Construction Specialties New Architectural Solutions

For more than 70 years, Construction Specialties (CS) has been dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that improve the built environment. And now, CS is introducing two new louver advancements and three new expansion joint covers to its robust product line that ensure specifiers can accommodate movement in and around commercial structures.  

“Our goal is to continually evolve our product line, solving problems in the field with solutions that accommodate ever-changing structural demands and adapt for greater building resiliency,” said Gabe Blasi, director of Entrance Flooring, Expansion Joint Covers, and Platform Solutions. “These new products are a testament to our commitment to help specifiers master building movement.”  

Crucial Protection from the Elements: New Louver Advancements  

CS prides itself as being one of the first manufacturers to bring louvers to the marketplace. This legacy means that CS louvers are among the most dependable on the market, allowing buildings to breathe from the outside in and protecting them from the elements. New to CS’s product offering is the RS-5800 model and a new accessory, the Louver Blank-Off:  

  • RS-5800 Model: Engineered for coastal areas and other areas with a higher risk of extreme weather, this vertically designed louver is a direct response to a rise in damaging weather events and increasingly rigorous building codes. With an impressive 54% free area, it is AMCA 540 certified, meeting stringent impact-resistance criteria to protect against airborne debris without its blades detaching from its frame. It has also been tested to meet AMCA 550 standards, withstanding wind speeds up to 110 miles per hour and up to 8″ of rain per hour.  
  • Louver Blank-OffBlank-offs can be applied to the back of nearly any louver system to meet occupant requirements, transforming an active louver to an inactive louver as needed. Designed to fortify against water intrusion, this accessory utilizes a hydrophobic mineral wall that is flame resistant — it meets ASTM E 84 (UL 723) — and is reliably factory sealed. Additionally, the blank-off may be removed at any time to transition back to an active louver if the occupant needs change. Bird or insect screens can be added  for extra protection. Blank-off panels come in a standard size range from 1″ to 3″ deep, but can be custom engineered based on project requirements. 

 Adapting to Ongoing Movement: Three New Expansion Joint Cover Models  

CS has been manufacturing expansion joint covers for more than 50 years. The brand provides specifiers with access to on-staff engineers, ensuring the right product is specified for the right application, allowing buildings to move and function properly. These three new expansion joint covers — for interior walls and ceilings, exterior walls, and roofs — accommodate the four main types of building movement: thermal movement, wind sway, seismic activity, and building settlement.  

  • LAF-2G: A  redesign of CS’s popular LAF system, the LAF-2G provides a seamless aesthetic, ease of installation, and dependable performance. This interior wall or ceiling joint cover is made with an anodized aluminum side frame and a metal panel that is primed for field painting, to match or complement adjacent surroundings. It can accomodate 4″–24″ joint openings, disguising larger expansion joints with a clean finish. Its major improvement lies in its magnetic system that creates a larger field of attachment, replacing traditional hook and loop systems and making installation easier and more efficient. Additionally, the new LAF-2G is engineered with a thicker mud and tape flange. This makes it easier for contractors to conceal screw heads, and it incorporates a new carabiner system that expedites installation. The panels disengage with lateral movement and are retained with a shock cord. After a seismic event, the panels can be reset into place easily with the new magnet system, saving facilities time and hassle and allowing them to reopen for operation more quickly.  
  • XLS-2G/XLP-2G: This exterior wall model has been upgraded to accommodate even larger exterior joint openings up to 8″–24″. The frames are installed with the hinges mounted and have adjustable joints to accommodate fluctuations in field tolerances. One of the biggest improvements is its modular system, meaning installation is complete in just three steps: install the frames, drop the door in place, and adjust the hinge. CS can manufacture the XLS/XLP-2G to exacting specifications, but it can also be disassembled and cut to length on the jobsite to accommodate different field tolerances if needed. Additionally, this exterior model can seamlessly integrate or contrast with any aesthetic by offering infill options of glass, stone veneer, plaster, metal panel, or sheet metal. The new XLS/XLP-2G is designed for high-end facades, disguising the joint and delivering utmost performance without disrupting the design of the building. 
  • LSRR-LSRW: This roof expansion joint model can accommodate 12″–30″ openings. It is made with a robust base frame and a rigid tension compression slider that keeps the cover in place even with intense wind forces or snow loads. Its versatile lateral slider adapts when tension compression movement happens, accommodating for varying movement and both lateral slip and slide.  

Learn More 

Every project is different, and considering the possible types and amount of building movement is crucial to the success of your resulting design. Let the experts at CS help you solve your challenges with solutions that assist with natural movement in and around buildings. To learn more about these new products and to watch the on-demand CSLive product launch, visit the link here 

About Construction Specialties  

Founded in 1948, Construction Specialties (CS) is a family-owned building products manufacturer that provides solutions to challenges that architects, designers, contractors, building owners, and facility managers face every day. Since inventing the first extruded louver, CS has become a global leader in Acrovyn® interior wall protection; impact-resistant doors; entrance flooring, including GridLine®; expansion joint covers; architectural louvers and grilles; sun controls; explosion and pressure relief vents; and cubicle curtains and tracks. Drawing upon extensive expertise to provide standard and custom, high-quality products — many of which are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM — CS products can be found in some of the world’s most significant architecture. For more information about CS products and solutions, please visit www.c-sgroup.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

  

 

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