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Free Webinar: Hospital Coatings Guidelines

PaintSquare will host a free webinar June 17 entitled, “New Architectural Coatings Technology Targets Stricter Hospital Infection Protocols.”


University Offers New Urban Construction Degree

Recently, the University of New Orleans (UNO) announced that it would be offering a new bachelor’s degree program in urban construction management, beginning in the fall of 2020.


‘Living Roof’ Installed at CA Campus

In Redlands, California, a local university has installed what the local community believes to be the first known green roof on a residence in the area.


ABI Shows Commercial Construction Drop

The American Institute of Architects recently released its Architecture Billings Index (ABI), revealing a record drop in demand for design services from architecture firms during the month o...


Miami COVID-19 Hospital Conversion Completed

Last week, a temporary hospital built inside the Miami Beach Convention Center reportedly reached completion early—commencing work on April 20—just days before its target opening.


Design Plans Revealed for Manchester Arena

For its first project located outside of the United States, sports and live entertainment company Oak View Group (Los Angeles), has recently revealed plans for a new 23,500-seat multi-purpos...


AECOM Launches Virtual Meeting Tool

Earlier this month, design firm AECOM launched an interactive web-based tool that allows clients to engage and consult with stakeholders on projects from their computer or mobile device.


World’s Largest Soccer Stadium Breaks Ground

Guanzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C., a Chinese football club, recently broke ground on a $1.7 billion soccer stadium in Guanzhou, China.


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AR University Opens US's Largest Mass Timber

For the first time this year, students attending the University of Arkansas were able to settle into the recently completed Adohi Hall.


NOLA Hard Rock Won’t Get Implosion

After meeting with New Orleans officials, Hard Rock Hotel developer 1031 Canal Development LLC, announced a new conventional demolition plan for the partially collapsed structure.


$233M CO Convention Center Narrows Bids

Although the Colorado Convention Center is still months away from finalizing a new design-build contractor for its $233 million expansion project, leading bidders have been announced for a s...


Oscar Niemeyer Structure Almost Complete

Since his passing in 2012, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer still has some final projects nearing completion. Most recently, it was announced that construction on the “Niemeyer Sphere,” in...


$1B New Orleans Terminal Opens

The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board announced the official opening of a new $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) last month. ...


Washington Monument Opens New Visitor Center

After concluding a three-year-long renovation, the Washington Monument has opened back up to the public and includes a new 1,000-square-foot Visitor Screening facility.


London Development Features 'Living Wall'

Architecture and interior design firm Sheppard Robson (London) released renderings last month of what will become the mixed-use Citicape House.


Cost of Mexico's Scrapped Airport Reaches $9B

After scrapping the construction of a Texcoco, Mexico-based international airport last year, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s (AMLO) project cancellation costs are adding up and are l...


Port Covington Project Underway in Baltimore

The first phase of Port Covington’s riverfront mixed-use development project in South Baltimore is reported to be in full swing, three years after city officials approved public financing.


Zaha Hadid Firm Reveals Rail Terminal, Bridge

After winning first place in a design competition launched by Rail Baltic Estonia, Zaha Hadid Architects (United Kingdom) has revealed renderings of the new terminal intended for the Rail Ba...


Full Demo for NOLA Hard Rock Planned

Although the bodies of two deceased workers remain in the rubble of the partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel, Mayor LaToya Cantrell reported that the city is preparing for a full ...


Robots Help in $52M IL Housing Project

Currently, the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois is undergoing a $52 million project is slated to add 166,000 square feet of new barracks for military personnel by October 2020.


Historic Japanese Castle Destroyed in Fire

Last Thursday (Oct. 31), a fire broke out around 2:40 a.m. at the Shuri Castle in Naha, Japan, resulting in the loss of several buildings on the World Heritage site.


Renderings for Obama Presidential Center Revealed

New renderings of what will become the Obama Presidential Center were revealed by The Obama Foundation during the third annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago.


Skybridges to Connect Buenos Aires Towers

Earlier this month, Consultatio Real Estate and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP released renderings for a Buenos Aires-based waterfront office building, Catalinas Rio.


Renderings Released for $966M FL Soccer Project

New renderings were released earlier this month for future home of Inter Miami CF, the forthcoming Major League Soccer team owned in part by David Beckham.


Commercial Painting Industry Association Launches

In an emailed press release, founders Aaron Moore and Steve Hester recently announced the official launch of the Commercial Painting Association.


Multiple Casualties At NOLA Hard Rock Collapse

On Saturday (Oct. 12) morning, the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown New Orleans partially collapsed while more than 110 construction workers were completing onsite duties.


Beijing’s Daxing International Airport Opens

Just days before celebrating China’s 70th National Day, Chinese President Xi Jinping led the official inauguration of the Zaha Hadid-designed Daxing International Airport.


Proposals Shared for Poland-Based Airport

In developing plans for a new Poland-based airport, slated to be known as “Centralny Port Komunikacyjny” or the “Solidarity Transport Hub,” airport planners have solicited nine architecture ...


San Francisco Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Earlier this week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that will transition private commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger to 100% renewabl...


PPG Announces Commercial Services Platform

Coatings company PPG announced last week the launch of PPG Services, a “digitally-enabled service platform” that aims to allow businesses to identify and connect with painters and then manag...


$1.3B NY Arena Gets Construction Approval

Reported last month, members of New York’s Empire State Development Board announced a unanimous vote approving the construction of a $1.3 billion arena and entertainment complex in Belmont P...


UK Residents Evacuated Over Material Concerns

Residents living in a Hoxton, London-based housing block have recently been instructed to evacuate their homes within 12 months due to an installation issue.


NOLA Superdome Reno Plans Completion for 2024

The Louisiana State Bond Commission has unanimously approved borrowing plans for the $450 million renovation of the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


Seattle's Rainier Square Tower Tops Out

Just ten months after the project began, the 850-square-foot Rainier Square Tower in Seattle has reportedly topped out, thanks to its radical composite steel framing system, otherwise known ...


Fired Contractor Claims $1B Needed for CO Airport

Not long after the Denver International Airport decided to end its public-private partnership with Great Hall Partners for terminal renovations, the contractors released documents showing th...


Skyscraper Now Officially Seattle's Second Tallest

After two years of construction, the Rainier Square Tower has officially become Seattle’s second tallest skyscraper in the city. The $370 million tower is slated to top out later this month,...


$1.4B Chase Center Completed on Schedule

Earlier this month, joint venture Mortenson and Clark Construction Group announced the substantial competition of the $1.4 billion San Francisco Chase Center in a press release.


Notre Dame People's Design Winners Announced

Just this week, GoArchitect announced the winners of The People’s Notre-Dame Design Competition. The competition received 226 entries from 56 countries since its launch in May.


Virginia Tech Announces $1B ‘Innovation Campus’

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University—more commonly known as Virginia Tech—has recently announced its partnership with data-driven real estate investment firm Lionstone Investm...


Renderings Reveal NBA Clippers’ $1B Arena

The National Basketball Association has recently revealed renderings of the new Los Angeles Clippers’ Inglewood, California-based arena through an official release.


Carbon-Neutral Museum Slated for Sweden

As a part of an international competition, Danish architecture firm COBE has been awarded for a new science center, planned to be built in the Swedish university city of Lund.


RFI Issued for $13B JFK Central Hub

Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a Request for Information made by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the design and development of JFK Central.


Houston to Get ‘Skylawn’ Development

Developed by Lovett Commercial and designed by Luxigon and Dutch architecture firm OMA, renderings for POST Houston have recently been revealed for the city’s new mixed-used development.


Hadid-Designed FL Skyscraper Now Complete

The first and only residential skyscraper in the United States designed by architect Zaha Hadid, Miami's “One Thousand Museum,” has recently reached completion, according to officials.


Another Contract Inked for O'Hare Project

Another contract has been finalized for the massive $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport.


HI Complex to Receive $679M Overhaul

International architecture firm Snøhetta has recently revealed project renderings of O’ahu Island-based premier arts and cultural complex, Neal S. Blaisdell Center.


NY Assembly Approves PaintCare Bill

The New York State Assembly recently approved legislation establishing a PaintCare program—a paint stewardship program involving paint manufacturers and producers in conjunction with the Ame...


World's Tallest Modular Buildings Completed

Last week, Singapore celebrated the completion of a pair of 140-meter-high concrete module towers. According to Bouygues Batiment International—the construction company who built the develop...


Hudson Yards Developer Plans Canada Project

Planned for downtown Toronto, Oxford Properties Group—the developer behind New York City’s Hudson Yards—is working on a C$3.5 billion ($2.7 billion) mixed-use complex.


Designs Revealed for Uber Skyports

At Uber’s third Elevate Summit—an annual immersive event which convenes leaders from across academia, industry, government, policy and technology—16 designs from eight different architecture...


Phoenix Airport Approves $5.7B Plan

A 20-year plan for Sky Harbor’s International Airport has been unanimously approved by the Phoenix City Council in a 9-0 vote.


NYC Concert Venue Gets Green Roof

Transformed by architecture firm HLW Architects, concert venue Brooklyn Steel is topped with a green roof innovated prior to the state’s new Climate Mobilization Act, and doubles as an acous...


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Hadid-Designed World Cup Stadium Officially Opens

On May 16, Al Wakrah—one of eight stadiums slated for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar—held an official opening ceremony, followed by an inaugural match.


Green Bridges to Connect New Headquarters

New York-based Steve Holl Architects have recently released design plans for new headquarters for genome machine intelligence company iCarbonX (Shenzhen, China).


Greenhouse Proposed for Notre Dame Roof

In the wake of Notre Dame Cathedral’s devastating fire, Paris-based architects Studio NAB have submitted a design proposing a greenhouse and educational apiary to sit upon the damaged landma...


Gehry Designs Warner Bros. HQ

Architect Frank Gehry of Gehry Partners has designed a set of office buildings for Warner Bros. future headquarters in Burbank, California.


Teknos Acquires Drywood Norge AS

Industrial coatings firm Teknos announced that it has completed the acquisition of Drywood Norge AS to support its own growth strategy by entering a new business area in the architectural co...


Notre Dame Spire Design Competition Launched

After tragedy struck Paris last week, France is planning to launch an architectural competition for the spire that was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.


Fire Consumes Notre Dame Cathedral

On Monday evening, flames engulfed the more than 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, destroying the spire and nearly two-thirds of the roof.


MIT Looks to Melanin for Facade Innovation

Totems is both a new project and installation led by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The endeavor was designed using liquid cha...


