Simpson Strong-Tie News
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, is joining other industry associations and organizations in supporting the International Code Council's (ICC) 2018 Building Safety Month in May. As co-sponsor of one of the campaign's theme weeks, Simpson Strong-Tie is encouraging the industry and the general public to learn more about the role of building codes, officials and other professionals in making buildings, homes and decks safe and strong.
Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign conducted by the ICC each May to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. This year's campaign theme is "Building Codes Save Lives." The five-week campaign spotlights specific aspects of building safety through weekly topics – "Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities," "Advancing Resilient Communities Through Science & Technology," "Protecting Communities from Disasters," "Safeguarding Our Water" and "Improving Education & Training Standards for a Safer Tomorrow." The overall goal is to drive home the importance of adopting modern, regularly updated building codes; implementing a strong and efficient system of code enforcement; and developing a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. To learn more about the campaign and how to get involved, visit buildingsafetymonth.org.
"We're proud to be an annual sponsor of Building Safety Month," said Karen Colonias, president and CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie. "Our structural products help people build safer, stronger homes, buildings and decks. It's only fitting for us to sponsor Week One's theme of Partnering with Code Officials to Build Stronger, Safer Communities."
As a sponsor, Simpson Strong-Tie has several resources that help support the initiatives of Building Safety Month, including educational materials for designing and building homes and other structures that can resist earthquakes and high winds, as well as for constructing and retrofitting code-compliant wood decks. These resources can be found on the Simpson Strong-Tie homeowner website, safestronghome.com. Additional information for professionals is available at strongtie.com/highwind and strongtie.com/softstory.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, is sponsoring a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) playhouse build with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.
The STEM playhouse program was created by the local Habitat affiliate to enhance, supplement and support existing classroom learning around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math while encouraging creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Students in grades 6-8 follow specific curriculum leading to application of their STEM learning with the building of playhouses. Funding from the program supports Habitat's mission and the completed playhouses will be donated to children of military families. This is the second consecutive year Simpson Strong-Tie has supported the program, donating $25,000 and providing volunteers to help with the build.
"Simpson Strong-Tie has been a strong champion of Habitat's work for many years, and we're happy to have them partner with us on this educational initiative," said Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley President and CEO Janice Jensen.
Simpson Strong-Tie has supported 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 framing hardware (connectors and 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 and Habitat Strong, a program for building more resilient homes.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Formulated to yield superior performance in threaded rod anchor and rebar dowel installations in cracked and uncracked concrete at elevated temperatures, the new SET-3G high-strength anchoring adhesive is the latest innovation in epoxy anchoring adhesives from Simpson Strong-Tie. In addition to providing exceptional bond strength, SET-3G adhesive has been proven to outperform other products on the market and is Code Listed.
The versatile SET-3G adhesive is designed for dry or water-saturated use conditions with temperatures anywhere between -40°F (-40°C) and 176°F (80°C). The low-odor formula also offers contractor's jobsite flexibility with its ability to be installed in dry, water-saturated or water-filled holes in base materials whose temperatures range from 40°F (4°C) to 100°F (38°C).
Application and Installation
The two-component, one-to-one-ratio, epoxy-based anchoring adhesive formula dispenses in a uniform gray color to match surrounding concrete surfaces, and can be easily installed in downward, horizontal, vertical and overhead orientations.
Available in two sizes, SET-3G adhesive has been thoroughly tested.
For more information about SET-3G high-strength anchoring adhesive, including detailed strength design data tables for various surfaces and drill bits, code listings, cure times and more, visit strongtie.com/set3g.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, has introduced the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution, a complete hidden deck-fastening system comprising the Simpson Strong-Tie premium DCU Composite screw, the DCU screw plug and an Auto-Set Driver™ bit (each sold separately).
Ideal for decking and trim applications using composite or PVC lumber, the DCU screw plug solution offers contractors a simple way to cover exposed fastener heads that's as easy as drive it, plug it, and tap it flush. With the deck plug solution, screw heads are invisible, creating a smooth, professional finish.
