Wall, Ceiling, Or Floor Designed For Utilities Patents (Class 52/220.1)
  • Patent number: 11505953
    Abstract: A conduit guide for a concrete beam construction that enables an MEP line to pass through the concrete beam includes a body defining a through passage, a securement panel in the passage, and a pair of sealing flanges on open ends of the body. The securement panel enables securement and/or alignment of an MEP line extending through the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Concrete Voids LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Charles Baur, Michael Jeremy Baur
  • Patent number: 11466449
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward fire-rated wall construction components and wall systems for use in building construction. Embodiments can include tracks for holding studs which incorporate various geometries capable of receiving fire-retardant material, flat straps for use between tracks and fluted wall components, fire sponges for use in fluted wall components, and tracks with protruding grooves or other structures which prevent unwanted air movement between a wallboard component and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Donald Anthony Pilz, Raymond Edward Poliquin, Fernando Hernandez Sesma
  • Patent number: 11181437
    Abstract: Concepts for determining a structural integrity of a raised floor comprising an array of stringers and stanchions are presented. Each stringer is supported at opposite ends by a respective pair of stanchions. One example comprises a system having a transmitter configured to transmit a signal between a pair of stanchions via a respective stringer and a receiver configured to receive the transmitted signal. The system further comprises a processing unit configured to determine a status of the stringer based on the received signal, then determine an indicator of a structural integrity of a raised floor based on the determined status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Colin Ian Holyoake, Michael James Bettle-Shaffer, Maurice Francis Gray, Graham Jon Eames
  • Patent number: 10988911
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus and methods for constructing diaphragm walls. A guideway tube is provided for casting into a concrete panel along a height of a face of the concrete panel, comprising: an elongate guideway track comprising at least one elongate side wall and an elongate slot along the at least one elongate side wall, the elongate slot having a first width; and, an elongate closure panel comprising: a rear panel portion configured to close the elongate slot enclosing an elongate internal volume, and, a front panel portion of a second width greater than the first width. Preferably the rear panel portion is a close fit within elongate slot sufficient to resist the ingress of slurry and concrete. Preferably the rear panel portion is configured to engage the elongate slot in a manner configured to resist compression forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: CCMJ SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventor: John Coupland
  • Patent number: 10947693
    Abstract: In various embodiments, lids for an in-ground or subgrade vault is provided. In various embodiments, lids are provided with a plastic reinforcement structure and concrete. The plastic reinforcement structure includes one or more plastic sidewalls that protect the edges of the lid from damage. An internal reinforcement structure comprises receiving members for receiving, securing, and positioning rebar members that are cast in place in a finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Inc.
    Inventors: Nguyen Thai Dang, Mike Collins
  • Patent number: 10941546
    Abstract: A Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP) tunnel is provided. The MEP tunnel includes a rear side, a first side, and a second side. The MEP tunnel is configured to be disposed in a wall frame. The MEP tunnel may also include a plurality of tubing used for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing utilities. The MEP tunnel is connected to the wall frame via two mechanical devices. The MEP tunnel can move up and down between a raised position and a lowered position in the wall frame via two tracks in the MEP tunnel and the two mechanical devices. The MEP tunnel remains in the raised position during shipping and lowered at the completion of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin Griechen, Robert Stanford
  • Patent number: 10879684
    Abstract: A floor box for housing electrical components includes a bottom and a plurality of walls extending from the bottom to at least partially define an interior and to at least partially define a central opening accessible to a user. A top plate having an inner portion at least partially defining a first wiring compartment facing the central opening and a second wiring compartment facing the central opening is connected to at least one of the plurality of walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas L. Scanzillo, Michael J. Marchetti, Christopher A. Carbone, Ryan G. Papageorge
  • Patent number: 10772239