PA Architects Design 'Largest' Esports Arena

Comcast Spectator and The Cordish Cos. have announced the design plans for a $50 million Philadelphia-based esports arena.


$2.2B DC Wharf Kicks Off Phase Two

Last Saturday (March 30) Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. held a community celebration to kick off Phase Two of The Wharf’s construction in Southwest D.C.


NY Firm Reveals Mirrored Necklace Design

New York City-based architecture firm REX has released the final design for its mirrored Necklace Residence project.


FL Hard Rock Delivers Guitar-Shaped Hotel

After unveiling the plans for the design of the $1.5 billion expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2017, a date for completion is in sight.


Boujee $18M Bunker for Sale in NV

An $18 million mansion is on the market in Las Vegas. Only two miles east from the Strip and totaling 14,620 square feet, this 1970s-themed home is anything but ordinary.


TX City Sues Developer Over $1B Project

The city of Rowlett, Texas, filed a lawsuit earlier this month against developer Bayside Land Partners LLC over allegations that the firm defaulted on agreements for a $1.1 billion mixed use...


AAMA Releases Structural Silicone Glazing Guide

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently merged two previous publications to create AAMA SSGDG-1-17, also known as the "Structural Silicone Glazing Design Guidelines,” w...


London Financial District Skyscraper Approved

Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Development Company recently received approval for the construction of The Diamond, a 56-story tower in the heart of London's financial district. There has been oppos...


Apple Unveils Facade at New Macau Store

A new Apple flagship store has been unveiled in Macau, with architects from Foster + Partners boasting a facade that the team calls a “first of its kind.”


Sherwin-Williams Reveals Student Design Winners

Global coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company announced the winners of its eighth annual Student Design Challenge on Tuesday, awarding top prizes of $2,500 in both residential and comme...


LEED-Certified Bookstore Houses More Than Books

The Williams College bookstore, located in Massachusetts, is more than just a space for books—with structure and furnishing design provided by architects CambridgeSeven, the LEED Platinum-ce...


$1B Twin Tower Development Coming to Hollywood

Developer MP Los Angeles recently released plans to construct a $1 billion, twin tower complex for downtown Hollywood, marking the largest on-site affordable housing of any development in th...


‘Skyscraper’ Movie Had Architect Consult

Skyscraper, the newest action thriller starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, features a fictitious 1,067-meter-tall skyscraper called The Pearl, which called for consulting with a renow...


New $1B Development, Lagoon Slated for Orlando

A Florida developer whose portfolio already includes the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is setting its sights closer to Walt Disney World with a proposed $1 billion development: O-Town West.


Dallas Getting New 'Smart District,' Tall Tower

A corner of Dallas is now destined to be the home of not only a new “smart district,” but also the city’s next tallest tower.


Free Webinar: FEVE Resin Technology

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday (Aug. 23) entitled: “Architectural Protective Coatings—FEVE Resin Technology.” AGC Chemicals’ Kristen Blankenship will explore diffe...


Preview Released for CA (W)rapper Tower

A new video has been released detailing the long-anticipated commercial high-rise in Los Angeles that was first conceived in 1999.


Roman Concrete Could Be Key for Seawalls

Ancient technology may be what helps prevent future damage for coastal cities, according to experts in concrete.


Powder Coatings Line Gets Premium Pigments

Axalta Coating Systems has added two new colors to its Alesta AR400 palette, a line of architectural-grade powder coatings.


World's Tallest Waterfall to Hit Singapore Airport

Singapore’s Jewel Changi airport extension will soon be home to the world’s largest indoor waterfall.


Iconic Florida Building Faces Uncertain Future

"Tropical Brutalism"—a term coined by architectural historian Jean-Francois Lejeune to describe the slew of brutalist design in Miami—is being threatened, according to a nonprofit.


Exhibits, Events Salute Wright's 150th Birthday

A series of special events, exhibits and tours will be held worldwide as celebrations mark the sesquicentennial of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth.


Facade Fashioned from Black Plastic Chairs

A Czech architecture studio devised a novel way to supply the cladding for a repurposed car showroom.


Sprawling NYC Project Features Interactive 'Vessel'

Needing a landmark to punctuate the sprawl of the biggest private real-estate project ever conceived, London-based Heatherwick Studio created a structure that its architects envisioned as “a...


ALED Technology Shines New Light on Glass

LightGlass Technology wasted little time making bold strides into the architectural glass products market.


Obama Complex Boasts Library, Other Amenities

Saying he wants his presidential library to be part of a “living thing,” former President Barack Obama unveiled plans for a three-building complex in Chicago, Illinois.


Designers Propose Skyscrapers Nestled Inside Sequoias

A quartet of South Korean designers hopes to carve out a niche in the architectural realm with a proposal that combines technological know-how with nature.


D+D Elevation Awards Touts Nine Categories

Do you know of a recent coating project that deserves to be recognized for excellence in aesthetic or technical effects? If so, be sure to nominate it for Durability + Design’s inaugural Ele...


Finnish Architects Draft Beer

A group of Finnish architects, acknowledging the need for the perfect elixir after a tough day in pursuit of the ultimate design, came up with a solution for what “ales” them.


Elevation Awards Early-Bird Deadline Nears

The early-bird deadline to nominate outstanding commercial and architectural coatings-related projects for the Durability + Design Elevation Awards is rapidly approaching: In order to save 5...


Beijing Civic Center Will Have Ski Slope Roof

By 2020 Beijing will have a new ski slope. On the roof of its civic center, that is.


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q1 Numbers

Paints and coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company reported a 7.3 percent increase in sales to a record $2.76 billion, according to its first quarter earnings report.


Software Tools for Architects Get Upgrade

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Labs announced they have released updated versions of the EnergyPlus engine and the OpenStudio software development kit and application.


Sherwin-Williams Reports Record Q1 Sales

Sales were up in the first quarter of 2017 for The Sherwin-Williams Company, including increased net sales and volumes in its Global Finishes Group, which includes the company's protective a...


PPG Reports Q1 Growth Amid Marine Challenges

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries reported growth in net sales and sales volumes in its first quarter, bolstered in part by a 7 percent jump in sales in the Industrial Coatings seg...


PPG Releases Q1 Numbers, Nods to AkzoNobel Offer

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries reported growth in net sales and sales volumes in its first quarter, bolstered in part by a 7 percent jump in sales in the Industrial Coatings seg...


Early-Bird Deadline Extended: D+D Elevation Awards

The May 1 deadline for receiving the discounted early-bird rate when entering Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards competition is just around the corner. Don’t miss this chance t...


Elevation Awards to Honor Coating Success

A new awards series from PaintSquare sister publication Durability + Design will honor the best of commercial and architectural coatings work from the past year.


Deadline Approaching: D+D Elevation Awards

Durability + Design is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to enter the Elevation Awards, which will be presented during a ceremony at CONSTRUCT...


Contractor Blames Sub for Hotel Delays

The construction of a 1,048-room, $370 million luxury hotel in Austin, Texas, has faced delays and the general contractor says a subcontractor is responsible.


Architect Says Landmark Design Was Stolen

As Dubai inches toward completion of its latest landmark structure, The Frame, the architect behind the unique picture frame design has filed suit, claiming copyright infringement.


Contest Challenges Design Students

The Sherwin-Williams Company has launched a contest that aims to show its commitment to the next generation of residential and commercial designers.


Interior Paint Demand to Rise

New studies forecast the growth of interior and architectural paint demand to increase about 3 percent per year to 535 million and 835 million gallons, respectively, in 2020.


Call for Entries: D+D Elevation Awards

Durability + Design is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to enter the Elevation Awards, which will be presented during a ceremony at CONSTRUCT, the C...


New Issue Now Online

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on technological advances and standards in architectural coatings, is now available online.


Titan Unveils New Airless Spray Tip

Made for residential and commercial professional painting projects, Titan Tool’s new High Efficiency Airless (HEA) TR reversible airless tip will be available in U.S. and Canada this spring.


Developers Reimagine a Chicago Landmark

One of the world’s tallest buildings and an icon in Chicago’s skyline will undergo a $500 million transformation, developers have announced.


Sherwin-Williams Posts Record Sales in 2016

Paints and coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company reported record consolidated net sales in 2016, and the company expects its acquisition of Valspar to close within 90 days, but ...


Sherwin-Williams Posts Record Sales, Merger Plans

Sherwin-Williams' Paint Stores Group helped propel the Cleveland-based coatings company to hit record net sales in 2016, the company announced Thursday (Jan. 26).


Rates, Charges Take Toll on PPG Q4

Paint and coatings giant PPG reported a dip in net sales and a nosedive in net income for its fourth quarter 2016 due to unfavorable currency rates and charges related to its global restruct...


Restructuring, Currency Affect PPG Q4

Sales and net income were both down in the fourth quarter of 2016 for paints and coatings manufacturer PPG, owing largely to unfavorable currency rates and charges related to restructuring, ...


OSHA Probes Steel Fabricator after Death

Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating the crushing death of a worker at a structural steel facility in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.


Fibers Give New 'Textile Concrete' Appeal

Fibers could be the key to lighter, more durable and more versatile form of reinforced concrete, according to a new report from researchers at the Technical University of Dresden.


Painter Fined in Fall Case

A Florida painting and waterproofing contractor faces nearly $90,000 in fines after an employee was injured in an 18-foot fall in May at a condominium development in Lauderdale By The Sea.


Powder Coating Offers Antique Hues

Polychem Powder Coatings, a division of IFS Coatings, has introduced a new color line with 10 hues, inspired by “antique” items.


Buildings Damaged, at Risk After Quake

A nine-story building in central Wellington was at risk of collapse Tuesday (Nov. 15) in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand early Monday.


PPG Takes Over Italy Operations

As part of its efforts to expand its reach in Europe, PPG has bought out the remaining 50 percent ownership interest of a joint venture in Italy, the company announced Friday (Nov. 11).


Acquisition Expands Safway’s Portfolio

Already one of North America's largest suppliers of scaffolding and equipment, Safway Group Holding LLC has announced the acquisition of Seattle-based SafeWorks LLC, a global leader in motor...


Safway Group Announces Acquisition

Safway Group Holding LLC, a leading North American scaffolding and equipment firm, is set to acquire SafeWorks LLC, a Seattle-based supplier of motorized suspended access equipment, in a dea...


Building Green in a Steel City

Transforming a one-time industrial powerhouse into a city known for its sustainable approach and healthy buildings is no small feat.


