Year: 2017

11. December 2017

The Spark: A First for Wisconsin

from Nate Lambrecht
The Spark Schöck STB
In progress construction at The Spark, the first building in Wisconsin to install concrete-to-concrete STBs

With any new construction technology, there are always early adopters, but only one can claim the designation of “first.”  With the construction of The Spark, American Family Insurance and the project’s design and construction teams can claim being the first in Wisconsin to incorporate concrete-to-concrete structural thermal breaks within a building assembly. … read more

06. November 2017

Introducing Carlos Garcia, Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Manager

from Abby Mycek

Schöck North America is pleased to introduce its newest Regional Sales Manager, Carlos Garcia. Carlos currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and two children, and will be serving the Pacific Northwest region for Schöck.

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25. September 2017

Successful installations start with clear communications

from Chris Ford

Incorporating structural thermal breaks (STBs) into your high rise with the greatest efficiency requires clear, thorough communication and coordination between all team members — architect, engineer, supplier, contractor/installer — from the onset of the project. Otherwise, incomplete information can add unnecessary time and expense, potentially delaying the project.

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12. September 2017

RDH on Thermal Bridging at Balconies and Slab Edges

from Brent Chancellor

This may be a bit Engi-nerdish, but as an engineer, one thing I appreciate is good data communicated in a clear, concise way. If you want to understand the problem of thermal bridging at balconies and exposed slab edges and how design choices impact building performance and cost, then I recommend taking a look at this series of reports by RDH, a consulting firm specializing in building science.

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25. May 2017

Introducing Nate Lambrecht, Midwest Regional Sales Manager

from Abby Mycek

Schöck USA Inc is pleased to introduce its newest Regional Sales Manager, Nate Lambrecht. Nate currently resides in northern Illinois with his wife and two children, and will be serving Chicago and the Midwest region for Schöck. His professional background, as well as his proactive demeanor, makes him a valuable asset to the team. … read more

25. April 2017

Can Isokorb® be used on balconies with post-tensioned (PT) slabs?

from Brent Chancellor

The architect’s goal is to create a beautiful building that functions well over the life of the structure and is within the developer’s budget. Our experience has been that when architects realize there is a good solution for the thermal bridging problems on the building envelope, they want to use it. However, one question that often comes up when discussing the benefits and value added by using Isokorb structural thermal breaks is: Can Isokorb® be used at balconies with post-tensioned (PT) slabs?

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01. March 2017

Concrete Slab Edges; How Thin is Too Thin?

from Chris Ford

It’s hard to pinpoint an innovation or advancement in today’s world that isn’t due to improved technology. Building design is no exception. With its continual evolution, the limits and tolerances that we design and construct with, previously deemed “unachievable”, are now continually surpassed with each new building design – shaping it differently, building it taller, cantilevering it further, or designing it thinner.

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