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Commercial | NOW SPECIALTIES INC. Panel Specialist »NOW Specialties installs architecturalnew cladding of all types, such as on this NOW SPECIALTIES IS THE LEADING EXTERIOR WALL DESIGNER, FABRICATOR AND INSTALLER IN TEXAS. ustomers who seek exterior wall sys-CENT TH tems in a variety of styles and materials – along with design, fabrication and installation – often select NOW Specialties Inc. for its variety of products and expertise. NOW Specialties installs architectural cladding of all types, with an emphasis on walls FO CUS over roofs, and exteriors over interiors. “Our emphasis from the beginning was the fabrication and installation of exterior metal wall panels, louvers, sunshades and column covers,” says Fred Nolan, vice president of sales and marketing. With more than 35,000 square feet of shop space, NOW Specialties meets the demands of high-profile projects such as Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal D construction, the University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for Brain Health and Boardwalk Porsche, a sleek, modern dealership in Plano, Texas. This latter project was the company’s first installation of Trespa Meteon, whose inherent flatness and clean detailing were ideally suited for the dealership’s simple, commanding design. “From a sales standpoint, one of our favorite recent projects is the Mammoet corporate office in Angleton, Texas,” Nolan says. “The building was constructed 300 yards from the eventual site, then moved from the staging area into place using Mammoet’s own equipment. We clad the building exterior with one of Morin’s roll-formed profiles. “The part that really sticks out is that the furniture was installed at the time of the move,” he remarks. “You have to wonder if there was a staff meeting going on somewhere inside the building. But Mammoet won’t be going anywhere, even with the tough Houston weather. The headquarters are designed to withstand 135-mile-per-hour winds.” C U R SO AL building at the University of Texas at Austin. applied »A patina accelerator was the Hotelto these copper columns at Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. Aluminum Manufacture Nolan estimates that 70 percent of NOW Specialties’ business is the fabrication and installation of 4mm aluminum composite material (ACM). This is a sheet of aluminum that is bonded to a polyethylene core, which in turn is bonded to a second aluminum sheet. Other cladding products include zinc, stainless steel, copper and brushed aluminum, both in composite and single-skin makeup. The company also installs high-pressure laminates, roll-formed steel sheet, louvers, sunshades and insulated metal panels. “The full description of ACM manufacture could probably fill a book,” Nolan says. “Getting paint to adhere to aluminum is a feat in itself – the material must be cleaned, etched, rinsed and primed prior to paint application. I won’t even mention the anodizing process.” After finishing, the two aluminum coils are chemically bonded to the polyethylene at high heat and speed. “By now, it is all fully automated and not nearly as precarious as it sounds,” Nolan describes. The three principal U.S. brands are Alucobond, Reynobond and Alpolic, although there are new Parkland Hospital »TheDallas uses panels from in NOW Specialties. 42 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - September/October 2012
Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
Last Look

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