January/February 2021

No Holes in this Plan

The Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State brings together many materials to create a modern space. Dri-Design’s Perforated Imaging Panels were used to create the school’s logo in the Lear Auditorium. The panels were installed over light diffusing fabric and a mounting structure. Lighting color can be changed depending on the activity taking place, be it a community or school function. On exteriors, the panels don’t impede airflow, and can provide shade without sacrificing style or design.

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Durable and Attractive Metal Accents Regional HQ

A 200,000-sq.-ft., three-story building houses the new regional headquarters for Geico in Tucson, Ariz. It occupies 20 acres of land, and includes modern workspaces, an onsite cafeteria, fitness center, credit union, and 20,000 sq. ft. of patios and outdoor space for associates to use during breaks. The building is located in The Bridges, which includes a 65-acre tech park, 112 acres of retail development and 175 acres of residential development. It is poised to be one of the most desirable employment hubs in Tucson, Ariz.

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Mesh Screens Underline Exclusivity of Qatar Airport

Hamad International Airport places emphasis on extraordinary design, maximum efficiency when handling passengers and freight, and a luxurious atmosphere and sustainability. The Hamad International Airport (HIA) in the capital city Doha, Qatar, is open for passengers after a decade of pioneering design, engineering and construction work. Once all work has been completed, up to 50 million passengers and 2.5 million metric tons of freight will be processed every year. The strategically important location between East and West makes it an important international hub.In order to convey the country’s culture, which is equally oriented towards the future and tradition, the airport places emph

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University of Central Missouri Elliott Student Union, Warrensburg, Mo.

Enhancing the ‘Campus Living Room’

KWK Architects, partnering with CannonDesign, has completed a 15- to 20-year renovation masterplan for the University of Central Missouri’s Elliott Student Union, a 165,000-sq.-ft. social hub affectionately known as the “campus living room.” Most recently, kwk completed design and construction administration for implementing Phase 1 of the masterplan, which included a redesigned, modern main entrance and a new 280-seat multi-purpose auditorium addition. The total construction cost of Phase I was approximately $7 million. The new entrance was completed in fall 2019, while the new auditorium was completed in spring 2020.The planning team worked closely with university leaders

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Rhode Island Hotel Waterfront Deck on Schedule with Decking Installation Innovation

Behan Bros. completes Newport’s Hammetts Wharf Hotel Property and massive waterfront deck on schedule. Located along the district’s historic America’s Cup Ave., Hammetts Wharf Hotel, a three-story boutique hotel, will serve as the focal point for this ambitious mixed-use expansion. The $29 million endeavor includes 84 guest rooms, a 4000-sq.-ft. restaurant, 3000 sq. ft. of dedicated retail space and 1000 sq. ft. of office space. Behan Bros. coordinated multiple aspects of the Newport Wharf expansion, including construction of a 20,000-sq.-ft. tropical hardwood “Ipe” horseshoe-shaped deck connected to the hotel, which will provide guests and pedestrians with swee

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Grand Concourse Academy Charter School, Bronx, NY

Color and Protection Highlight New Charter School

The Bronx’s Grand Concourse Academy Charter School found the right mix that helped the school stand out in the neighborhood—becoming a bright, engaging, inviting place—and stand up to the elements as well. Lubrano Ciavarra Architects (LCA) saw two great challenges when they set about designing Grand Concourse Academy Charter School. One, they needed to make the school stand out amid the sea of red brick that pervades the Bronx neighborhood. And two, they had to design a building that would stand up to the elements—wind, rain, snow and, of course, kids being kids.

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Marriott Springhill Suites, Fort Worth, Texas

Hotel’s High-Performance Wall System Perfect Match for Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

The Marriott’s Springhill Suites now stands as a Western-themed gateway to the district and all the activities that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals seeking an authentic Texas experience. The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is imbued with the true history of Texas’ famous livestock industry. The Marriott’s Springhill Suites now stands as a Western-themed gateway to the district and all the activities that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals seeking an authentic Texas experience. Every component of the customized build was carefully selected for authenticity and quality. Andres Rubio, architect a

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