Hufcor wins "Best for Operable Walls - USA"

Posted by Hufcor Marketing on Oct 31, 2016 9:48:22 AM

The 2016 Architecture Awards from BUILD Magazine have been put in place to highlight the amazing work done by the talented designers, artists and visionaries whose talent and innovation have created talking points that will span generations. Hufcor, a global manufacturer dedicated to innovation and flexible space solutions is proud to announce that they have been awarded dual honors for Best for Operable Walls - USA & BUILD Product Innovation Award: FlexTact™.


The safety of police, firefighters and their respective communities depends on the preparation and training prior to meeting with dangerous field situations. Often expensive and time-consuming, training can be burdensome when staff and departments are sent to off-site locations to receive training scenarios. Hufcor’s FlexTact situational training system is an affordable way to design a multi-purpose training center.

“Drawing on the design of Hufcor’s standard products, our Engineering and Sales teams applied minor modifications to meet individualized customer needs”, explains Scott Staedter, FlexTact concept design and ongoing consultant. “Using new vertical bulb seals and pass door latching mechanisms, the system can also encompass our flagship Unispan overhead support system, perfect for retrofitting an existing facility.”

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Reconfiguring entire room floor plans within 20 – 30 minutes, instructors and teams can set up simulated room floor plans including hotels, residential buildings and school classrooms. Working within one layout, trainees can then reset the building to reflect a different configuration while instructors review an exercise. This flexibility enhances the training experience, with overhead tracks allowing trainers to quickly set up new floor plans and training scenarios. “The FlexTact system helps to create real-life scenarios by simply resetting the panels. This system comes as close to reality as any situational training I have experienced and trained in”, says Training Officer/ PFC Keith Holmes, Ft. Pierce, FL Police Department.

“Hufcor’s FlexTact system also improves our firefighter and rescue training sessions tenfold by allowing quick and easy configurations”, says Ron Privett, Assist Chief, Fort Wayne Fire Department. “Trainees no longer memorize their rescue routes, and every exercise is different.”

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Ultimately, when it comes to protecting our public safety heroes and the communities they serve, the innovation, expandability, and versatility of Hufcor’s FlexTact system helps with thoughtful, intelligent training. Safer approaches to public safety ultimately saves time, money, - and most importantly - people’s lives. Connect with Hufcor for our innovative designs and wide range of flexible space solutions for all your needs.


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Topics: Hufcor, awards, movable walls, hotel design, operable walls, new technology, building, fire, rescue training, BUILD Magazine, police, Operable Wall awards 2016

New Hufcor Movable Doors a Hit at NEOCON.

Posted by Hufcor Marketing on Jul 1, 2013 9:00:00 AM

neocon logoThe new Summit® vertical lift operable partition and Hydraulift bifold door sytems were a real hit at the 2013 NEOCON show in Chicago last week. The Summit vertical lift system offers designers an alternative option when choosing an acoustical movable wall to divide an office meeting or conference space. The Hufcor system automatically stacks individual panels above the ceiling when not deployed in the opening. Designers were impressed that the Summit stacks out of sight and does not simply fold up like an accordion door in the ceiling.

An animation detailing the different vertical folding doors—including the Summit ceiling configuration that designers found aesthetically pleasingis below.


In addition, architects and designers we spoke with were impressed with the Summit safety systems. Summit has a lead-edge contact sensor that reverses the downward movement of the automatic wall if it comes in contact with an object during operation. And, Summit has standard "free fall" load arrestors that will not allow the partition door to deploy in the event of a mechanical failure of the drive system. These are two safety features that are code compliant with all overhead door systems. To see Hufcor's lead-edge system at work, watch the video below of the Summit installed at Time Warner Cable Sports complex in El Segundo, California.


During the NEOCON show, Buildings Magazine presented HUFCOR with the runner-up award for most innovative wall or partition, and will be featuring the Summit in an upcoming issue.

