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senior living with quartz countertops

 

In an aging world, our senior communities are no longer the last in line to receive the best in countertops. There are currently more than two million people living in some type of senior facility and this number will continue to grow. These communities require infection prevention as much as any community and the choice of countertops is paramount in reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Until recently, senior communities had to choose between bacterial resistant materials and aesthetically pleasing materials. Thanks to engineered materials, senior communities can now have the best of both worlds. Enter quartz countertops in senior living.

Many senior communities are requiring the same amenities that their communities had before retirement and some would even like an upgrade. While granite is a beautiful and durable material, there are some inherent problems with using it. The first and foremost problem with using granite in a senior community is that the material is porous. This requires a granite countertop to be continuously sealed to maintain any non-porous attributes. Another major problem with choosing granite for a senior community is consistency. Mother Nature is beautifully inconsistent and if you are aiming to maintain the same theme or color palette, a natural product will not work.

Quartz countertops are consistent in color/design and can have the look of granite. Quartz countertops are non-porous and never have to be resealed. This reduces the risks of infection and the amount of maintenance required. Our seniors deserve the best that retirement has to offer. This should include reducing the risk of infection and the feeling that a well-appointed home delivers.

At ASST, we have the capability to relieve the stress of managing surface, millwork and casework fabrication and installation. By adding Quartz surfaces to our line of services, we have become the nation’s premier fabricator of commercial surface products. Steve Stoddard is heading up our Quartz division. Steve has an award-winning resume of commercial surface experience and is the keystone of our Quartz foundation. ASST is your full package fabricator for Division 6 and Division 12 Healthcare, Education, Corporate/Public Space and Retail surfaces.


 

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Commercial Construction is an extremely dynamic business. There are many moving parts and the only way to predict the outcome is to know every variable (Chaos Theory/Butterfly Effect). A manufacturer flaps their wings in China (can’t produce material) and a tornado happens in Texas (occupancy dates are pushed).  This is akin to predicting the weather three weeks from today. The best you can do is prepare for multiple scenarios and make sure that you have the right trade partners.

Recently we were contacted by a customer who needed material fabricated for a job that another company had been contracted to fabricate. The company that had been contracted to fabricate this material was unable to produce in the timeframe required for occupancy of the project. ASST was asked if we could produce this needed product in an impossible time frame. Our team recognized an opportunity to highlight our ability to Go Beyond for our customer and we found a way to squeeze this into our backlog schedule. Could we do this every time? No, but we will always do our best to exceed the expectations of our customers.

At ASST our first Core Value is BEYOND: Doing more than our competitors to assist our customers. ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your casework, millwork, solid surface and quartz project. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. We look forward to Going Beyond for your exciting project! Contact us today at info@asst.com or visit our website at www.asst.com.


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Solid surface thermoforming technologies allow for a myriad of complex forms to be created such as a topographic map. The lynchpin to creating extreme contours is 5 axis CNC machining. 3D CAD software such as SolidWorks ® can be utilized to model practically any surface texture. Designers are continuing to push the boundaries with innovative surfaces that enhance interior architectural space.

Many times design professionals submit drawings for bid to General Contractors without specifying an appropriate wall cladding product in the architectural specification. Designers run the risk of installing contoured vertical wall surfaces made from molded gypsum plaster or thin plastic. The costs required for maintenance of these ineffective wall cladding systems required an entire new approach.

In response, we focused our business around thermoforming from the beginning. ASST has created a truly “niche” business, catering to advanced fabrication solutions for commercial construction. We created SCULPTCOR ® textured wall cladding to provide a durable solution unlike anything on the market today. Manufactured with 100% solid surface acrylic, this is an bacterial resistant wall cladding that is made to last. ASST’s proprietary mounting system allows for field adjustment and individual panel removal for maintenance. It is ASST’s legacy to continue assisting design professionals with thermoforming project challenges other fabricators avoid. Contact us with your next solid surface project!

At ASST, we have be fabricating solid surfaces for 22 years. We have a solid surface fabrication facility in McSherrystown, PA and a quartz fabrication facility in Corry, PA. Whatever your needs, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251. WWW.ASST.COM


Designing restroom spaces that are both attractive and durable is a challenge. Properly designed public restroom facilities can enhance the experience for those who use and maintain their appearance. Restrooms in public spaces must meet the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). Studies have shown that proper design and planning reduces bacterial growth, queuing issues, and facility vandalism.

