Simpson Strong-Tie News
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has donated $15,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to assist Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
The catastrophic effects of Florence persist throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Rivers continue to rise, roads remain submerged and flash flood warnings are still in effect. At least 37 deaths have been reported.
"The lingering impacts from Hurricane Florence continue to be felt by thousands of people in the area," noted Simpson Strong-Tie Chief Operating Officer Ricardo Arevalo. "As the devastation continues, we thank the work of the Red Cross and other organizations who aid them through this very difficult time."
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 leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has introduced the new H1.81Z hurricane tie, designed to provide stronger connections between heavy engineered wood rafters and wall top plates. Developed and tested to provide lateral resistance during seismic events, the H1.81Z is also ideal for roofs with heavy snow loads or connections where there are higher load demands on the structure.
The H1.81Z provides homebuilders, roofing contractors and remodelers a cost-effective solution for transferring loads from heavier laminated veneer lumber (LVL) roof systems and roofs subjected to higher snow loads.
"The H1.81Z connector is the first hurricane tie to be specifically sized for engineered wood," said Sam Hensen, vice president of connectors and lateral systems for Simpson Strong-Tie. "It offers a higher lateral allowable load, which means greater strength and design flexibility for builders dealing with heavier roof systems or with increased snowstorm frequency and severity."
The code-listed 1 3/4"-wide H1.81Z connector also installs with half the number of nails that would be needed for two single-sided twist straps, and it features a ZMAX® zinc finish to increase resistance to corrosion. Additional features of the H1.81Z include the following:
For more information about the H1.81Z hurricane tie, including spacing tables and design schematics, visit our product page.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has expanded its Outdoor Accents decorative hardware line to offer deck contractors, homebuilders and DIY experts a full collection of essential connectors and fasteners that bring both design elegance and structural strength to custom outdoor living structures.
To celebrate the complete line of load-rated hardware, Simpson Strong-Tie is sponsoring the first Outdoor Accents "Give It Your Best Shot" photo contest, now through Oct. 22. Anyone who has built an outdoor living structure using Outdoor Accents decorative hardware is invited to send in photos for a chance to win an outdoor TV, YETI cooler and Simpson Strong-Tie-branded items. Click here for more information about the contest.
Introduced in 2016, the Outdoor Accents collection accommodates nominal and rough lumber sizes to provide Designers and installers with maximum flexibility when planning and building custom outdoor structures. The patent-pending hex-head washer, when used with the structural screw, offers the look of a bolted connection with significantly faster and easier installation than through-bolting.
2018 additions to the Outdoor Accents line include joist hangers, gable plates, decorative side plates and new sizes of the popular APDJT joist tie, the APDTS3 Texas star and the APDMW56 decorative washer. All Outdoor Accents connectors and fasteners – including screws, post bases, strap ties and angles – are made from exterior-rated galvanized steel with a black powder-coat finish for corrosion protection.
"We are excited to continue the expansion of our successful line of decorative outdoor hardware and provide contractors and builders with a one-stop solution for attractive connectors and fasteners that are easy to install and provide superior load strength," said Sam Hensen, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president of connectors and lateral systems.
A mainstay of Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents advertisements and brochures, the 10x10 pergola photograph has generated a steady stream of customer requests for building plans, which are now available for free download for 10x10 and 25x17 pergolas.
To learn more, visit strongtie.com/outdooraccents.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, introduces the new, high-performance BTH brick tie, a first-of-its kind, cost-effective product capable of connecting brick and stone veneers to light-frame construction across spans up to three inches, offering contractors and homebuilders an innovative solution to meet ever-increasing spacing requirements.
Masonry veneer, often consisting of full-dimensional brick and stone, is used widely for exterior cladding, facades, foundation facings and chimneys.
"As homebuilders continue to use stone and brick veneers, they need wider airspaces between the veneer and wood framing to accommodate the thickness in materials and allow for adequate drying of moisture, especially in mixed humid climates," says Sam Hensen, vice president of connectors and lateral systems for Simpson Strong-Tie. "Contractors have consequently been asking for a structural product that can provide enough strength to cross up to a three-inch airspace between the veneer and light-frame construction, and we've responded with the BTH brick tie innovation."