Another product that designers took great interest in was the Hufcor HydrauLift bifold door. Used both externally and internally to create large openings between rooms or to the outdoors, HydrauLift offers designers new options for flexible room configurations. See below for a short video of what designers viewed at NEOCON.

In addition, HUFCOR hosted a post-show party at Howells & Hood at the base of the Tribune building on Michigan Avenue. Howells & Hood restaurant installed three large HydrauLift bifold doors on their outdoor patio (see photo below). Hufcor was very pleased with the feedback we received from designers at NEOCON. 

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Summit vertical lift doors and the new HydrauLift bifold doors by Hufcor were truly and hit at NEOCON. For more information about Hufcor's new door systems, contact your local Hufcor dealer.

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Topics: Hufcor, electric room dividers, vertical lift partitions, folding partitions, awards, bi-folding glass walls, NEOCON

Hufcor Wins Award for Operable Partition Retrofit

Posted by Hufcor Marketing on Jun 11, 2013 7:20:00 AM

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Last night, Hufcor Minnesota was awarded the prestigous Rebecca L. Foss Environmental Sensitivity Award by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI). The award honors an individual, team or firm who has designed a project that incorporates environmentally sensitive products and promotes waste recycling; or a contractor that voluntarily incorporates waste recycling and other innovative envoronmental aspects into its construction project.

This year's award was given to the Hufcor Minnesota team for their work on a large rennovation project completed in 2012 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Hufcor Minnesota project team leaders, Mike Buchner (current chapter CSI president-elect) and Brian Nenovich, were honored for their efforts to recycle nearly all of the steel track and operable partitions. (Tom Glinieki, Hufcor Minnesota general manager, is shown here accepting the award last night.)

According to the local CSI team, the award was given based on Brian Nenovich, Hufcor Minnesota project manager's jobsite efforts during the replacement process. "Brian Nenovich, researched, found, and coordinated Certified Recycling to recycle the existing steel operable partition track from the Minneapolis Convention Center. The project consisted of retrofitting their old IAC operable partitions plus track and replacing them with new Hufcor partitions plus track. There was over 900 feet of track (three football fields) recycled. The steel track weighed over several tons. Certified Recycling was able to receive the steel track in their dumpsters and recycle the steel for other future steel uses. 

99.9% of similar projects would have simply gone into a landfill, but Brian Nenovich took the extra steps to recycle this steel for the City of Minneapolis." 

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Specific efforts included:

 - Recycling all of the old, worn tracks and ceiling trims that were replaced on the project.

 - Refurbishing overhead tracking systems that did not require replacement to reduce the amount of waste materials and reduce the overall project costs for the public facility.

 - Recyclng all of the obsolete operable partitions removed from the facility - including reclaiming the steel, aluminum and finishes on each panel.

 - Installing new Hufcor operable partitions that arrived on site with Hufcor's van rack system that eliminates wood crating and reduces waste at the jobsite.

CSI Minnesota award to Hufcor

Originally called the Chapter Environmental Award when started in 1996, the award was renamed to honor long-term chapter member, Rebecca L. Foss, MLA, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED-AP, for her commitment to sustainable design through her profession, her education of others and in her community.A graduate of Augsburg College, Ms. Foss worked as a specifier for Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A., Ellerbe Becket, Ryan Companies, Meyer Scherer and Rockcastle, all Minneapolis firms during which she obtained her Masters of Landscape Architecture. In 1997, Rebecca started her own business, EcoDesign Resources, Inc. Her firm provided guidelines and development for sustainable design practice for many owners and design firms. That same year, she took a position as Research Fellow at the Center of Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota, where she focused her attention on sustainable building guideline development. Her specialties included green specifications, materials life-cycle analysis, and sustainable landscape architecture. She contributed to many important projects, most notably the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines. During her tenure at the University of Minnesota, she also established a specification writing program that was part of a Construction Management program, and taught courses in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and in the College of Human Ecology. Sadly, Ms. Foss lost her battle with cancer in May 2005. Soon after the chapter renamed the Chapter Environmental Award in her honor.Hufcor operable partitions-Minneapolis Convention Center movable walls

Past winners of the award include:

  • LHB Engineers & Architects - 2000
  • Sarah Nettleton Architects - 2002
  • The Weidt Group - 2004
  • Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, Inc. - 2006

The award is not given out by the CSI chapter each year and reserved for truly unique, and worthy projects. Hufcor is honored to be recognized for our efforts on this project as a supplier to the construction industry in Minnesota and to be associated with Ms. Foss' legacy on environmental stewardship.

