Quality counts

Athletic center roof outlasts its life expectancy by seven years

Birdair

As part of its building renovations for the 2008-09 school year, Radford University, Radford, Va., replaced the roof on the Dedmon Center, the university's sports and athletic facility. The current Birdair roof had outlasted its 20-year life expectancy by seven years. The fact that the original roof weathered so well over time was the major reason the university chose Birdair for its second roof project.

Unlike the original roof with an air-supported, fabric membrane, the new roof will have a truss-supported, Tensotherm with Nanogel membrane — a Teflon-coated PTFE membrane that has highly effective insulative properties and delivers natural translucent light transmission to the interior. Despite being less than 2 inches thick, the incorporation of Nanogel aerogel allows the membrane to maintain an R-12 insulation value.

By retaining cool air in warm conditions and warm air in cold, Tensotherm increases thermal efficiency in the structure. Nanogel has an air content of 95 percent, making it the lightest solid material in the world. The Tensotherm with Nanogel membrane is sandwiched between two layers of PTFE to enhance its durability, water repellence and fade resistance, without adding significant weight to the structure.

The insulative properties of Tensotherm with Nanogel are especially important for the Dedmon Center's interior climate control and temperature regulation. In addition to the roof's replacement, the facility is undergoing numerous other renovations, including the installation of a new HVAC system

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 163 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.

Prefabricated booth

B.I.G. Enterprises

The Aztec booth is designed with a heavy-duty Type 304 stainless-steel plate floor, covered with industrial rubber tiles. The doors are hurricane-rated with stainless-steel hinges, custom commercial steel-framed sliding transaction windows, and dual-pane insulating glass. The booth comes with electrical wiring — including provisions for data, communication and security camera systems; stainless-steel shelves; and a high-output commercial split-system HVAC

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 155 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.

Emergency phones

Talk-A-Phone

The Pedestal Mount (Model ETP-PM) can be used with Talk-A-Phone's ADA-compliant, hands-free Emergency/Access Control Phones. This unit provides a durable, easy-to-use security solution for access control, as well as general emergency phone requirements. It automatically identifies its location to the guard receiving the call. Auxiliary outputs enable the guard to open the door remotely for those entitled to access, and automatically activate other equipment such as CCTV

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 156 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.

Dual-motor vacuum

Electrolux/Sanitaire

The Dura-Lux dual-motor vacuum cleaner features an extra-large intake to handle clog-prone items. Its independently controlled twin motors and a durable chromed steel brush roll with an automotive-style V belt pulley enable it to tackle a full range of commercial floor-cleaning challenges. Its sealed HEPA filtration system captures 99.97 percent of allergens and pollen down to 0.3 microns

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 157 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.

Mobile display

Screenflex

The Three Wing Mobile Display Tower is a versatile, unique display tower for artwork or other items. It is available in two heights: 5 feet, 9 inches or 6 feet, 5 inches. It accepts push pins, tacks or staples; easily rolls from room to room; and folds flat for storage

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 158 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.

Bird control

Nixalite

Premium Nixalite bird-control strips are a clean, quiet and efficient physical barrier that prevents pest birds from landing, roosting or nesting on all types of surfaces. Available in three models and with up to 120 points per foot, the strips provide gap-free surface protection. The thin wires are inconspicuous, but effective at keeping birds and climbing animals at bay. A flexible base strip follows curved surfaces and can be cut into custom lengths easily during installation

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 159 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.

Technology management

Calypso Control Systems/SchoolView Technologies

The integration of SchoolView Technologies' CampusSV and Calypso Control Systems' ezRoom Classroom system produces a comprehensive school and classroom management solution. The partnership creates a single, fully-integrated platform for managing school technologies from classroom A/V technology to bells, clocks, public-address systems, digital signage and emergency-alert systems

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 160 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.

Energy recovery

Greenheck

The VersiVent Model VER energy-recovery unit features a total energy wheel, a centrifugal plenum supply fan, 2-inch double-wall construction and hinged access. Cooling options include Chilled Water, Split System DX and Packaged DX with environmentally friendly R410a refrigerant. Hot water, indirect gas or electric heating options are available

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 161 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.

UVC kit

Steril-Aire

The new UVC Kit for Unitary Air Conditioners provides economical and long-lasting ultraviolet C performance. Designed for easy installation in unitary systems of less than 5 tons, the kit can be used with mini-split and ductless systems, split systems, packaged terminal air-conditioning (PTAC) units, heat pumps and window units with coil sizes up to 15 inches high by 26 inches wide

Select the February 2009 issue RSN number 162 on AS&U's Product Information site for more information.