Architectural Testing, Inc. purchases Hurricane Test Laboratory, LLC (HTL)

October 10, 2011 Leave a comment

York, PA and Riviera Beach, FL – (www.archtest.com) – Architectural Testing Inc. and HTL join forces under the Architectural Testing name to offer the ultimate in innovation and expertise in global fenestration and building product testing, as well as building science and certification services.

With a continued commitment to serving the building product and construction industry worldwide, Architectural Testing is now comprised of an unchanged, dedicated base of approximately 300 professionals and 23 state-of-the-art testing facilities and regional offices. Vinu Abraham, CEO of HTL, joins the Architectural Testing team as Vice President – Southeast Region, bringing over 20 years of global expertise and technical knowledge in a wide-range of product disciplines and performance testing services such as air-water-structural, blast, thermal and more.

Architectural Testing is built on renowned reputations of quality, innovation, technologically advanced equipment and industry expertise from decades of worldwide experience with fenestration systems, construction products, code bodies and industry associations. An extensive established client base confirms a strong commitment to continuing to serve clients and the industry with unceasing enthusiasm and confidence.

“We’re absolutely dedicated to providing customers with the world-class service they expect and deserve,” says Vinu Abraham. “Architectural Testing purchased HTL to combine complementary testing portfolios well-suited to compete in today’s growing building products testing market. The combined company offers a broader range of services and expertise, providing customers with everything they need. We are excited about bringing Architectural Testing and HTL together.”

Henry Taylor, President of Architectural Testing states “We are proud to bring these independent testing firms together under the Architectural Testing brand in a complementary fashion to better serve the global market. This reflects the strategy of both companies, which is to provide customers with high-quality, innovative and diverse testing services with unsurpassed customer service. As the industry leader, we promise to continue to deliver superior testing, engineering, building science and certification services with excellent value.”

“Architectural Testing and HTL have worked together on many occasions and feel this will be a seamless integration where all involved will work together to meet client needs to the fullest potential” states Richard Biscoe, Vice President and CFO. “Both companies have solid reputations when it comes to their testing and engineering capabilities. As one company, existing and future clients will greatly benefit from the increased opportunities.”

About Architectural Testing

For over 30 years, Architectural Testing Inc. has provided performance evaluations for building components and construction related products as well as testing for various specialty markets. Architectural Testing is ISO 17025 accredited to perform more than 2,000 defined test protocols including air leakage, static and dynamic water resistance, structural evaluation, thermal and acoustical performance, accelerated weathering and environmental, blast and ballistics, seismic evaluation and material properties. Forensics, global field testing and full scale exterior wall mock-up testing are also available. Architectural Testing maintains a staff with professional engineering licenses from 11 states and is involved with AAMA, ASQ, ASTM, ANSI, CSA, IFAI, IGCC, ITCC, Miami-Dade County, NAGDM, NFRC, NSPE, WDMA, SGCC, TDI, UL, VSI and WDMA.

HTL Tornado Testing Helps Create Safer Building Products

August 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Advances in Product Testing Can Save Lives & Reduce Property Damage

Record tornado outbreaks across the US have caused massive loss of life and catastrophic destruction to  residential and commercial property and assets. As rebuilding begins, building product manufacturers across the country are working to develop and test products that can provide greater protection against the devastation of tornadoes. HTL, , LLC, an independent architectural and fenestration testing laboratory, is leading the way in offering performance testing services for tornado-resistant products.

The goal of testing these products is to save lives and reduce property damage. Although no building will ever be deemed “tornado-proof,” testing building products to determine their strength can be important to emergency planning. Testing is often performed on materials intended for storm shelters or other emergency buildings to determine the strength of the product and to verify its overall safety. “Helping manufacturers develop products to safeguard their consumers and their property is the core
mission of what we do,” said Vinu J. Abraham, CEO of HTL. “The recent tornado outbreaks and resulting loss of life and property damages indicates that we need to look closer at the way we design for  tornadoes.”

