Rigid Barrier Cantilevered From Vertical Support Patents (Class 52/73)
  • Patent number: 10900243
    Abstract: A two-piece trim assembly covers the ends of siding used on building exterior walls. The trim assembly includes an L-shaped base and L-shaped cover. The base is secured to the wall first, then the siding strips are attached to the wall such that the ends of the strips are in close proximity to the upstanding leg of the base. Then the cover is installed so that one leg overlies the upstanding leg of the base and the front leg overlies the corners of the siding strips. The inner surface of the base and the outer surface of the cover or color coordinated with the siding strip, with the non-colored surfaces of the base and cover being hidden from view when the base and cover are assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Terry Koethe
  • Patent number: 10641004
    Abstract: A mobile communications device includes a wireless communication transceiver to communicate commands or messages and to receive commands, measurements or messages, one or more memory devices, one or more processors, computer-readable instructions stored in the one or more memory devices, accessed from the one or more memory devices and executable by the one or more processors to cause the mobile device to communicate, via the wireless communication transceiver, commands, messages or instructions to a first umbrella to control some operations of the first umbrella and communicate, via the wireless communication transceiver, commands, messages or instructions to a second umbrella to control some operations of the second umbrella. The wireless transceiver may communicate utilizing a personal area network (PAN) communications protocol, a wireless local area network communications protocol or a cellular communications protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Shadecraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Armen Sevada Gharabegian
  • Patent number: 9816315
    Abstract: The window well cover is a cover that is placed on top of the window well. The window well cover is a screened frame that prevents debris from falling into the window well but allows light to pass into the window well in order to provide natural light to enter cellar environments. The window well cover is fitted with a first door and a second door that allows access into the window well for maintenance purposes. The first door and the second door are secured with a locking latch when closed. The window well cover comprises a first door, a second door, a master panel, and a locking latch. The first door and the second door are mounted on the master panel. The locking latch secures the first door and the second door in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Wayne Price, Dann Papp
  • Patent number: 9072275
    Abstract: The Panoramic Pet View is a new approach to allowing pets to look through a wall or a fence. It provides a 180 degree view for the pet, and the pet can turn its head inside of the Panoramic Pet View. The design of this device allows the pet to hear sound as well as seeing in all directions including up and down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Dale Allen Kleuskens
  • Patent number: 9068352
    Abstract: A framework for a building structure. The framework is constructed of two open-walled structures, an inner core structure and an outer core structure. Each core structure is a six-sided cuboid structure formed by hollow horizontal and vertical conduits. The inner core structure is smaller than the outer core structure and interconnecting hollow conduit webs link the two cores. The inner core may be placed on a different horizontal plane than the outer structure, in which case, the interconnecting webs slope from one core to the other one. The conduits of the cores are dimensioned to house utility systems, such as plumbing, wiring, staircases, etc. Walls, windows, doors may be attached to the core structures, to achieve a residential or commercial space suitable for the intended purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: J Martin Lovely Thompson
  • Patent number: 8966848
    Abstract: A sun louvre formed by a structure supporting an interweave of metal sheets is provided. The sun louvre includes a plurality of structural profiles and a plurality of supporting plates. The supporting plates have two perforations which are passed through by an outer tube and an inner tube. The sheets pass by a front portion of the outer tube and by a rear portion of the inner tube immediately precedent or previous with respect to the outer tube. Adjacent sheets are interwoven in an alternate manner with respect to the outer and inner tubes. Ends of the sheets have reinforcement plates from which a hook is gripped. The hook has a stud fixed thereto that is enclosed by a spring that tensions the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Chile S.A.