Diamond Vogel Crowdsources Top Hue

A muted blue-gray hue is set to make a dramatic entry on the color scene in 2017, according to Diamond Vogel consumers.


PPG to Buy Romanian Firm

Looking to increase its presence outside the U.S., PPG has reached an agreement with the Emerging Europe Accession Fund to acquire DEUTEK, a Romanian paint and architectural coatings maker.


Upcoming Webinar Explains Metal Composites

Painted finish of aluminum composite materials and metal composite materials will be the topic of a free webinar from Durability + Design next Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m.-noon Eastern (8...


Firm Debuts Coatings Stabilizers Line

A new range of stabilizer products for the coatings industry has been introduced by polymer stabilizers manufacturer SONGWON Industrial Co. Ltd. (Ulsan, South Korea).


New Issue Now Online

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on technology advances and color trends in commercial and architectural coatings, is now available online.


Library in Queens Set to Sparkle

The new Hunters Point Community Library in the New York City borough of Queens celebrated a milestone recently, when the builders of the steel-and-concrete structure celebrated its topping-o...


Sherwin-Williams’ Revenues Rise

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported consolidated net sales of $3.28 billion for its third quarter and $9.07 billion for the nine-month period, driven in part by high paint sales volumes in...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Earnings, New CFO

The Sherwin-Williams Company has reported an increase in consolidated net sales for both the third quarter and nine-month period of 2016, as well as the appointment of a new chief financial ...


Condo Construction Accident Kills 1

Federal workplace safety regulators have opened an investigation after one person was killed and several others were injured Wednesday (Oct. 19) evening when building materials rained from t...


PPG Sees Volumes Grow in Q3

Led by growth in its Industrial Coatings segment, PPG reported an improvement in year-over-year volumes across both its coating segments in the third quarter of 2016, the company announced w...


Cost Cuts Could Follow PPG Q3

PPG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael H. McGarry says the company is "reviewing various restructuring scenarios" to reduce costs, following the release of its third quarter earnin...


Whistleblower to Cost Masonry Firm $135K

One of the nation’s largest producers of masonry units has agreed to pay $135,000 in back wages and compensatory damages to a former employee in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labo...


NYC Contractor to Pay $9M for Fraud

One of the largest construction concerns in New York City has agreed to pay more than $9 million in restitution and penalties for systematic overbilling clients over a 13-year period, author...


Coating Crafted for Corrosive Environments

A versatile, high-performance polysiloxane coating touted as offering enhanced durability and aesthetics, as well as cost savings, has been introduced by Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine...


New Issue Previews Greenbuild

The new issue of D+D In Depth features a preview for the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference & Expo geared to the architectural coatings professional, as well as a look at four deco...


Resins Firms' Merger Complete

Allnex, an international resins supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings, has completed its acquisition of global resins manufacturer Nuplex Industr...


Report: Architectural Coatings Sales Up

A recent industry analysis report from The ChemQuest Group Inc. shows that the architectural coatings market grew in both sales and volumes in 2015, and predicts continued growth this year.


Sensing Lead Paint Using Gel

Scientists at the University of Michigan say they have developed a new lead paint test designed to provide “more clear and accurate results than its counterparts.”


London's 'Flower Tower' Design Revealed

Architecture firm HOK has unveiled renderings of the planned Spire London, set to become the tallest residential building in western Europe.


Ohio’s Giant Basket Gets a Price Drop

Real estate agents are accustomed to dealing with tough clients, but you might say one Ohio broker has a real basket case on his hands. It’s not the seller, though—it’s the building itself.


Powder Coating Resins Claim Quick Bake

A pair of new resins for architectural powder coatings are made to bake at low temperatures and cure quickly.


Architecture Sketches Build a Following

Though most of today’s buildings are designed on the computer, a San Francisco architect’s hand-drawn sketches may make you long for the days of old.


Go Taupe in 2017, Says Sherwin-Williams

Paints and coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company has unveiled its Color of the Year for 2017, and the company’s color experts say it’s indicative of a slight warming trend.


Campaign Promotes Building with Concrete

As some campaign to broaden the use of materials like wood in commercial and residential building, an industry group is touting the benefits of an old standby: concrete.


New Green Building System Reaches U.S.

Eyeing the 5.6 million existing buildings in the U.S. not currently covered by existing green building programs, the U.K.-based Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Metho...


Metal Wrap Series Expands

Architectural metal wall system manufacturer Centria (Moon Township, PA) has added insulated composite backup panel options with the introduction of the MetalWrap Integrated Series and Long ...


Landmark Vote May Delay Gehry Project

A new Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use project set for Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip faces a roadblock as city officials ponder granting landmark status to a building situated on the corner of the...


NFL Kickoff Marred by Sticky Paint

Paint is being blamed for the cancellation of this year’s Hall of Fame Game, the traditional first preseason game of the National Football League's year, in Canton, OH.


Industry Group Updates Sealant Standard

A fenestration industry group has released a new document detailing best practices with regard to sealants.


Webinar Covers Coatings and Brand Image

Aesthetics and brand will be the topic of a free Durability + Design webinar on Wednesday (August 10).


AkzoNobel Takes Reins of Egypt Firm

The acquisition of the remaining stake in a powder coatings manufacturer in Egypt means Dutch paints and coatings company AkzoNobel is expanding further, and more quickly, in the North Afric...


Specifying, Green Coatings Top New Issue

Expert advice on fire-resistive coatings and specification writing are a part of the new issue of Durability + Design In Depth, now available free online.


AkzoNobel Takes Ownership of Egypt Venture

As part of its accelerated growth strategy for Egypt and the wider North Africa region, Dutch paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has bought out the remaining stake in Akzo Nobel Powd...


Solar Reflective Coatings Guide Revised

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has released a new edition of its document on the testing and performance of solar reflective coatings.


Paint Stores Shine in Sherwin-Williams’ Q2

U.S.-based paint and coatings maker The Sherwin-Williams Company posted gains in its second quarter, led by booming architectural sales in its Paint Stores Group.


Industrial Coatings Boost PPG's Q2

Pittsburgh-based paint and coatings manufacturer PPG delivered consistent performance and modest growth, comparable to the previous year, in its second quarter financial results, released Th...


Sherwin-Williams Posts Gains in Q2

Despite lower numbers in its Global Finishes Group and other divisions, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced overall gains in its second-quarter earnings report.


PPG Reports Modest Growth in Q2

Despite dips in its Architectural Coatings sales volumes, global paint and coatings manufacturer PPG reported consistent performance and modest growth, comparable to the previous year, in it...


Paint Line Gets Revamp

Pratt & Lambert Paints announced the launch of Accolade Premium Paint & Primer, a 100 percent acrylic coating designed for use on interior walls, ceilings, trim, drywall, wood, masonry, meta...


Structural Silicone Glazing 101

Join us for an exclusive webinar on the topic of silicone structural and protective glazing systems.


Sherwin-Williams: Earthy Trends for 2017

The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced its 2017 color forecast, Colormix 2017, touting forthcoming trends like “noir,” “holistic” and “intrepid” for residential and commercial spaces.


New Issue Now Online

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four probing articles on architectural coatings and related technologies, is now available online.


Drywall Issues Spur Suit

The joint venture in charge of building a $1.05 billion mixed-use development in Miami has sued a drywall subcontractor for alleged substandard work.


Paint Maker Celebrates 90 Years

An Iowa-based coatings manufacturer recently marked its 90-year anniversary with a three-day celebration at its service centers.


Family Paint Firm Celebrates 90 Years

A third-generation Orange City, IA, coatings manufacturer commemorated nine decades of service last week.


PPG Reports Record Q1 Performance

Crediting six acquisitions completed during 2015, Michael H. McGarry, PPG president and chief executive officer, announced improved financial results for the company’s two coatings segments ...


Stores Boost Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Strong architectural paint sales volume in Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Stores helped deliver a record first quarter to the global paint company.


Sherwin-Williams Sees Q1 Net Sales Grow

While The Sherwin-Williams Company saw a slight dip in net sales for in its Global Finishes Group in the start of 2016, strong performance by the PaintStores Group helped push the company in...


Growth in Europe Drives PPG Q1

PPG reported net sales of $3.7 billion in its first quarter, a 4 percent increase from the prior year, led by broadening European volume growth and acquisitions.


Free Webinar Covers Retail Flooring

Selecting and specifying floor finishes for high volume retail buildings is the topic of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Wet Concrete Falls Off Building, Hits Car

A woman’s car window was shattered Thursday (April 14) when a portion of wet concrete fell from a construction site in downtown Jersey City, NJ, according to various news reports.


PPG Bows New Paints, Stains Line

PPG’s Pittsburgh Paints & Stains brand has introduced a new premium line of paints and stains geared toward professionals and DIY consumers.


Pigments Offer Style, Formulation Options

BASF unveiled three new globally available pigments during the recent 2016 American Coatings Show, held in Indianapolis April 12-14. The pigments are meant to offer enhanced styling and form...


Roller Covers Made for Resinous Flooring

Seymour Midwest has launched a new range of roller covers for flooring and coatings professionals, under the brand Midwest Rake Assurance.


Free Webinar: Why Permeance Matters

A free, two-part webinar series hosted by Durability + Design explores water vapor permeance of coating systems on building exteriors. Part one, held Feb. 24, defined permeance; part two, co...


D+D In Depth March Issue Focus:
Coatings for Hospitals, Building Enclosures

Featuring articles on coatings for healthcare facilities as well as building enclosures, the March issue of D+D In Depth, Durability + Design’s monthly magazine, will be released Wednesday (...


Skyscraper Slide Installed in Los Angeles

Soon visitors and residents of Los Angeles will be able to experience unparalleled views of the city.


Design Challenge Aimed at Emerging Talent

Attention student designers: Are you up for a challenge? The Sherwin-Williams Company is inviting submissions in its annual STIR Student Design Challenge.


D+D Releases February Issue of In Depth

Durability + Design is pleased to announce the release of the February issue of D+D In Depth, the digital magazine geared toward specifiers and users of architectural coatings and related ma...


Beloved Dinosaur Mural Gets Painted Over

A British town is in an uproar over a new paint job that mistakenly covered an adored dinosaur mural.


Color Selection Tools Made for Architects

The Sherwin-Williams Company has rolled out its new color selection system for architects, designers and specifiers.


Woman Paints House in Stripes as Protest

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring has said she would be glad to repaint her house—as long as officials stop a nearby development the English property owner has called a “monstrosity.”


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

PPG Industries has named a new senior vice president for global architectural coatings and announced three other changes in executive management, too.


