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Precision-manufactured Comfort Block concrete masonry units fit together so tightly they can be assembled into walls using masonry adhesive, rather than mortar. When paired with matching EPS inserts, they also create a highly efficient wall system with an estimated effective R-value of up to 30 or higher.

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College Hits High Note with Acoustics

Mesa Community College’s re-dedication to music and the arts gave birth to a new performing arts center, acoustically fine-tuned with an inner and outer shell of sound-reflective masonry. The transformation of the Mesa Community College (MCC) Performing Arts Center began when the college purchased the Harkins Movie Theatre, a vacant movie house built in 1979, to drive student interest in the arts and offer a broad range of musical, dance and theatrical performances. Designed by Jones Studio of Phoenix, the $10.3 million, multi-purpose facility, opened as the MCC Performing Arts Center in 2014. This rebirth and rededication into the arts found the center in need of some acoustic fine-tuning,

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The Sliding Glass Door Solution

In order to bring light deep into the floorplate, AZ TV, Arizona’s channel 7 selected floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door solutions. Enabling the full office to experience the buzz of the news room in these open, yet enclosed spaces, a strip of frosted glass runs across the glass panels to both lend a nice aesthetic and ensure safety.

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Team Effort at Practice Facility

The Advocate Center, the new practice home to the Chicago Bulls, needed a resilient envelope due to Chicago’s seasonal weather changes. The metal panels chosen feature high-performance thermal efficiency and moisture control. After holding practices in Deerfield, Ill. since 1992, the Chicago Bulls moved into their new Advocate Center practice facility in downtown Chicago in early 2015. Situated directly next door to the United Center—where the Bulls play their home games—the new practice facility eliminated what had previously been a half-hour commute for the players, coaches and team staff . Features such as two full-length basketball courts, media and weight rooms, a mini

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And the Award Goes To...

Winners of the 2017 GOOD DESIGN from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and European Centre for Architecture, Spectra+ Touch, Spectra+ eTouch showerheads and ActiClean self-cleaning toilet have been recognized for design excellence. The Spectra+ Touch changes spray patterns when users touch the showerhead’s outside ring and the Spectra+ eTouch showerhead uses a mountable remote for easy user access to the controls.

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Four flooring surfaces provide safety, ergonomic and acoustic properties for the fitness center.

Flooring Revitalizes School Fitness Center

According to Dana Ridenour, director of Advancement at Calvary Christian Academy (CCA), a pre-K3-12 school located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., “Everything starts with the flooring. Then you can start building and painting, but you have got to have a great floor first.” The surface of the entire fitness center, which is housed inside a former warehouse adjacent to the campus, was concrete. Four surfaces provide safety, ergonomic and acoustic properties for the 3774-sq.-ft. space, which is used by more than 200 students and student athletes daily. The academy had 1482 sq. ft. of Monster Roll installed in the weight lifting area, which features 14 racks with custom, in-laid platforms

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