Retail

Florida RV Center Relies on IMPs to Beat the Heat

Roofing and siding insulated metal panels proved to be the most effective choice for the architectural team and installation crew at the General RV Center store in Orange Park, Fla. In order to beat the heat and provide a clean aesthetic, Scherer Construction needed to find the right complement of roofing and siding insulated metal panels. “The heat here in Florida is ferocious,” says Robert Taylor, AIA, of Scherer Construction of Gainesville, Fla. “New buildings of this type are required to have a roofing R-value of 38 and insulated metal panels go a long way in helping achieve that. They certainly speed up the installation process and give you a durable and attractive end

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LED Tile Exterior System

Cooledge offers a luminous panel system that allows a building to be illuminated by its façade rather than simply projecting light onto structures. The technology recently won the recognition of the Darc Awards and Light Middle East for top outdoor lighting product of the year. The low-profile lighting system backlights the storefront design feature of opaque glass tiles at multiple locations across the U.S. Cooledge products provide high-quality illumination behind the façade and continues the glass tiled theme from ground floor up. A low setback of only 4 in. provides the boutique’s uniformly lit façade. 

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Stores Well

Use the ceilings, implies Vitra’s extensive multi-lane storage systems. Designed for retail settings, the floor-saving storage solution can easily be repurposed for the home or office. Attaching from the ceiling, multi-lane offers electrical power for optional lighting and is an easily adjustable layout that generates the impression of a floating display. Multi-lane leaves floors clear for routine sweepings and under-floor access.

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Credit Union Banks on Precision Illumination

The location of 1st Choice Savings & Credit Union in Alberta, Canada, was designed to be a bright and inviting facility with an open lobby, featuring a high ceiling and glass façades that allow plenty of sunlight. While the architect had the best of intentions, the lighting of the credit unions’ lobby became an issue as unforeseen circumstances came to fruition. One of those issues had to do with the physical position of the building itself. Facing north, the large windows offered plenty of daylight on sunny days, which is always welcome in a commercial space. This caused a tremendous amount of glare, however, during prime working hours that made it difficult for staff members to do thei

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Roof Enhances Shopping Center’s Image

Destin Commons, known as the premier open-air lifestyle center on Florida’s Emerald Coast, chose three colors of metal roofing were to enhance the high-end shopping center’s image as part of its overall expansion. The major expansion of the Destin Commons shopping center in Destin, Fla., further establishes its reputation as the premier open air lifestyle center offering the best in shopping, dining and entertainment on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The Phase II expansion adds 100,000 sq. ft. to the 500,000-sq.-ft. family-oriented shopping environment. Destin Commons also includes 70,000 sq. ft. of Class A office suites. And the expansion included metal roofing; there were multiple buildings invo

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Light as Material

Philips’ Luminous Patterns integrate light into architecture in a new way. Delicately illuminated surfaces of light in customizable architectural wall panel systems create a selection of signature experiences including innovative optical effects, geometric patterns, custom finishes, and graphic overlays. “We’re surrounded by these effects in nature, but it is largely missing from the buildings that we live in,” says Brad Koerner, Luminous Patterns Venture Manager. These luminous effects are always desired in architectural projects, but quickly become costly, time-consuming science projects, says Kenneth van Kogelengberg, luminous patterns designer. “So what we’ve created is a custom-built-to

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Grocery Store Goes Au Naturel

The Madison, Wisc.-based Festival Foods Store was looking to provide a more natural environment for its shoppers. The Madison Festival Foods Store features 12 ash columns culled from local parks due to infestation from an invasive and lethal insect. “The partnership between Madison Parks Department, WholeTrees and Festival Foods has been an excellent example of how the city can work in concert with business to benefit both the private and public sector,” said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. “Festival Foods is graced with incredible pillars of reclaimed ash trees that needed to be removed because of Emerald Ash Borer, and in return the city received a monetary contribution for treating ash trees i

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Fashion Calls for Simple Lighting Palette

Soraa’s Vivid 2 MR16 LED lamps are tailored to fi t every room at Gieves & Hawkes, the esteemed royal and military tailor. The company renovated its flagship store in London, installing 245 of the lamps in the process. Lighting designer Lightplan and interior designer Teresa Hastings selected Soraa products for their color rendering, versatility for beam adjustment and their ability to elegantly spotlight the merchandise and architecture at the same time. Soraa Optical Light Engines are available with or without an integrated heat sink; they use standard directional form factors of 30/8th in., 16/8th in. and 11/8th in.

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Austin Mall Renovation Has High-Class Covered

Situated in a beautiful, park-like setting, the Domain Mall, located in Austin, Texas, features 100 upscale and mainstream retail stores and restaurants, almost half of which are exclusive within the market. Simon Properties and Beck Architecture wanted to add to the high-class ambience with a stunning landscape renovation, including a unique cover for the common area.

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