June 26, 2014 - West Chester, Ohio — As the architectural community descends upon the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago from June 26-28th, the ClarkDietrich Building Systems exhibit (#4609) will serve as a valuable hub for architects looking to learn about the latest innovations in interior steel framing.
At this year’s event, ClarkDietrich will introduce the next generation of its popular ProSTUD® Drywall Framing System ⎯ ProSTUD® with DiamondPlus™ Coating. Building code compliant for nonstructural applications, ClarkDietrich’s newest offering combines the benchmark performance of ProSTUD with the corrosion-inhibiting properties of DiamondPlus coating.
DiamondPlus coating attaches to the zinc-coated substrate of the steel and forms a permanent bond. The coating penetrates into the zinc-coated substrate to fill voids, cracks and pores. This process accounts for the superior corrosion resistance of ProSTUD with DiamondPlus.
“With architects from across the country attending, the AIA Convention is a perfect venue to launch a product that has a chance to revolutionize performance standards for steel framing,” said Terry Westerman, vice president of marketing at ClarkDietrich Building System. “From steel products that help ensure high-performing wall systems, to BIM software that interconnects the construction and design team, we’ve made a concentrated effort to provide architects with tools to help them work more efficiently.”
The ClarkDietrich exhibit will also feature its BlazeFrame fire-stopping system, a first-of-its-kind product that integrates fire and joint protection dependability into a single product head-of-wall system.
The unique design of the BlazeFrame system offers protection and support of wall framing materials for up to three inches of movement capability, while eliminating requirements for caulks, sprays, drywall rips and contour drywall cuts throughout joint assemblies.
When exposed to heat above 375 degrees Fahrenheit, the affixed 2-mm thick intumescent material expands up to 35 times its size to prevent the passage of heat, smoke and flames during a fire.
For architects looking for the latest design tools for interior wall design, ClarkDietrich will have an interactive module to demonstrate its ClarkDietrich Wall Type Creator™ - Revit® Add-in tool.
Wall Type Creator is the first BIM system to intelligently incorporate detailed information on wall elements and design properties, allowing architects to develop information-rich wall types, with specific details on UL, STC and limiting heights.
About ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems
ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems is the leading manufacturer of a full-line of drywall studs and accessories, structural studs and joists, metal lath and accessories, shaft wall studs and track, interior finishing products, and connectors and accessories for commercial and residential construction. Quality manufacturing, a full-line offering, national distribution, engineering services and responsive customer service position ClarkDietrich Building Systems as the largest and fastest growing manufacturer of cold-formed steel framing in North America. Clarkwestern Dietrich Building Systems LLC is a 75/25 joint venture with Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc. (MISA) and Worthington Industries, Inc.