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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Gensler looked at developing an adaptive façade to replace the outdated precast, single-glazed strip-window façade.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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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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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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Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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