June 2018

Silicon Valley Convention Center Gets Lit

When the San Jose McEnery Convention Center needed a new lighting system that could support the multi-use, high-production-value conventions their clients expect, they turned to high-tech lighting. The San Jose McEnery Convention Center now has one of the most advanced lighting systems in the country. “The previous sodium light fixtures were from the ’80s,” says Gabriel Nemeth, Director of Event Operations. “Advances in technology and changing client demands put us behind the times.” This was particularly true for tradeshows that demand multiple functions, with some sections being used for keynotes and others for booths.

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Casino Resort Goes 'All In' with Glass Partition

Labeled the most popular gaming facility in Northern California, Cache Creek Casino Resort offers its patrons an extensive amount of gaming, attractions and amenities, all within a luxurious environment. Cache Club members receive unparalleled luxuries, benefits, promotions and perks. There’s a reason why it’s the most sought after gaming destination in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area. In the VIP Reception Area, members are welcomed by an extravagant decorative glass partition.

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Police Station Includes Functional Curb Appeal

The Village of Glen Ellyn, Ill., placed its police station inside the Civic Center four decades ago. At the time, planners believed the construction of a better station was imminent. More than 30 years later, it was still there—in an 11,000-sq.-ft. space that prohibited efficient workflow. There were obvious safety and privacy concerns about this arrangement and a new station was long overdue.In 2011, the village chose experienced companies, Dewberry, an engineering consultant firm based in the Chicago area, and Leopardo Construction of North Aurora, Illinois. A design team from Dewberry determined it was difficult to have all needs addressed in one space, and ruled out renovating the

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Visitors at Texas Library 'Sitting in Tree House'

When the City of Seguin, Texas, decided to tear down its old library and build a new one, the priority was to leverage the natural beauty of its site along the banks of Walnut Creek. In Nov. 2017, the Seguin Public Library earned LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Bringing the outdoors inside of this two-story facility, a curtainwall frames these natural views and leverages natural light. In addition, cantilevered decks overlook the creek and a popular walking and biking trail. Designed by PGAL of Los Angeles and 720 Design of Dallas, the 43,000-sq.-ft. library is three times the size of the original building, providing more area for books, technology and spaces

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Brewery Throws Shade on Solar Heat Gain

Situated above the French Broad River just outside Asheville, NC., the Sierra Nevada Mills River Brewery features a warehouse and bottling facility, taproom and restaurant, gift shop, amphitheater, and indoor music venue, making it a “temple to craft beer.” To increase brewing capacity, Sierra Nevada decided to open an East Coast facility— their second brewery—in North Carolina. Longtime collaborator, R.G.A. in Chico, Calif., was selected to serve as the principal design firm for the project.

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