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SONEX Valueline Panels

The Fabric-Wrapped Fiberglass Sky Is Falling… On Students

Officials at Toronto’s Islington Junior Middle School needed to replace old ceiling panels that were a danger to students and staff. Islington Junior Middle School in Toronto had a problem. The fabric-wrapped fiberglass panels installed on the ceilings and walls in many of the classrooms were detaching and dropping to the floor. They had to be replaced and quickly before they landed on an unsuspecting student or faculty member. The school needed ceiling panels that could be easily installed, even on its curved ceilings. The ideal panels would also be able to offer sound management that could help create quieter classrooms. Sound management is a common problem in schools. Typical classr

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Altro Orchestra and Altro Wood Comfort’s combination of aesthetic appeal, underfoot comfort and acoustical performance aligned perfectly with the vision behind the project renovation.

Acoustic and Comfort Challenges at Historic School

Newman Architects select resilient flooring that is comfortable and manages sound to deliver quality learning environment. Creative Minds International Public Charter School partnered with Newman Architects to transform the historic building they occupy into a modern space for learning. The school is located in the Sherman Building on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in Washington, D.C., a site that began serving as the first permanent retirement home for enlisted soldiers in 1852. This renovation occurred in a 6,000-sq.-ft. space in the unoccupied south wing of the building and included the addition of three new classrooms, an activated common area and other support spaces.According

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Defendr Door System

Line of Defense

The Defendr Door System protects building occupants by slowing down an active attacker or shooter. Defendr is built with the strongest components: a Masonite architectural door with extra heavy-duty particleboard, structural composite lumber core, and Armoured One 5/16-in. tactical security glass. Tested in partnership with Special Forces experts to perform in a variety of scenarios, including an active shooter attack, the Defendr can resist up to 237J of force after bullet degradation, the equivalent of a 10 lb. sledgehammer dropped at 22.9 mph.During most active shooter attacks, the shooter attempts to enter a locked classroom by shooting through the glass or lock area and then trying to f

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Bifold Liftstrap Doors

Bifold Doors Give University of Illinois Renovation Project a View from the Top

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finished building its new 107,650-sq.-ft. world-class football performance center, which included access to a rooftop terrace. The Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Performance Center is a $79.2 million facility that serves as a world-class home for the Fighting Illini football program. A standard of excellence permeates every square foot—from the state-of-art sports medicine suite to the strength and conditioning complex and the player’s lounge, complete with a bowling alley, game room and barber shop.On the third floor, the rooftop terrace required an incredible level of consideration to maintain this carefully curated, high

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Unifying Plaid Design: The wood look provides a warm focal point for the room, and the red and black accents throughout offer a contemporary spin on the classic plaid design—a unifying design theme that’s carried throughout the building.

University of Kentucky Off-Campus Apartments Honor City Equestrian Heritage

In addition to showcasing Lexington’s equestrian heritage with a custom plaid design, the architect solved installation challenges with a versatile aluminum ceiling and wall solution that offered convincingly real wood finishes. With a total enrollment of almost 30,000 students, the university relies on residence life and housing as key elements of its student experience, both on- and off-campus.Therefore, when Core Spaces—an integrated company focused on developing and managing real estate for colleges and universities—began exploring ideas for a new project in Lexington, Ky., the company focused on creating a warm, welcoming off-campus apartment building th

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Thaden School, Bentonville, Ark.

Reels and Wheels

Designed to recreate the green-gold metallic finish of a 1967 Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 sports car, Sherwin-Williams created a customized coating per Marlin Blackwell Architects’ specifications for Thaden School in Bentonville, Ark. Featuring the “Reels” film and production studio, and the “Wheels” physics and mechanics building, rainscreen metal panels from Morin are finished with the Fluropon SR—a 70% PVDF resin-based architectural coating with solar-reflective pigments. The specialty coating helps resist heat absorption and supports the buildings’ energy efficiency ENERGY STAR, LEED and Cool Roof Rating Council program criteria.The campus also to

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Wood Aesthetic That Absorbs Sound

When Plunkett Raysich Architects designed the new building for the Madison Area Technical College’s Goodman South Campus, they selected a linear metal ceiling system that offered a biophilic design-friendly wooden aesthetic and effectively managed sound in the bustling corridors and common areas. The Planar linear metal ceiling from Rockfon has the look of a wooden ceiling, without the weight and maintenance issues associated with an actual wood ceiling. The design team at Plunkett Raysich specified the ceiling system in its oak woodgrain finish. Beyond beauty, this ceiling system is also adept at absorbing soundwaves and can satisfy design requirements that necessitate an NRC value of

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Project Frog’s new metal building is a 4,000-sq.-ft. structure with four classrooms

A Kit of Parts

Project Frog’s new metal building is a 4,000-sq.-ft. structure with four classrooms. Two of the four classrooms can be converted into a single, larger space. Architects can freely design both the interior and exterior façade as desired, contributing to the design flexibility of the solution. DSA pre-check approval is expected in the coming months.This new building is part of the company’s componentized Kit-of-Parts system enabling the design and deployment of buildings in short time frames, ideal for the limited build windows associated with schools.Project Frog’s light gauge steel wall panels are flexible and forgiving to work with, making them easy to assemble while still

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The metal panels stand out on the traditional campus, reflecting the investment being made in students’ futures.

Texas Campus’ Traditional Palette Updated

The University of Texas at Tyler created plans to add a STEM and business building to its expanding campus to attract students from across the country. The architects at SmithGroup, Dallas, recognized the significance of the STEM and business building for the University of Texas at Tyler campus and the need for a façade with a bold statement. The building is a 140,000-sq.-ft., four-story facility for the university’s science, technology, engineering, math and business programs. It houses the Soules College of Business and has a 135-seat auditorium, classrooms, labs, faculty offices, dean’s suites and study areas.The University of Texas at Tyler created plans to add a STEM an

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“The Den” Fine Arts Auditorium & Gymnasium, Noble Public School District

Ceilings are a Slam Dunk for The Den

Stone wool and metal ceiling panels optimize acoustics and enhance aesthetics at school in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s Noble Public School District’s old auditorium was built in 1950 and seated less than 400 people. In the 2020s with nearly 3000 students in the district, this small facility meant that some of the fine arts programs had to be outsourced to other locations. Similarly, the former high school gym was not large enough to host competitive tournaments.Investing in facility improvements across the school district, a 2017 bond allocated more than half of its total to fund, $19 million, to design and construct new facilities. Respecting the district’s goals and budget, TAP

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