Simpson Strong-Tie News
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced it has renewed its annual sponsorship of Habitat for Humanity's Habitat Strong program to help local Habitat for Humanity organizations build stronger, more resilient homes across the U.S.
Habitat Strong is based on a pilot program to build disaster-resilient homes using criteria established by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. The company's sponsorship will continue to help build Habitat Strong homes throughout the country.
Habitat for Humanity homes in areas susceptible to flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes and high winds can benefit from Habitat Strong building standards, which include fortified codes and best practices for building more resilient homes. Available to all local Habitat for Humanity organizations, the Habitat Strong program was created to be affordable, while offering long-lasting benefits to Habitat for Humanity homeowners.
"We're very proud to support Habitat's successful Habitat Strong initiative," said Simpson Strong-Tie president and CEO Karen Colonias. "With so many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates enthusiastically embracing the program, we are excited that more homes will be better able to withstand natural disasters."
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced it is making a $10,000 donation to assist in emergency response and relief efforts as flash floods continue to rage through West Virginia.
The three hardest-hit counties, Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas, have been declared a federal disaster, and a state of emergency has been declared in 44 of the 55 counties in the state. Numerous homes and businesses have been destroyed or severely damaged, forcing several thousand residents to evacuate. At least 24 people have died, and residents are being warned that more flash flooding is expected.
The donation from Simpson Strong-Tie will be given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and will help in executing emergency response, and providing food, shelter and other assistance to those affected. "Our thoughts go out to everyone caught in these sudden and fast-moving floods," said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias. "We hope that recovery and relief efforts will help residents cope with this devastating ordeal."
To make a contribution and aid in disaster recovery efforts through the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, joined forces with Habitat for Humanity to send five company employees to help with a week-long Global Village build in the town of Amarante, Portugal, this past April.
The group of employees was originally scheduled to work on a Habitat project in Nepal late last year as part of Habitat's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, but due to signing of a new constitution and civil unrest in the country, the project was canceled. As of result, the company reallocated the funds to Habitat's Global Village Program, allowing these employees to help renovate and remodel the older home of a widowed mother and daughter living in the countryside of northern Portugal.
The group, along with five other volunteers from the U.S., was the first to start work on the 30-plus year-old home. They spent the week completing a number of renovations, including cutting two new doorways into the granite walls, leveling out the floors, blocking and replacing two doorways, removing paint and concrete from the granite, removing a wood stove pipe, patching holes and other openings, and digging a ditch for the waste lines.
"One of the core principles of our company founder Barc Simpson is our responsibility as a company and as individuals to give back to those less fortunate," said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias. "It is a privilege to have our employees live out this core value and help those in need all across the world."
Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to support this project as a national partner of Habitat for Humanity, along with other initiatives including Habitat Strong. For more information about the company's work with Habitat, visit strongtie.com/about/habitat.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will host a webinar on best practices for prefabricated wood shearwall design. The webinar will include design examples for designing to best withstand seismic and wind events, and will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters. This free webinar for engineers and architects takes place next Tuesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT.
The webinar will discuss shearwall applications in residential, multi-family and light-frame commercial buildings, and will detail building codes for shearwall applications. It will also include a behind-the-scenes look at the engineering and testing that goes into the development of prefabricated shearwalls.
Presenters include Caleb Knudson, P.E., an R&D engineer at Simpson Strong-Tie, and Tom McClain, a senior product manager at Simpson Strong-Tie.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will feature its innovative, award-winning Strong-Wall® Wood Shearwall during the Pacific Coast Builders Convention (PCBC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 22-23. The product was one of only 20 selected to win a 2016 Parade of Products PCBC award, given by the California Building Industry Association for the top products representing the best in innovation and new product solutions.
The Strong-Wall Wood Shearwall offers a redesigned prefabricated wood shearwall that provides greater installation flexibility for contractors and additional design options for specifiers. It features a holdown with visible front, back and side access to make it easier to install the anchorage attachment in various framing conditions. The front access opening also allows for easy inspection of the connection to the anchor bolt.
