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Norwalk Community College Center for Science, Health and Wellness

Nod to Tradition

Face-brick cladding lends a traditional appearance to a high-performing building on the campus of Norwalk Community College. The façade of the $30 million Center for Science, Health and Wellness, designed by New York City’s Mitchell Giurgola Architects, pairs the brick with more modern materials to tie the building in with the rest of the 1960s-era campus.

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Smooth Solution

SmartSide engineered wood siding has been offered a cedar texture for several years, and now a new smooth texture has been added to the lineup. SmartSide Smooth Trim & Siding is manufactured using the same zinc borate-based process, enabling performance through a range of severe weather conditions. Color options vary by region, and the material can be pre-primed for painting. 

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Solar Appeal

The Snap-Clad 24-gauge panels in Weathered Zinc added to the farmhouse-styled design on this Chicago residence by Evanston, Ill.-based Kipnis Architecture + Planning. Standing-seam metal roofing provided an easy attachment option for rooftop solar panels. The seams allowed for solar panels to be clamped into place without need for roofing penetration.

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Tallest Passive House Building Features Unique Colored Facade

As the tallest passive house building in the world at 26 stories, The House at Cornell Tech, designed by Handel Architects, features an innovative system of prefabricated metal panels. Triple-pane windows, mineral wool insulation and air and vapor barriers were factory-sealed into large, single-story curtainwall assemblies and then hoisted on to the building as fully integrated units. The super-tight insulation, combined with highly efficient heating, cooling and fresh-air circulation systems, reduces energy consumption by 70%, as compared to conventional designs.To really make the design pop, Handel worked with PPG to custom color the façade with Duranar MXL coatings. “We were lo

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Threshold of Innovation

Lualdi’s Edge by Marco Piva, is a door and wall system born from the desire to shape an object that is usually considered “flat,” such as the door, creating a volumetric effect and providing a new visual importance with functionality. Through the cut of the panel, the door becomes a work of art: a frame within a frame, a new, three-dimensional structure in what is normally considered a two-dimensional body, which plays with the lights and shadows of the environment in which it is placed. 

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Stronger Composite Decking

The Vision line of composite decking now features DiamondDefense Coating, an all-polymer cap that can stand up to a range of abuse, from furniture legs to golf cleats. The cap also adds durability in the face of spills and solar exposure. The decking, itself, is designed to resemble interior hardwoods for a smooth transition in indoor/outdoor living spaces. 

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Chiseled Texture

The Everywhere Texture collection from Designtex features an uniquely engineered polyester yarn collection that make it inherently suitable to be used as wallcovering, upholstery, drapery and even for wrapped wall panels. It also meets fire-safety requirements for all those applications. With no added finishes or flame retardants, the textile can be repeatedly cleaned with a water-based solvent or bleach. 

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Classy Take-Offs

Designers using decorative glass to preserve the role light plays in creating vibrant, welcoming environments in air travel facilities worldwide. Bendheim specialty architectural glass is an increasingly popular choice among designers for its variety and luxurious, clean aesthetic that conveys quality and prestige. In addition to its enduring elegance, a wide range of architectural glass options provide improved environmental outcomes, including naturally hygienic surfaces and improved energy efficiency. The non-porous glass surfaces discourage the spread of bacteria and are easy to maintain in high-traffic airport environments. 

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Marble Re-Envisioned

The name Rilievo, which is the Italian word for relief, reveals the collection’s inspiration from the art of sculpture. Rilievo is the second collection of modular marble claddings by Lithos Design Domino, the company’s brand that targets a medium-high end market by revolutionizing the customary production methods associated with marble to offer a smart and unprecedented product. Six textures are available, including Polis (shown here), which offers a strong textured chiaroscuro effect in modular marble cladding. Dimensions: 45.7 × 45.7 × 1.4 cm. Materials: bianco cotone, carrara ghiaccio, bianco narciso, dhalia cream, botticino vaniglia, beige de marell, grigio cener

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Elementary Elemental

As a creative contrast to Ventus Wall Hung Sink’s industrial-inspired exposed hardware, Stone Forest’s new integrated sink features a modern, geometric shape. As part of the Elemental collection of brass legs with knurled fittings, any combination of stone, wood and steel components can be incorporated. 

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