Traditional plastic laminate vanity countertops and drop-in sink bowls provide an opportunity for moisture to destroy a particleboard substrate. This creates an optimal environment for bacterial growth. We have all witnessed restroom countertops with laminate surfaces that have swelled from exposure to water.

To address this common problem, ASST developed a wall hung solid surface vanity system. The 30” wide modular units utilize a sturdy aluminum and polyethylene support structure with a removable solid surface front panel. The front panel is removable allowing for easy access to plumbing. The Modular Vanity system™ is available in 30” wide increments and includes a solid surface top, backsplashes, side panels, and your choice of an integral mounted sink. The system is available in all solid surface sheet products. Without wood that can rot and grow mold, the system is perfectly designed to handle rigorous public restroom environments.

At ASST, we have been fabricating solid surfaces for 22 years. We have a solid surface fabrication facility in McSherrystown, PA, and a quartz fabrication facility in Corry, PA. Whatever your needs, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the finest quality standards, you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251. WWW.ASST.COM


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Is your Division 6 and Division 12 millwork, casework, solid surfaces and quartz trade partner ready for the new normal of commercial construction?

When commercial construction projects resume normal operations, some of your trade partners may not be ready for the new normal of the expectations of social distancing. Some of your trade partners may not even have made it through these difficult times. Do you know that your millwork, casework, solid surface and quartz trade partner will be ready when the flood gates open up? Is your Division 6 and Division 12 trade partner even still in business?

At ASST (ə-ˈsist), we expect that there will be a fast upswing in commercial project schedules as states are opened up to resume the new normal of commercial construction business operations. Because we are an essential business, we have already made the changes necessary to distance our employees and have even found a way to increase capacity while doing so. The safety of our employees and our customers is paramount in all the decisions we make. We are now looking at ways to monitor our social distancing practices within our ERP and our mobile devices. At ASST, we don’t forget the past and we are always looking to the future.

We are here to assist you with immediate, near future and distant future projects. ASST has been safely providing exceptional Division 6/12 millwork, casework, solid surfaces and quartz for 22 years. We have a solid surface fabrication facility in McSherrystown, PA and a quartz fabrication facility in Corry, PA. Whatever your needs, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Contact us now online, email us (info@asst.com) or call us at 717-630-1251. WWW.ASST.COM


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Do you have a reliable trade partner that you can call on for large Division 6 and Division 12 packages? Large projects require trade partners who have the experience managing scope that can be chaotic at times.

There are many subcontractors who do not possess the wherewithal to handle the capacity and changes of large projects. So many subcontractors are willing to bite off more than they can chew and, in doing so, place projects at risk.

At ASST (ə-ˈsist), we have been managing large Division 6 and Division12 projects for 22 years. Our Project Mangers understand that being flexible and managing change is part of the job. Our fabrication facilities are designed to maximize quality and throughput. All of our fabricators and installers have mobile devices that are tied to our ERP and we QR code track all work orders. We can bond at $25M/project and $70M aggregate. At ASST, we have the scope of mind to bring large millwork, casework, solid surface and quartz projects to successful completion, on time, in budget and safely.

We are here to assist you with immediate, near future and distant future projects. ASST has been safely providing exceptional Division 6/12 millwork, casework, solid surfaces and quartz for 22 years. We have a solid surface fabrication facility in McSherrystown, PA and a quartz fabrication facility in Corry, PA. Whatever your needs, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251. WWW.ASST.COM


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At ASST (ə-ˈsist), we want what every Owner, Architect and General Contractor wants: Successful projects that are completed on time, in budget and done safely.

During these tough times, we have to fall back on our core values and one of the core values at ASST is perseverance. We continue to work safely until we succeed. Our employees have been provided the proper PPE and our fabrication facilities have ample space to allow for social distancing. We are also adding another shift to further distance employees from each other.

We are here to assist you with immediate, near future and distant future projects. ASST has been safely providing exceptional Division 6/12 millwork, casework, solid surfaces and quartz for 22 years.

Call or email us to discuss how we can ASST you during these tough times.


 

Durability and value are words that continue to resonate with design professionals and customers alike. Future proofing is a recent buzz phrase that describes a product, service or technological system that will not need to be significantly updated in the near future. This is extremely relevant for healthcare design in particular. The selection of materials for healthcare projects are a large part of the future success of a building as it ages.

