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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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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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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Lower Manhattan's Pier 17 Revitalized

Located in New York City’s South Street Seaport, Pier 17 anchors an extensive redevelopment project that is focused on transforming the historic Lower Manhattan neighborhood into a thriving cultural, retail and entertainment center. To apply powder coatings in a challenging marine environment. As the firm selected to rehabilitate Pier 17, a once-thriving festival pavilion that had devolved into a dreary indoor mall, SHoP Architects had four essential demands for the metal coatings supplier.The first was, due to its location, the coating had to include a long-term warranty covering film integrity, chalk and color fade. The second was that the metal coating must be solvent-free to h

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Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, British Columbia

A Newsworthy Roof-Raising

A 22-year renovation of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, was completed recently as workers finished their efforts replacing the 1894 structure’s massive roof. Designers with Vancouver’s Proscenium Architecture & Interiors, Inc., opted for standing-seam zinc for the complicated project, which required extensive detailing to address a large number of pitch changes and other transitions. Finished in a traditional prePATINA blue-grey color, the new roof complements the building’s natural stone façade.According to architect Hugh Cochlin of Procenium, details were all drawn by hand. “That’s definitely old school, but particularly appropriate

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Get Fleeced

EPDM roofing systems can be specified with a 55-mil fleece layer adhered as a backing for long-term protection against high winds, hail and punctures. These FleeceBack membranes are also well-suited for roof gardens and solar applications and can be installed with Flexible FAST adhesive, which reinforces the fleece for increased protection.

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