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ME Dubai hotel at the Opus

Spanning 84,300 square meters (907,400 square feet), the Zaha Hadid-designed Opus was conceived as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking the form of a cube. The cube’s double-glazed insulating façades incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain. Applied around the entire building, this dotted frit patterning emphasizes the clarity of the building’s orthogonal form, while at the same time, dissolving its volume through the continuous play of light varying between ever-changing reflections and transparency.

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Twin Oaks Senior Residence Mixed-Use Project in Oakley, Calif. to break ground in second half of 2020

SVA Architects’ design for the Twin Oaks Senior Residence Mixed-Use Project in Oakley, Calif. was inspired by the regional architecture, including City Hall, the downtown plaza, and Fire Station 51.  The Spanish-revival style development will feature a red tiled roof, white and earth-tone stucco, and stone veneer. The project will also include 5,667 sq. ft. of commercial space, 188 parking spaces, and over 63,000 sq. ft. of open space on the 5.85-acre site.

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Navajo Tribal Utility Authority’s office blends Tubelite’s modern, high-performance systems with traditional, culturally inspired design

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority’s new headquarters brings together administrative departments within its 80,000-square-foot offices located in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Dyron Murphy Architects, a Native-American owned business, said its design was inspired by Navajo cultural elements. Traditional building materials are complemented by modern, high-performance, aluminum-framed curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems manufactured by Tubelite Inc. and installed by Southwest Glass & Glazing.

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YKK AP America appoints Yassir Chbouki as controller

YKK AP America has appointed Yassir Chbouki to the position of controller. He will be responsible for ensuring the highest quality of internal efficiencies and integrity in YKK AP’s financial reporting. Chbouki will report to Toby Gould, vice president of finance.

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Belvedere Transit Centre showcases RHEINZINK prePATINA zinc to create a distinctive, durable design with minimal maintenance

Encouraging more riders through the Belvedere Transit Centre in Edmonton, Canada, DIALOG designed a safe, comfortable place for people to wait for their buses, and to transfer to and from the neighboring LRT station. Taking a cue from the LRT station’s roofline, the improved transit center features stair-stepped heights on the 3,660-square-foot building’s zinc roof.

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Finishing innovations, options and trends for architectural aluminum products

Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, discusses color innovations and sustainability strides in anodize, biophilic design in architectural coatings, and the latest in metallic and mica coatings. “Anodizing successfully combines science with nature to create one of the world’s best metal finishes by accelerating and enhancing the oxidation of the aluminum substrate. This process produces an oxide film that is uniform, extremely hard and protects the aluminum substrate from deterioration. It provides the highest performance finish for aluminum. Its longevity is its strength. It delivers excellent wear and abrasion resistance.”

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Finding common ground at Tulane Commons

Tulane University had a crystal clear vision for the Commons and it brought in architect Weiss/Manfredi to bring it to life. The goal was to create a multipurpose building that would give Tulane’s diverse student body a place to connect through shared dining and learning experiences. At the heart of these experiences would be the ultra-modern, sleek design of the building’s interior and exterior, as well as commanding views of the foliage-rich campus. The coastal location of the campus also meant that designers had to focus on the new building’s ability to resist hurricane-force winds and impact.

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Transformation of historic Eitel Building into The State Hotel in Seattle

The historic Eitel Building is located at the intersection of the commercial corridor along Pike Street, which extends from downtown Seattle to Pike Place Market, and 2nd Avenue, a main pedestrian, bike and vehicular thoroughfare. The adaptive reuse and restoration of one of Seattle’s most prominent and vulnerable unreinforced masonry structures, has revived and transformed the corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street.

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Eddyfi Technologies’ world headquarters embodies biophilic design and sustainability

Designed by Quebec City neighbor Coarchitecture, Eddyfi Technologies’ world headquarters building is a model of contemporary architecture, biophilic design and sustainable materials – from the generous application of locally sourced wood and use of large, triple-glazed windows, to the selection of solvent-free PPG Coraflon coatings to protect and embellish its muted aluminum cladding.

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PPG DURANAR XL coatings add subtle elegance to Boston’s newest skyscraper

Designed by Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven, 61-story One Dalton Place features PPG Duranar XL liquid and powder coatings in a metallic pewter tint that harmonizes with the building’s sleek glass exterior. The coatings were selected to finish the metal framing for the oversized windows, as well as the metal panels and capping used on the curtainwall.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.