Case Study

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs, Colo.

“A Museum of Hopes and Dreams” Celebrates Team USA

Inspired by an athlete springing into motion, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum  exterior appears as four petal-like pieces spinning out from a central atrium.  Tasked with constructing the museum’s exterior, MG McGrath, sought to create a skin that matched architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s vision of a building structure and overall exterior visual effect that encapsulated the passion, dedication and endurance of an Olympic athlete in perpetual motion.

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NASA Langley Research Center

NASA Showcases Modernity and Innovation

Groundbreaking began on NASA Langley’s largest laboratory in April 2017, and the $96 million project is part of a revitalization plan that will replace and repurpose the site’s facilities. For NASA, the building showcases their commitment to modernity and innovation. “This is going to advance and ensure the capabilities the agency must have for mission success, as well as pave the way for Langley’s future as we enter our 100th year,” said Dave Bowles, director NASA Langley Research Center.  A façade that reflected thsose values was needed.

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Yankee Stadium Bronx, New York City

Doors Offer Enhancements to Yankee Stadium

In 2006, construction started on a new $2.3 billion stadium adjacent to the historic Bronx ballpark, which closed in 2008, giving way to the new stadium at the startof the 2009 season, and ultimately renovations in 2017. Any of the Yankees’ legends, including Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris or Mickey Mantle, would be thrilled to step into the batter’s box at the new park, which underwent numerous enhancements during the months leading up to the 2017 season.

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Science World Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Unique Spaces at Science World

Science World’s iconic, geodesic domefrom Expo 1986 is a well-known Vancouver landmark. And with approximately 700,000 visitors a year, the science center is one of its most popular attractions. Science World offers experiential learning in a variety of galleries and circulation spaces with different themes that require a unique look and feel. Good design is key to creating a positive experience for visitors, and material choice is equally important in creating spaces that offer long term performance with enhanced flexibility. Jodie Braaten, senior exhibition designer for Science World, oversees and manages the design of exhibition and gallery spaces throughout the building. Galleries

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Schellhase Commons  at Ursinus College Collegeville, Pa.

Pennsylvania College Merges Classic and Modern

Schellhase Commons on the Ursinus College campus is home to bustling social activity for students, as well as a welcoming place for prospective students, a gathering space for alumni and a meeting spot for the local community. In the design phase, Schellhase Commons was envisioned as a 16,800-sq.-ft. addition to Keigwin Hall and would be the product of new construction and renovation. The charge was to maintain the historical nature of the hall and fuse it with the new space, which would house a bookstore, an entertainment area and an admissions suite with meeting rooms. Architects needed a building envelope solution for Schellhase Commons that would be both classic and modern, tying the his

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American Airlines Hangar 2 O’Hare Intl. Airport, Chicago

O’Hare Airport Expands Service at New Hangar

As American Airlines sought to improve operations and service its fleet efficiently, it embarked on the task of buildinga new double wide-body aircraft maintenance hangar at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Dubbed Hangar 2, the 194,000-sq.-ft. facility became the largest on the airfield at O’Hare, which is also the airline’s third-largest hub. The longest-span structure for a maintenance hangar, Hangar 2 features dual entries and allows for more overnight workload capacity and daylight harvesting to reduce overhead lighting throughout the day. It also provides ancillary support functions, including a general back shop, component staging area and storage areas. Designer

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Sunnyvale Independent School District, Sunnyvale, Texas

From Mundane to Marvelous

An inspired tweak to a standard Solatube offering puts an exclamation point on a space to inspire reading and learning. Create a state-of-the-art library that would serve as a focal point for the school, and find a way to bring daylight into the space with a unique aesthetic, as lighting was to be one of the key elements in the overall design of the library. Sunnyvale Independent School District was driven to create a new type of school design due to a shift in the way they were educating their students. The Intermediate school was their first new building under this change and was designed to align the built environment with the educational platform thus supporting the new style of interact

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Durable and Attractive Metal Accents Regional HQ

A 200,000-sq.-ft., three-story building houses the new regional headquarters for Geico in Tucson, Ariz. It occupies 20 acres of land, and includes modern workspaces, an onsite cafeteria, fitness center, credit union, and 20,000 sq. ft. of patios and outdoor space for associates to use during breaks. The building is located in The Bridges, which includes a 65-acre tech park, 112 acres of retail development and 175 acres of residential development. It is poised to be one of the most desirable employment hubs in Tucson, Ariz.

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