    Abstract: A manufactured data center (MDC) uses construction systems and methods allowing the MDC unit to serve as a drop-in replacement for a traditional brick-and-mortar computer data center, while providing functional and operational advantages over known modular data centers. The MDC comprises “white space” housing supported equipment such as servers and other heat-producing computing equipment, plus a power center incorporating electrical equipment and infrastructure necessary for operation of the supported equipment, including an HVAC system which may comprise a purpose-built computer room air conditioning (CRAC) unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Lindsey Leckelt, Ryan Vetsch, Andrew MacNeil, Andrew White
  • Patent number: 10662662
    Abstract: A real estate unit in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present technology includes an interior space at the ground floor of a commercial building. The interior space can have a purpose-built use (e.g., retail, warehouse, school, garage, etc.) and can be reversibly retrofitted to accommodate an alternative use (e.g., lodging, residential, office, assembly, etc.). The real estate unit can include reusable components (e.g., bathroom, wall, barrier, etc.) well suited for rapid deployment, removal, and redeployment. Use of these components can allow revenue from operating the real estate unit to exceed costs associated within transitioning the interior space from the purpose-built use to the alternative use even if the real estate unit is only operated for a short period of time. Furthermore, capital embodied in the components can be readily relocatable in response to long-term and short-term (e.g., seasonal) changes in demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Spacement Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore W. Baker
  • Patent number: 10584487
    Abstract: A system for assembling a transpiring, “disposable” heat-insulation shuttering mould and/or formwork used to cast a concrete surface, which includes at least one supporting plane featuring one upper surface on which a plurality of supports are arranged, which are suited to accommodate and retain (at least sideways inside themselves) at least one longitudinal or reticular portion of a tubular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Michele Caboni
  • Patent number: 10479563
    Abstract: A utility enclosure includes a box having a plurality of walls and a central opening. An insert is positioned in the central opening and includes a plurality of connected side walls. A removable cover is connected to the insert. A removable lid is connected to the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Steven Tramm, John Thomas Polk, Greg Glenn Isaacson
  • Patent number: 10362694
    Abstract: An electronic device with anti-detachment structure includes a top cover, a bottom cover defining a sliding slot and a through hole mounted on the bottom cover, a bracket having a block mounted on the top cover, an elastic member mounted between the top cover and the bracket, and an offset member. The block is pushed by the offset member to bring the bracket locked into the sliding slot; when the top cover is separated from the bottom cover, the offset member is separated from the block, and the bracket leaves the sliding slot by an elastic resilience of the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Chien-Hung Lee
  • Patent number: 10294668
    Abstract: A foam backed composite framed structure is substantially stiffened by reconfiguring some of the foam backing from a dropped section, between the frame members, to a continuous section above the frame members. The framed structure is comprised of a foam backed panel, which is a cladding with a foam backing, that is adhesively bonded to frame members. The thicker the continuous section of foam, the stiffer the framed structure. Since the frame is bonded to the cladding by the continuous section of foam, it eliminates the need for nails or other fasteners and thereby eliminates the thermal bridges caused by such fasteners. This results in a stronger structure with increased thermal insulation and fewer frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Kreizinger
  • Patent number: 10161137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a panel-mounting system for the façade lining of a building, comprising a conduit for a fluid, elongate profiles configured to be fixed to a building wall, panels for forming the façade lining by fixing them onto the profiles, wherein for each of the profiles an elongate contact area is defined between the profile and a panel which is fixed to that profile. At least some profiles comprise an elongate metallic heat conductor which is connected to the profile, arranged for exchanging heat conductively, through the contact area, between fluid in the conduit and the at least one panel fixed to that profile. The invention also relates to a method of providing a façade lining to a building wall, using such a system, and to a combination of parts for use in such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Isabel Maria Marques Da Silva Macedo
  • Patent number: 10036172
    Abstract: A real estate unit in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present technology includes an interior space within a commercial building, and a reusable bathroom removably disposed within the commercial building. The commercial building can include a storefront between the interior space and an outdoor area. The real estate unit can further include reusable wall components removably disposed within the commercial building. For example, the interior space can be within a compartment at least partially defined by the reusable wall components. In at least some cases, the interior space is a purpose-built retail, office, and/or restaurant space. The real estate unit can be a lodging unit, a rentable residential unit, a rentable office unit, and/or a rentable assembly unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Theodore W. Baker
