Hunter Douglas Architectural

From the Heart

HeartFelt Ceilings and Walls are formulated to address higher frequency sounds. Crafted from felted, thermoformed polyester, the dense, soft structure of the panels feature a square-edge design that draws the eye while also accommodating the aesthetic and function needs of interior spaces. Available in black, white or five shades of gray and earth tones, it offers designers the ability to create visual gradients and rhythms in the ceiling plane. The panels can be installed as a ceiling cloud, a full ceiling by splicing individual pieces to create continuous lengths or part of a as wall installation. The panels are made from up to 85% recycled material, including the aluminum carrier system a

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Tight Tolerances

Keeping solar-control fabric under tension in top-down, bottom-up, sideways and skylight applications, the TZ100 Zipper Tension System aligns the shade precisely within an opening, eliminating light gaps at any angle, in any direction thereby providing complete light control. When used for exterior applications, the taut shades keep out objects or insects, and is capable of withstanding relatively high-wind loads when used in exterior applications. Judge’s Comment: “This is a nice tension system shade. The smaller gaps on all sides are a real benefit.”

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Beam Me Up

Using standard patented extrusions and client-specific shapes, the High Profile Series Frameworks aluminum beams can be customized to create one-off ceiling and wall designs. Precision-cut curved and straight elements can be assembled into infinite elements, including peaks, valleys, screens and rafters. The beams are available in seamless baffles up to 20 ft. in length and over sixty finishes and colors, including wood-look and wood-veneer options.Judge’s Comment: “An authentic wood look, without timber’s weight or impact on the environment, is worth consideration.”

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Business School Improves Student Experience with Renovation

Designed by architects at Kohn Pederson Fox Assocs., the Stephen M. Ross School of Business opened new facilities last year that provide classrooms, study space, offices and nonacademic spaces to serve the student and faculty community. Kohn Pederson Fox Assocs. sought to improve the student experience at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and maximize site usage by constructing a new building, Jeff T. Blau Hall, and renovating the connected Kresge Hall.

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Super-Tight Shading

Delivering a high-performance shading system for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Mich., KPF specified a Hunter Douglas Zipper Tension System. With zero light gaps, the small, compact design keeps fabric under tension in all directions. Able to sustain high wind loads on the exterior, the system features ultra-quiet motor operation.

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The canopy at the Desert Sky Transit Center provides much-needed relief for riders from the Phoenix sun.

Transit Station Shines

Adaptable metal ceilings systems color Phoenix transit station, which provides commuters an upgraded, safe and centralized center. As one of the biggest users of the Phoenix bus system, Maryvale was selected by the city for an upgraded, centralized transit station to provide patrons with a safe, comfortable center, which included an exterior ceiling system. The Phoenix Transit Station wanted to create synergy with structures in the surrounding neighborhood and meet safety and performance requirements.

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Beat the Heat

Christian Brothers Automotive Company’s headquarters looked to roller shades to combat the harsh Houston summers. Located in Houston, Christian Brothers Automotive Company’s concrete headquarters building needed features to help combat the harsh Texas summers. The answer: roller shades to deliver improved solar reflection to help corporate building beat the Texas heat. “The heat was obviously brutal, but so was the glare, especially on the east, west and south sides of the building,” said Steve Palmer, president of Creative Blinds, which installed the shades. When Christian Brothers Automotive Company (CBAC) built its new corporate headquarters, they wanted to ensure employee productivity an

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