"When it comes to decks and trim, visible screw heads have become accepted, but they're seldom desired by either contractors or homeowners," says Simpson Strong-Tie product manager Scott Park. "The Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution provides a comprehensive and convenient solution to the problem of exposed fasteners and enables builders to easily achieve a strong connection with a clean, professional look."
Made from major composite and PVC board manufacturers' materials in a variety of colors and finishes to match deck and trim boards, DCU screw plugs work well with hand-drive applications, as well as with the Quik Drive® PRO300S auto-feed screw driving system. The Auto-Set Driver bit features a non-abrasive depth stop to automatically countersink screws for inserting the plugs, which are easily secured in place with the gentle tap of a hammer.
Simpson Strong-Tie is packaging the screws and plugs separately to allow building product dealers and distributors to customize their inventory mix from the 39 different composite and PVC lumber colors and finishes currently available. The Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution includes:
For more information about the Deck-Drive DCU screw plug solution, visit strongtie.com/dcuscrewplugs.
Popular apps for AutoCAD and Revit enable streamlined 2D and 3D management of plan options.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, has acquired LotSpec, a suite of software applications designed to optimize efficiency and productivity for production homebuilders' needs around construction document and option management solutions. This strategic acquisition, coupled with the 2017 acquisition of CG Visions, will continue to deepen the Simpson Strong-Tie partnership with top builders, architects and engineers throughout the country by offering scalable software solutions via key apps for the industry-standard design platforms Autodesk® AutoCAD® Architecture and Autodesk® Revit®.
Founded in 2016 by construction IT veteran Jon Albert, LotSpec is focused on the design and development of efficiency tools, practices and workflows for the large-volume homebuilders. The company's core LotSpec application has been recognized as an elegant solution for helping builders manage project options, and is built on a similar code base in both 2D or 3D AutoCAD Architecture and Autodesk's flagship product Revit. This dual functionality allows builders to gain maximum efficiency from their existing 2D drawings, while setting the stage to ease into advanced functionality with Revit and other complementary technology solutions provided by CG Visions.
According to an October 2016 survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, awareness and adoption of BIM solutions is increasing among residential construction professionals. In the survey of architects, single-family and multifamily builders, 27% of respondents said they were familiar with BIM, compared to only 17% who reported being familiar with the technology in 2014. Even among those professionals who are BIM-aware, adoption is increasing slowly, demonstrating the need for easily implemented, scalable solutions.
"As the industry looks to achieve more from their existing construction documents and evolve to newer technology, solutions are needed that provide immediate value and still allow for adoption of more advanced programming, but on the builder's own timeline," says Albert. "With LotSpec now available as a choice from the Simpson Strong-Tie technology offering, current and future customers will have access to additional product resources and technologies which are designed to integrate with their business needs."
In addition to configuring lot-specific plan sets, the LotSpec app enables production builders to create master plan sets and manage the myriad of options offered to homebuyers, providing a customized project design and build approach that favors variety and flexibility over a static, cookie-cutter style.
With the LotSpec acquisition, Simpson Strong-Tie further broadens its technological service portfolio offering builders a diversity of software choices to fit their individual business needs. "LotSpec complements our 2017 acquisition of CG Visions by expanding our list of software choices to the residential builder market," says Simpson Strong-Tie President of North American Sales Roger Dankel. "This strategy continues to strengthen our value proposition of being the industry's trusted partner in construction solutions and building systems."
Newly announced collaboration will serve the residential construction community by offering seamless coordination and project visibility between builders, suppliers, and homeowners.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, today announced a new software collaboration between CG Visions, a Simpson Strong-Tie company, and Hyphen Solutions, a leading cloud-based construction management software company, to offer integrated information exchange between Hyphen's BuildPro, SupplyPro and BRIX solutions and CG Visions' cloud-based Pipeline platform for project estimation and management.
