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Sto Collaborates with Branch Technology, Kawneer for Prefabrication Solutions

Sto Corp. is empowering architects and designers with unprecedented creative freedom through recent advancements in its Sto Panel Technology business. Sto Panel Technology produces fully engineered and tested prefabricated finished exterior megapanel systems, and is now introducing the versatility of 3-D printing to its megapanels with StoPanel 3-DP powered by Branch Technology. Sto is also bringing megapanel walls and windows together in a more efficient and integrated way through a collaboration with Kawneer North America.

“At Sto, our overarching goal is to provide architects, designers, and building professionals with the widest range of aesthetics through the most complete collection of building enclosure systems via our offsite construction technologies,” said Tyson Kindstrom, vice president of industrialized construction with Sto. “Megapanels continue to present a host of value propositions to construction professionals—from design freedom, greater efficiencies, and collapsed project timelines to potential cost savings. Thanks to our collaboration with Branch Technology and Kawneer North America, Sto Panel Technology remains at the forefront of this endeavor, one that has the propensity to gain even more traction in the years to come.”

“StoPanel 3DP bridges the gap between design freedom and precision manufacturing to achieve phenomenal results for the building envelope,” said Karine Galla, senior project manager for Sto. “To arrive at this solution, Branch Technology robotically prints a lightweight polymer matrix and then fills that matrix with an insulating foam, providing continuous insulation for the wall panel. Digital files are used versus shop drawings in this manufacturing process, ensuring extreme accuracy that is true to the original design. The result is three-dimensional exterior facade that turns heads and sets a building’s design apart.”

Sto Panel Technology’s collaboration with Kawneer North America has integrated windows and walls together in the manufacturing process, achieving greater efficiencies and improved safety on the job site. Kawneer window receptors are installed during the offsite production of the StoPanel megapanels.

“This has a measurable impact on window installation once StoPanels have been shipped to a location,” said Richard Martens, director of business development for Sto. “By fully integrating the prefabricated wall and window system, crews can install the windows from the inside of the building versus shipping the windows with the wall panels or performing installations from the exterior of the building. It allows for a seamless installation option that drives down material and labor costs while reducing site safety risks.”

In addition, Sto Panel Technology and Kawneer North America have conducted independent, third-party testing of the StoPanel with Kawneer windows and customized receptors. The testing covered air leakage resistance, dynamic water penetration resistance, and structural loading. The results showed no water penetration through the StoPanel or the window receptor and perimeter sealant assembly at a test pressure of 10.0 psf, while also meeting a Design Pressure rating of 40 psf. The system consisting of the StoPanel, Kawneer window and receptor installed in the StoPanel, and window perimeter sealant met the requirements for a 40 psf DP rating when tested in accordance with AAMA 1010. (Contact Sto for the full testing report)

Sto and Kawneer North America are designing a system with a new high thermal window and receptor to meet more stringent codes. It will also be tested to AAMA 1010 and is expected to be available later this year.

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SIPA Announces Excellence Award Winners

The Structural Insulated Panel Association announced the winners of the 20th Annual Building Excellence Awards at its member meeting on March 1, 2022. One of the most prominent offsite construction award programs, the Building Excellence Awards showcase the projects that best demonstrate the design flexibility, long-lasting energy performance and resiliency of structural insulated panels. The award-winning projects are a testament to the advantages of utilizing forward-thinking construction methods such as SIPs to deliver a high-performance, healthier building envelope. Employing advanced materials and progressive building systems is more important and apparent than ever before, as the construction industry races to keep pace with increased demand.

“With the permanent adoption of more stringent building energy, low carbon and electrification codes across the country, building professionals are quickly recognizing SIPs as the answer to meeting criteria of a high-performance structure,” said Jack Armstrong, Executive Director and COO for SIPA. “The winners of this year’s Building Excellence Awards demonstrate not only a commitment to meeting increasingly tough building and energy code requirements, but they also highlight the key role off-site building solutions play in mitigating today’s supply chain issues and labor shortages.”

