICS OF ITALY TILE COMPETITION

 

26th Edition Recognizes Exemplary Use of Italian Ceramic Tile

in North American Architecture and Design

 

Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are proud to announce the official call for entries for the 2019 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Now in its 26th year, the annual awards program recognizes the outstanding work of top North American architects and designers who create imaginative spaces that incorporate the innovative technical and aesthetic qualities of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Each year, an international jury of design experts reviews dozens of submissions from all over the continent and selects winners in four categories: residential, institutional, commercial and student.

After the successful introduction of a new student category in last year’s competition, with winners Raquel Raney and Brennan Broome from Florida International University, the jury will once again review submissions from design and architecture students who produce imaginative solutions using Italian ceramic tile. Individuals or groups of students are invited to submit their projects in the form of renderings, floor plans and sketches. Students must be enrolled in an accredited university in North America in order to be eligible.

In the three built categories – residential, institutional and commercial – projects can be domestic or international but must be designed by North America-based architects and designers, built or renovated between January 2014 and January 2019, and feature a significant amount of Italian ceramic or porcelain tile produced by Ceramics of Italy member companies. All styles and scales of projects will be considered – from multi-family housing and hospitality projects to outdoor spaces and façades. The jury’s official criteria includes: overall design of the project; aesthetic and technical quality of tile installation; degree to which the tile enhances the setting; and the project’s sustainable attributes.

Last year’s winners include: Studio Libeskind for their extensive use of self-cleaning and air-purifying tiles for a Berlin apartment building; a contemporary home that pays homage to its fire-stricken past by Ziger/Snead; and a prestigious Engineering School with a focus on sustainable design by ZAS Architects + Interiors.

Winners of the 2019 Tile Competition will be notified in March and officially announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference at Coverings – North America’s premier tile and stone tradeshow taking place in Orlando, FL from April 9-12, 2019. Built projects displaying the highest level of functionality, creativity, sustainability and aesthetic appeal are awarded a prize package that includes $3,000 cash, an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, FL for Coverings to present their project, plus a 5-day CEU-accredited trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – with a delegation of top design media. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the contractor/distributor team involved in each winning project. The winning student entry will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando to present their project in front of a large audience of media, manufacturers and tile industry professionals at Coverings 2019.

The competition guidelines, online application and an archive of beautiful winning projects from the past 25 years can be found on the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition website, www.tilecompetition.com. There is no fee to enter and multiple submissions are accepted.

 Deadline for entries: February 1, 2019.

 

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Ceramics of Italy is the trademark for Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware, that are members of Confindustria Ceramica. For more information on the ceramic tile sector, visit www.ceramica.info. For instant updates on Ceramics of Italy, connect with the industry on Facebook www.facebook.com/CeramicsOfItalyNA or Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @CeramicsOfItaly.

 

Vitromex USA Introduces Pueblo!

San Antonio, TX ⎯ Vitromex USA is proud to announce its newest addition to a wide selection of high quality ceramic lines: Pueblo. This animated collection derives its name from “Pueblo Mágico” or “Magical Town”, a title given to towns in Mexico with historically significant and traditionally rich characteristics. Similarly, this series offers a captivating experience. Pueblo’s Cantera Stone design has an enthralling specked effect along with dynamic hand scrapped trowel markings creating a variety of faces. Pueblo is truly the magical element one needs to complete their ideal space.


Pueblo’s unique look cement surface, a mix of light and dark coarse aggregate and sand, is complete with a grip matte finish, is offered in a ceramic pressed 12” x 24” field tile format and is designed in three everyday inspired cement colors such as Taos (a classic basalt brown), Laguna (a white cobblestone – pictured), and Acoma (an old world red clay).
Pueblo ceramic floor and wall tile is appropriate for all residential and commercial wall, countertop and backsplash applications as well as all residential and light commercial floor applications. Vitromex USA continues to be a participating member of the TCNA (Tile Council of North America). http://vitromex.com

In memory: Alexander Peter Tarr, CSI, CDT, March 9, 1941- October 15,2018

Al Tarr

 

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Al attended Purdue University after graduating from high school. While in college he enlisted and served in the United States Air Force from 1960-64.  After completing his service, he moved to Arizona.

