A Clean Look

An all-glass entryway and curtainwall system combine to deliver a striking façade at 9001 Cypress Waters in North Dallas, Texas. Unique T-shaped mullions and extended face caps support the thermally broken curtainwall’s clean, streamlined spans of glass. GFF Architects’ design also features a four-story trellis made from layered aluminum tubing.

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Classroom Remodel Reveals Fun in the Ceiling

An elementary school computer lab was transformed from an outdated room to a 21st-century learning space on a tight budget, by a creative application of paint, carpet and ceiling tiles. Two aspects of school remodeling are generally predictable: the schedule is short and the budget is tight. Fortunately, school staff and teachers can bring other assets to the process: resourcefulness and creativity that make the mission possible. At Morton Gingerwood Elementary School in the Chicago suburbs, they were able to bring outdated rooms back to life and make exciting learning spaces by the clever application of carpeting, paint and intriguing ceilings. The computer lab for first and second gra

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Creative Backlight Options

By combining already intriguing perforated metal designs used for paneling, façades, columns, and ceilings with lighting the results are phenomenal. Light distribution is easily accomplished via the use of diffusion and even dispersion. The true beauty of this product shines when the metal combined with the backlighting brings forth an entirely new layer of art to the mix. From interesting designs by reflections off of the floor to selective lighting allowing for bland surfaces to have a pattern suddenly thrust on it, this product has visual appeal to spare, alongside the obvious functionality of controlled lighting.

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Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Stainless Steel Watts Automatic Control

Iconic Baseball Stadium Fountain Gets New Life

Kauffman Stadium’s fountains feature an upgraded stainless steel automatic control valves, which modulate, open and close for reliable and trouble-free operation, providing an eye-catching display of vibrant colors for spectators. Kauffman Stadium is home to two-time World Series winning KC Royals—a central division Major League Baseball team founded in 1969. The park’s best-known feature is the “Water Spectacular”—a massive fountain and waterfall display behind the right field fence. Built in the 1990s, the fountain is now a focal point for ballpark fans. The original control valves became completely rusted due to continuous submersion and needed replacem

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Don't Let Moisture Soak Your Deck

MoistureShield’s Elevate capped composite decking has a curated selection of classic and premium color options that allow contractors to create stylish, durable outdoor spaces simply and affordably. With a strong protective cap that shields each board from impact, corrosion and harsh weather, Elevate offers the benefit of composites, without splinters, increased aesthetics and low upkeep. Deck boards are available in 12-ft., 16-ft., 20-ft. lengths in solid edge or grooved profiles.Judge’s Comment: “Capped composite decking often comes at a high price point that this product helps to mitigate, making this upgraded aesthetic an option for all, with appropriate warranty and hi

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Nature Making a Comeback in Chicago's Concrete Jungle

A challenging urban infill benefits from broad expertise and material certainty in geofoam. Laura Solano, landscape architect and principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Assocs. (mvva), Cambridge, Mass., has a reputation for solving landscape challenges in complex urban contexts through innovative approaches to stormwater management, incorporating sustainable soils and native plants, and the resourceful use of landscape materials.Solano has high praise for an often-unsung hero in her tool kit—molded polystyrene geofoam, used as a lightweight fill beneath landscapes. Molded polystyrene is a cellular plastic material used to produce incredibly strong geofoam blocks, which are easi

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