One of the past truths about healthcare design was that hospital buildings had a life span of 50 years. This means that after about 50 years, the cost of ongoing renovation to a facility equals or surpasses the cost of a full replacement building. Hospital construction can take more than 7 years from planning and design to construction and occupancy. Design professional’s material choices can be proven to be incorrect even before the first patient ever arrives.

Past experience has shown that the long term life cycle benefits of solid surface provide a better value over other materials. Solid surface is nonporous, easy to repair, resistant to bacteria and resistant to chemicals.  ASST has worked on numerous large healthcare system projects throughout the United States. We can share experiences and knowledge to assist professionals during the design development phase. The goal of healthcare is to heal and to encourage smarter choices for the creation of supportive healing environments.

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.  We look forward to Going Beyond for your exciting project! Contact us today at 717-630-1251/ info@asst.com or visit our website at www.asst.com. 


Quartz has been popular in residential kitchens and bathrooms. Now we are seeing a surge in quartz specifications in commercial construction. Why? Quartz is heavy and expensive right? Yes, and no. Quartz may be heavy but it is very durable.  Quartz is actually engineered stone. When compared to the total cost of natural stone, quartz engineered stone is less expensive.

How is quartz engineered stone actually “engineered”?  No, manufacturers don’t recreate magma under the same conditions as volcanic activity created by the earth’s crust.  Quartz engineered stone is made with ground quartz, other natural materials and resins. Natural quartz and other materials are ground into a dust or aggregate. The natural materials are mixed with resins and even glass to provide unique colors. Once the material is mixed it is baked at high temperature and the final step is polishing. OK we probably oversimplified the process.  

One of the benefits of quartz engineered stone is the look of natural stone with quartz being much more consistent. Imagine having to find consistent natural stone slabs for 100 tops in a commercial building. Owners and designers don’t have to worry about whether or not the stone tops will match the rest of the building design and quartz tops don’t have to compete with the rest of the esthetics. Quartz engineered stone can be the focal point or complementary to the overall look and feel of the surrounding space.

Is quartz engineered stone a green construction material? Simply put yes. No natural stone is quarried for the purpose of producing quartz engineered stone. All of the natural material used in engineered quartz are byproducts of other manufacturing processes.  Even the resins used in manufacturing quartz are becoming more bio friendly. These facts with the consideration of the amount of energy required transport natural stone from the quarries makes quartz engineered stone the right solution for commercial stone tops.

Here are some quartz engineered stone facts: Quartz is harder than granite making it resistant to impact damage. Quartz is non-porous which makes it resistant to bacteria, stain resistant, easy to clean and low maintenance. Quartz is made of 90-95 percent natural stone and 5-10 percent polymer resins. Quartz material does not have to be sealed.

At ASST, our quartz facility is dedicated to quartz alone. At this facility, we do one thing and we do it well. Steve Stoddard was the 2015 ISFA fabricator of the year and he leads our quartz offering. Contact ASST to find out how we can take your quartz engineered stone project Beyond the Surface Level.


Durability and beauty are unlikely partners. It is rare when both are exclusive specifying vertical surfaces. Even rarer still is the challenge for design professionals to use solid surface textures in a variety of vertical applications. From operating rooms to airports, finding unique surfacing solutions is difficult. Many of these wall finishes are designed for residential use only and will not perform well in commercial spaces. With solid surface the design opportunities are endless.

Public spaces demand durable surfaces. High performance surfaces should not be plain or unattractive. They should perform beautifully.  Many vertical surfacing solutions in the marketplace today are focused only on aesthetics. Performance is usually an afterthought. Few surfacing products today combine both aesthetics and durability in one vertical solution. Solid surface can be thermoformed with textured patterns and CNC machined to size. Painted MDF or molded plaster cannot offer the same value.

In response, ASST created SCULPTCOR ® textured wall surfaces to provide an attractive durable solution unlike anything on the market today.  Manufactured with 100% solid surface acrylic, Sculptcor ® is resistant to bacteria and is made to last.ASST’s proprietary mounting system allows for field adjustment and individual panel removal for maintenance. It is ASST’s legacy to continue supporting design professionals with project challenges other fabricators avoid. Be sure to contact us with your next solid surface project!