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Field of Jeans: Maximizing visual impact with precast concrete

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California will host a wide range of events from football and soccer to motocross and concerts. The stadium is designed to be light, airy, and open. Photos courtesy Clark Pacific

by Michael Baty

Poised to serve as one of the most efficient outdoor sports and entertainment venues, Levi’s Stadium opened in Santa Clara, California, in August. Replacing the antiquated Candlestick Park, the stadium will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and is functionally designed for a wide range of other events including college football, soccer, motocross, and concerts.

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Dutch students redevelop the traditional rowhouse

Photo courtesy Prêt-à-Loger

by Jacquie Clancy

A new Dutch rowhouse design incorporating solar energy and year-round green space could also have uses in Canada. Students from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands earned an overall third-place finish at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 for their Prêt-à-Loger (i.e. Home with a Skin) project, which demonstrates how sustainability on existing European rowhouses can be improved.

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Getting noise under control

TZ Curtain Wall grinder enclosure

by Kyle Justice

Employee safety is an important factor for a Western Michigan automobile parts recycling facility, which is why a wall of insulating curtain was specified to enclose the noisy grinder. The new enclosure has resulted in a 20 percent noise reduction, creating a more comfortable and productive work environment for employees.

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New Arkansas Music Pavilion Opens on a Good Note

This photo shows a view of the Arkansas Music Pavilion at night. The polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) cone structures come to life with lighting, while at the same time protect concert attendees. Photos courtesy Birdair

by Doug Radcliffe

Walton Arts Center (WAC) purchased the Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) in February 2011 with the goal of expanding the venue to serve a broader and more diverse audience. The AMP operated at the Washington County Fairgrounds after moving from the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Mall in 2012. However, after seeing a 200 percent increase in ticket sales in 2012, it was clear a permanent site was required to meet the region’s growing need for arts and entertainment. Further, the lack of a roof meant numerous event cancellations due to weather.

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