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by Mindi Zissman Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, Cornell University Configurable perforated shading system sets the tone of this singular campus addition.


Function by John Mesenbrink

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Form, the evolution of our regular “Project Deconstruction” feature reflects the inspiration of the designers creating great spaces and structures, such as Morphosis’ Gates Hall on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York. 46

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Restrooms for Hospitality: Appreciate the guest.

Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina A look at the interaction of HVAC and architecture in delivering a net zero facility.

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market of choice: k-12 education on the cover Illuminated Design: Much of the look of the Bill and Melinda Gates Hall for computing and information science at Cornell University comes from Morphosis’ unique take on interacting with the sun. Page 68. Photography: Roland Halbe

Future is Now Interactive monitors, 3D printers—even drones—are making today’s schools as technology-driven as ever. By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett


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It Helps to Speak the IAQ Lingo “I don’t want to have to be an electronics engineer

ventilation. Information usage scores for green

to specify LED.” That was sentiment expressed

and enhanced environments were 172% and 299%

by many lighting designers a number of years ago,

higher, respectively, than in the conventional envi-

when we first conducted a conference in concert

ronment. For strategy, green and enhanced green

with the early days of our lighting publication, Archi-

scores were 183% and 288% higher.

tectural SSL. Today, architects—or their clients—

“This study suggests that indoor environments

Gary Redmond

Managing Partner Director Publishing Operations

Tim Shea

Managing Partner Director Business Development


Jim Crockett

Editorial Director

Megan Mazzocco

Senior Editor

Jan Bottiglieri

Copy Editor

desire certain end results: energy efficiency, good

can have a profound impact on the decision-making

indoor air quality, high envelope performance, more

performance of workers, which is a primary indica-

natural lighting, product transparency, etc. The ques-

tor of productivity,” says Joseph Allen, assistant

tion I ponder is this: how much of a technical master

professor and director of the Healthy Buildings

Contributing Editors:

must one be in each discipline in order to realize any

Program at the Center for Health and the Global

of these goals in their projects? My guess is that

Environment at Harvard. Allen says the results are

you don’t personally need to be a tech whiz—but you

provocative: First, they suggest that the levels of

darn well better know plenty of experts who are.

carbon dioxide and VOCs commonly encountered in

Vilma Barr Ellen Lampert-Greáux Chuck Ross Alan Weis Mindi Zissman

Barbara Horwitz-Bennett John Mesenbrink Stan Walerczyk Kevin Willmorth

All of the topics above are subjects we frequently address in AP, and regularly in its sister publication Net Zero Buildings. Regarding the latter publication, however, the degree of technicality we delve into on subjects like HVAC requires a sensitive balance. Does one need to know what the heck a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) does, and whether a parallel radiant unit or a chilled beam is


The study found cognitive performance scores, overall, were 101% higher in environments with enhanced ventilation.

the best route to deliver it? After thinking about it,

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Lauren Lenkowski

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Alex Mastera

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I’m going to say the answer is yes—at least if you’re serious about any of the subjects above. With this in mind, in this issue we’re debuting a

conventional offices are associated with decreases in worker performance, whereas those in enhanced

new feature: “Function.” It’s designed as the “yang”

ventilation and optimized IEQ conditions experi-

to the “yin” of our Product Deconstruction feature

enced cognitive function improvements.

(now known as “Form.”) Instead of focusing on a

That’s terrific, but what exactly is “enhanced

points-earned, post-design report, we’re evolving

ventilation?” That answer varies. Remember my

the Achieving LEED feature into a piece that zooms

question about whether architects need to know

in on the “how” of sustainable design—the specific

this stuff ? At the Darla Moore Business School, our

facets of how things are actually done. The inau-

featured project, decisions about the HVAC system

gural exploration examines some of the “guts” of a

informed the architecture. At the building’s heart, an

LEED Platinum/net-zero-hopeful on the campus of

open courtyard filled with trees provides a source

the University of South Carolina—which, by the way,

of fresh oxygen—key for the DOAS system/IAQ

includes the use of DOAS and chilled beams. Turn

goals. It also generates plenty of daylight to deep

inside for the story—but before you do, I want to

spaces in the building, including areas below grade.

address exactly why you should.

Of course, glazing decisions affected envelope and

A recently released study by Harvard, SUNY

HVAC considerations. Then there was the whole

Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse found

passive angle with the use of chilled beams and an

distinct cognitive benefits to humans operating

underfloor air distribution system…

in a quality indoor environment. The double-blind

It turns out all of this stuff is important, and

study, “The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive

understanding, even a little, helps further true inte-

Function,” evaluated the cognitive performance of

grated design. But even if that doesn’t matter to

24 participants who experienced conditions in a

you, I’d guess improved human health, and certainly

lab that simulated those in conventional and green

improved productivity, do. So check out our new

buildings, as well as green buildings with enhanced

Function feature for a little of the “how.” We hope

ventilation. Researchers measured cognitive func-

this apéritif whets your appetite for more.

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Reducing Thermal Stratification with Quiet Air Movement While tall spaces can be an aesthetically pleasing design feature and are sometimes required for program use of the space, often these spaces experience thermal stratification. For schools, this is especially problematic in the winter months. Since it is natural for heat to rise, tall spaces experience cooler temperatures near the floor and higher temperatures closer to the ceiling. The issue is how best to move this excess heat down to the level where it is most needed. One solution is the use of high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans to help supplement HVAC systems by reducing thermal stratification without increasing background noise. Minimal noise is especially important in educational environments—the American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn. recommends keeping background noise levels in such environments to less than 35 dBA.

FIG. 1: TESTING SCHEMATIC During a two-week field test, sensors collected temperature and relative humidity data at three heights above the central library space: 4 ft., 11 ft., and 18 ft. The fans (gray circles), temperature and humidity sensors (orange dots), and collection points for air speed (blue dots) and acoustic measurements (green dots) are indicated.

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Field Test Background To test the idea of using HVLS fans to reduce thermal stratification with minimal impact on background noise, Big Ass Solutions conducted a field test at the library of Cassidy Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky. Created after the construction of an addition, the library has a long, narrow, tall central space (76 ft. × 16.5 ft.), with a 33-ft.-high ceiling and glass clerestory windows. Two sides of the library are open to the central room; these sections feature 9.5-ft.-high ceilings. The HVAC system supplies air through three slot diffusers in the tall central space at about 11 ft. above the floor, while the air is returned through ceiling diffusers in the two lower side spaces. Following the renovation, occupants experienced significant thermal stratification in the central library space. To remedy this issue, the school district installed two industrial, six-bladed, 8-ft. diameter, gear-driven HVLS fans at 24 ft. 6-in. above the library floor. While these fans were installed properly and helped reduce the thermal stratification, library users found the fans noisy and distracting, so the fans were turned off and never used. Conducted in fall 2014, the field test involved installing two commercial, eight-bladed, 10-ft. diameter, direct-drive HVLS fans by Big Ass Solutions. The school collected data over a two-week period, with the fans off one week and on the next. The fans were run in the forward direction at 30% maximum RPM. During this two-week field test, sensors collected temperature and relative humidity data at three heights above the central library space: 4 ft.,



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11 ft., and 18 ft. Figure 1. illustrates the location of the fans and sensors, as well as collection points for air speed and acoustic measurements. It is important to understand that the two fans used in this field test were run in the forward direction at speeds that did not cause a noticeable draft at the occupant level. Air speeds below 30 FPM do not create a perceived cooling effect (draft) at the occupant level. Air speeds of 30 FPM and above create a beneficial cooling effect (draft) for occupants.

Thermal Stratification From 8:00 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. the library was typically occupied by students, teachers and two librarians. During lunch, the space was unoccupied. Sensors collected temperature and relative humidity data was collected daily from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; U12-013 Onset loggers recorded the readings every minute. Temperature sensors were placed on three air supply grilles, which were connected to the same central air handler unit. The data showed the air supplied at each grille was the same temperature. In weeks one and two, the unit was in constant heating mode.

The data recorders collected internal temperature and relative humidity readings at the three different heights. The results from week one (with the fans off) show a clear difference in temperature at each of the three heights, with higher temperatures at higher levels. During the first week, the maximum temperature difference was 4.3°F. During week two (with the fans on) the temperatures recorded at all three levels were very close to each other, with a maximum temperature stratification of 1.2°F. When the temperatures from the two weeks are compared, the change is dramatic. With the fans on, temperatures at different heights are very consistent. HVLS fans in the library also reduced the run time of the HVAC system. In the first four days of fans-off testing during week one, the HVAC system serving the library ran for a total of 11 hours, 21 minutes. In the first four days of fans-on testing during week two, the HVAC system ran for a total of 9 hours, 34 minutes. This was a 15.7% decrease in total run time.

