September 2019

The Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.

Restoring Order to the Courthouse

The Fayette County Courthouse was once the shining jewel of Lexington, Ky. Constructed in 1899, the Richardsonian Romanesque-style building was one of the first fully electrified structures in the city. Its heralded central dome used electric lighting to create a star-like ceiling. But, in the 1960s, a central elevator shaft and hvac equipment obscured all views.A 2016 renovation led by K Norman Berry Architects, with Deborah Berke Partners, converted the courthouse into a mixed-use office and restaurant space. The dome was restored, but also included the addition of Technical Glass Products’ Fireframes ClearFloor System, as well as a tempered, laminated walking surface glass, and a st

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New and Improved

With its modern, slipper-tub-inspired shape, the newest version of Hastings Tile & Bath’s Chelsea Bathtub features a slightly higher back for better ergonomics. Available in both 60-in. and 66-in. sizes, the tub can be finished in polished white, matte white, shiny polished gray and velvety matte gray. 

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Upgrade Opportunity

When the EIFS exterior of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s hotel began failing, the Jackson, Calif., facility’s operators decided to use the needed replacement as an opportunity for a façade upgrade. Designers with JAX Kneppers Assocs. Inc. of Walnut Creek, Calif. opted for a rainscreen system, featuring aluminum wall panels in three earth-tone finishes. Varying the depths of the panels created the illusion of pilasters at corner and column locations, while ventilated panels were installed over each room’s air-conditioning units to camouflage their appearance. Perforated panels embellished with the hotel’s logo add visual interest and provide a dramatic backdrop

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On the Mark

Leveraging its sturdy structural construction with ADA requirements, Federal Brace’s new Atlas floating vanity support system is made of steel tubing with a heavy duty 0.5-in. thick metal foot plate compatible with large anchors. Consequently, the brace can support a carrying capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 lbs. 

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Core Values

The Engineered Hardwood collection offers a durable and easy maintenance option for high-traffic areas in the office or educational sector. It is available in three constructions featuring a blend of two cores and two finishes. Engineered High-Density Core and Engineered Ply-Core both have the look of solid hardwood with the added durability and dimensional stability of engineered cores making them both an excellent option for a variety of commercial spaces.

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Articulated Excellence

Architectural Systems, Inc.(ASI) Chizel Wood Panels have received the prestigious ADEX Platinum Award for excellence in the wall covering category. Echoing the look of heritage handcraftsmanship with a modern balance, the panels showcase an articulated level of detail in nine standard bespoke patterns, each with a high variation in texture. 

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Steinbach Regional Secondary School, Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada

Sustainability Incorporated into School Design

The newly renovated Steinbach Regional Secondary School in Manitoba is assisting the faculty with a great lesson for the students on the environment and the impact buildings make. Stantec Architecture and the Hanover School Division envisioned a school built to serve as a learning tool for its existing students as well as the growing community. To align with the sustainable design elements, the school incorporates chilled beam products as its primary source of air distribution.

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Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, Hope College, Holland, Mich.

Rail System Enhances Community

A minimalist stair track rail system at the Hope College Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center gives the open concept space a sense of lightness and freedom—ideal for fostering community among students and campus organizations. Provide safety needed for stair systems without taking away from the elegance of the space. The center includes a large multipurpose room with adjacent patio, a lounge with fireplaces, as well as, meeting areas and a coffee shop.

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Skylight Fits Flat for Low-Pitch Roofs

An edge-to-edge curve to skylights is bringing in more daylight, while producing a sleek, modern roof aesthetic. CurveTech Skylights combine elegant design with exceptional daylighting for design- and quality-conscious architects. Designed for use on flat or low-pitch roofs, the curve allows rain water to disperse off the glass while installed on a zero-degree pitch roof.

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Electric Coop Emphasizes Efficiency

One of the largest power distributors in the Upper Midwest, Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative recently opened its Williston, N.D. headquarters featuring an expansive curtainwall. The four-story, 85,000-sq.-ft. Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative (MWEC) building was designed by JLG Architects to achieve a LEED Gold certification with an emphasis on highlighting the efficient use of electricity, while creating a beacon for mwec on the north side of Williston. MWEC’s and JLG’s shared over-arching design goal for the new headquarters was focused on “looking to the future,” said Nick Lippert, AIA, project manager, JLG Architects. “The entire design aestheti

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