Al found his passion in the construction specification industry with MAPEI Corporation for tile and flooring installations.  Al could spice up the presentation of products with clever and entertaining ways that you’d never forget. For instance, once Al wore a giant chef’s hat to talk about the chemistry in grout!

Al worked at MAPEI from the mid-80s to 2000, after which he took the specifying reins and marched all over the USA with Noble Company as Western Region Architectural Manager. He spent nine years there until his retirement to his longtime Scottsdale residence.

The CSI board, with Al Tarr (center right) in 1996-97.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Construction Specification Institute (CSI) was big part of his life, and Al was the life of the party at annual conferences and conventions.  He always stayed to the last at the events and was a great host.  He welcomed many new members, and served a stint as President of the Phoenix Chapter. He was consistently available there to lend a hand, or at least an opinion.

 

 

Al Tarr as the Lone Ranger in 2007

Al Tarr “cutting up” with Pamela Jackson circa 1996-97.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al was feisty to the end but passed away peacefully on October 15, 2018 with many friends having visited in the last days.

Al is survived by his sister, Judith (Tarr) Mattei and her husband Frank, nephew Russel Mattei, grandniece Ashley, niece Deborah Kolber and grandnephews Kolby and Kory, as well as many cousins and lifelong friends.

Al wishes to spend eternity in his favorite beautiful place in Sedona, so his ashes will be spread at West Fork at a later date.

Al Tarr, 2017

A memorial reception will be held on Tuesday, November 6th from 3:00-6:00 at The Reference Library, 99 E Virginia Ave., #140, Phoenix, AZ  85004. Please RSVP to:  602-258-7499. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Funeral Home Angels Cremation & Burial 422 W McClellan, Mesa AZ  85201, to help offset funeral expenses. Contact: Pamela Jackson at [email protected].

In addition, Pamela is collecting stories and photos for a presentation to be made at the reception. Please send photos and stories to her at the email above.

 

 

MODOMO Tiles opens North Carolina warehouse; has presence at TSP

US/Italian tile manufacturer Modomo announces the opening of its state-side warehouse with over 250 SKU’s available, ranging from 2″x2″ mosaics to 24″x48″ color body and rectified porcelain tiles.  Managing Partner, Scott Alpert, says: “It has been a big undertaking to customize and manufacture Italian porcelain tiles to the American taste and lifestyle–we are now ready!”  The company believes in partnering with customers vertically and looks to become the industrial partner that clients need by increasing value via:
  • Helping customers create specifications via Brand Ambassadors and Trainers.
  • Providing a complete range of merchandising fitting customer needs.
  • Providing complete range of sizes appropriate for ALL US markets.
  • Providing natural, polished, and exterior finishes in same series.
MODOMO Tiles hopes will have a presence at Total Solutions Plus at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine Texas, Booth #11, during the Monday evening Tabletop Event from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. www.modomotiles.com

David Allen Company presents 22nd Annual Design School Scholarship

 

For the past 22 years David Allen Company has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to a gifted and promising architectural student at the North Carolina State University College of Architecture. The Dean of the college makes the selection to either a graduate or an undergraduate student.

Robert Roberson, Chairman of David Allen Company, presented the 2018-2019 award to Forough Mofidi, a Graduate Architectural Student, who has been identified by the Design School Dean and faculty as a promising leader in architecture.

David Allen Company has a long history of promoting the use of tile, marble, granite, natural stone, and terrazzo through its relationship with and support of architectural and design schools.  With offices in Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Columbia SC; Birmingham, AL, South Florida, and Charlotte, NC, the company is celebrating its 99th year in 2019.

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Accompanied by College of Design Dean Hoversten (R), Robert Roberson (L), David Allen Company’s Chairman, presents the 2018-2019 David Allen Company Scholarship to Architectural Student, Forough Mofidi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFILITEC DEBUTS CHIC LINE OF wall tile SURFACE FINISHES

 

PROFILITEC, Italian producer of state-of-the-art floor profiles and related installation solutions, has introduced a full line of embossed surface finishes for ceramic tile wall coverings called THE WALL MODERN LINE.

In step with the latest trends, Profilitec has designed THE WALL MODERN LINE to match ceramic, cementine, concrete and stone effect tiles. The profiles, opaque and tactile infuse a retro look with industrial style, creating a very modern motif. Profilitec’s new collection offers fast application, economical solutions… and, lasting performance.