    Inventor: Patricio Mardones Precht
  • Patent number: 8959844
    Abstract: A deck for positioning adjacent a structure may include a foundation configured for positioning relatively proximate to the structure, a frame extending from the foundation, and a deck system arranged about and supported by the frame, wherein the deck is adapted for positioning adjacent the structure and for cantilevering away from the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Mike Ingalls
  • Patent number: 8960457
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a “floating” shelf assembly that is configured for mounting on attic rafters or exposed wall studs. In at least one embodiment, the shelf assembly comprises a shelf that includes rotatable mounts at a first edge, which are configured to mount to adjacent rafters at a desired height above the attic floor or insulation. The shelf further includes flexible members which are configured to hang the opposing, second edge of the shelf from an overhead mounting point. The ability to rotate the shelf relative to its mounted first edge allows easy leveling of the shelf by adjusting the hanging length of the flexible members suspending the second edge of the shelf. The shelf assembly also permits direct use with wall studs, where the rotatable mounts are attached to the wall studs and the flexible members are pulled taught, diagonally back and above the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Shawn Brisendine
  • Patent number: 8955288
    Abstract: A concealable cantilever support has a first leg extending from an outward end to an inward end, and near its inward end at least one adjusting hole; and a second leg orthogonal to the first leg, and integrally joined at an inward end thereof to the inward end of the first leg, inward faces of the first and second legs facing each other without intervening material. A portion of the first leg distal from the adjusting hole is restrained flat to the hidden face of the wall, the second leg protrudes from a roomward face of the wall with its outward face upward and orthogonal to the wall, a portion of the first leg adjacent the adjusting hole is free to flex away from the hidden face of the wall by actuation of an adjusting screw inserted through the adjusting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Snyder
  • Patent number: 8813432
    Abstract: A construction apparatus for use within an elevator hoistway is provided. The construction apparatus includes span members, each span member having a first end, a second end and a length. Sill attachments are connected to the first end of the span members. The sill attachments are configured to rotate about and seat against a building sill. A support member connected to the second end of the span members. The support members are configured to seat against a second side of the elevator hoistway. The length of the span members is longer than a horizontal distance from the building sill to the second side of the elevator hoistway such that the span members rest in an inclined orientation with respect to a substantially horizontal axis. One or more platforms is supported by one or more forms, the platforms arranged such as to provide a working platform within the elevator hoistway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Wurtec Elevator Products & Services
    Inventor: Steven P. Wurth
  • Patent number: 8776448
    Abstract: A balcony assembly for attachment to a load-bearing structure of a building is provided. The assembly has a plate of low thermal mass composite material such as fiberglass. A supporting structure attached to the plate provides rigidity. An anchor is configured to attach one side of the balcony assembly to a floor of the building in a cantilevered arrangement. The balcony assembly is useful in minimizing heat transfer through concrete floor slabs, and has the added benefit of reducing the overall weight of the balcony, which in turn allows lighter construction of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: CCI Balconies Inc.
    Inventors: David Bradly, Philip Locker
  • Patent number: 8756874
    Abstract: The embodiments presented herein include systems and methods for mitigating fatigue and fracture in mast-and-arm supporting structures caused by wind and other excitation forces. In particular, the embodiments presented herein utilize pre-stressed devices to reduce tensile stresses in arm-to-mast connections and/or mast-to-foundation connections of the traffic signal supporting structures. Present embodiments may employ stressed cables, post-tensioned bars (e.g., DYWIDAG bars), threaded rods, and so forth, to mitigate fatigue and fracture in the traffic signal supporting structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Stefan Hurlebaus, John B. Mander
  • Patent number: 8739473
    Abstract: A trellis system is disclosed wherein the trellis comprises a front tube, a back tube, and two end tubes joined together, a plurality of roof panels, each panel having a perimeter, wherein the perimeter of the panel is coupled to at least a back tube surface and a front tube surface; a plurality of cross member assemblies wherein the cross member assemblies assist in creating tension between the front tube and the back tube, and a plurality of fasteners coupling the front tube to the end tubes, the back tube to the end tubes, and the roof panels to at least the front tube and the back tube, wherein the fasteners are not visible when the trellis system is installed. The trellis system also includes accent bands. A plurality of turnbuckles allows for easy leveling of the trellis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Division 8 Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Michel, Eric Goodman, Ned Albert
  • Publication number: 20140053473
    Abstract: A balcony assembly for attachment to a load-bearing structure of a building is provided. The assembly has a plate of low thermal mass composite material such as fiberglass. A supporting structure attached to the plate provides rigidity. An anchor is configured to attach one side of the balcony assembly to a floor of the building in a cantilevered arrangement. The balcony assembly is useful in minimizing heat transfer through concrete floor slabs, and has the added benefit of reducing the overall weight of the balcony, which in turn allows lighter construction of the building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: CCI BALCONIES INC.
