An Inside Look at the Stainless Steel “Seven Wonders” in Houston, Texas

Posted on September 9, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Check out the infamous stainless steel structure "Seven Wonders" located in Houston, Texas.

Today is the first day of the Houston Texans season home-opener against the Miami Dolphins.  This is going to be an action-packed game in one of the most culturally diverse and celebrated cities in the United States.  While visiting this busy, entertaining, shopping and restaurant-filled metropolitan area reserve time to enjoy the city parks and public art works including the “Seven Wonders.”

The ‘Seven Wonders” are 70 feet tall stainless steel pillars located in Sesquicentennial Park.  This is designed to highlight the banks of Buffalo Bayou.  At night, these glowing columns reflect the water illuminating the home of Houston’s own internationally-exclaimed opera and ballet companies at the Wortham Center. The entire project was a way to celebrate and remember the 150th birthday of the region while providing a lovely, enchanting piece of work to admire and enjoy for another 150 years to come.

The seven pillars represent different aspects of Houston’s history. The pillars signify the following industries and Houston’s dominants in each field: energy, manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, philanthropy, technology and transportation.  The way the seven columns came about required a unique collaboration between the artist Mel Chin, Guy Hagstette, Ray and Hollington Architects and 1,050 school children born in 1986.

Chin thought of an idea to request school children born the same year as Houston’s sesquicentennial year to submit drawings representing one of the seven fields listed above.  Amongst these drawings, Chin chose 150 drawings to recreate as a laser-cut steel etching placed within each column.

To find out how stainless steel and nickel alloys can create your city’s next historical monument, call Nationals Specialty Alloys today.

Stainless Steel is featured in 2 Prestigious International Hotels

Posted on August 24, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is used in a unique manner at the Miura Hotel by featuring a 30 feet high statue of a man pressing against the property.

There are hotels worldwide that choose to use stainless steel to highlight specific aspects of the structures for interior and external features.  Today I am going to share with you two examples of how stainless steel is used in the utmost highly acclaimed hotels located across the globe.  Let’s start this list with an infamous brand name chain that originated in the USA, Trump International Hotel & Tower®.

Trump seems to own everything.  There is no denying that.  You see him on ads, hosting television shows and his name brand extends to clothing and jewelry lines too but his most prominent founding arena of success stems from his residential and commercial property dealings.

Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is sample of Donald Trump’s legacy and his use of stainless steel for the design and structure of this hotel is remarkable.

Stainless steel and glass adorn this impressive 1,389 feet height hotel.  It has a breathtaking peak that tops out at 1,170 feet.  The stainless steel incorporated in the building is not assigned to one part of the exterior or interior.  It is actually utilized throughout the property.  For instance, there are approximately 45,000 tons of steel bars reinforcing the support of the hotel.  There are bowed, polished stainless steel pieces created to form a division between units of the windows extending beyond 9 inches from the glass line.  Smart applications of this metal are uncovered throughout the property.

Another structure that features stainless steel is the Miura hotel in Czech Republic.   This hotel used the metal in a unique manner by incorporating a 30 feet high stainless steel man pressing against the outside of the hotel.  It is a sculptor created by the artist David Černý who is notorious for his large-scale installations.

To find out more about nickel alloys and stainless steel, call National Specialty Alloys today!

Stainless Steel Holds Up Under Extreme Conditions

Posted on August 7, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is the preferred choice for North Sea oil rigs due to its durability and corrosion resistant properties.

Stainless steel has a multitude of uses from cookware to US naval ships making it a very versatile metal found in virtually every industry.  It is exceedingly durable and easy to work with rendering it a great solution for commercial and residential solutions.

One of the most sought-after traits of stainless steel is the corrosion resistant property.  When a material begins the corrosion process it becomes weak, contaminated and fails to hold its own under a wide array of environments.  But when stainless steel is selected the damaging effects and costs are eliminated from the process, even when placed under extreme weather conditions.  An example of one such environment is the North Sea.

In the North Sea there are necessary isolated oil rigs standing for expansive oil and gas fields owned by various companies and organizations.  These rigs must exist solo remaining intact under relentless weather conditions.  Additionally, numerous employees live on the rigs so the adaptability of the designated metal to create a safe, comfortable and reliable environment must occur.  Stainless steel is the perfect option to exist alongside such factors.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars, call National Specialty Alloys today.  We are here to ensure you receive what you need and want for your next industrial or home project.

Stainless Steel is Ideal for Parking and Storage Facilities

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is an ideal choice for parking garages and storage dwellings.

England is filled with much excitement and enjoyment as tourists, athletes, fans and families from all over the world gather to enjoy the Olympic Games throughout London.  It is wonderful to witness the patriotism and pride spread throughout Great Britain.  It is even easily felt over 5 hours away in the countryside where locals watch the competition unfold from afar.  These may seem like two different worlds, Northern England and London, but they are the same.  They both include a shared patriotism and pride that is felt…and they both experience the infamous unpredictable English summer weather.

It is impossible not to notice the change of the weather that occurs in one day.  It goes from sprinkling to sunshine to cold providing visitors with all four seasons in 24 hours.  With that said, I started to wonder what type of material holds up under such unpredictable conditions.  Wood becomes torn and frayed while brick makes a shed look tired.  So what should one use for storage and parking dwellings in Great Britain?  Stainless steel holds up under extreme weather conditions making it ideal for the bustling city of London and the abundantly green Northern England border near Wales.