Ole Miss Scores with $96.5M Stadium

With college basketball conference play in full gear, the University of Mississippi has another “win” to celebrate. Ole Miss recently opened the doors of its new $96.5 million multi-purpose ...


Executive Promotions Underway at PPG

PPG Industries has announced several new leadership appointments, including senior vice presidents in three divisions, as well as the retirement of the current senior vice president, automot...


D+D to Launch Monthly Digital Publication

Durability + Design is pleased to announce the launch of D+D In Depth, a new monthly digital publication geared toward specifiers and users of architectural coatings and related mater...


Protimeter Expands Line of Moisture Meters

Protimeter has introduced a new moisture meter for a variety of applications, including commercial coatings and concrete.


Japan, ZHA Argue Stadium Copyrights

Zaha Hadid Architects and the Japanese government are at odds over payment and copyright issues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Stadium.


Second-Tallest Building Made Sustainable

Described as “more than a landmark” with some of the most sustainable features across the globe, construction is complete on the second-tallest building in the world.


U.S. Hotel Construction Up in 2016

A recent report indicates that U.S. business travelers could have thousands of new choices in places to stay by the end of this year.


Zero-Isocyanate Coating Hits Market

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. has announced the availability of the first zero isocyanate hybrid polyurethane coating for commercial and residential buildings.


Former Benjamin Moore Exec Leads EasyPaint

The new president of an on-demand painting service is a familiar face in the coatings industry.


Dunn-Edwards Reveals High-End Line

Dunn-Edwards Paints has introduced ARISTOSHIELD, which the company says is a line of ultra-premium, water-based urethane alkyd paint that offers the look and durability of an oil-based ename...


Group Balks at ‘Paddington Pole’ Height

London’s heritage group hopes an architect and developer who want to add another seven stories to a planned 65-story London skyscraper in an historic part of the city will change their tune,...


Commercial Lineup Set for SSPC 2016

From air barriers to floor coatings—the commercial track planned for SSPC 2016 will highlight a plethora of topics tailored to commercial and architectural coatings industry professionals.


Valspar Logs Growth for 2015

Valspar Corp. has posted another record year of earnings despite facing “difficult comparisons to the exceptional performance in 2014, a strengthening U.S. dollar and a product line adjustme...


Parliament Hears PaintCare UK Agenda

A paint recycling initiative is gaining ground in Great Britain where coatings manufacturers recently made recommendations for a plan to Parliament.


Growth Strong for Valspar in 2015

Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp. has reported another record year with the release of its fourth-quarter earnings.


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

Two managers in PPG Industries’ coatings divisions have taken on new leadership roles within the company.


PPG Names Architectural Coatings VP

PPG Industries has announced leadership changes for its U.S. and Canadian architectural coatings markets.


Firm Examines Global Coatings Use

A market research company that specializes in polymer and chemical industries has released its findings on the global consumption of coatings, adhesives, sealants and inks (CASI) for 2014.


Extrusion Coatings Made to Sparkle

Valspar Corp. has introduced a new line of architectural coatings billed to offer deep color hues and intense sparkle.


OSHA Cites Roofers for Asbestos

Federal workplace safety authorities have cited two Chicago area contractors for exposing workers to dangerous asbestos hazards.


Paint Sales Up in Sherwin-Williams’ Q3

Propelled by its Paint Stores and Consumer Groups, Sherwin-Williams posted profit gains for its third quarter 2015.


Sherwin-Williams: Q3 2015 Sales Up

Despite a drop in the group that includes protective and marine coatings, the second-largest paint company in the U.S. showed an increase overall in its third quarter of 2015.


Study: Green Matters in Office Settings

When it comes to productivity at work, does it matter whether your office is “green” or not?


Sherwin-Williams Announces New CEO

Sherwin-Williams has turned to one of its long-standing managers to lead the company starting next year.


Sherwin-Williams Names New CEO

The Sherwin-Williams' board of directors has tapped a man with more than 30 years of experience with the company to serve as its next chief executive officer.


Spec Tool Designed for Paint Projects

Sherwin-Williams has created a free specification writing tool to help create coatings specifications based on the unique criteria of each project.


PPG 2016 Colors: An ‘Odyssey’ of Life

With a record-holding cardstacker on hand to build a “City of Cards” coated with swatches of its color line, PPG Industries ceremoniously launched its 2016 Color Palette last week in the pla...


Chemical Giant Ashland Splits into Two

Chemical giant Ashland Inc. is splitting into two companies so that each can focus on a different share of its focused markets.


Roof System Mixes Asphalt, Polyurethane

The Garland Company Inc. has introduced a new commercial roofing system designed to increase its resiliency as it ages.


Ashland to Split into Two Companies

Ashland Inc. is moving forward with a plan to separate the company into two independent, publicly traded companies—one focused on specialty chemicals and the other on motor lubricants.


New Light Industrial Paints Debut

A new line of coatings designed for the professional painter includes paints and primers for light industrial applications.


ZHA Bows Out of Olympic Stadium Bid

Zaha Hadid has given up her quest to design the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Stadium.


New Paints, Primers for Commercial Work

Valspar Paint has announced a new line of coatings designed specifically for the professional painter.


New Acrylic Designed for Durability

PPG has introduced a new paint-and primer-in-one for interior and exterior surfaces.


Watch Artists Paint a Bob Dylan Mural

Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra recently completed a five-story mural honoring legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in downtown Minneapolis and the entire process has been captured in two vi...


Trump Targets Capitol Dome Restoration

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has suggested restoration and painting work on the U.S. Capitol Building may take longer than expected.


Dunn-Edwards Revamps Interior Paint

Dunn-Edwards Paints has unveiled an improved formulation of its low-odor, zero-VOC Acri-Wall product.


Architect Shows St. Louis Stadium Plans

A St. Louis-based international architect has revealed its plans for a new NFL stadium in its hometown—even though no one is sure if the city will have a team to play there by the time it is...


Companies Face Construction Site Fines

The federal agency in charge of worker safety has cited two construction companies a combined $88,000 for exposing their employees to excavation hazards on a multi-employer work site.


‘Talkie’ Tops UK List of Ugly Designs

A building that has been blamed for melting cars, knocking over people on the ground with its downdraughts and chided with nicknames such as “Walkie Scorchie” is also Britain’s ugliest build...


'The Pyramid' Puts Jerusalem at Odds

With a go-ahead from officials and ground broken for the site of a modern skyscraper in an ancient city, proponents and critics are at odds over both the shape and need of a “pyramid” in Jer...


Axalta Tackles Panama Canal Contract

A global supplier of liquid and powder coatings has announced its participation in a major restoration job.


Sales Dip, Profit Up in Valspar’s Q3

The world’s No. 6 paint and coatings company has adjusted its outlook for the rest of the year, following a “solid performance” in the company’s fiscal third quarter of 2015.


Valspar's Q3 Leads to Adjusted Outlook

International paint and coatings manufacturer Valspar reported flat net sales in its coatings segment, as well as a slight decrease in paint segment net sales in its fiscal year 2015 third q...


Memorial Finalists Chosen Amid Concern

More than a century after the First World War began and after all the U.S. Veterans for that war have died, the commission in charge of building an honorable memorial has chosen five finalis...


Architects See Salaries Rising

Architects are getting better salaries and salary increases than they were just a few years ago, but most professional Americans in other fields are still doing better.


Robot Prints Houses One Wall at a Time

Billed as the world’s biggest free-form 3D printer, the machine can build walls like the body builds bones, is "prettier" than previous attempts at printing 10 houses in one day and is “more...


Group Studies Solar House Efficiency

Imagine a house so efficient it can produce 60 percent of its own power and cost its owner nearly nothing out of pocket every year.


Artists, Town Target Blight with Color

How do you get a blighted town and a group of graffiti artists to work together?


Sika Bows Metallic Effects System

Sika Flooring has announced the addition of the Sikafloor Metallic FX decorative floor system to the company’s portfolio of commercial and industrial flooring products.


London Building Faces Wind, Design Woes

Two years after its facade produced a light reflection strong enough to sizzle parked cars nearby, a new London skyscraper is once again at the center of controversy.


Interior Coating Designed to Stop Odors

Sto Corp. has released an interior coating product formulated to eliminate indoor odors.


Unwanted Paint Job Costs $90K

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA--The right coat of paint can make a masterpiece out of an already luxurious car.


Computer Art ‘Completes’ Olympic Park

RIO DE JANEIRO--With less than a year before the Olympic torch arrives in Rio de Janeiro to kick off South America’s first attempt at hosting the Olympic Games, a newly released video may re...


CO Kicks Off Paint Recycling Program

DENVER--Paint consumers and contractors in Colorado now have an easier way to recycle unused paint.


Paris OKs 1st Skyscraper in 40 Years

PARIS--It took two votes, including one in private, but the French capital is about to get its first skyscraper in four decades.


Paint Names Get Real, and Rowdy

TUMBLR--With actual monikers like Flapjack and Mole's Breath, Dead Salmon and Grandma's Sweater, paint names are not all that easy to parody.


'A Gallon of Mmmmmm, Flesh, Please'

TUMBLR--Shopping for paint? Why not skip the regular black in favor of "The Eternal Darkness That Will One Day Consume Us All (GRO55)?" And any front door can be red, so why not reach for "T...


SSPC Seeking Cream of the Coatings Crop

PITTSBURGH—Proud of a recently completed painting project? Be a structure showoff and nominate exceptional industrial and commercial coatings projects for the 2016 SSPC Structure Awards


Valspar Seeds Growth Amid Q2 Declines

MINNEAPOLIS—Industrial and coil coatings grew while paint sales stalled in Valspar's second fiscal quarter of 2015, the company reported Wednesday (May 27).


Expert Offers Key to Commercial Work

PITTSBURGH—After 40 years in the industry, Ken Trimber knows how to protect your interests on a commercial coatings project.


Q2 Brings Ups and Downs at Valspar

MINNEAPOLIS—Despite second-quarter declines that dampened the year's sales outlook, Valspar is setting a new course for growth in the months ahead, the paint and coatings maker reported Wedn...


PPG Names Global Coatings VP

PITTSBURGH—PPG Industries has announced the appointment of Eric Thiele as vice president and business controller, global architectural coatings and protective and marine coatings.


Coating Companies Top Safety Awards

CHICAGO—In an era where shortcuts have become standard, five industrial coating contractors have been honored for staying a safer course.


PPG Shifts Coatings Execs

PITTSBURGH—PPG Industries will have a new hand at the coatings helm as of June 1.