Simpson Strong-Tie will also showcase the new CBTZ concealed beam tie. The CBTZ provides a structural and concealed connection for installations that call for hidden joinery rather than standard beam-to-post connections. It offers a clean look for custom outdoor living spaces, such as pergolas and patio covers, and exposed interior framing.
In addition to the wood shearwall and concealed beam tie, the booth will feature several fasteners, including the new Strong-Drive® SDWH Timber-Hex HDG screw and Strong-Drive® SDWS Framing screw. The Strong-Frame® special moment frame and various anchors will also be on display.
For more information about the Strong-Wall Wood Shearwall and other new products from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit booth 1623 at PCBC, or go to the website strongtie.com.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has developed a code-compliant method of attaching wood guard posts as an alternative to typical hardware and through bolts. This new solution uses Strong-Drive® SDWS Timber screws to provide an easy-to-install, high-strength option to traditional solutions.
Simpson Strong-Tie engineers designed and tested this application in accordance with ICC-ES AC273, which allows the guard post to be secured inside the deck framing with the Strong-Drive SDWS Timber screws. This guard post attachment method has been engineered for use in various deck locations, including at the deck corner, on the band joist, or either between or adjacent to the rim joist. By using less hardware, the application allows for a more cost-efficient installation.
"The guard rail post is one of the most important connections on a deck," said Dr. Ed Sutt, Vice President, Fastening Systems, Simpson Strong-Tie. "It's an area where the all-too-common occurrence of deck failure occurs. We wanted to develop a code-compliant solution that made it easy to install guard posts, and provide labor and cost savings."
The Strong-Drive SDWS Timber screw has a double-barrier coating that provides corrosion resistance, making it suitable for certain exterior and preservative-treated wood applications. Its patented 4CUT™ tip ensures fast starts, reduces installation torque and eliminates the need for pre-drilling in most applications.
For more information about guard post installations using Strong-Drive SDWS Timber screws, download the technical bulletin at strongtie.com/sdwstech.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced it made a $15,000 donation to assist in relief response and recovery efforts following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Ecuador on April 16. In addition, the company donated $10,000 to assist in disaster relief efforts following the severe and widespread flooding in the Houston area that began on April 18.
The Ecuadorian earthquake, which was centered about 16.8 miles southeast of Muisne, shook the northwestern coast of Ecuador and resulted in hundreds of lives lost, thousands injured, and the displacement and homelessness of several thousand people.
Flooding in the Houston area thus far has resulted in seven deaths, the displacement of several hundred people and has caused an estimated $14 million in damage. The donations were given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and will aid in providing food, shelter and other assistance to those affected by these disasters. "It's always with great sadness to hear of such devastating events," said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias. "We are grateful to have the opportunity to offer aid, and we hope these donations bring some support and comfort to those affected by these disasters."
To make a contribution and aid in disaster recovery efforts through the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers new versions of its RCPS rebar carport saddle and HBC post base that provide greater installation flexibility and performance. The RCPS and HBC connectors are available only in Canada.
The RCPS rebar carport saddle works as a cast-in-place or post-installed saddle for connecting posts to concrete. The updated HBC post base offers the same features as the redesigned RCPS but is in a half-base design. The connectors provide a post connection into wood for applications such as carports, deck trellises and pergolas.
Key features of the redesigned RCPS and HBC include:
For more information about the RCPS rebar carport saddle and HBC post base, visit our product page.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers a slide-clip connector that provides an easier way to attach bypass framing anchors to concrete and steel. The Simpson Strong-Tie® SCHA slide-clip connector is an ideal solution for panelized or stick-frame construction where cold-formed steel bypass framing anchors to the top of a floor slab or the bottom flange of a steel beam.
The SCHA slide-clip connector comes with pre-punched holes for 1/4"-diameter Titen HD® concrete screw anchors or 0.157" PDPAT pins, eliminating the need for pre-drilling and helping to ensure accurate anchor placement every time. The connector was developed and tested to accommodate different methods of anchoring concrete and steel.
