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Woven metal mesh gives an artistic look to a Long Beach courthouse

The Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse building needed to ensure safety and security as well as incorporate an art application. 
Photos © Javier Rivero Diaz

by Steve Culver

A new courthouse in Long Beach, California, is the country’s first social infrastructure project procured under performance-based infrastructure (PBI) contracting.

Under a public-private partnership (P3), the cost and risk of the Governor George Deukmejian courthouse—including development, design, construction, operations, and maintenance—were transferred from the public sector to a private-sector team. The new 49,330-m2 (531,000-sf) facility replaces the old functionally obsolete building located a block away.

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Walking the Walk

A clear-span steel structural system was chosen to accommodate heavy equipment at the Washington Electric Cooperative project in Marietta, Ohio. A standing-steam metal roof system was specified to provide relief from the leaks of the former facilities.
 Photos © D.A. Fleischer Photography

Energy distributor makes efficiency top priority

By Kevin Hutchings

Maximizing energy efficiency is a key concern on virtually every new commercial construction project. When the construction happens to be for the electric provider itself, it is easy to understand how the priority takes on even greater importance. This was the case for Washington Electric Cooperative, an energy distributor located in Marietta, Ohio.

The company had been operating for years out of three separate facilities, …

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Missouri campus features new terra cotta application

Terra cotta tile was clad onto this project's insulated composite precast concrete sandwich panels.  Photos © Jacia Phillips

By Dirk McClure

The University of Missouri, located in Kansas City, boasts the country’s first terra cotta-clad insulated composite precast concrete panels assembly.

Before this installation, terra cotta had been clad into non-insulated panels in a few projects. At the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, however, terra cotta tile was clad onto 1783 m2 (19,200 sf) of 3.6-m (12-ft) wide insulated composite precast concrete sandwich panels.

Designed by BNIM Architects and …

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Adaptive Reuse: Inner-city high school campus builds up

The doors used effectively separate the elevator lobby area from the corridors in Georgia’s North Atlanta High School high-rise building.  Photos © Jim Roof/Won-Door FireGuard

by Sharon Haddock

The new North Atlanta High School has risen from the ashes of an old office complex and now boasts safe access and egress for students across campus.

Designed by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects along with Cooper Carry & Associates, the 23-ha (56-acre) site was previously a complex of aging IBM office buildings that included two 11-story towers. Reborn as a school, the project is targeting Silver under the Leadership in Energy and …

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The Drive Toward Energy Efficiency

Before the light-emitting diode (LED) upgrade, metal halide fixtures consumed a lot of energy and required ongoing maintenance at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

By Jeff Gatzow

The parking lot at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky has upgraded its illumination with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to improve light quality and provide better lighting control.

Located across the street from General Motor’s Bowling Green Corvette assembly plant—the only place in the world Corvettes are made—it was constructed in 1994, and showcases more than 70 Corvettes.

Visitors can see mint-condition classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes that never went into production, racetrack …

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Industrial Daylighting

All images courtesy Acuity Brands

Increasing light quality and reducing energy load

By Brian Grohe

For an electrical conduit design and manufacturing company in Roselle, Illinois, a new plant would represent as much as a 60 percent increase in company production and 25 new jobs in the community. However, before expanding manufacturing operations to a 4923-m2 (53,000-sf) space, there needed to be major changes to the 14-year-old building.

The building would be reclassified from industrial to …

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