Month: January 2018

Healthcare interiors are seeing an increase in vertical solid surface. Owners, architects and designers alike are realizing the long term cost benefits of using solid surface vertically.

In the past, design professionals have had few choices for wall cladding in high traffic healthcare environments. Thin plastic wall protection systems or metal panels are not easily maintained and once damaged, need replacement. Healthcare wall cladding made of thin plastic sheets are neither antibacterial nor can withstand the abuse of multiple impacts from cart traffic. Everyone is familiar with seeing wall cladding damage throughout a healthcare facility. Costly maintenance of these wall cladding systems calls for a new approach. A better approach with a durable solid surface vertical solution that is inherently anti-bacterial to prevent the spread of infection.

To aesthetically as well as functionally address this problem, ASST created SCULPTCOR ® textured surfaces. Manufactured with 100% solid surface acrylic, this is an anti-bacterial wall cladding that is made to last. ASST developed the patented technology for texturing solid surface sheet materials. ASST’s proprietary mounting system allows for field adjustment and individual panel removal for maintenance. We invite you to contact us to discuss your next healthcare wall cladding project. Going Beyond for our customers is of prime importance!

ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your project. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Even our EMR safety rating is outstanding at .793! We look forward to Going Beyond to address your exciting project challenges. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


Innovative Core MaterialsToday, solid surface materials are becoming utilized for more design applications than just countertops. New innovative core materials starting to find their place in solid surface fabrication. Design professionals are also fueling these changes with new applications such as doors with CNC routed designs to 1” thick solid surface toilet partitions.

As design professionals explore these design applications for solid surface, technical challenges can arise. For example, solid surface panels for toilet partitions need to be lightweight but strong. Standard toilet partition hardware can’t handle the weight of a 1” thick solid surface acrylic partition. Additionally, cost implications of utilizing solid partitions can be difficult for any owner to accept.

ASST has a wealth of experience with arriving at innovative solutions for unique projects. For one corporate client, ASST proposed a fabrication solution for toilet partitions that preserved the design intent while satisfying owner concerns for performance. Honeycomb plastic core sheets are available in a variety of thicknesses. Most solid surface manufacturers now have sheet materials in thinner thicknesses from 1/4” to as thin as 1/8”. By creating a “sandwich” of 1/4” solid surface each side of a 1/2” thick core, the weight is drastically reduced. Standard partition hardware can now be utilized and any additional blocking or accommodation for toilet accessories can be made by the fabricator. Doing what ever it takes to solve a problem and Going Beyond for our customers is of prime importance. Our innovative team of estimators, planners and project managers collaborate and deliver project results in a way few competitors can.

ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your project. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Even our EMR safety rating is outstanding at .793! We look forward to Going Beyond to address your exciting project challenges. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


University of Maryland Solid Surface Bathroom ProjectIn construction, successful completion of a job is accomplished through effective project management. Delivering a quality project to your client on time and within budget while also turning a profit is no easy feat. It requires careful planning and detailed monitoring of project progress. Communication and collaboration with the General Contractor and other team members is of paramount importance.

Detailed strategic planning is the most important aspect of successful construction project management. The more complex the project, the more planning will be required. A well-planned project maximizes efficiency and provides a step by step roadmap for completing the work on schedule and within budget. For example, college student housing projects can have very tight schedules. Students are scheduled to arrive back from summer break at a specific time. Delays and setbacks many times are not addressed quickly enough to hold the schedule by many solid surface subcontractors.

ASST has a wealth of project management experience in dealing with tight schedules for college student housing projects. For a recent project with Elizabethtown College, there were multiple delays on site that were slowing the job progress. In response, ASST’s Project Manager quickly mobilized the installation team to work longer days and weekends to meet the deadline. Doing what ever it takes and Going Beyond for our customers is of prime importance. Our innovative team of estimators, planners and project managers collaborate and deliver project results in a way few competitors can. Contact us today to see how we can make a difference on your next project!

ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your project. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Even our EMR safety rating is outstanding at .793! We look forward to Going Beyond to address your exciting project challenges. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


Solid Surface OutsideSolid surface is more traditionally utilized for countertops and interior vertical applications. In Europe and in Asia however, solid surface exterior wall panels and fixtures have been steadily gaining acceptance. Today, General Contractors and Architects in the United States are just beginning to discover the advantages of using solid surface for exterior applications.

With any new architectural application, questions of durability become a concern. Concerns regarding lightfastness and thermal expansion require knowledgeable answers. Many fabrication shops in the United States have never used solid surface for exterior projects. Fabrication knowledge and experience are rare in this new “exterior territory” for solid surface.

To resolve these concerns, we have positioned our business to ASsiST customers with the technical challenges of an exterior project. Our depth of experience with exterior site furniture as well as exterior wall panels is invaluable as we work through the details to make your project happen. Our innovative team of estimators, planners and project managers collaborate and deliver project results in a way few competitors can.

ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your project. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Even our EMR safety rating is outstanding at .793! We look forward to Going Beyond to address your exciting project challenges. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


Wellspan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital York, PAAssembling diverse subcontractor resources for design projects can be a challenge for both Design Professionals and the General Contractors. A reliable single subcontractor source that can coordinate a variety of specified finish materials for casework, solid surface and more under one contract.

Both Architects and Designers and General Contractors need to work in concert to eliminate overlapping trades and define a clear scope of work with a minimum number of qualified subcontractors. The end goal is specifying superior low risk subcontractors that will combine Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Division scopes and build Owner value. Anything less will contribute to project scope confusion, miscommunication and costly change orders.

To address this issue, ASST has found value in providing a more comprehensive solution. A “one-stop” casework/millwork custom solution incorporating a wide variety of finish materials. ASST can perform work with wood veneers, plastic laminate, Trespa®, stone, metal, glass as well as all brands of solid surface and resin plastic materials. We believe the fit and finish of the final product is enhanced when building the internal framing structures ourselves. Our innovative team of estimators, planners and project managers collaborate and deliver project results in a way few competitors can.

ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your project. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Our EMR safety rating is outstanding at .793! We look forward to Going Beyond to address your exciting project challenges. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.


Thermoformed spiral staircaseForming solid surface into complex geometric forms is still a relatively new topic to many design professionals. With advancing computer technologies, the future looks bright for those looking to push the boundaries of design with solid surface materials.

Although thermoforming has been around awhile, advanced technologies to assist with fabrication has not. 5-axis CNC machining is an essential tool used in creating the molds necessary for thermoforming. Many fabrication businesses are focused on flat solid surface countertops and/or quartz. They may only have a small oven or vacuum table to form simple curves. The equipment costs and learning curve for thermoforming are out of reach for many of these fabrication businesses.

To address this issue, we focused our business from the beginning around thermoforming. ASST created a truly “niche” business, catering to advanced projects requiring fabrication solutions for commercial construction. ASST invested heavily in the necessary equipment and training required for thermoforming. ASST’s headquarters includes both offices and fabrication facilities, as well as a large thermoforming workshop. The workshop features three thermoforming ovens and two vacuum tables, as well as a 360-ton proprietary press and a vacuum press related to patented ASST technologies. It also has three CNC machines: one 5-axis CNC machine and two 3-axis CNC machines which allows us to reintroduce thermoformed parts to the 5-axis for final size machining. For cutting parts, ASST also has a Schelling panel saw. The shop is set up into typical “line work” areas for more common flat countertop fabrication work and has various open workshop areas for custom projects. Custom projects that frequently feature thermoformed solid surface parts. It is ASST’s legacy to continue assisting design professionals with thermoforming project challenges other fabricators avoid. Be sure to contact us with your next solid surface project!

ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your project. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Our EMR safety rating is outstanding at .793! We look forward to Going Beyond to address your exciting project challenges. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.