  • Patent number: 9745737
    Abstract: An insulated building structure, in particular an insulated roof structure or a wall structure of a building, comprises at least one thermal insulation layer. At least one moisture-variable protective layer for the thermal insulation layer is provided on an outer side of the thermal insulation layer and on an inner side of the thermal insulation layer facing a building interior of the building. The protective layers each have a water vapor diffusion equivalent air layer thickness Sd. The water vapor diffusion equivalent air layer thicknesses Sd of the two protective layers deviate from each other by less than 20%, preferably less than 10%, in the range of a relative humidity from 0% to 25% and/or in the range of a relative humidity from 80% to 100%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Ewald Dörken AG
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Raidt, Gilles Schwaab, Nicole Höfer, Jörn Schröer
  • Patent number: 9631769
    Abstract: Television mounting devices that can be stand-alone wall mounted, wall mounted with furniture positioned in front, or attached/mounted to furniture, and that also accommodate differing types of television or other electronics and wires in an efficient and visually appealing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Dorel Home Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin McGowan, Steve Wahrhaftig, Cory Neudeck
  • Patent number: 9562359
    Abstract: Wall structures and methods for producing wall structures are described in this specification. The wall structures include a frame, a sheathing board attached to the frame, a foam layer, a bond break layer, a lath layer, and a stucco layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Covestro LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Grisolia, Bruce Dickson
  • Patent number: 9441367
    Abstract: This relates to a pipe supporting element (1) used to contain a pipe (15) that is used in buildings for hydraulic, electrical and other pipes. In one preferred arrangement, the aforementioned pipe supporting element comprises polyethylene foam, is as thick as a partition (wall or paving slab), has at least two anchoring points located on the side faces (3) thereof, and includes at least one through hole (2) between a first face (1) and a second face (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Wladimir de Freitas Silvestre
  • Patent number: 9010035
    Abstract: A safe room assembly includes a solid concrete wall forming an enclosed area, a conduit disposed within the concrete wall and extending from one end that is exposed at an outside surface of the concrete wall to an inside surface of the concrete wall, and an utility system in communication with the conduit. The enclosed area is configured to provide safe harbor to an occupant during extreme weather conditions and the utility system is configured to provide utilities to the occupant while harbored within the enclosed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Guion
  • Patent number: 8985528
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein comprise a cable system. The cable system has a plurality of cables and a plurality of cable hangers. The cable hangers are configured to support the plurality of cables in a building. The plurality of cable hangers have one or more cable supports configured to hold at least one of the plurality of cables and a support configured to couple the cable support to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Colvin Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Colvin
  • Patent number: 8978324
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pre-manufactured utility walls that may be readily adapted for use in multi-story building construction. The present invention efficiently and conveniently consolidates utility components typically found in residential, institutional and/or commercial settings into a pre-manufactured, preassembled and, optionally, pre-bundled component at a site other than the building site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Building Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Arlan Collins, Mark Woerman
  • Publication number: 20150068137
    Abstract: A prefabricated wall module may include framing members and one or more insulations members. The insulation member may have pre-incisions, as made by a hot-wire, defining service fitting accommodations. The service fitting accommodations are accessible on the inside face of the insulation. The service fitting accommodations may be either or both of vertically or laterally extending, and are located in the same places in each module, the vertical locations being next to the studs, to which service fittings may typically be mounted, the lateral accommodations being at heights typical of switches and wall outlets. The insulation members may be supplied with tabs filling the accommodations. The tabs may be snapped out as required. The insulation members may have stud channels that are shallower than the studs, such that an air gap is established between the insulation and the internal gypsum board covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Richard LEWIN
