Clearly Rugged Ceramic

Transparent ceramic products are often unseen, but always indispensable. This is the case of CeramTec’s Perlucor transparent ceramic glass coating, which has many uses in the built environment. Last month at Light + Building in Frankfurt, Germany CeramTec’s innovative coating material was introduced as part of the new Dasar Premium product series for lighting manufacturer SLV as a glass cover fitted with a transparent layer of Perlucor. It acts as the reinforcement of in-ground and at-grade landscape luminaires. The transparent ceramic is a functional addition to the design of SLV’s 316L-type stainless steel fixture; at the same time, it also lives up to the design’s

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Millennium Center, Geneva, Switzerland
Millennium Center, Geneva, Switzerland
Millennium Center, Geneva, Switzerland

Perfect Harmony

Saint-Gobain’s latest innovation from its SageGlass division resulted in Harmony, an elegantly performing dynamic glass that was chosen as the preferred glazing of Switzerland’s new Millennium Center in Geneva. Unveiled at Glasstec last October, the solution enhances the visual and thermal comfort of occupants while maintaining views with a natural-looking, seamless connection to the outdoors.When transforming, Harmony delivers a gradual in-pane tint transition from fully clear to fully tinted. Everything, from conference rooms to concierge services, elevators and the Millennium Center glazing, will be connected to the Cloud and managed via smartphone apps, which are integrated i

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Compare and Contrast

Designers with R2L:Architects in Washington, D.C., paired two profiles of metal panels in a recent project to create a rooftop common area for an apartment project in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. The prePATINA graphite-grey Flat Lock Tiles and Standing Seam Panels help define the space, with a geometry that’s complemented by other materials in the plan. 

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Silicon Valley Convention Center Gets Lit

When the San Jose McEnery Convention Center needed a new lighting system that could support the multi-use, high-production-value conventions their clients expect, they turned to high-tech lighting. The San Jose McEnery Convention Center now has one of the most advanced lighting systems in the country. “The previous sodium light fixtures were from the ’80s,” says Gabriel Nemeth, Director of Event Operations. “Advances in technology and changing client demands put us behind the times.” This was particularly true for tradeshows that demand multiple functions, with some sections being used for keynotes and others for booths. For guidance to a solution, Team San Jose

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Could this be the Most Sustainable Wallboard?

USG’s new Sheetrock Brand EcoSmart Panels Mold Tough Firecode X may be an industry first in lightweight and sustainable 5⁄8-in. Type X gypsum wallboard. Still moisture and mold-resistant, this wallboard was designed to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products. The wallboard features up to 94.6% recycled content, is GreenGuard Gold certified and Living Building Challenge compliant. The wallboard still offers sound, strength, sag and impact resistance, and is UL classified as fire resistant, with surface-burning characteristics and non-combustibility. Compliant with ASTM C1396. 

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EPDM Roofing System Provides Durability for Freemasons

The Freemason lodge in Indianapolis, known as Millersville Lodge No. 126, first convened in 1852 in the home of one of its members. The current temple—the building where the masonic lodge meets—was constructed in 1925. Over the years, the Freemason lodge has seen many construction improvements and restorations. While the lodge has tried to maintain as much of the original building materials as possible, some of the building elements have deteriorated over the years, not the least of which was the roofing system, which has been replaced more than once.By 2017, the lodge trustees began considering enhancements to their existing Carlisle SynTec Sure-Seal 60-mil EPDM roofing system w

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