Nystrom Introduces a NEW Fire-Rated Floor Door Line

Nystrom is proud to present the new Fire-Rated Floor Door line of products, introduced May 2021. With unmatched industry sizes up to 52”x96” (increased from 48”x60”), improved interior release handles, new steel housing increasing durability and new thermal break in frame that reduces heat transfer, the line is sure to be a go-to for specifiers and contractors.

The addition of a 1-inch pan door (previously only offered in 1/8”), plus new options like mortise and recessed padlocks for additional security and rigorous testing by Intertek to NFPA standards for two- and three-hour fire ratings, nicely rounds out the complete line of floor door offerings.

Fire-Rated Architectural 1/8″ & 1″ Pan Floor Door

Nystrom fire-rated architectural pan door is the industry’s leading solution for seamless sight lines, long-lasting quality, and fire-rated safety.

Features include:

  • 2- or 3-hour fire-ratings tested to NFPA 288
  • (1/8″ has 2- or 3-hour rating, 1″ has 2-hour rating)
  • 1/8-Inch or 1-Inch pan sizes to receive a variety of flooring materials
  • 1/8″ pan in sizes up to 52″ x 96″
  • Lock options for added security
  • Improved interior release handles
  • Installs in wood or concrete applications

Fire-Rated Diamond Tread Floor Door

Nystrom fire-rated diamond tread door is the industry’s leading solution to offer larger sizes and fire-rated safety for new construction or replacement projects.

Features include:

  • 2- or 3-hour fire ratings tested to NFPA 288
  • Sizes up to 52″ x 96″
  • Lock options for added security
  • Improved interior release handles
  • Installs in wood or concrete applications

For more information on our new floor doors or on the full line, please visit nystrom.com


About Nystrom

Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v43-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLinkMasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPDC and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.

7 Things to Consider When Specifying Expansion Joints

There are a number of things to consider when specifying expansions joints, but before we get into the specifics, let’s review the details on why building joints are so important.

Why do we Need Building Joints?

A building can move in any direction—expanding, contracting, or sliding along the X and Y axis as well as up and down along the Z axis. Joints are needed to relieve this movement where there are long expanses and where the structure would crash into another fixed or independently moving structure.

What Type of Movement is the Building Subject to and How Much?
The type of movement a building is subject to impacts the joint. A standard expansion joint system allows for a range of motion of ±25 percent of the nominal joint width. For example, a 102-mm (4-in.) nominal expansion joint system will support a gap dimension of 76 to 127 mm (3 to 5 in.). An expansion joint specified to seismic standards supports movement of ±50 percent or, in this example, a gap of 51 to 152 mm (2 to 6 in.).

It is recommended that you form a close relationship with the structural engineer to be able to share ideas and ensure you are both on the same wavelength. It is also very important to remember that nominal joint size is slotted in the building and it expands and contracts from this size. However, you are designing to minimum and maximum sizes, so your joint needs to cover the worst case.

Joint Performance Considerations

Joint systems basically close off the gaps in a building system and still allow it to move while permitting persons to move about freely inside without tripping or slipping, and also maintaining the ability to carry the floor loads that have to be moved or rolled over it. The following are seven things to consider when specifying expansion joints from both an internal and external aspect. You should choose joints that:

  1. Minimize slipping or tripping hazards over the joint.
  2. Support necessary floor loads.
  3. Maintain fire separation integrity.
  4. Maintain sound separation integrity
  5. Maintain thermal separation integrity.
  6. Maintain moisture barrier integrity.
  7. Provide acceptable continuation of the finish.

In-depth Information About Building Movement

There are various types of building movements caused by the different forces to which a building is exposed. These forces, which have a bearing on joint integrity, include:

  • Thermal expansion and contraction caused by seasonal temperature changes
  • Moisture (rain/snow/humidity)
  • Sway caused by wind
  • Differential movement (seismic events, etc.)

