Thermal & Moisture Control

Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North at LAX

Insulation Meets Stringent Code Compliance at LAX’s New Terminal

The new Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North, a five-level, 750,000-sq.-ft. expansion, will improve operations, enable faster connections and ease passenger access, all while providing state-of-the-art facilities. Corgan is the lead architecture firm, in association with Gensler and gkkworks (now CannonDesign), on the design build project for the concourse. Because the new concourse is designed to complement the ocean wave theme of the airport, the architects envisaged a stunning curvilinear roof. This unique design element additionally demanded specific roof and wall configuration requirements. To bring the vision into reality, the team needed insulation materials that could be custom f

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Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv, Israel

Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Housed inside a symbolic wooden treasure chest, that doubles as the cladding for the museum’s collection, Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History—with more than 5 million specimens collected over the past century—is the largest, most active center for biodiversity research in the Middle East. Making a splash with its Noah’s Ark-looking façade, Kimmel Eshkolot Architects’ concept was two-fold: beckon museum patrons and passersby to come inside and explore, while also providing a climate-controlled space for the archeological specimens.“The collections are the heart of the building and we wanted it to be exposed to the city and

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Edge-Y Solution

Thermolite U-Max glazing panels increase R-values by 100% to 200% vs. standard 1-in. infill panels by adding a rabbet edge that boosts insulation on the interior face of the panel. Systems can be specified with up to a 3.5-in. overall thickness.

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Portland Rain and 22 Stories

Portland, Oregon’s rainy climate can be a dicey proposition during construction, yet an innovative barrier system answered the call when it came to preventing weather delays that could impact project scheduling. A city known for constant rains, dramatic shifts in climate throughout the year and perpetual moisture, Portland, Oregon provides unique challenges for any construction project. When Hoyt Realty Group hired Bora Architects to design the expansive, 246-ft. tall Block 20 Condominium Tower in downtown Portland, it was clear that novel solutions would be needed if the project was to be completed on time and within budget.

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Improved Drainage

Channels cut along all four sides of new GreenGuard XPS Drainage Channel Board encourage drainage of any water that might happen to seep through a roofing assembly to the roofing membrane. The boards offer an R-Value of 5.0/in. of thickness and are available in a range of compressive strengths.

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Superior Substrate

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum’s DensElement Barrier System, an integrated gypsum sheathing water-resistive barrier and air barrier (WRB-AB), has passed testing as a substrate in exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) with drainage, meeting the criteria of being building code compliant and meeting EIFS water drainage and adhesion criteria. 

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Self-Sealer

Enverge Air and Vapor Barrier (AVB) is an asphalt based, self-sealing wall barrier that provides energy savings and contributes to better air quality for building occupants. Its reduced maintenance costs are attributable to its moisture and thermal control, and self-adhered installation is available in 40-mil or 25-mil thickness. 

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Superior Elastomeric Performance

Superior Elastomeric Performance

SOPRASEAL LM 204 VP is a one-component, 90% solids content, low-odor, vapor-permeable, liquid-applied polyether air barrier product. This new, hybrid STPE technology provides excellent air infiltration and moisture protection while also offering ease of use in low-and high-temperature applications, superior elastomeric performance and tie-in compatability. A fully adhered, monolithic membrane option, it provides a continuous air barrier. 

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Team Effort at Practice Facility

The Advocate Center, the new practice home to the Chicago Bulls, needed a resilient envelope due to Chicago’s seasonal weather changes. The metal panels chosen feature high-performance thermal efficiency and moisture control. After holding practices in Deerfield, Ill. since 1992, the Chicago Bulls moved into their new Advocate Center practice facility in downtown Chicago in early 2015. Situated directly next door to the United Center—where the Bulls play their home games—the new practice facility eliminated what had previously been a half-hour commute for the players, coaches and team staff . Features such as two full-length basketball courts, media and weight rooms, a mini

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Digital Meets Traditional

This newly remodeled data center needed a building envelope that could come together quickly while offering top protection for multiple clients’ data. Digital Realty Trust, a global provider of data center solutions, entered the suburban Chicago market by acquiring a 575,000-sq. ft., single-story warehouse/light industrial facility in Franklin Park, Ill. Digital Realty Trust needed to convert the complex into a high-end, 24/7/365 mission-critical data center called Digital-Chicago. The complex, located near O’Hare Airport, includes three buildings on a 23-acre parcel of land. When fully occupied, the complex will have the capacity to accommodate up to twenty 1125-megawatt turnkey fl ex perfo

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