Shady Situation

When architects with SmithGroup’s Phoenix office began planning the entry for the new Eloy City Hall in Eloy, Ariz., Corten metal was their first choice for the shade-providing canopy. When that material proved too costly, they turned to perforated 0.05-gauge aluminum PAC-CLAD 7.2 panels in an Aged Copper finish. The panels are installed on the underside of the canopy structure, with LEDs installed above. The lighting creates added visual interest once the sun goes down, and clearly identifies the entrance for residents.

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Lower Manhattan's Pier 17 Revitalized

Located in New York City’s South Street Seaport, Pier 17 anchors an extensive redevelopment project that is focused on transforming the historic Lower Manhattan neighborhood into a thriving cultural, retail and entertainment center. To apply powder coatings in a challenging marine environment. As the firm selected to rehabilitate Pier 17, a once-thriving festival pavilion that had devolved into a dreary indoor mall, SHoP Architects had four essential demands for the metal coatings supplier.The first was, due to its location, the coating had to include a long-term warranty covering film integrity, chalk and color fade. The second was that the metal coating must be solvent-free to h

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Luminous Sound Control

Designed with Knoll’s FilzFelt fabric, Shaper Sense Acoustic Luminaires come in 62 wool design felt color choices. The Box and Trapezoid pendant—with a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 2.65 and 2.5 respectively—deliver efficacies of 120 lm/W with a lumen output of 4,500. The luminaires have 85% transmissivity, allowing natural daylight to pass through when turned off, and as electric light is needed, become a luminous source for ambient and task applications.

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Side-by-Side Comparison in Efficiency

Minnesota is hitting new heights when it comes to green energy standards. The state’s first-ever Passive House multifamily development, Hook & Ladder Apartments, opened October 2019 in northeast Minneapolis. It is set to prove just how much of a difference Passive House construction can make in operations cost and occupant comfort compared to buildings designed to conventional energy codes.To create a real-time project demo, lhb Architects designed the complex as a side-by-side experiment with two adjacent, nearly identical apartment buildings. One set of the look alike apartment buildings is built to state energy code specifications, the other to the Passive House Institute U.S. (

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Omega Series
Omega Series

Soft Illumination

The OMEGA Series illustrates a unique union between two pure forms, the round opal cylinder in parallel with the geometric extrusion that has led to the creation of a luminaire family that is both recognizable yet discrete. The opal lens cylinder softly illuminates the space in all dimensions and is available in a surface mount or pendant luminaire.OMEGA Suspension features the same cylindrical diffused opal lens luminaire in an 83-in. linear fixture that hangs from stainless steel suspension cables to provide functional, decorative lighting that softly illuminates the space. The light emitted appears soft and widespread, particularly suitable for reception areas in offices, hotels and commo

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Mary Idema Pew Library, Grand Valley State University
Mary Idema Pew Library, Grand Valley State University
Mary Idema Pew Library, Grand Valley State University

Individual to Group Learning

After studying student behaviors, this framed the way in which Grand Valley State University (GVSU) went about renovating its Mary Idema Pew Library. In essence, the university identified a range of activities and the types of spaces students desired to support those tasks. “When they are really heads down on a project, or a test, or some other creative endeavor, they often expect and demand almost total silence and stillness,” relates Van Orsdel. On the other end of the spectrum, students seek group settings, whether it is comfortable lounge seating or a table with a whiteboard or a large screen for sharing digital images or data.Beyond having a space to support group inter

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