Other key features of the SCHA slide-clip connector include:
For more information about the SCHA slide-clip connector, visit strongtie.com/scha.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced the opening of the Simpson Strong-Tie® Research and Testing Lab at Washington State University (WSU). The lab is located in the new LEED Gold Certified PACCAR Environmental Technology Building (PETB) on the WSU campus in Pullman, WA, where a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on May 5.
The lab is part of an agreement between Simpson Strong-Tie and WSU for an annual $100,000 donation over the next eight years to support Washington State University construction and engineering research. The Simpson Strong-Tie Research and Testing Lab is one of the most visible spaces in the PETB and includes capabilities for mock-ups of new building systems, structural testing and advanced digital manufacturing. It supports research in areas such as concrete durability, repair and retrofit, tall timber buildings, deck safety, post-frame buildings, and seismic retrofit.
The lab includes a high-capacity reaction floor and wall, central hydraulic pump, overhead crane and concrete mixing station. Adjoining the lab is an outdoor reaction slab that allows for project display and natural weather exposure testing. The lab is part of the Composite Materials and Engineering Center, an International Code Council-accredited testing facility.
"We're excited about the research and testing that students and faculty will conduct in the Simpson Strong-Tie Research and Testing Lab, along with the ability to collaborate with them on structural engineering projects. We're also looking forward to the innovations that will help ensure safer, stronger, more efficient and more sustainable structures throughout the world," said Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering Jeremy Gilstrap.
WSU faculty have conducted research with Simpson Strong-Tie for more than 20 years in a number of areas, including new product testing, deck safety, and seismic risk mitigation.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, is collaborating with the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and its partners in support of #HurricaneStrong, a national hurricane resilience initiative to raise public awareness about hurricane readiness. The initiative coincides with a week-long NOAA tour that will stop in five Gulf Coast cities beginning today.
The Hurricane Awareness Tour (HAT) is an annual event where NOAA aircrafts visit five cities along the Gulf Coast. This year, the tour is being held in conjunction with Hurricane Preparedness Week and in support of #HurricaneStrong. In cities from Texas to Florida, experts will brief teachers, schoolchildren and the public on potential local hurricane impacts, hurricane preparedness, and the importance of mitigation. Representatives from Simpson Strong-Tie, including Codes & Compliance Engineering Manager and high-wind resistant construction expert Randy Shackelford, P.E., will be on hand to answer questions on Thursday, May 19, when the tour stops in Mobile, Alabama, for "Strengthen Your Home" day. This day will focus on the ways to improve a home's resilience to high-wind and hurricane events, such as adding metal connectors to strengthen and tie together a home's roof, walls and foundation.
The goal of the Hurricane Strong campaign is to increase public awareness and hurricane resilience to reduce economic loss in the United States.
"Encouraging people to strengthen their homes to make them safer and more resilient has always been important to us. By supporting the #HurricaneStrong initiative, we hope to inspire people to prepare their homes to resist the damage caused by high winds and hurricanes," said Shackelford. "Mitigation matters because it helps to minimize the need for costly repairs after hurricanes or other high-wind events."
Simpson Strong-Tie is a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ and has high-wind and hurricane safety resources for homeowners on its website safestronghome.com/highwind. Professionals can download the new High Wind-Resistant Construction Application Guide at strongtie.com/highwind. The guide provides in-depth information on the forces of wind and product solutions for resilient construction.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers its stainless-steel Deck-Drive™ DWP Wood SS screw with both trim and flat heads in a greater variety of sizes and lengths, expanding its use for nearly all exterior, corrosion-resistant wood-to-wood fastening.
The DWP screw provides fast, easy installations in coastal and high-exposure environments. Available in corrosion-resistant Type 305 and Type 316 stainless steel, this screw can be used for decks, docks, boardwalks, and general exterior wood construction where extra weather resistance and long-lasting quality are critical.
The specially designed sharp point easily penetrates hardwood materials. The screw's unique "box" thread design with raised-ridge technology provides up to a 35% increase in screw driving productivity by greatly reducing driving torque and allowing more screws to be driven on a single battery charge.
For more information about the DWP Wood SS screw, visit our product page.