    Inventors: DAVID BRADLY, PHILIP LOCKER
  • Patent number: 8640394
    Abstract: The invention is an assembly of elements to collect solar energy and rain water. Solar energy is converted to electricity by either photovoltaic film or laminate panels or sheets mounted atop arcuate, curved canopy structures that are formed and positioned like “wings”. Rainwater is collected by the low-incidence arcuate curved wings and directed to a central trough along the wings' structural spine, which conducts it through a support column to a water container or vessel. In a preferred embodiment the vessel is an underground container extending parallel to and as long as the above-ground structural spine of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Donald S. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8607528
    Abstract: A method of building a structure, the method including the steps of: 1. fabricating a generally longitudinal, non-steel sub-structure of the structure with a cable retainer attached to, or forming part of, the sub-structure and that extends substantially longitudinally therealong; 2. assembling the sub-structure into a structure; 3. inserting a cable into the cable retainer; 4. after step 2, applying a tensile force to the cable relative to the cable retainer; and 5. after step 4, bonding the cable to the cable retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Murray Ellen
  • Patent number: 8596261
    Abstract: Passive solar wire screens mount vertically on an edifice. The screens have rods vertically arranged parallel to one another and have wires horizontally arranged parallel to one another. The wires attach to the rods and have first surfaces facing away from the edifice in an upward direction from vertical. The wires also have second surfaces facing toward the edifice in a downward direction from vertical. When the sun has a summer elevation on the horizon, the first surfaces passively reflect solar energy incident thereto away from the wire screens. When the sun has a winter elevation on the horizon, however, the first surfaces passively reflect solar energy incident thereto toward the second surfaces, which in turn passively reflect the solar energy toward the edifice. A concave surface on the wires can also reflect thermal energy back to the edifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Bilfinger Water Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Maxson, Michael Ekholm
  • Patent number: 8443572
    Abstract: A method of building a structure, the method including the steps of: 1. fabricating a generally longitudinal, steel sub-structure of the structure with a cable retainer attached to, or forming part of, the substructure and that extends substantially longitudinally therealong; 2. assembling the sub-structure into a structure; 3. inserting a cable into the cable retainer; 4. after step 2, applying a tensile force to the cable relative to the cable retainer; and 5. after step 4, bonding the cable to the cable retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: S2 Holdings Pty Limited
    Inventor: Murray Ellen
  • Patent number: 8402704
    Abstract: A strong, aesthetically pleasing solar power structure comprising a hollow-beam frame, a plurality of photovoltaic panels, a sub-assembly for holding the PV panels, and a plurality of columns is provided. Also provided is a kit for making such a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Phat Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Philippe Hartley, Nicholas Brady Tucker
  • Publication number: 20130042542
    Abstract: A carport for a vehicle includes a roof, a concrete foundation, and a battery charging station. The roof is mounted to the concrete foundation via at least one support. The concrete foundation has a storage area therein. The charging station has a component for charging a battery of an electric vehicle parked underneath the roof next to the concrete foundation. The component of the charging station is positioned within the storage area of the concrete foundation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: LEOPOLD KOSTAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Joerg Welschholz
  • Patent number: 8375655
    Abstract: A carport for a vehicle includes a roof, a concrete foundation, and a battery charging station. The roof is mounted to the concrete foundation via at least one support. The concrete foundation has a storage area therein. The charging station has a component for charging a battery of an electric vehicle parked underneath the roof next to the concrete foundation. The component of the charging station is positioned within the storage area of the concrete foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Joerg Welschholz
  • Patent number: 8365484
    Abstract: A steel structural member is secured to a vertical cast concrete member or wall by a connector system including a fabricated steel receiver embedded within the wall. Embedded anchors are attached to the receiver which has upper and lower front wall portions flush with the concrete wall and define a front opening. A support bracket has a horizontal plate attached to the beam and a vertical plate which fits through the front opening within the receiver. The bracket is attached to the beam which is then elevated, and the vertical plate is inserted through the opening into the receiver. The beam and vertical plate are then shifted downwardly until opposite upper and lower edge portions of the vertical plate are blocked by the front wall portions of the receiver. In the illustrated embodiment, the front opening and vertical plate are generally rectangular with the opening wider than the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Foley Group, LLC
    Inventor: Robert P. Foley
  • Patent number: 8365472
    Abstract: A foldaway balcony comprises a platform structure tiltably mounted on a wall and a rail structure mounted to the platform structure. The platform structure comprises a box-like support structure and a planar floor structure which are tiltable relative to the wall separately from each other. The rail structure comprises a plurality of rail elements, which are hinged at the edge of the support structure of the platform structure, and are tiltable between a stored position, in which they lay within the support structure, and a deployed position, in which they stand relative to the support structure. When the platform structure moves from the closed position to the open position, first the support structure is tilted, then the rail elements move from the stored position to the deployed position, and finally the floor structure is tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Opacmare S.p.A.
