May 2016

Programmable Pendulum Finds Foreign Frequencies

Thyssenkrupp Elevator’s latest re-engineering feat deploys an existing technology in a way that refines the tall building experience. Tall and super-talls rely on advanced modeling and structural engineering calculations, but their ability to remain standing also involves mass pendulums. A more covert aspect of tall building construction, megaton pendulums help absorb vortex-induced vibrations and sway due to wind, weather or seismic shifts. Mass pendulums’ stabilizing forces mitigate building occupants’ perceptions of these motions and reduce fatigue loads. ThyssenKrupp’s 246-m tower, nearing completion in Rottweil, Germany, now boasts a 240-ton mass damper recently hoisted into place at th

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Health + Wellness: Garden of Eden

The newest type of healthcare designation includes in-patient rehabilitation; and renovations and portions of new construction in the long-term care space are now being allocated to this new sub-set of patient designation. Hacienda at the River has embraced this model. It is the vision of award-winning senior-housing developer and operator David Freshwater and David Barnes of Tucson-based Watermark Retirement Communities. After a transformative experience attempting to advocate for a loved one in a conventional healthcare setting, Freshwater envisioned a facility that would treat patients and their families in a holistic manner. “When my mom had back surgery and didn’t respond to pain medici

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Encouraging Community

San Francisco’s MB360 apartments encourage a sense of community in its courtyard space while also creating intimate niches for its residents. Set in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, MB360 is a trendy mixed-use apartment community with resort-style amenities, including pool, spa, outdoor fireplace and dining areas. Designing the outdoor living areas, however, presented certain challenges. “Our firm had a dual challenge: to encourage a community atmosphere in the courtyard while also creating intimate niches for residents,” said Cathy Garrett, president of PGAdesign, a landscape architectural firm in Oakland, Calif. MB360 and the larger Mission Bay development have create

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Beat the Heat

Christian Brothers Automotive Company’s headquarters looked to roller shades to combat the harsh Houston summers. Located in Houston, Christian Brothers Automotive Company’s concrete headquarters building needed features to help combat the harsh Texas summers. The answer: roller shades to deliver improved solar reflection to help corporate building beat the Texas heat. “The heat was obviously brutal, but so was the glare, especially on the east, west and south sides of the building,” said Steve Palmer, president of Creative Blinds, which installed the shades. When Christian Brothers Automotive Company (CBAC) built its new corporate headquarters, they wanted to ensure employee productivity an

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Into the New

Nation’s oldest anthropology library, Harvard University’s Tozzer Anthropology Library, gets a LEED Gold facelift. Harvard University’s Tozzer Anthropology Library—the nation’s oldest anthropology library—was founded in 1866 as part of the Peabody Museum. In 1971, a new building was constructed to house the growing collection of ethnology, archaeology and related anthropological items. As the building aged, its condition deteriorated to the point that the three-story structure was considered uninhabitable. That condition, along with Harvard leadership’s strong desire to consolidate the school’s programs under one roof led the way for the newly renovated and expanded Tozzer Anthropology Build

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Gymnasium Sees the Light

High school gymnasium undergoes LED lighting retrofit which allows school officials to recoup time, utility and maintenance costs. Connersville High School (CHS) in Connersville, Ind., home to the Spartan Bowl—one of the largest gymnasiums in the state—needed to replace dim and costly metal halide high-bay lights. Lighting in the Spartan Bowl was fraught with obstacles. The existing 26 fixtures—400-W metal halide high-bay lights—had grown dim over time, costing the school considerable time, utility and maintenance costs as the fixtures aged. Prior to installing new LED luminaires, it took eight minutes for the gym’s lights to reach full brightness, forcing school officials to choreograph ath

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House of Cards

A Swiss university placed emphasis on iconic construction to develop the architectural charisma it needs to prevail globally in the university sector. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is widely acknowledged as one of the finest universities founded anywhere in the world. This reputation attracts top students from across the globe to Lausanne, Switzerland, with the campus situated to the west of the city center. In the required new buildings and refurbishments, the institution places a consistent emphasis on iconic constructions in order to also develop the architectural charisma it needs to prevail in the globally competitive university sector. The extension of the existin

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Hotels Add Security and Efficiency

The leadership team at Extended Stay America was tasked in improving external aesthetics at their 629 properties, which included an outdoor lighting overhaul. In 2013, a new leadership team was brought in at Extended Stay America (ESA) to oversee a $1 billion investment to improve its entire portfolio of 629 properties—the majority of which averaged 20 years in age—in a manner that would set the company up for future success. The initial launch focused on external aesthetics. Research indicated a need to improve the exterior lighting at many of the facilities. From a lighting perspective, the technology used to light up the buildings, parking lots and common areas were outdated. The desired

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