Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” -Washington Irving
That is why Schoeck Canada Inc. and its employees decided to donate their time to a local charity called “Adopt a Family”. This program helps local families in need enjoy the holiday season knowing their community believes in the spirit of giving. Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region is the organizer of this amazing charity. … read more
The business has been extremely rewarding this past year. The sales of ComBAR® climbed drastically and achieved 3 times the sales volume of 2011. We have also noticed that GFRP is now a common building material and is being specified in a great number of bridge and tunnel structures, especially in Ontario. But also the United States has been an interesting market in 2012. Besides, we have seen a great interest in the future use of GFRP in New Brunswick, Manitoba and British Columbia.
In 2012, we also had an amazing and successful introduction of our Thermal Break Element, the Schöck Isokorb®. Isokorb® has being installed in over 10 different buildings across Canada! We are now starting to convince architects, engineers and primarily developers and owners about the unique advantages of the Isokorb® to minimize energy consumption, improve the quality of living space and subsequently protect the environment in which we all live and in which our children and their children will live in the future.
A year has gone by and we would like to review the great development with you: Important projects we completed and our efforts to expand east and west in Canada as well as in the USA
We have had a good year with ComBAR®. Some jobs we have completed this year are: Queens University Reactors, WEP Bridge 15, Barb Road Bridge Rehab, York/Durham Sewer Caissons, Bonnechere Bridge and Canal Bridge. North Channel Bridge has been released and completion is scheduled for 2013. We are looking forward to 2013. The buzz is that the MTO is preparing packages for a number of bridges in a single release. We also heard that epoxy coated rebar will no longer be used by the ministry, which will hopefully open up a new market for GFRP in the next few years.
Construct Canada is one of Canada’s largest building design and construction shows. Held in Toronto, Canada in conjunction with Home Builder, Concrete Canada and DesignTrends, the show hosts over 1000 exhibits, and more than 24,000 visitors.
I attended the show this year to present to over 70 architects, builders, contractors, engineers, specifiers and facility managers. The room was packed with attendees interested in learning more about thermal break solutions for building envelope. The presentation was ideal for the audience, covering concepts for reducing energy loss, and avoiding moisture issues associated with thermal bridging.
Many questions were asked during the interactive session. One attendee asked, “Why change the way we build, Why now?”
On November 14-16th, the Isokorb® product was featured in the Innovative Products Pavilion at ABX (Architecture Boston Expo) 2012.
Alongside Isokorb® were other innovative products, such as Schuco Curtain wall systems.
There was a great amount of interest in the Isokorb® displays and samples. People were drawn to the unique nature of how the product works and many said this will solve problems in design and construction which have always been overlooked. … read more
My name is Adam Kimble, born and raised in the suburbs of New Orleans, LA. Explored the world in previous business roles only to land back in Louisiana. Now, I have the great opportunity to start a new adventure in the great city of Chicago, IL, where I will manage Midwest sales for Schӧck USA Inc.
With a degree in Civil Engineering and Business Administration, I have been afforded the honor to work for multiple international companies in various capacities from business development to director of operations.
Now I have the special honor of joining Schӧck to introduce Isokorb® in the U.S.A. which will provide high performance solutions to the long outstanding problem of thermal bridges at balconies and other external wall projections. … read more
Annual Ontario Concrete Awards Banquet honors the most creative and visionary projects that have made concrete their construction material of choice. This year it was held on the 28th of November at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, in Toronto.
Awards are given for the following categories: Architectural, Structural, Materials & Constructability, and Sustainability. ComBAR® GFRP, as an innovative material, provided points to the Whitemans Creek Bridge project, which received the Structural Design Innovation Award, in the Structural Category.
On November 6th 2012, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Mississauga Chapter in joint efforts with Brampton Chapter, offered a Technical Seminar in the 244-seat Noel Ryan Auditorium at the Mississauga Central Library on Advancements in Glass Fibre Reinforcement.
The Central Library of the Mississauga Library System is one of the busiest libraries in Canada. The building officially opened on October 2, 1991 and was designed by Shore Tilbe Henschel Irwin Peters who also designed the Peel Board of Education headquarters and the police building in downtown Toronto.
As part of an outreach program to promote German sustainable construction technology, the GACC (German American Chambers of Commerce) invited Schöck to present about Isokorb® structural thermal break solution, as well as other leading companies and institutions to present at Rice University and the University of Houston. … read more
Gathering in Toronto were the intellectual elite, as it pertains to the application of concrete in North America. To say that I was out of my element is the understatement of the decade. For the layman such as myself it was like watching paint dry in super slow motion. The conversations so technical, the subjects dissected down to the most minuscule detail. The questions of where to change a period at the end of a statement, or to move details from the opening of a specification to the middle were all lost on this humble Sales Associate. … read more
Last week I had the chance to attend two important conferences in Toronto and Mississauga.