  • Patent number: 8955260
    Abstract: A headwall for a patient's room includes a panel having a vertically-extending front surface, an opening defined in the front surface of the headwall, and a door sized to be received in the opening. The door is vertically movable from a first position where an outer face of the door is flush with the front surface of the panel to a second position where the outer face extends parallel to the front surface and the door is positioned behind the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Charles L. Thomeczek, Jr., Joseph F. Meyer, Charles R. Belser, Colt M. Weberding, Dale F. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20150040493
    Abstract: A partition includes at least two stands (1) spaced apart from each other, wherein each of the stands (1) includes a first panel (11), a second panel (12) corresponding to the first panel (11) and a lateral plate (13) connecting the first panel (11) and the second panel (12); at least one inner plate (3), wherein two sides of the inner plate (3) are respectively fixed to and between the two stands (1); and two outer plates (4, 5) respectively fixed to and between the first panel (11) of each stand (1) and the second panel (12) of each stand (1), wherein the two outer plates (4, 5) and the inner plate (3) form two spaces (6, 7) respectively. The inner plate 3 separates the two spaces (6, 7), so the partition is capable of performing better sound insulation effects and is more convenient to be assembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
  • Patent number: 8950908
    Abstract: An improvement in a recessed lighting strip that interlocks between insulated roof panels is presented herein. The recessed lighting strip uses mating interlocks to snap between the insulated panels, providing a method to place lights at each panel juncture across the width of the application, without violating the integrity of the panels themselves. The lighting strip is made from extruded plastic or aluminum that is essentially an open-topped rectangular box, shaped on the sides to interlock with foam insulated room panels that are typically 3?-6? thick and used in the construction of patio covers, patio enclosures, sunrooms and all other residential and commercial applications which use insulated roof panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph Berman
  • Publication number: 20150033645
    Abstract: A pipe brace for securing a pipe passing through a frame of a wall. The pipe brace includes a structural member including a first wall defining an aperture and a second wall extending from the first wall, the first wall and the second wall at least partially defining a channel that receives at least a portion of the frame. A gasket engages a perimeter of the aperture in a press-fit relationship. The pipe may be inserted into the aperture from either a first side or a second side of the aperture, and the gasket forms an air-tight seal with pipe to inhibit airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: John Sileno
  • Publication number: 20150033644
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular prefabricated in reinforced concrete for the construction of buildings with parts in “U” and “Box” shape through the continuous connection of said parts in three directions, thus forming the foundation, walls and ceilings of a building with 1 or more floors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Bruno Miguel Mesquita E Silva Ferreira De Araujo
  • Patent number: 8938918
    Abstract: A raised floor pedestal including a base configured to sit on a floor; and a post extending up from the base. The post includes a metal member having a general tube shape. A top of the post forms a support surface configured to support a portion of a raised floor system thereon. A side of the post includes an integrally formed ground conductor connector piece extending therefrom. The ground conductor connector piece is configured to have an electrical ground conductor connected directly thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Rodd R Ruland, Jerry L. Heckman
  • Publication number: 20150020467
    Abstract: Precast segment for wind turbine tower especially designed to be used in wind turbine towers installed in cold climates, and which comprises joint flanges showing a configuration intended to establish the boundaries for forming the joints between said precast segment and an adjacent precast segment and which comprises conduits provided with an inlet and an outlet, situated in the proximity of the joint flanges of the precast segment intended to house some heating cables that generate heat. The method comprises the use of the described precast segment and the stages of introducing heating cables in the conduits of the precast segment, applying current to said cables and removing the cables when a filler material used in the joint between precast segments has set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150013251