Be assured that all these types of movements occur in every building and you should consider if the magnitude of the movement poses a threat to the structure or integrity of the finishes used to cover the structure?

Thermal Expansion and Contraction

This is a simple linear equation: Large temperature swings and expansive materials like steel and longer lengths create conditions for expansion and contraction. Understanding the thermal sensitivity and coefficient of expansion of the structural material is key to determining movement needs. Glass and wood generally have a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than metals. Question: Will your building be exposed to the full climatic range of temperature swing due to loss of power or off-hours energy conservation? If so, then the full climatic temperature swing should be calculated.

Moisture

Porous materials are prone to expansion (swell) and contraction (shrink) from moisture (rain, vapor, etc.). The swell and evaporation of water in building materials may impact the integrity of the structure over time. Freezing water inside structural components is of particular concern in colder climates as this causes significant strain on structural materials. Parking garages are examples of movement under sidewalks and drives.  They have considerable support structures beneath the surface. Moisture is mostly prevalent in gymnasium floors as architects will manage for moisture in all other applications. Wood fibers expand when wet—they get fatter, not longer. Wood expands in direct proportion to its moisture content. Different species of wood are more or less susceptible to expansion due to the varying structure of the grain. 500 inches of wood gym floor with an expansion coefficient of .0037 and a moisture change of 3% will expand 5.55 inches.

Wind

Wind on the face of a long expanse can cause the building to move perpendicular to the thermal expansion and contraction resulting in differential motion. Some joints are not capable of moving in two directions. (Use your hands flat to the ground to demonstration motion in two directions—side to side and towards and away from you.)

Remember it is important to take into account that all of these elements: heat, moisture and wind have an effect on the amount your building moves. Therefore, the kind of joints you specify will play a key role to helping minimize tripping hazards, provide support, maintain separation integrity for fire, sound, thermal and moisture barriers, and provide an acceptable continuation of the finish.  


Nystrom expansion joints are manufactured to solve a variety of expansion joint scenarios. Custom sizing, materials, and color finishes ensure that whatever you need for your project, we’ve got you covered. Our commercial building products are shipped direct from our central manufacturing facility or from one of our strategically located stocking locations, Nystrom delivers the expansion joints you need.


About Nystrom

Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v43-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLinkMasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPDC and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.

Need help with your specification coordination?

We can help!

Hassel-Free Assistance

Every project is unique. Every location requires different building codes. And even though our products are well-made, and our services are hassle-free, we know we’re not a perfect fit for every project. However, we are a trusted resource that assist you on product selection, specifications, design build, HPD, code requirements and any other solution from small hiccups to big challenges.

Nystrom is proud to provide hassle-free building products serving divisions 05, 07, 08, 10 and 12 through 10 product lines. Our expert team of sales, service and engineers, valued partners and website can help with your specification coordination.

Architect Specifications

Specifications may seem like a no-brainer, but we want to highlight that Nystrom offers 3-part specifications in formats that work for you. You may download product specifications on our website or through our valued specification providers BSDspeclink and MasterSpec as well. You may view or download your selected file type from the following list of specifications:

• Access Doors
• Entrance Mats + Grills
• Expansion Joint Systems
• Fall Protection
• Fire Safety
• Floor Doors
• Luminous Egress Products
• Roof Hatches
• Smoke Vents
• Stair Treads + Nosings
• Wall + Door Protection

Design Build Resources

We understand that every construction project has a different level of complexity and challenge. That is why Nystrom often partners with project managers that require direct access to our people, products and process to ensure that their specific needs are addressed. No matter how complex or custom the product requirements are, our team will support a seamless project workflow. We offer service at every step from schematic to design and development to bid and procurement through construction and commissioning. Whatever information you need to complete your project is available on our website.

Technical Documents

Complete information and technical documentation is critical to your project. Information like CAD, Shop Drawings, Data Sheets and Warranty. All Design Build Resources are available on our website.

