March 2019

Shading Systems Complete University's Residence Halls

The project team at Texas’ Tarleton State University needed a material that fit with the existing design blueprint and fulfilled solar shading requirements. Exterior coiled wire fabric panels were chosen to enhance comfort for building occupants. The growing academic institution demanded additional residence halls, which came in the form of two new, modern on-campus buildings—Traditions Halls—designed to be both a “living and learning” home for more than 500 students. Social spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows are a key feature of each building, acting as “lantern-like elements” along the bisecting pedestrian route, Rudder Way.

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Dimensional

MDC’s Dimension Walls’ patterns are 3D designs that are durable and sophisticated. Available in 4-ft. × 8-ft. and 4-ft. × 10-ft. sheets, the decorated thermoplastic sheets are manufactured through an innovative thermoperforming process that is quick, efficient and cost-effective without compromising design. A metallic finish or paintable option can achieve a specific color vision. 

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Stone-Faced Illusionist

Perception tiles first appear to be a static wall installation, but as the viewer passes, they reveal a subtle movement and transform revealing a contrasting edge pattern. The collection blends various stones to create a natural masterpiece. As the viewer walks by, a subtle transformation takes place. Moving away from the surface at progressively steeper angles what appeared to be a wall of marble ribs is an intensely contrasting pattern along the angled edges. Each panel has a dimension of 90 cm × 67.5 cm. The thickness has a range between 3 cm and 7 cm. The application process is a regular gluing for natural stone.

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Moss Muffle

BuzziMood, a new acoustical wall solution, blends materials found in nature with exceptional sound absorption capabilities. BuzziSpace collaborated with American designer Cory Grosser to create BuzziMood, an organic alternative to conventional noise control solutions with preserved reindeer moss as its primary material. Moss is an excellent, naturally occurring absorber of sound. The structured acoustic wall panels are available in seven geometric shapes, which can be mixed-and matched to create graphic wall art.

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Soul Ceilings

MetalWorks Create! Custom Perforations from Armstrong transform images onto metal panels, offering a unique visual with acoustical performance. The new custom perforation capability is available across a wide range of MetalWorks ceiling and wall systems. The custom-perforated panels are available in standard Whitelume, Silverlume, and Gun Metal colors, and are part of the Sustain portfolio of ceiling products. The custom-perforated panels can achieve a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of up to 0.90. 

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Adding Acoustics

Gettys Group design for the lobby of the Godfrey Hotel in Boston illustrates the importance of supplementing a surface’s discussion with an acoustics addendum. The design and materials exemplify a chic method of dampening acoustics in an open lobby setting. The hotel’s proximity to the harbor and the importance of the Charles River inspired an understated nautical theme. “We really enjoyed working on the lobby feature wall behind the check-in desk,” recalls Ben Nicholas, Design Principal “We added Soundwave Bella felt acoustic panels to the back wall, which are a nice contrast to the many hard surfaces throughout the lobby.”The panels on the wall

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Silent Growth

The newly opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood features a touch of greenery in the guest rooms and public spaces, bringing the outdoors inside. The 25-ft., custom green wall in the lobby made from Banker Wire I-21 creates a woven fixture screen and custom welded wire mesh hanging baskets for vegetation. The vertical wall blends industrial elements with natural ones against a backdrop of concrete and steel and is laid out in such a way to ensure that vegetation can grow organically over the canvas. 

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Robin Hood of Sound

MDC’s Acoustical Solution, Enercee line, as well as two digitally printed acoustical wallcoverings, Sherwood and Geode offer high-performance, practical sound control that does not sacrifice design. These sound absorbent panels represent a new class of decorative surfaces that are washable and cleanable, while maintaining a strong aesthetic. Offered in a 63-in. wide, 0.125-in. digital print, these acoustical wallcoverings boast a 0.2 Noise Reduction Coefficient rating. 

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Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center, Arlington, Texas

Sun Shades Help Define CTC’s Building Envelope

The Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center (CTC) is creating a world of opportunity for teenagers in Arlington, Texas. Offering 36 different trade certifications and 18 career pathways, the CTC gives local high school juniors and seniors a chance to tackle their career or college path before they graduate high school. From a precision manufacturing shop where students learn how to cut metal for gears and machine parts to a kitchen for culinary arts, the 169,800-sq.-ft. facility serves as many as 2000 students every day who split time between CTC and their home high school. The building was built with flexible infrastructure so the classrooms can be transformed as new trades emerge, and equipme

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Blanton Museum of Art on the campus, Univ. of Texas

Texas Teamwork

Ellsworth Kelly developed a clear vision for the final piece of his career as an internationally-acclaimed artist. In “Austin,” Kelly wanted to bend light in different ways through an array of 33 colored windows, 14 black and white marble panels and an 18-ft. tall totem, one of Kelly’s common sculptural forms. The project, constructed at the Blanton Museum of Art on the campus of the Univ. of Texas, was hailed by The New York Times as his masterpiece, “the grandest exploration of pure color and form in a seven-decade career spent testing the boundaries of both.”The signature project required extreme collaboration with the design team at Overland Partners, and th

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