Acoustic Study Results Acoustic data were collected to illustrate the difference in sound between the originally installed fans

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Data were collected at the highest speed at which the fans could be run without causing the wall banners to flutter.

(industrial six-bladed, 8-ft. diameter, gear-driven HVLS fans) and the replacement fans (commercial eight-bladed, 10-ft. diameter, direct-drive HVLS fans.) To accurately compare the two fans, they were run at speeds that created similar air velocity profiles at occupant level. When the original industrial fans were not running, collected acoustic data measured the mean ambient background noise level at 42.3 dBA. The acoustic signature of the industrial fans while they were running was measured at 53.3 dBA—an increase of 9 dBA. When sound increases by 10 dB, it becomes about twice as loud; so a 9 decibel difference is almost twice as loud as the original background noise levels. When the two commercial fans were not running, sensors measured the background noise level at

36.7 dBA. When the commercial fans were running, the acoustic level was 40.2 dBA—an increase of 3.5 dBA. It is important to note that the typical acoustic profile of the commercial eight-bladed, 10-ft. diameter, direct-drive HVLS fans has a more even and consistent shape than the typical profile of the industrial six-bladed, 8-ft. diameter, gear-driven HVLS fans.

Conclusion When the two commercial eight-bladed, 10-ft. diameter, direct-drive HVLS fans were installed, three things occurred: • Thermal stratification was reduced. • The HVAC system ran less often. • There was a minimal increase in background noise level when the fans were on. The two commercial eight-bladed, 10-ft. diam-

eter, direct-drive HVLS fans were a success and met the needs of the space. Thermal stratification was reduced from a 4.3°F difference to a 1°F difference in the library’s tall central space, and the overall increase in the background noise level was 1.7 dBA—only a 4.5% increase. Additional measures outside the scope of this study could help reduce the baseline background noise level to below the recommended 35 dBA level. Designing tall spaces for educational facilities requires careful consideration of many variables to avoid detrimental effects on the learning environment. When looking for solutions to thermal stratifi cation in educational tall spaces, direct-drive HVLS fans are a clear choice, especially when there is a need to minimize additional background noise and reduce the energy consumption of the HVAC units.

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Noteworthy The AIA reported the October ABI score was 53.1. This score still reflects an increase in design services. The new projects inquiry index was 58.5. LG Air Conditioning Systems opened its 40,000-sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility in Alpharetta, Ga. Tandus Centiva, a Tarkett company, has received ISO 14001-2004 Certification for its manufacturing facility in Truro, Nova Scotia Canada. Perkins Eastman’s Lance Hosey, FAIA, Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, has been named a 2015 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. Schindler’s Great Eagle Centre project has been named The Elevator World 2016 project of the Year.

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Perkins+Will has acquired the London-based branding, retail strategy, and design consultancy Portland

Dimensions, color and mobility features are all key attributes to outfitting the space for many different groups, collaborations, lectures or individual heads-down thinking. At DMDII, the furniture’s portability equips the space to prepare for changes in the organization or the way it works.

Design Assoc. Benjamin Moore’s Natura paint is now certified asthma


& allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy foundation

Make or Break the Interior Landscape

of America. Bostik has opened a new production facility and train-

The furniture and functionality in an open space plan

because it’s mobile, says Hansen. “We made sure that

is becoming one of the most important decisions of

a change in environment down the road—and doing it in

Danfoss’ pledges to use 50% less energy to run its

the interior architecture planning team. The modular-

the field—would be simple.”

business By 2030, and the company plans to reduce

ity and flexibility of a space are so critical—yet the

the amount of CO2 emissions by 50%.

disarray that may come with the territory can make

to use it as a tool in everyday situations. “Collaboration

for an eyesore when furniture positioning is left to the

and flexibility ruled in this project,” says Kayhan’s Holly

ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) confirms that Accoya

command of end-users. Jaime Velez and the designers

Clarke. “The furniture selected encourages collabora-

wood meets code requirements; Accoya wood was

at SOM faced this very scenario when they took on the

tion and sharing of information and ideas, as well as

one of five products honored to receive the Cradle to

design for UI Labs’ Digital Manufacturing and Design

to allow for future growth, making it easy to accom-

Cradle Products Innovator Award.

Innovation Institute (DMDII), a collaboration between

modate additional end users comfortably without major

corporate entities and universities to cultivate technol-


ing center in Dallas, Texas.

ROXUL USA has confirmed plans to build its first North

ogy workers with the knowledge to compete in global

American acoustic ceiling manufacturing facility in the

manufacturing. The first-of-its type Chicago project will

ible heights, says Hansen. “Haworth is focused on fit

United States.

also serve as a model for 21st-century manufacturing

and finish, so the heights of the panels and the storage

environments. “Jaime is always looking for a challenge,”

units line up so the end-user can reconfigure, or add-

says Anthony Hansen, director of marketing for Kay-

on 10 more stations and reconfigure in different layout

han. “He’s always looking for new, creative ways and

across the entire product line.” This built-in continuity

ideas to come to market.”

of the collection ensures consistently harmonious inte-

VT Industries has acquired Supa Doors. TOTO’s high-efficiency and ultra high-efficiency Eco-


The furniture’s mobile design encourages workers

Power sensor flush valves for both toilets and urinals,

With a furniture budget of just under $1 million,

and EcoPower high-efficiency sensor faucet have all

supplier Kayhan was able to deliver on SOM’s selection

earned a Declare label.

of Haworth furnishings: soft seating, lounge seating,

Haworth’s furniture pieces also feature compat-

riors, rather than the cacophony of furniture that may result when end-users rearrange the furniture. Once looked at as the last thing in the space,

bench seating and industrial shelving and storage

furniture is becoming more important in the way it

YKK AP America can provide product-specific Type III

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shapes a space for the way people work today, how

environmental product declarations for its entrances,

scenarios. All the architectural elements, furniture,

it brings people together, and how it will respond to

storefronts, curtain walls, windows, balcony doors and

and technology were looked at together in an integra-

rapidly changing workplaces like DMDII. “It is one of the

sun controls.

tive palette, and the team selected furniture to create

most innovative, forward-thinking, digital manufacturing

an interior landscape that can be reconfigured easily

facilities of our time,” says Hansen.


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This lamp is not three-dimensional; however, its light-

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LIGHT ILLUSION An etched acrylic sheet creates a 3D-look “shade” illuminated by an LED.

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Exteriors to Lighting Porous concrete DurCoral cementious paintable material from Italian company Buzzi & Buzzi has multiple applications from exteriors to interior light fixtures. The new, lightweight material may be used to fashion light fixtures with the strength and durability of cement. Dur-

The lightweight material may be used to fashion light fixtures with the strength and durability of cement. Coral’s strength lies in its porosity; the company’s Coral product resists abrasion, ultraviolet rays, pollution and the elements. Variations on the product mixture have created Coral Water Out, a waterproof version of DurCoral; and AirCoral, which possesses a photocatalytic

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Design Your Own Windfall Lumber now offers a kit of parts with its reclaimed lumber collection that invites designers to customize furniture with distinct table legs and bases to suit the client or the application. Visit or Circle


LEGS TO STAND ON Windfall’s “kit of parts” lets designers pair legs and bases to create unique custom pieces.

BREAKING THE MOLD The Spanish company works with international clients to design and ship its reusable plastic molds anywhere in the world.


Hole in One Recently feted as the innovation of the year by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats, Holedeck has hit a hole-in-one with its system of voided slabs that literally and figuratively break open the possibilities for efficiency in deploying building systems and utilities infrastructure. The company’s concrete mold system conserves concrete materials and space, and can achieve larger open spans than conventional concrete decking; eliminating the plenum gives tall buildings an extra floor per each five constructed. A standard module is 80 cm × 80 cm in horizontal layout, so it may

The Holedeck system eliminates the plenum, giving tall buildings an extra floor per each five constructed.

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ƒ MURANO COLLECTION Breathtaking designs in the Murano collection by Artist Giovanni Barbieri— Clas, Oblio, Milan Florreal and Flora—are stunning compositions of stone, ceramic and glass.

ƒ MAGNUM This tile imitates centuriesold Calacatta marble—as though the 5-ft. × 10-ft. slabs had been lifted from palazzos past. Florim offers the largest variety of oversized ceramic tiles on the market.

ƒ 41ZERO42 The chartreuse in this design from 41zero42 references tennis for many, but there’s also an opportunity to be open-minded and apply your own style and interpretation.

