Shaping The Future of Wall Paneling: SnapCab, Collaboration, And Innovation

Progress and innovation refuse to stand still. As technology advances and the demands of consumers evolve, forward-thinking companies not only adapt – they lead the way into the future. SnapCab is built on a foundation of ingenuity; its out-of-the-box solutions revolutionized the elevator interior world. And now we’re thinking out-of-the-cab.

An emerging player in the wall paneling industry, SnapCab can infuse building projects with new energy and unlimited possibilities.

Partnering with the Best

SnapCab’s collaboration with innovative companies Corning® Gorilla® Glass and Duggal Visual Solutions has given architects and designers the ability to recreate the look and appeal of wood, stone, and other materials – in a lightweight, cost effective way. With super-strong, ultra-lightweight Gorilla® Glass and high-resolution printing techniques, these professionals can integrate customized artwork, interactive screens, branded messages, and more into SnapCab Elevator and SnapCab Wall interiors.

When it comes to possibilities these partnerships enable, SnapCab hasn’t even scratched the surface (not surprising: scratching the surface of Gorilla® Glass is a difficult feat).

Corning’s revolutionary glass meets ASTM International standards for flat glass. When you pair it with a qualified panel backer, it meets US standards for indoor use. And when you add advanced technology and leading edge materials, it meets our standard for innovation. That means the sky – or, rather, the lobby, conference room, living room, office … – is the limit in terms of applications.

Imagine the Future

Imagine living and working in spaces that adapt to your needs rather than forcing you to fit within their confines. Imagine customization, efficiency, technology, and functionality, all integrated seamlessly into buildings for maximum impact with a minimal footprint.

By forging strategic partnerships and pushing the boundaries of traditional building, SnapCab allows people to stop imagining, and start planning. Within the next few years, “flex space” will become a more prominent component of homes, offices, and other applications. SnapCab’s audiovisual wall plays a key role.

Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt: The Power of Collaboration

Top home builder KB Home, in conjunction with Virginia Tech and over 25 industry partners, recently debuted their 1790-square-foot demo home – Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt. The model gives the industry a glimpse into the future of the “high-performance, sustainable, resiliency-built and efficiently operating home.”

KB Home senior vice president Dan Bridleman, “We felt it would be important to demonstrate not what you could do today, not what you could in 2020, but to bring a collaborative group of our partners together with some big thinkers and demonstrate what could be.”

And “what could be,” among other innovative elements, is a movable wall that increases flexibility and functionality. Made of optically-clear Gorilla® Glass and fabricated by SnapCab, this is no ordinary wall. In the model, it separates the living room from a home office, much like a regular fixed wall. Unlike a fixed wall: if a homeowner is entertaining guests, it can be pushed back to allow more space in the living area. If he or she has a business meeting, the wall can be adjusted to create a spacious conference area in the office.

A 180° Change

The wall itself offers a host of functions: on one side, it houses a televisionmonitor, and audio system, all discretely integrated into the wall itself. The bane of all entertainment/technology centers – the ugly tangle of wires – is completely hidden. On the other side is a customized piece of art, a gigapixel photograph, high-res printed with incredible precision.

Need a switch? The audiovisual wall does a complete 180°. In the living room, for example, a homeowner can enjoy a movie theater-quality experience with all the comforts of home on the visually-clear Gorilla® Glass screen. When it’s time for work, he or she can simply flip the screen and take advantage of prime computer and teleconferencing capabilities, as well as a whiteboard surface for notes, reminders, presentations, and brainstorming.

The Future Looks… The Way Homeowners Want

Homeowners increasingly demand efficiency; flex spaces allow them to maximize their space – and its functionality. The collaboration and technology on display in the KB Home demo can also empower builders to create homes with smaller footprints and bigger impacts.

The modular living room/home office design is also featured in Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS, a prototype showcasing future design possibilities. Joseph Wheeler, co-director of the Center for Design Research and professor in the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, says,

…Smart design and technology can solve universal challenges in home building to make homes of the future more efficient, sustainable, and affordable. The concepts modeled in FutureHAUS can be used to build homes that intuitively respond to the needs of everyone from millennials and centennials to the aging and housebound – allowing people to live better and more sustainably.

In the coming years, homes – not to mention community and commercial buildings – will adapt to meet the needs of owners, tenants, and visitors. They will offer functionality that flexes, ensuring greater efficiency.

This is the future. SnapCab isn’t content to simply imagine it. We’re helping to build it.

SnapCab® to Launch Business-Enhancing Systems

SnapCab® Pod and Portal

SnapCab is excited to announce the launch of two versatile systems: the SnapCab Portal and the SnapCab Pod. Designed to help businesses and organizations maximize resources, space, and functionality, the Portal and Pod combine top-shelf design, easy specification, and fast assembly to offer simple, seamless solutions.

SnapCab showcased the Portal and Pod at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando April 27-29, 2017. SnapCab CEO, Glenn Bostock, describes the Portal as an “intelligent, integrated multimedia collaboration wall with a whiteboard surface, the applications of which are virtually unlimited.”

This platform enables clients to utilize their technology in a more efficient way. The Portal features a 65” SUHD TV with Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology and 4K ultra-high definition. The entire surface is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass and provides an superior whiteboard surface. It also boasts integrated speakers using Corning® Gorilla® Glass, full HDMI, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Customers can easily integrate the technology they want and need. Simple walls become interactive, immersive experiences.

