Are you a Blockhead?

Precision-manufactured Comfort Block concrete masonry units fit together so tightly they can be assembled into walls using masonry adhesive, rather than mortar. When paired with matching EPS inserts, they also create a highly efficient wall system with an estimated effective R-value of up to 30 or higher.

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College Hits High Note with Acoustics

Mesa Community College’s re-dedication to music and the arts gave birth to a new performing arts center, acoustically fine-tuned with an inner and outer shell of sound-reflective masonry. The transformation of the Mesa Community College (MCC) Performing Arts Center began when the college purchased the Harkins Movie Theatre, a vacant movie house built in 1979, to drive student interest in the arts and offer a broad range of musical, dance and theatrical performances. Designed by Jones Studio of Phoenix, the $10.3 million, multi-purpose facility, opened as the MCC Performing Arts Center in 2014. This rebirth and rededication into the arts found the center in need of some acoustic fine-tuning,

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The Sliding Glass Door Solution

In order to bring light deep into the floorplate, AZ TV, Arizona’s channel 7 selected floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door solutions. Enabling the full office to experience the buzz of the news room in these open, yet enclosed spaces, a strip of frosted glass runs across the glass panels to both lend a nice aesthetic and ensure safety.

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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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It's so Big

A monolithic, 60-in. diameter chandelier now tops the size offerings in the Kinetic family of gyroscopic luminaires. The fixtures’ edge-lit rings—crafted of aluminum and clear optic glass, can be individually adjustable to customize form and light direction.

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Slate’s design features floor-to-ceiling curtainwall, which aids in the success of the space by fostering  a visually seamless relationship between the building’s interior and exterior environment.

Mixed-Use, Transit-Oriented Development Earns Gold

The city of Portland, Oregon’s new 10-story, mixed use, transit-oriented development known as Slate earned LEED Gold. Formerly Block 75, the high-efficiency building features window, entrance and unitized curtainwall systems. A cornerstone in the city’s efforts to revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area, Slate rises on a previously vacant lot. Opened in Sept. 2016, the project spans 147,000 sq. ft. and offers 75 market-rate apartment units on the upper six floors; 35,000 sq. ft. of creative co-working office workspace on the second and fourth floors; and 7800 sq. ft. of retail space at street level.Designed by Works Progress Architecture for co-developers Urban Development Partne

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