Revit/BIM Design Tools

We want to make your job easier by providing 3D tools for your projects. We have CAD resources for all products on our website. Nystrom also partners with BIMsmith for single source Revit/BIM content for the architecture community. Compare similar products to see their differences, then download your final selection for your Revit or AutoCAD projects quickly and easily.

Code Resources

Building codes vary from state to state and county to county and we know that it can be difficult to track how our products will fit in with your projects. Nystrom is happy to help you answer code questions as part of our hassle-free service. Some may be found on our website, or you can always reach out to our customer service team.

LEED & HPD

LEED has become the international standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance structures. LEED v4 is designed to provide a more flexible, performance-based approach to calls for measurable results throughout a building’s lifecycle. If you have projects that require pursing LEED certification, Nystrom offers Health Product Declarations (HPD) to satisfy LEED v4 requirements. You may view or download your selected file type from the following list on our website.

Literature & Samples

While we’re living in a digital age, we know that hard copies of product information like catalogs and information sheets are still useful. Nystrom catalogs are available for digital download and printed catalogs may be ordered, both through the website. Product collateral and services may also be obtained through working with a regional partner with locations throughout North America.

Although our product images are of the highest quality, there is no substitute for seeing a product in person. We know you want to see, feel and touch to better understand our products. Of course, you care how it looks, but we know that you also care about its durability, how it performs and how it will look pared with other products. The Nystrom sample program can be accessed on our website.

Installations & Repair Made Easy

We know that videos are an ideal way of demonstrating the installation process. Nystrom not only provides Installation & Operation Manuals for all its products, but we provide video tutorials as well. Whether you’re working with a general contractor, project manager or specialty contractor, we are the go-to source for installation methods required for projects, regardless of the complexity.

Where applicable, videos can be accessed directly from the product information pages or through the Nystrom YouTube channel.

Project Profiles & Galleries

We know that providing a complete picture of projects if essential when specifying products. And, we understand seeing the finished project is not only appealing, but useful when specifying products. Nystrom provides project profiles and galleries for projects of all types.

Nystrom offers its design professional clients an in-depth array of information when it comes to architect specification assistance and design build resources.


About Nystrom

Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v43-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLinkMasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPDC and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.

Nystrom Honored with 2020 Employer of the Year Award

Nystrom, Inc. Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN – LockLeed International Chief Executive Officer John Henka presents 2020 Employer of the Year award to Nystrom Senior Human Resources Director Susan Aaker and Nystrom Chief Operating Officer Matt Benson

Minneapolis, MN – Commercial building products manufacturer Nystrom, Inc. was presented with the 2020 Employer of the Year Award by LockLeed International for its efforts in hiring military talent.

Founded in 1948, today CEO Sue W. Thomas, leads 190 manufacturing and business support employees. The company is true to its five core values – profitable growth, lead by example, customer first, raise the bar and balance – which is supported by recruiting dependable, conscientious, distinguished employees.

Nystrom, Inc. Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN – 2020 Employer of the Year award for Nystrom

Since entering a partnership with LockLeed in 2020, Nystrom has hired six veterans and was recognized in January 2021. “It’s a privilege to work with a military organization like LockLeed, and we are honored to be presented this award” said Susan Aaker, Senior Human Resources Director. “The 3% of our workforce that are veterans bring invaluable life experience, skills and leadership to the company. They give the same commitment and dedication to the success and growth of our company as they did in service to our country. We look forward to increasing the number of military employees through our partnership with LockLeed in the years to come.”

View the LockLeed newsletter for more details.


About LockLeed International

At LockLeed our mission is to develop partnerships with world-class organizations and assist with the process of placing talented candidates into great positions. Our goal is to facilitate communication between companies and veterans; helping both sides understand the language of the other so that both sides win. At LockLeed we are building bridges between employers and veterans.