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for accessing HVAC coils according to various aspects of the present technology comprise a plenum access panel that is configured to be coupled to a plenum either upstream or downstream from an HVAC component. The plenum access panel may comprise one or more moveable sections configured to provide access into the interior of the plenum or associated ductwork without requiring the disassembly of the ductwork from the HVAC component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Aaron Waelde, Chuck Rummans
  • Patent number: 8931221
    Abstract: A multi-floor data center, comprising in one implementation, a plurality of floors; a first set of server racks disposed about a first vertical center axis on each floor, the first set of server racks formed in a substantially closed shape, with a substantially vertical open center comprising a first airflow plenum at least for air flow; a first opening in each of the floors, with the first opening aligned with the substantially vertical first airflow plenum on it respective floor, wherein the substantially vertical first airflow plenums on the floors are aligned for communication through the first openings in the floors; outer wall; a roof with a roof opening therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ankit Somani, Christopher Gregory Malone
  • Publication number: 20150007508
    Abstract: An insulation element and a structural system including such an element, wherein the insulation element includes: pedestals, the top surface of which is suitable for bearing a floor panel to be placed on top of the pedestals; and a substantially continuous surface between the pedestals. The continuous surface and the pedestals are fabricated in one piece in the same process from at least one heat insulating material. The mutual layout of the pedestals and the continuous surface is implemented in such a way that onto the substantially continuous surface, through spaces between the pedestals, at least on top of the substantially continuous surface can be pulled installation cables and, in addition, possibly also installation hoses or tubes across the support foundation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jarkko VALTANEN
  • Publication number: 20140360113
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an elongated C-shaped backing stud having a plurality of receiving notches positioned along its outer flanges. The backing stud is fastened to the studs of a sheet metal wall assembly by means of a plurality of fasteners, and such that the plurality of studs of the wall assembly abuts a planar web portion of the backing stud. The backing stud may be characterized in that (i) the ratio of the width of the web portion to the width of the backing stud flanges ranges from about 8 to 16, (ii) the ratio of the width of the backing stud flanges to width of the outer returns is at least about one, and (iii) the ratio of the width of the plurality of studs to the width of the outer returns ranges from about 6 to 8. The backing stud is configured to support wall hung grab bars, hand rails, cabinets, shelves, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: STEELTEC SUPPLY, INC.
    Inventors: Leszek Orszulak, Jaroslaw Sydry
  • Patent number: 8898997
    Abstract: A system for installing tubing of hydronic thermal control systems in the walls, including ceilings, of buildings. It allows for the stable incorporation of the tubing in the walls while ensuring good thermal conductivity between the tubing and the building's room. The system features a wall including a hydronic thermal management system. The wall comprises a vertically-extending wall support structure, tubing panels secured to the wall support structure, the panels being constructed from wood material, tubing in the tubing panels for carrying a heat transfer fluid, and drywall panels secured over the tubing panels. A filling material is applied between the tubing and the drywall panels. Also a high thermally conductive layer, such as aluminum foil, is used between the filling material and the drywall panels or between the filling material and the tubing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedrich
  • Patent number: 8887458
    Abstract: A firestopping sleeve positionable usually in walls which is self-adjusting and includes a sleeve defining an access corridor extending longitudinally therewithin with at least one firestopping pad positioned therein. The pad defines an access corridor extending therethrough for receiving wall penetrating cables which are firestopped therearound by the pad. A supplemental construction band is positioned extending around the pad for enhancing firestopping adjacent the penetrating wire for facilitating preventing the flow of heat, smoke or fire therepast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Specified Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Julio Lopes
  • Patent number: 8881469
    Abstract: A deck unit has a hinged, cover panel for use in a deck system as a ceiling. The hinge may be a continuous hinge running the length of the deck unit, preferably a continuous hinge, and extend the length and width of the deck unit including its side flanges or be recessed within it. The edge of access panel cover opposite its hinge is secured using a securing mechanism to a bracket affixed inside the deck unit. By example, a set screw is threaded through a hole in the cover panel, through a weld nut on the inside face of the cover panel and through a U-nut straddling the bracket. Accordingly from a distance, the hinge, latch and the securing mechanism are not visible to indicate that the cover can be opened to permit access to the deck system interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Consolidated Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Jacob Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140325925
