Danville, Virginia – BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD, INC., the largest North American manufacturer of wood fiber products, now offers the commercial roofing industry an increased supply of STRUCTODEK, its proprietary roofing recover board. HUEBERT FIBERBOARD, INC., located in Boonville, MO, is now licensed and approved to manufacture under the BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD brand name. STRUCTODEK will be packaged the same and hold all the necessary FM®, UL® and Miami-Dade® approvals to meet the technical needs of today’s roofing industry.

HUEBERT FIBERBOARD is a wholly-owned subsidiary of W. R. MEADOWS®, INC. and a sister company to BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD. Tom Verrill, BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD Technical Services Manager, stated “The technical approvals have been completed, allowing BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD to offer additional supply to the marketplace under the coveted STRUCTODEK brand name. We have received Factory Mutual, UL, and Miami-Dade approvals and the product will be manufactured to the strict requirements of ASTM C-208 and STRUCTODEK product specifications. The end result will be an additional manufacturing facility for BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD, thus increasing the available supply of STRUCTODEK roof insulation to the marketplace.”

Mike Taylor, Director of Sales and Marketing, said BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD is committed to offering the industry the best products in a timely manner.

“Service and availability is crucial for our customers. While the overall fiberboard capacity on the surface appears to be plentiful, it is simply not the case because the majority of commercial projects require Factory Mutual RoofNav® assembly approvals as well as UL and Miami-Dade approvals. STRUCTODEK is currently included in more than 120,000 RoofNav® assemblies, the most in the industry,” says Taylor. He also notes that much of the fiberboard currently being sold into the U.S. is imported from Canada and the manufacturers simply do not possess the approvals.

BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD is a wholly-owned subsidiary of W. R. MEADOWS, a family-owned company that last year celebrated 90 years of service to the construction industry.


Author:Michelle Konstantinovsky

1. Who is your biggest role model?

My mom, as she is the wisest and kindest person I know. She makes me want to do better and demonstrates maternal unconditional love and guidance, always. She inspires me every day to do the same for my daughters. Professionally, I admire Andrée Putnam.

2. Which movie or play do you wish you could have designed the set for?

Gone with the Wind, probably because I am southern.

3. What is the best way to gauge a client’s personality before starting a project?

By spending time getting to know them; I like to insert subtle humor and see how they respond.

4. What new design elements are you excited to integrate into your work?

Artistic chain-link curtains with images by KriskaDECOR, I am currently using them on a project now. Auto paint to finish some of my millwork, resin, modern textile tapestries – large scale artwork.

5. How do you completely unwind?

Hot yoga, going to the beach with the family, movies, and taking long baths with just the right salts and candles.

6. If you hadn’t become a designer, which career would you have pursued?

I would be an architect or fashion designer.

7. What’s the worst pre-designer job you’ve ever had and why?

Working in-house as a PR director for an international haircare company; cray cray people but it has helped me understand PR and marketing for my own business.

8. What’s your favorite recipe?

My favorite recipe is Gazpacho from my founding partner, Mili Lazcano. She’s from Madrid and it’s her family recipe.

9. Create your perfect playlist for us.

Lara Fishman Designer Crush Play List

10. Who is your designer crush?

Jean-Louis Deniot

Lightning round!

Would you rather shop new or vintage?


First celebrity crush?

Henry Winkler, the Fonz.

What’s your hidden talent?

Stand-up comedy and karaoke.

Best restaurant in your area? Where is it?

Nobu in Malibu.

SF or LA?

If I could choose, SF, but we live in LA.



We at PiD are different to a standard Procurement Agent. This is why: We take advice from the relevant leading party i.e. Owning Company, Project Manager, Design Team and/or Operator on quantities and specifications of the FF&E / OS&E. We then source alternative suppliers on an ‘equal or approved’ basis. The vast majority of our supply network is based in Asia, predominantly China, where we have our regional office based in Guangzhou. Quality levels are monitored by the PID team– we also oversee the management of logistics to fall in line with the Master Program and scheduling. Procure It Direct also take full Contractual Responsibility on Delivery, Time and Quality. International Warranties are offered as a minimum.

