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The Merriman Anderson/Architects-designed renovation of the historic Great Southwest Building in Houston opens as Cambria Hotel

The historic Great Southwest Building, a former office building in downtown Houston, has completed its redevelopment into a Cambria Hotel. Merriman Anderson/Architects (MAA) is the architect and interior designer for the renovations. The building features a number of art deco elements mixed with a touch of Mayan influence. Driven by the building’s history and refined culture, the design uses a neutral architectural envelope to allow historic details and newly added architectural elements to come to life.

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The Buda Mill & Grain Co., a historic agricultural complex reimagined as a community commercial destination in Buda, Texas

CTA-designed Buda Mill & Grain Co., is composed of five structures—a mix of old and new—including a renovated 105-year-old cotton gin building, a large, renovated steel equipment shed, a historic elevated grain augur, four vintage silos, and three new buildings. The challenge was how to preserve the bones of what was there while making the existing structures and new facilities a cohesive complex.

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Chicago Union Station’s renovate Great Hall features new skylight finished by Linetec

Soaring 115 feet above the floor, the renovated station’s Great Hall now features a two-tier skylight system: the original restored, 177-foot-long, barrel-vault system and a new, 187-foot long, high-performance system installed approximately five feet above it by Super Sky Products Enterprises LLC. Enhancing the durability and minimizing future maintenance, Linetec finished the new skylight’s aluminum framing in a Bone White, 70% PVDF resin-based architectural coating.

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Western Specialty Contractors restores bell tower at historic Little Rock, Arkansas church

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark., was designed in 1921 by prominent architectural firm Thompson and Harding. Built in stages from 1921 to 1926, the 44,000-square-foot, Gothic Revival-style church features a red brick and terra cotta façade. Recently, the historic restoration experts at Western Specialty Contractors – Little Rock, Ark. branch were challenged with repairing the church’s bell tower which was showing signs of instability and wear-and-tear.

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Historic armory transformed into student center with SCW3000 Series windows earns Preservation Massachusetts Robert H. Kuehn Award

St. Cloud Window Inc. is pleased to announce Springfield Technical Community College’s new Student Learning Commons has won a Robert H. Kuehn Award from Preservation Massachusetts. The 170-year-old building, originally built for storing gunstocks, is now the heart of the campus. St. Cloud Window SCW3000 Series windows comprise nearly 50 percent of the building’s 747-foot façade.

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Western Specialty Contractors cleans, restores limestone façade of historic Decatur courthouse

Throughout its history, the Macon County Courthouse in Decatur, Ill. has inhabited a variety of buildings, from a log cabin built in 1829 where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, to a stone and brick four-story building with a clock tower built in 1892 to its current location — a five-story limestone building constructed in 1939. Western Specialty Contractors was recently tasked with restoring the historic courthouse’s 80-year-old façade.

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Pompeii Archeological Park: Corian® Exteriors preserves ancient buildings at the Championnet Complex

Naples-based Vittorio Pinto Interni designed Corian® Exteriors coverings to protect the mosaic floors at the Championnet complex from the sun and rain while making sure to not completely enclose them from natural light so that visitors could appreciate the ancient artwork and stonework of walls fashioned out of rocks that include lava, limestone and travertine. Two distinct roofs were made: the first, a simple rectangular shape and the second, a larger covering made of three layers. Each roof was devised with narrow rain gutters on the edges to divert runoff.

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RHEINZINK selected to protect heritage of 120-year-old church

Completion of the re-roof project at the historic Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, marks the culmination of a massive four-phase, 22-year renovation plan. The Cathedral—built originally in 1894—was the first church in Vancouver and began with a cedar shake roof. Through the years, various additions and modifications were undertaken, but none contributed significantly to the historic structure’s long-term sustainability.

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University of Notre Dame Hall of Architecture designed by Stantec for future architects

Designed by John Simpson Architects of London with Stantec serving as the architect-of-record, the design of the University of Notre Dame’s Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture takes its inspiration from the teaching methods of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It symbolizes the school’s mission to educate architects and urbanists who design and build — not just for today’s needs, but also for future generations.

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