    Abstract: A multipurpose support platform system is disclosed including a variety of configurable components. In some aspects a frame is made from readily available standard materials such as construction lumber and sheet material connected by hardware support units that include metal plates securely joined in a configuration supporting the frame and sheet materials of the platform. Horizontal and vertical wall configurations are permitted, and the overall structure then allows for a secure and protective work surface for a variety of activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Comfort Zone Killer LLC
    Inventors: Lauren Amar, Samuel Putnam Batchelor, Kelly Jean Ard
  • Publication number: 20140321953
    Abstract: A remote-controlled vehicle for collecting and transporting bio-waste that is capable of compacting bio-waste, dumping the waste in a variety of ways, and that has a rechargeable battery, among other functions, is disclosed. A system for collecting the bio-waste material also is provided. The system includes a plurality of collection receptacles associated with a structure, each of the plurality of collection receptacles receiving the bio-waste material without the use of water as a carrier. A transport network extends from each of the plurality of collection receptacles to at least one storage receptacle located at the structure. A plurality of vehicles, or carts, is disposed within the transport network and collect the bio-waste material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Jerry D. Thom, Catherine A. Thom
  • Patent number: 8869475
    Abstract: A firestopping sleeve positionable usually in walls which is self-adjusting and includes a sleeve defining an access corridor extending longitudinally therewithin with at least one firestopping pad positioned therein. The pad defines an access corridor extending therethrough for receiving wall penetrating cables which are firestopped therearound by the pad. A supplemental construction band is positioned extending around the pad for enhancing firestopping adjacent the penetrating wire for facilitating preventing the flow of heat, smoke or fire therepast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Specified Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Julio Lopes
  • Publication number: 20140311066
    Abstract: Systems and methods which utilize a connection panel having multiple connection types in order to connect supplemental or emergency utility services to a building are provided. The connection panel may be pre-fabricated or engineered to simplify construction and subsequent utility connections. Further, embodiments may dispose standardized utility connections on the connection panel. Upon connecting supplemental sources to the connection panel, embodiments may also include switching systems, such as valves, electrical switches, etc., configured to connect the supplemental sources to infrastructure located in the building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: David J. Quinlivan
  • Publication number: 20140298737
    Abstract: A socket-projection fixing assembly for a horizontal wet joint (3) between two cylindrical concrete sections (2.2?) for a wind turbine tower, which comprises socket-projection fixing device with an active internal reinforcement (8) and a socket-projection fixing device with a passive internal reinforcement (7) so that said reinforcements each include an embedded portion which is embedded in a first section of said cylindrical sections and a projecting portion which projects from said first section and is housed in a duct (9, 10) in a second section of said cylindrical sections. Said active internal reinforcement includes tightening means (14, 16) which are arranged in said projecting portion of said active internal reinforcement and against a supporting surface (15) of one of said cylindrical sections, and said passive internal reinforcement includes cured material (12) which is arranged around said projecting portion o said passive internal reinforcement (7) and adheres to the interior of said duct (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Fernandez Gomez, Jose Emilio Jimeno Chueca
  • Patent number: 8844220
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a computer room which is surrounded by a lower floor, at least one side wall and a roof, with an air-permeating load-bearing floor disposed above the lower floor, on which, in use, computer equipment is disposed. A separation arrangement provides for the separation from each other of a riser channel for hot air above the computer equipment on the one hand and a return channel for air being carried back from the top of the computer room to the space under the load-bearing floor on the other hand. The surface area of the return channel of a cross-section of the computer room amounts to at least 5% of the surface area of the riser channel of the same cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Boersema Installatie-Adviseurs B.V.
