Heat Gain No More

The cassette-style FlexShade ZIP XL is delivered as a complete, enclosed unit, making installation easier. And its small profile incorporates an integrated cradle support system that minimizes the deflection that can cause wrinkles to develop in fabric shades over time. This exterior system prevents glare and heat gain from entering interior spaces.Judge’s Comment: “Excellent application for glazing that doesn’t have overhangs or louvers.”

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Mercy Health Muskegon Medical Center, Muskegon, Mich.
Mercy Health Muskegon Medical Center, Muskegon, Mich.
Mercy Health Muskegon Medical Center, Muskegon, Mich.

Medical Center Becomes Signature Building on Hospital Campus

Architects chose several building envelope solutions during the planning phase so that owners could achieve several key objectives: creating a signature building for the entire campus and contributing to LEED certification for green buildings. Mercy Health Muskegon Medical Center in Muskegon, Mich., a $271-million, 10-story health care facility, doubles the amount of floor space for medical staff to treat patients. The facility boasts nearly 300 private patient rooms, serves as the new home for the emergency department, and houses state-of-the-art surgical units. For the building’s exterior, designers sought to create visual interest while also delivering versatility and optimal perfor

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Switching-It-Up-Blades

TURF has launched a new ceiling system—the Switch-blade—to address the aesthetics and acoustics of spaces with an existing tee grid. Made of individual baffles that attach to a tee grid with magnets, leaving existing ACT tiles untouched, it is easy to install and mix and match. Available in 17 colors and made of recycled PET felt, it comes in three design styles: classic, organic and geometric. Compatible with steel tee grids with flat 9/16-in. and 15/16-in. cross sections.

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Senior Living Community Helps Residents Feel Closer to Home

The Mooring on Foreside trades the bland, institutional décor of traditional senior living facilities for a calming New England cape aesthetic. The Mooring on Foreside prides itself in providing responsive, specialized care for individuals living with progressive memory loss. In order to offer residents suffering from these conditions effective care in a familiar environment, The Mooring’s owner enlisted Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough, Maine to design the ideal facility.“The overall challenge for The Mooring project was to create a functional, residential scale, small house community with a New England cottage style aesthetic. We also had to offer the safety and durabil

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High-Tech Hygiene

The next generation of the Philippe Starck-designed Duravit SensoWash is a shower-toilet that features a luxury combination of comfort and personalized controls. The water temperature, warm air dryer, water spray intensity and spray wand position is easily adjusted, a night LED light function illuminates the inner basin and a motion sensor controls the lid. The unit features a unique and subtle flat seat, a modern bidet and Duravit’s antibacterial HygieneGlaze 2.0 coating.

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433 Broadway, New York City
433 Broadway, New York City
433 Broadway, New York City

Articulation Curbs NYC "Dirt Factor"

433 Broadway walks a fine line between historic form and modern function, visually blending in to Manhattan’s historic SOHO district. Owned by Cubico, it is the first building entirely devoted to shared workspace constructed from the ground up. With this came a host of design challenges to allow varied companies to coexist—and thrive—within the same workspace. “Because it is being used by any number of different people, we wanted it to be as general and anonymous as possible,” says Nelson Vega, Associate Principal, AIA, RKTB Architects. RKTB also set out to avoid enclosed spaces that would block daylight from getting deep into each floor, with a lot of interior

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