    Inventor: Michele Grimaldi
  • Patent number: 8347559
    Abstract: A structure for outdoor marquees, pergolas and the like, of the type that comprises at least one supporting post with a substantially vertical arrangement, which is associated with at least one beam which can have an even slightly inclined arrangement. The beam comprises two mutually opposite profiles having a substantially U-shaped cross-section, the first profile, which is superimposed on the second profile and faces it, accommodating elements for moving a marquee associated with the structure, the second profile constituting a path for collecting rainwater that drains off the marquee in order to convey it to a drainage path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Corradi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luca Grazioso
  • Publication number: 20120304552
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a modular carport structure comprising one upright member (2), a cantilever roof structure (3) designed to be supported by this upright member (2), and star-like connecting means (4) designed to support and connect the cantilever roof structure (3) to the upright member (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Cox
  • Publication number: 20120240481
    Abstract: A deck for positioning adjacent a structure may include a foundation configured for positioning relatively proximate to the structure, a frame extending from the foundation, and a deck system arranged about and supported by the frame, wherein the deck is adapted for positioning adjacent the structure and for cantilevering away from the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Mike Ingalls
  • Patent number: 8266854
    Abstract: A grommet closure device for sealing a cable opening in a raised floor, the device comprising: a frame structure defining an aperture; and a sealing member having flexible sealing means attached along its length in cantilever fashion, the sealing member being arranged to span the aperture such that unattached ends of the sealing means can extend away from the sealing member and rest on the frame structure, thereby covering the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Cannon Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Edward Reddicliffe
  • Patent number: 8245464
    Abstract: A device for tensioning a dual-skin flexible wall capable of interaction with at least one rigid mount, the device being mounted at the opposite edges of two skins to be retained by the rigid mount. The device includes a cord designed to interact with a groove formed in the rigid mount, and an inflatable bead capable of spacing the two skins away from and parallel to each other. Once inflated, the inflatable bead has a substantially cylindrical shape and remains confined outside the volume occupied by the rigid mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Tissage Et Enduction Serge Ferrari SA
    Inventors: Carlos Saiz, Sebastien Baril
  • Patent number: 8209925
    Abstract: A steel structural member such as a joist or beam is secured to a vertical cast concrete by a connector system including a fabricated steel receiver embedded within the wall. Embedded anchors are attached to the receiver which has front wall portions flush with the concrete wall and define a front opening. A support bracket has an attachment plate secured to the beam and a vertical plate which fits through the front opening within the receiver. The bracket is attached to the beam which is then elevated, and the vertical plate is inserted through the opening into the receiver. The beam and vertical plate are then shifted until opposite edge portions of the vertical plate are blocked by the front wall portions of the receiver. In the illustrated embodiments, the front opening and vertical plate are generally triangular, and the support bracket has a vertical or horizontal attachment plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Foley Group, LLC
    Inventor: Robert P. Foley
  • Patent number: 8209924
    Abstract: A steel structural member such as a joist or beam is secured to a vertical cast concrete member or wall by a connector system including a fabricated steel receiver embedded within the wall. Embedded anchors are attached to the receiver which has front wall portions flush with the concrete wall and define a front opening. A support bracket has a horizontal plate attached to the beam and a vertical plate which fits through the front opening within the receiver. The bracket is attached to the beam which is then elevated, and the vertical plate is inserted through the opening into the receiver. The beam and vertical plate are then shifted until opposite edge portions of the vertical plate are blocked by the front wall portions of the receiver. In the illustrated embodiment, the front opening and vertical plate are generally triangular, and the support bracket has a welded reinforcing gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Foley Group, LLC
    Inventor: Robert P. Foley
  • Patent number: 8201363
