Public & Cultural

Pier at St. Petersburg, Fla.

St. Petersburg Attraction

Earning the distinction of the second Best New Attraction of 2020 in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice awards, a new 3,065-ft.-long pier on 26 acres in St. Petersburg, Fla., features educational facilities, restaurants, a pavilion and picnic area, boat docks, tram stops, an event center, swimming beach, a splash pad, art sculptures and children’s playgrounds.Bringing Rogers Partners and ASD|SKY’s design to life, design, engineering and metal plate fabricator MG McGrath installed CENTRIA Econolap aluminum perforated panels on the roof of the pier head, pavilion and education center areas of St. Pete pier. Ideal for the saltwater environment, the lightweight system was also w

More
Stanley A. Milner Library

Ceilings Elevate Iconic Community Focal Point

The Edmonton Public Library celebrated the grand opening of its renewed Stanley A. Milner Library and has become a focal point for the community and culture in downtown Edmonton. The updated library not only reinvented its former box-shaped structure into a flowing, angular, modern icon, but also reimagined its interior as a brighter, quieter, more inviting and innovative public space. Anchoring an emerging cultural district around Sir Winston Churchill Square, the Milner Library helps create a thriving and vibrant downtown Edmonton. Meeting the growing and changing needs of the Milner Library’s 1.2 million annual visitors, Teeple Architects reshaped the interior to bett

More
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs, Colo.

“A Museum of Hopes and Dreams” Celebrates Team USA

Inspired by an athlete springing into motion, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum  exterior appears as four petal-like pieces spinning out from a central atrium.  Tasked with constructing the museum’s exterior, MG McGrath, sought to create a skin that matched architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s vision of a building structure and overall exterior visual effect that encapsulated the passion, dedication and endurance of an Olympic athlete in perpetual motion.

More
Franklin & Marshall College Winter Visual Arts Center, Lancaster, Pa.

A Visceral Glow

Supporting Steven Holl Architects’ unique “box-kite-shaped” design for the three-story Franklin & Marshall College Winter Visual Arts Center in Lancaster, Pa., Bendheim was challenged to create a unique, parallel, single-glazed, tip-to-tip framing configuration for the curved glass walls. 

More
Kentucky Convention Center renovation and expansion

Kentucky Convention Center Redefines Class

In 2018, the Kentucky Convention Center completed a two-year, $200+ million renovation and expansion, redefining the facility as a world-class public assembly venue in downtown Louisville. Increased exhibit space and meeting rooms, improved pedestrian flow and a clearly identifiable entrance with a spectacular glass façade are just a few of the major upgrades to this multi-purpose convention center in downtown Louisville. The convention center wanted to exhibit elegance as well as durability due to the wear and tear of consistent daily traffic.

More

Historic Windows Light Up Sioux Falls Fire Station and Library

The Sioux Falls East Side Fire Station and Branch Library was constructed in 1916 and co-occupied by the city’s first motorized fire truck crew and its first satellite branch library. Despite opposing requirements for loud vs. quiet, the public servants shared the space until the 1960s. Architect Todd Stone, ceo and principal for Stone Group Architects, had always considered the building, located in Sioux Falls’ Heritage Park, to be a diamond in the rough. Over the years, as it slowly faded into disrepair, he never abandoned his dream of restoring and reawakening its past character. Stone’s vision became reality in 2017 when a decision by city officials allowed him to purch

More
Science World Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Unique Spaces at Science World

Science World’s iconic, geodesic dome from Expo 1986 is a well-known Vancouver landmark. And with approximately 700,000 visitors a year, the science center is one of its most popular attractions. Science World offers experiential learning in a variety of galleries and circulation spaces with different themes that require a unique look and feel. Good design is key to creating a positive experience for visitors, and material choice is equally important in creating spaces that offer long term performance with enhanced flexibility. Jodie Braaten, senior exhibition designer for Science World, oversees and manages the design of exhibition and gallery spaces throughout the building. Galleries

More

Park Transformation Creates Sense of Discovery

From a public landfill in the mid-1800s to a world-class public park in a Midwestern city of 100,000, South Bend, Indiana’s Howard Park has become the city’s marquee park. The park has undergone several iterations since its opening in 1899, but over the decades had fallen into disrepair. The park grounds and community center were aging and underused, and the ice rink no longer operational. That all changed in November 2019 when the community celebrated Howard Park’s transformation. Alliance Architects was selected to design the 13-acre park. Alliance Architects’ Bill Lamie, AIA, the principal leading the project, tapped Landscape Architect Kevin Clark, from The Lakota

More