November/December 2020

A unique art glass installation designed by Martin Donlin on the façade of the Lowell Justice Center, Lowell, Mass.

Art Installation

A unique art glass installation designed by Martin Donlin on the façade of the Lowell Justice Center, Lowell, Mass. is also visible inside the two-story entrance lobby. Designed with symbols of justice interspersed with imagery of Lowell’s textile and mill history, the art features quotes in languages including Khmer, Spanish, Portuguese and English, representing local cultures of the people of Lowell and equal justice.Viracon's DigitalDistinctions combines the durability of ceramic enamel with the versatility of digital printing, providing the ability to print multiple colors, graphics and simulate building materials on a single surface


Natural Look

Custom ceiling solutions were installed in the lobby and services areas of the Minnehaha Academy Upper School. The installation focused on space and ambiance, with an emphasis on bringing nature into the buildings. A grille, made of hemlock wood, features an acoustical backer, which helps to control the sound in the main entrance.

Athens High School, Athens, Texas

Metal Adds Modern Look

Façade retrofit is an effective option to consider as buildings are upgraded or converted to continue their service. Such was the case at Athens High School in Athens, Texas, which required a mix of renovation and new construction to bridge old and new buildings. To create a modern design, metal was chosen. Installed on the school were 10,800 sq. ft. of 24-gauge 12-in. PAC-CLAD Flush Panels in White and Silver finish, 17,500 sq. ft. of 24-gauge 12-in. Flush Soffit panels in White finish, and 5,500 sq. ft. of PAC-3000CS Composite Panel finished in a custom maroon school color. Cost was an issue, but ultimately the school felt the investment was made for the metal’s ability to create a d


Outstanding CRI

Downlights are universal solutions that embody modular flexibility. The one-piece heat sink helps to expand the lifetime and enables them to outperform in every application with 225,000 hours (L70), 55,000 hours (L95), and are available with output options from 700 lm to 4000 lm. The Lumencore family offers exceptional color rendering, which includes CRI 80+, CRI 90+ and CRI 95+ options.Judge’s Comment: “The downlights deliver modular flexibility, as well as durability, suited to this market.”


Get Creative

Designed with fully articulating elbows and connectors, the Aloft low profile, cylindrical luminaire system allows designers to create unique configurations. Installation and onsite adjustment is simplified with a plug-and-play connection system. Its HE Tech lens provides excellent light distribution from a narrow 0.5-in. aperture diffuse lens.Judge’s Comment: “The corner connector is clever, and allows for the basic fixture to be expanded into numerous forms that put creativity with the architect.” 


Downlight Palette

Finding consistency across product families in downlighting can be a challenge. Liteistry features a broad palette of architectural downlights that provide consistency in appearance and performance. Reflectors provide a 50-degree shielding angle that shields the source, but also creates a quiet reflector surface above the shielding angle.Judge’s Comment: “Good choice for designs of multiple spaces.”


Good Moon Rising

A family of fixtures, ALW’s additions to its “MoonRing” series include: MoonRing Acoustic (pictured), which brings acoustic options to the flagship luminiare; MoonDisc, a line of circular acoustic discs between 3—6 ft. in diameter, incorporating acoustics with optional indirect lighting, designed to complement MoonRing luminaires; and MoonDish, a side-emitting ring luminaire with a 1.5 aperture and an optional 0.5-in.-thick acoustic panel with an NRC of 0.85. The MoonDish delivers a uniform illumination with a modern design. A new twist on the ring trend, the luminaire offers a side-emitting profile, creating a glowing aesthetic. The optional acoustic panels are compo


Door Lock Assurance Critical In Crisis

During an active assailant crisis, every second is crucial. According to testimony presented by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, an active shooter has never breached a locked classroom door by defeating the lock. The Mortise Lock Status Indicator by ASSA ABLOY helps occupants easily determine whether a door is locked or unlocked and whether a space is occupied or vacant. The viewing window is 25% larger than the industry standard and can be customized with text, color and symbols. The viewing window includes a patient-pending curved design that provides 180-degree, all-angle visibility. An optional reflective coating improves visibility in low light conditions. Ideal for facilities where


Flexible and Movable Furniture

As states and countries consider the path to reopening schools, education systems must consider not only when they will open their doors, but how they can successfully maintain an environment that prioritizes sanitation and social distancing measures. At UK-based manufacturer and installer of education seating, Ferco Seating, experts have paid close attention to the rules and regulations that countries overseas have implemented to safely reopen schools. Their solution? The EasyGlide Desk. It’s lightweight, maneuverable in any direction and stable on flat feet. The design and folding capabilities give teachers autonomy in the design of their classrooms.

Lisle Elementary School, Lisle, Ill.

Not Quite Natural

At Lisle Elementary School in the Chicago suburbs, an immediately striking feature is the sprawling wood-look plank ceiling that greets students outside in the canopies at the school’s south and east entrances. The natural aesthetic of wood continues into the school’s corridors,where the design team from Perkins + Will specified CertainTeed perforated ceiling panels in Rift Cut White Oak veneer for their natural look and acoustic qualities. From a distance, the ceiling is unmistakably wood. In reality, it’s metal with a wood-look finish from the Box series by Hunter Douglas Ceilings & Walls from CertainTeed. Thanks to a unique metal construction, of 92% recycled materia