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Creating products that make buildings better

Project: Boston Convention Center Architects: HNTB and Rafael Viñoly Product: C/S Louvers

“Creating products that make buildings better. These words vividly demonstrate our fundamental dedication to architecture, engineering and the never-ending quest for elegant yet practical and sustainable solutions.” —Ronald F. Dadd, President & CEO Construction Specialties, Inc.



C/S Acrovyn® Wall & Door Protection

C/S Pedisystems®

Nothing sums up Construction Specialties better than our products. As leaders in their respective categories, they provide cutting-edge advantages to our customers.

C/S Expansion Joint Covers

C/S Grilles

C/S Explovent®

C/S Louvers

C/S General Cubicle

C/S Sun Controls

APC Dayliter®

Process Air Conditioning


C/S Acrovyn® Doors

Polycarbonate Sheet & Profiles

Construction Specialties. Over 60 years of leadership.


ost-World War II, 1948 was a good year in the United States. One of the most memorable events was the surprise reelection of Harry S. Truman; against the predictions of the press, he beat the odds. Also in that year, Ed & Mary Ellen Hallock founded Construction Specialties in Newark, NJ, as a manufacturer’s representative firm. They also defied the odds. The business they started has become a global leader in architectural and engineered products.

Shown below are a few of the many highlights from our first 60 years.


1950 1951 First factory employee hired 1955 C/S develops first extruded aluminum louver 1956 C/S introduces Sun Controls to architectural community


1980 1981 C/S introduces Acrovyn Wall Covering/Panels 1983 C/S develops first Expansion Joint Fire Barrier 1987 C/S opens first Far East office in Hong Kong


1961 C/S Canadian manufacturing location opens

1994 C/S introduces Rain Resistant Louvers in the United States

1968 C/S begins global expansion with the opening of French factory

1995 C/S acquires APC, Wallglaze and Couvraneuf subsidiaries

1969 C/S introduces Acrovyn wall protection

1998 C/S celebrates 50th Anniversary



1972 C/S introduces Pedigrid/Pedimat Architectural Entrance Flooring

2000 C/S invents first “invisible” Expansion Joint Cover

1978 C/S expands into Middle East construction market

2003 PVC-Free Acrovyn 3000 introduced 2004 Acrovyn Doors introduced

1979 C/S acquires Data Aire, inventor of computer room air conditioning




From the very beginning, C/S has been a pioneer in global architecture. We can supply our products locally anywhere in the world.


étente isn’t just for politicians. Ed Hallock, the founder of Construction Specialties, was on the first commercial flight from the US to China after Richard Nixon’s historic trip to open the Bamboo Curtain. As a gesture of goodwill, Mr. Hallock brought the first set of Sweets Architectural Files ever on that continent and made a gift of them to the University of Beijing’s School of Architecture. Today, a C/S operation can be found in most industrialized nations.



“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John J. Audubon


hose words, penned over one hundred years ago by the famous American naturalist John J. Audubon, have never been more true. They capture the spirit of our environmental policy at C/S—a policy that drives our profound commitment to create products that will contribute to lowering the environmental impact on every building they become a part of. But that’s only the beginning; that mindset drives every decision we make about how we run our business. We understand that we are only temporary stewards of this planet. Our future generations will have to live with decisions we make today.



“I didn’t fail ten thousand times, I successfully eliminated ten thousand times, materials and combinations which wouldn’t work.” —Thomas Edison


efore Thomas Edison, the process of inventing was a solitary pursuit. Edison, the world’s most prolific inventor, also invented the modern process for inventing. He brought together the best minds he could find to work as a team to help develop and refine each other’s ideas. They would work diligently, never letting failure stop them from achieving their goals. That spirit lives on at C/S. Our talented designers and engineers not only work together, but also with architects and builders to help refine their good ideas. This culture of collaboration™ has led to many breakthroughs. Construction Specialties holds over 350 patents worldwide. Let’s work together to make buildings better.


“Surround yourself with the best people, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.” —Ronald Reagan

ike all great chief executives, Ronald Reagan knew that the most effective way to run the country was to find people in each individual discipline who knew more than he did. He also gave them the support they needed to succeed. Our philosophy at C/S is to find the best and brightest and let them soar. Our culture of collaboration™ encourages not only working together and learning from our customers, but also from our coworkers. It has developed into a powerful mentoring program that fuels each employee’s personal growth and is grooming our next generation of leaders.



Project: Walt Disney Concert Hall Architect: Frank Gehry Product: C/S Louvers Only a storm resistant louver with a custom Kynar® finish was acceptable in this Gehry masterpiece featuring custom titanium cladding.

