March 2016

Not Necessarily a ‘Breeze’

Introducing more fresh air into a space is generally a good thing, and there are many ways to do so, but don’t charge in without a well researched plan, warn architects well experienced in the arena. Efficient, comfortable and quiet, designs based on thermal displacement ventilation (TDV) strategies, opposed to conventional overhead, forced-air HVAC systems, have a lot of appeal. That said, according to Erik Ring, P.E., LEED Fellow, principal, LPA Inc. in Irvine, Calif., TDV requires careful coordination, planning and integration between architects, interior designers and mechanical engineers—yet such an integrated design effort unfortunately remains uncommon in the industry. For example, be

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Indoor Comfort: I Voted Today

If you’re feeling uncomfortable in terms of the climate control in your own home, you could open a window, pull down the blinds or bump up the thermostat. Yet, long hours spent in an office leave many individuals helpless to control their own comfort. The democratization of the workplace is slowly breaking down the barrier to personal comfort in commercial buildings, so before you don a Snuggie or sunglasses, check out these Comfy and +Comfy systems that promise comfortable and content offce workers. +Comfy aims to boost office productivity by promoting occupants’ access to building control technologies already in place in many commercial office buildings. Here’s how it works: a simple Inter

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The limestone crushed aggregate used for the parking area and the contrasting colored buckshot crushed aggregate for the walkways were both obtained locally.

Sustainable Stormwater Relief

Porous pavement system helps protect watershed at Wisconsin’s first land trust, which was founded in 1937 to protect one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the state. The Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin’s first land trust, was founded in 1937 to conserve the original 40-acre parcel and today protects 1600 acres of one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the state. It conserves critical wildlife habitat and diverse ecosystems, protects natural landmarks and scenic landscapes, and facilitates important research initiatives essential to the future of the Sanctuary and Door County. Design choices that encourage land preservation and conservation were of utmost importance to Do

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Chapel Hill Finds Sound Solution

UNC’s Marisco Hall Imaging and Research Building found a solution from a sight and sound standpoint. A university lab and cancer research facility, the Marisco Hall Imaging Research Building serves students and faculty within both University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and the Eschelman School of Pharmacy. One of the largest buildings on campus, the 343,000-sq.-ft. structure is a centerpiece of UNC’s research community, featuring state-of-the-art imaging equipment. The team sought to deliver the look and feel of a custom millwork finish while sourcing a product that incorporated sustainable qualities.

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It’s a Wrap

Wall Panels and Roof System add Interest at Georgia school. Ivy Street Center is the first new academic building on the Marist School campus in Brookhaven, Ga., in more than 20 years, and is the signature project in Phase 1 of the Campus Master Plan. Marist School is a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school serving 1,100 students grades 7-12. The new 55,000-sq.-ft. Ivy Street Center serves as home for the mathematics and English departments. The building’s name pays homage to Marist’s original three-story schoolhouse located in downtown Atlanta. The structure was built on the footprint of the razed Kuhrt Gym, a 50-year-old building. “The charge was to design a combination classroo

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Black, White, Light

Industrial-meets-modern in a mullion-transom façade that blends transparent, translucent and self-contained partial areas in a historical business location in Vienna. The Wirtschaftspark Breitensee—a new business area—carries on the tradition of a historical business location in Vienna. The former Wilhelminian industrial area was transformed into a modern, catalyzing business park following the deconstruction of the old building stock and the general restructuring of the area. HOLODECK architects implemented the area’s restructuring in three phases to create a mixed-use industrial park with an urban flair. The individual components are connected through the center court on which a compactly

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Let There Be (Safe) Light

Fire-rated glass ensures open stairways and daylight infiltration at the South Fayette Intermediate School. “One of the first things you notice when you step into the brand new South Fayette Intermediate School is the amount of natural light. From all corners, the sun streams into the building, creating a happy glow.” This is how architects at Eckles Architecture & Engineering begin the description of the 221,000-sq.-ft. school serving grades 3-5 in McDonald, Pa., southwest of Pittsburgh. The ample daylight that eliminates any chance of a dreary school day is thanks to ample and thoughtful windows as well as internal pathways that allow light to infiltrate deeper inside. Among those path

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