Category Archives: Form+Function

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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Mansfield Center for Performing Arts commands an audience

Mansfield Center for Performing Arts in Texas features oversized entrances matched with large, curving spans of glass and aluminum storefront and curtain wall with sun shades. Photos courtesy Huckabee and Tubelite Inc.

Situated on a hill in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, Mansfield Independent School District’s Center for the Performing Arts features oversized entrances matched with large, curving spans of glass and aluminum storefront, as well as a curtain wall with sunshades, drawing attention from the students, staff, and community.

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Restroom partitions complement school expansion

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) particitions were specified for the new Science Centre restrooms at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. In total, seven partitions were furnished and installed—three in the men’s bathroom and four in the women’s bathroom. Photos courtesy Scranton Products

Lake Forest Academy (Lake Forest, Illinois) is one of the country’s most renowned boarding schools, and as its population grew so did the need for new dormitories and additional facilities. Established in 1857 as a boys’ preparatory department of the former Lind University, the addition of the girl’s preparatory department came in 1869—currently, there are 425 students in grades nine through 12.

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