July/August 2021

SAFTI FIRST’s SuperClear

Fire-Rated Glazing Supports

With one of the industry’s highest Visible Light Transmittance levels for fire-rated glass at 90%, SAFTI FIRST’s SuperClear, low-iron solution was an ideal solution for the Quad at the University of Houston’s goals for transparency and safety. Architect EYP specified large amounts of 45-minute fire rated glass to support daylighting and connectivity for the Quad’s landscaped courtyards. Due to the product’s superior aesthetic, performance and documented testing from UL and Intertek, SuperClear 45-HS-LI received quick approval for use on the project.

Americh’s Freestanding Collection Sawyer

This is the Life

A classically-shaped roll-top soaker tub, the domestically crafted Sawyer is available in Hammered Nickel, Smooth Nickel, Living Brass or a plain white exterior. Part of Americh’s Freestanding Collection, the Hammered Copper and Hammered Nickel tubs offer optional decorative towel rings in copper or nickel finish.


Pleated to Perfection

From Danish designer and engineer P.V. Jensen-Klint, the iconic hand-pleated shade of the mid-20th century moves into the 21st, with new materials and designers. The Bouquet Large 5, a contemporary chandelier inspired by spring flowers is made of hand-folded paper or PVC plastic shade, light oak detail and braided linen covered cord.

Mohawk Group’s Smart City collection

A Smart Move

Mohawk Group’s Smart City collection reinterprets the transit maps of major cities and urban areas into soft surfaces for commercial interiors. The Living Product (free of toxins) carpet plank system features the group’s Heathered Hues yarn system and includes an organic base pattern that reflects the texture and rhythm of a metropolitan mapscape and another coordinating pattern styles with linework and accent colors inspired by famous subway systems.

Mesa Rim fitness center in San Marcos, Calif.

IMPs Complement Fitness Center

In designing the new 28,200 sq.-ft. Mesa Rim fitness center in San Marcos, Calif., Richard & Richard Construction Co. chose Metl-Span CF Flute panels in Tundra for their thermal efficiencies and rustic look. Lending an industrial flair, the 42-in.-wide 2-in.-deep insulated metal panels integrate with a glass sectional running down one of the building corners. With its bold vertical reveals, the IMPs complement the building exterior and beacon visitors to experience the climbing wall excitement inside.

Stargazing LVT collection

Functional and Fun

The Stargazing LVT collection was designed by Interface with the specific needs of school facilities in mind. Two new product palettes were specifically crafted for this collection, Scorpio and Aries, that are non-linear and forgiving in nature, cleverly disguising dirt between cleanings. The aqua palette makes a splash with graduating greens and vibrant cool neutrals. Celebrating school spirit, the spice palette is rooted in warm colorways with accents that pop, providing a range of texture and pattern to accentuate lively floor designs. Both palettes complement Interface carpet and nora rubber flooring.

Northwest ISD Aquatic Center, Justin, Texas

A Flowing Wave

The Northwest ISD (NISD) Aquatic Center in Justin, Texas is a multiuse facility that includes a 71-yard stretch competition pool, four-lane 25-yard practice pool, seating for 850 guests and a full-service sports medicine rehabilitation center. To improve the user experience and minimize acoustical issues that are common to indoor pools, pinta acoustic’s WHISPERWAVE and SONEX Valueline acoustic panels in custom colors were installed in the new 80,000-sq.-ft. facility. Most people have experienced the echo in indoor pools that leads to difficulty hearing and understanding swimmers, coaches and lifeguards, which can pose a safety risk. The panels absorb sound energy from coaching, raised

Lorin’s new anodized aluminum finish wall sheets

In Rust We Trust

Lorin’s new anodized aluminum finish features the aesthetic appeal of a weathered rust look while still providing strength and durability. The finish resembles a real-world look without the negative effects of natural oxidation which breaks down the surface of the raw material. Available in 48.5-in. × 96-in. sheets with no minimal order quantity, the anodized aluminum is lightweight and long lasting and will not chip, flake or peel.

Delta’s Kayra Collection features a multi-setting H2Okinetic showered

Doing More with Less

Among Delta’s WaterSense labeled faucets, showers and toilets that use at least 20% less water than the industry standard, Delta’s Kayra Collection features a multi-setting H2Okinetic shower head. The collection also offers In2ition Two-in-One Shower options for integrated shower head and hand shower functionality while controlling the speed, movement and droplet size of the water to deliver the feeling of more water while using less.

Onsite technical high school named the East Aldine Satellite Center

East Aldine Satellite Center

The Lone Star College system, with multiple campuses in the Houston metropolitan area, takes this approach a step further with its own onsite technical high school named the East Aldine Satellite Center. The 64,000-sq.-ft. facility features a contemporary design with a restrained palette of façade materials, including eye-catching metal panels in two distinctive finishes. Lead architect IBI Group’s designers specified Petersen’s PAC-CLAD architectural cladding for all the metal work, which included three separate products from the company’s line-up. Approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of Precision Series panels in the Highline S1 profile were used for the walls, while another 18,0