CANTON, MI--(Marketwire - Nov 27, 2012) - Combining safety, security, sustainability and aesthetics, a bicycle shelter custom-engineered and fabricated by Duo-Gard Industries Inc. in Canton, MI has won the 2012 Readers' Choice Award from EDC Magazine, a leading publication in green building and sustainability.
The magazine initiated the awards in 2008, inviting readers to vote for the products they believe offer "the best combination of sustainable attributes with ease of use and installation." Duo-Gard won in the category of Framing, Structural or Insulation Products for the bike shelter located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Maseeh Hall.
Designed by the architectural firm of Miller Dyer Spears Inc. in Boston, the bike shelter integrates several customized technologies for safety, security and sustainability as well as aesthetics. The shelter incorporates card-key entry, a custom solar lighting system with special motion detectors, metal mesh walls and a shatterproof polycarbonate roof.
The 23' wide by 71' long structure accommodates 92 bikes. A sloping, gently curving asymmetrical roof is formed with a 20mm translucent multiwall polycarbonate batten system in an opal tint; it provides durability while allowing diffused daylight to enter the shelter. Stainless steel woven mesh walls contribute to durability and security.
To accommodate the modular mesh walls and the 23' wide by 10' high steel truss sections, Duo-Gard engineered a custom framing, clamping and support system, the largest produced to date at the company's new in-house steel fabrication plant.
"We're gratified to know that EDC Magazine's environmentally conscious audience recognizes the growing impact and importance of bicycling as a means of transportation," said Michael Arvidson, Duo-Gard's executive vice president. "This trend has highlighted the need for increased security for bikes and their riders."
About Duo-Gard Industries Inc.:
Duo-Gard Industries Inc. is a leading innovator in high-performance translucent daylighting systems and architectural illumination, as well as custom canopies, shelters and outdoor structures. For over 28 years, Duo-Gard has advanced translucent technology with design, engineering, fabrication and installation of custom architectural products that enhance sustainability. Duo-Gard was established in 1984 and is based in Canton MI. The company was honored in May 2012 as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch in 2012. For additional information, please visit www.duo-gard.com.