    Abstract: Systems are provided for use in balcony structures. The system includes a joist comprising an upper chord and a lower chord separated by a web. One end of the joist is supported by a supporting member and a cantilevered balcony extends generally perpendicularly from the supporting member. The cantilevered balcony comprises a cementitious balcony slab extending from a cementitious floor slab. The cementitious floor slab includes a backspan region extending from the top of the supporting member opposite the cementitious balcony slab. A portion of the joist in the backspan region comprises a decking supporting member coupled to the web. The joist in the backspan region supports decking using the decking supporting member; however, the joist beyond the backspan region supports decking above the upper chord. In this way, the cementitious floor slab in the backspan region is thicker than the cementitious floor slab beyond the backspan region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Nucor Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn Wayne Studebaker, David Lee Samuelson, Lionel Edward Dayton
  • Publication number: 20120073213
    Abstract: Systems are provided for use in balcony structures. The system includes a joist comprising an upper chord and a lower chord separated by a web. One end of the joist is supported by a supporting member and a cantilevered balcony extends generally perpendicularly from the supporting member. The cantilevered balcony comprises a cementitious balcony slab extending from a cementitious floor slab. The cementitious floor slab includes a backspan region extending from the top of the supporting member opposite the cementitious balcony slab. A portion of the joist in the backspan region comprises a decking supporting member coupled to the web. The joist in the backspan region supports decking using the decking supporting member; however, the joist beyond the backspan region supports decking above the upper chord. In this way, the cementitious floor slab in the backspan region is thicker than the cementitious floor slab beyond the backspan region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Nucor Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn Wayne Studebaker, David Lee Samuelson, Lionel Edward Dayton
  • Patent number: 8116004
    Abstract: A reflective light shelf includes a first wall including an outer surface exhibiting a combination of diffuse and spectral reflectivity adapted to reflect light into the associated building structure and an inner surface disposed opposite the outer surface. A second wall includes an inner surface disposed in facing relation to the inner surface of the first wall and an outer surface opposite the inner surface. The second wall is disposed in spaced relation to the first wall such that a shelf height is defined between the outer surfaces of the first and second walls. An inner-core structure is operatively connected between the inner surfaces of the first and second walls. A reflective light shelf system and method are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Firestone Building Products Company, LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Griffiths
  • Patent number: 8096084
    Abstract: Systems are provided for use in balcony structures. The system includes a joist comprising an upper chord and a lower chord separated by a web. One end of the joist is supported by a supporting member and a cantilevered balcony extends generally perpendicularly from the supporting member. The cantilevered balcony comprises a cementitious balcony slab extending from a cementitious floor slab. The cementitious floor slab includes a backspan region extending from the top of the supporting member opposite the cementitious balcony slab. A portion of the joist in the backspan region comprises a decking supporting member coupled to the web between the upper chord and the lower chord. The joist in the backspan region supports decking using the decking supporting member; however, the joist beyond the backspan region supports decking above the upper chord. In this way, the cementitious floor slab in the backspan region is thicker than the cementitious floor slab beyond the backspan region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Nucor Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn Wayne Studebaker, David Lee Samuelson, Lionel Edward Dayton
  • Patent number: 8082697
    Abstract: A mounting bracket assembly is included that is capable of securing an associated rigid sunscreen on an associated building structure. The mounting bracket assembly can include a first bracket that is adapted for securement on the associated building structure and a second bracket that is adapted for securement on the associated rigid sunscreen. The first bracket can include a first interengaging feature, and the second bracket can include a second interengaging feature that is cooperative with the first interengaging feature of the first bracket. A sunscreen and mounting bracket assembly, a sunscreen and mounting bracket kit, and a method of assembly are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Firestone Building Products Company, LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Griffiths
  • Patent number: 8037645
    Abstract: A trellis system is disclosed wherein the trellis comprises a front tube, a back tube, and two end tubes joined together, a plurality of roof panels, each panel having a perimeter, wherein the perimeter of the panel is coupled to at least a back tube surface and a front tube surface; a plurality of cross member assemblies wherein the cross member assemblies assist in creating tension between the front tube and the back tube, and a plurality of fasteners coupling the front tube to the end tubes, the back tube to the end tubes, and the roof panels to at least the front tube and the back tube, wherein the fasteners are not visible when the trellis system is installed. The trellis system also includes accent bands. A plurality of turnbuckles allows for easy leveling of the trellis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventors: Tim Michel, Eric Goodman, Ned H. Albert