Dimensional Colors Sparkle in New Line

MINNEAPOLIS—The Valspar Corp. has introduced a line of dimensional, color-shifting, richly saturated, sparkling hues designed to create "a whole new color space" for architects and designers...


Showtime Delayed for Hollywood Towers

LOS ANGELES—A pair of mixed-use skyscrapers will have to wait a while longer for their big premiere in the heart of Hollywood, according to local reports.


Finished Steel Sports Wood Look

KALAMA, WA—Steelscape, a national supplier of metallic- and pre-painted steel, has unveiled two new wood-grain finishes in its Steelscape Prints line.


Paint Makers Roll Out New Wonders

MINNEAPOLIS—Do your dazzling design dreams have you abandoning hand-cramping painting for glue-and-go wallcoverings?


AkzoNobel Reports 'Solid' Q1

AMSTERDAM—Rising revenues and operating income across all businesses graced the first quarter of 2015, despite continuing economic headwinds, AkzoNobel reported Tuesday (April 21).


Ups and Downs Open Akzo's 2015

AMSTERDAM—Favorable currency effects and cost cutting offset volume declines, yielding increases in revenues and operating income for the first quarter of 2015, AkzoNobel reported Tuesday (A...


Hempel Announces CEO Vacancy

LYNGBY, DENMARK—One of the world's top paint and coatings companies has announced the imminent departure of its CEO even before it chooses his successor.


PPG Q1: 'Modest' Sales, 'Subdued' Times

PITTSBURGH—Flattened sales growth and an unfavorable currency translation hit hard, but earnings climbed for PPG Industries in the first quarter of 2015, the company reported Thursday (April...


Restructuring to Follow PPG's Q1 Report

PITTSBURGH—Despite "all-time-record first-quarter earnings," the world's biggest paint and coatings company announced plans Thursday (April 16) to "right-size employee headcount and producti...


RPM Expands Intumescent, Wood Lines

MEDINA, OH—The UK's largest manufacturers of fire-stopping products and high-performance wood finishes are both joining the family of Rust-Oleum, Zinsser, Stonhard, Tremco and Dryvit.


PPG Adds French, Australian Firms

Two acquisitions on two continents in two days have yet again expanded the geographical and product footprint of the world's largest paint and coatings company.


Industrial Boom Helps Ease RPM Bust

Strong sales were swamped by currency challenges and an $83.5 million asbestos charge to hand RPM International Inc. a loss for the third quarter.


PPG Trio Touts Green High Performance

Three new commercial and industrial coatings from PPG Industries claim high performance with low environmental impact.


PPG Debuts Industrial/Commercial Trio

New environmentally friendly, high-performance powder, liquid and e-coat coatings for a variety of industrial and commercial applications are rolling out at PPG Industries.


Student's Can Tool Hits the Market

A new one-step paint can sealer born as a class project at the University of North Dakota is now commercially available through Progressive Paint Solutions Inc. of Hendersonville, TN.


Coatings Drive Profitable Valspar Q1

Robust coating sales helped Valspar Corp. double its first-quarter profit over 2014, but the Minneapolis-based manufacturer still reduced its sales projections for the rest of fiscal 2015.


Paint, Dollar Flatten Valspar's Outlook

Valspar Corp. increased its profits in the first quarter of 2015, with the coatings business offsetting setbacks in paints, but the company still reduced its sales outlook for the rest of th...


Green Resins Tackle Commercial Needs

Keeping up with green building trends in commercial and institutional architecture, Dow Coating Materials has introduced two new resin technologies for low- and ultra-low-VOC coatings.


Profits Fall, But Akzo Stays the Course

Gains in protective and marine coatings, operating income and sales volume all helped AkzoNobel battle the 2014 headwinds of decorative paints and adverse currencies, leaving the company blo...


Akzo Sees Progress Amid 2014 Setbacks

Decorative Paints struggled and profits slid, but AkzoNobel emerged from 2014 optimistic that its years-long restructuring remained on track.


Acquisitions Swallow 3 Coating Firms

The paint and coatings industry continues to contract, with Miller Paint, Hempel and Lubrizol all newly acquiring other coating companies.


New Deals to Absorb 3 Coating Firms

A fresh round of coatings acquisitions is in the works, including Hempel's purchase of a North American supplier for the protective and waterproofing markets.


Now, Jotun is a Girl's Best Friend

Some companies give away tools, or trailers, or even a truck to thank contractors for their business. In Saudi Arabia, Jotun Paints does it with diamonds.


Architectural Coatings Get Expert Assist

LAS VEGAS—Hands-on QC for commercial coatings was the name of the game at SSPC 2015, amid a daylong architectural track that kept attendees busy.


Coating Makers Form Latin Federation

Consolidating the strength of one of the world's booming paint markets, Latin American manufacturers have joined forces in a new federation.


Latin American Coating Makers Unite

Aiming to strengthen their internal ties and their external clout, paint and coating makers across Latin America have formed a regional association based in Mexico.


Paint Line Nears 2,000 Colors

From Arizona Clay to Zucchini Flower, Dunn-Edwards Paints has infused its Perfect Palette system with 300 new colors.


PPG Announces 'Successful' 2014

PPG Industries has continued its financial hot streak, posting record full-year sales and yearly and quarterly gains in each segment.


Deal Fuels PPG’s Record Year

PPG Industries’ year-end acquisition of Mexico’s Comex helped deliver record net sales and earnings to the Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings maker.


Sun to Set on a Happy Cultural Clash

Question: Why is a medieval Scottish castle clad entirely in a "bold and shocking" technicolor explosion of Brazilian street art? Answer: Why not?


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


Seeking the Key to the Emerald Kitty

The explanation may be more confusing than the original mystery. But the answer to "what turned the Bulgarian cat green?" appears to be: paint.


RPM to Close $800M Book on Asbestos

The parent company of Rust-Oleum, Carboline and other leading coating brands will again be whole—and far more profitable—under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved this week.


Fresh Paint, Fresh Start for Ferguson

Seeking a fresh face for the battered town of Ferguson, MO, hundreds of volunteers are repainting boarded-up storefronts and other structures across the city with new messages for the watchi...


Metal Panels Offer Graffiti Resistance

AEP Span has armed its architectural metal panels with a new graffiti-resistant coating system for use in the commercial and industrial markets.


Huntsman Sheds Pigment Jobs, Plans

A year after announcing major expansion of its global pigment business, Huntsman Corp. is making sharp course corrections, with new plans for hundreds of layoffs and cuts in production capac...


Coating Boomerangs Heat into Space

It sounds like a comic book for coating junkies, in which Our Hero zaps accumulated building heat into space without warming the atmosphere, then casts a shiny shield to protect the building...


Farrow & Ball Paints Sold for $430M

Farrow & Ball, the elite UK paint and wallpaper maker that once supplied paint to England's Admiralty and War Office, has been sold to a U.S. asset management group for £275 million (about $...


Coating Zaps Building Heat into Space

A high-tech coated mirror that can beam heat away from buildings and into space is in the works at Stanford University.


Valspar Seals a Record Year

The Valspar Corp. closed out fiscal year 2014 with double-digit sales and earnings increases that set full-year records for the world's sixth-largest paint and coatings company.


2014 Coated in Success at Valspar

The Valspar Corp. is giving thanks this week for its coatings segment, where booming sales of general industrial, coil and other coatings helped deliver record results for 2014.


Sherwin-Williams OKs $50K Settlement

The Sherwin-Williams Co. has agreed to pay $50,000 to a Florida school district to resolve a 2011 lawsuit alleging paint defects at three schools, under a newly approved settlement agreement...


Sherwin-Williams Rings Up a Record

Robust sales across its architectural paint businesses helped deliver a record third-quarter showing for The Sherwin-Williams Company, the manufacturer reported Tuesday (Oct. 28).


Sales Nail a Q3 Record for Sherwin

Protective, marine, automotive and OEM coatings all did their part, but it was the architectural business that ruled Sherwin-Williams' third quarter, ringing up a record in the process, the ...


Akzo Q3 Profits Fight Headwinds

Mixed, yet ultimately flat, sales in Decorative Paints offered little help to AkzoNobel in a third quarter that showed an increase in profit built more on efficiencies than revenues.


Cuts Wring Profits from Akzo's Q3

Sales growth in both protective and marine coatings helped boost AkzoNobel's third-quarter performance, with the company showing an increase in profits despite declining revenues across all ...


Review of PPG-Comex Deal Extended

PPG Industries will wait a bit longer for Mexico's decision on the company's $2.3 billion bid to take over that country's largest paint and coatings maker.


Mexico Extends Review of PPG Deal

Mexican antitrust regulators need more time to examine PPG’s $2.3 billion offer to acquire the country’s largest paint company.


PPG Puts Q3 in the Plus Column

Aerospace, automotive and industrial coatings growth helped fill the gaps in PPG's third quarter, giving the world's largest paint and coatings company an increase in earnings, sales and net...


PPG Overcomes 'Uneven' Q3

PPG Industries closed the books on its third quarter in the plus column, despite ups and downs in its global architectural coatings business.


Home Improvement Set to Surge

Residential contractors, start your engines: U.S. home remodeling is poised for robust growth in the months to come.


RPM Reports Profit Down in Q1

Commercial and industrial coating giant RPM declared its growth on track despite a dip in profits for its first quarter of 2015.


RPM Remains Positive Despite Q1 Dip

RPM International says decreased profits in the first quarter of 2015 are due to an unusually strong performance in its prior year that took a toll on comparative results.


New Editor Takes the Helm of D + D

Amy Woodall has been named Editor in Chief for Durability + Design magazine, the monthly multi-platform journal that focuses on building performance and aesthetics.


D + D Welcomes New Editor

A veteran communications professional, steeped in both technical and creative environments, has taken the helm at Durability + Design magazine.


PPG Cuts Ribbon on New HQ

Working to keep pace with its ballooning architectural coatings business, PPG Industries has opened a new North American headquarters facility.


AkzoNobel Joins ‘100 Cities’ Effort

Building on its own Human Cities urban renewal campaign, AkzoNobel has now thrown its support behind 100 Resilient Cities, a new global project of The Rockefeller Foundation.


AkzoNobel Sets Committed, Colorful 2015

Expanding its commitment to global urban renewal, and the power of color within it, AkzoNobel has pledged support to 100 Resilient Cities, a worldwide project pioneered by The Rockefeller Fo...