About Nystrom

Founded in 1948 as an independent representative for building product manufacturers, the Nystrom quickly shifted to its own manufacturing operations and grew its business through product diversification and acquisitions, including the 100+ year old Babcock-Davis brand. Today, led by CEO Sue Thomas, Nystrom has 180 manufacturing and business support employees with an extensive national partner network throughout North America. Yes, we have job titles here—but they don’t define us. So what gets us powered up each day? For starters, we are true to our five core values— profitable growth, lead by example, customer first, raise the bar and work/life balance. We think big – because we’re all about creating the ultimate hassle-free service for our customers. We make a difference in our communities. No matter who you are or what you do with us, you’ll find endless ways to be part of something greater than yourself.

We hire for the following positions:
Engineering • Welders • Assemblers • Machine Operators • Customer Support • Sales • Technical Support • Estimating • Drafting & Design • Finance • Information Systems • Human Resources • Marketing & Product Development • Purchasing, Logistics & Supply Chain • Facilities Management

Do you know your ADA compliance & LEED entrance flooring requirements?

ADA Compliance

Passed by Congress in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the nation’s first comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications. The 2010 American Disability Act standards for State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities required them to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The specific sections within ADA that refer to entrance flooring are Sections 302 and 303. To ensure that a wheelchair or walker will not become wedged into the opening, Section 302.3 defines the requirements for opening dimensions stating that openings in the floor must be a half inch or less with the long dimension in the direction of traffic. A quality manufacturer will have this specification designed into your systems.

The change-in-level requirements removes any potential for tripping and allows the smooth transitions for wheelchairs and walkers from one surface to the next.  Section 303 defines the requirements for change in level, stating: Any change in level of ¼ inch may be vertical. Changes in level between ¼ and ½ inch shall be beveled with a slope not steeper than 1 to 2.  In layman terms, it means a ¼ inch change from one surface to the other is acceptable without any accommodations. If my change in level is greater than ¼ inch, a slope is required.

Many Entrance Floor Mats are available with a ½ inch or less profile. These products may be surface mounted with a beveled frame and comply with ADA. There are some options for a ¼ inch mat, but there is minimal capacity to retain dirt within a ¼ inch system.  Given the variety of choices of products with a ½ inch profile, it is highly recommended to avoid the ¼ inch systems.  A system that has a profile greater than ½ inch must be recessed.

These considerations go a long way to meet all building user needs and promoting their health and wellbeing.

Sustainable Design

Twenty years ago, the green building movement began with a simple mission: promote sustainability in the building and construction industries. Today, a new market is emerging that calls for buildings that promote human health. This is a major focus of the USGBC LEED certification program. Particle pollution, the matter released into the air from burning fossil fuels, and soot containing millions of tiny particles become air borne and head deep into our lungs.  Introducing an entrance flooring system is one way to  decrease the incidence of harmful particles into the air of a building.

In the LEED Indoor Air Quality credit category, the Enhanced Indoor Air Quality credit is intended to promote occupants’ comfort, well-being, and productivity by improving indoor air quality. According to the requirement, an Entryway System should be installed in mechanically ventilated spaces, naturally ventilated spaces and mixed-modes systems to improve occupant indoor air quality.

The Entryway Systems should be permanent and at least 10 feet (3 meters) long installed in the primary direction of travel to capture dirt and particulates entering the building at regularly used exterior entrances. Acceptable entryway systems include permanently installed grates, grilles, slotted systems that allow for cleaning underneath, rollout mats, and any other materials manufactured as entryway systems with equivalent or better performance. All should be maintained on a weekly basis. Many building owners prefer a permanently installed system to reduce trip hazards.

Note that while LEED only requires 10 feet, capturing 52% of the dirt from entering a building, to maximize performance, 18 feet is recommended to capture 90% of the dirt, soil and debris.  

Nystrom provides all the products you need to ensure your entrance flooring meets both ADA Code and is LEED certified.

About Nystrom

Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v43-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLinkMasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPDC and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.

Nystrom Highlights Architectural Projects Around the Globe

Nystrom products are specified by some of the world’s leading architecture and design firms on projects that range from athletic stadiums to performing art centers. We are proud to showcase a number of high-profile projects that utilized some of our products.

