Case Study

Senior Living Community Helps Residents Feel Closer to Home

The Mooring on Foreside trades the bland, institutional décor of traditional senior living facilities for a calming New England cape aesthetic. The Mooring on Foreside prides itself in providing responsive, specialized care for individuals living with progressive memory loss. In order to offer residents suffering from these conditions effective care in a familiar environment, The Mooring’s owner enlisted Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough, Maine to design the ideal facility.“The overall challenge for The Mooring project was to create a functional, residential scale, small house community with a New England cottage style aesthetic. We also had to offer the safety and durabil

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Apple Central & Wolfe Campus, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Buying Into a ‘Zero’ Vision

In September 2015, the 815,000-sq.-ft. Sunnyvale, Calif., office research and development campus known as Central & Wolfe[LW1], was leased to Apple in what turned out to be the largest, single new office lease in the United States that year.The complex consists of three connected four-story office buildings, each with an internal courtyard, and a two-story standalone amenity building featuring cafés, banking, athletic courts, retail and restaurants. The central quad features an open plaza, detailed landscaping, public art, a 500-person sunken amphitheater, a large dining terrace, outdoor pavilions and café chairs and tables.All employees will be within a 2.5-minute walk (or less) from th

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Hotel Windows 'Quiet' Airport Noise

Fairfield Inn & Suites at Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) is a 123-room, Marriott-branded property located directly adjacent to Pennsylvania’s third largest airport. With gate areas only a short walk away, the hotel is a welcome addition to the airport, which serves more than 1.2 million travelers each year. With the hotel being built in close proximity to the runway, noise infiltration was one of the biggest concerns. “We had to be absolutely certain the rooms would be quiet enough for guests to get a good night’s sleep,” said Bill Hoy, vice president of design and construction at owner/operator Shaner Hotels.

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Hybrid Roof System with EPS Means Savings for Utah Business Park

Tasked with finding the most efficient and inexpensive roof insulation for the tilt-up business park, Capitol Roofing Service opted for a hybrid roofing system. Preparing for the influx of businesses that are taking root in Utah’s sixth-largest city, developer Synergy Development set out to build a warehouse and office space in Sandy. To save time and money on the job site, the building owner took a concrete tilt-up approach for the exterior. Capitol Roofing Service opted for a hybrid roofing system.

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Eastvale, Calif.

Wall Panels Vibrantly Cover New STEM Academy

A new 107,000-sq.-ft. academy was built as part of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, Calif. Due to the increasing demand of jobs in STEM fields, Corona Norco Unified School District in Eastvale, Calif., decided it was time to start producing more STEM graduates from its district.  The new two-building school has 18 classrooms and 13 labs for robotics, 3D printing, manufacturing, health science, medical technology and other areas. It also includes a student resource center, a research lounge, a covered outdoor lunch area and a 600-seat amphitheater. The eSTEM Academy gives approximately 1,000 students the opportunity to specialize in two career paths, including Medical

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Alumni Medical Library at Boston University, Boston, Mass.

Key Products Used for BU's Medical library Renovation

In renovating the 13,000-sq.-ft. Alumni Medical Library at Boston University, Finegold Alexander Architects designed carrels and booths, and group study rooms within an open, transparent space. In swapping out a concrete encased staircase with a glass wall system, this brings visibility and light across the floorplate. DIRTT demountable partitions were specified for the individual study booths and for the glass fronts at the group study and tutor rooms to provide sound isolation. In addition, 2Tec2 woven vinyl flooring was selected as an easy to clean, durable option for withstanding the moving chairs and heavy foot traffic. The system also has a felt backing for sound absorption.Another int

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Renton Highlands Library, Renton, Wash.

Motorized Blinds Balance Daylighting for Washington Library

Mitigating glare and solar heat gain while promoting daylighting at the Renton High-lands Library in the Washington state-based King County Library System, Draper’s exterior motorized venetian blinds by Warema provided an aesthetic solution. The blinds can be retracted out of sight when not needed, and the louvers can be angled to provide direct light control depending on the height of the sun.

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A Perfect Combination

In renovating approximately 50,000 sq. ft., and adding an additional 50,000 sq. ft. at the Forsyth County Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. ratio Architects specified Guardian SunGuard SNX 62/27 and SunGuard SNX 51/23 coated glass.“Guardian SunGuard coated glass provided the right performance to meet the energy performance goals for this project, while providing abundant visible light tempered with solar-heat management,” explains ratio Principal Kevin Huse, aia. “The glass team worked with ratio to combine SunGuard with acid etched glass in some insulated glass units, 40% white dot frit on other IGUs and clear IGU coated glass, these three looks allowed us to

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The Walls Are Alive

Similar to the way in which the Columbus library embraces nature, Perkins and Will opted to include an indoor living wall at Trent University’s Bata Library in Peter-borough, Ontario.Perkins and Will designed a 7-ft., 278-sq.-ft. LiveWall Indoor Living Wall System, which “unifies two adjacent seating areas to create an inviting open space, softens the center of the library’s interior and complements the tone of the cedar ceilings,” explains James Mallinson, B.Arch., OAA, LEED AP, project architect, Perkins and Will, Toronto.The installation is a modular system which sets up a “vertical garden” mounted onto walls. Vertical furring tracks are attached o

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Striking the Daylighting Lighting Balance

Another example of an engaging and dynamic library renovation recently took place at the Columbus Metropolitan Library-Main Branch in Ohio. In swapping out the stone-clad walls with glass curtainwall, Schooley Caldwell & gund Partnership have essentially created a library in a park in connecting the original 1907 building, built from money donated by Andrew Carnegie to the 9-plus acre adjacent public Topiary Park.Partnering with lighting designer Tec Studio, strategic uplighting, downlighting, cove lighting, and suspended linear luminaires deliver aesthetic, balanced lighting and energy savings. Take the centerpiece atrium, for example. Tec Studio’s design embraces the existing cle

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