Case Study

Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood

More Hospitality into Healthcare

The Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood is designed to feel more like an elegant home or a hotel than a hospital. A hospital can be clean without appearing sterile, professional without being impersonal. It can feel more like a resort or hotel. This was a goal of the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood (CAHB) in The Villages, Fla. A goal supported by the fact that the new, 234,000-sq.-ft. ambulatory care hospital in central Florida’s master-planned retirement mega-community, The Villages, was built concurrently and adjoining the Brownwood Hotel and Spa. This project was a collaboration between The Villages’ design group led by Tracy Morse—one of the thr

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Buffalo Rock Brewing Co.

Ohio Brewing Company ‘Opens Up’

The Buffalo Rock Brewing Co. transformed a dilapidated six-bay car wash into a brewery, keeping the industrial feel by adding glass garage doors to the old bay areas. Brothers Troy and Tim Burns, plus their close friend Brian Wilson, went “all in” to open the new craft brewery in June 2021. For the past 20 years each of them had experience in home brewing. Following the suggestion of friends, they put a business plan together and started searching for a location. According to Troy Burns, co-owner, Buffalo Rock Brewing Co., the old car wash was the only building in town that would meet all their needs. “It had been idle since 2013, but the structure was still sound, so

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 St. Rita’s Square

Crafting a Sicilian Piazza in Milwaukee

Thin cast stone veneer saves time and money, while conveying Italian influence. St. Rita’s Church was built in 1939 in Milwaukee’s Lower East Side and for years served as the heart of the Italian American community there. Two years ago, Capri Senior Communities set out to replace the beloved St. Rita’s, which had fallen into disrepair, and several unused buildings in the area with a six-story, senior-care campus that would include a church. The name of the project was St. Rita Square. Designed by AG Architecture, the new senior living community incorporates architectural influences from the original St. Rita’s and Our Lady of Pompeii Church, another beloved religious

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Versa-Lok, Custom Fabricated Wall Panels

University of Chicago Campus Building Shines with Zinc Panels

Zinc panels were chosen to achieve aesthetic and sustainability goals on the project. The David M. Rubenstein Forum project at the University of Chicago is located on Chicago’s Midway Plaisance and offers views of downtown Chicago, Lake Michigan, and the university campus. The vision of the architectural teams at Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York City and Brininstool + Lynch of Chicago was to create a retreat space, which would allow for both formal presentations as well as casual meetings. The uniquely shaped building has an auditorium, a variety of meeting spaces, a dining room and an elevated wine bar and cafe. The University Room, which is the building’s largest room, seat

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Altro Orchestra and Altro Wood Comfort’s combination of aesthetic appeal, underfoot comfort and acoustical performance aligned perfectly with the vision behind the project renovation.

Acoustic and Comfort Challenges at Historic School

Newman Architects select resilient flooring that is comfortable and manages sound to deliver quality learning environment. Creative Minds International Public Charter School partnered with Newman Architects to transform the historic building they occupy into a modern space for learning. The school is located in the Sherman Building on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in Washington, D.C., a site that began serving as the first permanent retirement home for enlisted soldiers in 1852. This renovation occurred in a 6,000-sq.-ft. space in the unoccupied south wing of the building and included the addition of three new classrooms, an activated common area and other support spaces.According

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YCW 750 SSG curtain wall, YWW 45TU/YWE 60T Window Wall, and YSK 750 Sloped Glazing

This’ll Be the Day

Buddy Holly’s legacy lives on in West Texas’ largest dedicated performance venue. The modern design reflects the prismatic and layered rock formations of Texas canyons. Targeting LEED Silver, the façade balances various approaches to creating shade to counter the South Plains’ extreme temperature fluctuations by using long overhangs, angled concrete fins and deep-set ribbon windows to cool the building and filter light, without obstructing views from the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts. Expansive spans of glass blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, creating a seamless transition for visitors entering the space. Almost 80 ft. of sloped glazing above the main entra

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Hybrid 750 XT Veneer Wall System, YCW 750 XT Curtainwall and Thermal Entrance Doors

Magnificent Wood Detail

The new JST Production and Engineering Center in Swatara Township, Pa. is the Japanese electrical connector company’s newest facility. The 52,000-sq.-ft. design, development and production center houses offices, connecting decks, a lunchroom and manufacturing space with a machine center, shipping and receiving. It also earned the Project Application Award for its incredible commercial fenestration, manufactured by YKK AP America.The geometry of this expansive single-level timber and glass building is striking, with more than 70 corners inside and out. The building represents a deep connection to nature, taking inspiration from tree roots. As the building flows back, it become

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Lumi Frit Projectable Glass Rainscreen

A Welcoming Beacon

The world’s first building to use Bendheim’s fully customizable projectable glass rainscreen system as a 6,000-sq.-ft. media screen was the Momentary, a contemporary art space in Bentonville, Ark., a satellite of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The custom-imprinted glass scrim wraps an 80-ft. tall concrete stair and elevator tower and incorporates four unique fritted glass designs, ranging from 50% to 80% opaque. The designs were created by Osage graphic artist Addie Roanhorse and were inspired by traditional Osage Native American design motifs.Bendheim’s Lumi Frit glass cladding lends the tower a brilliant white, ephemeral aesthetic during the day. A

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Eco-Promenade pavers with Umbriano Finish in French Grey, Grenada White, and Winter Marvel & Unigranite pavers

Vibrant Streetscape Plaza Serves as Community Destination

Evanston’s Fountain Square employs a pedestrian-oriented, curbless plaza design, while delivering an effective stormwater management solution with permeable pavers. Evanston, Ill.’s Fountain Square Plaza dates back to the late 1800s and has a long-lasting history as a cultural center and an integral piece of the city’s urban fabric. However, the pre-existing fountain and surrounding plaza areas were in poor condition and in need of repair. Meanwhile, the city continued to grow and it lacked a place that could safely support downtown festivals and events. When funds were allocated to tackle the infrastructure improvements and a plaza redesign, the city turned to the communit

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Bifold Liftstrap Doors

Bifold Doors Give University of Illinois Renovation Project a View from the Top

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finished building its new 107,650-sq.-ft. world-class football performance center, which included access to a rooftop terrace. The Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Performance Center is a $79.2 million facility that serves as a world-class home for the Fighting Illini football program. A standard of excellence permeates every square foot—from the state-of-art sports medicine suite to the strength and conditioning complex and the player’s lounge, complete with a bowling alley, game room and barber shop.On the third floor, the rooftop terrace required an incredible level of consideration to maintain this carefully curated, high

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