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August 26, 2020

Preserving Hope

As a write this, my morning started unusually in that in glancing at my phone, I saw I had a “recommended tweet.” It was from a young woman who was asking the community to pray for her as she was feeling the greatest loneliness she’d ever felt. In this COVID crisis, I think we’ve all experienced such a feeling as we’re cut off from so many things that make us who we are. Perhaps a building type that is experiencing this same kind of emotion—if that was possible—are museums, which have been mostly closed the public. Here’s a prayer of hope that these essential facilities survive this period of surrealness. Look to our annual year-end issue for greater insight on this market. In the interim are products and systems architects are employing in museum work we’ve featured these past couple issues.

New & Noteworthy

Taking Out Microbes

The SPYSCAPE Museum in New York utilizes Gordon Inc.’s Metal Architectural Wall System and Anti-Microbial Powder Coat finish. The museum features real spy stories and devices as well as interactive spy challenges. During the Special Ops Challenge, visitors travel through a tunnel trying to press lighted buttons on the walls, while dodging lasers that cross the path from wall-to-wall.

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New Way to Specify

ERCO’s new Eclipse lighting system comes with many features, including the means to use contour spotlights to crisply illuminate pictures and effectively accentuate artworks. The better news is the company, in the vacuum of lighting shows this spring, has created an informative vlog and mini-website.

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Enter 2020 Best of LaCantina Competition

Have you completed a residential or commercial project using LaCantina Doors to transform open spaces? LaCantina and Architizer invite all architects, designers, custom home builders, design build firms, and interior designers to submit their projects in the 2020 Best of LaCantina competition.

Entries may be submitted now through September 15, 2020. The winning design will receive a grand prize of a trip for two to their choice of events in NYC in 2021. Winners will also be featured on and To learn more or submit your project, click here.

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A Stand Out Design that Blends With the Neighborhood

Inspired by the existing warehouse structures of the neighborhood it inhabits in East Austin, Texas, the new Arrive Hotel uses a sturdy masonry infilled concrete structure as the foundation for its eye-catching, cantilever design. The luxurious dark tone and unique sheen of the manganese ironspot brick façade contrasts against the ribbons of sinewy concrete to forge a striking exterior that effortlessly blends a feeling of strength and beauty. Also featured in the interior of this signature structure, the manganese ironspot brick from Endicott Clay Products adds a dynamic industrial flair to the lobby, stairwells, hallways and social gathering spaces within this 77,000 ft2 complex.

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NEW Perimeter Spacer

Creating an edge restraint for roof paver applications, Hanover's NEW Perimeter Spacer has been designed for conditions in which pavers must be cut to fit along the roof perimeter. The Perimeter Spacer's spring action design allows for easy installation and helps to maintain a tight roof paver system. The slots of the Perimeter Spacer fit onto the tabs of the Elevator Top Plate or High-Tab Pedestal. Adjustments are easily made by sliding the spacer to fit snugly along the edge of the paver.

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NEW Hunter Xci VP-SA WRB Air and Water Resistive Barrier

The new breathable barrier by Hunter Panels is designed for above grade wall assemblies and is compatible with Hunter Xci polyiso products. The self-adhering membrane is coated on one side with a permeable adhesive protected by a convenient release liner. The barrier adheres firmly to the substrate and protects panel seams and fastener penetrations against air and water intrusion, while allowing any vapor present to escape. Xci VP-SA WRB by Hunter Panels is available in multiple widths of 100’ rolls for additional flexibility and convenience.

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