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The Heights, Arlington, Va.

Stacked for Success

While public schools may not be known for their forward-thinking designs, The Heights Building in Arlington, Va., is the exception. Merging two existing secondary schools—the H-B Woodlawn Program and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program—into a new 180,000-sq.-ft. building housing 775 students. The building exemplifies modern architecture, energy efficiency and a sense of community that connects students with the surrounding neighborhood as well as a focus on indoor-outdoor learning.Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in connection with Leo A. Daly, designed the school with a bold, energetic vision to support both schools’ unique student bodies—H-B Woodlawn’s visual and per

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Tulane Commons

The Heart of Campus

When students attending Tulane University walk into the heart of campus, they will be greeted by the recent completion of Tulane Commons, a 77,000-sq.-ft., three-story eatery, study area and event space. Open space and a floor-to-ceiling curtainwall is featured throughout the building to provide views of New Orleans, as well as the regal oak trees that line the lush quad on Tulane’s campus. The end result is a stunning addition to Tulane University that will attract the best and brightest students and faculty members from around the world. The vision behind the iconic building was to design a forward-thinking, multi-functional space that would reflect the three prominent university int

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JW Marriott, Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville Hotel Offers Stunning Views

JW Marriott Nashville is a 386-ft.-tall, 800,000-sq.-ft. luxury hotel nestled among the busy streets of Music City, USA. The hotel’s 33-story elliptical glass tower offers stunning views of the city from all 533 guest rooms, as well as a high-end restaurant.While the curtainwall was originally specified in the design, YKK AP was able to customize its high-performing window wall product, the yww 50 TU Thermally Broken Window Wall System, to fit the job. Using a unique slab-edge cover, YKK AP was able to achieve the same look and feel as the curtainwall while providing a number of benefits only window wall can provide, including a highly customizable system to work wi

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Let it Slide

The low-threshold sliding glass door helps designers meet thermal performance and accessibility goals, with the ability to be shop-glazed for faster delivery. It offers enhanced structural capabilities that strengthen a building without added reinforcement. 

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An Ode to the University

Tulane’s Freeman School of Business set out to unify two halls into one complex by adding a 45,000-sq.-ft., four-story addition and renovating 40,000 sq. ft. of classrooms and lecture halls. Inspired by Tulane’s mascot, the Wave, and several 100-year-old oak trees lining the street, a scalloped curtainwall was designed as the heart of the project. Given the historical significance of the trees and weather-related conditions that are an ongoing threat to New Orleans, it was critical to preserve the trees and provide protection against extreme weather while achieving LEED Gold criteria.The YUW 750 XT unitized curtainwall was selected to meet these goals. One of the highest performi

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