When unpredictable weather strikes, it is important to use material that keeps your vehicles, farming equipment and home improvement tools protected from weather damage.  Water, wind and snow can freeze, rust and permanently damage your belongings.  Instead of worrying about the cost of leaks, upkeep and repair choose stainless steel.  It is weather resistant, durable and does not disintegrate when water and extreme conditions come into direct contact with it.

To find out more about the advantages of using stainless steel and nickel alloy bars for your parking and storage projects call National Specialty Alloys today!

Mirrored Stainless Steel Adds Design, Beauty and Durability to Your Next Project

Posted on July 17, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Mirrored stainless steel is an ideal choice for home and commerical projects.

There are many different design directions to go when choosing stainless steel.  You can choose colored, matted or brushed steel.  You can choose whatever size desired and have it fabricated into whatever shape you need to complete the look of your next project.  But why not add another layer of aesthetic appeal by choosing mirrored steel?  The seamless look of mirrored steel makes it a widely popular choice amongst building designers and architects today.

When walking into a commercial space with mirrored steel notice how some onlookers tend to stop, look and drool.  It has a flawless finish due to the zero lines present on the material.  It is a highly reflective surface that does not tarnish, peel or crack making it weather resistant and durable to hold up under a range of conditions.  This is why many building designers and architects love to work with this metal.

Traditional mirrors are not always a safe option for certain locations such as schools, hospitals and dance studios.  By making the switch to a mirrored stainless steel you are preventing potential accidents from occurring while complying with building safety requirements.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars call one of our specialists today.  He/she will guide you through a selection of stainless steel and nickel alloy products to ensure you receive the perfect option matching your project budget, time constraint and needs.  Call us now!

The Relationship Between Stainless Steel and the Enviornment

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Be smart like the London Olympics 2012 Committee by choosing stainless steel for your next project.

The London Olympics Committee for 2012 put into thought the roles types of steel would play in the creation for venues and public areas for the Olympic Games.  The main material chosen had to exhibit environmentally safe traits.  The Committee also took into consideration the concern the growing impact the selected metal would have on the land, nature and the people around it.  The Committee chose stainless steel for a wide array of reasons including it being a 100% recyclable metal.

Today I am going to share with you an insight of why stainless steel was chosen for the Olympics and why it is the right choice for your next home and/or business project.

When producing metal for a project much energy goes into the production process.  In the past, manufacturers and engineers wasted an abundant amount of energy on soldering, welding and implementing other techniques to get a selected metal just right.  Steel manufacturers took notice of this excessive energy it emitted so they decided to make a change.  Currently, stainless steel manufacturers evolved this technique and it is now an energy efficient process making it a high quality, cost-effective, energy saving, environmentally safe selection for you.

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Why Stainless Steel is the Perfect Sustainable Material Choice for Builders and Architects

Posted on July 8, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is an ideal sustainable material for your next project.

There are many reasons why stainless steel is an ideal choice for architects and engineers.  It is an environmentally friendly material that is visually pleasing, purposeful and adaptable to various industries, sizes and shapes.  Modern design seems to be relying upon it more than traditional materials for these reasons.  It can display different details and architectural looks while still delivering high quality, durable and corrosion-resistant traits.

2 Advantages to Choosing Stainless Steel

Reusable

If someone must tear down the material and rebuild over it without saving a building and/or project then the architect does not fret about the affects it has on the environment.  Stainless steel can be dissolved using specific methods.  Once this is completed, the material can be reused, reduced and recycled into something new ensuring the metal is not wasted or left to remain without purpose polluting the land.

Conserves Energy

Some building materials need to be treated before it is able to conserve energy.  For instance, if you do not use stainless steel material to transfer and preserve the coolness of an air conditioning then the results can be unpredictable.  Save yourself the headache.  Stainless steel comes with a highly solar reflective index value that does not need to be applied and reapplied.  It is a characteristic embedded into the metal meaning you do not have to waste time, money and material on reapplying and replacing it to ensure energy conservation.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloys call National Specialty Alloys today.

Preserve the Enviornment by Building with Steel

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The Radisson Blu in Stockholm is the result of using stainless steel to highlight the environment.

The first use of the word “green” was utilized when referring to environmental movements from the 1970s.  It was a coined word that the masses thought stereotypical tree hugger organizations only used.  Well, the stereotype was not quite accurate for the environmental organizations were focused on improving the environment for all.  It wasn’t always a fabricated hippie-filled group, as some conservatives suggested.  There were environmentally driven organizations consisting of businessmen, politicians, families, community leaders and more.  And what the masses began to take note of was the word “green.” It was becoming a common word used outside of this specific realm.

Commercial and residential industries began to dabble in environmental research trying to find new ways to incorporate available products and services that co-exist in the world without damaging our surroundings.  Through this process the discovery of using stainless steel for “going green” was created.  Today, building designers, engineers and architects are choosing steel as the material of choice for their own projects.

Why Choose Steel?

Steel is an environmentally safe material.  It is able to remain sustainable without taking a toll on the setting around you.  This means it is able to contribute to the style and aesthetic aspect of a building while not losing any of its energy efficient and environmentally driven attributes.  For instance, when a building is destroyed in order to create a new one then the negative impact the demolition has on the environment decreases significantly when using this metal.

One hotel that exemplifies the use of stainless steel enhancing the beautiful natural setting is the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel in Stockholm Sweden.  This hotel is composed of 13 miles of translucent stainless steel rods.  They are a artistic interpretation of the sky and water.  These specific rods alter the skyline significantly and when looked at you may see a “reminiscence of the Nordic Light,” as stated by the architect himself Hans Forsmark.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloys, call us today!

 

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