Category Archives: Form+Function

Idaho’s tallest building replaces the Boise Hole

Located in downtown Boise, Eighth and Main’s 18-story mixed-use building is the tallest building in Idaho and the first in the state to use unitized curtain wall. Photos © Marc Walters Photography. Photos courtesy Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Rising above Boise’s skyline to become the tallest in Idaho, the Eighth and Main building prominently features a unitized glazed curtain wall and sunshades. The $76-million, 18-story mixed-use building opened last February, and is pursuing Silver through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

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Convention center saves with restroom retrofit

This hand-dryer helps the 13,805-m2 (149,600-sf) Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel meet high-traffic demands by reducing waste and operating efficiently. All photos courtesy Mitsubishi Electric

The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, built in a Chicago suburb in 2006, hosts hundreds of events annually. The large influx of visitors resulted in the struggle of keeping up with paper towel refills, until an electric hand-drying option was specified.

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Solar air-heating for senior housing retrofit

This photo shows the solar air-heating system cavity framing in the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Apartments in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photos courtesy Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA)

An unglazed, transpired solar air-heating collection (TSAC) system has greatly improved the energy efficiency of a Cambridge, Massachusetts senior housing neighborhood. The Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Apartments, a 180-unit development owned by the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA), benefited from the technology, which integrated aesthetically, seamlessly, and cost-effectively within its architecture.

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