May/June 2021

Beloit College's Rec Center

Decommissioned Power Station Turned Rec Center

A century-old decommissioned coal-burning power station located along Wisconsin’s Rock River is now the site of a new student recreation and wellness center for Beloit College. Called the Powerhouse, the Studio Gang-designed adaptive reuse project features a light-filled, impact-resistant and high-performance translucent lightwall system from EXTECH. Utilizing a design-assist approach, EXTECH was brought in early and therefore able to help the architect customize the interlocking wall system.“We don’t simply walk into the architect’s office and slap down a product catalog,” explains EXTECH’s Director of Product Application and Development Kevin Smith, RA.

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ACM fins and curtainwall clad a new office building along the Chicago River as part of Lincoln Yards revitalization program.

Undulating Fins Emulate the Flow of Water

Reflecting its Chicago River waterfront location, undulating fins fabricated from ALUCOBOND Plus aluminum composite material from 3A Composites USA emulate the flow of water at a new Lincoln Yards revitalization development near Lincoln Park. Designed by SOM, tenant anchor C.H. Robinson, a global third-party logistics provider, has settled 1,000 employees in the 4-story facility seeking LEED Gold certification.The undulating fins were created with approximately 28,240 sq. ft. of 4-mm ACM in a custom Sunlight Silver Mica color. Creating shade on the glass curtainwall, this reduces solar heat gain and glare for optimized daylighting.“When light hits the silver, it looks even brighte

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Niagara Conservation Sabre

Expanded Toilet Lines

Niagara has introduced four new WaterSense-certified product lines, offering architects an array of water-efficient, durable lavatory options. The cost effective Liberty installs quickly and is available in round and elongated bowls, ADA and standard heights. Sabre and Shadow lines features Niagara’s Stealth technology which leverages a vacuum-assist for better performance with less water. The former is available in 1.1 and 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF), and the former is offered in 0.8 and 1.28 GPF options. Barron, made for the light commercial industry, comes in 1.0 and 1.28 GPF, round and elongated bowls. 

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HydroVive

Multi-Sensory Experience

Combining the latest technology in sound, light and water delivery, ThermaSol raises the ultimate showering experience bar with its latest HydroVive. Lighting features include 200 Full-color spectrum luminous LED and color changing “mood lighting.” The audio incorporates Bluetooth technology and four state-of-the art-speakers to deliver low distortion, natural response and amazing high frequency capability. The light, sound and rainhead environmental system is delivered within a single self-contained module.

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Interface's Brushed Lines

LVT Now With Recycled Content

Combining diffused linear textures with organic forms and dusty hues inspired by nature, Brushed Lines, Interface’s newest luxury vinyl tile (LVT), delivers a high-end look while standing up to everyday use in public spaces, hospitality and office applications. Offering and performance of hard surfaces without the noise, the collection is available in 16 colorways. Brushed Lines, along with all the manufacturer’s LVT collections, are now made of 39% pre-consumer recycled content. Carpet and tiles can pair together in this selection. 

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Pier at St. Petersburg, Fla.

St. Petersburg Attraction

Earning the distinction of the second Best New Attraction of 2020 in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice awards, a new 3,065-ft.-long pier on 26 acres in St. Petersburg, Fla., features educational facilities, restaurants, a pavilion and picnic area, boat docks, tram stops, an event center, swimming beach, a splash pad, art sculptures and children’s playgrounds.Bringing Rogers Partners and ASD|SKY’s design to life, design, engineering and metal plate fabricator MG McGrath installed CENTRIA Econolap aluminum perforated panels on the roof of the pier head, pavilion and education center areas of St. Pete pier. Ideal for the saltwater environment, the lightweight system was also w

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Iso Work Lounge

Space Shaper

Combining the comfort of a lounge chair with partitions for privacy, Arcadia's Iso Work Lounge Collection provides a welcome and quiet space to sit, work and focus. Armless lounge and love seat models, as well as panels, perform beautifully alone or as an ensemble to create stand-alone modules, clusters, or expand into a multitude of well-proportioned arrangements for various meeting requirements.

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4747 Bethesda, Bethesda, Md.

The Grand Staircase

Enhancing the lobby experience at 4747 Bethesda in Bethesda, Md., Banker Wire SZ-4 mesh flanks the ceremonial three-story staircase, lending transparency behind multiple glass panes. Stainless steel melded with bronze-aged copper wire mesh creates a unique weave that changes with the viewer’s angle. “Contrasting the bronze-embossed glass that clads the building, the lobby is articulated as a jewel box,” says Ruben Quesada, designer, ZGF Architects, the architect on the project. “The combination of the copper and stainless steel pairs well with the other timeless materials in the space—bronze, Italian marble and walnut wood—creating a cohesive design messag

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Thaden School, Bentonville, Ark.

Reels and Wheels

Designed to recreate the green-gold metallic finish of a 1967 Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 sports car, Sherwin-Williams created a customized coating per Marlin Blackwell Architects’ specifications for Thaden School in Bentonville, Ark. Featuring the “Reels” film and production studio, and the “Wheels” physics and mechanics building, rainscreen metal panels from Morin are finished with the Fluropon SR—a 70% PVDF resin-based architectural coating with solar-reflective pigments. The specialty coating helps resist heat absorption and supports the buildings’ energy efficiency ENERGY STAR, LEED and Cool Roof Rating Council program criteria.The campus also to

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Plaza of the Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, Ariz. by design teams at Landscape Forms and Designworks

Contemporary Response

At the Tempe Center for the Arts, in Tempe, Ariz., Landscape Forms debuted its new Typology line, which includes both area light fixtures and site furnishings. The line is a system of sculptural and outdoor seating and lighting features, created in partnership with Designworks, a BMW Group company.A ribbon bench serves as a centerpiece for the collection—modular segments enable the bench to meander seamlessly throughout landscapes. LED ring lights and stick lights, artfully illuminate and guide, almost like floating halos. Path lights are encased in concrete mantel to create a small-scale, vertical version of the ribbon bench. 

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