ƒ AUTO-LEVELING The Italian invention of bendy wood—yes, flexible wood—has migrated to large-format ceramic tiles. The advantages include less spoilage and cracking, a selfleveling floor tile, and rapid installation.

ƒ SERIE DACHA A unique take on reclaimed wood from Ceranosa is hexagon shape tiles featuring end-cut wood grains.

ƒ CANTINA As the work of skilled craftsmen is more expensive and rare, these corner tiles from Del Conca brand Faetanno creates a softer appearance and potentially helps installers avoid “cutting corners” in the field. CERSAIE Cersaie 2015 was held Sept. 28-Oct. 2 at the Bologna Exhibition Center in Bologna, Italy.

Prét-a-Morter Cersaie, a sort of Fashion Week for tile, offers an opportunity to examine the latest in ceramic tiles. Here is a curated collection of some of the best.

Editor’s Note: There is not enough room in this magazine

of the most unique imitations of a reclaimed wood instal-

to include everything shown at Cersaie, but forthwith are

lation comes from Spanish tile company Ceranosa.

snapshots of the standout ceramic tiles—some of which

Custom Pieces: Last year, column-cover tiles by

Italian tile scene. With its irreverent combinations, such

could only be viewed in the host city of Bologna. This

Faetano, a brand of Del Conca, helped to solve install-

as Cippolino marble with a chartreuse through-body, its

curated collection by senior editor, Megan Mazzocco

ers’ corner conundrums. Feedback about this special

ceramic products are some of the gutsiest of the group,

represents of the latest curiosities and most unique

piece must have been positive, because this fall at

offering a fresh contrast of old and new.

ceramic tile product innovations and applications.

Cersaie, the company unveiled its opposite—an inside corner tile.

Marble: What's coming out of quarries now is very soft

Mock Streets: The streetscape created to show-

Finally, the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Award Winner was revealed in April: Carlos Rosario International PCS by Shinberg Levinas Architects. Salo Levinas addressed

with breakable fault lines, advise the tile experts at Kera-

case Emil Ceramica’s tile collection drew the attention

the conference, stressing the importance of diligence in

ben. This is paving the way for large format tiles imitating

of many visitors. The material appears to be a cre-

design details: “materials properly applied to the facade

natural stone. One variety is the Magnum collection from

ative use of Mapei’s Asphalt Repair 0/8 product. The

ensure that they will function and perform for many

Florim, which mimics the timeworn palazzos of the past.

streetscape led to several mocked up businesses, to

years to come.” And that enduring quality could be said

On the flip side, ABK has slashed installation time with

showcase all the potential applications for the com-

for every ceramic tile installation.

self-leveling tiles that can be installed similar to a floating

pany’s tile collection. Similarly, the tradition of piazzas

Back in the states, Ryan Fasan at Coverings,

floor and are immediately ready for foot traffic.

and palazzos hand-built brick-by-brick is reflected in

summed things up well, noting the interplay of tech-

Wood: Reclaimed wood looks are particularly the


Show Stopper: One of the most interesting tiles came from 41zero42—an exotic new company on the

ceramic tiles from artist Giovanni Barbieri. The artist

nology and design at the moment is becoming more

rage, and it appears manufacturers are racing to trump

explained how he lends his craft to hand-hewn tiles for

refined because “manufacturers understand better how

one another with ever larger “plank” sizes; however, one

Vallelunga and the Murano glass and stone collection.

to work with them [new technologies].”


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Decisions in the Field


Project: Wolf Point West


Location: Chicago

On Point Wolf Point West makes its mark on Chicago’s skyline, but not without a few difficulties. Editor’s Note: It’s not often that a finished project is


executed in the field exactly as it was designed in the office. Innovation on a working jobsite is often required as various on-site issues and challenges emerge. With that in mind, as part of a number of new twists on our product development section, we present “Decisions in the Field” as a means of expressing working solutions to commonly encountered problems. At the convergence of the Chicago River’s north and Like a gap-toothed child, the building stands tall with some of its operable windows open. Some curtainwall glass is still missing on the top floors. To offset the glass delivery delay, the trades work on two to three floors simultaneously to keep the project on schedule.

south branches is Wolf Point West, one of three towers conceived by Pelli Clark Pelli for the mixed-use site. Torrential rains in July 2014 caused the Chicago River to crest above the site’s water barrier, transforming its construction pit into a veritable fish bowl. “Two million gallons of water and we only caught one fish,” jokes Randy Bullard, VP McHugh, one half of the project’s construction team along with Clark Construction. Flooding was the fi rst of several unexpected scenarios that transformed hard hats into thinking caps in order to keep the project rolling on schedule. The terrifying elevator ride up was an appropriate prelude to hearing the project’s war stories still fresh in the minds of four dedicated team leaders, which also included bKL Architects and engineer Halvorson and Partners.

Carl Moskus from bKL shows off his favorite view from the second floor.

According to McHugh project manager Patrick McGarvy, another major issue was the bitter cold last year—one of the harshest winters on record. As a result, an injection of thousands of BTUs were required to warm the concrete in order for it to cure throughout. The solution came in the form of an electric blanket of epic proportion that kept the chill off the forms overnight. As a pertinent aside, perhaps a life cycle assessment of concrete should include cold climate construction scenarios. McHugh bumped up the concrete specified from 5000 psi to 5500. “It pumped better,” explained McGarvy. Elsewhere, bKL provided an innovative twist on the

A door opens out to the nearly complete balcony.

specification of glass, the next major building material on the project. Matching the vision glass to the glass curtainwall system required a uniform ceramic fritting pattern and a 5⁄6-in. glass spec on the vision glass to avoid that “wavy” appearance from the pedestrian vantage point. The glass posed some challenges, and when the curtainwall manufacturer kept delaying delivery, the team peeled back all the layers to discover that a hydraulic line dripping into the vat of cleaning solution was causing the coating to fail.

View of the Chicago River from the balcony. This flange runs in harmony with all of the balcony railings.

Although there seems to be an endless crop of tall buildings sprouting up in cosmopolitan cities around the world, on-site, it seems the odds are really against getting these things built. This rare glimpse of the hard work, strength and determination of the A/E/C world shows they are worthy of the material and product innovations we report on in these pages. —Megan Mazzocco, Senior Editor



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PANEL MECHANICS Precast concrete wall panel being installed at a job site

ON THE LINE Overall view of the new plant’s concrete placement stations. Two pouring buckets and a concrete spreader pour the concrete panels that will then move to the curing chamber (behind the pouring buckets). Directly above the cure chamber in the mezzanine is the concrete troweling station where final finishes are applied to all products using a power trowel.

For designers this means higher quality, more consistent products and faster product availability.


Automating Precast Lowers Costs Unique, highly automated precast panel plant uses automated line for consistent products and faster delivery.

Editor’s Note: In and effort to show how advances in

Conveyors form a continuous cycle where wall

manufacturing are opening doors for speed of instal-

panel molds are automatically moved from one station

lation, material savings or even customization, we

to another with each performing a specific process.

introduce “Cost, Value + Customization.”

Control comes from a master controller and production

Dual Rapid planetary mixers positioned on the batch plant mezzanine have a combined capacity of 800 yards3/shift. These mixers will supply all structural grey and colored architectural concrete needs for the production plant.

Overhead view of the concrete spreader with the batch plant in the upper left-hand corner and curing chamber to the right.

data is transmitted directly to the automated machines. Molin Concrete Products, a 118-year-old mainstay

Materials, such as steel reinforcement for panels, are

in the Upper Midwest prestressed concrete industry,

supplied directly to appropriate stations where needed.

recently completed an automated wall panel operation

station. Molin estimates that the new plant will operate

have a production capacity of 1.5-million sq. ft. per year,

with as little as one-third the labor required in traditional

producing precast architectural cladding, insulated

precast concrete plants. For building designers, con-

sandwich wall panels and solid structural panels.

tractors and owners, that means higher quality, more

The moving assembly line, whereby a product is assembled as it continuously moves along an in-factory

consistent products and faster product availability. “A typical precast production plant of this capacity,”

production circuit, isn’t new; Henry Ford dreamed it up a

says Saccoman “would require 48 workers. Our new

hundred years ago. Yet it’s seldom used in the produc-

plant will need just 14 to 18 workers.”

tion of precast concrete components in the United

The automated plant also requires far less factory

States. In fact, though the system is somewhat common

space. The capacity of the new Molin plant will be 8000

in Europe, only two other U.S. precast plants currently

sq. ft. of precast panels per day. The main plant floor

have similar automated carousel operations in place.

measures just 80 ft. × 350 ft., excluding the batch plant

Why not? “The automated carousel production

and storage areas. To produce the same amount of

system, says John Saccoman, vice president of Molin,

panels per day, a traditional precast plant would require

is very capital intensive. “Traditionally, precast con-

four beds measuring 12 ft. × 200 ft.

crete panels are formed on long line, non-moving flat


Computerized quality control is available at each

located in Ramsey, Minn. The PCI-certified plant will

The carousel wall panel line used by Molin is

tables where concrete is delivered by either a truck or a

manufactured by Weckenman, a German firm. Precast

bucket,” he says. “All you need is a large space, a form,

concrete wall panels are formed, given shape, poured,

many laborers and a ready mix truck to pour. In our new

cured, and finished in a continuous production line

system we bring the form to a pouring area and panels

nearly untouched by human hands.

are cured in a steam chamber with few laborers.”

