Comments Off on Quartz Surfaces – Keystones to Commercial Surface Success
ASST is proud to announce that we are offering commercial Quartz surfaces to our customers. We now have a facility in Corry Pennsylvania where we will be fabricating commercial Quartz exclusively at this facility. We are bringing our 21 years of solid surface experience to the Quartz industry.
Having a reliable partner for commercial surfaces is critical to the success of large projects. Coordinating the trade work between the millwork, casework and surface manufacturers adds another level of difficulty to any project.
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.
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 now online or call us at 717-630-1251.
Comments Off on Why Choose Quartz? Standard Operating Procedure: Save Our Planet
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.
Comments Off on Submit to Your Projects – Finding the Value in Samples, Other Than a Great Coaster for Your Coffee…
How important can a meager piece of material be when it comes to your project? Does it have the ability to bring all forward progress of a project to a crushing halt? If your palms are starting to sweat and your blood pressure is rising just from the thought, then you already know how much you actually need all of those little pieces of material.
You are excited, after all the days and weeks of planning, your finished solid surfaces are arriving at site ready for installation. Everything is going just great and all is right in the universe… Then the General Contractor calls to your attention the blindly obvious mismatched materials used throughout the entire project… How is this possible? What went wrong? All of sudden, those little scraps of material that you used as your coffee coasters reveal their value and you begin to see just how big of a role they play in your project.
Submittals tend to be one of the most overlooked areas in project planning and yet are one of the most critical areas when it comes to the success of any project. A submission, when used in its simplest form, can be defined as a process. A process in which product data, material samples, and renderings are examined so as to be approved or rejected for use in a project. Missing this step or failing to acknowledge it can be the moment where success is breached and financial loss is the only sure outcome; thus making the submittal process one of the most overlooked areas of project management and material logistics.
ASST has made considerable efforts to organize and capture the submittal phase of project planning in an attempt to ensure success of every project awarded to our family of customers. ASST chooses to work directly with the Architects, Designers and GC’s throughout the entire process. Utilizing proprietary in-house software and live working documents, we record and track every step of the submittal process. We openly invite our clients to access, as well as update, documents to allow for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information possible for every project. This helps secure a successful project and increased profitability.
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 quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.
Comments Off on What is Simulated Stone? Plastic Polymer Surfaces
You are designing and building a new healthcare facility or school laboratory. What materials will you choose? The cost of the material, the function of the material and the durability of the material usually have some relevance as what will be chosen for the surfaces.
In healthcare, schools, laboratories and more it is important that surfaces are conducive for a healthy environment. Bacteria and mold in healthcare systems, schools, laboratories, kitchens and bathrooms can be disastrous. Surfaces in these environments need to be easy to clean, non-porous, seamless, repairable and durable.
Acrylic polymer solid surfaces are non-porous and because of this mitigate the risk of mold and bacteria. This makes simulated stone acrylic polymer surfaces ideal for healthcare, schools, laboratories and more. Unlike natural stone surfaces, acrylic polymer surfaces can be thermoformed into just about any shape and size. With color matching adhesives, solid colors are seamless. Acrylic polymer solid surfaces are resistant to scratches and stains similar to natural stone. The benefit of acrylic polymer is that it is easier to clean and repair than natural stone. Cleaning is as simple as using soap and water. Repairing is as easy as sanding with sand paper. Plastic polymer/simulated stone is the obvious choice for most commercial surfaces.
ASST has decades of experience with plastic polymer solid surfaces. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.
Comments Off on Casework Material Solutions – Specifying Casework for Sustainable Future
With the environment continuing to be a focus in the news, design professionals are required by end users to specify materials that are environmentally friendly. Carbon emissions generated from building products are a tremendous challenge for manufacturers across the globe. Specifying casework fabricated with woodbased products that are not only recycled, but also contribute to a lower carbon footprint is the end goal.
