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Rooftop penetrations of newest Smithsonian museum installed with structural thermal breaks to protect artifacts, conserve energy

The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a sensitive environment that balances energy efficiency and comfortable humidity levels against the need to protect priceless artifacts from the damaging effects of interior condensation. To help achieve this delicate balance, rooftop penetrations through the building envelope were insulated from interior support structures using the latest in structural thermal break technology.

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Western Specialty Contractors roofing branch managers provide answers to facility manager’s top roofing questions

Maintaining the roof on any building or facility can be an arduous task for any building owner or property manager. The roof, often the first line of defense against the elements, is an important structure that must be carefully monitored and maintained to protect the overall integrity of the building. Western Specialty Contractors’ three roofing branch managers recently sat down to discuss the roofing issues about which facility managers are most concerned.

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Oberlin College’s sustainable mixed-use Lewis Gateway Center serves as cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District

The Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center at Oberlin College is the cornerstone project of the new Green Arts District, a 13-acre block that will bring the arts and sciences together to create a transformative sustainable community. The Gateway Center’s Hotel at Oberlin is the fifth new hotel in the U.S. designed to meet LEED Platinum status.

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Zolatone® delivers new colors and textures for Texas elementary school

In the summer of 2018, Aldine ISD unveiled its new Lou Vardeman School for early childhood, pre-K and kindergarten students. Serving about 800 students each day, the new school was designed by Molina Walker Almaguer Architects, Inc. (MWA Architects), a Houston-based firm and one of the region’s leading designers of educational facilities. Aldine ISD and MWA Architects have worked closely on many of the district’s state-of-the-art buildings for a number of years and have utilized Zolatone coatings throughout many of them.

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Sto Panel Technology helps build student housing for Rowan University

Rowan University needed housing for its expanding student body…and quickly. This led to the construction of a six-story residential building, which would anchor several planned surrounding structures. These were to be built by the team of Sto Panel Technology, its affiliate, Jersey Panel Corp, and Nexus Properties, the developer and general contractor for the project. Between 2014 and 2018, seven buildings comprising more than 450,000 square feet and 1,500 wall panels were constructed in three phases.

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus.

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