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April 28, 2021

Dance Hall Days

My son was married last fall, but due to COVID, we haven’t been able to spend much time together with his new bride, who recently celebrated a birthday. However, after all of us, fortunately, were vaccinated for a second time, we were able to break our fast, so to speak. The place my daughter-in-law chose for dinner was very cool—the Opera House—a Queen Anne-style brick building constructed in 1898, that’s seen it’s share of re-purposing over the years. Its latest incarnation recalls its time in the ‘20s, with dining out on the wooden floor of the one-time “Blue Goose Dance Hall.”  The entire building, of course, was restored, including one of my favorite details, a patinaed copper tourelle—something, I fear, we may never see again. Who knows, what goes around, comes around. In the interim, here are some products that might help replicate the look of this bygone beauty, as well as a very “un-historic” spin on brick.

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Hotel’s High-Performance Wall System Perfect Match for Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

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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. 

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Street Savvy

Winner of a Bronze award in BIA’s residential category, the Unhistoric Townhouse in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan is a five-story townhouse, built for a family of four. System Architects embraced the street as a central theme of the project, to create a façade that engaged with the rhythms of the neighborhood.

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Illuminate Interiors with Koryak Ridge Stacked Stone

Today's most evocative surfaces incorporate bright color palettes with elegant shifts in color tones to help enhance the natural lighting within a space and create a sense of illumination in spaces that would otherwise feel dark. One of the latest products to brighten residential and commercial interiors is Koryak Ridge Stacked Stone, which interprets the interaction of light and shadow over a rugged rock face. This easy-to-install panelized system presents an intricate composition of numerous small stones in a complex gradient of white, cream, and ivory tones with sandy accents.

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Structural Thermal Barriers Save Energy

While Azon does not make windows, the company does offer turnkey technology for the manufacture of polyurethane polymer thermal barrier aluminum fenestration. Using thermal barriers to improve energy savings in the window assembly helps manufacturers meet strict energy codes and standards worldwide, ranging from monumental architectural to residential aluminum window classes. The newest ultra-performance Azo-Core high-density foam thermal barrier by Azon contains the best combination of energy efficiency and the highest shear strength of all thermal barriers used in the most demanding climates and conditions.

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The Façade with Wow Factor

Are you looking to boost your façade? CUPACLAD is the product that everybody is talking about. The distinguishing touch texture and sober elegance of the natural slate rainscreen cladding system is making its way through the United States. More and more architects are embracing the sustainability and efficiency of natural materials, a trend that has only just begun. The urban landscape is changing for good, don’t fall behind.

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Solarban R77

New Solarban R77 glass by Vitro Architectural Glass reveals new design possibilities with its neutral-reflective aesthetic. Thanks to its balanced, reflective quality, Solarban R77 glass is ideal for realizing façade and curtainwall designs intended to capture the visual character of the sky and ambient environment.

On the building exterior, Solarban R77 glass offers a silver-blue transmitted color, and on the interior, it provides clear exterior views and natural, neutral daylighting. Its low interior reflectance means Solarban R77 glass offers crisp, lively views of the outdoors.

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Helping to build the American dream since 1971

Fabcon’s first precast panels rolled off the line in 1971, and since then we’ve been instrumental in shaping the growth trajectories of big and small companies alike. Structural precast is the perfect product for organizations interested not only in making their mark, but in building their legacy. Discover how Fabcon’s value proposition of speed, versatility and lower operating costs have figured into a multitude of American Success Stories across a wide range of business segments, from canned foods to fishing gear.

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