—Roy Diez, Editor Emeritus


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Another view of the concrete placement stations. Two pouring buckets (one visible in photo) and a concrete spreader pour the concrete panels that will then move to the curing chamber through the lower white doors.

In the background, the batch station is ready to receive the pouring bucket. In the foreground, two pallets are ready to enter the casting station.

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night on the town starts in the bathroom With a resurgence in the hospitality market, guestroom bathrooms are becoming a major priority; advances in materials and products are helping transform these spaces to make them less mundane and better lit. By Megan Mazzocco, senior editor


Axor’s Water Dream competition challenged students from the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne to reimagine glass spouts for the Axor U-Base, a universal fi xture base. Five of the unconventional designs were on display last April in Milan at FuoriSaloni.

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When it comes to making a big splash in hospitality, Nunzio DeSantis, executive vice president of HKS Hospitality Group, sees a huge opportunity in simply reconsidering the bathroom, starting with the lavatory. “Take extraordinary time in designing and detailing the guestroom bathroom vanity,” he says. “No place is more of a ‘me’ space in a hotel than this.” Indeed, every inch counts in a private room, adds Sheela Pawar of the Rockwell Group—winner of AXOR’s Das Design bathroom design competition. That said, keeping a light, open space is critical. In the case of the firm’s winning design for the New York EDITION hotel, it aimed for a subtle, yet luxurious, material palette that would maintain strength and durability. The palette included precast sinks, tubs and shower pans that featured custom-matched finishes that coordinated precisely with the adjacent Italian porcelain tile. Material innovations for wet environments, in fact, have created a bevy of possibilities that push the envelope of bathroom design, guest comfort and maintainability. According to MTI Baths’ director of hospitality, Dori Kallweit, these new materials exhibit the unique ability to nudge bathroom design and water to be further integrated into the general living space. “We have seen, in the bathroom, people wanting to have more tranquil, relaxing environment with a modern look,” says Kallweit.

monolithic shower pans and sinks One particular material MTI sees as fitting well with this trend is precast. Kallweit says precast helps minimize grout joints; in addition, offering single component shower pans, or integrated sinks and countertops, make a lot of sense from an installation and performance perspective. For example, Duravit’s Stonetto shower tray offers class-b slip resistance and can be installed flush with the floor. The use of clean, crisp materials and fixtures is a major advantage, says DeSantis. “Pay special attention to smart detailing,” he says. Some sinks can be their own vanities; a countersink program allows a seamless design between sink and countertops, adds Kallweit. For example, MTI Baths’ counter-sink program can produce varying thicknesses in a single component that can range from 0.5-in. to 12-in. in thickness, providing an opportunity to create custom installations for a cohesive look even outside the restroom. Attached to a wall, singular components can appear to float above the floor, resulting in easy cleaning and maintenance and a light, open feel to the space. “Eliminating bulky material creates the illusion of a lighter, airier, more spacious room,” says Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder. Thinner ceramic is durable enough for a highly trafficked bathroom; plus, the material enables the slimmer, crisper, edges of a refined design.

Material innovations for wet environments create possibilities that push the envelope of design, guest comfort and maintainability.

PRODUCT SPECS Product: Stonetto Material: DuraSolid Q Quartz-based composition

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PAN HANDLING The Stonetto shower tray is made with DuraSolid Q, which offers a stone look and feel, sleek, class-b slip resistance, and easy cleaning capabilities. Stonetto can be mounted flush to the floor, creating a seamless edge.

MONUMENTAL Rockwell Group’s winning design for Axor’s Das Design Competition features a spacious design that uses a simple, luxurious palette of precast concrete and Italian tiles. The monolithic precast elements for vanity, shower tray and sink are precisely color-matched to the nearby Italian tiles.

PRODUCT SPECS Product: CounterSink Material: Ground natural materials, 60% organic

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CUSTOM CARE The Furniture Guild offers designers the ability to fully customize shape, thickness and drain of sinks integrated with vanities through its new CounterSink program. GuildStone CounterSinks are hand-crafted in the U.S. of 70% organic materials.

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wood old and new



WHITE TAIL Viewed in profile, this delicate sink from Galassia, Italy appears slightly like a deer. Its new Ergo Structure and 7102 washbasin, designed by Antonio Pascale, is made of solid Iroko and is set with a pure white top with an integrated sink.

What can’t go unnoticed in the changing appearance of modern bathrooms is the abundance of wooden bathroom furniture and finishes. But how does it hold up in a high-traffic wet area? As a general rule, all of the materials in the bathroom should be non-porous, says Kallweit, but “people love to have that element—glass, and metals of the faucet, and other mixed materials—together in the bathroom,” she says. Myriad wood and reclaimed designs are made more resilient by their finishes. Duravit, for example, finishes its wood with a melamine resin, says Schroeder; other companies use a marine-grade teak or natural oak which, if treated properly with a special oil, weathers moisture and patinas gracefully with use. A wood vanity needs a conversion varnish finish—there is one available from Valspar and one from Mohawk—says Kallweit. It’s a 12-step process that helps to seal the wood, making it possible to achieve a wood look in more heavily trafficked bathrooms.

PRODUCT SPECS Product: Ergo Structure Materials: Ceramic, Iroko: large hardwood tree from the west coast of tropical Africa

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These new materials exhibit the unique ability to nudge bathroom design and water to be further integrated into the general living space.

CAPE COD CAPER The Cape Cod bath collection uses DuraCeram to suit the refined look and feel of Philippe Starck’s very particular Cape Cod ceramic design. The material is durable, robust and impact-resistant. Duravit’s Cape Cod Collection delivers a homey, comfortable aesthetic with wood furniture and DuraSolid A for its solidsurface tub design.

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tub overfloweth Of course, no bathroom design can be discussed without talking about the tub. In hospitality settings, large tubs have even been worked in as the centerpiece while still maintaining an open, inviting space. How? By placing a free-standing stone tub in a shower area, overflow is not a problem. “It goes into the shower drain, and from a maintenance standpoint you’ve created a wet-room environment that is easier to clean,” says Kallweit. Enclosed by glass, this wet area becomes a dramatic focal point. Acrylic or engineered stone tubs may be fitted with radiant heat devices to provide heated shower pans or heated seats in soaking tubs, notes Kallweit. A solid-surface stone-like tub such as that from Duravit’s Cape Cod collection, made from Durasolid A, “feels like satin.” “We like this material for tubs because it’s cashmere-like, and it feels warm to the touch,” says Schroeder. “We’re able to achieve the Cape Cod tub’s elegant curves thanks to the material.” The matte finish also makes it easier to grip, helping to avoid slips. Some high-end hospitality guest bathrooms make the tub the center of the space.

CAPE COD CAPER Part of the Cape Cod bath collection, this free-standing bath tub is made with Durasolid A, which gives it a luxurious, cashmere-like hand feel. Duravit’s Cape Cod Collection delivers a homey, comfortable aesthetic using organic forms and authentic materials such as solid real wood.

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PRODUCT SPECS Product: Battigia Material: Glass, Corian

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A MURPHY SINK The easiest sink to clean is no sink at all, and this glass and Corian lavatory design by designer Michel Boucquillon has stripped the vessel down to essentials. Dubbed Battigia, it is a stunning display of glass, light and water discretely inserted into the wall.

FAUCET OF THE FUTURE The recently launched AMETIS Lavatory Faucet, designed by Davide Oppizzi of DCUBE, is inspired by the density of water and its colors. The futuristic faucet features user-friendly LED technology.

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lighting that flatters If the guestroom vanity is the most important place in a bathroom, lighting it well must be a chief consideration. “Design so there is ample open working space; great lighting is a must,” advises DeSantis. Rockwell Groups’ design for New York EDITION illustrates that vanity mirrors with an integrated light source are making a comeback in bathroom design vernacular. “Some bathrooms are on external walls and take advantage of natural light. Internal bathrooms are bathed in a warm glow from an oversized vanity mirror with integrated strip lighting,” says Pawar. Companies are also harnessing the new reliability of LEDs to reinvent the make-up mirror concept—integrating the small, dimmable light sources in the design saves on cleaning and maintenance and provides a flattering solution for users, says Schroeder. “Soft, natural light that flatters is what people want and need; high efficiency and lowvoltage capabilities also add peace of mind.”

