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Union Station Skylight Reimagined

The original 177-ft.-long, barrel-vault system was restored while a new 187-ft.-long, high-performance system was installed above it. The original skylight’s cast-iron frame consisted of 13 individual, 12-ft. wide × 83-ft. long, segmented “ribbons” with a total of 2,068 lites of 0.25-in. wire glass. In restoring the historic skylight, the system was de-glazed, repaired and re-painted, and its existing glass lites were replaced with 9⁄16-in.-thick translucent, laminated, heat-strengthened glass. 

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Impact Ready

The 5-in. eme5626md vertical stationary louver meets Miami-Dade hurricane requirements for critical/essential facilities and safe rooms. It has been tested for wind speeds up to 110 mph and Missile Level E impacts. The louver also is available in round and triangular configurations for greater design flexibility. 

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Barrel Vanity

In introducing the Starck 1 Barrel Vanity, Duravit celebrates its long-term relationship with renowned designer Philippe Starck. With its minimalist style, the bucket design opens into a modern below-the-sink vanity, available in a range of finishes and colors. 

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A-Light

The new WGD9 Wall Grazer is designed to be installed 3-in. into the ceiling to provide a wash of light along the wall without shadows or hot spots. Precision optics create a narrow 7-degree beam to enhance surface textures from ceiling to floor. Length can be specified in 1-ft. increments, and three color-temperature packages are available.

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Slim Profile

The After 8 pendant features an ultra-streamlined profile fashioned from milled aluminum that’s only 0.1875-in. wide. It’s available in the ring form shown above, with direct/indirect light distribution, along with a linear version. Both feature power delivered over the suspension cable and multiple finish options. 

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Wichita High School, Wichita, Kansas

Bullish on Education

Replacing a 1950s predecessor, the new Wichita High School Southeast in Wichita, Kansas, is its district’s first new comprehensive high school since the 1970s. Designed by the hometown firm of Schaefer Johnson Cox Fry, the new facility makes an immediate visual impact, thanks to the combination of Envelope 2000 RS metal composite material panels and tinted glass curtainwall. Highlighting the school colors of black and gold—and, with a supersized mural of the school’s gold-toned buffalo mascot, the panels’ easy installation also helped speed the aggressive two-year construction schedule. 

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Walk the Urban Plank

Urban Native is designed for a variety of commercial interiors. Shown here in retail. The collection’s 12 wood-look patterns come in 8-in. × 48-in. planks, ranging from brushed oak to rich, warm walnut and heirloom-worthy hickory. Shown here in 959 Calm.

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Fire-Protective Glazing joins NFRC's CMAST Database

Now approved as glazing components in the National Fenestration Rating Council’s Component Modeling Approach Software Tool database, users can simulate the U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visual light transmission of 45-minute exterior window assemblies that incorporate Safti’s SuperClear 45-HS-LI and SuperClear 45-HS, in addition to SuperLite II-XL and GPX framing. With an approximate VLT of 90%, compared to 88% for premium filmed ceramic and 85% for premium laminated ceramic, the SuperClear 45-HS-LI is the clearest 45 minute, fire-protective glazing product on the market today. 

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Station No.14, Madison, Wi.

Daylighting of Station 14

OPN Architects was challenged to deliver a glare-free, daylit space for Station No. 14, Madison, Wisc.’s largest fire station. Battling solar heat gain and glare from the west elevation, the architects specified 2,630 sq. ft. of Kingspan’s UniQuad translucent wall panel system. Covering three sides of the multi-purpose facility—which serves as work space, gym and indoor training facility, in addition to a fire station—the translucent panels are integrated with clear glass on the east and west façades and covered with a slanted photovoltaic roof. 

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Composite Shakes Makes the Grade

Built in the late 1980s, Maurice O’Meara’s duplex home in Vail, Colo. has seen its share of winter storms. Over the years, the real cedar shake roofing overhead simply wore out. The owners opted for DaVinci Multi-Width Shake tile in a Mountain color blend. With a Class A fire rating and a Class 4 impact rating, composite roofing from DaVinci has steadily grown in popularity throughout Colorado.

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