In his blog post, "Developing Open Space as the Public's Living Room," Gensler's Michael Wagner writes, "Outdoor public gathering spaces fulfill a basic human need to be around people. Social distancing may be a sign of the times, but public space has a timeless value." To that, we at AP say, "Hear, hear!" and have created this issue of AP ProductWIre to share a few impressive outdoor public spaces and the products that make them distinct.
New & Noteworthy
From a public landfill in the mid-1800s to a world-class public park in a Midwestern city of 100,000, South Bend, Indiana’s Howard Park has become the city’s marquee park. Prior to its transformation in November 2019, the park had undergone several iterations since its opening in 1899, but over the decades had fallen into disrepair.
Landscape designer Rocio Gertler, principal of LdG, and the team, found a creative way to re-imagined a former utilities building and parking lot in San Diego into a stylish campus amenity for office tenant employees using gabion-style wire containers. The solution created a partition and divider system that is custom-filled with angled rocks harvested from a local quarry.
Looking toward the environmental benefits for the entire city, downtown Minneapolis was looking toward permeable paving to reduce its stormwater runoff and potential pollution problems. Completed in Aug. 2016, the Downtown Commons, Minneapolis, Minn., is a 4.2-acre public park and green space adjacent to U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.
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.
Our touchless sensor faucets feature hydropower to deliver sustainability at the sink. The technology is efficient two ways. First, Hydro•X Power generates power from the source itself— the water already flowing through the faucet. Then, it harvests energy with just a few activations. Combined, each fixture delivers up to ten years of uninterrupted battery life.
Why Architects Love It: You won’t have to settle between achieving form or functionality. Complement your restroom design and work towards LEED points. Each solution offers low-flow rates to meet WaterSense or CEC compliance.
Wood you believe? An award-winning finish! Feeney’s Wood Grain Finish for DesignRail Top Rail won a 2020 Product Innovation Award from Architectural Products magazine! Feeney makes it easy for you to have the beautiful look of wood with the durability of powder-coated aluminum.
- AAMA 2604 ultra-durable powder-coating with dye-sublimation wood grain pattern
- 10-year warranty, same as other DesignRail powder-coated components
- Available on Series 150 and Series 200 top rail profiles, 10 ft. and 20 ft. lengths
- 3 color options: Cherry, Walnut and Weathered Gray
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.
Set your sights on QuadCore Technology by Kingspan, the next generation of self-blended hybrid insulation core for insulated metal panels. QuadCore Technology is designed to reduce your project’s carbon footprint while delivering unrivaled thermal performance, exceptional fire protection and unmatched health and wellness certification.
When compared in a recent study to other wall assemblies, panels with QuadCore Technology reduce embodied carbon by up to 28 percent, making it the superior insulated metal panel system for both the built environment and the human environment.
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.
Offering the highest R-value (16 at 2”), lowest reported ASTM E84+ smoke developed index* and minimal flame spread, Kooltherm is the only insulation worthy of your valuable design space.
The first in-person commercial lighting event in nearly two years, debuts at Dallas Market Center, September 21-22 during Dallas Design Week. This new Expo of leading specification brands will run alongside a robust and diverse educational platform for lighting designers, architects, specifiers and interior designers. Admission to the Expo is complimentary and attendees can access all CEU sessions for a flat fee of $50. Registration and special hotel rates (like the Renaissance Dallas within walking distance for $129/night) are available at www.ArchLIGHTSummit.com.