Acquired by Simpson Strong-Tie in January 2017, CG Visions is a national provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, services, and consultation to the residential building industry. In addition to generating digital 3D renderings designed to help builders and their project partners easily visualize the details of the construction process, Pipeline also links plan designs to rules-based estimating algorithms for generating accurate, automated takeoffs.
"Seamless communication on a homebuilding project is critical," says David Bozell, CG Visions president. "With Pipeline, we are committed to helping builders and their clients visualize the intricacies and complexities of the homes they are constructing. Hyphen Solutions' platforms were built to address coordination challenges presented by these complex projects, and we anticipate the marriage between Pipeline's highly detailed estimating and the Hyphen network's total project visibility to change how the industry conducts business digitally."
As part of the collaboration, Hyphen's BuildPro and SupplyPro online scheduling and trade management tools are now integrated with CG Visions' Pipeline solution to efficiently create fully detailed plan estimates from 2D and 3D estimation data. Support within Pipeline for both 2D estimation platforms (PlanSwift, eTakeoff, SquareTakeoff, etc.) and 3D BIM platforms (Revit, Vertex, Softplan, etc.) will allow customers to directly connect their Pipeline plan estimates to Hyphen's solutions.
"Core to Hyphen's business has been the pursuit of realizing greater efficiencies for our customers," says Hyphen Solutions CEO Felix Vasquez. "We believe this partnership will bring considerable cost savings to builders by allowing their detailed takeoffs, designs and product specifications to automatically flow through to our purchasing systems, such as BRIX, as well as to the field and suppliers through BuildPro and SupplyPro. We are taking the value-engineered plans and ensuring the entire supply chain has visibility to them. Through this collaboration, our integrated technologies can support anticipated growth in homebuilding in 2018 and beyond."
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors, fasteners, anchors and building solutions, is the first manufacturer to launch large-diameter stainless-steel screw anchors for concrete and masonry. Designed for severely corrosive interior or exterior environments, the new stainless-steel Titen HD® heavy-duty screw anchors (THDSS) deliver a new standard of performance for bridge, marine and water treatment plant construction and retrofit applications.
The nation's aging wastewater treatment plant infrastructure is facing a critical turning point, with the American Society of Civil Engineers projecting $206 billion in increased costs to households and businesses if the upgrade and replacement of old treatment plants are not completed by the year 2020. In addition, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's 2018 Deficient Bridge Report, 54,259 US bridges are structurally deficient. In fact, almost 9% of all bridges in the country have at least one key structural element in poor enough condition to need repair, the report finds.
Available since April 2017 in 3/8" and 1/2" diameters, THDSS is now available in larger 5/8" and 3/4" diameters suitable for heavier civil construction where corrosive elements pose a hazard to standard carbon-steel screw anchors. "There is definitely a need in the market for larger-diameter screw anchors," says Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager Mike Steiber. "Other wedge anchor or adhesive options often have drawbacks with spacing or difficult installation, so for applications that need stainless-steel anchors, this is a first-of-its-kind solution for the market."Key features and benefits of the THDSS screw anchor:
All stainless-steel Titen HD anchors are code listed in IAPMO UES ER-493 (concrete) and ICC-ES ESR-1056 (masonry) for a wide variety of applications and could make a significant impact by improving the structural integrity of bridges via repair and retrofit. "Wastewater facilities are definitely one of the key markets where these larger-diameter, corrosion-resistant anchors are badly needed," Steiber says. "The retrofit opportunity is also there for bridges, because right now we're not repairing these bridges fast enough to make the problem go away."
For more information about the THDSS screw anchor, visit strongtie.com/titenhdss.
Pleasanton, Calif. – A new hinged roof connector by Simpson Strong-Tie makes it easier for modular builders to construct stick-frame roofs in the factory that will fold flat during shipping. Accompanying the launch of this new product, Simpson Strong-Tie has also released its new Connectors & Fasteners for Modular Building catalog.
