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

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.

2020-10-07T07:00:00

  days

  hours  minutes  seconds

until

CONSTRUCT 2020


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.

Operating Safety to Supply Construction

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted businesses quickly and manufacturers were forced to respond rapidly to protect the health and safety of their employees. Nystrom was no exception.IMG_2255

Before the governor of Nystrom’s home state of Minnesota declared Stay at Home measures, Nystrom’s leadership team was taking steps to slow production and plan for safer manufacturing policies and practices.

Working with Chief Executive Officer Sue Thomas and manufacturing supervisors, Chief Operating Officer Matt Benson led the development of the company’s Safe Manufacturing Strategy. Benson’s goal was to establish an effective, enforceable plan of action to allow safe manufacturing of Nystrom products guided by established methods and guidance from state and federal health agencies. The plan would go beyond writing policies to include mandatory practices to reduce the risk of transmission.

The Safe Manufacturing Strategy, known as the SMS, was developed and phased in carefully by initially bringing back a small, experienced crew to begin shipping orders. Decisions to increase manufacturing were influenced by the Governor of Minnesota expanding the state’s Safe at Home policy and monitoring health agencies and models showing the effectiveness of social distancing to curb the spread of the virus.

Planning and Preparation

Benson used the well-established Hierarchy of Controls approach to build the safety plan. “Rather than relying on workers to reduce their exposure, the best way to control a hazard is to systematically remove it from the workplace,” Benson said. “During the COVID-19 outbreak when it was not possible to eliminate the hazard, our goal was to reduce the risk of spread.” According to Benson, the most effective protection measures are established and mandated and include engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices and the use of personal protective equipment.

The team started with engineering controls that would alter operations to promote safety. The controls included closing lunchrooms, moving the physical layout of workstations to ensure a minimum of six feet spacing and eliminating the production of any product that required team lifting and violation of the six-foot distancing policy. Several improvements were made to eliminate workers touching surfaces, including the installation of touchless faucets and soap dispensers, automated check-in that eliminated traditional punch clocks and propping all doors open during working hours.

Administrative controls and safe work practices were established and tested so Benson and his supervisors were confident employees could successfully follow the new requirements. The controls include limiting one worker to interact with any machine or tool equipment and that individual sanitizes those touch surfaces at the beginning and end of each shift.  Signs were produced and posted throughout the building and workspaces.

Communication and Execution

When employees were called back to begin regular work shifts, the new safety policies were communicated in advance to prepare workers.

Prior to reporting to work, members of the production team received emails from Benson with a link to view a video. The video featured Benson outlining the safety practices and mandatory conduct that would greet the team when they returned to work.

Early on the morning of the first full production day in April, production employees lined up single file outside of Nystrom’s facilities and walked in one-by-one. They were greeted by Production Manager John Chiodo and Facilities Manager Rick Fanning, who were stationed at the entrance to immediately implement the practices outlined in Benson’s video. Chiodo and Fanning directed employees to wash their hands and pick up their personal protection equipment. Employees continued single file and six feet apart to Production Managers Craig Rudesill and Jim Boden, who monitored check-in and conducted non-contact temperature checks. Team members then reported to their workstations for small group meetings that restated safety rules and instructions to start the workday.

Personal Health & Safety First

The development of the new manufacturing plan was an employee-first endeavor, according to Senior Human Resources Director Susan Aaker, who worked with Benson and his team on the plan. “Our resilience and compassion helped us rise to the challenge,” Aaker recalls.  While it was critical to develop new safety protocols to reduce the risk of illness, Aaker formalized standards for employees, including a one-page safety protocol summary that each employee signed prior to starting work.

Any employee who was sick or exposed to sick individuals was to stay home. “We ensured that our leave policies were flexible and consistent with public health guidance and didn’t require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who were sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness.”

CEO Thomas endorsed the people-first approach and communicated to all employees that returning to work was voluntary and that no pressure was applied in the event employees didn’t feel comfortable returning to the workplace due to compromised immunity or other health related concerns.

Education, Enforcement and the Future

Benson, Fanning and the production management team are tasked with effective education, auditing, monitoring and enforcement of the plan during the exposure risk period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Benson is confident that the team is up to the task. “Our employees have thanked us for the safeguards. Every day they leave and return to their families with the confidence that we’ve invested in their safety. We’ve developed a plan that can be communicated, executed and monitored,” said Benson.”  Thomas adds that beyond measuring the activities, there’s one metric that counts to her. “If we remain healthy, that’s the measurement I’m looking for,” said Thomas.

How SunLit™ Roof Hatches and Smoke Vents Influence Indoor Air Quality

SunLit Roof HatchNystrom has long been an industry leader in manufacturing roof hatches and smoke vents. Over the past two decades the installation of glazed roof hatches and smoke vents has grown in popularity. This is due in part to green efforts Continue reading

Fire-Rated Floor Doors and Access Doors

Equipment Room FireAs early as 1897 the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has been addressing fire life and safety concerns. Currently, NFPA 80 is the standard for fire doors and other opening protectives. Chapter 16 of NFPA 80 is designated for access doors in both horizontal and vertical applications in fire-rated walls, floors, and floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assemblies (NFPA, 2019, pg. 36). This article addresses common uses, styles and specification tips for fire-rated floor doors and access doors.   Continue reading