We usually generate savings of between 30 – 40% and in some cases, more.

In addition to the Hotel sector, we operate in the following arenas:

– Commercial Office properties
– Schools and Education
– Student Accommodation
– Military supplies (non-defence)
– Staff Housing
– Pre-Fabricated Housing
– Retail
– Restaurants (in particular high street ‘chains’
– Aviation & Airports


It’s been a very busy couple months for BCI Worldwide in Macau with three major projects all happening at the same time. The ongoing projects include: the renovation and conversion of the Four Seasons, renovation of the Encore Tower Suites, and renovation & re-branding of the Londoner at Sands Cotai Central. BCI Worldwide is managing the Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E) Logistics for each of these projects.

The Londoner is a major project by the Sands organization, with 1,700 guestrooms at Sands Cotai Central being renovated and re-branded to a London-themed integrated resort. BCI Worldwide is handling the de-installation and removal of all the old FF&E and the warehousing and installation of all the new FF&E. Over $2 billion USD has been invested by Sands China on this project alone.

Right across the street, similar work is being done on the Four Seasons Hotel Macau. Another Sands China owned property, this project will see the renovation and conversion of the property into a 289 room, all-suites hotel. Warehousing and installation of all the new FF&E going into the suites and public areas is being managed by BCI Worldwide.

And finally, the renovation of the 410 room Encore Tower Suites at Wynn Macau is aiming to finish up by the end of 2019. BCI Worldwide has been managing the on-site logistics since the beginning of the summer, having been working on the removal and de-installation of all the old FF&E and the installation of all the new FF&E.

“The amount of work BCI Worldwide has been selected to handle is a testament to the reputation and experience our team has within Macau and the Integrated Resort industry,” said Lino Airosa, Executive Managing Director for BCI Worldwide, “Some see it as a challenge, but we see it as an opportunity.”

About BCI Worldwide

BCI Worldwide specializes in Hospitality Logistics with a focus on hotel & commercial pre-openings and renovations. BCI Worldwide has operated for over 30 years and has handled and installed over 10,000,000 pieces of furniture across 500,000+ rooms with current operations in North America and Asia. Services include: FF&E and OS&E freight forwarding, warehousing, installation, project management, de-installation, and liquidation. Contact BCI Worldwide today to let us assist in your upcoming project.


Hampshire, IL – BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD, a leader in the construction industry with roofing, sheathing and soundproofing products, offers SOUNDSTOP, a high-quality fiberboard that deadens sound transfer from room to room.

An eco-friendly and cost-effective option, SOUNDSTOP fiberboard suits soundproofing and sound insulation needs and can be used for effective application on walls, ceilings, and floors. SOUNDSTOP meets national codes and building standards and is ideal for homes and commercial buildings where noise transmission from room to room needs to be eliminated.

SOUNDSTOP allows for a continuous sound barrier across the entire wall blocking sound transfer though studs and the wall cavity. This provides superior performance to intermittent acoustical batt insulation design. The continuous barrier is the same concept utilized in laminated gypsum products; however, a system utilizing SOUNDSTOP instead can deliver great STC results at a fraction of the cost. Stopping the movement of the sound or shock vibrations to the other side, SOUNDSTOP can block out heavy traffic, blaring horns, airports, and other exterior noises.

“Not only is SoundStop easy to afford, but it offers great value and resale value for single and multi-family homeowners as well as commercial property owners,” said Mike Taylor, director of sales and marketing at BLUE RIDGE FIBERBOARD.

SOUNDSTOP is made from organic materials including hardwood fibers and can be installed on both existing and new surfaces by placing the fiberboard on both sides of standard wall partition.

In addition, SOUNDSTOP is now UL certified for the 1-hour fire rating in a load bearing wall system when installed behind drywall.


What kinds of commercial construction projects are at the top of the list in the U.S. today?

The Beam Team continues to see activity in seven key areas:  Retail, Mobile electronics, Restaurants, Hospitality, Grocery stores, C-stores and fuel stations & Franchises.