In addition to the nine categories below, project entries that demonstrated eco-efficiency, health, resilience and renewable energy were considered in the high-performance (HP) running for that category. The 2022 Building Excellence Award winners are as follows:

Affordable Housing: 
Winner: Zero Energy Salish SIP Homes in Lopez Island, Wash.
Winner: Hidewood Meats SIP Market in Brandt, S.D.
Classic Winner: Timber Frame SIP Club in St. Michael, Minn.
HP Winner: LEED Montana State University SIP Structure in Bozeman, Mont.
Winner: Multi-Purpose SIP Building in Webster, Wis.

Classic Winner: Affordable SIP Apartments in Grand Junction, Colo.
HP Winner: Fire Resistant SIP Duplexes in Sonora, Calif.
Winner: ENERGY STAR SIP Getaway Cabin in Grand Marais, Minn.

Homes Over 3K Square Feet 
Classic Winner: Contemporary CalGreen SIP Family House in Los Gatos, CA
HP Winner: Low Carbon Footprint SIP House in Spencer, IA

Homes Under 3K Square Feet
Classic Winner: Resilient Zero Energy Ready SIP Family Home in Grand Marais, Minn.
HP Winner: British Columbia SIP Passive House in Vancouver, British Columbia
Winner: Craftsman SIP Passive Cottage in Port Townsend, Wash.

Best Overall Non-Residential Winner
LEED Montana State University SIP Structure in Bozeman, Mont.

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JLG Captures Two Category Wins at 2022 IAPA Awards

JLG Industries announced it has won two 2022 IAPA Awards. The company was shortlisted for both awards earlier this year in the “Product of the Year” categories—for its DaVinci all-electric scissor lift and 670SJ self-leveling boom lift.

Karel Huijser, JLG’s general manager and vice president in the EMEA region, commented; “We are extremely proud to receive this level of recognition from our peers in the industry. Our company was born from a single vision: ‘To provide people with a safer way to work at height.’ Since 1969, we have continued to innovate in the spirit of this vision, bringing to market the products and technologies that drive the access industry forward.”

The IAPA Award ceremony was held on March 10 in London. For more information, visit


SPFA Introduces Winners of 16th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance announced the winners of the 16th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. The industry awards program showcases many of the industry’s recent and most noteworthy projects completed by contractors located across the nation, highlighting best-in-class applications of spray polyurethane foam in insulation, roofing and specialty applications, as well as elastomeric coatings applications. The SPFA recognized all winners in March during the program’s official awards ceremony held at SprayFoam 2022 Convention & Expo in San Antonio.

“This year’s winners impressed us all with their extraordinary work,” said Denny Vandewater, owner of Sadler Coating Systems, SPFA past-president and chairman of the 2022 SPFA Awards Program. “As always the competition proved stiff and our judges were thoroughly pleased with all of the entries.”

The annual awards are an integral part of SprayFoam 2022 Convention & Expo, the nation’s largest annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam. This year’s event features: a keynote with construction business expert and author Shawn Van Dyke; numerous educational sessions, a robust exhibits hall, SPFA Professional Certification Programs and Exams, an annual Golf Tournament, VIP events, and an entertainment-filled Close-Out Event Party. Attendees represent the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public.

The winners and runners up of the 16th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards include:

  • Polyseal Insulation with supplier Huntsman Building Solutions for the Fort Greely Missile Field #4 Defense System (WINNER – Commercial Enclosure SPF)
  • Foam Applications, LLC with supplier HENRY Co. for the New Headquarters for Foam Applications, LLC project (Runner up – Commercial Enclosure SPF)
  • BREMS Energy Solutions with supplier Natural Polymers for Chauvin Legacy Home (WINNER – Residential Enclosure SPF)
  • Callahan Spray Foam Insulation with supplier SWD for the Beautiful Smith Lake House (Runner up – Residential Enclosure SPF)
  • Wedge Roofing with supplier Cal Roofing Supply for Quest Church & Day Care (WINNER – Roof SPF Less Than 40,000 Square Feet)
  • West Roofing Systems, Inc. with supplier Carlisle Roof Foam and Coatings for Spencer Forge & Manufacturing – Building 1, 7 and 9 (Runner up – Roof SPF Less Than 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Universal Coatings Inc. with supplier General Coatings Manufacturing Corp for SoCal Logistics Airport Boeing Hangar Roof Replacement (WINNER – Roof SPF Over 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Henderson-Johnson Co., Inc. with suppliers Everest Foam and Progressive Materials for Cobleskill Richmondville CSD (Runner up – Roof SPF Over 40,000 Square Feet)
  • Polyseal Insulation with supplier HMI for Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel Structural Foam Stabilization (WINNER – SPF Specialty Applications)
  • JAG Lifting Solutions and supplier NCFI for Lake Erie Shoreline Erosion Prevention (Runner up – SPF Specialty Applications)
  • Wedge Roofing with supplier Cal Roofing Supply for 1960’s Steel Building (WINNER – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)
  • RAM – Roof Asset Management and supplier National Coatings Company for Magnolia Business Park (Runner up – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)

“The SPFA Board of Directors extends a warm congratulations to all of our winners,” says Bryan Heldreth, president of the SPFA. “Each of these projects represents excellence in the application of either spray foam or elastomeric coatings.”

For the first time ever as an added incentive to all award entrants, the SPFA also awarded a grand prize. Universal Coatings, the winner in the Roofing SPF Over 40,000 square feet category was drawn from a hat of all of this year’s category winners and will receive a local digital marketing package worth $10,000.

Adams and Reese

Adams and Reese Acquires Cotney Construction Law

Adams and Reese LLP announced it has joined forces with Tampa, Fla.-based Cotney Construction Law LLP, a full-service legal and consulting firm serving the construction and infrastructure industries, according to its website.

A total of 16 attorneys from the Cotney firm will join Adams and Reese‘s current roster of 58 construction attorneys and takes the group to 75, making it one of the largest construction practices in the country.

The combination strengthens Adams and Reese’s capabilities in high-stakes commercial disputes and transactions. The combined practice now boasts eight Florida Bar board-certified construction lawyers, as well as two Florida-certified general contractors.

“We are excited about this opportunity to add our already deep bench to a national firm like Adams and Reese, whose resources and platform will take us to the next level,” said Trent Cotney, who served as CEO of his firm and now becomes a partner at Adams and Reese. “As advocates for construction clients in the U.S. and around the world, our combined team has a deep understanding of what we must bring to bear when providing the most comprehensive counsel to our clients, and we can better meet their needs through our collective strengths. Our team shares Adams and Reese’s forward-thinking vision and commitment to diversity, which will exponentially grow our combined capabilities.”

Jeffrey Brooks, chair of the Executive Committee at Adams and Reese, said as the complexity of business challenges increases in response to a more interconnected global economy, clients are seeking advice at national and international levels.

“The successful combination with Cotney will serve as a platform for our continued growth, as well as an exemplar of the partnership we seek in that mission,” Brooks said.

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People News

Steve Nelms, a talented bricklayer, has passed away. Nelms, who worked at International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and formally at Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers ADC 1 of Illinois, was at home surrounded by his family when he passed.

Nelms was known across the International Union and throughout the labor movement as a tireless champion for the fair and just treatment of workers.

A native of Bensenville and a longtime resident of Addison, Ill., he was also a former student of Harvard Law School where he studied Labor Studies.

The International Code Council announced that Aaron Davis, former staff director with the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, joined the Government Relations Department as the vice president of Federal Relations.

Pete Chaney has begun working for AWCI in the newly created position of director of safety, health and risk management. In this role, Chaney runs point on construction safety and health regulations, guidance and best practices.

KAI Design announced the hiring of Jake Wagoner, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED Green Associate, as project architect at its St. Louis office.

JLG Industries Inc. announced Daliborka (Dali) Ribeiro as the director of product management for JLG and SkyTrak telehandlers.

Ware Malcomb announced that Julio Braga has joined as regional design director in the firm’s New York City office.

April 2022  |  Volume 85  |  Issue 4

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