Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Alberta

Museum Design Uses Limestone to Tell Story

As was the case with Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum, the choices of artwork and historical material featured represent and reflect the energy and culture of the communities they serve. The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM), which celebrates the natural history and the human heritage of the province, embarked on a multi-year journey to thoughtfully reshape every facet of the museum, from the inside out.Architectural firm DIALOG, as part of a design build team with Ledcor and Lundholm Assocs., brought this new vision of RAM to life. An integrated team of award-winning architects, interior designers, landscape architects and structural, mechanical and electrical engineers were tasked

University of the District of Columbia Student Center Entrance

A Sense of Place

The new student center at the University of the District of Columbia was designed to create a sense of welcome to an urban campus that has long been seen as something of an afterthought. The four-year college has undertaken a major redesign to reposition itself in the dense, Van Ness neighborhood, and the student center’s entrance plaza certainly sets a stage for the upgrades that have taken place.Landscape architects with D.C.-based Lee and Assocs. took the lead on the plaza design—the student center was the work of CannonDesign, in collaboration with Marshall Moya Design. The entire project is one of only two student unions in the U.S. to earn leed Platinum.The university has t

University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Sciences

Driven by Data

The University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y., began accepting students to its new Goergen Institute of Data Science program in fall 2015, and two years later the school opened the doors to an ambitious new facility to house the effort.The building features a creative façade design by Kennedy & Violich Architects (KVA) that plays with the theme of a data-centric mission, offering a “coded” indicator of the work going on within its walls. At the same time, it also ties this very modern building to the larger campus, with its roots back to the 1930s.The campus is the university’s third home and was originally built as its College for Men in 1930. Its oldest buildings fe


Suspended Animation

On the campus side, light-colored brick, along with concrete, predominates, drawing on the limestone shades of the school’s oldest structures. The town side, however, features brick in deep red tones. For this building, New York City-based Weiss/Manfredi brought those downtown hues onto campus, combining millennia-old masonry technology with cutting-edge architecture to create a high-performance structure that’s also become a teaching tool.Aiming for LEED Platinum certification, Weiss/Manfredi’s architects selected brick that was produced locally. And they got their own lessons in how brick is fired and in how its color can shift based on how it’s produced from suppli

Norwalk Community College Center for Science, Health and Wellness

Nod to Tradition

Face-brick cladding lends a traditional appearance to a high-performing building on the campus of Norwalk Community College. The façade of the $30 million Center for Science, Health and Wellness, designed by New York City’s Mitchell Giurgola Architects, pairs the brick with more modern materials to tie the building in with the rest of the 1960s-era campus.


Panelized Stone

The new Grezzo stone panels are available in a range of panels sizes, enabling greater design and customization options. Inspired by coastal Italy, it is available in three finishes that take their names from sunny Italian beaches: Principe (shown here), San Domino and Sabbie Nere.


Rich Realism

In a variety of natural colors, the Echelon Porcelain Veneers by Mirage line coordinates with several items in the Belgard porcelain paver collection for mixing and matching. With the same benefits as regular porcelain, they are frost-resistant, durable, easy to clean and are resistant to alkalis, acids and chemical agents. The veneers come in three color collections: Quarziti with the richness of quartz; Ardesie, a stone look; and Noon, which features the look of distressed of wood.


Metiulous Modularity

Pro-Fit Terrain Ledgestone offers a practical way to achieve a tailored ledgestone look with small-scale, low-relief stones for interior and exterior applications. It’s quick and easy to install because it isn’t applied one stone at a time. Instead, the primary building blocks are groups of small stones meticulously bundled together to form modular components of equal height. Available in Arctic, Ethos, Trek and Arcadia shades, this new line provides trade professionals with exquisitely engineered, contemporary design options. Judge’s Comment: “Lightweight and durable, I love the fact that this product reduces the carbon footprint while adding beauty.”


French Gray Meets Cut Stone

Cool gray tones of Cumulus Vantage30 and Cannonade Cut Coarse Stone feature clean, modern lines in soothing color palettes. Cut stone adds sophistication to any space. By intensifying the use of color to draw attention to the authentic textures of the stone, Cumulus Vantage30 and Cannonade Cut Coarse Stone present an organically sophisticated option to adapt to interior and exterior spaces. 


Police Station Includes Functional Curb Appeal

The Village of Glen Ellyn, Ill., placed its police station inside the Civic Center four decades ago. At the time, planners believed the construction of a better station was imminent. More than 30 years later, it was still there—in an 11,000-sq.-ft. space that prohibited efficient workflow. There were obvious safety and privacy concerns about this arrangement and a new station was long overdue.In 2011, the village chose experienced companies, Dewberry, an engineering consultant firm based in the Chicago area, and Leopardo Construction of North Aurora, Illinois. A design team from Dewberry determined it was difficult to have all needs addressed in one space, and ruled out renovating the