Of course, institutional buildings and general industrial building projects persist. Some view these as being driven by a different kind of supply-demand curve. Foundations, for example, may fund the building a new wing to a university hospital or improve campuses. Other projects, like a new stadium, may originate in the private sector—but become quasi-public-private affairs with incentives or tax dollars.

In terms of “bread and butter” projects—driven by consumer confidence and demand—the most common commercial construction projects in the United States hold no major surprises. As reported by Builderspace.com, the primary types of commercial and retail construction echo what The Beam Team is seeing. Hotels, restaurants and retail stores, shopping malls, medical facilities and office buildings are table steaks. Industrial structures, like factories, warehouses, and sports facilities, also involve large budgets and long timeframes for their location and development.

Shopping malls have faced decline, a trend that began even before the COVID epidemic. Today, some of these mammoth structures are being re-purposed in innovative ways, such as mixed-use offices, residences, and retail.

Let us look more closely at the more consistent, traditional commercial construction trends.  7 Trends in Commercial Construction:

1. Retail
The impacts of COVID and stay-at-home accelerated some trends that were already in motion before 2020. Retailers and “anchor store” brands have seen a lot of change over the last decade, and COVID sped up the need to accommodate pick-up services, maximize floor space and integrate more technology to assist customers. These trends are adding up to more remodeling and renovation activity, and outpacing ground-up construction.

Some populations were moving into metro centers for a certain kind of lifestyle, driving changes in the placement of stores and what they sold. But COVID pushed other demographics to the outer reaches of the suburbs. These rapid shifts presented new challenges for retailers as things seemed to flash forward—while also shifting and splitting key demographics.

Today’s activity centers are implementing new technologies to improve the guest experience. People virtually try on new clothes, calling for new systems on the floor in addition to fitting rooms. Other retailers are forging alliances with ecommerce partners, like Kohl’s has with Amazon—accepting Amazon returns and handing out coupons and incentives to keep them shopping.

These pivots are reactions to where demographics are going after the global impacts of COVID—as well as trends that change what belongs on the retail floor vs. online. Refreshes and remodels rank high, such as making more room for displays and reducing storeroom space. This kind of strategy enables consumers to touch and feel more products but order them online rather than carry them out of the stores.

2. Mobile & Consumer Electronics
Like retail, trends in electronics were moving cell phone stores and consumer electronics brands into uncharted—and highly competitive—waters. Major brands like Best Buy carefully test, then scale, their new concepts in consumer electronics. Other device resellers, like Verizon, seek ways to pioneer interactions with shoppers, while honoring social distancing on smaller footprints.

3. Restaurants & QSR
People have been eating healthier, in general, which impacts the menus, refrigeration and many other aspects of how QSRs format their restaurants.

Then COVID came, and the chain of events quickly constricted travel. This placed big bumps in the road for highway-bound QSRs that rely on truck drivers and vacationers to keep their registers humming.

It also challenged mom-and-pop restaurants. The struggle to survive became very real, as some responded by adding drive-throughs or improving how carry-outs get handled. Services like Door Dash helped many of these smaller or regional operators to survive.

Time will tell what each brand decides to do in the final analysis. Meanwhile, innovators like Domino’s Pizza continue to make more out of less space, driving renovations and refreshes nationwide.

4. Hospitality & Hotels
Hit hard by COVID, the hotel industry focused on health and safety—and perhaps less so on expansions or major remodeling. The vaccine seems to be leading America back into the air and out on the roads. In turn, hospitality seeks ways to bounce back, to compensate for dwindling events and conferences revenues while also winning back traditional business travelers and families.

Those who put off remodeling or upgrades will be doubling down. This is a rare opportunity to capture market share—winning new travelers who seek new experiences (and safety). Hotel operators may view this as opportunities to remodel or refresh certain portions of their properties—to win over businesspeople and families returning to the road.

5. Grocery Stores
Grocery store chains and regional groceries reacted nimbly to COVID. After all, they were among the stalwart essential businesses.