The second system, the SnapCab Pod, provides individual or small team-sized quiet moveable meeting spaces. For professional or institutional environments that feature an open floor plan, shared workspace, or contend with limited space, privacy and quietness are at a premium. The Pod, available in three sizes, enables professionals to conduct phone calls, hold video conferences, meet with colleagues, etc., without disruption – and without leaving their workplace. The standard finish on the Pod is plastic laminate, but for a higher end finish customers can upgrade to Corning® Gorilla® Glass in solid colors, patterns, logos and gigapixel images.

Three pod sizes

The Pod enables businesses and building owners to utilize their space more efficiently, while offering greater flexibility and versatility. Building on a patented system of interlocking panels, SnapCab’s newest offering delivers quiet, free-standing, moveable, and configurable spaces.

Both the Portal and the Pod adhere to SnapCab’s “Simplified” standards: it is easy to order (and customize, if desired), install, and fully integrate both systems into any workspace and/or building. SnapCab is best known for its interlocking paneling systems for elevators and walls. With the Portal and Pod, SnapCab is helping companies take their messaging to the next level, while fully leveraging their physical space.

About SnapCab: SnapCab was built on a solid foundation of craftsmanship, innovation and quality in the early 80’s. Driven by its mission of providing beautiful, yet simplified, solutions, SnapCab has since become a pioneer in the elevator interior industry with its patented system of interlocking panels. Today that same ingenuity is enabling SnapCab to develop solutions beyond the elevator doors. Be sure to check out the latest Pod and Portal designs at the AIA Convention and NeoCon.

4 Myths You Probably Believe About Modular Systems

Why should designers and elevator maintenance companies opt for modular systems? Simply because they make remodeling elevators faster, simpler, and more cost effective. However, many misconceptions exist about modular systems – and many designers and maintenance companies assume they won’t find the unique, quality products to match their design aesthetics. Here’s four myths you may have heard about modular systems – ones you definitely shouldn’t believe.

Myth #1: Modular Options Are Cookie Cutter, Dull, And Limited.

A quality manufacturer will design its systems with aesthetic flexibility in mind. From the total creativity of a blank slate to matching specific elements of the building, practically anything is possible. In some circumstances, you’ll be trying to match a specific look from other areas of the building – say, a wood finish matching that of the reception desk. In other instances, you may want the elevator to have a standalone design that complements the rest of the building, but has its own distinct features. In both cases, a modular system can present the optimal solution.

You need not replace the entire cab to get the design results you want; you don’t even need to pick up the phone to call (if you don’t want to). The best interior manufacturers today have comprehensive online showrooms to demonstrate the wide range of available options, as well as qualified personnel at the ready to help maintenance companies match specified designs, or to help architects and designers articulate their creative visions.

Truth: modular systems have options galore and the flexibility to achieve your vision.

Myth #2: You’re Stuck With Exactly What’s In The Catalog Designs.

The models in catalogs have been developed with your aesthetic and functional needs top of mind. But what if you need something a bit different? Some manufacturers can actually modify their catalog designs to meet the unique needs of your design, building, or specification. You can alter or “customize” existing models to include different material options, finishes and even custom images or company logos.
Is this “custom”? Yes and no. Yes because you should be able to work with the manufacturer’s design team to achieve your unique look and feel. No because with experienced modular manufacturers, modifying a catalog option shouldn’t equate to the higher additional costs typically associated with fully-customized products.

But will customizing the catalog derail your deadline? Panels and other “customized” elements are made-to-order, but, if the manufacturer uses a Lean manufacturing methodology, they should have reliably quick lead times to deliver your system on schedule.

Truth: Not only can you customize catalog designs, you can do so while staying on budget and on schedule.

Myth #3: Modular Systems Are Always Code Compliant

Before you select your modular system, check that your modular manufacturer takes safety and elevator code seriously. If they do, they’ll have rigorous testing in place that can actually save you time and headaches. The key is to know if the panel system (whether straight from the catalog or customized) is tested in its end-use configuration.

If your modular system is end-use configuration tested, breathe a sigh of relief: you won’t have to worry about compliance requirements, inspectors shutting down your elevator, or testing the materials yourself. Just enjoy a more streamlined – and less expensive – project.

Truth: When the modular systems are end-use configuration tested by the manufacturer, it actually saves customers time and money, while providing top-notch safety assurance.

Myth #4: Modular Systems Won’t Last.

This is not even close to correct. In fact, modular systems have a dual advantage over custom interiors. First, modular systems can outlast custom ones. When made with high quality materials, they have drastically fewer needs for replacements or repairs. The modular system can handle heavy use and abuse, and maintenance and care is easy. Plain and simple, modular systems are highly durable: they’ll look as great on Day 1,000 as it did on Day One.

Second, modular systems make repairs and updates far easier. With a modular interior, you simply re-order the damaged panel, pop out the old panel, and reinstall the new one. The size and fit is identical. This provides a remarkable cost and time savings and preserves the integrity of your design.

Truth: Modular systems are made of durable materials, meaning fewer repairs. When updates or replacements are necessary, modular systems make the process faster and easier.

Myths about modular interiors have circulated for years – most of them patently untrue. In fact, modular interiors present a host of advantages for both elevator maintenance companies and designers, including durability, ease of installation, and exceptional flexibility when it comes to ordering, designing, and budgeting.

To learn more about the author, Glenn Bostock, please read his full bio here.