PIA Award Articles

Full-Depth Veneers

Available in five luxurious colors and four brilliant finishes, Aria Slim Stone full-depth veneers deliver a distinctive, modern aesthetic, increased durability and reduced installation time. Suitable for both interior and exterior installation, the units feature a linear profile that enables the application of the same veneer on both façades and in corners. The 36-in.-long veneer design reduces installation time and the 3.625-in. bed depth enhances durability.

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Support Group

KarrierPanel is a universal barrier wall alternative to traditional multi-component wall systems, supporting secondary rainscreens systems such as metal or brick façades. The units use Kingspan’s fully engineered KarrierRail to securely and safely transmit loads from a wide range of façade options to the structural supports behind the insulated panel. The system employs QuadCore Technology, Kingspan’s self-blended hybrid insulation core.

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All-in-one-System

The Formawall high-performance building envelope system is an all-in-one system, providing an exterior rainscreen, air and moisture barrier and thermal insulation in a single component. The panels can be installed vertically or horizontally, are ideal for all climates, and can be coated with a number of high-performance coatings that offer minimal maintenance and excellent aesthetic options. Available in 2-in., 2.5-in. and 3-in. thickness.

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Artistic Balance

The fully engineered, layered StoVentec Rainscreen system is made up of steel and aluminum brackets, mineral wool thermal insulation board and customizable glass or finish carrier panels. The colors in the glass panels are fused into the glass so that they will not wear, scratch, fade or incur water damage. The ventilated Render rainscreen portion of the system provides a balance of artistry, economics and performance.

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309 East Paces, Atlanta, Ga.

Time and Money Saved Restoring Atlanta-Area Landmark

Built in 1963, 309 East Paces is located in the trendy Buckhead area of Atlanta and was once the headquarters of the nationwide rental company Aaron’s. Knox/Redan, owners of the 12-story building, wanted to preserve the building’s aesthetics, selecting a brick design with large industrial-style windows.The general contractor, Balfour Beatty Construction, proposed the use of StoPanel Technology to meet the developer’s limited time and budget. The team selected StoPanel Classic NExT ci as the cladding, with StoCreativ Brick and StoCreativ Granite to achieve the look of natural substances without the cost, weight and labor. The panels were produced at the Atlanta manufacturing

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Horse Farm Utilizes Ventilated Skylight System

A private horse farm located in Utah, Winter Farms’ barn and arena were designed to create healthy environments for both horses and their handlers by providing ample natural light and ventilation from VELUX Modular Skylights (VMS) systems.Ventilation is important in horse barns and arenas to protect the health of horses and handlers working with them. The owners were in need of a proper ventilating skylight system that was both cost-effective and could be installed quickly and easily.The 21,000-sq.-ft. arena includes 130 standard size vms units in the Longlight configuration, and the 7,500-sq.-ft. barn has 70 standard and custom vms units in the Ridgelight configuration.The arena is lo

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A Beacon on New York's Pier 17

Bendheim’s Lamberts Channel Glass is the focal point of the new South Street Seaport at New York’s Pier 17. The glass forms two stacked rows of 20-ft.-tall light-boxes, enveloping the façade. The three-dimensional glass channels diffuse daylight and minimize glare during the day. At night, the 40-ft.-tall backlit glass façade becomes a beacon on the Pier.SHoP Architects selected Bendheim to provide a tailored solution for this ambitious, landmark project. The design required approximately 37,000 sq. ft. of channel glass in a custom shape–featuring a greater flange depth–for added structural capacity. The continuous, two-story-tall channels maintain clean design lines

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Snowmass Village, Pitkin County, Colo.

Step Lighting Illuminates Snowmass

Snowmass Village, a ski town located in the Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Colo., wanted to redevelop its town center with new buildings for a hotel, condos, town hall and an outdoor ice rink. The challenge? Built around a 35,000-sq.-ft. plaza, the town needed a way to illuminate the space while still preserving the night skies.Construction on the hotel ran over budget and, calling on Innovative Lighting Consultants (ILC), the Denver-based lighting design firm found a ready answer in Amerlux’s Passo led step light.“There are beautiful night skies in the mountains and the town officials and developers wanted to minimize light pollution,” said Mike Kershner, founder of ILC&

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Lighting the Path to Artistic Inspiration

Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the Duke Ellington School of the Arts is a high school that specializes in arts education.Founded in 1974 by Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Mike Malone, the school occupies a building originally built in 1898 as Western High School. The District of Columbia Public Schools recently embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation project to modernize the facility and expand from 171,000 to 271,000 sq. ft. The project included the renovation and addition of classrooms, dance and art studios, common areas, a media center and a 300-seat performance hall.While the primary goal of construction was to add new spaces and modernize the entire buildin

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JW Marriott, Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville Hotel Offers Stunning Views

JW Marriott Nashville is a 386-ft.-tall, 800,000-sq.-ft. luxury hotel nestled among the busy streets of Music City, USA. The hotel’s 33-story elliptical glass tower offers stunning views of the city from all 533 guest rooms, as well as a high-end restaurant.While the curtainwall was originally specified in the design, YKK AP was able to customize its high-performing window wall product, the yww 50 TU Thermally Broken Window Wall System, to fit the job. Using a unique slab-edge cover, YKK AP was able to achieve the same look and feel as the curtainwall while providing a number of benefits only window wall can provide, including a highly customizable system to work wi

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