Case Study

Getting in Tune

When it made the decision to relocate its Washington D.C. office, Michael Best LLC mapped out a laundry list of both critical and aspirational items it wanted to incorporate into the design of its new space. Being a firm that was growing its intellectual property book of business, it had first-hand knowledge of new and emerging technologies that could make the new space one of the most innovative, comfortable and appealing in the entire city.LED lighting controlled by color temperature tuning capabilities was at the top of the list. What began as an item on the wish list is now one of the first commercial office environments where SpectraSync Color Tuning Technology from Hubbell Control Solu

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Waterfront Magic

The idea for The Wharf light display began with the desire to create floating circles of light for The Wharf, a waterfront development in Washington, D.C. Debra Gilmore, president and Principal of Gilmore Lighting Design, utilized layers of light to establish a visual hierarchy relating to activity within the locations. One challenge was selecting entry plaza lighting. Functional light with a minimal energy footprint was needed and Gilmore wanted a more unique solution than typical festoon string lighting. The team developed an innovative entry solution comprised of an angled catenary system using suspended, glowing custom LED rings that provide functional egress illumination while adding an

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Aloft Hotel, Ocean City, Md.

Dovetailing the Benefits

A long-span, “thin slab” floor structure, the Dovetail composite floor deck was used by Iott Architecture & Engineering to build the new Aloft Hotel in Ocean City, Md. Dovetail long-span composite floor deck helped the architect of this hotel project save millions in construction costs and shorten the project timeline by months. The project took 14 months from foundation to certificate of occupancy—2.5 to 3 months quicker than what would have been possible using post-tensioned concrete. Compressing the schedule was important in order for the hotel to book the entire summer tourist season. Along with meeting the opening date, crucial to the project was containing costs a

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Bottega Veneta Storefront, Miami, Fla.

Curved Windows Add Aesthetic Touch

Fenex provided beautiful curved windows for a renovation project for a high-end retailer in the Miami Design District, Bottega Veneta, a luxury fashion house from Milan, Italy. The district is home to many flagship international luxury stores, art galleries and award-winning restaurants, so meeting the look and feel for this project was key.Fenex worked with the design team to create this unique one-of-a kind window system, that was impact-rated, but also met the client’s aesthetic desires. Due to Miami’s strict standards for wind and impact protection, this window system had a custom configuration of structural interlayer along with its unique frame that would protect this store

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The Heights, Arlington, Va.

Stacked for Success

While public schools may not be known for their forward-thinking designs, The Heights Building in Arlington, Va., is the exception. Merging two existing secondary schools—the H-B Woodlawn Program and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Program—into a new 180,000-sq.-ft. building housing 775 students. The building exemplifies modern architecture, energy efficiency and a sense of community that connects students with the surrounding neighborhood as well as a focus on indoor-outdoor learning.Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in connection with Leo A. Daly, designed the school with a bold, energetic vision to support both schools’ unique student bodies—H-B Woodlawn’s visual and per

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Open Office Spaces Optimize Acoustics

Cybersecurity and identity management software company, SailPoint Technologies, recently moved into its new Northwest Austin offices. The location spans four floors and 65,000 sq. ft. within the 165,000-sq.-ft. building. In need of more space to accommodate its rapid growth, SailPoint’s new workspace nearly doubled the company’s previous Austin office space, which had been spread out across two buildings. According to the Austin Business Journal, the Austin-based staff expanded from 124 people in 2017 to nearly 500 in 2019, representing half of its global employees.Using sound-absorbing materials to optimize acoustics in an open office can benefit associates by accommodating both

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OTTO Brewerytown, Philadelphia, Pa.

Unique Façade Created for Philadelphia Condos

Architects, like ISA Architects on the OTTO Brewerytown, are getting very creative with using multiple metal wall panel profiles on their projects, along with combining a variety of colors, panel orientation, and both solid and perforated panels. OTTO Brewerytown is a two-building, two-phase project, with a total of 52 high-end, high-tech condo units. It is located in a rapidly developing neighborhood, just five minutes to Philadelphia’s Center City. Phase one was completed last year, which consisted of 20 units, and in February of this year, ground was broken on phase two, for 32 more units.

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University of Minnesota Pioneer Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.

Merging Community and Privacy at the University of Minnesota

Located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, the second oldest residence hall at the University of Minnesota recently became its second largest. The 90-year-old Pioneer Hall opened its doors to the 2019 freshman and sophomore class after completing $104.5 million in renovations. Now more than 40% larger than its original size, Pioneer Hall boasts a historically sensitive, but modern design within a 252,391-sq.-ft. facility supplying 756 beds to students across five floors. This includes preserving the building’s historic Georgian Revival-style exterior, while gutting an interior that previously consisted of adjoining townhomes that were exceedingly difficult to navigate and faile

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Energy-Efficient, Bird-Safe Glass Installed at National Aviary’s New Garden Room

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh recently completed the installation of glass windows and doors at The Garden Room, a new glass-enclosed venue for weddings, special events and educational programs that also will serve as a showcase for energy-efficient, bird-safe glass. “The National Aviary works hard to provide the best possible care for the birds through field conservation programs and education,” said Cheryl Tracy, executive director of the National Aviary. “As we made plans for The Garden Room, it was important to us to practice these principles by selecting materials that would help keep the wild birds in our neighboring park safe.”

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Mercy Health Muskegon Medical Center, Muskegon, Mich.

Medical Center Becomes Signature Building on Hospital Campus

Architects chose several building envelope solutions during the planning phase so that owners could achieve several key objectives: creating a signature building for the entire campus and contributing to LEED certification for green buildings. Mercy Health Muskegon Medical Center in Muskegon, Mich., a $271-million, 10-story health care facility, doubles the amount of floor space for medical staff to treat patients. The facility boasts nearly 300 private patient rooms, serves as the new home for the emergency department, and houses state-of-the-art surgical units. For the building’s exterior, designers sought to create visual interest while also delivering versatility and optimal perfor

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