Case Study

Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, Seattle, Wa.

Focused on Transparency and Accessibility to All

Construction of the 105,000-sq.-ft. Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture completed a few months ago on the University of Washington campus. The Burke is the oldest public museum in Washington State, with a collection of more than 16-million artifacts and specimens, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils. The mission of the museum is to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy and heal. Designed by principal Tom Kundig and built by Skanska, the recently built facility features brand new exhibits, research facilities and a new approach to discovery and learning about history and heri

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Hawaii Tackles Affordable Housing with HVAC Solution at Kapiolani Residence

With affordable housing availability a problem in Hawaii, the state is incentivizing developers to tackle the issue. Hawaii’s cost of electricity for the residential sector is the highest in the nation—currently 2.5 times the national average—so it can be heavy burden on households that are already struggling.When developer Timothy Yi, President of Samkoo Pacific & Samkoo Hawaii, set out to build the 45-story Kapiolani Residence in Honolulu, Hawaii, he wanted to provide an affordable housing option with enhanced functionality and modern design. And part of its affordability had to be keeping utility costs low for residents as well.

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Siding Completes Renovation at Boston-Area Condo

The Residences at Atlantis Marina condominium complex replaces fiber cement with durable siding. The condominiums were built in 2007 and initially clad in fiber cement siding. Just 10 years later, its seaside locale, combined with a poor original installation, resulted in severe damage to the building’s exterior. According to PointsNorth Construction Management owner Nick Hall, this was the worst fiber cement siding failure he had seen in his career.“Typically, if there is going to be a failure with a fiber cement building envelope, you’ll know it within the first five years. Unfortunately, that was the case here and the system failure just got worse and worse,” added

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Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, Ga.

Sustainable Materials Integral to Atlanta's Westside Park and Reservoir Megaproject

With the city reconfiguring, the long-neglected Westside is undergoing a massive overhaul as its 400-ft. deep Bellwood Quarry is repurposed into Atlanta’s largest water reserve container. The reservoir’s surrounding grounds are being developed into Westside Park, a 280-acre multi-use recreational space. This ambitious multi-phased effort addresses several issues associated with the city’s exploding population—water shortages and surpluses, an aging infrastructure and initiatives to balance development with environmentally responsible practices.This 2.5-billion-gallon capacity gorge will soon hold a large portion of Atlanta’s potable water surplus, increasing res

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Roof Hatches Integral to Seattle Hotel Design

The $470 million, LEED Gold Hyatt Regency Seattle is the new crown jewel for the Emerald City. The Hyatt Regency Seattle soars more than 500 ft. and is the largest in the Pacific Northwest. One key component in the construction process—often overlooked in luxury hotels—was in the installation of roof hatches to provide rooftop access to mechanical equipment.

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Bordeaux Villa Adds to Outdoor Living

New villa provides ultimate comfort for residents, both indoors and outdoors with sun protection. In sunny Bordeaux, France, life moves effortlessly between indoor and outdoor spaces. However idyllic this sounds, it does pose one great risk: interiors can often get too hot, too soon. Residents discovered after three months in their new home, given the orientation of the house, sun protection was absolutely essential. Even despite the fact the living room faces directly south, suitable sun protection keeps the interior cooler even on the hottest summer days. Thanks to the pergola in the garden, the homeowners can choose all year round whether to spend time indoors or outdoors, depending on wh

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McCormick Place's Rapid COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility

McCormick Place's Rapid COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility Conversion

In record time, Stantec and Walsh Construction delivered 300 beds for low-acuity patients and moderate-acuity COVID-19 patients to relieve capacity in the City of Chicago’s hospital system. Directed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in association with The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Environmental Systems Design was brought in for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, medical cases and fire protection, and Thornton Tomasetti took care of the structural design.Fortunately, the convention center’s large open halls and regularly spaced in-floor utilities—power, data, water and drains—were ideal for setting up bays of patient spaces. Further, in the low

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St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center

Colorado Delivers for COVID-19

Providing more than 200 beds in less than a month’s time, the two design-build projects involved the renovation of two floors at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo for non-acute patients and a three-story tower for acute and non-acute patients at St. Anthony’s North in Westminster.“Both projects required a highly responsive, collaborative approach and the commitment of all stakeholders, and design and trade partners to successfully execute in a condensed time frame,” reports Keegan Snow, design phase manager, Mortenson, Denver.To keep pace, the project teams worked to quickly disseminate information to enable efficient design making and worked around the clock w

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Plaza Verde—University of California Irvine

Exterior Lighting Aids Net-Zero Effort

Plaza Verde is a housing complex on the University of California Irvine (UCI) campus. KTGY Architecture + Planning was commissioned to design the complex to connect east campus housing with the main institutional buildings.Illuminating the way are Luminis’ Lumistik CL821 columns. “Security—real and perceived—is always a key consideration for undergraduate student housing,” said Benjamin Kasdan, associate principal at KTGY. “The goal is to ensure the resident students feel safe, but also to reassure their parents.”To this end, transparency is an intentional design element, inside the buildings and out. All structures have breezeways on the main floors

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Shimmering Relief

In Amsterdam, nearly 7000 polished aluminum “leaves” turned a renovated office building into a piece of functional art for workers and the community. Formerly empty, the building was transformed by Benthem Crouwel Architects into distinctive, energy-positive offices for the Dutch Charity Lotteries: Goede Doelen Loterijen.A major goal was to gather the company’s approximately 600 employees—formerly at different branches—into a single location. The new offices also needed to be highly sustainable and communicate the company’s social activities. In addition to offices, the building includes a public restaurant, an auditorium and a TV studio.Saartje van der Ma

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