    Inventor: Kornelis Hendrik Boersema
  • Publication number: 20140283459
    Abstract: A wall module assembly usable to make interchangeable scenery, the module comprising a first support member having a first end, a second end, a first main surface, and a second main surface, a second support member having a first end, a second end, a first main surface, and a second main surface, a plurality of panel members interchangeably and removably supported by at least one of the first support member and the second support member, adjacent at least one of the first main surface and the second main surface of the first and/or second support member, and a plurality of connection members supported by the first end of the first support member and configured to be removably received within openings formed in the second end of the second support member positioned adjacent to the first support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Noel Roger Maxam
  • Publication number: 20140283465
    Abstract: A building system comprises building module 16 24 in the shape of a truncated tetrahedron wherefrom a building can be constructed on a horizontal surface 18 by making horizontal tessellations of a first form 16 of module where the module 16 sits on a hexagonal faces and a second form 24 of module where the module 24 sits upon a triangular face, tessellation being achieved when a hexagonal panel 20 of a first form 16 of module is abutted against a hexagonal panel 20 of a second form of module. Multi-storey buildings can be constructed using the upper surfaces created from contiguaus topmost panels 26 28 being employed as the horizontal surface 18 26 28 for construction of an upper storey tessellation. Alignment of upper 26 28 and tower like panels between the upper surfaces of one storey and the tower surfaces of the next higher storey permits automatic creation of utility ducts 30 within the multi storey building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
  • Patent number: 8839569
    Abstract: A modular datacenter facility is constructed with a set of building modules of different types of functionality to form an entire datacenter facility having a standardized pre-approved architectural design and layout. All instances of a particular type of building module will have approximately a same floor plan and architectural design. An initial set of building modules can be built upon a parcel of land, and then as needs of space and additional capacity of the modular datacenter facility increase, then at a future point in time additional building modules of the different types can be rapidly added to the initial set of building modules. The building modules of the different types use one or more connecting corridors architected into at least a first type of building module and corresponding aligned doorways between both building modules to interconnect two building modules adjacent and abutted to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Compass Datacenters, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Crosby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8839579
    Abstract: A framing construction system is provided that may comprise a cable protecting plate comprising non-metallic material, an upper convex surface, a lower concave surface, a first side edge, a second side edge, a first end, and a second end; an opening provided in wallboard; wherein the protecting plate is substantially rectangular in shape and inserted within the opening in the wallboard, with the lower concave surface being placed over a service line positioned across a structural support to prevent typical fasteners from penetrating the service line; and wherein the protecting plate is pivoted around the structural support and the upper convex surface of the protecting plate resting against an inside surface of the wallboard to secure by tension the protecting plate in the opening in the wallboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Everett L. Lakoduk
  • Patent number: 8833002
    Abstract: I disclose a design and method for constructing and installing a cell front panel system that simplifies the design, construction and installation of secure jail, prison, containment or detainment cell fronts. This design and method allows for construction and installation of cell fronts to occur at any time during a facility construction, using only small hand tools and non-specialized workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: William Vollis Lack, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8820002
    Abstract: A headwall unit mountable to at least one wall support member, the at least one wall support member having a wall supporting surface for receiving wall material. The headwall unit includes a frame comprising a back plate mountable to the at least one wall support member so as to overlie the wall supporting surface, the back plate having at least one back port for receiving a medical service carrier through the back plate; and a faceplate attachable to the frame such that the faceplate is spaced apart from the back plate and defines a space therebetween for receiving a fixture, the fixture being connectable to the medical service carrier for supplying a medical service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Class Inc.
    Inventors: Barry W. Hunt, Christopher B. Over, Michael John Baratto, Brendan S. Fernandes, Daniel Soares Costa, Tricia A. Blondin
  • Patent number: 8813445
    Abstract: Disclosed are a support beam structure capable of extending a span and reducing a height of a ceiling structure and an installing method thereof. The support beam structure includes an H-beam extending in a longitudinal direction, an inclined extension part fastened to a lower surface or a side surface of the H-beam and inclined in such a way as to flare at an upper end thereof, a reinforcing part for reinforcing the inclined extension part, a deck placed on an upper end of the inclined extension part, and a concrete layer for filling a top of the inclined extension part, a top of the H-beam, and a top of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Choong-Ki Kim