27 Inspirational Pedestrian Plazas in New York City

Over the last decade, New York City has received a lot of attention for their redesigned pedestrian plazas. That’s because they’ve turned once unwalkable and wasted spaces into beautiful stretches of open space where locals can go for a leisurely stroll, gather with friends and simply enjoy the magnificent city. Plus, these spaces are far safer than they were in …

The Most Overlooked Way You Can Improve Bike Lane Safety

Looking for ways to improve bike lane safety? Many cities around the world are searching for better and safer ways to implement bike lanes. Luckily, there are many successful examples you can take inspiration from. Some of the most commonly discussed ways to improve bike lane safety include widening bike paths or adding solid bollards as a protective barrier. Although, …

Powder Coating vs. Resin Based – Which is Better & What Sets Them Apart?

Powder coating vs. resin – which one is better for the longevity of a product? To understand what sets these two types of products apart, it’s important to know how they are formed in the first place. All of our aluminum products are powder coated, and we also offer an extensive line of resin-based products. Therefore, we understand there are …

5 Common Powder Coating Mistakes

From cross-contamination to improper curing, there are several common powder coating mistakes that can mess up the quality of a finished product. When properly applied, powder coating offers a lot of benefits, especially when compared to traditional paint. For one, it is a solvent-free process and emits up to zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Plus, any overspray is recyclable and …

How Many LEED Certification Levels Are There?

How Many LEED Certification Levels Are There?

If you are looking to go green and earn LEED points and credits, it’s important to understand the different LEED Certification Levels made available. In total, there are four different levels starting with Certified, and building up to Silver, Gold, and Platinum. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This international green building certification program is run by …

4 Facts About Products Made in America

4 Facts About Products Made in America

There’s a reason we choose to make TerraCast Products right here in the USA, actually there are several reasons. For one, it gives us better oversight of the production process, allowing us to produce the highest quality products possible. Secondly, it reduces the strain on the environment by decreasing the distance products must travel and reducing gas emissions.  Thirdly, it …

How to Transform Ineffective Public Roads

How to Transform Ineffective Public Roads

Ineffective or unsafe public roads can be transformed into highly useable spaces, and it often takes less money and construction than you think. We are going to look at a few different scenarios in which an ineffective and unsafe public road in New York was transformed into a much more effective and beneficial space. Before we get into the examples, …

What is the NYC Plaza Program?

What is the NYC Plaza Program?

The New York City Plaza Program is open to all organizations within the city and is run by DOT (the Department of Transportation). Through this program, DOT works with organizations to redesign neighborhood plazas, turning unused spaces into quality spaces that people can enjoy. The goal of the program is to make it so that anyone living in New York …

The Problem with Narrow Bike Lanes + Other Dangerous Bike Lane Designs

The Problem with Narrow Bike Lanes + Other Dangerous Bike Lane Designs

Bike lanes are intended to make people feel safe when riding their bike alongside traffic. Narrow bike lanes and other design flaws can make a bike lane incredibly unsafe, preventing people from using it or putting them in danger when they do. If a bike lane doesn’t feel safe, most cyclists will not take the risk and they will ride …