THE WALL MODERN LINE is available in a wide variety of colors, ranging from warm to cool shades: Matte Black, Micaceous Grey, Dark Brown, Corten, Dove Grey, Khaki, Rusty White, Pastel Grey, and Cement Grey. Aluminum, brass, stainless steel and non-toxic synthetic materials with over 30 different types of trim finishes enable the user to coordinate with tile colors and grout and to create a decorative contrast. They can be used to join, protect or simply decorate.

Greg Gelston, President of Profilitec stated, “Shabby Chic is making a comeback after first appearing on the design scene more than 25 years ago. Our new line has an industrial style, which has morphed into Industrial Chic.”

The unique, embossed texture contributes to the profiles’ high abrasion, impact resistance and provides an anti-glare surface due to reduced sunlight reflection.

The application of these “chic” profiles over the sharp corners is a true safeguarding measure, especially to prevent single firing ceramic tiles from chipping. The time-saving factor for installing this product is quite relevant when one can avoid the 45° corner cut. The profile will also help the layer for the line-up and the straight vertical edge.

“There are also numerous solutions for internal corners, making them easy to clean,” continued Gelston, “Such features were initially implemented by the current European hygiene and safety standards.”  For more information, visit profilitec.com.

 

 

Dodge: New Construction Starts in 2019 to Hold Steady with 2018 Amount

Dodge Outlook Report Predicts Deceleration in Total Construction Growth

Will Continue, Reflecting a Mixed Pattern by Project Type

 

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – October 25, 2018 – Dodge Data & Analytics (https://www.construction.com) today released its 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2019 will be $808 billion, staying essentially even with the $807 billion estimated for 2018.

“Over the past three years, the expansion for the U.S. construction industry has shown deceleration in its rate of growth, a pattern that typically takes place as an expansion matures,” stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “After advancing 11% to 14% each year from 2012 through 2015, total construction starts climbed 7% in both 2016 and 2017, and a 3% increase is estimated for 2018. There are, of course, mounting headwinds affecting construction, namely rising interest rates and higher material costs, but for now these have been balanced by the stronger growth for the U.S. economy, some easing of bank lending standards, still healthy market fundamentals for commercial real estate, and greater state financing for school construction and enhanced federal funding for public works.”

“An important question going into 2019 is whether deceleration is followed by a period of high-level stability or a period of decline. For 2019, it’s expected that growth for the U.S. economy won’t be quite as strong as what’s taking place in 2018, as the benefits of tax cuts begin to wane. Short term interest rates will rise, as the Federal Reserve continues to move monetary policy towards a more neutral stance. Long-term interest rates will also rise, reflecting higher inflationary expectations by the financial markets. At the same time, any erosion in market fundamentals for commercial real estate will stay modest. In addition, the greater funding from state and local bond measures passed in recent years will still be present, and it’s likely that federal spending for construction programs will increase once all the federal appropriations bills for fiscal 2019 are finalized. In this environment, it’s forecast that growth for construction starts will decelerate further, but not yet make the transition to the point where the overall volume of activity declines. For 2019, total construction starts are forecast to hold basically steady at $808 billion. By major sector in dollar terms, residential building will be down 2%, nonresidential building will match its 2018 amount, and nonbuilding construction will increase 3%.”

The pattern of construction starts by more specific segments is the following:

  • Single family housing will be unchanged in dollar terms, alongside a modest 3% drop in housing starts to 815,000 (Dodge basis). There will be a slight decline in homebuyer demand as the result of higher mortgage rates, diminished affordability, and reduced tax advantages for home ownership as the result of tax reform.
  • Multifamily housing will slide 6% in dollars and 8% in units to 465,000 (Dodge basis). Market fundamentals such as occupancies and rent growth had shown modest erosion prior to 2018, which then paused this year due to the stronger U.S. economy. However, that erosion in market fundamentals is expected to resume in 2019.
  • Commercial building will retreat 3%, following 2% gains in 2017 and 2018, as well as the substantial percentage increases that took place earlier. While 2018 market fundamentals for offices and warehouses are healthy, next year vacancy rates are expected to rise as the economy slows, slightly dampening construction. Hotel construction will ease back from recent strength, and store construction will experience further weakness.
  • Institutional building will advance 3%, picking up the pace slightly from its 1% gain in 2018 which itself followed an 18% hike in 2017. Educational facilities should see continued growth in 2019, supported by funding coming from numerous school construction bond measures. Healthcare projects will make a partial rebound after pulling back in 2018. Airport terminal and amusement-related projects are expected to stay close to the elevated levels of construction starts reported in 2017 and 2018.
  • Manufacturing plant construction will rise 2% following the 18% jump that’s estimated for 2018. The recent pickup in petrochemical plant projects should continue, and cuts in the corporate tax rate from tax reform should encourage firms to invest more in new plant capacity.
  • Public works construction will increase 4%, reflecting growth by most of the project types. The omnibus federal appropriations bill passed in March provided greater funding for transportation projects that will carry over into 2019, and environmental-related projects are getting a lift from recently passed legislation.
  • Electric utilities/gas plants will drop 3%, continuing to retreat after the exceptional amount reported back in 2015. New generating capacity continues to come on line, dampening capacity utilization rates for power generation.

