Case Study

Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Creating a Visual Voyage

Aptly named Florida’s “powerhouse port,” Port Everglades represents one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. The design vision included a more visually dynamic façade. Update the façade of Celebrity Cruises Port Everglades terminal. The port is one of the top three cruise ports in the world and among the most active containerized cargo ports in the U.S. In 2018, Celebrity Cruises unveiled a renovated Terminal 25 (T25), its first brand-designed cruise terminal located within the port.

NCAA Headquarters Expansion, Indianapolis, IN

Terracotta Treasure

The NCAA Headquarters expansion by RATIO, features an ALPHATON terracotta rainscreen in a standard finish. The system allows air to circulate behind its panels, creating pressure equalization that prevents water from being drawn into the building. A vapor barrier on the outside face of the system’s back-up wall serves as a final deterrent against air and water penetration. The extruded double-leaf panels are available in 18 standard colors and glazings, and can be incorporated in horizontal or vertical support systems.

Zurich North America Headquarters Schaumburg, Ill.

A Pillar of Stability and Strength

Typically, the only time you deal with an insurance company is when facing a loss or tragedy. That’s why global insurance provider, Zurich, commissioned their new North American headquarters to be a pillar of “stability and strength” for all who view it, in Schaumburg, Ill.—where they’ve been had a local presence for a century. The 783,800-sq.-ft. complex is composed of three primary buildings or “bars,” each 95-ft. wide × 395-ft., 425-ft. and 485-ft. long, respectively. The lower two bars are angled to optimize solar orientation and minimize sound from the neighboring interstate, while the top bar—soaring 11 stories—is cantilevered


Shading Systems Complete University's Residence Halls

The project team at Texas’ Tarleton State University needed a material that fit with the existing design blueprint and fulfilled solar shading requirements. Exterior coiled wire fabric panels were chosen to enhance comfort for building occupants. The growing academic institution demanded additional residence halls, which came in the form of two new, modern on-campus buildings—Traditions Halls—designed to be both a “living and learning” home for more than 500 students. Social spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows are a key feature of each building, acting as “lantern-like elements” along the bisecting pedestrian route, Rudder Way.


Modern Character at High-Tech Headquarters

Zoller, a German manufacturer of high-precision equipment, achieves distinct, corporate-branded façade with building envelope customization. Zoller is a German manufacturer of high-tech, high-precision equipment and software with worldwide distribution, says David Gebhardt, president, David R. Gebhardt Architect P.C., the firm responsible for the building’s design. “It was important that this sense of precision and craftsmanship was carried over into the façade via detail, crisp lines, and an over arching modern character.”


Skyscraper Combines Sustainability with Sophistication

Located in Chicago’s “Loop” financial district, 151 North Franklin joins a host of other high-profile facilities across the city that feature stainless steel doors, which are finished in fine satin, completing the sleek all-glass and steel entrance. The new 35-story, 807,000-sq.-ft. office building at 151 North Franklin—also known as CNA Center—features two pairs of narrow stile custom balanced doors.“The project originally called for standard swing doors, but we made the switch to balanced doors because of their functionality,” says Adam Pellar, Vice President, Crown Corr, the glazing contractor responsible for the installation. 

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), Chicago, Ill.

Rx for Hand Hygiene

In 2010, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago, one of the country’s premier academic medical centers, launched a major hand-washing campaign aimed at employees, patients and visitors: “Clean Hands Every Time.” According to a hospital press release, two-thirds of Americans fall short in adopting the habit of washing their hands, and 80% of infections are transmitted through touch. If hands are kept clean, the transmission of germs from person to person is greatly reduced. As part of a hospital-wide education campaign on the importance of proper hand hygiene, NMH even self-produced a sing-a-long video parody featuring hospital staff demonstrating their best hand wa


Side-Swiping Surfaces

ALTA Long Island City, a 43-story residential tower in Long Island City, N.Y., needed an update. After glass curtainwall and window wall pricing for an acoustically challenged sight came back as cost prohibitive, the redesign by Stephen B. Jacobs Group Architects and Planners (SBJ Group) prescribed a Porcelanosa exterior tile system to clad the building.“We used two colors—Cubica, the dark one, and the other was Extreme White,” recalls SBJ principal, Isaac Daniel Astrachan. “We decided to do punched openings on lower floors and transition to window walls on the upper floors. In between the two, they are staggered as it transitions.” Astrachan was so pleased


Adding Acoustics

Gettys Group design for the lobby of the Godfrey Hotel in Boston illustrates the importance of supplementing a surface’s discussion with an acoustics addendum. The design and materials exemplify a chic method of dampening acoustics in an open lobby setting. The hotel’s proximity to the harbor and the importance of the Charles River inspired an understated nautical theme. “We really enjoyed working on the lobby feature wall behind the check-in desk,” recalls Ben Nicholas, Design Principal “We added Soundwave Bella felt acoustic panels to the back wall, which are a nice contrast to the many hard surfaces throughout the lobby.”The panels on the wall


Silent Growth

The newly opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood features a touch of greenery in the guest rooms and public spaces, bringing the outdoors inside. The 25-ft., custom green wall in the lobby made from Banker Wire I-21 creates a woven fixture screen and custom welded wire mesh hanging baskets for vegetation. The vertical wall blends industrial elements with natural ones against a backdrop of concrete and steel and is laid out in such a way to ensure that vegetation can grow organically over the canvas.