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senior living with quartz countertops


In an aging world, our senior communities are no longer the last in line to receive the best in countertops. There are currently more than two million people living in some type of senior facility and this number will continue to grow. These communities require infection prevention as much as any community and the choice of countertops is paramount in reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Until recently, senior communities had to choose between bacterial resistant materials and aesthetically pleasing materials. Thanks to engineered materials, senior communities can now have the best of both worlds. Enter quartz countertops in senior living.

Many senior communities are requiring the same amenities that their communities had before retirement and some would even like an upgrade. While granite is a beautiful and durable material, there are some inherent problems with using it. The first and foremost problem with using granite in a senior community is that the material is porous. This requires a granite countertop to be continuously sealed to maintain any non-porous attributes. Another major problem with choosing granite for a senior community is consistency. Mother Nature is beautifully inconsistent and if you are aiming to maintain the same theme or color palette, a natural product will not work.

Quartz countertops are consistent in color/design and can have the look of granite. Quartz countertops are non-porous and never have to be resealed. This reduces the risks of infection and the amount of maintenance required. Our seniors deserve the best that retirement has to offer. This should include reducing the risk of infection and the feeling that a well-appointed home delivers.

At ASST, we have the capability to relieve the stress of managing surface, millwork and casework fabrication and installation. By adding Quartz surfaces to our line of services, we have become the nation’s premier fabricator of commercial surface products. Steve Stoddard is heading up our Quartz division. Steve has an award-winning resume of commercial surface experience and is the keystone of our Quartz foundation. ASST is your full package fabricator for Division 6 and Division 12 Healthcare, Education, Corporate/Public Space and Retail surfaces.


division casework

Commercial Construction is an extremely dynamic business. There are many moving parts and the only way to predict the outcome is to know every variable (Chaos Theory/Butterfly Effect). A manufacturer flaps their wings in China (can’t produce material) and a tornado happens in Texas (occupancy dates are pushed).  This is akin to predicting the weather three weeks from today. The best you can do is prepare for multiple scenarios and make sure that you have the right trade partners.

Recently we were contacted by a customer who needed material fabricated for a job that another company had been contracted to fabricate. The company that had been contracted to fabricate this material was unable to produce in the timeframe required for occupancy of the project. ASST was asked if we could produce this needed product in an impossible time frame. Our team recognized an opportunity to highlight our ability to Go Beyond for our customer and we found a way to squeeze this into our backlog schedule. Could we do this every time? No, but we will always do our best to exceed the expectations of our customers.

At ASST our first Core Value is BEYOND: Doing more than our competitors to assist our customers. ASST is uniquely positioned to fulfill all aspects of your casework, millwork, solid surface and quartz project. Whatever you need, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. We look forward to Going Beyond for your exciting project! Contact us today at info@asst.com or visit our website at www.asst.com.

solid surface

Solid surface thermoforming technologies allow for a myriad of complex forms to be created such as a topographic map. The lynchpin to creating extreme contours is 5 axis CNC machining. 3D CAD software such as SolidWorks ® can be utilized to model practically any surface texture. Designers are continuing to push the boundaries with innovative surfaces that enhance interior architectural space.

Many times design professionals submit drawings for bid to General Contractors without specifying an appropriate wall cladding product in the architectural specification. Designers run the risk of installing contoured vertical wall surfaces made from molded gypsum plaster or thin plastic. The costs required for maintenance of these ineffective wall cladding systems required an entire new approach.

In response, we focused our business around thermoforming from the beginning. ASST has created a truly “niche” business, catering to advanced fabrication solutions for commercial construction. We created SCULPTCOR ® textured wall cladding to provide a durable solution unlike anything on the market today. Manufactured with 100% solid surface acrylic, this is an bacterial resistant wall cladding that is made to last. ASST’s proprietary mounting system allows for field adjustment and individual panel removal for maintenance. It is ASST’s legacy to continue assisting design professionals with thermoforming project challenges other fabricators avoid. Contact us with your next solid surface project!

At ASST, we have be fabricating solid surfaces for 22 years. We have a solid surface fabrication facility in McSherrystown, PA and a quartz fabrication facility in Corry, PA. Whatever your needs, ASST can build it to the exact specifications, in a safe manner and to the finest quality standards you expect. Contact us now online or call us at 717-630-1251. WWW.ASST.COM