Shapely Performance

The high output and long life of the Oculus exterior downlight are both the result of a proprietary, engineered heat sink that uses the luminaire’s shape to maximize thermal performance. The fully adjustable light module offers 360-degree rotation and a 30-degree tilt angle to put light right where it is needed. Judge’s Comment: “Many specifiers in the field have been asking for a product like this—glad to have this available.”

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Hotel Windows 'Quiet' Airport Noise

Fairfield Inn & Suites at Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) is a 123-room, Marriott-branded property located directly adjacent to Pennsylvania’s third largest airport. With gate areas only a short walk away, the hotel is a welcome addition to the airport, which serves more than 1.2 million travelers each year. With the hotel being built in close proximity to the runway, noise infiltration was one of the biggest concerns. “We had to be absolutely certain the rooms would be quiet enough for guests to get a good night’s sleep,” said Bill Hoy, vice president of design and construction at owner/operator Shaner Hotels. As an architect, Hoy was already fam

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All-Pro Blocker

The Beyond pavilion is a demountable partition system, featuring a rich set of materials and configurations that helps users reclaim unused vertical real estate in the open plan, creating environments from solo to collaborative, while supporting technology and power routing. The system supports marker boards, tackable materials and can be constructed with frameless glass, framed glass and solid panel options.

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Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, La.
Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, La.
Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, La.

Retaining Water

Following Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) adapted its mission to respond to the changing needs of its recovering community. By integrating indoor and outdoor interactive experiences in a park setting, LCM presents a unique model for children’s museums.The museum’s new home, designed by Mithun, is distributed into two linked buildings that are carefully sited to protect a significant grove of live oaks, part of a World Heritage Site. The design builds resilience into the lagoon edge with native plantings that will absorb rain and flood water and creates open space that reinforces environmental education. The choreography of the visitor experience con

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It's Multi-Layered

The double-layered shade of the Twin pendant encloses two separate light sources—a circular LED module housed between the shades and a central downlight for surface lighting. The spun-aluminum shades are offered in a range of finishes, The fixture also is available in a ceiling-mount design. 

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A Perfect Combination

In renovating approximately 50,000 sq. ft., and adding an additional 50,000 sq. ft. at the Forsyth County Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. ratio Architects specified Guardian SunGuard SNX 62/27 and SunGuard SNX 51/23 coated glass.“Guardian SunGuard coated glass provided the right performance to meet the energy performance goals for this project, while providing abundant visible light tempered with solar-heat management,” explains ratio Principal Kevin Huse, aia. “The glass team worked with ratio to combine SunGuard with acid etched glass in some insulated glass units, 40% white dot frit on other IGUs and clear IGU coated glass, these three looks allowed us to

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