MIDDLE EAST

RIYADH METRO Saudi Arabia
Nystrom was proud to supply a wide range of materials for the Riyadh Metro, a rapid transit system in Saudi Arabia consisting of six metro lines with 85 stations. Roof Hatches provided safe access to roofs, while Roof Top Smoke Vents were used that automatically open to release heat, smoke, and noxious fumes in the event of a fire emergency, as required by International Building Codes. Nystrom Access Doors were incorporated into the design providing access to mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures behind walls. The product’s flexible manufacturing takes the hassle out of custom sizing, materials and colors. Entrance grilles were used to improve Interior Environmental Quality by stopping dirt from entering the building, improving Interior chemical and pollutant source control.  All of our Nystrom products work individually performing their respective jobs, but also in tandem helping to meet overall codes and provide a safe, functional and aesthetic environment for citizens taking advantage of this metro system.  
FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 AL BAYT STADIUM Al Knor, Qatar
Qatar’s Al Bayt Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. This state-of-the-art structure received sustainability certificates of green design, construction management and energy efficiency. Al Bayt Stadium features Nystrom Fire Rated Access Doors, Fire Rated Floor Hatches and Roof Hatches. The I-series Insulated Access Doors provide access through openings in fire-rated walls and ceilings, while Nystrom Roof Hatches provide safe and convenient access to commercial building roof areas using interior ladders and stairs. Nystrom’s powder coat finish provides the ultimate in corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.

NORTH AMERICA

NASA LRC MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS LABORATORY Hampton, VA
The new NASA Measurement Systems Lab brings together multiple research and engineering groups to improve the time required for projects to move from idea to completion. Meeting the new timelines requires intense collaboration and heavy foot traffic on the building stairwells. The architect specified Nystrom Two-Part Ribbed Bar Stair Treads with EcoTread for the concrete stairs to prevent slips and falls. Nystrom’s Two-Part Ribbed Abrasive Stair Nosing is designed to save stair treads during the construction phase. The product’s sub-channel and plywood inserts are installed while the building is under construction. When the building is near completion, the temporary plywood tread is replaced with the final install of the abrasive anti-slip safety material. The stair treads are made of a unique recycled material that offers benefits beyond safety. In addition to its anti-slip properties, Nystrom Stair Treads features continuous color and an optional vision line. The treads are Title 24 compliant and come in nine color options.
UCSF MEDICAL BUILDING San Francisco, CA
The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is a research and teaching hospital in San Francisco, California, and is the medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. Nystrom Access Doors and Floor Doors were utilized in this project to provide easy access to mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures behind walls and to provide access below ground between building floors. Our flexible manufacturing takes the hassle out of custom sizing, materials, and colors.
TARGET FIELD Minneapolis, MN
Located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Target Field is the home ballpark of the Minnesota Twins, the state’s Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. Nystrom Expansion Joints were used in the construction of this facility to solve a variety of expansion joint challenges. Sizes, materials and color finishes were customized to meet the design aesthetic of the popular sports venue.
NOKIA THEATER Los Angeles, CA
Named the Nokia Theater when it was constructed (now called the Microsoft Theater), this famous performance venue is located in downtown Los Angeles, California, at the L.A. Live entertainment complex. The theater auditorium seats 7,100 and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States. Nystrom’s Acoustical Smoke Vents were used to block the intrusion of exterior environmental noise. This Nystrom product is specifically designed for performing arts centers and theaters, every detail of which is crafted with skill and precision.

EAST ASIA

NGONG PING 360 Lantau Island, Hong Kong
The Ngong Ping 306 is a bi-cable gondola lift on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Owned by MTR Corporation, the operator of Hong Kong’s rail system, it is a major tourist attraction that is connected to a retail and entertainment center adjacent to the cable car’s upper station. Nystrom worked with the builder to supply Roof Hatches for the project providing safe and convenient access to and from roof areas while also mitigating long-term wear due to our ultimate corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.
LAMMA POWER STATION Po Lo Tsui, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
The Lamma Island Power Station is a coal- and gas-fired power station originally built for Hongkong Electric in 1982. Today, it is the second largest coal-fired power station in Hong Kong. Nystrom provided Roof Hatches to the power station during its most recent expansion. The hatches offer safe and convenient access to roof areas across the facility using interior ladders and stairs, and always meet building codes, fire and life safety requirements. Outside, Nystrom’s powder coat finish provides the ultimate corrosion resistance and outstanding exterior durability.

As you can see, Nystrom’s products are a perfect fit for any premier construction project where quality and performance demand the best. For more information on how our products can help you achieve your architectural and design goals, visit nystrom.com

About Nystrom

Since 1948, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom partners with BSD SpecLink, MasterSpec and BIMsmith for specification tools and are proud members of AIA, CSI, IIBEC, LBC, Sustainable Minds, HPD and USGBC. Many Nystrom products meet the following standards: ADA, ASTM, Florida-Approved, FM Approved, IBC, IFC, Intertek Warnock Hersey, Miami-Dade Approved, NFPA, NYCBC, OSHA & UL.

Nystrom introduces a new webinar CE course on building joints

Selecting, designing, detailing and specifying building joints is a complex task which can be simplified by following a logical process to first determine joint requirements, location and type. Those who are interested in learning more while earning one hour AIA HSW credit can register for an upcoming course.

Enhance building design specifications by learning principles gained through attending our free CEU course, hosted by Brad Fish, Sales Director and Tom Ray, Product Engineer. Select your date below:

If a webinar doesn’t fit your schedule, watch a narrated on-demand CEU presentation at any time. A brief test is administered before receiving credit.


About Nystrom

Since 1948 Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom announces participation in CONSTRUCT 2020 Virtual Event as a Gold Sponsor

Minnesota-based Nystrom is proud to participate in the first ever CONSTRUCT Show virtual event! Experience live content and Q&As from your favorite speakers October 7-9, 2020. All content will be available on-demand for 3 months. Best of all, it’s FREE!

CONSTRUCT is an AEC educational program that brings together disciplines within the construction industry to help improve the future of the built environment.

Breaking down the barriers between the different players within the construction process allows for a more collaborative work environment. CONSTRUCT is the place to share the latest in standards and best practices, industry trends and emerging technologies.

Nystrom is excited to offer a live CE program during the event, One Step At A Time: Safety & Sustainability, presented by Brad Fish on Friday, October 9 at 1-2pm CST.

Brad’s presentation examines how stair treads and nosings increase stair safety for users, the coefficients of friction for different nosing options, new innovations that make treads and nosings durable and sustainable, and codes and practices that ensure proper installation.

Breaking down the barriers between the different players within the construction process allows for a more collaborative work environment. CONSTRUCT is the place to share the latest in standards and best practices, industry trends and emerging technologies.

We encourage our customers and partners to join other Architects, Designers, Specifiers, Engineers, Project Managers, Contractors, Construction Managers, Estimators, Owners, Product Representatives and Manufacturers for cutting-edge, solutions-driven learning opportunities by registering to attend the 3-day experience.

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About Nystrom

Since 1948 Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

19 States That Should Be Specifying Florida-Approved Roof Hatches

Hurricanes Are A Key Consideration

June marked the start of hurricane season that typically includes 12 tropical storms and 6 hurricanes. While Florida is most prone, these damaging and costly storms routinely affect 18 other states, which are listed below. Is your state included? Your building roof is susceptible to hurricane damage.

The information below is a list of costliest Atlantic hurricanes. The most expensive tropical cyclone on record in the Atlantic is held jointly by hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, both of which resulted in approximately $125 billion in property damage during the year they occurred. A majority of the costliest Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history have peaked as major hurricanes. However, weaker tropical storms can still cause widespread damage. Tropical storms Alberto in 1994, Allison in 2001, Lee in 2011 and Imelda in 2019 caused more than a billion dollars in damage. Wind damage encompasses a large portion of storm damage as well, evidenced by Andrew, Irma and Michael.