The patent-pending MMHC connector features an innovative hinge that rotates easily from open position to folded. It nails in place for easy installation. This connector has been tested and load rated in multiple directions. An offset nail pattern allows for installation on both sides of the roof rafter assembly.
"We created this new hinged connector to give modular builders more choices in how they build their roofs. Now, they can create custom rooflines with stick framing that will fold flat for shipping. This option can lower cost, reduce coordination with vendors and increase their schedule flexibility," said Sam Hensen, vice president and general manager for Connectors.
The new Modular Building catalog includes Simpson Strong-Tie connectors and fasteners that are ideally suited for factory-built structures. It is available on the website at go.strongtie.com/modularbuilding.
"We have been selling connectors and fasteners to modular building customers for years," said Hensen, "but we think this industry is so important and growing so fast that we wanted a catalog dedicated to connectors and fasteners that will help save time in manufacturing and make for easy installation on the jobsite. We believe this new product catalog will be a handy resource for modular builders."
For more information about the new MMHC roof connector and all the other products and resources that Simpson Strong-Tie offers for modular construction, visit go.strongtie.com/modularbuilding.
ATLANTA – Simpson Strong-Tie is renewing its partnership with Habitat for Humanity to continue supporting the housing organization's efforts to make homes resilient to disasters. This is the 12th consecutive year of the partnership to help more families in need of a decent and affordable place to call home. To date, the manufacturer of structural product solutions has contributed more than $2.75 million toward Habitat's mission.
The company will donate structural connector framing hardware and prefabricated shear walls for new construction and will continue to support Habitat Strong, a program that backs building disaster-resilient homes in weather-sensitive areas.
"We are excited to be partnering with Simpson Strong-Tie for the 12th year," said Lynda Smith, senior director of corporate relations for Habitat for Humanity International. "Their support is incredibly valuable as we work to support communities affected by recent disasters."
"Our long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity allows us the opportunity to provide not only monetary and product support, but also technical, engineering and volunteering resources that support the organization's work. We are also very proud to be the primary sponsor of the Habitat Strong program and look forward to continued collaboration with Habitat this year and beyond," noted Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Karen Colonias.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has developed a new, lightweight auto-feed screw driving system for drywall applications, expanding its popular Quik Drive product line. The new Quik Drive PRODW drywall system has a lighter-weight tool body with enhanced durability and ergonomics so drywall installations can be completed more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Builder and contractor benefits of the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system include a collated-screw feed mechanism designed to provide consistent and efficient screw delivery, a self-locking depth adjustment for accurate drive depth and a fully rotatable driver adapter for fastening in hard-to-get areas. Curved, collated strips hold screws away from the tool's nose to prevent scratching or marring the surface of materials, and a hardened-steel feed pawl improves reliability.
Quik Drive auto-feed screw driving systems allow one-handed operation for improved speed, safety and ease of use, and the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system's lighter weight results in less user fatigue and improved driving for fewer delays or wasted screws on the worksite.
"With construction labor markets still facing a critical shortage of workers, it's increasingly important to design tool and fastener systems that can provide solutions to improve efficiency and reliability on the jobsite," says Galen Longley, product manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. "From replacing just a few sheets to hanging all the drywall in a mid-rise building, Quik Drive auto-feed systems require less training and are the ideal solution for a first-day apprentice and seasoned veterans alike."
Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system can be used for attaching drywall, DensGlass® and other sheathing to wood or cold-formed steel (CFS) and comes complete with PRODW drywall attachment, a collated-screw quiver and a Makita® 4,000 rpm screwdriver motor. The PRODW drywall attachment is also sold separately. The PRODW is compatible with collated Simpson Strong-Tie® DWF/DWFSD drywall-to-CFS screws and DWC/DWHL drywall screws.
For more information about the Quik Drive PRODW drywall system, visit strongtie.com/prodw.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will showcase new anchor solutions, Repair, Protection and Strengthening (RPS) products and Composite Strengthening Systems™ (CSS) solutions during the World of Concrete tradeshow January 23-26 in Las Vegas at booth #O30220.
