Building Smarter Kiosks The Intelligent Kiosk Co. (IQK), Edina, Minn., has developed customer-friendly electronic kiosks that offer a range of services tailored to fit a company's needs. A research budget of $11 million has yielded a design that's attractive and useful for customers and compact and efficient for businesses. These "passive robots" have been programmed to anticipate user needs, provide interactive services, run self-diagnostic maintenance tests and use controlled mobility. In addition, the kiosks can act as virtual salespeople and handle information transfer. Call (800) 433-1066 for more information.

Pattern Portfolio Released "Product Portfolio," the latest brochure from Newnan, Ga.-based Bonar Floors, shows the Flotex collection of patterns and colors available in both rolled goods and tile. With cleanability, spot-release and bacterial-discouraging properties, the carpet products are designed for use in the toughest traffic areas. The literature reflects new colors and patterns. Call (800) 852-8292 for a copy of the catalog.

Sculpture Conference Set The International Sculpture Center (ISC), Hamilton, N.J., is hosting the Sculpture Parks and Gardens Conference Oct. 13-16 in Hamilton and Princeton, N.J. The conference will provide an overview of the past, present and future sculpture parks and gardens, addressing a wide range of topics including planning, developing, managing and securing the support needed to make these projects a reality. Call (609) 689-1051 for more information.

Cats Feature Ergo Control The latest lift truck 6,000-lb. to 8,000-lb. capacity walkies are featured in a new 10-page brochure from Houston-based Caterpillar Lift Trucks. The models feature a new ergonomic control handle and a restyled structural foam service cover. The control handle's grips and knobs match the natural orientation of the operator's hand. The Cat 10,000-lb. capacity tow tractor is also featured in the brochure. Call (800) CAT-LIFT for a brochure.

P+R Designer Staff Expands Long Beach, Calif.-based Perkowitz + Ruth Architects Inc. (P+R) has added two new architects to its ranks. Alan Pullman has been named design director for the firm's urban-retail and mixed-use project teams. Bringing with him 15 years of experience, Pullman most recently served as design director at Beverly Hills, Calif.-based MCG Architects. Kevin Dobson Mequet has been named the first design manager for the firm's environmental graphic design division. More than half of Mequet's 16 years in the business have been with P+R, where he served as an architectural design manager and senior designer from 1986 to 1994. Most recently, he worked at Seattle-based Callison Architecture Inc.

At 15, DuMor Does More Mifflintown, Pa.-based DuMor Inc. is celebrating 15 years in business with its 1999 collection. The collection features both standard and custom design options for benches, tables, trash receptacles and tree guards. The pieces work well alone or can be coordinated with companion pieces for a complete DuMor design scheme. Call (800) 598-4018 for a copy of the catalog.

Repro Firm Saves Time Memphis, Tenn.-based Plan Express is in the business of saving time. The partnership, formed by Jim Angelici and DeWayne Adamson five years ago, saves architects and contractors time by handling reprographic services. The time savings result from the ability to provide plan reproduction and distribution services that guarantee next-day delivery if an order is made by 6 p.m. This allows for less down-time for both the designers and the contractors hoping to bid on a project. Call (800) 752-6390.

Stone Care Classes Offered Owings Mills, Md.-based Stone Care International Inc. (SCI), a manufacturer of stone and tile maintenance products, has expanded its training facilities to accommodate 40 people. SCI offers free one-day training courses in maintaining natural stone, including marble, granite, slate, limestone, terrazzo, agglomerates, grout and ceramic tile. The course covers proper care of floors, countertops and walls. Call (800) 839-1654.