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Elkridge Library/DIY Center parking area selects Belgard’s Aqualine® permeable pavers as project attains LEED® Gold certification

The former property, which was built in the early 1990s, utilized a traditional storm drain and stormwater management system ill-equipped to handle to the region’s shifting weather patterns. Before resurfacing, the pavement areas’ excessive runoff and flooding issues had to be addressed. As an alternative to impermeable black top pavement, Belgard’s Aqualine® 9L permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICPs) were chosen to provide solutions for this challenging project.

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PPG earns two Chairman’s Awards from Metal Construction Association

In the Municipal category, PPG was honored for its contributions to the Calgary Central Library in Alberta, Canada, which features PPG DURANAR™ coatings on window frames and other extruded components. Designed to evoke snowflakes or cracked ice on a lake, the coatings include two PPG Duranar colors – Bright White and Broken Ice, a custom color topped by a pearlescent clearcoat. The coatings were applied by Hydro of Portland. The library was designed by Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway, and DIALOG of Calgary,

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King County Library System honored with two Library Journal awards

“KCLS is pleased to be named a Five-Star Library for overall service excellence,” said King County Library System Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “And we are equally proud that the beautifully designed Tukwila Library, which serves as an important community anchor, has been recognized as a Landmark Library.” The new 10,000 square-foot, $8.9 million library opened in April 2017, and incorporates innovative and sustainable features that require minimal maintenance over time.

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Sustainable design featured at Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia

As part of a $1.2 billion capital improvement program for its Main Campus in North Philadelphia, Temple University commissioned Stantec, as part of a joint venture with Snøhetta, to design its new library. The building’s base is covered in granite and appears different in color depending on the time of day, creating an evocative mood. Glass is strategically positioned at the three entrances to allow in the natural light and foster a sense of transparency.

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PPG DURANAR coatings add distinctive effects to façade of Calgary Central Library

Designed by Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway, and DIALOG of Calgary, the library features a dynamic triple-glazed façade that incorporates more than 460 alternating polygonal panels of fritted glass and iridescent aluminum. The architects selected PPG Duranar coatings for the window frames and other extruded aluminum components to evoke snowflakes or ice cracking on a lake.

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Two OZ-Designed Arapahoe Libraries to be community hubs

The Arapahoe Libraries has hired the design-build team of OZ Architecture and Adolfson and Peterson to design and build a new state-of-the-art Kelver Library in Byers, and to renovate the existing Castlewood Library in Centennial. At each location, the new libraries will continue to serve as community gathering places, giving residents of all ages a core space for the pursuit of learning, innovating, and connecting with ideas and people.

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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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