Continued work is being done to formalize social distancing, traffic control, checkout lanes, aisles, and other footprints. This promotes activity for remodeling and fixture installations.

Grocery stores always seek economical ways to advance trends in “experiential shopping”—such as in-store delis and cafes. Consumer sensitivities to social distancing and other factors impacted those kinds of in-store experiences, but much remains to be seen in a post-vaccine world.

6. Convenience & Fuel
Among the essential businesses during the worst of times, c-stores continued investing in fresh interiors and integrated shopping and quick-serve experiences. Many are adding more SKUs in small footprints, predicting they can keep some customers they earned during the pandemic.

RaceTrac and other innovators in the c-store space have remodeled some properties, upgraded formats, and expanded their brands into new geographies.

7. Franchises
American workers have experienced a more fluid, less stable career environment. Trends already showed that millennials and Gen Z have wanted to explore careers that are independent from traditional employment—the rise of the side hustle. Today, we see more and more individuals leaving “corporate America” to open small businesses or a franchise.

Commercial builders like The Beam Team view franchises—with their proven business models—as increasingly important to the construction industry (not to mention, the U.S. economy).

Corporate-owned franchises also drive regular projects, serving as new models or testing grounds for new products and new experiences. Generally, the franchise must hit certain notes to maintain the brand and ensure a successful format. The right commercial contractor brings expertise to see those notes get hit—on time and on budget.

If you are contemplating a commercial construction project or need fixture installation and other services, consider www.thebeamteam.com.

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We are excited and PROUD to announce the GrandStay Hotel & Suites in PELLA, IOWA! Welcome to the GrandStay family of hotels – we look forward to welcoming you there! Book today for a great stay and a golf getaway:

Hotel Guest Rooms for Business, Leisure & Extended Stay
Due to safety protocols, GRAND START® Breakfast Offerings and Pool Availability may vary by location. Please see the specific location page or call hotel directly to confirm available amenities. Click here to read a message from GrandStay President, Jon Kennedy.

The GrandStay Hotel & Suites is your home away from home when visiting the Pella area. Conveniently located off Iowa Highway 163 at exit 40, only 45 miles southeast of Des Moines, IA, this beautiful hotel at Bos Landen Golf Club offers an outstanding range of amenities to ensure a pleasant stay, whether it’s for a family vacation, business trip or overnight stopover.

GrandStay® Pella offers a selection of spacious rooms and suites featuring whirlpool tubs perfect for any length of stay. Our pet friendly designated rooms make it easy to bring along the whole family. All guests of the GrandStay Hotel Pella will enjoy our heated indoor pool & whirlpool, fitness center, as well as complimentary Grand Start® Breakfast with a wide choice of hot and cold buffet items. Other amenities include conference rooms, laundry facilities and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the property.

The picturesque community of Pella, Iowa offers a variety of year-round family friendly activities, shops, restaurants, and bakeries. Located just minutes from the hotel in the historic downtown area enjoy Vermeer Mill, the Scholte House Museum and Pella Opera House. On your next visit, don’t miss Red Rock Lake and Cordova Park or the Pella Tulip Time Festival.

Businesses located in Pella, Iowa include Pella Corporation, Vermeer Manufacturing, 3M, and Hormel.

Hotel Features & Amenities
Complimentary GRAND START® BreakfastComplimentary GRAND START® Breakfast
Indoor Pool & WhirlpoolIndoor Pool & Whirlpool
Guest LaundryGuest Laundry
Exercise RoomExercise Room
Free Wi-Fi AccessFree Wi-Fi Access
Business CenterBusiness Center
Meeting Room & Event Space AvailableMeeting Room & Event Space Available
Pet Friendly (Fees & Restrictions Apply)Pet Friendly (Fees & Restrictions Apply)
Accessible Rooms/Elevator Accessible. Please see Amenities page for…Accessible Rooms/Elevator Accessible. Please see Amenities page for Accessible Features or call the hotel direct if you have special needs.

GrandStay® Pella
2508 Bos Landen Dr.
Pella, IA 50219 Map it
Reservations: 855.455.7829
Front Desk: 641.628.4853