Many casework manufacturers utilize formaldehyde wood fiber particleboard for casework construction. These manufacturers tend to “downplay” their material construction in favor of a better price point. Laminates are usually not Greenguard certified and may contribute to off gassing. Specifying casework products without the proper green project credentials will likely prevent opportunities for LEED participation towards the fulfillment of point requirements.
To minimize the above issues, ASST has now partnered with TMI Systems as a dealer for their line of casework. Based in North Dakota, TMI is a leader in high quality plastic laminate modular casework fabrication. Their commitment to sustainability is impressive. With Single Chain of Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance, TMI can provide a sustainable casework solution. Their modular casework products feature railmounted overhead cabinets and forward-thinking reconfigurable base cabinets. With Autodesk 3D BIM software, design professionals are able to more thoroughly document planning decisions in drawings used in the approval process. With cutting edge computer 3D renderings, end users can understand the proposed designs even better. With the new TMI/ASST alliance, design professionals are providing solutions that can truly evolve with end user needs.
Let us assist you with your next casework project! Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.
Comments Off on What is Solid Surface? – Diving In Beyond the Surface Level
We all know solid surface is both durable and repairable. Do we know what this man-made surfacing material is made of? Solid surface was invented in 1967 and patented in 1968 by DuPont. They formally introduced the Corian® brand to the public in 1971 at a trade show in Houston. It was first promoted as a kitchen and bath countertop material. Solid surface is made of a blend of acrylic, epoxy or polyester resins and alumina trihydrate (ATH). This mixture is poured onto a moving belt and cured in an oven. Both pigment and aggregate add-ins can be mixed into the sheet to create an infinite variety of color and textural effects.
With the expiration of DuPont’s patent, a plethora of new manufacturers have introduced competing brands. This has pushed the evolution of solid surface beyond countertops to more vertical and complex architectural applications. All solid surfaces are cast polymers. Some utilize special formulations to create enhanced transparency or artistic effects to differentiate their products in the marketplace. Brand confusion has many design professionals being uncertain of performance characteristics for various brands in the marketplace. This uncertainty can reduce innovation and expansion into additional architectural applications.
In response, ASST has primarily focused on propelling fabrication technology. We believe providing design professionals with unbiased valuable case study information regarding our experiences to be valuable to the design community. We work in concert with ALL brands to provide fabrication solutions to assist with project challenges other fabricators avoid.
First impressions always count! Be sure to call us for your next solid surface project! Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.
Comments Off on Laboratory Casework Solutions – Mitigating Health & Safety Issues When Renovating Research Facilities
The planning of renovations to laboratories can be time consuming, expensive and disruptive to end users. Most academic institutions and corporate research organizations respond to the legitimate demands of individual researchers to make improvements. Qualified laboratory design architects and engineers need to provide valuable advice on casework to achieve good performance and flexibility for the future.
Sometimes because of capital budget constraints or convenience, facilities engineers only treat the symptoms. They sometimes lose sight of the causes that can adversely affect the health of all occupants. For example, poor ventilation and chemical leaks/spills can corrode metal laboratory casework. Rusty hinges and hardware can create safety issues. Cabinet shelves and doors can fall and create additional chaos. Once chemicals have corroded metal casework shelves, they are almost impossible to keep clean and can create hazardous conditions.
To minimize the above issues, ASST has now partnered with TMI Systems as a dealer for their line of casework. Based in North Dakota, TMI is a leader in high quality plastic laminate modular casework fabrication. Their modular casework products feature rail-mounted overhead cabinets and forward-thinking reconfigurable base cabinets. Laboratory planners and engineers can now specify casework that can achieve good performance and flexibility for the future. With Autodesk 3D BIM software, design professionals are able to more thoroughly document planning decisions in drawings used in the approval process. With cutting edge computer 3D renderings, end users can understand the proposed designs even better. With the new TMI/ASST alliance, design professionals are providing solutions that can truly evolve with end user needs.
Let us assist you with your next lab casework project! Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.