Throughout our history, Construction Specialties has been a part of some of the world’s most significant architecture.


Project: de Young Museum Architects: Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects Product: C/S Expansion Joint Covers This modern art museum featured a random pattern copper cladding. Any conventional seismic cover would have had major visual impact on the facade. C/S designed a cover to accept the same cladding, thereby completely concealing the seismic joints.

Project: Lakeside Hospital Architect: Leo A. Daly Product: C/S AcrovynŽ In this prestigious healthcare facility, our new Acrovyn Platform Handrails and patient room Wall Panels blend beautifully with the hospital’s architecture, while helping to deinstitutionalize the interior.


Project: The J. Paul Getty Center Architect: Richard Meier and Partners Product: C/S Skylight Shutters In order to protect the priceless art collection, it was necessary to prevent the penetration of damaging UV rays while, at the same time, allowing natural daylight for best viewing conditions. The operable airfoil shading over the skylights was connected to solar tracking software for the perfect solution.

Project: Statue of Liberty Architect: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, NYC Product: C/S Louvers Project: Taipei 101 Architect: C.Y. Lee Product: C/S Expansion Joint Covers One of the world’s tallest buildings is designed to flex significantly under wind loads, yet it rises out of a fixed-base podium with full public access. Only C/S had a seismic cover system that could accommodate this movement while remaining flush to foot traffic.

The most recognizable louver manufacturer in North America was the only choice to provide storm-proof ventilation for this most recognizable icon.


Project: Budapest House of Parliament Product: C/S Acrovyn® Custom Acrovyn, wood and stainless steel corner guards were developed to match and protect the classic interiors of this neo-Gothic structure.

Project: Wembley Stadium Architects: Foster & Partners and HOK Sport Products: C/S Pedisystems® and C/S Acrovyn® When they rebuilt the home of national football in England, only one entrance flooring system—C/S Pedisystems— was considered capable of handling the 90,000 fans at every game!


Project: Time and Life Building Architect: Harrison, Abramovitz, and Harris Product: Data Aire Our Data Aire division’s Process Cooling Equipment helps to keep the mission critical areas of this building at the perfect temperature and humidity for optimum efficiency. Project: Sydney Opera House Architect: Jorn Utzon Engineer: Ove Arup and Partners Products: C/S Pedisystems® and C/S Acrovyn® Maintaining the beauty of the world famous Sydney Opera House had been a continual problem for the maintenance staff. The facility staff now utilizes C/S Pedisystems Entrance Flooring at all of the entrances of this iconic building, and C/S Acrovyn Wall Protection keeps the building’s backstage areas clean and new.


Project: The New York Times Building Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FX FOWLE Product: C/S Pedisystems速 Due to the amount of people expected to use this prestigious building on a daily basis, the entrance flooring was designed with a custom heavy duty, drainable support system and included an integrated pressure sensor for the automatic doors.


Project: Raffles Quay in Singapore Architect: Kohn Pedersen and Fox Product: C/S Louvers A combination of custom horizontal sill extensions and custom blade profiles allowed the architect to use this louver application as a key feature while preserving 100% protection from typhoon-driven rain.

Project: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Architect: Ballinger Product: C/S Louvers Controlling airflow to this project was a challenge. The design called for a very narrow band of louvers that had active and inactive airflow requirements. C/S Location Smart Louvers created an invisible transition between the active and inactive portions.

Project: San Francisco International Airport Architect: SOM Product: C/S Expansion Joint Covers This base-isolated terminal connected at each end to fixed-base boarding areas required seismic joints of up to 37" with four-way movement. Despite this challenge, the joint covers remain virtually invisible.


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1 Construction Specialties has ten factories located across the world, totaling over one million square feet of manufacturing. Our global reach means we can supply products locally, wherever a project is.

North America

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Brookfield, Wisconsin Cranford, New Jersey Frederick, Maryland Mississauga, Ontario Muncy, Pennsylvania Orange, California Del Rio, Texas




Lainzer Strasse, Austria Pacy Sur Eure Cedex, France Schuchtermannstrasse, Germany Ambivere, Italy Szczecinska, Poland Wescott, England Valencia, Spain

Shanghai, China Kowloon, Hong Kong Selangor, Malaysia Bangkok, Thailand Singapore Australia Sydney, Australia

South America

Middle East

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dubai, United Arab Emirates Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Mumbai, India

Construction Specialties Subsidiaries Data Aire Grand Entrance Wattohm

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