Outdoor Accents Expanded

Designed to deliver timeless beauty and tested strength into any outdoor space, the Outdoor Accents line  of connectors and fasteners, from Simpson Strong-Tie, deliver the flexibility to build a wide range of custom outdoor spaces. The newest addition, the APBDW Outdoor Accents decorative post wrap enhances the appearance of post base connections and adds design flair by enclosing them in an offering that fits around most nominal 4x4 and 6x6 post bases. Originally developed for the MPBZ moment post base, the APBDW decorative post wrap accommodates other post bases from Simpson Strong-Tie, including the CBSQ, ABUZ, ABWZ and ABAZ (screw and nail application only). In addition, it can be u

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Sevier County Utility District
Sevier County Utility District

Utility Facility Features Gas-Flame Blue Roof

The Sevier County Utility District uses a metal roof as its calling card, using more than 13,500 sq. ft. of metal panels finished in gas-flame blue. Based in the county seat of Sevierville, the Sevier County Utility District (SCUD) serves more than 14,000 customers in Sevier and adjacent Blount counties. When the utility, which is also an agency of the county’s government, determined it needed a new employee training facility, it decided the new structure should offer amenities to the broader community as well.Located on a larger campus of other utility buildings, the 9,500-sq.-ft. center provides a commercial-quality kitchen and a multifunction area that are available to area organiza

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Sensible Sensing

Perfect for both new construction and retrofit applications, Enlighted One ships integrated into lighting fixtures or is easily installed in the field. Programming only takes seconds with an Enlighted wireless wall switch and off-the-shelf laser pointer. The system is out-of-the box building code compliant with features such as daylight harvesting, task tuning and vacancy detection. The solution yields energy savings up to 65% with an LED retrofit. It features the same Generation 5 hardware as the Enlighted IoT Platform. When building occupants are ready to upgrade to IoT capabilities, no modifications to the lighting fixtures are required—the sensor is already installed in the buildin

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Amicus Therapeutics
Amicus Therapeutics
Amicus Therapeutics

Curing Diseases in an Inspiring Space

Amicus Therapeutics is dedicated to “the fight to remain at the forefront of therapies for rare and orphan diseases.” It is a mission that is incredibly personal to Chairman and ceo, John F. Crowley. Two of his children were born with Pompe disease, a rare neuromuscular genetic disease that Amicus is working to cure in its new 46,000-sq.-ft. Global Research and Gene Therapy Center of Excellence in University City Square, Philadelphia, Pa.This state-of-the-art research facility is located in the top two floors of a 14-story tower, which was itself a design challenge, because the building was not inherently equipped to provide the security and hazard control required in biosafety l

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Skyline Pattern

Laser Cut Column

Móz Designs’ new feature column outside San Jose’s Hanover Diridon residential building is an eye-catching backlit Laser Cut column dotted with the company’s Skyline pattern and finished in a white matte powder coat. Contrasting with the building’s stone exterior, wood accents, and two-toned patio tiles, the backlit column’s clean, modern design nods to the duality of San Jose: the traditional residential area, and the emerging, technology-driven Innovation District that intersects at Hanover Diridon. The column’s unique cone-like shape is an elevated alternative to traditional columns that makes it stand out as a prominent design feature. Internal LED lig

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Interactive Children's Science Center Gets Sound Advice

One of the top priorities at the new Lancaster Science Factory for children was to improve the acoustics for the large, exposed space. The Lancaster Science Factory, an interactive science center for children in Pre-K to 8th grade, recently completed a major renovation. To improve the acoustical environment, the Science Factory partnered with Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions. InvisiAcoustics ceiling panels were installed in the ceiling of the Hall of Science. Designed specifically for exposed structure spaces, the 2-ft. × 4-ft. panels maintain the integrity of exposed structure designs while reducing sound.The ceiling panels have a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of 0.75, indicat

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