Comments Off on Solid Surface Signage – Unique Applications for Wayfinding
Public spaces require clear and coherent wayfinding signage. Design professionals are under pressure to develop signage programs that successfully enhance the visitor experience. This is particularly critical in large public assembly spaces such as airport terminals. Directing large groups of pedestrians in a terminal is no easy task. Design professionals are increasingly looking for ideas to create signage with solid surface. Ideas that capture the attention of visitors to provide visual cues to keep pedestrian traffic flowing.
Many times typical “off the shelf” cheaper plastic signage solutions are not distinctive enough to grab the attention of pedestrians in a busy public space. With signage from multiple vendors competing for attention in an airport terminal, it can be a struggle to stand out. Most signage fabricators can’t provide creative design assist experience to design professionals. Design professionals need fabricators with demonstrated knowledge of LED lighting, solid surface and translucent resin sheet materials. The fabricator’s ability to CNC machine various graphic font types and experience with handcrafted dimensional letters is critical. Backlit signage requires careful attention to the finer details of the finishing process.
Because of ASST’s depth of experience we can provide a wealth of knowledge for your signage project. We can share creative ideas and best practices on incorporating solid surface signage into your next project. Whether you are looking for opaque solid surface dimensional letters or translucent backlit resin letters, ASST can help. We can provide you with the project inspiration and technical details to make your wayfinding strategy a success!
Let us assist you with your next solid surface signage project! Whatever you need, ASST can build it to your exact specifications, in a safe manner, and to the quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251.
Comments Off on Solid Surface Casework Construction – How to “Skin a Box” with Solid Surface
Solid surface countertops and vertical surfaces continue to be popular when durability and maintenance are a high priority. It is only natural that design professionals and end users alike now want that durability in casework. Healthcare and public spaces require solid surface fixtures that can withstand the rigors of heavy use.
Design professionals have found though that specifying casework with solid surface can be a budget balancing act. Solid surface seems to be a “value engineering” item even on large healthcare projects. Although solid surface countertops may remain on a project, the end result unfortunately is that the actual cabinet is changed to a plastic laminate surface.
Thankfully solid surface manufacturers today are continuing to innovate. For example, Avonite ® Surfaces manufacturers an 1/8” “skin” material that can be wrapped around casework boxes made with FSC certified wood fiber materials. Suitable for only vertical applications, these “skins” provide enhanced performance and help with infection control when used in healthcare settings. We have found value in providing a more innovative comprehensive solution for our customers. ASST has now partnered with TMI Systems Corporation as a dealer for their line of casework. Based in North Dakota, TMI is a leader in quality casework fabrication. They are an excellent reputable resource and ASST looks forward to working with them on many future projects. With this new alliance, 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. Our innovative team of estimators, planners and project managers collaborate and deliver project results in a way few competitors can. We look forward to working with you on your next project!
First impressions always count. Be sure to call us for your next solid surface casework 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.
Comments Off on Solid Surface & Bamboo – Sustainable Design Combinations
A new design trend we are currently seeing in our fabrication facility involves combining wood with solid surface. Design professionals are continually looking for new ways to provide their clients with unique branded environments. Bamboo is a favorite mostly because of its status as one of the leading renewable wood materials available today. Moreover, its flexibility makes it ideal to combine with curved thermoformed solid surface fabrications. Many solid surface brands today also offer recycled content options in their sample boxes.
Incorporating natural and man-made materials together requires some knowledge of advanced assembly techniques. Many solid surface fabricators may not have experience integrating solid surface and wood materials successfully. Wood can perform differently than solid surface. Although they both cut with the same types of tools, precautions should be taken when doing the final assembly. Temperature and humidity fluctuations can also cause headaches with swelling and splitting.
Experience is a great teacher. ASST has found that allowances should be made for expansion and contraction to prevent cracking/joint separation. The above detail image is of a new information desk we recently fabricated for a retail complex in Miami. The design team has a culture of sustainability in all of their projects and wanted contrasting materials with stained bamboo and white solid surface. A CNC machined logo provides a distinctive final touch. We always enjoy a challenge here at ASST and have the experience of working with whatever our customers bring to us to fabricate!
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.