Fabricated from 22-gauge galvanized steel, the BTH brick tie is field-adjustable in two places and can be installed with either side facing up, providing strength and versatility across varied jobsite conditions and offering labor-stressed contactors a fast and simple solution. Additional BTH brick tie features and benefits include the following:
For more information about the BTH high-performance brick tie, including spacing tables and design schematics, visit strongtie.com/bth.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, hosted more than 30 college students awarded with a Simpson Strong-Tie® Student Scholarship for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Scholarship recipients from throughout the country toured the company's manufacturing facility and training center in Stockton, California, on Thursday, July 19. They also observed product testing at the Tyrell Gilb Research Laboratory, one of the largest private labs of its kind in the US. Product demos of the company's concrete and fastener divisions, along with a visit to an active jobsite using Simpson Strong-Tie products, were also part of the group's first day.
The group traveled to the Simpson Strong-Tie home office in Pleasanton, California, for their second day, where they heard from a local architect and a structural engineer about the importance of building professional relationships in the industry. They then got their hands dirty with a mini-house build, a project calling on them to follow plans closely and collaborate with one another to complete the build. Closing out the day, the students met with several of the company's senior leaders, including CEO Karen Colonias and CFO Brian Magstadt.
Civil engineering major Evan Batton of the University of Texas commented, "The panel discussion was very enjoyable, it gave insight that the average student does not get to hear. Hearing the stories of the leaders of the company was invaluable in helping us on our path."
The Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship Program supports education and encourages the design and building of safer structures in our communities by assisting architecture, structural engineering and construction management students in meeting their education costs. Up to 68 scholarships of $2,000 per recipient are awarded every academic year to students at 76 participating schools.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, announced it has renewed its support of Habitat for Humanity's Habitat Strong program. Simpson Strong-Tie remains the major sponsor of the program.
Habitat for Humanity homes in areas susceptible to flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, winds and wildfires can benefit from Habitat Strong building standards, which include a suite of fortified codes and best practices for building more resilient homes. Available to all Habitat for Humanity organizations across the country, the Habitat Strong program was created to offer Habitat for Humanity homeowners long-lasting safety benefits at affordable costs. Simpson Strong-Tie increased its monetary contribution to the program from $85,000 in 2015 to $150,000 in 2017.
"Our longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity just continues to grow stronger as we support their work in giving families and individuals access to safe, affordable and stable homes," said Karen Colonias, president and CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie. "Habitat Strong provides a great model for other builders to follow when thinking about building strong, resilient housing in natural disaster-prone areas."
Simpson Strong-Tie has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades and has been a national sponsor since 2007, donating more than $5 million in cash and products, including the structural connectors, anchors, fasteners and reinforced shear walls used in new home construction. The company also supports Habitat for Humanity's annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has announced it is the Founding Gold Sponsor of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society. The Center works to increase the resilience of communities faced with natural disasters and other global changes by using science to make better-informed decisions about how to mitigate risk.
"I created the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society to get the best science used to create safer communities. This endeavor is only successful due to the support of partners who understand the value of science, like Simpson Strong-Tie," said Dr. Lucy Jones.
"We're very excited about supporting and partnering with the Center. Dr. Jones is renowned for her work in groundbreaking scientific research and for her ability to effectively communicate the findings to aid in disaster resilience," said Jeremy Gilstrap, vice president of Engineering with Simpson Strong-Tie. "We're committed to providing solutions and supporting efforts that help communities build better to improve safety and to recover faster after a natural disaster strikes."
The Center is currently developing resilience programs for communities, educational materials for individuals, and tools for local governments to assess their vulnerability to earthquakes.
Denver, CO. – Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie announced the renewal of the Simpson Strong-Tie® Fellowship for Engineering Excellence program and call for applicants.
This is the second year of the Fellowship, resulting from the continuation of a successful partnership between international nonprofit social enterprise Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie. Complementing the Simpson Strong-Tie goal to find solutions for making structures safer and stronger, the fellowship allows innovative engineers the opportunity to provide impactful contributions to Build Change programs as well as support other engineers' professional development in developing nations around the world.
"We are very pleased to renew the Fellowship for Engineering Excellence with Build Change. With the positive impact to developing areas in Indonesia, Colombia and the Philippines where our first fellow worked, we're looking forward to the Fellowship contributing even more to safer and stronger design and construction methods," said Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering Jeremy Gilstrap.
