TruFacts Newsletter - October 2007
Look for TruStile® at the 2007 Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) Convention, November 1-6 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver (booth #232).
TruStile’s design leadership is showcased on Design Journal’s Web site. Four of TruStile’s Designer Doors are being featured in the “Weekly Top 40” product showcase. These doors have also been nominated for an ADEX (Awards for Design Excellence).
TruStile doors will be featured in an upcoming episode of the PBS show, Hometime. In the townhome project episode airing November 3, the Hometime team installs TS3130 doors in MDF and mahogany.
New Palazzo Resort Will Open Its Custom TruStile Doors in December
|The $1.6 billion Palazzo Casino Resort hotel is set to open on December 20.
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Currently under construction in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, the $1.6 billion Palazzo Casino Resort will be a 50-floor luxury tower with approximately 3,025 well-appointed suites. Keeping with Las Vegas lavishness, guests will be greeted by a 60-foot glass dome entry, two-story fountains, imported marble, bronze case columns and custom TruStile doors.
The Palazzo team turned to TruStile to manufacture the project’s most complex and striking paint- and stain-grade doors. The TruStile door package includes 400 MDF and wood doors with options like custom profiles, applied mouldings, split door designs and 20- and 60-minute fire ratings. All doors will be constructed with TruStile’s premium stile and rail construction, offering unmatched beauty and superior commercial-grade performance. Some of the doors will be delivered pre-finished, while others will be finished on-site.
|TruStile commercial engineers transformed the Palazzo design team’s door vision for the high-roller suites into reality. The striking result is a three-panel, quarter-sawn walnut door with custom sticking, panel raise and applied mouldings.
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Specially customized TruStile doors will appear in the high-roller suites, available for guests at a rate of $10,000 to $25,000 a night. The quarter-sawn black walnut and genuine mahogany doors feature a 3-panel configuration with custom sticking and a dramatic stepped panel raise, as well as custom applied circular moulding on the top and bottom panels. Leveraging TruStile’s custom capabilities, Palazzo project managers shared their vision for the doors with TruStile engineers who transformed the idea into a CAD drawing, and subsequently, 400 doors.
The Palazzo team came to TruStile in August with a tight timeline and little room for error, with the hotel set to open its doors to guests on December 20. Despite the aggressive timeline, TruStile successfully collaborated with Palazzo managers to deliver highly custom, pre-finished doors in time for the hotel’s debut.
The Palazzo is in good company. Across the street stands the luxury Wynn Las Vegas, which opened its 20,000 custom TruStile MDF doors back in 2005.
Achieving Superior Sound Performance with TruStile Doors
|Superior sound performance is yet another benefit to help drive the upgrade to a TruStile door package.
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As Green building continues to grow in mainstream popularity, the term “pollution” typically conjures images of exhaust and brown clouds. However, developers are busy battling another pervasive pollutant…noise. Not unlike air pollution, noise pollution has been definitively linked to a variety of health and wellness concerns – from emotional distress to sleep loss and hypertension. Unwanted sound and noise can also affect the bottom line, driving down property values, impacting hotel bookings, reducing employee productivity and resulting in costly litigation.
Since noise is an inescapable component of modern existence, architects, planners and builders must look for practical sound-proofing solutions that improve the quality of life for building inhabitants while protecting real estate values. Doors have traditionally been one of the weakest links in sound insulation, as typical, value-engineered, hollow-core doors and “solid” doors with low density and straw cores offer little sound protection. TruStile’s solid MDF and wood stile and rail doors offer a superior level of performance, allowing builders to achieve superior sound ratings, while maintaining the design flexibility of stile and rail construction.
Sound results from vibrations that move in waves through the air. When these vibrations come into contact with a barrier – such as a door – energy from the vibrations transfers to the door. The resulting vibrations in the door set the air in motion on the other side of the door, multiplying the sound vibrations. Door mass and stiffness determine its resistance to the passage of sound waves. The greater the mass and stiffness of the door, the less sound is transmitted through the door.
|Pair of 60-minute genuine mahogany doors with an STC rating of 39 at the historic Fox California Theater in San Jose, Calif.
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Because of their weight, solid construction and high-density, TruStile’s MDF doors are an ideal choice when it comes to sound proofing a home or commercial space. TruStile MDF doors provide excellent sound ratings relative to cheap, hollow-core doors. Sound ratings are classified by an STC (sound transmission class) number that rates a material’s ability to resist airborne sound. In general, a higher STC rating blocks more noise from transmitting through a partition. Standard TruStile MDF doors receive a 34 STC rating, some 10- to 15-points better than typical hollow core doors that achieve a 20 to 25 or “very poor” rating. For openings that require even better sound performance, TruStile’s 20-minute fire doors achieve a 35 STC rating and 60-minute fire doors achieve a 39 STC rating.
It is important to remember that sound waves follow the path of least resistance, so a door’s sound rating is only as good as the gasketing and perimeter seal that is incorporated into the opening. Even the smallest gaps can transmit as much sound as a larger gap. TruStile has tested its doors in operable openings with Zero International and Pemko sound gasketing packages. Sound testing with operable doors creates a more realistic environment, and project specifiers should be aware that other manufacturers may test their sound doors in inoperable, or unrealistic, openings. TruStile’s experienced commercial team is available to assist you in the specification of the complete sound door package.
For more detailed STC and sound information, visit the Technical Info section trustile.com.
TruStile Advertising Campaign Update
TruStile’s “Never Just a Door” national advertising campaign continues through the fall, in both print and online mediums. The campaign features full- and half-page ads in Residential Architect magazine and Architectural Digest (select markets), and on residentialarchitect.com and customhomeonline.com.
|Preview the advertisements in Residential Architect
and Architectural Digest.