Performance testing for tornadoes allows manufacturers to evaluate how their products withstand the extreme wind pressure loads and debris impacts accordance to the test and design standards established by FEMA 320, FEMA 361, ICC-500-2008, DOE-STD-1020-2002 and AAMA 512-11, a new voluntary specification announced April 29, 2011. Test methods can include impact, static, cyclic and water penetration evaluations. Commonly tested products include windows, doors, and roofs.

“Due to the increase in tornado testing requirements in project specifications, Kawneer is exploring tornado testing standards for products, says Tanya Dolby, Product Engineer at Kawneer Company, Inc. “We are committed to providing systems and solutions that meet the challenges of severe weather conditions including hurricanes and high winds. In light of recent tornado events, we believe this will be a growing requirement in future building projects.”

At the conclusion of testing, products are rated for tornado prone areas up to a certain wind speed or level of protection. These ratings give building and emergency officials the ability to measure and publish the quality of shelters and other emergency buildings, especially in tornado prone areas.

For additional information on product testing, visit http://www.htltest.com, email info@htltest.com or call 561-881-0020.

Follow HTL on Twitter and Facebook and visit HTL’s E-Brochure for more information.

HTL Tornado Testing Helps Create Safer Building Products

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Advances in Product Testing Can Save Lives & Reduce Property Damage

In the past month alone, record tornado outbreaks across the US have caused massive loss of life and catastrophic destruction to residential and commercial property and assets.  As rebuilding begins, building product manufacturers across the country are working to develop and test products that can provide greater protection against the devastation of tornadoes.  HTL, , LLC, an independent architectural and fenestration testing laboratory, is leading the way in offering performance testing services for tornado-resistant products.

The goal of testing these products is to save lives and reduce property damage.  Although no building will ever be deemed “tornado-proof,” testing building products to determine their strength can be important to emergency planning.  Testing is often performed on materials intended for storm shelters or other emergency buildings to determine the strength of the product and to verify its overall safety.

“Helping manufacturers develop products to safeguard their consumers and their property is the core mission of what we do,” said Vinu J. Abraham, CEO of HTL.  “The recent tornado outbreaks and resulting loss of life and property damages indicates that we need to look closer at the way we design for tornadoes.”

Performance testing for tornadoes allows manufacturers to evaluate how their products withstand the extreme wind pressure loads and debris impacts accordance to the test and design standards established by FEMA 320, FEMA 361, ICC-500-2008, DOE-STD-1020-2002 and AAMA 512-11, a new voluntary specification announced April 29, 2011. Test methods can include impact, static, cyclic and water penetration evaluations. Commonly tested products include windows, doors, and roofs.

“Due to the increase in tornado testing requirements in project specifications, Kawneer is exploring tornado testing standards for products, says Tanya Dolby, Product Engineer at Kawneer Company, Inc.  “We are committed to providing systems and solutions that meet the challenges of severe weather conditions including hurricanes and high winds. In light of recent tornado events, we believe this will be a growing requirement in future building projects.”

At the conclusion of testing, products are rated for tornado prone areas up to a certain wind speed or level of protection.  These ratings give building and emergency officials the ability to measure and publish the quality of shelters and other emergency buildings, especially in tornado prone areas.

For additional information on product testing, visit www.htltest.com, email info@htltest.com or call 561-881-0020.

Follow HTL on Twitter and Facebook and visit HTL’s E-Brochure for more information.

About HTL:
HTL is a premier architectural and fenestration testing services company specializing in architectural building components and assemblies. HTL operates four facilities in North America, which provide a variety of testing and evaluation solutions to building product companies throughout the world. Delivering a unique blend of engineering consultation, state-of-the-art services, and a user-friendly testing environment, HTL’s core services include, but are not limited to, hurricane, blast, air, thermal, water, structural, thermal, roof and security testing. All test methods HTL provides adhere to national standards, such as ASTM, AAMA, WDMA, NFRC, and UL.

HTL corporate headquarters is located in Riviera Beach, FL with additional facilities in Lithia Springs, GA., Hillsboro, TN., and Lubbock, TX.

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