PPG Architectural Opens New HQ

PPG Industries' North American architectural coatings business has a new home. On Thursday (Sept. 25), the company cut the ribbon on a regional headquarters in Cranberry Township, PA, about ...


Webinar Offers TLC for Roof Coatings

Maintenance that protects the integrity and durability of coatings for today’s popular metal roofs is the focus of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Axalta Coatings Plans IPO

The $4.9 billion paint and coatings multinational long known as DuPont Performance Coatings may soon be going public.


Axalta Considering Public Offering

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial publ...


Beetle Outwits the Whitest Whites

Coatings biomimicry has a new poster child: a Southeast Asian beetle that is leading researchers to the development of a whiter white, with less expense and fewer materials than the current ...


Making Whiter Whites, with Less Work

So you think you know white? Mother Nature suggests otherwise, turning researchers on to a Southeast Asian beetle that effortlessly out-whites today's whitest white.


Green Seal Weighs New Coating Standard

More coatings, stains, paints, sealers and finishes than ever may be eligible for Green Seal certification as the organization works to revise its standards.


Free Webinar Tackles Graffiti Removal

Gaining the upper hand against graffiti blight with the latest coatings and removal technologies will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Coatings Power Up Valspar’s Q3

Buoyed by a double-digit bounce in coating sales in the third quarter, Valspar Corp. announced an improved 2014 forecast on Tuesday, forecasting nine percent sales growth for the year.


Paint Launches Highlight Valspar Q3

The marketing effort nibbled on earnings in the short term, but two paint rollouts helped deliver overall success in Valspar Corp.'s third quarter, the company announced Tuesday.


Paint Packaging Made to Cut Waste

Taking a tip from toothpaste, an award-winning new spin on the 150-year-old paint can could slash both product and packaging waste, its designer says.


Paint-Saving Package Bags Award

A new paint container design that reduces both paint and packaging could help stanch the waste of millions of liters of unused paint each year in the UK, its designer says.


Report: Coating Error Snags FAA Tower

An incorrectly installed antifungal coating will delay "by at least a year" the opening of a new $99 million tower at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ...


Tower Coating Problem Probed

A reported coatings application error on a $99 million air traffic control tower may cost millions of dollars to repair and could set back the project a year, according to a Las Vegas newspa...


Yeah, She’s Ready for Some Football

Don’t even try to tell Debbie Gwaltney that her Seattle Seahawks won’t repeat their Super Bowl romp this year.


Best Practices:
Don’t Let a Carpenter Fix Your Car (I)

One issue we frequently encounter in the building community is the “But It’s Just Paint” Syndrome.


New Intumescent for Structural Steel

Complex steel structures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have a new fire-protection coating option.


$800M Settlement Ends RPM’s Year

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. closed out fiscal 2014 with news of record sales, an $800 million asbestos settlement, and yet another federal inquiry.


Rollercoaster Finish for RPM’s 2014

Rust-Oleum parent RPM International ended its fiscal year Monday (July 28) with strong sales and two surprises: an $800 million asbestos settlement and news of another federal inquiry.


AkzoNobel Profits Plunge in Q2

Profits plummeted at AkzoNobel in the second quarter of 2014, despite improved sales volume across the coating and chemical giant's three businesses, the company reported Wednesday (July 23)...


AkzoNobel Sales Hold, But Profits Drop

With improving sales but declining revenue, Akzo Nobel’s Decorative Paints business provided a good microcosm Wednesday (July 23) of the company’s mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 201...


PPG’s Earnings Streak Continues in Q2

PPG Industries says a strong European market, coupled with healthy results in all major markets, helped the coatings giant secure a second quarter sales gain and "all-time" record quarterly ...


PPG Secures Q2 Sales Gain

Despite modest growth throughout performance coatings businesses, PPG Industries says healthy results in major markets and a big European boost helped secure a second quarter sales gain and ...


PPG Makes $2.3B Play for Comex

Even before the legal dust settles over the failed Sherwin-Williams/Comex deal, PPG Industries has moved in with a $2.3 billion plan to take over the Mexican paint and coatings giant.


PPG Swoops in on Comex

PPG Industries has announced a $2.3 billion plan to buy Mexico paint and coatings giant Comex—the same company that Sherwin-Williams unsuccessfully pursued for more than a year.


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

The European Union is throwing its support behind an effort to eliminate lead and mercury exposures among millions of Filipino schoolchildren.


European Coatings to See Little Growth

The long-struggling Western European paint and coatings market should hold its ground in the short term, but annual growth will average no more than 2.2 percent for the next five years, acco...


PPG Acquires Home Repair Line

Reaching deeper into the remodeling and repair market, PPG Industries Inc. has announced the acquisition of The Homax Group Inc., of Bellingham, WA.


Urban Research Banks Against Beige

Could a blue bridge bring more cash to a city’s coffers than a brown bridge? New global research funded by AkzoNobel will put that notion to the test.


OMA, AkzoNobel Partner on Color Study

A new global study will focus on the role of color in economic development.


Seeing Red, Cabbies Paint Cheats Blue

When it’s time to pay up at the end of a cab ride, it typically comes down to Driver vs. Passenger. If a fare balks, what’s a cabbie to do?


Functional Coatings in Demand

From stadiums to skyscrapers, building blitzes are heating up the global coatings market in China and Brazil.


Coatings Boom Seen in China, Brazil

The still-dizzying pace of urbanization in China and mega-venues in Brazil will drive strong coating sales in those regions over the next few years, new reports forecast.


Coatings Testing Can Save Time, Budget

An ounce of testing is worth a pound of very costly recoating, says the leader of SSPC’s Commercial Coatings Committee.


Hue Knew? Why Building Color Matters

CINCINNATI—Staring down a battalion of beiges, buffs and browns for the next project, architects, builders and specifiers may wonder: What (*$!@&% difference does it make?


Building Technology Conference Begins

The nation’s building brain trust arrives in Cincinnati today to kick off D+D 2014, the first conference of its kind for the latest advances in building technology.


PPG Retools in New Push for the Pros

Most of the U.S. purchasing power for architectural paints and coatings is now in the hands of contractors, specifiers and other professionals—a new reality that has PPG Industries rebrandin...


PPG’s New Direction to Target Pros

PPG Industries plans to rebrand and revamp thousands of U.S. retail and distribution points to better reach the contractors, specifiers and other professionals who now buy most of its archit...


AkzoNobel Opens Year With Sales Gains

AkzoNobel remains on track toward its 2015 targets despite setbacks, with first-quarter volume growth across all areas a big step in the right direction, the company reported Thursday (April...


PPG Launches 2014 on a High Note

Shedding some businesses and adding others, the world’s largest paint and coatings company started 2014 with a bang, ringing up double-digit sales growth in the first quarter and its highest...


PPG Notches Banner Quarter

One record quarter apparently deserves another at PPG Industries, which reported double-digit sales growth in the first quarter of 2014 and a three-year high in global volume growth.


AkzoNobel Starts 2014 on Hopeful Note

AkzoNobel remains on track toward its 2015 targets despite setbacks, with first-quarter volume growth across all areas a big step in the right direction, the company reported Thursday (April...


Powered Roller Draws Paint Feed

Wagner Spraytech has done away with conventional paint trays for large-volume roller jobs, launching a new powered unit that pumps paint directly from the can to the roller.


Lead Makes Veneration Risky Business

Tens of millions of Catholics in the Philippines are being warned against kissing, rubbing and other hands-on veneration of statues in the run-up to Easter, due to high amounts of lead paint...


Coatings Industry Honors Leadership

Decades of paint and coating innovation, service, achievement and expertise took the stage this week as the American Coatings Association presented its annual honors to leaders across the in...


ACA Honors Paint and Coating Leaders

Thought leaders, industry champions, innovators and distinguished professionals across the paint and coatings industry are being recognized this week for their achievements and decades of se...


Industrial Warms Cold Winter for RPM

“Outstanding results” by the industrial segment of Carboline’s parent company helped keep the chill off RPM International's bottom line and heat up record results in the third quarter, the c...


Winter Ices RPM’s Consumer Market

The everlasting winter of 2013 put the big chill on sales of Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP and other popular repair and maintenance brands, nicking the third-quarter results for parent company RP...


‘Singing Paint’ Tuned to the Times

AkzoNobel has—or has it?—introduced the next new phenom in coatings: an “ultrasonic coating” that it calls singing paint.


Crooning Coating Strikes a New Note

Attention, Aloe Blacc, Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5: Coatings stardom could be yours for the asking!


Global Coatings Market: $186B by 2017

Construction, cars, manufacturing—and the billions of painted and coated surfaces they generate—are all on the rebound, driving steady global growth in paint and coatings for the next few ye...


Coatings Report Paints Bright Future

Rebounding construction, industrial output and motor vehicle production will all fuel global demand for paint and coatings by more than 5 percent annually in the years ahead, a new forecast ...


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

Long banned in the U.S. and Europe, architectural paint with lead—a lot of lead—is still widely available in Asia, the world's largest coatings market, a new study concludes.


Study Finds High Lead Levels in Asia

Despite a global push to ban lead in paint, “extreme levels” of the toxin are still present in many paints manufactured and sold for use in developing countries, a new study reports.


Parex USA Unveils Zero-VOC Colorants

Building materials supplier Parex USA Inc. has introduced new colorant technology that meets Southern California's newly updated VOC limits on tinted exterior coatings and finishes.


Paint Shipment Errs in the Air

Forget the Free Shipping option: The recent delivery of a quart of high-gloss enamel will cost Amazon Fulfillment Services $78,000.


Best Practices:
When the Color Makes the Paint Fail

Here’s a scenario known to frustrate all parties on a paint project—and although this incident involved new construction, the same problem can surface on a maintenance repaint.


Global Paint Market Ready to Rebound

Powered by surging demand from Asia-Pacific, the coating industry’s next few years should look much stronger and steadier than the last few, a new forecast reports.


Experts to Educate at Building Show

More than 30 expert-led courses for facility owners, specifiers, contractors and architects will be on the agenda at the upcoming D+D 2014 Conference and Exhibition.


Asia to Anchor Global Coatings Surge

Riding a 50 percent increase in coatings consumption in the last five years, the Asia-Pacific region will remain the main engine for that growing global market in the next five, a new report...


Quart of Paint May Cost Amazon $78K

A leaking quart of Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid—otherwise known as high-gloss enamel—has left a costly mess for Amazon Fulfillment Services.


The Case for Commercial Coatings

ORLANDO—Commercial coatings protect buildings as surely as industrial coatings protect infrastructure, so why are there so few standards and certifications for the former?


Valspar ‘Off to Good Start’ in 2014

Increased volume growth in the U.S. and abroad delivered a double-digit sales increase for Valspar’s Paints segment in the first quarter of 2014, the company reported Wednesday (Feb. 12).


Valspar Sales Growth Paints Q1 Green

A 10 percent boost in its Coatings segment has the Valspar Corp. off to “a good start” in 2014, the company reported Wednesday (Feb. 12).


Commercial Coatings Play Catch-Up

ORLANDO—Sure, commercial coatings make a building look good, but their many other functions must be rigorously addressed with standards, or they risk losing ground to their industrial counte...


Coatings Crowd Converges on FL

Exhibit and housing space are long gone, and dozens of expert-led sessions are ready to roll, as more than 2,000 industry professionals pour into Orlando, FL, today (Feb. 10) for SSPC 2014 f...


AkzoNobel Sees Losses in 2013

AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner warned that 2013 would be a tough year for the Dutch coatings giant, and he was right.


2013 Buffets AkzoNobel's Bottom Line

AkzoNobel’s volatile 2013 struggled to a close with declining revenues and a leaner (if not meaner) outlook on 2014.


Best Practices:
The Pain in Painting Drywall

Question: Can an ASTM Level 5 Drywall Finish produce a satisfactory painted finish in critical lighting areas and/or when using higher-sheen paints? Answer: It depends.


Stores Pump Sherwin-Williams’ Profit

Sherwin-Williams’ 3,500-plus retail stores delivered a fine finish to the paint and coating maker’s 2013, helping the company ring up a record $10.19 billion in consolidated net sales for th...


Sherwin-Williams Finishes Fine in 2013

Paint stores popped and protective and marine sales held to wrap Sherwin-Williams’ 2013 fiscal year with a record $10.19 billion in consolidated net sales.


D+D 2014 Reveals Marquee Speakers

National experts in building envelope technology, historic preservation, and architectural specifications will headline dozens of renowned building specialists leading presentations at Du...


Record Q4 Seals Banner Year for PPG

PPG Industries crowned 2013 with a blockbuster fourth quarter dominated by double-digit growth in Performance and Industrial Coatings.


PPG Paints a Green ’13

PPG Industries rode a fourth-quarter wave of whopping sales growth in architectural and other coatings to cap one of the most successful years in its 130-year history, the company reported T...


Consumer Rockets RPM to Q2 Record

Double-digit sales growth on the Rust-Oleum, DAP and Varathane side of the business propelled RPM International to a record second quarter, a strong first half, and a brighter full-year outl...


Sales Drive Standout Quarter at RPM

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. delivered a record second quarter and blockbuster first half of FY 2014, riding a wave of sales volume growth on both the industrial and consumer side...


Free Webinar Highlights Polyaspartics

An overview of the successful use of polyaspartic coating technology will be the topic of a free upcoming D+D Education Series Webinar.


Roman Decorating Sold; Russo Departs

Leading wallcovering products supplier Roman Decorating Products has been sold, and longtime president Jerry Russo has left the company, the parties have announced.


Valspar Paint Sales Up, But Profit Down

Record fourth-quarter paint sales battled with restructuring costs and weakness in other markets to bring home a mixed bottom line for FY2013 at the Valspar Corp.


Industrial Coatings Hold Back Valspar

Struggling sales of general industrial coatings fueled a 14 percent fourth-quarter decline in profits at the Valspar Corp., the company reported Tuesday (Nov. 19).


Edwards Coating Research Center Opens

Tomorrow’s coating technology is now in the pipeline at the new $2.5 million California Polytechnic State University research center honoring the late Kenneth N. Edwards.


AkzoNobel Deco Grows in India, Mideast

AkzoNobel is expanding its decorative paints footprint in both the Middle East and India, with a new joint venture agreement and a new production facility.


Sherwin-Williams’ Finish Called Copycat

The Mississippi manufacturer of a durable wall coating sold for years through Lowe's and other stores has filed suit against the Sherwin-Williams Co., alleging infringement of the product’s ...


Ecofriendly Paint Protects Wood

A California manufacturer of treated wood products has teamed up with North America's largest paint recycler to introduce a new protective coating for exterior lumber.


Fighting Disease, Wall by Wall

A new bio-inspired surface that denies a foothold to cockroaches and ants joins other recent materials advances aimed at reducing pest-borne disease worldwide.


Sherwin-Williams Takeover Nixed Again

In a stunning setback for Sherwin-Williams, the government of Mexico has again rejected the company's year-long, $2.34 billion bid to acquire the operations of rival Consorcio Comex, S.A. de...


Mexico Again Rejects Sherwin Deal

Mexican anti-trust regulators have once again blocked Sherwin-Williams’ push for Latin American domination, nixing the Cleveland company’s $2.34 billion bid for rival Consorcio Comex, S.A. d...


Crumbling Capitol Dome to be Restored

Majestic from afar, but disintegrating from within, the U.S. Capitol Dome is about to undergo a critically needed $60 million restoration effort.


Sherwin-Williams’ Profit Climbs in Q3

Higher architectural paint sales volume across all end market segments helped deliver a 9.4 percent increase in consolidated net sales for Sherwin-Williams in the third quarter of 2013, the ...


Ups and Downs Mark Sherwin-Williams’ Q3

Sherwin-Williams reported a record third quarter Friday, with a lot of help from its paint stores, a little from protective and marine, and none from Brazil's tax man.


Capitol Dome to Get $60M Makeover

One of the most iconic symbols in America—the United States Capitol Dome—is set to undergo a two-year, $60 million facelift beginning in November.


Green Coating Market Primed to Bloom

When it comes to paint and coatings, green is as green does, with the global market for eco-friendly products well rooted for growth in the years ahead, according to a new market forecast.


CA PaintCare: 1 Year, 632K Gallons

California’s paint recycling program marked its first birthday Saturday (Oct. 19) with hundreds of thousands of gallons of paint reused; tons of paint cans recycled; and a few operational wr...


AkzoNobel Revenues Slide in Q3

Divestments and exchange rates clobbered third-quarter sales gains in protective, industrial, automotive and aerospace coatings at AkzoNobel, driving down overall revenues 5 percent, the com...


Paint, Currency Scuff Akzo’s Q3 Gloss

Tanking currency rates knocked the wind out of AkzoNobel in the third quarter, flattening architectural revenues and driving down revenues companywide by 5 percent.


WHO Pushes Global Ban on Lead Paint

The World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up national efforts to eliminate lead paint as part of the first International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which o...


Lead Safety Campaigns Target Paint

The U.S.'s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, focusing on the hazards of lead paint, has hit the world stage.


PPG Delivers Double-Digit Gains in Q3

Boosted by its newly fattened architectural coatings business, PPG Industries has reported a 17 percent spike in net sales and record adjusted earnings in its third quarter.


PPG Rockets and Rolls in 3rd Quarter

PPG Industries’ aerospace and automotive OEM coatings businesses took a bow Thursday (Oct. 17) as the company reported a 17 percent spike in net sales and record adjusted earnings in its thi...


Is the Problem the Paint or the Drywall?

A patchy or uneven texture on freshly painted new drywall might seem like the painter’s fault, but it’s often actually a drywall issue, and this can lead to great frustration for both the ar...


British Coatings Group Taps New Leader

UK paint, coating and wallcovering manufacturers have chosen a new president from the pigments and printing inks industry.


UK Coatings Federation Names President

Sun Chemical managing director Nick Smith has been appointed president of the British Coatings Federation (BCF)—the association's first leader from the printing inks industry since 1998.


3rd CEO in 2 Years Joins Ben Moore

Paint maker Benjamin Moore & Company has appointed a career retailing executive as its third CEO in two years.


The Un-touch-upables:
Tips for Effective Touch-up

Here’s a painter’s nightmare: He’s just finished applying the topcoats in a shiny new office complex. One of the guys moving in the mahogany conference-room table slips, and—SMASH!—what had ...


Hot Consumer Sales Drive RPM Record

Soaring sales on the Rust-Oleum and Zinsser side of RPM International's business rocketed the coating and building products company to a record first quarter, the company announced Wednesday...


Benjamin Moore Appoints New CEO

A retail veteran has been appointed to take the helm of Benjamin Moore & Company as its third CEO in two years.


Industrial Growth Helps RPM Rebound

Withstanding the hit from a recent $65 million legal settlement over roofing problems, Carboline parent RPM International Inc. has racked up a record first quarter for 2014.


PCBs: The Next Building Liability Wave?

First, lead paint; then, asbestos. Next: PCBs? The legacy of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), once common in a wide variety of building materials, may be the next public health hazard confr...


PureColor Expands Wood Stain Line

PureColor Inc., a manufacturer of sustainable wood finishes, has rolled out its newest collection of wood stains.


AkzoNobel Plans Global Restructuring

Having wrapped the sell-off of major segments of its architectural coatings division, AkzoNobel has announced plans to aggressively reorganize and streamline the rest of the business by the ...


AkzoNobel to Restructure Deco Unit

AkzoNobel will whip what is left of its global Decorative Paints portfolio back into shape with a "streamlined management structure" and lean "new operating model" in 2014.


PPG Expanding in Russia, Greece

PPG Industries is taking two major steps to enlarge its European footprint, with separate announcements this week of new coating facilities in Russia and in Greece.


Mural Wings its Way to New Record

A 32-story-tall phoenix is set to soar to a new world record this weekend in Ontario, Canada, in the form of the world's tallest mural.


PPG Plans New Architectural Coatings HQ

PPG Industries will consolidate its newly expanded North American architectural coatings operation into a new headquarters in southwestern Pennsylvania and enlarge its coatings R&D operation...


Paints, Transparency Awarded in LEED v4

Project teams that specify paints and coatings by manufacturers committed to material transparency may qualify for a revamped building product credit under LEED v4, rating system officials s...


Sherwin-Williams Gets Comex U.S. Unit

While the lion's share of the deal remains on hold, Sherwin-Williams has completed acquisition of the North American paint business of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., the companies announced ...


Sherwin-Williams, Comex Seal U.S. Deal

While progress south of the border remains stalled, the Sherwin-Williams Company has completed the acquisition of the U.S. and Canadian paint business of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., the C...


OR Recycles 580K Gallons of Paint

Oregon paint consumers and contractors have recycled a record 580,693 gallons of paint in the third year of PaintCare, the state-legislated paint-recycling program.


New London Building is a Scorcher

The architect whose glass “death ray” hotel exterior was accused of melting cups and burning guests in Las Vegas is now building a high-rise that is reportedly searing cars and shops in Lond...


