Advances

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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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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Austin Hall, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, Texas.

Metal Makeover

The stainless-steel roof topping historic Austin Hall on the campus of Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, was only 10 years old when it began to fail, due to a seaming plan not appropriate to its low-slope design. So, though it was less than a decade old, it was recently replaced with a more appropriately engineered standing seam copper roof. The 238T and 138T symmetrical standing seam panels enable watertight performance because there is now interruption of sealant in the seam at clip locations.

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Noctambule LED Dimmable Pendant Light Tall Cylinders

They’re So Glassy

German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic created his Noctambule fixtures from basic modules of simple glass cylinders. The handblown modules can be combined to create chandeliers, pendants and table lamps, with LED lighting elements hidden away at the connection points.

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Focus on People, Productivity

At Lightfair, Lutron launched its HXL platform to support human centric lighting, which according to the company, should promote comfort, enable enhanced well-being, and foster engagement. HXL combines four elements: quality light, natural light, connection to the outdoors and adaptive and personalized control. The system’s approach for addressing natural light, of course, is a combination that maximizes daylight with dynamic shading solutions, while also incorporating color tuning via its Ketra line. The company’s office of the future demo, which took visitors through the changing light in the course of a typical work day, was impressive. 

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