  • Patent number: 8011140
    Abstract: An information display shelter includes at least a canopy, a supporting structure, a receiving device, and a signaling path. The canopy includes a display area on at least one surface thereof. The supporting structure is connected to and supports the canopy over a sheltered area defined by a width and a length of a parking space. The supporting structure is configured so as to permit substantially unobstructed access to the sheltered area and viewing of the display area. The receiving device is operable to receive and process a signal including images to be displayed. The signaling path couples the receiving device to the canopy and facilitates communication of the images to the canopy for display in the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Steven Durham
  • Patent number: 7992350
    Abstract: A column borne building construction according to the present invention comprises a building and one substantially vertical column for bearing the load of said building construction. The building has a polyhedron shape, this polyhedron shape having a top face defining a polygon shape by means of N1 top edges and N1 top vertices. The polyhedron shape comprises additional faces other than said top face, which additional faces are defined by additional edges and additional vertices. The top face is substantially perpendicular to the column and encircling the column. Each of the N1 top vertices join two top edges and at least one additional edge of the polyhedron. The column has a top coupling point and at least 3 of the N1 top vertices are connected to the column by means of a tension member. The extensions of these tension members coincide in the top coupling point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Four Elements N.V.
    Inventor: Luc Vriens
  • Patent number: 7980029
    Abstract: An extendible shelter connectable to a building has an extendible frame and a plurality of covers, connected to an outermost frame end, for covering the frame. Adjacent covers are connected to one another at outermost edge ends of their adjacent edges, which are threaded through a fastener. As the frame is extended outwardly away from the building, the adjacent edges are drawn through the fastener, which fastens the edges together to automatically fasten the adjacent covers. When the frame is retracted, the fastener unfastens the edges and covers. Anchor for locking wheels for the frame in fixed position on a ground surface over which the shelter extends are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Hamidullah Ahmedy
  • Publication number: 20100263298
    Abstract: A mounting bracket assembly is included that is capable of securing an associated rigid sunscreen on an associated building structure. The mounting bracket assembly can include a first bracket that is adapted for securement on the associated building structure and a second bracket that is adapted for securement on the associated rigid sunscreen. The first bracket can include a first interengaging feature, and the second bracket can include a second interengaging feature that is cooperative with the first interengaging feature of the first bracket. A sunscreen and mounting bracket assembly, a sunscreen and mounting bracket kit, and a method of assembly are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Applicant: Firestone Metal Products, LLC
    Inventor: Robert T. Griffiths
  • Patent number: 7810285
    Abstract: A building barrier system wherein a portion of the building barrier system can transition between an erect position and a substantially flat position thereby allowing access to the interior of the structure without having to disassemble the building barrier system and associated method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Robert L. Liptak
  • Patent number: 7748195
    Abstract: A support or jack that hangs from the tabs of a poured concrete wall. The support may include a hook that engages in an opening in the tab, to connect the support to the wall. The support may include a slot in which the tab is received, to connect the support to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Jerry Lee Keith
  • Publication number: 20100050541
    Abstract: A shelter is adapted to protect any prospective passengers of a bus from weather-related elements while he or she awaits arrival of the bus at a bus stop. The bus-stop shelter includes an upstanding post defining a first end thereof adapted to be installed below a surface of ground by which the shelter is supported and a second end of the post adapted to be disposed above the ground surface. A canopy defines a substantially central portion thereof and is adapted to be supported at a portion of the canopy off the central portion by the second end of the post and substantially over the prospective passenger such that the canopy protects the prospective passenger from the weather-related elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: John J. Bright
  • Publication number: 20090019789
