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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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Humber College transform’s its Centre for Entrepreneurship into energy-efficient, bird-friendly building

Functionality of the glass configuration was a key consideration, said Adrienne Tam, associate, Moriyama & Teshima. “We were on a quest for a bird-friendly glass treatment that would allow the low-e coating to be applied to Surface #2.” The acid-etched pattern “was integral to the glass, and unlike other products, not a separate material bound to the glass that is then exposed to the environment,” she added.

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Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates-designed Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London receives AIA’s Twenty-five Year Award

Architects Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, FAIA—VSBA founding principals—sought to relate the new wing to the National Gallery while maintaining the wing’s own identity as a work of modern architecture. A play on Italian Mannerism, the Sainsbury Wing demonstrates the architects’ sophisticated but ironic acknowledgement of modern conditions while thoroughly exploring classical architecture’s conventions.

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DXA studio’s 100 Barclay wins best Restoration and Preservation in the 2018 Architect’s Newspaper Awards

“We are drawn to the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings,” said DXA Studio Partner, Wayne Norbeck. “Respecting the building’s history, while adding modern elements and creating spaces for both commercial and residential tenants has been an exciting challenge for us and it’s an honor to receive recognition for those achievements.”

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