PRODUCT SPECS Product: Delos Material: Glass, LEDs

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DIM THE MIRROR Whether bathroom, guest bathroom or cloakroom, Delos blends perfectly with its surroundings. This visual impression is due partly to the mirror, which is also fully reflective on the sides. As in all Duravit mirrors, a sensor light switch is integrated discreetly at the side. EOOS describes this allround mirror as the “transition from materiality to magic.” The innovative, delicate light canopy that effectively conceals the individual light sources also contributes to this concept. However, thanks to its new technology, the indirect, non-glare LED light ensures optimum illumination of the face. Due to the greater efficiency and long service life of LED lights, Duravit not only meets the highest design requirements but it also makes an important contribution to sustainability. A shelf made of extrawhite glass - without the usual green edge - adds the finishing touch to the magical character of the Delos furniture collection.



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wallcoverings An element not to underestimate is wallpaper. The material is gaining in popularity as uniquely hip and large-scale prints can set the tone in a themed restroom design. The creative director at FlavorPaper, Jon Sherman, says wall coverings are becoming more commonplace in restroom settings. “We have a number of eco-friendly Type II materials that are a water-based print and hold up well in commercial and hospitality environments.” And if your application requires something more heavy-duty, simply add a layer of protection, says Sherman: “There is a fantastic roll-on wall protectant that can be applied over just about any wallpaper type that creates a Type II surface level of protection against spills/ wear/scratching.” Viola! The company does offer Type III adhesive-backed wallcoverings in a durable canvas-like texture available in white, gold, silver and iridescent. The removable digital materials allow for a very easy install, says Sherman. They can stay up indefinitely or come down the next day just as easily.

appreciate your guests New materials and finishes can help create a luxurious user experience in any restroom—and a bathroom speaks volumes about a brand’s image and the way it views the customer. “Spend the money there and take the time to make the vanity memorable,” advises HKS’ DeSantis. “There truly is no better place to tell a guest you understand and appreciate them.”

3D Printing: Jewels of the Bath If the bathroom is truly the “chapel of nature,” as Hansgrohe Axor brand president Philippe Grohe says, then plumbing fixtures must be its ecclesiastical artifacts. Plumbing has come a long way—from a pipe sticking out of the wall to veritable jewelry including Swarovski crystal. In fact, companies like Axor offer more finishes than you’d see in a jewelry store—15 to be exact, of which architect and designer Antonio Citterio prefers the company’s new “polished red gold.”

3D-PRINTED FAUCETS An exceptional experiment in metal 3D printing turned out to create a niche product demand for American Standard’s new luxury brand, DVX. The brand offers three unique designs that push the envelope of technology, design and manufacturing.

PRODUCT SPECS Product: DVX Material: Laser-sintered metal

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That said, L’Henaff was impressed when the sophistication of their designs reached the thresholds of the 3D metal printers’ capability. “One thing we didn’t expect was to hit the limit in 3D printing in metal; we actually designed far enough to find the limitation of it,” he says.

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TASTE A WALL FLAVOR The mess and hassle associated with wallcovering installation and removal is no more, thanks to the temporary adhesive backings that companies like Flavor Paper offer. Murals, faux finishes and trompe’l’oeils can be installed to suit a uniquely hip design and changed out as frequently as seasonal merchandise.

American Standard’s new brand, DVX, has introduced a novel twist on the idea of craft that reaches beyond exotic forms and finishes: it offers 3D-printed faucets. According to American Standard Vice President JeanJacques L’Henaff, the company is exploring 3D printing with metal. When that capability emerged, the initiative became a facet of research and development for the company. “A lot of people think you send a file and hit a print button and it prints exactly what you made,” says L’Henaff; actually, he adds, there are many subtleties, such as temperature, and there is still a considerable amount of handfinishing needed afterwards.

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A good stopping point—for now—but L’Henaff says they remain curious about the other 3D printing opportunities in the building industry in general. “As this technology gets embraced by aerospace and medical, the cost of machines will go down, and speed of the machine will increase. We know it’s going to evolve—and quickly.” L’Henoff and the company expect to continue along this path; he envisions collaborating with architects to deploy 3D technology in customized orders for hospitality environments and multi-family high rises. “It used to be a request for a special marking or special finish, but now architects can have an entire custom design for the building they are designing and the environment they are creating,” says the executive.

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Interactive monitors, 3D printers, even drones, are making today’s schools as technology-driven as ever.


Just a few years ago, the big push in designing for K-12 educational spaces was to create environments that prepared students to matriculate into a collaborative, technology-rich workplace. Today, that vision has become a full-fledged reality. “Students are coming to school from technologyrich home environments, and they are leaving school to enter a technology-driven workforce,”

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says Jeff Schloffel, RCDD, RTPM, educational technology director, Fanning Howey Architecture/ Engineering, Indianapolis. Schloffel even goes as far as to suggest that 90% of two-year-olds can navigate a tablet device. The upshot, according to Ron Weston, AIA, LEED AP, vice president, PS&S, New York, is that integration of digital technology has become the

norm for most school districts, with the latest accoutrements including the likes of interactive monitors, 3D printers and energy dashboards to name a few. To support these technology rich environments, K-12 designers are diligently helping school districts set up the proper connectivity and furniture systems for these 21st-century classrooms. Continued on page 34 u



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ON THE GROUND Richard Benvenuti, executive director for Miami-Dade Public Schools’ Division of Instructional Technology, reports that Florida now requires 50% of all purchased education materials to be digital. Last year, the district procured 11,500 88-in. Promethean interactive whiteboards and more than 61,000 tablets and notebooks, with another 39,000 HP notebooks and tablets slated for purchase this year. There are plenty of digital and AV choices for schools to sift through. Schloffel suggests that interactive monitors by Sharp, BenQ and Panasonic are some of the best products out there. As for finger-touch interactive video projectors, he recommends Epson, Hitachi or NEC, coupled with wireless devices such as Crestron Air Media, AMX Enzo or Kramer’s VIA products. “It’s important to have a robust network infrastructure to support wireless access points throughout the school,” notes Jeff Lechtanski, senior marketing manager IT/AV, Leviton, Seattle. A good way to achieve this is by using Category 6A cabling and connectivity, which enables a single LAN cable; this is recommended as part of the HDBaseT Alliance Standard, which was created by leading electronics corporations including LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens. “This kind of high-bandwidth system pro-

vides schools with a long-term solution for handling the ever-growing number of Wi-Fi-enabled AV and data technologies,” explains Lechtanski. Along with digital media and connectivity, the notion of flexible, collaborative furniture systems have very much been reinforced. “Accordingly, individual areas within the classroom are able to ebb and flow with productivity and interactivity no longer tied to one eraser board on one wall,” states Jeff Miller, vice president of product design, Poppin, New York. Rather, today’s classroom activities tend to be more focused on the congregation of groups— standing and sitting—which requires varied surfaces and adjustable modes of furnishings. Versatile furniture systems also enable a much easier flow within the classroom as needs flex throughout the day. Case in point, Schloffel recently witnessed a group of students reconfigure their classroom from a test-taking set-up to a collaboration arrangement in only 45 seconds. Miller also points out that today's emphasis on active lifestyles is counter-intuitive to "old school" thinking of students sitting in one desk for most of the school day. “Classroom furniture should encourage spontaneity and help resist being sedentary,” he advises.

50% DIGITAL The state of Florida is now requiring that 50% of all purchased education materials are digital. Miami-Dade Public Schools’ Division of Instructional Technology procured:

2015 „ 11,500 88-in. Promethean interactive whiteboards „ 61,000+ tablets and notebooks


2016 „ 39,000+ HP notebooks and tablets slated for purchase


Jeff Schloffel suggests the following for AV choices in schools:

Interactive Monitors: „ Sharp „ BenQ „ Panasonic Finger Touch Interactive Video Projectors: „ Epson „ Hitachi „ NEC Coupled with Wireless Devices: „ Crestron Air Media „ AMX Enzo „ Kramer VIA

INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS Interactive display devices with three points of projection allow students to take advantage of the entire classroom, huddling in small groups to share information on one screen or gathering as a large group for wholeclass discussions.

Interactive display devices with three points of projection


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TECHNOLOGY AND TEACHING Students aren’t the only ones who are tech-savvy; more teachers are availing themselves of the latest gadgets to enhance their curriculums, and architecture firms are backing the trend. For example, at the Shepard Middle School Next Generation Science Lab (NGSL) in Deerfield, Ill., Fanning Howey connected energy dashboards to on-site solar panels and wind turbines. At the same time, Robin Randall, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, director of PreK-12 education, Legat Architects, Chicago, points out that teaching students about the functionality and interconnectivity of classrooms and overall school mechanical systems is not limited to energy dashboards. For example, schools are starting to use mobile videography equipment, even drones, to access areas not typically thought of as learning environments— for example, forest canopies, diverse habitats and rooftops.

In fact, the Shepard School dashboard monitors bird nests with embedded cameras and a school weather station. “Students are able to measure energy use or watch the development of a native bluebird species, all thanks to classroom technology,” reports Schoffel. In addition, 3D printer technology—from manufacturers such as Makerbot, Formlabs, and Glowforge—is bringing to market what Loren Johnson, designer, Legat Architects, Chicago, describes as “professional grade desktop manufacturing technology” at a price that is affordable for amateurs, families and academic institutions. This gives students the opportunity to test out their product design skills at a young age. “Using 3D printing, CNC milling, experimenting with electronic circuitry, and microcontroller programming via ‘Arduino’ devices, educators can host open-ended learning sessions with students exploring the tools in an experimental space, teaching themselves through doing,” says Johnson.

The video feed can be pushed to one screen, or to all screens, allowing all students to see the information.

Students aren’t the only ones who are tech-savvy: more teachers are availing themselves of the very latest gadgets to enhance their curriculums.

Live feed video of on-site bird houses with embedded cameras.

VIDEO MONITORS Video monitors help students learn from their surroundings, such as on-site bird houses with embedded cameras at Shepard Middle School in Deerfield, Ill. The video feed can be pushed to one screen, or to all screens, allowing all students to see the information.


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ENERGY DASHBOARD Students at Niles West High School, Skokie, Ill., use an energy dashboard to monitor the impact of rooftop photovoltaics on classroom energy consumption.

Photo courtesy: James Steinkamp/Legat Architects


Project: Niles West High School Location: Skokie, Ill. Architect: Legat Architects

Energy dashboards monitor the impact of rooftop photovoltaics at the high school.

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Of course, even the most thought-out investments can be much more difficult for lower income, cash-strapped schools. Fortunately, the Federal Communications Commission’ Schools and Libraries Program, called “E-rate,” provides discounts of up to 90% to help eligible schools—and libraries—obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. “Additionally, many federal agencies, private corporations and foundations offer grant funding for purchase of technology and equipment,” says PS&S’ Weston. Randall adds PTA/PTO organizations, fundraisers and grants to that list, but also recommends that schools take advantage of outdoor learning spaces as a way to save money. Another strategy is choosing products that offer the most bang for one’s buck. For instance, Josh Jennings, CEO of WriteyBoard, Los Angeles, points out that whiteboards, as opposed to iPads or tablets, support more users per board—“since it is not a 1-for-1 model, the financial output from schools is innately lower.” What’s unique about the WriteyBoard and MDC’s FUZE is that it comes in the form of paint and can be used to convert existing chalkboards, desks, tabletops, columns, lockers and even walls into writeable surfaces. “A relatively small whiteboard, at 6-ft. × 4-ft., is $185 while a single 50 sq. ft. can of WriteyBoard paint costs $150,” explains Jennings. “You get double the coverage, which means potentially two boards, at a lower cost.” Meanwhile, FUZE runs approximately $1/sq. ft., as compared to traditional marker boards at $12 plus and glass at more than $25/sq. ft.

When it comes to tech, districts must make smart, forwardthinking decisions about where to invest precious budget dollars.

Photo courtesy: James Steinkamp/Legat Architects

Gregg Steliga, manager of specialty products for MDC, Elk Grove Village, Ill., says technology in schools is gaining so much momentum that it’s becoming what he calls a “competitive imperative” to integrate these collaborative, interactive tools. “In our experience, many districts are carving out budgets for technology,” he says. At the same time, districts must make smart, forward-thinking decisions about where to invest those precious dollars. For example, says Lechtanski, AV systems installed in classrooms characteristically see fewer iterative upgrades. “This means that schools typically plan for systems with a longer lifecycle, while making sure that the installed AV solutions—and the supporting infrastructure—must be flexible, technology forward and anticipate future trends.” He also recommends integrating the AV network into the network infrastructure budget. This lowers overall system costs, reduces the number of installers/integrators that need to come on site, and provides the testing assurance performance that a data communications permanent link can offer. In a similar vein, Fanning Howey actively looks for solutions that can be built upon, as opposed to requiring replacement a few years down the line. “On one recent high school renovation, the client’s goal was ‘any image, any device,’" relates Schloffel. “To meet this goal within a limited budget, we used HDMI distribution amplifiers in the collaboration classrooms. If bids come in favorably, the client can easily upgrade to matrix switchers and a small control system, which is a more effective way to accommodate multiple devices on multiple screens. In either scenario, the district will have an infrastructure that can be easily upgraded over time.”

THINK TANK Designed by Legat Architects, STEM labs at Niles North (shown) and West High Schools, Skokie, Ill., feature Think Tank zones equipped with technologies that enable presentations and connections with academic and corporate mentors.


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Regardless of which specific products schools select, technology-rich systems in today’s K-12 institutions are here to stay. “Technology as a teaching tool continues to expand with new innovations in virtual learning, 3D printing and access to diverse devices,” affirms Randall. “This trend with collaborative team learning is one of the leading shape-changers for educational design.”

“A relatively small whiteboard, at 6-ft. × 4-ft., is $185 while a single 50 sq. ft. can of WriteyBoard paint costs $150. You get double the coverage, which means potentially two boards, at a lower cost.”

Dry Erase Mania Literally turning walls into learning surfaces, FUZE Dry Erase Paint from MDC transforms old chalkboards, desktops, columns and walls into vast spans of white board space.

WRITE IT OUT Thanks to WriteyBoard’s dry erase paint product, educators can turn virtually any flat space—from walls to tables to columns—into a useable dry erase board.

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Turning two regular classrooms into a playground of ideas and collaboration, Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Ill., recently outfitted large walls and a column with the Fuze paint. “Students need to be active and moving around, and the old traditional classroom with desks bolted to the floor doesn’t work anymore,” explains John Finan, associate principal, Glenbrook North. With access to these large dry erase boards, “students are constantly writing on the wall. They’re brainstorming, taking notes and solving problems,” Finan reports.

—Josh Jennings, WriteyBoard

To further integrate these sketches with technology, each student has a Google Chrome laptop with Google Apps that they use to collaborate.

Image courtesy: Legat Architects

“It’s a circular process where, at any moment, the creative juices start flowing. The wall is an idea generator. You walk in the room and say ‘Hey, who added that thought to the concept?’” explains Ryan Bretag, Glenbrook North’s chief innovation officer.

TOUCH AND GO At the new Community Consolidated School District 59 Early Learning Center in Arlington Heights, Ill., breakout spaces called “exploratories” combine touch-friendly materials and technologies.

FINGERS OR STYLUS At Berkeley County School District in Moncks Corner, S.C., 70-in. interactive displays with 10-point touch points from ViewSonic allows multiple users to simultaneously write, draw and annotate on the surface of the screen using fingers or a stylus.

Once the wall fills up, someone usually snaps a photo and uploads it to the Google Drive so everyone can access it. "When ideas flow from floor to ceiling, the perceived boundaries disappear and the creative process really opens up,” Bretag adds.


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Advanced modeling tools were used to design the pattern, geometry and details of the skin “to speak to the impact computing has had on today’s world,” says Lee. Each of the 450 panels—90 different panel types in total— was pre-designed and numbered with its specific location. Bentley, whose Navigator tool was also used, recognized the project with a “Be Inspired” award for Advancing Collaborative BIM.

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The perforated screen system was manipulated by the architectural team in various places, being moved from vertical to horizontal positions and back again. The system is attached to 35,000 sq. ft. of YKK’s four-sided SSG unitized curtainwall which includes Viracon VNW 24-63 double-glazed insulated glass units. It specifi cally serves to anchor the outer fins which attach to floors two through four.

Co-designed and fabricated by Zahner, the building’s signature louver system acts like a jacket over the building, says Lee, filtering light and refl ecting the sun. “The geometry of it was something we wanted to do so that the building didn’t look static,” says Lee, who adds the louvers change and are at different angles throughout the day “so the building looks different all the time.”

Bill and Melinda Gates Hall Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. The Computing and Information Science Building joins the school’s Computing Science and Information Science departments, in an effort to integrate the two disciplines in “ideas, technology and modes of thought.” The hall includes 100,000-sq.-ft. of faculty offices, classrooms, lecture halls, as well as dry lab space—all organized around an open, glazed atrium on the building’s west side that provides open views of the four levels and a covered entry plaza. Color was a big driver, according to architect Ung-Joo Scott Lee from Morphosis. A Cornell alum himself, Lee well remembers his days in Ithaca, including the dark days of winter. “Their were very gray winters. So we wanted to find something that would contrast that—nice warm reflections with the amber color.” Technically, the school’s colors are red, but Lee explains the hue can be too much and orange accents are more subtle. Beyond its innovative facade, the LEED Gold facility was designed with high-performance mechanical systems that take advantage of campus lake-source cooling. These provisions, plus a combination of active and passive chilled beams and energy recovery systems— designed by MEP Engineer Syska Hennessy Group—helped lower energy usage by 30% as opposed to a typical academic building.

Ung-Joo Scott Lee, a principal at morphosis architects, New York, was project manager for Gates Hall. A 19-year design veteran, he has coordinated the day-to-day design and execution of a variety of projects.

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The mesh ceiling in this break out space is dubbed the “Morphosis Ceiling,” by manufacturer Lindner because the architect custom designed it and specifies it on multiple projects.

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The stainless steel exterior metal panels, which carry through to the interior were also fabricated by Zahner and help forge a seamless look throughout the facility.

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In addition to the many private offices and computer lab spaces, Gates Hall is sprinkled with publicly shared ‘break out spaces.’ “We put a lot of effort into making those nooks look natural, where you can have a quick meeting with someone.” —Ung-Joo Scott Lee, Principal, Morphosis Architects




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“For architects, the circulation of the building is usually something that happens at the end of design, but here, it was done at the beginning to make sure they were natural spaces.”

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The floors throughout Gates Hall are the original polished, structural concrete floor. This was done purposefully to further the building’s industrial look created through open, exposed surfaces, including mesh ceilings and exposed metal wall panels.

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door air system (DOAS) that provides users with pristine fresh air. Previously housed in a ’70s-era building near the university’s historic campus, the school of business was in need of a facility upgrade to reflect a 21st-century operation. The new, LEED Platinum targeted complex takes advantage of a steeply sloped site to house auditoria, classrooms, and other spaces that require minimal natural light in the base plinth. In fact, the building is almost perfectly oriented with the long elevations of the build-

ing to the north and south with the short elevations to the east and west. This orientation was dictated by the site and the desire to relate to the coliseum next door—to the south. Beyond the DOAS, HVAC systems, designed by Stevens & Wilkinson, are engineered with underfloor air, active chilled beams and variable air volume systems—all designed to reduce the amount of horsepower needed to move air for heating and cooling.

Palmetto Court, named for the state tree, includes a set of stairs that lead from the courtyard to the upper levels, and doubles as a sun screen. The courtyard is also the epicenter for the DOAS units, which provide pretreated fresh air to the air handling units.

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Skylight Design Four “L”-shaped skylights, notes Lamberti, enable a visual connection between the courtyard and the classroom level below, “bringing light deep into the classroom floor level precisely where it is needed within student gathering zones.” The extension through the building of the column grid, which she says reflects the pitch of the columns supporting the adjacent coliseum, is visible at this location, effectively bringing the colonnade inside.

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In terms of handling the load, air supplied to the chilled beams at 60°F, which provides an initial level of cooling. To handle the remaining load, active beams were used to maximize the cooling and heating that could be provided by the beams. Humidity levels are monitored on the floors served by the beams.

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Solar Loads High performance glazing and solar shading devices were utilized at appropriate orientations and façade elevations to help reduce the size of the HVAC system and reduce energy consumption. “We included the shading provided by the building when we ran our HVAC loads to appropriately reduce the solar loading around the skylights.” says Eric Smith P.E., a senior associate mechanical engineer at Stevens & Wilkinson.

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CHILLED BEAMS LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT ENERGY SAVINGS Utilizing chilled beams in the classrooms and office spaces allowed Stevens & Wilkinson to reduce the airflow at the air handlers and utilize smaller ductwork. To ensure there would be no problems due to the moist climate, notes Keith Branham, P.E., LEED AP, the director of engineering at the firm, air handlers and dedicated outdoor air handling systems were selected to provide dry air 47 gr/lb or less. “These systems keep the spaces pressurized and provided dry air to insure space dew point stays below the temperature of the chilled beam chilled water temperature,” says Branham. According to Smith, the energy savings associated with the more efficient chilled beams proves to be the biggest savings to the owner. “According to the DOE energy model, we obtained a 43.91% better energy performance over a standard VAV system and therefore demonstrated a substantial savings/ROI,” says Smith.



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precast, metal and resin panels—says the architect, not only differentiated building program functions, but maximized passive energy savings, especially via shading, minimizing direct sunlight into interior spaces.

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INTENDED RESULTS The stairs were important architecturally to promote walking between floors. The stairwell fins also provide shading—a critical element in the hot climate. Level two, housing most public functions, is enclosed by a curvilinear unitized glass wall (YKK 7YCW 50 IG). At the top, customized resin panels from Trespa feature a randomized color pattern that Lamberti says is intended to resemble variations that would be found in natural wood.

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Abundant Sun For all glass surfaces, high-quality, doubleglazed Low-E insulated, thermally-efficient materials were used. “Working in close collaboration with the mechanical engineer and the U.S. Dept. of Energy consulting team, we could optimize both the performance and the aesthetic characteristics of the glass,” says Lamberti. UNDERFLOOR AIR FLOW Johnson Controls’ FlexSys provides the underfloor air distribution (UFAD) system on Level 2, which helps improve HVAC efficiency by 50%, and assists in occupancy comfort and safety by delivering clean, conditioned air.

The DOAS units (also JCI) provide pretreated fresh air to the air handling units serving levels 2 through 3, and to the fresh air inlet on the dual duct VAV terminals that serve the classroom regulate the air to the chilled beams in that particular classroom while providing demand control ventilation for the classroom.

Both the underfloor air system and the chilled beam approach contributes to the productivity of the students and staff.

In Control To tie everything together, in conjunction with JCI, Stevens & Wilkinson provided an extensive DDC control system. On the upper floors, every two private offices are zoned together, while every conference room and classroom has its own zone. “This allows tighter space control and give the occupants more control over their own comfort,” says Branham. To confirm that the



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building is meeting goals set out by the terms of the DOE Building Partnership Program, temperature and humidity sensors are set up on all sides for the energy wheels in the AHUs to monitor performance. Extensive electrical metering was also incorporated. Energy modeling, advises Branham, is critical to the entire process. “We were able to see the enve-

lope performance of all components while managing to reduce the HVAC system and still provide comfortable environments,” says the engineer.

“Given our region’s hot—and at times, humid climate—our team’s efforts will help curb the amount of energy needed to effectively heat and cool a building of this size and magnitude.” —Keith Branham, Vice President, Stevens & Wilkinson

Height Requirements A separate HVAC system was incorporated for the building’s 500-seat lecture and performance hall, in order to achieve quiet air conditioning without impacting the room’s acoustics. “The large lecture hall and performance hall were not good fits for chilled beams due to their ceiling heights, so each of these spaces area served by their own single zone variable air volume air handler,” says Branham.

The net result of the building’s blended sustainable design features is an optimized energy performance of 43%—a percentage much higher than that of the base ASHRAE 90.1 standards. Photos © Bruce Damonte

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WEAVING A SPELL Mediamesh is a stainless steel wire mesh interwoven with LED lights; the LEDs can be programmed to achieve infinite artistic or communicative effects.


Justice and Transparency Surprising images of floating feathers help a California courthouse balance the scales of architecture and art. CHALLENGE: The striking new Governor Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, Calif. spans two city blocks in downtown Long Beach and replaces a functionally obsolete courthouse one block away. In keeping with the cityscape, the courthouse design features a low-rise scheme in an L-shape— with one section of four stories, the other of five stories—surrounding a secure courtyard, a spacious lobby, and 31 courtrooms with access to natural light. Clad in deeply-articulated curtainwall and stone elements, the courthouse also features a stunning frieze at its entrance.

American new media artist and UCLA professor Jennifer Steinkamp, who designed the video art installation integrated into the metal mesh of the frieze, was able to realize her design goals by combining architecture with art. INFLUENCE: The frieze is meant to inspire atmospheric lightness through transparency. “My goal was to inspire people as they entered the court-



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house and, with the LEDs and metal fabric, I was able to achieve this,” says Steinkamp. SOLUTION: The installation was achieved through the use of GKD Mediamesh. Designers had already chosen GKD Tigris for the atrium, so Steinkamp felt Mediamesh would be a perfect choice for the frieze.

The Mediamesh frieze—titled Murmuration—draws its inspiration from the ostrich feather and its connection to the Egyptian goddess of justice, Ma’at. In Murmuration, the floating feathers are emblems of truth and justice, with colorful feathers moving like birds within the electronic display. “I’ve always wanted to work with Mediamesh,” says Steinkamp. “The product has such magical prop erties and I’m thrilled how the project turned out.” Murmuration is a permanent exhibition. The threedimensional display using GKD Mediamesh has expanded the possibilities beyond the typical frieze seen upon entering a courthouse.

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Windows to the World Team targets efficiency, size and aesthetics for 1115 H Street.

CHALLENGE: The H Street corridor in Washington, D.C., is a street on the cusp. With an influx of young, eager homeowners and the kind of conveniences they desire, H Street is set to be the bustling place that a few developers began planning almost ten years ago. One of those developers is Stan Wall. Wall envisioned a multifamily building right in the middle of the H Street corridor—specifically one that would be a model of sustainability.

cy, sensible economics and a strong building statement. Wall agreed it was important that the windows contribute to the building’s look and feel; when the building was viewed from the front, the team desired huge, loft-style, floor-to-ceiling windows.

The team needed windows that could give the most points for LEED Platinum certification.

SOLUTION: The team selected Intus Windows, which were attractive from a size perspective. The team learned that they could use an all-vinyl product for such large openings. The Intus product provides steel reinforcement throughout the frame for additional strength and rigidity.

INFLUENCE: Vince Harriman, the builder for 1115 H Street, notes that “building science considers windows part of any project’s top three considerations—envelope (wall type, windows and doors), air sealing and HVAC—meaning they determine so much of a project’s success.” In the case of 1115 H Street, the team defined success as energy efficien-

TRIPLE PANE, TRIPLE SIZE The windows’ uPVC frames are reinforced with steel u-channels for increased strength and stability. Triple pane glazing provides superior energy efficiency.

CRITERIA: When it came to the windows, the biggest factor, bar none, was efficiency—the team needed windows that could give the most points for targeted LEED Platinum certification.

Harriman was especially drawn in by Intus’ triplepane offerings. In addition, the team could offer the big, striking look they wanted with 6-ft. × 6-ft. windows—approximately three times the size of standard residential casement windows.

BRIGHT AND QUIET A bonus has been the sound attenuation offered by the Intus windows. “This building is on a busy corridor... inside, though, it’s one of the quietest places you can be,” says Harriman.

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DAY AT THE RACES The VIP viewing platform was designed with vital sightlines in mind. “CableRail catered to our needs for maximum viewing capabilities, while offering a stylish appearance,” says Jere Starks, vice president of facilities and operations.

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INFLUENCE: The primary “driver” for this project was to create areas with high visibility while also ensuring the safety of race-goers. The VIP viewing platform, which is situated just above the main grandstand, was designed with vital sightlines in mind. CRITERIA: The 400-ft. lawn area, which is used

for VIP sponsors’ tents and race-day parties, also required a railing system that would enable guests to enjoy the full Sonoma Raceway experience. The lawn location also needed to incorporate a safety barrier system to protect attendees from standing too close to the track. Finally, the design team wanted to incorporate building materials sourced from the region as a way to support local businesses.

SOLUTION: According to Jere Starks, vice president of facilities and operations at Sonoma Raceway, Feeney’s CableRail was a top choice from the start. “While conducting our initial research on railing

“Seats in the VIP viewing section offer a great view that we did not want compromised by a traditional guardrail with vertical pickets.” options, we discovered that Feeney’s CableRail catered to our needs for maximum viewing capabilities, while offering a stylish appearance that complemented the existing architecture,” says Starks. The CableRail assemblies were paired with posts and top rails constructed from California redwood. Designers chose CableRail for its open design, durability, low maintenance, customer service and the company’s proximity to the raceway.

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School Hallways Undergo ‘Cool’ Transformation High-resolution digital imagery and durable surfaces transform these corridors into something almost too cool for school. CHALLENGE: Completed in Fall 2014, Pasadena Independent School District’s new Dr. Kirk Lewis Career Technical High School (CTHS), Houston, Texas, features innovative learning academies that include technology, transportation, health, food service, construction, business, agricultural and career guidance. The design team wanted the hallways of the 248,000-sq.-ft., two-story CTHS to be inspirational, timeless and “cool.” At the same time, durability was essential. INFLUENCE: To brand the school’s multiple academy locations, spark enthusiasm for learning, generate school pride, and provide a sense of way-find-



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ing, IBI Group brightened the school’s corridors with bright, relevant graphics that immediately became a popular backdrop for student selfies and student and school social media. CRITERIA: School corridors are high-traffic areas with walls that take abuse from everything from backpacks to shoes. CTHS corridor walls had to be easily cleaned, low- to no-maintenance, long lasting, and durable. These criteria could not be met by traditional protective wall covering products. SOLUTION: Acrovyn Wall Protection was chosen to transform CTHS’s high-traffic corridors, used by

more than 1600 students, into timeless, motivational works of art that will last for years. Acrovyn by Design gave interior designers Sylvia Hajo, RID, L EED AP ID+C, and Rutu Sathia, LEED AP ID+C of IBI Group, unlimited visual freedom. “With Acrovyn by Design’s endless possibilities, we were able to bring our digital visions to life to add excitement in the corridors of the school,” says Sathia. The designs incorporated high-resolution digital imagery of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and others into the public corridors. Each image was relevant to the academy it was branding and made wayfinding easier, given the school’s large footprint.

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John Cetra explains how CetraRuddy continues to put design first, and, well, that can mean many different things.

“It’s a difficult topic to pin down,” says John Cetra when I ask him about his recent “Putting Design First” talk for the Municipal Arts Society. CetraRuddy is a firm that accomplishes complex feats with the simple ethos of putting design first. “It really came to us later as a way to describe our interest in detail,” says Cetra. “It’s almost obvious, but when you put it into terms and define it and say ‘this is what we’re about,’ you’re taking on a responsibility.” The firm believes strongly that uplifting design moments can be crafted by a cohesive architecture—from the way things go together, to the façade, to the way a building fits into the city, and in details of every scale—even a view, says Cetra. “Interiors, as well as the building, can be a craft that uplifts the user—it’s a craft that can’t be lost.” CetraRuddy is always seeking new methods, materials, textures, colors and

lighting, but “it’s not like fashion,” says Cetra. “The building has got to be reliable and look good for 150 years.” He says the firm consistently uses the most robust, reliable materials in new and creative ways, and strives to craft spaces that evoke a sense of home: “this notion of home is an important part of our philosophy of design and can apply to every market.” Just like a home, a design idea may evolve throughout generations. Take CetraRuddy’s re-imagination of a hotel property at 135 West 52nd St. in NYC. The project is a dramatic reincarnation of a historical liability—a derelict alleyway—into a beautiful asset: a thru-block passageway complete with interesting lighting, café seating and a waterfall. This 50-year-old’s face-lift is not just skin-deep, it promises to revitalize civic life, says Cetra. “The idea to create this space came years ago and its time has finally come to be a space for

the city and owners and community to be proud of and use.” CetraRuddy’s K-12 project for the largest private school in India comes directly from the context of the local architecture’s ability to overcome the harsh climate: makeshift secondary roofs of corrugated metal shed massive rainfall and provide shade to buffer heat gain and glare. “I saw that and I thought this was amazing,” says Cetra. “They couldn’t believe someone would think that’s a positive thing, but then they saw the value in it and loved it.” The

reinforced concrete building is covered in its entirety with a structure Cetra designed to provide shaded spaces and protection from the sun and rain. “They’re schools for the future,” says Cetra. “Both metaphorically, because students are the future, and because the design addresses the future of education, school architecture and climate. We have to give ideas the time to mature and develop to be what we want them to be... on a scale of time, cities outlast all of them.” —Megan Mazzocco, Senior Editor

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THE CHOICE SCHOOL, THIRUVALLA, KERALA, INDIA “Tuition is really low; it’s one of the most affordable private schools in India. This is not a palace—whatever we did, we couldn’t burden them with high cost to build or maintain.” The school features special Bitumen pre-pigmentation roofing tiles to dampen the intense noise of the region’s heavy rain. Exterior screens create a decorative exterior and shaded interior views.

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Architectural Products - January-February 2016  

The product publication of the U.S. architectural market.

Architectural Products - January-February 2016  

The product publication of the U.S. architectural market.