Construction

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!


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People have been constructing high-rise buildings for centuries. In the 16th century, mud brick buildings reached 30 meters in Shibam, Yemen. What technology enabled this amazing feat? Early high-rise buildings took years and even decades to complete.  Today the average high-rise building (taller than 150 meters) takes approximately 3 years to complete. This is extraordinary considering what goes into constructing a building that is 45 stories tall and the commercial construction industry continues to pick up momentum. Timelines are so compressed, it seems that as soon as the thought has entered the owner’s mind, the building is occupied and the next project is beginning. One of the primary influences abbreviating the commercial construction timeline is technology.

Consider this scenario. Your IT department has devised a brilliant plan (or lack thereof) taking your business to the next level with Augmented Reality. “We will be on the leading edge of technology and this will identify us as the leader in commercial construction” they say. No one in your IT department has given any thought as to how it will help your business help your customers and in turn making your business more profitable. Everyone is walking around with VR headsets on, no one knows how to use this or why they are using it, the IT department does nothing but play video games and Michael from Accounting just fell down the stairs. So now you have invested an extensive amount of money, the IT guys are ordering Mountain Dew by the truck load and your experience modification rating (EMR or safety) is virtually off the charts. This is not a good method for embracing new technology in commercial construction. However, if you are an architectural firm that specializes in high-rise buildings, giving the owner a “virtual tour” of their new building can reduce their cost in many ways.

So now you know how you can help your customer with technology but will this make your business more profitable? Research, plan, research and plan. Questions need to be asked and answers need to be produced. Do your customers want this technology? Will this technology bring in more customers? How will you pay for this technology? How long before you will need to replace this technology? Who in the company will be using this technology? How much training is necessary? How will this enable you to bill more? Etcetera. Set goals. Everyone should understand that you are looking to deploy this technology for specific reasons (IE: assist your customer, be more profitable) and those reasons should be outlined. If you come to the realization that you cannot reach your goal with this solution, you can stop and reevaluate.  Once you have answered these questions and set your goals, you can start testing. You should always test with a small group. As depicted earlier, starting off by just purchasing Augmented Reality for everyone in the company will probably not work. Get feedback. Ask the people using the technology what they think about this new technology. Getting buy-in from your end users will minimize resistance of the change using this new technology. Once your users are masters and proponents of the new technology, deploy in small doses. Get feedback from your customers and make changes as necessary.

This is not an exact play book for deploying new technology in commercial construction. The point is that just because the technology is available does not mean that it will improve your business. So, when your IT department tells you about the new fleet of drones that will be deployed at the next holiday party, give them some pause. Ask yourself, how will this help your customers and how will this make your company more profitable?

At ASST, we know that commercial construction technology is like the spice in cooking. The right amount at the right time will bring everyone to the table. ASST continuously evaluates the need for new technology and how we can better assist our customers. Let us assist you with your next commercial Casework, Millwork, Solid Surface and Quartz project. Contact us today at info@asst.com.


Forming 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 existed for years, advanced technologies to assist with fabrication have 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.

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 today at 717-630-121 or visit our website at www.asst.com


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When it comes to priorities in construction projects, budget and schedule are always at the top of the list. With the current demand for skilled construction workers, the topics of modular construction and prefabrication are becoming more relevant. Building repetitive assemblies for a structure at an off-site location and delivering them to the project site are entering more and more conversations as companies look to increase efficiency.

Timelines for construction projects are being compressed to seemingly impossible constraints. What is the best way to reduce the amount of time fabricating and installing? If the overall floor plan doesn’t allow for solid surface modular units, are there parts of your facility that could be constructed off-site to remove variables?

Buildings like hospitals, educational facilities, hotels and residence halls can provide consistent room layouts that lend themselves to a modular approach. Repetition is the best way to become better and more efficient at something. Solid surfaces are perfect for construction assembly line processes. By doing this, we can reduce waste, construction timelines and overall cost. A prefabrication strategy allows for the practice of lean concepts while delivering a successful project. Project team members should strategize to determine if similar services could be stacked and consider areas that lend themselves to repetition.

It’s never too soon to think about modular fabrication options and ASST has done this on various projects. Discussions should start when the project is in the beginning stages so they’re incorporated into the design approach.


If you need adaptability into your next millwork project, let ASST help you. Whatever you need, 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.


Quartz

Do you want to earn LEED points for your project? Using quartz in your project focuses on making a profit while having negligible impact on the environment. Quartz helps the environment by decreasing emissions, being part of the reforestation plan, and helping with air quality due to no harmful substances being left in the air during or after the installation process. Quartz is almost entirely made of mined material.

Are you having trouble choosing the right product for your project needs? There are so many choices, how do you choose? Choosing a type of material should not be strictly for the cost of the material but the durability, longevity and sustainability of the material. Quartz is usually less expensive than granite or marble depending on the stone. It is scratch and acid-resistant and is nonporous. Do you at times drop hard objects on countertops? Quartz is your option as quartz has a very durable surface. Where else can you find a material that has the ability to resist bacteria? Do you realize that quartz has surpassed granite in most homeowners choice in a countertop? Be environmentally conscious and choose quartz over granite as it is friendly to our environment. Many people find that granite has a “cold” feeling and that quartz has a much “warmer” presence. Seek the warmer retro look of quartz in your project.

From the use of solid surface and quartz (materials that fall into the green building materials category), we pride ourselves on our pioneering spirit and ability to remain on the cutting edge of the industry. With ASST you can have confidence every step of the way from product selection to installation. Designs with quartz can be endless. Use your imagination and let ASST help with your creations.


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. 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.


Solid Surface Reception Desk at World Trade Center - NYCSafety on the job affects everyone, from the smaller subcontractor to the General Contractor in charge. According to OSHA, nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the United States on any given day. General Contractors need subcontractors who take safety seriously and actively promote accident prevention through accredited in-house OSHA safety training.

Injury rates, for the construction industry, continue to climb higher than the national average in this category for all industries. The causes of death in construction were: falls, struck by object, caught-in/between, and electrocution. These “Fatal Four” were responsible for nearly three out of five (59%) worker deaths. To address this problem Insurance companies increased their rates to cover this added risk. Businesses can be fined, sued or banned from operating. If a serious enough infraction occurs, the accident could halt progress on the site which could lead to loss of the contract or worse.

At ASST we believe in taking a proactive educational approach when it comes to safety. We have found that holding monthly safety meetings, led by our OSHA certified Safety Manager, is one of the best ways to reinforce safety compliance. Training is also offered for forklift certifications, machine operational procedures such as “Lockout/Tag-out”, and those employees requiring any other additional certifications for specific projects. A wide variety of additional Instructional safety videos are available 24/7 on ASST’s YouTube channel for viewing by employees via their phone or tablet devices. The risks to construction worker health requires safety planning to help minimize, address and hopefully prevent construction related accidents before they occur.

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