Hufcor's commitment to sustainable design runs deep. We have been long-time members of the United States Green Building Councel (USBGC). Hufcor Inc. and our distributors offer an AIA Continuing education program titled, "Operable Partitions For a Sustainable World," that trains architects on sustainable design trends using movable wall systems and their contributions to the LEED accreditation process.

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In addition, our movable partitions and glasswall products have also been installed in many dozens of high profile LEED certified projects including the first LEED-Gold convention center - Pennsylvania Sports & Exibition Center complex in Pittsburgh in 2003, and the first LEED Platinum hotel project - The Proximity Hotel in North Carolina in 2013 shown here. The hotel lobby incorporates Hufcor movable glass partitions to create a private gathering space that still allows some acoustical separation, yet allows natural light to enter the room. If privacy is needed, the drape is pulled across the glasswall. In addition to the glass wall shown, Hufcor installed a series of operable partitions that included Acoustical Harmony finishes that are made from 100% post-consumer reclaimed soda bottles. (You can read more about this by viewing the blog listed at the right.)

LEED Retrofit project-movable walls-HufcorIn addition to new construction, our sustainable design efforts are highlighted within many renovation projects like the Minneapolis Convention Center project. Another such project was the Accident Fund Insurance redevelopment in the Lancing/Detroit area. The major redevelopment project turned an abandoned factory into a modern office complex. Hufcor supplied a series of 600 Series operable partitions for the job. The panels supplied were constructed of 59% pre-consumer and 7% post-consumer recycled materials, contained low VOC adhesives (90% lower than allowable) and were locally sourced materials within 500 miles of the project. To read more about the project featured in the November 2012 issue of Retrofit magazine.

 Again, Hufcor is honored to receive the Rebecca L. Foss Environmental Sensitivity Award by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the Construction Specifiers Institute for the Minneapolis Convention Center operable partition retrofit project. Congratuations to the Hufcor MN team. If you'd like more information about Hufcor and our committment to sustainable design, please visit our website.

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Topics: Hufcor, awards, operable partitions, folding panel partitions, Construction Specifiers Institute, LEED, sustainable design

SMARTITION™ rotating wall from Hufcor® wins Architectural Products magazine PIA '12

Posted by Hufcor Marketing on Nov 26, 2012 10:11:00 AM

Since April, I've blogged a couple of times about the Hufcor® SMARTITION™ rotating walls. And I've tried not to get too marketing-centric in my enthusiasm for the product. But, what the heck, we sometimes simply need to toot your own horn once in a while. Here at Hufcor we’re always looking for and listening to our customers for the next big idea in moveable walls—the next innovation that will take our clients’ projects to the next level of flexibility. With our SMARTITION rotating wall solution, our goal was to optimize interactive classroom technology, providing a solution for educational institutions that want to share technology across multiple classrooms and at the same time have a flexible rotating wall that provides fixed room configurability and access from room to room.

Since we introduced the SMARTITION, we’ve been recognized by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) as a top design and been included in the AST&R ZoN: School of the Future project. And now we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve received the 2012 Product Innovation Award from Architectural Products magazine. The award was announced in the November issue of AP, which highlights top innovations from across the industry as voted by an independent group of industry professionals. 

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This award has everyone's head spinning here at Hufcor. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself with that one.) Seriously, though, the engineering, customer support and manufacturing teams should be proud of this new product development and launch for the SMARTITION rotating wall system.

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Topics: Hufcor, awards, operable partitions, rotating walls, smartition, rotating doors for schools