The Fellowship is open to licensed civil and structural engineers with a minimum of eight years of professional experience in structural engineering. Applicants should have experience working on earthquake- and wind-resistant design and construction of buildings, and on existing building seismic and structural evaluation and retrofit according to recognized standards, such as the IBC, ASCE 7, ASCE 41, and others. Candidates should be willing to travel to, live, and work in emerging countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia for a period of one year beginning September 1, 2018 and concluding August 31, 2019.
James Mwangi, the 2017-2018 Fellow noted, "The Fellowship offered me the opportunity to share my previous experience by working face to face with not only the Build Change technical teams, but also with local engineers in each country, to promote capacity building."
Applications will be accepted through July 16, 2018. For more information about the Fellowship and application instructions, visit buildchange.org/about/careers.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has earned the homebuilding industry's most coveted award, – the "A,A Partners of Choice" award, conferring highest honors for both quality and service – for the eighth consecutive year from David Weekley Homes, the nation's largest privately held homebuilder. Simpson
The Partners of Choice award is part of the David Weekley Homes Supplier Evaluation Platform, a rigorous quarterly review of more than 200 national trading partners. Approximately 1,000 team members participate in the review. Their feedback provides partners an opportunity to evaluate and improve their channel alignment and performance. Survey feedback is offered to suppliers and conducted through a series of individual and group discussions, mentoring calls and strategy sessions to ensure ongoing improvement. The award program celebrates the suppliers who earn an "A" in quality, service or both within a 12-month period.
Every supply chain partner is evaluated and measured by the same standards, regardless of their industry or product. "Because of our unique grading system," said Bill Justus, Vice President of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes, "suppliers across business segments are evaluated equally on their ability and agility to handle challenges throughout the supply chain. This process enables us to look deeply at the skillfulness of their cost-effective, timely and consistent product delivery and customer service. We aren't just buying a supplier's product, we're buying their expertise, and the companies we recognize with this award are the very best-in-class."
Simpson Strong-Tie is one of only eight companies to receive the 2018 "A,A" ranking for the award. "Receiving the 'Partners of Choice' award for 14 years in a row," says Nate Johnston, Vice President of Builder Sales for Simpson Strong-Tie, "demonstrates not only how Simpson Strong-Tie products stand the test of time through continuing economic challenges, but how our customer service does as well. We strive every day to provide consistent, reliable customer service and value to our partners – it is our number one mission."
San Francisco, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will display the seismic resiliency of a two-story Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong Frame® special moment frame at the 2018 Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) June 27-28 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Simpson Strong-Tie will also showcase 3D modeling software along with state-of-the-art planning solutions from CG Visions, the leader in Building Information Management (BIM) technology for the residential construction industry.
Sponsored by the California Building Industry Association and endorsed by the Leading Builders of America, PCBC is a professional trade show and conference for the residential housing market and annually draws more than 10,000 builder attendees for education, networking and product innovation demonstrations.
"We're excited to meet new builders and connect with our existing customers as Simpson Strong-Tie continues to identify opportunities to provide value in residential construction," says Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Builder Sales, Nate Johnston. "PCBC has also always been known as an annual highlight of emerging technologies and solutions, and we're looking forward to sharing the booth with CG Visions for the first time as the industry increasingly turns to BIM for next-generation advancements in design, modeling and project management."
Acquired by Simpson Strong-Tie in January 2017, CG Visions provides BIM consultation, technology and services to single-family and multifamily residential builders to help them realize cost and labor efficiencies across the design and construction cycle. In addition to CG Visions, software kiosks at Simpson Strong-Tie (Booth #651) will provide demonstrations of Ruby Sketch and LotSpec BIM solutions as well as exhibit the Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Planner Software™, a 100% free, cloud-based technology providing 3D plan views, materials lists, permit information and more to improve the overall deck-building experience for contractors.
Designed to provide optimal moment transfer solutions for both new and retrofit projects, the Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame special moment frame features Yield-Link® structural fuse technology to ensure the resiliency of the frame during seismic events. Additional Simpson Strong-Tie hardware featured at PCBC 2018 includes the following: