Creating a Splash

As a multilayered, ultra-thin 0.25-in. (6-mm) decorative laminate that emits light evenly across its surface, LumiSplash has impressive impact-, scratch-, chemical- and abrasion-resistant properties. LumiSplash is the first ultra-thin, lighted laminate system with no air gap required for LEDs. This system uses a Light Bar and Light Guide Panel to produce luminance across a translucent surface. Using this system, it combines art with lighting in a durable laminate, creating a unique focal point for any home or business. It comes with necessary electrical components to simply plug into a 110-volt receptor or it can also be hardwired for permanent installations by a local electrician. It is sui

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 Residential Tower at 165 North Desplaines, Chicago
 Residential Tower at 165 North Desplaines, Chicago
 Residential Tower at 165 North Desplaines, Chicago

Finding Daylight

Architect Donald G. Copper LEED AP, of G|R|E|C Architects’ design for a residential tower in a dense urban neighborhood in Chicago brings unexpected daylight into the building. The 15-story, 199-unit apartment building is in a dense area of Chicago with very little green space, guiding the desire for incorporating daylight as a design priority. To connect the stairs to the loft library and the building offices, instead of using concrete, carpet, and other materials that would darken the space, Copper used translucent glass. The glass catwalk brings daylight into the area while still being highly usable and functional. The glass, LITEFLAM XT 60, allows light reflections through the glas

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'Athleisure' at the Office

Movement, action and performance are what we expect from athletes and now they are a desirable quality in the corporate environment. PFRM from Carnegie is a collection of sport-forward designs based on technical performance fabrics expected in athletic realms combined with the desired refined, flattering and aesthetic found in today’s “athleisure” wardrobes. Carnegie unveiled its collaboration with Gensler design principal, Lee Pasteris, to NeoCon audiences last June where the design concept in performance fabrics for furniture garnered rave reviews. The collaboration between Carnegie and Gensler produced a playful collection of fabrics that takes its cues from the flexibil

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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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Cool Heads Prevail

The Vario cooling 400 series from Gaggenau offers a fully integrated, built-in modular range of refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezers and wine climate cabinets which can be partnered to meet an array of interior configurations. A cooling wall concept integrates into the overall kitchen structure. Clear glass shelving is complemented by a glow from warm white, glare-free LED lights. The 400 also features a wine cabinet for a weekly cocktail hour. Available with an opening assist system, a proximity sensor activates ice and water dispenser, light and touch keys.

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Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The reclamation system offsets 76% of Frick's total water usage.

A Formula for Stormwater Retention and Reuse

Some reputations die hard. Granted, Pittsburgh’s legacy as a sooty, steel-making city a century ago was well-earned, but it’s also a thing of the past. In its place is a widespread commitment to environmental stewardship that is slowly but surely earning The ‘Burgh’ a new and better standing in the public eye. The latest example of this new era is the Frick Environmental Center, the first municipally owned, fee-free public building in the U.S. to earn Living Building certification, a rigorous protocol by the International Living Future Institute.“The international recognition of the Frick Environmental Center is the perfect reflection of the deeply rooted c

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