Hurricane Andrew Leads to Code Changes

Due to the destructive, wide-sweeping damage of Hurricane Andrew, Floridians took a hard look at why their buildings failed. In 1996, the Florida Building Codes Study Commission was created. During their 16-month study, the commission found a complex and confusing patchwork of codes and regulations that had been developed, amended, administered and enforced differently by more than 400 local jurisdictions and state agencies with building code responsibilities. In the case of Hurricane Andrew, the problem was not weakness in the codes themselves that contributed to the extensive storm damage. Rather, it was the inability to enforce and comply with the confusing system of multiple codes and administrative processes. It had become clear that Florida needed a single, statewide building code system.

Building Products Impact

Due to these improvements to the building codes, manufacturers that sell into Florida must obtain approval through the Florida Product Approval process or the Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance. To be certified, manufacturers must pass these High Velocity Hurricane Zones test protocols:

TAS 201-94 – Impact Test. During this test several 8-foot-long 2 by 4’s are shot from an air cannon to simulate large missile impact on strategic points on the product.

TAS 202-94 – (Static) Air Pressure & Water Penetration Test. This test is designed to test structural overload with both positive and negative pressure. The testing of the design is performed at +/- 50%, +/- 100% and finally +/- 150% of static air. Additionally, a stream of water is blasted at the product at 15% of the testing load. To pass, the product must withstand these static forces, with no failure, for 30 seconds.

TAS 203-94 – Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading Test. This is a pulsating series assessment designed to test wind pressure loading. During this test there are 671 – 1 to 3 second cycles at 50%, + 50% and 120% of the testing load.

Experts recommend specifying hurricane-tested roof hatches that are both Florida Product Approved and Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) products – not only in Florida, but in all hurricane-affected regions throughout the US. 


About Nystrom

Since 1948 Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products offering a wide range of floor, roof, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings. Nystrom is also proud to offer hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for BIM, HPDs for LEED v4, 3-part specifications and AIA continuing education courses.

Nystrom Introduces New Course Offering AIA HSW Learning Units

One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability” Offered Via Live Webinars

Nystrom, a leading manufacturer of specialty building products, has introduced a new online course aimed at design professionals that examines how stair nosing products improve building safety and offer new sustainable materials.

The course, titled “One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability,” offers design professionals stair design, product, code and installation information to use stair tread and stair nosing products in commercial building designs to increase pedestrian safety. 

“Pedestrian falls on stairs are preventable with planning,” said Brad Fish, director of sales at Nystrom and a 30-year veteran of the stair nosing industry. “The first stair nosings in the 1800s were cast iron and used to prevent slips by passengers getting on and off street cars.” Fish adds that the basic stair nosing design is largely unchanged, but that today’s products are improved to meet modern building designs and codes. Stair treads are made of lightweight, durable extruded aluminum and the slip-resistant surface is made of recycled materials.

The stair nosing products offered by Nystrom feature EcoTread™, a 90% recycled rubber material that is non-slip, fade and wear resistant, replaceable and easy to maintain and clean. 

One Step at A Time: Safety & Sustainability” is approved by the American Institute of Architects and provides architects, specifiers and designers one learning unit and one hour of Health Safety and Welfare credit. The free course is offered weekly as a live webinar. To register visit https://www.nystrom.com/resources/learning

About Nystrom

For nearly 75 years, Nystrom has been the go-to manufacturer of specialty building products. Nystrom offers hassle-free services like access to technical experts, REVIT tools for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Health Product Declarations for LEED V4, 3-Part specifications and AIA Continuing Educating courses. Nystrom offers a wide range of roof, floor, wall, ceiling and stair access products that create safer, more accessible buildings.