Tradeshow goers can participate in installation demonstrations of several new products including the stainless-steel Titen HD screw anchor and SET-3G™ epoxy anchoring adhesive, which is formulated to provide superior performance in cracked and uncracked concrete at elevated temperatures and can be installed in dry, water-saturated or water-filled holes. The exceptional bond strength of SET-3G results in high design capacities.
Booth visitors will also be invited to compete in a "Drill 'n' Fill" product installation contest where participants will install Titen HD® concrete screws, drop-in internally threaded anchors (DIAB) and Titen® 2 concrete and masonry screws. The fastest overall participant throughout the tradeshow will take home a Bosch Speed Clean™ DXS dust extraction system, and the fastest daily winners will receive a YETI® cooler. All participants will receive a Simpson Strong-Tie contest t-shirt.
Simpson Strong-Tie will introduce its newly developed fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) and demonstrate crush tests of the company's code-listed fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) laminates. In addition, the in-place installation capabilities of the FX-70® structural pile repair and protection system will be featured.
Knowledgeable field representatives and product managers will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate product demonstrations and installations. For more information and to demo these and other new products from Simpson Strong-Tie, visit booth #O30220 in the outdoor silver lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has developed a new steel header hanger to support cold-formed steel framing box headers as well as large-flange lay-in headers used in curtain-wall construction. The new SHH steel header hanger is engineered to ease installation by reducing drywall buildup, and screw count has been minimized with extensive component assembly testing.
Common in low- and mid-rise construction of multifamily and commercial building projects, cold-formed steel framing has emerged as a reliable and durable alternative to light-frame wood construction. The SHH steel header hanger is designed to transfer gravity and lateral loads from headers to the jamb studs and to help support the header assembly during installation.
In addition, the SHH steel header hanger has contractor-friendly geometry to reduce drywall buildup with a coped gusset to avoid the bottom track header legs. Extensive testing by Simpson Strong-Tie has enabled a wide array of available hole patterns to accommodate different load levels while minimizing installation costs and reducing screw count.
"As cold-formed steel framing increases in popularity, there is an opportunity to optimize installation times and material costs by innovating new structural connector solutions," says Clifton Melcher, senior product manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. "The SHH steel header hanger is designed with features to make drywall installations faster and easier while ensuring even load distribution to the jamb studs with minimum eccentricity."
The SHH6 is manufactured in steel thicknesses of 54 mil (16 ga.) and 68 mil (14 ga.) and is intended for use with 6" (min.) box headers. The SHH3, manufactured from 68 mil (14 ga.) steel, is intended for 3 5/8" or 4" (max.) box headers and large-flange lay-in headers. Screw-hole layouts at the jamb studs accommodate flange sizes of 1 5/8", 2", 2 1/2", 3" and 3 1/2" in addition to built-up jamb configurations. All SHH steel header hangers feature a galvanized G90 finish.
For more information about the SHH steel header hanger for use with cold-formed steel framing, visit strongtie.com/SHH.
Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, will showcase new construction planning technologies and innovative time-saving structural engineering products at the International Builders' Show (IBS) January 9-11 in Orlando, FL.
To help builders and contractors "make the connection" between state-of-the-art planning software and cost-effective structural engineering solutions, the Simpson Strong-Tie booth (W4641) will be joined to the CG Visions booth (W5653) via bright yellow floor markers that create an easy-to-follow path connecting the two booths. Acquired by Simpson Strong-Tie in 2017, CG Visions is a leader in Building Information Management (BIM) technology for the residential construction industry.
With investments in outdoor living and residential remodeling expected to increase throughout 2018, Simpson Strong-Tie will also exhibit their innovative Deck Planner Software™, a 100% free, cloud-based technology solution providing 3D plan views, materials lists, permit information and more to improve the overall deck-building experience for builders and do-it-yourselfers.
Additional Simpson Strong-Tie products featured at IBS 2018 include the following: