Advances

A Clean Look

An all-glass entryway and curtainwall system combine to deliver a striking façade at 9001 Cypress Waters in North Dallas, Texas. Unique T-shaped mullions and extended face caps support the thermally broken curtainwall’s clean, streamlined spans of glass. GFF Architects’ design also features a four-story trellis made from layered aluminum tubing.

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High Performing and Versatile

Graham Architectural Products’ newest system, the GT6 Window System, is a series of casement, projected and fixed windows with the ability to match sightlines in a variety of frame depths and thermal efficiencies. Available in three glazing profile options—beveled, concave and flat—all models incorporate advanced thermal strut technology for optimum thermal efficiency and low U-values.

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Kinects Tower, Seattle

Glazing in Seattle

Featuring three outward-flaring sides and expansive windows glazed with Vitro’s Solarban 60, Bumgardner Architects-designed Kinects Tower is a residential skyscraper in Seattle. Large expanses of low-E glazing feature spandrels with ICD High Performance Coatings’ Starbright Silver Opaci-Coat-300 coatings.

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Door for all Seasons

The AA 3200M Thermal Sliding Door, complete with its IsoPour Thermal Break Technology, merges the pour and debridge thermal break with polymer isolator technologies. Features include interior and exterior dual finish capabilities, low and standard threshold options, stainless-steel casters, tracks and fasteners, and an insect screen.

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Community Matters

Designers with the Maine- and Boston-based AE firm Harriman opted for Panel 20 metal panels in their plans for the new Sargent Family Center on Presque Isle, Maine. Featuring a two-piece aluminum molding system with a 0.075-in. thermoset phenolic resin core, the panels are designed to create a sealed exterior that keeps all moisture away from a building’s structure. They also incorporate a raised profile that creates an accent shadow and a sense of depth. Numerous finishes are available–this project highlights champagne anodized and clear anodized options.

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Art of Shading

The Eclipse Collection is Parasoleil’s newest addition to its line of engineered patterned panels. It features both shade and screen structures that include the frame and hardware system where the panels are connected. The ready-to-install panels are designed to filter light and frame space, infusing life into projects through perfect integration of shade, screening, railing and cladding. “The intent behind the design is to create a natural experience,” said Uriah Bueller, sculptor and Parasoleil’s CEO. “Think of the feeling of sitting under a 50-year-old shade tree and imagine the unique way its branches and leaves filter light. Our goal with this collection is

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Seeing the Light—Sort of

It’s not uncommon for high-density spaces, such as hospitals and high schools, to be constituted of many windowless areas—places, clearly, where shortages of natural light don’t facilitate the sense of well-being many institutions wish to enact. To address this issue, CoeLux, a company that offers technology that artificially mimics daylight, has experimented with the tech in a number of healthcare spaces, and is reporting some early feedback.At La Tour Hospital in Geneva, several CoeLux systems have been installed throughout the ward, including a CoeLux 60 HC in the waiting room, and nine CoeLux ST Ibla, in one of the “bunker” rooms where patients undergo treat

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New Life for Used Plastic

Nardi, a company specializing in outdoor furniture, has always recycled its production waste; this practice led to the idea of recovering used plastic, “regenerating” it in a new life cycle based on the principles of the circular economy.The result is the Komodo EcoWall, designed by Raffaello Galiotto. This repositionable modular partition, made of “regenerated” resin, has been designed to separate outdoor spaces. The individual modules can be configured vertically and horizontally as required to create different layouts, enhance the aesthetic look of outdoor spaces and provide privacy. The structure has a recurrent elegant lattice pattern reminiscent of tree branches

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Arizona State University’s Beus Center for Law and Society

Doubling Down

Flowing, tiered areas are an increasingly popular feature of today’s atria, as they create an open and welcoming feel, inviting people to linger. At Arizona State University’s Beus Center for Law and Society, New York City-based Ennead Architects were looking to take this trend a step further. Their aim was to create a space which also could double as a more formal auditorium. Through the application of an adaptable system, the Ennead design team was able to create a multi-use space, now known as the Armstrong Great Hall.Audience Systems collaborated with engineers from local seating experts Titan Carter who brought together the Recital chair with a highly engineered tiering

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Treading Hard

Roppe Rubber Stair Treads with Kevlar are engineered to resist damage from wear and abuse. Available in eight profiles and 134 color options, they are 100% recyclable and backed by a 25-year warranty. Roppe Rubber Stair Treads are FloorScore indoor air quality certified and meet ASTM F2169, Type TS performance specifications.

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