January/February 2016

School Hallways Undergo ‘Cool’ Transformation

High-resolution digital imagery and durable surfaces transform these corridors into something almost too cool for school. Completed in Fall 2014, Pasadena Independent School District’s new Dr. Kirk Lewis Career Technical High School (CTHS), Houston, Texas, features innovative learning academies that include technology, transportation, health, food service, construction, business, agricultural and career guidance. The design team wanted the hallways of the 248,000-sq.-ft., two-story CTHS to be inspirational, timeless and “cool.” At the same time, durability was essential. To brand the school’s multiple academy locations, spark enthusiasm for learning, generate school pride, and provide a sens

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View to a Thrill

New cable guardrails enhance sightlines at Sonoma Raceway. Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif., was looking to enhance its sightlines for better race viewing. A guardrail was to be installed in two areas: a corporate hospitality area overlooking the track and another corporate hospitality section located alongside the track. Both locations were completed just prior to the 2015 Sprint NASCAR race, which took place in June. The primary “driver” for this project was to create areas with high visibility while also ensuring the safety of race-goers. The VIP viewing platform, which is situated just above the main grandstand, was designed with vital sightlines in mind.

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Windows to the World

Team targets efficiency, size and aesthetics for 1115 H Street. The H Street corridor in Washington, D.C., is a street on the cusp. With an influx of young, eager homeowners and the kind of conveniences they desire, H Street is set to be the bustling place that a few developers began planning almost ten years ago. One of those developers is Stan Wall. Wall envisioned a multifamily building right in the middle of the H Street corridor—specifically one that would be a model of sustainability. Vince Harriman, the builder for 1115 H Street, notes that “building science considers windows part of any project’s top three considerations—envelope (wall type, windows and doors), air sealing and HVAC—m

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Justice and Transparency

Surprising images of floating feathers help a California courthouse balance the scales of architecture and art. The striking new Governor Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, Calif. spans two city blocks in downtown Long Beach and replaces a functionally obsolete courthouse one block away. In keeping with the cityscape, the courthouse design features a low-rise scheme in an L-shape—with one section of four stories, the other of five stories—surrounding a secure courtyard, a spacious lobby, and 31 courtrooms with access to natural light. Clad in deeply-articulated curtainwall and stone elements, the courthouse also features a stunning frieze at its entrance. American new media artist and UCLA

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