    Abstract: A curb-mounted screen for roof-top equipment has wall structure spaced outwardly from the curb for concealing the equipment from view. Fasteners secured to generally horizontally extending support members are hooked over the curb to secure the screen thereto without attaching the screen to the underlying roof or the equipment thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Richard Douglas Gephart, Allen S. Leet, Stephan L. Jensen, Jonathon A. Steed
  • Patent number: 7469506
    Abstract: A retractable cover for a surface includes a first section configured to be movably coupled to the surface and covering at least a first portion of the surface. The first section is movable relative to the surface between an open orientation in which said first portion of the surface is uncovered and a closed orientation in which the first portion of the surface is covered. The retractable cover further includes a second section configured to be movably coupled to the surface. The second section is movable between a lowered orientation relatively closer to a second portion of the surface and a raised orientation relatively more remote from the second portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Vincent J. Hosey
  • Patent number: 7424791
    Abstract: The cable bracket mechanism is extendable between a cleat or clamp mounted to a building and a part of a bay or bow window that is remote from the building. The mechanism includes an elongated bracket having a a flange at one end extending about right angles to the main body and a reversely curved hook portion at the other end that is joined to the main body and is extended into a second bracket opening, a cable having one end connected to a building and at its opposite end to a stud extended through an aperture in the flange, the second bracket being mounted to the window, and a fastener threadable on the stud to bear against the flange for adjusting the tension in the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Window Support Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20080216418
    Abstract: An information display shelter includes at least a canopy, a supporting structure, a receiving device, and a signaling path. The canopy includes a display area on at least one surface thereof. The supporting structure is connected to and supports the canopy over a sheltered area defined by a width and a length of a parking space. The supporting structure is configured so as to permit substantially unobstructed access to the sheltered area and viewing of the display area. The receiving device is operable to receive and process a signal including images to be displayed. The signaling path couples the receiving device to the canopy and facilitates communication of the images to the canopy for display in the display area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Steven Durham
  • Publication number: 20080184629
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new gutter-mounted protection system for use in the construction, remodeling and renovating fields, and more particularly, to a device, system, and method for protecting a gutter, siding or landscape from damage during construction activities. The invention may also be used to temporarily create an area protected from weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventors: Paul G. Kruk, James G. Kruk
  • Patent number: RE41863
    Abstract: A floor grommet for use in building and office structures supplied with air conditioning via under floor plenum. Directed flow of conditioned air is optimized by limiting the escape of air from the plenum into the space above the floor by leakage through floor openings provided for power cables, data cables and the like. Specialized floor grommets installed in the cable openings are comprised of a surrounding frame mounting sealing elements comprised of thin, flexible elements which are anchored at one end in the grommet frame and extend toward the center of the opening, from each side, to effectively close the opening against significant flow of conditioned air from the plenum below. Cables passing through the grommet opening cause minimal deflection of the flexible elements to limit the escape of conditioned air. Preferably, the resilient, flexible elements are filamentary in nature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Upsite Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur T. Sempliner, Jonathan Brill, Kenneth Brill, Robert Sullivan, William Pitt Turner, IV
  • Patent number: RE43175
    Abstract: A floor grommet for use in building and office structures supplied with air conditioning via under floor plenum. Directed flow of conditioned air is optimized by limiting the escape of air from the plenum into the space above the floor by leakage through floor openings provided for power cables, data cables and the like. Specialized floor grommets installed in the cable openings are comprised of a surrounding frame mounting sealing elements comprised of thin, flexible elements which are anchored at one end in the grommet frame and extend toward the center of the opening, from each side, to effectively close the opening against significant flow of conditioned air from the plenum below. Cables passing through the grommet opening cause minimal deflection of the flexible elements to limit the escape of conditioned air. Preferably, the resilient, flexible elements are filamentary in nature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Upsite Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur T. Sempliner, Jonathan Brill, Kenneth Brill, Robert Sullivan, William Pitt Turner, IV