The first one was the ACI Fall 2012 Convention, at Sheraton Centre in Toronto. ACI (The American Concrete Institute) is one of the world’s leading authorities in concrete technology. It conducts two conventions a year and this Fall the event was held in Toronto. Domenico and I attended the Convention for two days, the 22nd and 23rd of October, where we introduced Schöck and our products to several potential clients. An important event was the ACI 440 Committee meeting. ACI 440 is an ACI Committee focused on fiber-reinforced polymer reinforcement. During this meeting we heard good news about the Committee’s plans with regard to further developments of codes and guidelines related to the FRP reinforcement in concrete structures. At the end of the meeting we talked to Mr. Busel, a director at ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association), and Dr. Shield, the ACI 440 Committee Chair. We have an application in process for becoming a voting member of this Committee, in order to have our say as a local FRP supplier on the future development of codes published by this prestigious institute. … read more
It was this July while in Baden-Baden for the Schöck 50th party that I got to meet (among many others) our fellow colleagues from Schöck Ltd. UK. Simon Howland and several others from the office happened to be on a production tour with me. While lagging towards the back of the pack, we got to talking. I was describing how we are just underway in the US and our efforts to educate about the problems of thermal bridges. They understood, having been in the same situation. Now they are 6 years in the making, with steady project flow, gaining market share and an acceptance by the building community that structural thermal breaks really are necessary to make a proper building envelope.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst began construction of the new Life Science Laboratory building in February 2010. To meet energy efficiency goals, Isokorb® thermal break elements were installed in the canopy walkway to the entrance of the 310,000 GSF building. The images below show Isokorb® type S (for steel) installed along the building entrance, providing a structural thermal break connection at the canopy. … read more
On 24 October I spent the evening with about 30 members of the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEAMW). They had a dinner meeting at Maggiano’s Chevy Chase, and invited me to present on my favorite topic – thermal bridging.
VIP’s from Canada and Europe came to meet, tour and share in the festivities of the Kitchener – Waterloo Oktoberfest.
The Schöck Isokorb® team is a unique group of professionals, originating from different countries and cultures. We work together to bring the best services and products. But on the other hand we are a group of real and interesting people, who have their own interests, hobbies and diverse life experiences.
Each of us has prepared a short bio, which filled with personality type and quite interesting to read!
This summer has been busy, in May we launched Isokorb® product in Canada with the Innovative Connections event. Joined by other specialist in building science, we presented latest finding and research on thermal bridging.
North Channel Bridge and Canal Bridge are two projects in eastern Ontario incorporating ComBAR® GFRP reinforcement. These bridges are both part of the Three Nations Bridge Crossing project (also called the Seaway International Bridge) in Cornwall, Ontario. This international border crossing was named in honour of the Mohawks of Akwesasne who inhabit the region. … read more
While researching this project, I discovered today is Renzo Piano’s Birthday!
Happy Birthday Mr. Piano!
Also while researching this project, I read that the Renzo Piano’s addition at Kimbell Art Museum slightly resembles the current building at Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis Kahn, “in height and scale and in the span of the façade, as well as in its tripartite plan and use of travertine and concrete as primary materials.”
All may be true, yet I could not see the resemblance with my wee little eyes. … read more
I was very exciting to work on two special projects in Canada that are both located in Edmonton, Alberta, both targeting LEED® Silver certification and both incorporating Isokorb thermal breaks to reduce energy loss. Those two projects have very unique building structures that truly amaze me. … read more
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Talk about feeling like you have a partner in combatting thermal bridging.
I’ve recently designed with Isokorb structural thermal connections on an upstate New York hospital addition and a New Hampshire 180,000 square feet office and manufacturing facility with a high-performance envelope. Having a specifiable product has helped with the push to get these projects actually built.
While the common sense – “Oh, Yea,” – reaction is not new among Architects and Mechanical Engineers, there seemed to be relief that one proven product can be specified – as opposed to a rag and bone shop of structural parts (or nothing, not even insulating inside) as in the past.
Schöck began blogging in January of 2009 with the introduction of the Schöck Company blog in Germany. Now, here we are, 3 years later, with the introduction to our Schöck blog in North America.
We are excited to begin sharing some insight to the inner-workings of Schöck and our dynamic teams in Canada and the USA.
My name is Nick Thorvaldsen, and I am a civil engineering student from the University of Cincinnati.
Through a series of unpredictable circumstances I have been given the opportunity to intern with Schöck. To first introduce a little bit of background, the current options for the University of Cincinnati’s International Co-Op program are Germany, Japan or a Spain. I chose Germany for several reasons:
First off, Germany is known in the US as a world leader of engineering and technical professions, not to mention for green and sustainable building. The benefits to my learning and career with such an internship in Germany go without explanation. My brother participated in the same program five years prior and couldn’t stop talking about it.