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™.

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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

The Future of Hotel Design?

Posted by Hufcor Marketing on May 9, 2016 2:08:57 PM

New hotel and resort trends:  Pleasure, sustainability and technology

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Pleasure:

Customer’s tastes are changing at an accelerated pace. In today’s sophisticated hotel & resort communities, a much wider array of features and amenities is required to satisfy the demands of discerning guests.

As hotels & resorts around the world have introduced meeting spaces and conference/banquet centers among their services, they have seen a significant increase in business and margins. The combination of a professional meeting space, corporate conference facility and ballroom enables a resort to become a multi-seasonal, multi-use destination that appeals to many types of groups. Many hotels are adding informal "break-out" meeting spaces, lobby gathering areas, and restaurants complete with indoor/outdoor views and garden areas.

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Technology: In addition, guests are engulfed with changing technology in their day to day lives. They expect to find the same high-tech services when they travel, whether for business or pleasure.

For these reasons, the design of hotel spaces and conference facilities in a hotel is very important. The hotel and banquet facility designer must have a clear vision of the technical side of the equipment to be offered as well as the intrinsic experience expectations of the guest and group using the space.

The design of a corporate training facility or meeting space incorporates the functional and asthetic aspect of the facility. The environment must be soothing and relaxing, free of distractions and noise, leaving the guest with an unforgettable experience.

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Sustainability: Hotels are, more than ever, establishing a strong identity with their surroundings. Environmental responsibility is embraced by many, making it important to combine full sustainability and compatibility with the natural surroundings. In consideration of that movement, many hotels have been designed with respect to the terrain by using local materials which reflect the sense of color and texture of the area. The use of environmentally friendly technologies is part of this new architectural language: solar and photovoltaic installations, fixtures that reduce heat loss and renovations that are completed with recycled materials. 

The hospitality market needs to embrace a sustainable solution that fits the frequent design changes, strict timelines and tight budgets necessary to present a fresh look to guests, without the inconvenience of lengthy and disruptive construction. Adaptive reuse, (or creating something new by using existing resources) is an emerging trend in hospitality renovations. Hufcor is leading the charge, providing hotel owners and property managers with options to salvage existing design elements and materials – such as ceilings, columns, doors and operable walls. When giving operable walls, acoustic panels and movable wall solutions new life, Hufcor can use micro-thin architectural overlays and laminates from a variety of manufacturers, including Toppan, Belbian, LG, WilsonArt, and more. These finish options impart the look and feel of natural surfaces, at a fraction of the cost of new materials. 

With hotels and hospitality brands frequently refreshing locations and properties, hotels, restaurants and casinos need solutions that are quick, non-disruptive and economical. There is certainly a look to fit every brand - and Hufcor, a leader in operable wall service, design, and manufacture has an excellent nationwide service and renovation team that can assist in a renovation plan that fits both your timeline and budget. 

Aesthetics and creativity for designers. Durability for clients and users. Flexibility of application.  Standard on nearly all of Hufcor's product lines, these are industry-leading benefits of the new laminates and choices introduced by Hufcor. For samples, please visit Hufcor's "Finishes" webpage or contact your local distributor.

 

Build an ongoing maintenance relationship. 

Hufcor offers complete local services that are available to assist your hotel and convention staff. All movable equipment needs routine maintenance to extend its life and keep it operating smoothly, and routine maintenance from Hufcor's authorized local service technicians is highly recommended to preserve your investment and to ensure years of hassle-free operation. This is especially important for facilities that depend on revenues from their meeting rooms, ballrooms, and banquet rooms.

When you have a Maintenance Agreement, routine maintenance can be scheduled when it is convenient for your facility. Regular checkups can prevent serious problems from developing and causing untimely emergency repairs. Your Hufcor representative will be happy to discuss the benefits and costs of a maintenance agreement with you.

 

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Topics: acoustical room partitions, hotel design, Construction Specifiers Institute, hotel ballroom dividers, convention centers, Hufcor sustainability, facility planning, acoustical design

Hufcor® Congratulates Fairmont Makkah for winning top travel honor!

Posted by Hufcor Marketing on Jun 28, 2012 10:22:00 AM

When if comes to serving hospitality designers, Hufcor movable walls and folding doors should be your top choice. Hufcor operable partitions are featured in some of the world's most prestgous hotel ballrooms and convention centers and provide stunning designs and optimal functionality.

Case in point, a recent Hufcor installation in Saudi Arabia. According to the 19th World Travel Awards, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai is no longer the Middle East's Leading Hotel after an eight year reign in the top spot. Recently, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower - A Fairmont Hotel in Saudi Arabia was named the Middle East's Leading Hotel during the 2012 awards ceremony.

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On behalf of our Middle East licensee, Gibca Furniture Industries and our entire global staff, Hufcor, Inc., the world's most installed brand of movable walls and folding doors, sends congratulations and high praise to the design and construction teams at Fairmont Hotel Group for their selection.

The Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Makkah Clock Royal Tower is one of the world's tallest hotels. The hotel stands 577 meters tall, more than 244 meters higher than the next tallest - Rose Rayhaan Rotana in Dubai. The Fairmont Makkah has 858 rooms serviced by 76 elevators. The Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia.

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The Makkah Clock Royal Tower is an ideal place for meetings with a luxurious 34,000 s.f. flexible meeting facility. The meeting spaces are divided by Hufcor manual and electric operable partitions. Hufcor's 600 Series five meter tall electric walls and manual 7000 Series partitions are installed in the pre-function areas. The ballroom (shown in the inset photos) has Hufcor 7000 Series partitions manufactured by Gibca with decorative field applied face materials.

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The Fairmont Makkah is a classic example of how Hufcor and our global partners can meet both the functionality required for space division and the aesthetic decoration required by hospitality designers. Functionally, the overhead tracking systems are designed to carry the excess loads of the decorative face materials. Both electric and manually-operated partitions were installed to meet the room set up configurations to meet the flexible space needs of the meeting planners and guests.

Furthermore, the facility has a section of retractable seating. When "stacked", the seats are stored behind an operable wall system with the same wall finishes as the other perimeter walls. Again, the Hufcor operable partitions offer hotels optimal flexibility.

From an aesthetic point-of-view, the movable walls have an eleborate design. The Fairmont Makkah's lavish interiors were designed by United Kingdom-based, Areen Design and Richmond International. Richmond International was the lead design team for the extensive conference and banqueting facilities. The operable partitions finishes are a bold mix of wood veneers, marble and perforated panel faces all customized to create nearly a seemless design when extended into the openings. The multi-finishes improves the acoustical properties and sound absorption of the meeting facilities.

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The ornate pass doors act as an aesthetic feature on the job. Custom sized door openings create stunning batwing (side by side) egress doors. The doors do not require floor threasholds, allowing hotel service/banquet staff a clear path for service carts into each flexible meeting space. The non-standard door heights create a monumental presence as guests enter the meeting rooms.

Again, congratulations to the Makkah Clock Royal Tower - A Fairmont Hotel for their prestigious award. Hufcor and Gibca are honored to be your trusted supplier. For more information about hospitality designs using operable partitions, visit "Hufcor Operable Partitions" or in the Middle East, contact "Gibca Furniture Industries". 

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Topics: Hufcor, operable partitions, movable walls, folding doors, moveable walls, movable partitions, hotel design, world travel awards, hotel banquet room design, Gibca Furniture Industries