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Feldman Architecture honors historic Engine Company No. 8

Fire station turned event space turned Feldman Architecture headquarters, the Engine Company No. 8’s rustic bones and sweeping skylights held great potential for a welcoming, open floor workspace flooded with light. The Feldman Architecture team looked to honor the original design of the historic building by accentuating its beautifully weathered exposed brick walls and elegant steel beams.

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HyVee Arena’s modern sports complex repurposes historic building, with high-performance, custom-color finishes and thermal improvement

As a single source solution to Tubelite Inc., Linetec provided both the high-performance architectural coatings in the historically approved color and the thermal improvement services for HyVee Arena’s new entrance, storefront and interior aluminum framing systems. Viracon’s glass further enhanced the aesthetic and the glazing systems’ high solar, thermal and optical performance.

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Margulies Perruzzi completes Thomson Place retail activation project

Dating to the early part of the 20th century, the Thomson Place neighborhood was a booming industrial area of brick and beam warehouse buildings. Margulies Perruzzi’s design restored the building façades by opening bricked-up windows, reintroducing shutters on the upper level, and adding back long-forgotten architectural flourishes. The overall master plan respects the different proportions and architectural language of each building, and focuses activity on the new multi-use plaza adjacent to the buildings at 44 and 50 Thomson Place.

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Western Specialty Contractors receives Preservation Award for Academy Museum of Motion Pictures façade restoration

Western Specialty Contractors announces that it has received a California Preservation Foundation 2019 Preservation Design Award for Technology and Craftsmanship for its role in conserving the Streamline Moderne facades of the Saban Building in Los Angeles. The award was presented at an Oct. 18th awards ceremony at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco.

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Polycor announces acquisition of Elliott Stone Company Inc.

Polycor Inc. announced October 1 that it has acquired Elliott Stone Company Inc., a leading quarrier and fabricator of Indiana limestone based in Bedford, Indiana. Polycor states the acquisition expands its ability to deliver the most comprehensive offering of natural stone building products for the hardscapes and masonry industry.  

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Vertically expanded Philadelphia office renovation re-clad in glass and aluminum with wood grain finishes by Linetec

The new design of Philadelphia’s 2400 Market Street property was conceived by architecture firm Gensler, with Varenhorst serving as the executive architect. The renovated and expanded building was re-clad in a modern, high-performance façade. Its fresh exterior showcases Viracon’s glass within Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ aluminum-framed window wall system finished by Linetec.

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Franklin Tower transforms former offices into luxury living, re-clad in glass and metal with wood grain finishes from Linetec

Gensler looked at developing an adaptive façade to replace the outdated precast, single-glazed strip-window façade. “While that exterior was built for a single use, the rhythm of the new façade allows for a variety of programmatic uses,” said Gensler Principal Robert Fuller, AIA. “The recessed channels at the vertical columns and horizontal spandrels express the structural module of the building, while the floor-to-ceiling glass creates a lighter façade that connects the interior spaces to views of the city beyond.”

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Washington Monument welcomes back visitors through new Beyer Blinder Belle-designed facility

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners’ contemporary design of the Washington Monument simultaneously meets long-term security, preservation, and operational requirements. It utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system to minimize the visual presence of equipment. As a result, the glazed and transparent envelope affords views of the 555-foot-tall obelisk.

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Transformation of Portland Playhouse

Portland Playhouse involved the transformation of a late 19th-century church into a home for a non-profit theater company in Portland, Oregon. SERA partnered with the Playhouse on a multi-phased project that identified programmatic requirements, functional needs, aesthetic preferences, and growth strategies for the organization. The results of that planning included a substantial renovation of the former church building, the addition of a 1,500-square-foot dedicated rehearsal and community space, and concept design for an outdoor component to be added at a later date.

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Seattle Landmark Fire Station 5 receives seismic upgrade

Renovated Fire Station 5 designed by Bassetti Architects has been designated a Seattle Landmark. Originally built in 1963, the fire station was in need of significant up-grades to meet many current seismic, safety, and accessibility codes as well as provide improvements to crew, administrative, and support facilities. Bassetti provided comprehensive renovation to the building and pier structure, including seismic reinforcement, building systems renovation, and sustainability improvements.

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