Case Studies

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

Iconic Baseball Stadium Fountain Gets New Life

Kauffman Stadium’s fountains feature an upgraded stainless steel automatic control valves, which modulate, open and close for reliable and trouble-free operation, providing an eye-catching display of vibrant colors for spectators. Kauffman Stadium is home to two-time World Series winning KC Royals—a central division Major League Baseball team founded in 1969. The park’s best-known feature is the “Water Spectacular”—a massive fountain and waterfall display behind the right field fence. Built in the 1990s, the fountain is now a focal point for ballpark fans. The original control valves became completely rusted due to continuous submersion and needed replacem

More
Alan Apartments, Mesa, Ariz.

Modern Metal-Clad Apartments Are Bright Standout

Building authorities initially took a dim view of the project’s proposed sharp angles and mixed materials, which stood in high contrast to the surrounding beige stucco. The 17-unit, townhome-style Alan Apartments project in Mesa, Ariz., quickly leased out, once construction was completed in late 2018—but it took some doing to get its unique exterior past city planners.  “This project was made to stand out, and not look like all the boring beige houses around it—on purpose it doesn’t look like anything in the area,” says architect Tim Boyle, principal of Tim Boyle Design. “It was rejected by city staff five times because of how it looks, but we s

More
Tulane Commons

The Heart of Campus

When students attending Tulane University walk into the heart of campus, they will be greeted by the recent completion of Tulane Commons, a 77,000-sq.-ft., three-story eatery, study area and event space. Open space and a floor-to-ceiling curtainwall is featured throughout the building to provide views of New Orleans, as well as the regal oak trees that line the lush quad on Tulane’s campus. The end result is a stunning addition to Tulane University that will attract the best and brightest students and faculty members from around the world. The vision behind the iconic building was to design a forward-thinking, multi-functional space that would reflect the three prominent university int

More

Office Enhances Employee Happiness with Workspaces

Postmate’s 400-person San Francisco office was in need of ideal workplace solutions that would provide a private, soundproof space for employees to make calls, relax or work solo, and to improve workflow and employee satisfaction. Postmates transforms the way goods move about cities by enabling anything to be delivered on-demand. Their local couriers can deliver anything from any store or restaurant in minutes and the company encourages communities to shop local, changing their economic landscape while encouraging local businesses to offer delivery services.  In order to promote creativity and avoid a stagnant environment, Postmates purchased modular and neutral furniture solution

More

Reflecting Puerto Rican Culture with Vibrant Hues

Custom-woven carpeting pulls together the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Located in Isla Grande, the convention center made way for the district that was subsequently named after it. What was once a U.S. naval base during wwii has become a beacon for tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but it was missing pizzazz. To pull the space together, the Puerto Rico Convention Center desired a carpet that was reflective of the Puerto Rican culture with vibrant hues and waves that not only resemble the ocean, but link to the architecture’s exterior.  For this project both Brintons and TVS Design reveled in the opportunity to be bold—using a recolored pattern from the stand out Credence c

More
CoolToday Park Sarasota, Fla.

Ceiling Solutions a Home Run at Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex

The new North Port location in Sarasota County gives the team a 30-year lease on a purpose-built facility that mimics its home at Georgia’s SunTrust Park. Built on 80 acres of previously vacant land, the new complex was designed by Fawley Bryant Architects (FBA) to create a state-of-the-art, comfortable and fun environment for players, fans and year-round events.The $140 million complex, named CoolToday Park, centers around a 6,200-seat stadium and a three-story, 55,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse with an athletic training facility and executive offices.  In addition to Spring Training, the complex is envisioned to become the heart of a planned “town center” commercial and resid

More
Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, Seattle, Wa.

Focused on Transparency and Accessibility to All

Construction of the 105,000-sq.-ft. Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture completed a few months ago on the University of Washington campus. The Burke is the oldest public museum in Washington State, with a collection of more than 16-million artifacts and specimens, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils. The mission of the museum is to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy and heal. Designed by principal Tom Kundig and built by Skanska, the recently built facility features brand new exhibits, research facilities and a new approach to discovery and learning about history and heri

More

Hawaii Tackles Affordable Housing with HVAC Solution at Kapiolani Residence

With affordable housing availability a problem in Hawaii, the state is incentivizing developers to tackle the issue. Hawaii’s cost of electricity for the residential sector is the highest in the nation—currently 2.5 times the national average—so it can be heavy burden on households that are already struggling.When developer Timothy Yi, President of Samkoo Pacific & Samkoo Hawaii, set out to build the 45-story Kapiolani Residence in Honolulu, Hawaii, he wanted to provide an affordable housing option with enhanced functionality and modern design. And part of its affordability had to be keeping utility costs low for residents as well.

More

Siding Completes Renovation at Boston-Area Condo

The Residences at Atlantis Marina condominium complex replaces fiber cement with durable siding. The condominiums were built in 2007 and initially clad in fiber cement siding. Just 10 years later, its seaside locale, combined with a poor original installation, resulted in severe damage to the building’s exterior. According to PointsNorth Construction Management owner Nick Hall, this was the worst fiber cement siding failure he had seen in his career.“Typically, if there is going to be a failure with a fiber cement building envelope, you’ll know it within the first five years. Unfortunately, that was the case here and the system failure just got worse and worse,” added

More
Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, Ga.

Sustainable Materials Integral to Atlanta's Westside Park and Reservoir Megaproject

With the city reconfiguring, the long-neglected Westside is undergoing a massive overhaul as its 400-ft. deep Bellwood Quarry is repurposed into Atlanta’s largest water reserve container. The reservoir’s surrounding grounds are being developed into Westside Park, a 280-acre multi-use recreational space. This ambitious multi-phased effort addresses several issues associated with the city’s exploding population—water shortages and surpluses, an aging infrastructure and initiatives to balance development with environmentally responsible practices.This 2.5-billion-gallon capacity gorge will soon hold a large portion of Atlanta’s potable water surplus, increasing res

More