Paints Prop Up Valspar’s Tough Q3

Strong growth in new consumer paint, packaging and wood product lines gave the Valspar Corp. a much-needed boost amid a generally disappointing third quarter, the company reported Tuesday (A...


Coatings, Markets Dim Valspar’s Outlook

Sluggishness in industrial coatings and international markets led the Valspar Corp. to reduce its annual earnings guidance Tuesday (Aug. 13) in the wake of a disappointing third quarter.


Valspar Says ‘Ciao, Europa’

U.S.-based Valspar Corp. is now a player in the European industrial coatings market, with its newly completed acquisition of an Italian company.


Out with the New(lar) at PPG

PPG Industries is shelving a new powder coating brand name that did not resonate with architects.


PPG Appoints New CFO, VPs

Several executive changes were announced this week at PPG Industries Inc., including a CFO and several vice president appointments.


PPG Announces Key Leadership Moves

PPG Industries Inc. has announced several key executive appointments including the naming of Thomas E. Maziarz as vice president stores and dealers, architectural coatings, North America.


Quikspray Unveils Compact Pumps

New mini-pump units from Quikspray enlarge the options for spray application in small spaces.


PPG’s Q2 Records Sales, Income Gains

In a record second quarter, PPG Industries announced double-digit percentage sales gains for both industrial and performance coatings segments, boosting the paint and coatings company from a...


Mini-Pumps Serve Tight Spray Spaces

Quikspray Inc. has introduced two mini-pumps—one electric and one manual—designed to dispense a wide variety of materials in tight spaces.


Bids Sought for Town Hall Facelift

Town officials in Boxborough, MA, are seeking bids for lead remediation and painting of the century-old Town Hall.


IL Golf Club Tees Up for Painting Bids

The Village of Bloomingdale, IL, is inviting commercial contractors to take a swing at painting the town's clubhouse.


Webinar Highlights Cast Intumescents

Cast intumescent fireproofing as an alternative to spray-applied coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming product-oriented webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


AkzoNobel Dims Decorative in Germany

AkzoNobel's Decorative Paints business continues its crash diet, with a newly announced plan to shed its German paint stores immediately after selling off its North American unit.


AkzoNobel to Shed German Paint Stores

AkzoNobel continues to shrink its global decorative paints business, announcing that it will divest its decorative paints stores for professionals in Germany to independent wholesale distrib...


Building Journal Launches Conference

Building performance and aesthetics will take center stage at D+D 2014, the first annual conference and exhibit hosted by Durability + Design Magazine.


D+D to Present Conference, Exhibition

Durability + Design, a magazine focused on building performance and aesthetics, has announced the forthcoming launch of “D+D 2014,” The Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, t...


PPG’s Polish Plant Starts Production

PPG Industries recently announced it started manufacturing protective and marine coatings at its facility in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland.


Restoration, Color Top New D+D Issue

An elaborate restoration of a 1915 cathedral, bold uses of color in commercial architecture, and the coatings technology behind polysiloxanes are among the topics discussed in the latest iss...


Aluminum Finish for High-End Sectors

Global paint and coatings giant AkzoNobel has debuted a new aluminum coating system for the high-end residential, retail and monumental interiors markets.


Valspar to Buy European Coating Maker

The Valspar Corp. is plunging into Europe’s high-performance coatings market with the acquisition of Italy's Inver Holding S.r.l., an international group and market leader in industrial coat...


Valspar Makes European Industrial Push

The $6 billion European industrial coatings market is getting a new player from across the pond.


Antimicrobial Addition for Metal Coats

Linetec has added antimicrobial technology to select fluoropolymer finish systems for exterior and interior architectural metal surfaces, such as curtainwalls, doors, windows, entrances, pan...


U.S. Paint Sales Grow Valspar’s Q2

Valspar Corp. saw a slight uptick in net income in its 2013 second quarter, as results strengthened for the company’s U.S. consumer paints segment.


Industrial No Help to Valspar in Q2

Declining demand for pipeline and other industrial coatings stunted Valspar Corp.'s growth in the second quarter, but the company notched improved performance overall, buoyed by strength on ...


ASTM Drafting Wood Coatings Standard

The demand for high-quality coatings capable of performing on a wide range of wooden surfaces, including composites, is among the factors driving a newly proposed standard.


Directory, Specifying Top New D+D Issue

Expert advice on renovating historic structures, coatings removal, specifying coatings for commercial architecture and a brand-new painting contractor directory are all part of the new issue...


Free Webinar Takes on Coatings Removal

Tackling the challenge of removing coatings from masonry will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Free Webinar Tackles Building Moisture

Common problems of moisture intrusion in single-wythe masonry buildings will be the topic of a free educational webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


New Organic Paint Makes Quiet Splash

A New Hampshire mother-daughter team has launched a line of nontoxic paints for baby nurseries, classrooms and other rooms used by children.


PPG Opens 2013 on a Flat Note

Cooling off after a record earnings year, PPG Industries’ sales remained static for the first quarter of 2013, with weak European markets taking the brunt of the blame.


Stores Brighten Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Booming architectural paint sales in its Paint Stores Group drove up Sherwin-Williams' first-quarter earnings by 16 percent, to $116.18 million, the company has announced.


PPG on the Move, But Sales Stall

The world’s No. 2 paint and coatings company racked up major acquisitions in the first quarter of 2013, but weakness in Europe kept PPG Industries’ overall sales flat.


Sherwin-Williams Rings Up Record Q1

Protective and marine coatings held their own, but Sherwin-Williams' paint stores did the heavy lifting in the first quarter, delivering record sales and earnings for the Cleveland-based pai...


Free Webinar Looks at Coating Resins

The ins and outs of using fluoropolymer resins for powder coatings will be the topic of a free product-focused webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


PPG Expands Aerospace in Deft Deal

Looking to broaden its aerospace coatings portfolio, PPG Industries has acquired specialty coatings manufacturer Deft Inc.


New Premium Interior Line is Zero VOC

Dunn-Edwards has introduced a new line of interior, low-odor, zero-VOC paints for schools, hospitality, hospitals and other commercial and residential applications.


U.S. Probe Hands RPM a $42M Loss in Q3

Despite growing sales, Carboline parent RPM International reported a loss for the third quarter, due to adjustments related to a federal investigation and the closing of one of its businesse...


Roofing Inquiry Brings RPM Q3 Loss

A federal investigation into RPM International's roofing contracts brought Rust-Oleum's parent company a $42.4 million loss in the third quarter, RPM reported Thursday.


PPG Fills AkzoNobel’s N. American Shoes

PPG Industries Inc. has taken the second-biggest step in its 130-year history with the $1.05 billion acquisition of AkzoNobel’s North American decorative paints business.


PPG Veteran to Lead Expanded Unit

PPG Industries’ vastly expanded North American architectural coatings business will be a blended family led by a familiar face, the company says.


PPG Seals AkzoNobel N. American Deal

PPG Industries Inc. has completed the purchase of AkzoNobel’s North American decorative paints business for $1.05 billion—more than doubling PPG's architectural coatings footprint on the con...


Miller Paint Evolves Away from Devine

Miller Paint Company will sever its 12-year relationship with the Devine Color brand and products in May, adapting the line's formulations to a new interior paint series called Evolution.


Berger Buys Sherwin-Williams Unit

Plugging key market gaps in India, Berger Paints India Limited has announced plans to purchase the architectural operations of Sherwin-Williams Paints India.


‘Cooler, Stronger’ EIFS Products Debut

Building material provider Parex USA Inc. has rolled out new basecoats and adhesives for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.


Dunn-Edwards Bids Farewell to Leader

Renowned polymer chemist Kenneth N. Edwards, retired CEO of the Dunn-Edwards Corp. and a champion of the coatings industry, died Feb. 20 at his home in Glendale, CA. He was 80.


MPI Unveils Online Specifying Tool

MPI has rolled out a new web-based tool that allows paint buyers and specifiers to navigate hundreds of paint and coating types to determine the best product for a chosen application.


Free Coatings Offer Goes Begging

Kevin Klotz's generous offer of free coatings and labor to help victims of Hurricane Sandy has provoked a surprising response: None.


Coating Maker: No Takers for Relief Aid

You’d think that a densely populated region crushed by more than $50 billion in hurricane damage could use some paint—especially if it’s free, and comes with free labor. But so far, no one h...


Roof Coaters Offer Interactive VOC Maps

Trying to navigate which of the many VOC regulations govern your coatings project area? Now, there's a tool that can help.


New Dixie Skirmish in Paint Color Wars

Valentine’s Day arrives with no love lost among architects, developers and city design officials wrangling over a proposed paint scheme for a luxe new student housing project in the heart of...


Spencer Coatings Flexes New Dominance

Spencer Coatings Ltd. has become the largest independent and British-owned industrial coatings manufacturer in the UK with its recent acquisition of Stokes Paints, the company says.


Valspar’s Q1 Finishes Flat

The gloss came off the paint sector, and the coatings business fared only slightly better, producing a weak 2013 first quarter for the Valspar Corp., the company reported Tuesday (Feb. 12).


Gloss is Off in Valspar’s 1st Quarter

International markets flattened coatings and dinged paint sales in Valspar's first quarter, forcing the Minneapolis manufacturer to reduce its full-year guidance for 2013.


So Long, DPC; Hello, Axalta

A coatings company grounded in the dawn of the Automobile Age is no more, as DuPont Performance Coatings gives way to a new entity called Axalta Coating Systems.


Canada Plans to Lower Paint VOC Limits

Working from a U.S. template, Canada is proposing Volatile Organic Compound concentration limits for paints, coatings and other consumer products.


DuPont Coatings Reborn as Axalta

The founding father of the automotive paint business is being laid to rest.


Architectural Coatings: All of the Above

Good looks or protection? What is the true purpose of a commercial architectural coating? The answer is "both," experts say, despite much of the industry's persistence in dividing coatings t...


PPG Rounds Out Record Year

Rounding out a year of record financials, PPG Industries Inc. reported Monday that each quarter of 2012 saw new earnings records, with higher full-year earnings in each major region.


Commercial Track to Roll at SSPC 2013

SAN ANTONIO—Coatings issues and solutions for commercial structures will be on the front burner when SSPC 2013 opens today in San Antonio, TX.


Protective, Marine Coatings Star in TX

SAN ANTONIO—Advanced coating technology to protect the world's infrastructure, ships and military assets will dominate a full slate of technical sessions, panel discussions, awards and prese...


 
 
   

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