The 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook was presented at the 80th annual Outlook Executive Conference held by Dodge Data & Analytics at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Copies of the report with additional details by building sector can be ordered here or by calling (800) 591-4462.

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About Dodge Data & Analytics:  Dodge Data & Analytics is North America’s leading provider of analytics and software-based workflow integration solutions for the construction industry. Building product manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors, and service providers leverage Dodge to identify and pursue unseen growth opportunities and execute on those opportunities for enhanced business performance. Whether it’s on a local, regional or national level, Dodge makes the hidden obvious, empowering its clients to better understand their markets, uncover key relationships, size growth opportunities, and pursue those opportunities with success. The company’s construction project information is the most comprehensive and verified in the industry. Dodge is leveraging its 100-year-old legacy of continuous innovation to help the industry meet the building challenges of the future.  To learn more, visit www.construction.com.

Neolith Announces Fifth Annual International Design Competition

The new edition of the design competition highlights contemporary surfacing applications by architects, interior designers, builders, remodelers, students, and fabricators.

Castellón, Spain (2018) – TheSize, manufacturer of sintered stone brand Neolith, has announced its fifth annual international design competition. This global competition – with three submission categories is open now through November 11, 2018. It highlights creativity and innovation of designs incorporating Neolith surfacing by architects, interior designers, builders, remodelers, students, and fabricators.

For each category, a team of industry judges will focus on the proposal’s originality, presentation creativity, technical complexity, variety of Neolith applications, quality before-and-after images, and the degree of environmental sensitivity in the project. The grand prize for each category includes an all-inclusive trip to the famed Salone del Mobile Milano show in April 2019 valued at approximately $5,000.  Winners will be announced on December 20, 2018 via Neolith’s website and social media channels.

My Neolith Project 2019

My Neolith Project” is open to design professionals that have recently developed a contemporary, residential design project incorporating Neolith in multiple applications, such as façades, flooring, cladding, kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, swimming pools and more. The project should also highlight today’s modern design trends such as use of mixed materials, neutral elements and soft lines. To be eligible, the project must have been completed between 2015-2018, outside of Spain.

Neolith New Talents – Contemporary Neolith Homes

This year’s “Neolith New Talents” is open to architecture, design and interior design students enrolled in at least one class from 2017-2019. Neolith is challenging participants to virtually design a contemporary-style home meeting design trends such as: a mix of materials, neutral elements, and soft lines.

Students will design different rooms in the home without limitations on budget. Successful projects will integrate Neolith through different applications and atmospheres such as dining rooms, bedrooms, or outdoor areas while considering Neolith slabs available to them.

Top Fabricator of the Year

The Top Fabricator of the Year category recognizes the most meticulous and labor-intensive projects made by fabricators with Neolith slabs.

Projects will be evaluated as “little great works of art” that are technically complicated and require outstanding knowledge, ingenuity and the skills to produce them. To participate, projects must be completed between 2015-2018, outside of Spain.

For more information on the design competition and application forms, visit www.neolith.com and click on the “Highlights” section, then “Contests.” For specific questions on the My Neolith Project and Top Fabricator of the Year categories, e-mail [email protected]. For specific questions on the Neolith New Talents category, e-mail [email protected].

Neolith products are available in the U.S. and worldwide through a large network of distributors. For a location near you or to learn more, visit Neolith at www.neolith.com.

 

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